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New Jersey Stage Features Published During The Week Of 02-24-20

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.

Glenn Close and Andrew Lloyd Webber Attend "Unmasked" at Paper Mill Playhouse
(MILLBURN, NJ) -- On Saturday, February 22, legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber brought his good friend Glenn Close to see his new show at Paper Mill Playhouse, Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Following the performance, the two celebrities went backstage with Mark S. Hoebee (Paper Mill’s Producing Artistic Director) to meet and greet the cast, crew and orchestra.

Joe DiPietro Talks About "Conscience" Which Premieres At George Street
By Charles Paolino
Since 1789, there have been 1,984 U.S. Senators; only 57 have been women. As late as 1949, Margaret Chase Smith—a Maine Republican—became only the seventh female member; but she made enough of a splash to inspire Joe DiPietro’s new play, “Conscience,” which will have its world premiere at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick March 3 through March 29.


"They Kicked A** and Made Their Fathers Proud!" The Allman Betts Band LIVE! at the Scottish Rite Auditorium
By Spotlight Central
Although outside the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood, NJ this February 15, 2020 evening the temperature is freezing, inside the historic theater the stage is set for a concert of scorching Southern Rock starring The Allman Betts Band. Comprised of second generation members of The Allman Brothers Band — notably Gregg Allman’s son Devon Allman on vocals/guitar, Dickey Betts’ son Duane Betts on vocals/guitar, and Berry Oakley’s son Berry Duane Oakley Jr. on bass/vocals — The Allman Betts Band is making a name for itself as a top-notch recording ensemble and live performing band with a catalog of music which consists of creative originals and innovative covers of Allman Brothers Band material in addition to other rock classics.

PHOTOS from Post Malone at Prudential Center In Newark
By Jennifer Petrics
(NEWARK, NJ) -- GRAMMY Award-nominated diamond-certified Dallas, TX artist Post Malone brought the Runaway Tour to  Prudential Center on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 and photographer Jennifer Petrics was there to take a few shots.  Swae Lee and Tyla Yaweh provided support as special guests.

Boyz II Men LIVE! at the State Theatre NJ
By Spotlight Central
It’s Thursday, February 13, 2020, and the sold-out crowd at the State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick is excitedly waiting for the start of a Valentine’s Day Eve concert by one of America’s all-time favorite boy bands — Boyz II Men.

The New Brunswick Jazz Project Turns 10
By Christopher Benincasa,
Did you know that New Brunswick, N.J. is the only place in the country where you can see live, world-class jazz every week for free? You can thank the New Brunswick Jazz Project. We recently sat down with the New Brunswick Jazz Project team at Tavern on George, where most of their events take place. Jimmy Lenihan, Virginia DeBerry, and Michael Tublin are long-time friends who share a passion for jazz, and, 10 years ago, they set out on a mission together to bring live jazz back to New Jersey in a big way.

Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...2/20/20
By Danny Coleman
" I'm an entertainer, I love it and when I walk on that stage I become another person. I know my audiences and I know what to do to make them smile and how to make them happy. I always like to fulfill requests if I know ahead of time; I love to do that; who doesn't like to make people happy?"

Makin Waves with The Anderson Council: Keeping Young
By Bob Makin
If you are a fan of British Invasion power pop and psychedelia and subsequently inspired acts, Highland Park-based The Anderson Council are you’re jam. Released on Jersey-based JEM Records — home to similar Garden State acts The Weeklings and The Grip Weeds — last year’s 14-song “Worlds Collide” is one of the best things the psyche-pop four-piece ever have done during their 21 years, following four previous LPs and an anthology.  

Makin Waves Record of the Week: "Lila" by San Tropez

By Bob Makin
The Highland Park-based dream pop outfit San Tropez will play in support of their passionate five-song debut EP, “Lila,” on March 20 at The Asbury Soundbooth in Asbury Park and April 11 at Pino’s, their hometown haven for original bands.


2020 United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival Award Winners Announced!
By Al Nigrin
2020 United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival Award Winners!

United States Super 8 Film + DV Festival Celebrates 32nd Anniversary!
By Al Nigrin
Super 8mm film was introduced in 1965 by Eastman Kodak at the World’s Fair in New York to help the average person document their everyday lives.


REVIEW: The Tap Pack at MPAC
By Ilana Rapp
Who knew, that back in my childhood days when my parents signed me up for tap dance lessons with Henry LeTang and Phil Black, that I would have a lifelong obsession with tap? So when I heard that Australia’s The Tap Pack was coming to the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ, I knew I had to secure a seat – and only because they are tap dancers. I’ve never heard of them previous to seeing their sizzle reel on YouTube.

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originally published: 02/24/2020

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