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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

On stage: Top 5 N.J. shows this week by Ronni Reich

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey opens its season with 'The Royal Family'

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Monday, May 25, 2015

A long-awaited debut: Brendan Fraser finally arrives as Broadway star by Ronni Reich

"I’m pleased that I’m on the boards where Marlon Brando made his debut," he says. (Brando bowed here in 1944’s "I Remember Mama.")

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On stage: Top 5 N.Y. shows this week: Shakespeare in the Park with Sam Waterston by Ronni Reich

The free Shakespeare in the Park season begins with The Tempest, also featuring Jesse Tyler Ferguson

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Teen angst fuels the sci-fi musical 'Be More Chill' at Two River Theater by Ronni Reich

A new musical by Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz premieres in Red Bank

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

On stage: Top 5 N.J. shows this week by Ronni Reich

Ever After begins performances at the Paper Mill Playhouse

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Arts events: Free New Jersey Symphony Orchestra outdoor concerts by Ronni Reich

Also: John Kander talks with Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Princeton University Concerts series announces its next season

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Two River Theater stages Wilson, Sondheim and Shakespeare in 2015-16 by Ronni Reich

The Red Bank venue opens with Wilson's "Seven Guitars," featuring the directorial debut of Brandon J. Dirden, one of the house's most compelling regular actors.

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Megan Hilty sings 'Smash' songs at the Café Carlyle by Ronni Reich

"People love to stop me and tell me how much they hate me," Hilty says.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

On stage: Top 5 N.Y. shows this week: Mary-Louise Parker off-Broadway by Ronni Reich

Also: Susanna Mälkki and Kirill Gerstein with the New York Philharmonic

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

'Ever After' brings human magic to the Cinderella story at the Paper Mill Playhouse by Ronni Reich

Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich create a "swashbuckling Cinderella" character based on the 1998 Drew Barrymore movie

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Friday, May 15, 2015

'Five Mile Lake' opens at the McCarter Theatre by Ronni Reich

As a group of friends and acquaintances share stories of their pasts, their recent accomplishments and failures and their dreams for the future, Rachel Bonds touches on ambition, friendship,…

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Rahway company crafts props for stage and screen by Ronni Reich

This one-stop prop shop provides just about any item you can imagine, from animated primates to a replica of an airplane, for stage shows, films and events.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

On stage: Top 5 N.Y. shows this week: Jason Robert Brown, Stephanie Blythe by Ronni Reich

Also: The Sound and the Fury opens at the Public Theater

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

N.J.'s David Javerbaum turns from Twitter to Broadway in 'An Act of God' by Ronni Reich

The former Daily Show writer has recreated the role of the creator for Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory"

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Friday, May 8, 2015

'The Rake's Progress' returns to the Metropolitan Opera by Ronni Reich

As the final production of the season, Stravinsky's "The Rake's Progress" at the Metropolitan Opera makes a lively, refreshing conclusion.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

On stage: Top 5 N.J. shows this week by Ronni Reich

Audra McDonald and rising singers of the Metropolitan Opera raise their voices

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Monday, May 4, 2015

On stage: Top 5 N.Y. shows this week: Jim Parsons on Broadway by Ronni Reich

Also: Jesse Eisenberg pens and stars in a new off-Broadway play

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Broadway goes bold: Tony Award nominations help buck a trend by Ronni Reich

There's a side of Broadway that lacks the branding values of "Finding Neverland" or "Mamma Mia!" where the offbeat, irreverent and challenging remain.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Review: 'Tar Beach' opens at Luna Stage by Ronni Reich

The not-quite-wholesome but usually harmless rites of teenagers take a horrifying turn in Tammy Ryan's "Tar Beach."

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Richard Wesley's 'Autumn' opens at Crossroads Theatre Company by Ronni Reich

Worlds collide in Richard Wesley's "Autumn," a study of contrast between one generation and the next, life on the streets and life in a government office and, in the mind of protag…

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Arts events: Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones on Broadway by Ronni Reich

Also: Make Music New York returns with more than 1,000 free outdoor concerts

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Tony Awards 2015 nominees: 'An American in Paris' and 'Fun Home' lead the pack by Ronni Reich

Announced this morning, top shows with six or more nods also included "Something Rotten!," "Wolf Hall: Parts One and Two," "The King and I," "The Curious I…

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'Ernest Shackleton Loves Me' opens at the George Street Playhouse by Ronni Reich

"I know it's unusual getting a call from a dead explorer," says the title character in "Ernest Shackleton Loves Me."

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Tony Awards 2015: Predicting the nominees by Ronni Reich

With last Friday marking the end of the eligibility period for this year's Tony Awards, the time for predictions has begun.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Ruben Santiago-Hudson's 'Your Blues Ain't Sweet Like Mine' opens at Two River Theater by Ronni Reich

Written and directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the world premiere at Two River Theater is driven by debate about the impact of the history of blacks in America.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Chita Rivera stars in the Kander and Ebb musical 'The Visit' on Broadway by Ronni Reich

"Beware a woman scorned" are words to heed when it comes to Chita Rivera's character in "The Visit."

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Review: 'Airline Highway' opens on Broadway by Ronni Reich

In Lisa D'Amour's "Airline Highway," named for the home to the motel, a group of misfits take care of each other and hold one another back from the vices that tempt them.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

'Something Rotten!' opens on Broadway by Ronni Reich

Set in 1595, when playwrights were like rock stars, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom (Brian d'Arcy James and John Cariani) are determined to have a hit.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Review: 'Doctor Zhivago' opens on Broadway by Ronni Reich

As it chronicles love, war, survival instincts and purpose in a rapidly changing world, "Doctor Zhivago" is an earnest romance with an epic, operatic scope.

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Arts events: 'Amazing Grace' and 'King Charles III' on Broadway by Ronni Reich

Also: Q2 music broadcasts the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

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