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New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 02-09-24

NJ Stage Daily Update

Here is the morning update from New Jersey's arts newswire. We regularly publish between 8-15 new articles and news reports each day. Nobody covers the Arts throughout the Garden State like New Jersey Stage!

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theatre


The Caribbean Musical Retelling of The Little Mermaid, "Once On This Island," Is Coming To South Jersey
 

A restaging of the Caribbean-infused musical "Once On This Island" is coming to the Levoy Theatre in Millville, New Jersey, running for four performances from February 9th through February 11th. Filled with immersive storytelling, the show is directed by Domonic Barnes and choreographed by Olivia Cruz. Conducting a live band is music director Bryan Broughton.

 



Tony Award-Nominee Kate Baldwin to star in American Theater Group's "A Little Night Music"
 

(BASKING RIDGE, NJ) -- Broadway's Kate Baldwin will star as Desiree in American Theater Group's (ATG) upcoming season premiere of Stephen Sondheim's beloved A Little Night Music. The production will run March 7-10, 2024 at the Sieminski Theater in Basking Ridge and March 14-24, 2024 at Hamilton Stage in Rahway. Baldwin will share the stage with her husband Graham Rowat (Broadway: Dear Evan Hanson, Sunset Boulevard) as Fredrik.

 


music


Smooth Jazz NJ presents Lalah Hathaway at Union County Performing Arts Center
 

(RAHWAY, NJ) -- Smooth Jazz New Jersey presents five-time Grammy winner Lalah Hathaway at the Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC) on Friday, April 12, 2024. Tickets range from $50-$85. Showtime is 8:00pm.

 



Monthly MAC Music Café to Take Place on Sunday
 

(MIDDLETOWN, NJ) -- The Middletown Arts Center presents the monthly MAC Music Café showcase, an afternoon of live music performed by top-notch musicians, on Sunday, February 11, 2024 from 4:00pm-6:00pm. This month's singer-songwriter showcase features local talent Dan Toye, Kevin Liebkemann, Steve Kunzman and John Siehl. The concert will take place in the MAC theater. The event is free with a suggested donation of $5. 


 
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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...2/8/24
 

"Oh yeah, absolutely! I'm excited to get the music out there and obviously kick-off this tour for 2024 and start playing some of these new songs for the fans," stated Kenny Wayne Shepherd as he discussed his new record, his touring philosophy and the difference between Kenny Wayne Shepherd then and now. "This one is called "Dirt On My Diamonds Vol. 1" because there is a "Volume Two" so we have a whole other record ready to go to follow this one up and that sets us up and puts us in a really good position for the next couple of years to have new material, to keep the tour going and to keep the fans interested in what we're doing for sure."

 



bergenPAC presents Tower of Power
 

(ENGLEWOOD, NJ) -- Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) presents Tower of Power – 56th Anniversary Tour on Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 7:00pm. For over 55 years, Tower of Power has delivered the best in funk and soul music.

 



Black Box Studios and Liberty Arts Theatre presents The Singer-Songwriter Showcase Vol. 1
 

(TEANECK, NJ) -- Black Box Studios and Liberty Arts Theatre presents the full line-up for The Singer-Songwriter Showcase Vol. 1, a new recurring event featuring area bands and artists which will premiere on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at Debonair Music Hall. The night will feature performances by Rene Avila, Esti Mellul, The String Thirys and Leroy Klavis. Doors open at 7:00; showtime is 7:30pm.

 


comedy


New Improv Classes for Adults, Beginner through Advanced, at Vivid Stage this Spring
 

(SUMMIT, NJ) -- Vivid Stage, in residence at Oakes Center at 120 Morris Avenue in Summit, is offering a new season of improv classes for adults this spring. The next session, which includes three different classes, begins on March 5.

 


film


"Maya," A Social Impact Narrative Thriller Of A Young Girl Who Gets Trafficked Now Available on Most Major Platforms
 

(LOS ANGELES, CA) -- Maya, a film by award-winning writer and director Julia Verdin in conjunction with the non-profit Artists For Change, is an engaging, eye-opening social impact thriller about a young girl lured into a human trafficking scheme. The film rolled out the end of January 2024 and is now available on most major platforms to buy/rent. The film is also having a limited theatrical release around the country. Viewers will be taken on a roller coaster ride to find out if Maya (Isabella Feliciana) will be forever lost to the dark world she has fallen prey to.


 
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Surreal short Wiener screens at the Spring 2024 New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, February 9
 

In her short film Wiener, Natalie Peracchio tackles the timeless theme of being yourself through a very unusual college admissions tour. Here we follow Simone and her father, who have traveled all the way from Ohio to Boston to visit “Overton College”, but Simone has a trick up her sleeve: President Weiner.

 


dance


PHOTOS from "The Jungle Book" at Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater
 

(DEAL, NJ) -- Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater (AXCBT) is presenting a newly revised and revitalized version, with a new score, of Artistic Director Gabriel Chajnik's ballet The Jungle Book, based on Rudyard Kipling's beloved stories about a boy adopted and raised by wolves fulfilling his quest for identity, love and belonging, Performances conclude this weekend at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center. Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.

 


art


Jersey Arts TV: Alonzo Adams tells stories of the Black experience at Zimmerli Art Museum
 

Alonzo Adams has been using his paintings to tell stories of the contemporary Black experience for over 25 years. In his first solo museum exhibition at Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, his own story as an artist is being told, from his very first painting to pieces that have not been seen publicly for years. We went to New Brunswick to speak with the artist about putting this exhibition together, and how it feels to return to Rutgers, where he once studied. "Alonzo Adams: A Griot's Vision" is on display through February 25.

 


food


Her ALS Story Launches Wine Collection to Raise ALS Awareness
 

(RINGOES, NJ) -- Her ALS Story is excited to announce their new fundraising custom labeled wine collection, a new collaboration with Old York Cellars Winery in Ringoes, NJ. Available on bottles of Old York Cellars' What Exit charitable series of white, red, and blush blend wines. The custom label has been designed to create awareness of ALS and support for the organization which consists of young women living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. ALS is commonly known as a disease that afflicts older men, but Her ALS Story challenges that stereotype with nearly 100 members across the country and globally diagnosed by age 35.

 



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LATEST NEWS


PSO Soundtracks Talk: A Celebration of Bulgaria with Maestro Rossen Milanov and Soprano Mariana Karpatova

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO)'s Edward T. Cone Music Director Rossen Milanov joins mezzo-soprano Mariana Karpatova in an exploration of the songs, dances, and culture of their native Bulgaria at a very special PSO Soundtracks talk: A Celebration of Bulgaria. Their presentation takes place on Thursday, March 7 at 7:00pm, at the Princeton Public Library in the library's Community Room. Immediately following, there will be time for a brief Q&A. The talk serves as a prelude to the orchestra's March 9-10 concerts which includes a work by Bulgarian composer Marin Goleminov. Soundtracks is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.


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Garden State Film Festival Returns March 21-24


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