Thursday, May 25, 2017

Exit 82 6th Annual TRICKY TRAY on Sunday, June 11th!

Don't miss our 6th Annual TRICKY TRAY on Sunday, June 11th!

It's your chance to win a 55" ROKU TV, designer handbags, Ipad, Xbox1S, Disney
Park-Hopper passes, vacation packages, sports memorabilia, gift cards and so much more!!
When and Where:
Sunday, June 11th at 1pm
Elks Lodge,  600 Washington St, Toms River


$20 per ticket includes one sheet of Tier 1 tickets, soda/coffee/tea, dessert & music.
Feel free to bring any additional food or drinks you want for your table.

VAL PACKS are only available up until 6/10 for an additional $20 which includes one sheet of Tier 1, ten Tier 2 tickets, and five Tier 3 tickets  -  a $30 value! Tickets for all individual tiers will be sold the day of the event as well in addition to an electronics wheel, designer pocket book bingo balls, gift card apron & birthday board!

Click here for tickets!

The New York Classical Players' 2016-17 Season MAY Match Challenge



The Deadline(May 31) is approaching!

Donate Now,

Double Your Impact!

In May, Every dollar donated to NYCP will be matched by an anonymous foundation up to $10,000.

Our mission from day one has been presenting the highest quality of classical music concert for FREE of charge, and it has been great impact to our community for the past 7 years. 

Here is a challenge! An anonymous foundation has agreed to match up to $10,000 of whatever amount donations we can bring in from individuals. Your $10 donation becomes $20 to us. 

Please send your gift today. We need the arts more than ever!

Thank you so much for your help!


Paul Winter's 22nd Annual Summer Solstice Sunrise Celebration

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Welcome the Dawning of Summer

In an Acoustic Adventure under the 150-foot

Dome of the World's Largest Cathedral

“Our music begins in total darkness, and proceeds in a continuous journey, with musicians surrounding the audience. Gradually, as the great stained-glass windows slowly illuminate, the light joins the sound to carry us into the first dawning of the summer.” — Paul Winter

Seven-time Grammy®-winning saxophonist Paul Winter's 22nd Annual Summer Solstice Sunrise Celebration will take place at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 17 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th St., New York, NY.

This one-of-a-kind sunrise concert by the Paul Winter Consort is a musical welcome to summer that marks the passing of one season to the next, evoking a beautiful melding of contemporary human aspirations with the inscrutable mystery of earth and time. It is an experience of deep listening that many people have never had before.

"Morning Sun," the theme for this year's Summer Solstice Celebration, is recapitulated in the title of the highly anticipated Living Music album, Morning Sun: Adventures with Oboe -- Paul McCandless with the Paul Winter Consort, a soon-to-be-released anthology of double-reed master Paul McCandless's great recordings with the Consort over the past 45 years. This year's Summer Solstice Celebration will honor McCandless's 70th birthday and serve as a salute to the new album by featuring him on oboe, English horn, and bass clarinet.

The renowned 32-voice choir Florida Singing Sons will be special guests, joining the Paul Winter Consort to perform music ranging from traditional Bulgarian chant to selections by Eric Whitacre and the sublime nocturnes of Morten Lauridsen. The Consort will also premiere new music, along with traditional pieces from their repertoire.

The Consort roster will include Paul Winter, soprano sax; Eugene Friesen, cello; Paul McCandless, oboe, English horn, and bass clarinet; Jeff Holmes, piano, and Tim Brumfield on the Cathedral's majestic Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ.



The NEW JERSEY ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL (#1MPF) returns to for its seventh year, beginning a new and exciting partnership with Mile Square Theatre. The marathon evening of one-minute plays by over 30 of New Jersey’s established and emerging playwrights and directors plays three performances only, Saturday, June 24th at 8pm, and Sunday, June 25th at 3pm & 7pm, 1400 Clinton St, Hoboken, NJ 07030. Tickets, priced at $20, are currently available at

The 7TH ANNUAL NEW JERSEY ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL will feature brand new one-minute plays by Michele Aldin Kushner, Brad Baron, Eric Conger, Marian Calabro, Oded Gross, Joseph Gallo, Midge Guerrera, Chisa Hutchinson, Lisa Huberman, David Hilder, Stephen Hiltner, Angela Kariotis, Dano Madden, Lynn Marie Macy, TS Murphy, Lisa Mary MacNair, Chris O'Connor, Nicole Pandolfo, Barry M. Putt Jr., Lillian Ribeiro, Dnia Ramos, Megan Sass, Brendon Votkipka, David Lee White, Stanley Werse, & Amy Witting

Directors include Mark Cirnigliaro, Nathanial Claridad, Rodney Gilbert, Rose Ginsberg, Steve Gaissert, Andrew Willis-Woodward, Sarah Wolff, & More!



Dates: Saturday, June 24th at 8pm & Sunday, June 25th at 3pm & 7pm

Tickets: $20. Tickets are currently available at

Register for Dreamcatcher Summer Improv classes starting June 7th

IMPROV COMEDY for Adults & Teens

Summer Classes
Level 1 - Wednesdays, June 7 - July 12, 2017
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm (six weeks)

Course fee: $210 for six classes

Level 2 - Thursdays, June 8 - July 27, 2017
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm (eight weeks)

Course fee: $280 for eight classes

LOCATION: Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ, second floor

Limited space available. Don't wait.

Register now!!classes-workshops/c1tuh

I believe that anyone can improvise - anyone!  And if you're saying, "Nuh-uh, not me!" then I must respectfully disagree.  Sorry to be so blunt, but I've witnessed it time and time again.  ANYONE can improvise.   

-Lulu French, Instructor

Instructor * Improv

Lulu French has been improvising for the past sixteen years. She started improv taking classes at Gotham City Improv and has appeared in numerous improv shows at Gotham including the long-running Off the Top of Our Heads. Lulu taught all levels of improvisation at Gotham for ten years and has directed several of Gotham's performance ensembles. Lulu also has taught improv to youths for Broadway Classrooms and CentreStage, and NYU drama students at Stonestreet Studios. In addition to her study at GCI she has also studied with the Upright Citizens Brigade including Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) and Matt Walsh (Players), and various other Chicago improv alumni including Todd Stashwick (Heroes).

     Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Oakes Center  *  120 Morris Avenue  *  Summit, NJ 07901

NJSO Season Finale with Zhang & Bronfman plus Bugs Bunny!


Listen: Bugs Bunny at the Symphony preview

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony conductor and creator George Daugherty previews the return of everyone’s favorite “wascally wabbit” to the NJSO in an interview with “All Access with State Theatre New Jersey.” 

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» Concert info and tickets

Next weekend!

WARNER BROS. presents
Conducted by George Daugherty
Created by George Daugherty & David Ka Lik Wong

Watch the trailer on YouTube!

Bugs Bunny is back and better than ever! Celebrate Looney Tunes and its legendary stars, including Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner and, of course, our very favorite “wascally wabbit.”  Enjoy classics including Long-Haired Hare (in its first East Coast concert appearance on the big screen), What’s Opera, Doc? and Baton Bunny, alongside new Warner Bros. 3D theatrical shorts Coyote Falls and Rabid Rider. Kids of all ages will enjoy hearing the extraordinary musical scores performed live and perfectly in-sync with all the on-screen action.

Kids’ tickets 25% off!

Come early on June 3 and meet some of your favorite LOONEY TUNES characters!

Sat, June 3 at 8 pm | NJPAC in Newark—best seats!
Sun, June 4 at 3 pm | State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick—limited availability
The June 4 performance is presented in collaboration with State Theatre New Jersey.

LOONEY TUNES and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Season Finale with Zhang & Bronfman

Watch Music Director Xian Zhang preview the season finale on YouTube.

Two stellar artists close the season: Xian Zhang joins forces with pianist Yefim Bronfman, described by the Chicago Tribune as “a marvel of digital dexterity, warmly romantic sentiment and jaw-dropping bravura.”


BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2
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Hot Ticket Deal: Save 50% on select seats! More info.

Thu, Jun 8 at 1:30 pm | NJPAC in Newark
Fri, Jun 9 at 8 pm | NJPAC in Newark
Sat, Jun 10 at 8 pm | Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank
Sun, Jun 11 at 3 pm | NJPAC in Newark

British Piano Great Neville Dickie And New Jersey’s Own Midiri Brothers at Bickford


Neville Dickie, one of the greatest boogie-woogie and stride pianists to ever come out of Britain, will be reunited with New Jersey’s own Midiri Brothers at the Bickford Theatre on Monday, June 5 at 7:30 pm.

Since his “Back to Boogie” album became a hit in the 1970s, Neville Dickie has been performing all over the world and makes time for a tour of the United States every year. For the past couple of years, he has appeared with Paul and Joe Midiri including a stop at the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre. He and his wife Pat ran one of England’s most successful jazz club, The Sutton Jazz Club, for 27 years until finally retiring from the business in 2016. He now devotes his time to recording, performing, and enjoying life with their two poodles.

Joe and Paul Midiri grew up in Runnemede, New Jersey where their musical training began. With Joe playing the clarinet and Paul sitting behind the drums, the two brothers (twins actually) honed their skills playing in a swing band. Paul eventually turned to the vibes as his primary instrument and the two have become acclaimed jazz musicians across the country. Joe Midiri cites several legendary musicians as his instrumental heroes including Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Ben Webster, and Paul Desmond. Not surprisingly, Paul’s inspirations including Lionel Hampton and Red Norvo. Billed as The Midiri Brothers, the two New Jerseyans headline at hot jazz festivals around the country.

One Act Festival Weekend at Barn Theatre in Montville


The Barn Theatre of Montville, NJ will be presenting its 2017 Solstice Showcase, a weekend of original one act plays. Performances will be on June 9 and 10 at 8pm; and on June 11 at 2pm. Tickets are $10 General Admission.

The plays include: "Rub of the Green" written by Tom Tunnington and directed by Elizabeth Rogers; "A Dark Night at the Theatre" written by Lonnie McGuire and directed by Michael Yoder; "Quite Contrary" written by Brianna Keller and directed by Matt Masiello; "Your Mother Should Know" written by John Kiely and directed by Amy Shera; "Scripted" written by Mark Harvey Levine and directed by Jessica Phelan; "Magical Kingdom" written by Michael Edan and directed by Rob Nissen; "In The Early Stages" written by Eric Alter and directed by Amanda Castro-Conroy; "Misfortune" written by Mark Harvey Levine and directed by Bridget Burke Weiss.

The cast of the eight one act plays feature: Brad Bebout, Anthony Bentrovato, Cheryl Bookstaver, Elwin Cuevas, Joanne DeCarolis, Mary Ann Emerson, Elisabeth Erdmann, Kathryne Forsbrey, Jessica Jones, Jeff Knapp, Mindy Knapp, Julie Longthorne, Robert Loucks, Matthew Masiello, Julie Anne Nolan, Jess Prekel, Larry Sanders, Wendy Schibener, Declan Sullivan, Lucy Tullo, Kevin Vislocky, Brian Walsh, and Annette Winter.

The Barn Theatre is located on Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Exit 47 from Route 287. For reservations, information or directions, call The Barn Theatre Box Office at (973) 334-9320, or visit The Barn Theatre on the web at


Photo Credit

From Left to Right) Jessica Jones and Kevin Vislocky perform in "Quite Contrary" part of the One Act Festival  [Photo by Omar Kozarsky]

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Stella Adler Studio and Radical Evolution to present ‘Loving and Loving’ a play by Beto O’Byrne


The Stella Adler Studio of Acting’s Harold Clurman Laboratory Theater and Radical Evolution today announced its presentation of Loving and Loving, a play by Beto O’Byrne, developed with Meropi Peponides, opening on June 12, 2017, the 50th anniversary of the historic Loving v. Virginia decision of the United States Supreme Court that overturned laws criminalizing interracial marriage in the U.S. The play examines the landmark court case from a 21st Century perspective, exploring the complexities of intimacy and identity, the impact of law on our most personal decisions, and the ongoing legacy of this case in our present, multiracial America.

“We are honored to present Loving and Loving with Radical Evolution,” said Tom Oppenheim, Artistic Director, Stella Adler Studio of Acting. “50 years after Loving v. Virginia, our nation continues to grapple with issues around race and identity. There is no better time than now to revisit and examine these topics through art and artistry.”
”We are thrilled to share this story that considers the Lovings’ struggle, examines what experiences we as mixed people share, and asks what we have inherited from the past that strengthens us,” said Beto O’ Byrne, playwright and co-founder of Radical Evolution. “We are grateful to be partnering with the Stella Adler Studio to bring this piece to life and make space for this conversation.”

Loving and Loving will run from Monday, June 12, to Friday, June 30, 2017. Tickets are $18 in advance; a limited number of “pay what you can” tickets will be available at the door.

Summer Jamfest series back at Centenary Stage Company


Centenary Stage Company’s annual Summer Jamfest series returns to the Lackland Performing Arts Center on Saturday, July 15 at 8pm with the timeless music of Drive: A Tribute to the Cars.  Thrilling the tri-state area and beyond for years, this six-person band from Bethpage, New York is dedicated to producing accurate recreations of classic songs from the 80's decade while highlighting a special tribute to "The Cars”.  Lead singer, Mary Beth Cronin, thrills audiences with her transformation to the persona of Ric Ocasek, while Darren Gallagher on Guitar & Vocals, Richard Honoski on Guitar and Vocals, Cosmo Lo Cricchio on Keyboards & Vocals, Billy Reutlinger on Bass Guitar & Vocals and Jay Sharkey on Drums & Vocals produce an Authentic Recreation of The Music of "The Cars".

Tickets for Drive: A Tribute to the Cars on Saturday, July 15 are $27.50 for adults and $25.00 children under 12 in advance.  Ticket prices increase $5.00 the day of the performance and all ticket sales are final.

Musical ‘The Ballad of Little Jo’ next at Two River

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Two River Theater (Artistic Director John Dias, Managing Director Michael Hurst) presents The Ballad of Little Jo, a musical by Mike Reid (composer, co-bookwriter), Sarah Schlesinger (lyricist, co-bookwriter) and John Dias (co-bookwriter). Dias, the theater’s Artistic Director, is also making his Two River directorial debut with this production. The Ballad of Little Jo is based on the film of the same name by Maggie Greenwald. The choreography is by Marc Kimelman, with music direction and dance and incidental arrangements by John O’Neill.

Performances will begin in Two River’s Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, on Saturday, June 3 and continue through Sunday, June 25. The opening night performance is Friday, June 9 at 8pm. Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 or 

The Glass Menagerie at Kelsey Theatre

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Only 6 Chances to see This
Tennessee Williams


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About the Show
Memories as fragile as glass are tossed into the air in Tennessee Williams' masterpiece. A frustrated mother, a daughter lost in her imagination, and a son intent on rebellion are the players in this classic drama, presented by Maurer Productions OnStage.

State Theatre New Jersey to present Happy Together Tour 2017


State Theatre New Jersey presents Happy Together Tour 2017 featuring Flo and Eddie, Chuck Negron (photo), The Association, The Cowsills, The Box Tops, and Ron Dante on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 8pm. Tickets range from $35-$95.

The Happy Together Tour returns featuring the biggest hits of the 1960s. This year the tour will include six headline artists with 53 Billboard hits amongst them. The acclaimed yearly summer tour celebrates its eighth consecutive year touring.

The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie are the signature headliners of the Happy Together Tour and act as your musical hosts with their crazy antics, satire, and boatload of hits. Led by vocalists Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, known as Flo & Eddie, The Turtles have sold over 40 million records worldwide. Their hits include: “Happy Together,” “She’d Rather Be With Me,” “Elenore,” “It Ain’t Me Babe,” and “You Showed Me.”

New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet at CSC June 4th


The New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet will present two wonderful ballets for children of all ages at the Sitnik Theater, on June 4th at 4:00.

As the theatre darkens the beloved tale of Peter and Wolf come to life onstage, with a surprise ending this ballet will delight children ages 4 – 104.

Sponsored in part by a grant from the Warren County Cultural and Heritage Commission, the company presents a new original ballet,  The Magic Toy Shoppe,. This a tale of an eccentric French toy maker and his automated collection of dolls. The exquisitely carved dolls range from a talking baby doll, to a collection of high-kicking Cossack dolls from Russia.  This clever shopkeeper desperately tries to sell the dolls but to no avail. Saving his favorite dolls for last, he finally presents his latest creation; a two Can-Can dolls. Each family purchases the dolls separately and plan to return the following day to pick-up their possessions. The secret life of dolls is revealed during the night as they come to life. It is obvious that the Can-Can dolls are lovers and sad to be separated. An escape is planned, and the couple flees the shop. Morning returns, and we find angry customers accusing the toyshop keeper of stealing their money. All the dolls come to life and frighten the angry customers away.

N J Association of Verismo Opera Accepting Applications from Vocalists Worldwide for 29th Annual International Vocal Competition

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Free Master Classes Provided.

--Early Bird Registration Deadline July 31, 2017--

Artistic Director Lucine Amara invites vocalists of all ages worldwide to apply now to the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's (Verismo Opera) 29th Annual International Vocal Competition. The early bird registration deadline is July 31, 2017. 

Verismo Opera is the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) in Englewood, New Jersey. The nonprofit opera company is recognized for providing opportunities for artists to learn and perform in a professional environment with a live orchestra.

Preliminary auditions will take place on November 1, 3, 6, and 8, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Final auditions will be held on December 6, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The preliminary and final auditions will be held at The Liederkranz Foundation, 6 East 87 Street in New York City in the United States of America. The application deadline is October 31, 2017.