NJ Happenings

Playhouse 22: Lend Me A Tenor

Playhouse 22, East Brunswick’s community theater, presents Ked Ludwig’s Lend Me A Tenor. The show runs June 8 through 24, 2012. All shows are Friday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Mistaken identities abound as the plot spins wildly out of control, with two identical Otellos variously pursued by two women, each determined to seduce the famous tenor. It’s a big night for the Cleveland Grand Opera: famous tenor Tito Merelli is to perform Otello. But Tito accidentally takes a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. Saunders, the harried Impressario, assumes Tito dead and convinces his assistant, Max, to go on as Otello. The plan is working until Tito revives and dons another Otello costume and hilarity ensues. Lend Me A Tenor is a farce and not a musical.

Directed by Michael Fabian and starring Stephen D. Belfatti as Max and Anthony Rossi as Saunders. The cast features Jennifer Nasta Zefutie as Maggie, Patrick Andrae as Tito Merelli, Teresa Von den Steinen as Maria, Elena Marie Chalcraft as Julia, Jen Hanselman as Diana and Mark Kalet as the Bellhop.

Tickets are $20/adults and $18/seniors and students, and available online at Playhouse22.org, by calling the Box Office at (732) 254-3939 or at the Box Office window. Playhouse 22 is conveniently located at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center at 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.


Parade: 4th Wall Theatre

(Bloomfield, NJ) – 4TH WALL THEATRE will close out its 15th anniversary season with a main stage production of the musical Parade. With a book by Alfred Uhry, and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, Parade tells the real life story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia, who is put on trial in 1913 for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, an Atlanta pencil factory worker in his employ. Through the difficult process of proving his innocence, Leo and his wife find a new way to love and support each other.

4th Wall’s cast features Danny Arnold and Sandy Taylor of Bayonne, David Simon of Berkeley Heights, Todd Shumpert and Danny Egan of Bloomfield, Uton Onyejekwe of Maplewood, Cathryn Hardy of Matawan, Bob Russell of Hackensack, Tara Haight of Little Falls, Lindsay Adkins of Metuchen, Brandon Wright of Newark, Lisa Carter and Jordan Gulick of Astoria, New York, Vinny Dupree, Annie Nelson, Brian Walters, Bill Saunders and Caroline Langlois of New York City, Marcus Turnage of Brooklyn, New York, and Vanessa Robinson of Bronx, New York.

Bob Cline, a New York casting director and frequent 4th Wall director, is back to lead this production. He is joined by music director, Markus Hauck, who has also worked on several 4th Wall shows. Kathy Iannacone, formerly of West Orange, is the Production Manager, and Martha Thalheimer of Glen Ridge serves as the Stage Manager.

The Leo Frank case, which serves as the basis for Parade, is one of the most notorious and highly publicized cases in the annals of Georgia legal history. The real life events of that morning in April of 1913, still inspires debate and controversy. Based mainly on the testimony of the janitor, who was an initial suspect and who told several conflicting stories, Leo Frank was arrested and later convicted. Numerous reports and reviews of the trial note that the jury was greatly influenced by the time and temperament of a community that was looking for swift and brutal justice and this northern Jewish “outsider” was an obvious choice.

Director Bob Cline has wanted to direct Parade for many years. “I love this piece and it has always been on my short list of ‘must do” musicals. The events, the relationships between the characters, and the music all weave together to create a compelling and dramatic story. I’m so happy that 4th Wall asked me to direct this in their 15th anniversary season.”

Music Director, Markus Hauck is equally excited to work on this production.. “I have wanted to conduct this show for a long time. Parade has one of the most exciting scores in contemporary musical theater. It’s a very dark story, and the depth of the libretto offers dramatic possibilities that are usually found only in straight plays. The fact that it is based on actual events gives the narrative extra punch.”

Parade will play at the Westminster Center for the Arts on the campus of Bloomfield College in Bloomfield with performances on June 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23 at 8:00 p.m and Sunday June 17 at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $24.00 General Admission with discount tickets available for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973-748-9000 ext. 1279. Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted. Tickets may also be purchased on-line, and additional information is available at http://www.4thwalltheatre.org.

The group will also host a one-night only fundraiser on July 16 at Westminster Arts Center entitled “A JERSEY VOICE: Sinatra to Springsteen…and Everyone in Between,” featuring John Michael Coppola, a former Bloomfield resident, and a former cast member from the Chicago company of Jersey Boys. Along with a seven piece band and a few stories of how he moved his family from Bloomfield, NJ, to Chicago to be a part of the cast of Jersey Boys, this makes for a great evening of entertainment you’re sure to enjoy. The show features song selections from the 1940s through today, made popular by such artists as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, and, of course, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

The Crucible: Final Weekend

Carol Burnett’s Skits Live: Passion Players

JUNE 2 & 9 @ 8 PM (Sat.’s)
JUNE 3 & 10 @ 3 PM (Sun.’s)


Produced by : Debby & Mike Schwartz
Directed by: Debby Schwartz
Featuring: Anastacia Carroll, Jean Marie Delao, Dave Harris,
Kathy Janovic, Erica Kostyz, Chris Lubrecht,
Bryan Morales, Maureen Muldoon, Cara Nelson, Anna Oleinik,
Joe Richichi & Antje Weymann
Lights & Sound: Lucas Angelo
Back Stage Crew: Emma Foster & Bella Hartman

The Carol Burnett Show brought an original brand of wacky comedy into American
homes every Saturday night from 1967 to 1978. Featuring notoriously unpredictable
sketches performed by a stellar ensemble led by: Carol Burnett, Tim Conway, Harvey
Korman, Vicki Lawrence, and Lyle Waggoner.
The Carol Burnett Show was one of television’s most Successful Variety Shows of all time.
Presented by Passion Players we are bringing a selection of these classic comedy
sketches to you for all ages.

For Reservations @ Group Rates: 732-922-0483
Tickets: $12.00 General $10.00/Seniors/Students
Credit Cards: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=CAR62

Cabaret: Theater Night Discount!

Due to its weekend sell out success and rave reviews, Chatham Community Players has decided to open its doors to the theater community on Thursday, May 17th. Usually reserved for special audiences and invitees only, this intimate Thursday night production comes with an added bonus. Discount!

So for all those theater goers who cannot attend Cabaret on the normal production dates, this Thursday, May 17th @8PM, the Kit Kat Klub is happy to offer a $5 (reg. $25 Adult, $23 Senior) discount to all audience members who mention “PRAIRIE OYSTER” at the door. Online reservations and phone reservations will not be able to accept this code. This discount is only valid for Box Office purchases the night of the performance.

For regular price tickets and reservations for Friday May 18th or Sat May 19th @ 8PM, visit TicketLeap HERE or call the box office at (973) 635-7363.

Prepare your bunker, set your zombie traps, check the batteries in your radiation detector! 2012 is racing toward us, and it can mean only one thing – an end of the world premiere! Luckily, Princeton’s Famous Triangle Show is coming to the rescue with a musical-comedy Armageddon! Turns out the Apocalypse can be fun, if you are well equipped with a bag full o’ puns, madcap comedy, hilarious hi-jinks – plus the Triangle trademark all-male kickline! In Doomsdays of Our Lives, the brilliant music, lyrics and laughs of Princeton’s best and brightest will surely prove Triangle and 2012 are an earth-shattering combination!

Tickets HERE!

Fame, Jr: Smiling Rhino Theatre Company