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(NEWTON, NJ) -- The Newton Theatre Arts Academy is performing their musical production of Disney’s Frozen Jr on Thursday, July 25th at 7:00pm. The enchanting modern classic is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production. ... READ ON

(FREEHOLD, NJ) -- Center Players Dessert Theater will hold auditions for a production of “Lend Me A Tenor” at Center Playhouse, 35 South St, in downtown Freehold, NJ on Monday, August 5th and Tuesday, August 6 - both nights from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. The play was written by Ken Ludwig and will be directed by Michael Tota. ... READ ON

(SUMMIT, NJ) -- The Summit Playhouse presents the legendary musical Grease weekends from July 26 through August 4. It's 1959, and Rydell High Schools senior class is in rare form. At the heart of the story is the romance between greaser Danny Zuko and the sweet new girl in town, Sandy Dumbrowski. After a whirlwind summer romance, Danny and Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High for senior year. But can they survive the trials and tribulations of teenage life, and find love once more?... READ ON

(SUMMIT, NJ) -- Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional Theatre in Residence at Oakes Center in Summit, has received a grant from the Wallerstein Foundation for Geriatric Life Improvement that will enable them to present eight free performances of their touring cabaret for area seniors.... READ ON








(HILLSBOROUGH, NJ) -- “Mike and Marie Malone could be any couple dealing with retirement and family,” says Holly J. Kowalenko, director of the comedy Legally Gray which is being presented by the Somerset Valley Players from July 19 through August 4.  “What the show does is take the relatable experience of the sandwich generation dealing with grown children and in-laws and make it hilariously complicated for them.”... READ ON

(PRINCETON, NJ) --  Two-time Academy Award nominee Mary McDonnell has been cast in the title role of Gloria Steinem in Emily Mann’s Gloria: A Life, the opening production in McCarter Theatre Center’s 2019-2020 Theater Series. The production runs from September 6 to October 6 and is produced in association with American Repertory Theater at Harvard University. It's arichly-detailed tapestry about Gloria Steinem, one of the most inspiring and remarkable women of our time.... READ ON

​​​​​​​(LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- New Jersey Repertory Company presents the National New Play Network Rolling world premiere of Memoirs of a Forgotten Man by D.W. Gregory from August 15-September 15, 2019. A Soviet journalist with the gift of total recall. A psychologist seeking to rehabilitate herself. A government censor with a secret past. Their fates become entwined as victims and collaborators in Stalin’s campaign to rewrite public memory. ... READ ON

(MADISON, NJ) -- The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ) continues their 2019 season, entitled Incredible Journeys, with their popular summer tradition, a production on their Outdoor Stage located on the campus of the College of Saint Elizabeth in Convent Station. Now through August 4th, The Theatre will stage Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor’s newest, hilarious riff on the Bard, William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged), which will feature a trio of versatile actors who take on the daunting challenge of playing scores of characters from all of Shakespeare’s plays in under two hours — from Richard III to Juliet in an irreverent and delightfully outrageous manner.... READ ON

(RED BANK, NJ) --Two River Theater has announced the lineup for its 9th annual Crossing Borders (Cruzando Fronteras) festival of plays and music by Latinx theater artists. The summer festival will take place August 1-4 and will include free readings of new plays, live music and conversations with artists. Crossing Borders (Cruzando Fronteras) is supported by Bank of America. Additional support is provided by The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and Wells Fargo Foundation.... READ ON

(ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ) -- Atlantic Highlands resident John Lollos, a television producer & Broadway writer & director who has produced, written, and directed for theatre and television with over 2,000 programs for network, cable and syndication, is seeking actors for “Love & Let Love,” his original musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. ... READ ON


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