Monday, October 31, 2016

Auditions: Two River Theatre in Red Bank

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Auditions for interested high-school students will be held at Two River Theater on November 16 and 18. To schedule an audition appointment, contact Education Assistant, Amanda Espinoza at aespinoza@trtc.org or 732.936.8804

RED BANK, NJ— Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, announces an opportunity for student actors, stage managers, designers, and run crew in grades 9-12 to be involved in the theater’s upcoming performances of A Little Shakespeare: The Merry Wives of Windsor, running March 7-12, 2017 on the stage of Two River’s Rechnitz Theater.  A Little Shakespeare is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment of the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, and is also supported by OceanFirst and The Jorgensen Foundation.

A Little Shakespeare

One of Two River’s most popular Education programs, A Little Shakespeare launched in 2014 and now introduces the works of Shakespeare to hundreds of young people each season. Through this program, Two River produces a 75-minute abridged version of a Shakespeare play performed by as many as 20 high school students, directed and designed by theater professionals. This season, the Little Shakespeare production will be a large-cast adaptation of The Merry Wives of Windsor, adapted and directed by Nicole A. Watson, which will complement the three-person Merry Wives that is being produced in the Marion Huber Theater under the direction of Eric Tucker. A Little Shakespeareincludes a series of eight performances, including four student matinees, which are geared toward young people ages 9 and up. Each student matinee includes a one-hour in-school pre-show workshop conducted by a professional Two River teaching artist, as well as a talkback after the show with the student actors.

Auditions for Actors

Student actors are cast through auditions, which are followed by three months of rehearsals, including script analysis, blocking, and character development.  Student actors should prepare a memorized Shakespeare monologue, 2 minutes or less, either in prose or verse.

Auditions will be held at Two River Theater on November 16 and 18 by appointment only. To schedule an audition appointment, contact Amanda Espinoza, Education Assistant, ataespinoza@trtc.org or 732.936.8804 and include your full name, school, and cell phone number.

Opportunities for the Production Crew and Run Team

Students interested in opportunities to work as an assistant stage manager, assistant director, or assistant designer, or on the production’s run crew, should email Kate Cordaro, Director of Education, atkate@trtc.org with information about themselves and their background.

For more information, visit http://www.tworivertheater.org/education/edu2.php.

North American premiere of the hit new musical The Bodyguard next at Paper Mill

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North American premiere of the hit new musical The Bodyguard based on the Warner Bros. film written by Lawrence Kasdan, with book by Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), directed by Thea Sharrock (Equus) and with choreography by Karen Bruce (Strictly Come Dancing), starring Grammy® Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox (Jekyll & Hyde) as Rachel Marron, and Judson Mills (Walker, Texas Ranger) in the role of bodyguard Frank Farmer.

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard Frank Farmer is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – “I Will Always Love You.”

Rounding out the principal cast are Alex Corrado (Gotham, Hannibal) as Tony Scibelli, Rachel’s personal security guard, Charles Gray (Broadway: The Color Purple, Grease, Tour: The Lion King) as manager Bill Devaney, Jonathan Hadley (Broadway: Jersey Boys, A Class Act) as publicist Sy Spector, Jorge Paniagua (Regional: The Full Monty, Oregon Shakespeare Festival) as the Stalker, Jasmin Richardson (Tour: Memphis, Dreamgirls) as Rachel’s sister Nicki Marron, and Douglas Baldeo (Broadway: Kinky Boots, Tour: Motown) and Kevelin B. Jones III(Idlewild Music Festival) alternating in the role of Rachel’s son Fletcher.

Deborah Cox
Performances begin Friday, November 25, 2016, for a limited run through Sunday, January 1, 2017, at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive) in Millburn, NJ, prior to the official national tour opening at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, MN, on January 10, 2017. Opening Night is Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Paper Mill Playhouse's 2016-2017 season is proudly sponsored by Investors Bank.

Photo:Deborah Cox

For additional information, please visit www.papermill.org.

Chatham Players: Tix Now Available for 'A Christmas Carol'


Chatham Community Players

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Advance Seating Now Available

WIth the purchase of a Ticket Package, you can reserve your seats to A Christmas Carol before individual tickets go on sale to the general public.

Save $10 or $13 on ticket packages, and pay NO ticketing fees!  The perfect holiday gift.  It's never too early to give.

Subscribers choose their dates & specific seats before the general public, or at your earliest convenience.

Purchase your package, and you're given a link to choose your show dates and seats for the entire season.  Or choose when you're ready.  No exchange fees apply!
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Photo by Howard Fischer
This version, produced exclusively at the Chatham Playhouse since 1988, Dickens serves not only as narrator, but also as a character that befriends Scrooge and walks beside him during his life-changing journey through memories and premonitions. While the script remains true to the original story, the playwright also pulled from letters that Dickens wrote to family and friends. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge has become one of the most beloved of all holiday tales, and this unique production also reminds us that Dickens’ inspiration for penning the story goes much deeper. Directed by Jeffrey Fiorello, Musical Directed by Jack Bender.
For more information, please visit our website at ChathamPlayers.org.
EVENING PERFORMANCES

FRI, December 9 @ 8:00 pm
SAT, December 10 @ 8:00 pm

THU, December 15 @ 8:00 pm
FRI, December 16 @ 8:00 pm
SAT, December 17 @ 8:00 pm

*WED, December 21 @ 8:00 pm
*THU, December 22 @ 8:00 pm


MATINEE PERFORMANCES

SAT, December 10 @ 3:00 pm
SUN,
 December 11 @ 3:00 pm

SAT, December 17 @ 3:00 pm
SUN, December 18 @ 3:00 pm


Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for youth (18 & under) & seniors (65+).
Final 2 performances, Dec. 21 & 22 are $28 for adults and $30 for youth & seniors.

All seating is reserved.
Please PRINT YOUR TICKETS with BARCODE prior to your arrival at the theater.
We are unable to scan tickets on cell phones.
For Box Office information, visit ChathamPlayers.org/Tickets.

Hearing impaired listening devices are available. Please inquire at the box office. HANDICAPPED SEATING can only be guaranteed by contacting the box office (973-635-7363) at least 24 hours prior to performances.

A Christmas Carol tickets go on sale November 1.  Discounted Ticket Packages including A Christmas Carol are now available. Purchase packages here.  Can't see images? Click here.

Crossroads Theatre Company: Staged readings on Social Justice



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

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Mile Square Theatre presents THE 2ND Annual MST Broadway Cabaret

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November 7, 2016 @ 7pm (reception). Performance at 8pm

Hoboken, NJ (October 27, 2016) - Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County’s leading professional theatre, presents a very special fundraising event, The 2nd Annual MST Broadway Cabaret. Current stars from Broadway will perform songs from Broadway past and present on the Mile Square Theatre stage. Proceeds from the event will benefit MST’s 2017 season.

cabaretPerforming at this year’s event are Leslie Becker (Bonnie and Clyde, Wicked), Joe Cassidy (If/Then, Catch Me If You Can), Michelle Duffy (Heathers), Graydon Long (The Audience), Sabina Petra (Beauty and the Beast), Catherine Porter (Next to Normal), Jonathan Rayson (Little Shop of Horrors), Sara Schmidt (Jersey Boys, Brooklyn), Lucia Spina (Legally Blonde, Kinky Boots), Maggie Weston (MST's It's a Wonderful Life), and Musical Director Meg Zervoulis (American in Paris, Matilda)

Tickets: $150

Purchase tickets at www.milesquaretheatre.org

CAST bios:
Leslie Becker

Leslie Becker has appeared on Broadway and major national tours of WICKED, BONNIE & CLYDE, ANYTHING GOES, CINDERELLA, NINE, AMAZING GRACE, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and SHOW BOAT. She has starred in over 50 regional productions including RAGTIME (Mother), BILLY ELLIOT (Mrs. Wilkinson), KING AND I (Anna), HELLO, DOLLY (Dolly) and more. Also a recording artist, her debut single Slow Burn reached #4 on the AC Billboard/Hot AC chart. www.LeslieBecker.com

Joe Cassidy

Joe is delighted to be performing tonight at the Mile Square Theatre!  Joe won a Drama Desk Award for his work in The Prospect Theater’s 2013 off-Broadway production of Working. He’s sung with symphonies coast to coast in the US and Canada.  Broadway performances include If/Then with Idina Menzel; Catch Me If You Can (Hanratty); Next To Normal; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Freddy, Andre); 1776 (Rutledge); Show Boat (Ravenal); Les Miserables(Valjean); and A Christmas Carol (Young Scrooge).  His TV/Film credits include Blue Bloods, Elementary, Law & Order, Brando, Submissions Only, and Freefall. Regionally, Joe’s worked at The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, American Repertory Theater, Denver Center, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Co., San Jose Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, TheaterWorks (CA), Asolo Repertory Theater, Ford’s Theatre, Theaterworks(CT), TUTS, Village Theatre, North Carolina Theater, Casa Manana, NYSF, and The O’Neill Music Theatre Conference. www.joecassidy.net

Michelle Duffy

Michelle made her Broadway debut in the Tony-nominated Alan Menken musical Leap of Faith and her off-Broadway debut in 2014 in Heathers: The Musical originating the roles of Ms. Fleming and Veronica's Mother. She's on the original soundtrack recordings of both shows. She also originated the roles of Cynthia in First Wives Club: The Musical at The Oriental Theater in Chicago earlier this year and Dani in Gettin' The Band Back Together, directed by John Rando, at George Street Theater. Having worked extensively in Chicago and the west coast before finally coming to NYC (Goodman, American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, to name a few...) she has been the recipient of Ovation, Bay Area Theater Critics Circle, Garland, and Wilde Awards and is a three-time nominee for the Joseph Jefferson. 

The short film The Atlantic Motel in which she co-starred in a cast of 6 just earned the Best Short Drama-Ensemble award at its debut in the Atlantic City Cinefest, and another film, The Hudson Tribes, debuts in November.  Recent TV credits include the HBO miniseries The Night Of, The Good Wife, and Elementary.  Michelle is currently developing her own show, Tenn O'Clock Cocktails, portraying several of Tennessee Williams' most intriguing women.

Graydon Long

Graydon is honored to be making his Mile Square Theatre Debut! A native of Perrysburg Ohio, Graydon's favorite theater credits include: Broadway, The Audience, Regional: Billy Elliot at the Maltz Jupiter Theater, Austen's Pride with Finger Lakes Music Theatre Festival, Kiss Me Kate, Singin' In the Rain, Bye Bye Birdie at the St. Louis MUNY. Off Broadway: Revolution in the Elbow... T.V: Eye Candy, The Carrie Diaries. Thank you to Mom, Dad, my teachers at CCM, Kira, Bill and Julia!

Sabina Petra

Sabina is incredibly excited to make her Mile Square Theatre debut! She previously appeared in Billy Elliot (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Onward Victoria! At Feinstein’s @ 54 Below, The Ballad Of Ella May Wiggins at The Working Theater in NYC, the National Tour of Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts), and PMT’s production of Into The Woods(The Witch). Sabina recently finished a run in Forest Boy at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, for which she received an Individual Performance Award. She has also appeared in several thesis films, the most recent of which is Ransom directed by Raylene Jin. Sabina is currently coaching in NYC with Anthony Abeson. She would like to express her gratitude for her friends, faith and family, and for the support of Wolf Talent Group. www.sabinapetra.com

Catherine Porter

New York based singer-songwriter Catherine Porter has performed in many facets of the business from theater to live music performance to film and TV. She has been a backing vocalist for artists such as Kiki Dee, Paul Rogers, Chaka Khan, Sam Moore, Mel B, Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet, Brian May and Guns-n-Roses and, on the other end of the spectrum, has starred opposite theatrical stars such as Hugh Jackman, Michael Ball and Michael Crawford in London’s West End and in Australia.  She was the jingle voice of BBC Radio 2 in London, has been a soloist in concerts all over the world, starred in many West End shows, on Broadway and has originated roles in numerous regional productions. Her first solo album entitled, Something Good was released on JIVE RECORDS UK in 2002 and her second, Gems for Ruby, a collection of classic songs from the 70's and 80's, was released in the UK in 2009.  Currently, she tours with her NYC Country band, SHOTGUN WEDDING, who released their album, South of Somewhere in February of 2016. www.shotgunweddingnyc.com

Jonathan Rayson

Jonathan Rayson has appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway and regional stages nationwide. Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour); A Year with Frog and Toad. National Tour: Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour); Legally Blonde. Off-Broadway: I Love You, You’re Perfect…; Adrift in Macao. Regional: Next to Normal (Dan) at Pioneer, Arkansas Rep and Kauffman Center; Mary Poppins (Mr. Banks) at Gateway and Ogunquit; The Full Monty at Fulton and Maine State; Goodspeed’s Carousel; and Paper Mill’s Hello, Dolly! Jonathan’s solo CD, Shiny and New, featuring pop songs from the 70s, is available on iTunes. jonathanrayson.com

Sara Schmidt

Sara Schmidt is honored to be a part of this wonderful evening. She has performed in Jersey Boys on Broadway for the last 11 years. Prior to that she was in Brooklyn and Dance of the Vampires. Her Off-Broadway credits include The Fantasticks and Imperfect Chemistry. She toured with Fiddler on the Roof and has worked at the Williamstown Theater Festival, the Guthrie, TUTS, and North Shore Music Theater regionally.

Lucia Spina

Broadway: Kinky Boots (original cast), South Pacific, Legally Blonde (Enid), Les Miserables, …Spelling Bee (Rona). Off-Broadway: Silence! The Musical (Catherine Martin, original cast); Fugitive Songs (original cast). Tour: Legally Blonde(Enid). Regional: Kinky Boots (original cast); Milwaukee Rep: Winter Wonderettes (Betty Jean, original cast); Barrington Stage: The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (original cast); Long Wharf: Man of La Mancha; Human Race: Bat Boy: The Musical; Ravinia Festival: Sunday In The Park With George (Nurse/Mrs./Harriet), Anyone Can Whistle(Osgood) (dir. Lonny Price); Drury Lane Oakbrook: The Full Monty (Vicki); Drury Lane Water Tower Place: …Spelling Bee (Rona) (dir. James Lapine); Lucky Stiff (Rita LaPorta) Film/TV: Law & Order: SVU, The Black Box. Education: North Central College

Maggie Weston

Maggie Weston is a proud graduate of the University of Miami with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Since graduating, Maggie has worked on both coasts in several national commercials, films and in theater. Some of her favorite credits include co-starring in Funeral Kings, an official selection of the SXSW Film Festival, her co-starring role in Blood Relatives on Investigation Discovery, and her recent collaborations with Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Interview Series. She will be appearing as Mary Bailey in MST’s upcoming production of It’s a Wonderful Life.

Meg Zervoulis (Music Director)

Broadway: An American in Paris, Bright Star, Finding Neverland, Matilda, Something Rotten. Off-Broadway: Rated Pand Cagney. Regional: The Prom at the Alliance Theatre. Bandstand, Ever After, and many more at Paper Mill Playhouse. Other New Works: Head Over Heels at New York Stage and Film (w/ the Go-Go’s), BREEDLOVE and Pete Duchan’s Stu for Silverton (NAMT 2014), Kooman and Dimond’s Dani Girl, and Andrea Grody’s Strange Faces. Meg helms Hotel Elefant, a contemporary music ensemble in NYC. She is also an adjunct professor/music director at Montclair State University. Education: B.F.A. with University Honors in piano performance and conducting from Carnegie Mellon University. Member of the inaugural classes of the Goodspeed Opera House Musical Direction Intensive and the ASCAP/Marvin Hamlisch Broadway Conductors Workshop.  This year, Meg was also invited to be a member of the Lilly Power Network. www.megzmusic.com

Mile Square Theatre’s new venue is located at 1400 Clinton Street in Hoboken.

Discount Parking available at Little Man Parking on 1300 Jefferson Street.

For more information on Mile Square Theatre, please visit www.milesquaretheatre.org.

MST Season Sponsorship: Academy Bus, CSBK, Bijou Properties, The Brummette Family, The Burgiss Group, Hufnagel Landscaping, Ironstate, Jet.com, The Kocis Family, Little City Books, The Rockefeller Group, Sharon Shahinian of Halstead Properties

Mile Square Theatre is supported by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of state, a partner agency of the National endowment for the arts and by funds from the national endowment for the arts, administered by the Hudson county office of cultural & heritage affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Member of The New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) presents ‘Magnificent You’


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Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) presents Magnificent You at Merseles Studios in Jersey City November 3rd and 4th, an original, multimedia piece created specifically by DRIGGproductions for the Vanity series. 

Combining choreography with cinema, Magnificent You explores the anxiety of self, particularly the spaces between our public and private selves in this era of social media and celebrity culture. 

“All we have in this life is our self,” said Khadija Ahmaddiya, co-founder/co-director of DRIGGproductions. “If we can reconcile that angst of facing the self and live objectively, then we can begin moving forward.” 

Magnificent You seamlessly interweaves live dance and movement with cutting-edge, original film into a unique and compelling, full-length production. DRIGGproductions is one of a handful of dance and theater companies participating in the JCTC Dance & Choreography Residency, where new and emerging artists are given rehearsal space, consultation and professional feedback to develop work that achieves artistic excellence.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Hudson Theatre's 'Silly Sixth' Children's Series to present 'The Frog Prince'


Dreamcatcher Repertory: I Believe in Music: Songs of the 70s,

3 performances only:
 Friday, Oct 28 at 8 PM
Sat/Sun, Oct 29 & 30 at 2 PM
 
 
We know what he was doing.
But what were you doing in the 70s? 
Were you a child, a teenager, an adult, or not yet born? No matter what you were up to, it was a time of transition in the world, and certainly in music. Folk, pop, disco, rock and roll and R&B coexisted on the airwaves, and we'll cover them all. Come spend some time enjoying live music with our wonderful singers as we revisit classic songs from the 70s. One weekend only!
We will be singing songs like: Cat's in the Cradle, I Will Survive, New York State of Mind, Take a Chance on Me,
and theme songs from the TV shows: Love Boat, Three's Company, Welcome Back, Kotter.
Accompanied by the Dan Rufolo Trio
General Admission $25
Use the code SONGS to get a 10% discount on the full price ticket.
Advance sales only. 
 
You can also call the Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006
     Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Oakes Center  *  120 Morris Avenue  *  Summit, NJ 07901

Friday, October 28, 2016

Final Weekend to see The Passion of Dracula


How do those French doors open by themselves? Are those real gunshots? Who did that amazing lighting? Is that real blood? Come find out the answers to all these questions and more at the closing weekend of "The Passion of Dracula" at DLT!

The last two performances are this Friday and Saturday night at 8 pm

To reserve tickets you can call the box office at 973-328-9202 or email the box office at doverlittletheatreboxoffice@gmail.com. To purchase tickets you can visit SmartTix

Don't miss this killer show! 


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Theater Project Thanks Donors



Because of the support of donors and Theater Project patrons, youth in our communities are building confidence and gaining an appreciation for the performing arts.

Theatrical experience gives children practice stepping out of their comfort zone, permission to make mistakes in a safe place, and the confidence to perform in front of large audiences.

One of our students, Alexis Page of Piscataway, started coming to rehearsals for The Wizard of Oz with her grandfather - who was the drummer in the band. We needed extra munchkins and asked if she wanted to be in the show. She said yes, and both she and her grandfather have been with us for six years.

Over that time, Alexis has blossomed from a Munchkin to playing the lead in last year’s production of Legally Blonde Jr. Alexis discovered a love for live theater - especially Broadway. Next year, she wants to pursue directing as a volunteer.

Another of our students, Adam Kaunfer of Springfield, has been with us for seven years and went from playing Eugene in our 2009 production of Grease to playing Roger in this year’s production where he performed his first solo. Kudos to Adam.

In today’s increasingly competitive and digital world, the people skills required to “put on a show” - skills such as problem solving, empathy for others and a willingness to work together toward the common good - are competencies that will serve all our youth in the future.

We’'d be remiss not to say a special thank you to Mary Iannelli, Theater Project Board Member and volunteer Program Director of Theater Project Jr. Mary has been producing and directing summer youth musical theater programs for seven years. This yearly program - which runs for 8 weeks over the summer months and culminates in a weekend of live performances for friends and family - has given our children the opportunity to play over 150 theatrical roles.

Mary has created a family-like atmosphere where the children can really flourish and grow. And the kids simply LOVE it.

Financial support, and the support of our amazing patrons and volunteers, makes this possible. We are grateful.

If you’re interested in becoming a Theater Project volunteer, we would love to chat. Please send an email to info@thetheaterproject.org, put the word 'volunteer' in the subject line, and we will get back to you.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

One-Night-Only Benefit Kickstarts Bergen County Players' 85th Sapphire Anniversary Season

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To help kickstart its upcoming 85th sapphire anniversary season, the Bergen County Players (BCP) is pleased to present acclaimed Tony Award-nominated and BCP alum Rob McClure (currently starring on Broadway as Nick Bottom in Something Rotten!) in a special one-night-only benefit concert performance on Sunday, December 11th at 7:30 PM. 

McClure returns to his roots at the Little Firehouse Theatre in Oradell to celebrate his own personal journey through story and song, special guests (both people and puppets!), and lots of laughs and memories from McClure's leading roles in Something Rotten!, Chaplin: The Musical, Honeymoon in Vegas, Noises Off and Avenue Q. James Sampliner, veteran music director of New York and regional theater, will provide musical accompaniment and supervision. Tickets, priced at $65 and $50, can be purchased online at www.bcplayers.org, or by calling 201-261-4200, or by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during regular box office hours. Included in the ticket price is a special dessert reception immediately following the performance where audience members can mingle with the artist. All net proceeds will go toward the purchase of new, comfortable seats and other décor renovations.

Emerging over the last decade as one of the top stars of Broadway, Rob McClure has been described as "an immensely likeable star" (USA Today), "a gifted physical comedian" (Entertainment Weekly), a "Broadway star" (NY Newsday) and who, as Chaplin, provides "an enigmatic, career-making performance" (Chicago Tribune).

McClure is perhaps best known for his Tony-nominated portrayal of Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin: The Musical which earned him not only a Tony Nomination but Drama League, Astaire and Outer Critics Circle nominations and Theatre World and Clive Barnes awards. His additional Great White Way credits include starring roles in the critically-acclaimed Broadway musical Honeymoon in Vegas opposite Tony Danza, which garnered him a 2015 Drama League Award nomination, the acclaimed revival of Noises Off, the Tony Award-winning best musical Avenue Q, and the City Encores' production of Where's Charley?.

Born and raised in New Milford, McClure got his start on stage at New Milford High. He then branched out with the Bergen County Players, where he performed from 1998 to 2000 in Gypsy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Oliver!, before being recognized with the Rising Star Award from the Paper Mill Playhouse. He received his professional start at the Paper Mill in the 2002 revival of I'm Not Rappaport, which later transferred to Broadway. With this benefit performance, McClure finds himself coming "home" to share some of his favorite songs and stories with those who helped him make his mark.


A favorite on the Philadelphia theater scene, McClure won two Barrymore Awards for Best Actor in a Musical for his performances at the Arden Theatre and 11th Hour Theatre Company, and he starred as Mozart in Amadeus at the Walnut Street Theatre. He made his film debut in the award-winning short, "Recursion," directed by Sam Buntrock, for which he won Best Actor at The Queen's World Film Festival and The
Williamsburg Independent Film Festival. He made his TV debut guest starring on the CBS series, "Person Of Interest."

TICKET AND SCHEDULE INFORMATION
-BCP's special one-night-only benefit concert performance starring Rob McClure will take place at The Little Firehouse Theatre at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, home to the Bergen County Players, on Sunday, December 11th at 7:30 pm. A special dessert reception will take place immediately following the performance. Tickets are priced at $65.00 and $50.00 and can be purchased online at www.bcplayers.org. Visa, Master Card, and American Express are accepted. All seats reserved.

-Those interested in learning more about the Bergen County Players, including remaining performances of their current season, can go to www.bcplayers.org or visit the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, or call (201) 261-4200.

-Parking is free for patrons 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 by a small group of actors, including John Travolta's mother, Helen Burke Travolta. Today, nearly 300 volunteer members, working on and off stage, make possible the seven main stage and two second stage productions presented each season. In addition to Tony Award-nominee Rob McClure, the company's professional alumni include Tony Award-winning actor Robert Sean Leonard (House, The Invention of Love), and international best-selling suspense author Mary Higgins Clark, just to name a few. In May 2001, Tony Award-winning playwright and composer Rupert Holmes (Curtains, The Mystery of Edwin Drood) collaborated with the Bergen County Players to premier his new play at the Little Firehouse Theatre, the comic mystery Thumbs.

The Bergen County Players, Inc. is non-Equity, non-profit community theater company dedicated to presenting quality productions for the enrichment of the community.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

CENTENARY UNIVERSITY AND CENTENARY STAGE COMPANY’S NEXTSTAGE REPERTORY PRESENTS EVERY(WO)MAN.



Centenary University and Centenary Stage Company’s NEXTSTAGE Repertory presents Every(wo)man November 3 through 7 in the Little Theater on the campus of Centenary University. Centenary Stage Company’s NEXTSTAGE Repertory is the student based performance division of Centenary University’s Theater Department highlighting the collaboration between Centenary University and the professional Centenary Stage Company.

Based upon the early sixteenth century morality play, Everyman, Every(wo)man is an exciting adaptation of the classical piece. Adapted by the cast and focusing on a woman title character the piece is directed by Assistant Professor of Theater Arts, Stephen Davis and features Centenary University Theater Department students. As a morality play,Every(wo)man, utilizes allegorical characters and religious themes to teach moral lessons. Although, mostly popular in Europe during the 15th and 16th centuries, Every(wo)man’s universal themes, ideas and messages are still relevant to contemporary audiences.

The cast features Centenary University students; Elizabeth Kennedy (Norwell, MA), Brianna Morris (Parsippany, NJ), Philip Szobody (Wangen, France), Maxinne Spann (Washington, NJ), Meghan Kolbusch (Hackettstown, NJ), Lea Valencia (Mine Hill, NJ), Sachel S. Bise (West Orange, NJ), Jasmine Fox (Absecon, NJ), Angelina Taystra (Washington, NJ), Tatiana Garcia (Clifton, NJ), Victoria Pulido (Hackettstown, NJ), Nick Bettens (Stanhope, NJ), Connor Goerk (Hackettstown, NJ), Sasha Onishchuk (Oakdale, NY) and Iyonnah Cousins (Paterson, NJ). The crew features; Christine Aquino (Somerset, NJ), Janet Corry (Long Valley, NJ) and Stephen Davis (Hackettstown, NJ).

Ticket prices for Every(wo)man are $12.50 for adults and $10.00 for children under 12. Performances areThursday, November 3 at 7:30pm; Friday, November 4 at 8pm; Saturday, November 5 at 2pm; Sunday, November 6 at 5pmand Monday, November 7 at 7pm. All performances are located in the Little Theater at 400 Jefferson Street on the campus of Centenary University.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the CSC box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. on the campus of Centenary University. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5pm and two hours prior to every performance. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Like and follow to receive up – to – date news on the latest CSC happenings.

The 2016-17 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), The Holiday Inn in Budd Lake, and Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

The Magic of Disney Love Songs Comes to the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre



Bring the family to the Morris Museum on Sunday, November 13 for an enchanting afternoon of Disney magic and love. Starring vocalist Alexis Cole and quartet, The Magic of Disney Love Songs, will be held at 2:00PM in the Bickford Theatre.

Disney movies created some of the all-time greatest love songs including “When You Wish Upon a Star” from “Pinocchio” and “So This is Love” from “Cinderella.” Today’s leading jazz/pop vocalist Alexis Cole sings all the Disney favorites with lush arrangements. The Wall Street Journal says “Alexis sings as sultry as the Disney songbook is ever going to get.” The concert will feature fan favorites such as “Once Upon A Dream” from “Sleeping Beauty” and “If I Never Knew You” from “Pocahontas.”

About Alexis Cole

Called "one of the great voices of today," by Jonathan Schwartz, Alexis Cole has been compared to classic jazz singers such as Sarah Vaughan and Anita O'Day. She's performed with the Boston Pops and New York Philharmonic on stage at venues from Avery Fisher Hall to the Kennedy Center. She records for Motéma Music, NY, Chesky Records, NY and Venus Records, Japan. Her nine recordings, which feature musical luminaries such as Fred Hersch, Eric Alexander, Matt Wilson, Harry Pickens, Don Braden and Pat LaBarbara, have received high praise in the jazz press and are spun on radio world-wide.

Alexis studied voice and piano at the University of Miami and William Paterson University, and holds a Masters of Music from Queens College. She has also trained in Indian Classical singing at the Jazz India Vocal Institute in Mumbai. She heads the Jazz Voice Program at SUNY Purchase. She performs and conducts master classes around the world.

Tickets

$15 for Children (18 and under); $40 General Public; $35 Seniors; $33 Museum Members; $30 Groups (10 or more)

Tickets may be purchased online at morrismuseum.org, 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.


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 concerts. 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.



Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts and cultural institution which serves the public through high caliber exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities. The Museum also offers educational programs, family events, and is home to the Bickford Theatre and its wide range of performing arts offerings. Continuously serving the public since 1913, the Morris Museum has been designated a Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation of Excellence, among other awards. The first museum in New Jersey to be accredited, the Morris Museum was re-accredited in 2013 by the American Alliance of Museums.

The Morris Museum is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Location & Hours

The Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday, 12 to 5 pm. In addition, the Museum is open evenings from 5 to 8 pm on the second and third Thursday of the month. Admission to the Museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for Museum members. For more information, call (973) 971-3700, or visit www.morrismuseum.org.

Alexis Cole. Image by Alfie Goodrich

Tony Award®-Winning ‘She Loves Me’ in Cinemas Nationwide December 1 Only


 Zachary Levi and Laura Benanti (photo Joan Marcus)

CO-STARRING NJ's JANE KRAKOWSKI+


Theatre streaming service, BroadwayHD, to bring select live and captured-live theatre performances to U.S. movie theaters. The critically-acclaimed Roundabout Theatre Company production of “She Loves Me” will be the first title offered in cinemas nationwide on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7 p.m. local time. In addition to the performance, this one-night cinema event will include exclusive interviews with the cast (Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi and Jane Krakowski) and creative team.

Gavin Creel, Jane Krakowski 
“She Loves Me” was the first Broadway musical to stream live during a performance at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54, as part of Roundabout’s 50th Anniversary Season. In the musical, Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti and Tony Award-nominee Zachary Levi star as Amalia and Georg, two parfumerie clerks who aren’t quite the best of friends. Constantly bumping heads while on the job, the sparring coworkers can’t seem to find common ground. But little do they know, the anonymous romantic pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other. Will love continue to blossom once their identities are finally revealed?

This performance of “She Loves Me” was produced and captured by BroadwayHD in June, in association with Ellen M. Krass Productions, Inc. and Thirteen Productions LLC. It was directed for the screen by David Horn. The acclaimed Broadway production was directed by Tony Award-nominee Scott Ellis. In addition to Benanti andLevi, “She Loves Me” also starred Tony Award-winner Jane Krakowski and Tony Award-nominee Gavin Creel, alongside Byron Jennings, Tom McGowan, Peter Bartlett and Nicholas Barasch.

“We are proud to share this production with audiences nationwide, after making Broadway history with the live stream of ‘She Loves Me,’ the show that launched Roundabout’s Musical Theatre Program in 1993. As a nonprofit institution, this is an incredible opportunity for us to share Scott Ellis’s new Broadway production beyond our subscribers, donors and students from our limited run at Studio 54,” said Todd Haimes, Roundabout Theatre Company’s Artistic Director / CEO.

Tickets for “She Loves Me” can be purchased beginning Friday, October 28, online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in nearly 500 select movie theaters. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website(theaters and participants are subject to change).

+ Jane Krakowski was born in 1968, in Parsippany, New Jersey. Her early theater training was guided by her mother Barbara Krajkowski (co-founder and artistic director of the  Women's Theater Company in Parsippany-photo left)). 

In 1983, she played Vicki in National Lampoon's Vacation. She appeared on Search for Tomorrow from 1984 to 1986. She made her Broadway debut in Starlight Express in 1987, going on to win a Tony for the 2003 musical Nine. In 1997, she joined the cast of Ally McBeal, after which she worked on a variety of projects, including the play Guys and Dolls and the sitcoms 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

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