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(DEAL PARK, NJ) --  The Axelrod Performing Arts Center (APAC), New Jersey's newest professional theater, presents Disney’s smash-hit, crowd-pleasing musical Newsies from June 1 - 17. The production is directed and choreographed by Broadway veteran Marcos Santana, whose recent production ofNewsies for the Maltz Jupiter Theatre received a Carbonell Award.... READ ON

(DEAL PARK, NJ) -- Some of Broadway’s best performers will grace the stage for Disney’s Tony Award®-winning musical “NEWSIES,” at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center June 1 – 17.  The acclaimed musical, which had its start at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse before heading to Broadway and a national tour, is finally returning to its roots in New Jersey.... READ ON

(WEST WINDSOR, NJ) --  From earthquakes to tidal waves to infernos, disaster movies were the film genre of the 1970s that just would not go away. Prepare to laugh as Pierrot Productions presents “Disaster! A Musical” at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre weekens from June 8 to June 17. Audiences can relive – or discover for the first time – an era at the movies that brought disaster at every turn. ... READ ON

(EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- Playhouse 22, East Brunswick’s Community Theater, presents Big Fish, a musical by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa and the book by screenwriter John August.  The show runs June 8 though 24.  The production is directed by Richard P. Butler, choreography Angela Ricci, and music direction by Mark McGee.  ... READ ON

(LINCROFT, NJ) -- The Premier Theatre Company in association with Pegasus Theater, NJ, an educational partnership with the alumni theatrical program of Christian Brothers Academy, present Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Performances take place June 15, 16, 22, 23 at 8:00pm, June 17 and 24 at 2:00pm in the Henderson Theater in Lincroft.... READ ON

The Hudson Shakespeare Company (HSC) returns for its 27th season of touring Shakespeare in the parks with one of the Bard’s last and most magical plays, “The Tempest”.  The play follows a group of Italian royals returning from a distant wedding and are shipwrecked during a violent storm on a deserted island, however, nothing is as it seems. The island hides mystical creatures and overseeing them is old enemy of the royals, the self-taught wizard and former Duke of Milan, Prospero. However, Hudson Shakespeare now flips the script, changing several characters to women.  Admission is free and shows take place in various locations of New Jersey from June 10 to June 28.  The schedule is listed at the end of this article.... READ ON

(RED BANK, NJ) -- Two River Theater has announced the cast and creative team for its production of Songbird, a musical written by Michael Kimmel, with music and lyrics by Lauren Pritchard, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch. The choreography is by Marc Kimelman. Music direction and additional arrangements and orchestrations are by Kris Kukul. The production will run June 9 – July 1, 2018. Songbird is presented by special arrangement with Allison Bressi and Diana Buckhantz.... READ ON

(HAMMONTON, NJ) -- Gorgeous melodies and a tender love story take center stage in Eagle Theatre’s upcoming production of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years, from June 1 through July 1st, 2018. Winner of the 2002 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics, The Last 5 Years tells the story of two individuals who fall in love-and out of it again-over the course of a five year relationship. The production stars Max Meyers and Jenna Pastuszek.... READ ON

(HAMMONTON, NJ) -- Eagle Theatre’s production of Jason Robert Brown’s 2002 Drama Desk Award Winner, The Last Five Years, opens June 1st and runs through July 1st. Best known for its catchy melodies, ranging from waltzes to rhythm and blues, it is the unconventional story structure that makes The Last 5 Years most unique. Brown creates a world in which Jamie tells his side of the tale in chronological order, while Cathy relives the relationship backwards. Their stories intersect only once, in the middle, on their wedding day. ... READ ON

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- Thinkery & Verse presents William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing from June 14 through July 7th at Assembly Hall at St John the Evangelist in New Brunswick. In the play, Benedict and Beatrice, Shakespeare’s whip-smart and quarrelsome lovers, must choose sides when their friends against each other over a young woman’s perceived infidelity. They are presenting this classic play with a modern edge in a historic building. Following this run, the play will then tour throughout the tri-state region.... READ ON

(LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- New Jersey Repertory Company will present the world premiere of Adam Szymkowicz’s Mercy from June 14 through July 15, 2018. This surprisingly funny, dark comedy is directed by Gail Winar, and stars Christopher Daftsios, Dan Grimaldi, Nandita Shenoy, and Jacob A. Ware.... READ ON

(CAPE MAY, NJ) -- "Hey, Big Spender," "I Feel a Song Coming On," and "Pick Yourself Up," are just three of many popular songs with lyrics written by the incomparable Dorothy Fields.The award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company will present the world premiere musical revue On the Sunny Side of the Street, the title taken from another Field's hit. Performances run June 13 - July 21.... READ ON

(NEW YORK CITY, NY) -- Fair Lawn, NJ, native Cornell Christianson's musical It Came From Beyond is currently running at St. Luke's Theatre in New York City.  The family friendly musical comedy described as Grease meets War of the Worlds with comic books, aliens, and 1950’s dancing. It is scheduled to run through July 24, 2018.... READ ON

(FLORHAM PARK, NJ) -- The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey continues their 56th season with the popular tradition of an Outdoor Stage production, this year featuring The Servant of Two Masters, directed by Doug West. The adaptation had its world premiere here in 2010 and was heralded as a “delicious production” by The New York Times. Patrons can now enjoy a fresh take on this Italian comedy by Carlo Goldoni and translated and adapted by Bonnie J. Monte, and experience a night of theatre under the stars at the Outdoor Stage. Performances run from June 20 through July 29.... READ ON

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