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Daily Edition 05-22-23

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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bergenPAC High School Musical Award Show Premieres on Monday

(ENGLEWOOD, NJ) -- The inaugural bergenPAC High School Musical Awards will take place on Monday, May 22. The evening will bring together schools across the region to celebrate the year's best productions and student performances. The ceremony will be held at bergenPAC, starting at 7:00pm with live performances from select nominees.



The Broadway Theatre of Pitman presents Drew Angus

(PITMAN, NJ) -- The Broadway Theatre of Pitman presents Drew Angus and his band with local opener, AFTYN on Friday, June 9, 2023 at 8:00pm. Drew's music is a unique blend of Americana, Rock 'n Roll, Funk and Retro Soul, influenced by classic rock artists like The Beatles, Tom Petty, and The Rolling Stones, as well as modern-day artists like John Mayer, Ben Rector, and The Lone Bellow.


The Starlight Jazz Show returns to The McLoone's Supper Club on June 25th

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- The Starlight Jazz Show returns to The McLoone's Supper Club on Sunday, June 25th. This is a collaboration of vocalists, live band and dancers dazzling you with show-stopping Jazz and Broadway performances. The event is scheduled to run from 7:30pm to 10:00pm.


Eric B. to Make Special Appearance during 10th Anniversary Block Party

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) – Mother Nature didn’t cooperate with Lakehouse Music Academy's (LhMA) 10th Anniversary Block Party to benefit Asbury Park Music Foundation (APMF) today, but the change to Sunday, May 21st brings new opportunities for special guests, including hip‐hop legend Eric B. (of Eric B. and Rakim). Eric has been supportive of APMF's educational programs, which are presented in partnership with Lakehouse Music Academy. Eric will make a special appearance in the afternoon. He and Rakim are also playing the North to Shore festival on June 13 at The Stone Pony in celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip‐hop.

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Rockabilly Queens Wanda Jackson and Linda Gail Lewis team up with The Brains on cover of Shania Twain song

(LOS ANGELES, CA) -- Fans of rockabilly take note! Aa new single is released featuring two leading ladies of rockabilly on a superb version of Shania Twain's country crossover hit "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?" Oklahoma-born singer/songwriter and widely regarded "Queen Of Rockabilly," Wanda Jackson, recorded her cover of Twain's ode to female empowerment in 2005. More recently, Linda Gail Lewis, sister of rock n’ roll founding father Jerry Lee Lewis, recorded additional vocals on the track and the two were mixed together by punkabilly mastermind Rene D La Muerte of The Brains, who also provided an energetic new backing track.


Nashville's Rockin' Rich Lynch Goes Shopping For New Fans With the Humorous and Timely Track "Pickleball at the Mall"

(NASHVILLE, TN) -- Independent recording artist Rockin' Rich Lynch found himself at the Green Hills Mall in Music City earlier in the year where he soon came across that establishment's latest enticement to attract more visitors - a pickleball court taking up prime real estate in a well-trafficked wing of the shopping plaza.


2023 GRAMMY-Winning Trio Time For Three to Open the Princeton Festival

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- 2023 GRAMMY Award-winning trio Time for Three leads off the Opening Weekend of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra's 2023 Princeton Festival on Friday, June 9 at 7:00pm. Their high-octane eclecticism sets the tone for the 16-day showcase for the performing arts which includes opera, musical theater, orchestral music, Baroque and chamber music, dance, and more. Rounding out the weekend are Aretha, A Tribute on Saturday, June 10 at 7:00pm and a recital by pianist Christopher Taylor on Sunday, June 11 at 4:00pm. All three performances take place in the outdoor performance pavilion on the grounds of beautiful Morven Museum & Garden.


"Electrifying!" Bobby Wilson LIVE! at the PNC Bank Arts Center

A crowd of over 5,000 music lovers files into the PNC Bank Arts Center this Tuesday, May 9, 2023 afternoon for a free Garden State Arts Foundation concert featuring Bobby Wilson and his tribute to Motown and his father, Jackie Wilson. Also on today's bill is Tommy C with his tribute to Bobby Rydell along with The Chiclettes' tribute to female artists of the '60s, all accompanied by The Coda Band.


Makin Waves Song of the Week: "Never Give Up on Us" by Jonathan Tea

It's been a while since Asbury Park singer-songwriter Jonathan Tea's 2020 single, "Chased by Drones." That's because he's been busy as keyboardist-vocalist in the hot alt-country act Hooper, winner of the 2022 Makin Waves Best New Artist Award.

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NYC Music Marathon & Smodcastle Cinemas presents Musical Comedy Bard Series Featuring Jack Dallas

(ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ) -- The NYC Musical Marathon is bringing its Musical Comedy Bard Series to Smodcastle Cinemas, Friday, June 2 at 7:30pm. Jack Dallas will perform Jen – X a 95 minute musical comedy farce. Audience participation with local help from theater nerds is anticipated. Laughs allowed with compelling music. A genuine villain poses problems.



A Spot for Frog & The Chosen One screen at the 2023 New Jersey International Film Festival on Friday, June 2

A Spot for Frog directed by Evan Bode and The Chosen One directed by Elazar Fine, may at first seem like two short films that have nothing in common. Look at the difference between the protagonists alone; one is a non-binary teenager and the other is an adult Hasidic man. However, upon closer viewing, both films grapple with the age-old question of identity, and consider if we ever truly find a place to call our own.


Northern NJ Community Foundation Announces Discount Tickets for Students to See Screening of "American River" Film

(HACKENSACK, NJ) -- The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) invites youngsters and young adults to attend and be inspired by the special screening of the documentary film, American River, on Wednesday, June 7 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at the Hackensack Performing Arts Center (HACPAC), located at 102 State Street in Hackensack, New Jersey. Through the support of sponsors, the NNJCF announces a special discount ticket exclusively for students at all grade levels through college to view this film about the evolution of the Passaic River.


An Interview with Shon on "Meet Cute", How Animated Films Are Created, Teaching in China, and Time Lapse Photography

Inspired by the silent films of the 1920s, the animated short "Meet Cute" tells the story of a fateful day between two people waiting for the bus. This is truly a short film - just 2-3 minutes long - but it tells a clear story and features beautiful animation. The story, characters, animation, simulations, compositing and titling was all created by Shon (Shawn Patrick Tilling) to capture the feeling and charm of the silent film era. Sound design was created by Siddarth Sadashiv. The film will be screened at the New Jersey International Film Festival on Sunday, June 11, 2023 at 7:00pm along with the feature-length film Stargazer. Both will have an in-person screening on the Rutgers University campus and available on demand for 24 hours starting at midnight.



MPAC Launches "Creative Aging Arts Program" with Cornerstone Social Adult Day Center

(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) has launched a Creative Aging Arts program at Cornerstone Adult Day Center in Morristown that will run through the end of June. This brand-new arts engagement program has been made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.


Reeves-Reed Arboretum Kicks Off Summer Season of the Arts with Art in the Garden

(SUMMIT, NJ) -- Reeves-Reed Arboretum will kick off its summer season of the arts with its annual garden party, ART in the Garden, on June 10, 2023, from 7:00pm-11:00pm. This special event unveils their summer art exhibit and concert series and is their largest fundraiser of the year supporting environmental education, as well as the gardens, grounds, and historic buildings.



Top 15 Most Read Stories At New Jersey Stage From May 14-20, 2023

Here's a look at the top 15 most read articles published at New Jersey Stage from May 14-20, 2023. 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 8 counties in New Jersey (Bergen, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, and Warren).


Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Community dedicated women's wing in honor of Commissioner Burry

(TINTON FALLS, NJ) -- Monmouth County Commissioner Lillian G. Burry was honored during a dedication ceremony of "The Lillian G. Burry Women's Wing" at the Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Community on Thursday, May 18, 2023. Solider On and WinnCompanies dedicated this wing in honor of Commissioner Burry for her unwavering civic spirit, patriotism and perseverance in creating the Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Community in Tinton Falls.



Talewise to Present "The Sword in the Stone" at Ocean County Library Long Beach Island Branch

(SURF CITY, NJ) -- Take the family on an adventure in medieval Britain. The Ocean County Library Long Beach Island Branch is pleased to present a Talewise interactive program for youngsters age 4 to 11, Kindness Heroes: The Sword in the Stone on Friday, June 9. The event begins at 11:00am.


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Shrek the Musical

Saturday, June 15, 2024 @ 2:00pm
Count Basie Center for the Arts
99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
category: theatre

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Shrek the Musical

Saturday, June 15, 2024 @ 7:30pm
Count Basie Center for the Arts
99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
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New Jersey Festival Orchestra presents "Something New, Something Past"

Saturday, June 15, 2024 @ 7:30pm
Hertell Gardens
241 E. Dudley Ave, Westfield, NJ 07090
category: music

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The Newton Theatre presents Dirty Deeds - The AC/DC Experience

(NEWTON, NJ) -- The Newton Theatre presents Dirty Deeds - The AC/DC Experience on Friday, October 4, 2024. The band celebrates the thunderous energy of the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson era delivering a power-packed performance that takes the audience on a journey through the story that is AC/DC. Doors are at 7:00pm, showtime is 8:00pm.

Twenty-three Films Will Be Screened at Burlington County Juried Short Film Festival This Weekend

Newark Completes Restoration of Gateway to Newark: Portraits

Pioneer Productions Proudly Presents 'Godspell'

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