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New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 08-23-21

originally published: 08/23/2021
NJ Stage Daily Update

Here is the morning update for New Jersey Stage for 08-23-21.

New Jersey Stage regularly publishes between 8-10 new articles and news reports each day.


The Howell PAL Theater Company Presents "Annie" at The Strand

(LAKEWOOD, NJ) — The Howell PAL Theater Company will return to ‘LIVE’ theater with the Broadway musical Annie, on stage September 10th and 11th at The Historic Strand Theater in Lakewood, New Jersey for three performances. Set in 1930s in New York City, Annie is the story of a gutsy, red-headed orphan determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago and left her on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage that is run by the cruel, Miss Hannigan. 

Karen Ann Daniels Named Folger’s Director of Programming and Folger Theatre’s Artistic Director

(WASHINGTON, DC) -- Karen Ann Daniels, director of the Mobile Unit at The Public Theater in New York City, has been named the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Director of Programming and Artistic Director of Folger Theatre following a national search. Daniels will lead the vision and strategy for cultural programming across the institution, including theater performances, concerts, poetry readings, talks, screenings, and other humanities programs inspired by the Folger collection, in the Folger’s historic Elizabethan Theatre as well as new galleries and public spaces created by the building renovation. She succeeds Janet Alexander Griffin who retired in spring 2021.

“Broadway Meets the Beach” LIVE! on the Seaside Heights Boardwalk

An enthusiastic crowd of Broadway fans is waiting on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, NJ this balmy Friday, August 13, 2021 evening for a live performance of Broadway Meets the Beach. Tonight’s show, which features such Broadway stars as Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages, Jekyll and Hyde), Jim Borstelmann (The Producers, Young Frankenstein), Korie Lee Blossey (Disney’s Aladdin, Tarzan), and Jen Perry (Kinky Boots, Mama Mia), also spotlights local New Jersey talent including two groups of young dancers from Kick Performing Arts Studios in Fair Haven, NJ.

The York Theatre Company Presents "Remembering Jerry Herman" On September 20th

(NEW YORK, NY) -- The York Theatre Company presents Broadway’s Lee Roy Reams in his new solo show Remembering Jerry Herman*, celebrating his collaboration with the late great musical theater legend. Audiences will hear glorious songs and outrageous stories from shows that include La Cage aux Folles, Hello, Dolly!, and more. Music Director is Alex Rybeck. ONE NIGHT ONLY, Monday, September 20, 2021 at The York’s new temporary home at The Theatre at St. Jean’s (150 East 76th Street, between Lexington and Third Avenues). Remembering Jerry Herman has replaced the previously announced York 50th Anniversary Concert, which has been postponed to a later date.

In-Person Classes in Musical Theatre, Acting, Improv, Writing, Now Back at Black Box Studios

(ENGLEWOOD, NJ) -- Since 2007, Black Box Studios has offered top-level collaborative theater workshops for performing arts students of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels in Bergen County and beyond.  The upcoming 2021-22 season brings an exciting array of options for kids, teens, and adults - at Black Box, no interested student has ever been turned away for financial reasons.

Montclair To Commemorate 20th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks With "Catch The Morning" Play Festival

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Montclair will commemorate 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks with the "Catch The Morning" Play Festival, a collection of one-act plays and monologues on 9/11 themes written and acted by New Jerseyans. The event is underwritten by Apricot Sky Productions and producer/playwright Eric Alter. Topics with great resonance for Garden Staters, relationships arising from September 11th and the disaster’s lasting impacts on lives, will be given the stage treatment at Montclair’s Grove Street  Theater, running  two nights only, Friday September 10 and Saturday September 11 at 8:00pm.


Charming Liars Release Music Video For "Losers"

(LOS ANGELES, CA)-- Alternative band Charming Liars has shared an emotional new live video for their track “Losers” - the latest in the band’s “Live Sounds of 2020” video series, which was filmed in a warehouse in LA late last year and includes includes performances of “In The Reflection Of Blood,” “Impact,” “BLAME,” and more.

Late Runner Releases "Nothing's Real Anymore"

LATE RUNNER, the brainchild of Danish indie-folk songwriter Asger Tarpgaard has unveiled its debut album Nothing's Real Anymore via seminal indie label Crunchy Frog. The album is an introduction to a promising new artist (in the solo sense) – and a work that, in and of itself, fulfils that promise.  

ApplaudUs To Launch In September

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN) -- Announcing ApplaudUs, Launching globally September 12, 2021. ApplaudUs; A live video and audio streaming platform and music marketplace that connects musicians and music lovers. ApplaudUs; A new era in live music, offering a sustainable business model for Performing artists. ApplaudUs allows Artists to monetize their Art in a fair system that returns more to the artist while making that music easier to find for Fans.

Switchfoot Releases "interrobang" via Fantasy Records

GRAMMY Award-winning San Diego alt rock quintet Switchfoot released their latest album interrobang via Fantasy Records on August 20, 2021. The Tony Berg-produced (Phoebe Bridgers, Paul McCartney, Andrew Bird) and Tchad Blake-mixed (Fiona Apple, Arctic Monkeys, Sheryl Crow) record serves as the band's 12th full-length album release and follows 2019's Native Tongue. Also out today is the music video for focus track "lost 'cause."

The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap

The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap was released on August 20, 2021. A partnership between The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the box set and book (300 pages, 11 expert essays, 129 tracks) is the first-of-its-kind, chronicling hip-hop’s growth and impact from the parks of the Bronx to the broadest areas of the American experience and worldwide influence.

Sophie Powers Releases "Life Goes On!!"

(TORONTO, ON) -- Rising teen pop-rocker Sophie Powers has released her newest single and music video for "Life Goes On!!" The fast-paced song revisits the turbulence of dating in high school and leaves the listener with the ultimate message that they must move on from heartbreak.

Indie chamber-pop duo Takénobu Releases "Always Leave A Note"

Atlanta-based indie chamber-pop duo Takénobu will release their new album Always Leave a Note, out September 3.

Prog Trio Trifecta Release A Short Film By Nick Beggs - “The Enigma Of Mr Fripp”

Ahead of the release of their debut album, Fragments, Trifecta have released a brilliant animated short film in Lego created by Nick Beggs for the track “The Enigma Of Mr Fripp”.

Makin Waves Song of the Week: “Close 2 U” by Ser Xerri

​​​​​​​After a pre-pandemic year that included touring the U.S. as guitarist for Remember Jones and having his song, “Sympathetic Response,” placed on Investigation Discovery’s nationally televised “Primal Instinct,” Ser Xerri (pronounced “Sir Sherry”) has released his new single, “Close 2 U.” 

Ocean Grove Presents “Sacred Masterworks – Hear My Prayer” On August 29th

(OCEAN GROVE, NJ) -- The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA) will present its annual Sacred Masterwork Concert on Sunday, August 29 at 7:00pm in The Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. This year’s free concert is entitled “Hear My Prayer.” The program includes Red Bank resident John Michael Trotta’s Gloria,  Felix Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer, and Gabriel Faure’s Requiem.

The Newton Theatre Presents Gorka, Kaplansky, Larkin, and Eberhardt

(NEWTON, NJ) -- What happens when folk greats John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky, Patty Larkin, and Cliff Eberhardt get together on one stage? A night of great music coupled with a comedic twist and storytelling. The four come together for On a Winter's Night, which comes to The Newton Theatre on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 8:00pm.

BAILEN, accompanied by Bay Atlantic Symphony & New York Chamber Ensemble, To Perform in Cape May

(CAPE MAY, NJ) -- Enjoy a special summer evening of music at the outdoor stage of the Emlen Physick Estate, when the musical touring group BAILEN joins members of the Bay Atlantic Symphony and the New York Chamber Ensemble, performing songs by BAILEN arranged especially for this concert on Thursday, August 26 at 7:00pm on the Emlen Physick Estate Outdoor Stage.. BAILEN’s striking three-part sibling harmonies and evocative songwriting will be enhanced by the luscious strings and woodwinds of the New York Chamber Ensemble and Bay Atlantic Symphony.


Cinelease Studios - Caven Point Opens In Jersey City; largest film studio in the state

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- On August 6, 2021, Governor Phil Murphy cut the ribbon on Cinelease Studios – Caven Point, the largest film studio in New Jersey, and the first purpose-built facility of its kind in the state.


Renoir & De Forest Appearing at Ocean Galleries

(STONE HARBOR, NJ) -- World-renowned Artists Alexandre Renoir and Autumn de Forest will be appearing live together at Ocean Galleries in Stone Harbor Saturday, September 4 from 6:00pm-9:00pm and Sunday, September 5 from 6:00pm-9:00pm. This is a rare opportunity to meet these two extraordinary artist and to view and acquire their magnificent artwork.

Ocean County Library Barnegat Branch Displays Art by Marty Mayo Through August

(BARNEGAT, NJ) -- Throughout the month of August, the Ocean County Library Barnegat Branch displays selected art works by Marty Mayo. The Ocean County artist creates mixed media illustrations, caricatures, and collages inspired by everyday people, musicians, actors, and current events. His art has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, and Boston Globe.


Wine Country Network's Second Annual Canned Challenge Competition Accepting Entries

(BROOMFIELD, CO) -- Wine Country Network, publishers of Wine Country International Magazine, and producers of numerous, highly respected professional beverage competitions are accepting entries for the Canned Challenge through September 14, 2021. The Canned Challenge is the world's first professionally judged competition committed to defining excellence in canned alcoholic drinks.


Top 10 Most Read Stories at New Jersey Stage For Week of August 15-21

Here's a look at the top 10 most read articles published at New Jersey Stage during the week of August 15-21, 2021.  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 10 includes articles involving 6 different counties in New Jersey (Essex, Mercer, Middlesex, Ocean, Somerset, Union) plus two for New York City.

Monmouth County Commissioners Invite Families of 9/11 Victims to Participate in Memorial Ceremony

(ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ) -- The Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners is inviting families of Monmouth County 9/11 victims to participate in the Monmouth County September 11 Memorial Ceremony, which will be held at Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook at 460 Ocean Boulevard, Atlantic Highlands, NJ on Saturday, September 11 at 8:00am.

A Look At The 2nd International Rakhi Festival in Jersey City

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- Surati for Performing Arts celebrated its Second International Rakhi Festival on Wednesday, August 18, 2021,outdoors in downtown Jersey City at Amiya Restaurant. In attendance were Mayor Steven Fulop of Jersey City, Ward-E Councilman James Solomon, officers from the JCPD, and the Jersey City LGBTQ community leaders, among others. It was a smaller than usual Surati event but of immense significance, especially in our present polarized world.

4-Time Olympian Joetta Receives Enterprising Women in Commerce Award for Nonprofit

(GLEN RIDGE, NJ) -- The CIANJ (Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey) and Commerce Magazine held its’ first annual  Enterprising Women in Commerce Awards reception on August 18, 2021 at Glen Ridge Country Club in Glen Ridge, NJ.  Joetta Clark Diggs, rebranded now simply as “Joetta” and touted as an Olympian record-setter, was awarded amongst New Jersey’s leading female entrepreneurs and business executives. 

MPAC Events For September 2021

(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) returns to full capacity events in September featuring some of the world's most popular entertainers, including Linda Eder, Willie Nelson and Brian Regan.

Monmouth County Park System Hosts Wind & Sea Festival at Bayshore Waterfront Park On September 18th

(PORT MONMOUTH) -- The Monmouth County Park System is hosting its Wind & Sea Festival on Saturday, September 18 from 11:00am to 5:00pm. at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth.  This family-friendly event celebrates all things water. Activities include kayaking, fishing, kite flying, seining, sand casting, and much more! 


Ocean County Library’s “Dive into YA” Virtual Series To Welcome Mystery Author & Poet Kit Frick

(TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- Thriller writer, poet and editor Kit Frick will discuss her world of creativity as a featured guest of the Ocean County Library’s “Dive Into YA: It’s Not Just for Teens” virtual discussions on Thursday, September 16 at 6:00pm. The chat series aims to show how real issues, vivid writing, diverse characters and imaginative concepts propel Young Adult literature beyond traditional age categories.  


Radio Jersey Shows For Week Ending 08-21-21

Here are the radio programs aired by Radio Jersey and Beyond the Palace this week. Radio Jersey shows air Monday through Friday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on ThePenguinRocks.com and Beyond the Palace airs throughout the week. Both shows are hosted by Lee Mrowicki and are also available on demand.

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