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(PARLIN, NJ) -- Main Street Theatre Company presents "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" by John Bishop, opening May 19 and playing through May 27th. In this play, the creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious "Stage Door Slasher") assemble for a backer's audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy "angel."... READ ON

(MONTVILLE, NJ) -- Alfie Byrne is a bus driver in 1964 Dublin, whose heart holds secrets he can't share with anyone but his imagined confidante, Oscar Wilde. When he attempts to put on an amateur production of Wilde's Salome in the local church hall, he confronts the forces of bigotry and shame over a love "that dare not speak its name." But the redemptive power of theater changes his life and brings his friends back to his side. See what happens when The Barn Theatre of Montville, New Jersey presents A Man of No Importance.... READ ON

(NEW YORK, NY) -- Bryant Park Presents Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor. Produced by Drilling Company Shakespeare, Shakespeare's first sitcom, featuring the classic misadventures of Falstaff and two neighborhood wives, set in an Upper West Side Co-op. Performances take place Fridays and Saturdays from May 19 to June 3 at 7:00pm. All shows are free.... READ ON

(LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- New Jersey Repertory Company (NJ Rep) presents the World Premiere of & Juliet by Robert Caisley from May 4 through June 4th. In the play, idealistic young director Charlie Vaughn takes a position at a rural college campus and plans to stage a production of Romeo and Juliet – despite the suspicious eye of an old-school drama professor. ... READ ON

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- McCarter Theatre closes the 2016-2017 Theater Series with a new production of Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, a story of an African-American seamstress living in 1905 New York City pursuing her dreams of love and independence. Directed by Jade King Carroll, Intimate Apparel will run from May 5 to June 4.... READ ON

(LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- & Juliet by Robert Caisley is the latest World Premiere at New Jersey Repertory Company (NJ Rep). The play, which runs May 4 thru June 4, involves Charlie Vaughn, an idealistic young director comes to a small conservative college eager to stage a production of Romeo & Juliet. ... READ ON

Some of the most memorable songs from Broadway and the silver screen are performed during Lisa Sherman’s “Broadway and Beyond” show. Lisa, a show business veteran, has lined up an incredible cast of performers including Franke Previte (Academy and Golden Globe winning composer) and Kristin Cochran (winner of Down Beat Magazine’s Vocalist of the Year Award). Lisa brings her show to the Hamilton Stage at Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway on June 10 at 8:00pm.... READ ON

(HAMMONTON, NJ) -- Looks like they've done it again! Never content to simply present a play, The Eagle Theatre believes in presenting and "experience" and that is exactly what they have in store for the audience when they see Peter & the Starcatcher. Presented by Eagle, from May 12 through June 11, the show utilizes newly installed theme park style seating to give select audiences the opportunity to sail through the Neverland they never knew in this grown-up’s prequel to Peter Pan. The show features a dozen performers portraying more than 100 outlandish characters using the limitless possibilities of imagination.... READ ON

(HAMMONTON, NJ) -- Full of puns, double entendres, and merry mayhem, Eagle Theatre opens Peter & The Starcatcher, the hilarious grown-up’s prequel to Peter Pan, on May 12th, 2017. This Tony Award winning musical-play follows a young Peter Pan, the original lost boys, Captain Hook before the hook, and a cast full of all-star entertainers. The production runs May 12 through June 11.... READ ON

(MILLBURN, NJ) -- Paper Mill Playhouse has announced casting for the hit Broadway musical Mary Poppins based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film with original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, book by Julian Fellowes, new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and co-created by Cameron Mackintosh. Performances are set to begin Wednesday, May 24, 2017 for a limited run through Sunday, June 25, 2017 with Elena Shaddow in the title role.... READ ON

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