Friday, May 24, 2019

“MUSIC THAT MAKES HOLLYWOOD” @ NJ FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA FINALE CONCERT

Join us for a magnificent season finale of epic classical works from epic Hollywood soundtracks!

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Theater League of Clifton to Present “The Man Who Came to Dinner”

The Man Who Came to Dinner
the classic comedy by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman

WHEN: May 31, June 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees start at 2 p.m.
WHERE:
Theresa Aprea Theater, 199 Scoles Ave., Clifton
TICKETS: adults $17 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets for seniors and students are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Group ticket sales are available. To reserve tickets call (973) 928-7668 or visit the Theater League’s website www.theaterleagueofclifton.com. The Theater League’s mailing address is PO Box 4072, Clifton, NJ 07012.

The Man Who Came to Dinner debuted on Broadway in October 1939 and was a 1942 film starring Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan and Monty Woolley. The comedy is set in the 1940s during the Christmas season. Sheridan Whiteside, an opinionated and arrogant radio personality, while on a speaking tour in Ohio, is invited to the home of the prominent Stanley family as a publicity stunt. However, upon his arrival, Whiteside slips at the front door, injures his hip, and a tumultuous six weeks of confinement follows.

The Stanley living room is monopolized by the irascible invalid Whiteside. Ex-convicts are invited to meals and transatlantic calls bring an outrageous phone bill. The arrival of strange gifts from his friends, along with famous guests from Hollywood and a sudden romance further destroys domestic tranquility. The family home harbors penguins in the library and an octopus in the cellar, all of which adds to the chaos.

Cast members for the show include Elizabeth Eisenmenger, John Traier, Karen Bednarz, Gary Koseyan, Debbie Buschsbaum, Carl Bergmanson, Victoria Lopez, Emma Himmelhock, Steve Adubato, Joe Krisocki, George Rex, and Lawrence Kelly.

The show is being produced through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc. Clifton residents Mark Peterson and Jalmari Vanamo are the co-producers, while Steve Bell of Hackensack serves as the director. Bell, a music teacher at Teaneck High School, last year directed the Theater League of Clifton’s production of “The Fantasticks.” Peterson is the president of the Theater League of Clifton, while Vanamo has served as musical director for many Clifton stage productions.

Founded in 2005, the Theater League of Clifton is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the arts through theatrical performances while providing quality entertainment for all ages. The Theater League of Clifton welcomes volunteers in all aspects of performance and production.

IMAGE L-R: Debbie Buchsbaum, George Rex, Karen Bednarz and Gary Koseyan

Summer Landscape Painting at Morven with Charles Viera

Summer Landscape Painting

WHEN: Tuesdays, June 18 through July 23, 2019 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
WHERE:
Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton
FEE: $220 for nonmembers and members of ACP and Friends of Morven

Morven and its historic gardens are enticing subjects for Charles Viera’s 6-week workshop which includes demonstrations, group and individual critiques. Open to students of all levels working in all media.  Light easels and chairs will be provided. Any questions, please email dlampertrudman@morven.org

Register here: https://public.artscouncilofprinceton.org/public/classdirect/690

More information: https://morvenmuseum.squarespace.com/summer-landscape-painting-at-morven-with-charles-viera

Live Arts Season at the Morris Museum Brings Thrilling, Original Work From Around the World to The Bickford Theatre

Live Arts at the Morris Museum

Live Arts at the Morris Museum, a bold new performance series, introduces cultural climate change to Morris County’s Morris Museum in historic Morristown, New Jersey. Innovative artists from around the world and around the area will dominate the season with world and regional premieres of the most interesting new work being created in music, dance and theater.

Live Arts at the Morris Museum is the brainchild of the new Curatorial Director of Live Arts, Brett Wellman Messenger who comes to The Morris Museum by way of The Santa Fe Opera and Peak Performances.

“I see this series as an impetus for exciting, new conversations with our audiences. They are savvy, sophisticated and ready for new cultural adventures right in their own backyard,” Messenger said. “We’re presenting works that align with the Museum’s evolving mission to explore sound, motion and kinetic art onstage as well as in the galleries.” Cleveland Johnson, Executive Director, says “The Morris Museum is a rarity in the museum world—it has its own performing arts facility. The Museum can become home for those eyeing new horizons, who are ready to be surprised, who are hungry for new artistic creations.”

On Thursday, June 6th there will be a Live Arts at the Morris Museum Launch Event where Kyle Marshall Choreography, who appear later in the season, will preview their new work, a duet called Horizon.

WHERE: Museum’s 312-seat Bickford Theatre, Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown

Dzul Dance:
The Last Mayan King

WHEN: Friday, September 20, 8:00PM, Saturday, September 21, 2:00PM

Javier Dzul has of the most impressive and exotic resumes in modern dance. He grew up in the jungles of southern Mexico performing Mayan ritual dance until the age of 16 when he became the last king of his Mayan tribe. He then left his home, becoming a principal dancer with Ballet Nacional de Mexico and Ballet Folklorico de Mexico before he went to Ballet Nacional de Cuba. From there he got a scholarship to study with Martha Graham and danced with the company and also worked with Pearl Lang and Alvin Ailey. Along the way he learned and performed aerial work. That, along with the Mayan history, the influences of modern dance legends is traced on his remarkable body and in the vastly rich physical vocabulary he draws upon in his extraordinary work. His choreography exudes a sinewy, sinuous muscularity befitting Mayan royalty. The Last Mayan King channels the ferocity and grandeur of Mayan culture and Dzul’s own trajectory. Despite the ravages of the conquistadores, Maya culture never vanished and remains thrillingly alive onstage in Dzul’s work.

Rob Kapilow
What Makes it Great/American Song Book/Cole Porter 
Featuring Broadway stars Michael Winther & Sally Wilfert

WHEN: Sunday, October 6, 2:00PM

The witty and urbane Cole Porter joyfully pushed the envelope of musical theater in the 1920s, 30s and 40s with ultra-sophisticated, often risqué songs banned by the censors and adored by theatergoers. Unlike most of the 20th century’s great songwriters, Porter grew up in a world of unbelievable wealth and privilege that included Yale, Harvard and astonishingly lavish travel. Yet beneath his socially perfect public persona was a hidden private life that influenced nearly all of his music and lyrics. Broadway stars Sally Wilfert and Michael Winther join Rob Kapilow for a musical tour through Porter’s extraordinary life and career, as they take a fresh look at Porter’s complex highbrow/lowbrow sensibility in classic songs like “You’re the Top,” “Night and Day,” “All Through the Night” and “Begin the Beguine."

Sylvia Milo
The Other Mozart

WHEN: Friday, October 18, at 8:00PM, Saturday, October 19, 2:00PM and 8:00PM

“Imagine an 11-year-old girl performing the most difficult sonatas and concertos of the greatest composers…with precision, with incredible lightness, with impeccable taste,” the Austrian press raved in 1763. That 11 year old girl was Maria Anna (nicknamed Nannerl) Mozart and The Other Mozart is an award-winning play based on the true story of the sister of Wolfgang Amadeus. A prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer who performed throughout Europe with her brother to equal acclaim, her work and her story faded away by the age of 18, lost to history in the shadow of her famous brother. This innovative production, created and performed by Sylvia Milo, imagines the life of the forgotten genius through her letters and features an original score written by Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen (who appears with her own show later in the Live Arts season) featuring music box and toy piano. “Strikingly Beautiful” – The New York Times

Telegraph Quartet and Robert Sirota 
Wave Upon Wave

WHEN: Sunday, November 3, at 2:00PM

San Francisco’s vibrant, young Telegraph Quartet joins forces with esteemed composer, Robert Sirota to perform his moving work, Wave Upon Wave. In this piece, which was commissioned to Telegraph Quartet, Sirota looks “inward to examine the topography of the human heart. Wave Upon Wave is about our fears, our hopes and our prayers that we will triumph over the forces of darkness that threaten to overwhelm us,” he says. If the string quartet is the mountaintop experience for composers, then Sirota has found the perfect musical partners to lift his work, and us, to the summit. Robert Sirota will be at the performance and will participate in a discussion about his work. In addition the Telegraph Quartet will perform Bartok’s String Quartet No. 4 and Haydn’s String Quartet in F Major, Op. 77, No. 2 to create an afternoon of glorious music.

10 Hairy Legs & Doug Elkins
Trouble Will Find Me: Remixed (World Premiere)

WHEN: Thursday, November 21-23 8:00PM

New Jersey’s own dance heroes, 10 Hairy Legs, celebrate the artistry of the male dancer. They will join forces with up-from-the-street choreographer Doug Elkins for Trouble Will Find Me: Remixed, a new site-specific piece staged, fittingly, in the Museum’s Main Gallery with the new exhibition, Aerosol: Graffiti l Street Art l New Jersey l Now as their backdrop. This unique and playful World Premiere allows the audience to experience ‘dance in the round.’ Trouble Will Find Me: Remixed will feature a new soundtrack of surprising pieces of music ranging from baroque to contemporary pop. Audience members are invited to sit, walk, and move about during this fresh dance happening. Each performance will be different as the nimble dancers respond spontaneously to the soundtrack (which will be played on shuffle) so that every performance is developing right before our eyes, a user-friendly Russian roulette of dance. There will be a cash bar in the gallery so audience members can imbibe during and after the performance which will then evolve into a social affair/dance party with the artists.

Yevgeny Kutik
Music from the Suitcase

WHEN: Saturday December 21, at 8:00PM and Sunday December 22, 2:00PM

When Yevgeny Kutik was five years old, he and his family emigrated from the deteriorating Soviet Union to the United States. They had to leave most of their possessions behind and fit everything else into just two suitcases. Yevgeny’s mother, a violin teacher, insisted on filling one of the suitcases with sheet music from the family’s collection. Years later, Yevgeny began to explore the music from the suitcase and was enthralled with the pieces he discovered, many of them banned by the Nazi State Music Bureau for being degenerate. “They began to organize themselves into a distinct array of moods and themes…Russian folklore, fantasy, and poetry. It reminds me of what we went through and how far we have come,” Kutik says.  Composer Richard Strauss headed the bureau for two years and tried to ensure that banned music by composers such as Mahler and Mendelssohn survived the Nazi reign. Music From A Suitcase unifies Strauss’ own luscious scores with prominent works by four composers whose music was banned: Mendelssohn, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, and Mahler. The various ways in which these five composers antagonized the Nazis through their artistry are exemplified in their respective pieces, highlighting the resilience and enduring power of art to fight tyranny and oppression.

Shows Announced for 2nd Year of Shakespeare in the Park!

Shakespeare in the Park in Bergen County is back for a second year! Black Box Studios initiated free performances of Shakespeare’s works in 2018, with rotating performances of Twelfth Night and Macbeth.

This summer, the team will return to the stage with Romeo & Juliet and Othello!

In July and August, a troupe of theater-makers will bring these shows to hot spots throughout Bergen County. The shows are free to the public, and supported in part by the Township of Teaneck and Englewood Library. Exact dates and locations to be announced soon!

In Romeo and Juliet, the most famous love story comes to life on stage this summer. The Montagues and Capulets have been feuding for ages. The children decide to take matters into their own hands, and the star-crossed lovers attempt to overcome the societal pressures surrounding them. Inspired by punk-rock, this adaptation with non traditional casting breathes new life into this classic tale.

Othello is a story about societal status and what it means to be an outsider. General Othello is a self-made man and a Moor who seems to reach the peak of his career and love life—but his friend Iago seeks to undo this happiness when Othello passes Iago over for a promotion. The play's varied and enduring themes will leave the audience questioning societal attitudes.

Black Box Studios is the team that brings free Shakespeare to Bergen County. Black Box Studios has been involved with educational theater for the past ten years, expanding to professional theater a few years ago.

This year, there is a special performance opportunity for teens ages 16-19: The Summer Shakespeare Experience! Participants will play ensemble roles in Othello and Romeo and Juliet alongside professional actors, observe rehearsals, attend master classes, and perform in a Showcase Night at the end of the summer! For registration info, please contact BlackBoxPAC@gmail.com by May 30.

Sponsorships are available to corporations and individuals! Benefits of becoming a sponsor include advertisement space in the showbill, mention in future press, and a special thanks in the pre-show announcement.

Please email blackboxpac@gmail.com for more info on how you can donate or become a sponsor.

GUEST Review: Three Cheers for “1776” at the Barn Theatre in Montville

Reviewed by Rick Busciglio May 19, 2019

A longtime resident of Parsippany, Sherman Edwards, was a composer, lyricist, musician, and schoolteacher. As a composer he wrote the scores for several Elvis Presley movies. as a composer and musician he worked with such bandleaders as Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Louis Armstrong. Today, Edwards, who died at only 61 in 1981, is best remembered for the one musical for which he wrote both the music and lyrics, 1776.”The playwright was Peter Stone. 1776 opened on Broadway in 1969 winning the Tony for “Best Musical.” The film version was released in 1972.

Now, just a few miles from where his former North Beverwyck Road home was located, 1776 is being impressively staged at the Barn Theatre in Montville. This is a robust, slightly bawdy, highly entertaining production that might more accurately been titled “The Birth of a Nation.” The plot, of course, centers on John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson as they attempt to convince the members of the Second Continental Congress seated in Philadelphia to vote for independence from Great Britain and sign the Declaration of Independence thus establishing the new nation, “The United States of America.”

Director Roseann Ruggiero has assembled an outstanding cast of 24 men and two women, led by Joe Elefante with a star turn as John Adams. Michael Foley is superb as Benjamin Franklin. He nicely displays his dual passion for liberty and female companionship (randy…a better word?), Jeffrey Dopson has fun as the spirited Richard Henry Lee of Virginia, Brian Eller is excellent as John Dickinson, the strong advocate for loyalty to the British Empire and the preservation of slavery in the southern colonies, Brad Bebout is fine as the great Boston patriot and president of the Congress, John Hancock. The two fine voiced ladies are Adelaide Prekopa as Martha Jefferson and D’Angelique Dopson as Abigail Adams.

If you have never seen a version of the play, we should note that it is not a Disney sanitized portrayal of the Founding Fathers. These are not “sanctimonious orators prone to dramatic proclamations of the glories of democracy.” You will be surprised by the humor, mild profanity and outright bawdiness in some of the scenes. For instance, Thomas Jefferson tells John Adams and Benjamin Franklin that he has writer's block and can't come up with anything for the Declaration of Independence because he "burns" for his wife, whom he has not seen in six months. Adams expresses similar yearnings, and Franklin then makes a joke about how at his age it's best to stick to writing because "the pen is mightier than the sword." New Jersey is prominent, particularly when a letter to the Continental Congress from George Washington reports on the general drunkenness of militia in New Jersey, and how their demand for prostitutes is greater than the supply of prostitutes in New Jersey, and that many have contracted venereal disease.
The play contains 13 musical numbers, with “Sit Down, John” (Adams and Congress); “Till Then” (Adams and Abigail); “But, Mr. Adams” (Adams, Franklin, Jefferson, Sherman and Livingston) and “Is Anybody There?” (Adams and Thomson)  particular standouts.

The balance of the cast of 1776 features: the imposing Tim Daniels as Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Barca as George Read, Roy Bogert as Andrew McNair, Jim Coakley as Col. Thomas McKean, Michael Daly as Leather Apron, Don Flynn as Dr. Lyman Hall, Michael Foster as Lewis Morris, Ronan Green as The Courier, Jim Hammill as Stephen Hopkins, Cory Herbert as Robert Livingston, Clinton L. Scott as James Wilson, Adam Mahonchak as Dr. Josiah Bartlett, Dave McDonald as Caesar Rodney, Donald Pauselius as Joseph Hewes, Lawrence Sanders as Rev. John Witherspoon of New Jersey, Robert Scarpone as Samuel Chase, Gabe Weiss as Edward Rutledge, Larry Wilbur as Rodger Sherman and Jared Zak as Charles Thompson.

Director Roseann Ruggiero’s support team includes; Music Director Tracy Lee Witko, Producer Geraldine Baillod and Carla Kendall, Stage Manager  Susan Hagen, Set Design Greg Moran, Set Decor Anette Angelini and Camille DiLorenzo, Scenic Artist Anette Angelini, Lighting Design Cheryl Wilbur ,Sound Design Larry Wilbur,

Props Camille DiLorenzo, Costumes Janice Schopper, Make-Up / Hair Pearl Hart,
Wig Consultant Natacha Moreno and Make-Up / Hair Christine Morgan

The principal take-away from this rousing depiction of the decision to revolt is that nothing has changed....even then our leaders were all too human. They were just as divided, just as prone to good and evil, just as irrational of temper as the politicians of today.Three cheers for cast and crew.

The remaining performances are on May, 25, 31 June 1, 7, & 8 at 8pm and May, 26 & June 2 at 2 pm. Tickets are $25 (senior/student tickets are $23 on matinees only).

Image: L to R; Joe Elefante as John Adams, Tim Daniels as Thomas Jefferson, Michael Foley as Benjamin Franklin, Cory Herbert as Robert Livingston & Larry Wilbur as Rodger Sherman [Photograph by Tom Schopper]

AUDITIONS @ CIRCLE PLAYERS FOR “THE TEMPEST”

AUDITION NOTICE:

THE TEMPEST
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Alicia Harabin

WHEN: Thursday, June 6, 7:30pm - 9:30pm; Monday, June 10, 7:30pm - 9:30pm; Callback Date(s): Monday, June 17. Callbacks are by invitation only.
WHERE:
Circle Players, at 416 Victoria Avenue, Piscataway, NJ

Piscataway's Circle Players and director Alicia Harabin seek 14 actors for the first production of our 2019-2020 season. Rehearsals will be scheduled as actors are available throughout the summer, then pick up to approximately thee per week in September.

Actors of all genders will be considered for most roles. Although the roles below are listed by degree of physicality, all roles in this show require more than average physical acting. Ages refer to stage age and are approximate.

Performance Dates: October 4, 5, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 (Fri/Sat @8pm, Sun @3pm)

Physically Demanding Roles:

  • Ariel (ageless) - A trio of actors working together to portray this formless, airy spirit who is able to control the elements, but is held captive by Prospero/a’s magic
  • Caliban (20s - 40s) - The half-human son of the witch Sycorax (former ruler of the island), now a “savage and deformed slave” to Prospero/a
  • Stephano (any) - a drunken butler
  • Trinculo (any) - a jester

Less Physical Roles:

  • Prospero/a (40s - 60s) - Deposed Duke of Milan, now magical ruler of the island
  • Miranda (16 - early 20s) - Prospero/a’s teenage daughter, who has little memory of their life before the island and no contact with other humans aside from her father/mother
  • Ferdinand (18 - 20s) - Prince of Naples, who believes he is the sole survivor of the shipwreck
  • Alonso/a (50s - 60s) - King/Queen of Naples, who fears they have lost their son and heir
  • Gonzalo/a (60s +) - Noble advisor to the king and former friend of Prospero/a
  • Sebastian (30s - 50s) - Younger sibling of Alonso/a, easily swayed toward ambition
  • Antonio/a (30s - 50s) - Duke of Milan, having deposed and exiled their older sibling
  • Boatswain/Adrian (any) - Ship’s officer, also plays a lord/lady attending the King/Queen

Readings will be from the script, and sides will be made available at www.circleplayers.org.

Those interested in Alonso or Gonzalo should read Prospero for their initial audition.

Those interested in Stephano, Sebastian or Adrian should read Antonio and Trinculo.

Performers are encouraged to read for more than one character.

Any questions can be directed to the production staff at circleplayersnj@gmail.com.

The Lord Stirling Theater Company Performs ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ in Basking Ridge

The Lord Stirling Theater Company will perform

The Importance of Being Earnest

WHEN: Friday, May 31, at 7:30PM, with additional performances on June 1 at 7:30PM, June 2 at 4:00PM, June 7 and 8 at 7:30PM, and June 9 at 4:00PM.
WHERE:
English Barn Theater at the Farmstead Arts Center, 450 King George Road, Basking Ridge, NJ
TICKETS: $20 general admission, or $15 for seniors (65 and over), Farmstead Arts members, and students.
For group sales (10+) please call 908.636.7576.
Tickets may be purchased online at http://farmsteadarts.eventbrite.com or at the door (cash only).

Oscar Wilde’s most popular and well-known play, The Importance of Being Earnest is a delightfully witty comedy mocking Victorian traditions and social customs, where manners and appearance are everything and style is more important than substance. First performed in 1895 at St. James’s Theater in London, this “trivial comedy for serious people” continues to entertain audiences over a century later with its brilliant wordplay and hilariously absurd plot in which two young aristocratic gentlemen use fictional identities to escape tiresome social obligations and pursue their romantic desires.

The Lord Stirling Theater Company’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest ” is directed by Lisa M. Black of Westfield. The cast includes: Ryan Fleming of South Brunswick as Jack Worthing (Ernest), Derek Egidio of Columbia as Algernon Moncrieff, Sarah DeVizio of Chester as Gwendolen Fairfax, Sharon McGuire of Westfield as Lady Bracknell, Allegra Mroz of Roxbury as Cecily Cardew, Cass Cochrane of Colonia as Miss Prism, David Kelley of Fanwood as The Reverend Canon Chasuble, and Jeff Forbes of Westfield as Lane/Merriman.

The Importance of Being Earnest begins The Lord Stirling Theater Company’s sixth season at the Farmstead Arts Center. A dynamic community of creative artists based in Basking Ridge, the group is committed to presenting innovative theater for diverse audiences, through readings and full productions of classical theater and new works, as well as exploring the American experience through compelling productions that illuminate and celebrate our history, culture and literature. The theater group fosters the next generation of theater artists and audiences by providing unique hands-on educational programming and training in all aspects of theater production.

The English Barn Theater is wheelchair accessible. Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services please send an e-mail in advance to farmsteadartscenter@gmail.com.

Funds for these events have been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant administered by The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

TRIBUTE CONCERT @ UCPAC’S HAMILTON STAGE TONIGHT

ROCK 'N' ROLL FANTASY: Tribute to Bad Company & Foreigner

ROCK 'N' ROLL FANTASY: Tribute to Bad Company & Foreigner

WHEN: Thu, May 23, 2019 8:00 PM
WHERE:
UCPAC'S Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway, NJ
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Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy, playing the music of Bad Company and Foreigner, is a band forged in the fires of classic rock.

  • Singer Kevin Brennan has shared the stage with Paul Rodgers of Bad Company, Tom Scholz of Boston, and Roger Daltrey of The Who.
  • Guitarist Bruce Edwards has performed with Simon Kirke of Bad Company, Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge, and members of Guns & Roses and Blue Oyster Cult.
  • Guitarist Derrek Hawkins started his musical journey with Sammy Hagar and went on to play for Stabbing Westward, Spacehog, and Ace Frehley of KISS.
  • Drummer Kevin Hupp played for Rick Derringer for ten years, and since then has worked with Eddie Van Halen, Hall & Oates, and Iggy Pop.
  • Bassist Andy Huenerberg has shared both stage and studio with such diverse figures as Aretha Franklin, Leonard Bernstein, and the “Godfather of Rock & Roll,” Chuck Berry.
  • Keyboard/Cowbellist Jess Kessler has worked with members of Blood, Sweat & Tears, Meatloaf and The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.

Save 30%–“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (TM) in Concert at NJPAC

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert

WHEN: Sat, June 1, at 2 pm & 7:30 pm 
WHERE:
NJPAC, One Center St., Newark

Special Offer:

Save 30%* when you order using promotion code WIZARD30 online, or call NJSO Patron Services at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476).
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Regular-price tickets are also available on NJPAC’s website or by calling the NJPAC Box Office at 1.888.GO.NJPAC (466.5722).

This concert is presented in collaboration with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Year Five begins! Between crushing on Cho Chang, studying for his O.W.L.s and the ever-growing number of detentions from Professor Umbridge™, Harry Potter™ must find the time to discover the secret of his terrible nightmares! See Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert on the big screen in high-definition and experience the NJSO performing Nicholas Hooper’s unforgettable score live.

Presented by CINECONCERTS.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s19)

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State Theatre New Jersey presents Happy Together Tour 2019

Happy Together Tour 2019

Featuring The Turtles, Chuck Negron, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, and more!

WHEN: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 8pm 
WHERE:
State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
TICKETS: $45-$95

The Turtles continue to be the signature headliners of the Happy Together Tour. Mark Volman will bring his infamous antics to the stage along with the Archie’s Ron Dante (who will be replacing Howard Kaylan). Together they will be performing all of the Turtles’ magical Top 40 Hits including “It Ain’t Me Babe,” “Elenore,” “She’d Rather Be With Me,” “You Showed Me,” The Archies’ mega-hit “Sugar Sugar,” and the title of the tour “Happy Together.”

Chuck Negron (above, right), formerly of Three Dog Night, is back on the Happy Together Tour due to popular demand! He brings Three Dog Night’s biggest hits to the stage, including “Joy to the World,” “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” “Shambala,” “One,” “Easy to Be Hard,” among others. 

Gary Puckett & The Union Gap (left) is thrilled to be on the Happy Together Tour again. Puckett’s trademark voice will be belting out his hits one more time. Fans will affectionately remember “Young Girl,” “Over You,” “Woman, Woman,” “This Girl Is a Woman Now,” “Lady Willpower,” “Don’t Give in to Him,” and more.

The Buckinghams will be back on the tour for the first time in five years! The band formed in 1966, and went on to become one of the top selling acts of 1967, including their No.1 hit “Kind of a Drag,” and other hits “Don’t You Care,” ”Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” and “Hey Baby, They're Playing Our Song.” With three chart hits at one time on two labels, in 1967, Billboard Magazine named them “The Most Listened to Band in America.”

The Classics IV is the newest addition to the Happy Together lineup. With their southern soft rock sound, they are one of the most popular and influential pop groups of the 60s and 70s. They achieved phenomenal success with multiplatinum hits “Spooky,” “Stormy,” “Traces,” and “Everyday with You Girl.”

The Cowsills have been dazzling crowds the last four years on the Happy Together Tour with their effervescent brand of contagious pop magic. Bob, Paul, and Susan Cowsill are a family singing group and the original inspiration for televisions, The Partridge Family. Best known for songs “The Rain, The Park and Other Things,” “Hair,” “Indian Lake,” and “Love American Style.” The Cowsills appeared on numerous television shows, including The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

For tickets, more information, or group discounts, call State Theatre Guest Services at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at STNJ.org. State Theatre Guest Services, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday to 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.

BONJ CONCERT TO FEATURE BRAHMS, MOZART & GERSHWIN MUSIC

Brahms, Mozart, Gershwin
WHEN:  Sunday, June 2, 3 p.m.
WHERE
:  Dolan Hall, The Annunciation Center, at The College of St. Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road in Morristown
TICKETS: $40, adults; $30, senior; and $5 students, under 22 with ID.
Tickets can be obtained by visiting the Orchestra’s web site www.baroqueorchestra.org or by calling the office, 973-366-8922; or at the door on the day of the performance

The concert features Variations on a Theme of Haydn by Brahms, Violin Concerto #3 by Mozart and Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F. In addition there will be performances by two youth ensembles. The Lakeland Youth Symphony will perform Purcell’s Rondo, Bach’s Air from Orchestral Suite #3, movement 1 of Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, movement 1 of Dvorak’s American String Quartet, and an arrangement of Desmond’s Take Five. The young pianists of Keys 2 Success will perform piano ensemble arrangements of Sibelius’ Finlandia and the Theme from the movie Moana.

Brahms composed the Variations in the summer of 1873.He was inspired by a score arranged for wind ensemble of the Chorale St Antoni, attributed to Franz Joseph Haydn. Many scholars believe now that the arrangement was not actually by Haydn at all, but that publishers added his name in the hopes that Haydn's name would lead to great sales. However, no other composer or arranger has been found, so perhaps it was by Haydn after all. 

"Whether the original chorale was composed by Haydn or not doesn't really matter," Maestro Butts commented.  "The strength of the work lies in the brilliant variations Brahms composed upon the chorale."

The Violin concerto was composed by Mozart between 1773 and 1776. At the time, he served as concertmaster for the orchestra of the Archbishop in Salzburg.   Most likely, he composed it for himself as soloist.  This 3rd concerto is one of Mozart's most popular early compositions.   It is filled with Mozart's energy and exuberant spirit.  The 2nd movement adagio is a bit unique in that it calls for two flutes to replace the two oboes in the other movements.   While a bit unique for Mozart, his was fairly common practice in the Baroque era when composers preferred the sound of two oboes for the more lively movements and the sound of two flutes for the more intimate and expressive movements.

The featured violin soloist will be guest artist Alyson Whelan-Rios. Ms.Whelan-Rios performs internationally as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician throughout the US, Canada, Europe, South Korea and Japan. She holds a Master of Arts degree in performance from NYU and also owns the instruction studio, Viva Violin, while serving as Orchestra Director at The Pingry School.

Gershwin's exciting concerto was composed in 1925 on commission from Walter Damrosch and the New York Symphony Orchestra, later to merge with the Philharmonic Society to become the New York Philharmonic.  Gershwin was asked to compose the concerto following the enormous success of Rhapsody in Blue the previous year.

Though the concerto resembles the Rhapsody in its use of jazzy rhythms and blues notes, it was a big step for Gershwin as a composer.   In form and structure, it is inspired by the great concertos of Beethoven and Brahms.  Thematic development and relationships are more intimately bound together.  The entire work is much more a work for piano and orchestra rather than piano with orchestra.

“I really look forward to performing this exciting work," Maestro Butts commented.  "Of course, I love performing Rhapsody in Blue, but the concerto represents a musical stretch in which we can hear Gershwin taking his ideas to new levels of creativity."

The featured piano soloist for the Gershwin concerto is Paul Zeigler, a frequent and favorite performer with the BONJ.

Paul Zeigler's multifaceted career as a pianist, composer, teacher, lecturer and adjudicator has taken him on performances throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. But no matter where he has performed, the critics have been unanimous: "absolutely thrilling, emotionally exciting, mind-expanding... a virtuoso performer."

Mr. Zeigler's triumphant debut as soloist in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the New Jersey Baroque Orchestra, Robert W. Butts, conductor, led to highly acclaimed performances of all five Beethoven Concerti with that group. In 2000 Mr. Zeigler received critical praise for his monumental series of Beethoven sonata performances. Mr. Zeigler also has 5 CD recordings.

When not performing and composing, Mr. Zeigler teaches music privately at his studio in Madison, New Jersey. He takes great pride in the fact that many of his students have gone on to win awards and acclaim in their own right.

"Preparing the George Gershwin Concerto in F for performance has been, for me, an exciting exploration into his multilayered masterpiece, a work that may very well be Gershwin’s greatest," said Mr. Zeigler.

“While the entire concerto is a challenging virtuosic endeavor for the piano soloist," Mr. Zeigler added, "it is also a collaborative work of the highest order, featuring many solos from within the orchestra, often in conversation with the piano. But the true brilliance of the piece is that it never feels contrived or academic. The sincerity of its ideas always feels fresh, new, and exciting. It is a profoundly personal work but one that also captures the spirit of its own time, the Roaring Twenties.  In 1925, at just 27 years of age (and one year after his historic achievement with Rhapsody in Blue), George Gershwin was able to merge these elements into an epic masterpiece that remains satisfying and relevant for all times."

The concert will have two special guest youth groups performing.

The Lakeland Youth Symphony since 1957 has provided musical education and performance opportunities for young musicians in Northern New Jersey. The organization now offers four progressively challenging levels of orchestras for experienced students, and a wonderful Prelude violin program for beginners. The goal of the Lakeland Youth Symphony is to enrich the lives of children through music!

Keys 2 Success is a not-for-profit organization that provides music education to children in public elementary school and project housing in Newark New Jersey. Keys 2 Success was founded in 2016 by Jee-Hoon Krska, a Juilliard-trained classical pianist, MIT-educated engineer, wife and mother of three who wanted to provide these children with the same opportunities available to her own children. Believing that music education is a vehicle that allows children to tap into their inherent capabilities, Jee-Hoon helps them develop the discipline and strategies to thrive, not just in music, but in academics and social situations thereby enhancing their lives and their communities. Modeled on the El Sistema program, Keys 2 Success provides individualized training on the piano, coupled with ensemble work to enhance collaborative ability and peer learning skills. Keys 2 Success is a community partner of the Junior League of Summit. A vibrant and growing community of volunteers drawn from the Newark and Summit area neighborhoods serve in the classroom and behind the scenes to form a robust network of mentors and advocates for the children, helping them navigate through and breakdown barriers to success.

GEORGE STREET PLAYHOUSE PARTNERS WITH NJPAC FOR THIS SPECIAL FAMILY EVENT

Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare
WHEN: Fri, May 31 @ 7PM
WHERE: Victoria Theater, NJPAC, One Center St., Newark
TICKETS: BUY ONE GET ONE FREE NOW THROUGH NJPAC 
Use code: JACK

Treat the entire family to this lively, new hip-hop musical based on the Magic Tree House adventure Stage Fright on a Summer Night by New York Times best-selling author Mary Pope Osborne.

No matter what, the show must go on! That’s what Jack and Annie learn when the Magic Tree House transports them back to Elizabethan England. There, the daring sibling duo meet William Shakespeare himself — one of the greatest writers of all time! Adapted from Osborne's critically-acclaimed book series, this tuneful tale— an original NJPAC production presented in partnership with George Street Playhouse—is sure to be a hit with kids and grown-ups alike.

The Magic Tree House series has been translated into 33 languages, has sold more than 135 million copies worldwide, and is the No. 1 best-selling chapter book series of all time. Showtime with Shakespeare features a book and lyrics by Jenny Laird and Will Osborne, with music and additional lyrics by Randy Courts.  

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Eden School Child Art Exhibition in D&R Greenway's Olivia Rainbow Gallery through May 31

D&R Greenway’s Olivia Rainbow Gallery presents

Wild Night
mural and nature artworks by The Eden School Students

WHEN: From April, Autism Month, through May 31. Gallery hours Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., closed holidays.
WHERE:
Student Gallery of D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton
ADMISSION: Free
609-924-4646  
www.drgreenway.org
For more information about Eden Autism Services visit www.edenautism.org or call 609.987.0099

Wild Night features a perky mural fairly leaping from the walls (above). Autism students of all ages crafted this evocative, three-dimensional evocation of nocturnal creatures, out and about under the moon. Eyes of intent owls echo a rising moon; bats, fireflies and saucy skunks seek midnight nutrients.

Each year, Eden students create inventive, intensely hued nature art for the Olivia Rainbow Gallery. The exhibition, a work-in-progress, began during April, to celebrate Autism Awareness Month.

Eden staff is known for guiding and inspiring multi-level success with their participants. When the mural was completed, staff brought their young artists to hang it. Eden students particularly respond to bright colors, evoking young Olivia Kuenne, in whose memory this gallery was founded and is maintained.  Her passion for nature and her own art skills live anew on this gallery’s walls through these young artists’ creativity.

Laura Pollack, Communications Coordinator of the Eden School, reminds that “Eden Autism is a recognized leader in improving the lives of children and adults with autism spectrum disorder.”  Founded in 1975, Eden was “among the first providers to address the need of services across the lifespan – from the point of diagnosis through adulthood. Eden provides expertise in working with … the most challenging and complex behaviors.”  Rather than grades, Eden’s students of many ages belong to Classrooms, as in “Early”, “Middle”, “Early Childhood Classroom, and so forth. Eden’s mission is “to improve the lives of people with autism, - one individual at a time, one family at a time, one community at a time.”  www.edenautism.org  609 987 0099.

“We are delighted to partner once again with The Eden School,” asserts D&R Greenway Land Trust President & CEO Linda Mead. “Both our organizations are vital to the health and well-being of people in central New Jersey and beyond. Eden is nationally recognized as an ever-expanding leader improving the lives of both children and adults with autism.  Eden provides everything from early intervention to consultation, and useful seminars with world-renowned experts on the subject of this specialty.  Meanwhile, D&R Greenway makes sure our communities have clean drinking water and natural where children and adults can experience the outdoors, achieving healthier lives. So many studies show how important walking in natural surroundings is for human development and the brain.”

Alliance Repertory Theatre Company presents “Circle Mirror Transformation” by Annie Baker

Circle Mirror Transformation
by Annie Baker

WHEN: May 31st thru June 15th. Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Thursday, June 13th at 8pm, and Sunday, June 9th at 3pm.
WHERE: Lower level MONDO, 426 Springfield Avenue in Summit.
For reservations, email us at visit www.alliancerep.org or email Mondo at info@mondosummit.com.

In a small town in Vermont, five strangers embark on a unique journey lead by a free-spirited and supportive instructor Marty (Lauri MacMillan). The weekly adult acting class is comprised of a recently divorced, carpenter named Schultz (Jason Kruk), a vibrant former actress Teresa (Jackie Jacobi), Marty’s quiet husband James (Glen D. Post) and Lauren (Brooke Stephenson), a self-conscious high schooler. Through a series of seemingly trivial acting exercises, quiet wars are waged, emotional wounds are nursed and healing is finally, and slowly, able to begin. Playwright Annie Baker takes the audience on a transcendent journey through the mundane into the profound.

“It seems so simple—strangers performing theatre games, but the reality turns out to be moving, revealing, and ultimately life-changing, for all the characters,” says Director John A.C. Kennedy. “And these remarkably talented actors bring so much of their own honest selves to the roles that one cannot help but be personally impacted.”

What critics have said about Baker’s piece: "By the play's end we seem to see to the very bottom of these souls, and feel how the artificial intimacy of the acting class has shaped their lives in substantial ways.”—NY Times.

"[Circle Mirror] is about real people exploring their lives through tiny leaps of faith and creativity." —BackStage.

"Baker develops her characters slowly through their interactions each week in class, which is the only place [the audience sees] them. Naturally, their real, offstage lives gradually infiltrate the classroom, revealing insights and transformations both humorous and heartbreaking." —Associated Press.

Summer means UCPAC's Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Party!

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

WHEN: Friday, May 31, 5 PM
WHERE: Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway
TICKETS: $30 advance, $35 at the door

Interested in package tickets, including both the above event and "An Evening with Patsy Palma?" Click the link below!

Package Tickets

As always, there are no added fees no matter how you choose to purchase your tickets. The UCPAC has a NO REFUNDS and NO EXCHANGES policy that applies to all ticket sales. Discount codes cannot be combined and cannot be applied to past purchases.

Box Office hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM-5 PM, with extended hours of 11 AM-8 PM on Thursdays. The Box Office is also open starting 1 hour before Hamilton Stage events, and 2 hours before Main Stage events.

Box Office: (732) 499-8226

Premiere Stages at Kean University Announces 15th Anniversary Season

Premiere Stages at Kean University’s 15th Anniversary Season

Featuring four new plays that explore the power and responsibility of legacy, the season will kick off with Tammy Ryan’s The Wake, winner of the 2019 Premiere Play Festival, the theatre’s annual competition for unproduced scripts written by playwrights affiliated with the greater metropolitan area. Running June-October, the season will also feature the New Jersey Premiere of Yasmina’s Necklace by Rohina Malik, as well as developmental workshops of Walden by Amy Berryman, a finalist for the 2019 Premiere Play Festival, and Robey, a new play about civil rights icon Paul Robeson by Joe Sutton, recipient of the 2019/2020 Liberty Live Commission. (Above, left to right: playwrights Amy Berryman, Tammy Ryan, Rohina Malik & Joe Sutton. Photos courtesy of Premiere Stages)

“The characters who are central to the plays in our 2019 season find themselves in situations where bold actions are required, contemplating the lessons of the past as they navigate their worlds toward a better tomorrow,” stated John J. Wooten, Producing Artistic Director of Premiere Stages. “It is a fascinating mix of plays and we are very excited to share them.”

TICKETS: Prices range from $15-$30, with deep discounts available for season packages, groups, seniors, and students; admission to all staged readings and workshops is free.
Premiere Stages also offers a series of free interactive lobby talks and post-show discussions in conjunction with select performances.
To purchase tickets or inquire about season packages, please call the box office at 908-737-7469 or visit www.premierestagesatkean.com/current-shows.

THE WAKE
WHEN: July 11-28
WHERE:
Bauer Boucher Theatre Center, Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave., Union

In Ms. Ryan’s The Wake, Maggie and Rosemary rent a beach house in Florida to scatter their sister’s ashes six months after her death, only to find themselves and their respective partners staring down a hurricane. As the storm begins to rage, strange encounters with wildlife signal something more is going on. Filled with humor and heart, The Wake explores grief, family and America’s shifting cultural and environmental climates. A Francesca Primus Prize Winner for her play Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods (developed and produced at Premiere Stages), Ms. Ryan’s work has also been produced by Luna Stage, Pittsburgh Playhouse, 29th Street Rep and Florida Stage. The Wake, the fourth of Ms. Ryan’s plays to be produced by Premiere, will be directed by Mr. Wooten, who most recently collaborated with Tammy on the New Jersey Premiere of Soldier’s Heart.

YASMINA’S NECKLACE
WHEN: September 5-22

WHERE: Bauer Boucher Theatre Center, Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave., Union

The season continues with the New Jersey Premiere of Ms. Malik’s Yasmina’s Necklace, previously presented at the 16th Street Theater and Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Nominated for the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Play, Yasmina’s Necklace tells the story of Abdul Samee. Abdul’s father is Iraqi and mother is Puerto Rican - but if you ask him, he'll say he's Italian. Longing to shed his cultural identity, Abdul changes his name to Sam, marries an American and does everything in his power to turn away from his heritage. But when Sam meets Yasmina, a beautiful woman from his father's homeland, he begins to learn that a tree without roots cannot stand for long. A Resident Playwright Emeritus at Chicago Dramatists, Ms. Malik is the recipient of the 2018 Lee Reynolds Award. Kareem Fahmy, who currently serves as the Phil Killian Directing Fellow at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, directs.

WALDEN
WHEN: June 14-16
WHERE: Bauer Boucher Theatre Center, Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave., Union
ADMISSION: free

The season also includes a staged reading of Ms. Berryman’s Walden, runner-up for the 2019 Premiere Play Festival. Set in the not-so-distant future, Walden imagines a world where climate change has intensified and scientists are recommending that humans colonize other planets. Cassie, a NASA botanist, returns from deployment in space and is shocked to find her sister, Stella, a former NASA architect, engaged to a man determined to stick it out on Earth. As the twins grapple with questions of rivalry and love, humanity hangs in the balance. An actor and writer originally from Seattle, Ms. Berryman recently won the LA Short Film Festival’s Best Drama Award for You Are Everywhere, which she wrote, co-produced and starred in. Mia Walker, who will serve as Associate Director on the upcoming Broadway musical Jagged Little Pill, directs.

ROBEY
WHEN: October 18-20
WHERE: Kean University’s new Liberty Hall Academic Center

Premiere’s season concludes with a developmental reading of Mr. Sutton’s 2019/2020 Liberty Live Commission, Robey, scheduled to be presented in Kean University’s new Liberty Hall Academic Center. In 1919, Paul Robeson (Robey to his college friends) was asked to give the valedictory address at Rutgers University. As the first African American student to be selected for this honor, he was very conflicted about the tone and message of the monumental speech. Robey explores his journey as he prepares his remarks, overcoming the doubts and fears that filled a very young man at a pivotal point in New Jersey's history. A resident of West Orange, Mr. Sutton’s plays include As It Is In Heaven, The Third Army, Restoring the Sun and the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Voir Dire. Scholar Nathaniel G. Nesmith, whose work has appeared in American Theatre, The New York Times and African American Review, is the dramaturg for the project.

Premiere Stages offers affordable prices, air-conditioned facilities and free parking close to the theatre. Premiere Stages also provides free or discounted tickets to patrons with disabilities. All Premiere Stages facilities are fully accessible spaces, and companion seating is available for patrons with disabilities. Assistive listening devices and large print programs are available at all times; publications in alternate formats are available with advance notice. Sign-interpreted, audio-described and open-captioned performances are available upon request; please call 908-737-4077 at least two weeks prior to your desired performance. For more information, please visit Premiere Stages online at www.premierestagesatkean.com.

Jersey City New Play Festival Closes JCTC Spring Season

Jersey City New Play Festival

WHEN: May 30 and May 31; Doors: 6:30/ Show: 7:00
WHERE:
Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City
TICKETS:
$10
To purchase tickets visit: www.JCTCenter.org

Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) concludes its Spring 2019 Season with the Jersey City New Play Festival.

Back-to-back evenings of cutting-edge theatre by emerging playwrights, the Jersey City New Play Festival opens with a staged reading of a new play about the life and times of Shirley Chisholm, the first black congresswoman and the first black woman to run for president. On May 31, a trio of short plays exploring a range of themes –Lost Property, Stateroom, and An Encounter – will be presented.

May 30

Unbossed & Unbowed – Shirley Chisholm was the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress.  In 1972, she ran for the Presidential nomination of the Democratic party. Written by Ingrid Griffith and directed by Ana Margineanu.

May 31

  • Lost PropertyLove, loss, houses, land and how little we understand each other. ​Written by Megan Furniss and directed by Jacquelyn Claire de Villiers​.
  • Stateroom In spite of his addiction, Renee’s lover holds the reins in their relationship. When he takes her on a cruise to Mexico, she is forced to question whether her subjugation is worth fighting for.​ Written by Karin Diann Williams and directed by John Pietrowski.
  • An Encounter – A devoutly religious woman has an encounter that tests the foundations of her faith. A play about the mystery of evil and the limits of forgiveness. Written by Michael McGoldrick and directed by John Pietrowski.

JCTC is committed to exposing audiences to fresh voices in theatre and the arts. The plays in the festival were selected from dozens of submissions and will be featured in a staged reading format using professional actors and directors, followed by a talk-back with the audience.

“With the four plays we’re presenting as part of the Jersey City New Play Festival in May, we are concentrating on writers from diverse backgrounds and continuing to expand our circle of new voices,” said Olga Levina, Artistic Director, JCTC. “Theater is ever-changing and we want the writers, actors and directors together with the audience to be part of that change.”

Staged readings of new plays not only enable audiences to discover new writers, but invites the community to collaborate in the theatre development process. Play readings have been integral components of JCTC programming. This year is the 3rd Annual Jersey City New Play Festival. In March –Woman’s History Month – JCTC presents readings of plays focused on Feminist issues, in Partnership with The Writers Theatre of NJ.

Given the success of that program, JCTC extended the festival into May with a new selection of plays, expanding the festival’s parameters to include short works and Unbossed & Unbowed – a one-woman play. Written and performed by Ingrid Griffith, the first act was presented by JCTC in October. The Jersey City New Play Festival will be the debut performance of the complete, two-act version of Unbossed & Unbowed.

The two May days of the Jersey City New Play Festival were curated by Catalina Florina Florescu, a professor of theater and comparative literature at Pace University and Steven Vessella, Theater Manager, JCTC.

“The plays selected for the festival bring a fresh look into current issues,” said Florescu, who is also the New Play Development Curator for JCTC. “Via stage readings and an audience Q & A, each playwright gets the chance to receive feedback from the audience to further develop the impact of their work.

Photograph by Bang Chau/Courtesy of Jersey City Theater Center)

7 plays, 3 performances, 1 awesome event!

MST: Mile Square Theatre

The 7th Inning Stretch: 7 10-minute plays about America's favorite pastime!

15th Annual 7th Inning Stretch
WHEN: May 31 – June 2; Friday & Saturday at 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM
WHERE:
Mile Square Theatre, 1408 Clinton Street, Hoboken
TICKETS: Friday Triple Play Party: $75; Saturday and Sunday: $30; Student/Senior (62+): $18
Buy Tickets
MST Box Office: 201-683-7014

Enjoy a terrific lineup of short plays about the great American pastime. This year’s roster features NEW WORK by celebrated and up-and-coming playwrights.

Get your tickets for the 15th Annual 7th Inning Stretch today. Join us friday for the Triple Play Party with complimentary food and drink before the show.

TRIPLE PLAY PARTY

Join us Friday before the show for the party!

WHEN: Party @ 7 PM (Curtain @ 8 PM)

Your ticket includes complimentary:

  • Catered food from one of our restaurant partners
  • Ben and Jerry’s ice cream
  • Open bar with wine, beer, and signature cocktails
  • Hot dogs and pretzels from our authentic ball park hot dog cart
  • Plus mingle with the playwrights and MST creatives

PARTY TICKETS

Can’t make it? You can still play a part!

More than 50 artists and volunteers, including the performers and playwrights who contribute their work, donate their time and talents to make this unique event a success. Please consider making a gift in their honor! Your donation supports the high-quality professional productions and the educational programs you love.

DONATE TO MST

Estimated run time: 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Recommended for ages 10+

Sign Up Now - Limited Spots for Summit Playhouse’s “High School Musical JR” Summer Workshops!

Just a few spots left for HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JR musical theater workshops coming to The Summit Playhouse in June. Registration closes May 31 so sign up now!*

Join us for these one-week, intensive workshops of High School Musical Jr for ages 6-12! Through these high-energy production workshops, students will sing, act, dance and experience teamwork through the magic of theater, with the week culminating in two performances per group in our air conditioned facility, in front of friends and family! Roles will be assigned based on auditions in early June and all performers will be featured and get their chance to shine!

WHEN:

  • Session 1 for ages 6-8: June 24th - June 28th, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Performances on June 28th at 7:00 PM and June 29th at 1:00 PM.
  • Session 2 for ages 9-12: June 24th - June 28th, 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM. Performances on June 29th at 7:00 PM and June 30th at 1:00 PM.

WHERE: Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Ave., Summit
TUITION: $350/student. Includes an audition workshop, 15 hours of instruction, two performance dates, a workshop t-shirt, and a DVD recording of the production.

Go to http://www.thesummitplayhouse.org/kaleidoscope-youth-theatr… for details on the workshops.

Director: Matthew Green

Musical Director: Daphne Meng

Choreographer: Alexa Kerner

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

CALL FOR ENTRIES - FOR THE CHILDREN EXHIBIT

La Vie Galerie LLC For the Children Exhibit

WHEN: June 23, 2019 – July 12, 2019. Opening Reception and Book Signing Sunday, June 23, 2019
WHERE:
La Vie Galerie LLC, 106 Naylon Ave., Livingston, New Jersey

This exhibit is in conjunction with the launch and book signing of a children’s book by Lester Blum. 

Open Call geared to For the Children 

All work accepted for this exhibit will be geared toward children. You may submit all 2D & 3D art including illustrations, painting (all media), photography, graphic art, sculpture, etc. No submission fee charged. 

  • All submissions must be received by June 1, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance – June 7, 2019.
  • Accepted artwork must be delivered or received by the gallery by June 14, 2019 (no exception).  If shipping, the work must be packed in reusable packaging (no peanut packing) with a return shipping label enclosed.

All artwork received must be framed, wired (no saw tooth hangers) and ready to be hung.  Work not properly framed and submitted will not be exhibited.

Maximum submission - 5 images for consideration.  Please submit as JPEG files, 72 dpi, no longer than 7” on the longest side to LaViegalerie@gmail.com

Label files as follows:  yourfullnamenameofartwork  e.g. thomasbrownemptyroad

In the email please include a list of all submissions giving the following information:

Name
Address
Phone Number
Email address
Name of artwork
Media
Dimensions (unframed)
Price

Gallery commission on all sales is 25%.

Feel free to pass this Call for Entries on to other artists.

More to do at MAM: Register today for Adult Summer Classes

WHERE: Montclair Art Museum, 3 S. Mountain Ave., Montclair

Priority Registration is open! SummerART Classes for Adults

Summer fun is for everyone at MAM's award-winning Yard School of Art. There are so many ways to be creative including new, short-term classes, and your classic favorites.

BROWSE the brochure

JOIN TODAY to enjoy priority registration

Join the SummerART team!

MAM is looking for energetic, creative students ages 15+ to join the SummerART team as camp counselors-in-training. SummerART CIT's gain valuable work experience working with kids and museum educators.

CIT's are also encouraged to join in on the SummerART fun and are eligible to register for a summer class at a 50% off!

Applications due May 21

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Rand Forum Exclusive Event! Vault Tour with Pam Jardine

Enjoy an exclusive look at MAM’s galleries and vault with Pam Jardine, MAM’s Native American curator! MAM's vault is home to a multitude of art and objects you don't see in the galleries. Do not miss this rare chance to explore Rand Gallery and the collection in storage in this underground tour!

May 30, 6:30 p.m.

Already a Rand Forum registrant? RSVP today!

LEARN more about joining Rand Forum

FREE! Teen Night: Gathering of the Vibes

Planned by MAM's high-school interns, Teen Night: Gathering of the Vibes, is a celebration of art, optimism, and of course, good vibes! The evening features art making, tie-dye, live music, and more

May 31, 6–9 p.m.

CHECK OUT the full line-up of events

Gathering of the Vibes is organized by MAM’s High School Interns, a year-long paid internship for high school Juniors and Seniors.

LEARN MORE about this internship opportunity 

Darress Theatre Jazz Night - featuring Alsamarol 2057

Jazz Night

featuring Alsamarol 2057

WHEN: Saturday, May 25th, at 8:00PM 
WHERE:
Darress Theater, 615 Main Street, Boonton
TICKETS: $25 at the door and online

Tickets can be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets or by clicking HERE
For additional info, call the box office: 973-334-9292

Darress Theater Short Play Festival: "Politically Incorrect"

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Politically Incorrect

Five One-Act Plays

Written by Larry Cutrone, Jamian Nass, Rick Monaco & Ralph Greco, Jr.
Featuring Comedy Star Bob Pearsall

WHEN: Thursday, May 23rd, and Friday, May 24th, at 8:00PM and Sunday, May 26th, at 3:00 and 8:00PM
WHERE:
Darress Theater, 615 Main Street, Boonton
TICKETS: $15 at the door and online
Tickets can be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets or by clicking the links below:

Friday May 24th:

Sunday May 26th @ 3:00PM

Sunday May 26th @ 8:00PM

For additional info, call the box office: 973-334-9292

JAZZ THIS WEEK IN NEW BRUNSWICK

COME EARLY, TAVERN ON GEORGE  FILLS QUICKLY!

RESERVATIONS STRONGLY SUGGESTED 
732-545-6205
INFO@TAVERNONGEORGE.COM

Friday, May 17, 2019

GET TICKETS NOW FOR UCPAC’S “OPEN HOUSE VOL. 2: A DANCE SHOWCASE”

OPEN HOUSE VOL. 2: A DANCE SHOWCASE

OPEN HOUSE VOL. 2: A DANCE SHOWCASE

WHEN: Sat May 25, 2019 7:00 PM
WHERE
: UCPAC Mainstage, 1601  Irving St., Rahway
TICKETS: $25. Price increases to $30.00 at door on the night of the event.
GET TICKETS

We're extremely excited to announce The Wannabes' 2nd annual Open House: A Dance Showcase!

Open House Vol. 2 is an open dance party in a carefree and enjoyable setting to celebrate our community's mutual love and passion for the expressive art of dance and to cap off our hardworking competition season! Our lineup consists of performances produced by the collaborative efforts of both NJ and NY teams as well as of teams outside the Tri-State community. We hope to bring back the nostalgic 90s era of dance when it was just one big house party!

Show is roughly 2 hours long.

New Dance Camp for Children and Teens in Rahway This Summer

BOLD Arts Dance Camp

BOLD Arts Dance Camp

WHEN: August 5-9, 9 AM to 3 PM each day
WHERE:
UCPAC'S Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway
ENROLL NOW

BOLD Arts and UCPAC invite you to join us in our inaugural summer partnership. New and experienced dancers, movement enthusiasts, and theater-lovers will enjoy a creative and rigorous week of dance camp, which will culminate in a high-energy, original performance with live music at Union County Performing Arts Center on Friday, 8/9/19.

Participants are immersed in a thought-provoking theme used to inspire their show. Each day dancers learn new choreography, create original work, make scenery and costumes, and sing with live music. Expect to have fun, be challenged, and be exposed to various styles of dance, physical storytelling, and incredible music. Sharpen your dance and performance skills in a supportive and energized environment with NYC teaching artists.

Enrollment is limited and ends Friday, 8/2/19 at 5 PM! Suitable for grammar school students (grades 3-6, "Child") and young teens (grades 7-10, "Teen").

For more info: www.bold-arts.com

BOLD Arts: Final Performance!

WHEN: Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:15 PM
WHERE
: UCPAC'S Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway
GET TICKETS

Participants in BOLD Arts' one-week dance camp have collaboratively created an original show inspired by dancemakers on the stage and on the silver screen. They've learned masterworks by famous choreographers and made their own dances using the tools and techniques of the greats! Come support these artists and see the culmination of a creative and rigorous week of dance camp in the form of a high-energy, original performance with live music.

State Theatre New Jersey presents “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live:

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!

King for a Day!

WHEN: Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 3pm & 6pm 
WHERE
: State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
TICKETS: $19-$44
For tickets, more information, or group discounts, call State Theatre Guest Services at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at STNJ.org. State Theatre Guest Services, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday to 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.

The hugely popular Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!, based on the #1 PBS KIDS TV series, has delighted live audiences on stages across the country. Now, in its third year of touring, your favorite characters are hopping back on-board Trolley and coming to State Theatre New Jersey!

Daniel and all of his friends invite you for a brand-new adventure in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe where Daniel learns just what it takes to be King. The beloved characters come alive on stage with new songs to sing along to, magical moments, and many surprise guests along the way! It’s an event filled with teaching the valuable lessons of kindness, helping others, and being a friend.

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.

The Thurnauer School of Music at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Invites Musicians of All Ages to Audition for Performance Ensembles

AUDITION NOTICE:

WHEN: Sunday, June 2
WHERE
: Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly

The Thurnauer School of Music at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, New Jersey’s leading community music school, invites musicians from the tri-state area to its Spring Ensemble Auditions for the 2019-20 school year.

Auditions will be held for participation in chamber music ensembles:

  • The String Camerata and Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra
  • TeenTown Jazz Big Band
  • Young People’s Chorus @ Thurnauer
  • chamber music ensembles
  • In addition, the school will hold placement evaluations for music theory classes.
  • Auditions for Senior Flute Choir and the Percussion Ensemble are available by appointment.

“We are very excited for our 37th season at the JCC Thurnauer School of Music,” said founding director Dorothy Kaplan Roffman. “We invite musicians of all ages and abilities to share their talents with us and see how they can grow and thrive at the music school under the guidance of our outstanding faculty.”

Thurnauer ensembles rehearse weekly and are led by highly skilled and dedicated teachers.  Each ensemble performs several times throughout the year and has unique opportunities to perform with renowned guest artists. In the past this has included great legendary musicians such as violinist Joshua Bell, New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert, legendary jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, jazz artist New York Yankee, Bernie Williams, and artistic director and the founder of Young People’s Chorus Francisco J. Núñez.

For full descriptions of each ensemble, as well as required audition repertoire for the orchestras and chamber music ensembles, please visit www.jccotp.org/Thurnauer.

All auditions are by appointment only. To schedule an audition, call 201-569-7900, ext. 375 or email rsearles@jccotp.org. Alternate dates or video auditions may be arranged for those unable to attend on June 2. The JCC Thurnauer School of Music’s 2018-19 school year begins late September.

About the JCC Thurnauer School of Music

Founded in 1984, the JCC Thurnauer School of Music serves over 500 students from infancy through adulthood, offering a comprehensive program similar to the finest pre-college conservatories. The Thurnauer experience includes instrumental lessons, ensembles, and classes, master classes with world-renowned artists; a chamber music series; faculty recitals; frequent student performances; and a long-term partnership with the Englewood Public School District. Thurnauer is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, has been named a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and received an award for “excellence and high standards” from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

CENTENARY STAGE COMPANY’S YOUNG PERFORMER WORKSHOP TO PRESENT ANNUAL SPRING FESTIVAL OF SHOWS

YOUNG PERFORMER WORKSHOP ANNUAL SPRING FESTIVAL OF SHOWS

WHEN: May 24 through June 2 with specific performance times varying
WHERE
: All performances are held in the Little Theatre located at 400 Jefferson street on the campus of Centenary University.
TICKETS: $12.50 for adults and $10.00 for children under 12.
For performance dates, times and to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the box office at (908) 979 – 0900.

Centenary Stage Company’s critically acclaimed Young Performers Workshop returns to the Little Theatre at 400 Jefferson Street on the campus of Centenary University for the annual Spring Festival of Shows. The Spring Festival of Shows runs in rep . Tickets for performances are

GREASE
book, lyrics and music by Warren Casey & Jim Jacobs

Grease is among the world’s most popular musicals with an eight–year run on Broadway, two subsequent revivals, a film adaptation and innumerable school and community productions.  Here is Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head "greaser" Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their "Summer Nights" as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as "Greased Lightnin'," "It's Raining on Prom Night," "Alone at the Drive-In Movie" recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. Grease is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

WHEN:  Friday, May 24 at 8pm; Sunday, May 26 at 7pm; Thursday, May 30 at 7:30pm; Saturday, June 1 at 8 pm and Sunday, June 2 at 1pm.

THE CLOWN
book, Lyrics and Music by C. Robert Jones

The Clown is the story of Mumbles, a shy clown, who falls in love with the beautiful ballerina, Doria.  When Dr. Tutto, the jealous circus owner discovers this, he frames Mumbles with the theft of the circus money box, and Mumbles is banished. The Clown is presented through the Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency, Inc.

WHEN: Saturday, May 25 at 2pm; Sunday, May 26 at 4pm and Saturday, June 1 at 5pm.

COUNT TO TEN (A BRAND NEW FAMILY MUSICAL
book by Michael Blevins & Beth Clary and music & lyrics by Michael Blevins, Scott Knipe, Bruce Sacks, and David Wollenberger

Loner, and unemployed actor/writer Victor heads to Starwood Performing Arts Camp in the Catskill Mountains where he is forced into producing his unfinished original musical with a cast of adolescents. Madoc Dean, whose long unkept hair barely covers the suspicious look in his eyes, learns with Victor that no man can make it alone. Despite Victor's inherent distrust of women he eventually learns to love one, Claire the camp's ballet teacher. Count to Ten is a high-spirited, toe-tapping, rich and satisfying musical that gets richer with repeated viewings. Count to Ten is presented through special arrangement with Group Theatre Too.

WHEN: Saturday, May 25 at 5pm; Friday, May 31 at 8PM; Saturday, June 1 at 2PM and Sunday, June 2 at 7PM.

ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer, music by Mary Rodgers and lyrics by Marshall Barer

If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken's love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again. Once Upon a Mattress is presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals.

WHEN: Saturday, May 25 at 8PM; Sunday, May 26 at 1PM and Saturday, June 2 at 4PM

The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Avenue Hackettstown, NJ. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5pm and two hours prior to every performance. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Like and follow to receive the latest in Centenary Stage Company news and special offers.

The 2018-2019 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, The House of the Good Shepherd, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.