Thursday, July 2, 2015

Opening this weekend: Pygmalion, the second show of Princeton Summer Theater’s 2015 season

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Pygmalion, the second show of Princeton Summer Theater’s 2015 season, opens tomorrow at the Hamilton Murray Theater on Princeton University’s Campus. This timeless comedy by George Bernard Shaw is a sharply funny commentary on class, gender, and what it means to be true to yourself.

This vibrant and hilarious new production adapted and directed by Princeton lecturer in Theater and English R. N. Sandberg highlights the battle of wits and wills between Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle. Speech professor Henry Higgins makes a bet that he can transform cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle from a low-class nobody to the toast of society at an upcoming garden party. He soon realizes, however, that this feat might not be so easily accomplished; Eliza has strong opinions of her own, and she is prepared to fight Henry every step of the way on her transformation from street urchin to sophisticated duchess. The inspiration for the musical My Fair Lady, the story of Pygmalion has captivated audiences for decades.

pyg1 Starring guest artist Jake Robertson as Henry Higgins and Princeton Summer Theater company member Bits Sola as Eliza Doolittle (photo right). Also featuring Ross Barron (Pickering), Maeve Brady (Mrs. Higgins), Sarah Cuneo (Mrs. Eynsford Hill) Caroline Hertz (Mrs. Pearce/Miss Eynsford Hill), Kanoa Mulling (Freddy Eynsford Hill), and Evan Thompson (Mr. Doolittle).

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, directed by Princeton University lecturer in Theater and English R.N. Sandberg. Opens Friday, July 3. Performances run July 3-5, 8-12, and 16-19. Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Wednesday, July 8th at 8pm. Special talkbacks with the cast follow every Friday evening performance: join us on July 4th after the 2pm matinee for a reception with hoagies by Hoagie Haven!

Tickets are $27.50 for general admission, $22 for students and matinees. We also offer season subscriptions for only $60 (a 30% discount!), which ensures a reserved seat for each of our three remaining main stage shows this season. To order tickets, visit or call the PST box office at 1-732-997-0205.

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  • pyg2  From right to left: Ross Barron as Pickering, Bits Sola as Eliza Doolittle, Jake Robertson as Henry Higgins, and Evan Thompson as Mr. Doolittle.

pyg4  From right to left: Sarah Cuneo as Mrs. Eynsford Hill, Jake Robertson as Henry Higgins, Caroline Hertz as Miss Eynsford Hill, Kanoa Mulling as Freddy Eynsford Hill, and Bits Sola as Eliza Doolittle.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Chatham Playhouse to Host 21st Annual Jersey Voices Festival Starting July 31st

The Chatham Community Players (CCP) will host its 21st annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival with four performances between July 31 and August 9. This year’s production will include six original short plays and one original dance piece written by New Jersey playwrights.
From the moment the festival concludes in August, playwrights from all around New Jersey begin to send Chatham Community Players their works. With over 70 playwrights having seen their original one-acts produced on the Chatham stage, audiences have been able to see over 100 plays over 21 years. As it has been over the past few years, the talent pool continues to increase. “We welcome you to join us as we explore the joys of live, original theatre in The Chatham Playhouse”, said Artistic Director, Bob Lukasik.

Jersey Voices has provided a venue for New Jersey playwrights to showcase their work since 1995. "I’m constantly amazed and excited by the creativity, the resilience, the persistence of the Playwrights of New Jersey whose plays we get to present every summer”, said Producer Bob Denmark.

Performance dates are Friday and Saturday evenings, July 31, August 1, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 9 at 7 p.m.. All performances are held at the Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave Chatham, NJ. Tickets are $15 for adults (19 and older) and $12 for youth (18 and under). To access the theater’s online ticketing service, simply go to

For more information, call the box office at (973) 635-7363 or go to

It is highly recommended that tickets be purchased in advance. Patrons with special needs requiring seating accommodations should contact the Playhouse at least 24 hours prior to the performance. Without prior notice, accommodations cannot be guaranteed.

Each of the following pieces will be performed each night of the festival:
A Love Story by Walter Placzek - A poignant look at familiar love. This production features Bob and Colleen Grundfest and Jean Habrukowich. Directed by Arnold Buchiane.
Wendy by John AC Kennedy - Remember… from childhood… as real as yesterday. This production features Brad Carrington and Debbie Bernstein. Directed by Joann Scanlon.
I Thought I Liked Girls… by Nicole Pandolfo - Lucy, has some big news for her parents- after 10 years, she is ready to share. This production features Judi Laganga, Steve Gabe and Julie Anne Nolan. Directed by Eric Holgerson.
Two Perfect Strangers Meet At The Jet Lag Cafe by Ralph Greco, Jr. - At four AM in an all-but-empty Paris café’, two Americans strike up a conversation that, for a moment, distracts each other and leads to a new found kinship. The production features Arnold Buchiane and Chip Prestera. Directed by Kevern Cameron.
Rodin in Movement" by Kimberly Jackson - A dance piece that explores the stories behind the famous bronze sculptures that Auguste Rodin used in his masterpiece "The Gates of Hell". This production features Ashley McDonnell, Brielle Sutherland, Brittany Barthelemy, Melissa Kaban, Melanie Jackson, Ering Jackson and Daraius Phillips. Directed & Choreographed by Kimberly Jackson.
Gentlemen's Pact by Karen JP Howes - A wry and witty look at fidelity, friendship and 21st century marriage. This production features Liz Royce, Orin Tempkin and Howard Fischer. Directed by Lynn Polan.
Holy Grill by Gary Shaffer - A soon to be bride, a nervous groom, and two retired cops asking all the right questions; things could get interesting. This production features Arlene Britt, Jackie Jacobi, Dan Malloy, Lewis Decker and Victor Gallo. Directed by Scott Baird

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

‘Songs for a Summer Night’ concert series one weekend only at Chester Theatre Group’s Black River Playhouse

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The popular “Songs for a Summer Night” concert series, featuring The Black River Singers, returns to The Chester Theatre Group for one weekend of performances in July!

The Black River Singers is a group primarily made up of singing actors, most of whom have appeared on our stage over the years. Begun in 1997, the first Songs for a Summer Night was so successful that it has been one of the most asked for programs the Chester Theater Group offers.

PerryAwardsCParrish This year the 24 singers, accompanied by leader, Clifford Parrish (photo right), and bass player, Tim Metz, will offer choral versions of Broadway and pop oldies on the concert. A mash-up of opening numbers from some of your favorite musicals will start off the program, with both a Jazz Hot medley and an “Oklahoma!” medley included. Many of the choral selections will be repeats from prior programs that audiences have requested plus some fun new arrangements have been added and some of the singers will be featured in duets and ensembles from various shows. The closing number will be from The Sound of Music, with the audience invited to sing along on some songs.

Performances will be held Friday and Saturday, July 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday afternoon, July 12 at 2 p.m. at The Black River Playhouse on the corner of Grove Street and Maple Avenue in historic Chester Borough.

Tickets are $25 with a $2 discount given to Seniors (over 65) and students (under 18 with ID) and can be purchased online at

Reservations can be made by calling 908-879-7304.

Geraldine Baillod
D'Angelique Dopson
Gayle Hendrix
Debbie Lingel
Alice Regan Moynahan
Martha Riley
Ellen Fraker-Glasscock
Fran Groves
Jodi Freeman Maloy
Claudia Metz
Roseann Ruggiero
Susie Speidel
Ericka Traugh
Roxanna Wagner
Jeff Dopson
Bob Longstreet
Chris Mortenson
Jason Cilento
Matt Cotton
Michael Foley
Bob Mackasek
Rich Maloy
Tom Rodgers
Robert Stone

Chester Theatre Group 54 Grove St, Chester, New Jersey 07930

Recent B’way version of ‘Caberet’ as New Jersey Youth Theatre's summer production

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Performances of New Jersey Youth Theatre's summer production, "Cabaret," will kick off on July 17 at the Westminster Arts Center at Bloomfield College.
"Our production of 'Cabaret' will be a special event, especially since we're having our premier at the Westminster Arts Center. Bloomfield and the surrounding townships are wonderful supporters of the arts and we're so excited to be working with Westminster," said Cynthia Meryl, NJYT's artistic director. 
Performances will be July 17-26 at the Westminster Arts Center in Bloomfield. For tickets, visit or call 800-838-3006.

Review: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's 'Love's Labour's Lost' at the Greek Amphitheater

By Ruth Ross (

Exactly 11 years ago today, I reviewed the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's production of Love's Labour's Lost, performed on their main stage. At that time, I praised their efforts, calling the performance " effervescent" and "polished"—adjectives that would apply equally as well to the current production of this, one of the least performed of the Bard's romantic comedies, now raising mayhem and laughter on the outdoor stage at the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station (Morris Township). 

Director Brian Crowe's decision to bring the action en plein air emphasizes the magical, mystical aspect of this rather goofy love story. Once again, Shakespeare reaches into his bag of theatrical tricks—sparring lovers, bumbling rustics who massacre the English language, misdelivered letters, eaves dropping and great fun at the expense of a pompous pedant—to concoct an absurdly comedic soup, seasoned with a dash of sex and leavened with some nifty verbal calisthenics. 

STNJ_LovesLabours_1631The opening scene, wherein King Ferdinand of Navarre declares that the young men of his court must forswear women and other worldly temptations for the next three years and devote themselves to academic pursuits, sets into motion the sexual politics that eventually make these oaths null and void. Trouble on the romantic front arrives with the appearance of the Princess of France, sent on a diplomatic mission by her father, and her bevy of lovely ladies. When the men visit the ladies in a field outside the court, their foolish “ivory tower” ideals unravel, and the men fall hopelessly in love. And when the ladies find out about the King’s “rules,” they decide to have some fun at the men’s expense. The result: hilarity. [Image: The King of Navarre (Jonathan Raviv, front, center) reads a letter to the men of his court—(L-R) Berowne (Ben Jacoby), Longaville (Aaron McDaniel), and Dumain (Austin Ku) —announcing the arrival of the Princess of France (Jesmille Darbouze, not pictured). Photo © Jerry Dalia, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey]

STNJ_LovesLabours_5028To be sure, the courtiers, led by Jonathan Raviv (right) as the King of Navarre, are a hunky bunch. Raviv's regal air crumbles to mush at the sign of the luscious Princess of France, played by Jesmille Darbouze (left) as a wise young woman, fit to be a diplomatic emissary, yet quick-witted enough to size up a ludicrous situation and take the bull by the horns. It doesn't hurt that Darbouze and Raviv exhibit romantic chemistry from the minute they first lay eyes on each other. Clark Scott Carmichael has a grand time as her attending lord, happy to cause trouble at everyone's expense. 

The other set of lovers, Rosaline and Berowne, are reminiscent of Beatrice and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, what with their verbal jousting and longing looks stolen when the other is not looking. Susan Maris glows whenever she is on stage while Ben Jacoby's expression of doubt prior to signing the King's oath make him deliciously ripe for the takedown. 
STNJ_LovesLabours_2287But what would a Shakespearean comedy be without some rubes, a pompous ass and a couple of other clowns? Love's Labour's Lost doesn't disappoint in this area. Connor Carew is hilarious as Costard, murderer of the English language, master of physical comedy and the quintessential smart-mouthed servant. 

On the aristocratic side, Jeffrey M. Bender (right), who has assumed the role formerly held by James Michael Riley as the comic of the company, is side-splitting as the Spanish grandee Don Armado, replete with Spanish accent, rampant braggadocio, some outrageous business with his foot and a writer of completely incomprehensible verses to the lowly maid (a pert Rebecca Gomberg) who has captured his heart. And Shakespeare has great fun puncturing the pretensions of the bloviating schoolmaster Holofernes, played with great flair and asininity by Bruce Comer (above, right), aided and abetted by his doltish curate Nathaniel, played by Joseph Hamel. Their attempts to honor the heroes of world history in a play of their own devising (shades of A Midsummer Night's Dream) amuses the nobles and gives the audience a reason to laugh heartily. 
STNJ_LovesLabours_2324The setting, a park in the royal environs of the King of Navarre, is a mixture of shades of green fashioned into a harlequin pattern; Charlie Calvert's design emphasizes the bucolic nature of the play. Nikki Delhomme's costumes are a blend of colorful, luxurious fabrics ; a nice sartorial touch is having the lords' shoes match the color of their waistcoats. That the ladies' dresses did too made it easier to discern the couples more easily. [(L-R): Maria (Carrie Walsh), the Princess of France (Jesmille Darbouze), and Katherine (Kristen Kittel) look on as Rosaline (Susan Maris) shows off her gift sent by the men. Photo © Jerry Dalia, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey]

Unlike Shakespeare's other comedies, Love's Labour's Lost doesn't end with a wedding. Instead, the death of the King of France causes his daughter to postpone the multiple nuptials for a mourning period of 12 months and a day. Rosaline's conditions for Berowne are especially delicious: She charges him with working in a hospital for a year to make the sick laugh. Obviously, the path to true love for these young folks will not be smooth. To ensure that theirs is a lasting love—and not an infatuation—is going to take some labor, and that advice is timeless! 

Love's Labour's Lost will be performed at the Greek Amphitheater on the campus of the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station through July 26th. Performances begin at 8 PM. Bring a picnic and a lawn chair. For information and tickets, call the box office at 973.408.5600 or visit online.

Review: CLOSURE by Richard Dresser at New Jersey Rep in Long Branch


closure18 Reviewed by Michael T. Mooney June 28, 2015 at 7:00pm

New Jersey Repertory Company must be the proudest 'parent' in the theater world. When giving birth to each of their world premiere plays, they regale them with the greatest birthday party a playwright could imagine. Richard Dresser's CLOSURE, the 105th play of their remarkable 18 seasons, is no exception.

First, the party guests – a cast that Broadway might envy. To their recent list of world-class actors like Jill Eikenberry, Dan Lauria, Michael Tucker, and others, add Wendie Malick and Gary Cole. Their amazing contributions toward making CLOSURE a must-see summer show cannot be over-stated. Although currently known for their work on small-screen comedies (she on “Hot in Cleveland” and he on “Veep”), both do compelling work in this primarily dramatic stage play about parents whose teenage daughter has gone missing on a Dutch-run Caribbean island. Malick plays Jane, the teen's distressed mom, and Cole is Roy, the island's police detective. They are ably joined by Victor Verhaeghe as Peter, Jane's distant husband, and Biniam Tekola as Ken, the waiter selling something more than drinks. Cole anchors the play with a self-assured confidence, skillfully dealing with Jane's rum-soaked search for closure. Malick and Cole have a palpable chemistry that makes it clear that Dresser's narrative has some twists and turns in store. 

Then there's the party favors – an absolutely stunning physical production designed by Jessica Parks. The play's action requires several different locations and Parks skillfully gives us a tropical setting that takes full advantage of every inch of the theater's shoe box stage without ever looking cramped. Parks even manages to hint at a neo-noir vibe in Roy's office, outfitting it with a rotary fan, metal file cabinet, coffee maker, and old school black phone – all without looking dated. Jill Nagle's blue and green infused tropical lighting and Patricia E. Doherty's skillfully complementary costumes are equally impressive. Merek Royce Press supplies steel drum-based music to blend with the sounds of the surf. All of this is under the skilled and focused direction of Joe Cacaci. 

The much-expected twists in the plot will come as no shock to any viewer of “Cold Case.” With only four characters, the play's 90 intermissionless minutes provide plenty of time for pondering the possibilities. Dresser's script sometimes meanders and misfires, but Cole and Malick manage to make even the less compelling moments watchable. While considering the actual fate of Jane’s daughter, you can be forgiven for imagining a brand new prime time detective series starring Cole and Malick - a sort of island “Hart to Hart.” Like CLOSURE, it would be well worth watching. 

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The world premiere engagement of CLOSURE by Richard Dresser continues at New Jersey Repertory Company, 179 Broadway, Long Branch, New Jersey, through July 19th. For tickets and information visit or call 732-229-3166. 

Photo: Victor Verhaerghe, Biniam Tekola, Wendie Malick and Gary Cole (by Suzanne Barabas)

'RENT' star Adam Pascal to lead masterclass at Rhino Theatre

adampascalheadshot Tony Award nominee and 'RENT'" star Adam Pascal will lead Straight From New York's upcoming masterclass at

Rhino Theatre on Sunday, July 19 from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. 

Adam Pascal is the original Roger in Broadway's "Rent", for which he received a Tony nomination for best Actor in a Musical.  He went on to star as Radames in "Aida", the Emcee in "Cabaret", Huey Calhoun in "Memphis" and Billy Flynn in "Chicago".  He also reprised his role as Roger in the film version of Rent.  Pascal, will lead the class and work with performers of all ages on musical theater and pop pieces.

Participants should prepare one 32-bar cut of a musical theater or pop song and bring sheet music marked and in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided. No CDs or a cappella performances.

Rhino Theatre is located at 247 Wanaque Ave., Pompton Lakes and please call the theatre to register for this event.  Space is limited


Monday, June 29, 2015

Auditions: TONIGHT! 'Little Shop of Horrors' in Clifton

WHEN: June 29, 7-10pm
WHERE: Clifton Arts Center, City Hall complex at 900 Clifton Avenue on Well Road. Click here for a map and directions
Auditions for our Fall musical production of Little Shop of Horrors are coming up!  Directed by Bill Kaufman, Musical Director is Jalmari Vanamo, Technical Director is Kyle Parkin, Producer is Maryann Irizarry, Stage Manager is Tara Freifeld. Seeking males and females ages 18 years and older.
Auditions will be from sides provided at the auditions. Please bring a prepared song with accompaniment (CD, IPOD, MP3 or sheet music). Songs from the show are permitted.
Show dates are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays November 6,7,8 and 13,14,15. All shows are in the Theresa Aprea Theater at The Learning Center, 199 Scoles Ave, Clifton NJ.
For questions please call 973-928-7668 or email
Roles include:
  • Seymour – Mid-twenties and perhaps balding a little. Our insecure, naïve, put-upon, florist’s clerk hero. Above all, he’s a sweet and well-meaning little man. Age 20-35.
  • Audrey – the bleached-blonde, secret love of Seymour’s life. If you took Judy Holiday, Carol Channing, Marilyn Monroe and Goldie Hawn, removed their education and feelings of self-worth, dressed them in spiked heels and a low-cut black dress – that’d be Audrey. Age 20-35
  • Mr. Mushnik – Their sweaty boss. A failure of an East Side florist. His accent, if he has one, Is more that of middle class New York than of Eastern Europe. Age 40+
  • Orin – A tall, dark, handsome dentist with a black leather jacket and sadistic tendencies. He is not a leftover from the move version of Grease. Think instead of an egotistical pretty-boy or an insurance salesman and talking like a radio announcer. Age 30+
  • The Plant (Audrey II) – An anthropomorphic cross between a Venus flytrap and an avocado. It has a huge, nasty- looking pod which gains a shark-like aspect when open and snapping at food. The creature is played by a series of four increasing large puppets, manipulated by one puppeteer. (Who also plays Wino #1 in the first scene) The first time we see the Plant, it is less than one foot tall. The last time we see it, it fills the entire stage.
  • Voice of the Plant – Provided by an actor on an offstage microphone. The sound is a cross between Otis Redding, Barry White and Wolfman Jack. Think of the Voice as that of a street-smart, funky, conniving villain-with Rhythm and Blues. Age 18+
  • Crystal, Ronnette and Chiffon – Three black female street urchins who function as participants in the action and a Greek Chorus outside it. They’re young, hip, smart and the only people in the whole cast who really know what’s going on. They occasionally sing to the audience directly. And when they do, it’s often with a “secret smile” that says: “we know something you don’t know”. Age 18-30
  • Chorus Ensemble – A small ensemble of singers to create background and fill to the musical numbers. Ages 18+

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Here is what’s playing on NJ’s professional stages

(In chronological order of opening)

Visit NJArtsTix for last-minute ticket deals on select member theatre performances.

Eagle Theatre
The Graduate

May 29 - June 27
Two River Theater
Be More Chill

May 30 - June 28
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
Love's Labour's Lost

June 17- July 26
Cape May Stage
Mary Mary

June 17- July 24
East Lynne Theater Company
Mr. Lincoln

June 17 - July 25
The Garage Theatre Group
Ubu Roi

June 25 - July 12

New Jersey Repertory Company


June 25 - July 19

Click here to view full member theatre performance details

Shows and dates are subject to change; call theatres or check the NJTA website to confirm.

Mr. Lincoln at East Lynne Theater

Now at NJTA's Equity Producing Member Theatre, East Lynne Theater Company, Mr. Lincoln.

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A trip to the beautiful beaches of Cape May, and a journey back in time to the 1800's can be accomplished this summer at the East Lynne Theater Company. This 35-year-old professional theatrical group is recognizing the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Lincoln by presenting the play Mr. Lincoln.

Tom Byrn takes on the demanding role of the iconic historical figure in this one man play. Gayle Stahlhuth not only directs the piece, but is artistic director of the theatre.

Mr. Lincoln opened June 17 and runs through July 25.

For more information go to


              EQUITY PROFESSIONAL THEATER Since 1980


east l Performance Venue: The First Presbyterian Church 500 Hughes Street, Cape May, NJ 08204

Friday, June 26, 2015

Registration open for the Dreamcatcher theatre camp

Dreamcatcher's Summer Theatre Conservatory is a four- week theatre camp for young actors aged 10-17 that offers both classes and performance opportunities.
At the STC, we believe in having fun while developing real skills under the guidance of theatre professionals. Emphasis is placed on individual attention, constructive feedback, and the achievement of personal goals.
Participants can tailor the program to suit their preferences, attending the conservatory for one week, two weeks, three weeks or for the entire month of classes.

Read more.


July 6-10, Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm


July 13-17, Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm


Create & Perform a Show

July 20-31, Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm

Final performance: Fri., July 31, 7:30pm

Classes are held Monday through Friday, 9am to 3pm
at Oakes Center 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ.

Register your child now

For more information visit us
online at
email us at
or call us at 908-514-9654

     Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Oakes Center  *  120 Morris Avenue  *  Summit, NJ 07901

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

Light Opera of New Jersey Announcing Student Rush Tickets!

Announcing Student Rush Tickets for A Little Night Music!

“We are proud to announce our new $10 Student Rush Tickets!”

How does it work?

Just bring your valid picture student ID from your school or college, and present it at the box office in order to buy your discounted ticket. Student Rush Tickets can only be purchased on the night of the performance, so we recommend arriving a half hour early.

Group Rates are also available for parties of 10 or more!

Save $5 per ticket when buying tickets for a group of ten or more! Group tickets can be purchased by calling our box office at 908-655-6023.

A Little Night Music

Set at the turn of the 20th century in Sweden, Stephen Sondheim's

A Little Night Music spins a tale exploring the meaning of love versus desire and the significance of family.

July 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th at 8:00 PM, July 12th and 19th
at 2:00 PM
Founders Hall Theater at the
Morristown Beard School
70 Whippany Road Morristown, NJ 07960



Brundage Park Playhouse to produce Peter Pan Jr.


Brundage Park Playhouse to produce Peter Pan Jr. at the playhouse on Carrell Road in Randolph, NJ.


Performance Dates:

  • July 10, 16, 17 and 24 at 8:00 pm

   July 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 at 2:00 pm

Directed by: Mark Carovale
Assistant Director:  Larry Turner
Music Director:  Nola Young
Choreographer: Alicia Vega

Music and Lyrics by Winston Hibler, Ted Sears, George Bruns, Sammy Fain, Jack Lawrence, Sammy Cahn, Michael Tumes, Xavier Atencio, Frank Churchill, Oliver Wallace and Ray Kelley.  Music Adapted and Arranged and Additional Lyrics by Eric Svejcar.  Book and Additional Lyrics by David Zellnik.

The Story 

Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, Disney’s PETER PAN JR. is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up. The score includes new arrangements of classic Disney songs, such as “Following the Leader,” “You Can Fly,” “The Second Star to the Right” and “Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me.” Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Never Land. Their adventure introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook!

CAST (In Alphabetical Order)

PETER PAN: Tobey Todd……Randolph

CAPTAIN HOOK: Akash Bhide……..Randolph

WENDY: Julia Drahzal…..Mendham

JOHN: Christopher Lange……Succasunna

MICHAEL: Michael Luciano…..Randolph

MR. DARLING: Duffy Heitmann…..Flanders

MRS. DARLING: Molly McDonald…….Ledgewood

NANA: Reggie Onorati….. Mendham

TIGER LILY: Erin Martire……..Long Valley

TINKER BELL: Hope Keil, Randolph

CHIEF TIGER BAMBOO: Alex Gelpke………Dover

SMEE: Nicholas Profito…….Chester

THE CROCODILE: Reggie Onorati….. Mendham


IRIDESSA: Clare Capuzzi….. Morris Plains

SILVERMIST: Grace Judith……Randolph

ROSETTA: Amanda Claas…..Randolph

FAWN: Isabel Vega……..Randolph

LYRIA: Julia Frost……Randolph,

VIDIA: Kaitlyn Kudriavetz…..Randolph


CUBBY: Jake Marsh……Chester

HOP: Collin Ware…….Newton

FOX: Christopher Simon…….Mendham

RACCOON TWIN #1: Brigid Heitmann…..Flanders

RACCOON TWIN #2: Isabella Dimichino……..Randolph


Sabrina Hajsok……..Randolph

Emma Mason……..Mendham

Mia Morganstein…….Randolph

Emma McDonald……..Ledgewood

Sarah Olivieri………Landing

Kristin Ware………Newton

Jessica Wattman…..Randolph

For further information please contact Brundage Park Playhouse at (973) 989-7092 or visit our website at

Call for support from Crossroads Theatre Company in New Brunswick


7 LIVINGSTON AVE. NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ 08901 | 732-545-8100
Crossroads Theatre Company thanks its major supporters:
Johnson & Johnson
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission
New Brunswick Cultural Center
New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts

NJ Premiere ‘ By the Water’ on Kean Stage

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While much of the disaster relief work related to Hurricane Sandy is coming to an end, many Garden State residents are still in need, seeking resources, and struggling to get back on their feet.

“Please join Premiere Stages and Kean University Galleries for By the Water, Sharyn Rothstein’s moving new play about a hurricane-impacted family, and By the Block, Asbury Park artist Laura Petrovich-Cheney’s exhibition of quilts constructed from wooden debris collected after the storm.” John Wooten 

By the Water (NJ Premiere)

By Sharyn Rothstein

Directed by Adam Immerwahr

July 16 - August 2 (Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8 pm; Saturday & Sunday at 3 pm) Zella Fry Theatre, Vaughn Eames Hall, Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union

Hurricane Sandy wields its force upon the home of Marty and Mary Murphy, threatening to destroy not only the life they have built together but the neighborhood that they grew up in. Will Marty manage to save his neighborhood and his home, or are the secrets unearthed by the storm too powerful to overcome?

Please join Premiere Stages for our 2015 Talk-Back Series, featuring free post-show discussions after select matinee performances:  Sunday, July 19 at 3 pm: Asbury Park artist Laura Petrovich-Cheney discusses By the Block, her exhibition of quilts created with wooden debris salvaged from Hurricane Sandy. The exhibition is free, and runs July 16 – September 14 in the James Howe Gallery, located in Vaughn Eames Hall; please call 908-737-0392 or visit for details.

The gallery will open 2 hours prior to every performance. Sunday, July 26 at 3 pm: Dr. Paul J. Croft, Executive Director of Kean University’s School of Environmental & Sustainability Sciences, discusses climate change and its effect on extreme weather.  Saturday, August 1 at 3 pm: Sue Pniewski, New Jersey Coordinator for Portlight Strategies, Inc., discusses Portlight’s post-disaster relief work, and Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the Garden State’s most vulnerable residents.

Tickets are $15 for students, $20 for seniors, and $30 standard, with group discounts available.

Please call 908-737-SHOW (7469) or visit to purchase.