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This Week in Theatre: Previews for Plays Taking Place May 28 to June 4, 2024

Here are previews of plays taking place from May 28 to June 4, 2024 including a look at productions currently being presented and those coming soon. New Jersey Stage covers Equity, community, college, and high school theatre. Check back every week for the weekly theatre preview. Click on the title to go to the full preview.

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McCarter Theatre presents Chris Botti

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- McCarter Theatre presents GRAMMY award-winner Chris Botti on Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 8:00pm. With a career spanning over two decades, Botti has enchanted audiences worldwide, earning him a treasure trove of accolades on his way to becoming the best-selling instrumental artist in the United States.

OCC Repertory Theater presents "All Shook Up"

(TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- It's 1955, and into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing young man who changes everything and everyone he meets. Loosely based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy known as All Shook Up will be presented by OCC Repertory Theater Company across two weekends (July 12-14 and July 19-21, 2024) at the Grunin Center for the Arts.

Lizzie Rose Music Room presents Kinderhook

(TUCKERTON, NJ) -- The Lizzie Rose Music Room presents Kinderhook on Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 7:30pm. Formerly known as Kinderhook Creek, this renowned NJ country rock ensemble earned a strong following via years of performing throughout its home state and the Northeast. The band reunited about seven years ago and is still going strong.

State Theatre presents Tracy Morgan

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey presents Tracy Morgan on Saturday, November 9, 2024 at 8:00pm. Tracy is one of the most well-respected comedians and actors in his field and is currently on a nationwide stand up tour.


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bergenPAC presents Howie Mandel

(ENGLEWOOD, NJ) -- Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) presents Howie Mandel on Sunday, October 20, 2024 at 7:00pm. Howie has remained a constant force in show business for more than 30 years. He can currently be seen on NBC's flagship series America's Got Talent where he has served as a judge for eleven seasons.

Gripping Feature Documentary Altona screens at the 2024 New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 1

by Kevin Reardon - published 2024-05-28

The Affolter Brothers have created an utterly gripping and heart-wrenching documentary with Altona, a film that tells the story of a brutal murder that occurred in Canada in 1990. Having written, edited, directed, and done the animation for the film, these brothers clearly have a wide range of talent that is well used in filmmaking. The style is so assured, with the editing in particular keeping you engaged throughout, though with the story that’s being told, it's hard not to be on the edge of your seat for most of the runtime. The story unfolds as we hear about a man, Earl Giesbrecht, a teen at the time, who murdered another teenager, Curtis Klassen, and attempted to murder Tyler Pelke. Tyler and Curtis were best friends staying at Tyler’s home alone one night, when Earl arrived to commit an unforgivable act. This is where the documentary gets interesting, with Altona being such a faith based town, the film has a heavy theme of forgiveness, among the other themes of loss, destruction, friendship, and love.

New Release Review - FURIOSA: A MAD MAX SAGA

by Eric Hillis, - published 2024-05-27

The success of George Miller's first two Mad Max movies gave rise to a wave of knockoffs in the early '80s. Mostly Italian, these movies aped the post-punk petrolhead aesthetic of Miller's films, with Mohawk-sporting warlords crashing dune buggies into one another in the Spanish desert. While some of those movies were fun and provided cheap thrills for an '80s audience eager to feed their new VCRs, they lacked something. For a start they couldn't compete with Miller's craft, but there was another key element missing: they weren't Australian.

"Beyond My Wildest Dreams!" Bernadette Peters LIVE! at MPAC

by Spotlight Central, photos by Katharine Boyle Photography - published 2024-05-27

Musical theater fans gather together this Friday, May 17, 2024 evening at Morristown, NJ's MPAC for a live concert by one of Broadway's brightest stars, Bernadette Peters. Peters is a Tony, Drama Desk, Golden Globe, and Grammy-award winning Broadway, television, film, and recording star.'s New & Notable NJ Music 5/27/24

by Lazlo - published 2024-05-27

Lazlo, founder of (an online radio station based around New Jersey artists), shines a light on some of the many new releases from NJ based musicians each week with this column. This week Lazlo takes a look at new releases by Greg McGarvey, Jason Ager, The Lonesome Pines, Fear of Falling, Jeremy Abrams, Surfing For Daisy, Batstow, Neon Rayon, Sad About Girls, and Katye Kellye and The Interruption. Plus a look back at "in three days time" by thieves guild local 42.

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National Theatre: Broadcast in HD - The Motive and the Cue

Thursday, May 30, 2024 @ 7:30pm
Monmouth University - Pollak Theatre
400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ 07764
category: theatre

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Thursday, May 30, 2024 @ 6:00pm
Stanhope House
45 Main Street, Stanhope, NJ 07874
category: music

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Yes Epics & Classics featuring Jon Anderson and the Band Geeks

Thursday, May 30, 2024 @ 8:00pm
State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
category: music

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White Eagle Hall presents Big Star - 50th Anniversary of "Radio City"

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- This year marks the 50th anniversary of Radio City, the legendary sophomore from the highly influential Memphis band, Big Star. To celebrate, an all-star collective of musicians (led by the band's sole surviving original member, Jody Stephens) will perform the entire album. Joining Stephens will be some of the band's biggest fans, who have long been associated with Big Star-related projects, including Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Jon Auer (The Posies), Pat Sansone (Wilco), and Chris Stamey (The dB's). The tour comes to White Eagle Hall on Thursday, August 22, 2024 at 8:00pm.

Mile Square Theatre presents Parenting is a Joke with Ophira Eisenberg and Chris Gethard

UCPAC presents Jerry Harrison & Adrian Belew: REMAIN IN LIGHT

Monster Jam Comes to East Rutherford on Saturday

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