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PHOTOS from "Freaky Friday" at Axelrod Performing Arts Academy


By John Posada

originally published: 10/25/2023

PHOTOS from "Freaky Friday" at Axelrod Performing Arts Academy

(DEAL PARK, NJ) -- Axelrod Performing Arts Academy is presenting a new musical version of Freaky Friday, the family favorite story based on the celebrated Disney film and the book by Mary Rodgers, at Axelrod Performing Arts Center from October 27-29, 2023. Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.

Freaky Friday features a book by Bridget Carpenter, co-executive producer and writer on TV’s Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, with music and lyrics by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composers of Next to Normal. While that show put the spotlight on mental illness, here they take a lighter approach with the fantastical story of a mother-daughter body swap.

When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again. Freaky Friday is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic. By spending a day in each other's shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another's struggles, learn self-acceptance, and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter.

PHOTOS from "Freaky Friday" at Axelrod Performing Arts Academy

PHOTOS from "Freaky Friday" at Axelrod Performing Arts Academy

PHOTOS from "Freaky Friday" at Axelrod Performing Arts Academy

PHOTOS from "Freaky Friday" at Axelrod Performing Arts Academy

Freaky Friday is presented by the Axelrod Performing Arts Academy who previously won the Perry Award for outstanding achievement in New Jersey community theater for its 2022 production of The Addams Family.

Leading the new stage production is Jackie Nuzzo (Elf the Musical, National Tour, and Sistas the Musical, Off-Broadway) alongside two recent Basie Award winners, Rebecca Grodek (Les Misérables, The Crucible at Middletown High School North) and Sealth Grover (Camp the Musical, Off-Broadway, and The Bridges of Madison County, Bucks County Playhouse). The production is being directed by Axelrod Performing Arts Academy Director Mary-Kate Schmidt.



 
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Performances are Friday, October 27 at 7:00pm, Saturday, October 28 at 2:00pm & 7:00pm, and Sunday, October 29 at 3:00pm. The Axelrod Performing Arts Center is located at 100 Grant Ave. in Deal Park, just five minutes from downtown Asbury Park, with plenty of free parking. Tickets are $24 to $28 and available for purchase online.

Freaky Friday has had several film iterations, most notably the 1976 version starring Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris and again in 2003 with Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis. The freaky part occurs when a mother and daughter get into an argument and their bodies are magically switched. They must make it through the day with mom at high school and the daughter preparing for a next-day wedding. By spending a day in each other's shoes, they come to appreciate one another's struggles, learn self-acceptance, and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter.

Here are more photos from the production.

PHOTOS from "Freaky Friday" at Axelrod Performing Arts Academy

PHOTOS from "Freaky Friday" at Axelrod Performing Arts Academy

PHOTOS from "Freaky Friday" at Axelrod Performing Arts Academy

PHOTOS from "Freaky Friday" at Axelrod Performing Arts Academy

PHOTOS from "Freaky Friday" at Axelrod Performing Arts Academy

PHOTOS from "Freaky Friday" at Axelrod Performing Arts Academy

PHOTOS from "Freaky Friday" at Axelrod Performing Arts Academy

PHOTOS from "Freaky Friday" at Axelrod Performing Arts Academy

PHOTOS from "Freaky Friday" at Axelrod Performing Arts Academy

PHOTOS from "Freaky Friday" at Axelrod Performing Arts Academy

PHOTOS from "Freaky Friday" at Axelrod Performing Arts Academy

PHOTOS from "Freaky Friday" at Axelrod Performing Arts Academy

PHOTOS from "Freaky Friday" at Axelrod Performing Arts Academy

John Posada is a New Jersey based photographer specializing in live theatre and music performances. For more than 10 years, John has photographed live music events where he mastered the techniques of timing and capturing fast moving action under challenging lighting conditions to capture that perfect moment that tells a story in a single image. Currently, John has photographed over 110 productions for over 70 different theatres and venues. Click here for John's website.


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