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Friday, May 6, 2022

"ADDAMS FAMILY" OPENS THIS WEEKEND! CHECK OUT THEIR SPRING SCHEDULE!

 


 

 

FOUR SHOWS FOR SPRING

ACADEMY PLAYERS PRESENT THE ADDAMS FAMILY

 




The Academy Players—the students of the Axelrod Performing Arts Academy—present The Addams Family on the stage of the Vogel Auditorium for two weekends: May 7-8 and 14-15. The show is being directed and choreographed by Michael La Fleur, who has created shows and directed for the Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios and Cirque du Soleil.

Most people fell in love with America’s favorite “creepy and kooky” family from reruns of the 1960s hit TV series or one of the five Hollywood films. The musical by Tony Award nominee Andrew Lippa ran on Broadway starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth.

The musical has a completely new storyline about the 18-year-old Wednesday, played by Juliana Harary, who has fallen in love with a “normal” teenager from Ohio, Lucas Beineke, played by Sealth Grover, and the ghoulish chaos that ensues as Wednesday’s parents, Gomez and Morticia, played by Sam Cusson and Giada Garcia, face the possibility of having to change their nontraditional macabre ways. Mr. and Mrs. Beineke, Lucas’s conservative parents, are played by Aman Tolia and Ava Giglia.

Rounding out the Addamses are Micah Schachet-Brisken as the quirky Uncle Fester, Brennan Boyce as young brother Pugsley, Kara Kube as the mystical Grandma and Max Oster as the groaning butler Lurch.

This is La Fleur’s first time collaborating with the Academy Players. “Watching the APAA kids dive head-first into this ambitious and challenging musical has been a wonder to behold. What a talented cast we have! Together, they are creating something very special, and I can't wait for audiences to see the great evening of laughs and love they are creating.”

 

 


 

GREASE CAST FEATURING

THE ANGELIC REMEMBER JONES

 




The Class of ‘59 will be Rydell High’s coolest class ever! We are excited to announce our four fantastic triple-threats stars for the cast of GREASE!

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this iconic American musical, we are proud to present ISAAC SILVER as Danny Zuko, RILEY MARTIN as Sandy Dumbrowski, GARRETT FORRESTAL as Kenickie and SHARAE MOULTRIE as Rizzo.

 

 




REMEMBER JONES, who has starred at Axelrod PAC as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, Claude (Hair), Che (Evita), and Tommy, will return in one of his favorite roles—Teen Angel.

Grease is directed and choreographed by LISA STEVENS and music directed by LOGAN MEDLAND.

Don’t be square, order your tickets soon FOR THE JERSEY SHORE'S FIRST PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTION OF GREASE!

 

 


 

STEVE & EYDIE’S SON WITH

TONY WINNER DEBBIE GRAVITTE




One of Broadway’s favorite leading ladies, Tony Winner Debbie Gravitte will appear alongside David Lawrence for A TOAST TO STEVE & EYDIE. David Lawrence is indeed the son of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorm√©, two of the music industry’s most celebrated recording artists and performers. “I am so honored to be continuing the legacy of my mother and father and their music. I am equally honored to share the stage with my friend Debbie Gravitte. The show we’ve put together embodies all their craft, their humor and their elegance.”

Backed by a swinging 20-piece band, conducted by Russ Kassoff, two dazzling concerts take place on Saturday, May 21 at 8 PM and Sunday, May 22 at 3 PM at the Vogel Auditorium at the Axelrod PAC.

 

A Toast to Steve and Eydie Sizzle Reel

 

 


 

TOVAH FELDSHUH RETURNS IN NEW MUSICAL

BY LOCAL BROADWAY WRITER

 



 

June 24, 29, 30 at 7 PM, June 25 at 2 PM and 8 PM, June 26 at 3 PM

The Axelrod is pleased to be premiering a hilarious, high-energy, swinging new musical, A MONKEY AND ME: Stories I Never Told My Mother by Broadway writer, Jonathan Brielle Holtzman (Foxfire, Himself and Nora), headlining alongside six-time Emmy and Tony nominee, Tovah Feldshuh (Golda’s Balcony, Pippin, Becoming Dr. Ruth) and Emmy and Tony nominee, Veanne Cox (American In Paris, Caroline or Change, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), in his semi-autobiographical musical about growing up in Brielle, Deal & Asbury Park, wrestling with a monkey from his Las Vegas extravaganza and his theatrical Jewish mother all in the name of learning to love yourself to find love. Directed and choreographed by Kelli Barclay (associate on 42nd Street), A Monkey and Me may make you laugh and consider all the things you should tell your mother!

 

 


 

GALLERY NEWS

 


 

 

All patrons are required to provide proof of COVID vaccination and valid ID. Masks are required for everyone in the arts center. All tickets are refundable and exchangeable up until the day of performance. The Axelrod promotes a NO RISK policy for all ticket purchasers.