Monday, April 4, 2022

New Shows Added @ Axelrod PAC: Tovah Feldshuh. Topilow. Addams Family. Puccini.




Four New Shows Added to Axelrod Schedule



June 24, 29, 30 at 7 PM,

June 25 at 2 PM and 8 PM,

June 26 at 3 PM

A new musical by Broadway writer, Jonathan Brielle Holtzman (Foxfire, Himself and Nora) will headline alongside six time Emmy and Tony nominee, Tovah Feldshuh (Golda’s Balcony, Pippin, Becoming Dr. Ruth), in his semi-autobiographical musical: humorous tales of growing up in Asbury Park, wrestling with gangsters, corporate America, two ex-wives, a monkey from his Las Vegas extravaganza, and of course features his overbearing theatrical Jewish mother all in the name of learning to love yourself to find love. This high energy musical is directed and choreographed by Kelli Barclay (associate on 42nd Street, State Fair and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas) and features a hard swinging eight-piece big band all joining the fun on stage.  A Monkey and Me may make you laugh and consider all the things you should tell your mother!




April 23, 3pm

Jazz pianist Dr. Art Topilow and vocalist Deb Lyons team up to bring a varied program of popular music and standards…from Gershwin, Porter and Johnny Mercer to Carole King, Jimmy Webb and Billy Joel. Deb Lyons, who appeared on Broadway and the West End in Smokey Joe’s Café and starred as Lucy in the first National Tour of Jekyll and Hyde, will be backed by Dr. Topilow and a jazzy quartet of all-star musicians.




May 7, 8, 15, 16 at 7 PM and

May 7 and 15 at 2 PM

The Axelrod Performing Arts Academy presents The Addams Family, the new musical by Andrew Lippa with a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. America’s favorite “creepy and kooky” family, The Addams Family was a hit TV series in the 1960s and the subject of five Hollywood films. The musical is based on Charles Addams’ original single-panel cartoons and the musical focuses on an 18-year-old Wednesday who has fallen in love with a “normal” teenager from Ohio and the chaos that ensues as the Addams face the possibility of changing their traditional macabre ways. The Addams Family is directed by Michael LaFleur with music direction by Michael Gilch.




September 16 at 7 PM

September 17 at 8 PM

September 18 at 3 PM

Set in the romantic worlds of Venice and Ireland of yesteryear, two one-act operas—Suor Angelica by Giacomo Puccini and Pietá by Jake Landau and Andrea DelGuidice—explore themes of devoted motherhood and twisted family ties, tangled by the grandest of operatic themes…love, incest, madness, imprisonment and death. The ravishing score of Puccini’s opera is complemented by the soaring original music of Jake Landau, one of the most promising musical theater composers on the scene today. The two one-act operas are directed and “conceived as one” by DelGuidice. The cast features tenor David Smolokoff, sopranos Claire Leyden and Jordan Bowman and mezzo-soprano Devony Smith. The operas will be accompanied by a live orchestra conducted by Jason Tramm.





When Movie Musicals Meet the Ballet

Something's Coming...April 8-10




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