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(RED BANK, NJ) -- Winners were announced May 24th at the 12th annual Basie Awards, the yearly celebration of excellence and achievement in Monmouth County high school theater. The Basie Awards cover both dramatic and musical productions.... READ ON

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- Westminster Conservatory will present the world premiere of the opera Youth Without Age and Life Without Death on Sunday, June 11 at 3:00pm. in the Robert L. Annis Playhouse on the campus of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton.  Written by Carmen Aurora Mateiescu, the one-act opera is based on a Romanian folk tale. A free-will offering will be taken at the door.... READ ON

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- Jane Cox, Director of the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University has been nominated for a Tony Award for her lighting design of the Broadway production of August Wilson’s play Jitney. In addition to her work as a professional lighting designer, Cox has served as a lecturer in the Program in Theater since 2007 and was appointed as Director in July 2016. She was also recently nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for her lighting design of New York Theatre Workshop’s production of Othello starring Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo.... READ ON

Of all the theatres in New Jersey, George Street Playhouse has always held a close place in my heart. Back in 2003, I launched a monthly print publication called Upstage Magazine. Even though we were based along the Jersey Shore, New Brunswick quickly became our adopted home base. And George Street was part of the magazine from the first issue in which we interviewed the actor Alan Rachins who was starring in Attacks on a Heart at the theatre.... READ ON

Each month, New Jersey Stage takes a look at plays coming to stages around the Garden State. Make sure to add your shows to the New Jersey Stage event calendar. Listings are always free and seen by thousands!... 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

(NEWARK, NJ) -- Back to the Real, a play part of NJPAC Stage Exchange and co-commissioned with Crossroads Theatre Company, will have a staged reading in the Chase Room at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) on Friday, June 23 at 7:00pm. Written by Pia Wilson, the play is about a brother and sister who must navigate the potholes along the way to becoming actual adults. It explores race, colorism within the African-American community, sexism, and anti-LGBTQ sentiment. How are the brother and sister going to (or not going to) stand up for each other? Admission is $5.... READ ON

(DOVER, NJ) -- Dover Little Theatre presents Avenue Q on select dates from June 2 to June 17.  Part flesh, part felt and packed with heart, this laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton. When he arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account, he has to move into a shabby apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. ... READ ON

Actors mill about — some chatting with one another, others savoring a moment of solitude — before baring their souls to a small audience of invited guests at The Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ. The cast of Toms River, NJ’s Exit 82 Theatre Company is readying itself for its final dress rehearsal of Spring Awakening at The Strand this hot May 17, 2017 evening.... READ ON

(HACKETTSTOWN, NJ) -- Theater fills the Lackland Performing Arts Center as Centenary Stage Company announces its 2017 – 18 professional theater line-up. The Sitnik Theatre is set to burst as this season’s main stage professional theater series includes four exciting CSC produced plays; The Learned Ladies, Newsies, Art and Hitler’s Tasters. Centenary Stage Company’s Fringe Festival also welcomes three incredibly unique guest productions; Song and Dance Men, Seeger: A Multimedia Solo Show and My Name is Gideon: I’m Probably Going to Die, Eventually as the festival returns for its third installment in the Kutz Theatre.... READ ON

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