Thursday, February 28, 2013

Morristown's 'Got Talent' Finals held at the Community Theatre in Morristown, NJ last night


Big night at the Community Theatre in Morristown last night for the finals of the "Morristown's Got Talent" contest. The winners were Julia Cipriani, pianist, accompanying her friend Katherine Merwin, soprano. The young ladies received the first prize of $1,000. The "finals" program featured 15 talented performers.


Katherine Merwin and Julia Cipriani


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Comedy 'Better Late' next at Bergen County Players

L to R: James Lesko, Cheryl Woertz, James Parent, Bill Porterfield

The Bergen County Players (BCP) in Oradell continues to celebrate its 80th season with a production of "Better Late," a comedy by Larry Gelbart and directed by Jerry Pettinati of Fair Lawn. Gelbart's final play will make its debut in New Jersey at the Little Firehouse Theatre on Kinderkamack Road in Oradell from March 23 to April 20. Shows will be on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.bcplayers.org, by calling 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell during regular box office hours.

The gift of provoking laughter came early to Larry Gelbart and it never deserted him. His distinguished career as a writer of comedy reads like a history of the art over the last four decades. His writing credits date back to the Golden Age of radio. "Larry Gelbart was among the very best comedy writers ever produced in America," said Mel Brooks, whose friendship with Gelbart dated to when they both wrote for Sid Caesar's comedy-variety show "Caesar's Hour" in the 1950s. His other credits include the TV comedy "M*A*S*H" (the show ran for 11 seasons and picked up countless awards, including the Best Comedy Series Emmy for its debut season), the musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," and the film "Tootsie" which earned Gelbart an Academy Award nomination and best screenplay honors from the New York, Los Angeles and National Film Critics organization.

Director Jerry Pettinati (Fair Lawn), a Life member of BCP, has acted in many shows and has directed even more including, "Plaza Suite," "Side Man," "The Diary of Anne Frank" and "The Gingerbread Lady."

Called a "bitingly funny December-December-December romance" (Playbill.com), "Better Late" features first husband Julian, played by Jim Lesko (Englewood), who is forced to move in with his ex-wife Nora, played by Cheryl Woertz (Alpine) and her second husband Lee, played by Bill Porterfield (Ridgewood), in order to recuperate from a sudden illness. With each passing day, the awkward situation spirals further and further out of control. As the laughter builds, the question becomes: how long will Julian have to stay? Bill, played by James Parent (Dumont), is the son from the first marriage who is bewildered by the situation while also concerned over his failing marriage.

The production team includes Rhea Smith, producer (Oradell); Michael Smith, set design and construction (Oradell); Kathleen Ruland, assistant director (Lodi); Marissa Dolkart, stage manager (Dumont); Val and James Dolan décor (Ramsey); Ray Poquette lighting design (Westwood); Ruth Morley, costumes (Ridgewood); and Joe Halajian sound design (Teaneck).

TICKET AND SCHEDULE INFORMATION:

* All performances of "Better Late" take place at The Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, home to the Bergen County Players since 1949. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

* Tickets for "Better Late" are $20 for all Friday and Saturday performances, $16 for Sunday performances, and can be purchased online at www.bcplayers.org, by calling 201-261-4200, or by visiting the box office during regular box office hours. Visa, MasterCard, and American
Express cards accepted.

* Those interested in group sales of 20 or more tickets may call 201-262-0515.

* As it has for the past few seasons, BCP will continue to offer a "Questions & Artists" (Q&A) discussion following the first Friday night performance on Friday, April 5th.

* Discount tickets for students age 25 and under with proper ID are available in advance for $14 by phone or as a $5 walk-up "rush" ticket starting 30 minutes before curtain.

* Parking is free at the Park Avenue municipal lot across the street, one half block north of the theater.

The Bergen County Players has grown tremendously from its roots as a small community theater when it was founded in 1932; today, nearly 300 volunteer members, working on and off stage, make possible the nine productions presented each season.

The remaining season includes the comedy "Boeing Boeing" (May 4th to June 2nd, 2013). Remaining Second Stage production includes The "Sing-Along Sound of Music" (June 21st to 23rd , 2013).

Further information can be found at www.bcplayers.org where tickets can be purchased at no additional fee.


News from Across the River: New adaptation of Wilde's 'Picture of Dorian Gray'



THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY
Transformed into an erotic cautionary thriller in Glory Kadigan's new adaptation of Oscar Wilde's infamous novel.


Maiueitc Theatre Works (MTWorks) and Artistic Director David Stallings are presenting Oscar Wilde's THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, adapted and directed byGlory Kadigan. THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY will play a 4-week limited engagement at The WorkShop Theater (312 W 36th St, 4th Fl, Manhattan). Performances begin Wednesday, March 27th through Sunday, April 14th.

Featuring MTWorkers Heather Massie*, Maureen O'Boyle and David Stallings. Featuring Francesco Andolfi, Christopher Leidenfrost, Eric Percival, Will Schnurr, Erin Soler,Michael Whitney and Kelly Zekas.

The young Dorian's innocence and beauty are remarkably captured in painter Basil Hallward's latest masterpiece. Basil's friend Lord Henry Wotton and Dorian are stunned by the painting displayed before them. When Lord Henry points out the painting's beauty will never fade yet the young man's will, Dorian makes a deadly wish: that the painting grow old in his place while he remains forever young. His wish is granted. Set in the late 1800’s, this classic Gothic tale explores the superficial nature of society, and the value of youth and beauty.

For Mature Audiences Only. Adult Situations/Nudity.

Set design by MTWorker Craig Napoliello, costume design by MTWorker Rachel Dozier-Ezell, lighting design by MTWorker Dan Gallagher, and sound design by Jacob Subotnick. Assistant Direction and Production Stage Management by Neal Kowalsky. Assistant Stage Management by MTWorker London Griffith. Fight Choreography by Christopher Leidenfrost and Carpentry by Brent Basso. Casting Director Jason Najjoum.

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY plays the following schedule through Saturday, April 14:

Week 1:
Wed, Mar 27 @8 p

Week 2:
Sun, Mar 31 @ 3 p; Sun, Mar 31 @8 p; Mon, Apr 1 @8 p; Tue, Apr 2 @8 p; Wed, Apr 3 @8 p

Week 3:
Sun, Apr 7 @3 p; Sun, Apr 7 @8 p; Mon, Apr 8 @8 p; Tue, Apr 9 @8 p; Wed, Apr 10 @8 p

Week 4:
Sun, Apr 14 @3 p

Tickets are $18 and are now available online at www.MTWorks.org or by calling 866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater box office 30 minutes before each performance.

Running time: 2 hours including one intermission
Direct link to purchase tickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/920505
Direct link for more info on site: http://www.mtworks.org/upcoming.html

The Picture of Dorian Gray plays in repertory with Ego Actus' production of Penny Jackson's I Know What Boys Want, directed by Joan Kane.

*Appearing Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.


Pictured: David Stallings (Lord Henry), Francesco Andolfi (Dorian Gray), Erin Soler (Duchess of Monmouth). Photo by: Antonio Minino

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Luna extends run of hit 'Carnaval'

Ken Ludwig reviews his 'Lend Me A Tenor' at Paper Mill Playhouse



"I spent a wonderful evening at the Paper Mill Playhouse on Sunday night (2/17). They're producing a revival of Lend Me A Tenor and I went up to New Jersey for the day to see it.
Ken and Don

First there was the chance to see old friends. Don Stephenson and Emily Loesser Stephenson once starred in my adaptation for the Kennedy Center ofWhere's Charley and we had a rollicking reunion dinner together. Emily is as beautiful and sparkling as ever. Don as warm and hilarious. It was also terrific seeing Jo Loesser and Jack Fink again.

We then watched the opening night performance of Tenor directed by Don. The show clipped along with great dexterity and precision, and the cast, to a person, was terrific. Don got some laughs that I'd never seen before. If you get to see the production, watch for the Bellhop's camera, Maggie and the lunatic and the incredibly great duet in the first act. This may be the best singing duo the show has ever had. The crew did a flawless job of keeping everybody on track, John Lee Beatty's set literally gleamed with elegance, the costumes and lighting were as good as I've ever seen, and the whole show looked and sounded terrific from first to last.

It was terrific to see some old friends in the cast, including Donna English and Judy Blazer, who were great as always. And equally great were Jill Paice - who brought all new colors and shading to the part of Maggie - and, David Josefsberg who was hilarious and touching as Max. Ditto John Treacy Egan as Tito (what a voice!), Nancy Johnston as Julia, and Michael Kostroff as Saunders."



 Congratulations to all!                Ken Ludwig    (www.kenludwig.com)



Professional stage activity from NJ Theatre Alliance

Here is what's playing on the professional stages until March 10

Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown
The Cripple of Inishmaan
By Martin McDonagh 
Feburary 22 - March 10
In 1934, the town of Inishmaan learns that a Hollywood director will be filming a movie nearby. No one is more excited than Cripple Billy, who is determined to audition for the Yank. News of his audacity ripples through his rumor-starved community, and to everyone’s surprise, the outcast gets his big chance.
To purchase tickets: (908) 979-0900       READ OUR REVIEW

Visit the Centenary Stage Company website
Luna Stage Company, West Orange
Carnaval
By Nikkole Salter
Now through March 3 (World Premiere)

This hilarious slapstick comedy will make the hillside at the Outdoor Stage echo with laughter. Two sets of identical twins, mistaken identities, colorful characters and a madcap chase sequence (to rival all chase sequences) conspire to make this caper a thrill for children and adults of all ages.
To purchase tickets: (973) 395-5551     READ OUR REVIEW
Visit the Luna Stage Company website
New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch
Ants
By Saviana Stanescu
Now through March 10 (World Premiere)

A comedy exploring the biochemistry of job loss, motherhood and immigration, as well as the personal science of turning worker ants into queens, while surviving in the world of ants and humans with an accent.
To purchase tickets: (732) 229-3166
Visit New Jersey Repertory Company's website
Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn
Lend Me a Tenor
By Ken Ludwig
Now through March 10

Before a one-night-only performance, the renowned tenor Il Stupendo gets a “Dear John” letter — mistakenly left by his wife. He is then given an accidental double-dose of tranquilizers, and what follows is a laugh-out-loud chain reaction of mistaken identity, plot twists, double entendres and musical mayhem.

To purchase tickets: (973) 376-4343
Visit the Paper Mill Playhouse website
Tri-State Actors Theater, Newton
The 39 Steps By Patrick Barlow
February 28-March 10


Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece, a juicy spy novel, a dash of Monty Python and you get this inventive Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat that is packed with laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), a murder, an on-stage plane crash, and some good old-fashioned romance!

To purchase tickets: (973) 875-2950

Visit Tri-State Actors Theater's website
Two River Theater Company, Red Bank
Two Trains Running
By August Wilson
Now through March 3

Part of Wilson’s 10-play cycle about the African-American experience in each decade of the 20th century, this is a powerful, often funny, always compassionate story of ordinary people who find community and hope in a Pittsburgh diner amid the turbulent political upheaval and social change of the 1960s.

To purchase tickets: (732) 345-1400
Visit Two River Theater Company's website
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Alliance Repertory Theatre Company's 'Puss in Boots'


Next at Alliance Repertory Theatre Company: “Puss in Boots”

A delightful retelling of the classic French Tale about a wily cat who uses trickery and deceit to gain power, wealth and the hand of a princess in marriage for his penniless and low-born master.

Wendy Connolly of Westfield directs a cast including Jennifer Principato of Westfield as Boots, Tommy Pietz of Clark as Guy, Jeff Forbes of Westfield as the King, Pam Owens of Newark as the Queen, Eve Cannon of Bloomfield as Princess Genevieve, David Neal of Fanwood as Ugolin the Ogre, with Abigail Connolly, Taylor Dobson, Sophia Rose Morales, Sean Marner, and Abbie Painter of Westfield as town folks along with Robert Jimenez of Rahway.

Performance dates:  Mar 9, 10, 16 and 17, 2013---At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day except only one performance on March 10 at 11 a.m.

Location: Edison Valley Playhouse, 2191 Oak Tree Rd. Edison NJ 08820

Tickets are $16 for one Adult and child----$8 for each additional child. For tickets, call: 908-755-4654

For Directions call 732-755-4654  Or visit the website: http://evplayhouse.com


Monday, February 25, 2013

Date added for hit musical at Bergen County Players

L. to R. Joanne Moldt , Sara Feinmark,
Paula O'Brien, Jaime Hayer, Nadiya Braham, Joanne Guarnaccia , and Staci Beth Block


Here is proof that theatre is alive and well in New Jersey: Tickets to Bergen County Players' hit production of "Beehive the 60's Musical" are selling so fast that the Oradell based community theater has opened a new block of tickets for an added performance on Saturday, March 2, at 2 p.m.

Those who thought they were shut out can now order today to get great seats. Tickets may be purchased online at www.bcplayers.org, by calling 201-261-4200, or by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during regular box office hours. Tickets are $22 or $18 for groups of 20 or more.

A musical about the home for honey-making insects? Hardly! This Off-Broadway hit, under the direction of Dottie Fischer, finds its way to the BCP stage for the first time showcasing its nearly 40 songs that made the 1960s THE decade for female vocalists, ranging from Leslie Gore to Carole King to Tina Turner to The Supremes.

This incredibly fun revue is all about the songs, the women singers and how deeply they were influenced by their social and political times. So if your musical tastes run from "My Boyfriend's Back" to "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" to "Proud Mary" and "Respect", don't miss what is sure to be "a rollicking good time you'll be singing along in no time!" (St. Louis Magazine).

"Celebrating 80 years, the Bergen County Players has grown tremendously from its roots as a small community theater when it was founded in 1932. Today, nearly 300 volunteer
members, working on and off stage, make possible the nine productions presented each season." The remaining season includes: "Better Late" (March 23rd - April 20th, 2013) and "Boeing-Boeing" (May 4th - June 2nd, 2013).

Remaining Second Stage production includes: The "Sing-Along" Sound of Music (June 21st-23rd, 2013).

Further information can be found at www.bcplayers.org.

Auditions: 'Pinkalicious' at Growing Stage



The Growing Stage, The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, located in the historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong will hold auditions for its production of "Pinkalicious The Musical" Monday, March 4th at 7:00 p.m.

All auditioning should have a song prepared with printed accompaniment that is no longer than sixteen measures and expect to learn a dance piece led by the choreographer; some may be asked to read from the script. The production is under the direction of Lori B. Lawrence, the Growing Stage Director of Educational Programming.

Based on the popular book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, this is the tale of  Pinkalicious, who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure a way out of this pink predicament.

"Pinkalicious The Musical" is about learning the power of self-control and the importance of moderation.

Growing Stage – The Children’s Theater of New Jersey’s production of "Pinkalicious The Musical" runs from April 12th to May12th, with performances on Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 4:00 p.m.

The Growing Stage is a professional member of the Association of Actor’s Equity. There will be five roles available for AEA artists, and one AEA/ASM while other roles will be filled by young community artists aged 10 and older.

Main Stage performances will feature a special young performers ensemble of singing and dancing bumblebees, birds and butterflies as well as the famous dancing cupcakes! Ensemble members will not be required to perform in our weekday Main Stage Matinees.

Rehearsal schedules are generally three to four evenings during the week and a Saturday afternoon. All cast members are expected for all performances, with no exception, since the company does not cast understudies. Performers of color, seniors and performers with disabilities are encouraged to attend.
For additional information please call (973) 347- 4946 or e-mail rdmgr@growingstage.com.

Luna's New Moon reading series continues on March 4


Congratulations to Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway on the Paper Mill Playhouse stage
Last night Anne Hathaway won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in the film musical "Le Miserables." 

Our friends at the Paper Mill Playhouse report: "Paper Mill Playhouse is thrilled that our own Anne Hathaway won an Oscar last night. 

Ms. Hathaway, originally from Millburn-Short Hills attended Paper Mill’s Theater School, performed in Paper Mill’s Summer Musical Theater Conservatory and starred on our Main-Stage."

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Review: Centenary Stage's excellent dark comedy 'The Cripple of Inishmaan'

Tom Morin as Cripple Billy


This week the Centenary Stage Company premiered the third production of a fine four play season with Tony Award winning playwright Martin McDonagh's remarkable dark comedy of the bleak life in rural Ireland in 1934,"The Cripple of Inishmaan."

McDonagh, the author of two sets of trilogies, The Leenane and the Aran Islands trilogies, located in and around County Galway in Ireland has been referred to as "the theater’s reigning master of gory Irish gothic." The Leenane trilogies includes "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" (1996) and the Aran trilogies includes "The Cripple of Inishmaan" (1997).

McDonagh set his story on the island of Inishmaan off the west coast of Ireland in 1934 the year that the American filmmaker Robert Flaherty and crew arrived on a nearby island to film the documentary "Man of Aran." The presence of the Americans, from Hollywood no less, is the event of the year. Even more exciting since all the "actors" in the documentary are locals.

The cripple is Billy Claven (Tom Morin), deformed at birth, and orphaned soon after, who leads a quiet (translation: boring) life living with his two adopted aunts (Kate-Carolyn Popp and sister Eileen-Catherine Rust) who run a small understocked (mostly cans of peas) store. Billy's greatest pleasure is simply staring at cows, his greatest desire is for the love of a woman, but a kiss will do.

The principal form of communication on the island is via Johnnypateenmike (David Edwards) a master teller of tall tales who survives by trading the gossip of the day for eggs and more from the good aunts and others on the island. Billy's excited response to the news, from Johnnypateenmike, of the filmmakers on the next island proves to be life changing. Is this the opportunity he has been seeking....a chance to rise out of the poverty, and the ridicule he had to endure plus the sheer boredom of life on the island?

Unlike McDonagh's sad, dour tale of "The Beauty Queen of Leenane," the "The Cripple of Inishmaan" has an ample supply of laughs mixed with its warm and savage plot swings. This is excellent, intelligent theatre presented by a marvelous, perfectly cast group of actors, most of whom are Actor's Equity members .

Playing Cripple Billy is Tom Morin; he and David Edwards are truly outstanding in their key roles. Edwards is playing Johnnypateenmike the old ragtag gossip, a part as far from his national tour role of Max Bialystock for Mel Brooks in "The Producers" as possible. Acting students will particularly benefit from seeing such a major talent at work. The two aunts and shopkeepers are played by the wonderful Carolyn Popp and Centenary Stage's General Manager, the equally wonderful Catherine Rust. Young Kyle Parham, in his junior year at Centenary College, is Bartley who is "awful thick" and not above ridiculing Billy, but, gets his regular comeuppance from his sister Helen, Billy's love interest, played beautifully by Leah Barker.

Mark Byrne, born and bred in Dublin, is an island boatman Babbybobby who kindly provides Billy the means to audition for the film maker. Rounding out the cast is Dave Scheffler as the town doctor and Kathleen Huber is hysterical as Johnnypateenmike's ancient alcoholic Mammy who refuses to die despite his best efforts. Centenary regulars will recall that Huber appeared in the first play of this season "The Mousetrap."

Credit for the excellent casting, of course, goes to the director Carl Wallnau, the Centenary Stage's Artistic Director. We gave Wallnau our 2012 NJ Footlights Award for his work, both as director and star, in last season's "Ladies Man." Based on his "The Cripple of Inishmaan" effort he is a strong candidate to repeat this year. Also, credit dialect director Dudley Knight for his outstanding Aran island's dialect work with the cast.

Key production credits: excellent set by Emmy Award-winning set designer Bob Phillips. Mr. Phillips also designed CSC’s productions of "The Mousetrap," "Light up the Sky," and "The Ladies Man;" light design Ed Matthews; costumer Julia Sharp; fight choreographer Stephen Davis; and stage manager Danielle Constance.

 Reviewed by Rick Busciglio   February 22, 2013

To purchase tickets for The Cripple of Inishmaan or to find more information on the show, visit www.centenarystageco.org or call the box office at (908) 979-0900. Tickets for The Cripple of Inishmaan range from $17.50 to $27.50 with discounts for students and seniors.

Every Thursday night is “Date Night,” which offers a 2-for-1 rush ticket price when purchased at the door. Performance times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There are 2 p.m. matinees on Wednesdays February 27th and March 6th. This show has strong language and adult content.


Carolyn Popp and Catherine Rust
Kathleen Huber and David Edwards
Kyle Parham and Leah Barker
Photo Credit: CSC

Saturday, February 23, 2013

'God of Carnage' at Summit Playhouse until March 9



GOD OF CARNAGE is running at the Summit Playhouse February 22, 23, 28 and March 1, 2, 3, 8, 9. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students (18 and under). For tickets: visit www.summitplayhouse.org/tickets, or call 800-838-3006.

The Summit Playhouse's production of GOD OF CARNAGE is directed by Chase Newhart and is produced by Joann Scanlon and Pam Heller. Featuring Michael King, Bob Mackasek, Claire McKinney and Elizabeth Royce.

GOD OF CARNAGE after two 11 year olds get involved in a squabble, the parents of both children meet to discuss the matter. As the evening goes on, the meeting degenerates into the four getting into irrational arguments, causing the discussion to drift far afield. "...delivers the cathartic release of watching other people?s marriages go boom. A study in the tension between a civilized surface and savage instinct, this play is itself a satisfyingly primitive entertainment."-NY Times. "Elegant, acerbic and entertainingly fueled on pure bile. It's Reza's best work since "Art"-Variety.

Since its founding in 1918, the Summit Playhouse has produced over 300 productions, making it one of the oldest continuously operating community theaters in the United States. The historic institution is devoted to maintaining the practice of theatre arts and encouraging those interested in all aspects of the performing arts and its operations.

The Playhouse presents three shows a year: a Fall show in October and November, a Winter show in February and March, and a Spring show in April and May. During the Summer, Kaleidoscope theater for youth, presents a production for - and with! - students. The Playhouse is located off Springfield Avenue, just west of the Summit business district. The Playhouse's original stone structure was constructed in 1891 and housed Summit's first library.

Auditions: 'Monty Phython’s Spamalot' at Rhino Theatre



Rhino Theatre located at 247 Wanaque Ave., Pompton Lakes NJ will hold auditions for "Monty Phython’s Spamalot" on March 11 and 13 from 7 -9 p.m. Call backs on March 18th.

Show Dates: weekends June 7th – 30th, 2013

FOR AUDITIONS: PLEASE BRING HEADSHOT AND RESUME!

PLEASE SING SOMETHING FUNNY! THIS IS A COMEDY! BE ABLE TO SING IN DIFFERENT SYTLES INDLUDING FALSETTOS AND PLEASE BRING YOUR BEST ACCENT! THERE WILL BE A MOVEMENT AUDITION.

About the Show
‘Spamalot’ tells the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail. However, diverting a bit from the true story, this hilarious musical features such oddities as a line of beautiful dancing girls, a flatulent Frenchmen and killer rabbits. Outside there is plague with a 50% chance of pestilence and famine. Throughout the show Arthur, traveling with his servant Patsy, recruits several knights to accompany him on his quest, including Sir Bedevere, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot and Sir Galahad. Besides the rabbits and farting Frenchman, they meet such characters as the Lady of the Lake, Prince Herbert, Tim the Enchanter, Not Dead Fred, the Black Knight and the Knights who say Ni.

ROLES AVAILABLE:
Following is the Broadway doubling scenario. Some Roles may be split etc.

KING ARTHUR (Late 30s-60s.): The King of England who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Roundtable and find the Holy Grail. Great Humor. Good singer.

SIR ROBIN (30s-50s): A Knight of the Roundtable. Ironically called 'Sir Robin the Brave,' though he couldn't be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for the singing and dancing. Also plays GUARD 1 and BROTHER MAYNARD, a long-winded monk.

SIR LANCELOT (30s-50): A Knight of the Roundtable. He is fearless to a bloody fault but through a twist of fate, does discover his 'softer side.' This actor MUST be great with character voices and accents, as he also plays THE FRENCH TAUNTER, an arrogant, condescending, over-the-top Frenchman, the KNIGHT OF NI, an absurd, cartoonish leader of a peculiar group of Knights, and TIM THE ENCHANTER, a ghostly being with a Scottish accent.

PATSY (30s-50s): King Arthur's horse and servant. Underappreciated but always longing for King Arthur's approval. Good, funny, physical mover with some tap dancing. Also plays MAYOR, a jolly red-faced man who advertises the merits of his home town and the drunken, useless GUARD 2.

SIR GALAHAD (30s-40’s): A Knight of the Roundtable. Begins as Dennis, a lower class 'mud gatherer' who becomes Knighted and transforms into the dashing Sir Galahad. Also plays PRINCE HERBERT'S FATHER, a wealthy, brutish Yorkshireman man at odds with his sensitive son, THE BLACK KNIGHT who is always ready to duel despite multiple injuries. Strong bari-tenor singing required.

SIR BEDEVERE (20s-50s): A Knight of the Roundtable. An inept scholar. Also plays DENNIS GALAHAD'S MOTHER, a shrill peasant woman, and CONCORDE, Sir Lancelot's horse. No solo singing.

THE LADY OF THE LAKE (20s-40s):A Diva. Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. The leading lady of the show. Great singing voice is essential, as she must be able to sing effortlessly in many styles and vocal registers. Especially seeking actresses of all races for this role.

THE FOLLOWING ROLES ARE PLAYED BY THE SAME ACTOR (20s-50s): Tenor singing required. Very good mover.
HISTORIAN: A tweedy academic.
NOT DEAD FRED: A sickly little fellow who, despite others' beliefs, claims he is "not yet dead."
FRENCH GUARD: The condemnatory French sidekick to the French Taunter.
MINSTREL: In Sir Robin's band.
PRINCE HERBERT: The hopeful and frilly prince who loves to sing and pines for his love atop a tower.

SIR NOT APPEARING may double as THE DANCING MONK

A MALE DANCER appears as THE DANCING NUN

THE VOICE OF GOD may be pre-recorded.

TWO FRENCH GUARDS are two of the MALE ENSEMBLE

ROBIN'S MINSTRELS are also ENSEMBLE: 2 MEN, 1 WOMAN.

SIR BORS is MALE ENSEMBLE.

ENSEMBLE: Six men and six women

Contact: Carmela Wolosz,  Artistic Director/Executive Producer
247 Wanaque Ave., Pompton Lakes NJ

RhinoTheatre.com

Friday, February 22, 2013

March Jazz and Comedy at Luna Stage



March 10 - Music in the Moonlight Jazz Concert featuring Diane Moser
March 14 - Stand-Up Comedy Night Featuring The Pink Collar Comedy Tour


Music in the Moonlight Jazz Concert
Diane Moser Trio in a Tribute to
Jaki Byard

Andy Eulau 
bass & Scott Neumann drums 
Sunday, March 10 at 7pm
Diane Moser has been composing and performing solo piano and ensemble music professionally since 1973. Raised in Ankeny, Iowa, Moser began her professional career as a solo jazz pianist at the age of 15. She learned her craft, like so many before her, “on the bandstand” with the help and encouragement of the top musicians in Des Moines, Iowa. After graduating from Ankeny High School in 1975, she went to Iowa City to attend the University of Iowa, playing in the university’s big band and leading two of her own bands, Talk of the Town and Satori. In 1977, she moved to San Diego where she was immediately engulfed in the jazz and new music scene, playing with such musicians as alto saxophonist Charles McPherson and bassist Mark Dresser. 
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Andy Eulau (Bassist) has been on the New York music scene for 30 years. Since 1999, he has been a member of Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band, the Diane Moser Quintet and the Diane Moser Trio. He has recorded with the Bill Charlap Trio and the Anthony Braxton Quartet and was a Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State in 2003. He is a member of the Jazz Studies faculty at New Jersey City University. [Read More].
Scott Neumann (Drummer) has toured Europe, South America and Asia with artists such as saxophonist Dave Liebman and vocalist Madeline Peyroux and a part of the Woody Herman Orchestra. Since 2000, he has been a member of Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band, Quintet and Trio. He has been the director of drum studies at Lehigh University since 2005. [Read More].
Ticket: $18 in advance, $20 at the doorTickets can be purchased online, in person (Tuesday-Friday, 10am-3pm) or at (973) 395-5551 
A Special Stand-Up Comedy Night in Celebration of Women's History Month
The Pink Collar Comedy Tour
The Pink Collar Comedy Tour
The Pink Collar
Comedy Tour

Thursday, March 14 at 8pm
The Pink Collar Comedy Tour is Kaytlin Bailey, Abbi Crutchfield, Carrie Gravenson, and Erin Judge. These New York City-based comics travel far and wide to bring their cutting-edge, hilarious stand-up to live audiences all around the country. And now, they’re coming to Luna! 
For mature audiences only.

For more information on Pink Collar Comedy Tour visit www.pinkcollarcomedytour.com

Tickets: $10
Tickets can be purchased online, in person (Tuesday-Friday, 10am-3pm) or at (973) 395-5551

World premiere of 'Person of Interest' at Women’s Theater Company



Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Women’s Theater Company will present the world premiere "

Person of Interest," a compelling drama written by New Jersey playwright Jewel Seehaus-Fisher and directed by the company’s executive director and producer, Barbara Krajkowski.

The 90-minute, six character play focuses on bio-ethics and is based on historical evidence with names and places changed.

"Person of Interest" first begins several weeks after the tragedy of 9/11 when the world as we knew it changed. War was no longer defined by countries battling one another, but by differing fundamental ideological views using terroristic measures. The idea to write "Person of Interest" was sparked by a friend of Playwright Jewel Seehaus-Fisher, two-time recipient for the Individual Artist Fellowship, NJ State Council on Arts.

Scott McGowan
The play stars Robin Thomas* (of Hamburg, NJ) as Charlotte Hauser, Scott McGowan* (of Maplewood, NJ) as Bob Hauser, Meridith Johnson* (of Maplewood, NJ) as FBI agent Jane Willis, Craig Zimmerman (of Rockaway, NJ) as Dr. Harry Rabin, Katie Mitchell (of Parsippany, NJ) as Lynn Hauser and Steve Easterling (of Madison, NJ) as Congressman Carr.

"Person of Interest" runs the weekends of March 15 through the 31, Fridays and
Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 3 pm; ticket prices are $20 for adults, and $18 for seniors and students. The Women’s Theater Company is located at the Parsippany Playhouse at 1130 Knoll Road, Lake Hiawatha, NJ. For GPS driving directions, please enter the town of Boonton, 07005. To purchase tickets online go to www.womenstheater.org or call 973-316-3033, or email info@womenstheater.org.

*denotes members of Actors Equity Association

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Talk Back Saturday night at Summit Playhouse's 'God of Carnage'



Summit Playhouse will host a "Talk Back" with Monica Carsky, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College, 286 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10017.

Dr. Carsky will join the cast of GOD OF CARNAGE on Saturday evening, March 2, 2013 after the performance concludes (approximately 9:45 p.m.) to discuss with the cast, director and audience members, themes of the play and give a Psychologist?s perspective.

Audience members who choose to stay may do so at no additional cost and are free to leave at any time.

GOD OF CARNAGE after two 11 year olds get involved in a squabble, the parents of both children meet to discuss the matter. As the evening goes on, the meeting degenerates into the four getting into irrational arguments, causing the discussion to drift far afield. "...delivers the cathartic release of watching other people?s marriages go boom. A study in the tension between a civilized surface and savage instinct, this play is itself a satisfyingly primitive entertainment."-NY Times. "Elegant, acerbic and entertainingly fueled on pure bile. It's Reza's best work since "Art"-Variety.

GOD OF CARNAGE is running at the Summit Playhouse February 22, 23, 28 and March 1, 2, 3, 8, 9. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students (18 and under). For tickets: visit www.summitplayhouse.org/tickets, or call 800-838-3006.

The Summit Playhouse's production of GOD OF CARNAGE is directed by Chase Newhart and is produced by Joann Scanlon and Pam Heller. Featuring Michael King, Bob Mackasek, Claire McKinney and Elizabeth Royce.

Since its founding in 1918, the Summit Playhouse has produced over 300 productions, making it one of the oldest continuously operating community theaters in the United States. The historic institution is devoted to maintaining the practice of theatre arts and encouraging those interested in all aspects of the performing arts and its operations.

The Playhouse presents three shows a year: a Fall show in October and November, a Winter show in February and March, and a Spring show in April and May. During the Summer, Kaleidoscope theater for youth, presents a production for - and with! - students. The Playhouse is located off Springfield Avenue, just west of the Summit business district. The Playhouse's original stone structure was constructed in 1891 and housed Summit's first library.

Spamalot and Shrek Headline MPO’s 2013-2014 Season



Maurer Productions OnStage, the award-winning team that brought you Elton John & Tim Rice’s AIDA, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Avenue Q has selected the zany musical comedy Monty Python’s Spamalot and the family-friendly show Shrek The Musical to headline it’s 2013-2014 season at the Kelsey Theatre.

Avenue QAvenue QPerry Award-winning director John Maurer is thrilled to deliver another dream project when he helms Monty Python’s Spamalot (Nov 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, Dec 1).

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the Tony Award-winning Monty Python’s Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur, his knights of the Round Table and their quest for the Holy Grail.Monty Python’s Spamalot features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight.

A warning to the audience: Spamalot is not exactly like the film. For example, it doesn’t come in a metal canister, but it does feature many of the same characters and the same sense of Python humor. Songs include “Find Your Grail”, “He Is Not Dead Yet”, “The Song That Goes Like This”, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” and “You Won’t Succeed on Broadway.”

Monty Python's Spamalot was the winner of three 2005 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Director, as well as the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Musical. (Rated PG-13)
Avenue Q
Then, in the Spring, MPO Music Director Laurie Gougher, who’s recent directing credits include award- winning productions of 13 The Musical and Seussical, will trade in her conductor’s baton for the director’s chair to help the family favorite Shrek The Musical(May 30, 31, June 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15).

Based on the Oscar®- winning film from DreamWorks,Shrek The Musical brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage.

In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre — not a handsome prince — shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek.

Full of all-new songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, SHREK THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone! (Rated G)

The Kelsey Theatre is located at 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Designer sample sale to benefit The Theater Project/What Exit? Theater




ACCLAIMED DESIGNER, YANSI FUGEL, HOLDS SAMPLE SALE BENEFITING THE THEATER PROJECT/WHAT EXIT? THEATER IN MAPLEWOOD, NJ

Yansi Fugel’s designs have graced the pages of the world’s most famous fashion magazines, including ELLE. Harper’s BAZAAR, InStyle, Vogue, and W. She is a favorite designer to many socialites, politicians, business women and celebrities alike, with one of her gowns having been seen on the red carpet at the 2002 Academy Awards. Yansi’s Ready To Wear collections are sold throughout the USA, Canada and Europe in over 400 specialty boutiques, including the YANSI FUGEL flagship store in Ridgewood, NJ.

She creates clothing for real women like herself who oversee their business, family and are involved in their community. A long-time supporter of the Arts, Yansi’s unique design process transforms fine materials with artisan techniques into hand painted knits, laser cut and print designs. Now she is bringing her innovative design approach to The Burgdorff Cultural Center for the Performing Arts with a Stock/ Sample Sale to Benefit The Theater Project/What Exit? Theater on March 1st between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and March 2nd. between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Yansi was first introduced to the theater through friend and colleague Rick Delaney (far left in photo), a professional actor and Maplewood resident, whose last appearance with The Theater Project, THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF HEDDA GABLER in the Fall of 2012, had Examiner.com/ New Jersey Footlights proclaiming him “One of the finest actors on anyone’s stage.”

Yansi’s support for the theater has continued since then. When Rick was performing in the Annual Holiday production of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: THE RADIO PLAY, one year, as a special treat, Yansi bought out half the house and transported the entire staff of her NYC Design Studio and their families to The Burgdorff.

This special Sales event, which Yansi has christened “Art Meets Life”, will feature items on sale up to 80% off, with profits being donated to support The Theater Project’s mission of bringing thought-provoking Professional Theater to Maplewood.

EVENT: YANSI FUGEL STOCK /SAMPLE SALE PRICES UP TO 80% OFF

LOCATION: BURGDORFF CULTURAL CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS-10 DURAND ROAD, MAPLEWOOD, NJ 07040

DATES: MARCH 1st FROM 10 A.M. UNTIL 6 P.M., MARCH 2nd FROM 10 A.M. UNTIL 4 P.M.

For Further Information on The Theater Project contact info@thetheaterproject.org
 on Yansi Fugel or Rick Delaney contact jonathanv@yansifugel.com


Auditions: 'Doubt' at Dover Little Theatre



Dover Little Theatre to hold auditions for the powerful play "Doubt" by John Patrick Shanley. Alison Devereaux-Smith will direct.

The dates are: Sunday, March 10 and Monday, March 11 at 7:30 with callbacks on the Wednesday, March 13th at 7:30.

Performance Dates: May 11 - 25, 2013, Friday and Saturday Evenings 8 p.m.
Sunday Matinees - May 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. (Possible benefit performances on May 10 and 26).

In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the rigid principal of the Saint Nicholas Church School, suffers an extreme dislike for the progressive parish priest, Father Flynn. When Sister Aloysius hears Father Flynn has taken a special interest in a troubled boy, she believes she's uncovered the ultimate sin. But without proof, the only thing certain is doubt. Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.

Character Descriptions:

Sister Aloysius Beauvier: The head nun and principal of St Nicholas School. Rigid, conservative and cynical.

Father Brendan Flynn: A middle aged priest. Articulate and personable.

Sister James: A young nun. An enthusiastic but inexperienced teacher.

Mrs. Muller: The mother of Donald Muller. African - American

Dover Little Theatre, 69 Elliott Street, Dover, NJ 07801, 973-328-9202

www.doverlittletheatre.org

Barn’s One Act and Dance Festival set for June


Aspiring playwrights, directors and theatrical designers will soon have an opportunity to showcase their talents at the Barn Theatre in Montville, NJ. The Barn Theatre is currently accepting original one act plays as part of its "Solstice Showcase One Act & Dance Festival". The plays will be judged and the best submissions will be produced during the Barn’s One Act & Dance Festival to be held June 14-16, 2013.

Producing original one act plays from both local and out-of-town playwrights is just one aspect of the Barn Theatre's Solstice Showcase. "Our goal with our 'Summer Solstice' showcase weekend is three fold", states Omar Kozarsky, the Producer for this upcoming Barn Theatre special event. "We hope to give local playwrights the opportunity to see one of their original works performed onstage. At the same time, the festival gives the chance for new directors and designers to show their stuff. Directing, designing sets or lights for a special event is usually the first step toward directing a main stage production at the Barn. Finally, we hope to offer a new and exciting theater experience to our loyal audiences at a very affordable price during these tough economic times." Kozarsky goes on to mention that this season's festival may also include a dance piece, which proved to be very popular when the event was last produced.

The Barn Theatre has been a proving ground for many local artists and has given their audiences the opportunity to see many rising stars before they make it big professionally. Jane Krakowski (of NBC's "30 Rock" and Tony Award winner for "Nine" on Broadway), Laura Benanti (of NBC’s “Go On” and Tony Award winner for "Gypsy"), Vincent Curatola (HBO's "The Sopranos") and Constantine Maroulis ("American Idol" semi-finalist and Tony Award nominee for "Rock of Ages") and have all graced the Barn's stage, just to name a few.

The Barn Theatre President, Todd Mills, is enthusiastic about the event. "As a totally volunteer run organization, we always welcome new faces to help lend a hand and have a great time in the process. The Barn especially encourages the younger members of our community to get involved with the arts. My father and past Barn President, Jay Mills, got me involved with the Barn when I was young. And to this day, we both continue to volunteer and support the Barn," says Mills.

The Barn Theatre is currently accepting submissions of new and original one act plays from playwrights as well as applications from directors and theatrical designers wishing to work at the Barn. The deadline for play submissions is February 28, 2013. Full details about the event can be found on the Barn Theatre web site at www.barntheatre.org/oneacts

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

'Good People' tonight in New Brunswick

John Bolger and Ellen McLaughlin (Gerry Goldstein Photo)

Tonight at 8 p.m. at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick the powerful production of "Good People."

Good People, the Tony Award-nominated Broadway hit by David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by David Saint. Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo . . . where this month's paycheck covers last month's bills . . . and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who's made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings?

Margie is about to risk what little she has let to find out. With his signature humorous glow, David Lindsay-Abaire, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Rabbit Hole, explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.

Read our review:

Review: Brilliant play 'Good People' at George Street Playhouse

Ellen McLaughlin, Zakiya Young and John Bolger (Gerry Goldstein)

We have frequently used the statement "theatre is alive and well in New Jersey" in response to the many excellent productions we've had the privilege to review these past several years. Artistic directors such as McCarter's Emily Mann, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's Bonnie J. Monte and the George Street'sDavid Saint (all New Jersey treasures) continually present productions equal or superior to anything found on the other side of the Hudson.

This past Sunday we journeyed to the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick to see "Good People" by the author of two favorite plays,"Rabbit Hole" and "Fuddy Meers," David Lindsay-Abaire. The result; we were rewarded with an experience best described with one simple word "wow." This play, these performers, the creative effort of the production team, all combined to remind us again of the incomparable magic of live theatre. This is brilliant theatre.

Far different than his quirky and very funny "Fuddy Meers" David Lindsay-Abairesets his play about the struggles of life in the blue collar, working class area of South Boston where he grew up and a local is called "Southie."

The heroine-victim of "Good People" is Margaret, played brilliantly by Ellen McLaughlin. Margaret is a 50-ish single mom, with a young adult retarded daughter, who can barely pay her bills at the $9.25 per hour she earns as a cashier at a 'Dollar Value' store. As the play opens she is fired from the job for chronic tardiness, due to the lackadaisical attitude of her babysitter who also happens to be her landlady. The young store manager fires her in the alley amidst trash cans.

With the job options almost non-existent due to the recession, Margaret desperately seeks out, after 30 years, her high school sweetheart Mike now a successful and married Boston doctor in hopes of obtaining a position in his office....even cleaning if necessary. Each has a vastly different story of how they either climbed out of their original lower class world, as in the case of Mike, or remained trapped by circumstances, in Margaret's case, mostly beyond her control.

In addition to Ellen McLauglin as Margaret, the superior cast includes John Bolger as Mike. Bolger is as fine in "Good People" as he was in last season's "Twelve Angry Men" (winner of our 'Footlight' award for one of the best plays of 2012); Cynthia Lauren Tewes, a marvelous comedian, is Dottie, Margaret's landlady, babysitter and bingo buddy; Marianne Owen is Margaret's best friend Jean; Mike's wife is played by Zakiya Young; and Eric Riedmann is Stevie a young friend from the neighborhood and the "Dollar Value" store manager.

Beyond the brilliant (we don't use this word lightly) play and cast is the extremely impressive staging. A trio of large blank panels cover the stage between scenes illuminated, by video projection, with a series of huge photos of South Boston and key story locations. As each scene begins the panels glide away revealing the impressive sets. The outstanding production team includes; scenic designer James Youmans, costume designer David Murin, sound designer/composer Scott Killian, and lighting designer Charlie Morrison.

This is a thoroughly satisfying, well-written, thought-provoking play that at its core is sad, but yet has many funny moments. It is hard not to look at Margaret without coming away wondering about our own life choices. It is beautifully directed by David Saint (George Street Playhouse's Artistic Director). This is five-star entertainment.

Reviewed by Rick Busciglio February 3, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning David Lindsay-Abaire’s "Good People" runs through Sunday, February 24. "Good People" is produced in association with Seattle Repertory Theatre, and will move there following its New Brunswick run.

Individual tickets, starting at $28, are currently on sale, as are 3-play and flexibleadmission packages. For information or tickets contact the GSP Box Office, 732-246-7717, or visit www.GSPonline.org. In addition, discount for groups of 10 or more are available through the GSP Group Sales office; call 732-846-2895, ext. 134, or email mbergamo@georgestplayhouse.org for further information.

George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue, in the heart of New Brunswick’s dining and entertainment district.

Special note: At the performance prior to the 2011 Broadway production's closing night, an audience member's cell phone "boldly rang in the [theater] ... and the woman took the call". According to Michael Musto in The Village Voice:
"Hello?" she [the audience member] screeched -- though she would have been more accurate if she'd said, "I'm the dumbest pinhead in history!" Francis McDormand (Margie) stopped in her tracks, put her arm around co-star Renee Elise Goldsberry, and deadpanned, "Let's wait." After the unwanted bit of audience business was settled and silenced, McDormand made a rewind gesture and said to Goldsberry, "OK, ask me the question again." And they resumed the scene.
Marianne Owen, Ellen McLaughlin and Cynthia Lauren Tewes (Gerry Goldstein)