Wednesday, November 30, 2022

The Axelrod Performing Arts Center announces 2022/2023 season


WHERE: The Axelrod Performing Arts Center is located at 100 Grant Avenue, Deal Park, just five minutes from downtown Asbury Park, with plenty of free parking.
TICKETS: available at 732-531-9106 or Save up to 48% off the price of a premium ticket and eliminate box office fees by purchasing SHOW PASSES for 6 or 10 tickets that can be used for any show and never expire.

The musical Raisin transforms Lorraine Hansberry’s seminal Black American story A Raisin in the Sun into a soulful, inspiring musical that tells the story of a proud Black family’s quest for a better life. Well received in 1974, Raisin won the Tony Award for Best Musical and ran three years on Broadway. The Axelrod’s revival is being is presented with the approval of the Hansberry Estate in association with production consultant Phylicia Rashad, who won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for A Raisin in the Sun, and director Evelyn Collins (Denzel Washington Schools of the Arts). Performances will run February 24 to March 12, 2023.   

“As a part of NJ’s Black History Month observations, the Axelrod PAC is excited to be presenting the musical Raisin, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2023,” Axelrod Artistic Director Andrew DePrisco said. “We are thrilled to be working with TV and theater legend Phylicia Rashad and director Evelyn Collins to bring this historic revival to life.” 

 Broadway veteran and Tony nominee Hunter Foster returns to the Axelrod this season, after his highly acclaimed production of The Bridges of Madison County, to direct another new musical: The Prom. With six Tony nominations, The Prom was the critic’s darling and received rave reviews. It tells the story of four eccentric Broadway veterans who are in desperate need of a new stage. When they hear that trouble is brewing around a small-town prom because a student wants to bring her girlfriend as her date, they put a spotlight on the issue – and themselves. The Jersey Shore’s first professional production of The Prom will run from May 5-21, 2023.   

Sunday in the Park with George, coming in November 2023, will be the first musical in the Axelrod’s Sondheim Centennial Project, curated by Artistic Director Andrew DePrisco. Each year the Axelrod PAC will present one Sondheim musical until Stephen Sondheim’s 100th birthday anniversary in 2030, along with concerts and showcases of living composers to honor Sondheim’s commitment to new voices and the future of musical theater.   

“As a passionate Sondheim lover, I’m curating this new project to honor the late great Stephen Sondheim, whose influence on the Broadway theater is incalculable,” says DePrisco. “From West Side Story and Gypsy to Company and Into the Woods, Sondheim’s scores represent the cutting edge of musical theater. Many theater lovers are just starting to explore Sondheim’s music—or to give it a second chance. We’re hoping to become the place for Sondheim in New Jersey, and this new production of Sunday will be truly exceptional.”   

The Axelrod’s new production of Sunday in the Park with George will be directed and choreographed by Eamon Foley, whose strikingly new concept revolves around the use of color, light and movement. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine, Sunday in the Park with George originally starred Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin and was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Performances will run November 3-19, 2023.