Get ready for the British Invasion with Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, the world’s most acclaimed, multimedia spectacular salute to Paul, John, George, and Ringo, back by popular demand! Smash on Broadway, RAIN includes the Beatles’ greatest hits, played note-for-note. Continue reading Hudson County Community College Offers ‘RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles’ at NJPAC
Concert Series is Part of Mayor Steven M. Fulop’s Administration Efforts to Grow Jersey City as a Cultural Destination
JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced today that the City of Jersey City will partner with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra to host a series of free community concerts through a partnership with the PSEG Foundation, as the Fulop administration continues to introduce new cultural events to the City, increase events for families and residents, and grow Jersey City as a destination.
The first New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performance will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 11th, as Mayor Fulop narrates a woodwind quintet in a special arrangement of Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” in City Hall Council Chambers. Continue reading City of Jersey City Announces Partnership with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Opens Feb. 7th at the Loew’s Jersey City
February 7th show is sold out -a second show is being added at a later date
By Sally Deering
Before Beyoncé, and Madonna, Mariah, Aretha and the all-girl groups of the 1960s, there was The Carmelettes, a trio of teen Jersey girls from the Marion section of Jersey City who sang original pop tunes in tight harmonies. It was 1959, and the girls Angela LaPrete, Vicky Cevetello and Virginia Verga recorded two songs, “My Foolish Heart” and “Promise Me a Rose.” A year later, they cut two more records, “Aching for You” and “Something Tells Me I’m in Love.”
It’s a Jersey City tale that would be long forgotten if not for Susan Murphy, Angela LaPrete’s daughter, a professional singer herself who wrote a play with music about her mother’s experience in “GIRL GROUP: A Daughter’s Tale” to be presented at the Loew’s Jersey City in Journal Square – just blocks from where The Carmelettes were born – on Sat, Feb. 7 at 7 pm. (Tix $20 at www.brownpapertickets.com). A reception follows. Continue reading Susan Murphy’s “GIRL GROUP: A Daughter’s Tale” A Jersey City Story about The Carmelettes All-Girl Singing Group
THREE MEN AND A COAT
By Sally Deering
You wouldn’t think a play about a coat could be captivating enough to hold your attention, but with actor Frank Rosner and director Minna Packer, UNCLE PHILIP’S COAT is in good hands. Presented at the Hudson School’s performance space in Hoboken from Dec. 19-21, UNCLE PHILIP’S COAT author Matty Selman based it on his grand-uncle whom he remembers as the ‘King of Coney Island’ who would stand on the boardwalk, play the kazoo and sell bras to women from his suitcase. Continue reading Frank Rosner plays all three roles in the upcoming production of Uncle Philip’s Coat in Hoboken
By Sally Deering
New York’s Broadway and London’s West End resuscitated Noel Coward’s 1941 farce BLITHE SPIRIT, last season, with the iconic Angela Lansbury in the role of the eccentric Madame Arcati.
Jersey City’s Attic Ensemble follows in those theatrical footsteps as it ushers in its 44th season with this kooky supernatural stage comedy – just in time for Halloween.
Forty-four years bringing theater to the locals is no small feat and Attic Ensemble keeps the curtain rising even though financially the troupe could use some help filling the coffers. The last few years have been tough-going for the little theater company and there were times the artistic team led by president Billy Mitchell thought the company would be closing its doors for good. But the last two shows attracted large audiences, so the plays go on and hopefully this upswing will lead to a theater angel who may want to adopt the troupe. Continue reading HALLOWEEN CANDY- ATTIC ENSEMBLE OPENS 44TH SEASON WITH ‘BLITHE SPIRIT’ – NOEL COWARD’S DELICIOUS COMEDY
Kooky Characters Come to Life as Local Live Theaters Begin New Seasons
BY SALLY DEERING
Culture flourishes in Hudson with art, music and dance performances happening throughout its cities. We also have some terrific live theater groups putting on shows for adults and kids and the new season is now kicking off, like J CITY Theater’s production of APARTMENT 3A. Along with J CITY Theater, the Attic Ensemble in Jersey City is celebrating 43 years as a community theater and the Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken opens its season with a wink to the kids in its production of the Broadway play A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD.
Here’s a closer look at some local theater companies and their upcoming shows. Why not check out a performance or two? You’ll be supporting local theater and those artists who may work in the cultural milieu of New York City and who also nourish the cultural fabric of Hudson’s community
CRAZY DOES IT ON LIVE TV
Producing Director of the J CITY Theater Clay Cockrell and his wife Sandy Cockrell, who is the company’s Artistic Director are thrilled to be back on the boards after almost a year-long hiatus brought on by Hurricane Sandy. (See our interview with Clay Cockrell following this story.)
This marks J CITY Theater’s 8th season of presenting popular and contemporary plays on the stage of the theater which is located in the basement of St. Michael’s RC Church facing Hamilton Park in Jersey City. The company recently opened its season with APARTMENT 3A, a romantic comedy about a public television employee who loses her faith in God, men and public broadcasting. As the heroine takes a ride on the romance rollercoaster, she eventually has an on-camera meltdown during a pledge drive which leads to pandemonium and hilarity. The play runs through Oct. 26 and features Sandy Cockrell, Stephen Hope, Randall Marquez and Clay Cockrell. Stage Manager is Jack Vandewark and Tech Director is Nick Probst; Jacquelyn Bird is choreographer. Continue reading LIVE THEATER -A FROG, DETECTIVE AND HAMLET, TOO!
The Monroe Center in conjunction with the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation will present ‘An Evening Of Blues’ on Sunday, September 22 from 5pm to 8pm. This Blues event will take place on the second floor in The Monroe Center Theater Space at 720 Monroe Street, Hoboken N.J. Blues virtuoso Gary Wright, Roots and Blues will perform the music of Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Mississippi Fred McDowell and many more influential Blues artists. An educational multi media presentation will be screened documenting the history of Blues artists and their influence on popular music.
Blues artists who bring their instruments and wish to jam with the band, will be admitted free.
Parking is free. Tickets: $ 40.00.
Discounted Tickets Are Available At $ 10 For A Limited Time at the Monroe Center.
For further information contact The Monroe Center: 201 795 5000
Thurs – Sat, June 20-22 at 8pm
Sun, June 23 at 4pm
Thurs – Fri, June 27-28 at 8pm
Sat, June 29 at 7pm**
** Saturday, June 29: Special 7pm show followed by
the Art House Summer Blowout, our annual end-of-season party w/live music, food, raffles & more ($10)
$18 general admission
$25 VIP seats with Complimentary Refreshments (limited availability)
$35 VIP Opening Night Reception
Includes a pre-show wine & cheese reception
at Madame Claude Wine (7pm)
and premium seating
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE:
Baltsar Beckeld, Lindsay Brill, Terence MacSweeny*, Paul Nugent*,
Alexandra Pflaster, Elena Zazanis* Continue reading Art House Productions presents- Font of Knowledge a noir comedy
by Sally Deering
It’s April and maybe you could use a few good laughs to cheer up those IRS blues. Then why not head over to Art House Productions in Jersey City on Sat, April 27 for a night of stand-up comedy featuring Mike Britt. Host Rich Kiamco, who runs the comedy nights at Art House Productions, promises it will be an evening of topical comedy not “Photoshop commentary”.
“The show is great,” Kiamco says. “This is almost our third year at Art House. The show has a following; it’s a good time. There’s always a headliner from ‘The Tonight Show’ or Comedy Central.”
Living in Hudson offers plenty of resources to inspire laughs, Kiamco says, especially when the comedy is based on natural disasters.
“We had two disaster shows, one right after Hurricane Sandy and one after the blizzard,” Kiamco says, “The place was packed.” Continue reading Make ‘Em Laugh- Stand Up Comedy at Art House Productions, Jersey City