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New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 09-19-22

NJ Stage Daily Update

Here is the morning update from New Jersey's arts newswire. We regularly publish between 8-15 new articles and news reports each day. Nobody covers the Arts throughout the Garden State like New Jersey Stage!

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'Scab' -- The Human Side of Job Changes and Loss

Scab is a Study of What Happens When Jobs Change Hands


Bordentown Regional High School Presents "Puffs"

(BORDENTOWN, NJ) -- The comedic play Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic by Matt Cox will be presented on October 21st and 22nd at the Bordentown Performing Arts Center. This production will be performed by the award-winning theatre students of Bordentown Regional High School.  Tickets will also be sold at the door. Showtime is 7:30pm.


PHOTOS from "School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play" at Dragonfly

(PLAINFIELD, NJ) -- Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center presented School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play at duCret School of the Arts in Plainfield from September 16-18. Beauty, ambition, and fierce humor combine in this comedy by Jocelyn Bioh loosely based on the movie Mean Girls. Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.


Centenary Stage Announces Open-Call Auditions for Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella

(HACKETTSTOWN, NJ) -- Centenary Stage Company will be holding an open-call audition for their upcoming 2022 Holiday Spectacular Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Auditions will be held on September 30 from 3:00pm-7:00pm and on October 1 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm. Appointments are encouraged and can be made by calling the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979-0900. Walk-ins will be seen as time permits.

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Kelsey Theatre Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Season With "Once"

(WEST WINDSOR, NJ) -- “Once,” winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and winner of a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, will kick off Kelsey Theatre’s 2022-2023 season. The romantic musical drama runs weekends from September 23 through October 2.  


"Woyzeck" and "Cherry Hill" to Open Black Box's 2022-23 Season

(ENGLEWOOD, NJ) -- The Black Box, NJ's prime incubator for new and under produced works by world-class artists, is pleased to kick off the 2022-23 Season with acclaimed playwright/filmmaker Neil LaBute's adaptation of Georg Buchner’s Woyzeck, "in rep" with Cherry Hill by Matt Okin this October! Alternating performances run from October 6th-October 23rd on Thursdays through Sundays at 8:00pm with select Sunday matinees: visit www.blackboxpac.com for the exact schedule and tickets–$30 for Adults, $25 Students/Seniors.


The Arden Theatre Company Opens Season With "The Glass Menagerie"

(PHILADELPHIA, PA) -- The Arden Theatre Company kicks off their 35th Anniversary season with a new staging of the beloved Tennessee Williams’ classic, The Glass Menagerie.  Directed by Producing Artistic Director Terrence J. Nolen, the production will play the F. Otto Haas Stage from October 6 – November 6, 2022.   


NJ Rep presents National New Play Network Premiere of "Eden Prairie, 1971"

(LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- New Jersey Repertory Company presents the National New Play Network premiere of Eden Prairie, 1971 written by Mat Smart. Directed by Evan Bergman, the play stars Andrea Gallo, Oriana Lada, and Emilio Cuesta. Performances run from October 20th through November 20th. As war churns in Vietnam, night falls over the tranquil hills and creeks of a small Midwestern town, and a young woman hears a tap at her window. On the same night Apollo 15 makes its lunar landing, a young draft-dodger steals home to Eden Prairie, after a 300-mile trek from Canada.



Little Kids Rock changes name to Music Will

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) /PRNewswire/ -- Little Kids Rock, the largest nonprofit music program in U.S. public schools, has changed its name to Music Will with artist support across a wide variety of genres from Slash and Usher to Hozier, Mavis Staples and Darryl DMC McDaniels. The 20-year-old national nonprofit aims to bring the gift of music to a million more kids in the next five years.


ON releases self-titled album via Indiestructable Records

College rock / power trio ON have released their self-titled 'ON' album, via Indiestructable Records, which ON guitarist Steve Fall says is "a document of friendship navigating explores in pain, and hope. Looking at the world with a collaborative effort to document what we see, witness and feel through songwriting and chemistry as a band."


Newark Porchfest Scheduled for Saturday

(NEWARK, NJ) -- On Saturday, September 24, 2022, Newark Porchfest takes place in the Forest Hill Historic District of Newark. This is a free, family-friendly celebration of the arts with music of all genres, art, dance, food, and activities for children. The rain date is Sunday, September 25.


Charlie Puth to Perform Homecoming Show at Count Basie Center for the Arts

(RED BANK, NJ) -- GRAMMY-nominated and multi-platinum singer/songwriter/producer Charlie Puth has announced the ‘One Night Only’ tour, produced by Live Nation. Offering 8 dates across North America and Canada this fall, the run of intimate underplay shows will kick off with a homecoming show in Red Bank, New Jersey on October 23 at the Count Basie Center for the Arts, before making his way North to Massey Hall in Toronto on October 27 and finally, The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on November 9.


Lucero with special guest L.A. Edwards come to Asbury Lanes

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Lucero with special guest L.A. Edwards comes to Asbury Lanes on Friday, October 14 at 8:00pm.  The show is presented by Bitchin' Sauce and open to 18 and over.


John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band LIVE! in Somers Point, NJ

From the swing era through the early 1980s, the Tony Mart Café in Somers Point, NJ was a premier destination for experiencing live music performed by such legendary artists as Bill Haley and his Comets, Del Shannon, Joey Dee and the Starliters, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, and many more. The fictional band, Eddie and the Cruisers, can even be seen performing on the club’s hallowed stage in the 1983 MGM motion picture which was filmed on location at the fabled Jersey Shore music venue.

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Makin Waves with Alexander Simone & the Whodat? Live Crew: “Wherever the Vibes Are Needed”

Soulful singer-songwriter Alexander Simone has been laying down good vibes within the Asbury Park music scene with this delicious band, the Whodat? Live Crew, for a decade. The fruits of their hard work are paying off with such hot singles as the gospel-edged “Even Now” and the forthcoming danceable follow-up, “Long Way to Go,” both on the loving Asbury-based label Telegraph Hill Records.


Terence Blanchard Kicks Off 11th Annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival

(NEWARK, NJ) -- On Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 7:30pm, the 11th annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival will be kicked off at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) by trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard and his electric ensemble The E-Collective and acclaimed neo-classical string ensemble Turtle Island Quartet with their 2021 Blue Note release Absence—a powerful tribute to the great Wayne Shorter. In this concert, two-time Oscar® nominee, and five-time GRAMMY®-winning trumpeter & composer Terence Blanchard celebrates both the brilliance of Shorter’s legacy and the inspiration he has given Blanchard, influencing his ever-expanding amalgam of music and storytelling.


Ocean County Library presents BJ and the Band

(TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- Celebrate National Friends of the Library week as New Jersey favorites BJ and the Band perform their high-energy mix of Motown and R&B on Thursday, October 6 at the Ocean County Library Toms River Branch.  Led by the powerfully soulful vocals of BJ Adams, the group maintains a busy tour schedule throughout the United States and Europe, along with television appearances and performances at clubs in and around New York City. The concert begins at 6:30pm.


Makin Waves Song of the Week: "Give Yourself a Chance" by Jack Skuller

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Jack Skuller premieres at New Jersey Stage his video for the new single, “Give Yourself a Chance,” the Makin Waves Song of the Week.


Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...9/15/22

"They had it on that farm but I think the owner of the farm upped the rent so they can't do it there anymore but that's another story but yeah they found this place that I don't know if you've been there; the firehouse?"



Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre presents "Heartbeats"

(AVENEL, NJ) -- On Sunday, October 9, 2022 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm, Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre presents Heartbeats - Spain and the Afro-Caribbean Connection at the Avenel Performing Arts Center. Drums, the heartbeat of music and dance and communal communnicators of cultures are the inspiration for Alborada's exciting new production, Heartbeats!


Kinetic Light's "Descent" Inspires Education at Rutgers University

The world-renowned disability arts ensemble Kinetic Light will perform “Descent” at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center Sept. 30, sponsored by the Dance Department at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts.



ACC Gallery presents "New York Rhapsody in the Box"

(TENAFLY, NJ) -- ACC Gallery presents "New York Rhapsody in the Box" - a Hobong Kim solo exhibition - from September 23 to October 9, 2022.  He has been dealing with his experiences in New York life, working with digital printing and charcoal drawings on abandoned carbon boxes for this show.


The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation Receives NJ Department of Environment Protection's Coastal Flooding Arts Grant. Call for Artists Announced

(HACKENSACK, NJ) -- The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) has announced the award of a New Jersey Department of the Environment Community-Based Arts grant of $22,000.  The NNJCF, a not-for-profit organization based in Hackensack, was one of only five organizations in the Garden State selected to receive the award that will pair artists specializing in environmental topics to create art installations in specific sites in the state's coastal zone. 



Top 15 Most Read Stories at New Jersey Stage from September 11-17, 2022

Here's a look at the top 15 most read articles published at New Jersey Stage from September 11-17, 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's top 15 includes articles from 6 counties in New Jersey (Atlantic, Essex, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, and Somerset).


Atlantic City Fall Bazaar Takes Place October 15-16

(ATLANTIC CITY, NJ) -- Celebrate the fall season at the Asbury Park Bazaar at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University on Saturday & Sunday, October 15 -16, 2022 from 12:00pm - 5:00pm. Throughout the two event days, there will be nonstop live music, food and drink vendors, an indoor biergarten (for ages 21+), arts and crafts activities for children and adults, and shopping from local artists and craftsmen. This event is produced by Asbury Park Bazaar in partnership with the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University.


Learn more about "Sisters with Transistors" and Morven's Garden Grotto in October

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- Morven Museum & Garden’s October programs kick off with a watch party of the 2020 documentary Sisters with Transistors, a celebration of the women who pioneered electronic music. This hybrid event will be held on Thursday, October 13 at 6:30pm. Laurie Spiegel, groundbreaking composer and computer programmer who worked at Bell Labs in the 1970s, is scheduled to appear for a virtual discussion following the screening. In-person tickets are $20 General Admission, $10 for Morven Members. Virtual tickets are $10 General Admission, free for Morven Members.


Basie Center Offers Events For Hispanic Heritage Month

(RED BANK, NJ) --  The Count Basie Center for the Arts has announced a set of events scheduled in commemoration of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15).


Freehold Borough Holds Shark Tank Event

(FREEHOLD, NJ) -- The Freehold Borough Pitch Event will take place on September 29, 2022, from 6:00pm - 9:00pm at the Court Street School Education Community Center, located at 140 Court Street, Freehold, NJ. This event, similar to "Shark Tank," focuses on the pitch to help launch and grow local businesses and is a perfect way to get valuable advice and mentoring.


NJPAC presents virtual workshop: Archeology of The Self with Yolanda Sealey Ruiz - Sustaining Racial Literacy in the Arts.

(NEWARK, NJ) -- In an ongoing effort to bring the community together and to encourage the public to participate in the movement to ensure civil rights for all, NJPAC continues to present its continuous Standing in Solidarity mission with programs and workshops focused on promoting racial equality.



The Princeton Children's Book Festival Returns October 8th

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- The Princeton Children’s Book Festival returns to Hinds Plaza for 2022 with a gathering of many acclaimed authors and illustrators of children’s literature on Saturday, October 8, from 11:00am to 4:00pm, rain or shine.




Mexico Beyond Mariachi presents: TREKKING MEXICO

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 @ 10:00am & 12:00pm
Grunin Center
1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754
category: music

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Vienna Boys Choir

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 @ 8:00pm
Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC)
30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631
category: music

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Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata

Thursday, December 01, 2022 @ 6:30pm
South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ 07079
category: music

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Hot Sardines Holiday Stomp

Thursday, December 01, 2022 @ 7:30pm
South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ 07079
category: music

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Thursday, December 01, 2022 @ 8:00pm
State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
category: music

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Tonewall "Standing Room Only"

Friday, December 02, 2022 @ 8:00pm
Berrie Center for the Arts, Ramapo College of NJ
505 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ 07430
category: music

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