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(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- Light Opera of New Jersey will hold auditions for "In The Heights" on Wednesday, March 4th at 7:00pm and Saturday, March 7th at 10:00am. In the Heights is a musical featuring music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes. The story is set over the course of three days, involving characters in the neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City.... READ ON

(MILLBURN, NJ) -- Paper Mill Playhouse has announced the initial casting for The Wanderer, a World Premiere Musical, which runs from May 28 through June 28. Michael Wartella (Wicked) will star as Dion alongside Christy Altomare (Anastasia) as Dion’s wife Susan and Joey McIntyre (New Kids on the Block; Waitress) as Dion’s right hand man Johnny in the musical based on the life of Rock n’ Roll Hall-of-Famer Dion DiMucci. Further casting to be announced at a later date.... READ ON

(WASHINGTON, DC) -- Calling all high school songwriters! Beginning today, January 13, the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Theatre Wing are accepting submissions to the 2020 Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge. This national contest is for high school students with a passion for writing songs that could be part of a musical theater production and the wide range of musical styles represented in contemporary musicals. The goal of the program is to engage the musical theater field in nurturing the next generation of songwriters.... READ ON

(RAHWAY, NJ) -- The Hamilton Stage at Union County Performing Arts Center presents the 6th Annual Kicking & Swearing One-Act Festival from Thursday, January 30 to Saturday, February 1.The festival will feature insightful writings that include original comedy, tragedy, satire, and sci-fi short plays.... READ ON

(WEST ORANGE, NJ) -- In response to sold out opening weekend performances, Luna Stage has extended Dipti Bramhandkar’s American Rookie through January 27. The production was previously scheduled to close January 20.  Part coming-of-age tale, part social commentary, and part comedy, this one-woman show explores what it means to be an immigrant at a time when the country can’t stop talking about it.... READ ON

(BASKING RIDGE, NJ) -- Auditions for the Trilogy Repertory production of Arsenic and Old Lace will be held on Sunday, February 9 from 3:00pm-6:00pm and Wednesday, February 12 from 7:00pm-9:00pm.   Auditions will be held at the Bernards Township Community Center 289 South Maple Ave, Basking Ridge, NJ.    ... READ ON

(WEST WINDSOR, NJ) -- The Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) in conjunction with Theater To Go continues to push the boundaries this season with the landmark musical production Cabaret. This 1966 Broadway hit, based on the short novel “Goodbye to Berlin,” harkens back to authoritarian 1930s Germany where nightlife at the smokey Kit Kat Klub offers a refuge for escapists. Decadence, sexual ambiguity and good times are the norm until a dark turn brings everything to an end. A timeless musical drama that hasn’t lost its punch, Cabaret runs from January 31 through February 9. ... READ ON

(CLIFTON, NJ) -- The Theater League of Clifton will present its 2020 dinner/theater comedy “Last Chance for” weekends from February 15 through March 1st at Mario's Restaurant in Clifton. The two-act comedy, written by Marylou Ambrose and Tony Schwartz, tells the story about the humorous travails of senior-citizen online dating. Tony, a 65-year-old restaurant owner has been a widower for three years. ... READ ON

​​​​​​​Pink Arts Peace Productions, Inc. (PAPPI) is a North Jersey-based production company founded by actress Sunflower Duran and is in the rehearsal phase for its second theater production this year.  PAPPI produces YouTube web-series Blonde Brunette, starring Sunflower Duran, as well as the music for the hip-hip group Chasing Mermaids led by the multi-talented and dynamic actress herself, Paradox, and Big Mike the Emcee.  Chasing Mermaids’ single “I Flip Thou” was played nearly 35,000 times on Spotify in just a few months. ... READ ON

(LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- New Jersey Repertory Company's Monday Night Salon Reading on February 3 will be The Pin-Up Girls: A Musical Love Letter by James Hindman & Jeffrey Lodin. From George Gershwin to Beyoncé! From World War One to Afghanistan. The Pin-Up Girls sing a cavalcade of hits inspired by real letters home from our troops overseas!  The reading begins at 7:00pm.... READ ON

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