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Daily Edition 04-19-24

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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Middletown Arts Center to hold auditions for "Legally Blonde, the Musical"

(MIDDLETOWN, NJ) -- The MAC Players at the Middletown Arts Center will hold auditions for the production of Legally Blonde the Musical on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 from 5:00pm-10:00pm. This fabulously fun, award-winning musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin, book by Heather Hach and based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture, Legally Blonde.


Lantern Theater Company to Close 30th Anniversary Season with William Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors"

(PHILADELPHIA, PA) -- Lantern Theater Company will close its 30th anniversary season with The Comedy of Errors, part of the company's ongoing commitment to produce the timeless stories of William Shakespeare for both the general public and local school students. Lantern Artistic Director Charles McMahon directs an ensemble cast of Lantern veterans, including Morgan Charéce Hall, J Hernandez, Dave Johnson, Brian McCann, Lee Minora, Kishia Nixon, Matteo Scammell, and Zach Valdez. The Comedy of Errors runs Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, June 16, 2024, at St. Stephen's Theater in Center City Philadelphia.


Kean University's "Broadway Babies" Join Hairspray Stars on Stage

(UNION, NJ) -- A group of eight Kean University theatre students shared the stage with Broadway powerhouses recently, singing backup on five songs for the original stars of Hairspray at Kean's Enlow Recital Hall.



bergenPAC presents Broadway's Rock of Ages Band

(ENGLEWOOD, NJ) -- Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) presents Broadway's Rock of Ages Band on Saturday, July 20, 2024 at 8:00pm. The Electrifying Band from the original Broadway smash hit! The only trademarked group from the original Broadway production recognized as Broadway's Rock of Ages Band®

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NJ Country Artist Southpaw Releases "Drugstore Candy" album

(STOCKTON, NJ) -- New Jersey-based country music trio Southpaw has released their sophomore album, Drugstore Candy through their label Deko Entertainment. The album follows their debut, Unhitched, which reached number four on Amazon's Hot New Releases in country in 2021.


McCarter Announces 2024-2025 Classical Music Series

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- Artistic Director Sarah Rasmussen, Executive Director Martin Miller, and Director of Presented Programming Paula Abreu announced McCarter Theatre Center's 2024-2025 Classical Music Series – featuring the Renaissance Quartet with Randall Goosby, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performing Bach's The Brandenburg Concertos, Grammy award-winning chamber choir The Crossing, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, and Julia Fischer & Jan Lisieki. This year's lineup features world-class performers pioneering new frontiers in classical music.


RVCC Student Jazz Ensemble to Perform on April 30th

(BRANCHBURG, NJ) -- Raritan Valley Community College's (RVCC) Student Jazz Ensemble will perform in concert on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 7:30pm. The concert will be held in the Welpe Theatre at the College's Branchburg campus. The group is directed by RVCC faculty member Dr. Oliver Santana.


New Jersey Youth Symphony to Celebrate 45th Anniversary at NJPAC

(NEWARK, NJ) -- The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS), a program of Wharton Arts, will present its 45th Anniversary Celebration Concert on Sunday, May 5 at 3:00pm at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark. Experience a grand celebration of the Garden State's premier youth orchestra program as its three full symphony orchestras and Jazz Orchestra come together with alumni for a triumphant concert commemorating the 45th season. Special guest stars George Marriner Maull of The Discovery Orchestra and jazz legend Rufus Reid join the jubilee led by NJYS conductors Dion Tucker, Mark Gunderman, Simon Lipskar, and Helen H. Cha-Pyo. The celebratory program features works by Holst, Copland, Rufus Reid, Valerie Coleman, James Ra, and Respighi.


Sara David Buechner to Perform Beethoven's First Piano Concerto with the PSO

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- Award-winning pianist Sara David Buechner joins up with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) for performances of Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15 the weekend of May 11-12, 2024. Edward T. Cone Music Director Rossen Milanov conducts the program which includes John Luther Adams' Become River and Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120.

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Makin Waves with Jackson Pines: 'Ghosts Still Laugh'

Having recently released their latest single, "Control Burn," Jackson Pines will release two albums in the second half of the year: "Pine Barrens Volume Two," a sequel to last year's Pinelands treasure, and "Wheel," the roots-rock band's fifth collection of original tunes since 2017.


Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...4/18/24

"I tell everyone that I'm the last surviving original member of my band, however I had a 50/50 chance where some other guys didn't," laughed John Ford Coley as he reflected upon his former partnership with the late England Dan, current bands with no original members, his very loyal fan base and his fellow mellow rockers as they get ready to bring "Rock The Dock" to Englewood, NJ for a night of some of the greatest adult contemporary and easy listening tunes ever created. 



City of Rahway Issues a Call for Artists' Qualifications for its Public Art Program

(RAHWAY, NJ) -- The City of Rahway issued a call to local and regional artists working in the realm of public art. This call for artists' qualifications is a vital next step to support the City's ongoing efforts to invest in public art projects and the City's beautification.


Camden FireWorks Tells a Story in Quilts

I love an "a-ha moment" – that point when timing, circumstance, and cognition meet – and within minutes of stepping into the opening reception for Camden FireWorks' current exhibition, "Storytelling Quilts: Celebrating Communal Textile Traditions," I had one of those moments.


Motion Pictures - The Jerry Schatzberg Archive

(NEW YORK, NY) / GLOBE NEWSWIRE -- Morrison Hotel Gallery proudly announces the addition of iconic photographer and film director Jerry Schatzberg to its esteemed roster of artists. In celebration of this momentous occasion, Morrison Hotel Gallery hosted the opening night exhibition of Motion Pictures - The Jerry Schatzberg Archive on Wednesday, April 17th, 2024, at 116 Prince St, New York City, and will continue the celebration on April 24th at the Sunset Marquis, 1200 Alta Loma Rd., West Hollywood, CA.



Bally's Atlantic City Celebrates 45th Anniversary with New Steakhouse, VIP Amenities and Special Offerings

(ATLANTIC CITY, NJ) -- Bally's Atlantic City is thrilled to commemorate its 45th Anniversary by introducing a range of new amenities and special offerings designed to enhance the guest experience. Building upon the successful completion of over $100 million in renovations in the summer of 2022, Bally's is excited to announce additional improvements that will take the customer experience to new heights.



Monmouth County Officials hosted meeting with local historians to prepare for America's Semiquincentennial in 2026

(COLTS NECK, NJ) -- The MonmouthNJ 250 Committee hosted a meeting with local historians on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at Hominy Hill Golf Center in Colts Neck, NJ. The purpose of the meeting was to share the county's vision, strategy and planning to prepare for America’s upcoming 250th birthday in 2026, and ways that historians and historical groups from throughout Monmouth County can participate in this once-in-a-lifetime celebration.




National Theatre: Broadcast in HD - The Motive and the Cue

Thursday, May 30, 2024 @ 7:30pm
Monmouth University - Pollak Theatre
400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ 07764
category: theatre

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Thursday, May 30, 2024 @ 6:00pm
Stanhope House
45 Main Street, Stanhope, NJ 07874
category: music

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Yes Epics & Classics featuring Jon Anderson and the Band Geeks

Thursday, May 30, 2024 @ 8:00pm
State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
category: music

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White Eagle Hall presents Big Star - 50th Anniversary of "Radio City"

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- This year marks the 50th anniversary of Radio City, the legendary sophomore from the highly influential Memphis band, Big Star. To celebrate, an all-star collective of musicians (led by the band's sole surviving original member, Jody Stephens) will perform the entire album. Joining Stephens will be some of the band's biggest fans, who have long been associated with Big Star-related projects, including Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Jon Auer (The Posies), Pat Sansone (Wilco), and Chris Stamey (The dB's). The tour comes to White Eagle Hall on Thursday, August 22, 2024 at 8:00pm.

Mile Square Theatre presents Parenting is a Joke with Ophira Eisenberg and Chris Gethard

UCPAC presents Jerry Harrison & Adrian Belew: REMAIN IN LIGHT

Monster Jam Comes to East Rutherford on Saturday

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