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Articles By Gina Marie Rodriguez

NJ Ballet's "New Direction" Marks First Residency at Mayo Performing Arts Center


Under the direction of new Artistic Director Maria Kowroski, the New Jersey Ballet will present their latest production, "New Direction," at the Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) on Nov. 19. The 2022-2023 season is the NJ Ballet's first as the resident ballet company of the MPAC.

published on 11/10/2022

Shakespeare Theatre of NJ Highlights Two Plays by African-American Playwright Alice Childress


The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents two one-act plays, “Florence” and “Mojo: A Black Love Story,” by Alice Childress Oct. 26 to Nov. 13 at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre in Madison, New Jersey.

published on 10/27/2022

A Chat With Evelyn Colbert About Montclair Film, Its Festival and Tribute to Daniel Craig


Evelyn "Evie" McGee Colbert is an arts advocate, a film producer, and one of the founding board members of Montclair Film, a nonprofit that produces a festival that “connects global filmmakers with audiences in a diverse, culturally vibrant community” and more, “presenting … year-round programs that engage, entertain and educate through the power of visual storytelling.” 

published on 10/20/2022

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.

published on 09/16/2022

Meet the Decima: David Broza & Trio Havana Share the Art of Cuban Music


Israeli superstar David Broza together with Cuban dynamo Trio Havana finally returned to the South Orange Performing Art Center on Sept. 17.

published on 08/18/2022

The future may be closer than you think in "The Hummingbirds," a comic-drama of menace


The future may be closer than you think in “The Hummingbirds,” a comic-drama of menace.

published on 07/28/2022

VIDEO: Benjamin Britten’s Comic Opera “Albert Herring” a Coming-Of-Age Story at the Princeton Festival


A reluctant May King, a meddling mother, refreshing libations, and liberation combine for a hilarious coming-of-age story.

published on 06/03/2022

VIDEO: Bravely Broaching Machismo and Bravado, "The Hombres" Makes its World Premiere at Two River Theater


"The Hombres" is a brand new play by Tony Meneses. Originally set to have its world premiere in March of 2020, the play was postponed and, in that time, given new life. Join Gina Marie as she chats with director Annie Tippe and playwright Tony Meneses about the journey to their world premiere at Two River Theater.

published on 03/30/2022

VIDEO: 40 Years of Memories - "CATS" at State Theatre


Andrew Lloyd Webber's timeless classic "CATS" is coming to State Theatre New Jersey March 18-20 for four performances of its 40th Anniversary Tour. This beautiful revival show is sure to create magical memories for new and old audiences alike. Gina Marie chats with cast members about the return to live theatre, why more people should be fans of "CATS," and the incredible power and importance of swings and understudies.

published on 03/12/2022

Celebrated Jazz Artist Cécile McLorin Salvant Comes to McCarter Theatre

A three-time Grammy winner, Cécile McLorin Salvant won the coveted Thelonious Monk Int’l Jazz Competition in 2010 and has since received the 2020 MacArthur Fellowship and the Doris Duke Award. She has made quite the mark on the jazz world, but is also a talented visual artist, with her work being featured in the upcoming animated and fully orchestrated feature film "The Ogresse." Here, correspondent Gina Marie Rodriguez chats with McCarter Theatre's long-time Director of Special Programming, Bill Lockwood Jr., about Cécile, jazz, and the return to live at McCarter.

published on 12/08/2021

The Great Return - Fall Dance Plus at NBPAC

These are exciting times in the world of performance. The jubilation is palpable as stages return to live shows. This weekend, seven choreographers and their student dance companies present their work at the stunning New Brunswick Performing Arts Center.

published on 11/12/2021

One of the Great Ones -- "A Bronx Tale" at Axelrod PAC

"A Bronx Tale, The Musical" was written by Chazz Palminteri with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater. The show initially premiered in 2016 at the Paper Mill Playhouse in — you guessed it — New Jersey, followed by a two-year run on Broadway. Here, our correspondent Gina Marie chats with the cast of "A Bronx Tale, The Musical," now running through November 14 at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal.

published on 11/12/2021

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