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NJPAC Presents Something Wonderful: Celebrating the Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein

originally published: 11/07/2018

NJPAC Presents Something Wonderful: Celebrating the Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein

(NEWARK, NJ) -- New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents Something Wonderful: Celebrating the Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein with Jessica Molaskey, John Pizzarelli, Todd S. Purdum, and Ted Chapin on Tuesday, December 4 at 7:30pm in the Victoria Theater. Todd S. Purdum, author of Something Wonderful, shares fascinating stories with R&H authority Ted Chapin about American theater’s greatest and most beloved songwriting team. Jessica Molaskey and special guest John Pizzarelli, a pair of brilliant Songbook interpreters, provide the musical illustration. Tickets are $49.

This lively conversation between Todd S. Purdum and Ted Chapin, who is President and Chief Creative Officer of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, was inspired by Purdum’s recent book, Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution.

Singer Jessica Molaskey and special guest John Pizzarelli on guitar add to the magic of the evening by weaving the timeless music of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II throughout anecdotes and recollections of the partners’ lives inside and outside the theater. Favorite numbers performed from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s groundbreaking shows – “Oklahoma!,” “Carousel,” “The Sound of Music,” “The King and I” and more – transport audiences back to the time of the Golden Age musical and the duo whose compositions spoke to generations.

Purdum will autograph copies of Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution, available for purchase following this event.

Todd S. Purdum is also the author of An Idea Whose Time Has Come and A Time of Our Choosing. He is a staff writer at The Atlantic, having previously worked at The New York Times for more than 20 years, where he served as White House correspondent, diplomatic correspondent, and Los Angeles bureau chief. He has also been a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a senior writer at Politico.



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Ted Chapin, the host of three seasons of NJTV’s American Songbook at NJPAC, was chosen by the Rodgers and Hammerstein families to run the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, which is responsible for management of the copyrights created by Richard Rodgers and/or Oscar Hammerstein II. On his watch, there have been seven Tony Award-winning revivals on Broadway. He has encouraged new Broadway productions, among them Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and highly rated television productions The Sound of Music Live! on NBC and the multi-racial Cinderella with Whitney Houston on ABC. Chapin was the co-founder of the Encores! series at New York City Center and chairman of the American Theater Wing.

Jessica Molaskey is a veteran of a dozen Broadway shows, including the revival of Sunday in the Park with George, A Man of No Importance, Parade and Les Miserables. She most recently played Marie in the Encores!production of The Most Happy Fella. She has five critically acclaimed solo albums and has performed in concert from Lincoln Center to Carnegie and Disney halls to the Montreal and Monterey jazz festivals. For the past nine years, she and her husband, John Pizzarelli, have enjoyed a two-month, sold-out engagement at the Café Carlyle in New York.

Guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has been hailed by The Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” Established as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Songbook, he has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Paul McCartney, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell and many others. Pizzarelli returned to the bossa nova of Antônio Carlos Jobim with last year’s release of the album Sinatra & Jobim @ 50, with co-vocalist Daniel Jobim, grandson of the composer. His latest album is a follow-up to his wildly successful Midnight McCartney, an album The New Yorker said “may be the best collection of McCartney covers ever recorded.”

NJPAC is located at One Center Street in Newark, New Jersey.





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Saturday, Nov 17, 2018


MUSIC

THE GAY BLADES @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

HERMAN'S HERMITS STARRING PETER NOONE & THE BUCKINGHAMS @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

Nelson Riveros Trio: “The Latin Side of Wes Montgomery” @ Englewood Public Library, Englewood - 7:00pm

Hawaiian Music and Hula @ 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing, Ewing - 8:00pm

Pop 2000 Tour @ iPlay America, Freehold - 7:00pm

THE MACHINE PERFORMS PINK FLOYD @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 8:00pm

THE FAB FAUX A HARD DAY'S NIGHT AND REVOLVER IN THEIR ENTIRETIES @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm

Todd Barry at SOPAC @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 8:00pm

Swamp Boogie Trio @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm







THEATRE

Annie @ Broad Street United Methodist Church, Burlington - 8:00pm

An Actor's Carol @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm and 7:30pm

Annie @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Apples In Winter @ Centenary Stage Company - Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center, Hackettstown - 8:00pm

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Billy Bishop Goes to War @ Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, Morristown - 2:00pm

Kiss Me Kate @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Phoenix Productions Presents: The Hunchback of Notre Dame @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Enchanted April @ The Summit Playhouse, Summit - 8:00pm

Heathers, The Musical High School Edition @ Pebble Players, Oakes Center, Summit - 7:30pm

Junie B. Jones The Musical at Black Box PAC @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 11:00am

Into the Woods @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 8:00pm

The Drowsy Chaperone @ Lauren K. Woods Theatre at Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 8:00pm


COMEDY

Todd Barry at SOPAC @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 8:00pm


DANCE

BALLET FOLKLORICO DE MEXICO @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 8:00pm


KIDS

ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA JR. @ Ridgewood Ave School Theater, Glen Ridge - 1:00pm and 7:00pm

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