On Stage: Colonel Mustard Sings
"Clue: The Musical" is just one of the many theatrical offerings on stage in Northern New Jersey
There are musicals based on plays, novels and even television shows. But not many are based on board games.
There's at least one exception, and that's "Clue: The Musical," which Somerset Valley Players will perform beginning April 20. Perhaps the show will finally determine for once and for all the mystery that has haunted generations of game players.
Meanwhile, the musical "I Do!, I Do!" continues at the Bickford and "Diary of A Worm, A Spider, And A Fly" is coming soon to the Growing Stage Theatre.
Music lovers can check out the Bacon Brothers in Newton or tributes to Rick Nelson (by Nelson's twin sons) and Pink Floyd.
And performers can audition to play one of Carol Burnett's classic characters or Archie Bunker at Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, or go for a part in "Xanadu" by Chester Theatre Group.
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Audition Alert, Summit Kaleidoscope Productions: Summit Playhouse is accepting auditions signups for its summer Kaleidoscope productions for young performers. Auditions will be held May 20 and May 21, with callbacks scheduled for May 22 through 24. The season will consist of three shows: Disney's "Winnie the Pooh," "Into the Woods Junior" and "The People Garden." There will be a $30 participation fee for each show if cast. Click here for more information, including show descriptions and performance dates.
Of Mice and a Man: Villagers Theatre in Somerset is staging "The Pied Piper" through April 22 as part of its KidsVill series. The musical adaptation of the classic tale is directed by Annette Fielder and Jeff Dworkin. Performances begin at noon and 3 p.m. Tickets cost $10. For reservations or more information, email email@example.com, call 732-873-2710 or go to VillagersTheatre.com.
Love and Marriage: The Bickford Theatre is concluding its 17th season with the musical "I Do!, I Do!" with performances continuing through May 6. The show features a book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt. The show is famously set around a couple's four-poster bed and examines the 50-year marriage of Michael and Agnes Snow. It premiered on Broadway in 1966 and received seven Tony nominations. Tickets cost $40, $36 seniors, $20 students 18 and under with a valid college I.D. The Bickford is located at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morris Township. For more information, call 973-971-3706 or visit MorrisMuseum.org.
Get Out of My Garden! "Peter Rabbit" will be performed at The Pax Amicus Castle Theatre in Budd Lake, April 21 and 28, with performances beginning at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The show is part of the theater's "Generation Next Productions" series and is written and directed by Richard Boyer. The theater is located at 23 Lake Shore Road in Budd Lake. For more information, call 973-691-2100 or go to PaxAmicus.com.
Laughing It Up: Comedy Central favorite Gabriel Iglesias is bringing his "Stand-Up Revolution Tour" to The Mayo Performing Arts Center for an April 19 show to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $37 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.
Let's Dance: The Dance Theatre of Harlem will perform at The Mayo Performing Arts Center on April 20 at 8 p.m. The performance will feature ballet favorites from the company's repertoire, and newer works from emerging choreographers. Tickets cost $27 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.
They've Got a "Clue:" Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard and Professor Plum will come to life when Somerset Valley Players presents "Clue: The Musical," April 20 through May 6 at its playhouse, located at 689 Amwell Road in Hillsborough. The show, based on the board game, involves household secrets and mystery after Mr. Boddy is murdered. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $18, $16 seniors/students. For more information, call 908-369-7460 or go to SVPTheatre.org.
The Great Gig in Newton: Pink Floyd tribute band The Machine will perform at The Newton Theatre on April 21, beginning at 8 p.m. The band aims to create an authentic Floyd experience for fans, performing faithful versions of legendary songs and obscure tracks. Tickets cost $29 or $30. For more information, go to TheNewtonTheatre.com.
Audition Alert, "Xanadu:" Chester Theatre Group is holding auditions for the musical "Xanadu" on April 21 at 2 p.m. Performers are asked to bring music in the style of the show, in an appropriate key (accompanist will be provided). Those auditioning will sing first and may be asked to stay and read from the script. Callbacks (if needed) will be by appointment. Auditions will be held at Stanley Congregational Church, 94 Fairmount Ave. in Chatham. Chester Theatre Group's "Xanadu" will be produced by Cindy Alexander directed by Jeffrey Fiorello with choreography by Megan Ferantinos and musical direction provided by Clifford Parrish. Performances are June 29 through July 9. For more information, including a breakdown of the parts, go to Chestertheatregroup.org. If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 908-713-6207.
Did You Hear the One About the Comics Who Came to Morristown? Borsch Belt comics Freddie Roman, Mal Z. Lawrence and Dick Capri will bring their show, "Catskills on Broadway" to The Mayo Performing Arts Center on April 22 for a 3 p.m. show. 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.
Audition Alert, "T.V. Comedy Classics Live on Stage:" Pax Amicus Castle Theatre will hold auditions for "T.V. Comedy Classics Live on Stage" on April 23 and 25 at 7 p.m. The theater is seeking zany performers to appear in sketches from "The Carol Burnett Show" and scenes from "All in the Family." The theater is located at 23 Lake Shore Road in Budd Lake. Performances are in June. For more information, call 973-691-2100.
Audition Alert, Trilogy Repertory Company: Trilogy Repertory Company and Bernards Township Park and Recreation Dept. of Basking Ridge will hold auditions for their Plays in the Park 2012 season on April 25 and May 6, 7 to 9 p.m. and on April 29, 3 to 5 p.m. The season will consist of the musical, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and the drama "Inherit the Wind." Those auditioning for "Forum" should prepare 16 measures of a song from a Broadway show and be ready to read from the script. Dance auditions will also be held. Performances are July 12 through 21 at Pleasant Valley Park off Valley Road in Basking Ridge.
Performances for "Inherit the Wind" are scheduled for July 27 through Aug. 4, also at Pleasant Valley Park. Male and female roles for all experience levels are available. Be prepared to read from the script. Trilogy Repertory Company also needs prep and run crews for these productions. Call Jaye Barre at 908-217-2714 for information about auditions, or working backstage.
Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Seeking Volunteers: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is seeking volunteers to assist with ushering, concessions, and its gift shop for the theater's 50th-anniversary season, which begins May 30. The theater will hold a volunteer open house on April 26 beginning at 6 p.m. Participants can learn about volunteer opportunities, meet with the professional management staff, meet veteran volunteers and learn about the 2012 season from Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte. In return for their work, volunteers receive ticket vouchers good for admission throughout the season. For more information, call 973-408-3694 or email jmccrostie@ShakespeareNJ.org.
Laughter and Song: The Summit Playhouse will present Joe DiPietro's "Over the River and Through the Woods" April 27 through May 12. The musical is about Nick, a single, Italian-American man from Jersey. With his parents retired to Florida, it's up to Nick to visit his grandparents every Sunday. But when he gets a job that could change his life, including a move to Seattle, Nick's grandparents come up with a scheme to keep him on the East Coast. Tickets cost $20, or $15 for students. The theater is located at 10 New England Ave. in Summit. For tickets or more information, call 908-273-2192 or go to SummitPlayhouse.org.
The Beats Go On: The Pax Amicus Castle Theatre in Budd Lake will present "Serious Fun" on April 28 at 8 p.m. The theater bills the performance as an evening of creative mayhem and improvised madness. The show features Peter Biedermann on guitars and electronics and John Hammel offering poetry, vocals and harmonica. The show features strong language, controversial subject matter—dark and funny—performed in a beatnik coffeehouse style. Tickets cost $15. The theater is located at 23 Lake Shore Road in Budd Lake. For reservations, call 973-691-2100.
Sorry, Didn't Mean to Bug You: The Growing Stage Children's Theater is staging "Diary of A Worm, A Spider, And A Fly" with a run starting April 27 and continuing through May 20. The musical was written by Joan Cushing based on the books by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Biss. The world premiere show is for all ages and gives audiences a look at the world from a bug's perspective. Performances are Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m. There will be one Friday performance on April 27, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $18, $14 seniors/children. For more information, go to GrowingStage.com.
Dramatic Events: Centenary Stage Company is presenting the world premiere of "The Unfortunates" through April 29. The play tells the tale of working girls who enter a pub on a foggy London night to escape the streets stalked by Jack the Ripper. The play, written by Aoise Stratford, is the centerpiece of the Centenary Stage Company Women Playwright Festival 20th Anniversary celebration, which is offering activities throughout the month. The theater is located at the Lackland Center, located at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown. For more information, call 908-979-0900 or go to CentenaryStageCo.org.
Honoring a Travelin' Man: The Mayo Performing Arts Center will host "Ricky Nelson Remembered," a concert featuring Nelson's twin sons Matthew and Gunnar (of the band Nelson) sharing their father's hits, including "Hello Mary Lou," "Travelin' Man" and "Garden Party." Tickets cost $37 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.
Modern Jazz: Saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau will perform a concert at The Mayo Performing Arts Center on April 27 at 8 p.m. The two first performed in Redman's quartet in the 1990s and are reuniting for an intimate evening of jazz. Tickets cost $47 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.
Two Sides of Bacon: The Bacon Brothers are performing a concert at the Newton Theatre on April 28 at 8 p.m. The latest album by Kevin (the famous actor) and Michael is "Philadelphia Road—The Best of the Bacon Brothers," and is an anthology of songs from the first four studio albums, including "Unhappy Birthday" and "When You Decide You've Stayed Too Long." Tickets cost $39-$49. The theater is located at 234 Spring St. For more information, call 973-383-3700 or go to TheNewtonTheatre.com.
Classical Sounds Old and New: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will present a concert featuring Gil Shaham on violin at the Mayo Performing Arts Center on April 29. The program will feature Mozart's Masonic Funeral Music; Berg's Violin Concerto, “To the Memory of an Angel;” the world premiere of Richard Danielpour's "Kaddish" and Prokofieve's third symphony. Tickets cost $20 to $85. For more information, go to NJSymphony.org.
Summer Camp at Centenary Stage Company: The Centenary Stage Company is offering young artists the TYRO Acting Program and the Young Performers Workshop Summer Intensive Program during the months of July and August. The TYRO Theatre Programs provide an introduction to theater skills and performance in a two-week session from 9:30 a.m. to noon for kids ages 6 to 8 and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. for children ages 9 to 11. The program run July 9 through July 20. The cost of tuition is $200 per student. The TYRO Program is led by Maria Broadeur, the CSC education director. Brodeur is a professional actress and arts educator with experience in children’s theater who holds a BA in theater and education from Rutgers University. The YPW Summer Intensive offers training in acting, voice, and dance with specialized electives taught by theatre professionals. The program includes three full-length musical productions and The One Act play festival performed for the general public. Acceptance into the program is based on an interview with program director Michael Blevins scheduled for June 9 and June 10 at 11 a.m. For more information, call 908-979-0900 or visit CentenaryStageCo.org.
Summer Camp at Brundage Park Playhouse: Registration is open for summer theater camps at Brundage Park Playhouse in Randolph. The camps offer three different groups: “Budding Stars” for kids 5 to 7, “Summer Stages” for kids ages 8 to 14, “Budding Stars” for kids 5 to 7, and an “Advanced Performers Workshop” for students in grades 7 through 11. For more information, go to BrundageParkPlayhouse.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. 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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