Friday, May 4, 2018

Exciting Shows Coming Up @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center

Rising Star’s Youth Performing Arts has been recognized as one of the area’s best youth theaters by the New Jersey Association of Community Theaters, with multiple Perry Award nominations over the past few years.

Directed by Lisa Goldfarb, THE MUSIC MAN is a fully staged, choreographed production with a live band…there’s not 76 trombones, but there’s plenty! Don’t miss this American classic about con man Harold Hill and Marian the Librarian, with great songs like “Till There Was You,” “76 Trombones,” “Goodnight My Someone,” and “Trouble” (one of the earliest ‘raps’ on Broadway, decades before HAMILTON).

WHEN: Sundays, May 6 and 13, at 1 pm and 5 pm.
100 Grant Ave., Deal Park
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The Axelrod Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm.
(732) 531 9106 ext. 14

Disney’s NEWSIES

Directed and choreographed by Marcos Santana, a two-time Tony nominee for choreography on Broadway, NEWSIES retells the true story of the Newsboys’ Strike of 1899 with an exciting score by Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Little Shop of Horrors), based on the cult movie starring Christian Slater and Ann-Margret. A rousing, relevant story for our day about the power of the media, with an unlikely love story, Newsies is heart-stopping theater with the biggest dance numbers that ever stormed a Broadway stage: “Kings of New York,” “Seize the Day,” and “Carrying the Banner”…not to mention Jack Kelly’s soaring anthem “Santa Fe.”

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WHEN: July 29 – Auugust 5 at 8 PM

Directed and choreographed by Nickelodeon star and choreographer Lane Napper, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL derives from the popular Disney movie starring Zac Efron, with an upbeat, rock and pop score. The cast includes 35 young performers telling the story of the students at East High—the cliques, the characters, the pranks—the classic struggle of sports and the arts, or basketball and musical theater! One of the most sought-after choreographers in the country, Lane Napper is known for such television shows as Victorious!, iCarly, Suddenly Susan, and many others. Don’t miss this high-energy family musical that is impossible to resist!

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A Midsummer’s Night Dream: Ballet Live Onstage

WHEN: Weds. Aug 29 at 8pm & Thurs. Aug. 30 at 8 PM

The inaugural performance of the newly established Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the ballet based on the Shakespeare comedy with music by Felix Mendelssohn, will be presented by the company of professional dancers and students, directed and choreographed by Gabriel Chajnik. This classic ballet about love and magic, originally conceived by George Balanchine, will be reinvented for our contemporary times. A delightful romp through Shakespeare’s enchanted forest will be superb fun for the entire family. This performance will be accompanied by a live orchestra conducted by Jason Tramm.

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The original Broadway Annie, Andrea McArdle makes her Axelrod debut as Miss Hannigan in ANNIE, directed and choreographed by Al Blackstone, the choreographer of multiple seasons of So You Think You Can Dance and from the Broadway company of Wicked. A world-famous score by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin have made ANNIE the most popular musical on the planet. With a star performance by McArdle and eye-popping choreography by Al Blackstone, the Axelrod’s production of ANNIE will be the one you remember for all your tomorrows.

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