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(MILLBURN, NJ) -- Paper Mill Playhouse presents the East Coast premiere of Benny & Joon with book by Kirsten Guenther, music by Nolan Gasser, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, based on the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture written by Barry Berman and Leslie McNeil. Benny & Joon runs from April 4 through May 5, 2019.... READ ON

(WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- The Center for the Arts at Monmouth University presents "Lonesome Traveler" - a musical featuring special guest Peter Yarrow on March 9 at 8:00pm. Hosted inside the Pollak Theatre as part of the 2018-2019 Performing Arts Series, the one-night engagement represents a local debut for the nationwide touring attraction that spotlights the cast members and unforgettable songs of the multi-media show that enjoyed an acclaimed Off Broadway run at New York’s 59E59 Theaters in 2015. The show is an epic road trip through the roots of Americana music, from Woody Guthrie to Pete Seeger — and to Bob Dylan and beyond.... READ ON

(MANASQUAN, NJ) -- Robert Harling’s critically acclaimed comedy-drama “Steel Magnolias” opens at Algonquin Arts Theatre on Saturday, February 23, at 8:00pm. Set in a small-town beauty salon, the show is a beloved classic following a group of southern ladies with plenty of witty humor and gossip among them. The movie adaptation is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.... READ ON

(CAPE MAY, NJ) -- On Tuesday, March 12 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, the award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company is offering a Playwriting Workshop at The First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes Street, Cape May, NJ, where the theater is in residence.    ... READ ON

(SUMMIT, NJ) -- The Summit Playhouse will present the acclaimed, American classic The Glass Menagerie on March 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 8:00pm and matinee performances March 3 and 10 at 2:00pm. The Glass Menagerie is a memory play by Tennessee Williams that catapulted Williams from obscurity to fame. ... READ ON

(LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ) -- Rider University’s Musical Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s musical Assassins February 27 through March 3 in the Yvonne Theatre on the Rider University campus in Lawrenceville.  Assassins explores the lives of the nine individuals who have tried to assassinate or succeeded in assassinating a president of the United States.  Louis F. Goldberg is the stage and musical director, and Lisa Twamley is the choreographer. ... READ ON

(WEST ORANGE, NJ) -- Luna Stage is launching a new Summer Performance Conservatory for young artists, ages 11-17. Auditions will be held at Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road in West Orange, on Sunday, February 24 and Monday, February 25 from 6:00pm-8:00pm.  Students selected for the program will be directed by Luna's professional artistic staff in a fully-produced play in the Luna’s MainStage theatre this July.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, a co-production of NJPAC and Crossroads Theatre Company, will be performed March 21-24 in the Victoria Theater at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). Duke Ellington's high-style music is the heart and soul of this 1981 Tony Award-winning Broadway hit, directed with dazzle by André De Shields. Tickets range from $69 - $89.... READ ON

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- The Immigrant—a heartwarming story inspired by the real experiences of a Russian-Jewish emigrant to the United States—will open at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ on March 12. Performances continue through April 7, making this pastoral tale perfect for spring theatregoers.... READ ON

(RAHWAY, NJ) -- The Hamilton Stage at Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC) presents Ghost, the Musical from March 1-10.  Based on the hit 1990 film of the same name, Ghost the Musical is a timeless fantasy about the power of love featuring book and lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin and music and lyrics by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard.... READ ON

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