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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Next at Holmdel Theatre Company: The ManOpause Boys

Please join us for a special production benefitting

the Holmdel Theatre Company

The ManOpause Boys

Written by

Billy Van Zandt & Jane Milmore

with music by Wayland Pickard


Jeff Babey, Tom Frascatore, Glenn Jones,

and Billy Van Zandt

July 21, 22, 28, 29 at 8 pm
July 23, 30 at 3pm

 Great music and side-splitting humor collide when four life-long friends share their post-50 journey of men going through manopause. An upbeat, hilarious comedy revue, The ManOpause Boys is always funny, clever, and delivers a memorable evening of laughter! Songs include My Prostate is the Size of a Buick, I Just Took A Pill Called Viagra,

and My God I Am My Father

All Seats $25*
*no discount tickets are available for this benefit production

36 Crawfords Corner Rd
Holmdel, NJ 07733
For more info contact

August Reading
In Danger of Falling in Love
A new play by Mike Sockol


A married couple mysteriously separate, and unbeknownst to each other, separately seek help from a spiritual barista named Charlie, who has some rather unorthodox ideas on how to bring them back to together. Like putting them in harm's way. Love has never been so complex, or dangerous, in this quirky comedy set in New York City.

Jersey Fringe Festival to feature comedian Joey Novick


After two sold out shows at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, DC and a great review in BroadwayWorld-DC in July, Joey Novick returns home to the Garden State in August for two shows at the Jersey Fringe Festival in Hammonton ----Friday, August 4th at 7 pm and Saturday, August 5th at 5 pm. Tickets can be obtained throughthis link.

From BroadwayWorld-DC: “Comedian Elected to Town Council in New Jersey has heart, reminding us that public service can still be fun and honorable. That is why this reviewer is endorsing comedian Joey Novick.”

Joey Novick has been a political comedian, camp counselor, editorial director, professional speaker, attorney, busboy, professional speaker, child actor and an elected official. “But not necessarily in that order,” Novick shared.

“COMEDIAN ELECTED TO TOWN COUNCIL IN NEW JERSEY” is the story of Novick’s election to the Flemington Borough Council, and journey in local politics in the Garden State.

Novick served as a Councilman in Flemington Borough from 1995 - 2006, and then again from 2012-2015. Through much of his tenure, he was the lone lifelong Democrat on Council. He also served as the Hunterdon County Democratic Chair from 1996 - 2000, ran a campaign for Congress in the 7th Congressional District in 2012.

The Divide in rehearsal | 2017 International Festival

Rehearsing THE DIVIDE, Ayckbourn's dystopian epic! from Michael T. Mooney of
The 4A's (Alan Ayckbourn Aficionados of America)

Review: LONJ wins raves with Sweeney Todd production

By Ruth Ross (

"Blood and gore all over the floor, and me without a spoon!" Isn't that the way the old kid's camp chant goes? Gross, you say? You bet!

But gory and grisly horror tales and movies fascinated us as kids: Think of the Friday the 13th movies—all 23 of 'em. Accounts of Jack the Ripper and modern serial killers have long held the public's attention: What did they do and why did they do it? And the legend of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street has held people spellbound for over 150 years—just as it will enthrall you in the snazzy, professional production by the Light Opera of New Jersey, which runs through July 23 at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC).

The tale of Sweeney Todd is based on a fourteenth century French legend, which made its way into British folklore to appear first in print in 1846 in a tabloid Penny Dreadful, with Sweeney Todd and his lover Mrs. Nellie Lovett as minor, unsympathetic characters. The following year, when it was dramatized for the Brittania Theatre in London, however, the action's focus shifted to Todd and Lovett, who were portrayed as stock melodramatic villains.

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In the myth's latest incarnation, the musical thriller entitled just Sweeney Todd, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, revenge and social commentary have been introduced into the plot. The barber has become a sympathetic character driven to his dastardly acts because of injustice. When it opened on Broadway in 1979, the play garnered eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, and it became a film in 2007 starring Johnny Depp as Sweeney. This wonderful production on the SOPAC stage is evidence why, despite its unpleasant subject, the musical has continued to attract audiences.

Growing Stage’s 5th Annual Harvest Fest Fundraiser

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The motto for this coming season is DARE TO DREAM for a number of reasons that include the financial challenges of bringing professional theatre for young audiences and the societal changes to our communities that both impact and demand our continued commitment to our art for all the families we serve.

Fundraisers, in part, sustain that effort and we could use your help. In addition to the incredible 5th Annual Harvest Fest that we'll be hosting September 28th at Skylands Park, we are also holding a raffle with an equally impressive array of prizes. If you would be willing to not only buy tickets but help in selling them, please contact our Founder & Executive Director Steve Fredericks at today! Thank you!

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Lineup set for Two River Theater’s 7th annual Crossing Borders festival of new plays


Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, announces the lineup for its 7th annual Crossing Borders (Cruzando Fronteras) festival of new plays by Latino writers. Since it launched in 2011, the annual five-day festival has featured free readings of more than two dozen plays, including many that have gone on to full productions at Two River and around the country. Crossing Borders is sponsored by The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo.

Crossing Borders (Cruzando Fronteras) will take place August 2-6, 2017 and will kick off with a free outdoor neighborhood party with food and live music performed by David Oquendo. The party will be followed by a keynote address given by Jacob G. Padrón, the Founder and Artistic Director of The Sol Project, New York City-based theater initiative dedicated to producing works by Latinx playwrights.

Works to be read at the festival include plays by Benjamin Benne, Raul Garza, and Charise Castro Smith. Conversations with artists will follow every reading. This year, Two River is expanding the festival to include its first musical, The Golem of Havana, with music by Salomon Lerner, lyrics by Len Schiff, and book and direction by Michel Hausmann; and its first play for young people, Blancaflor, a bilingual adaptation of a traditional fairytale, written by Cecilia Cackley and translated by Ártemis López.

Crossing Borders is curated by Stephanie Ybarra, who currently serves as the Director of Special Artistic Projects at The Public Theater in New York, where she leads the Mobile Shakespeare Unit and produces the Public Forum series.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra to present ‘An American in Paris’ with live score

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presents the 1951 film An American in Paris with a live performances of the score, November 25–26 in Newark and New Brunswick. Gene Kelly stars as a former American GI who falls for Parisian Leslie Caron; the film features classic songs by George and Ira Gershwin. Constantine Kitsopoulos conducts.

“The Gershwin songs are magnificent, and the climactic ballet a tour de force,” The Guardian writes of the film, which includes Gershwin hits like “Embraceable You,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “I Got Rhythm,” “’S Wonderful” and “Our Love is Here to Stay.”

Performances take place on Saturday, November 25, at 8 pm at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and Sunday, November 26, at 3 pm at the State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick. State Theatre New Jersey co-presents the November 26 performance.

An American in Paris Live with the NJSO replaces the originally scheduled Radio Hits Live performances on November 25 and 26.

For more information, visit


Single tickets start at $20 and will go on sale on August 7. Tickets are available now as part of subscription packages. Tickets are available from the NJSO online at, by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476) or in person. The NJSO Patron Services office is located at 60 Park Place, 9th floor, in Newark; summer hours are Monday–Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm, and Friday, 9 am to 1 pm.

Tickets for the November 26 performance are also available at the State Theatre New Jersey ticket office online at, by phone at 732.246.SHOW (7469) or in person. The State Theatre New Jersey ticket office is located at 15 Livingston Ave in New Brunswick. Summer hours are Monday—Friday, 10 am to 6 pm and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified.

Structural Landscapes: Solo Show Inaugurates New Headquarters for the Jersey City Arts Council


Structural Landscapes is a gallery show of two firsts.

It is the first solo slow by Gregg Rosen, a Jersey City-based artist and art educator.

Structural Landscapes is also the first gallery show to be presented by the Jersey City Arts Council (JCAC) –a nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to be an advocate and ambassador for the arts and artists in Jersey City – at its new headquarters and art gallery, JCAC Gallery at ShuaSpace, 340 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, N.J. 07306.

Structural Landscapes opens July 27, 5:00pm – 8:00pm. Admission is free, light refreshments will be served and attendees will have a chance to meet the artist.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

‘Sweeney Todd’ wins Rave Review

"There is so much that is outstanding about this production it is difficult to know where to begin . . . Given this spectacular limited-run production by Light Opera of New Jersey at SOPAC, you'd better hurry to make reservations because it's bound to be sold out long before the last performance . . . for something completely different from the all-too-usual fluff, make an appointment to see Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street and be fleet about it!"--Ruth Ross, NJ Arts Maven


Enjoy this First Look at Sweeney Todd!


South Orange Performing Arts Center, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079 

Tickets $35, $40 and $45 Reserved Seating
Tickets are available for purchase HERE or by calling (973) 313-2787.


Exit 82 to produce new musical ‘Be More Chill’

Exit 82 is honored to produce this electric new musical after
its successful world premiere at Two River Theater!
Due to this awesome opportunity, we will be postposing our
production of INTO THE WOODS to a future season.

BE MORE CHILL is a contemporary musical which follows Jeremy Heere,  just an average teenager. That is, until he finds out about “The Squip” – a tiny supercomputer that promises to bring him everything he desires most: a date with Christine, an invite to the raddest party of the year and a chance to survive life in his suburban New Jersey high school. But is being the most popular guy in school worth the risk? BE MORE CHILL is based on the novel by Ned Vizzini.
The world premiere production of BE MORE CHILL was commissioned and originally produced by Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, NJ; John Dias, Artistic Director / Michael Hurst, Managing Director. This work was supported by a Theatre Commissioning and Production Initiative grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Orchestrations and Arrangements by Charlie Rosen. BE MORE CHILL is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals:

Now accepting applications for ALL staff positions.
Stay tuned for audition & ticket info!

Exit 82 Theatre Studio
34 Main Street
Toms River, NJ 08753

Dreamcatcher presents Monologues@MONDO Thursday

Monologues@MONDO - perfect for those warm summer nights!

In the summer of 2014, DRT presented a series of solo works as readings at MONDO, the cultural gathering place in downtown Summit. The series was received with such enthusiasm, that since then we return to MONDO every summer with our Monologues@MONDO series.

Tickets are $20 in advance

$25 at the door
To take advantage of the $5 discount, reserve your tickets in advance.

To reserve you can email:

or call: 917-969-4534
and leave a message with your name and the # of seats requested.
Performances are Thursday evenings at 8PM, July 8 ~ July 27
at MONDO * 426 Springfield Avenue * Summit, NJ 07901

Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 8:00 pm

The Night Watcher
by Charlayne Woodard

Featuring: Nicole Callender

Simultaneously a best friend, mentor, psychologist, and surrogate mother to the many young people who call her "Auntie," Charlayne Woodard is childless only by biological standards. Told with penetrating grace, candor and wit, THE NIGHT WATCHER is the story of a woman who chooses not to have children-only to be pulled into the real-life struggles of kids of all ages, races and backgrounds.

"Marvelous storytelling...a truly affecting piece of theater."

Scott McGowan

Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 8:00 pm

The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me
by Dan Butler

Featuring: Scott McGowan

Billed as a "whirlwind tour of the gay American landscape," this one-man show juxtaposes ten predominantly gay characters in fourteen vignettes. Moving, funny and eye-opening, THE ONLY THING WORSE... turns inside out the experiences and perceptions surrounding gayness in modern America. The characters question, contradict and especially challenge one another's credo of what "being gay" really means.

" certainly don't have to be gay to appreciate Butler's people ... recognizable life as lived to straight or gay alike." - The New York Post

     Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Oakes Center  *  120 Morris Avenue  *  Summit, NJ 07901

Tickets: 800-838-3006 | Info: 908-514-9654

Larry Miller headlines Centenary Stage Company’s 2017 – 18 season


One of Hollywood's most recognizable faces, Larry Miller headlines Centenary Stage Company’s 2017 – 18 season with a special fundraiser stand up performance on Saturday, January 20 at 8 pm in the Lackland Performing Arts Center.

Returning to Centenary Stage Company, actor, comedian and writer Larry Miller has an extensive career spanning over 100 film/television credits and Broadway performances. He began his career alongside Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.  Miller has since gone on to unforgettable roles in such films as The Princess Diaries, The Nutty Professor, Bee Movie and 10 Things I Hate About You. He's also a proud member of Christopher Guest's ensemble cast in the films Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration.

Miller has made dozens of appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and Real Timewith Bill Maher. He has also starred in his own HBO comedy specials and on Broadway in Neil Simon's play, The Dinner Party. His other television credits include Seinfeld, Desperate Housewives, Medium, Burn Notice and Law & Order, in addition to a recurring role on Boston Legal. Miller is the also the only "bad guy" to return on Law and Order as an unrepentant – and uncatchable – wife killer.  He currently hosts the weekly podcast called The Larry Miller Show about the absurdities of everyday life, and he’s a humorist for both the Huffington Post and The Weekly Standard as well as the author of the best-selling book Spoiled Rotten America.  Miller frequently tours the country with his one-man comedy show, Cocktails with Larry Miller.

Tickets for Larry Miller on Saturday, January 20 at 8pm in the Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center are $48 for adults and children in advance.  As with all concerts, jazz and special events ticket prices increase $5.00 day of performance.    The performance is presented in partnership with the Hackettstown Rotary Club.  Proceeds to benefit Hackettstown Rotary Club local scholarships.

Monday, July 17, 2017

New Home for NJ Theatre Alliance

As of August 1, 2017, New Jersey Theatre Alliance will be located at 7 King Place, 2nd floor, Morristown, NJ 07960.

PLEASE NOTE: From Thursday, July 20, to Tuesday, July 25, our office will be offline and we will have limited access to phone, email, and fax.
During that time, the best way to reach us will be by email.

Our phone numbers will remain the same.
Please update your records.
Thank you!
John McEwen
Executive Director

CSC’s Summer Jamfest comes to a close with Dr. K’s Motown Revue


Centenary Stage Company’s 2017 Summer Jamfest comes to a close as Dr. K’s Motown Revue fills the Lackland Performing Arts Center with the heart, soul and sound of Motown on Saturday, August 12 at 8 pm.

The Motown sound has left an indelible stamp on several generations of fans worldwide and over the years many of the artist and writers responsible for bringing to the world this incredible body of work has passed on.  However, the music created lives on through movies, radio, television commercials, collectible CD's, dance halls, weddings and karaoke clubs. It's not just the songs but the memories associated with them that have forever imprinted the Motown Sound in the hearts and souls of music fans.  Honoring the music of many of the biggest names in Motown, Dr. K’s Motown Revue celebrates the music of The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye and many more.  Their authentic and powerful lyric, melody and instrumental performance keeps true to the roots of the Motown sound and coupled with era specific costumes provides a true Motown concert experience.

Tickets for Dr. K’s Motown Revue on Saturday, August 12 at 8pm in the Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center are $27.50 for adults and $22.50 for students.  Ticket prices increase $5.00 the day of the performance. For more information on Dr. K’s Motown Revue, visit  Centenary Stage Company’s 2017 Summer Jamfest is sponsored by series sponsor The House of the Good Shepherd.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call the CSC box office at (908) 979 – 0900.  The box office is located in the Lackland Center; 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.  Box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 pm and two hours prior to each performance.

Hit one-woman comedy ‘Italian Bred’ at the Bickford Theatre August 5 & 6

Actor and comedian Candice Guardino brings her hit one-woman show “Italian Bred” to the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre for two performances on August 5 and August 6. The show which had a successful and critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run in 2013 has been playing to packed houses across the country for the past couple of years.

Inspired by the acting career of her famous late uncle, Harry Guardino, Candice has based her popular show on her own childhood experiences growing up Italian on Staten Island. This hilarious, heartwarming show includes the unfiltered wisdom of her outspoken grandmother, unique stories of the distinctive personalities of relatives, and video cameos from friends Leslie Jordan (“Will and Grace”), Mario Cantone (“Sex & the City”), Steve Schirripa (“The Sopranos”), and Vic DiBitteto (“Mall Cop 2”).

Candice made a name for herself on the New York theatre scene with her outrageously revealing one-woman show “S.O.S.” which ran at Stage 72 and the Laurie Beechman. Her work has been acclaimed by critics who have called her someone who “Stuns!” and an actor who is “redefining solo performances.” She works with comedy groups such as the Upright Citizens Brigade, The Pit, Cult Comedy, and Second City Showcases. Some of her credits include New York Musical Theatre Festival, the Off-Broadway show “That Other Woman’s Child,” “The Guiding Light,” “All My Children,” and “Law & Order.”

EricH“Whether you are Italian or not, you’ll relate to this very funny and touching show,” says the Bickford Theatre’s Artistic Director Eric Hafen. “I’m sure that our audience will love this extremely talented comedian who possesses a unique storytelling ability.”

Before the Saturday night performance, the Bickford Theatre will offer three top food trucks so that everyone can enjoy a tailgate picnic starting at 5:30. The general public as well as ticket holders are invited to bring lawn chairs and small tables and take advantage of the beautiful Morris Museum Grounds. The trucks will be serving until the 8:00 curtain.

Tickets for Italian Bred are $40 for the General Public; $38for Seniors; $35for Museum Members; and $20 for Students (18 & under or with valid college ID). Group rates are available. Performances are on Saturday, August 5 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 6 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office. The Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road inMorristown, NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00am to 5:00pm.

Photo: Candice Guardino; photo courtesy of Candice Guardino.