On Stage: No Matter Your Taste, There's a Show for You
Comedy, drama, even opera and a mentalist will be performing in North Jersey in coming weeks.
Whatever kind of theater you like, there's bound to be something playing on a stage in North Jersey that appeals to you.
If you like musicals, then head to Pleasant Valley Park in Bernards for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" or the Growing Stage children's theater in Netcong for "The Wiz."
If you like classical theater, the Shakespeare Theatre is offering two comedies: the Bard's "The Comedy of Errors" on its outdoor stage at the College of St. Elizabeth and "The Liar" on the main stage at Drew University.
Kids are sure to get a kick out of "Alice in Wonderland" at Brundage Park Playhouse, "Sleeping Beauty," at Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, "Winnie the Pooh" at Summit Playhouse or one of the children productions at the Bickford.
Even opera lovers are in luck, as Opera New Jersey is bringing Gilbert and Sullivan's "H.M.S. Pinafore" to the Mayo Center.
Other offerings include concerts by Wynonna, Marc Cohn or Yes, a comedy show by Kathy Griffin or the mystical powers of the Amazing Kreskin.
Need some figuring what to go see? Here's your On Stage Scoop
Curiouser and Curiouser: Brundage Park Playhouse is staging "Disney's Alice in Wonderland, Jr." through July 21. The show is based on the Disney film of Lewis Carroll's classic story of Alice who encounters strange characters such as the Mad Hatter, the Chesire Cat, the Queen of Hearts, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee and more. Performances are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. July 12-14, 20-21 and 2 p.m. July 15 and 21. The Playhouse is located at 2 Bungalow Lane in Randolph. For reservations, call 973-989-7092. For more information, go to BrundageParkPlayhouse.org.
Laugh it Up with "The Comedy of Errors:" The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is performing "The Comedy of Errors" as its annual outdoor stage at the Greek Theatre on the campus of the College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road in Morris Township, through July 29. The family-friendly production features two sets of identical twins, mistaken identities and a chase sequence to rival all chase sequences. Audiences are invited to bring their own chairs or blankets, and a picnic. For tickets and information, go to ShakespeareNJ.org.
Here's the Truth About "The Liar:" The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is presenting David Ives' contemporary adaptation of Pierre Corneille's "The Liar" through July 29. The show promises hijinks surrounding young lover in Paris in the 1600s. For more information, go to ShakespeareNJ.org.
Free Mauricio de Souza and Bossa Concert: Mauricio de Souza and Bossa will perform a free concert on the Morristown Green, July 10 at noon. The group covers a wide array of Brazilian jazz standards including the music of Tom Jobim and Hermeto Pascoal, and Egberto Gismonti, among others. Their 2010 album, "Here, There," received widespread critical acclaim. For more details and information, visit MauriciodeSouzaJazz.com.
Bringing the Hip Hop: "Break: The Hip Hop Spectacular" is coming to The Mayo Performing Arts Center on July 11 for a 10:30 a.m. performance. The show for ages 5 and up promises a cast of four dancers and a percussionist who will dazzle audiences with amazing moves from the worlds of breakdancing, locking, power tumbling as well as bucket drumming. Tickets cost $12. The Mayo Performing Arts Center is located at 100 South St. in Morristown. For tickets and information, call 973-539-8008 or visit MayoArts.org.
Fairy Tale Theater: Pax Amicus Castle Theatre will present "Sleeping Beauty," a musical for children, July 11-20. Performances begin at 10 a.m. on the following dates: July 11, 13 and 17-20, and at 11 a.m. on July 14 and 21. Tickets cost $12. The theater is located at 23 Lake Shore Road in Budd Lake. For reservations, call 973-691-2100.
Comedy Tonight (Starting July 12): Bernards Township and Trilogy Repertory Company will open its Plays in the Park Productions with "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Forum" July 12-14 and 19-21 at the Pleasant Valley Park amphitheater. The show is based on ancient comedies from Rome and features music by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. Performances begin at 8 p.m. The theater will also host a concert by The Jersey Four, a Franki Valli tribute band, on July 10 at 7:45 p.m. and screening of the movie "Happy Feet Two," beginning at 4:45 p.m. on July 11. For more information, call 908-204-3003 or go to TrilogyRepertory.com.
Get Ready for Some Magic: The Bickford Theatre will host "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp" by Encore Performing Arts, July 12 with performances set for 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. This original adaptation with songs follows the adventures of Aladdin and the Genie. Tickets cost $12. For more information, go to MorrisMuseum.org.
Silly Old Bear: The Summit Playhouse will open its Kaleidoscope Theatre for Youth season with "Disney's Winnie the Pooh Kids" July 12-15. Visit Hundred Acre Woods to meet Pooh, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Tigger and Owl. The 30-minute show is based on the 2011 movie. Ticket cost $12. For more information, go to SummitPlayhouse.org.
They Will Rock You: Villagers Theatre will present "Theatre Rock: A Celebration of Rock Musicals Through The Ages" on July 13 and 14. The revue will feature an ensemble and band performing songs from shows including "Rent," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Aida," "Rocky Horror Picture Show," "Hair," "Godspell" and more. Tickets cost $20. For more information, call 732-873-2710 or go to VillagersTheatre.com.
Something Funny's Going On: KateLyn Reiter’s Humor in the Midst Comedy Workshop will perform at the Chester Theatre Group's Black River Playhouse, July 13 and 14, with performances beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15. For more information, go to ChesterTheatreGroup.org.
Clowning Around: The Bickford Theatre will host a show titled "Circus, Circus" on July 14 as part of its Summer Theatre for Children Series. The show will include clowning antics, slapstick and wacky routines. Performances are at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets cost $12, $10 for members. For more information, call 973-971-3706 or go to MorrisMuseum.org.
Ease on Down the Road to "The Wiz:" The Growing Stage, The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, will present "The Wiz," July 14-29 at the Historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong. The musical is an urbanized retelling of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," adapted from the 1975 Broadway hit for young audiences. The story follows the adventures of Dorothy, who is transported to the Land of Oz, which resembles a fantasy version of New York City. Befriended by a Scarecrow, a Tin Man, and a Cowardly Lion, she travels through the land to seek an audience with the mysterious "Wiz", who they say has the power to send her home. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays, 4 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets cost $12. For more information, call 973- 347-4946 or go to GrowingStage.com.
Hi-De-Ho, the Cab Calloway Orchestra is Coming to Hackettstown: The Centenary Stage Company’s Jammin’ in July Concert Series will present the Cab Calloway Orchestra July 14, 8 p.m. at The Lackland Center on the campus of Centenary College. Chris Calloway Brooks, the grandson of Cab, leads this 12-piece orchestra through songs like "Minnie the Moocher," "The Ghost of Smoky Joe," "The Man from Harlem," and more. Centenary College is located at 715 Grand Ave. in Hackettstown. Tickets cost $35, $30 advance. For tickets and information, call 908-979-0900 or go to CentenaryStageCo.org.
He Already Knows You're Going: The Amazing Kreskin will perform at The Newton Theatre, July 15 at 3 p.m. For 60 years, The Amazing Kreskin has, dramatized the unique facets of the human mind… his own. His very name has become an integral part of pop culture throughout the world, invoked in comedy clubs, comic strips, print stories, and TV shows from sitcoms on through national magazines. Tickets cost $19-$29. For tickets and more information, go to TheNewtonTheatre.com.
Audition Alert, "Noises Off:" The Barn Theatre will hold auditions for Michael Frayn's "Noises Off" on July 15 and 16, 7:30-10 p.m. Needed are five men and four women. The theater is seeking actors with great fast-paced comic timing, and strong physical comedy skills. Readings will be from the script. Actors should be prepared to demonstrate a British dialect. Directed by Tom Blewitt. Click here for more information, including character breakdowns.
Audition Alert, "Macbeth:" The Shakespeare Initiative will hold auditions for "Macbeth" on July 16 and 18, 7-9 p.m. at the RoxPAC/Investors Bank Theater, 72 Eyland Ave., Roxbury. The production will be presented in collaboration with the Roxbury Arts Alliance. Auditioners are requested to prepare a Shakespearean monologue (memorization is not necessary). Since TSI productions are generally quite physical, a movement/stage combat section to the audition will also be conducted. Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in. Auditioners should bring a current headshot/photograph and a copy of their theatrical resume. Appointments are not required. Auditions are open to those in their late teens and up. All roles are open. Performances will run October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14. If you are unable to make the scheduled auditions or for further information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit TheShakespeareOnitiative.org.
All Aboard for Opera: Opera New Jersey will stage Gilbert and Sullivan's "H.M.S. Pinafore" on July 18 at 8 p.m. at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. The operetta features sailors on the high seas, love and crowd-pleasing music. Featuring full orchestra, soloists and chorus, the show will be sung with English supertitles projected above the stage. Tickets cost $20-$110. The Mayo Performing Arts Center is located at 100 South St. in Morristown. For tickets and information, call 973-539-8008 or visit MayoArts.org.
Summer Theatre for Children at the Bickford: The Bickford's Summer Theatre for Children series continues with the sleight-of-hand talents of "Magic Jim's Deluxe Magic Show" on July 18, and "Bubble-ology," in which the Discovery Channel's Keith Michael Johnson creates bubbles, on July 19. Performances on both days begin at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12. The theater is located at the Morris Museum. For more information, go to MorrisMuseum.org.
Don't Freak Out, It's Just "Zappa Plays Zappa:" Dweezil Zappa will bring the music of his father, Frank Zappa, to life with "Zappa Plays Zappa" at the Mayo Performing Arts Center on July 19, 8 p.m. Tickets cost $39-$79. The Mayo Performing Arts Center is located at 100 South St. in Morristown. For tickets and information, call 973-539-8008 or visit MayoArts.org.
Audition Alert, "Baby Bear and the Big, Bad Wolf:" Villagers Theatre in Somerset will hold auditions for its first KidsVill show of the 2012-2013 season, "Baby Bear and the Big, Bad Wolf," on July 19, 7-9:30 p.m. and July 21, 1-4 p.m. Callbacks are scheduled for July 22, 1-4 p.m. The show will be directed by Leslie Hochman and will feature fairy tale characters teaming up to fight an evil force. For more information, including a character breakdown, go to VillagersTheatre.com.
Go 'Sea' The Little Mermaid: Somerset Valley Players will present "The Little Mermaid," July 20 through Aug. 5. The family show tells Hans Christian Andersen's tale of a mermaid's adventures on the ground. Performances are 8 p.m. on Fridays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets cost $10. The theater is located at 689 Amwell Road in Hillsborough. For more information, call 908-369-7469 or go to SVPTheatre.org.
Here Comes Wynonna: Grammy winner Wynonna will perform with her band, the Big Noise, on July 20, 8 p.m. at The Mayo Performing Arts Center. Wynonna hit the big time music scene in the 1980s as a member of the Judds and has been called the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline by "Rolling Stone" magazine. Tickets cost $57-$97. The Mayo Performing Arts Center is located at 100 South St. in Morristown. For tickets and information, call 973-539-8008 or visit MayoArts.org.
Life in Song: Marc Cohn will perform at The Newton Theatre on July 20, beginning at 8 p.m. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter's hits include "Walking in Memphis," "Silver Thunderbird," "Miles Away" and "Ghost Train. The theater is located at 234 Spring St. in Newton. Tickets cost $34-$49. For more information, go to TheNewtonTheatre.com.
Going for the Laughs: The Newton Theatre will present "Big Apple Comedy Club VI" on July 21, 8 p.m. Comics on the bill include Dan Naturman, Bernie Pauley, Al Ducharme and Ross Bennett. The theater is located at 234 Spring St. in Newton. Tickets cost $20-$25. For more information, go to TheNewtonTheatre.com.
Funny Lady: Kathy Griffin will bring her brand of adults-only humor to The Mayo Performing Arts Center on July 21, with performances beginning at 7 and 9:30 p.m. The Emmy winner will be riffing on Hollywood and celebrities. Tickets cost $67-$115. The Mayo Performing Arts Center is located at 100 South St. in Morristown. For tickets and information, call 973-539-8008 or visit MayoArts.org.
Say Yes to Some Classic Rock: Yes, with special guest Procol Harum, will perform at The Mayo Performing Arts Center on July 22 at 7 p.m. The pioneering progressive rock band has been recording and performing since the 1970s, with hits such as "Roundabout" and "Owner of a Lonely Heart." Tickets cost $67-$117. The Mayo Performing Arts Center is located at 100 South St. in Morristown. For tickets and information, call 973-539-8008 or visit MayoArts.org.
Audition Alert, "The 39 Steps:" The Chatham Community Players is still seeking performers for its production of "The 39 Steps." The fast-paced comedy is based on the novel by John Buchan and the film by Alfred Hitchcock. The production runs Oct. 5-20 at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 N. Passaic Ave. in Chatham. Rehearsals start in early August. Bell Wesel directs.
Needed are four extremely versatile actors with great comic flair to play a multitude of roles. Must be physically agile and creatively fearless. Characters are: Richard Hannay: 30s to 40. Attractive, comic leading man type. Upper class British. Slightly full of himself but totally engaging. Annabella/Pamela/Margaret: 20s to 30s. Attractive and adaptable, great with physical comedy. Must play three distinct characters, Upper class British, German and Scottish. Clown 1 and Clown 2: Two wildly versatile and energetic male actors to play more than 100 roles (Upper and lower class British, Scottish, German, some male, some female and some inanimate objects). Great with verbal and physical comedy and quick changes.
Call Leslie Reagoso at 973-769-3886 or email her at email@example.com for more information.
Art Garfunkel, Glen Campbell and Paul Anka Tickets on Sale: Tickets for concerts by Art Garfunkel, Glen Campbell and Paul Anka at the Mayo Performing Arts Center are now on sale. Garfunkel will perform on Oct. 5, Campbell will bring his Goodbye Tour to Morristown on Oct. 19 and Anka will perform "Christmas My Way" on Dec. 6. The Mayo Performing Arts Center is located at 100 South St. in Morristown. For tickets and information, call 973-539-8008 or visit MayoArts.org.
Barn Theatre Announces New Season: The Barn Theatre in Montville has announced its schedule of shows for the 2012-13 season. First up is Michael Frayn's "Noises Off," Sept. 7-29. The musical "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change!" will run Nov. 9-Dec. 1. "Fuddy Meers" by David Lindsay Abaire is scheduled to run Jan. 11-Feb. 2. "God of Carnage" will be on the Barn stage March 15-April and "A Chorus Line" will close out the season, starting May 17. Tickets for musicals cost $20, $15 for plays. Subscription options are available. For more information, go to BarnTheatre.org.
Centenary Stage Co. Announces 2012-2013 Theater Season: Agatha Christie's record-breaking mystery, "The Mousetrap" will kick off Centenary Stage Company's 2012-13 theater season, Oct. 5-21. The production will be directed by Carl Wallnau, the company's artistic director.
Centenary Stage's Black Box Festival will include "A Couple of Blaguards" by Frank and Malachy McCourt Nov. 1-4; Parallel Exit will perform "Room 17B" Nov. 8-11 and Bill Bower's “Under a Montana Moon” will be performed Nov. 15-18.
The family musical "The Wizard of Oz" will have a holiday run, Nov. 23-Dec. 9. Martin McDonagh’s comedy-drama “The Cripple of Inishmaan" will be performed Feb. 22-March 10.
From CSC’s Women Playwrights Series comes the world premiere of “The English Bride” by New Jersey playwright Lucile Lichtblau, April 5-21.
Tickets for productions cost $20-$29.50. The Box office is open. 1-5 p.m. in the Lackland Center at 715 Grand Ave. in Hackettstown. A new Main Street ticket location is scheduled to open soon.
For tickets and more information, call 908-979-0900 or visit www.centenarystageco.org.
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