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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Musical ‘The Ballad of Little Jo’ next at Two River

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Two River Theater (Artistic Director John Dias, Managing Director Michael Hurst) presents The Ballad of Little Jo, a musical by Mike Reid (composer, co-bookwriter), Sarah Schlesinger (lyricist, co-bookwriter) and John Dias (co-bookwriter). Dias, the theater’s Artistic Director, is also making his Two River directorial debut with this production. The Ballad of Little Jo is based on the film of the same name by Maggie Greenwald. The choreography is by Marc Kimelman, with music direction and dance and incidental arrangements by John O’Neill.

Performances will begin in Two River’s Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, on Saturday, June 3 and continue through Sunday, June 25. The opening night performance is Friday, June 9 at 8pm. Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 or tworivertheater.org. 

Set in the late 19th century, The Ballad of Little Jo is inspired by a real-life story of American optimism. Infused with a score that evokes the folk ballads of pioneer America, it tells the story of a woman named Josephine Monaghan. Originally from Boston, Josephine lived in a tough Idaho mining town for nearly 20 years, disguised as a man called “Jo.”

The Ballad of Little Jo will feature Jane Bruce as Sara Stewart Ellis, Daniel K. Isaac as Tin Man Wong, Eric William Morris as Jordan Ellis, and Teal Wicks as Josephine Monaghan/Jo Monaghan. The company also includes Cole Burden, Brian Flores, Leenya Rideout, Christopher Russo, Perry Sherman, Kristin Stokes, Ian Michael Stuart, and Barbara Tirrell.

The Ballad of Little Jo photo: From left, Daniel K. Isaac, Teal Wicks, Jane Bruce, and Eric William Morris (Photo by Amanda Crommett)

Photos shot on location at Pine Creek Railroad, NJ Museum of Transportation, Allaire State Park, Wall Township, New Jersey

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