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From July 9-15, 2023

originally published: 07/16/2023

Top 15 Most Read Stories At New Jersey Stage From July 9-15, 2023

Here's a look at the top 15 most read articles published at New Jersey Stage from July 9-15, 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 9 counties in New Jersey (Atlantic, Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Sussex, and Union).

1) NJPAC Announces Lineup for Horizon Sounds of the City 2023 - (NEWARK, NJ) -- New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) has announced the annual Horizon Sounds of the City 2023, a FREE live summer concert series taking place under the stars during the summer every Thursday Night from July 13 – August 17 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm on the NJPAC Campus at Chambers Plaza.

2) PHOTOS from "Ain’t Misbehavin’" at Plays-in-the-Park - (EDISON, NJ) -- Plays-in-the-Park is presenting Ain’t Misbehavin’ from July 5-15, 2023 in the Stephen J. Capestro Theater - a unique, government-sponsored outdoor amphitheater located in Edison's beautiful Roosevelt Park. in’t Misbehavin’ is a sassy, sultry musical celebration of the legendary jazz great, Fats Waller. Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.

3) 2023 Newark Black Film Festival to Take Place July 12-16 - (NEWARK, NJ) -- The 2023 Newark Black Film Festival takes place July 12-16 at The Newark Museum of Art. This is the longest-running Black film festival in the country and it celebrates films that appreciate the historic significance of the Black experience in the United States. The festival features late-night parties, live panel discussions, and exclusive screenings of films created in the last three years.

4) Pat Guadagno Pays Homage to the Artists Who Helped Him Discover and Love Music - Earlier this year, New Jersey singer-songwriter Pat Guadagno released an album featuring covers of the artists who led him to discover and keep his passion for music. Anybody that has ever seen Pat live knows two things: the man is one of the best singers in the Garden State and the way he interprets each song, makes every cover his own.  Albums sometimes get overlooked, so we are spotlighting a few tunes on his latest album, 1964.

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5) PHOTOS from "Kinky Boots" at Pleasant Valley Productions - (WEST ORANGE, NJ) — Pleasant Valley Productions presents Kinky Boots across two weekends (July 14-15 and July 20-22) at the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC). Kinky Boots is the big-hearted musical extravaganza that won six Tonys including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Musical Theatre album and London’s Olivier Award for Best Musical. Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.

6) "Still at the Top of Their Game!" Chicago LIVE! at STNJ - Fog rolls in on the stage under white lights this Sunday, June 25, 2023 at New Brunswick, NJ’s State Theatre New Jersey, illuminating a raised bandstand filled with drums and percussion, keyboards, assorted horns, and mic stands.

7) State Theatre announces Eight Holiday Shows and Christmas in July Sale - (NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey has announced a special Christmas in July Sale from Friday, July 14 through Monday, July 31. During the State Theatre's Christmas in July Sale, tickets for just added holiday shows are 20% off with promo code HOLLY20. Tickets can be purchased online with the promo code or when calling Guest Services at 732-246-SHOW(7469).

8) PHOTOS from Trey Anastasio Band at Stone Pony Summer Stage - On the morning of July 7, 2023, I got the best news! My request to photograph the Trey Anastasio Band (TAB) at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ came through. This show was originally scheduled back in 2021, but thanks to Covid-19 did not take place until two years later. Trey Anastasio even remarked at the start of the show, “it’s great to be here, we were supposed to be here two years, but couldn’t be thanks to something. That something is gone now, and we are here!” Adding to the excitement of the news I got that morning, was that this show was sold out and the buzz in the air as I arrived in Asbury Park at the beginning of sound check was electric. 

9) Herman's Hermits and The Buckinghams LIVE! at BergenPAC - Lovers of timeless pop music stream into Englewood, NJ’s BergenPAC this Saturday, June 17, 2003 for a concert of classic hits by two groups which topped the charts in the 1960s — Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone and The Buckinghams.

10) Ocean County Library Toms River Branch to Present Harry Potter Birthday Bash for Teens - (TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- Teens, get ready for the biggest party of the summer! “Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!” will be held in Mancini Hall of the Ocean County Library Toms River Branch on Friday, July 28. There will be lots of activities, including a Sorting Quiz to determine your House, plus wands, potion necklaces, and pygmy puffs to make. Some edible treats might contain potential allergens. The event runs from 3:00pm to 4:30pm.

11) This Week in Music: Previews for Concerts Taking Place July 10-16, 2023 - Here is a look at upcoming shows taking place from July 10-16, 2023 along with our featured listings. New Jersey Stage offers previews of concerts throughout the Garden State as well as select shows in New York City and Philadelphia areas. 

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12) Jethro Tull's Martin Barre LIVE! at Somers Point - Music lovers of all ages enjoy the cool bay breezes at William Morrow Beach in Somers Point, NJ this Friday, June 30, 2023 evening as they ready themselves for a concert by guitarist Martin Barre. Best known for his work with the progressive rock band, Jethro Tull, over the past half-century Barre and his bandmates have sold over 60 million units including seven million for their best-selling 1971 recording, Aqualung.

13) The Newton Theatre presents Direct From Sweden: The Music of ABBA - (NEWTON, NJ) -- The Newton Theatre presents Direct From Sweden: The Music of ABBA on Sunday, September 24, 2023 at 7:00pm. Direct from Sweden The Music of ABBA will deliver the closest ABBA experience you’ll ever get with some of Sweden’s most experienced and talented singers and musicians playing 100% live.  The audience will be on their feet the entire show!

14) NJ Festival Orchestra to Present Outdoor Concert in Westfield on August 20 - (WESTFIELD, NJ) -- The New Jersey Festival Orchestra is back on Sunday, August 20, 2023 with another outdoor concert in Westfield featuring music by Gershwin and Delius, and songs by Aaron Copland performed by NY Metropolitan Opera’s renowned baritone Stephen Gaertner. 

15) United Children's Music Project Students Thrive in Prestigious Summer Music Programs and Festivals - (WEEHAWKEN, NJ) -- Local after school music organization United Children’s Music Project (UCMP) proudly announces its talented students’ exciting achievements this summer – from LA, Chicago, and NYC to Europe.

Event previews are always one of the most popular areas of the website. Event previews get noticed when we first publish them and then get noticed again when they are brought back to the main area of the site the week the event takes place - sometimes even several months later.  We also run weekly columns promoting events, music, and theatre shows taking place for the week. These columns include our featured event previews and event listings along with all of our event previews of the week. Many times, they are among the most read stories of the week.

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UCC to Bring Mental Health Resources to Newark at "Mental Matters" Event

(NEWARK, NJ) -- Greater Newark residents will be able to access various mental health resources and services this week at a "Mental Matters" event hosted by United Community Corporation (UCC). The event will be led by UCC's Community-based Violence Intervention program and hosted at the West Side Park Community Center in Newark on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, and takes place from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. Mental Matters aims to raise awareness about mental health and provide essential resources to the community.

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

2024 Annual Hamilton Arts Festival to Take Place June 13-22

State Theatre New Jersey presents Jersey Talent

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