Saturday, February 16, 2019

JCTC: Play Reading, History & Privilege Art Opening

Jersey City Theater Center

JCTC Play Reading: Suicidal Dog & Laika

by Catalina Florina Florescu
directed by Olga Levina

WHEN: Wednesday, February 20, Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Ave., Jersey City
TICKETS: Suggested Donation of $5

An immigrant dog has a surrealist encounter with Laika to whom he summarizes the socio-political events since she was sent to outer space where she died. The humans, mere silhouettes, struggle to stay human in a world still divided by status quo, citizenship and borders.

Preserving History, Celebrating Community: Stories of White Eagle Hall

Please check out “Stories of White Eagle Hall” – let us know what you think and if you know anyone who went to White Eagle Hall back in the day, have them fill out the contact us page. We want to hear their story. “Stories of White Eagle Hall” is an ongoing project by Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) documenting the history of White Eagle Hall through personal stories.

Mark your calendar, set your schedules, tell your friends and neighbors and come to Merseles Studios to see

Privilege, art opening and artist talk
WHEN: March 1, Gallery Opening, Artist Reception & Art Talk (7:00 – 10:00)
ADMISSION: Free & open to the public

In addition to the unveiling of the Privilege visual art exhibit, attendees can participate in Q&A with the artists and a community dialogue on the subject of Privilege. Curated by Lucy Rovetto; Co-curator Bang Chau.

For more information visit:

Bloomfield College Theater Company to Host Benefit, Welcome Kyle Marshall to Campus

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The Company @ Bloomfield College, the College’s first and only theater company, presents


Kyle Marshall is a 2018 NY Dance and Performance “Bessie” Jury Award recipient and a 2017 NJ State Council of the Arts Fellow

WHEN: Thursday, February 28. The reception (6:00 p.m.) and performances (beginning at 7:00 p.m.)
Bloomfield College’s Center for Technology+Creativity, 467 Franklin St., Bloomfield
TICKETS: As this evening is designed to help raise funds for The Company @ Bloomfield College, there is a suggested donation of $20, though every donation, no matter the amount, is appreciated.

To reserve your seat, please email Dr. Harris at Please note when you RSVP if you will be attending the reception as well as the performances.

“Theater is important in that teaches students about collaboration and teamwork. It helps them with time management and being prepared. And studying scripts fosters critical thinking and assessment of human psychology,” said Dr. Fiona (Freddie) Harris, Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric and Coordinator of the Company. “Our students are really talented and we discovered a need for a performance outlet here at the College. We are hosting this benefit to sustain and ensure that we can keep producing theater at Bloomfield College.”

At 7:00 p.m., students will perform Searching for Answers, a student improvisational piece about young people who are grappling with the aftermath of tragedy, directed by Bloomfield College’s acting teacher, Kellei Cosby.

After a brief intermission, special guest Kyle Marshall's contemporary dance production of Colored will begin.

Image result for kyle marshall coloredKyle Marshall, who first came to campus last year and helped Bloomfield College students tell their personal stories through contemporary dance, is a 2018 NY Dance and Performance “Bessie” Jury Award recipient and a 2017 NJ State Council of the Arts Fellow. His dance company, Kyle Marshall Choreography (KMC) has performed at venues including Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Joe’s Pub at the Public, Actors Fund Arts Center, NJPAC, NYC Summerstage, Wassaic Arts Project, and Conduit Dance (PDX). Commissions have included "Dance on the Lawn" Montclair's Dance Festival, NJPAC and Harlem Stage. Marshall currently dances with the Trisha Brown Dance Company and Doug Elkins choreography etc. Marshall is a graduate of Rutgers University with a BFA in Dance.

“One of our aims with the Company is to have students work alongside, and be exposed to, determined people making a living in the Arts,” said Dr. Harris. “We want them to witness the sort of passion and dedication it takes to ‘make it’ as a working artist in this contemporary landscape. Kyle is a wonderful example to our students.”

For those who want to contribute to The Company, but cannot attend the performance, you can make your gift online. Please select “Other” from the drop-down menu and enter “The Company” in field). Checks can be mailed to the Office of Institutional Advancement, 68 Oakland Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ 07003. Please include 'The Company' in the memo section.




WHEN: FEBRUARY 22. Doors 9 PM. Show 10 PM. Ages 21+
Tickets can be purchased here.

Asbury Park is known for its Rock n Roll roots, but hip-hop has asserted itself into the cities growing music scene.

New Jersey Live is a hip-hop event created to showcase the best emerging hip-hop artists throughout New Jersey. Garden State Hip-Hop intends to commemorate the genres resurgence into the Asbury Park music scene with a live edition of their popular Garden State Hip-Hop Cypher series.

The show will feature leading rap artists apart of the Asbury Park hip-hop community. Rodney Coursey, founder of Garden State Hip-Hop and New Jersey Live 3 producer says, “This is a great opportunity for individuals apart of the growing arts and entertainment scene in Asbury Park to see how special our hip-hop movement is.” This years show will be hosted by What’s The Movement's RAMSEYSAIDWHAT and include 14 rap artists in a one night lyrical showdown. Among the names scheduled to participate are Solo For Dolo, founder of the Asbury Park Hip-Hop Fest and Poca, a female rapper from Asbury Park that established her name after releasing her EP Apocalypto in 2017.

Coursey was listed among others as someone leading the charge in a new generation of New Jersey hip-hop by the Star Ledger in 2012. New Jersey Live Vol. 3 also includes a special performance by Black Suburbia Music, a rap and alternative collective known for their fiery live concerts at The Saint, Asbury Park Music Foundation, and The Stone Pony. “Drew can sing like an angel and spit hellfire with his rhymes, too. His Black Suburbia Music Group encompasses all kinds of music genres, from hip-hop to heavy metal,” writes the Asbury Park Press.

After decades of musical segregation in Asbury Park, venue owners have slowly began opening their doors to local and national rap artists like Jay Critch, Lupe Fiasco and Cupcakke. Budget Travel Magazine dubbed Asbury Park “The Coolest Small Town In America” in 2017 and New Jersey Live Vol. 3 will help Asbury Park sustain that image.

Coursey adds,New Jersey Live 3 will be a special night for all of us. The entire Asbury Park hip-hop community will be under one roof celebrating our progress. I can’t wait!”

Tickets now on sale for TLC's 2019 Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

WHEN: Feb. 22, 23, 24 and March 2, 3, 9 and 10. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees starting at 4 p.m.
$45 per person (there is an additional $2.50 fee per ticket for all credit card reservations). The Theater League’s mailing address is: PO Box 4072, Clifton, NJ 07012. Ticket includes the show & dinner: salad, pasta, two entrees, vegetables, potato, dessert, soda, coffee and tea; food is served “family style.”

Tickets can be reserved online, by phone or by regular mail. To reserve tickets, call (973) 928-7668, or visit the theater league’s website

Golden Girls: The Curse of Jessica Fletcher by John R. Logue, is directed by Erin Woodward, while Mark Peterson serves as the producer. Joseph Renga is the stage manager. Cast members for the comedy include Jessica Steele, Tara Moran, Matthew Gill Clark, Penelope Surgent, Karen Bednarz, and Annette Winter.

Famous opera coming to Westfield and Madison

Puccini’s irresistible lyric genius has long made Tosca one of opera’s most breathtaking masterpieces. A cast of internationally acclaimed guest performers assembled from Maestro Wroe’s extensive contacts in European and American opera houses joins NJFO to present, acted and in costume, this gripping tale of love, lust, corruption and ultimate struggle for survival.


Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to Appear @ Drew University

International Collection

WHEN: Saturday, February 23, 2019, 3PM. Pre-concert conversation with CMS artists at 2:15 PM 
Concert Hall, Drew University campus, 36 Madison Ave., Madison
TICKETS: Single-event tickets $60; Educational discount $15 with current ID
Call 973-408-3176 for tickets or visit to purchase online

Debussy’s impressionist cello sonata and Brahms’s magisterial string sextet are accompanied by a colorful clarinet trio by the Armenian Aram Khachaturian and a significant addition to the piano quintet repertoire by Welshman Huw Watkins. A cast of powerhouse players promises an unforgettable performance.


  • Debussy Sonata for cello and piano (1915)
  • Khachaturian Trio for clarinet, violin, and piano (1932)
  • Watkins Quintet for piano, two violins, viola, and cello (CMS Co-Commission) (2017)
  • Brahms Sextet No. 2 in G major for two violins, two violas, and two cellos, Op. 36 (1864–65)

For directions and/or a campus map, CLICK HERE
Individuals needing special assistance, please contact Drew's office of
Housing, Conferences, and Hospitality at 973-408-3103 at least
five working days prior to the event to ensure appropriate arrangements.

Guest Review: “King Lear” a Royal Treat at Chester Theatre Group

Guest Reviewer Rick Busciglio (

The Chester Theatre Group is presenting what some consider "the greatest play ever written: William Shakespeare's King Lear.” Certainly, one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies, the play has been widely adapted for the stage and motion pictures, with the title role coveted by many of the world's most accomplished actors, such as Ian Holm and Anthony Hopkins.

Lear would be a very ambitious production for most professional theatres, but, for a community theatre with only a local pool of non-professional actors available for this large cast production…….. it could have proven insurmountable. A BIG however, is the talent and experience, particularly with Shakespeare, of director Kevern Cameron. Cameron, or KC, has been able to cast King Lear with some of the finest area talent, many of whom have worked with him as director or actor. First and foremost, has to be his selection of veteran actor Christopher Gibbs (above, left) as Lear, King of Britain. Gibbs, with his nuanced performance ranging from a powerful, in control, monarch to an aging victim of dementia, raises the play and the handsome cast to a level that might be comparable to Off-Broadway. In other words, Gibbs is magnificent in this dark role.

He is supported by a marvelous cast, many new to the CTG audience, they include in particular; Lisa Barnett as Goneril, Lear’s eldest daughter; Sky Spiegel Monroe as Regan (left), Lear’s second daughter;and Madelyn Barkocy (above, left) as Cordelia, the youngest daughter. As the play opens, the three daughters and the court are informed by Lear that he is weary of governing and has decided to reward his three daughters by dividing his kingdom into three parts. A big however, is his demand that each daughter  express  their love and devotion to him. The two oldest profess that there is no man they love more than their father. The third, and youngest, Cordelia chastises her sisters for declaring a greater love for father over husband. Even unmarried, she scorns this insincere display of affection. Lear is furious to the point he banishes her from the Kingdom. She gains an enormous consolation prize when her suitor, and King of France (Eric Craft), makes her his bride.

Her selfish, ambitious sisters are the principal villains, first when they turn their mad father out into the storm and then when they viciously put out the Earl of Gloucester’s eyes for his loyalty to the King. Matt Meier is spot-on as Gloucester, as is Derek Egidio as Edgar (right). Mark Harvey as the loyal Earl of Kent and Michael Yoder as Edmund an impressive villain. The King has no more loyal servant than his Fool (Court Jester) played with appropriate passion by Sarah Henley.  George LaVigne, Jack Roberts,  Keith Hoovler round out  this exceptional cast. The ensemble players (soldiers, guards, and servants) include Ted Holland, Jim Quikstad, and Amie Quivey.

This is a dark tragedy of the highest order… as Shakespeare presents us with possibly the most evil, dysfunctional family in his, or any other playwright’s portfolio… in short, this is not to be confused with a Neil Simon play. We suggest that you read a good synopsis of the play in order to fully appreciate this in-the round presentation.

Director Cameron (right) offers this advice: “Don’t go nuts trying to understand every word. Feel what the music says those words want to accomplish. I never intended to love opera, but unavoidable encounters made me love it. The music demanded I love it. I heard La Boheme in Italian but never had any doubt what was going on. The music taught me. Let your ears teach your eyes how, what, to see.”

Adding nicely to the drama, Robert Jakuc performs the highly effective incidental music live. Director Cameron’s creative team includes: Carol Holland producer and costumes; Martha Riley production stage manager and lighting; Katherine Vega  stage manager; Robert Jakuc, Ted Holland sound operation;  Cathy Braithwaite, Barb Henderson properties; and George LaVigne fight coordinator.

To purchase tickets ($20; $18 seniors/students), visit the CTG website at  or call the box office to make a reservation at 908-879-7304.

Performance dates:  February 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 at 8:00 PM; February 17, 24 at 2:00 PM at the Black River Playhouse, Corner Grove & Maple Streets, Chester, New Jersey.

Photos by Carol Holland.

Gallery Talk: “Memories of Les Paul” Sunday, February 17th, 1:15 PM in Mahwah

Gallery Talk: Memories of Les Paul with Jim Eigo

WHEN: Sunday, February 17th, 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
upstairs gallery of The Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah
ADMISSION: $5. Seating is limited; advanced reservations are recommended. To reserve, email  or call 201.512.0099.
Gallery talks are free with museum admission.

For nearly a decade, Jim Eigo was the publicist for The Iridium Jazz Club in New York City where Les Paul performed every Monday night. He is the founder and president of Jazz Promo Services. He sends out email blasts from his home base in Warwick NY. He will share his stories of working with Les.

The Museum currently features the exhibits Kilmer: The Man Kilmer: The War Years, and WWI Part I and WWI Part II. Permanent exhibits are Les Paul in Mahwah and The Donald Cooper Model Railroad, which is open weekends 1-4 pm.

The Museum is open weekends and Wednesdays from 1-4 pm.; admission $5 for non-members; members and children are free. Visit www.mahwahmuseum.orgor call 201-512-0099 for information on events, membership and volunteering.

IMAGE: Les Paul & Jim Eigo Fat Tuesday's Circa 1987

Luna Stage Presents Exhibition of Paintings by Montclair Artist

Exhibition of Carrie Emma’s Paintings

WHEN: February 14-March 3. Opening Celebration on Sunday, February 17, 6-9pm. Auction of New Painting at Luna Dinner on Sunday March 3
: Gallery at Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ | 973-395-5551

Carrie Emma is an English-born artist who creates art in multiple media using fabric, papier-maché, canvas and rocks. Often made from found objects or recycled materials, her work is “alive with color and energy,” writes Liz Donovan in Morris/Essex Health & Life. “I love color, texture, patterns. I’m constantly inspired by nature. I literally can’t walk my dog without finding something beautiful that captures my attention, and I have to stop and take a picture. I’m happiest working in my studio, music blaring, sun on my back and my hands covered in paint, glue or sequins!” said Carrie.

Carrie graduated from the prestigious central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London, England, with a degree in fashion and print, and was a senior print artist for a designer in New York City for many years. In addition to creating her own artwork, Carrie shares her talents inspiring local children in after school programs. For more information on her work visit .

The Luna Gallery will be open one hour prior to performances of Roan @ the Gates: Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm through February 24, as well as by appointment with the Luna Stage office. The exhibition will also be on display during the Luna Dinner Series event on Sunday, March 3 from 6-9pm, when Carrie’s newest large-scale acrylic painting will be auctioned off. The March 3 benefit is being presented in conjunction with The
United Tastes of America (formerly Syria Supper Club). For details and reservations about the Luna Dinner Series, please visit .

About Luna Stage Luna Stage develops and produces vibrant plays about local and global experiences. Luna brings communities together for artistic events that spark conversations and create understanding and change. Firmly rooted in New Jersey’s Valley Arts District—a crossroads of cultures—the Company celebrates the diverse voices that surround us. As producer, educator, and innovator, Luna Stage is
dedicated to eliminating barriers to participation and nurturing the next generation of audiences and artists.

Luna’s classes for children and adults, and its developmental programs for early career artists, inspire community members to nurture their own creativity and vision.

Luna Stage has contributed to the development of over 80 new works for the stage, earning a reputation for artistic excellence. Some of those plays have gone on to productions in New York City and beyond. Luna’s unique approach to producing, as well as the work itself, fosters an environment
of inclusivity, understanding, and infinite possibility.


The Chatham Community Players

WHEN: Feb 22 - Mar 9, 2019. Fridays & Saturdays 8 PM; Sunday, March 3, 3 PM.
Chatham Playhouse, 23 N. Passaic Ave., Chatham
TICKETS: $23-$25

One plucky community theater is about to produce a show called Murder Most Foul: a new “murder mystery play” with the same title as an Agatha Christie novel but with no relation whatsoever. A hilarious love letter to community theater. Directed by John A.C. Kennedy.


Chatham's 2018-2019 Season

Luna Stage Holds Open Auditions for Teen Artists for New Professional Summer Performance Conservatory

Auditions for Teen Sumer Performance Conservatory

WHEN: February 24 and 25, 6-8pm; Conservatory Dates: July 1-28. Weekday rehearsals and performances will be held July 1-26, Monday-Friday from 9am-1pm. Weekend performances will be July 19, 20, 27, and 28, 10am-12:30pm (performances at 11am).
Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ
TUITION: The charge to participate in this 4-week conservatory program is $1,200. Need-based scholarships are available.
To book an audition appointment, please email
973-395-5551 | |

Luna Stage is launching a new Summer Performance Conservatory for young artists, ages 11-17. Students selected for the program will be directed by Luna's professional artistic staff in a fully-produced play in the Luna’s MainStage theatre this July.

Students accepted to the Conservatory will begin a focused rehearsal process of Ramón Esquivel’s bilingual Spanish-English play, coincidentally titled Luna. The process will culminate in four public performances in Luna Stage’s MainStage theatre, as well as in a week-long tour to day camps in surrounding communities. The daily curriculum will also include voice and movement training, acting, physical theatre, improvisation, and ensemble work. Familiarity with Spanish is a plus but not required.

Luna's auditions are welcoming, supportive and fun.

  • Applicants should prepare a short monologue, joke or song, and may be asked to read scenes from the script.
  • A maximum of 15 actors will be accepted into the program, all of whom are guaranteed speaking roles with substantial featured dialogue. Up to five additional slots are available for students interested in stagecraft, directing, technical theatre and stage management.

The Summer Performance Conservatory offers young artists an opportunity to enhance their individual performance potential while developing a broad base of theater experience and knowledge. They will build technique and learn about themselves as performers while developing collaborative skills and artistic confidence.

About Luna Stage

Luna Stage develops and produces vibrant plays about local and global experiences. Luna brings communities together for artistic events that spark conversations and create understanding and change. Firmly rooted in New Jersey's Valley Arts District—a crossroads of cultures—the Company celebrates the diverse voices that surround us. As producer, educator, and innovator, Luna Stage is dedicated to eliminating barriers to participation and nurturing the next generation of audiences and artists.

Luna’s classes for children and adults, and its developmental programs for early career artists, inspire community members to nurture their own creativity and vision.

Luna Stage has contributed to the development of over 80 new works for the stage, earning a reputation for artistic excellence. Some of those plays have gone on to productions in New York City and beyond. Luna’s unique approach to producing, as well as the work itself, fosters an environment of inclusivity, understanding, and infinite possibility.


WHEN: February 21 - March 10, Thursday thru Saturday – 8pm; Sunday – 5pm
80 Hauxhurst Avenue, Weehawken
TICKETS: $25, in keeping with Hudson Theatre Works’ policy of low price tickets.
For more information or questions, go to  and for tickets go to

A richly poetic, tangled, and sometime comedic tale of two brothers and a mysterious stranger written by Nobel Prize Laureate playwright Harold Pinter. A powerful exploration of control, social class and the human condition.

Davies (Frank Licato), an aging down-and-out, is given shelter by the kindly but vulnerable Aston (Todd Hilsee). He quickly settles in, calmly making himself at home in the squalid, junk-filled room until Mick (Tom Althouse), Aston’s brother, a far more astute character, arrives. A battle of wits begins as the brothers seek to manipulate the old man to their respective ends. But Davies has his own agenda and not everything is as it seems.

A landmark of twentieth century drama, The Caretaker was first performed at The Arts Theatre, London in 1960. Over 40 years on, Pinter’s compelling study of loneliness and power games still has the power to amuse, to shock and to fascinate.

Playwright, director, actor, poet and political activist, Harold Pinter was born on 10 October 1930 in East London.  He wrote twenty-nine plays including The Birthday Party, Old Times, The Homecoming and Betrayal. In 2005, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He died on Christmas Eve 2008.

Todd Hilsee (Aston) was seen in Hudson Theatre Works’ (HTW) productions of Macbeth and Stubble by Erin Mallon. He also performed in The Sword of the Unicorn, an original play about an adolescent coming out, at Theater for the New City. He was one of the producers of Golda’s Balcony at the Helen Hayes Theatre (2003), the longest-running one-woman show in Broadway history. Todd is an internationally-recognized mass communications expert, notifying victims of defective products, and served as the regular on-camera host of “man on the street” interviews to benefit federal judicial education. He has appeared on 60 Minutes (2017) to expose defective Remington rifles—and Last Week Tonight (2017) John Oliver’s spoofing of 60 Minutes anchors. He is currently producing The Puzzle, an original play about clowns and an autistic child, which he workshopped in (2018) with Tony Award-winning clown Bill Shiner directing.

Tom Althouse (Mick) is a performer and writer who has toured internationally and received awards and recognition both as a writer and actor including the Hoku Award for Best Actor in the Maui Fringe Festival. He is thrilled to be performing with his cousin in his debut at Hudson Theatre Works and under such a stellar director and team. Among numerous roles, he has been Matt in The Fantastiks, Oscar Linquist in Sweet Charity, Tartuffe in Tartuffe: Born Again, Maui Civic Light Opera's The Phantom of the Opera, Tony in Tony and Tina’s Wedding, Richmond in Richard III, Hastings in She Stoops to Conquer, Billy Crocker in Anything Goes, Hero in A Funny Thing Happened..., and Malcolm in the Scottish play. Tom has also performed with a number of improv companies throughout the country. Currently a documentary is in the works regarding his life and screenplay. Tom’s work has received national awards along with critics picks by Backstage West and LA Weekly for his role as Demetrius in A Midsummers Night's Dream at Will Geer Theater in which the LA Times proclaimed him a "delight."

Frank Licato (Director/Davies) is the recipient of the 2018 Tanne Foundation Award for continued artistic excellence. Tanne Foundation awards recognize outstanding achievement and are an expression of gratitude to artists for their passion and commitment to their work. He is a member of the Actors Studio Playwrights and Directors Lab. Most recent acting roles include the movie Modern Houses with Lily Taylor and the plays Glamour by John Patrick Shanley as part of Hudson Theatre Works 10 Minute Festival, Tranquil by Andrew Rosendorf at Luna Stage, and Dreaded Bliss by Michael Bias at the Garage Theatre.

Theatre on the Edge:

Hudson Theatre Works is committed to ensemble collaboration as well as artistic risk through its work with its permanent company, guest artists, partner institutions and the surrounding community.  It is dedicated to a rugged aesthetic which seeks to tell stories, both new and old, classic and contemporary, that reflect our lives, relationships and world today.  Hudson Theatre Works’ primary focus is in bringing a living theatre community to the area of  North Jersey through performance, outreach and theatre arts instruction.

The show is sponsored by Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner and the city council, UBS, The Campbell Foundation, Actors Equity and Walmart.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Music in the Somerset Hills presents The King's Singers

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The King's Singers featuring The Somerset Hills Chorus

WHEN: Saturday, February 23, 7:30 pm
: St. Mary’s Abbey at Delbarton School.
TICKETS: $30.00 to $80.00
Tickets and info at:

Fifty years after its foundation in Cambridge, England, the King’s Singers is still one of the best known all-male a cappella groups in the world, witness its 2019 Grammy nomination. On they will perform with The Somerset Hills Chorus in the unique acoustic of

Two countertenors, one tenor, two baritones and a bass. That was make-up of the King’s Singers when the world’s most famous all-male ensemble was launched fifty years ago, all of them choral scholars of King’s College Cambridge. It still is the make-up today – except that the singers are different, of course, and they no long all hail from King’s College (though one does). Over all the years, the group’s popularity has never waned; they still perform a wonderful diversity of music, from the baroque to newly commissioned and contemporary works; and they continue to be in demand all over the world – witness their recently completed circumnavigation of the globe on their 50th Anniversary Gold Tour.

On Saturday, February 23 they will perform with The Somerset Hills Chorus in the unique acoustic of St. Mary’s Abbey at Delbarton School. Part I of their program – uniquely King’s Singers – is called Communio and is a compendium of music, ancient and modern, based on that greatest of all inspirations for choral music, the Christian Mass. Part II is called Up Close and Personal, in which the focus is the King’s Singers themselves and their 50-year journey.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Celebrate Valentine's Day in an Unusual Way!

WHEN: Thursday, February 14, at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 36 Madison Ave., Madison (on the campus of Drew University)
Click here to purchase your tickets to Something Romantic!  | 973-408-5600

New this year!

A special delightful evening for those in love, looking for love, or those who just love love, SOMETHING ROMANTIC THIS WAY COMES is the newest offering in our Something Series! Something Romantic will feature some great classic love stories, love songs and much humor! Show up a little early, and treat yourself to a complimentary glass of pink champagne and some Valentine's sweets before the performance. This is a perfect date for couples young and old and those looking for something unusual to do to celebrate Valentine's Day.

A LOVE-ly ensemble of eight artists will bring a wild mix of LOVE poems, scenes and stories to life for an evening that will leave you moonstruck and love-drunk! Add to the mix some oldies but goodies and you’ll be in the mood for love before you know it! From an eighth-century Japanese legend to Jane Austen; from Shakespeare to David Sedaris; from Dionne Warwick to The Beatles – and everything in between! And of course, who can turn down the pre-show bubbly and chocolates!?

Pictured: The Winter's Tale. Photo credit: Jerry Dalia, 2018.

NJJFF Extra Event: “An Act of Defiance” Showing This Saturday!


WHEN: Saturday, February 16th, at 8:00PM
WHERE: Maurice Levin Theater, JCC MetroWest, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange
TICKETS: Senior: $13 / General Admission: $15 / Free for 19th Annual NJJFF Sponsors
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For one night only, we'll be screening this riveting historical drama. Ten South African political activists (including Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish supporters) face a possible death sentence for conspiracy to commit sabotage against the apartheid government in 1963. Bram Fischer (exceptionally played by Peter Paul Muller), a sympathetic lawyer, risks his career and freedom to defend these men.

Directed by: Jean van de Velde
Run time: 2h 4m

19th Annual NJJFF Sponsorship is now available.
New this year! Reserved parking spot for $1000 sponsorship and above.

Sponsor the NJJFF Today!

SPECIAL VALENTINE'S DAY CONCERT: Make it a date night with your sweetheart and let Black Violin serenade you.

Black Violin: Classical Boom Tour

WHEN: February 14, 8:00PM
Shea Center, William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
ADMISSION: $40 Orchestra; $32 Loge; $10 WP students*

*WP students must purchase their tickets in person and present a valid student ID at the box office.

The duo of Wil Baptiste and Kevin "Kev Marcus" Sylvester—Black Violin—perform a unique brand of music that blends classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass. Live, they are accompanied by an incredible band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJ SPS and a drummer. Their groundbreaking work has been heard around the world and led to collaborations with Kanye West, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, the Eagles and many other popular artists.

This event is co-sponsored by the Paterson Music Project (PMP).

The show will feature students from the PMP.

WP Music Department presents

Collage 2019! Benefit Concert

WHEN: March 1, 7:30PM
Shea Center, William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
ADMISSION: $25 General Admission; $20 WP employees, alumni and senior citizens; $10 Students

The "Best of the Best" of William Paterson University's music department comes together for a special one-night only performance. Featured performers include the concert and chamber choirs, concert band and symphony, wind and percussion ensembles, the WP Jazz Orchestra, pop music, opera and musical theatre workshop, among others. Proceeds benefit music scholarships.

James D'Amico Productions presents

The Outlaws
with special guest Southern Steel

WHEN: March 16, 8:00PM
Shea Center, William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
ADMISSION: $55 Orchestra; $45 Loge

For more than 40 years, the Southern Rock legends, The Outlaws, have remained one of the most influential and best-loved bands of the genre. Known for their triple-guitar rock attack and three-part country harmonies, The Outlaws earned a formidable reputation as an incendiary live act touring with friends The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Charlie Daniels Band, as well as The Doobie Brothers, The Who, Eagles and The Rolling Stones. Today, The Outlaws have returned with new music and a new focus: a band of brothers bound together by history, harmony and the road.

The Weight Band
Featuring members of The Band and the Levon Helm Band

WHEN: March 22, 8:00PM
Shea Center, William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
ADMISSION: $35 Orchestra; $28 Loge

Inspired to carry on the legacy of the unforgettable rock group, The Weight Band has kept the spirit of Americana/Roots Rock music alive for today's audiences. Their live set features Weight Band original songs as well as fan favorites from The Band's treasured catalog, including "Up On Cripple Creek," "The Weight" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down."

NJ Theatre Alliance Stages Festival presents

Pushcart Players' The Velveteen Rabbit

WHEN: March 23, 2:00PM
Shea Center, William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
ADMISSION: $10 Adults; Free admission for kids under 18.*

*Children must be accompanied by an adult.

A young boy's love and a little nursery magic help transform the Velveteen Rabbit from a favorite plaything into a real rabbit. In this musical re-telling of one of America's favorite storybooks, the Boy and Velveteen embark on exciting imaginary adventures, and together they learn the true meaning of friendship.

Recommended for grades Pre-K to 5.

Friday, February 8, 2019

State Theatre New Jersey presents “Chicago The Musical”

Chicago The Musical

WHEN: Friday, February 15, 2019, 8pm, Saturday, February 16, 2019, 2pm & 8pm, Sunday February 17, 2019, 2pm
: 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick
TICKETS:  $35-$98
For tickets, more information, or group discounts, call State Theatre Guest Services at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at State Theatre Guest Services, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm; Saturday from 1pm to 5pm; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified. Additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb, Chicago The Musical is now the longest-running American musical in Broadway history. Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, Chicago is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award® for Best Musical Cast Recording.

Set amidst the decadent 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media, and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines.

The Chicago national tour is comprised of a multi-award-winning team.  The tour is directed by David Hyslop and choreographed by David Bushman. Walter Bobbie is the director of the original New York Production and Ann Reinking was the original choreographer in the style of Bob Fosse. Chicago features set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington, and sound design by Scott Lehrer. The production also features orchestrations by Ralph Burns, and supervising music direction by Rob Fisher.

About State Theatre New Jersey

The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through arts education. State Theatre New Jersey’s programs are made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund. United is the official airline of the State Theatre.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

DREAMCATCHER’S Second Mainstage Production, “Psychodrama,” opens February 14

WHEN: February 14 - March 3, 2019. World Premiere. Fridays & Saturdays, 8 PM; Sundays, 2 PM. Thursday, February 14, 8 PM; February 15: Opening night, post-show reception; February 17: Senior Sunday, all senior tickets $20, Free post-show talkback; February 23: Audio Described ; performance; February 24: Free post-show talkback
: Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit
TICKETS: Feb. 14, all tickets $20; $35 adults, $30 Seniors 65 and over, Students with ID 25 years and younger.
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Welcome to the weekly divorce group, held in the basement of the Unitarian church. The members are suddenly left stranded when Mitchell, their leader, leaves halfway through. Luckily, Barb has agreed to be the new group leader. Her unorthodox methods throw them all for a loop, but they eventually find that being off balance just might be the way to break through to a new understanding of their relationships.

This seriocomedy has been developed over the past several years in the Lab at Luna and in readings at Writers Theater of NJ and Dreamcatcher.


  • Harry Patrick Christian
  • Laura Ekstrand
  • Julian Gordon
  • Becca L. McLarty
  • Harriett Trangucci
  • Director: Betsy True

Stage manager: Amy Hadam
Assistant Stage Managers: Dana DeVries, Brooke Van Veen
Set Designer: Dave Maulbeck
Lighting designer: Zach Pizza
Sound designer: Jeff Knapp
Costume Assistant: Olivia Mastrangelo

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Hanover Wind Symphony to perform in Morristown on February 10

And the Trumpets Shall Sound

WHEN: Sunday, February 10, at 2:00PM
Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown
TICKETS: $20 for Museum Members, $25 for non-members, $20 for Seniors, and $15 for students (with valid student ID). They can be purchase on-site at the Museum and are available through the Bickford Theatre website at

The Hanover Wind Symphony will perform a special concert entitled And the Trumpets Shall Sound at the Morris Museum. The concert will feature the Hanover Wind Symphony’s trumpet section, and guest soloist, Michael R. Baker.

The concert is being held in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition, Trumpets, Weird and Wonderful: Treasures from the National Music Museum, which is on view through Sunday, March 17, 2019.

Wind bands like the Hanover Wind Symphony (HWS) are versatile and flexible ensembles with a wonderful repertoire of original wind literature written for them.

“This concert hopes to be a wonderful companion program to the Museum’s exhibition Trumpets, Weird and Wonderful: Treasures from the National Music Museum,” states Matthew Paterno, Music Director and Lead Conductor of the Hanover Wind Symphony. “We are proud to feature professional trumpet/cornet player Michael R. Baker as well as some great band literature that highlights the HWS trumpet section.”

In addition to Matthew Paterno, Kurt Zimmermann, the Associate Music Director, will also conduct a portion of the program. Michael R. Baker (left), the trumpet/cornet soloist for this concert, began his studies on the cornet at The Salvation Army with Derek Smith at the age of nine.  He holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Juilliard School where he studied trumpet with Philip Smith, Mark Gould and Edward Treutel. Besides his second trumpet position with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, he is a busy freelance musician in the New York area playing with the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera.  He has also played several shows on Broadway.  Baker is also a member of the prestigious Brass Band of Battle Creek.  He can be heard on many recordings of the New York Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and both the Montclair Citadel Band and the New York Staff Band of The Salvation Army. Baker teaches trumpet at William Paterson University.

One of only a small number of community-based adult wind bands in New Jersey, the Hanover Wind Symphony delights audiences of all ages by giving a contemporary twist to traditional favorites. The symphonic band is composed exclusively of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments, playing at a variety of venues in and around greater Morris County, NJ. When the group started playing together in 1985, there were 30 musicians. Now in its 34th season, the Hanover Wind Symphony has more than doubled in size. Its members are full-time professionals working outside the field of music and include accountants, attorneys, engineers, and corporate executives. A number of music educators also perform with the symphony as an outlet for their creative talents and an opportunity to refine their musical skills.

The Hanover Wind Symphony's program will include:

  • Galactic Fanfare: Randall D. Standridge
  • At Morning’s First Light: David R. Gillingham
  • Concerto for Trumpet and Symphonic Band: Alexander Arutiunian, Michael R. Baker-Trumpet
  • Danzon: Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Zimmermann-Conductor
  • Ride: Samuel Hazo; Richard Barrieres-Conductor
  • Willow Echoes: .Frank Simon; Michael R. Baker-Cornet
  • Gabriel’s Oboe: Ennio Morricone/arr. Robert Longfield; Michael R. Baker-Piccolo Trumpet
  • The Falls: Rossano Gallante

The Hanover Wind Symphony is a non-profit organization fulfilling its mission – to bring “music to people and people to music.” Called the “hidden gem” by the Daily Record, the ensemble offers a bright future for music in our community.

Trumpets, Weird and Wonderful: Treasures from the National Music Museum

WHEN: currently on view at the Morris Museum through March 17, 2019

The Morris Museum in partnership with the National Music Museum (Vermillion, South Dakota) presents the exhibit Trumpets, Weird and Wonderful: Treasures from the National Music Museum — 44 fascinating instruments from five continents.

Dating from the late 17th to the late 20th centuries, the instruments are on loan from the National Music Museum’s Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Collection of Brass Instruments, and most of them have never been on public exhibit.

Trumpets, Weird, and Wonderful celebrates the rich audible and visual variety of musical instruments in which sound is generated by buzzing the lips, sometimes called brasswinds. Broadly defined, trumpets come in many different forms and sizes and can be made of many different materials: animal horn, bone, conch, wood, and metals. Horns and trumpets have been in use as signaling instruments since prehistoric times. They play a role in ceremony and religion in many cultures. For centuries they have had a leading function in the military and the hunt. They are not only musical instruments but also objects of artistic expression, often with hidden meaning.

TICKETS: Ticket holders to And the Trumpets Shall Sound, can come to the Museum either before or after the concert to view the Trumpets, Weird and Wonderful exhibition for an additional $3 (payable on-site), and have access to the entire museum.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Leonia Chamber Musicians Society to Present Benefit Concert for Leonia High School Music Department

Our Hearts in Music: a benefit concert

WHEN: Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 4 p.m.
: Leonia High School’s Little Theater, 100 Christie Heights, Leonia
TICKETS: $30 General Admission. Students under age 18 are admitted free. Special VIP tickets are available for $75 and include attending the concert and a Meet the Artists reception that will be held at a private home. VIP ticket holders will meet the student and seasoned musicians, while enjoying appetizers provided by the Leonia Academy for Hospitality & Culinary Arts.
Tickets are available at these Leonia businesses: Green Cura, 454 Broad Avenue and Pacicco & Co Jewelers, 331 Broad Avenue. Tickets may also be purchased online at HERE. General Admission tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the performance.

For further information about the benefit concert, tickets, and sponsorship opportunities, call 201-951-8076, email, or visit or

The concert features a blend of Leonia and Edgewater music students performing alongside Leonia's professional musicians. The Leonia Chamber Musicians performing in this concert are: Theresa Norris, flute; Roy Lewis, violin; Maggie Speier, viola; Daryl Goldberg, cello; and Patricia Dougherty, bass. They will be joined by these five special guest artists: former Leonia High School student and The Juilliard School graduate, Samuel Katz, violin; Cynthia Phelps (left), Principal Viola of the New York Philharmonic; esteemed chamber musicians Barbara Mallow and Ronald Thomas, cellos; concert pianist Steven Masi; and internationally recognized soprano Wonjung Kim (below).

Music for the program includes Johann Sebastian Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major for violin, flute and clavier, BVW 1050 and Johannes Brahms Sextet in Bb Major for two violins, two violas and two cellos. Selections from the Broadway show Kismet and the Korean song "A Thousand Winds" by Hyo Kun Kim will also be presented.

Leonia Chamber Musicians and Students to Perform Together

“This performance is a great opportunity for student musicians to come together to show off their passion for music," said Christopher Yi, President of the Leonia High School Orchestra.

The benefit concert is presented in conjunction with Leonia Makes Music a NJ Non-Profit Corporation. Funds raised will defray the cost for Leonia High School music students attending the WorldStrides® Heritage competition this spring, where they will be judged by nationally acclaimed adjudicators. The experience has proved to increase students' self-esteem and skill set for growth. The students pay for the trip and do not receive any school funds to cover the costs.

"I look forward to the school joining with the community for a night of musical beauty. Leonia and Edgewater are communities that fully support the arts and our schools," said Dr. Edward Bertolini, Leonia Public Schools Superintendent.

About The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc.

The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc., a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, enriches the cultural environment of the community by presenting a series of high quality, affordable, and accessible chamber music concerts. The members of the Leonia Chamber Musicians are all professional musicians, who perform in the major concert halls of New York City. For more information on how to support the Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc., contact Ms. Daryl Goldberg at 201-947-3923 or by e-mail at

About Leonia Makes Music a NJ Non-Profit Corporation

Leonia Makes Music a NJ Non-Profit Corporation’s mission is to enrich the lives of and empower students through the experience of musical study at Leonia High School. The organization works to procure funding and in-kind donations in order to reach its mission’s goals, support the WorldStrides® Heritage competition trip, and assist in providing supplemental instruments and supplies to meet growing students' needs.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

More to do at MAM: Escape the cold—plan some fun at MAM!

New Directions in Fiber Art

WHEN: opening February 9
Montclair Art Museum, 3 S. Mountain Ave., Montclair

New Directions in Fiber Art, a dynamic exhibition from the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) opens to the public on Saturday, February 9. This highly anticipated exhibition features 42 New Jersey-based artists and more than 50 stunning works of contemporary art. The works, which are all constructed out of some form of fiber, draw inspiration from science, technology, politics, pop-culture, and traditional fiber art techniques.


JOIN TODAY for an invitation to the Members' Reception and Exhibition Preview 


MAM has been nominated 3 times in the 2019 People's Choice Awards! Make sure to cast your vote for MAM as Favorite Art Museum, Favorite Adult Art Class, and Favorite Visual Arts Camp.

Support MAM with your votes!

MAM needs your help! #MAMyarnbomb

MAM is organizing a yarn bomb on our campus trees to bring the fun and color of our galleries outside for everyone to see. Because of the beautiful old-growth (read: huge!) trees on the MAM grounds, this is a big, bright project. We need your help!

LEARN how you can get involved

Friday, February 1, 2019

“Hamilton” Themed One-Day Workshop in Red Bank

REGISTER HERE for more information

Chocolate Family Fun Day at the Morris Museum - February 9

Chocolate Family Fun Day

WHEN: Saturday, February 9, 2019, 11:00AM - 4:00PM. Museum Members have early access at 10:00AM
Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown
ADMISSION: FREE for Museum Members. (Early Access at 10:00AM) FREE with Museum Admission for Non-members.
To become a Member, and attend this special day for free, get early access, and visit the museum year-round for free visit, email, or call 973.971.3721.

Create a beautiful craft, meet chocolate vendors from around Morris County, learn more about chocolate, enjoy children's activities in our Dino Gallery, and see a children's show in the Bickford Theatre.

Further program and ticket information is available by calling 973.971.3700 or


  • Showcase of Chocolate - vendors will be on hand to present their treats in our Museum Court
    • Ava's Cupcakes
    • The Chocolate Path
    • Zigarelli Chocolates

  • Presentations by Susan Fine, The Chocolate Path
    • 12:15PM- 12:45PM - A Chocolate Tasting/Presentation
    • 2:45PM - 3:15PM - A History of Chocolate Presentation
      Susan runs The Chocolate Path, an online shopping destination for dark chocolate coupled with a live tasting, teaching and pairing service.
  • Craft Making - children will create Valentine Love Bug for someone special.
  • Touch the Music with Claudia Lemmerz - a hands-on exploration of different musical instruments. Drop-in from 12:00PM – 2:00PM.
  • Bickford Theatre Children's Show at 11:00AM and 1:30PM – Morgan’s Journey (purchase tickets online at or call the Bickford Theatre Box Office at 973.971.3706.


By Robert Scott

By CharLee Mares

WHEN: February 8th and 9th at 8pm/February 10 at 2pm
Jersey Shore Arts Center , 66 S Main St, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756
TICKETS: $25/$20 for students and senior citizens with an ID. 
For tickets and information, please visit us online at or by emailing or calling (732) 455-2748.

La Strada Theatre Ensemble is one of New Jersey’s premiere developmental theatre companies that brings together theatre artists from the tri-state area with playwrights from throughout the United States. 

THE ATTIC and GO FISH make a double bill of mysteries. In founding member and British resident Robert Scott's NJ Premiere of THE ATTIC, Demi began sorting out the attic, but she’s become obsessed with a letter she’s found. Is it a suicide note? A confession? What is her connection with the woman from the past?  In the world premiere of NJ resident CharLee Mares' GO FISH a card game unlocks the mystery of a murder. 

Robert Scott says of his play, “I’ve wanted for years to write a play set in two timezones and have either side of the stage set accordingly.  Eventually I got round to it with The Attic. Very quickly, I decided to make it a story where the present characters were learning of the events the past characters were playing out – but I knew I needed a connection to fit it together and decided that the twist could be for the characters in the present.  I tried to get a feel of something sinister was going on.” 

The evening stars Ali Dupris, Corynn Fazio, Becca Lettice, Tara London, Sarah Osman, Alexandria Pascucci  Ankit Sharma & Leon Weyhknecht IV.