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New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 05-22-20

originally published: 05/22/2020

NJ Stage Daily Update

Here is the morning update for New Jersey Stage for 05-22-20.

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Shakespeare Theatre of NJ Postpones Outdoor Stage To Summer of 2021

(MADISON, NJ) -- In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic and the State’s mandates regarding public gatherings, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ) has canceled this popular annual event.  Shakespeare’s wonderful comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, was slated for this summer, but audiences will have to wait until next summer to enjoy it.

NJ Theatre Alliance presents Hudson Theatre Works' PlayWorks readings of new plays

(WEEHAWKEN, NJ) -- New Jersey Theatre Alliance presents Hudson Theatre Works’ PlayWorks readings of new plays. They will be releasing their YouTube video of “Bird In a Box,” by Joanne Hoersch on Wednesday, May 27th online on the theatre company's Youtube channel. This link will become active on Wednesday, May 27th at 7:00pm. Donations will be going to the Weehawken Emergency Services Volunteers.


Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival Has Been Postponed Until 2021

(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty has announced that the Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival slated for Saturday, August 15, has been postponed until 2021 due to concern over the spread of Covid-19. The Festival brings thousands of people to Morristown every year. 

Makin Waves Song of the Week: "I Finally Feel Alive" by Murdock & Jack Blerry

Jersey City rapper Murdock and childhood friend Jack Blerry have collabed on the new album, “I Finally Feel Alive,” the title track to which is the Makin Waves Song of the Week making its video premiere here.

Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...5/21/20

"The release has been pushed back a few weeks because of delayed shipping with the LPs; we could see that there was going to be a delay anyway so we pushed it back a few weeks," says Nick Piunti as he discussed his band's latest release "Downtime" and much more. "The distributors are going to hold off until early June but it will be digitally available on May 22 and not in the stores until June but it will also be available on our Band Camp."

Makin Waves Record of the Week: "Pine Trees and Wildflowers" by Stella Mrowicki

Less than two weeks before graduating from Rowan University with a degree in music technology, Jersey Shore singer-songwriter Stella Mrowicki self-released her EP, “Pine Trees and Wildflowers,” a follow-up to last year’s self-titled debut.   


Saturday Night Alive From The Bunker

(ENGLEWOOD, NJ) -- An eclectic group of usually theater-focused comedy writers/performers from The Black Box Performing Arts Center is now presenting a free, live and uncensored comedy-improv-variety show via the Zoom platform. Saturday Night Alive From The Bunker runs every Saturday evening at 10:00pm until further notice  - and it is recommended for mature audiences only!


Newark Mayor Unveils "Phase One" Preparation For City's Eventual Re-opening

(NEWARK, NJ) -- Mayor Ras J. Baraka presented the first phase of the plan to re-open New Jersey’s largest city beginning June 1 during a press conference at NJPAC on May 21. The Mayor called the phase “preparation” to look at how the City might eventually re-open. Linda Harrison, Director and CEO of Newark Museum, leads the Arts, Recreation and Culture Committee - one of several that make up the Newark Recovery and Reopening Strikeforce.

COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Sites To Open In Select Wal-Mart Parking Lots

COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites will open Friday, May 22, in the Walmart parking lot of stores located in Garfield, North Bergen, Kearny, Flemington, Burlington, Howell, and Mount Laurel.

Hard Rock Atlantic City Invests $600,000 in Team Member ShopRite Gift Cards

(ATLANTIC CITY, NJ) --  Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City has doubled down on their commitment to team members providing a second round of $100 ShopRite Gift Cards to 3,000 full-time, part-time and on call personnel.

Critical Blood Shortage: Vitalant Calls on Donors to Help Patients Now

(MONTVALE, NJ) -- Vitalant—the nation’s largest nonprofit, independent blood collector—serving the local community here in New Jersey/New York, has declared a critical shortage of blood as supplies have been significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Shelter-in-place orders led to 260 blood drives canceled since early March in New Jersey/New York alone, resulting in a loss of 6,000 uncollected blood donations. That, coupled with a resumption of surgeries and other medical procedures as stay-at-home restrictions were lifted, has caused a 25% increase in the need for blood during the past several weeks.









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