Saturday, April 14, 2018

'Seinfeld''s Jason Alexander, the ultimate song and dance man. No, Seriously. by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

For Alexander, it's a return to his roots. For those who primarily know him as bumbling George Costanza on 'Seinfeld,' that may come as a surprise.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

'Carousel' on Broadway 2018 review: This ride gets stuck by Christopher Kelly

"Carousel" on Broadway in 2018 looks awfully stodgy. Jessie Mueller, Joshua Henry and Renee Fleming are cast in this disappointing revival

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A new play asks: What is justice? Is this justice? by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

The documentary play "Life, Death, Life Again: Children Sentenced to Die in Prison" questions the country's juvenile justice system. It will be performed twice in N.J.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Sunday, April 8, 2018

'Mean Girls' on Broadway review: This show is so not fetch by Christopher Kelly

The "Mean Girls" on Broadway cast often charms, but this Tina Fey musical never quite achieves liftoff

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

'The Sting' brings multi-faceted Harry Connick Jr. to Paper Mill by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

The musical version of the 1973 Newman/Redford film will have its world premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse April 8 and run though April 29. A move to Broadway is in the works.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

'The Man in Room 306' looks at MLK's legacy 50 years after his death by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

In Craig Alan Edwards' critically acclaimed 'The Man in Room 306,' Martin Luther King Jr. reflects on his life while in a Memphis hotel, the day before he dies. The play is at Luna Stage A…

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

'Angels in America' on Broadway review: A masterpiece soars again by Christopher Kelly

Nathan Lane, Andrew Garfield and Lee Pace headline an instant-classic revival of Tony Kushner's great play

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

'Frozen' on Broadway review: This one's hard to warm up to by Christopher Kelly

Disney's "Frozen" arrives on Broadway, but this one doesn't have the lasting power -- or imagination and creativity -- of "The Lion King" or "Beauty and the Beast&qu…

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

'Springsteen on Broadway' was just extended yet again; how to get tickets by Bobby Olivier | Nj Advance Media For

It's becoming more and more obvious: Bruce Springsteen loves the small stage

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Monday, March 19, 2018

N.J. Symphony Orchestra tackles unfinished genius in 'Mozart's Requiem' at NJPAC by James C. Taylor | For Nj Advance Media

Student singers from both Montclair State University and the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia bolstered NJSO's latest performance

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Making dreams a reality: Non-profit puts N.J. kids on the stage at Radio City by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Two upcoming events support the work of the non-profit Garden of Dreams Foundation.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

'Escape to Margaritaville' review: The Jimmy Buffet musical is a sour mix by Christopher Kelly

This Broadway show is an unfortunate mishmash of Buffett staples like "Why Don't We Get Drunk" and "Margaritaville" and a handful of tepid new compositions

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Miranda-penned 'In the Heights' perfectly in sync with 'the NJCU way' by David Menzies | The Jersey Journal

The Lin-Manuel Miranda-penned musical, with a book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, takes place over three days in NYC's predominantly Hispanic Washington Heights neighborhood.

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After 20 years of epic Irish instrumentals, Lunasa takes on words at upcoming N.J. shows by Marty Lipp | For Nj Advance Media

Their first album in seven years, Cas, an abbreviation for the Gaelic word for "turn," features notable vocalists

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Monday, March 12, 2018

At the Growing Stage, a boy sees a flying saucer -- or does he? by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Netcong's The Growing Stage offers the world premiere of 'Boy Sees Flying Saucer' through March 25.

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Gospel musical 'Crowns' returns to Princeton's McCarter Theatre by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Regina Taylor's coming of age story, at the McCarter Theatre Center through April 1, follows a girl who finds herself with the help of her grandmother and the older woman's hat-wearing, chur…

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Annual Stages Festival has something for everyone by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Now in its 21st year, the state-wide festival aims to broaden the theater experience with free and reduced price shows through March 31.

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Hear play readings on timely topics at annual Stages Festival by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Staged readings of new plays, a popular part of the annual Stages Festival, brings community members together to discuss works on oft difficult discussions.

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Theater guru hosts an evening of 'Broadway's Best' at NJPAC by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center's 'American Song' series continues with three March shows: Donna McKechnie and Andrea McArdle perform songs by Hamlisch and Sondheim during two shows on…

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Benanti at SOPAC: 'I want people to feel like they've come into my living room' by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Broadway star and N.J. native Laura Benanti brings her 'Tales from Soprano Isle' to the South Orange Performing Arts Center March 10.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

An N.J. composer is behind this new musical about looking past first impressions by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

N.J. native composer Laura Kramer makes her off-Broadway debut with 'A Letter to Harvey Milk' at Theatre Row's Acorn Theatre March 6 to May 13. Two other N.J. natives play lead roles.

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

New play 'Wild Horses' is strained, lacks innovation at N.J. Repertory Theatre: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

'Wild Horses' seems like that stranger at the bar late in the night who is just dying to tell a story. Nobody likes that person.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

'The Bridge of San Luis Rey' is beautifully scripted at N.J. premiere: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

'The Bridge of San Luis Rey,' adapted from the Thornton Wilder novel, plays in Red Bank through March 18

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Monday, February 19, 2018

With 'Wild Horses," a N.J. theater grows closer to 100 world premieres in 20 years by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

The new play, at Long Branch's New Jersey Repertory Theatre Feb. 22-March 25, is a darkly comical coming-of-age story.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

'What Stays' packs in characters, needs some decluttering in Summit: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

"What Stays," a new play at Summit's Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, fosters a space for plenty of baggage

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New drama 'American Hero' thrills in final minutes at George Street Playhouse: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

Behind Laiona Michelle's electric performance, the closing half hour of this play very abruptly becomes great theater

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Paper Mill scores Harry Connick Jr. to star in upcoming production by Jeremy Schneider | Nj Advance Media For

Tony nominee Harry Connick Jr. is coming to New Jersey for a production of "The Sting."

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New musical immerses audience in song and gang leader banter: review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

"Razorhurst," playing in West Orange, is a musical featuring the ghosts of two ruthless female gang leaders

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Friday, February 9, 2018

What's the sense in showing 'Driving Miss Daisy' during Black History Month? | review by Patrick Maley | For Nj Advance Media

The show does little other than underscore the troubling racial politics of Alfred Uhry's 1987 play

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Crossroads Theatre brings 'Ain't Misbehavin'' back to New Jersey by Natalie Pompilio | For Nj Advance Media

Four decades after the music was first staged, it continues to excite audiences while introducing them to the music of entertainer Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller. Crossroads Theatre's…

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