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Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Message from NJ Theatre Alliance


Dear Friend,
Have you ever seen the wonder on a child’s face when the curtain rises in a theatre? Have you ever been entertained, moved, or enchanted by a play or musical?  If so, we invite you to make a gift to New Jersey Theatre Alliance so we can continue to provide these theatres with the critical programs and services they rely on.
If you have already made a gift, THANK YOU!
If not, won't you please consider joining our circle of supporters by making a tax-deductible gift to New Jersey Theatre Alliance today?
If everyone reading this gave a gift to the Alliance no matter how large or small, we would reach our individual-giving goal of $30,000.


Remember: Your one gift directly benefits 31 theatres through services and programs such as The Stages Festival, our month-long, statewide festival of theatre in March offering free and discounted performances and events; NJArtsTix, our discount ticketing service; the Cultural Access Network Project, helping make arts venues and programs accessible to people with disabilities; and many more programs and services that build our member theatres’ organizational capacity and grow audiences.
On behalf of the board, staff, and membership of New Jersey Theatre Alliance, I thank you for your patronage of our member theatres, and your support of the Alliance and its programming.
Best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful holiday season.
John McEwen
Executive Director


Our Member Theatres
American Theatre Group
Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum
Cape May Stage
Centenary Stage Company
Crossroads Theatre Company    
Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Eagle Theatre
East Lynne Theater Company
The Garage Theatre Group
George Street Playhouse
The Growing Stage: The Children's Theatre of New Jersey
Luna Stage Company
McCarter Theatre Center
New Jersey Repertory Company
Paper Mill Playhouse
Passage Theatre Company
Premiere Stages
Pushcart Players
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
Two River Theater
Writers Theatre of New Jersey
Actors Shakespeare Company
Alliance Repertory Theatre Company
The Company Theatre Group
Hudson Theatre Works
Midtown Direct Rep
Mile Square Theatre
Skyline Theatre Company
South Camden Theatre Company
The Theater Project
Women's Theater Company

‘Razorhurst’ - A New Musical Commissioned by Luna Stage Opens in February


Razorhurst, a new musical commissioned by Luna Stage, will open February 1 as the second show in Luna’s 25th anniversary season. Directed by Artistic Director Cheryl Katz with book and lyrics by Kate Mulley and music by Andy Peterson, Razorhurst tells the tale of Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine, two violent rival crime bosses in 1920s Australia who turned the streets of Sydney red during brutal wars between their criminal empires. This new musical traces their historical reign as queens of their domains and asks if they were truly evil ladies—or just enterprising women ahead of their time.

A signature feature of Luna Stage is the creation of new works for the American Theater. Luna works closely with a variety of writers on plays in all stages of development. But to encourage new work in certain genres, Luna will commission artists to create an original piece. For Luna’s 25th season, the theater commissioned Kate Mulley and Andy Peterson, two up-and-coming musical theater artists, to write the new musical Razorhurst.  Luna audiences will recognize Andy Peterson as the musical director for Luna’s critically acclaimed production of Thrill Me. Kate Mulley, who wrote the book and lyrics, has had her work performed at Dixon Place, the Flea, Theatre503, and the Soho Rep. 

Razorhurst is produced in Association with the Bob Cole Family Fund.

Production Information


A World Premiere of a New Musical Commissioned by Luna Stage

Book & Lyrics by Kate Mulley

Music by Andy Peterson

Directed by Cheryl Katz

February 1 - March 4, 2018

A Christmas Carol 2017 Trailer - McCarter Theatre

New play ‘The Outsider’ next at Paper Mill Playhouse


Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director), recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, has announced today the cast and creative team for the East Coast premiere of the new play The Outsider by Paul Slade Smith, directed by David Esbjornson (Driving Miss Daisy)Performances are set to begin Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., for a limited run through Sunday, February 18, 2018, at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive) in Millburn, NJ.  Opening Night is Sunday evening, January 28, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

In politics, the less you know, the higher you’ll go! At once a razor-sharp satire and an inspirational tribute to democracy, The Outsider is a timely and hilarious send-up of modern American politics. In the midst of a political scandal, Ned Newley, the ultimate policy wonk, is unexpectedly thrust into the position of Governor. A complete unknown, with no political instincts and a paralyzing fear of public speaking, Ned seems destined to fail. But his political consultants see things a little differently: Ned might be the worst candidate to ever run for office. Unless the public is looking for… the worst candidate to ever run for office!

julia-duffy-1.67The cast features Kelley Curran (Present Laughter) as Rachel Parsons, Julia Duffy (“Newhart”/”Designing Women”) as Paige Caldwell (photo right), Manoel Felciano (Sweeney Todd) as Dave Riley, Erin Noel Grennan (“Law & Order: SVU”) as Louise Peakes, Mike Houston (“Orange is the New Black”) as A.C. Petersen, Burke Moses (Beauty and the Beast) as Arthur Vance, and Lenny Wolpe (PMP’s The Baker’s Wife) as Ned Newley.       

The Outsider will be performed eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. The performance schedule is Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now starting at $34. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted. Groups of 10 or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680. Students may order $23 rush tickets over the phone or in person at the Paper Mill Playhouse box office on the day of the performance. Paper Mill Playhouse's 2017/2018 season is proudly sponsored by Investors Bank.

Subscribe & Save:  3-show packages are available with outstanding benefits, including significant savings. To subscribe, call 973.379.3717, visit or come to the Paper Mill Box Office.

The production team includes set design by Michael Schweikardt, costume design by Elizabeth Hope Clancy, lighting design by Ben Stanton, hair and wig design byCharles G. LaPointe, and sound design by Randy Hansen. The production stage manager is Mark A. Stys. Casting is by Telsey + Company, Adam Caldwell, CSA, William Cantler, CSA and Karyn Casl, CSA.

Kelley Curran (Rachel Parsons). Broadway: Present Laughter with Kevin Kline. Off Broadway: Sense & Sensibility and Peter Pan (Bedlam); The Dingdong (Pearl—Drama League Award nomination); ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Red Bull—Callaway Award); Angels in America (Signature); The Atmosphere of Memory (Labyrinth); Henry V (New Victory); Knives and Spoons Go on the Right (59E59); and work with the Drama League, Shakespeare Society, and the Public Theater. Regional: Shakespeare Theatre Company of DC, Shakespeare & Company, Guthrie Theater, Portland Center Stage, The Acting Company. Film: The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot (executive producer John Sayles),Dear Santa. Additional honors: 2005 Princess Grace Award nomination, 2017 National Theatre Conference Emerging Professional Award.

Julia Duffy (Paige Caldwell). Paper Mill Playhouse debut. Broadway: Once in a Lifetime. Off Broadway: Rancho Viejo (Playwrights Horizons). Selected regional theater: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Huntington—IRNE Award nomination); The Little Foxes, The Heiress (Pasadena Playhouse); The Three Sisters, Curse of the Starving Class (St. Louis Rep); Sex and Education (Laguna Playhouse). Recent TV: “Looking,” “Shameless,” “Key & Peele,” “Scream Queens,” “American Housewife.” Past TV and film credits include the Coen brothers’ “Intolerable Cruelty,” “The Blue and the Gray,” “Romeo and Juliet” (PBS), “Designing Women,” “The Mommies,” “Wizards and Warriors.” Favorite TV: “Newhart” (seven Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe nomination). Author of the soon-to-be-released book Bad Auditions.

Manoel Felciano (Dave Riley). Broadway: Sweeney Todd (Tony nomination), Amélie, Disaster!, Brooklyn, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret. Off Broadway: Changeling (Red Bull),Trumpery (Atlantic, dir. David Esbjornson), Shockheaded Peter, Much Ado About Nothing (NYSF). Regional: Anastasia (Hartford); Robin Hood!, Twelfth Night (Old Globe); Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons (world premiere); Side Show (La Jolla); The Exorcist with Brooke Shields (Geffen); Scorched, Tales of the City, Clybourne Park, Round and Round the Garden, Caucasian Chalk Circle, November, Jerry in Zoo Story, Rock ’n’ Roll (A.C.T.); Elektra with Olympia Dukakis (Getty Villa); Tateh in Ragtime (Kennedy Center);Three Sisters (Williamstown, dir. Michael Greif); George in Sunday in the Park (dir. Jason Alexander). Workshops: Duncan Sheik, Elvis Costello. Film/TV: Uncertainty (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), “Elementary,” “NCIS,” “Trauma,” “Life on Mars,” “The Unusuals,” soaps. Concerts: Ragtime (Lincoln Center), The World of Nick Adams with Jack Nicholson, Julia Roberts, Sean Penn (SFSO). Faculty member: Columbia MFA Acting. Training: BA, Yale; MFA, NYU Tisch Grad Acting.

Erin Noel Grennan (Louise Peakes). Paper Mill Playhouse debut. A recent transplant to NYC from Chicago, Erin’s regional credits include Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Geva Theatre Center, Drury Lane, First Folio, Mercury Theater, BoarsHead, Circle Theatre, Theatre at the Center, seven seasons with Peninsula Players Theatre in Wisconsin, and the Gaiety Theatre in Ireland. She has had the privilege of originating roles in many new American plays, including Making God Laugh,Unnecessary Farce, The Tin Woman, A Real Lulu, Shady Business, Slow Floods, and The Outsider. Film/TV: Resurrecting McGinn(s), Friday Fires, recurring roles on “Law & Order: SVU,” “Chicago Fire,” and “Chicago Med.” Among her umpteen commercials, she plays Ma in the current “Feed the Pig” campaign.

Mike Houston (A.C. Petersen) is thrilled to make his Paper Mill debut in this brilliant play while sharing the footlights with such an amazing cast! A graduate of the William Esper Studio and a founding member of The Collective NY, Mike recently wrapped production on the sixth season of the award-winning Netflix original series “Orange Is the New Black,” reprising his role as Lee Dixon. Theater: C:10 Play Festival (2013–16, The Collective NY), Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (The Collective NY), Last Gas by Jon Cariani (Portland Stage Company). Film: Bridge of Spies, Deliver Us from Evil, The Drop, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Taking of Pelham 123. Other TV: “Sneaky Pete” (Amazon), Marvel’s ”Jessica Jones“(Netflix), “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO), “The Leftovers” (HBO), “Brotherhood” (Showtime).

Burke Moses (Arthur Vance) was last seen at Paper Mill in Thoroughly Modern Millie. He made his Broadway debut as Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls and then went on to create the role of Gaston in the New York, Los Angeles, and West End productions of Disney’s megahit Beauty and the Beast (Drama Desk nomination, Theatre World Award). Also on Broadway, he portrayed Fred Graham in Kiss Me, Kate and Heracles in Stephen Sondheim’s The Frogs at Lincoln Center, and created the role of El Gallo in the Off Broadway revival of The Fantasticks. In Toronto, Mr. Moses played Captain Von Trapp in the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Mirvish production of The Sound of Music. Recent regional work found him at Arena Stage as The Music Man, Long Wharf Theatre (The Underpants), Denver Center (Unsinkable Molly Brown), and Goodspeed (City of Angels). Mr. Moses is author of Stanislavski Never Wore Tap Shoes: Musical Theater Acting Craft.

Lenny Wolpe (Ned Newley) appeared at Paper Mill in The Baker’s Wife (the Baker), Gypsy (Herbie opposite Betty Buckley), Baby, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, and The 1940’s Radio Hour. Broadway: Bullets Over Broadway, Wicked, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Sound of Music, Mayor, Into the Light, Onward Victoria, Copperfield. Off Broadway:Old Jews Telling Jokes, Marry Harry, New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City. National Tours: Wicked, Little Shop of Horrors, Forum, Guys and Dolls, South Pacific. Recent Regional: Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (Goodspeed), Max in The Producers (Maltz), Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank (KC Rep), Presto Change-O (Barrington), War of theRoses (Delaware Theatre). Regional: McCarter, Cape Playhouse, Pasadena, Bucks County, Westport, Pioneer, Muny, St Louis Rep, Denver Center, TUTS, Pittsburgh CLO, Sacramento, Hollywood Bowl. TV series regular: Baby Talk, You’re the One. Nearly 100 guest spots including “L.A. Law,” ”ER,” “Six Feet Under,” “And the Band Played On,” “Roseanne,” “The Golden Girls,” “Chappelle’s Show,” and more.

Paul Slade Smith (Playwright) is the author of three plays: The Outsider, Unnecessary Farce, and Hymn & Carol. The Outsider has had a single previous production—its 2015 world premiere at Peninsula Players Theatre, which received three Milwaukee theater awards, including best new play. Unnecessary Farce has had nearly 250 productions throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Great Britain, Australia, Singapore, Switzerland (in German), and Iceland (in Icelandic). As an actor, Paul has appeared on Broadway in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Finding Neverland (original Broadway casts); in national tours of Wicked and The Phantom of the Opera; and regionally at American Repertory Theatre, Goodman, Steppenwolf, and Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

David Esbjornson (Director). Premieres: Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry (Broadway, London, Australia); Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? and The Play About the Baby; Arthur Miller’s The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (Broadway); Resurrection Blues; world premieres of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America and Homebody/Kabul; In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks; Christopher Hampton’s Appomatox; Ariel Dorfman’s Purgatorio; Neil Simon’s Rose and Walsh; Tuesdays with Morrie; Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; Red-Hot Patriot. Revivals: Glass Menagerie (Shanghai); A Few Good Men and Shawshank Redemption (London); Death of a Salesman (Dublin); Hamlet (TFANA); Measure for Measure andMuch Ado About Nothing (NYSF); Lady from Dubuque, Mud, and Drowning (Signature); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Summer and Smoke (Guthrie); The Normal Heart(Public); Endgame, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, and The Entertainer (CSC). David has served as artistic director of Classic Stage Company in NYC and Seattle Repertory Theatre, and he currently is chair of Rutgers Theater Conservatory.

Auditions: ‘Side Show’ at Old Library Theatre


Directed by Brendan Joel Bartlett (Avenue Q, Aida)
Musically Directed by Cathy Corcoran
Choreography by Campbell Tosney
Produced by Matt Haines and Sheryl Heffernan
Make up by Allyssa Battaglia
Set Design by Patt Tanner
Stage Managed by Ellie Anderson and Kayla Gurriell

Old Library Theatre (OLT)

10-10 20th St, Fair Lawn, New Jersey 07410

Audition Requirements:
Initial auditions must be individual solos; no duet auditions for Daisy and Violet will be allowed.

Please prepare 30 bars of a standard or contemporary musical theatre song, and bring an alternate selection as a backup (in some cases, the casting team may wish to hear more). Bring sheet music in your key; an accompanist will be provided.

*For the call back on Thursday Jan 11: Please also wear or bring comfortable dance attire, as all auditioners will be required to learn a short dance combination.*
This is an "open call" audition. Non-Equity, NO PAY.

No conflicts accepted for Performance Dates or the week before opening.
Those auditioning are encouraged to preregister online via

cropped-OLT-BW-Logo-Thick21Please Note: we are specifically looking for actors who do not fit the traditional, Broadway, legit body type and voice type. (Actors who are differently abled are encouraged to audition. Actors who have talents that are deeper than their appearance are encouraged to apply.) If you know someone like this please kindly encourage them to audition)

Plot Summary:
Based on the true story of Siamese twins Violet and Daisy Hilton, who became stars during the Depression, SIDE SHOW is a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip, whose extraordinary bond brings them fame but denies them love. Told almost entirely in song, the show follows their progression from England to America, around the vaudeville circuit, and to Hollywood on the eve of their appearance in the 1932 movie FREAKS. With musical styles ranging from the vaudevillian "Stuck With You" to the sweepingly emotional "Who Will Love Me as I Am," this gorgeous musical from the composer of DREAMGIRLS will touch your heart and tickle your funny bone.

Character Breakdown:
A Multi-Ethnic/Multi-Racial cast of 22-28 adults. Actors of all ages, genders, sizes, and races are needed. The entire cast/ensemble will sing. Depending on turnout and look, we may split/add more actors focusing on different strengths (dancing/singing/physical strength/acrobatics).
With the exception of Daisy, Violet, Terry, Buddy, and Jake, the cast may double in a number of other featured roles throughout the show (including Tod Browning, the photographers, reporters, vaudevillians, spectators, performers, party guests, and Carny hawkers). The roles listed below are their featured roles in the “Side Show." Actors with special skills -- especially jumps and acrobatics -- are a plus.

Give the Joy of Theatre This Holiday Season! George Street Playhouse Has the Perfect Gifts

Give the Joy of Theatre This Holiday Season!
George Street Playhouse Has the Perfect Gifts for Family, Friends and Colleagues

Choose from mini-subscriptions, gift cards, acting classes and more!

Looking to share the joy of live theatre with those around you this holiday season? George Street Playhouse can be your one-stop shop for gifts and stocking stuffers this year.

In addition to tickets to one of four remaining productions this season, George Street Playhouse offers the following options to get for your special someone:

  • Spring Season 3-Play Package* - Starting as low as $96, a Spring Season 3-Play Package includes one admission to each of the three GSP main stage shows this Spring: American Hero, Trying and The Nerd —on the evening or afternoon of your choice with the flexibility and convenience to change dates.

  • Spring Season Flex-Pass* - With a Spring Season Flex, you are providing 3, 4, or 6 admissions, in any combination, to the three GSP main stage shows this Spring: American Hero, Trying and The Nerd.

  • Gift Cards - These can be purchased in any denomination.

  • Acting Classes - Taught by a professional staff, GSP acting classes are unique gifts appropriate for all ages.

  • Honorary Gifts - Honor that special person in your life by making a tax-deductible donation to George Street Playhouse in his or her name, with recognition in the donor listings in playbills, lobby displays and the GSP website.

* 3-Play Package and Flex Passes can not be used for performances of An Act of God.

For more information about any of these gift options, call the GSP Box Office at 732-246-7717 or visit

unnamed (1)Located just off Route 1 amidst a vast bucolic setting on the Cook Campus of Rutgers University, George Street Playhouse features expansive lobby spaces, an outdoor patio and free on-site parking. The entrance into the building and to all areas of the theatre are barrier-free. For directions to George Street Playhouse, visit the Playhouse website ( and click Directions on the homepage.

New Brunswick’s favorite restaurants are less than two miles from College Farm Road. For a list of restaurants, visit the Plan Your Visit section of the website. And keep a lookout for unique dining options offered by George Street Playhouse.

New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker at MPAC with NJSO-Dec. 15 to 24


This year marks the 47th anniversary of New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker, making it the longest running original professional production in the state. The production debuted in Millburn in 1971 with international star of New York City Ballet Edward Villella as the Cavalier. Since then, the company has given approximately 800 performances in theatres throughout New Jersey, with more than 5,000 dancers and children, and over a million viewers. Many in the audience who saw the production as children now bring their own children and grandchildren to see this cherished holiday tradition.

New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker at MPAC will feature the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Gary S. Fagin. When the curtain rises, audiences in Morristown can expect the eye-popping special effects, brilliant dancing, glorious costumes, and the magic and pantomime that has inspired critics to call it “A spectacle that never seems to age…magic that should go on and on,” and “One of the best…as good as it gets.”

Our annual seasonal favorite enchants youngsters and grown-ups alike with splendid dancing, full orchestra, eye-popping special effects and a touch of holiday magic.

Dec. 15 to 24

Ages 4 and up

Running time: 2 hours, including one intermission

Please Note: Everyone who enters the theatre, regardless of age, requires a paid ticket of admission.


Exit 82 Theatre 10th Anniversary Gala-Save the Date

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

NJSO Chamber Players Winter Festival performances

Concertmaster Eric Wyrick and Associate Concertmaster Brennan Sweet - credit Tristan Cook

String quartet performs works by immigrant and refugee composers as part of ‘America, Inspiring’ Winter Festival

Program features Tan Dun’s Eight Colors for String Quartet,
Bartók’s Second String Quartet, Dvořák’s ‘American’ Quartet

Tue, Jan 23, at St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church in Rumson

Thu, Jan 25, at Calvary Episcopal Church in Summit

NEWARK, NJ—The NJSO Chamber Players perform a diverse program of works by immigrant and refugee composers as part of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s 2018 Winter Festival—“America, Inspiring”—January 23 in Rumson and January 25 in Summit.

NJSO Concertmaster Eric Wyrick, Associate Concertmaster Brennan Sweet, violist David Blinn and Acting Assistant Principal Cello Na-Young Baek perform Tan Dun’s Eight Colors for String Quartet, Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2 and Dvořák’s “American” Quartet.

Performances take place on Tuesday, January 23, at 3 pm at St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church in Rumson and Thursday, January 25, at 7:30 pm at Cavalry Episcopal Church in Summit. A free pre-concert reception begins at 2 pm on January 23.

Wyrick says: “The NJSO Chamber Players have taken on a quintessential quartet challenge by supporting the Winter Festival programming with some of the most difficult music in the quartet repertoire, by composers who have made this country theirs, their music ours, and have deeply enriched musical culture in America.”

The NJSO’s 2018 Winter Festival highlights the myriad ways America has inspired not only those who call it home but also those who have visited its welcoming shores. Leveraging the power of art to transcend differences, a series of NJSO Accents and special events further explore the immigrant experience and how foreign artists have illustrated American inspiration in their work.

For more information on the Winter Festival and related events, visit


Tickets start at $20 and are available for purchase online at or by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476).


Get the most from the Winter Festival with a Festival Pass! For just $150 you get a prime seat for any—or all—of the nine Festival concerts, a ticket to one of the chamber music concerts, complimentary entry to either wine tasting and a reserved front-row seat for all Festival Accent events.


America, Inspiring: Special Chamber Music Concert

Tue, Jan 23, at 3 pm | St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church in Rumson

Thu, Jan 25, at 7:30 pm | Calvary Episcopal Church in Summit


Eric Wyrick, violin

Brennan Sweet, violin

David Blinn, viola

Na-Young Baek, cello

TAN DUN Eight Colors for String Quartet

BARTÓK String Quartet No. 2

DVOŘÁK String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96, “American”


JAN 25 TICKETS: $45 | $20

A free pre-concert reception begins at 2 pm on Jan 23.

Full concert information is available at

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

‘A Hoboken Tale’ original musical this weekend only in Hoboken

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For More Info Check Out A Hoboken Tale Website

A Hoboken Tale is an original musical written by studio owner Dan McLoughlin and is a timeless tale based on Hoboken and it's residents. Through the magic of Mr. Fabrini's shop discover a new world of treasures and wonders that only your imagination can behold. Incredible music and sensational songs help tell this timeless tale.

Join us for our 7th Annual Production of A Hoboken Tale. Directed by Broadway's Anne Brummel, starring local Children's Theatre Star Howard Richman, Tyler Hentz from the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and Finn Douglas from House of Cards, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Broadway's School of Rock Promo and more!

Auditions: Teens Wanted at Rhino

We're searching for performers ages 14-18 for this incredible musical.

Click HERE to register!

Australian Ensemble Arts Alive Performs with NJIO in New Providence Sunday, December 17th

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WHEN: December 17, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.
: New Providence High School, 35 Pioneer Drive, New Providence
ADMISSION: Free Admission

Australian high school ensemble Arts Alive Combined Schools Program will perform alongside the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra in the orchestra’s annual Family Holiday Concert. NJIO’s featured soloist will be the second-place winner of the Young Artist Concerto Competition, violinist Eilene Lee.

The Arts Alive Combined Schools Band Program is comprised of some of the most talented young musicians from various public schools in the Northern and Western Sydney areas.  Together with their conductor, James Hill, the group has had the opportunity to perform at many prestigious events and concerts, including an annual performance at both Sydney Opera House and Sydney Town Hall.  The band provides extension for talented public school musicians that are accepted into the program through annual auditions.

In April 2013, many of the members of Arts Alive participated in a two-week band tour to China.  The band performed at the Australian Embassy in Beijing, on the Great Wall, and visited secondary schools in Xi’an and Shenzhen, where they held a number combined performances.  In September 2015, students participated in a European tour to the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, and Germany.  The students are looking forward to touring the USA in December this year.  In addition to the Family Holiday Concert with NJIO, Arts Alive! will be making a recording in Disneyland participating in workshops hosted by the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago.

The AACSB is a program offered to students attending public schools.  They are part of a program run by the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities and fall under the banner of the Arts in Education.  The aim of the program is for students involved in school band programs to develop their skills beyond their school experience, and to perform with students of similar abilities from other schools in an extension band program.  There are currently five bands involved in the AACSB program.  Students must audition for the bands each year.  The bands are all led and conducted by James Hill, who has a wealth of experience in bands himself.

NJIO is committed to ensuring that its programs and concerts are accessible to all. For more information regarding the concert or to inquire about patron services, please contact Mary Beth Sweet at (908) 603-7691,, or visit NJIO’s website at or follow us on Facebook.

About NJIO
NJIO, now in its 24th season, has been recognized as a national leader in intergenerational excellence through its unique approach to teaching musical performance.  Not only do the  members aged 8 to 80 play together, but they also mentor one another.  In addition to providing free concerts and outreach to the community, NJIO has been invited to perform at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and at the United Nations, and was a finalist for the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence.  NJIO welcomes new members of all ages and abilities each concert period to one of its several orchestras—no auditions needed!

This program is made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

3 More Shows of ‘Christmas Cards: Letters to Santa’ at Chatham Playhouse


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Christmas Cards: Letters to Santa

Christmas Cards: Letters to Santa

Chatham Community Players is excited to present Christmas Cards: Letters to Santa, an evening of heartwarming holiday sketches by playwright G. David Post. Crazy cat ladies, wide-eyed children, sock-knitting witches, ghosts and geese and angels and elves abound in this holiday romp that will be fun for the whole family.  Join us for a delightful evening (or matinee) of laughter and holiday fun by Post and guest playwright, Steve Ruskin, from December 8 – 16, 2017. Amy Sellars of Ridgewood is making her directorial debut at the Chatham Playhouse.

Christmas Cards: Letters to Santa

Christmas Cards: Letters to Santa

Comprised of actors from four surrounding NJ counties, this talented and lively bunch includes Connie Masterson, Molly Farrell, Andrew Palmieri and Julia Hearne of Chatham, Joelle Bochner of Springfield, Howard Fischer and Aidan English of Berkeley Heights, Julie Anne Nolan of Little Falls, Chip Prestera of Stirling, David Kapferer of West Orange, Maria Brodeur of Rockaway, Ginny Crooks of Bloomfield and Glen D. Post of Sparta.

Delightful for audiences of all ages.

Christmas Cards: Letters to Santa

All seating is reserved.


FRI, December 15 @ 8:00 pm
SAT, December 16 @ 3:00 pm (Matinee)
SAT, December 16 @ 8:00 pm

Tickets are $25 for Adults, $23 for Seniors (65+)
& $15 for Youth (18 and under)
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Christmas Cards: Letters to Santa

Christmas Cards: Letters to Santa

Sometimes written in crayon, sometimes pencil, on notepaper, construction paper, with drawings and without.  We smile at the innocence of children reaching out to Mr. Kringle, whether they ask for one thing or for a list that needs three pages.  These are expressions of faith in kindness and hope for happiness.  These are the Letters to Santa Claus. Post says, “I love Christmas and I love to make people laugh.  There is nothing I’d rather do than to help people connect with their humanity and tap into the joy that is theirs for the taking.”

Christmas Cards: Letters to Santa

Christmas Cards: Letters to Santa

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Auditions: I Love Lucy Spoof in Clifton

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Trouble at Tropicabana

written by Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose
directed by Rebecca Shuster
produced by Mark Peterson

WHEN: Dec. 19 and 20 (Tuesday and Wednesday), 7-9 p.m.
Mario’s Restaurant, 710 Van Houten Ave., Clifton.

Cast parts include:

  • Ricky Bicardi, a Cuban/American bandleader and nightclub owner
  • Lucy Bicardi, Ricky’s wife
  • Ethel Schmertz, the Bicardi’s neighbor
  • Fred Schmertz, Ethel’s husband
  • Celia B. DeMilo/Cookie, a gun moll posing as movie-mogul heiress
  • Mr. Big, a notorious gangster
  • Rosita Bicardi, Ricky’s cousin, one of the Club Tropicabana girls and an illegal alien
  • Two Tropicabana girls/dancers (non-speaking roles);
  • A waiter or waitress (non-speaking role).

Performance dates for the murder mystery/comedy are Feb. 23, 24, 25 March 3, 4, 10 and 11, 2018. In addition to being the site of the auditions, the show will be performed at Mario’s Restaurant.

Take a walk down memory lane with Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel as they enjoy fine food, drink and music at Ricky’s nightclub as he gets ready to sign a contract with a movie mogul. Will Lucy and Ethel ruin Ricky’s big chance with another of their harebrained schemes to get into show business? What’s the notorious gangster Mr. Big doing at Ricky’s club, and who committed the murder?

Founded in 2005, the Theater League of Clifton ( is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the arts through theatrical performances, while providing quality entertainment for all ages. The Theater League of Clifton welcomes volunteers in all aspects of performance and production.

Trouble at the Tropicabana is being performed via special arrangement with The Lakeside Players, Tafton PA.

NJFO-Give the gift of music this Holiday season

In this season of goodwill we are reminded of how grateful we are for you, our family of supporters, and we hope that you are thankful for the gift of music in your lives. For many years, New Jersey Festival Orchestra (NJFO) has provided world-class symphonic music to New Jersey residents. We are excited for the future as we continue to serve our home communities while expanding into new ones. We need your support to continue offering refreshing and dynamic music and innovative educational, healing and outreach programs.

As we move forward, your partnership is the key to our continued success. If our music uplifts, inspires and enriches your life, please take this opportunity to invest so that we can continue our mission. NJFO is a 501(c)(3) organization, so your donation is tax-deductible. Your contribution will help to provide:

World-class performances of live symphonic music in your neighborhood.

Creative and exciting guest performers and screen presentations.

Music education and mentoring programs for inner city students.

Live music for patients and their families in local hospitals.

Electrifying soloists direct from the Broadway stage.

Educational and enlightening pre-concert lectures.

You can contribute now in any of the following ways:

Send your check, payable to ‘NJFO’ to the address below

Call our business office at 908-232-9400 with your credit card number.


Your generosity will be gratefully acknowledged in our 2018 concert programs. What’s more, this year we are offering patrons who donate $350 or more two tickets to either our March 3 or 4 performance of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly or our May 19 or 20 concert In London Town.  If you have already purchased tickets to these concerts, we hope that you will use our gift to bring friends with you!

We at NJFO thank you in advance for your contribution and continued support of our activities. We bring world-class professional music right to your doorstep. With your help, it will remain here for years to come!


Keith S. Hertell

NJFO Board President                    


Puttin' on the Ritz

David Wroe conductor

New Jersey Festival Orchestra

Ring in the New Year with NJFO! One of New Jersey’s most popular New Year’s Eve musical festivities, this year’s cabaret-style celebration promises a superb revue of Broadway classics and more, presented in glorious symphonic splendor.

Puttin’ on the Ritz features guest soloists sopranos Marissa McGowan (Broadway A Little Night Music, Les Mis, Bonnie and Clyde) and Hannah Shankman (Broadway Les Mis, Wicked), tenors Michael Mendez (Broadway Chaplin) and Adam Monley, (Broadway Les Mis)

Sunday, December 31 at 7pm

Westfield High School Auditorium, Westfield


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