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Monday, July 31, 2017

The Company starts Mid-Year Fundraising Drive

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It’s time once again for our  MID-YEAR FUNDRAISING DRIVE

NOTE: NEW MAILING ADDRESS!

Hello!

It’s time for our Mid-Year Fundraising Drive, and we really need your support.

Only 41% of our expenses are covered by ticket sales.

We cannot bring our brand of live theatre to the community without your support. Nor can we give away the many free tickets to local senior centers

that your continuing support allows us to do. Those tickets give many of our local seniors a wonderful afternoon at a show that they otherwise might not be able to afford. So, thank you for your previous and much appreciated generosity if you’ve donated in the past. Whether by attending our productions, dropping a few dollars in our donation jar at the theatre, or by sending your generous donations through our website—we know that without your continuing support, The Company would not exist. In addition, your donations make us eligible for government grants and other community aid.

ABSOLUTELY NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL...

BUT WE HUMBLY ASK THAT YOU PLEASE BE AS GENEROUS AS YOU CAN!

When you consider it, a $50 donation is less than $1 per week over the course of a year, and it’s tax deductible!

Also, please remember to ask at your workplace to see if they have a GIFT MATCHING PROGRAM. Every single penny helps.

You can make your tax deductible donation with a CREDIT CARD on our website:

www.theatrecompany.biz/donate

or you can mail a tax deductible CHECK to:

The Company Theatre Group

Attention: Lou Scarpati 20 Mallard Court, Engelwood, NJ 07631

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Wishing you all a wonderful summer. Hope to see you around the theatre!

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‘The Wedding Singer’ at EXIT 82

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Don't miss THE WEDDING SINGER!   EXIT 82

Friday, August 4th, 7pm
Saturday, August 5th at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, August 6th at 2pm
Thursday, August 10th at 7pm
Friday, August 11th at 8pm
Saturday, August 12th at 2pm & 8pm
Tickets just $18 - $20
Pick your seats online!


Exit 82 Theatre Studio
34 Main Street
Toms River, NJ 08753

An Enchanted Thornbush Grows in Madison

The young writers and performers of "The Enchanted Thornbush" with Thornbush director, Jane Keitel and assistant director, Loren Donnelly.

Madison, NJ — The Madison Recreation Department, in partnership with Writers Theatre of New Jersey, will present “The Enchanted Thornbush,” a brand new, original musical devised by students aged eight through thirteen that are part of Writers Theatre’s Madison Summer Youth Theatre program. Performances will be at Drew University’s Dorothy Young Center for the Arts in the Directing Lab Theater on Thursday and Friday, August 3 and 4 at 7:30 PM and on Saturday, August 5 at 2:00 PM. Reservations and information are available online at www.wtnj.org  or by calling 973-514-1787, extension 31. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students and senior citizens, and Madison senior citizens are admitted for free by making a reservation through the Madison Senior Center at (973) 593-3095.

“The Enchanted Thornbush” follows three groups of people and pets as they fall through a magical thornbush portal and find themselves in the world of Yarra. Cooperation and friendship are two of the show’s major themes as animals and humans must work together to defeat an evil landscaper, find the four keys that unlock the portal, and make their way home.

“The Enchanted Thornbush” cast created the script and the songs themselves under the guidance of professional actor and musician, Jane Keitel, who will also serve as the show’s director. 

“The Enchanted Thornbush” is another example of the creativity and resourcefulness that comes from the collaborative creative process,” said John Pietrowski. “These students wrote an hour-long, very accomplished play with music in six fun-filled weeks. We would love as many people as possible to come out and see it.”

The Directing Lab theater is an air-conditioned, well-appointed, intimate performance space just off of Madison Avenue. The cast are ages seventeen through twenty-four and feature several college theater and music majors and other vocalists. The project is under the direction of Actors’ Equity member and professional musician, Jane Keitel. Loren Donnelly is assistant directing. James Sullivan is the show’s Technical Director.

For more information on any of Writers Theatre’s programs, please visit www.wtnj.org or contact Writers Theatre at P.O. Box 1295, Madison, NJ, 07940, 973-514-1787 x20 or info@wtnj.org.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey to present Puccini’s La Boheme


The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey opens its 2017 Summer Music Festival with an unforgettable concert performance of Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme on Sunday, August 6, 3:00 PM at Dolan Hall, The College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, NJ.    
Featuring some of opera’s most beautiful music, the expressive love story captures the essence of young love with all the joys and the pains.
La Boheme was the work that first made me fall in love with opera,” Maestro Butts commented.  “I am excited to be able to bring this music and these characters to life with a wonderful lyric cast who fully grasp the flow of Puccini’s music as well as the emotions of the characters.”
Admission: Adults $40, Seniors $30

Featured Artists:
Tenor Kevin Peters, singing Rodolfo, is thrilled to be exploring his first full Puccini role. Peters has been seen recently in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Verdi’s La Traviata and Rigoletto, and Monteverdi’s La Incoronazione di Poppea. Peters sang in Princeton Opera Festival’s production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman.
Soprano Timothy Maureen Cole, singing Mimi, is equally excited to explore Puccini’s vibrant if tragic heroine. Cole has recently sung in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Handel’s Acis and Galatea. She has premiered opera arias by Vatican composer Marco Frisina at The National Opera Center in New York. Cole is equally at home in contemporary opera, having performed the role of The Lady in The Tell-Tale Heart and Julia Grant in Mark Twain and the General.
Baritone Jason Adamo, singing Marcello, has brought roles to life in opera, operetta, and musical theater performing locally with BONJ and Eastern Opera. He last appeared with the orchestra at the 2016 Summer Music Festival as Figaro in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro. Other recent works have included Don Giovanni, Die Fledermaus, and I Pagliacci.   
Baritone Alan Smulen, singing Schuarnard, has long been a major performer in the New York/New Jersey opera world. He first sung with Maestro Butts in the Little Opera Company production of Puccini’s Tosca. He is a frequent soloist with Opera Theatre of Montclair, most recently as Papageno in their acclaimed productions of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
Baritone George Spitzer, singing Colline, is a versatile singer in the fields of opera, oratorio, musical theater, and art song literature and performs on a regular basis across the Northeast. He is also a member of the New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA), and is on the Board of Directors of the New York City National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS – NYC). 
Soprano Allison Mion, singing Musetta, has appeared in outreach productions with Opera Montclair, and just finished a production of Don Giovanni (Zerlina) with Opera MODO in Detroit, Michigan. Miss Mion holds private studios in Millburn and Summit, and is also on staff at The Wharton Institute for Performing Arts, where she teaches elementary music through their outreach programs in Paterson, NJ
Baritone Don Kalbach, singing Alcindoro, is one of New Jersey’s leading character singers and brings humor and vitality to his interpretations. In addition to his excellent musicianship, Kalbach is also a leading educator and conductor in New Jersey.
Maestro Robert Butts is one of New Jersey’s leading opera conductors. He has conducted operas from the 17th through the 21st centuries – including the modern-day premiere of the 1693 masterpiece La Giuditta by Alessandro Scarlatti. He is the only conductor in New Jersey to have conducted three Handel and three Wagner operas. His work has been recognized by The American Prize, Morris Arts, Morris Tourism Bureau, Comcast, and New York Classical Music Society.



Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey 2017 Festival Events and More


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Photo of: Maestro Robert W. Butts, Soprano Timothy Maureen Cole (Mimi), Violinist Alessia Kim who will be playing Sibelius & Soprano Allie Mion (Musetta)

The 2017 Festival continues with the popular BONJ Cabaret, Saturday evening August 12 at 7:30 PM at Grace Church, 4 Madison Ave., Madison, NJ.

Singers Timothy Maureen Cole, Kevin Peters, Don Sheasley, and Ann Urbanowicz will join Maestro Robert W. Butts and pianist Cristine Ciufredda for an evening of songs and arias from Broadway and the Opera world. Patrons are invited to bring refreshments and arrive at 7:00 PM to enjoy best the cabaret atmosphere.

Tenor Kevin Peters, singing Rodolfo, is thrilled to be exploring his first full Puccini role. Peters has been seen recently in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Verdi’s La Traviata and Rigoletto, and Monteverdi’s La Incoronazione di Poppea. Peters sang in Princeton Opera Festival’s production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman.

Soprano Timothy Maureen Cole, singing Mimi, is equally excited to explore Puccini’s vibrant if tragic heroine. Cole has recently sung in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Handel’s Acis and Galatea. She has premiered opera arias by Vatican composer Marco Frisina at The National Opera Center in New York. Cole is equally at home in contemporary opera, having performed the role of The Lady in The Tell-Tale Heart and Julia Grant in Mark Twain and the General.

Baritone Don Sheasley has been described as one of New Jersey’s Vocal Treasures. He has sung with many opera companies, in oratorios, and in recitals. He has performed with Eastern Opera, The Little Opera Company, New Jersey Concert Opera, and a special performance of Beethoven’s Symphony no 9 with Maestro Butts and the New Jersey Symphony.

Mezzo Ann Urbanowicz has resumed her voice training as a mezzo-soprano with internationally known operatic soprano Amy Shoremount-Obra. She has sung the role of Third Lady in Opera Theatre of Montclair’s abridged version of The Magic Flute in community venues. Ann has performed the role of Mistress of the Novices in Eastern Opera’s performance of Suor Angelica. In September of 2016, Ann made her musical theater debut as Augusta Tabor in the new musical, Wilde’s Wild West.

Admission: All Tickets $25

Danny Bacher and Friends at Bickford’s Summer JazzFest

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“Thursday, August 3rd, I’ll be returning to the Bickford Theatre in Morristown, NJ, after a sold-out concert last summer. Joining me will be Alan Farnham on piano, Charlie Caranicas on sax, Dean Johnson on bass, and Mark McLean on drums. This is part of the Bickford’s acclaimed Summer JazzFest series, and there will be a tailgate picnic beforehand with food trucks and ice cream – what could be better?” Details below:

Danny Bacher and Friends

Bickford Theatre, Morristown, NJ

Thursday, August 3rd, 7:30pm (picnic and food trucks at 5pm)

For tickets, visit: http://morrismuseum.org/jazz-showcase/

Friday, July 28, 2017

Last chance to see the ManOpause Boys!


Please join us for a special production benefitting

the Holmdel Theatre Company

The ManOpause Boys

Written by

Billy Van Zandt & Jane Milmore

with music by Wayland Pickard


TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR

SATURDAY NIGHT'S PERFORMANCE

Starring

Jeff Babey, Tom Frascatore, Glenn Jones,

and Billy Van Zandt

July 28, 29 at 8pm
July 30 at 3pm

Great music and side-splitting humor collide when four life-long friends share their post-50 journey of men going through manopause. An upbeat, hilarious comedy revue, The ManOpause Boys is always funny, clever, and delivers a memorable evening of laughter! Songs include My Prostate is the Size of a Buick, I Just Took A Pill Called Viagra, and My God I Am My Father

All Seats $25*
*no discount tickets are available for this benefit production


36 Crawfords Corner Rd
Holmdel, NJ 07733
For more info contact info@holmdeltheatrecompany.org

Writers Theatre’s Madison Summer Youth Theatre program to present original musical

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The Madison Recreation Department, in partnership with Writers Theatre of New Jersey, will present “The Enchanted Thornbush,” a brand-new, original musical devised by students aged eight through thirteen that are part of Writers Theatre’s Madison Summer Youth Theatre program. Performances will be at Drew University’s Dorothy Young Center for the Arts in the Directing Lab Theater on Thursday and Friday, August 3 and 4 at 7:30 PM and on Saturday, August 5 at 2:00 PM. Reservations and information are available online at www.wtnj.org  or by calling 973-514-1787, extension 31. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students and senior citizens, and Madison senior citizens are admitted for free by making a reservation through the Madison Senior Center at (973) 593-3095.

“The Enchanted Thornbush” follows three groups of people and pets as they fall through a magical thornbush portal and find themselves in the world of Yarra. Cooperation and friendship are two of the show’s major themes as animals and humans must work together to defeat an evil landscaper, find the four keys that unlock the portal, and make their way home.

“The Enchanted Thornbush” cast created the script and the songs themselves under the guidance of professional actor and musician, Jane Keitel, who will also serve as the show’s director. 

“The Enchanted Thornbush” is another example of the creativity and resourcefulness that comes from the collaborative creative process,” said John Pietrowski. “These students wrote an hour-long, very accomplished play with music in six fun-filled weeks. We would love as many people as possible to come out and see it.”

The Directing Lab theater is an air-conditioned, well-appointed, intimate performance space just off of Madison Avenue. The cast are ages seventeen through twenty-four and feature several college theater and music majors and other vocalists. The project is under the direction of Actors’ Equity member and professional musician, Jane Keitel. Loren Donnelly is assistant directing. James Sullivan is the show’s Technical Director.

For more information on any of Writers Theatre’s programs, please visit www.wtnj.org or contact Writers Theatre at P.O. Box 1295, Madison, NJ, 07940, 973-514-1787 x20 or info@wtnj.org.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Jersey Voices Opens Tomorrow at Chatham Playhouse

Chatham Community Players

Jersey Voices Opens Tomorrow
July 28 - August 6

The Chatham Community Players (CCP) will host its 23rd annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival with five performances between July 28 and August 6. This year’s production will include six original short plays written by New Jersey playwrights.

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Video Trailer for Jersey Voices 2017

Enjoy this short glimpse of the 6 One Acts being performed each night.

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Jersey Voices has provided a venue for New Jersey playwrights to showcase their new works since 1995. Each year we hope to present the very best, new, original one-act plays by New Jersey authors. There’s a risk in coming to see any author’s new work, whether you’ve heard of them before or not. It’s brave and courageous, and we’re grateful our audience trusts us enough to share the experience. Jersey Voices has presented the work of more than 70 authors in their 22 years.

In Reverse Order

Knock Out

“Playwriting is alive and well in New Jersey” says Co-Producer, Bob Denmark. “This year’s plays include a talking dog, an unlikely couple who meet at the bus stop, an aging ‘Princess’ from a string of famous sci-fi movies, an exceptionally organized young woman, singing waiters, and, yes, an incredible porno collection.”

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Badger and Maddy

Each year dozens of people – authors, actors crew, directors – do their best to give us new material, fresh faces, different perspectives and interesting ideas - in short, good theater. "While we never have a theme in mind, every year, when the one-act plays are selected, a theme is identified. This year, the plays show us that love and hope can be discovered where and when you least expect it”, said Co-Producer Andrea Herbert.

A Dog's Life

Hair, Shoes, Coffee

Each of the following pieces will be performed each night of the festival:
  • Knock Out by G. David Post of Sparta - When love comes knock-knocking you might laugh or you might roll your eyes -- but if you know the punchline, it could be the start of something.
  • Hair, Shoes Coffee by Eleanor Kennedy of Chatham - A fun comedy piece requiring a lot of acting "in between the lines." Examines the morning rituals of a woman through the eyes of her male friend.
  • Badger and Maddy by Dianna Lewis of Montclair - A two-character comedy that shows us wisdom can come from unusual places.
  • In Reverse Order by Eric Alter of Livingston - "Well, I have an incredible porn collection." A guy, a gal, a blind date...Comedy ensues.
  • A Dog’s Life by Robert Scott Sullivan of Brick - The silly, exciting, adventure of a day with your dog.
  • Zarg by Walter Placzek of Monroe - The play is both funny and touching. Spirited, well-meaning people find love and connection in very difficult circumstances.

For more information, including the the directors and cast, please visit ChathamPlayers.org.

Jersey Voices

FRI, July 28 @ 8:00 pm
SAT, July 29 @ 8:00 pm
FRI, August 4 @ 8:00 pm
SAT, August 5 @ 8:00 pm
SUN, August 6 @ 7:00 pm

Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for youth (18 & under).
All seating is reserved.
Please PRINT YOUR TICKETS with BARCODE prior to your arrival at the theater.  We are unable to scan cell phones, but we can print duplicate tickets at no cost.
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 at least 24 hours prior to performances at 973-635-7363 or emailing BoxOffice@ChathamPlayers.org.

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Marc Cohn Kicks Off New Tour at White Eagle in Jersey City

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One of the most beloved and respected singer/songwriters kicks off his new tour with an exclusive, intimate concert at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City.

Marc Cohn, most famous for the beloved classic, Walking in Memphis, makes his only New Jersey/New York appearance this Summer at this newly restored, historic theater.

By combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man, Cohn has long solidified his place as one of his generation’s most compelling singer/songwriters, generating a loyal audience following and acclaim from critics and colleagues alike.

"Marc is one of the most soulful, talented artists I know,” says Bonnie Raitt. “I love his songs, he's an incredible singer, and I marvel at his ability to mesmerize every audience he plays for."

Last year, Cohn celebrated that the 25th anniversary of his Grammy-winning, platinum-selling, self-titled debut album by releasing Careful What you Dream: Lost Songs and Rarities, featuring never-before-heard songs and demos dating back to years before his debut album and the Grammy Award that followed.

Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra at CSC August 5th

Centenary Stage Company welcomes The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra to the Lackland Performing Arts Center on Saturday, August 5 at 8pm as the fourth installment of the 2017 Summer Jamfest series. Hailed by The Washington Post as “the premier American ragtime ensemble”, The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra  is one of the few professional ensembles dedicated to preserving America’s first popular music, ragtime. The PRSO recreates the sounds of the concert stage, the dance halls, and the theatre in their own original scores, which accompany clips from silent films. The orchestra has been praised for its work to preserve and share in America’s rich musical history.

Andrew Greene, the conductor of PRSO, founded the group as a freshman at University of Maryland. He had a love of ragtime ever since his childhood and started playing piano at age 4, however he was studying business at U Maryland when he formed the orchestra, as collegiate music programs focus on jazz or classical, and ragtime didn’t fit the bill.  After Greene saw his first live ragtime orchestra at the age of 15, he knew that he needed to be playing ragtime. The orchestra builds their own scores for their performances, meaning they take cue sheets from the film and excerpts from that period of music and piece them together to make something authentic.  Greene says, “The score I’ll build is a score that you actually could’ve heard if you were going to see a silent film in the 1920’s. There are charts for orchestrated ragtime or things of that nature written in the same time as the original music, so we use authentic music for everything”.

While the coupling with silent film adds a fun visual appeal for the music, this style is quintessential American music. The conductor, Greene, points out “there’s a feeling with ragtime, a kind of nostalgia that we’ve forgotten about.  All our contemporary music has our roots in ragtime, be it pop, rock, country, jazz, you name it. Our music wouldn’t sound the way it does if it wasn’t for the work people like Scott Joplin was doing so we should be celebrating where our music is coming from.”

Tickets for The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra on Saturday, August 5 at 8pm in the Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Performing Arts Center are $27.50 for adults and $22.50 for students in advance.  Ticket prices increase $5.00 the day of the performance. For more information on The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, visit peacherineragtime.com.  The Centenary Stage Company 2017 Summer Jamfest is made possible through the generous support of The House of the Good Shepherd.

Paper Mill 2017-18 Season Tix on sale August 7th

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Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director), recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is proud to announce that tickets for its 2017-2018 season will go on-sale to the public on Monday, August 7. Tickets can be purchased at www.PaperMill.org or by phone at 973-376-4343. The theater announced the lineup for its 2017-2018 season with four premieres including one play and four musicals back in February. Season subscriptions are on sale now and are available by calling 973-379-3717 or by visiting the theater’s website at www.PaperMill.org. Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2017-2018 season is proudly sponsored by Investors Bank.

Paper Mill Playhouse will open its 2017-2018 season with beloved television characters Ralph, Alice, Ed and Trixie in a world-premiere musical of The Honeymooners (September 28-October 29). Next, your favorite little redhead, Annie(November 22-December 31), comes to Paper Mill Playhouse just in time for the holidays.  The world’s best-loved family musical returns with all the unforgettable songs like “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” and “Tomorrow.” Next winter, Paper Mill Playhouse presents the East Coast premiere of The Outsider (January 24-February 18), a hilarious and very timely commentary on modern American politics. The spring brings the world premiere of The Sting, a new musical (March 29-April 29) in a new musical stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film that starred Robert Redford and Paul Newman.  The final production of the season, Half Time, a new musical (May 31-July 1), is choreographed and directed by Jerry Mitchell in the East Coast premiere of an uplifting true story of ten New Jersey seniors with extraordinary dreams who audition to dance at halftime for a major basketball team.  Half Time featuresGeorgia Engel as Dorothy and Lillias White as Bea.

“I am thrilled our new musical Half Time will be a part of the very exciting 2017-2018 Paper Mill season,” stated Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell. “Half Time celebrates the singular power of music and dance to unleash big emotions and bring people together.  We can’t wait to share it with the amazing audiences at Paper Mill.”

“Paper Mill Playhouse is thrilled to produce two world premieres, two East Coast premieres, and a tried-and-true family classic for all ages in our exciting 2017-18 season,” commented Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director for the Millburn theater. “With two of our recent productions currently playing on Broadway (A Bronx Tale and Bandstand), Paper Mill Playhouse has become one of the nation’s leading theater incubators, nurturing shows in multiple stages of development. This season we're honored to collaborate with some of the finest creative talent in the industry including Tony Award winners Jerry Mitchell and John Rando.”

“We are excited to launch Paper Mill Playhouse’s new season with the world premiere of The Honeymooners, said John Rando, the show’s Tony Award-winning director. “This new American musical comedy celebrates the universal story of two underdogs striving to achieve their dreams, and the compromises of their married lives.  I believe this hilarious and touching show will strongly resonate with Paper Mill audiences.”

“Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2017-2018 season is one of the most exciting lineups in our theater’s history,” remarked Managing Director Todd Schmidt. “The only way you are guaranteed a seat to these amazing premieres is to become a Paper Mill Playhouse subscriber. Subscribers get the best seats at the best price with special insider benefits.  Of course, none of what we do would be possible without the generous support of our subscribers, donors, patrons, foundations and corporate partners, including the many years of season sponsorship from our friends at Investors Bank.”

“We are very excited to bring The Sting to Paper Mill; an American classic reinvented for the stage,” said the show’s Tony award-winning book writer Bob Martin. “It retains all of the wit and depression era charm of the original, the complex characters, the sophisticated story, the twists and surprises, and adds a sly self-awareness that keeps it relevant.The Sting is a rollicking musical comedy confidence game that we are eager to play with the Paper Mill audiences.”

Paper Mill Playhouse will produce eight performances a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Three, four and five-show subscription packages are available now starting at just $110. Each subscription package includes a different level of special benefits (see www.papermill.org for details). Youth subscriptions are available for children ages 4-18 with the purchase of an adult subscription with accessible discount pricing. Single tickets will go on sale August 7 starting at just $34. Tickets and subscriptions may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, or at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.papermill.org.  Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.  Groups of ten or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680. Titles, casting and dates subject to change.

Schedule Details Follow

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

‘Girls Night – The Musical’ at MPAC in September

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THU SEP 14 2017 @ 8:00PM     BUY TICKETS

 Girls Night – The Musical

Share the laughter in this off-Broadway sensation as five girlfriends celebrate a wild night out!  Featuring hits: “Lady Marmalade,” “It’s Raining Men,” “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” “I Will Survive” and many more.

The 'Girls' have been thrilling audiences and earning raves from critics throughout North America since it began touring after its sensational Off-Broadway debut.  This touching and hilarious 'tell-it-like-it-is' musical takes audiences on a journey into the lives of a group of female friends. Audience members can’t help but laugh, cry and even find themselves singing and dancing in the aisles as some of the most popular hit songs of the 80s and 90s make this musical a fan favorite!

  • Follow five friends as they visit their past, celebrate their present and look to the future on a wild and hilarious night out ... and you'll recognize a bit yourselves in every one of them! It is described as “Desperate Housewives meets Mamma Mia” (Applause Magazine), “A boisterous, bust-out, bawdy musical revue” (Wisconsin State Journal), “An infectious, exhilarating sense of intoxication" (Hollywood Reporter) and “As funny and outrageous as Sex and the City!” (The Advocate). GIRLS NIGHT is bursting with energy and is packed with hits “Lady Marmalade,” “It’s Raining Men,” “Man I Feel Like A Woman,” “I Will Survive,” “We are Family” and many more.

  • SECTIONS: GC $69  |  PREM $59  |  A $49  |  B $39  |  C $29
    MORE INFO: Girls Night – The Musical
  • Mayo Performing Arts Center 100 South St Morristown, NJ 07960 973-539-0345 mayoarts.org

Less Than One Week Til WTNJ’s Summer Camp!

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Less Than One Week Til Summer Camp!

Our professional writers and teaching artists are getting ready to begin working with our summer camp students in just a few days!  Our first session of camp this year kicks off next Monday, July 31st with Improvisation.  Make sure to register your children for that or our other wonderful summer camp sessions this summer in disciplines like Playwriting, Acting, and Musical Theatre Performance taught by professional actors and writers!

Click below for more information on our classes, the summer camp schedule, or for camp registration!

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Scott McGowan reading at Monologues@MONDO

Monologues@MONDO - perfect for those warm summer nights!

In the summer of 2014, DRT presented a series of solo works as readings at MONDO, the cultural gathering place in downtown Summit. The series was received with such enthusiasm, that since then we return to MONDO every summer with our Monologues@MONDO series.

Tickets are $20 in advance

$25 at the door
To take advantage of the $5 discount, reserve your tickets in advance.

To reserve you can email: info@mondosummit.com

or call: 917-969-4534
and leave a message with your name and the # of seats requested.
Performances are Thursday evenings at 8PM, July 8 ~ July 27
at MONDO * 426 Springfield Avenue * Summit, NJ 07901

www.MondoSummit.com

Scott McGowan

Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 8:00 pm

The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me
by Dan Butler

Featuring: Scott McGowan

Billed as a "whirlwind tour of the gay American landscape," this one-man show juxtaposes ten predominantly gay characters in fourteen vignettes. Moving, funny and eye-opening, THE ONLY THING WORSE... turns inside out the experiences and perceptions surrounding gayness in modern America. The characters question, contradict and especially challenge one another's credo of what "being gay" really means.

"...you certainly don't have to be gay to appreciate Butler's people ... recognizable life as lived to straight or gay alike." - The New York Post

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SPECIAL INVITES - Season passholders sometimes get invited to private readings and other special events not open to the public.

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Oakes Center  *  120 Morris Avenue  *  Summit, NJ 07901

Tickets: 800-838-3006 | Info: 908-514-9654

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‘Newsies’ now at Surflight

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(Beach Haven, NJ) Surflight is thrilled to be presenting Disney’s Newsies, the third show in the exciting 2017 season. Newly reopened for 2017 Surflight has been overjoyed with the overwhelming response and tickets sales for its first two shows Footloose and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as well as its Children’s Theatre series and Show Place old fashioned performing ice cream parlour. Surflight’s production of Newsies , directed and Choreographed by Paula Hammons Sloan, Assistant Choreographer Liz Troxler and Musical Direction by Michael McAssey, will be the New Jersey Regional premiere.
Surflight’s resident summer cast will be joined by a few new faces. Cast includes: Logan Farine as Jack Kelly (seen previously as Ren in Footloose); Ricky Pope as Joseph Pulitzer; Meggan Herod as Katherine; Sammy Olmedo as Crutchie; Morgan Rucker as Medda Larkin; Daniel Neale as Davey; Benjamin Barham-Wiese as Les; Andrew Foote as Wiesel
Other cast members include Adrianne Hick, Eoin Rude, Dale Given, William Rivera, Seth Weinstein, David Discenza, Henry Sodt ,Vision Wilkes-Davis, Wyatt Slone, Bobby Davis, David Ossman, James Patton, Donte Wilder, Charlie Ray, Jonah Hale, Richard Earl, Emily Cobb, Nina Gabriella Gross, Sabrina Kalman, McKenna Poe, Madeline Rodrigue, Sienna Grinwald-Alves, Jack Breslow, Emily Cobb, Anthony Finke, Nina Gabriella Gross, Sabrina Kalman, Aly Landon, Chelsea Moritz

Play Dates: July 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, Aug 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 at 8 PM
July 30, Aug. 1, 6, 8, 13 at 2 PM
July 30, Aug. 1, 6, 8, 13 at 2:00 PM
Following Disney’s Newsies  will be Hairspray (August 15-27), Million Dollar Quartet August 29-September 10) and Home for the Holidays: A Surflight Celebration (Dec. 7-17).Remaining Concerts include the New Millenium Jazz Band Plays The Sinatra Songbook (November 25th), the Rave Ons play Buddy Holly on New Years Eve and the Education Division will be presenting Rock of Ages (High School Version) with local students October 20, 21, 22. To arrange tickets , group sales or for more information, contact the Surflight Box Office at 609-492-9477. The website is www.surflight.org.



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Monday, July 24, 2017

LONJ Sweeney Todd video highlights

Review: Sondheim’s Masterpiece ‘Sweeney Todd’ receives magnificent treatment from LONJ

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The Light Opera of New Jersey has just ended their 22nd season with a spectacular presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece, the dark-humored thriller, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Simply put-- this production is worthy of any stage, anywhere. It can be described with one word….WOW! Beyond the excellent cast and orchestra, the creative team is deserving of their own standing ovations, particularly Jeffrey Fiorello, one of our finest directors. Jeffrey is a very talented performer, but his directing credits have been consistently outstanding, LONJ’s 2015 ‘A Little Night Music ‘ for example. Also, Stephen Fox for music direction, Samantha Hahn Simpson for choreography; Pamela Wilczynski ringmaster (stage manager) and Bill Corson producer. Bill and his wife, Lauran Corson are the driving force behind the LONJ. Bill is the company’s Executive Director, and Lauran is the Artistic Director. Bill is also a member of the ensemble…. he makes a terminal exit at the hands of Todd.

The plot: Returning from exile, Benjamin Barker arrives in London under the name of Sweeney Todd in order to exact his revenge on the judge who exiled him in order to steal his wife. Todd resumes his old residence in his barber shop over the meat pie establishment of Mrs. Lovett. A competing barber, Adolfo Pirelli, recognizes Todd and threatens to reveal him to the authorities, causing Sweeney to kill Pirelli in a rage. When Mrs. Lovett discovers the body, she proposes disposing of it through her meat pies as she hasn’t been able to afford real meat for weeks. Todd and Lovett continue to plot together, throats are slit, and business begins to flourish! This is clearly not ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Barber!’

The staging is absolutely major league. Terrific choreography, impressive scenery (Beau Kennedy), clever props (Christine Hahn props mistress), lighting design (Diane Giangreco), sound design (Rob Cruz), Amy Calzone and Beth Gleason hair & makeup, and spot-on costumes (Scaramouche of Chester). In fact, many of the Scaramouche costumes are originals from the New York Opera’s 2004 revival. Franne Lee was the NYO designer. Sweeney Todd’s versitile barber chair is also from the NYO production.

st2Now the outstanding lead performers, Ken Garcia as Sweeney Todd and Julie Galorenzo as Mrs. Lovett (top photo and right). They both nailed their parts. Superior voices, excellent acting. Garcia was properly threatening as the demon of Fleet Street. Would he not be terrific as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables? Julie Galorenzo could easily make you forget Angela Lansbury’s TONY turn in the role. Her Mrs. Lovett can be sweet and even generous when needed, but always with an indefinable sinister element. She is amusing with her ‘By The Sea’ solo, and nicely maternal with the duet with Tobias  ‘Not While I’m Around.’ Both Garcia and Galorenzo gave WOW performances.

Playing Anthony Hope, the sailor friend of Sweeney Todd, is the also impressive Shane Long. He is perfect as the unwelcomed suitor for Todd’s daughter Joanna (and ward of the evil Judge Turpin). His ‘Joanna’ solo is a first act highlight.

The supporting players, all beautifully cast, are: Ruth Kenote, she has fun as the Beggar Woman; Charles Schneider is the nasty, quick to hang Judge Turpin who desires Joanna; Joseph Hill is a delight as the Beadle. He has a fun turn with Mrs. Lovett with ‘Parlor Songs’ in the second act; Caitlin Alongi is a lovely, fine voiced Joanna; Thomas Carey Gsell is most impressive with his exuberate sales pitch for Pirelli’s Miracle Elixir and the aforementioned ‘Not While I’m Around’ with Mrs. Lovett; Frank Hughes has great fun as Pirelli, who earns a close shave by Todd; Will Carey is fine as Jonas Fogg.

st chorusThe ensemble included: Robert Allan, Heath Weisberg, Daraius Phillips, Kevin Ohlweiler, Michelle Finnerty, Joanna Hoty Russell, Jesse Bush, Bill Corson, Jessica Walch, Morgan Assante, Katie Meo, Tracey Lynne Haskell, Adelaide Prekopa, and Susan Ramirez.

Stephen Fox’ orchestra included: Nancy Vanderslice clarinet/oboe; Ivan Mendoza violin; Sariah Johnson cello; Andrew Pecota bassoon; Lois Buesser keyboard; Kyle Anderson horn; Chris Arnold trumpet; John Zimmermann bass; and John Leister percussion.

Reviewed by Rick Busciglio   July 23, 2017

Sweeney Todd: The Demon of Fleet Street—(Broadway 1979), the acclaimed musical adaptation by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler starring Len Cariou as Sweeney Todd and Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Lovett.

The venue for the LONJ’s production was the theatre at SOPAC in South Orange, New Jersey.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

4th Wall to present ‘Ragtime’ in Concert


RAGTIME in Concert
Book by Terrence McNally, Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

September 22-23 at 8:00 pm
September 24 at 3:00 pm

Westminster Arts Center at Bloomfield College
449 Franklin Street, Bloomfield

Tickets: $25 general admission, $22 seniors, $18 students
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At the dawn of the 20th century, everything is changing... and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair... and what it means to live in America. 4th Wall's concert version will bring Ragtime's most important themes to the forefront for today's audience.

Director - Kate Swan
Music Director - Markus Grae-Hauck
Stage Manager - Martha Thalheimer
Asst Stage Manager - Sydney Scott Humphreys
Lighting Designer - Nik Marmo
Sound Designer - Nicholas Von Hagel
Costumes - On Cue Costumes

Darryl Thompson - Coalhouse Walker
Vanessa Robinson - Sarah
Ted Cancila - Father
Tara Haight - Mother
Brian Elliott - Younger Brother
Justin Roth - Little Boy
David Simon - Tateh
Keira Moynahan - Little Girl
Rich Maloy - Grandfather/Ensemble
Fran Leonardis - Emma Goldman
Samantha Ferrara - Evelyn Nesbit
Sam Currie - Booker T. Washington
Peter Downing - Henry Ford/Ensemble
Danny Egan - Willie Conklin & JP Morgan
Lynette Sheard - Sarah’s Friend/Ensemble
James Lopez - Harry Houdini
Derrel Wright
Deonte Griffin-Quick
Lyle Dungee
Kyle Younger
Vincent C Means, Jr
Sandra Wright
Gwen Ricks-Spencer
Tasha Arroyo
Dana P. Hawkins
Amanda Jean
Rafaelle Danta
Alexander Wolfe
Christopher Prozeller
George Adamo
Jinkyung Kim
Laurice Grae-Hauck
Heather Thompson
Maryann Post
Eileen Mager
Caitlin Alongi
Mark Saylor
Dorothy Wallace
Sarah Levine McClelland
Beatriz Esteban-Messina
Jennifer Shue

https://www.4thwalltheatre.org/seasonbox-office.htm

Friday, July 21, 2017

Bergen County Players 2017-18 Schedule

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Announcing our 2017-18 Season! 

MAIN STAGE SHOWS

SPAMALOT
Music by John Du Prez, Eric Idle and Neil Innes
Lyrics and Book by Eric Idle
Directed by Jacqueline Poquette
September 16 – October 14, 2017
** No performances on Sept 29-30

This side-splitting parody of the legend of King Arthur and his clueless Knights of the Round Table is for all fans of absurd musical comedy, not just those who are members of the Monty Python cult!  A three-time Tony Award winner (including Best Musical of 2005).  “I defy anyone to go and not have a really fun evening. It's the silliest thing I’ve ever seen…”  John Cleese, Founding Member, Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

HARVEY
Written by Mary Chase
Directed by Jerry Hurley
October 28 – November 18, 2017

The 1944 Pulitzer Prize for Drama was rightfully awarded to this delightful and gentle comedy about Elwood P. Dowd, a regular guy who likes to spend time with his friend Harvey.  Nothing unusual there, except Harvey happens to be a six foot rabbit! “…a delectable mid-century chestnut with an idiosyncratic personality that still sparkles.”  THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

CINDERELLA
Music by Jeanne Bargy and Jim Eller
Lyrics and Book by Jim Eller
Directed by Bill Kaufman
December 2 – December 17, 2017

The Prince Street Players version of this timeless classic starts with a Fairy Godmother asking her two helpers to identify the neediest person in the kingdom.  They introduce her to Ella, and with magic wand in hand, Godmother throws in a dash of belief, a sprinkle of magic and a pinch of true love.  Voila! Cinderella has her life changed for good in this frothy, fast-paced musical, specifically created for young audiences!

OTHER DESERT CITIES
Written by Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by Dottie Fischer
January 13 – February 3, 2018

It’s Christmas Eve, 2004, and the Wyeth family is gathered together in Palm Springs awaiting the arrival of daughter Brooke, a writer who after a six year absence is finally returning home.  Combining emotionally charged recriminations, revelations and shifting loyalties with sparkling wit, this Pulitzer Prize finalist is “A boldly conventional yet altogether gripping work that knows individual psychology as keenly as it understands the world around it.”  NEWSDAY

BCP launches Early Access Campaign

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NOW IS THE TIME TO DONATE $85 AND RECEIVE ‘EARLY ACCESS’ TO PURCHASE YOUR DESIRED SEATS STARTING JULY 21st at 12:01am.  BEFORE YOU SELECT YOUR TICKETS, CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR DONATION FOR EARLY ACCESS!!

Non-donors can begin buying their tickets
online on August 1st.

bcp_el76_4C (1)With our Early Access program, you can make a tax-deductible contribution of $85 and you will gain immediate access in order to purchase your tickets.  So go ahead and FIRST make your contribution HERE, and you’ll then have access to purchase your tickets online at www.bcplayers.org as of 12:01am on July 21st or by leaving a message at 201-261-4200 and we will call you back to personally help with your donation and purchase.

You can also receive early access if you contribute toward our Take A Seat campaign.  Click HERE for more information about how you can support us in this very important campaign!

Non-donors can begin buying their tickets online on August 1st.

The box office will be open for walk-in sales starting Thursday, August 18th.

CENTER PLAYERS CONCLUDES SEASON WITH ‘BOYS NEXT DOOR’

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Center Players, Freehold’s award-winning community theatre, will conclude its successful 2016-17 season with a production of Tom Griffin’s “The Boys Next Door” at Center Playhouse, 35 South St, in downtown Freehold, NJ, from August 4-20th.

Directed by Dave McGrath, who resides in Long Branch, this comedic-drama centers around four intellectually disabled men rooming together, and Jack, their caring social worker who is on the verge of career burn-out. Taking place over the course of two months, the play offers scenes and vignettes to illustrate the daily lives of Jack and his wards.

The play resonates deeply with McGrath, who works for NJ’s Department of Developmental Disabilities, assisting people similar to the drama’s characters. “Over the years, I have developed a great awareness of how they communicate, see things, and reason in the most unreasonable and seemingly illogical way. You begin to understand their fears and frustrations and what makes them comfortable and happy. I’ve also come to appreciate their sense of humor, which is often quite sarcastic,” explained McGrath. “After a while the surrealism that goes along with their world fades and one can almost forget how dependent they are on you and you forget about their disability. My intention is to bring out essentials that we all share. The everyday fears and joys, the need to care for and to be cared about, that we all use some help to get through, and that underneath, we're not so different.”

Performances run Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. There will be an additional 2pm performance on Sat. Aug. 19th. Tickets are priced at $25-27 and are available online at www.centerplayers.org or by calling 732-462-9093.

N J Repertory to present the world premiere of ‘F Theory’

F Theory at NJ Rep

World Premiere August 17 - September 24

New Jersey Repertory Company presents the world premiere of F Theory, a funny, poignant, and uniquely thought-provoking play about the power and complexity of lifelong friendship. Co-written by and starring Megan Loughran and Alex Trow, and directed by Ethan Heard, F Theory runs from August 17 through September 24, 2017 at NJ Rep, 179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ.

Marianne and Ellie are bright, charming college roommates prone to break out in spontaneous tap dance routines in the middle of study sessions, when we first meet them. They come from very different backgrounds and are headed into very different futures—wealth, marriage, and anthropological adventures for one; family troubles, solo living, and a career as a musician for the other. But the bond they forged on meeting is that rare sort that transcends all circumstance and thrives across all time; even across several continents in their case. Or does it? What happens when you realize the friendship you have valued on the merit of its fortitude through everything for decades means something else entirely to the person on the other end?  F Theory gives center stage to friendship, a relationship so often sidelined in both art and life to family, romance, marriage, though it is often stronger than them all.

Megan Loughran and Alex Trow are actors and writers based in New York City. They met at Yale University, from which they both graduated, as did director Ethan Heard. Also featured in the cast is Pheonix Vaughn, a regular at NJ Rep, who will be performing the role of “Marianne”, September 15 – 17.

Previews begin Thursday, August 17. Opening night with reception is Saturday, August 19. Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $46 ($50 for opening night) and are available at 732-229-3166 or online at www.njrep.org.

New Jersey Repertory Company

179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ 07740