Richard H. Blake was one of the original stars of “A Bronx Tale, the Musical” when it opened on Broadway in 2016. He portrayed Lorenzo, a working class bus driver in the racially charged 1960s, trying to keep his 9-year-old son on the straight and narrow while living in an Italian-American neighborhood with a large Mafia presence.
REVIEW: "Songs for a New World" at Paper Mill Playhouse
by Adam F. Cohen - published 2021-10-20
Over 600 days have passed since Paper Mill Playhouse’s last opening night. Ironically, that opening was for a musical revue called “Unmasked.” Thrillingly, Paper Mill returns with a rousing new production of Jason Robert Brown’s “Songs for a New World.”
(BOUND BROOK, NJ) -- The Brook Arts Center presents Pulitzer Prize-winning 1996 Best Musical Tony Award winner, Rent. Written by Jonathan Larson and debuting on Broadway 25 years ago, Rent runs November 12-21, 2021. Inspired by Puccini’s La Bohème, Rent follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side under the shadow of the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the early 1990s.
Chris O'Connor Talks About Mile Square Theatre and His Own Future
by Gary Wien - published 2021-10-07
Chris O’Connor founded Mile Square Theatre (MST) in 2002 while he was pursuing his master’s degree at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. He recently announced that he will be stepping down from his role as Artistic Director in January 2022.
The Day Has Come: Introducing Crossroads Festival Theatre
by Jesse North & Dave Tavani, JerseyArts.com - published 2021-10-06
Live theatre is back and Crossroads Theatre Company is returning in a big way. Kicking off its season with the first Crossroads Festival Theatre, the company is taking over the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center with two main stage shows, community readings, and free family entertainment.
"A Wonderful, Beautiful Night!" MPAC's Season Kickoff LIVE! Starring Linda Eder
by Spotlight Central - published 2021-09-30
The drizzle has stopped and the moon is brightening the sky above South Street in Morristown, NJ this Friday, September 17th evening. Music lovers mingle outside MPAC — the Mayo Performing Arts Center — before checking in for tonight’s 27th Season Kickoff performance by singer, actress, and recording artist Linda Eder.
A Look At "The Last Of The Red Hot Lovers" At Cape May Stage
by Gary Wien - published 2021-09-27
(CAPE MAY, NJ) — If you are in need of a laugh, Neil Simon’s The Last of the Red Hot Lovers is on stage now through November 21 at Cape May Stage with performances Wednesday through Sunday. The play stars Andy Prosky and Rita Rehn. Prosky plays Barney Cashman, a middle-aged married man, overworked and overweight, who wants to join the sexual revolution before it's too late.
South Camden Theatre Company Presents "Daphne's Dive" by Quiara Alegria Hudes
by Carolyn M. Brown, JerseyArts.com - published 2021-09-24
After one of the longest shutdowns of the American stage, the South Camden Theatre Company and Waterfront South Theatre in Camden, NJ, reopened with the staging of the regional premiere of “Daphne’s Dive.”
(SUMMIT, NJ) -- Vivid Stage, formerly Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, will present the world premiere production of Portrait of the Widow Kinski by Sara Jean Accuardi from September 30 through October 10. All audience members will be asked to show proof of vaccination at the box office.
PODCAST: Growing Stage Young Playwrights Competition 2021
by Christopher Benincasa, JerseyArts.com - published 2021-09-17
On Saturday, September 18, four young playwrights will present four new plays at The Growing Stage, The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, in Netcong. They are the finalists in The Growing Stage’s first Playwriting Festival for Young Writers: Violet Baker, Maya Abraham, Maxine Ting, and Alethea Shirilan-Howlett.