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Thursday, December 3, 2015

‘Broadway’s Biggest Musical Flops and Hits’ presentation by Eric Hafen in February-mark the date




Eric Hafen, the Artistic Director of the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, will be speaking about the history of musical flops and hits at this National Society Arts & Letters program at 1:30 pm on Thursday February 11, 2016

Rodgers&Hart “Flops are just as much a part of musical theatre history, some say a bigger part, as hits and often flops involve the same creators who had mega hits. No one in the theatre is immune to a flop, and the finest writers, directors, stars, producers and designers have all had big ones.  We will look at theatre history both past and contemporary and see both the greatest hits and most devastating flops in Broadway history.”


9e8db22d39e9e217cb9f84f813cfc455 Eric Hafen has served as Artistic Director for the Bickford Theatre since 2001.  He has been active in the theatre for 30 years having acted in and directed both musicals and non-musicals throughout New England, New York and New Jersey, including works Off-Broadway, and regionally.  He also provided artistic direction for the Six Flags Corporation, the Park Performing Arts Center in Union City, NJ, Theatre at the Mount and Little Theatre Stage Company both in MA.  While at the Park Performing Arts Center, Mr. Hafen directed 4 seasons of The Passion Play, including the casting of an African-American in the role of Jesus, which brought national and international recognition for his non-traditional casting.  Mr. Hafen was awarded the Outstanding Professional in the Arts of 2005 by the Arts Council of the Morris area and serves on the board of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.  He is associated with the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and ArtPride NJ.

About the NSAL

Founded in 1944, The National Society of Arts and Letters is a non-profit organization that assists promising young artists through arts competitions, scholarships and other career opportunities. Stars such as Shirley MacLaine and Jessye Norman have been past NSAL award winners.

Photos: Rodgers and Hart (album liner)

              Eric Hafen and Robert Cuccioli (by Rick Busciglio)

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