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We recently spoke with the two women behind the award-winning play that The New York Times called “strikingly beautiful” – “The Other Mozart.” Created and performed by Sylvia Milo, “The Other Mozart” tells the true story of Maria Anna Mozart (nicknamed Nannerl), a keyboard virtuoso and composer who performed throughout Europe with her brother (Wolfgang Amadeus) to equal acclaim. However, unlike her famous brother, her work and her story were lost to history.... READ ON

Paper Mill Playhouse begins their 2019 – 2020 with a big, new musical. Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz runs through Oct. 27, 2019 on the Millburn stage. This is a New Jersey premiere for this production which features a book by Marc Acito. Musical Adaptation and Additional Music is by David Libby. The show is conceived by Tina Marie Casamento who also does Additonal Lyrics.... READ ON

When Steve Kluger was pitching his novel “Last Days of Summer” in the 1990s, nobody was interested. But Kluger persisted, the novel became a best-seller, and, two decades later, it is still popular. And, it is the basis for the musical play chosen by the George Street Playhouse to open its first season in its new home, the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center.... READ ON

2019 is a big year for Judy Garland fans. It’s the 80th anniversary of the release of one of the world’s most beloved films, The Wizard of Oz. It’s the 50th anniversary of Judy Garland’s death in 1969. And it’s also a year in a which a major motion picture about Garland’s life — Judy, starring Rene Zellweger — recently made its premiere in movie theaters nationwide. As such, it’s not surprising the air is filled with excitement outside Millburn, NJ’s Paper Mill Playhouse this Sunday, October 6, 2019, as theater-lovers prepare for an opening night performance of a new live musical, Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz.... READ ON

Music and theater lovers are eagerly waiting inside the lobby of the beautiful Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ this Saturday, September 14, 2019 evening for the doors to open for a Jersey Shore production of the off-Broadway show, 3 Egg Creams: A Rhapsody in the Rain. Inspired by and featuring the timeless music of ’60s icon Lou Christie, this one-man play stars actor Vince Bandille, and was created by writer/director George Cameron Grant.... READ ON

When her best friend is diagnosed with cancer, it forces both to examine their friendship and what truly matters. That’s the premise behind The Lucky Ones by Lia Romeo, which kicks off the 25th season of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre in Summit.  With wit and humor, Romeo serves up an exploration of aging, mortality, and the value and complexity of female friendship.... READ ON

Here's a look at plays taking place across the Garden State in late September through October.  Be sure to send your press releases to and add your shows to the NJ Stage event calendar to appear in future columns.... READ ON

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” is a quote attributed to George Santayana. Theatre has the ability to bring history to life in plays which resonate with the current world.  Luna Stage in West Orange will present the World Premiere of one such play in October.  Entitled, Mrs. Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library, the play by Jenny Lyn Bader is set in Nazi Germany, but contains elements that will sound more familiar to events in America today than we would like to admit.... READ ON

(WEST ORANGE, NJ) -- Luna Stage kicks off their new American Voices Series (and the 2019-2020 season) with Soo Jin Pretty Nail (and more!), written and performed by Susan Hyon and directed by David Skeist. This darkly comic, interactive experience is inspired by Hyon’s childhood as the youngest of four unhappy Korean-American children in suburban Pennsylvania. The production runs from September 21 - October 7. Luna spoke with Susan about her experiences creating the piece.... READ ON

Producing new shows is never an easy task, but it is one that Premiere Stages does very well. Continuing in this fine tradition, the Company now presents Yasmina’s Necklace. This new production is truly one of Premiere Stages finest offerings yet. The subject matter is timely and relevant to all as the concerns of parents for the welfare of their children at any age plays out. ... READ ON

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