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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...12/8/22


"That was an incredible experience, we were over in Europe for three and one-half weeks in June and just the response we got from everybody was incredible. I mean, we played some amazing shows and amazing festivals. We did Download, we did Rock am Ring, we played Belsonic with Iron Maiden and Airbourne and Shinedown; I mean, we just had some incredible shows and the reception from the crowd was amazing." says Tempt front man and vocalist Zach Allen. "They were just ready to party; they were awesome and we had an awesome time; it was great to meet the other bands. We got to talk with some of the guys from Shinedown and Airbourne and just kind of sharing stories and everything; it was just a tremendous experience and so exciting. We can't wait to get back out there, as soon as we came back, we were like, alright; when are we getting back there? Because it was just a dream, it really was, it was a wonderful reception and everybody was really great to us; we cannot be happier with how it all turned out."


Lighthouse International Film Society presents a screening of "Cat Daddies"

(LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ) -- On Thursday, December 15th the Lighthouse International Film Society presents a screening of the documentary, Cat Daddies at Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences,  120 Long Beach Blvd, Loveladies, NJ.  This is a heartwarming and tender portrait of a diverse group of men whose lives have been forever changed by their love of cats. Showtime is 7:30pm.

NJPAC receives $25,000 Donation From MAC Cosmetics on behalf of The Estate of Whitney E. Houston

(NEWARK, NJ) -- In celebration of Whitney Houston’s life and boundary-breaking career, M·A·C Cosmetics presented a $25,000 donation to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center to ensure the next generation of music icons have exposure and access to music education programs.

NYC Music Marathon presents Miranda & The HighWayMan

(TENAFLY, NJ) -- NYC Music Marathon along with composer Jack Dallas are presenting two original Jack Dallas / Richard Petrocy musicals at the Clinton Inn in Tenafly on December 15-16. Fresh from 4 weeks on TheatreRow 42nd St New York City, Jack Dallas brings his NYC Music Marathon home to his Northern Valley roots. Two musical comedies delivered radio style. 

Carteret High School Choir to join Foreigner Tribute Band in Concert

(CARTERET, NJ) -- The Carteret High School Choir, led by Mr. Kason Jackson, will perform with the nation’s leading Foreigner tribute, Double Vision – The Foreigner Experience at Carteret Performing Arts & Events Center on Friday, December 16 at 7:30pm.

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FEATURES

REVIEW: "The Sound of Music" at Paper Mill Playhouse

An enduring, Tony Award-winning classic, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein III’s The Sound of Music is a ubiquitous, stalwart musical theatre crowd-pleaser given an enthralling new production at Paper Mill Playhouse. 

PHOTOS from "The House of Blue Leaves" at Old Library Theatre

(FAIR LAWN, NJ) -- Old Library Theatre is presenting The House of Blue Leaves by John Guare from December 9-11. In this play, the lives of a Queens, New York, family get turned upside down as Pope Paul VI visits New York City. Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.

PHOTOS from "Miracle on 34th Street" at Studio Players

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Studio Players is currently presenting Miracle on 34th Street with one more weekend left in the run (December 16-18). Adapted by Mountain Community Theater from the novel by Valentine Davies and based upon the beloved Twentieth Century Fox motion picture Miracle on 34th Street. The script and story are exactly as you remember it. Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.

PHOTOS from "The Nutcracker Rocks" at Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater

(HOLMDEL, NJ) -- Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater (AXCBT) is presenting The Nutcracker Rocks through December 11th. The Nutcracker ROCKS follows a bored, teen Clara, who must endure her family's posh holiday party on the Upper East Side until her eccentric Uncle Drosselmeyer arrives. Uncle Drosselmeyer shakes things up at the distinguished Manhattan party when he shows up transporting Clara to a magic land - the Jersey Shore - where the traditional Land of Sweets is instead a candy shop in Asbury Park. Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.

PHOTOS from "A Christmas Story: The Musical" at Algonquin

(MANASQUAN, NJ) -- Algonquin Arts Theatre is currently presenting its holiday show, A Christmas Story: The Musical weekends to December 18th.  From the songwriting team behind the smash hit Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen and the Academy Award-winning film La La Land, A Christmas Story: The Musical, brings the classic 1983 movie to hilarious life on stage. Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.

PHOTOS from "Miracle on 34th Street" at Stone Church Players

(ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ) -- Stone Church Players presented “Miracle on 34th Street” for their annual radio play December 3-4, 2022 at All Saints’ Memorial Church. Directed by Lindsay Abbot of Rumson and Caitlin Martin of Highlands, the event featured Musical Director Mike Kabash of Rumson on piano and the cast included 10 wonderfully talented actors who have all performed in past SCP productions. Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.

PHOTOS from "The Land of Forgotten Toys" at Growing Stage

(NETCONG, NJ) -- The Growing Stage, The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, is celebrateing the holidays with The Land of Forgotten Toys weekends through December 18, 2022. This charming tale follows Grace, a brilliant young woman with big dreams and a passion for astronomy, who is stuck at a dead-end job at a toy store three days before Christmas. When she is transported to the Land of Forgotten Toys, everything changes. Christmas is in trouble—and it’s up to Grace and her rag-tag crew of forgotten and broken toys to save it! Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.

An Interview with Ashley Blanchet

(MILLBURN, NJ) -- Paper Mill Playhouse is presenting The Sound of Music now through Sunday, January 1, 2023. Celebrate the holidays with the heart-soaring melodies of The Sound of Music, including such beloved gems as "My Favorite Things," "Edelweiss," and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain." Rodgers and Hammerstein's final musical conjures an Austria replete with rolling hills, singing nuns, and a tender love story, set in the shadow of World War II.

"So Hot She Melts the Paint Off the Wall!" Joan Osborne LIVE! at The Vogel

Patrons sip drinks at tables inside Red Bank, NJ’s sparkling Vogel Theater this Thursday, November 17, 2022 evening as they ready themselves for a live performance by seven-time Grammy nominee Joan Osborne.

REVIEW: "Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol" at Mile Square Theatre

Holiday theater offerings intended for families offer the awakening of future long-term theater lovers.  An early holiday present awaits families at Hoboken’s Mile Square Theatre in an exquisitely realized, vibrant production of Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol. 

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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...12/8/22

"That was an incredible experience, we were over in Europe for three and one-half weeks in June and just the response we got from everybody was incredible. I mean, we played some amazing shows and amazing festivals. We did Download, we did Rock am Ring, we played Belsonic with Iron Maiden and Airbourne and Shinedown; I mean, we just had some incredible shows and the reception from the crowd was amazing." says Tempt front man and vocalist Zach Allen. "They were just ready to party; they were awesome and we had an awesome time; it was great to meet the other bands. We got to talk with some of the guys from Shinedown and Airbourne and just kind of sharing stories and everything; it was just a tremendous experience and so exciting. We can't wait to get back out there, as soon as we came back, we were like, alright; when are we getting back there? Because it was just a dream, it really was, it was a wonderful reception and everybody was really great to us; we cannot be happier with how it all turned out."

Top 15 Most Read Stories at New Jersey Stage from November 27 to December 3, 2022

Here's a look at the top 15 most read articles published at New Jersey Stage from November 27 to December 3, 2022. 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 15 includes articles from 9 counties in New Jersey (Atlantic, Bergen, Camden, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Monmouth, Ocean, and Union).

Makin Waves Song of the Week: "Solitary Waltz" by 00

Stoner-rock veteran George Pierro (Solarized, Maegashira) has a new project 00 (Double Zero) whose full-length debut album, “Volume,” on Bandcamp is a fundraiser for Forked River-based Popcorn Park Animal Refuge, where he is pictured with his children, “Brother” George and Anna. The epic six-song LP’s opening track, “Solitary Waltz,” is the Makin Waves Song of the Week.

Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...12/1/22

“We’re from South Jersey but we're kind of all over the place," laughed vocalist Doug Goldspiel as he discussed the particulars of Huxley, past gigs as well as their new music. "We are mostly based out of the Williamstown area. I'm down in the Millville area actually but it's kind of just all over South Jersey. We're an active rock band, we have five members; myself who is the singer, we have our two guitarists, one is Chris Kelly, the other one is Mike Lamplugh; our bassist is Matt Williams and our drummer is Bill Finocchiaro or however you pronounce his last name; which is going to sound great (Laughs).” 

Top 15 Most Read Stories at New Jersey Stage from November 20-26, 2022

Here's a look at the top 15 most read articles published at New Jersey Stage from November 20-26, 2022. 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 15 includes articles from 7 counties in New Jersey (Atlantic, Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Ocean, Somerset, and Union).

MUSIC


  • NYC Music Marathon presents Miranda & The HighWayMan
  • Carteret High School Choir to join Foreigner Tribute Band in Concert
  • Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...12/8/22
  • Smoke Jazz Club in January
  • NJPAC presents a night of fado with Hélder Moutinho and Maria Emília

    THEATRE


  • REVIEW: "The Sound of Music" at Paper Mill Playhouse
  • PHOTOS from "The House of Blue Leaves" at Old Library Theatre
  • Algonquin Arts Theatre presents "Broadway Bound" by Neil Simon
  • Luna Stage presents a reading of "Echo & Narcissus Blast Third Eye Blind Outside a Diner in New Jersey at 2AM"
  • Final Weekend of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, The Enchanted Edition at Centenary Stage

    FILM


  • Lighthouse International Film Society presents a screening of "Cat Daddies"
  • Hot Time Coming to Surf City Firehouse for Chili Cook-off and Screening of "Dashcam"
  • New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2023 Runs Jan. 27 to Feb. 19
  • New Jersey Web Festival Addresses Barriers-to-Entry For Creators In 2023
  • Brook Arts Center presents "The Polar Express"

    ART


  • The Atlantic Highlands Arts Council Announces Open Call for "Touch/Hold" Exhibition
  • 'Vibrant Empath Art' By Amanda Santomenna On Display At Ocean County Library Toms River Branch
  • Another Good Year for Sculpture For Leonia
  • Riverside Gallery presents "The Artistry of Zun"
  • Mayor Baraka Joined Mayor of Sebastián, Puerto Rico To Unveil Mural at Mt. Prospect Place

    DANCE


  • NJPAC presents a Nutcracker Weekend Dec. 17-18
  • PHOTOS from "The Nutcracker Rocks" at Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater
  • bergenPAC Students To Dance at Carnegie Hall in ‘A Night of Inspiration’
  • State Theatre presents "The Nutcracker" with American Repertory Ballet
  • Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Celebrates the Lunar New Year: Year of the Black Water Rabbit with the World Premiere of Lion in the City

    COMEDY


  • NJPAC presents a night of Italian Comedy with Eric D'Alessandro and Vic DiBitetto
  • Ocean Casino Resort presents Sarah Silverman
  • Celebrate New Year's Eve with Caroline Rhea at NBPAC
  • Kevin James to Perform Two Shows at Count Basie Center for the Arts
  • The Irish Comedy Tour Comes To Newton Theatre

    COMMUNITY


  • NJPAC receives $25,000 Donation From MAC Cosmetics on behalf of The Estate of Whitney E. Houston
  • Morris Plains resident Bethany Schwager named MPAC's Volunteer of the Month of December
  • New Jersey American Water employees and union members donate more than 275 toys to The Salvation Army New Jersey Division
  • Visual Arts Center of New Jersey Elects Five New Board Members
  • NJ Museum Welcomes Leading African American Women to Board of Trustees



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    A Christmas Carol

    Thursday, December 08, 2022 @ 7:30pm
    McCarter Theatre Center (Matthews Theater)
    91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
    category: theatre

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    Vienna Boys Choir

    Thursday, December 08, 2022 @ 7:00pm
    Grunin Center
    1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754
    category: music

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    THE IRISH TENORS - "WE THREE KINGS" CHRISTMAS CONCERT

    Thursday, December 08, 2022 @ 8:00pm
    State Theatre New Jersey
    15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    category: music

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    Seton Hall University Annual Winter Concert

    Thursday, December 08, 2022 @ 7:30pm
    South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
    One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ 07079
    category: music

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    George Street Playhouse presents "Joy"

    Thursday, December 08, 2022 @ 8:00pm
    New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC)
    11 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    category: theatre

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    A Rockapella Holiday

    Friday, December 09, 2022 @ 8:00pm
    South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
    One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ 07079
    category: music

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    A Christmas Story, The Musical

    Friday, December 09, 2022 @ 7:30pm
    Algonquin Arts Theatre
    60 Abe Voorhees, Manasquan, NJ 08736
    category: theatre

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    A Christmas Carol

    Friday, December 09, 2022 @ 7:30pm
    McCarter Theatre Center (Matthews Theater)
    91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
    category: theatre

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    Broadway for the Holidays II

    Friday, December 09, 2022 @ 7:30pm
    Grunin Center Black Box Theater
    1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754
    category: theatre

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    Pyrenesia & Alex Radus Band

    Friday, December 09, 2022 @ 8:00pm
    Hopewell Theater
    5 S. Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, NJ 08525
    category: music

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