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New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 02-08-19

originally published: 02/08/2019

NJ Stage Daily Update

Here is the morning update for New Jersey Stage for 02-08-19.

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Kicking and Swearing One-Act Festival Returns to UCPAC for its Fifth Year

(RAHWAY, NJ) -- The Fifth Annual Kicking & Swearing One-Act Festival will take place from February 15-17 at the Union County Performing Arts Center’s Hamilton Stage. It's a weekend filled with original one-act plays by the most talented budding writers and directors in the theater world. The festival offers two evenings of insightful writings that include original comedy, tragedy, satire, and sci-fi short plays to make up a matinee of spectacularly exciting theater. 

"Family Ties" Stars To Perform "Love Letters" At Kean Stage

It may be coming up on 30 years since Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter starred as the Keatons on “Family Ties,” but that image is still hard to shake for many. Both have routinely appeared on lists of top TV moms and dads, and are forever remembered in our minds as a symbol of the 1980s.

"Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical" Premieres At George Street Playhouse

On stage now through February 24 in New Brunswick, “Little Girl Blue“ takes audiences behind the music and into the life of legendary singer Nina Simone. Join Jesse and Dave as they talk with the creators of this new musical, which depicts Simone’s passionate journey from classical piano child prodigy to the High Priestess of Soul.


ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...2/7/19

"I'm doing a show on February 22 in Sellersville, PA. I have never played at the Sellersville Theater; I've wanted to do that for a long time but I never had the opportunity to do so and now I will."

Kingston Ho Named Winner of New Jersey Youth Symphony's 2019 Concerto Competition

(NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ) -- Violinist and New Providence resident, Kingston Ho, 17, has been named the winner of the New Jersey Youth Symphony’s (NJYS) 2019 Concerto Competition. Ho will perform Sibelius' Violin Concerto in d minor, Op. 47 with the NJYS Youth Symphony under the direction of Helen Cha-Pyo on April 7 at the State Theater in New Brunswick. Fortissimo Flutes, Clarinet Ensemble, and Concertino Winds will open the concert followed by Youth Symphony performing Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, Sibelius Violin Concerto in d minor, Op. 47, and Dana Wilson Hold Fast to Dreams, based on a poem by Langston Hughes.  

Daniil Trifonov LIVE! at MPAC

It’s a sunny and brisk Sunday, January 27, 2019 afternoon as we make our way inside Morristown, NJ’s MPAC for a concert by classical piano phenom Daniil Trifonov and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra!

UK Music Legends, Strawbs, To Celebrate 50th Anniversary With 3 Days At Strand Theater

(LAKEWOOD, NJ) -- In celebration of their 50th anniversary, UK music legends Strawbs, plus a host of guest performers, former Strawbs, and Strawbs-related artists, will be performing at the Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ on  April 26-28, 2019. Come join a weekend celebration of the first album release by seminal British band Strawbs.

Westminster Conservatory Annual Showcase Highlights Local Talent on February 17

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- Westminster Conservatory will present its annual showcase featuring Westminster Community ensembles and students on Sunday, February 17 at 3:00pm in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall on the campus of Princeton University. The performers will be the Westminster Community Orchestra conducted by Ruth Ochs; Westminster Conservatory Children’s Choirs conducted by Patricia Thel and Yvonne Macdonald; Westminster Choir College students enrolled in Westminster’s Opera Workshop, and winners of the Westminster Conservatory Piano Concerto Competition: Michaela Guo and Annie Wei.

NJSO presents Debussy's La mer, Prelude a l'apres-midi d'n faune

(NEWARK, NJ) -- The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presents Debussy’s La mer and Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune alongside Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, March 7–10. Ingrid Fliter performs Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto; Jun Märkl conducts. 


Vermont Fancy Premieres at the 2019 New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, February 10

Kathleen Dougherty Huxley’s documentary Vermont Fancy Premieres at the 2019 New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, February 10. 

Arthouse Film Festival begins March 4

On March 4th, Arthouse Film Festival will return for ten weeks to its home base New Jersey theatres: AMC Mountainside and AMC Monmouth Mall. The festival is open to anyone, but seating is limited, so early enrollment is advised.  Subscription is $139 for five weeks or $245 for all ten weeks.  After February 27th, rates will go up.  Also being offered is a specially priced flex ticket so users may choose any eight out of ten nights for their convenience.


Roxey Ballet hosts an interactive evening around Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana"

(LAMBERTVILLE, NJ) -- Roxey Ballet, New Jersey's professional contemporary dance company, is proud to present, “Carmina Burana”, on March 9th and 10th at Roxey’s own Canal Studio Theater. This performance will be an interactive journey through the artistic sensibilities of founder and choreographer Mark Roxey, and award-winning composer Ryan James Brandau. This performance is the pre-cursor to Roxey Ballet joining Princeton Pro-Musica and the Princeton Girlchoir on Sunday May 21st at the beautiful Richardson Auditorium, in Princeton NJ as guest artists.

Event calendar
Saturday, Feb 23, 2019


ADDED COLOR @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 9:30pm

COUNTESS & FRIENDS @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

Dean Ford & The Beautiful Ones @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

JACKIE EVANCHO: AN EVENING WITH THE NEW AMERICAN SONGBOOK @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 8:00pm

JOHN MELLENCAMP @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm

NJMEA Concert Band @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 3:00pm


Michael McDermott @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm

TOSCA @ The Presbyterian Church of Westfield, Westfield - 7:00pm


Mamma Mia! @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 8:00pm

An Enemy Of The People @ Centenary Stage Company - Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, Hackettstown - 8:00pm

Steel Magnolias @ Algonquin Arts Theatre, Manasquan - 8:00pm

Intimate Apparel @ Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, Maplewood - 8:00pm

The Meeting @ Middletown Arts Center, Middletown - 3:00pm and 8:00pm

My Very Own British Invasion @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 1:30pm and 8:00pm

Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical @ George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Fun Home @ Wallace Theater at Lewis Arts Complex, Princeton - 8:00pm

The Sound of Music @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Theo @ Marion Huber Theater @ Two River Theater, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Psychodrama @ Oakes Center, Summit - 8:00pm

Cornerstone Playhouse Presents Almost, Maine @ Cornerstone Playhouse, Sussex - 7:30pm

A Midsummer Night's Dream @ Kean University Wilkins Theatre, Union - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Cinderella or the Story of Bigfoot @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 1:30pm and 3:30pm

Roan at The Gates @ Luna Stage, West Orange - 8:00pm


Tom Papa @ Victoria Theater @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 8:00pm


New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2019 Screening @ Voorhees Hall #105, New Brunswick - 7:00pm


Poetry of Warrior Writers @ Stockton Performing Arts Center (StocktonPAC) in Galloway, Galloway - 4:00pm

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