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Comedian Mike Marino, who is affectionately known to millions of his fans worldwide as New Jersey’s Bad Boy takes the stage for an evening of hilarious comedy on Saturday, May 7, at the Brook Arts Center. Marino has a tongue like a razor and a heart of gold. His stand-up material ranges from innovative observations of everyday life to his Italian family roots, which recently spun into a T.V. pilot called “Re-Constructing Jersey” Mike’s appearance on Byran Allen’s Comics Unleashed earned him over seven million views (and counting), which led to his web series “Marino 2016” – an original comedy based on Mike’s Road to the White House and wise guy attempt to become the first Italian American President of the United States. Mike has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business. Mike will be joined on stage by Comedians - Senator Jon Bramnick and 101.5 hosts and Comedian Steve Trevelise. After winning the Funniest Lawyer in New Jersey contest, Bramnick has performed all over the country. Bramnick has been named one of the most enduring political characters in the history of the Garden State.
The Lionel Richie Tribute is a spectacular concert that highlights the music that made Lionel’s legendary sound and songs popular with generations of fans. Stephen Fuller and the talented musicians of Amani recreate the magical sounds of the iconic superstar Lionel Richie at the Brook Arts Center on Sunday, May 22 at 2 pm. Amani will perform songs from the Commodores to Lionel’s amazing solo career with the famous “All Night Long.” Amani will leave the audience wanting more! Since 2000 the members of Amani have been captivating fans with their signature sound that has taken the music scene by storm. Amani means “peace” in Swahili. The group was created to share the concept of peace through music. Amani is a collective with connections to dozens of talented musicians who perform alongside them regularly performing hits from a variety of genres including, The American Songbook, Folk, Blues, Gospel, R&B, Jazz, Bossa Nova, and Broadway.
Get your tickets early for this spectacular tribute.
See for yourself why audiences first fell in love with the movies! 'Grandma's Boy,' a 1922 hit comedy that helped establish Harold Lloyd as the biggest box office star of the silent film era, will be shown with live music on the big screen accompanied by Wurlitzer Organist Bernie Anderson on Sunday, May 15, at 3 pm. The film was highly influential, helping to pioneer feature-length comedies which combined gags with character development. Grandma’s Bob was an immensely popular, commercially successful film in its time. The grandma's boy is a timid coward who cannot muster the courage to woo his girl and is afraid of his rival. His loving grandma gives him a magic charm, which gives him the courage to capture a town criminal and win the girl. The "magic charm" turns out to be the handle of her umbrella and his grandma was pretending it was magical all along.
TICKETS: $10 online/ $12 at the Door.
Chris Ruggiero takes his audiences on a journey through the golden age of rock and roll, breathing new life into the timeless music of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Chris has been described as an "old soul" at 22 years old, whose approach to his concert appearances is more in line with that of a bygone era than it is the artists of his generation. Chris first came to national attention when he performed on a nationwide PBS-TV special and has been touring the country with stops in Las Vegas, Cleveland, Wisconsin, Texas, Chicago, Florida, New Jersey, and, of course, New York.
His new album "I Am Chris Ruggiero" features original arrangements from legendary arranger Charlie Calello on timeless classics such as "Wouldn't it Be Nice," “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” "My Cherie Amour," "The More I See You" and "This Magic Moment."
"When I'm on stage singing a classic love song and I look out into the audience and see that twinkle in their eyes, I know they're thinking about a special time and place in their life - or maybe their first kiss!" Chris says. "As it turns out, people have definitely not had enough of silly love songs."
Back by popular demand, the Brook Arts Center presents one of the top ten tribute bands in NJ – Starman, A Bowie Tribute! This talented group of musicians will be performing the hits and deep cuts from "Ziggy Stardust (& the Spiders from Mars)" and "Station to Station", in their entirety, along with additional choice cuts from Starman's extensive song repertoire. This concert performance is guaranteed to be the best Starman performance on stage!! Experience the music, costume changes, and the spectacle of a David Bowie Concert.