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The Book of Will – Preserving the Bard's Work

by Karen Nowosad - published 2024-07-23

Playing through July 28 at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is The Book of Will. Lauren Gunderson wrote this play around 2017 in order to honor Shakespeare for "igniting her ambitions as a playwright."


 
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This Week in Theatre: Previews for Plays Taking Place July 23-30, 2024

Here are previews of plays taking place from July 23-30, 2024 including a look at productions currently being presented and those coming soon. Click on the title to go to the full preview. New Jersey Stage covers Equity, community, college, and high school theatre. Check back every week for the weekly theatre preview. Jump to Featured Events, Event Previews, Event Listings, Coming Soon.

PHOTOS from "Million Dollar Quartet" at Bell Theater

by John Posada - published 2024-07-22

(HOLMDEL, NJ) -- The Axelrod Performing Arts Center is presenting the smash hit musical Million Dollar Quartet from July 19-28, 2024 at the new Bell Theater at Bell Works in Holmdel. With a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, Million Dollar Quartet recreates the true story of a one-night impromptu jam session with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.

"Still," New Historical Play at Premiere Stages, Written by Kean University Alumnus

(UNION, NJ) -- Playwright and Kean University alumnus Benjamin V. Marshall '73 is bringing the dramatic history of a New Jersey abolitionist to life for audiences at the Bauer Boucher Theatre Center on Kean's Union campus.

'Still' at Premiere Stages – a Powerful, Well Crafted Play

by Karen Nowosad - published 2024-07-18

The new season of Premiere Stages at Kean University opens with with a powerful production of Benjamin V. Marshall's play Still. This play is the true story of William Still, a man who ran an abolitionist office in Philadelphia. Kept under wraps but shown in this play is the work he does as an African American leader in the Underground Railroad. It is said that he helped over 600 slaves escape to freedom. The intensity of all that these pieces of Still's life entails is brought out through fine theatrical crafting including the use of well written dialog and strong theatrical components.


 

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Jersey Arts TV: Million Dollar Quartet Rocks the Bell Theater

by Gina Marie Rodriguez & Dave Tavani, JerseyArts.com - published 2024-07-18

Jersey Arts visits the Bell Theater to speak with the cast and creatives of Axelrod PAC's production of "Million Dollar Quartet."

This Week in Theatre: Previews for Plays Taking Place July 16-23, 2024

Here are previews of plays taking place from July 16-23, 2024 including a look at productions currently being presented and those coming soon. Click on the title to go to the full preview. New Jersey Stage covers Equity, community, college, and high school theatre. Check back every week for the weekly theatre preview.

PHOTOS from "Cats" at Algonquin Arts Theatre

by John Posada - published 2024-07-15

(MANASQUAN, NJ) -- Algonquin Arts Theatre presents Cats from July 13-28, 2024. The classic musical features Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot. Prepare for a purr-fectly mesmerizing performance of the world-renowned musical sensation - Cats! Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.

West Side Story Comes to the Ritz Theatre

by Carolyn M. Brown, JerseyArts.com - published 2024-07-12

A local production of "West Side Story" is coming to the Ritz Theatre in Haddon Township, New Jersey, running from July 12 through July 28, 2024. Director Edwin Rico Santiago pays homage to the iconic dance-driven musical which first leaped onto the stage in 1957 when it premiered on Broadway, followed by a popular film version released in 1961 and Steven Spielberg's Hollywood remake in 2021. Choreographer Jen Gordon also steps into the illustrious shoes of Jerome Robbins who choreographed and directed the original stage production and film adaptation of this musical theater classic.

PHOTOS from "Footloose" at Surflight Theatre

by John Posada - published 2024-07-11

(BEACH HAVEN, NJ) -- Surflight Theatre is presenting the musical, Footloose from July 9-28, 2024. Based on the classic 80s film, the play follows big-city teenager, Ren, relocates from Chicago to the small rural town of Bomont, where its inhabitants have imposed an unjust ban on Rock 'n' Roll and dancing. Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.




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FEATURED EVENTS

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Vivid Stage Summer Solos: "I F***ing Hate Shakespeare"

Wednesday, July 24, 2024 @ 6:30pm
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ 07901
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Vivid Summer Solos: "I F***ing Hate Shakespeare" by Gina Femia

Wednesday, July 24, 2024 @ 6:30pm
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ 07901
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Million Dollar Quartet

Wednesday, July 24, 2024 @ 7:00pm
Bell Theater
101 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733
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EVENT PREVIEWS

(PITMAN, NJ) -- There are just four performances left for The Prom at Broadway Theatre of Pitman. Broadway's hit musical comedy closes on Sunday, July 28, 2024. In the play, four eccentric Broadway stars are in desperate need of a new stage. So when they hear that trouble is brewing around a small-town prom, they know that it’s time to put a spotlight on the issue... and themselves.






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