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Eagle Conservatory Presents "A Charlie Brown Christmas"


(HAMMONTON, NJ) -- The classic animated television special A Charlie Brown Christmas comes to life in this musical stage adaptation in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas. Performed by Eagle Conservatory’s High School, Audition-Only Repertory Co with three performances December 18-19. All guests will receive 1 cup of hot chocolate, and will get to make a holiday ornament with the cast!

Holmdel Theatre Company and Phoenix Productions present "Every Wednesday Night"

(HOLMDEL, NJ) -- Holmdel Theatre Company and Phoenix Productions present "Every Wednesday Night", a new musical written by Holmdel resident Jon D'Agostino. It's a feel good story of how one man copes with the loss of his father through a chance encounter with a group of karaoke regulars. Performances run December 15-17 at 8:00pm each night.

NJPAC Presents Alice Cooper On March 22nd

(NEWARK, NJ) -- Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper introduced shock rock to the masses—and now he’s bringing it to NJPAC on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 7:30pm. The man (and the band) has rattled cages and undermined authority since the ‘70s, with musical mayhem and house-of-horrors theatrics. Hot off the release of his acclaimed 2021 album Detroit Stories, Alice Cooper is touring tirelessly to bring fresh material and greatest hits to fans around the world. He’ll be joined by Buckcherry, the ‘90s sleaze-rock band that recently released Hellbound, its ninth album. This is an outrageous live show not to be missed.

Gallery Aferro Accepting Applications For Residency and Fellowships

(NEWARK, NJ) -- Gallery Aferro's Studio Residency Open Call is back with opportunities for multiple artists seeking to move into their own dedicated studio in the heart of Newark's downtown district. You have 1 month to apply for one of their large workspaces designed to support artists unafraid to take risks, in a creative enclave within the dense cultural, architectural, and historical backdrop of NJ’s largest city. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 11:59pm.

Little Steven's Underground Apothecary Offers Free Stream Of The Holiday Video Jukebox on December 15th

(NEW YORK, NY) -- Little Steven's Underground Apothecary will present a free stream of The Holiday Video Jukebox on Wednesday, December 15 at 8:00pm ET via Fans.live to support Teachrock.org, which provides free arts integration curriculum and teacher training to nearly 50,000 teachers nationwide. The stream will be available for 72 hours following its original broadcast.

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FEATURES

Spotlight On Tarah Who?

Tarah and Coralie make up Tarah Who?, a duo based in Los Angeles.  Tarah Carpenter is the lead singer and guitarist, Coralie Hervé plays drums.  We reached out to them to learn more about their band.

REVIEW: "A Jolly Holiday: Celebrating Disney's Broadway Hits" at Paper Mill Playhouse

Live on stage, Paper Mill Playhouse premieres a new Disney musical revue, perfectly timed for the season “A Jolly Holiday: Celebrating Disney’s Broadway Hits.”  Set at a holiday party on a stage festooned with presents, Christmas trees, a heart, menorahs, five insanely talented performers sing and dance to your heart’s delight.  I defy you to resist singing along, tapping your feet, clapping or beaming ear to ear beneath your mask. 

Amanda Rose Riley Talks About "Coming Home"

It was only back in June that Amanda Rose Riley released an album called "The Fine Print" but the prolific singer-songwriter is back with another seven new tracks in the album, "Coming Home." It was written, performed, produced, and arranged completely by the Jersey artist herself. The title track refers to that glorious first concert back after the global live music shutdown — for her, it was Frank Turner opening for Counting Crows this past October.

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical Is Looking to Reignite the Legacy of the Queen of Disco

Before the women pop stars of today’s generation (Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, and Dua Lipa) or even of the older generation (Janet Jackson and Madonna), there was multiple Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter, Donna Summer.  Nicknamed the Queen of Disco, Summer was one of the first African-American recording artists to cultivate a large international audience in dance music. 

Princeton University’s Student Groups Present Five Concerts in December

In April 2019, Princeton University held its first ever Jazz Festival featuring a broad lineup of jazz professionals playing with the university’s student groups. The professionals included saxophonists Joel Frahm, Tia Fuller, and Donny McCaslin; trumpeter Ingrid Jensen; vocalist Charenee Wade; percussionist Pedrito Martinez; and bassist Dave Holland. There were plans for a second festival in 2020, but, of course, those were canceled by the pandemic. 

"Insanely Good!" Pat Metheny's Side Eye LIVE! at STNJ

Music lovers inside the historic State Theatre New Jersey auditorium in New Brunswick, NJ this Friday, November 12, 2021 are primed to experience an evening of innovative jazz presented by guitar phenom Pat Metheny and his trio, Side Eye.

Dionne Warwick Inspires an Arts Exhibit In Newark, Visits for In-Person Tour

Dionne Warwick's distinctive voice has been part of American pop music for more than 60 years. With more than 100 million record sales, 80 billboard hits, six Grammys, and one lifetime achievement award, Warwick has been credited with “bridging the gap” between pop and R&B audiences.

Rosanne Cash LIVE! at MPAC

Music lovers are in their seats this Wednesday, November 10, 2021 evening at MPAC in Morristown, NJ, anxiously awaiting a live concert by Rosanne Cash. One of music’s pre-eminent singer/songwriters, Cash has scored 21 Top 40 country hits, including 11 #1 singles. Her landmark 2009 album, The List, won the Americana Music Album of the Year award and her 2015 release, The River and the Thread — a collaboration with her husband, musician John Leventhal — earned her three Grammy Awards. Cash’s latest recording is her 2018 Blue Note release, She Remembers Everything.

Christmas Must Be on the Way - the Nutcrackers Are Back

The temperature has dropped to the 20s at night. Snow showers have been spotted in Sussex County, families are already shopping, trees in front lawns are being decorated with multi-colored lights, Santa’s elves are hard at work at the North Pole and chestnuts are waiting to be roasted on an open fire.

“They Made Me Wish I Was a Teenager Again!” The Temptations and the Four Tops LIVE! at STNJ

Inside the beautifully restored STNJ auditorium in New Brunswick, NJ, this Sunday, November 7, 2021, a packed house anxiously awaits the start of a concert by two legendary Motown musical groups — The Temptations and The Four Tops.

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COLUMNS

New Jersey Stage Articles and Columns For November 2021

Here's a look at the original feature articles and columns published by New Jersey Stage from November 1 to November 30, 2021. In addition to these stories, we publish between 50-60 press releases during the week.

Top 10 Most Read Stories at New Jersey Stage For Week of November 28 to December 4

Here's a look at the top 10 most read articles published at New Jersey Stage during the week November 28 to December 4, 2021.  Each week, we publish about 70 articles, including several original columns and features, along with news releases for events happening throughout the state and nearby areas like Philadelphia and New York City. This week's Top 10 includes articles involving 5 counties in New Jersey (Atlantic, Bergen, Essex, Middlesex, Monmouth) and New York City.

Radio Jersey Shows For Week Ending 12-04-21

Here are the radio programs aired by Radio Jersey and Beyond the Palace this week. Radio Jersey shows air Monday through Friday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on ThePenguinRocks.com and Beyond the Palace airs throughout the week. Both shows are hosted by Lee Mrowicki and are also available on demand.

Makin Waves Song of the Week: “Get Back 2 Me Never” by Grasser

One of the latest singles from the Asbury Park-based indie trio Grasser, "Get Back 2 Me Never," is the Makin Waves Song of the Week. 

Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites....12/2/21

“I’ve been good, been busy all day; doing a lot of interviews for the album and my other project, the “Guitar Zeus” video. I’ve been doing a lot of interviews for both; talking about everything,” says one of the quintessential rock drummers of all time, Carmine Appice as he discussed his hectic schedule in support of his latest efforts; “Guitar Zeus” and “Appice Perdomo Project.”  

MUSIC


  • NJPAC Presents Alice Cooper On March 22nd
  • Uriah Heep and Trapeze Ex-Lead Singer Peter Goalby's Long-Lost Solo Album Is Released
  • Little Steven's Underground Apothecary Offers Free Stream Of The Holiday Video Jukebox on December 15th
  • Nicole Atkins presents "Memphis Ice: A Livestream Moment" on Friday
  • Los Ángeles Azules To Perform At NJPAC In March

    THEATRE


  • Eagle Conservatory Presents "A Charlie Brown Christmas"
  • Holmdel Theatre Company and Phoenix Productions present "Every Wednesday Night"
  • REVIEW: "It's Only A Play" at George Street Playhouse
  • The Theater Project presents "It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play" Online
  • Pro-Wrestling Rock Musical “The Last Match” Planned For 2022

    FILM


  • Mental Health Association in New Jersey Presents Two-Part Virtual Event With Screening Of "Orchestrating Change" and Online Panel Discussion
  • "Gone Too Soon: The Life, Legacy and Loss of Newark's Cultural Icons" to have screening on December 11th
  • The Lighthouse International Film Society Screens "Hive" on December 15th
  • Former NJ Film Festival Winner "Into Schrodinger's Box" To Stream With Fandor
  • Spotlight On The New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2022

    ART


  • Gallery Aferro Accepting Applications For Residency and Fellowships
  • Princeton Makes Artist Cooperative to Host Winter Art Party on December 11th
  • "The Future Nurtures The Past" Mural Is Completed In Newark
  • RVCC Art Show, Sale to Feature Ceramics, Artist Greeting Cards, Hand-Printed Clothing
  • Ocean County Library Seeks Works By Artists For Jackson Branch In 2022

    DANCE


  • Roxey Ballet Company To Hold Rebuild The Ballet Dance Benefit Fundraiser On December 19th
  • Academic Theatre & Dance Company Presents 'The 9/11 Memorial Perfomance Project' Dec. 10-11 at the Mercer County Community College Studio Theatre
  • New Jersey Ballet's 50th Anniversary Run Of "The Nutcracker" Comes To MPAC For 10 Performances
  • RVCC Presents DanceWorks December 9-10
  • Atlantic City Ballet Performs Two Holiday Shows

    COMEDY


  • Comedy & Music At Beach Haus Brewery This Friday
  • NJPAC Announces Comedy Shows By Chris Redd, Eric D'alessandro and NEMR
  • The Music Box at Borgata Announces Comedy Shows For December
  • NJPAC Presents Bert Kreischer: The Berty Boy Relapse Tour In March
  • NJPAC Presents Ron White: Catch the Tater

    COMMUNITY


  • New Jersey Stage Articles and Columns For November 2021
  • Top 10 Most Read Stories at New Jersey Stage For Week of November 28 to December 4
  • Applications Are Open For Diversity in Arts Leadership Internship program
  • Monmouth County announces partnership with New Jersey SHARES to offer utility assistance through ERAP
  • Newark Social Launches ‘Newark Winter Village’ Event, Offering Shopping and Ice Skating Downtown



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    George Street Playhouse presents "It's Only A Play"

    Tuesday, December 07, 2021 @ 8:00pm
    New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC)
    11 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    category: theatre

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    Sons of Serendip

    Tuesday, December 07, 2021 @ 7:30pm
    South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
    One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ 07079
    category: music

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    CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE

    Wednesday, December 08, 2021 @ 8:00pm
    State Theatre New Jersey
    15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    category: theatre

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    A Child's Christmas In Wales

    Wednesday, December 08, 2021 @ 7:30pm
    Shakespeare Theatre Of NJ - F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre
    36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940
    category: theatre

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    Martin Sexton

    Thursday, December 09, 2021 @ 7:30pm
    South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
    One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ 07079
    category: music

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    CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE

    Thursday, December 09, 2021 @ 8:00pm
    State Theatre New Jersey
    15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    category: theatre

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    "Water In My Hands" by Emma Gibson

    Thursday, December 09, 2021 @ 8:00pm
    Oakes Center
    120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901
    category: theatre

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    Sweet Potato Pie

    Thursday, December 09, 2021 @ 1:00pm
    Grunin Center
    1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754
    category: music

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    A Child's Christmas In Wales

    Thursday, December 09, 2021 @ 8:00pm
    Shakespeare Theatre Of NJ - F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre
    36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940
    category: theatre

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    George Street Playhouse presents "It's Only A Play"

    Thursday, December 09, 2021 @ 2:00pm
    New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC)
    11 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    category: theatre

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