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A picture is worth 1,000 words — what about a song? Can a picture inspire a song or fifteen? In 35mm: A Musical Exhibition, each photo creates an unique song, moments frozen in time; a glimmer of a life unfolding, a glimpse of something happening. A stunning new multimedia musical which explores a groundbreaking new concept in musical theatre... This intricately woven collection of stories told through song re-imagines what the modern American musical can be.
Be prepared to unleash your imagination and join internationally acclaimed Visible Fictions for a silly and unexpected take on the legend of Robin Hood. In a forest somewhere near you, a band of brothers seeks to rid the land of evil and return hope to the poorly treated. Nothing is as it seems in this Sherwood Forest, but one thing is for sure … no rogue is safe! (For grades 3-8)
There's nothing worse than family...and nothing better. Miranda has done everything in her power to create a life completely different than the one she came from. But a week before a family celebration, Miranda suffers a lapse of judgment and invites her deliciously eccentric and overbearing mother to come stay. With all the kin in one place, will they all stay in one piece? This heartfelt and hilarious world premiere is about a family of very funny people in the midst of loss, love, and forgiveness.
A nearly 20 year old program in the United Kingdom is set to make its United States debut through the one-of-a-kind American Young Voices concert at Prudential Center on June 4th. The Young Voices program brings together student choirs for what is expected to be the largest children's choir to ever perform in North America.
Gracing us with their romantic interpretations of the most beautiful love songs ever written, The Duprees are returning to the theater to perform for us again! Their most notable hits include "You Belong To Me", "My Own True Love", "Gone with the Wind", "Love Eyes", "The Sand and the Sea", "It Isn't Fair", "Let Them Talk" and many more. You'll find yourself singing along with their smooth lyrics all evening long. Don't miss your chance to relive these classic ballads for one night only!!
Times are tough in the Mississippi Delta, where cotton is king and the summer heat drives desires of every kind. Tennessee Williams' 1950s film masterpiece, Baby Doll, was condemned in its time for its riveting tale of commercial and erotic vengeance. The American premiere of this theatrical adaptation will ignite the stage with its darkly comic, steamy tale of one delicate girl's awakening. From the author of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie, and A Streetcar Named Desire, Baby Doll is pure Williams, an enthralling tale of prejudice, sexual politics, and passion.
Paper Mill Playhouse produces this sizzling new big-band musical with an amazing original score and a plot that is full of surprising twists and turns. Emotionally charged and beautifully crafted, this is the story of a mismatched band of WWII veterans. Battle-scarred and broke, dreaming of a better life, they join together to compete in a national radio contest with a prize that will guarantee instant stardom to the winners. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler.
A world premiere musical by two of the most exciting young voices in musical theater, Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz. When Jeremy Heere, just your average dork trying to survive life in his suburban New Jersey High School, swallows a pill-sized supercomputer he is transformed from Supergeek to Superchic. But is being the most popular guy in school worth the risk?
One of the most intriguing and delightful aspects of a musical is to open a whole new world to its viewers, and no other show does this better than Brigadoon. Follow along through an enthralling fantasy story about an American tourist who falls in love with a girl from Brigadoon, a mysterious Scottish town that appears for only one day every hundred years. This Lerner and Loewe classic is a tribute to simplicity, true love and goodness, which is hidden from the ordinary traveler. Brigadoon includes wonderful songs like "Waitin' for My Dearie," I'll Go Home to Bonnie Jean," "Come to Me, Bend to Me," "Almost Like Being in Love," "There But for You Go I" and "Heather on the Hill." You won't want to miss this beautifully unique show!
Hailed by The New York Times as one of "Broadway's electric conductors," Todd Ellison leads a sizzling program of spectacular favorites from such Broadway hits as Carousel, Monty Python's Spamalot, Shrek the Musical, and 42nd Street. Two of the hottest talents on the stage today—Beth Leavel and Christopher Sieber—join Ellison and the NJSO for a sparkling program of showtunes.
Paper Mill produces the world premiere of this explosive new musical. Written by Chazz Palminteri and based on his acclaimed one-man show, A Bronx Tale is a complex love story set against the backdrop of racial strife and organized crime in the 1960s. It is the story of an Italian-American teenager finding his path in life as he must choose between the father who raised him and a mob-boss father figure who fascinates him. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime event! Contains strong language and adult themes.
The Bronx Wanderers return to delight you with an afternoon full of music, dancing and a blast from the past! Buckle up for The Bronx Wanderers: A father and two sons generating the rock 'n' roll dance party of a lifetime with nothing but pure passion! You'll be dancing all afternoon to your favorite songs from three amazing memorable decades. Don't miss the biggest dance party the theatre has ever hosted!
Straight from Broadway, this holiday musical is based on the classic 1983 movie. Ralphie wants only one thing for Christmas: An Official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. A Christmas Story: The Musical is the hilarious account of Ralphie's desperate quest to ensure that this most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas. It's funny, heartfelt, and captures holiday wonder with such deliciously wicked wit that it is sure to delight children and grown-ups alike. Bring the whole family, again and again.
When Jane and Peter's daughter mysteriously disappears while on spring break, Detective Roy Hadley steps-in to save the day, but the Detective may have plans of his own, complicating this intriguing drama set on an exotic tropical Caribbean isle.
One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? It's 1930s Paris and the stage is set for the concert of the century—as long as producer Henry Saunders can keep the amorous Italian superstar and his hot-blooded wife from causing runaway chaos. Comedy mastermind Ken Ludwig (Baskerville) returns to McCarter for the world premiere sequel to his sidesplitting international hit, Lend Me a Tenor. Prepare for an uproarious ride, full of mistaken identities, bedroom hijinks, and madcap delight. Directed by Stephen Wadsworth (The Figaro Plays) this frenzy of a farce promises an evening of sheer joy.
Join the inquisitive, loveable little monkey Curious George, star of books, movies and the award winning PBS television show in this delightful new musical.
While gardening in her backyard, Dinah discovers a beautiful ring, or what she thinks is a ring. She soon realizes that her discovery turns out to be a time machine, and it magically transports her to a land filled with talking dinosaurs! Join Dinah as she takes an adventure with Stegie and Pterry to save little dinosaurs from Rexy and the Raptor Gang.
The world premiere of a sparkling new musical! Adapted from the film starring Drew Barrymore. Ever After sets the Cinderella story straight with the "true" tale of Danielle de Barbarac, budding philosopher, friend of da Vinci, a renaissance woman for all time. Fantastically funny, hopelessly romantic, it's the must-see musical you've been waiting for!
Rachel Bonds' Five Mile Lake is a stunning new play by an astonishingly talented writer. With exquisite care, Bonds paints a moving portrait of a group of young people, yearning to make the right choices—and facing the choices they have already made—as they journey into their thirties in a rapidly transforming world. Directed by Emily Mann, Five Mile Lake McCarter's tradition of introducing major new plays and writers to the American stage (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Convert, and Anna in the Tropics). Don't miss this funny, tender, and heart-wrenching play about those who stay, and those who go away.
Sharon Owens returns to The Broadway Theatre of Pitman for two shows. Funny Girl: A Tribute to Barbra is guaranteed to be her best performance yet. Acclaimed as "the best tribute artist," Sharon will leave you feeling as though you've spent an enchanted evening with Barbra Streisand herself! She takes her audiences on a journey through the Streisand years - 60s Broadway, 70s disco and 80s films. In her 15 year career, Sharon has been featured on Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Extra and in People Magazine. She also starred in ABC's reality show The Next Big Thing and has performed in theatres as far away as Holland, Belgium, China, Germany, Vietnam and more! Whether you're a Streisand fan or not, we promise you'll fall in love with Sharon's tribute! Last year's show sold out! Get your tickets now before it's too late!
Director Jessica Stone returns to Two River, where she made her debut last season with Alan Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular, to direct A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, winner of the 1963 Tony Award for Best Musical. The production will be choreographed by Denis Jones (Honeymoon in Vegas). Inspired by Stone's acclaimed 2010 Williamstown Theatre Festival production, Two River's …Forum will feature an all-male troupe of actors led by Christopher Fitzgerald Broadway's An Act of God, the original cast of Wicked, Young Frankenstein) as Pseudolus, a slave who tries to win his freedom by playing matchmaker for his innocent young master.
Chinese superstar G.E.M. will make her Prudential Center debut on November 15 as part of her first ever North American and European tour. Rising through the Chinese television program "I am a Singer," G.E.M captured the attention of over 200 million weekly viewers, and has sold out arenas throughout China. Her social media following includes 137 million YouTube views, 2.5 million Facebook followers and 2 million Instagram followers.
While taking a walk in the forest, Goldilocks stumbles upon a house. Hungry and tired, she enters and sees three bowls of porridge, three chairs and three beds. Which one of the three of each will suit her? What will the three bears find when they return home? Join us to see what happens!
A young actress has a big audition for a revue of Ethel Merman music! As she prepares for her big day, she discovers some uncanny similarities between herself and the famous "Queen of Broadway." After a night of research (and an unfortunate blow to the head) she becomes certain that she is in fact the reincarnation of Ethel Merman! This hilarious and heartfelt musical event includes some of Merman's most famous tunes like: There's No Business Like Show Business, Everything's Coming Up Roses, I've Got Rhythm, I Got The Sun in the Morning and more!
Ten veteran powerhouse actresses (led by Barbara Andres as Mama) will perform all 25 roles in John Van Druten's beloved classic about a working-class Norwegian family in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. The Transport Group's production of I Remember Mama, directed by Jack Cummings III, was celebrated as one of the best theater productions of 2014 in The New York Times and The New Yorker.
As if being raised by wolves and kidnapped by monkeys wasn't enough, Mowgli, a mancub, has a panther trying to take him home and a tiger that is hunting after him! Hopefully, Balloo the Bear can help. Join Mowgli and his friends as he tries to figure out where he belongs in the world.
Dear first-grade journal. Hooray, hooray! Theatreworks/USA's bestest musical ever is all about me, Junie B. Jones! It's got loads of funny songs, and it's based on a bunch of books this lady, Barbara Park, wrote about me and the things I do in first grade.
Hurray! Junie B. Jones is finally ready for first grade, at last! But getting used to the whole new group of friends a new teacher, and new glasses is challenging, even for irrepressible Junie B. Follow her adventures as she writes everything down in her "top-secret personal beeswax" journal.
Don't miss this show, performed for the very first time in the state of New Jersey.
A little witch named Clara Belle wants to prove that she is just as powerful as the other great Transylvania witches. But the tricks she plays on everyone may muddle her goal. The Monsters of Halloweentown decide to band together to teach her a valuable lesson-but what are the mischievous Malcom McGhoul's plans? Dress in your Halloween best, and join us for a fun musical adventure!
Set at an English Department faculty party, Lives of Reason exposes the challenges of intellectual life—and what happens when one woman's secret passions explode and her authentic self is revealed. This world premiere is written by Two River founder Robert Rechnitz and Kenneth Stunkel, and directed by former Two River Artistic Director Jonathan Fox, who currently serves as Executive Artistic Director of the Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara.
Love Letters is the disarmingly funny and unforgettable tale of Andrew and Melissa, childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins simply enough with thank you notes and postcards, but grows into shared confidences as they separately pursue marriage and careers. This very intimate production is an evocative, touching and frequently funny pair of stories in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down.
On the heels of her triumphant Met performances in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill, consisting of an enchanting fairy tale, Iolanta, followed by an erotic psychological thriller, Duke Bluebeard's Castle. Netrebko stars as the beautiful blind girl who experiences love for the first time in Iolanta, while Nadja Michael is the unwitting victim of the diabolical Bluebeard, played by Mikhail Petrenko. Both operas are directed by Mariusz Trelinski, who was inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s. Iolanta also stars Piotr Beczala, and Valery Gergiev conducts both operas. Broadcast in HD
They came together to make music. They ended up making history. The Tony-winning smash musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the one and only time features a score of rock hits including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "That's All Right," "Sixteen Tons," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Hound Dog" and more.
The students in Room 207 were the worst-behaved class in the whole school - even though they had the sweetest teacher of all, Miss Nelson. But when Miss Nelson unexpectedly does not come to school one day, the class gets the strictest substitute they have ever met: Mill Viola Swamp! A lighthearted musical that reminds us all to show appreciation to those that we value!
An international sensation, Miss Saigon is an epic, daring musical that is universal in its emotional power. During the turmoil of the Vietnam War, an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. Sadly, their struggle to find each other over the ensuing years ends in tragedy. Alain Boubill and Claude-Michael Schonberg (creators of Les Miserables) bring Puccini's Madame Butterfly to the modern world in this moving testament to the human spirit and the tragedies of war. Filled with show-stopping numbers like "I Still Believe," "Why God Why" and "The American Dream," Miss Saigon is one of the most stunning spectacles of all time.
It's murder—pure and simple...and spine-tinglingly fun. The snow is falling around Monkswell Manor, but the body count keeps rising. Agatha Christie, the undisputed queen of crime, pens this fiendishly delightful, nerve-shredding whodunnit. A perfectly twisted web of a play, this mystery-thriller truly invented the rules of the genre. You'll be filled with shuddering suspense and edge-of-your-seat intrigue until the final twist unfolds. Be careful, murder lurks around every corner!
Join us for an elegant evening of beautiful music as we bring you a musical revue covering all the popular tunes from the wonderful world of opera and operetta. Music from such greats as Carmen, Tosca, L'Elisir D'amore, Turandot, La Boheme, La Traviata and more. If you're not already an opera lover, you're sure to be one after you hear some of the best voices in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and NYC sing these classics!
Shakespeare's thrilling and epic tale of adventure, shipwreck and romance will be brought to new life with original songs by Pulitzer Prize-finalist Rinde Eckert, who will also appear in the production, directed by David Schweizer. Eckert and Schweizer's previous collaborations include And God Created Great Whales, an Obie Award-winning operatic adaptation of Moby-Dick. In connection with its production of Pericles, Two River will produce "A Little Shakespeare," a 75-minute version of Pericles performed by high school students.
Follow Peter as he takes Wendy, Michael and John, along with Tinkerbell, back to Never-never Land. They'll see the Lost Boys, mermaids and Captain Hook and his pirates! Will Peter win the battle against those want to hurt him? Come join us for this musical perfect for the entire family and find out!
One of the greatest love stories ever, the mesmerizing Phantom is traditional musical theatre in the finest sense. The Tony Award-winning authors of Nine and Titanic have transformed Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera into a sensation that enraptures audiences and critics with beautiful songs and an expertly crafted story. Delve deeper into the life of the phantom who cannot exist without the opera and the entrancing voice of his beloved Christine. Fall in love with songs like "Melody, Melody," "You Are Music," "My True Love" and many, many more. Don't miss this show that The New York Times called "Rhapsodic music that entrances, moves and haunts. A welcome link to musical theatre's golden past."
There's nobody like August Wilson. His ten-play cycle, chronicling the lives of African-Americans in each decade of the 20th century, is among the greatest masterpieces of our time. One of Wilson's most powerful and transcendent works, The Piano Lesson is a profound, melodic tale set in 1930s Pittsburgh. To reclaim his family's legacy, Boy Willie must sell their priceless heirloom, but will his sister and the ghosts of their past stand in his way? Full of soaring poetry and shattering intensity, The Piano Lesson is a universal story of memory and perseverance.
A raucous good time! A musical full of joy, a little bit of heartbreak and lots of hilarity. This tribute to life by the roadside, takes place on North Carolina's Highway 57. Somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna stands a rest stop. The four hard-working fellas at the gas station have been known to do some auto repairs, but only when aided by some great tunes and a few beers. Next door there's the Double Cupp Diner, where the Cupp sisters offer up their famous home cooking and gift for song. A celebration of life, love, Dolly Parton, and catfish!
The king of R&B will heat up the stage this summer at Prudential Center as HOT 97 and WBLS welcome R. Kelly to The Rock. The three-time Grammy Award-winning artist will be joined by special guests Floetry. The British duo, songstress Marsha Ambrosius and the floacist Natalie Stewart, have earned five Grammy nominations and have recently reunited.
Doo Wop rocks its way into Prudential Center for the first time with Richard Nader's 26th Annual Summer Doo Wop Concert on June 6. This year's lineup features Mary Wilson, of the Supremes, The Duprees, the Heartbeats and more from the 50's and 60's. Before the concert, fans are invited to take part in a special pre-show tailgate party that includes a classic car display, performances on Don K. Reed's a capella stage and the chance for autographs from some of the show's stars.
Doug Church returns to sell out even more performances at the Broadway Theatre of Pitman. Come and be entertained by #1 Elvis Hits from the 1950's, 60's and 70's such as "Blue Suede Shoes," "Hound Dog," "Are You Lonesome Tonight," "Hard Headed Woman," and many others as only Doug can perform them!
The world's greatest Tom Jones tribute artist will perform at the Broadway Theatre of Pitman this June! Lou Nelson's does not only look exactly like Tom Jones but his mannerisms and voice match perfectly. Come see this high energy entertainer rock out to "Unusual," "Delilah," "Pussycat," "Without Love" and many more!
In this beautiful and universal story about forgiveness, love, and loss, three brothers rendezvous at an airport to meet the father who abandoned them as children, and who is now the most famous tightrope walker of all time. Written by Bárbara Colio, one of Latin America's leading contemporary playwrights, Ropes will be directed by Lisa Rothe.
Two River Theater will present select performances of Ropes in Spanish as part of its ongoing Nosotros program, which is dedicated to engaging Monmouth County's Latino community and furthering the work of Latino theater artists.
They were so good last year, we're bringing them back for more! Brian McCollough as Roy Orbison and Terry Turner as Jerry Lee Lewis take our stage this June for a wonderful concert event. Relive the soulful ballads and powerful compositions that made these performers famous. This concert will include hit songs such as Only the Lonely, Crying, Pretty Woman, Great Balls of Fire and many more.
Joey Pucci and the American Longboards will also be on hand, further adding to this tribute to classic rock-and-roll. They'll be performing songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s by artists such as Peggy Lee, Eddie Cochran, The Ventures, The Beach Boys and others.
Two River's third American Century Cycle production following its acclaimed productions of Jitney and Two Trains Running. Seven Guitars takes audiences to Pittsburgh, 1948, where local blues guitarist Floyd "Schoolboy" Barton sits on the edge of stardom. Brandon J. Dirden is making his directorial debut with this production. As an actor, Dirden has appeared at Two River in Ruben Santiago-Hudson's Your Blues Ain't Sweet Like Mine, Topdog/Underdog, and Jitney. On Broadway, he played Martin Luther King, Jr., opposite Bryan Cranston's Lyndon Johnson in the Tony Award-winning All the Way.
It is said that opposites attract. Pair a somewhat up-tight classically trained musician with a young lyricist who's a little bit more than 'out there', and sparks just might fly. Add a script by comedy master Neil Simon to the mix, stir in music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Carole Bayer-Sager and musical theatre magic is bound to occur. Pierrot Productions rolls out this offbeat classic based on the real life story of Hamlisch and Sager.
Celebrate Memorial Day with this toe-tapping tribute to the entertainers who inspired our troops. Act one takes you behind the scenes! Get a glimpse into the inner workings of show business as a group of aspiring performers, inspired by talents like Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and of course the Andrews Sisters prepare a concert for our soldiers featuring classics like All I Need is the Girl, Buffalo Gals (Won't You Come Out Tonight), and I Love A Piano. Act two dazzles with an exciting concert of USO favorites like Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree, Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy, and Chattanooga Choo-Choo along with a special tribute to our men and women in uniform.
Donald Margulies uncovers the layers of a relationship between a photojournalist and foreign correspondent—once addicted to the adrenaline of documenting the atrocities of war, and now grounded in the couple's Brooklyn loft. Photographer Sarah was seriously injured while covering the war in Iraq; her reporter partner James had left weeks earlier, when the stress and horrors became too much for him. Now James writes online movie reviews while Sarah recovers.
The stunning, groundbreaking and legendary musical that set the bar for all musical theater! Amazing dancing with music and a story that will stir your soul and set your pulse racing! Based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, it's The Sharks and The Jets like you've never seen them before. The score is a musical masterpiece by Leonard Bernstein and the lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim, songs that have become part of our very culture. You must not miss this passionate and magnificent new production!
Adapted from Maurice Sendak's landmark children's book, Where the Wild Things Are is an intimate "guided play" experience for kids ages 3 to 7 and their adults. Max's bedroom is transformed into the various landscapes of his adventures, from a rolling ocean to a forest. The audience then becomes the Wild Things as each child is each given a mask and encouraged to "let the Wild Rumpus start!"
Tragic, romantic, hilarious, and uplifting, this tragi-comedy masterpiece is one of Shakespeare's most elegant and haunting plays. This beautiful, music-filled, and magical classic celebrates redemption, reconciliation, and the mending of broken hearts. Coming up to the finish-line of our season, Shakespeare '70 brings us princes and princesses, disguised identities, jealous kings, oracles, pickpockets, and one ravenous bear.