WHERE: Axelrod Performing Arts Center, 100 Grant Ave., Deal Park
It’s that time of year… and you and your family can celebrate the holidays with The Nutcracker ROCKS, a fun new production of The Nutcracker featuring the dancers of the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater, under the direction of Gabriel Chajnik with rock-and-roll arrangements and new songs by Alex Rosamilia and Alex Levine of Gaslight Anthem.
You’ll get to hear the entire Nutcracker score, but with a Jersey rock twist, as Clara’s eccentric Uncle Dross, played by Matteo Debenedetti, disrupts the family’s fancy Christmas party by bringing a nutcracker holding an electric guitar. Clara gets whisked away on a wild magical adventure…to the Jersey Shore…and discovers rock music..and the boardwalk…and saltwater taffy…and MORE!
The magic continues in March with Roald Dahl’s MATILDA The Musical, a coming of age story of a five-year-old girl with special powers who overcomes adversity, cruelty and ignorance. Based on Dahl’s book, Matilda the Musical is an adult story—think Annie meets Harry Potter—with a professional company directed by Broadway’s Luis Salgado, returning to the Axelrod for his fourth consecutive year. In the past Luis directed the Axelrod’s outstanding productions of In The Heights, Ragtime the Musical and Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, all three nominated for Broadway World honors for Best Musical. Buy Tickets!
The Nutcracker ROCKS plays the weekend of December 20-22; Matilda plays March 6-22, 2020.
Go online and use the code BF2019 to save $20 on Premium or Regular Adult tickets for The Nutcracker ROCKS and Roald Dahl’s MATILDA The Musical.
A fairy tale for the current generation—beyond the happily-ever-after worlds of Cinderella and Beauty and The Beast is the irascible and comical Shrek, based on the DreamWorks animated feature film. With a delightful score by Tony winner Jeanine Tesori, Shrek takes the audience on a journey of love and acceptance that will get the holiday season off to the right start. This new Rising Stars Youth Production may be the most spectacular youth show every staged at the Axelrod, starring Mark Regan as the ogre, and directed by Lisa Goldfarb with choreography by Wendy Roman and conducted by musical director Randal Hurst.
WHEN: Saturday, November 30, with performances at 2 PM and 7 PM and on Sunday, December 1, at 3 PM, and then plays next weekend, Saturday, December 7, at 2 PM and 7 PM and Sunday, December 8, at 3 PM.
Bring the whole family for a great evening or afternoon of feel-good musical theater! BUY TICKETS!
From Our Friends at Two River Theater
A New Revolution from the Composer and Lyricist of Be More Chill!
A turbulent rock romance by Joe Iconis, composer and lyricist of the worldwide sensation Be More Chill! Set in a 1960s Juvie Hall, Love in Hate Nation uses classic “bad girl” movies as the inspiration for the story of young people caught between eras of a changing America. Sixteen-year old Susannah Son is carted off to the National Reformatory for Girls to get her head put on straight. There she meets the aggressively incorrigible Sheila Nail, and a relationship forms which leads to an all-out “revolution in the institution” as they attempt to break out of the boxes society has created around them. Girl Group Wall of Sound harmonies are filtered through a punk rock spirit in this rebellious and romantic new musical. LEARN MORE