Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mark W. Jones the new President & CEO of The State Theatre

News from The State Theatre in New Brunswick:

Mark W. Jones
"New Brunswick, NJ (November 30, 2010)—Following a six-month national search, State Theatre Board Chairman Warren R. Zimmerman announced today the appointment of Mark W. Jones, a 30-year veteran of arts administration and leadership, as the fifth President and Chief Executive Officer of the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ. Jones will assume his duties on January 3, 2011.
“The State Theatre is indeed fortunate to have found such an experienced, enthusiastic, innovative, and strategic-thinking individual to become our fifth President and CEO,” said Warren R. Zimmerman, chairman of the State Theatre Board of Trustees. “Mark’s years of experience in the theater world will ensure the continued success that our patrons, donors, and New Brunswick deserve from one of the region’s preeminent independent performing arts organizations. I am very excited to begin working with Mark to continue making our theater the best it can be.”

As State Theatre President and CEO, Jones will set the artistic vision of the theater; create and direct strategic plans; oversee day-to-day operations (including management of a 30-member, full-time staff); continue to strengthen the financial position of the organization through fundraising, sales, investments, and ancillary revenue streams; and handle board development, along with the executive and nominating committees. He will work closely with the Board of Trustees to ensure that the State Theatre remains a vibrant institution for the benefit of the people of New Jersey.

“I am honored to be chosen for this position, and to follow my predecessor Wesley O. Brustad, who did such a remarkable job during his tenure at the State Theatre,” said Jones. “It is with humility that I accept the challenge of becoming President of this very important New Jersey arts organization. I am already extremely impressed with the quality of the State Theatre’s programs, the generosity and dedication of the members of the board, and the talents and commitment of the staff. The lifeblood of any arts institution is its people—and here at the State Theatre, we have some of the very best. We will all work together to broaden and further strengthen the financial base, while enhancing the State Theatre’s reputation as a premier New Jersey cultural destination and an important arts education resource for New Jersey’s families.”

Working more than three decades for many cultural institutions, Jones comes to the State Theatre with a wealth of experience. Most recently, he spent three years at the helm of Millburn, NJ’s Paper Mill Playhouse, as executive director. Prior to his time at Paper Mill, Jones was the executive director for Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. In addition, he spent 12 years as the executive director for the Jose Limon Foundation in New York, and also worked with New York’s Glimmerglass Opera and the Music-Theatre Group.

A New Jersey native, born and raised in Ewing Township, Jones is a graduate of Rider University in Lawrenceville. He received additional education at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, as well as the Harvard University/John F. Kennedy School of Government.

NOTE: New Jersey theatre fans will remember Mark W. Jones when he came to the aid of the Paper Mill when the theatre faced financial woes in 2007 and was in danger of shuttering. He was instrumental in securing a deal between the playhouse and the town of Millburn, NJ, which purchased the theatre and leased it back to the organization for 75 years. 

Monday, November 29, 2010

Review: Les Misérables is a spectacular theater experience at the Paper Mill Playhouse

The exciting new 25th anniversary production of Les Misérables made its United States debut at New Jersey's landmark Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn this past week. 

This is a spectacular theater experience.... that is even better than the original.  

Glorious voices, spectacular new staging, lighting, scenery (inspired by Victor Hugo paintings) and visual effects...simply, this is a magnificent world-class production. The excitement starts from the moment the orchestra begins the dramatic overture and the curtain rises revealing a forbidding prison galley ship, no prison scene as in the 1980's original. (View video below)

If you saw the original "Les Misérables ," winner of eight Tony Awards, on Broadway, or the West End, and fell in love with it, as millions have, then you are going to rekindle that powerful emotion by having the privilege of seeing this U.S. premiere production which will play through the entire month of December, prior to a major US National Tour

Lawrence Clayton and Andrew Varela (L-R)
Then there is the magnificent world-class cast: In the lead role of the fugitive Jean Valjean is, Broadway veteran and Blues singer,
Lawrence Clayton, he gives a powerful performance and has a commanding stage presence.    Andrew Varela, performed in the Broadway production of "Le Miz," is a Paper Mill veteran and a Summit NJ native, has the great role of Inspector Javert. Varela has a powerful, impressive operatic voice, as do most of the male leads. 

The others in the outstanding cast: Michael Kostroff, a wonderful humorous villain, as Thénardier, the Inn Keeper who sells young Cosette, who has been in his kind-less care, to Jean Valjean; Shawna Hamic is his, also very humorous, wife Madame Thénardier; Betsy Morgan as Fantine, who sings the beautiful "I Dreamed a Dream," (re-popularized this past year by Scottish singer Susan Boyle); Jeremy Hays as Enjolras, Chasten Harmon as Eponine, The lovers: Justin Scott Brown as Marius (on the Press Night the part of Marius was performed by understudy Jon Fletcher...bravo Jon) and Jenny Latimer as Cosette. The children alternate their roles: Katherine Forrester and Anastasia Danielle Korbal alternate in the role of Young Cosette.   Lewis Grossoe and Josh Caggiano alternate Gavroche.

The ensemble includes Richard Todd Adams, Richard Barth, Cathryn Basile, Julie Benko, Cole Burden, Briana Carlson-Goodman, Casey Erin Clark, Jon Fletcher, Jason Forbach, Lucia Gianetta, Ian Patrick Gibb, Cooper David Grodin, Ben Gunderson, Cornelia Luna, Benjamin Magnuson, Jason Ostrowski, John Rapson, Rachel Rincione, Heather Jane Rolff, Sarah Shahinian, Alan Shaw, Joseph Spieldenner, Aliya Victoriya and Natalie Weiss.

Cameron Mackintosh is the producer. He, of course, has the great distinction of producing the three longest running musicals of all time, Phantom of the Opera, Cats and Les Misérables .

The music was composed by Claude-Michel Schonberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, from the original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel and additional material by James Fenton.

The production is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, designed by Matt Kinley with costumes by Andreane Neofitou and additional costumes by Christine Rowlands, lighting by Paule Constable and sound by Mick Potter.

 Les Misérables will  play at the Paper Mill Playhouse through December 30, 2010, with the following performance schedule: Wednesdays at 7:00PM, Thursdays at 1:30PM & 7:00PM, Fridays at 7:00PM, Saturdays at 1:30PM & 7:00PM and Sundays at 1:30PM & 7:00PM. (the final 12 performances have an alternate schedule. Check Paper Mill Playhouse's website for more information.)

Single tickets range in price from $25 to $92.  Tickets may be purchased by calling 973-376-4343, or at the Paper Mill Box Office on Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at Paper Mill Playhouse's brand new website: 

Paper Mill Playhouse gift cards, available in any denomination, can be purchased at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office.  Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.  Groups of ten or more can receive up to a 25% discount or more on tickets and should call 973-379-3636, extension 2438.  Paper Mill Playhouse's premiere of Les Misérables is generously supported by a gift from the Ferolito Family.

For more information, please visit; or

Review by Rick Busciglio(November 30,2010)

BACKGROUNDLes Misérables originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on October 8, 1985, transferred to the Palace Theatre on December 4, 1985 and moved to its current home at the Queen's Theatre on April 3, 2004 where it continues to play to packed houses. When Les Misérables celebrated its 21st London birthday on October 8, 2006, it became the World's Longest-Running Musical, surpassing the record previously held by Cats in London's West End.
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the legendary musical Les Misérables made theatrical history with an international first - three different productions in London at the same time. The Original Production, (still playing to packed houses at the Queen's Theatre), the acclaimed New 25th Anniversary Production at the Barbican (where the show originally premiered) and a celebratory concert at The O2. 

The Broadway production of Les Misérables  premiered on March 12, 1987 at The Broadway Theatre. Colm Wilkinson and Frances Ruffelle reprised their roles from the London production. The $4.5 million production had a more than $4 million advance sale prior to its New York opening. To date, Les Misérables remains the 3rd longest-running Broadway production of all time.

Seen by nearly 60 million people worldwide in 42 countries and in 21 languages, Les Misérables is indisputably one of the world's most popular musicals ever written, with new productions continually opening around the globe, with seven more currently scheduled. 

There have been 36 cast recordings of Les Misérables , including the multi-platinum London cast recording, the Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast and complete symphonic albums and the soon to be released live recording of the New 25th Anniversary Production. 

The video of the 10th Anniversary Royal Albert Hall Gala Concert  has sold millions of copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling musical videos ever in the UK. (Click on title to purchase)There are over 2,500 productions of the Les Misérables School's Edition scheduled or being performed by over 125,000 school children in the UK, US and Australia, making it the most successful musical ever produced in schools.  

Cameron Mackintosh is currently developing a film of Les Misérables with Working Title and Universal.

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, a not-for-profit arts organization, is one of the country's leading regional theaters.  Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State 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.  Additional major support is provided by generous contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals.  Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of Theatre Communications Group, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.  

Here is a video of the London cast; 

Chester Theatre Group is holding auditions for URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL.

The Chester Theatre Group is holding auditions for their upcoming Production of URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL. 

Directed and Musically Directed by CTG veteran Clifford Parrish with Choreography by Megan Fiorentinos, this Tony winning satirical comedy musical, with music by Mark Hollmann, lyrics by Hollmann and Greg Kotis, and book by Kotis satirizes the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, and municipal politics. The unconventional plotline shatters audience expectations of a pleasant ending.

Audition Times/Dates:  Sunday,  Dec. 5 from 7 pm to 9 pm; Mon., Dec. 6 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm  No callbacks scheduled! Production Dates:  Opens Friday February 25, 2011 and runs Fridays/Saturdays at 8pm - Sundays at 2pm through March 20, 2011.  Location: The Black River Playhouse-corner of Maple and Grove in Chester, New Jersey.

Director Cliff Parrish
Auditionees are asked to come prepared to sing at least 16 bars, with sheet music in the proper key.  An accompanist will be provided.  Readings will be from the script.  Please come prepared to move as dance audition will follow singing and readings.

 Plot Breakdown:

In grim Gotham-like city of the future, a 20-year drought has occurred. As a result, the government has banned private toiletries and the citizens must use pay-to-pee toilets regulated by a monopolistic company, the Urine Good Company, which charges exorbitant prices. Bobby Strong, the assistant custodian at the poorest urinal in town, decides enough is enough. With the help of the daughter of the CEO of the Urine Good Company, Hope Cladwell, Bobby ends up leading a rebellion which frees the citizens. 

 Character Breakdown: 

Officer Lockstock (baritone), Penelope Pennywise (high belt), Bobby Strong (baritenor) 20s, Little Sally (mezzo), Cladwell B. Cladwell (baritone) mature CEO type, Hope Cladwell (soprano) 20s.

The ensemble is made of 10 - 12 men and women, all of whom have characters, lines and singing. This is a very choral show, so those who enjoy choral singing will have a great time. 

If you have any questions, you may contact director, Clifford Parrish at (908) 696 0411 or on Facebook. 

For further information about The Chester Theatre Group, please visit

State Theatre to present all-Ireland fiddle champion Eileen Ivers in An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas


New Brunswick, NJ (November 29, 2010)—State Theatre presents nine-time all-Ireland fiddle champion Eileen Ivers in An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 8pm. Ivers, best known as the fiery violinist in the original Riverdance, captures the spirit and magic of the season in a heartwarming holiday show. Tickets range from $32-52.

Recalling the roaring hearths and roars of laughter that are part and parcel of Christmas in Irish families, virtuoso fiddler Eileen Ivers interweaves age-old Wren Day songs, beloved American carols, and even a jigging Bach in An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas. With her signature warmth, Ivers invites listeners in for a tuneful, soulful celebration that’s as comforting as a favorite carol and a slice of Christmas cake.

“There is so much joy in the season, and I wanted to bring that out to welcome listeners in,” explains Ivers with a smile. “Just like ornaments on a Christmas tree, the tunes in An Nollaig have been lovingly passed down through the generations as well. Some are hundreds of years old—some are new.”

In Ivers’s capable hands, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” becomes a playful jig, and the 20th-century classic “Do You Hear What I Hear?” becomes a rousing reel. Even Bach takes on an Irish lilt, as Ivers transforms “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” giving the 9/8 piece a striking feel of an Irish three making dancing irresistible, much to the delight of conductors and classical musicians when performed with an orchestra.

Ivers has performed with a myriad of pop icons and world-class orchestras, yet for An Nollaig, she invites local Celtic dancers and choirs to join her ensemble in sharing the stage and the fun. “We’re involving the community as we go around to theaters. It’s always a delight and creates this special connection to the show,” Ivers says. For the December 11th performance, Ivers has invited New Brunswick’s First Reformed Church Choir and Choir Director Benjamin Berman to take part in the show.

The daughter of Irish immigrants, Ivers grew up in the Bronx, NY. Rooted in Irish traditional music since the age of eight, Ivers proceeded to win nine All-Ireland fiddle championships, a 10th on tenor banjo and over 30 championship medals, making her one of the most awarded persons ever to compete in these prestigious competitions. Ivers tours throughout the year in performing art centers, symphony halls, and festivals world-wide.

For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10am to 6pm; Wednesday 11am to 7pm and at least one hour prior to curtain on performance dates. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 517.

The State Theatre, a premier nonprofit venue for the performing arts and entertainment. The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education. The State Theatre’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. Continental Airlines is the official airline of the State Theatre. The Heldrich is the official hotel of the State Theatre. Magic 98.3 is the official radio station of the State Theatre. The Star-Ledger is the official newspaper of the State Theatre.

 Eileen Ivers 
An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas  
Sat, December 11 at 8pm
$52, $42, $32

15 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Ticket Office - 732-246-SHOW (7469)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Review: Fun, Glorious, Fun! at the Centenary Stage Company's terrific "Oliver"

Terrific is surely the best word to describe the Centenary Stage Company's production of Lionel Bart's "Oliver" now on the stage of the new and very comfortable Sitnick Theatre of the Lackland Center in Hackettstown.
This production of the Centenary Stage Company's award-winning musical "Oliver" is an absolute delight to see and hear. 
We walked to our car following the Saturday night performance singing some of the wonderful songs, e.g. "As Long As He Needs Me" and "Who Will Buy," as were other car-bound theater-goers. When did you last do that?  

This is an event that can clearly be enjoyed by all members of the family...fine actors, wonderful hummable music, happy ending and not a single 'naughty' word.

The play, of course, is based on "Oliver Twist" the classic tale by Charles Dickens. It has been brought to life beautifully by Broadway and film veteran,
Michael Blevins, who not only directed, but choreographed the large cast. The word 'large' may be an understatement. "Oliver" has the largest cast of any play we've seen in years...50!

Anthony Zas and Carl Wallnau
In the stand-out "Who Will Buy" production number, we counted 32 adult performers. Possibly, only a theater facility, such as the Centenary Stage Company, home-based in a college community with a highly respected Theater Department, and with a Young Performers Workshop program, could possibly mount a musical of this scale.

The play tells the tale of the orphan boy, Oliver Twist, played impressively by young
Anthony Zas, who is swept into a band of pickpockets led by the wily Fagin. Fagin is played to evil perfection, and with a great voice, by the CSC artistic director, Carl Wallnau. His show-stopping number is "Reviewing the Situation."

The wonderful theater word 'show-stopper' also belongs to Lea Antolini-Lid as Nancy. She is a fine actress and singer who delivers the show's most popular, and emotional, song, "As Long As He Needs Me."

The fine cast is a combination of Equity professional actors in the lead roles, supported by Centenary College students and the before mentioned, Young Performers Workshop Students.

 In the key role of the villain Bill Sykes, is CSC veteran, Osborn Focht.  The other excellent leads are: The Artful Dodger played by Justin Boccitto; Maria Brodeur as Mrs. Berwin; Stephen Davis as Mr. Brownlow; and  Colleen Wallnau Smith, who provides wonderful comedy relief as Widow Corney; and Dave Scheffler as the master of the workhouse, Mr. Bumble.

The supporting cast is also blessed with outstanding voices,for example, in the "Who Will Buy" number there is
Tanya Wheelock as the Rose Seller, Christine Mase as the Strawberry Seller and Saquan Williams as the Long Song Seller.

The entire cast is very ably supported by a fine orchestra directed by
Gabe Toth. Production values are first rate; Joyce Liao designed the lighting, Brian Flynn designed the clever multi-step set, Julia Sharp designed the costumes. Nick Ardito-Martelli is the Dance Captain, Daniel Koyle designed the wigs and hair pieces, and pulling the entire production together is the Stage Manager Jackie Mariani and her Assistants Jon Bodi and Samantha Santana.

In short, when the curtain came down the audience was heard to say the greatest compliment an audience can give to performers beyond applause... “Please sir, may I have some more?”

"Oliver!" is running through Dec 12th. Shows are Thursday evenings at 7:30pm (Family Night-with two-for-one tickets available at the door on the night of the performance),  Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sundays at 2:30pm,  with weekday  matinees on  Wed, Dec 1st  and Wed Dec 8th at 2:30pm,  as well as a 10 am school performance on Tuesday Dec 7 for regional students. 

Lackland Center
Check the ticket prices!  Tickets for “Oliver” range in price from $20-25, with discounts for seniors and students, and can be purchased through the Centenary Stage Company Box Office in the new David and Carol Lackland Center at  715 Grand Ave, Hackettstown, by phone at 908-979-0900, and online at

A Buffet Matinee series is available for groups of 20 or more, priced at $37.50 for performance and luncheon.

Here is a list of all the supporting performers;

Centenary College Students :  Tanya Wheelock, Megan McGill, Emilio Tiri , Saquan Williams  Casey Bauer, Brittany Dalessio Kyle Conner, Jon Bodi, Nick Ardito, Khiry Best, Kyle Porham, Alexandra Poage, Morgan Mack, Rachel Grant, and Christen Demintz,

Young Performers Workshop Students:  Scott Abbondanzo, Cydney Black, Andy Calderone Jacob Crisafulli, McKenzie Custin, Emily Devine, Alex Evans, Neil Ianniello, Skye Kenyon, Daniel Marion, Montana Marsilio, Erin Martire, Andrew Nussbaum, Raphael Pelczmann, Anthony Sica, Nick Sica, Ashley Terpak, Brandon Wiener, Hunter Gross and Katie Yarussi

 Professional/ Regional Actors:    Steven Bidwell , Christine De Frece, Shirley Bravo, Deborah Guarino, Maria Brodeur, James Nester Christine Mase, Leon Hill, Amanda Maxfield.

Review by Rick Busciglio (November 28, 2010)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

"The Last of the Red Hot Lovers" final two performances at Women’s Theater Company

Lenny Bart & Madeline Orton
The Women's Theater Company's outstanding production "Last of The Red Hot Lovers", Neil Simon’s comedy about a middle-aged married man, who wants to join the sexual revolution, will close on Sunday November 28, 2010.  Playing tonight at (Saturday) at 8 pm and Sunday matinee at 3 pm. 
 Performances are at The Parsippany Arts Center, 1130 Knoll Road, Lake Hiawatha.
The show is directed by Lauren Mills of Lake Hopatcong.  In the role of Barney Cashman is Lenny Bart, a familiar face to WTC audiences, most recently seen in Doubt.  Bev Sheehan plays Jeanette Fisher, Madeline Orton plays Bobbi Michele, and Jacqueline Holloway plays Elaine Navazio, all ladies who receive attention from Barney. 
Tickets for performances are $18.00 and discounted for Senior Citizens.
Groups of 10 or more pay only $13.00 per person for any performance.
Please call 973 316-3033 to reserve seats for a performance.
Ample parking is available at The Parsippany Community Center.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Special theatre ticket deals for Black Friday

On Black Friday your favorite theatre may be offering a special deal on tickets. They, of course, make great special Christmas Gifts. Here are several examples;

In Madison: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will take $5 off any ticket to "I Capture the Castle," the holiday show opening Dec. 1.

In New Brunswick: The George Street Playhouse has two promotions: One offers a 25 percent discount on tickets to Saturday and Sunday performances of the musical, "[title of show]" running through Dec. 12.

The other is a discount on three-play subscriptions Friday through next Monday. (Promo code BLACKFRI).

The State Theatre, also in New Brunswick will waiving all fees for tickets purchased Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the box office, by phone or online.

In Princeton: The McCarter Theatre Center is offering an extra $5 for every $10 purchase of gift cards, redeemable for future tickets. The next play is "A Christmas Carol."

Give the gift of "' live"  theatre!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New Jersey Theatre Alliance professional productions for the next week

Here are the New Jersey Theatre Alliance professional productions for the next week;

Bickford Theatre, Morristown
Moonlight and Magnolias
By Ron Hutchinson
Now through December 5

Movie mogul David O. Selznick shuts down filming of Gone with the Wind and locks director Victor Fleming and writer Ben Hecht in his office until they can complete a new screenplay in this zany comedy.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (973) 971-3706
Visit the Bickford Theatre website

Cape May Stage, Cape May
The Little Prince puppets designed by Michael Schupbach (Avenue Q, Sesame Street and Jim Henson's Puppet Workshop). Photo by Brendan Yi-fu-tay
The Little Prince puppets designed by Michael Schupbach (Avenue Q, Sesame Street and Jim Henson's Puppet Workshop). Photo by Brendan Yi-fu-tay
The Little Prince
By John Scoullar and Rick Cummins; conceived by Scott Hitze
November 26 - December 30 Based on Antoine de Saint-Exupery's fable, this beloved classic of children's literature has been turned into a warm, wonderous production for the whole family. Multiple Emmy Award-winning designer Michael Schupbach (Avenue Q, Sesame Street and Jim Henson's Puppet Workshop) designs the characters in this production.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (609) 884-1341
Visit the Cape May Stage website

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, South Orange
A Very Special (Holiday) Special
Two performances only - December 3 and 4

They just don’t make holiday specials the way they used to … especially this one. If you enjoyed the corny fun of those old-fashioned holiday variety shows starring Andy Williams, Perry Como and The Mandrell Sisters, you’ll love A Very Special (Holiday) Special.

The Dreamcatcher Resident Acting Company will entertain you with holiday songs, comic sketches and improv, and lots of good old-fashioned fun. Each year’s show is original; past year’s performances included a send-up of the Rockettes, numbers from H
ow the Grinch Stole Christmas and an extremely condensed version of A Christmas Carol.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (973) 379-7754 extension 2228
Visit the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre website

East Lynne Theater Company, Cape May
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
By Gayle Stahlhuth; adapted from the novel by L. Frank BaumNovember 26 - December 11
From the man who gave us The Wizard of Oz comes this charming tale about Claus’s life…from his early years, to how he became immortal, presented in storytelling fashion where thirty-plus characters come to life. “I have learned to pay no attention to selfish parents, but to only consider the longings of childhood.” L. Frank Baum
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (609) 884-5898
Visit East Lynne Theater Company's website

George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick
Tyler Maynard, Susan Mosher, Jesse Vargas, Lauren Kennedy, Seth Rudetsky in [title of show]. Photo by T. Charles Erickson
Tyler Maynard, Susan Mosher, Jesse Vargas, Lauren Kennedy, Seth Rudetsky in [title of show]. Photo by T. Charles Erickson
[title of show]
Music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen; book by Hunter Bell
Now through December 12

A musical about two guys writing a musical (about two guys writing a musical) that became an instant hit in NYC last season and garnered scores of award nominations and dedicated fans. The writers embark on a quest from the unemployment line to the Great White Way in this comedy about creating theatre. And yes, the title of the show is [title of show].
Click here to see a video preview of [title of show].
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (732) 246-7717
Visit the George Street Playhouse website

The Growing Stage, Netcong
Santa. Photo by Perry Arthur Kroeger.
Santa. Photo by Perry Arthur Kroeger.
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
By Stephen L. Fredericks, based on the story by L. Frank Baum; music and lyrics by Derek Dibbern and David Spellman
November 19 - December 19

Before the corporate tale was created, L. Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz, created his own magical biography of the man called Santa Claus. As a foundling he is raised by the Immortals, but as he grows, he yearns to know more of his “own kind.” Baum’s American mythology celebrates the greatest gift we share — love!
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (973) 347-4946
Visit The Growing Stage website

Luna Stage Company, West Orange
... And Then I Wrote A Song About It
By Eric Weinberger; music by Dan Acquisto; lyrics by Sammy Buck
November 26 - December 19 (World Premiere)

A one-man musical about a young man struggling to find himself in the late ’70s – early ’80s. To the chagrin of his father, he is an aspiring actor/singer/dancer/songwriter/author who works at a variety of other jobs to survive.
Join Luna Stage Company in their new space at 555 Valley Road, West Orange.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (973) 395-5551
Visit the Luna Stage Company website

McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton
A Christmas Carol
By Charles Dickens, adapted by David Thompson
December 5 – 26
By Charles Dickens, adapted by David Thompson. Celebrate the season with McCarter’s acclaimed and beloved production of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale. Join Ebenezer Scrooge on a magical journey through Christmas past, present, and future and experience the show that has become a delightful holiday tradition for the whole family!
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (609) 258-2787
Visit the McCarter Theatre Center website

New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch
The Tangled Skirt
By Steve Braunstein
December 2 - January 23 (World Premiere)

A thriller in the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock, where a woman on the run and a man who knows too much meet at a desolate bus station, each waiting for the last ride out of town. Will the need to keep their secrets from one another prove a strong enough match for passion and fate?
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (732) 229-3166
Visit New Jersey Repertory Company's website

Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn
Les Miserables
Composed by Claude-Michel Schoenberg; libbretist, Alain Boublil; lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo
November 19 - December 26

Romance, revolution and redemption, stirring songs including “I Dreamed a Dream” in a dynamic new
production. This is the show that inspired Frank Rich of The New York Times to write, “If anyone doubts that the contemporary musical theatre can…yank an audience right out of its seat, he need look no further.”

For more information, or to purchase tickets: (973) 376- 4343

Visit the Paper Mill Playhouse website

Passage Theatre Company, Trenton
Santa Claus is Coming Out
By Jeffrey Solomon
Performances this weekend only! November 27 & 28
Special Holiday Presentation - two performances only
A Passage Theatre favorite, Jeffrey Solomon (MotherSON) returns with his hilarious, clever and endearing new one-man comedy. Santa Claus is Coming Out purports to tell the "true" story of Santa being outed as gay, but uses it as a vehicle to examine with humor and compassion today's culture wars and the desperate need for tolerance.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (609) 392-0766
Visit the Passage Theatre Company website

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Madison
I Capture the Castle
By Dodie Smith
December 1 – January 2 (East Coast Premiere)

This 1930’s coming-of-age classic is perfect for family audiences and is chock full of colorful Bohemian characters, wit, wisdom, a fabulous crumbling castle, and a strong dose of love.
For a behind the scenes video preview of the production, click here.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (973) 408-5600
Visit the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's website

Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven
Surflight Holiday Spectacular
December 3 - 19

Having a birthday on Christmas Day isn't as exciting as it may seem and for one small child the holiday spirit is hard to find. It only gets worse when the child gets lost while shopping.
But it wouldn't be the holidays without a bit of magic. This original production is full of traditional holiday music and designed for all ages.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (609) 492-9477
Visit the Surflight Theatre website

Associate Theatres
Mile Square Theatre - Hoboken
A Christmas Carol - Based on Charles Dickens' story. Conceived and Created by Meg Pantera and Lenard Petit, with music by Sean Hagerty - December 1 - 19
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the Mile Square Theatre website, or call (201) 683-7014
Women's Theater Company - Lake Hiawatha
Last of the Red Hot Lovers - By Neil Simon. Final performances this weekend!
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the Women's Theater Company website, or call 973-316-3033

Show titles and dates may change.
Please call the theatre or check their websites to confirm.