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Exit 82 Theatre and Save Barnegat Bay Partner to Bring Back Live Theater

(TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- Exit 82 Theatre Company in Toms River has been slowly opening its doors back up, providing innovate, high quality and safe theatre to the community. Exit 82 Theatre Company has made a commitment to the community to use the arts to open our eyes and our minds to different perspectives. Producing the musical, “Hair” following 2020 is a perfect opportunity to use the past to guide them forward. The summer of 2021 has presented itself with an opportunity for growth. The message of this iconic production remains relevant as ever as it celebrates community, identity, politics, peace and what it means to be a young person in a changing world. 


Inside Vivid Stage's 2021-22 Season

(SUMMIT, NJ) -- Vivid Stage, formerly Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, in residence at Oakes Center at 120 Morris Avenue in Summit, has announced its new season. This professional company will bring four productions, including three world premieres and one workshop production, to the stage in addition to improvisational comedy, play readings, and educational programs for teens and adults.  As always, the Vivid Stage Resident Acting Company and their guests will tell stories that reflect our shared experience of being human with heart and humor.


Vivid Stage Presents Songs in the Garden On August 4th

(SUMMIT, NJ) -- Vivid Stage, professional Theatre in Residence at Oakes Center in Summit, presents Songs in the Garden on August 4 at  the Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit. Showtime is 6:30pm. The cabaret will be held on the lawn, and the rain date is Thursday, August 5 at 6:30pm. Patrons are invited to bring chairs or blankets and a picnic dinner.


Broadway at the Barn Presents Christina Bianco On September 18th

(HOLMDEL, NJ) -- Holmdel Theatre Company's Broadway At the Barn welcomes Drama Desk nominee Christina Bianco inside the barn on Saturday, September 18th at 8:00pm. The internationally acclaimed singer, actor and impressionist will present an eclectic evening of music and comedy. Known for her versatile vocals and uncanny impressions, Christina will celebrate the world’s most iconic vocalists and pop-culture personalities from yesterday and today. 


Feinstein's/54 Below Presents "Jay's Birthday Bash: There Is No Place Like Home" on September 1st

(NEW YORK, NY) -- Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents Jay Armstrong Johnson (On the Town, Phantom of the Opera) in Jay’s Birthday Bash: There is No Place Like Home on September 1, 2021 at 9:45pm. Joining him on stage are his hometown “sisters” and I Put a Spell on You co-stars Allison Robinson and Amanda Williams Ware and his music director/arranger is Will Van Dyke (Little Shop of Horrors).

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FEATURES

Beloved Shakespeare Character Takes the Spotlight in "Snug"

A new play based on a beloved, old character takes The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s outdoor stage. “Snug” expands on the lives of the mechanicals from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” with merriment, mischief, magic, and love. JerseyArts.com correspondent Maddie Orton talks with the cast and creator of "Snug" about life imitating art and creating theatre despite challenge after challenge.


Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre Changes Name To Vivid Stage

​​​​​​​For the last couple of years, Laura Ekstrand thought it was time to change the name of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre. The name had been inspired by Native American culture, but it was created in a different time and, in today’s climate, the name seemed out of place.


‘Snug’ Plays Under the Stars

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ) returns to their outdoor summer home this month. Since 2002, STNJ has performed in the outdoor Greek-style amphitheater on the campus of St. Elizabeth University with one exception: 2020 when the CoVid pandemic restrictions prevented its use. But now they are back with two glorious productions available until Aug. 1. Running are Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors and a new play, Snug, written by Bonnie Monte. Both are comedies and both shows are appropriate for all ages.


PODCAST: RENT’S Adam Pascal Takes the Show on the Road

Adam Pascal was a rock ‘n’ roll musician who had no theatrical credits when he landed the role of Roger in RENT—a show that would garner him a Tony nomination and forever change the sound of Broadway. Now, Pascal shares his journey through the shows he’s performed along the way: Aida, Cabaret, Memphis, Chicago, and more.  His solo acoustic concert, “So Far,” is coming to the Arthur Pryor Bandshell in Asbury Park on July 28 and BellWorks in Holmdel on July 29 as part of Axelrod Performing Arts Center’s Vogel Summer Concert Series.


TaNisha Fordham Talks About "12 Mo' Angry Men"

12 Mo' Angry Men is the story of 11 black jurors and 1 white juror, deliberating on the guilt or innocence of a white police officer who shot and killed a black teen. It is a new and timely reimagining of 12 Angry Men, the classic play and film. It will have its premiere at Newark's Theater in the Park, as part of the city's Summer Fun Events with performances on July 23 & 30, and August 6 & 13, 2021.

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