Here's a look at the top 10 most read articles published at New Jersey Stage during the week of April 3-9, 2022. Each week, we publish about 70 articles, including several original columns and features, along with news releases for events happening throughout the state and nearby areas like Philadelphia and New York City. This week Top Ten includes articles covering six counties in New Jersey (Atlantic, Burlington, Essex, Hudson, Morris, and Passaic).
1) Review of "The Wanderer" at Paper Mill Playhouse - Biographical jukebox musicals follow an established path – heroic artist is especially talented; challenged by demons (bad relationships or addiction); defy barriers and the adoring crowd stands soaking in hit from a bygone time. Michael Wartella firmly joins the pantheon of supremely talented theatrical performers who embody a real-life rocker and slays with an iconic performance. At the Paper Mill Playhouse, he owns the theater as doo wop/rocker Dion in a new production “The Wanderer.”
2) Pegasus Theatre Company Moves To Bordentown - (BORDENTOWN, NJ) -- Professional theatre company, Pegasus Theatre Company, will make its Bordentown City debut this fall, offering a full season of productions starting in October 2022 and a summer camp starting as early as August of 2022.
3) Michael McDermott Releases "St. Paul's Boulevard" - (CHICAGO, IL) -- Music makes a deep connection when it strikes that delicate nerve separating the personal from the universal. If the listener can use the songs as mirrors, then the musician has succeeded in communicating their art. Chicago-based singer-songwriter Michael McDermott has spent decades riding that artistic balance, and he does it again with fresh potency on St. Paul’s Boulevard, which arrives May 20 on Pauper Sky Records.
4) WBGO and City of Newark Partner to Rename Street in Honor of Wayne Shorter - (NEWARK, NJ) -- On April 29 at 5:00pm, WBGO, Newark Public Radio, will celebrate the renaming of the street on which the station resides in honor of one of Newark's own, legendary jazz musician and composer Wayne Shorter. Founded in 1979, WBGO sits at the center of the ever growing arts district in Newark - the Central Ward. Earlier this year, the Newark City Council unanimously approved WBGO's proposal to rename Park Place after NEA Jazz Master, Kennedy Center Honoree, multiple Grammy Award Winner, and Newark native, Wayne Shorter.
5) New Jersey's Horror Film History Grows With "The Home" Starring Pete Davidson - (DENVILLE, NJ) -- The shuttered Saint Francis Residential Community in Denville will have a starring role, along with Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson, in the Miramax horror thriller The Home, just wrapping in New Jersey. The Home is a story about a troubled man who starts working at a retirement facility and realizes that its residents and caretakers harbor sinister secrets. As he investigates the building and its forbidden fourth floor, he starts to uncover connections to his own past and upbringing as a foster child.
6) Wayne's 175th Anniversary Picnic Set for Saturday - (WAYNE, NJ) -- The County of Passaic, in conjunction with the Township of Wayne, will be offering a picnic on the grounds of Dey Mansion Washington's Headquarters on Saturday, April 9th from 12:00pm - 3:00pm. The picnic will launch a series of events and virtual content in celebration of Wayne's 175th birthday. Other events throughout the year include: ‘Ultimate WayneQuest', in partnership with TAPInto Wayne, on May 14th, Bach to Rock will celebrate Wayne 175th on May 22nd, and Family AG Days will return from June through October. Virtual content will include weekly "Wayne Wednesdays" on Facebook and Instagram, online lectures, and a digital community scrapbook.
7) Chris Stapleton To Perform Two Nights In Atlantic City - (ATLANTIC CITY, NJ) -- Chris Stapleton's "All-American Road Show" comes to Atlantic City with performances April 8-9 at 8:00 in the Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena. His current single, "You Should Probably Leave," reached #1 on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase/Country Aircheck charts — his third #1 as an artist following 2021's "Starting Over" and 2018's "Broken Halos." Stapleton also earned Best Country Tour at the 33rd Annual Pollstar Awards and was recently the subject of an in-depth profile at CBS' "60 Minutes."
8) Newark Symphony Hall Hosted 15th Annual Ms. Philippines Pageant, Its First In-Person Event of the Year - (NEWARK, NJ) -- Newark Symphony Hall, New Jersey’s largest Black-led arts and entertainment venue, hosted the 15th Annual Ms. Philippines Pageant: Tadhana on Saturday, March 19, marking the venue’s first in-person event of the year.
9) Diana Krall: Early Exposure to Great Piano Players Shaped Her Career - Diana Krall grew up listening to great piano players because her father, a stride pianist, “had an incredible record collection of 78 rpms. I was very lucky to have that foundation.”
10) ProArts Jersey City presents "John Ruddy: Celebrating a life well lived" - (JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- ProArts Jersey City presents "John Ruddy: Celebrating a life well lived" from April 3-30, 2022 at ART150 Gallery in Jersey City. Curated by Andrea Morin, this posthumous exhibit celebrates Ruddy’s rich and vibrant life through a selection of his works inspired by his world travels, beloved family, and extensive background in the arts.
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