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(RED BANK, NJ) -- Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, have announced the lineup for the company's 25th season.  In 2018-19, Two River will present the World Premieres of Pamela's First Musical by Wendy Wasserstein and Christopher Durang; and Theo by Martin Moran.  The season also includes King Hedley II by August Wilson; Journey To Oz: A Wizard of Oz Story by Christopher Parks; Noises Off by Michael Frayn; The Belle of Amherst by William Luce; and Oo-Bla-Dee by Regina Taylor.... READ ON

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Vanguard Theater Company will present  "Sing For Our Lives,” a concert at the First Congregational Church in Montclair on May 12 at 8:00pm to benefit Mother’s Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety. Scheduled on Mother’s Day Eve, the event will focus on stories, songs and spoken word about creation, life, love and loss, and draw attention to gun violence across communities.  ... READ ON

(WAYNE, NJ) -- On Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20, 2018, Aspire Performing Arts Company will hold auditions for its upcoming summer musical theatre productions: Disney’s The Lion King Jr. for children ages 7-11, and Thoroughly Modern Millie, for pre-teens/teenagers ages 11 through 18.... READ ON

(WEEHAWKEN, NJ) -- Hudson Theatre Works presents two benefit performances of “United States of Anxiety” on May 11th and 12th at 8:00pm in The Forge Theatre at the Wilson School in Weehawken. The 10 new short plays are written by some of our most illustrious playwrights, including John Patrick Shanley, Neil Labute, Matthew Dixon, Mike Folie, Perry Guzzi, Luigi Jannuzzi, Erin Mallon, Nichole Pandolfo, Michael Puzzo and T.C. Tanis.... READ ON

(WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- The Center for the Arts at Monmouth University has announced that tickets are on sale for an exciting new staging of the record-setting musical The Fantasticks, presented as a Shadow Lawn Summer Stage production at the Lauren K. Woods Theatre on the east end of the Monmouth campus. The production runs from June 21 through July 1.... READ ON

(SUMMIT, NJ) -- Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional Theatre in Residence at the Oakes Center in Summit, will present its annual Meet the Artist new play reading series on Wednesday, May 16 with Psychodrama by Phoebe Farber and Wednesday, May 23 with Wolf at the Door by Richard Dresser.  Both readings will take place at 7:00pm at the Oakes Center in Summit.... READ ON

(MILBURN, NJ) -- Paper Mill Playhouse has announced the dates and locations for the 2018 Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir tour. This season the show choir will play New Jersey venues in Millburn, Somerset, New Providence, Rahway, Metuchen, Wanaque, Kenilworth and South Orange. This fully-staged concert event called “Seize the Day” is a song and dance extravaganza featuring production numbers from popular Broadway shows includingNewsies, Frozen, Hairspray, The Wiz, Rent, Spring Awakening, Jersey Boys, Annie, Sister Act, and more. The program will also feature pop favorites from James Taylor, Lady Gaga, Otis Redding, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and Pentatonix.... READ ON

(UNION, NJ) -- Two-time Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, who has starred on Broadway in Kiss Me Kate, Man of La Mancha, King Hedley II and Shuffle Along, will close out the 2017/18 season at Kean Stage with two shows on Saturday, April 28.... READ ON

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey presents the Tony®-winning musical Cabaret for three performances over May 18-19. Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd—and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times?   ... READ ON

(HIGHLAND PARK, NJ) -- CoLab Arts presents the 2018 48-Hour Musicals on Sunday, April 29th at 7:00pm at Pino's Lounge in Highland Park.  Teams of writers, directors, and musicians have been tasked with creating new 15-minute musicals in one weekend in response to the advocacy work of local organizations and communities and challenged with incorporating random props. ... READ ON

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