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Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Chester Theatre Group's Grey Gardens opens July 1

Edward Hibbert to join the cast of 'It Shoulda Been You' at the George Sreet Playhouse

Stage and screen veteran EDWARD HIBBERT (Broadway’s The Drowsy Chaperone, the feature film Taking Woodstock and TV’s Frasier), joins esteemed colleagues TYNE DALY and HARRIET HARRIS in It Shoulda Been You at New Brunswick’s George Street Playhouse.  The world premiere musical will open the Playhouse’s 2011-2012 season, and be directed by Tony and Emmy-Award winning actor DAVID HYDE PIERCE, who will be making his directorial debut.  It Shoulda Been You begins performances in New Brunswick on October 4 and will run through November 6.  Opening night is set for Friday, October 14.

It Shoulda Been You, with a book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove and music by Barbara Anselmi, is a musical comedy for anyone with parents.  The bride is Jewish.  The groom is Catholic.  Her mother (played by Ms. Daly) is a force of nature, his mother (played by Ms. Harris) is a tempest in a cocktail shaker. And when the bride’s ex-boyfriend shows up, the perfect wedding starts to unravel faster than you can whistle “Here Comes the Bride!”  Plots are hatched, pacts are made, secrets exposed – and the sister of the bride is left to turn a tangled mess into happily ever after!

Thrust in the middle of the marital mishegas is Albert, the wedding planner (played by Mr. Hibbert). 

Edward Hibbert was born in New York City and trained at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic art.  London West End credits include The Mystery of Irma Vep, Lend Me a Tenor, Hamlet and Twelfth Night.  Broadway credits include Curtains, The Drowsy Chaperone, Noises Off, The Green Bird, Me and My Girl and Alice in Wonderland.  Off-Broadway, he received and OBIE and a Dramalogue for his performance in Jeffrey.  Other off-Broadway credits include My Night With Reg, Privates on Parade and as Oscar Wilde in Gross Indecency.  Regional credits include Mrs. Warren’s Profession (McCarter), The School for Scandal (Mark Taper), Rough Crossing (Bay Street), Love! Valour! Compassion! (Barrymore Award) and Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest (Long Wharf, Connecticut Critics Circle Award).  Films include Taking Woodstock, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, The Prestige, Fakers, The Paper, Everyone Says I Love You, Uptown Girls, The First Wives Club, The Lion King 1 & 2.  Numerous television appearances include eleven seasons as Gil Chesterton on NBC’s Frasier and Once Upon a Mattress with Carol Burnett and Tracey Ullman.

Full season and flexible admission subscription packages, as well as a select block of individual tickets, are now available through the George Street Playhouse Box Office, 732-246-7717.  In addition groups of 10 or more are entitled to a discount – for information call 732-846-2895, ext 134.  George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue, in the heart of New Brunswick’s dining and entertainment district, and easily accessible by car or public transportation.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director David Saint, George Street Playhouse has become a nationally recognized theatre, presenting an acclaimed mainstage season while providing an artistic home for established and emerging theatre artists.  Founded in 1974, the Playhouse has been well represented by numerous productions both on and off-Broadway – recent productions include the Outer Critics’ Circle Best Musical Award-winner The Toxic Avenger, the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League nominated production of The Spitfire Grill and the recent Broadway hit and Tony® and Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof by David Auburn, which was developed at GSP during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays.  In addition to its mainstage season, GSP’s Touring Theatre features four issue-oriented productions that are seen by more than 70,000 students annually.   George Street Playhouse programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by its lead season sponsor, Johnson & Johnson.  

The Paper Mill's “New Voices of 2011: I’ll Take Manhattan” in July

Paper Mill Playhouse to present more than 120 of the region’s most talented young performing artists from Paper Mill Playhouse’s Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory in a fully produced, original concert on the Paper Mill main-stage titled “New Voices of 2011:  I’ll Take Manhattan,” celebrating Broadway’s love affair with its hometown.
Members of the Conservatory’s Senior, Junior Plus, and Junior Companies (ages 10-18) are directed and choreographed by Paper Mill Playhouse’s professional artistic staff in this concert which is the culmination of the five-week Summer Conservatory.  Also appearing are numerous winners and nominees of the 2011 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards who won a full scholarship to attend the Conservatory.

"The New Voices Concert is unique in that it is tailored specifically to the talents of the students participating in the program each year,” remarked Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director for Paper Mill Playhouse. “New Voices 2011 -I'll Take Manhattan also has special significance because it is a salute to New York City.  Music, art, romance, heartbreak, adventure - all take on a new meaning when they happen in the Big Apple.  Through song, dance and narration the students will celebrate all that is inimitable about this great town."

Performances of “New Voices of 2011:  I’ll Take Manhattan”, will be held on Friday, July 29th at 7:30pm and Saturday, July 30th at 3:00pm and 7:30pm.  Single tickets range in price from $25 to $45.  Tickets may be purchased by calling (973) 376-4343, online at www.papermill.org, or visit the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted.

The Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory is a program of vigorous study allowing students to enhance their individual performance potential while developing a broad base of theater experience and knowledge.  Students participate in intensive classes including musical theater performance, acting, dance, and improvisation, while also attending guest workshops led by professional actors, directors, and casting agents.  The final weeks are devoted to rehearsals for the New Voices Concert, performed annually on the Paper Mill stage.  The Conservatory offers the unique opportunity for gifted and talented young performers to work at their own level and challenge themselves to achieve new goals and learn new skills.  Key to the curriculum is the development of self discipline, respect, and a commitment to excellence that will serve these young artists throughout their lives.   


“From the first day of class all the way through opening night of New Voices, we require our students to rise to the demands of this rigorous program,” stated Lisa Cooney Paper Mill Playhouse Director of Education.  “We ask them to work harder than they ever have before as young performers, and we strive to build an incredible ensemble company, while each student hones their own individual performance skills.  Our faculty pushes the students to believe in themselves as professional artists and treats them as such.  We find summer after summer that our students meet our expectations and more.  When they move on to college or the professional world, they are ready for the challenges they’ll face, and time and again they thrive and ultimately live their dream of being a professional performer.  It’s gratifying when they make a name or themselves on Broadway or in Hollywood, but even if they do not, the skills they learn and the work ethic they develop will serve them in any field.”

Students from Paper Mill Playhouse’s Conservatory have appeared in numerous Broadway productions, film, television, and regional theater.  Conservatory Alumni include:

Laura Benanti – 2008 Tony Award winner for Gypsy, Broadway roles include Into the Woods, The Sound of Music, The Wedding Singer, Swing!

Anne HathawayTwelfth Night, Film: “Rachel Getting Married” (2009 Academy Award & Golden Globe nominee), “Bride Wars”, “Get Smart”, “Brokeback Mountain”, “The Devil Wears Prada”, and Disney’s “The Princess Diaries”

Nikki M. James – Broadway: Tony Award Winner for Book of Mormon, All Shook Up

Paul Iacono – MTV’s New Series “The Hard Times of RJ Berger” and 2009 MGM Films remake of “Fame”

Matthew Scott – Broadway: Jersey Boys, A Catered Affair, Sondheim on Sondheim

Monette McKay – Broadway’s Memphis

Julia Knitel – Broadway’s Bye, Bye Birdie

Lael Van Kuran - Broadway’s Sister Act

Robert McClure – Broadway: Avenue Q

Krista Pioppi – National Tour: Spring Awakening, Paper Mill: The Sound of Music and Disney High School Musical

Frank Dolce – Fox’s TV Series “Sons of Tucson” and Broadway: Billy Elliot, Miramax Films- “Doubt”

Elizabeth Egan Gillies – Nickelodeon’s “Victorious” and Broadway: 13! The Musical

Veronica J. Kuehn – Broadway: Mamma Mia! and Xanadu

Eric Schneider – Broadway: Jersey Boys, National Tour: Grease, Paper Mill’s Happy Days, A New Musical

Constantine Rousouli – Broadway: Hairspray, National Tour: Legally Blonde


2011 CONSERVATORY PERFORMERS
Chance
Friedman
Basking Ridge
NJ
Drew
Gardner
Basking Ridge
NJ
Emma
Granowitz
Basking Ridge
NJ
Helen
Shen
Basking Ridge
NJ
Michael Andrew
Winters
Bayonne
NJ
Marc
Wright
Bayonne
NJ
Andrea
Abello
Bedminster
NJ
Hannah
Skokan
Bedminster
NJ
Adam
Cantor
Berkeley Heights
NJ
Ellie
Kallay
Bloomfield
NJ
Katrina
Michalewski
Bloomingdale
NJ
Connor
Buckley
Boonton
NJ
Olivia
Haleblian
Boonton Township
NJ
Peter
Carollo
Bridgewater
NJ
Anthony
Fania
Califon
NJ
Sarah
Ethridge
Chatham
NJ
Will
Hackett
Chatham
NJ
James
Cocuzza
Chester
NJ
Katie
Coscia
Chester
NJ
Maeve
Brady
Cranford
NJ
Garrett
Forrestal
Cranford
NJ
Michael
Nigro
Cranford
NJ
Brandon
Arias
Elizabeth
NJ
Carissa
Greene
Elmwood Park
NJ
Elena
Knitel
Fair Lawn
NJ
Gregory
Ippolito
Freehold
NJ
Taylor
Popielarz
Garfield
NJ
Mackenzie
Popielarz
Garfield
NJ
Sally
Beriont
Garwood
NJ
Leah Marie
Killmer
Garwood
NJ
Missy
Dreier
Glen Ridge
NJ
Stephen
Hoebee-Elardo
Glen Ridge
NJ
Katie
Shults
Glen Ridge
NJ
Ben
Chavez
Hackensack
NJ

Auditions: 13 The Musical, and Annie

Smiling Rhino Theatre, 247 Wanaque Ave. Pompton Lakes NJ will be holding auditions for the following:

13 the Musical
With an extraordinary rock score from Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown, 13 was the first Broadway musical ever with an all-teenage cast.

Casting all talented actors, singers, and dancers who can play 13 years old.
**Please be advised that "13 the Musical" contains teen-related situations and content.

Auditions:  (attend only one)  Tuesday, July 19: 4-6 pm  and  Thursday, July 21: 4-6 pm
** If you cannot make these audition dates due to vacation conflicts, please contact the SRT as soon as possible for another audition time.

*Prepare 16 bars of a song that showcases your vocal range, accompanist will be at auditions or  bring a CD w/accompaniment only, preferably from a show. Be prepared for reading sides.Wear comfortable clothes for possible movement audition.  PLEASE BRING HEADSHOT (or recent photo) AND RESUME

Performances:   September 16, 17, 18, 2011

A Story about GROWING UP
When his parents get divorced and he’s forced to move from New York to a small town in Indiana, Evan Goldman just wants to make friends and survive the school year. This is easier said than done. The star quarterback is threatening to ruin his life and his only friend, Patrice, won’t talk to him. The school gossip sees an opportunity for blackmail and someone is spreading the nastiest rumors. With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, 13 is a hilarious, high energy musical for all ages about discovering that cool is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it.

Co-Directed by:  Hayley Wolosz and Terese Opiela


Annie
August 8th and 9th
Auditions for CHILDREN to play 7-15 from 6:30-8:00 pm
Auditions for ADULTS AND TEENS from 8:30-10pm
Call back date to be announced.

SHOW DATES:  ALL WEEKENDS NOVEMBER 2011

Please note:  anyone auditioning for the role of Annie or the orphans MUST come prepared to FIRST sing an ALTERNATE SONG, as well as a song from the show.   For anyone auditioning, it is imperative that you please bring a head shot or photo, be prepared to sing 16 bars, read from the script and attend a dance audition.

Director:  Kurt Stelzenmueller    Musical Director:  Chick Barnes
Choreographer:  Terese Opiela

For more information, please contact:
Smiling Rhino Theatre   247 Wanaque Ave., Pompton Lakes NJ

Pennington Players to present 13 The Musical

Remember what it was like to be “13”??

The Pennington Players are bringing “13, The Musical,” to the Kelsey Theatre stage. “13,” a grown-up story about growing up, featured the only all-teenage cast ever to hit Broadway! “13” is a musical with lyrics and music by Jason Robert Brown and a book by Dan Elish, with Robert Horn as co-librettist.

Dates and show times are Fridays and Saturdays, July 29, July 30 and August 5, 6 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays, July 31 and August 7 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the Mercer County Community College's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on July 29th. Some local teen bands will also be featured as opening acts prior to several of
the performances. Bands will play beginning around 6:45 pm. A ticket to the performance is required to hear the bands.

The show follows 13-year-old Evan Goldman — played by Tanner Mead of Burlington, NJ — who moves from New York City to Indiana in the wake of his parents’ divorce. Evan just wants to make friends and survive the school year; easier said than done. The star quarterback is threatening to ruin his life and his only friend, Patrice, won't talk to him. The school freak sees an opportunity for blackmail and someone is spreading the nastiest rumors.

With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, "13" is a hilarious, high-energy musical for all ages about discovering that cool is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it.

Joining Mead is a fantastic cast of talented teens, featuring Meredith Brandt of Voorhees as Patrice; Matthew Blazejewski of Trenton as Archie; Wesley Cappiello of Hamilton as Brett; Ellen Rothfuss of Roosevelt as Kendra; Natalia Maccaroni of Robbinsville as Lucy; J Scott of Allentown as Malcolm; Jared Kirsch of Livingston as Eddie; Uvay Trivedi of Columbus as Richie; Nicky Rosolino of Princeton as Simon; Caroline Purdy of Cranbury as Cassie; Melissa Geerlof of Mercerville as Molly and Karaline Rosen of Robbinsville as Charlotte.

Director Laurie Gougher is thrilled to bring this show to the Kelsey stage for the first time. “I just love the show,” she said, “it’s a wonderful story about that awkward time in life when kids have one foot in childhood and one foot in adulthood. And the music is contagious. The show really appeals to teens currently living through this life phase, kids who are anticipating their teenage years, parents who may be looking for insight into the teenage mindset and nostalgic
adults of all ages.”

Another reason I’m excited about this show is the kids,” she added. “I really enjoy working with young actors, especially at this age. They are smart and talented and just coming into their own. Teenage actors are often dismissed as too old to play cute children, yet too young to play adult roles. 13 is the kind of show where a young actor can really blossom and I’m proud to be a part of that.”

Kelsey audiences will recognize many familiar faces in the production staff: Beverly KuoHamilton, producer and stage manager; Laurie Gougher, director; Peter de Mets, musical director; John Boccanfuso, choreographer; Ben Burwell,
lighting design; and Kathy Slothower, costume design.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $12 for students and children. To order tickets online, visit the Kelsey
website or call the Kelsey Theatre Box Office at (609) 570-3333.

Kelsey Theatre is located on the college's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and
crew follows the opening night performance on July 29th. Theatre is wheelchair accessible; free parking is available next
to the theater.