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New Jersey Stage Features Published During The Week Of 11-04-19

originally published: 11/04/2019

NJ Stage Weekly Features

In addition to running about 60 news stories and event previews each week, New Jersey Stage runs several original features and interviews as well. Every Monday we shine a spotlight on the features run for the past week.

Heart Warming and Melodic: "Last Days of Summer" at George Street Playhouse
By Karen Nowosad
A Review: George Street Playhouse opens its new season and their new home venue with a new musical titled Last Days of Summer. This show is a total heart warmer and one that is sure to be an audience favorite. It is a well told story with appealing characters, some familiar moments in time and fabulous music that reflects the era. The story centers around the idea that the bonds which people lovingly develop between each other stay with them throughout their lifetime and even after death.

Life Is "Beautiful" on Tour
By Brent Johnson,
If it weren’t for those guys from New Jersey … “Beautiful,” the Tony-nominated hit about iconic singer-songwriter Carole King, ended its six-year residence on Broadway this past Sunday, and did so with a stamp on the record books. It closed as the 27th longest-running musical in Broadway history and ranks second among biographical shows about actual people. The only one above it: “Jersey Boys,” about Frankie Valli and his Four Seasons.

New Brunswick's Crossroads Theatre Company Honors Denzel Washingon
By Spotlight Central
If all the world’s a stage, then New Brunswick, NJ is blessed this Saturday, October 19, 2019 evening to have one of its finest actors, Denzel Washington, in town to accept Crossroads Theatre Company’s first annual Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee Living Legends Award. Crossroad’s star-studded tribute in central New Jersey features several exciting events in Washington’s honor including a VIP reception at New Brunswick’s Heldrich Hotel and a gala award ceremony across the street at the historic State Theatre New Jersey.


PHOTOS from Umphrey's McGee at The Fillmore Philadelphia
By Chris Paul
(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Umphrey’s McGee was at The Fillmore Philadelphia for a pair of shows November 1-2 and photographer Chris Paul was there to capture some photos from each night.

"Utter Joy!" Tony Bennett LIVE! at the State Theatre New Jersey
By Spotlight Central
Deep purple and blue lights illuminate the stage and light jazz music plays at New Brunswick’s State Theatre New Jersey this Sunday, October 20, 2019 while music lovers wait for a highly anticipated live performance by the legendary American singer, Tony Bennett.

ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...10/31/19
By Danny Coleman
"Our band goes for it every live set and I think "Attitudinal Olives" reflects that vibe. Slee and this CD bring the hard, classic rock as if it

Makin Waves Record of the Week: "DV EP" by Daughter Vision
By Bob Makin
Daughter Vision are a fun and fascinating mix of the theatrical glam of David Bowie, the art rock of Laurie Anderson, and the synth pop of Kraftwerk and Vince Clarke of Depeche Mode, Yaz and Erasure. If Robert Smith from The Cure and Siouxsie Sioux were married by Paul Jourgensen of Ministry, Daughter Vision would make the perfect wedding band.

"Unparalleled!" Toto LIVE! at BergenPAC
By Spotlight Central
Fans are arriving from near and far to Englewood, NJ’s BergenPAC this Wednesday, October 16, 2019 evening for a concert by a band that is as comfortable playing R&B, blues, soul, progressive rock, hard rock, and funk as it is playing, pop, rock, and jazz.

Carol Burnett at State Theatre NJ
By Cheryl Makin
From the Tarzan yell to the tug of her ear an hour-and-a-half later, Carol Burnett held the State Theatre entranced in “An Evening of Laughter and Reflection” Oct. 25 at the State Theatre in New Brunswick. As a montage of the trademark yell wafted over the almost sold out audience, Burnett walked on stage to a standing ovation, given out of love and respect. 


Kathy Najimy at MPAC in Morristown
By Cheryl Makin
She put a spell on the Mayo Performing Arts Center and they were hers…Kathy Najimy held the audience entranced with her personal take on the “Hocus Pocus” experience Oct. 26. For about an hour, the almost full house listened to Najimy recount tales of her co-stars – in particular Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker - on the set of the 1993 movie. The witty Najimy also delved into her days as a child “creating her own fun” making up skits and shows in her San Diego backyard, often singing her idol and future co-star Bette Midler’s songs. Then she chatted about being an up and coming actress and self-confessed “crazy, sycophant rabid fan” and “Bette Midler stalker” before she got her break with “Soapdish” in 1991. The next year, Najimy hit it big with “Sister Act” in 1992 - which she auditioned for five times.  

Driving Force Behind Rutgers Jewish Film Festival Has a Second Act as Tony-Winning Producer
More than 20 years ago, Rutgers graduate Sharon Karmazin approached the leadership of the university’s Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life with an idea: Could they help give people in central New Jersey access to Jewish-oriented films they might not otherwise see?


Novado Gallery presents a solo show of work by Lex Heilijgers
(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- Novado Gallery presents "Walking Along Lines and Colours", a solo show of work by Lex Heilijgers, from November 15 through December 7, 2019. His work has developed a following where it can be found in numerous private and public collections, and has been shown in different cities in Holland, France, Italy and the USA.  This is the artist

Stockton University Art Gallery Explores Grief in "No Cure for Mourning"
By Shen Shellenberger,
In the words of curator Ryann Casey, “No Cure for Mourning,” the exhibition on view through November 12 at Stockton University Art Gallery, “ examines the relationship between art-making and the experience of loss.

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Event calendar
Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019


PAUL ANKA ANKA SINGS SINATRA @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

ROY ORBISON & BUDDY HOLLY: THE ROCK 'N' ROLL DREAM TOUR @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm

The United States Army Veterans All Stars @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 7:30pm


Humor in High Heels @ The Avenel Performing Arts Center, Avenel - 7:00pm


AN EVENING WITH JON DORENBOS MAGIC, COMEDY & INSPIRATION @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 7:30pm

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