Sunday, July 22, 2012
Bickford Theatre livens up the summer with first-rate cast in musical.
What’s all this nonsense about the Bickford Theatre staging an unprecedented summer musical? The professional resident theater company at the Morris Museum in Morris Township is normally dark in the summer aside from children’s activities and the occasional one-nighter. Divine providence, though, intercedes this year as Artistic Director Eric Hafen has whipped up a production of the reliably entertaining musical comedy “Nunsense.” Sure, this off-Broadway phenomenon has been done—done to death some would say. The program claims 5,000 productions worldwide in 21 languages since 1985. Then there are the six sequels and three spinoffs in what has become a lucrative show-business brand for playwright Dan Goggin (who launched the funny nuns …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey opens 50th anniversary celebration with exciting, entertaining “Henry IV, Part One”
Sex, violence, rebellious children, rowdy drunks and lots of heavy metal. These disturbing behaviors may sound more like the trappings of classic rock than classical theater, but it all took place more than 600 years ago, and is now being revived by the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison. Yes, we’re talking about Shakespeare’s “Henry IV, Part One,” one of those history plays that so many people run away from. Too bad, because they should be running, not walking to the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre at Drew University to enjoy this wildly entertaining history lesson. Modern directors often update Shakespeare’s history plays in the hopes of attracting wary theatergoers who fear a dry and dreary exposition. Ironically, Director Joe …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
“Henry IV, Part One,” opening Wednesday, will stand on grand traditional staging.
The history of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey traces back to the Kennedy administration and the mythical “Camelot” era of the United States. Five decades later, the longest-running Shakespeare theater on America’s East Coast—and one recognized internationally for its consistency of excellence—will begin its 50th anniversary season in royal fashion. Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte says the season-opener, “Henry IV, Part One,” which opens Wednesday, will be presented in grand traditional style. A slight departure, perhaps, from the reverent-yet-innovative productions the company is known for, but Monte said that this special milestone deserved a production that encompasses the qualities that have drawn people to Shakespeare for 400 …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Comedies, musicals and Dickens on 2012 schedule.
Laughs from Shakespeare, an updated French farce, a faithful adaptation of “Oliver Twist” and a new twist on “Man of La Mancha” are all part of the celebration of 50 years of classics at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Here’s the 2012 season at a glance, with comments on each production from Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte. “Henry IV, Part One” May 30 to June 24 Monte's comment: For Shakespeare purists and Shakespeare traditionalists, they are going to love it. “The Comedy of Errors” June 20 to July 29, on the outdoor stage at the College of St. Elizabeth Directed by Jason King Jones, who’s been with us since 1998, with a big crazy group of young actors playing all those crazy twins. “The Liar” July 4 to 29 [Pierre Corneille’s …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Field hockey clinic, summer musical, junior theater, sports camps, golf memberships.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Updated with additional "Once Upon a Mattress" audition date. For Summer 2012, the Madison Recreation Department is offering or co-sponsoring the following programs: Stick With It Field Hockey Clinic (Grades 3-8 as of 6/2012) Run by Madison High School coaches Jan Arthur and Ann Marie Davies, this camp will cover all the basic skills and will cater to all experience levels. Two sessions will be held at Ted Monica Field at Madison High School: Each session will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the cost for each week is $125. More information and registration forms are available at: https://www.rosenet.org/uploads/13/madison_field_hockey_clinic_2012.1_5_.pdf Summer Musical (Entering Grade 9 through age 21) After a very successful first year, …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Past is present with Archie Bunker, Carol Burnett and the Rat Pack
Area theaters must be getting nostalgic, because they're bringing back some big names from the past. The Pax Amicus Castle Theatre in Budd Lake is presenting "TV Comedy Classics Live on Stage," which recreates scenes from "All in the Family" and "The Carol Burnett Show," beginning June 1. Fans of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. won't want to miss " The Rat Pack: Together Again!" at the Bickford Theatre. Tony Sans, Johhny Petillo and Geno Monroe promise an evening that will bring audiences back to a classic chapter in show business history. The Mayo Performing Arts Center will offer some nostalgia of a more recent vintage when Boyz II Men performs there on June 1. Meanwhile, Stephen Sondheim's "Assassins" continues at Barn …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Area theater lovers can see two shows by the legendary composer in the coming weeks
The works of Stephen Sondheim are among the most challenging in theater, but the great composer obviously isn't intimidating area theater groups. Dover Little Theater is currently staging "Company," Sondheim's groundbreaking 1970 classic about a single man in three relationships. The show is known as one of the first that deals with realistic adult themes, and features such songs as "Being Alive." Meanwhile, The Barn Theatre will present "Assassins," with a run opening May 18. The 1990 musical is about the men and women who either assassinated, or tried to assassinate, presidents of the United States. And even if you don't like Sondheim, there's bound to be something for everyone on a stage near you, from "Cabaret," to "Southern Comforts" …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Annual event to feature Tony Award-nominee, American Idol-finalist Constantine Maroulis, among others.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The Bickford Theatre, at The Morris Museum, will hold its annual Bickford Theatre Guild fundraiser on June 9, when it presents "Life Upon the Wicked Stage: Broadway's Greatest Villains, Thieves and Ladies of the Evening." The press release is below. Something wicked this way comes to the Bickford Theatre as Tony Award-nominee and American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages) joins nearly a dozen Broadway favorites to salute the sinister side of Broadway in the benefit evening Life Upon the Wicked Stage: Broadway’s Greatest Villains, Thieves and Ladies of the Evening on Saturday, June 9, 2012, 8 pm, at the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, in [Morris Township.] This annual Bickford Theatre Guild …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Area theaters are spotlighting new plays from writers of all ages
Theaters in North Jersey not only perform plays and shows, a lot of them offer writers forums to work on or present brand-new plays. And writers of all ages will see their works presented in the next few weeks. The Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey will present its annual Madison Young Playwrights Festival on March 17. The program will feature plays by student writers from Madison. Meanwhile, the Growing Stage children's theater in Netcong is offering its Stages Festival, March 14 to March 18. The festival will feature four play readings, with one of the new works being chosen to become part of Growing Stage's 2012-13 season. The festival also gives theatergoers the chance to hear playwrights talk about their works. And if you've been …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Comedy takes center stage
North Jersey’s theater groups are aiming to tickle your funny bone. Farces, comedies and even laugh-filled children’s shows are being performed throughout the area over the next few weeks. In the coming weeks, fans of Ken Ludwig can choose between “Moon Over Buffalo” at Dover Little Theatre or “Lend Me a Tenor” at the Barn Theatre. Somerset Valley Players is staging “Sly Fox,” and Villagers Theatre is offering “A Flea in Her Ear,” a French farce. Meanwhile, Chester Theatre Group is presenting the musical “By Jeeves” based on the comedic stories by P.G. Wodehouse. Growing Stage children’s theater is readying “Seussical” for the whole family, and the Mayo Performing Arts Center will host standup comic Mike Birbiglia in “My Girlfriend’s …