Friday, January 17, 2020



WHEN: Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 at 7 pm; Saturday, March 7th, 2020 at 10 am; Call Backs (by invitation only) will take place on Saturday, March 14th, 2020 at 10 am
: SOPAC (South Orange Performing Arts Center), 1 SOPAC Way,
South Orange

Auditions are open to REGISTERED actors only

Please register for an audition date using this form. 

Performances will be on July 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 2020

For further information about audition requirements and roles, click on the "Learn More" button below.




WHEN: Friday, January 24, at 7:00PM, Saturday, January 25, at 2:00PM and 7:00PM, and Sunday, January 26, at 2:00PM.
Fair Lawn Community Center’s George Frey auditorium, 10-10 20th Street in Fair Lawn
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or contact Aspire PAC at 201-220-4933 or

Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, All Shook Up uses the music of Elvis Presley to take the audience on a hip-swiveling musical fantasy. It takes place in 1955, somewhere in middle America, where one girl's dream and a surprise visit from a mysterious leather-jacketed, guitar-playing stranger help a small town to discover the magic of romance and the power of rock & roll. Among the 24 songs featured in the score are classics like "Heartbreak Hotel," "Love Me Tender," "Don't Be Cruel," "Can't Help Falling in Love.”

Aspire PAC’s production of All Shook Up is directed by Benjamin Yates and features musical direction by Rich Lovallo and choreography by Alyssa Ross. Cheryl Wilbur serves as Production Manager and Katelyn Bollinger is Stage Manager.  

Aspire PAC, established in 2011, has earned a strong reputation in the Northern New Jersey area for its high-quality theatrical productions and professional arts experiences for local youth. Since 2016, Aspire has received eight New Jersey Association of Community Theaters (NJACT) Award nominations, five Broadway World Regional nominations, and 45 National Youth Arts Award nominations and 25 National Youth Arts Awards. For more information on Aspire PAC, visit or find Aspire on social media @aspirepac.

Tony Winner Alice Ripley in Holmdel for 2 Performances Only

Holmdel Theatre Company

Little Women the Musical

WHEN: January 30, 2020, and January 31, 2020, 8 PM
: Duncan Smith Theatre, 36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel
TICKETS: $50 and can be purchased at or by calling the Box Office at 732-946-0427
For more information on The Pink Unicorn, visit

Holmdel Theatre Company (HTC) has announced that Tony Award Winner Alice Ripley will reprise her groundbreaking role of Trisha Lee in their upcoming production of Elise Forier Edie’s The Pink Unicorn, set to run at The Duncan Smith Theater, with Director Amy E. Jones at the helm. Tickets are on sale now.

Trisha Lee is a Christian widow living in a conservative Texas town. Her life is suddenly upended when her 14-year-old daughter Jolene announces she is “genderqueer” and starting a chapter of the Gay and Straight Alliance at the local high school. In The Pink Unicorn, Trisha recounts her story about facing a crisis she never saw coming, at a time when transgender people and gender issues weren't even on her radar.

Praised as “profound” by The New Yorker and “[a] real treat” by The New York Times, The Pink Unicorn is a timely, glowing story of courageous activism and acceptance that needs to be told, now more than ever. “Alice Ripley is simultaneously radiant and real”, Theatre Is Easy raves of Alice Ripley’s performance in what Gay City News refers to as “an extraordinary, spellbinding solo show”. The Pink Unicorn was originally produced in Washington, D.C. by DogTown Theatre in 2013 and has been performed throughout the U.S. and Canada, including a run at United Solo Theatre Festival in New York, where Elise Forier Edie won “Best Storyteller.”

“I am so excited to revisit The Pink Unicorn with Holmdel Theatre Company”, remarked Producing Consultant and Out of the Box Theatrics’ Artistic Director Liz Flemming, adding, “I can’t wait to tell this important and timely story with the brilliant Alice Ripley and this incredible team again.”

“We’re thrilled to have Alice Ripley back in the Barn,” said HTC Executive Director Colleen Cook, who is also on board as a Producer of The Pink Unicorn. Ripley is returning to HTC for the first time since kicking off their Broadway at the Barn series at her sold-out solo cabaret performance on June 20, 2019.

Alice Ripley won critical acclaim for her standout performance as Diana Goodman in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal, the role for which she took home the 2009 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

The creative team for The Pink Unicorn includes stage manager Tina Scariano.

The Pink Unicorn with Alice Ripley was produced Off-Broadway in April 2018 with Out of the Box Theatrics and was later produced and developed for an extended run in collaboration with Nancy Manocherian’s, the cell (Artistic Director - Kira Simring).

January Paint Nights for Kids, Adults in Allamuchy

Paint Nights

WHEN: January 30th—6:30 Kids, 7:00 Adult Wine and Paint (BYOB)

All Supplies and Professional Instruction Included

Click Here to Register

Pianist James Austin, Jr. to Lead Quartet at NJ Jazz Society's January Social

Pianist James Austin, Jr.

WHEN: Sunday, January 19. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.; the music starts at 3 p.m.
: Shanghai Jazz is located at 24 Main St. in Madison
ADMISSION: free for NJJS members; $10 for non-members. There is a $10 food/beverage minimum for all attendees.

Pianist James Austin, Jr.'s debut album on his Jca Records label in 2018 was called Songs in the Key of Wonder, paying tribute to Stevie Wonder. Geannine Reid, reviewing it for All About Jazz, wrote that Austin's arrangements "focus deeply on the colorization and appealing flavor of Wonder's mainstay hits." On Wonder's big hit, "Isn't She Lovely", Reid pointed out that Austin, "infuses the melody while invoking a solid rhythm within his lines," and on "Lately", "Austin's delicate touch is emotive and heartfelt. It speaks to his ability to create a melodic, yet colorful texture to the tune."

Originally from Chicago, Austin studied under the legendary pianist Barry Harris. He currently curates and leads the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's Jazz Jam series and serves as Musical Director for vocalist Alexis Morrast. He is a former semi-finalist in the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Piano competition and served as pianist and arranger for two concerts at Carnegie Hall led by Ray Chew, current Music Director of ABC's Dancing With the Stars.

Austin will lead a quartet at the New Jersey Jazz Society's monthly Jazz Social at Shanghai Jazz. Other members of the quartet are: bassist Ben Rubens, a resident of West Orange; guitarist Charlie Sigler; and drummer Jeremy Warren.

Funding for the New Jersey Jazz Society Socials has been made possible in part by Morris Arts through the N.J. State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.


Sam Reider and the Human Hands

WHEN: Saturday, January 25th @ 8:00 pm
: Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown
TICKETS: $27.50 for adults and $17.50 for students and children under 12 in advance. As with all concerts, jazz and special programs, ticket prices increase $5.00 on the day of the event.
For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ on the campus of Centenary University. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5PM and two hours prior to every event.

A jazz pianist turned folk musician, Sam Reider has spent the last eight years redefining American roots music on the accordion. He is an award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer that is making waves at the intersection of the jazz and Americana worlds. Reider was awarded "Best Americana Album" by the Independent Music Awards for his work with Silver City Bound and has toured as a musical ambassador for the U.S. Department of State in eight countries overseas.

The Human Hands are a collective of virtuoso acoustic musicians based in New York City who have developed a cultish following and a reputation for mind-bending sets of high-energy, improvised music. This groups includes some of the finest artists in American roots music: Violinist Alex Hargreaves (Turtle Island Quartet, Sarah Jarosz, Béla Fleck), saxophonist Eddie Barbash (Late Night with Stephen Colbert, Jon Batiste and Stay Human), guitarist Grant Gordy (David Grisman, Darol Anger, Aoife O'Donovan), mandolinist Dominick Leslie (Michael Daves, Tony Trischka, Deadly Gentleman), guitarist Roy Williams (Stephane Wrembel), and bassist Dave Speranza (Jim Campilongo).



WHEN: Sat Jan 25, 2020 7:30 PM
The Loft at UCPAC, 1601 Irving St., Rahway

DOG SHOW is a new breed of sketch comedy. Sometimes subtle, often outrageous comedy sketches that parody, spoof, and lay utter waste to topics ranging from world history, pop culture, surrealism, and good ol' Americana. The group is very happy to return to The Loft, where last winter they filmed their series DOG SHOW PRESENTS, currently on YouTube.

DOG SHOW will be performing with comics, singers, and even a magician! It's the start of a new bi-monthly variety series. Come out and see the only show bold enough to call itself DOG SHOW without having any actual dogs whatsoever.

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The Color PurpleWHEN: THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2020 AT 8:00PM; FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2020 AT 8:00PM; SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2020 AT 2:00PM & 8:00PM
STATE THEATRE NEW JERSEY, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick

Don’t miss the Tony Award®-winning revival that exhilarated Broadway! With a soul-raising, Grammy®-winning score of jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues, The Color Purple is an unforgettable and intensely moving revival of an American classic. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Academy Award®-nominated feature film, The Color Purple leaves its mark on the soul. This joyous American classic about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South conquered Broadway in an all-new “ravishingly reconceived production that is a glory to behold” (The New York Times).


WHERE: STATE THEATRE NEW JERSEY, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick

Grammy® Award-winners Boyz II Men are one of the most iconic R&B groups in music history. With an astounding 60 million albums sold, the group redefined popular R&B with their timeless hits filled with smooth harmonies and enduring themes including “End of the Road,” “I’ll Make Love to You,” “One Sweet Day,” “Motownphilly,” “Water Runs Dry,” “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,” and “On Bended Knee.” In addition to four Grammy® Awards, the group has won nine American Music Awards, nine Soul Train Awards, three MTV Awards, and three Billboard Awards.


WHERE: STATE THEATRE NEW JERSEY, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick

Featuring Pitch Perfect’s The Filharmonic; gospel and R&B group, Committed; chart-topping lead vocals and live-looping beatbox by American Idol’s Blake Lewis; and internationally-inspired songstresses Women of the World. Featuring songs from Shawn Mendes, Jonas Brothers, and Stevie Wonder.

Straight No ChaserStraight No Chaser

WHEN: Tue, April 7 at 8pm
STATE THEATRE NEW JERSEY, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick

This a cappella group is the real deal with a captivating sound of nine unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music.

Come see this multi-award-winning documentary on January 23

Film Screening: The Blessing

WHEN: January 23 at 7 pm
Montclair Art Museum, 3 S. Mountain Ave., Montclair
Free - Register Today!

MAM's Special Interest Group, Friends of Native American Art, will host a free screening of The Blessing, directed by Hunter Robert Baker and Jordan Fein.

This powerful documentary follows Lawrence, a Navajo coal miner in Arizona raising his secretive daughter as a single father, struggling with his part in the irreversible destruction of their sacred mountain at the hands of America’s largest coal producer. Lawrence endures a life threatening injury and confronts the deep spiritual sacrifice he makes to provide for the people he loves.

His daughter, Caitlin, discovers her inner identity and grapples with the expectations of her traditional father, while playing on the men’s varsity football team and being crowned homecoming queen. Closer than ever before, The Blessing bears witness to the unbridled will for survival on the reservation. Read more about the film and filmmakers at

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Visual Art Center Celebrates the Life of Martin Luther King Jr. with Summit

Summit’s Day of Justice, Equality, and Service to Others

WHEN: Monday, January 20, from 12–4 PM
The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm Street in Summit, NJ.

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will participate in Summit’s Day of Justice, Equality, and Service to Others, organized by the group Shaping Summit Together. The community-wide event is taking place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with the goal of educating, raising awareness, and engaging people in activities that help those experiencing hardship through circumstances arising from underlying inequality. 

Art Center will host a community project titled, Weaving Together a Beloved Community. The project will be a physical manifestation of the metaphor for the connectivity of communities and will explore how they are woven together; how the experiences of the individual impacts the whole; and how, as a group, we can lock hands and entwine threads of support. Children and adults are invited to create artwork or write text on thick paper strips that will be woven into yarn-based wall hangings, that will later be hung in Summit.

“Collaborative art projects are great for community building,” said Sarah Walko, the Art Center’s Director of Education & Community Programs. “The project we’ll be working on this year not only gives people an opportunity to work with weaving materials, but also promotes Dr. King's vision for better communities by promoting cooperation.”

Materials for the project will be provided free of charge and all attendees are invited to view the current exhibitions on display while visiting the Art Center. For more information, or for a schedule, visit

About the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
For more than 85 years, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey has been exclusively dedicated to viewing, making, and learning about contemporary art. Recognized as a leading non-profit arts organization, the Art Center’s renowned Studio School, acclaimed exhibitions, and educational outreach initiatives serve thousands of youth, families, seniors, and people with special needs every year.

Adult and children’s group tours are available throughout the year. Gallery hours: Monday–Wednesday and Friday, 10 AM–5 PM; Thursday, 10 AM–8 PM; and Saturday & Sunday, 11 AM–4 PM. Please call 908.273.9121 to confirm holiday hours. Visit for more information.

Major support for the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is provided in part by the Peter R. & Cynthia K. Kellogg Foundation; the Wilf Family Foundations; and Art Center members and donors.

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Deadline EXTENDED for Morris Arts' Scholarship applications

2019 Scholarship Winners: L-R: Morris Arts Executive Director Tom Werder with dancer Leah Suskind (Ehlers Scholarship Winner), Soprano Sophia Grace Donelan (Coladarci Scholarship Winner) and Honorable Mention, bassoonist Matt Wisotsky; Dancer Leah Suskind (Ehlers) with Soprano Sophia Grace Donelan (Coladarci).
2020 Coladarci and Ehlers Arts Scholarships

WHEN: Deadline extended. Applications must be postmarked or delivered to the Morris Arts office no later than 5PM on Thursday, January 23, 2020. 
: Application information has been sent to all Morris County high school guidance offices for distribution. Applications are available through high school guidance offices as well as online at the Morris Arts website, (973) 285-5115, ext. 10.  

Applicants will be judged by a committee consisting of panelists representing each artistic discipline. All panelists are professionals with a high level of expertise in university arts education and/or professional experience in the arts. Selection will be based on artistic excellence as demonstrated by the quality of the work samples and on the basis of application materials submitted to the panel. Winners will be notified on or after February 21, 2020.

Each year, Morris Arts offers these two scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors who have exhibited artistic excellence in dance, drama, music, or visual arts and plan to pursue post-secondary studies at an accredited institution or acknowledged arts school or fine arts program. The Elaine Ehlers Arts Scholarship, in the amount of $5,000, and The Eugenie Coladarci Arts Scholarship, in the amount of $1,500, were created to recognize artistic excellence, encourage the artists of the future, and to celebrate the value of the arts to the human experience.

Morris County high school seniors graduating in June 2019 who are currently attending public, private, or parochial school in New Jersey are eligible. Applicants must (a) be Morris County residents, (b) plan to pursue post-secondary studies at an accredited institution or acknowledged arts school or fine arts program, and (c) have demonstrated artistic excellence in any one of four (4) arts disciplines: dance, drama, music, or visual arts.

The Elaine Ehlers Arts Scholarship was established in 2002 in memory of Elaine Ehlers (1953-2001), a health-care administrator by profession, who had a voracious appetite for all things artistic and musical.  She derived intellectual and emotional sustenance from the arts and supported programs at many museums and musical institutions.  By establishing this scholarship, an enduring legacy has been created to reward those who possess artistic talent and who plan to further their arts education. Former Ehlers winners include pianist Daniel Shleyenkov; pianist and flutist Joshua Min; harpist, Ashley Jackson; singer/composer/lyricist/pianist, arranger/community musical organizer Deborah Neigher; jazz guitarist Alex Wintz; singer/composer Tom Barth;  visual artist Marissa Rich;  pianist Yuqing Meng; ballroom/Latin dancer Daniel Knapp; ballet-modern dancer/ choreographer Madelyn Eltringham; trumpeter Joseph Soriano; actor Rachel Moss, percussionist Neal McNulty,  percussionist Reed Puleo, composer Zachary Catron, oboist Ethan Whang, pianist John Nguyen and, most recently, dancer Leah Suskind.

The Eugenie Coladarci Arts Scholarship was first awarded in 1999 in memory of Eugenie R. Coladarci, who was Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations at Chase Manhattan Bank and an active member of Morris Arts for eleven years. She was completing her first term as Board Chair when she passed away in 1997.  As a statewide champion of the arts, Gene encouraged the development of young artists and believed in the value of the arts to the quality of life.  The idea of a scholarship to assist talented young people wishing to continue their study in the arts was very important to her. Past winners include violinist Rebecca Racusin; visual artist Robert Douglas Fritz III; dancer Lauren Muraski; actor Ethan Saks; operatic soprano Chelsea Friedlander; visual artist Emily Trenk; visual artist Kaitlyn DeBiasse; dancer Edward Teddy” Tedholm; soprano Alessandra Altieri; visual artist Catalina Ouyang; industrial designer Miriam Buchwald, industrial designer Daniel Hounsell, soprano Katherine Merwin, ballet dancer Tori Hey, visual artist Tyler Harker, soprano Lila K. Dunn, actress Nicole Giordano, and most recently, soprano Sophia Grace Donelan

Morris Arts, located in Morristown, NJ, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1973 dedicated to building community through the arts. Using the arts to inspire, connect and engage, Morris Arts serves as a resource for Morris County with a special focus on arts programming in the community and in schools, creative placemaking, arts advocacy, and support of the Morris Area community of artists and arts organizations.

Benefit for Leonia High School featuring Leonia Chamber Musicians, January 26

Leonia Chamber Musicians, Leonia High School students, and Si-Yo Music Society Foundation artists

WHEN: Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 5 p.m.
WHERE: Leonia United Methodist Church, 396 Broad Avenue, Leonia, NJ 07605

This Classically Leonia™ concert supports music education for the next generation of artists. Enjoy performances by Leonia Chamber Musicians, Leonia High School students, and Si-Yo Artists™ in a benefit for the Leonia High School Music Department. While this event is free to the public, all donations made to Si-Yo at the January 26 concert will benefit the Leonia High School Music Department.

About Classically Leonia

Co-presented by Si-Yo Music Society Foundation and Leonia United Methodist Church, the Classically Leonia™ concert series is free to the public. Presented to the New Jersey community in a warm, acoustically resonant venue, this series makes live classical music available to everyone.

Caregivers' story submission deadline extended!

Submissions accepted through February 15
*Submissions accepted through January 23 at Premiere Stages

Are you a caregiver?

New Jersey Theatre Alliance is now accepting submissions of playwriting, poetry, and prose reflecting themes of caregiving for Healing Voices: Caregivers' Stories on Stage.

The 2020 Healing Voices project is a partnership between New Jersey Theatre Alliance, George Street Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, Premiere Stages, and Two River Theater.

These member theatres will host workshops for writers to further develop their submitted pieces, and then weave selected works into an original theatre experience presented as a public reading by professional actors as part of The Stages Festival this spring. 

Learn More and Submit

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Brubeck Brothers Quartet—A Celebration of Dave Brubeck’s Centennial @ Ramapo College

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Studio Montclair Presents “Good Works,” an exhibition at the Studio Montclair Gallery


WHEN: January 17, 2019 to February 21, 2019. Gallery Hours:  Wednesday thru Friday 11-3pm; Saturday 12-3pm Opening Reception: Friday, January 17, 2020 from 7 to 9pm   
Studio Montclair Gallery, 127 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair

Studio Montclair (SMI) presents “Good Works,” an exhibition celebrating the volunteer artist members who generously donated their time and talent to SMI during 2019.  (Above: Allan Gorman, Holding Up the Sky, Oil Sticks on Linen, 46x42")

The show features work by 27 artists in a variety of visual media including sculpture, photography, printmaking, painting, drawing, and mixed media. All artwork will also be available for online purchase starting January 15. (Right: Catherine Kinkade, Autumn Wood [269.], Pastel, 50x41")

Participating Artists:
Kate Albright, Susanna Baker, Virginia Schaffer Block, Janet Boltax, RitaMarie Cimini, Pam Cooper, Erica Engfer Pizza, Dan Epstein, Peggy Gardner, Emily Gilman Beezley, Allan Gorman, Marsha Heller, Marlene Hendrian, Mary Howe, Catherine Kinkade, Ann Kraus, Yvette Lucas, Fernando Mariscal, Ol Mordue, Diana Mrugal, Gina Murray, Denis Orloff, Mark Pizza, Ron Powell, Jim Price, Michael Sherman, and Helaine Zwibel.

About Studio Montclair:
Studio Montclair Inc. is a nonprofit organization of exhibiting professional artists and others interested in the visual arts. Its mission is to promote culture and education in the visual arts and encourage emerging artists. Founded in 1997, the organization has over 550 members including artists throughout the United States, as well as Europe and Asia. (Left: Jim Price, Like It Says, Acrylic paint on cardboard with soda can, paint can lids and alphabet blocks., 22" square)

For more information, contact, or call 862-500-1447.


Angelina Ballerina The Musical

WHEN: Sunday, January 19 at 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM*
Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown
Tickets still available! $12-$15
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Angelina is a little dancer with big dreams! This prima ballerina wannabe will dance her way into your heart in this musical based on the popular book and TV series.

Ages 3-8

*The 4:30 performance is a relaxed performance.

Finding Neverland

WHEN: Friday, March 6, at 7:30 PM; Saturday, March 7, at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
WHERE: Mayo Performing Arts Center, South St., Morristown
Tickets: $59-$99
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Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys' enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever.

Relaxed Performances

MPAC is pleased to offer many Relaxed Performances each season! Relaxed performances feature lights up, modified sound, and a quiet room in addition to the ability to get out of your seat so children with autism and special needs may share in these family experience.

Relaxed performances are generously supported by the George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust.


PYGMALION Continues at Black Box PAC in Englewood


WHEN: Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm from January 9 through 26
WHERE: Black Box Performing Arts Center, 49 East Palisade Ave, Englewood
TICKETS: $30 for adults and $25 for students/seniors.
Group rates for 10 or more are available by calling (201)-569-2070.
Tickets are available at and can also be purchased at the venue.

After a stunning opening weekend, there are just two weekends left to catch this new production of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion at Black Box Performing Arts Center. Pygmalion inspired the hit Broadway musical My Fair Lady, but in this version Eliza Doolittle is nobody’s lady. This immersive production gives audiences a vibrant look at Henry Higgins’ wild experiment.

BBPAC’s production is directed by Matt Okin, Stage Managed by Anthony Altavilla, and features the talents of Zach Abraham, Stacy Cancelarich, Michael Gardiner, Sara Giacomini, Kentrell Loftin, Sean Mannix, Ellen Revesz, Ilana Schimmel, Laurence Wallace, and Katherine Anne Marie as Eliza Doolittle. Pygmalion is sponsored in part by Dance Art Creative Center, Bauer Printing, and Mike Pessolano of Friedburg Properties.

Pygmalion is the first main stage show of 2020. The Black Box Performing Arts Center (home of the performing arts school Black Box Studios, est. 2007) continues to emerge as the Tri-State area’s premiere destination for both cutting-edge professional theater and collaborative performing arts education — now located in Englewood, NJ— just a quick ride over the George Washington Bridge. Black Box was the recipient of the 2017 Teaneck Chamber of Commerce’s Cultural Arts Award, and currently serves on the Chamber Board as the Chair of the Cultural Arts Committee. In addition to main stage productions, Black Box PAC will present shows for kids, original material, and special events including Open Mic Nights, Comedy Nights, and staged readings.

Photos provided by Jeff Keller of DACC.

Auditions set for “Arsenic and Old Lace” by Trilogy Rep


WHEN: Sunday, February 9, 2020 from 3-6PM and Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 7-9pm 
:  Bernards Township Community Center, 289 South Maple Ave, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.

Both a description of the show and audition forms can be found at 

  • Needed for the cast are 11 men and 3 women.
  • Anyone 18 or older is welcome to audition.
  • All roles are available.
  • Auditions will consist of readings from the script. 
  • Performance dates are April 18, 19, 24 and 25 at the Fellowship Village Cultural Arts Center in Basking Ridge.
  • John AC Kennedy will be directing with Hank Barre serving as Producer.

In addition to actors, Trilogy is looking for behind-the-scenes help in all departments. 

Arsenic and Old Lace is a staple of the American comedy theater. In this play, written by Joseph Kesserling, we meet the charming and seemingly innocent ladies who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously acceptable “roomers.” We discover the antics of one nephew who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt and the nefarious activities of a second nephew who is a thoroughly disreputable character. All this occurs amidst the budding romance of a third and thoroughly confounded nephew and his sweetheart. The play opened on Broadway in 1941 and was later made into a popular motion picture starring Cary Grant.

For further information about auditions, please email the director, John AC Kennedy, at


The 3-D's (Dan, Dalton & Dorn) at Shanghai Jazz!

WHEN: Wednesday, January 15 @ 7:30 PM
: Shanghai Jazz, 24 Main Street, Madison, NJ 07940

Dan Levinson, reeds
Dalton Ridenhour, piano
Kevin Dorn, drums

Jazz Jam Session

WHEN: January 16, 7:30 – 9:30PM

Co-presented by NJPAC and the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers-Newark, these jam sessions attract ace musicians from New Jersey and beyond. Come play alongside your musical heroes and peers.

Executive Director Wayne Winborne. Directed by James Austin, Jr.


WHERE: Jersey City

Upcoming Events from Jersey Jazz

NJJS Jazz Social:

James Austin, Jr.

WHEN: Sunday, January 19. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., and the music is performed from 3-5 p.m., with one short intermission.
Shanghai Jazz, 24 Main Street, Madison, NJ 07940
TICKETS: $10 for non-members, and there is a $10 food/beverage minimum.
(973) 822-2899
For more information, email

Pianist James Austin, Jr.’s debut album on his Jca Records label in 2018 was called Songs in the Key of Wonder, paying tribute to Stevie Wonder. Geannine Reid, reviewing it for All About Jazz, wrote that Austin’s arrangements “focus deeply on the colorizations and appealing flavor of Wonder’s mainstay hits.” On Wonder’s big hit, “Isn’t She Lovely”, Reid pointed out that Austin “infuses the melody while invoking a solid rhythm within his lines,” and on “Lately”, “Austin’s delicate touch is emotive and heartfelt. It speaks to his ability to create a melodic, yet colorful texture to the tune.”

Originally from Chicago, Austin studied under the legendary pianist Barry Harris. He currently curates and leads the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Jazz Jam series and serves as Musical Director for the vocalist Alexis Morrast. He is a former semi-finalist in the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Piano competition and served as pianist and arranger for two concerts at Carnegie Hall led by Ray Chew, current Music Director of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.

Funding for the NJJS Socials has been made possible in part by Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

WHERE: Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown