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(MILLBURN, NJ) — Imagine being a fly on the wall during one of the greatest moments in rock and roll history… that’s the premise behind Million Dollar Quartet, which lets you see an impromptu jam session with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. Paper Mill Playhouse revives this play with an amazingly talented cast. As to be expected, the music is sensational. What I didn’t expect was how much comedy would be in the play as well. Million Dollar Quartet is often described (and generally derided) as a jukebox musical, but it has created a rather fascinating back story as well. As Johnny Cash warns, “An atom bomb is about to go off in there tonight.” There is more to the story than just the music and calling it merely a jukebox musical fails to do it justice.... READ ON

Mile Square Theatre’s expertly realized revival of the 1978 “Betrayal” — Harold Pinter’s brief, biting, time-reversed drama about two marriages and the seven-year-long affair that intersects them — you begin to sense there is something a good deal more profound at work.  This is a master class in restraint, grace, and nuanced acting. ... READ ON

Stone in the Road is a bit of a departure for Silly on Sixth Children’s Series at Hudson Theatre Ensemble.  And that is a good thing.  There are no princes, princesses, or frogs.  No fairy godpeople to make things right.  But the familiar elements - actors, song, moral - are all firmly and gratifyingly in place.  Youngsters of all ages will be entertained and kept engaged by the simple, fun, theatrical bauble.... READ ON

Jared Mancuso has been traveling the country paying tribute to the music of Buddy Holly. He talks about the music, the audience reaction and much more as he sat down with us to preview The Buddy Holly Story, which is at the Algonquin Arts Theatre from April 1 to April 9.... READ ON

​(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) — The hatred is real, and the hatred is beautiful. It’s the type of hatred that can only stem from a relative - someone you know by blood. Picture the hatred between two people who have known each other for their entire lives, but can’t stand to be in the same room. That’s the energy which drives Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon, a hilarious comedy that is on stage at George Street Playhouse until April 9.... READ ON

(RED BANK, NJ) -- In tradition of performing classical Shakespeare plays and selecting wild artistic aspects to add, Two River Theater in Red Bank produced The Merry Wives of Windsor using only 3 actors to portray all of the characters. This quick-witted script and mature content kept the audience on the edge of their seats as the story twisted and turned into a situational mess and a seedy, dark and hilarious masterpiece.... READ ON

(PRINCETON, NJ) — There’s just one weekend left to see the World Premiere of Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express at McCarter Theatre Center and I can’t rave enough about this wonderful production. Emily Mann directs the classic story adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Crazy For You) who manages to craft a masterful whodunnit tale while finding the humor in the work and the story’s zany characters. But, as always, the train is the star.... READ ON

There are few things worse than the death of a child. One family’s struggle with dealing with and overcoming their grief is the foundation of Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire. The Pulitzer-Prize winning play is being performed by The Company Theatre Group in April.... READ ON

A look at plays on stage or coming to stages around the Garden State.... READ ON

Imagine being a fly on the wall during one of the most iconic moments in music history. The setting is Sun Records in Memphis in 1956 where an impromptu jam session involving Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins takes place. It was a moment in time when the stars truly aligned. The story was immortalized in the musical Million Dollar Quartet, which is being presented at Paper Mill Playhouse.... READ ON

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