Valentines Day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with a night at the theater?
You get into the spirit of love with upcoming concerts at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, the Barn Theatre and Pax Amicus Castle Theatre.
If it’s a show you’re looking for, you can see “The Sound of Music” at Brundage Park Playhouse, “The 25 Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at Villagers and “Boeing Boeing” at Paper Mill.
Performers can audition for “Cabaret” or “The Crucible,” and if you’ve always wanted to get involved in theater and have no experience, now’s your chance as the Chatham Community Players see volunteers for its upcoming production of “Grapes of Wrath.”
ON STAGE SCOOP:
Gladys Knight Tickets on Sale Feb. 10: Tickets for Gladys Knight’s June 7 concert at the Mayo Performing Arts Center go on sale to the public on Feb. 10 (Feb. 9 for members). Tickets cost $57 to $115. 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.
Comedy Through Story Telling: at The Mayo Performing Arts Center will present “Speakeasy” on Feb. 7 beginning at 8 p.m. Part of the theater’s long-form storytelling series, the evening will see comics perform through storytelling instead of stand-up comedy. Performers include Jane Condon, Kambri Crews, Andy Christie, Bonnie Levison and Greg Walloch. Audience members can perform at the door for a chance to go on stage and give it a try. Tickets cost $20. 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.
Show Me the Way to Morristown: Peter Frampton’s tour in celebration of the 35 anniversary of his classic “Frampton Comes Alive!” album will make a stop at The Mayo Performing Arts Center for a Feb. 8 concert, beginning at 7:30 p.m. According to the Mayo’s website, the three-hour show will feature a complete performance of the album and other songs from Frampton’s career. Tickets cost $57-$97. 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.
Hear the Voice that won “The Voice:” Javier Colon, the winner of the NBC show “The Voice,” will perform a concert at The Mayo Performing Arts Center on Feb. 9, beginning at 8 p.m. Colon will perform songs he sang on the hit show, as well as music from his debut album. Tickets cost $29.50 to $75. 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.
Audition Alert, “The Pied Piper:” Villagers Theatre in Somerset is holding auditions for its April production of “The Pied Piper” on Feb. 9 and 15 from 7-10 p.m. and Feb. 11 from 3-6 p.m. at the theater, located at 475 Demott Lane in Somerset. Please be prepared to perform a song for children. Sides will be provided for readings and direction. Rehearsals begin Feb. 27. Performances are April 14 through 22. The theater’s website describes the show as a fun musical adaptation of the legend. It’s intended for young audiences, and Villagers is looking for performers who can communicate the emotion of the story with words, song, and movement while entertaining both very young and old audience members alike. For more information, including a character breakdown, go to VillagersTheatre.com or email the director at Jeff@Villagerstheatre.com.
A Rat Pack Valentine: The Barn Theatre will present “The Rat Pack: Together Again” on Feb. 10 and 11. Rat Pack impersonators Tony Sands, Johnny Petillo, and Geno Monroe recreate the swinging era when Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. ruled Vegas and show business. The show features individual hits from the trio and the music they sang together. Performances are 8 p.m. on Feb. 10, and 2 and 8 p.m. on Feb. 11. Tickets cost $25 and include a wine and cheese reception. Tickets for the 2 p.m. show cost $20. For more information, go to BarnTheatre.org.
That’s Amante singing about Amore: The “people’s tenor,” Michael Amante, will take stage at The Mayo Performing Arts Center for a Feb. 10 concert beginning at 8 p.m. Billed as “An Evening of Romance,” the concert will feature Broadway songs and opera pieces. Featuring guest soprano Marissa Famiglietti. Tickets cost $42 to $57. 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.
Dance the Day Away: Centenary Stage Company and Centenary College will present a Day of Dance on Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the David and Carol Lackland Center on the Campus of Centenary College in Hackettstown. The free event will showcase classes taught by guest artist Carolyn Dorfman, founder and artistic director of the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company. The day will also feature classes in contemporary and musical theater dance, taught by members of Centenary College’s dance faculty. The day will end with a talk-back with the artists. These events are free. For more information, call 908-99-0900 or go to CentenaryStageCo.org.
The Queen of Mean Reigns in Morristown: Standup comic Lisa Lampanelli will being her adults-only brand of comedy to The Mayo Performing Arts Center on Feb. 11 for a show beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $57-$97. 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.
Dance of India: Ragamala Dance will present a program titled “Sacred Earth” at The Mayo Performing Arts Center on Feb. 12, beginning at 3 p.m. According to the Mayo Center’s website, Ragamala Dance presents innovative works within the southern India tradition of Bharatanatyam dance. Tickets cost $20. 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.
Like a Fish Out of Water: Pax Amicus Castle Theatre will present “The Little Mermaid” on Feb.11, 18 and 25 at 11 a.m. In the play, the mermaid leaves her home in the sea to visit land, where she falls in love. Tickets cost $12. The theater is located at 23 Lake Shore Road in Budd Lake. For more information, call 973-691-2100 or visit PaxAmicus.com.
Audition Alert, “Off Book:” Pax Amicus Castle Theatre is holding an open casting call for the next generation of "Off Book!" (including improv comedy lessons, games and theory) on Feb. 11 at 1 p.m., Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Callbacks will be held at 7 p.m. Come to as many audition sessions as desired. Each will last about 90 minutes. Off Book is seeking two adults to join the group. Rehearsals and classes begin in March. For more information, contact Nick at Nick@OffBookImprov.com or visit OffBookImprov.com.
Getting Jazzy for Valentine’s Day: St. Valentine's Day Massacre featuring Herb Gardner will perform a concert as part of the Bickford's Jazz Showcase on Feb. 13. The show will begin at 8 p.m. Ticket cost $18, $15 in advance. For tickets and information, call 973-971-3706.
Audition Alert, “The Crucible:” Brundage Park Playhouse will hold auditions for its production of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” on Feb. 13 and Feb. 15, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Playhouse, located at Brundage Park in Randolph (enter 2 Bungalow Lane on your GPS for directions). Auditions are open, no appointments are necessary. Callbacks will be on Feb. 16 if necessary. Performances are May 4 through 20. Rehearsals will begin in February. All cast members must be available for all performances and tech rehearsal days. Auditions will consist of sides from the play. Actors are asked to please be familiar with the play, and the period in which it takes place. Younger performers interested in auditioning for the roles of Betty Parris and Ruth Putnam are asked to arrive during the 7 p.m. hour. Parents should familiarize themselves with the content of the play. For more information, including a character breakdown, go to BrundageParkPlayhouse.org.
There’s Laughter in the Air at Paper Mill: Paper Mill Playhouse is staging Marc Camoletti’s “Boeing Boeing” through Feb. 12. The farce follows an American playboy in ’60s-era Paris who is juggling relationships with three different flight attendants around the world, but his dream setup is headed for disaster after a new, superfast jet changes the women’s schedules. For more information, go to PaperMill.org or call 973-376-4343.
What’s Going on in that Room? The Bickford Theatre in Morris Township is presenting Ira Levin’s “Veronica’s Room,” through Feb. 12. The theater’s website describes the play as a thriller that explores the line between fantasy and reality. In the play, a young couple ends up at a mansion whose owners are struck by the young woman’s resemblance to their dead daughter. Note: The play contains adult language. Tickets cost $40. For more information, call 973-971-3706 or go to MorrisMuseum.org.
The Book on Stardom: “Celebrity Autobiography” is coming to the Mayo Performing Arts Center on Feb. 16 for an 8 p.m. show. In the comedy, outrageous and true celebrity memoirs are acted out by such performers as Ralph Macchio (“The Karate Kid”), Mario Cantone (“Sex and the City”), Sherri Shepherd (“The View”), Carol Kane (“The Addams Family”) and more. They’ll be reading from memoirs of celebrities such as Snooki, Ricky Martin David Hasselhoff, Cher, Barbra Streisand, David Cassidy, Tiger Woods and more. 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.
Friends Forever: The Centenary Stage Company will present “A Year with Frog and Toad” on Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. in the Little Theatre on the campus of Centenary College. The musical by Robert and Willie Reale is based on the stories by Arnold Lobel about two friends, cheerful frog and grumpy toad. The show is part of Centenary’s Young Audiences Series. Tickets cost $10, $8 children. For more information, call 908-99-0900 or go to CentenaryStageco.org.
Audition Alert, “Cabaret:” Chatham Community Players will hold auditions for “Cabaret” on Feb. 16 and Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Chatham Playhouse, located at 23 N. Passaic Ave. in Chatham. Prepare a song in the style of the show and bring sheet music in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided. Headshots and resumes will be accepted but are not required. For more information, including a character breakdown, go to ChathamPlayers.org.
Classical Sounds: The “Tschaikowski” St. Petersburg State Orchestra will perform a concert at the Mayo Performing Arts Center on Feb. 17, beginning at 8 p.m. The program will feature works by Ravel, Prokofiev, and Rimsky-Korsakov. Tickets cost $37 to $52. 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.
Mardi Gras in Morristown: The Soul Rebels Brass Band and Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra will perform a Mardi Gras concert at the Mayo Performing Arts Center on Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $42-$62. 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.
Villagers is the Place to “Bee:” Villagers Theatre in Somerset will perform the musical hit “The 25 Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” through Feb. 19. The show is about six nerdy, needy contestants competing for a spelling bee championship. Performances are Fri.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $18, or $16 for seniors and students. The theater is located at 475 Demott Lane. For tickets and more information, call 732-873-2710, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit VillagersTheatre.com.
The Hills of Randolph are Alive with “The Sound of Music:” Brundage Park Playhouse will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” through Feb. 19 at the theater, located at 2 Bungalow Lane in Randolph. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $20, or $15 for seniors and for children under 12. For reservations, call 973-989-7092. For more information, go to BrundageParkPlayhouse.org.
Chamber Music in Morristown: The Mayo Performing Arts Center will host an evening of chamber music with The Starlight Series: Nova Chamber Ensemble on Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. Laryssa Krupa Slobodyanik, one of the founders of The Community Theatre in 1994, returns for these concert events in which the audience will sit on stage in a semi-circle around the performers. Featuring Laryssa Krupa Slobodyanik on piano; Wanda Glowacka on cello; Andriy Milavsky, on clarinet, performing: Brahms Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano. Tickets cost $20. 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.
Bringing the Blues: Five-time Grammy winner Robert Clay will take stage at the Mayo Performing Arts Center on Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. Shemekia Copeland will be the special guest. Tickets cost $42 to$67. 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.
“Ladies” Night: Charles Morey’s “The Ladies Man” will begin a run at the Centenary Stage Company’s David and Carol Lackland Center in Hackettstown on Feb. 17 and continuing through March 4. Set in the golden age of Paris, the farce follows a doctor who tells a “little” lie to cover an innocent but embarrassing indiscretion, but this little lie leads to chaos. Adapted from Georges Feydeau’s comedy “The Ladies’ Dressmaker,” the production will be directed by CSC Artistic Director Carl Wallnau and will star Allen Lewis Rickman, who recently starred in “Relatively Speaking” (written by Elaine May and Mike Nichols, Ethan Coen and Woody Allen) on Broadway. Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m. with additional 2 p.m. matinees on Feb. 17 and Feb. 22. Tickets cost $20 to $25. For more information, call 908-979-0900 or visit CentenaryStageCo.org.
Swamp Man: The Growing Stage Theatre will present “Wiley & the Hairy Man” Feb. 17-26 at its theater, located at 7 Ledgewood Ave. in Netcong. The story follows a fatherless boy living near the mysterious Tombigbee Swamp with his conjure-woman mother, his dog and the Hairy Man who haunts his dreams. Performances are Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m. Recommended for all ages. Tickets cost $12. For more information, call 973-347-4946 or go to GrowingStage.com.
Don’t Forget “What I Did for Love:” Pax Amicus Castle Theatre will present two performances of a Valentines-themed concert, “What I Did for Love” on Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. The concert will highlight songs and comedy about romantic love, but also love of family, children, work, art, home and country. Audiences will hear songs such as “At Last” and “Fever” along with selections from musical, including “A Chorus Line,” “West Side Story” and “Man of La Mancha.” Admission is by donation. This concert is a benefit to raise money for repairs and replacement of the Castle’s roof. All donations will be appreciated. For more information, call 973-691-2100 or go to PaxAmicus.com.
What a Drag: The classic comedy “Some Like It Hot,” starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis will be shown at the Darress Theater on Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. Admission costs $10 and includes popcorn. The theater is located at 615 Main St. in Boonton. For more information, call 973-334-9292 or visit DarressTheater.com.
Chatham Community Players Seeking Volunteers: Chatham Community Players is looking for volunteers to assist the state manager as it prepares for its production of “Grapes of Wrath.” The theater is looking for volunteers to cue actors from the script, read lines of actors not present and to handle some set presets during rehearsals. No experience is required. If you have always wanted to work on a big show, here’s your chance. The stage manager will be at each rehearsal, you will not be working alone. If you’re interested or have questions, contact Mara Lundstrom at email@example.com or 201-921-6821.
Shakespeare Theatre Announces 50th Anniversary Season: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has announced its lineup of shows for 2012, which is the Madison-based group’s 50th anniversary season. Things will kick off on May 30 with a run of Shakespeare’s “Henry IV, Part I,” which the theater is presenting for the first time in 20 years. Up next is a new adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s French farce “The Liar.” Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” is this summer’s outdoor show at the Greek amphitheater at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morris, opening June 20. Also set for the summer back at the indoor stage is “Measure for Measure,” directed by Bonnie J. Monte, the Shakespeare Theatre’s artistic director. The fall will see an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist” by Neil Bartlett and directed by Brian B. Crowe opening Sept. 12. The Shakespeare Theatre will present its first musical since 2004 when it stages “Man of La Mancha” opening Oct. 17. Monte directs and Robert Cuccioli will play Don Quixote. The theater will wrap up the year with the rarely produced romantic comedy “Trelawny of the Wells” by Arthur Wing Pinero, directed by Monte, and running Dec. 5-30. For more information, or to purchase a subscription, call the box office at 973-408-5600 or visit ShakespeareNJ.org.
Bill Maher Tickets on Sale: Tickets for Bill Maher’s May 20 performance at New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Prudential Hall in Newark are on sale now. Maher hosted ABC’s “Politically Incorrect” from 1993 to 2002 and currently hosts “Real Time” on HBO. He is known for his controversial, politically charged humor. Tickets cost $39.50 to $95 and are available by calling 1-888-466-5722 and at NJPAC.org.
Getting in on the Act: The Chatham Community Players is seeking original, one-act plays, short musicals and/or original dance pieces, written by New Jersey authors, for the 18th annual Jersey Voices presentation. Play submissions of any genre, style and length up to 20 minutes running time will be accepted through March 15. Selected pieces will be performed in the Players’ Black Box Theater in July and August. To email submissions or to request more information, go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Camp at Playwrights Theatre: Registration is open for the Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey’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, which costs $525 when enrolled before Jan. 31. 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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