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Laiona Michelle Talks About "Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical"

By Charles Paolino

This might be the right time for Nina Simone—15 years after her death. That’s what Laiona Michelle thinks, and, in a way, Michelle will be testing that idea by bringing the singer-activist to life in a world-premiere musical show at George Street Playhouse. Michelle wrote the show—“Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical”—and she will ...

 
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers To Return To Lizzie Rose Music Room


Winners Named in New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's 30th Annual International Vocal Competition


Experience Hendrix at NJPAC on March 29th


Centenary Stage Presents Henrik Ibsen's "Enemy Of The People"


TEDxAsburyPark Announces First Eight Speakers for "CHAOS" and Will Hold 2nd Live Auditions On January 31





 

EVENTS HAPPENING TODAY

Alabama Brings 50th Anniversary Tour To Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Rahway Presents Pop-Up Screening of "Best of Rahway Reel Shorts"

The Dryden Ensemble Presents "Queen Christina Goes to Rome"

Collecting History: Personal Collections of Cape May's African American Community

ShowKids Invitational Theatre Presents Newsies, The Musical

Cimorelli To Perform and Hold Meet and Greet at iPlay America

The Lizzie Rose Music Room Presents The Royal Scam - A Steely Dan Tribute Band

Light of Day's Main Event To Be Broadcast Live at McLoone's Supper Club


EVENTS THIS WEEK

Sebastian Maniscalco Adds Third Show at MSG

(NEW YORK, NY) -- The Madison Square Garden Company and Outback Concerts announced that due to overwhelming demand Sebastian Maniscalco has added a third show at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 10:00pm, in addition to the previously announced shows on Sa ...

 
Teaneck New Theatre To Hold Annual Afternoon of Original One Act Plays On January 20th

Riverside Rhythm and Rhyme presents Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes

Centenary Stage Company Presents The Harry James Orchestra

Leonia Arts to Present 'Speakeasy' Benefit Jazz Concert Featuring Cenovia Cummins & Friends

New Jersey Youth Symphony Percussion Ensemble To Perform in New Providence

Rahway's Restaurant Week 2019

Phenomenal Women: A Benefit Concert for Planned Parenthood of New York City

Art Center to Participate in Summit’s Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

NJPAC Presents PBS Kids Live!


FEATURES

Laiona Michelle Talks About "Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical"


This might be the right time for Nina Simone—15 years after her death. That’s what Laiona Michelle thinks, and, in a way, Michelle will be testing that idea by bringing the singer-activist to life in a world-premiere musical show at George Street Playhouse. Michelle wrote the show—“Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical”—and s ...

 
The Empire Strikes Back in Concert with the NJSO LIVE! at the State Theatre


Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes At Riverside Rhythm & Rhyme


"He Totally Wowed Us!" John Oates LIVE! at SOPAC


It's "Apple Season" at NJ Rep


The Nutcracker LIVE! at The Strand Theater



COLUMNS

Makin Waves with Franke Previte & Lisa Sherman: Having the time of their lives


The talented Jersey Shore couple Franke Previte and Lisa Sherman once again have joined forces on the new production “Calling All Divas,” the musical tale of how an audition turns into a singing group that’s “stronger together.” Co-produced by Previte, an Oscar winner for “Dirty Dancing,” and starring Sherman, star of Broadway revi ...

 
Makin Waves Record of the Week: "Standstill" by The Vansaders


Makin Waves Scene Report with Light of Day Winterfest, Windows of Understanding, The Brighton Bar and more


ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...1/17/19


PODCAST: 2 Guys From Jersey - Episode 65


New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 01-18-19



MAGAZINE
NJ Stage Magazine
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Experience the arts in a new way!

John Oates Returns To His Roots
What began as a tribute to the music of blues great Mississippi John Hurt became a much wider portrait of American music for Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Oates.  On the album, Arkansas, Oates goes back to the music which inspired him to pick up a guitar. He describes the music as being “like Dixieland, dipped in bluegrass, and salted with Delta blues.” It’s the record he says he always wanted to make, and one which may never have been created if he had not moved to Nashville a few decades ago.

REVIEW: "If Beale Street Could Talk"
Outside of cinephile circles, filmmaker Barry Jenkins is perhaps best known for his role in arguably the greatest debacle in the history of the Academy Awards. On February 26th, 2017, La La Land was mistakenly announced as the Best Picture winner, only for it then to be revealed that Jenkins’ Moonlight was the actual winner.

Rise of the Goatman
Theater For The New City presents Beltsville/Rockville, Part 1: Rise of the Goatman, an original play by Englewood resident Matt Okin (Artistic Director of Black Box Studios), from December 27 through January 13. In this pseudo-Southern Gothic dark comedy, a vibrant group of teens from two very different suburban neighborhoods clash over class differences, drugs, and sex - and the existence of the legendary ‘Goatman’ in 1986. Cut to 2013, and the adolescent kids of those very same teens are struggling to make sense of their family histories - and the same “mythological” creature - that could be holding them back in life.

Nick Kiefer In Iceland
Nick Kiefer is an award winning graphic designer and photographer based out of Asbury Park, NJ. He is currently the Art Director at Netwave Interactive - a branding and advertising agency in Point Pleasant. NJ. Nick has also been designing and photographing in the NJ music scene for more than half his life. He has designed dozens of record covers and gig posters for local musicians in the Asbury Park area. After a heavy year packed with work, he and his fiancé Kristina, decided to roam around Iceland for a few weeks back in October of 2018. Here are some photos from the trip.

Featured Music Video: "One Guitar" by Mardi Gras
This month's Featured Music Video is a special one.  It's a cover of Willie Nile's "One Guitar" by Mardi Gras, a band from Rome, Italy. That song has become the anthem for Light of Day shows which raise money to fund a cure for Parkinson's. Mardi Gras recorded the song and made this video to help raise money for the Light of Day Foundation. The band told us how the song and video came about.

A Look At Light of Day Winterfest 2019
Recently back from shows in Europe, Light of Day Winterfest 2019 is just around the corner.  In addition to shows throughout Asbury Park, shows will also take place in North Jersey, Philadelphia, New York City and Rockland County.  Light of Day, now in its 19th year, not only raise money for the Parkinson’s Foundation, but does much more.

New Jersey Film Festival: Spring 2019 - First 2 Weeks Preview
The New Jersey Film Festival - Spring 2019 takes place between January 25 and March 1, 2019 on the Rutgers University campus in New Brunswick. Showcasing new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries, the festival features over 35 film screenings. Here is a preview of the first two weeks of the festival. For the full schedule visit www.njfilmfest.com

Dr. Demento Covered In Punk
Do you remember Dr. Demento radio shows from back in the day? The show featuring music and comedy was nationally syndicated for decades and is still available weekly online. Many of the legendary songs from the show’s history are celebrated in the compilation album Dr. Demento Covered In Punk, which was released in January 2018.

REVIEW: "Cold War"
Back in 2006, German cinema scored something of a breakout global hit with Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s The Lives of Others, which followed the travails of a group of disgruntled, pro-western artists in communist era East Germany. At the time I couldn’t help view the protagonists of Von Donnersmarck’s drama as the sort of people who would be just as discontented with their lot if they found themselves living in the capitalist west. The grass is always greener on the other side.

Bongo Boy TV - Issue 54
Each issue of NJ Stage Magazine contains the latest episode of Bongo Boy TV featuring great music videos from around the world.





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Event calendar
Saturday, Jan 19, 2019


MUSIC

ALABAMA @ Hard Rock Live Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 8:00pm

Cimorelli @ iPlay America, Freehold - 6:00pm

TRAMPS LIKE US @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 8:00pm

Jennifer Holliday @ Mainstage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 8:00pm

Zhang & Upshaw: Earth & Heaven @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm


THEATRE

ShowKids Invitational Theatre Presents Newsies @ Voorhees High School, Glen Gardner - 7:30pm

"Apple Season" by E.M. Lewis @ New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch - 3:00pm and 8:00pm

Annie Jr. @ The Oakes Center, Summit - 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Some Girl(s) @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 8:00pm







COMEDY

THE CAPITOL STEPS @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

Woman of a Certain Age Comedy @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 8:00pm


FILM

Best of Rahway Reel Shorts @ Atelier Rosal, Rahway - 8:00pm


KIDS

AMERICAN GIRL LIVE @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 2:00pm and 5:30pm

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