Saturday, July 21, 2018



WHEN: Friday, July 27th, at 7:00 pm and Saturday, July 28th at 1:00 pm
: Ridgewood Avenue School in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. 
TICKETS: $10.00/adult and $5.00/student
Tickets are available at

Thirty-seven young actors from Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, Montclair, Nutley, Rutherford, Verona, as well as Arizona and New York, grades 7-12, will take the stage to tell the story of Ren McCormack, a teenage boy from Chicago, who moves with his mother to the small town of Bomont after his father abandons them. Upon arriving, Ren finds himself at odds with most of the town, including Reverend Bomont. The Reverend has convinced the town to outlaw dancing, which Ren finds unbelievable. With the help of Ariel (the Reverend’s daughter) and Willard (a country hick who becomes his best friend), Ren convinces the Reverend to let the teenagers dance, and in the process helps the town to heal from a tragedy that affected them all.

“This musical boasts an Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score,” says Kristy Graves, Director of Footloose and artistic director of Gas Lamp Players, “But our audiences will also love the heartfelt story that emerges, of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.”

Footloose is based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford, with additional music and songs. It is a fun, pop musical, appropriate for most audiences,” adds Meredith Eaton, Executive Producer of the show. “A throwback to teen romance, angst and the need to dance, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.”

Gas Lamp Teen Camp is an educational three-week performing arts workshop that offers acting, singing and dancing classes along with rehearsals and performances of a musical production with production-value costumes, props and sets.

Gas Lamp Players is a non-profit community theatre whose mission is to cultivate creativity, confidence, compassion and community through the performing arts. For more information, visit:


David Ostwald

“Every Wednesday night at Birdland, concertgoers can be sure of having a rollicking good time with David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band.”  —

Jazz on a Sunday AfternoonJAZZ on a SUNDAY afternoon series presents

David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band

WHEN: Sunday, July 29, 3 PM; doors open 2:30 PM
Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, College Drive, Toms River
TICKETS: Adult $24 Senior $20

Since 2000, David Ostwald has hosted a weekly tribute to jazz legend Louis Armstrong at the famed New York City jazz club Birdland. On July 29, Ostwald makes his third appearance at the Grunin Center with his Louis Armstrong Eternity Band, made up of the cream of New York’s traditional jazz crop, to perform the songs of the great Satchmo!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Crossing Borders Festival @ Two River Theater in Red Bank


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By Tony Meneses  •  Directed by Melissa Crespo

WHEN: Thursday, August 2, at 7:00 pm
Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank

The Hombres looks at the intimacy of male relationships through the point of view of Machismo culture. Set in New Jersey (“somewhere off a NJ Transit line”), the play follows Julián, a gay Latino yoga teacher, as he clashes with the Latino construction workers working outside his studio—particularly the older head of the crew, Héctor, who seeks from Julián something he never expected. Tony Meneses is the author of The Women of Padilla and Guadalupe in the Guest Room.

Love Songs and Readings from Pablo Neruda's Translation of Romeo and Juliet
Music by Sofia Rei • Directed by Jerry Ruiz • Performed in Spanish

WHEN: Friday, August 3, at 7:00 pm

Can falling in love be an act of revolution? That’s the question at the heart of a searing evening of iconic Latin music and excerpts from Pablo Neruda’s impassioned Spanish translation of Shakespeare’s tale of ill-fated lovers, Romeo and Juliet. This concert event will explore the many facets of falling in love: passion, romance, danger, jealousy, joy and more.

By Hilary Bettis • Directed by David Mendizábal

WHEN: Saturday, August 4, at 1:00 pm

Anita is undocumented and has lived most of her life in Tucson, Arizona, quietly working as a maid while raising her three children with her American-born husband, Billy. On her way home one evening, Anita is pulled over, arrested, and then deported for driving without a license. 72 Miles to Go follows one family over a decade as they quietly come of age, fall in love, fight in wars, and fight for each other, against the backdrop of deportation, Joe Arpaio, DACA, and changing immigration laws.

Featuring Jaime Lozano and Michelle J. Rodriguez

WHEN: Saturday, August 4, at 8:00 pm

Hear from some of today’s most exciting Latinx musical theater writers in our first evening of musical performances! Singer/songwriters who will perform in this cabaret-style evening will include Mexico native Jaime Lozano (who Lin-Manuel Miranda calls “the next big thing”) and Michelle J. Rodriguez, whose unique blend of bolero, bossa nova, and jazz has captivated audiences in New York and Chicago, where she is based.

By Noah Diaz • Directed by Laurie Woolery

WHEN: Sunday, August 5, at 2:00 pm

The classic “Dick & Jane” characters from the ubiquitous 1950s children’s books are grown-up and struggling to stay afloat in a home fractured by grief. Newly widowed Dick (now going by Richard) is raising his two children, Dick Jr. and Sally, who is deaf, while trying to manage a terminal illness that will inevitably leave them orphans. When he calls home his estranged sister, Jane, the family must reconcile and make peace with their shared and misunderstood histories before it’s time for him to go.


WHEN: Sunday, August 5, at 4:00 pm

Marel Hidalgo is a nine-year-old multi-instrumentalist from Bradley Beach, New Jersey. His performance with his Quartet will bring jazz, blues and Latin music to the festival's closing celebration!




WHEN: July 20 & 21 at 8:00 pm
$28  Student Discount: $10

This weekend, Summer Jazz Café presented by the Jazz Arts Project returns to Two River Theater with Giacomo Gates, Authentic Jazz Vocalist. Shows at 8pm.


WHEN: July 25–29

Five days of film, art, discussion and inspiration. This film festival offers attendees from around the world a weekend of great film, conversation, parties and more!


Receive 50% OFF Ticket to each of the Top 5 Films with Code: TWORIVERFILMFAN


WHEN: Sunday, July 29, at 7:00 pm

Come and enjoy an evening of tap dance with a special performance of The Bridge, a new work choreographed by Nick Dinicolangelo and performed by his company, The Hands Down Tap Project.

Jazz Summer Series at Rutherfurd Hall

2018 Jazz Summer Series

WHEN: Friday nights at 7:30 pm
Rutherfurd Hall, 1686 Route 517 in Allamuchy, NJ conveniently located just off Interstate 80 at exit 19. They can be reached at (908) 852-1894 Ext 338.

This summers jazz series will feature two of the best swinging big bands you will ever hear and an outstanding quartet with an amazing vocalist.

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Pat Longo’s Hollywood East Coast Big Band 
Tribute to Stan Kenton
WHEN: July 27th
$35 in advance. (Seating limited to 110)

From playing Orchestra to the Marine Corps; Pat played clarinet and saxophone for the Second Marine Air Wing Band to playing for the Jimmy Dorsey Band and The Harry James Orchestra. Pat decided to start his own band in 1978 playing songs for HBO’s ‘The Sopranos’ episodes, the Academy Awards Governor’s Ball and many more.

Allan Harris_micThe Allan Harris Quartet
Music of Nat King Cole and Eddie Jefferson

WHEN: August 24th
: $30 in advance. (Seating limited to 120)

The outstanding and internationally renowned vocalist, guitarist and composer Allan Harris sums up his personal perspective on music in clear and straightforward terms. “There is nothing that I have found that defines and gives credence to my place in this wild and mysterious universe than this thing called music.” Over the past 20 years, Harris has steadily developed his reputation as one of the finest vocalists of his era. In addition to his recordings, he has performed on a worldwide stage that has taken him to prestigious international festivals and halls in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, as well as the 2012 Olympics in London. At home, he has toured nationally at festivals and top venues, including New York’s Lincoln Center and D.C.’s Kennedy Center. He has received numerous awards, including the New York Nightlife Award for “Outstanding Jazz Vocalist” (which he won three times), the Backstage Bistro Award for “Ongoing Achievement in Jazz,” the Harlem Speaks “Jazz Museum of Harlem Award,” and the DownBeat Critic’s Poll Award for “Rising Star Vocalist.”

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The NY NJ All-Star Big Band
Tribute to Count Basie
WHEN: September 21st
$35 in advance. (Seating limited to 110)

This swinging big band is comprised of outstanding musicians who have played under Basie, Ellington, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Wynton Marsalis and so many others.

Tickets can be purchased easily from the convenience of your home online at and will be available locally in Hackettstown at Mama’s Café Baci & Panther Valley Pharmacy on June 1st.

This year’s summer jazz series is sponsored by “Scala Memorial Home” on High street in Hackettstown, NJ.

Produced by Coyne Enterprises, Inc. in cooperation with Rutherfurd Hall and WRNJ Radio.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Pat Longo's Hollywood East Coast Big Band at Rutherfurd Hall

Pat Longo's Hollywood East Coast Big Band


WHEN: July 27, 2018; 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm (Limited seating 110 seats)
Rutherfurd Hall, 1686 Route 517 - Allamuchy
TICKETS: $35 in Advance or $40 at the Door
Tickets available locally in Hackettstown, NJ at
Mama's Cafe Baci & Panther Valley Pharmacy

Pat Longo was born and raised in Lodi as Pasquale Pizolongo and was inspired to become a musician in eighth grade in 1943. Longo played the clarinet and alto saxophone for four years in the high school band and orchestra and continues with those instruments today.

After graduation, he enrolled in the United States Marine Corps in 1948. He played in the Second Marine Air Wing Band in Cherry Point, North Carolina”. Longo played at military and civilian ceremonies, formal concerts, community celebrations, parades, festivals, and public relations tours during his service. “It’s the best duty I can ever get,” said Longo about his role in the band. “Playing marches when you are marching down with a 70 piece Marine Corps band was very exciting.”

After the military, he attended college in California with a music major and joined up with legendary jazz bands out there.“I was going to college and started playing with Latin Bands on the weekends,” Longo said.

In 1972, Longo said he received a call from Lee Castle, the leader of the Jimmy Dorsey Band, for an invitation to play saxophone in the band.Then in 1975, Frank “Pee Wee” Monte, the leader of the Harry James Orchestra, called Longo in and joined the band. Longo was part of the Harry James Band until 1978. That year he left Harry and started his own band - the Hollywood East Coast Big Band.


Two Fun Rock Pop Musicals This Summer @ Axelrod PAC

WHERE: Axelrod Performing Arts Center | 100 Grant Avenue, Deal Park, NJ 07723

Celebrating its 50th anniversary,


is the musical that made critics think ROCK N ROLL would be the future sound of Broadway! Few rock musicals have succeeded like Hair! Don’t miss the Axelrod’s new staging, directed and starring Asbury’s own Remember Jones, alongside Tony Award nominees Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages) and Mary Bridget Davies (A Night with Janis Joplin). Make sure you get your tickets now; they’re selling fast!



Who Wants to Think About BACK TO SCHOOL?

The sales haven’t started—but summer camp has! Whether you’re a parent or a grandparent of a teenager—or you’re a tween all grown up, Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL On Stage will have the whole family dancing in the aisle. This new production, directed by Lane Napperask your teen about this Victorious and iCarly star—offers a talented young cast of Jersey actors alongside professional actors.


Bring Your Group!

We offer special discounts for seniors and groups, so invite the neighbors, pub buddies, college friends, bowling league or your house of worship.

The more the merrier!

For info, email

or call (732) 646-1964!

Axelrod PAC | (732) 531-9106 |

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Directed by Mark A. Saylor

WHEN: Nov 30-Dec 2, 2018
WHERE: ​Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood
Raising money and collecting donations for Toys for Tots, First Friends of New Jersey and New York, and Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry of South Orange.

This themed musical theatre concert will be two acts of awesomeness—we can't wait to share it with you!


A Play by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Gwen Ricks-Spencer

WHEN: February 22-24, 2019
WHERE: Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood

New York City, 1905: Esther, a black seamstress, lives in a boarding house for women and sews intimate apparel for clients who range from wealthy white patrons to black prostitutes. Her skills and discretion are much in demand, but Esther longs for a husband and a future. When a long distance relationship leads to heartbreak, Esther must use her gifted hands and her sewing machine to refashion her dreams and make them anew from the whole cloth of her life's experiences. The play is based on the life of Nottage's great-grandmother.

"A rich, vivid portrait of turn-of-the-last-century New York; a feminist lament of intelligent, talented women defined and controlled by men; a soft-focus glimpse into the beating hearts behind the archives of African-American life a century ago." —New York Times

Winner numerous 2003-05 Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, and Obie Awards


Music, Book & Story by Steve Martin
Music, Lyrics & Story by Edie Brickell
Directed by Kate Swan
​Music Directed by Markus Grae-Hauck

WHEN: June 7-16, 2019
WHERE: Westminster Arts Center, 449 Franklin Street, Bloomfield, NJ

Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past—and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. An uplifting theatrical journey propelled by an ensemble of bluegrass musicians, Bright Star is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.

Art House Productions presents Cocktails Under the Stars 2018


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An event to benefit Art House’s arts education programs for the 2018-2019 season

WHEN: Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 from 6:30-9:30 pm (Rain date: Thursday, August 2nd)
Rooftop Terrace of Charles and Co., 201 Montgomery Street Jersey City, NJ. Charles and Co. is located near the Grove Street PATH Station.
TICKETS: $75 online and $85 at the door.
Tickets may be purchased at

Join Art House Productions and SILVERMAN for Cocktails Under The Stars, a glamorous midsummer party honoring Goldman Sachs for their support of Art House's signature public speaking program for youth, SAY WORD?!


With breathtaking, panoramic views of Jersey City’s skyline, Cocktails Under the Stars will feature cocktails, wine & beer, music, hors d'oeuvres, 50/50 raffle and a raffle for two Tao Group restaurant gift certificates. The event is sponsored by CoolVines, Titos Handmade Vodka, Two Twelve, IATSE Local 59, The Jersey City Medical Center RWJ Barnabas, Goldman Sachs, Corgi Spirits, NJ Beer Co., Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and LQ Strategies with generous donations from the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Ed and Mary’s, and Gargiulo Construction.

Charles and Co. is wheelchair accessible. For additional accessibility requests and inquiries, please contact or call (201) 918-6019.

About Art House Productions

Art House Productions is a home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas. We engage, inspire, entertain and challenge audiences with ambitious visual and performing arts programs; we provide arts education programs that promote life-long learning to a diverse community; and we celebrate the essential power of the arts to illuminate our common humanity.

Since 2001, Art House has been a pioneering force in the Jersey City Arts movement, supporting artists in the creation and presentation of primarily new work, and encouraging artistic growth and experimentation across all mediums, while fostering a widespread appreciation for the arts in our community. From our theater productions to gallery exhibitions to multi-media art festivals, Art House reminds you that home is where the art is.

For more information about our programs, please visit our website at Art House Productions is located at 262 17th Street, Jersey City, NJ 07310.

"Cheaper by the Dozen" opens this weekend at Somerset Valley Players


Directed by: Chris Russonello

WHEN: July 20 - August 5; Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
Somerset Valley Playhouse, 689 Amwell Road, Hillsborough
TICKETS: $20 Adults; $18 Seniors/Students/Children

Suppose you're an attractive high school girl and you're not only a member of a large and unique family but your father is, in fact, one of the great pioneers of industrial efficiency. Then suppose he decides, for no apparent reason, to apply his unorthodox methods to you and to the rest of your big family. The results are terribly embarrassing, funny and—it must be admitted—extremely effective! To Anne, however, the chief effect seems to be that of making them seem ridiculous to everyone else at school—especially to the boys!

SVP's production of "Cheaper by the Dozen" is sponsored by Super Sundaes


Darress Theatre Logo

WHEN: Thursday, July 19th  7-8:30PM

For additional info, call Bobby's: 973-794-4470


Morris County Park Commission


July 22

Broccoli, Broccolini, Broccoli Rabe, Romanesco, Sprouting Broccoli, and Gai-lan are all related, delicious, nutritious, and so versatile. Taste the differences and similarities as we explore them all. To learn more, click here.

Look What’s Coming:



August 7

FREE food, entertainment, ice skating, and giveaways! Join the Morris County Park Police, and over 40 law enforcement and community agencies for this national award winning evening of awareness and fun. Over 5,000 people attend each year, so bring the entire family! Check it out here.


August 11

Join calligraphy artist Lisa Sienrukos for a modern brush calligraphy class, and explore various ‘fonts’ and ways to add interest and character to lettering. Learn the basics by focusing on the alphabet, and then move onto more creative and challenging projects. Click here for more info.


August 5, 12 & 19

Join a guided tour of the exceptional horticultural sites, exploring a different location each Sunday. Learn the fascinating history, and soak in the natural beauty of the grounds. Learn more here.

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Seeks High School Athletes for Its Joseph Taub Scholar Athlete Award

It’s not art, but it’s a chance for young athletes.


Joseph Taub Scholar Athlete Award

The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades is now accepting applications for the Joseph Taub Scholar Athlete Award, which honors student-athletes in their senior year who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and strong leadership skills in sports, their schools, and within their communities. Seniors throughout Bergen County are encouraged to apply and do not need to be JCC members to apply or win. The application deadline is October 12 and winners will be notified in early November. First place winners, one male and one female, will each receive a $3,600 scholarship; second place winners receive $900; and third place $540.

All winners will be publicly honored and recognized at the JCC’s second annual Sports Night of Champions, a community-wide fundraising event that features sports celebrities as keynote speakers and supports scholarships for children, families in need and seniors who benefit from JCC programs and services. The event is scheduled to be held in late November.

“It is a privilege to hold our 2nd annual Sports Night of Champions event, where we can honor local youth who are passionate about sports and committed to enriching the communities where they live,” says JCC CEO Jordan Shenker. “We are eager to hear from everyone, whether they are their schools’ top players or the ones making a difference in other ways. The important thing for us is to acknowledge students who have taken the skills they cultivated as athletes and used them to create a powerful, positive impact on the lives of others around them.”

Students interested in applying must be a current high school senior; gain acceptance to a university/community college for the 2019 summer/fall term; and be a current member (in good standing) of a high school sports team or be involved in after-school sports (e.g. intramurals, martial arts, etc.). The must also have maintained an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher from 9th grade to first semester of 12th grade and be a resident of Bergen County.

As part of the application process, students will need to submit a personal essay (500-750 words), two letters of recommendation, and their most current high school transcript. Students should visit for application details, judging and selection criteria, and other important details.

imageThe Joseph Taub Scholar Athlete Award has been established in memory of Joseph Taub, a JCC founding member and former co-owner of the New Jersey Nets, who dedicated his time and resources to supporting underserved youth in the area of athletics. An avid philanthropist, he made dreams of a better life possible for countless youth by providing scholarship assistance and creating a successful after-school basketball league as a safe haven for students in the Paterson Public School District, where he himself grew up. Joseph Taub was also a founder of Automatic Data Processing (ADP).

For additional information or questions, please contact Fran Koszer at 201-408-1404 or

Submit your art to the next TPRFM gallery show!


presents its third annual gallery show




We are bursting with excitement to announce that our call for artists to take part in our third annual curated gallery show is NOW OPEN!

Submit your work now and be a part of TPRFM history! Opening reception will be held on Saturday September 22, 2018 from 7pm-9pm at Artworks Trenton, the home of the very first TPRFM!

Curated by the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market, Out Of Step: Art of the Counterculture shines a spotlight on punk's current impact on art. This show will feature dozens of counterculture artists who aspire to swim upstream & rise above the common expectations of art with divergent ways of thinking and a strong DIY ethic.

All forms of art will be considered including traditional mediums such as paint, photography, illustration, sculpture etc. We will also gladly consider anything out of the ordinary including skateboard art, graffiti, tattoo flash, flyer art/show posters, record cover art, silkscreened posters, sculpture, taxidermy/bone art and more. Please note, you must be the artist of the piece you are submitting!

Opening reception for Out Of Step: Art of the Counterculture will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 7-9pm at Artworks Trenton!

Open call for artists will close on Saturday, August 18, 2018.


Carrie Jackson Jam Session—Open Mic on the Sloan, South Orange



17 Sloan Street, South Orange, NJ—UNDER THE GAZEBO


Carrie Jackson Host Trio

Dave Braham, organ, Gordon Lane, drums



Gettin' The Band Back Together - A New Broadway Musical Comedy



ONLINE:    PHONE: 212-947-8844
IN PERSON: Belasco Theatre, 111 W 44th Street, New York City
Box Office open 10am-8pm (Mon.-Sat.)

Mitch Papadopolous always dreamed of being the next Bruce Springsteen, but he chose security over stardom and left those daydreams behind for a day job. For a while he thought he had everything – the high paying job, the high-rise apartment—until his 40th birthday when he got handed a pink slip and had to move back in with his Mom in Sayreville, New Jersey.

And when his high school arch nemesis (with a 20-year-old grudge and a tangerine spray tan) threatens to foreclose on their house, this big-shot banker must save his small-town home the only way he can…by winning The Battle of the Bands. So he dusts off his guitar, gathers his old gang, and sets out to win the battle…and maybe even win back the high school sweetheart he left behind…proving it’s never too late to give your dreams one last shot.

Offer expires December 18, 2018. Blackout dates may apply. All prices include a $2 facility fee. All sales are final - no refunds or exchanges. Offer subject to availability and prior sale. Normal service charges apply to phone and internet orders. Performance schedule subject to change. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice.

There is an 8 ticket limit per order.

Cool Jazz and a Tailgate Picnic Featured At Bickford Summer JazzFest

Antoinette Montague photo by Tony Graves Jazz PhotographyANTOINETTE MONTAGUE EXPERIENCE

WHEN: Thursday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m. The food truck picnic begins at 5:30 p.m. and the concert at 7:30 p.m.
Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ, offers free parking and full accessibility.
TICKETS: $20 for museum members and $25 for general public.
They may be purchased online at, by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office. The  Box office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Food trucks will be at all Summer JazzFest concerts starting at 5:30 PM. Generous support for Summer JazzFest is provided by our partners at M&T Bank.

Antoinette Montague is an award-winning jazz and blues singer who performs all over the world, but has never forgotten her New Jersey roots. Joining Ms. Montague will be Ken Peplowski on sax and clarinet, “King” Solomon Hicks on guitar, Brandon McCune on piano, Melissa Slocum on bass, Bobby Sanabria on drums, and tap dancer AC Lincoln.

Raised in Newark and surrounded by music, Antoinette Montague brings a passion and energy to every performance drawing on influences such as Etta James and Shirley Horn as well as her mentors Carrie Smith and Etta Jones. With her broad repertoire of swing, blues, bebop, and vintage soul, she takes the audience on a journey that embraces the power of jazz history and touches the human spirit to the core.

Ms. Montague has performed around the world at famous places such as Jazz at Lincoln Center and NJPAC, with the Belgarad Philharmonic Orchestra in Russia and the Ashod Orchestra in Israel, at the famed Eleuthera All That Jazz Festival in the Bahamas or on a U.S. State Department tour. No matter where she is, she always brings down the house.

Besides the many accolades she has received for her vocal accomplishments, Ms. Montague has been widely praised for her community service, winning awards that include “Woman of the Year,” Delta Sigma Theda’s “Standing On Her Shoulders” award, and the Women’s Academy of Excellence Philanthropy Award. She is the CEO of Jazz Women to the Rescue which helps provide musical instruments to young people who have limited arts offerings in their schools.

From the Newport Jazz Festival to the Hollywood Bowl, Ken Peplowski has become one of the most popular woodwind players in jazz not only for his joyful playing but also for his great sense of humor. He performs all over the world, in concerts, for workshops, on jazz cruises and on film soundtracks. He has recorded more than 50 CDs as a soloist and has appeared on close to 400 as a sideman, performing or recording with many greats including Benny Goodman, Mel Torme, Charlie Byrd, Peggy Lee, Madonna, Woody Allen, and the Cincinnati Pops. He has received the prestigious Sarasota Jazz Festival’s “Satchmo” Award, the Hot House Jazz Magazine’s Fan’s Decision Award for Favorite Clarinet, and most recently was honored by “Highlights in Jazz” in New York City.

Only 22, guitarist “King” Solomon Hicks effortlessly merges jazz and blues, opening for blues superstars like Joe Bonamassa as well as performing with jazz icons such as Tony Bennett and Lee Ritenhour. His extraordinary talent has received coverage in a wide range of publications including The Washington Post, The New York Times, the Daily News, and on PBS. And he has headlined at Shanghai Jazz in Madison.

Pianist Brandon McCune earned his music degree from Rutgers University a little more than ten years ago, but already has made an impact as a professional. He has worked as a band leader, music director or sideman for many top artists including Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Abbey Lincoln, Buster Williams, Terence Blanchard, and Nneena Freelon to name a few. Equally at home in classical and gospel music, he founded a nonprofit umbrella for Gospel Music entertainment and has written music for dance ensembles.

First-call bassist Melissa Slocum is equally at home on Broadway, in classical halls and in jazz clubs. She has been the bassist from “The Phantom of the Opera” since 1999 and performs regularly with the New Jersey Symphony, the New York Pops, and several other orchestras in the area. But she is highly regarded in the jazz world as well, having earned her Masters of Music in Jazz Studies from the Manhattan School of Music. She has worked with many of the greatest legends of jazz including Art Blakey, Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway, Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis, Woody Shaw and Hank Jones.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria is a 7-time Grammy-nominee who has been named Percussionist of the Year by both the Jazz Journalists Association and DRUM! Magazine. Best known as the drummer and percussionist for every major figure in the history of Latin jazz, he has just released his monumental Latin jazz reworking of West Side Story, entitled “West Side Story Reimagined” with part of the proceeds going to the Jazz Foundation of America’s Puerto Rico Relief Fund.

Special guest AC Lincoln is a multi-dimensional tap dance master who is known for his hypnotic rhythms and electrifying virtuosity. He discovered his tap dancing ability at a young age and has shared the stage with legendary tap artists such as Peg Leg Bates, Jimmy Slide, Savion Glover, Buster Brown and Henry Latang. He has appeared at festivals and concert halls around the world and currently is a regular performer with the popular hot swing group, the Hot Sardines.

Two stellar food trucks will begin selling at 5:30 so that everyone can enjoy a summer’s evening picnic whether attending the concert or not. Aroyo-D, The Thai Elephant serves up authentic Thai food under the watchful eye of Chef Pupay who studied at the Culinary Institute of Bangkok. Joining The Thai Elephant is Ice Cream Thai’m, specializing in Thai rolled ice cream. It’s a perfect way to spend a summer evening.

Photo by Tony Graves Jazz Photography.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Why does Falke Want Revenge on Eisenstein? Take the “Die Fledermaus” Quiz and attend the BONJ Summer Music Festival

BONJ Opera Quiz:

  • Why does Falke want revenge on Eisenstein?
  • At whose palace is the big "anything-goes" party?
  • What drink is His Majesty?
  • Who are Marquis Renard and Chevalier Chagrin?
  • What does Eisenstein use for seduction?
  • What Hungarian dance is the basis of Rosalinda's famous aria?
  • At what hour does the party end?

These questions are all part of the Die Fledermaus Quiz. 

Answers will be revealed at the performance at The 2018 BONJ Summer Music Festival with a semi-staged performance of Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus, commonly known in English as Revenge of the Bat. The reference is to a joke played by one character on another, but in reality it's all an excuse for one big party.

WHEN: Sunday, August 5, at 3:00 pm 
WHERE: Dolan Hall, The Annunciation Center, The College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, New Jersey.

The semi-staged production features BONJ singers Timothy Maureen Cole, Kevin Peters, Maria Alu, Jason Adamo, George Spitzer, Teresa Giardina, Dmitri Zigrino, Josh LaRose, Alessia Santoro, Anthony Figliano, Thomas Loughman, Don Kalbach, and Bobbi Agins. The opera will be performed in English so all the zesty humor can shine.

2018 BONJ Summer Music Festival

The festival opens with a semi-staged performance of Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus (sung in English)
WHEN: August 5, 3:00 PM 
WHERE: Dolan Hall, The Annunciation Center, The College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, New Jersey. 

The popular keyboard recitals under the direction of Dr. Anne Matlack and Grace Community Music will be performed
WHEN: Monday-Friday, August 6-10, at 12:15 
Grace Church, Madison Ave. (Route 124), Madison

The eagerly anticipated BONJ Summer Cabaret celebrates The American Songbook: 1945-1964
WHEN: August 11 at 7:30 PM
Grace Church, 4 Madison Ave. (Route 124), Madison, New Jersey. 

The annual chamber music concert featuring music of Vivaldi, Beethoven, Biber, and Dvorak will be performed
WHEN: August 12 at 3:00 PM
Grace Church, 4 Madison Ave. (Route 124), Madison, New Jersey 

The festival concludes with the orchestra performing music of Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Rossini and the world premiere of Piano Concerto #2 by John Alexander.
WHEN: August 19 at 3:00 PM
Dolan Hall, The Annunciation Center, The College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, New Jersey

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Circle Players and director Jessica Damrow Sherman are pleased to announce auditions for the second production in their 2018-2019 season,

by William Shakespeare

WHEN: Thursday, August 16,  at 7:30 p.m.and Sunday, August 19, at 5 pm. Callbacks will be held at 7: 30p.m. on Tuesday, August 21. (Please note that callbacks are by invitation only.)
Circle Players is located at 16 Victoria Ave, Piscataway Township, NJ
If you have any questions please feel free to shoot us an e-mail at

Shakespeare’s classic tale of a brave and loyal general, who receives a prophecy that he will become king. Consumed by ambition, Macbeth murders the King and takes the throne, but is wracked with guilt and paranoia that spurs his downfall.

The production runs November 16 through December 2, 2018.


  • Macbeth  A career military man.  Has worked his way up from enlistment to mid-level officer.  Comes from a very poor background, but full of courage and ambition.  Volunteers for multiple tours of duty.  A trained killer with years of PTSD simmering below the surface.
  • Lady Macbeth  Macbeth’s wife.  Strong-willed, but fiercely protective of her husband. The couple desperately wants a child, but have not had any luck.  They are each other’s everything.
  • Macduff  Same age and career point as Macbeth - also in the military.  They are friendly, but fiercely competitive with one another.  Macduff is strong, courageous, but his soft spot is for his wife and children.  The military is just a job to him.  His family is everything. 
  • Duncan (also plays the Porter, Doctor and Siward).  A high- level officer in the military, overseeing Macbeth, Banquo and Macduff.  He comes from money and entitlement, and has never had to kill anyone.  He orders other people to do that. Warm heart.
  • Banquo (also plays Seyton).  Macbeth’s friend, about ten years younger.  A better man than Macbeth, but doesn’t know it.  Looks at Macbeth as a mentor. A born leader and loving single father.
  • Lady Macduff (also plays Donalbain, Nurse and others) A loving wife and mother - she once had a career, but life surprised her when she met Macduff and immediately fell in love.  Her family is her passion, but she is a strong fighter.  The scene with her and the murderers will be quite graphic and violent.
  • Malcolm Duncan’s eldest son.  Fiercely smart, admires men like Macbeth and Macduff for their courage but struggles to find that within himself.  Very close with his father.
  • Fleance (also plays Macduff’s son and Siward’s son) Age 8-13.  Fiercely protective of his parents in all three roles, and stands up to attackers despite his youth.
  • Witch #1       (also plays Ross, Murderer and others)*
  • Witch #2       (also plays Lennox, Murderer and others)*
  • Witch #3       (also plays Angus, Murderer and others)*

*The witches, whether playing themselves or other characters that move the plot forward, are always onstage, participating in or watching events.  They are three homeless-by-choice people (could be male or female actors) with a mutual love of the occult and distaste for the petty problems of the world.  They don’t dictate Macbeth’s path; they only encourage what they already see in him.

Looking for one of the witches to be able to play bongo-style drums.  Should be able to improvise based on director’s guidance in rehearsals and then set choices for performance.

Sides are available at

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


WHERE: Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank


Sept 9 – Oct 7

Book by Wendy Wasserstein and Christopher Durang
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by David Zippel
Directed and Choreographed by Graciela Daniele

It’s Pamela’s birthday and, to celebrate, her eccentric and fabulous Aunt Louise is taking her to the big city to experience her very first Broadway musical! With a combined total of more than 20 Tony Award nominations and 6 wins, the team behind Pamela’s First Musical is bringing the theatrical event of the season to Two River Theater. World Premiere!

Nov 10 – Dec 16

By August Wilson
Directed by Brandon J. Dirden

The year is 1985. King Hedley II has returned from prison looking to rebuild his life, save some money, plant a backyard garden, and start a family in this powerful and evocative look at how hope springs from even the hardest of soil. This production is the halfway mark of Two River presenting the 10 plays of August Wilson’s American Century Cycle. Obie Award-winner Brandon J. Dirden (A Raisin in the Sun, August Wilson’s Jitney) directs.

Jan 12 – Feb 3

By Michael Frayn
Directed by Sarna Lapine

Tony Award winner Michael Frayn’s Noises Off belongs on any list of the funniest plays ever written. Screwball antics, sight gags, pratfalls, misplaced props, slamming doors and flying sardines all combine in this celebrated, flawless farce-within-a-farce. Sarna Lapine, whose credits include the acclaimed recent Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George with Jake Gyllenhaal, directs.

Feb 23 – March 24

By Martin Moran
Directed by Carolyn Cantor

“Martin Moran is a graceful, witty, perceptive writer"  —Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America

When Margret Flynn’s health begins to fail, her son Theodore returns to their Catskills home after many years away. And so, a family’s reckoning begins. Long unsettled hurts rise up and we bear witness to the enduring power of kinship—the longing to love in the face of unstoppable change. World Premiere!

April 13 – May 5

Starring Maureen Silliman
By William Luce
Directed by Robert Rechnitz

Crafted from diary entries, letters, and poems by Emily Dickinson, The Belle of Amherst is a spellbinding and insightful look at the life of one of America’s greatest poets. The production features the return of the beloved actress Maureen Silliman to the Two River stage and will be directed by Two River Founder Robert Rechnitz, who was a Professor of American Literature at Monmouth University for 35 years.

June 8 – June 30

By Regina Taylor
Original Music by Diedre L. Murray
Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Oo-Bla-Dee paints a shimmering portrait of an all-female band of African-American bebop musicians traveling the country following the end of World War II.  A sweeping and ambitious play-with-music, Oo-Bla-Dee is created by Golden Globe-winning actor and playwright Regina Taylor (I’ll Fly Away, Crowns), Obie-winning jazz composer Diedre L. Murray (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess) and Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (August Wilson’s Jitney at Two River and on Broadway).


Nov 23 – 25

Experiential Theater Company

For Everyone Ages 2+

You are invited on a magical journey to Oz with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Lion and all the citizens of the Emerald City! Kids and their adults become part of the cast in this interactive production, singing, dancing and acting alongside professional actors.Who knows, you might even get the chance to play key roles, such as a Munchkin, flying monkey, or Dorothy herself!

Jan 25– Feb 2

Adapted and Directed by Sara Holdren

For Everyone Ages 9+

Celebrating its 6th season as one of Two River’s most popular education programs, A Little Shakespeare engages young artists and audiences with the work of the Bard in a 75-minute adaptation performed by local high school students who work with professional theater artists. Sara Holdren, director of last season's A Little Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors, adapts and directs the haunted tale of Macbeth, a soldier whose encounter with three mysterious witches leads him on a violent quest for power and the crown.