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Come and enjoy the classic Nutcracker tale set to the jazz music of Duke Ellington. Inspired by Tchaikovsky's infamous suite, this Nutcracker is unlike any you've seen before!
Metuchen Dance Centre's original Duke Ellington Nutcracker is an enchanting twist on the beloved original Tchaikovsky score. Join Clara's Christmas Eve adventure as she embarks on a mystical dream to the land of sweets with the Nutcracker that comes to life! Dance through the valley of Ice & Snow, tap over to the village of Candy Canes and fly amongst the forest of Floreadores.
SATURDAY - JANUARY 15 - 8 PM
Elvis, The Legend Lives featuring Anthony Liguori with Bill Turner and the Blue Smoke Band returns to the Brook Arts Center. One of the country's top Elvis tribute artists, Liguori performs his sold-out show in concerts, casinos, and cruise ships. The authentic musical accompaniment for Liguori‘s tribute show is Bill Turner and the Blue Smoke Band, the country's # 1 Elvis Tribute Band.
SATURDAY - JANUARY 22 - 8 PM
The Ultimate 90's throwback experience! The Best of Foo and Lounge Fly will bring the best of the 90's music to this classic vaudeville theater. The bands' commitment to the material, sound, and showmanship makes the groups stand out as the best. The authentic sound and visual experience transport the audience back to the ’90s. Playing the hits and the deep cuts that made Stone Temple Pilots and Foo Fighters one of the greatest rock bands of the ’90s (and beyond).
SATURDAY - JANUARY 29 - 8 PM
The British Legends of Rock is a standout and unique musical experience! These talented musicians faithfully and meticulously reproduce the golden age of British rock note for note just like the original recordings. Performing a powerful rock show celebrating the two undisputed greatest decades of British rock music. They dig deep into the British catalog A-Z from the Animals to Led Zeppelin and everything in between.
The powerhouse ensemble We May Be Right will deliver an electrifying special Valentine’s Day performance at the Brook Arts Center on Saturday, February 11, at 8 pm.Moving audiences of all ages as they authentically re-create the music of one of the greatest Rock and Roll Keyboard Players, "Piano Man" Billy Joel.
A pianist since age 6, Karl Dietel is a 20-year veteran of the Tri-State area live music scene. He toured nationally for many years with Sean Kelly and The Samples. Together with veteran musicians Perry Andrews, Derek Davodowich, Luke Kessel, and Jim Ruffi, this band deliver hit after hit along with some of Billy’s best deep cuts.
We May Be Right shows bring the audience to their feet singing along to all the classics!
Discounted advance tickets at brookarts.org or 732-469-7700. Box Office Opens at 6 pm for walk-up sales. All seats are reserved socially distanced. Concessions, Bar, and Free Parking are available. The Brook Arts Center is located in the historic downtown Bound Brook, NJ, one block from the Bound Brook Train station and a few short miles from Rt 22, 287, and 78.
SATURDAY - FEBRUARY 12 - 8PM
Appearing at the Brook Arts Center on February 12, 2022, is Danny Aiello’s THE ITALIAN CHICKS, a two-hour comedy and variety show that takes you back to a time and place when life was simpler, and culture and traditions were respected and honored.
The show is a passionate blend of comedy, characters, music, song parodies, and Italian-American culture. When these four dynamic, talented women come on stage, they will make you remember things that you paid your shrink to forget. The show is a celebration of food, family, memories, and Italian tradition. You don’t have to be Italian to love this show—all you need are family memories and a love of tradition and culture.
The show premiered at the Laugh Factory in NYC, NY January 9, 2010, to a sold-out house. Now, after nine years, the Italian Chicks are growing their family! Tickets will make a great Valentine’s Day gift for your special someone, or make it a ladies or guys night out, bring the entire family for an evening of nonstop laughs!
America’s Got Talent Champion’s Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti. is a crooner from Long Island, New York, who early influence was his Italian-American grandmother’s love of the classic crooner sounds of Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, and Frank Sinatra. In 2016, America's Got Talent was taken by storm by Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti. Sal not only received a standing ovation from the audience but was awarded the coveted “Golden Buzzer,” he was a top five finalist.
Since AGT, he tours the country and selling out venues of all sizes – from intimate jazz clubs to the legendary Madison Square Garden. He continues to win over the hearts of fans through his emotional and comical story-telling style performances.
Rocky Horror Picture Show with shadow cast Friday Nite Specials are back on Saturday, February 19, at 9pm. Let’s do The Time Warp Again!
Two great NJ tributes band live on one stage on March 12, 2022, at the Brook Arts Center: Almost U2 and Pure McCartney.
Born from the Asbury Park-based band Misfit Johnny comes Almost U2, a tribute to the live experience of the iconic band U2. The band pays homage to U2 with spot-on accuracy and attention to detail. With music spanning U2’s entire music catalog, their renditions of legendary U2 live performances honor the band and equally the experience of a real U2 concert!
Pure McCartney is a 6-piece tribute band from New Jersey that celebrates the music of Paul McCartney. The repertoire includes selections from Sir Paul’s works with The Beatles and Wings, as well as his solo recordings. The band faithfully recreates the selected songs, whether they are studio or live versions, of Sir Paul’s catalog. This is one night of music you don’t want to miss!
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The Sugar Mountain band brings together an ensemble of veteran musicians from the New Jersey music scene who faithfully replicate the songs of one of most prolific and beloved singer/songwriters, Neil Young. Young’s career spans an amazing five plus decades, from the seminal country rock sounds of Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to garage band Crazy Horse and countless genre bending solo releases, spanning everything from folk, country, electronic and hard rock to rockabilly. Appearing at the Brook Arts Center on April 2, 2022, Sugar Mountain will bring to life the Neil Young concert experience, covering all the best-known songs, hits and deep cuts that are sure to thrill all, from the most ardent of fans to the casual Neil listener.
Mike Marino—affectionately known to millions of his fans worldwide as New Jersey’s Bad Boy—is one of the most loved comedians of our time. Mike Marino has a tongue like a razor and a heart of gold. He has the incredible ability to cater his material for all audiences, from strictly clean to down and dirty. He h sells out comedy club, theatre, casino, and event center from New York to Los Angeles and around the world. Marino's stand-up material ranges from cutting edge observations of everyday life to his Italian family roots, which recently spun into a T.V. pilot called “Re-Constructing Jersey and his current web series “Marino 2016.”