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On Stage: The Bad Guys of Broadway Come to N.J.

The Bickford is presenting a concert that's sure to have audiences applauding villains.

Everyone admires a hero, but don't we all secretly love a good villain?

Tony-nominee and "American Idol" Constantine Maroulis will celebrate the bad guys of stage with "Life Upon the Wicked Stage: Broadway's Greatest Villains, Thieves and Ladies of the Evening," at the Bickford June 9.

The show is a benefit for the Morris Museum and will feature songs from shows including “Sweeney Todd,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” "Damn Yankees" and many more.

That's just one of the many, many shows and concerts being presented by area theaters. The Barn Theatre is finishing up its run of Stephen Sondheim's "Assassins," The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is continuing "Henry IV Part I" and is getting ready to raise the curtain on "Our Town."

Music lovers can see Gladys Knight at the Mayo Center, a big band concert in Chatham or Jazz in Randolph.

All of that is just a sampling of what's happening during a very busy time of year for theaters in North Jersey. Read your weekly On Stage Scoop and figure out which ones you want to see.

ON STAGE SCOOP

Chester Theatre Group cancels "Xanadu:" will not be performing the musical "Xanadu" as its summer production. The theater is attempting to replace the show with various evenings of entertainment in July, including performances of one-act plays July 27-28. For more information, visit www.chestertheatregroup.org.

Summer of Love Concert Canceled:
Due to scheduling conflicts, Glen Burtnik’s Summer of Love Concert scheduled for June 8 at has been canceled. The MPAC Box Office will contact ticket holders for refund and exchange options. For more information, call 973-539-8008 or visit MayoArts.org.

Audition Alert, "Winnie the Pooh:" Tri-State Actors Theater is holding auditions for "Winnie the Pooh" on Saturdays through June 9 at the Performing Arts Center, Sussex County Community College in Newton. Auditions are for the company's Intern Training Program for ages 13 through 18. Call 973-383-0510 for more information.

A Killer Time: is staging "Assassins," the musical by Stephen Sondheim with a book by John Weidman, through June 9. The show is about nine people who assassinated, or tried to assassinate, presidents of the United States. Performances begin at 8 p.m. on June 8 and 9. The theater is located at 32 Skyline Drive in Montville. For more information, go to BarnTheatre.org.

Royal Drama: is opening its 50th anniversary season with "Henry IV, Part One," through June 24. The history play features the title king, who tries to protect and expand his empire while struggling with revolt and an irresponsible heir to the throne. It also includes the legendary comic character of Falstaff. Performances are at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre on the campus of Drew University in Madison. For information, go to ShakespeareNJ.org.

Get Ready For a Wilde Time in Newton: Tri-State Theater is presenting Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," through June 17 at the Performing Arts Center, Sussex County Community College in Newton. For tickets and information, call 973-383-0510 or go to TriStateActorsTheater.org.

You'll Be Glad to Spend Some Time Together, with "TV Classics:" Pax Amicus Castle Theatre is staging "TV Comedy Classics Live on Stage" through June 16. The show features scenes from "The Carol Burnett Show" and "All in the Family." Performances are June 9 and 16 at 8 p.m. and June 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $15. The theater is located at 23 Lake Shore Road in Budd Lake. For reservations, call 973-691-2100.

Centenary Stage Company's Little Theatre Productions: The Centenary Stage Company presents the Young Performers Workshop Spring Festival of Shows, featuring "Cats," "Cabaret," "Bye Bye Birde" and "The Act.  Performances run through June 10 in the Centenary Little Theatre on the campus of Centenary College in Hackettstown. The YPW Spring Festival features more than 80 young performers, ages 8 to 18, from Warren, Morris, Hunterdon, Somerset and Sussex counties. Tickets cost $10, $8 children 12. For tickets or more information, call 908-979-0900 or go to CentenaryStageCo.org.

Audition Alert, Jersey Voice One-Act Festival:
will hold open auditions for its 18th annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival on June 5 at 7 p.m. at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 N. Passaic Ave. in Chatham. Performances are July 27 and 28, and Aug. 3 and 4. Being sought are men and women, ages 20 to 70, and one female teenager to play a 14-year-old character. Actors will fill roles for six one-act plays, and may read from sides that will be available or present a monologue they bring themselves. For more information, including descriptions of the plays, go to ChathamPlayers.org.

Audition Alert, One-Act Plays at Chester Theatre Group: will hold auditions for two one-act plays June 7, 7:30 p.m. The plays will be presented July 27-28 at 8 p.m. The directors are Christine Gaden and Noah Stanzione. Two males in their 20s to early 30s are needed for Stanzione's play. For Gaden's play, three males (20s-40s, one 50s) and two females (20s-40s) are needed. Sides will be provided at the auditions. Monologs are fine if you have one, but not necessary. Please contact the directors with any questions: Stanzione: nstanzione@gmail.com and Gaden: cmpini@gmail.com.

Take the Midnight Train to Morristown: The "Empress of Soul," Gladys Knight will perform at on June 7 at 8 p.m. Knight is a seven-time Grammy winner whose hits include "Midnight Train to Georgia," "Neither One of Us (Wants to be the First to Say Goodbye)" and "Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me." Tickets cost $57 to $115. Mayo Performing Arts Center is located at 100 South St. in Morristown. For tickets and information, call 973-539-8008 or visit MayoArts.org.

Come visit "Our Town:" will perform Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," June 8-24 at the Somerset Valley Playhouse, 689 Amwell Road in Hillsborough. The classic play follows a young romance in small-town, turn-of-the-century New England. Tickets cost $15, $13 seniors/students. For more information, call 908-369-7469 or go to SVPTheatre.org.

That’s a Lot of Trombones: Villagers Theatre in Somerset will stage Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man" June 8-24. The classic show features some of the most loved Broadway tunes of all time, including "Till There Was You," "Seventy-Six Trombones" and "(You Got) Trouble." Tickets cost $18, $16 seniors/students. For more information, call 732-873-2710 or go to VillagersTheatre.com.

Big Band Sounds in Chatham: will present Big Band Evolution, a 17-piece rock big band under the direction of Joe DeVico, on June 8 at 8 p.m. at the Chatham Playhouse. The benefit concert will feature big band-style interpretations of contemporary music. Attendees are invited to bring wine, beer or a beverage. Tickets cost $20. The Playhouse is located at 23 N. Passaic Ave. in Chatham. For reservations, call 973-635-7363. For more information, go to ChathamPlayers.org.

Getting Jazzy in Randolph: Pianist Rio Clemente will lead a jazz concert at the Randolph Performing Arts Center on June 8 at 7 p.m. Clemente will be joined by Gene Perla on bass and Matthew Crawford on drums. Jazz violinist Vitali Imereli will be the special guest. A meet-and-greet, wine-and-cheese reception will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the performance at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $30, $27 in advance. For more information, call 973-927-5800 or go to TheMusicDen.com.

Let's Hear it For the Bad Guys: Tony-nominee and "American Idol" finalist Constantine Maroulis will perform a show titled "Life Upon the Wicked Stage: Broadway's Greatest Villains, Thieves and Ladies of the Evening" at the on June 9, 8 p.m. The show honors the sinister side of Broadway with showstoppers from “Sweeney Todd,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Oliver!,” “Jekyll & Hyde,” “Damn Yankees,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Man of La Mancha.” The performance is a benefit for the Bickford Theatre Guild’s support of the Morris Museum. A Meet-the-Stars Reception will follow the performance. The theater is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morris Township. For tickets and more information, please call 973-971-3706 or go to www.morrismuseum.org.

Sandbox Series at Growing Stage Theatre: The Growing Stage Theatre will begin its Sandbox Series with "Going to the Theatre" on June 9 at 11 a.m. The show, conceived and designed by Danny Campos, introduces kids the world of theater. The series is designed for kids in preschool to kindergarten. Tickets cost $10. For more information, go to GrowingStage.com.

Young Performance Workshop: Centenary Stage Company's Young Performers Workshop will hold interviews June 9 and 10 on the campus of Centenary College. The five-week Summer Intensive will be held July 26 to Aug. 19, Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The YPW Summer Intensive offers conservatory-style training in acting, voice and dance. Tuition is $995 for the first student and $895 for the second student. No prior experience is required, but students must complete an interview process to be admitted. The YPW Summer Session will culminate in full-length musical productions performed for the public in a 10-day Festival of Shows. For more information or to arrange an interview, call 908-979-0900, ext. 2 or go to CentenaryStageCo.org.

Soaring Sounds: Timothy B. Schmidt of the Eagles and Poco will perform a concert at the Newton Theatre June 9 at 8 p.m. Schmidt will perform with a band an acoustically. Tickets cost $39-$49. The theater is located at 234 Spring St. in Newton. For more information, go to TheNewtonTheatre.com.

Classical Sounds: The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jacques Lacombe, will perform Mahler's Ninth Symphony on June 9 at 3 p.m. at . For tickets and information, go to NJSymphony.org.

Audition Alert, "The Best Man:" The Summit Playhouse will hold auditions for Gore Vidal's "The Best Man," June 10, 10 a.m. to noon and June 16, 1-3 p.m. Callbacks are scheduled for June 22, 7-9 p.m. Actors are asked to present a one- to two-minute monologue in the style of the play. All auditions are at The Playhouse, 10 New England Ave. in Summit. Click here for more information, including a character breakdown.

Wanna Talk to the Dead? Theresa Caputo - The Long Island Medium will host a program at the on June 15 at 7 p.m. Caputo is a typical Long Island wife and mom who claims she can communicate with the dead. During her appearance she will share her story, answer questions and share readings. Tickets cost $55-$65. The Mayo Performing Arts Center is located at 100 South St. in Morristown. For tickets and information, call 973-539-8008 or visit MayoArts.org.

What a Bunch of Maniacs: 10,000 Maniacs will make a stop at the Newton Theatre as part of the band's 30th anniversary tour on June 16. Fans can expect the band such hits as "These Are the Days," "Hey Jack Kerouac," "Because the Night" and more. Tickets cost $39-$49. The theater is located at 234 Spring St. in Newton. For more information, go to TheNewtonTheatre.com.

They Can Dance: Nicole's Broadway Dance Company will take stage at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, June 16 with performances starting at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $16. The Mayo Performing Arts Center is located at 100 South St. in Morristown. For tickets and information, call 973-539-8008 or visit MayoArts.org.

Those Old Sweet Songs Keep Ray Charles on Our Minds: The Newton Theatre will present "Forever Ray," a tribute to Ray Charles, June 17 at 3 p.m. The concert will showcase musicians who toured with Charles and other artists such as Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Prince, The Temptations, Frank Sinatra and many others. The opening act will be TreNovo, featuring members of the Forever Ray band playing jazz, funk and jazz-rock. The show is a benefit for the Father John's Animal House. Tickets cost $34-$59. The theater is located at 234 Spring St. in Newton. For more information, go to TheNewtonTheatre.com.

Summer Shakespeare Master Class at Centenary Stage Company: Centenary Stage Company is presenting a master class titled "Returning to the Source: The Merchant of Venice," July 10 through July 26. The class is being taught by Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso and will offer actors the opportunity to study Shakespeare by returning to the source material on which "The Merchant of Venice" is based. Participants will explore the play word by word and scene by scene in the contest of the time and place in which it was created. Kim and Occhiogrosso founded the American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin, in 1981. Occhiogrosso had directed "Hamlet," "The Tempest," "Romeo and Juliet," "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," "The Merchant of Venice," and many other classic works. The class is limited to 15 participants. Class will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 to 5 p.m. July 10 through 16 at Centenary Stage Company on the campus of Centenary College in Hackettstown. Tuition is $350 if paid and registered before June 25; $400 after June 25. To register, call the Centenary Stage Company Box Office at 908-979-0900. 

Bernard Purdie's Birthday Bash Jazz and Blues Benefit: will host a Jazz and Blues benefit Birthday Bash for Bernard Purdie on June 11 at 7:30 p.m. Purdie is a R&B, funk and pop drummer who has recorded with James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, George Benson and many others. The show is a benefit for the Morris Museum. Tickets range from $50 for the show only to $150 for platinum tickets, which include preferred seating and pre- and post-performance receptions with the artist. For more information, go to MorrisMuseum.org.

Audition Alert, "Dial M For Murder:" will hold auditions for "Dial M For Murder" on June 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. Callbacks will be held June 25 at 7 p.m. if necessary Needed are five adult males and 1 adult female. In this British thriller, an ex-tennis player blackmails an old colleague into assassinating his wealthy wife, but things do not go as planned. English accents preferred but are not necessary.  Rehearsals will begin in late August. Performances are Oct. 20-Nov. 4. Auditions are held at the theater, located at 689 Amwell Road in Hillsborough. For more information, call 908-369-7469 or go to SVPTheatre.org.

Playwrights Theatre Informational Meeting: The Madison Department of Recreation, in partnership with Playwrights Theatre, will hold an information meeting on June 12 at 4 p.m. at Madison Civic Center, 28 Walnut St. in Madison. The meeting is for parents of Madison students in grades 4 through 8 and will be about the theater's Broadway showcase, to be produced in August. The showcase will be performed at Madison High School on Aug. 10-11. The audition dates will be determined at the meeting and will be based on available times for those interested in participating. For additional details, email Kasey Colligan at madisonsummershowcase2012@gmail.com.

Audition Alert, "Damn Yankees:" Pax Amicus Castle Theatre will hold auditions for "Damn Yankees" on June 16 at 1 p.m. and June 19 at 7 p.m. Everyone over 18 is welcome to try out. Performances will take place weekends in August. For more information, call 973-691-2100.

"The Boy & The Box" at Growing Stage: Growing Stage children's theater will continue its Sand Box Series with "The Boy & The Box" on June 16 at 11 a.m. The story by the theater's founder and executive, Steve Fredericks, is about a boy who would rather play with a box and turn it into something special instead of a new toy. In this hands-on performance, the audience creates its own tale. Tickets cost $10. For more information, go to www.growingstage.com.

Audition Alert, "Oliver!" will hold auditions for its production of "Oliver!" on June 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. The classic musical is based on the novel by Charles Dickens and includes the songs "Consider Yourself" and "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two." Needed are 6 adult males (ages 30-75); six adult females (ages 22-75); 10 boys (ages 9-21) and 5 girls (ages 12-20). Dress comfortably.  Please bring and be prepared to sing 16 bars from a Broadway show. An accompanist will be provided. Also be prepared to present a good Cockney or proper British accent. Performances are in September. Auditions will be held at the Somerset Valley Playhouse, 689 Amwell Road. For more information, call 908-369-7469 or go to SVPtheatre.org.

Growing Stage Theatre Hiring Camp Counselors: The Growing Stage Theatre, located at The Palace Theatre in Netcong, is seeking applicants for summer arts day camp counselor positions. All college and high school students (high school must have completed their sophomore year) with an interest in theater, music, the arts and/or education are being sought to fill these positions. Interviews will be held on June 2, beginning at 10 a.m. at The Palace Theatre. Positions are paid. Camp runs Monday through Friday, July 9 through Aug. 10, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, go to GrowingStage.com.

Villagers Seeking Submissions: Villagers Theatre in Somerset is seeking submissions for its 2012-13 Villagers Independent Producers (VIP) series. In the VIP Series, writers, directors and performers are encouraged to take creative control of their productions to a far greater extent than a more traditional setting might allow. This format provides maximum freedom and flexibility in both content and scheduling. Consequently, the productions will not be billed as part of Villagers' regular season, but will be announced in complete detail as arrangements are finalized with the individual VIP participants. Also include any and all staff you have on board or would like to ask to be on board. Include a brief description of the production, including number of cast members, and a brief concept or vision of production. It is always helpful if you submit a copy of the script (and cast recording for musicals) in electronic format with your submission, however, it is not required with your initial submission. Should the committee consider one or more of your submissions, an interview will be arranged. Deadline for submissions for the 2012/2013 VIP Series is May 31.  If you have any questions, contact vip@villagerstheatre.com.

Summer Camp at Centenary Stage Company: The Centenary Stage Company is offering young artists the TYRO Acting Program and the Young Performers Workshop Summer Intensive Program during the months of July and August. The TYRO Theatre Programs provide an introduction to theater skills and performance in a two-week session from 9:30 a.m. to noon for kids ages 6 to 8 and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. for children ages 9 to 11. The program runs July 9 through July 20. The cost of tuition is $200 per student. The TYRO Program is led by Maria Broadeur, the CSC education director. Brodeur is a professional actress and arts educator with experience in children’s theater who holds a BA in theater and education from Rutgers University. The YPW Summer Intensive offers training in acting, voice, and dance with specialized electives taught by theatre professionals. The program includes three full-length musical productions and The One Act play festival performed for the general public. Acceptance into the program is based on an interview with program director Michael Blevins scheduled for June 9 and June 10 at 11 a.m. For more information, call 908-979-0900 or visit CentenaryStageCo.org

Summer Camp at Brundage Park Playhouse: Registration is open for summer theater camps at Brundage Park Playhouse in Randolph. The camps offer three different groups: “Budding Stars” for kids 5 to 7, “Summer Stages” for kids ages 8 to 14, “Budding Stars” for kids 5 to 7, and an “Advanced Performers Workshop” for students in grades 7 through 11. For more information, go to BrundageParkPlayhouse.org.

Summer Camp at Playwrights Theatre: Registration is open for the ’s Creative Arts Academy summer camp for kids and summer theatre program for teens beginning June 25 and running all summer long in two-week sessions. Summer programs include a Full-Day Theatre Academy. Also being offered are a Half-Day Summer Camp, and a Getting Ready To Audition class for high school students. For more information, call 973-514-1787 or visit ptnj.org.

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