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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The choice is yours—select venue, concert, price and how many! Plus, you'll save money at NJSO


Top 5 reasons to Compose Your Own Series today!

1. Savings
When you Compose Your Own Series, you’ll save money compared to buying single tickets.

2. Flexibility
You select the venue, concert, price and how many tickets you want. Get exactly what you want from the entire 2017–18 season.

3. Convenience
Add tickets on to your series at any time after the initial purchase. Just select three (or more) concerts today, then call 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476) if you need additional tickets to bring friends, family, use as gifts or see another concert you’d like to attend. Plus, the NJSO offersflexible exchanges in case life interrupts your leisure plans.

4. Great seats
Get a jump on everyone else by ordering your tickets before single tickets go on sale. The best seats are available now, and they can only be ordered by subscription!

5. Great concerts!
Choose from favorites including Beethoven’s Fifth and Sixth symphonies, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s complete Brandenburg Concertos, Broadway and TV star Jason Alexander, pianist Terrence Wilson, violinist Gil Shaham and E.T. the Extra Terrestrial in concert on the big screen with live orchestral accompaniment. Take a moment to discover the concerts and listen to sound clips of all of the great concerts you’ll love in the new season, including many concerts with NJSO Music Director Xian Zhang.

Great music is here and so are you!
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Cultural Accessibility Awards June 22nd at Grounds For Sculpture

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On Thursday, June 22nd, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Cultural Access Network Project (CAN), a program of New Jersey Theatre Alliance and New Jersey State Council on the Arts, will host the ninth annual Excellence in Cultural Access Awards at Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ.

Attended by leaders in the state’s arts and cultural community, the event will feature a keynote address by Valerie Fletcher, executive director of the Institute of Human Centered Design, educational roundtables, pop-up galleries with artwork by artists with disabilities, entertainment by Premiere Stages of Kean University, and a reception.

“We are excited to be co-hosting the ninth annual Excellence in Cultural Access Awards,” said Nicholas Paleologos, Executive Director of New Jersey State Council on the Arts. “This year is doubly special because we will not only be honoring some of the state's top access achievers, but we will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of our collaboration with New Jersey Theatre Alliance in the Cultural Access Network Project. We've made tremendous strides in enabling people with disabilities to enjoy and participate in the arts, and look forward to celebrating those achievements.”

Special Autism-Friendly performance of Mary Poppins at Paper Mill

Mary_Poppins_940x432Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is pleased to announce a special Autism-Friendly performance of its hit musical Mary Poppins on Friday, June 23 at 1:30PM.

This performance is designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities, and is planned in cooperation with Paper Mill Playhouse’s Autism Advisory Team. The theater environment will be altered for this performance, providing a sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming to all families. The performance itself will be adjusted with special attention paid to lighting and sound.  For tickets to this special performance, please call the Paper Mill Playhouse box office at 973-376-4343 or visit

Additionally, Paper Mill Playhouse will host a free open house titled Meet Your Seat on Thursday, June 22 from 3 to 5 pm.  This is an opportunity for children who are new to the theatrical experience to visit the theater space before the show. Often children with autism or other developmental disabilities become anxious in new surroundings, new experiences, and they need time to transition. The Meet Your Seat open house provides an opportunity for children to come to the theater in advance of the performance and take time to feel comfortable in this new space.

Paper Mill Playhouse embraces a long history of providing access services to patrons of the theater. This is the fourth time Paper Mill Playhouse has expanded its autism-friendly performances to a mainstage production after successful performances of Elf, A Christmas Story and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. In addition to autism-friendly performances, Paper Mill Playhouse offers a wide variety of access programs and services including: sign-interpreted performances, open-captioned performances, audio-described performances, pre-show sensory seminars and barrier-free access theater-wide.

Theater Project seeks donations

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We promise to stretch your donation
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provide our community with:
summer theater programs for kids
     workshops for emerging playwrights
     incentives for young playwrights
     showcases for new work
     discussions with playwrights, directors and actors
and most important,
     productions that focus on the issues of our times,followed by lively, respectful discussions with audiences, guest panelists, actors , directors and playwrights.

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The Theater Project - PO Box 101, Union, NJ, 07083, (908) 809-8865

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

‘It Shoulda Been You’ at 4th Wall in Bloomfield



Book and Lyrics by BRIAN HARGROVE
Kate Swan - Director
Markus Grae-Hauck - Music Director
Shannon White - Set | Nik Marmo - Lights
On Cue Costumes - Costumes
Nicholas Von Hagel – Sound

WHEN: June 2, 3, 9, 10 at 8 pm, June 4, 11 at 3 pm
Westminster Arts Center, 449 Franklin St., Bloomfield
TICKETS: $19 – $26

When you purchase your tickets online, you will be sent a link to a flyer that you can use at local Bloomfield restaurants on the day of the show. Enjoy Dinner and a Show, thanks to the Bloomfield Center Alliance!
For more information, check out

In the history of totally insane wedding days, this one takes the cake. It's the Steinberg wedding. The bride is Jewish. The groom is Catholic. Her mother is a force of nature, his mother is a tempest in a cocktail shaker. And when the bride's ex-boyfriend crashes the party, the perfect wedding starts to unravel faster than you can whistle "Here Comes the Bride!" Plots are hatched, pacts are made, secrets are exposed—and the sister of the bride is left to turn a tangled mess into happily ever after in this musical comedy for anyone with parents.

Jenny Steinberg - Julie Galorenzo
Rebecca Steinberg - Kelsey McCollaum
Judy Steinberg - Jodi Freeman-Maloy
Murray Steinberg - Bob Russell
​Marty Kaufman - Scott Baird
Brian Howard - Chris Zika
Georgette Howard - Christine Orzepowski
George Howard - Billy Brisley
Annie Sheps - Asami Tsuzuki
Greg Madison - Shane Long
Albert - Jason Tamashausky
Aunt Sheila/Mimsy - Ginny Crooks
Uncle Morty/Walt - Karl Loveland

Photos by Tom Schopper Photography

Now is the time to enroll in this summer's Dreamcatcher Jr.

Dreamcatcher Jr. is a 3-week summer theatre camp

at Oakes Center in Summit, NJ.

Classes run July 10 to 28, Monday - Friday, 9am to 3 pm

We have combined the best of our conservatory, where students build skills and study with theatre professionals in a variety of subjects, with our beloved Dreamcatcher Junior program, where the students create and perform their own play.

Read more!summer-theatre-conservatory/ctfi

     Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Oakes Center  *  120 Morris Avenue  *  Summit, NJ 07901

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

From Across the River: Shaw’s ‘Getting Married’ One night only



Gingold Theatrical Group, Inc, 520 Eighth Avenue #304,   (info only 212.355.7823)  , New York, NY 10018

‘Avenue Q’ opens this Friday at Dover Little Theatre

Apartment for rent beginning June 2 (coffee and cake if you come the first day!) No wifi, we got tired of blocking too many sites. Low prices, eclectic neighborhood, and great company. Many distinguished people have expressed interest in this fine address, so it would be best to make a reservation. If interested, please contact Gary Coleman, yes, that Gary Coleman.

Avenue Q opens this Friday and runs for the next three weekends!
June 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th at 8 pm and June 4th, 10th, and 11th at 2 pm.
Tickets are $22 each- if you have a group of 10 people or more, tickets are $18.

To reserve tickets you can call the box office at 973-328-9202 or email the box office at If you would like to purchase tickets, you can get them from SmartTix!

Too Funny To Fail: Dark Comedy about Financial Crash Premiers in Jersey City

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Subprime – a dark comedy about the personal consequences of the financial crisis – has its world premier in Jersey City next week.

Written by Beck Lee – a veteran publicist well known in New York theater circles – and directed by Jason Jacobs of  Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and a Master Teaching Artist with Roundabout Theatre –Subprime will be featured in a limited four-show engagement at JCTC’s Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Avenue,  June 8- 10.  

Subprime is set in the summer of 2008 when hints of an impending financial meltdown were being felt but studiously ignored.  Subprime introduces us to the Crocker-Kellys and the Swensons, two couples from the well-to-do Linden Hills neighborhood in Minneapolis. On a NYC vacation they cannot afford,  during the course of an evening of relaxation in their hotel, the scope of their denial about the state of their finances, their marriages and even their identities comes into sharp focus.

During the play’s development process – which included a handful of high-profile staged readings – Subprime was called the next God of Carnage by the theatre blog, On Stage: “If you think you might at all be interested in watching the next ‘God of Carnage’ … then you owe it to yourself to give ‘Subprime’ a look ... It’s a show that’s going to get talked about, so I’m going to start talking now.”

JCTC presents thematic series of theatre, performances, readings and visual arts on a topic global in scope yet relevant to the community. Subprime brings a comedic and human dimension to one of the most severe economic disruptions in recent history, the financial crisis that closed out the first decade of the new century and was followed by what is now known as the Great Recession.

Monday, May 29, 2017


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NJ Rep to present the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of HALFTIME WITH DON


World Premiere June 22 – July 30

New Jersey Repertory Company presents the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of HALFTIME WITH DON by Ken Weitzman, directed by Kent Nicholson, June 22 – July 30, 2017. The theater is located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch.

Don Devers may not have been the biggest name in the NFL, but his heart and his charisma were unrivaled on the field. Known for helping every opponent he knocked down get back onto their feet, Don has been brought to his knees by the cruel legacy of his high-impact heyday. Ed Ryan, a demoralized fan who’s idolized Don all his life, arrives at his door searching for inspiration. Instead Ed finds his hero shut off from the world, attempting to stave off the encroaching offensive of traumatic brain damage with Pringles, pills and Post-It notes.  Stephanie, Don’s pregnant, tough-as-nails daughter, is sure she knows why he refuses to see even her. But she’s wrong. What she discovers, what they all discover through the mirror of Don’s decline, is an unpredictable, remarkable perspective on hope and strength in the clinch of being merely human.

Joining us as Don is Malachy Cleary, NJ Rep regular Susan Maris plays Sarah Ryan and newcomers Lori Vega and Dan McVey play Stephanie Devers and Ed Ryan.

Previews kick-off Thursday, June 22, with a complimentary game-day buffet of chili, chips and beer following the performance. Opening night with reception is Saturday, June 24. Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $46 and are available at 732-229-3166 or online at

Malachy Cleary

Susan Maris

Dan McVey

Lori Vega

179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ 07740

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Exit 82 6th Annual TRICKY TRAY on Sunday, June 11th!

Don't miss our 6th Annual TRICKY TRAY on Sunday, June 11th!

It's your chance to win a 55" ROKU TV, designer handbags, Ipad, Xbox1S, Disney
Park-Hopper passes, vacation packages, sports memorabilia, gift cards and so much more!!
When and Where:
Sunday, June 11th at 1pm
Elks Lodge,  600 Washington St, Toms River


$20 per ticket includes one sheet of Tier 1 tickets, soda/coffee/tea, dessert & music.
Feel free to bring any additional food or drinks you want for your table.

VAL PACKS are only available up until 6/10 for an additional $20 which includes one sheet of Tier 1, ten Tier 2 tickets, and five Tier 3 tickets  -  a $30 value! Tickets for all individual tiers will be sold the day of the event as well in addition to an electronics wheel, designer pocket book bingo balls, gift card apron & birthday board!

Click here for tickets!

The New York Classical Players' 2016-17 Season MAY Match Challenge



The Deadline(May 31) is approaching!

Donate Now,

Double Your Impact!

In May, Every dollar donated to NYCP will be matched by an anonymous foundation up to $10,000.

Our mission from day one has been presenting the highest quality of classical music concert for FREE of charge, and it has been great impact to our community for the past 7 years. 

Here is a challenge! An anonymous foundation has agreed to match up to $10,000 of whatever amount donations we can bring in from individuals. Your $10 donation becomes $20 to us. 

Please send your gift today. We need the arts more than ever!

Thank you so much for your help!


Paul Winter's 22nd Annual Summer Solstice Sunrise Celebration

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Welcome the Dawning of Summer

In an Acoustic Adventure under the 150-foot

Dome of the World's Largest Cathedral

“Our music begins in total darkness, and proceeds in a continuous journey, with musicians surrounding the audience. Gradually, as the great stained-glass windows slowly illuminate, the light joins the sound to carry us into the first dawning of the summer.” — Paul Winter

Seven-time Grammy®-winning saxophonist Paul Winter's 22nd Annual Summer Solstice Sunrise Celebration will take place at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 17 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th St., New York, NY.

This one-of-a-kind sunrise concert by the Paul Winter Consort is a musical welcome to summer that marks the passing of one season to the next, evoking a beautiful melding of contemporary human aspirations with the inscrutable mystery of earth and time. It is an experience of deep listening that many people have never had before.

"Morning Sun," the theme for this year's Summer Solstice Celebration, is recapitulated in the title of the highly anticipated Living Music album, Morning Sun: Adventures with Oboe -- Paul McCandless with the Paul Winter Consort, a soon-to-be-released anthology of double-reed master Paul McCandless's great recordings with the Consort over the past 45 years. This year's Summer Solstice Celebration will honor McCandless's 70th birthday and serve as a salute to the new album by featuring him on oboe, English horn, and bass clarinet.

The renowned 32-voice choir Florida Singing Sons will be special guests, joining the Paul Winter Consort to perform music ranging from traditional Bulgarian chant to selections by Eric Whitacre and the sublime nocturnes of Morten Lauridsen. The Consort will also premiere new music, along with traditional pieces from their repertoire.

The Consort roster will include Paul Winter, soprano sax; Eugene Friesen, cello; Paul McCandless, oboe, English horn, and bass clarinet; Jeff Holmes, piano, and Tim Brumfield on the Cathedral's majestic Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ.



The NEW JERSEY ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL (#1MPF) returns to for its seventh year, beginning a new and exciting partnership with Mile Square Theatre. The marathon evening of one-minute plays by over 30 of New Jersey’s established and emerging playwrights and directors plays three performances only, Saturday, June 24th at 8pm, and Sunday, June 25th at 3pm & 7pm, 1400 Clinton St, Hoboken, NJ 07030. Tickets, priced at $20, are currently available at

The 7TH ANNUAL NEW JERSEY ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL will feature brand new one-minute plays by Michele Aldin Kushner, Brad Baron, Eric Conger, Marian Calabro, Oded Gross, Joseph Gallo, Midge Guerrera, Chisa Hutchinson, Lisa Huberman, David Hilder, Stephen Hiltner, Angela Kariotis, Dano Madden, Lynn Marie Macy, TS Murphy, Lisa Mary MacNair, Chris O'Connor, Nicole Pandolfo, Barry M. Putt Jr., Lillian Ribeiro, Dnia Ramos, Megan Sass, Brendon Votkipka, David Lee White, Stanley Werse, & Amy Witting

Directors include Mark Cirnigliaro, Nathanial Claridad, Rodney Gilbert, Rose Ginsberg, Steve Gaissert, Andrew Willis-Woodward, Sarah Wolff, & More!



Dates: Saturday, June 24th at 8pm & Sunday, June 25th at 3pm & 7pm

Tickets: $20. Tickets are currently available at

Register for Dreamcatcher Summer Improv classes starting June 7th

IMPROV COMEDY for Adults & Teens

Summer Classes
Level 1 - Wednesdays, June 7 - July 12, 2017
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm (six weeks)

Course fee: $210 for six classes

Level 2 - Thursdays, June 8 - July 27, 2017
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm (eight weeks)

Course fee: $280 for eight classes

LOCATION: Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ, second floor

Limited space available. Don't wait.

Register now!!classes-workshops/c1tuh

I believe that anyone can improvise - anyone!  And if you're saying, "Nuh-uh, not me!" then I must respectfully disagree.  Sorry to be so blunt, but I've witnessed it time and time again.  ANYONE can improvise.   

-Lulu French, Instructor

Instructor * Improv

Lulu French has been improvising for the past sixteen years. She started improv taking classes at Gotham City Improv and has appeared in numerous improv shows at Gotham including the long-running Off the Top of Our Heads. Lulu taught all levels of improvisation at Gotham for ten years and has directed several of Gotham's performance ensembles. Lulu also has taught improv to youths for Broadway Classrooms and CentreStage, and NYU drama students at Stonestreet Studios. In addition to her study at GCI she has also studied with the Upright Citizens Brigade including Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) and Matt Walsh (Players), and various other Chicago improv alumni including Todd Stashwick (Heroes).

     Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Oakes Center  *  120 Morris Avenue  *  Summit, NJ 07901

NJSO Season Finale with Zhang & Bronfman plus Bugs Bunny!


Listen: Bugs Bunny at the Symphony preview

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony conductor and creator George Daugherty previews the return of everyone’s favorite “wascally wabbit” to the NJSO in an interview with “All Access with State Theatre New Jersey.” 

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» Concert info and tickets

Next weekend!

WARNER BROS. presents
Conducted by George Daugherty
Created by George Daugherty & David Ka Lik Wong

Watch the trailer on YouTube!

Bugs Bunny is back and better than ever! Celebrate Looney Tunes and its legendary stars, including Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner and, of course, our very favorite “wascally wabbit.”  Enjoy classics including Long-Haired Hare (in its first East Coast concert appearance on the big screen), What’s Opera, Doc? and Baton Bunny, alongside new Warner Bros. 3D theatrical shorts Coyote Falls and Rabid Rider. Kids of all ages will enjoy hearing the extraordinary musical scores performed live and perfectly in-sync with all the on-screen action.

Kids’ tickets 25% off!

Come early on June 3 and meet some of your favorite LOONEY TUNES characters!

Sat, June 3 at 8 pm | NJPAC in Newark—best seats!
Sun, June 4 at 3 pm | State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick—limited availability
The June 4 performance is presented in collaboration with State Theatre New Jersey.

LOONEY TUNES and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Season Finale with Zhang & Bronfman

Watch Music Director Xian Zhang preview the season finale on YouTube.

Two stellar artists close the season: Xian Zhang joins forces with pianist Yefim Bronfman, described by the Chicago Tribune as “a marvel of digital dexterity, warmly romantic sentiment and jaw-dropping bravura.”


BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2
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Hot Ticket Deal: Save 50% on select seats! More info.

Thu, Jun 8 at 1:30 pm | NJPAC in Newark
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British Piano Great Neville Dickie And New Jersey’s Own Midiri Brothers at Bickford


Neville Dickie, one of the greatest boogie-woogie and stride pianists to ever come out of Britain, will be reunited with New Jersey’s own Midiri Brothers at the Bickford Theatre on Monday, June 5 at 7:30 pm.

Since his “Back to Boogie” album became a hit in the 1970s, Neville Dickie has been performing all over the world and makes time for a tour of the United States every year. For the past couple of years, he has appeared with Paul and Joe Midiri including a stop at the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre. He and his wife Pat ran one of England’s most successful jazz club, The Sutton Jazz Club, for 27 years until finally retiring from the business in 2016. He now devotes his time to recording, performing, and enjoying life with their two poodles.

Joe and Paul Midiri grew up in Runnemede, New Jersey where their musical training began. With Joe playing the clarinet and Paul sitting behind the drums, the two brothers (twins actually) honed their skills playing in a swing band. Paul eventually turned to the vibes as his primary instrument and the two have become acclaimed jazz musicians across the country. Joe Midiri cites several legendary musicians as his instrumental heroes including Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Ben Webster, and Paul Desmond. Not surprisingly, Paul’s inspirations including Lionel Hampton and Red Norvo. Billed as The Midiri Brothers, the two New Jerseyans headline at hot jazz festivals around the country.