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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum Announces 2015 – 2016 Season

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The Morris Museum has announced the lineup for the 2015-2016 season at the Bickford Theatre, featuring two exceptional comedies (including one world premier), and a nail-biting thriller. The season will also include a fall and spring series of special performances.

“This season promises to provide the highest quality live theatre and entertainment for the broadest audience yet.” Said Eric Hafen, Producing Artist Director for the Bickford Theatre. “I cannot wait to share these productions with our patrons.”

The Museum will open its season with Not Now, Darling by Ray Cooney and John Chapman. This hilarious farce takes place in the exclusive London fur salon of Bodley, Bodley and Crouch. The story features mistaken identities, scantily clad women, mobsters, suspicious wives and misguided shoppers.

In the New Year, the Morris Museum will present Milan Stitt’s, The Runner Stumbles. This riveting mystery tells the tale of a young nun who has died under mysterious circumstances. The nun’s pastor, Father Rivard, has been charged with her murder. A powerful and compelling play, The Runner Stumbles received both Off-Broadway and repertory productions prior to its critically hailed Broadway presentation.  

The Museum will close its season with the world premier of My Mother, My Sister, and Me by Sherri Heller. Set in the Bronx in the summer of 1969, this heartwarming comedy highlights the struggles, hopes and dreams of thirteen-year-old Holly Abrams and her family.

Main Stage


Not Now, Darling
by Ray Cooney and John Chapman
October 1 - October 18, 2015

A mad cap fast-paced comedy about mistresses and minks in the London fur salon of Maude Bodley, Arnold Crouch and Gilbert Bodley.  Gilbert’s plans to sell an expensive mink to mobster dirt cheap for his wife, Gilbert’s mistress, go awry when the mobster plans to buy it for his OWN mistress.  Arnold is left juggling everything and everyone.  

Soon the whole plan goes out the window along with women's clothing and a few other things.Suspicious wives, mistaken identities, and rapid fire jokes abound right up to the final curtain.

The Runner Stumbles
by Milan Stitt
January 28 - February 14, 2015
Co-Produced with Drew University

It is 1911.  A young nun has died under mysterious circumstances in a remote parish in northern Michigan, and her pastor, Father Rivard, has been charged with her murder.  With alternating action between interrogations, testimony and scenes from the past, the secrets and taboos of their relationship come to a head, which inevitably spelt tragedy.  Not until the explosive and surprising climax of the play is the full extent of their sacrifice made clear and the identity of the murderer revealed.

My Mother, My Sister and Me

By Sherri Heller

April 7 - April 24, 2016

(World Premiere) It's the summer of 1969 – Man on the moon, Woodstock, mini-skirts and Motown and in the Bronx, boy is it hot! Change is everywhere for thirteen year old Holly Abrams. Gramma Sylvia rules the roost, older sis Robin rebels in bell-bottoms and Mom and Dad may split up for good. Will Holly get her first kiss from Marco Lopez? Amid the Bronx's cultural and social landscape, witness the struggles, hopes and dreams of the Abrams family in this warm-spirited comedy.

Fall A La Carte Series

New West Guitar Group
October 25, 2015

The Los Angeles based trio’s signature sound comes from an innovative style that highlights rhythm, beauty and virtuosity with the acoustic and electric guitar, a sophisticated sonic soundscape showcasing hot original tunes, pop covers, and jazz standards.

Love, Marriage, Children and Liposuction
November 22, 2015

This critically acclaimed cabaret act was nominated by the National Association of Cabarets. Naomi Miller takes on all the topics of its title and more-weaving stories and songs about dating, falling in love, escaping the slums, raising a deaf child, being part of the sandwich generation, letting go, and all the while working toward a dream.

Chopin, Piano and the Movies
November 29, 2015

Piano virtuoso, Thomas Pandolfi, returns with an encore concert this time featuring the masterful piano compositions of Chopin, Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto and Pandolfi’s famous James Bond Fantasy.


Spring A La Carte Series

I’ve Got A Little Twist
March 6, 2016

The Mikado meets The Music Man. HMS Pinafore sets sail for Brigadoon. Pirates of Penzance take shore leave On the Town. The critically acclaimed New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players celebrate the legacy of Gilbert & Sullivan in American musical theater, featuring favorites from Rodgers & Hammerstein, Bernstein, Sondheim, Lerner & Loewe, Meredith Willson, and Jerry Herman.

A Jew Grows in Brooklyn
March 13, 2016

A smash hit in the heart of the Broadway, where it played for a more than a year and a half, this highly acclaimed show chronicles the life of Jake Ehrenreich; a uniquely talented American born child of Holocaust survivors. The critics all universally praise it as an engaging, poignant and hilarious comedy musical about the search for identity and meaning.

From Mozart To American Rhapsody
March 20, 2016

Returning by popular demand, Vladimir Zaitsev, award-winning piano virtuoso and versatile entertainer, is considered by many to be the next Victor Borge. He uses his versatile and charismatic talents to create a singular one - man show, in which the audience is presented with dazzling pianism and a mixture of delightful stories.


Tickets
Main Stage: $45 General Public; $40 Seniors, Museum & Theatre Guild Members; $33 Groups (10+); $20 Students (under 18 or w/valid college ID).

A La Carte Performances: $40 General Public; $35 Members of Museum/Theatre Guild and Seniors; $30 Groups (20 or more); $20 Students (18 & under or with valid college ID).

Individual tickets are on sale September 1, 2015. Tickets may be purchased by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office. The Bickford Theatre is an integral part of the Morris Museum, located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box Office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00am to 5:00pm.


Subscriptions

Fixed Subscriptions (3 plays and 2 A La Carte Concerts)

Thursdays: 
$145 Non-Members; $140 Members

Friday, Saturday & Sunday Subscriptions: 
$165 Non-Members; $160 Members

Flex Subcriptions:
$140 (4 admissions)

About The Bickford Theatre
The Bickford Theatre is a professional theater that produces and presents year-round entertainment, including a Main Stage Series, two Children’s Theatre series, a Jazz Showcase, and other concert series at the Bickford. The theatre is a Senior Member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, a not-for-profit organization of 30 professional theaters throughout the state, and works in conjunction with Actors' Equity Association (AEA) and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). From its beginnings in 1994 to the present, tens of thousands of theater-goers from across the tri-state area have enjoyed the Bickford Theatre’s many entertaining and diversified offerings in theatre, music and dance.

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