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NJPAC Presents Something Wonderful: Celebrating the Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein

originally published: 11/07/2018

NJPAC Presents Something Wonderful: Celebrating the Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein

(NEWARK, NJ) -- New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents Something Wonderful: Celebrating the Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein with Jessica Molaskey, John Pizzarelli, Todd S. Purdum, and Ted Chapin on Tuesday, December 4 at 7:30pm in the Victoria Theater. Todd S. Purdum, author of Something Wonderful, shares fascinating stories with R&H authority Ted Chapin about American theater’s greatest and most beloved songwriting team. Jessica Molaskey and special guest John Pizzarelli, a pair of brilliant Songbook interpreters, provide the musical illustration. Tickets are $49.

This lively conversation between Todd S. Purdum and Ted Chapin, who is President and Chief Creative Officer of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, was inspired by Purdum’s recent book, Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution.

Singer Jessica Molaskey and special guest John Pizzarelli on guitar add to the magic of the evening by weaving the timeless music of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II throughout anecdotes and recollections of the partners’ lives inside and outside the theater. Favorite numbers performed from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s groundbreaking shows – “Oklahoma!,” “Carousel,” “The Sound of Music,” “The King and I” and more – transport audiences back to the time of the Golden Age musical and the duo whose compositions spoke to generations.

Purdum will autograph copies of Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution, available for purchase following this event.

Todd S. Purdum is also the author of An Idea Whose Time Has Come and A Time of Our Choosing. He is a staff writer at The Atlantic, having previously worked at The New York Times for more than 20 years, where he served as White House correspondent, diplomatic correspondent, and Los Angeles bureau chief. He has also been a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a senior writer at Politico.



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Ted Chapin, the host of three seasons of NJTV’s American Songbook at NJPAC, was chosen by the Rodgers and Hammerstein families to run the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, which is responsible for management of the copyrights created by Richard Rodgers and/or Oscar Hammerstein II. On his watch, there have been seven Tony Award-winning revivals on Broadway. He has encouraged new Broadway productions, among them Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and highly rated television productions The Sound of Music Live! on NBC and the multi-racial Cinderella with Whitney Houston on ABC. Chapin was the co-founder of the Encores! series at New York City Center and chairman of the American Theater Wing.

Jessica Molaskey is a veteran of a dozen Broadway shows, including the revival of Sunday in the Park with George, A Man of No Importance, Parade and Les Miserables. She most recently played Marie in the Encores!production of The Most Happy Fella. She has five critically acclaimed solo albums and has performed in concert from Lincoln Center to Carnegie and Disney halls to the Montreal and Monterey jazz festivals. For the past nine years, she and her husband, John Pizzarelli, have enjoyed a two-month, sold-out engagement at the Café Carlyle in New York.

Guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has been hailed by The Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” Established as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Songbook, he has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Paul McCartney, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell and many others. Pizzarelli returned to the bossa nova of Antônio Carlos Jobim with last year’s release of the album Sinatra & Jobim @ 50, with co-vocalist Daniel Jobim, grandson of the composer. His latest album is a follow-up to his wildly successful Midnight McCartney, an album The New Yorker said “may be the best collection of McCartney covers ever recorded.”

NJPAC is located at One Center Street in Newark, New Jersey.





Tommy Castro & The Painkillers To Return To Lizzie Rose Music Room
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Experience Hendrix at NJPAC on March 29th
(NEWARK, NJ) --  Celebrate the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix as Experience Hendrix comes to Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Centeron Friday, March 29 at 8:00pm. This critically acclaimed multi-artist tribute to Hendrix features performances by Billy Cox, Joe Satriani, Dave Mustaine, Jonny Lang, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Johnson, Doug Pinnick, Chris Layton, Mato Nanji, Kenny Aronoff, The Slide Brothers, Henri Brown, Kevin McCormick and special guest Taj Mahal.
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(NEWARK, NJ) -- Uforia Bachata Fest 2019 at Prudential Center will bring together the world’s best Bachata artists including, Frank Reyes “The Prince of Bachata”, Hector Acosta “El Torito”, Zacarias Ferreira, Luis Vargas and Raulin Rodriguez "El Cacique”. Uforia Bachata Fest 2019, presented by Zamora Live, Euforia Radio (Univision) and Corona Extra, will be held on Saturday, March 16 at 8:00pm.  The contagious Caribbean rhythm known as "Bachata" will have its gala night, marking the first time in history these world-renowned artists will perform on the same stage. 
Youth Symphony and Youth Orchestra To Perform at Princeton University January 27
(PRINCETON, NJ) -- The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) continues its 40th Anniversary with a concert featuring the NJYS Youth Symphony and Youth Orchestra on Sunday, January 27 at 4:00pm at Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University located at 68 Nassau Street in Princeton. Youth Symphony will open the concert with Mahler Symphony No. 1 in D major followed by Youth Orchestra performing Dvořák Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88.
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The Empire Strikes Back in Concert with the NJSO LIVE! at the State Theatre
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Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes At Riverside Rhythm & Rhyme
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"He Totally Wowed Us!" John Oates LIVE! at SOPAC
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“Tons of Fun!” The Glenn Miller Orchestra LIVE! at the Grunin Center
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Mike Davis and The New Wonders
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Event calendar
Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019

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Here are some upcoming events.


2019-01-23
Rechnitz Halls DiMattio Gallery, Monmouth University @ 10:00am
West Long Branch

2019-01-23
Pollak Theatre @ Monmouth University @ 7:30pm
West Long Branch

2019-01-24
New Jersey Repertory Company @ 8:00pm
Long Branch








 






















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