Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The 2012-2013 season at The Paper Mill Playhouse

Paper Mill Playhouse has just announced their the 2012-2013 season, featuring four musicals, one play.

The Paper Mill Playhouse will open its 2012-2013 season with one, singular sensation, A Chorus Line.  Winner of nine Tony® Awards including “Best Musical,” A Chorus Line. In November, The Sound of Music.  Based on Maria von Trapp’s inspiring true life story. In February, Paper Mill Playhouse will present the classic comedy Lend Me a Tenor. In April, the 1920’s musical romp, Thoroughly Modern Millie.  Based on the movie starring Julie Andrews in the title role, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a high-spirited musical extravaganza filled with flappers, dapper gentlemen and a dragon-lady villainess. 

Paper Mill Playhouse closes its season with the New Jersey premiere of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, based on the 1989 Disney film of the same title.  With an award-winning score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, The Little Mermaid tells the story of Ariel, a courageous young mermaid who defies the rules and follows her heart.  

“I’m thrilled to bring this line up of Broadway blockbusters to Millburn,” says Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director for the Millburn theater.  “The shows we will produce in the 2012-2013 season are all audience favorites and among the most celebrated titles in the musical theater canon. This delightful lineup has something for everyone.  Time and again, we hear stories from our patrons who bring several generations of family together to enjoy our productions.  This family-friendly season continues this tradition, while bringing two Paper Mill Playhouse premieres to our stage.”

With two Paper Mill premieres, a New Jersey premiere and the return of audience favorites, we are proud to have created an irresistible line-up of stories you know and love, glorious music, and many memorable moments of theatre magic.,” remarks Managing Director Todd Schmidt.  “We could not produce such a season without the continued support of our partners at Investors Bank.”  

Paper Mill Playhouse will produce eight performances a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Three, four and five-show subscription packages are available now starting at $87. Each subscription package includes a different level of special benefits (see for details).  Single tickets will go on sale this June starting at just $26. Student rush tickets are $26 and are available the day of the performance in person with current student ID.  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  Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.  Groups of ten or more can receive up to a 25% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680. Titles and dates subject to change.

Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2012-2013 Season

A Chorus Line
October 3rd through October 28th 2012
Book: James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante
Music: Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics: Edward Kleban

A Chorus Line is "One Singular Sensation" that garnered virtually every imaginable award including the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize. This  groundbreaking musical, set during  an audition for an upcoming Broadway show, shines a light on the hopes, fears and dreams of performers vying for a chance to do what they all know they were born to do. A Chorus Line is an enthralling and emotional metaphor for what drives each of us to achieve our dreams.

The Sound of Music
November 23rd through December 30th 2012
Book: Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Music: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

"One of the most beloved and inspirational stories of all time, this tale of love and courage is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s final triumphant collaboration. Based on the true story of the Von Trapp family this musical masterpiece has become a beacon of hope and joy for generations. You will revel in the glorious sounds of iconic melodies like “My Favorite Things”, “Edelweiss” and “Climb Every Mountain." Don’t miss this holiday tradition for the entire family."
Lend Me A Tenor
February 13th through March 10th 2013
Book: Ken Ludwig

"An hysterically funny, door-slamming comedy!  The renowned “Il Stupendo” is scheduled to sing the lead in the opera Otello. Chaos ensues when his wife mistakenly leaves him a “Dear John” letter and the distraught singer is accidentally given a double dose of tranquilizers. What follows is a laugh out loud chain reaction of mistaken identity, plot twists, double entendres and musical mayhem!

Thoroughly Modern Millie
April 10th through May 5th 2012
Book: Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan
Music: Jeanine Tesori
Lyrics: Dick Scanlan

"Winner of the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Musical - an effervesant musical romp that will have you dancing the Charleston. It's the roaring twenties and young Millie Dillmount has just arrived in New York City, a place filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men, and a dragon lady of a villainess. Wonderfully funny with fabulous music and raise-your-eyebrows dance numbers."

Disney’s The Little Mermaid
May 29th through June 30th 2013
Book: Dough Wright
Music: Alan Menken
Lyrics: Glenn Slater and Howard Ashman

In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on one of Hans Christian Anderson’s most beloved stories, with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken.

"Paper Mill Playhouse offers people with disabilities the opportunity to see live theater with dignity and independence through our myriad of award-winning access programs and services, including: Audio Description and Sensory Seminars for the Blind, Braille and Large-Print programs, American Sign Language interpretation for the Deaf, Open-Captioning for those with hearing loss, and Assistive Listening Devices. "

Last Weekend! The Ladies Man at the Centenary Stage Company


Here's my review;

The source of the hilarious comedy, 'The Ladies Man', now playing in the Centenary Stage Company's Sitnik Theatre is the French playwright Georges Feydeau's comedy 'The Ladies’ Dressmaker' freely translated and adapted by Charles Morey. This quote from Feydeau provides more than a clue to the plot of 'The Ladies Man', "Whenever two of my characters absolutely, positively under any circumstances shouldn't meet, I put them in the same room together." What he has created with Moray's assistance is one of the funniest, madcap comedies of this or any other season. First...a warning...this not a cerebral event...don't look too closely....this fast-paced farce, particularly Act Two, is to be enjoyed without too much concern for logical situations, excessive silliness or occasional French accent lapses.

This handsome production is directed by the Centenary Stage Company's Artistic Director and frequent star, Carl Wallnau. Not only a fine director of comedy, he is also a master of casting. He wisely chose for the leading role, Dr. Hercule Molineaux, the star of CSC's 2010 'Oliver' (Fagan) Carl Wallnau. Carl is perfect in this wacky role. 

His skill in casting is also evident in the supporting cast led by one of our favorite NJ acting treasures, Liz Zazzi, who plays the Doctor's Mother-in-Law from Hell, Madame Aigreville. No one makes an entrance as grand, with the support of Mozart, as she does. Another favorite is Allen Lewis Rickman, direct from Broadway ('Relatively Speaking'), who is hysterical as a patient (Bassinet) with a unique speech impediment and a missing wife. The good doctor has an extremely faithful valet masterfully played for laughs by Robert Anthony Jones. Rounding out the cast are three very attractive ladies and one towering handsome Prussian officer. The doctor's young wife is in the able hands of a newcomer (actually a CSC intern) the lovely Alycia M. Kunkle. All French drawing room comedies would not be complete without the obligatory sexy maid....filling that role perfectly is Jaclyn Ingoglia as maid Marie. Last are the Aubins....Suzanne Aubin is the over-sexed wife of the Prussian officer, Gustav Aubin. Suzanne is played by the young and vivacious Ashley Kowzun. Gustav, the jealous Prussian officer (in full uniform including a helmet) is played with the appropriate amount of blustering and gusto by Colin Ryan.

The play is set, early in the 20th century, in the second-floor Parisian parlor of the Molineaux residence that serves as his office and later in a dressmaker's shop that's more suited for men than women. Dr. Molineaux is married to a beautiful young wife, Yvonne, who passionately calls out "Tiger, Tiger" during love making, his totally unacceptable reaction is to giggle destroying all romantic thought (and ability). The result is that he takes to sleeping alone in his study claiming the reason is that his wife snores. As the play opens, his wife discovers that he has not been home all night with the only explanation possible to her (and her mother) is that he spent the night in a palace of sin. In truth, he spent the night on a park bench in the pouring rain (disregard the fact that he returns in the morning in neat dinner clothes) after a failed rendezvous at the Moulin Rouge with his amorous patient, Suzanne Aubin. What can he do... admit his indiscretion? No, instead he concocts a mammoth lie about sitting up with a near-death patient. What follows is lie, after lie, leading to a series of mistaken identities and embarrassing situations worthy of the Marx Brothers. Be prepared...this is a laugh out loud event. 
Production credits: The elegant set was designed by Emmy Award winner Bob Phillips (Sesame Street), the Stage Manager is Kathryn China Hayzer, lighting by Ed Matthews, sound design by Michael Magnifico, and superior costumes by Julia Sharp.

Reviewed by Rick Busciglio February 17, 2012
The Ladies Man opened at Centenary Stage Company on February 17th and runs through March 4th. Performance times are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 PM, Sundays at 2PM, Thursdays (Family Nights) at 7:30 PM.  A student matinee is offered on Wednesday, February 29th at 10 A.M. with discounted ticket prices for school groups with advance reservations Ticket prices are $20 - $25, with discounts for seniors and students.

Thursday evenings are “Family Nights” with two-for-one “rush” tickets available at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling (908) 979-0900, or in person at the Lackland Center at 715 Grand Ave in Hackettstown, with box office hours from 1-5 Monday through Friday, and two hours prior to performances. Performances will take place in the Sitnik Theater of the David and Carol Lackland in Hackettstown, New Jersey. The Centenary Stage Company is a not-for-profit, professional Equity theatre, in residence at Centenary College.

Cast photo by Bob Eberle/CSC

The Growing Stage's Seussical opens March 9th

Attention parents of young children: the Growing Stage, The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, located in Netcong, New Jersey is presenting SEUSSICAL from March 9th to April 1st with performances Friday evenings at 7:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4:00 PM.

Music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, book by Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens, and based on the works of Dr. Seuss.  SEUSSICAL, with a cast of 31, is directed by TGS founder and executive Director Steve Fredericks with choreography by Jillian Petrie and musical direction by Laura Petrie
"Now one of the most performed shows in America, SEUSSICAL is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza!" Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty ("Ragtime," "Once On This Island") have brought to life all of the Dr. Seuss characters.
The story centers around Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with a double challenge--not only must he protect his tiny friend Jojo (and all the invisible Whos) from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La  Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him, the only one who recognizes "his kind and his powerful heart." Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant in a story that makes you laugh and cry.

SEUSSICAL features the talents of Steve Graham as The Cat in the Hat; Kristen Ware of Newton as JoJo, Christopher Frazier of Whippany as Horton; Melinda Bass of Montclair as Gertrude McFuzz; Maggie Graham of Fanwood as Mayzie La Bird, and Sahirah Johnson of Newark as the Sour Kangaroo.  Also in the cast are Danny Arnold and Sandy Taylor of Bayonne as Mr. & Mrs. Mayor; Sarah Jessica Anfora, Kristen Comyns and Katelyn Spinosa as The Bird Girls; with Becky Nitka, Matthew Fralley and Brandon Hightower as The Wickersham Brothers. 

"The Growing Stage is committed to creating and presenting professional theatre for young people and their families."  “The magic of Dr. Seuss work and what allows it to live on from generation to generation is the unique value he places on imagination.  He doesn’t merely ask his readers to sit back and escape – he encourages us to think – just think! states company director, Steve Fredericks. 
Housed in the historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong, the organization currently celebrating its 30th season, strives to provide audiences with the unique and affordable opportunity to share a fun, culturally significant moment in their intimate and very special venue.  The company is also showcasing its restoration of their front façade which has recently undergone major changes in keeping with its recognition of being on the National, State and County Registers of Historic Places. 

Tickets for SEUSSICAL are family friendly at $18 for adults, $14 for children and seniors, with group rates available.  
On Sunday, April 1st the Growing Stage will host a signed interpreted performance at 4:00 PM.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the TGS Box Office at (973) 347-4946 or logging onto their website at

Who provides support? The Growing Stage – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

News from Across the River: Discount Tix to Jesus Christ Superstar


Jesus Christ Super Star
"An Absolute Knockout!"
Since its Broadway debut, this spectacular musical phenomenon has thrilled millions of theatregoers worldwide: mesmerizing them with its passion, captivating them with its story and entrancing them with its anthemic title song. And now, two-time Tony Award®-winning director Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys, The Who’s Tommy) brings a bold, new vision to the classic rock opera by Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winners Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. After winning rave reviews at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival and the La Jolla Playhouse, this thrilling new production of one of the most popular musicals of all time gets ready to rock Broadway all over again.

Prices include a $2 facility fee per ticket purchased. Ticketmaster service fees for each ticket applicable to online or phone orders. Discount not applicable to facility fee or Ticketmaster service fees. Offer not valid on prior purchased tickets and may not be combined with any other discounts or promotions. ALL SALES FINAL. No refunds or exchanges. Not all seats discounted. Other restrictions may apply. Dates, times, prices and cast subject to change without notice. Offer valid for performances 3/1/12-5/13/12 excluding 3/22/12 and 4/3/12-4/8/12. Additional blackout dates may apply. Offer may be revoked without notice at any time. Limit 14 tickets per order. Tickets must be purchased by 3/22/12 at 11:59 PM EST.

Broadway’s longest running show ever on tv March 4th

Musical theatre fans...this is a 'must-see' event...the longest running show ever;
The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall, a fully-staged, lavish 25th anniversary mounting of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running Broadway and West End extravaganza, will air on WNET's Great Performances on March 4th at 7 pm.. 
Worldwide, “The Phantom of the Opera” has grossed over $5.6 billion, making it the most successful entertainment product of all time (including films!) It has been seen in 145 cities in 27 countries and played to more than 130 million people. The show has won more than 50 major theatre awards, including seven Tony® and three Olivier® Awards in the West End. It is currently showing in London, New York, Budapest, Las Vegas and Kyoto. In 2006, it became Broadway’s longest running show ever.

"To mark the musical’s Silver Anniversary, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh presented “The Phantom of the Opera” in the sumptuous Victorian splendor of London’s Royal Albert Hall. International audiences were invited to join the celebration when the evening was transmitted live to cinemas worldwide. This dazzling restaging of the original production recreates the jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking special effects of the original, set to Lloyd Webber’s haunting score."

The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall stars Ramin Karimloo as The Phantom and Sierra Boggess as Christine. Both had triumphed in the London premiere of “Love Never Dies,” Lloyd Webber’s sequel to “The Phantom of the Opera,” both earning prestigious Olivier Award nominations for their roles.
Karimloo and Boggess are joined by Barry James as Monsieur Firmin, Gareth Snook as Monsieur André, Liz Robertson as Madame Giry and Wynne Evans as Piangi, together with a cast and orchestra of more than 200 including special guest appearances by the original Phantom and Christine, Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman. Illustrious past Phantoms Peter Jöback, John Owen-Jones, Anthony Warlow, and Colm Wilkinson join forces for a powerful “Music of the Night,” all introduced by Lloyd Webber. Besides that hit tune, the show contains such favorites as “All I Ask of You,” “Think of Me,” “Prima Donna,” “Masquerade” and “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again.”

Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” first opened in 1986 at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London and is based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux. Set against the glamor and spectacle of the Paris Opera House, Leroux told of a horribly disfigured Phantom, once a promising musician, who now terrorizes the opera company. Shamed by his physical appearance and feared by all, the Phantom is drawn to the beautiful ingénue Christine Daaé and begins coaching her secretly, as a tragic romance unfolds between the unlikely pair.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Japanese 2011 nuclear disaster play to premiere in New York

News from across the river: A new play about the medical staff that risked their lives following the March 11, 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster will premiere in New York for a special performance on the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Japan.  The following day the actors will perform the play, Hikobae, at the United Nations with the Mayor of Soma City, Hidekiyo Tachiya, in attendance. 

is a fictionalized story based on recorded interviews with physicians and nurses from Soma City Hospital, a medical center in the Fukushima evacuation zone.  The play is part of an ongoing international collaboration between New York’s Stella Adler Studio of Acting and The Actors Clinic, a prominent acting school in Tokyo led by Toshi Shioya.  The performance will honor those lost so much in the disaster. Graduates from both acting schools are participating in the production.

The bilingual theater piece will be performed in English and Japanese with proceeds from the production benefiting the Soma City Earthquake Disaster Orphan Scholarship Fund.  New York City Firefighters and members of the United Nations delegation along with Mr. Tachiya have been invited to the performances.
“The world today cries out for compassionate artists to give voice to the disenfranchised” said Tom Oppenheim, the Artistic Director of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. “Toshi Shioya is such an artist and the Hikobae Project will do just that for the people of Soma City and the Fukushima prefecture in Japan.”
"While discussing with Tom what kind of first projects to do with The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, eastern Japan was struck by an unprecedented earthquake," Shioya said. "Two weeks after the disaster, Soma City Mayor Hidekiyo Tachiya requested that we film the endless struggle in the city. The explosion at the Fukushima nuclear power plant happened two days after. Tom Oppenheim suggested a theatrical play commemorating the earthquake as our premiere production."

Stella Adler Studio of Acting is one of the world's most famous acting institutions. The nonprofit acting school has trained actors such as Marlon Brando, Robert DeNiro, Elaine Stritch, Benicio del Toro, and Salma Hayek.  Stella Adler Studio also has partnerships in India, the Philippines and Mexico.

March 11, 2012
Alvin Ailey Dance Theater
7:00 p.m.

March 12, 2012
United Nations
6:30 p.m.

Run Time: 100 minutes

'Blood: a comedy' at Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

The DREAMCATCHER REPERTORY THEATRE, the professional Theatre in Residence at the Baird Center in South Orange, will present the hilarious and irreverent BLOOD: A COMEDY by New Jersey playwright David Lee White from March 9 through March 25. This “raucously philosophical farce,” (Curtain Up), was produced only once before, in 2009 at the Passage Theatre in Trenton.

Jacqueline Stanzi is an eccentric life-long atheist and college professor who has just lost her tenure for trying to teach intelligent design in a science class. Struggling with confusion and memory loss, Jacqueline decides that the only way to save her mind – and her highly dysfunctional family – from destroying itself is for them all to get religion. What better time for a family confessional than the eve of her daughter’s wedding and the joining of two bloodlines? When the play ran at Passage, Anita Gates of The New York Times wrote, "David Lee White’s BLOOD: A COMEDY couldn’t be cleverer as it deals with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, a soap-opera-style family shocker and reflections on the existence of God." Bob Brown of The Princeton Packet added, "Reasonably mature, liberal-minded adults will have a ball. You may even be prompted to think about things like the capacity for love, the nature of spirituality, or what constitutes a family."

Dreamcatcher’s production of BLOOD: A COMEDY features Resident Acting Company members Clark Carmichael (Montclair), Noreen Farley (Clinton), David Miceli (Little Falls), and Jessica O’Hara-Baker (New York). Completing the cast is guest F. David Halpert (South Orange). The Stage Manager is Harry Patrick Christian (Montclair) and the Assistant Stage Manager is Melissa Cox (Madison). The show is directed by Laura Ekstrand (Livingston), Dreamcatcher’s Artistic Director.

BLOOD: A COMEDY will run at The Baird from Friday, March 9 through Sunday, March 25. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. 

There will be talkbacks with the artists after the March 11 and March 18 matinee performances. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for seniors and students, with special rates for subscribers and groups. Purchase tickets online at or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006. Seniors pay only $15 on advance purchases only on Senior Sunday, the March 11 matinee.

Performances are at The Baird, located at 5 Mead Street in Meadowland Park, a few blocks from the center of downtown South Orange. The facility is wheelchair accessible. Assistive Listening devices for the hearing impaired and advance large print scripts are available by prior arrangement. 

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre is at The Baird, 5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ 07079,       Telephone 973-378-7754, ext. 2228.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey 's 2012 “Lend Us Your Ears” Play Reading Series

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will launch its third annual Lend Us Your Ears play reading series on Monday, March 12 at 7 p.m. with Eve of Ides, a new play by author David Blixt.  

The series also includes readings of William Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part Two on July 16 and the provocative comedy Wittenberg by David Davalos on September 24.  

All readings will be held at 7:00 pm at the Shakespeare Theatre’s Main Stage, the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave. (at Lancaster Road) in Madison.   The Lend Us Your Ears discount subscription series, featuring tickets to all three readings, is $36 for adults and $24 for students.  Individual tickets are $15 each for adults and $10 for students. For tickets or more information, call the box office at 973-408-5600 or visit    

Lend Us Your Ears provides patrons the opportunity to join the Shakespeare Theatre’s directors, actors and artistic staff to explore three diverse and exciting plays.  These script-in-hand readings will feature members of The Shakespeare Theatre’s esteemed company of actors as well as prestigious guest artists.  Following the reading will be a talk-back session with the director, cast and audience which provides valuable feedback on the play and its potential for future production.   

Eve of Ides imagines Caesar, Brutus, and Mark Antony on the night before Caesar’s assassination, debating politics, family, history, and the future.  A Chicago resident, playwright David Blixt is the author of the historical novel “The Master of Verona.”  He is also an accomplished classical actor and has appeared on stage at Michigan Shakespeare Festival, First Folio Shakespeare, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, the Shadow Theatre Company, and the Goodman Theatre.   Eve of Ides will be directed by famed Broadway fight director and Shakespeare Theatre company member Rick Sordelet.    The role of Brutus, Caesar’s friend and ultimately his assassin, will be read by “Guiding Light” actor Grant Aleksander.   Aleksander appeared on “Guiding Light” as character Phillip Spaulding on and off from 1982 through 2009 as well as “All My Children” for two seasons in 1994 and 1995.  He has been nominated several times for Daytime Emmy awards.

Following on the heals of The Shakespeare Theatre’s Main Stage production of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part One will be a reading of the rarely-done Henry IV, Part Two which continues the story of the young Prince Henry and Falstaff where Part One leaves off, and leads to the prince’s ascension to the throne.   The reading of Henry IV, Part Two will be held on Monday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Closing the Lend Us Your Ears reading series is Wittenberg by David Davalos.   This clever and irreverent comedy portrays Doctor Faustus and Reverend Martin Luther as rival college professors vying for the attention of a star pupil – Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.   The reading of Wittenberg will take place on Monday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m.      

Tickets for the reading series are $15 each for adults or a discount price of $36 for all three.   Student tickets are $10 each or $24 for all three readings.   For tickets, call the box office at 973-408-5600, visit or email

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Main Stage, the 308-seat F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, is conveniently located in Madison at 36 Madison Avenue (Route 124) at Lancaster Road (on the Drew University campus), just minutes from routes 287, 78 and 10. Parking is free. 
2012 marks The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s 50th Anniversary.    The company’s 50th Anniversary season, which begins in late May and continues through December, includes productions of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part One; The Liar by David Ives, adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille; Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure; Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, adapted by Neil Bartlett; Man of La Mancha by Dale Wasserman, with lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh; and Trelawny of the Wells by Arthur Wing Pinero.  

The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre is barrier free with access into the Theatre via a ramp and elevator access to all floors.   Wheelchair seating and transfer seating is available.  Braille and large print programs are available.   Infrared listening devices are available free of charge.  Some performances are audio described.  Contact the theatre for more information.   For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 973-408-5600 or visit

What's playing on New Jersey's professional stages?

Here is the list of current professional plays from the New Jersey Theatre Alliance up to March 4;

Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown
Allen Lewis Rickman and Carl Wallnau in The Ladies Man. Photo by Bob Eberle.
Allen Lewis Rickman and Carl Wallnau in The Ladies Man. Photo by Bob Eberle.
The Ladies Man
By George Feydeau; adapted by Charles Morey
Now through March 4

In Belle Époque Paris, a recently married doctor tells a “hardly noticeable lie” to cover an innocent but embarrassing indiscretion. From that single untruth tumbles a cascade of increasingly convoluted deceptions, misunderstandings and mistaken identities in this infectiously charming farce.

For more information, or to purchase tickets: (908) 979-0900

Read our review
Visit Centenary Stage Company's website

CrossroadsTheatre Company, New Brunswick
The Adventures of Fishy Waters: In Bed with the Blues
By Guy Davis
Final performances this weekend!

In this one-man-show, blues virtuoso Davis spins the tale of the mythical Fishy Waters, an itinerant blues man journeying through 1930s America. Blending original and traditional blues in a world-class performance, this endearing character seeks work and comfort amidst the incessant hardships of life.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (732) 545-8100
Visit the Crossroads Theatre Company website

The Garage Theatre Group, Teaneck
Laura Warfield and Mikaela Kafka in Night Mother .
Laura Warfield and Mikaela Kafka in Night Mother .
'Night Mother'

By Marsha NormanFinal performances this weekend!

Jessie tells her mother she plans to commit suicide in just a few hours, setting off a fierce struggle between mother and daughter. Truths are revealed and words that were unspoken for decades are finally uttered in this explosive Pulitzer Prize winning drama.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (201) 569-7710
Visit The Garage Theatre Group website

George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick
Randy Harrison and Bob Ari in Red. Photo by T. Charles Erickson
Randy Harrison and Bob Ari in Red. Photo by T. Charles Erickson
RedBy John Logan
Final performances this weekend!
Lit from within and fueled by the passion of their creator, Mark Rothko’s "Seagrams Murals" are powerful paintings of crimson, maroon and black that were intended to hang in a building designed by architectural titans. But when a new assistant enters his studio, Rothko finds himself reconsidering the future of his paintings as he is confronted by the rise of the next generation.

The award-winning Broadway play by John Logan, screenwriter of the movies Any Given Sunday, Sweeney Todd and the current Oscar-nominated screenplay for the blockbuster Hugo, as well as his landmark play Never the Sinner.

For more information, or to purchase tickets: (732) 246-7717
Visit George Street Playhouse's website
Read our review
Luna Stage Company, West Orange
Shane Taylor and Frankie Faison in Reparation. Photo by Steven Lawler
Shane Taylor and Frankie Faison in Reparation. Photo by Steven Lawler
ReparationBy Gino Dilorio
Now through March 11 (World Premiere)

An investment banker who has made a career by playing the race card finds himself out of options and out of friends. His last hope is an old flame with a hot real estate venture. But he soon learns that there are secrets buried beneath the land, secrets that will force him to come to terms with past transgressions, reconsider his loyalties, and determine his own legacy.

For more information, or to purchase tickets: (973) 395-5551
Visit Luna Stage Company's website
Read our review
Passage Theatre Company, Trenton
Solo Flights Festival - In Good CompanyMarch 2 - 25
Inventive ensembles will bring a unique blend of theatricality, movement and humor to Trenton along with signature solo performers, including a sweaty, hilarious and unique look at powerless people in search of their superpowers. Come and enjoy the fun; you’ll be in good company.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (609) 392-0766
Visit the Passage Theatre website

Two River Theater Company, Red Bank
By August Wilson
Final performances this weekend!

No writer captures the rhythm and musicality of language quite like August Wilson. One of the American theater’s finest writers, he is our greatest chronicler of the African-American experience. Jitney, his first play, is set in 1977 Pittsburgh, in a makeshift storefront depot for gypsy cab drivers. The men share stories and gossip, two young lovers fight for their future, and the station owner confronts his long-estranged son. Wilson illuminates the human condition with an exquisite sense of the poetry of ordinary life. ''Jitney holds its audience in charmed captivity,” says The New York Times.
And opening on March 3 ...
In This HouseMusic by Mike Reid; lyrics by Sarah Schlesinger; book by Jonathan Bernstein, Sarah Schlesinger and Mike Reid
March 3 - April 1

In this new chamber musical, two couples meet and spend an evening together on a wintry New Year’s Eve. Intimate and personal, In This House touches people no matter where they are in their own lives, evoking the universal experience of being in love, and the challenges and rewards of navigating a relationship.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (732) 345-1400

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

'The Last Five Years' opens at Women’s Theater on March 2

 The Last Five Years a one-act musical by Jason Robert Brown opens at  The Women’s Theater in Parsippany, on Friday evening, March 2.   The show runs Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees through March 18...  Evening performances are at 8 pm, Sunday matinees at 3 pm  Performances are at The Parsippany Arts Center, 1130 Knoll Road, Lake Hiawatha
The story of The Last Five Years is told by a married, and now separated couple.  The husband tells it chronologically from beginning through the end of five years.  The wife tells the story chronologically in reverse, from present to past.
Directed by Lauren Mills of Boonton with Musical Director Warren Helms of Pompton Lakes the  cast members  are Lea Antolini, of Sparta, NJ, and James Sasser of New York City. Both are Actors Equity members.  Tim Metz of Boonton, is the bassist. 
Tickets for performances are $20.00, and discounted for Senior Citizens.  Please call 973 316-3033 to reserve seats for a performance. Groups, please call 908 306-0881 for reservations.

'By Jeeves' next at the Chester Theatre Group

Auditions and more at the Kelsey Theatre

OnStage News And Notes | The newsletter of Maurer Productions OnStage, producers of live theatrical productions | Kelsey Theatre | Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, NJ
 February, 2012 
For Kelsey Theatre Tickets Call 1-800-570-3333 
Death of a Salesman | February 24 - March 4 | Kelsey Theatre | For Tickets Click or Call 609-570-3333
Xanadu | March 9 - March 18 | Kelsey Theatre | For Tickets Click or Call 609-570-3333
The Wizard of Oz | March 23 - April 1 | Kelsey Theatre | For Tickets Click or Call 609-570-3333
Hairspray | April 13-22 | Kelsey Theatre | For Tickets Click or Call 609-570-3333
A Chorus Line | April 27 - May 6 | Kelsey Theatre | For Tickets Click or Call 609-570-3333
Stephen Sondheim's Company | May 18 - June 3 | Kelsey Theatre | For Tickets Click or Call 609-570-3333

The Drowsy Chaperone Maurer Productions OnStage, the company that brought you Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is holding open auditions for its upcoming production of the musical The Drowsy Chaperone on February 25th from 9AM to 5PM and February 26th from 12PM to 5PM. The show offers performers 17 speaking and singing roles. All actors ages 17 and older are welcome. All roles are open. This production will be presented at Kelsey Theatre on the West Windsor campus of Mercer County Community College. Performances are June 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 2012(MORE...)
Pierrot Productions brings the fiercely eloquent American classic, Death of a Salesman, to the stage at Mercer County Community College's Kelsey Theatre. Dates and times for this award-winning drama are Fridays, Feb. 24 and March 2 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Feb. 25 and March 3 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Feb. 26 and March 4 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on Mercer's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on Feb. 24. (MORE...)
The Pennington Players perform magic on roller skates with their upcoming performance of the hilarious musical fantasy Xanadu at Mercer County Community College's Kelsey Theatre. Dates and show times for this spirited take on 1980s popular culture are: Fridays, March 9 and March 16 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, March 10 and March 17 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, March 11 and March 18 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on Mercer's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on March 9. (MORE...)
In this Podcast we talk with the director and the cast of Death of a Salesman being produced by Pierrot Productions at the Kelsey Theatre on the campus of Mercer County Community College. Our guests include Director Ruth Markoe, and actors Tim Anderson, Peggy Waldron, Chris Scheid, Tim Liu. (MORE...)
Packed Kelsey Theatre houses roared with laughter as the jokes came fast and furious during the run of MPO’s production of the Neil Simon comedy Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Referring to members of the cast, Stage Magazine reviewer Terry Stern said "...[they] burn up the stage individually...but together they create a bonfire of insanities.” The show closed on February 5th but you can still see photos from the production in our show gallery. (MORE...)
See where MPO alumni are performing in February and March, including productions of Beauty and the Beast, Camp Rock, Broadway Bound and The Wizard of Oz. (MORE...)

In honor of The Drowsy Chaperone  auditions this coming weekend, this quiz will cover shows that opened in the same theater as The Drowsy Chaperone:  the Marquis Theatre at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, NYC. (MORE...)