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Axelrod PAC Celebrates Theater Reopening With A Bronx Tale and More!
A BRONX TALE WITH BROADWAY VETERAN RICHARD H. BLAKE
A Bronx Tale, The Musical, based on the play and the film by Chazz Palminteri,
will reopen the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Ocean Township, on
the campus of the JCC Jersey Shore. Making his directorial debut at
the Axelrod, Richard H. Blake has been performing on Broadway since the late
1980s, when he shared the stage with legendary actors Christopher
Plummer, Glenda Jackson and Len Cariou. On Broadway, he also created
the role of Lorenzo in A Bronx Tale and has played
the following roles: Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys, Fiyero
in Wicked, Warner in Legally Blonde,
Link in Hairspray, Radames in Elton John and
Tim Rice’s Aida and Roger in Rent. Richard
first appeared at the Axelrod in 2015 when he created the role of Eli
Cohen in the musical Damascus Square.
Set in an Italian-American
neighborhood in the racially charged 1960s, A Bronx Tale began
its life on stage at Paper Mill Playhouse and went to Broadway with
Robert DeNiro, the film’s co-star opposite Palminteri, and Jerry Zaks
directing. A Bronx Tale, with a Motown/early
rock-inflected score by Oscar, Grammy and Tony Award winner Alan
Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Little Shop of
Horrors), tells the story of an Italian-American kid torn between
following the working-class family values instilled in him by his
father and the compelling world of organized crime, introduced to him
by the mob boss who becomes his father figure. The musical has been
described as West Side Story meet Jersey
Boys… a hard combo to beat!
The Axelrod production previews on Friday, October 29, and
runs through Sunday, November 14.
The Vogel Summer Concert Series
concludes with Broadway stars and American Idol alum Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo in concert at the Arthur Pryor Bandshell on the
Asbury Park Boardwalk on Wednesday,
September 22, and on the Roof Deck at Bell Works in Holmdel on Thursday, September 23. Ace and Diana have put together a brand new show for
New Jersey, backed by their incredible five-piece band! Ace’s
Broadway credits include Hair and Grease on
Broadway, and Diana has appeared on Broadway in Hairspray,
Grease, and Back to Bacharach and David. The
couple also toured nationally with Joseph and the Amazing