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Top 15 Most Read Stories at New Jersey Stage from December 11-17, 2022

originally published: 12/18/2022

Top 15 Most Read Stories at New Jersey Stage from December 11-17, 2022

Here's a look at the top 15 most read articles published at New Jersey Stage from December 11-17, 2022. 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 15 includes articles from 7 counties in New Jersey (Atlantic, Cumberland, Essex, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Union) and 3 from Philadelphia.

1) Fun City Adventure Park to Become Newest Anchor at Union Lake Crossing Shopping Center in Millville - (MILLVILLE, NJ) /PRNewswire/ -- Irgang Group announced on December 15th that it has signed Fun City Adventure Park to a lease for a 36,500-square-foot anchor position at Union Lake Crossing, a 393,000-square-foot power center serving the greater Millville-Vineland market in southern New Jersey.

2) A Philly Special Christmas releases "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" - (PHILADELPHIA, PA) -- A Philly Special Christmas has released “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” featuring performances from NFL Eagles’ Jason Kelce, Jordan Mailata and Lane Johnson produced by Charlie Hall (The War on Drugs) and executive producer Connor Barwin is out now.  This is the first in a series of holiday classic singles to be released every Friday between now and the album’s official release on December 23rd via Vera Y Records. Recorded at Rittenhouse Soundworks, Silent Partners, and Elm St studio, proceeds from the LP will be donated to the Children’s Treatment Crisis Center in Philadelphia.

3) PHOTOS from "Elf the Musical" at CDC Theatre - (CRANFORD, NJ) -- CDC Theatre is presenting Elf the Musical weekends from December 9-18. ​Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.

4) REVIEW: "The Sound of Music" at Paper Mill Playhouse - An enduring, Tony Award-winning classic, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein III’s The Sound of Music is a ubiquitous, stalwart musical theatre crowd-pleaser given an enthralling new production at Paper Mill Playhouse. 

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5) Montclair play nominated for three awards at New York Theater Festival - (MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Holmestead, a play with deep Montclair roots, has been nominated for three awards at the prestigious New York Theater Festival's Fall/Winterfest 2022, including the festival's top prize of "Best Production."

6) A Philly Special Christmas Third Vinyl Pressing Available on December 16th - (PHILADELPHIA, PA) -- Due to an overwhelming demand, A Philly Special Christmas has announced that fans will be able to order a third pressing of the limited-edition vinyl on December 16th, for 24 hours only via the official website.   Following the two minute sellout of the second batch of vinyl on December 9th, a third exclusive round on green vinyl will be available for purchase on December 16th at 9:00am EST via the official website.  Proceeds from the third round of pressings will be donated to Philadelphia area charities in addition to the pledged $100k+ to Children’s Crisis Treatment Center of Philadelphia.

7) Bush and Candlebox To Play Ocean Casino Resort - (ATLANTIC CITY, NJ) -- 103.7 WMGM presents, English Rock band, Bush, at Ocean Casino Resort's Ovation Hall on Friday, February 17, 2023. Special guest Candlebox is also on the bill. Showtime is 9:00pm.

8) PNC Bank Arts Center presents Zac Brown Band - (HOLMDEL, NJ) -- Multi-platinum, GRAMMY Award-winning Zac Brown Band announced their upcoming 2023 “From the FireTour.” The new set of dates, produced by Live Nation, arrives on the heels of 2022’s “Out in the Middle Tour” and the release of “The Comeback (Deluxe)” album, which features re-recorded tracks with some of music’s biggest stars, including Blake Shelton, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett, Cody Johnson, Marcus King, Jamey Johnson, and Ingrid Andress. Locally, the band comes to the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on Saturday, October 7, 2023 with special guests Tenille Townes and King Calaway.

9) Carteret PAC Announces Central Jersey Marquee Awards For Middlesex County High School Musical Theater - (CARTERET, NJ) -- The URSB Carteret Performing Arts & Events Center has announced the inaugural Carteret PAC Central Jersey Marquee Awards, Honoring Excellence in Middlesex County High School Musical Theater. The Carteret PAC Central Jersey Marquee Awards will take place on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at the new URSB Carteret Performing Arts & Events Center (Carteret PAC). 

10) NJPAC presents Smokey Robinson - (NEWARK, NJ) -- New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) welcomes Motown Icon Smokey Robinson to Newark on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 8:00pm. Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America’s “greatest living poet,” acclaimed singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson’s career spans over four decades of hits.

11) Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District (LPCCD) Celebrated 20th Year with Gala at Newark Symphony Hall - (NEWARK, NJ) -- On Thursday, December 8th, Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District (LPCCD) celebrated its official 20th Anniversary of the non-profit organization at the nearly 100-year-old Newark Symphony Hall, New Jersey’s largest and oldest Black-led arts and entertainment venue. It was a night of culture, edge and elegance for all that attended.

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12) PHOTOS from iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour in Philly - (PHILADELPHIA, PA) -- More than 20 years ago, New York's Z100, the most listened to pop radio station in the country, introduced Jingle Ball—a holiday concert with the year's top artists performing their #1 hits. The show quickly became the most anticipated holiday tradition with tickets selling out in minutes. Jingle Ball has since grown into a globally-recognized phenomenon-now a sold-out multi-city national tour-and a must-stop appearance for the world's biggest artists to get face-to-face with thousands of their most passionate fans. The tour came to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadephia on December 12th and photographer Jennifer Petrics was on hand to take photos of the performers as they walked the red carpet.

13) PHOTOS from "White Christmas" at Surflight Theatre - (BEACH HAVEN, NJ) -- Surflight Theatre is presenting Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, the festive and beloved musical through December 18th.  With spectacular tap dancing and a dazzling score featuring well-known standards including “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano,” “How Deep Is the Ocean”, "Count Your Blessings" and the perennial title song, White Christmas is an uplifting musical perfect to bring joy in the Holiday Season. Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.

14) Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...12/15/22 - Charlie Thomas rose to prominence as a member of the fabulous vocal group The Drifters whose seemingly endless string of hits are still found on the airwaves today. So, it comes as no surprise that now in his eighth decade; Thomas has emerged with yet what's destined to become another classic called, "Be My Rock."  

15) Light of Day WinterFest 2023 Schedule and Lineups - (ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- The Light of Day Foundation has announced WinterFest 2023, the annual music festival taking place January 7-20 in Asbury Park, Red Bank, Montclair, New York City and Philadelphia.

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Fourth Annual NorwesFest 2024 to Take Place June 22nd

(LONG VALLEY, NJ) -- Set in the bucolic fields of Ort Farms (25 Bartley Road) in Long Valley, NorwesFest returns for its fourth year on June 22, 2024 and it promises to be another annual event to remember. Whether it's the delightful day on the farm with family, or the elegant night under the stars with spouse, partner, or friends – there will be plenty to do at NorwesFest 2024.

Asbury Underground Returns As Part of North to Shore Festival

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Hear the Legacy of Juneteenth at the Ocean County Library Brick Branch

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