Music and Theater: 2018

Rich and varied, music in Northwest New Jersey is just the ticket for evenings that end on high notes. Your musical destination is never very far away and often the price can't be beat.


Monday, January 8 • BUCK PIZZARELLI’S BIRTHDAY BASH. Morris Museum Bickford Theater, Morristown • 973/971-3700


Friday, January 12-21 • DINNER WITH FRIENDS. Two married couples have been best friends for years. In their Connecticut home, Karen and Gabe, international food writers, are giving a dinner for Beth and Tom, which he doesn't attend. It emerges from the heartbroken Beth that he has left her for another woman. Gabe and Karen are almost as crushed, having expected 'to grow old and fat together, the four of us.'  Written by Donald Margulies, Directed by Mark Phelan Dover Little Theater, Dover • 973/328-9202


Sunday, January 14 • FREDA PAYNE: TRIBUTE TO ELLA FITZGERALD. January Thaw Music Festival Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown • 908/979-0900


Sunday, January 14 • ALL HANDS ON DECK. Featuring a nine-piece orchestra, classic commercials, tight harmonies, impromptu skits, and over 40 of the greatest American songs ever written, All Hands on Deck is a musical patriotic salute to America. Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown • 973/539-8008


Friday, January 19 • MARI BLACK WORLD FIDDLE ENSEMBLE. The Folk Project, Morristown • 973/335-9489


Saturday, January 20 • BLUES CONCERT. Blues guitarist and vocalist Geoff Caldwell and harmonica player Guy DeRosa. The concert will benefit Friends of Historic Flemington. Friends of Historic Flemington, Flemington • 908/268-6638


Saturday, January 20 • COMEDY NIGHT: LARRY MILLER. As one of Hollywood's most recognizable faces, Larry Miller has appeared in over 100 film and television shows. Miller has made dozens of appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and Real Time with Bill Maher. He has also starred in his own HBO comedy specials and on Broadway in Neil Simon's play, The Dinner Party. His other television credits include Seinfeld, Desperate Housewives, Medium, Burn Notice and Law & Order, in addition to a recurring role on Boston Legal. Miller is the also the only "bad guy" to return on Law and Order as an unrepentant – and uncatchable – wife killer. Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown • 908/979-0900


Saturday, January 20 • CHRIS BRUBECK’S TRIPLE PLAY. Morris Museum Bickford Theater, Morristown • 973/971-3706


Saturday, January 20 • RECYCLED PERCUSSION. Dynamic high-energy audience interactive experience filled with comedy, music, amazing staging and of course – brilliant drumming Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown • 973/539-8008


Saturday, January 20 • A CHORUS LINE. This exciting production features the groundbreaking direction and choreography of Michael Bennett. The Theatre at RVCC, North Branch • 908/725-3420


Sunday, January 21 • BILL CHARLAP & PETER WASHINGTON. Jazz at Rutherfurd Hall, Allamuchy • 908/852-1894x138


Sunday, January 21 • SWING THAT MUSIC! A JAZZ TRIBUTE TO THE THREE LOUIS. January Thaw Music Festival presents vocalist - saxophonist, Danny Bacher, who swings the praises of the three Louis... Armstrong, Prima & Jordan Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown • 908/979-0900


Sunday, January 21 • STEVE SOLOMON. Comedy. The Newton Theatre, Newton • 973/383-3700


Thursday, January 25 • THE BIRDLAND ALL-STARS. The group creates new arrangements of contemporary artists, as well as fresh treatments of iconic compositions by Charlie Parker, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. As the band performs, visual artist Jeremy Sutton will create works inspired by the music on stage. Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown • 973/539-8008


Friday, January 26 • CHRISTINE LAVIN. The Folk Project, Morristown • 973/335-9489


Friday, January 26 • YAMATO – THE DRUMMERS OF JAPAN. Continually challenging themselves to reach greater heights, this spirited performance celebrates the strength, hope, dreams and courage in all of us. Feel the uninterrupted vibration of the beat throughout our bodies. The Theatre at RVCC, North Branch • 908/725-3420


Saturday, January 27 • MATUTO (BRAZILIAN BLUEGRASS). January Thaw Music Festival presents Matuto merging the folkloric music of Brazil with the sounds of all - American bluegrass" Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown • 908/979-0900


Saturday, January 27 • THE VENTURES. The Newton Theatre, Newton • 973/383-3700


Sunday, January 28 • NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: DVORAK’S “NEW WORLD” SYMPHONY. Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown • 973/539-8008


Thursday, February 1 • PIANO BATTLE. Internationally accomplished pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis head-to-head, taketurns performing pieces by music’s greatest composers as well as improvising music based on your requests! Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown • 973/539-8008


Friday, February 2 • PATRICK FITZSIMMONS. Inn at Millrace Pond, Hope • 908/459-4884


Saturday, February 3 • SLEEPY MAN. A trio of virtuoso bluegrass musicians who play with dazzling vivacity, brothers Jonny, Robbie and Tommy Mizzone continue to drop unique and catchy songs anchored by the driving banjo of youngest brother, 15 - year - old Jonny Mizzone. Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown • 908/979-0900


Saturday, February 3 • PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY. Dance maker Paul Taylor is a cultural icon and one of history’s most celebrated artists, hailed as part of the pantheon that created American modern dance. The Theatre at RVCC, North Branch • 908/725-3420


Thursday, February 8-12 • 1984. Nextstage Repertory: Student Production Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown • 908/979-0900


Friday, February 9 • SIDELINE. Powerhouse Bluegrass Roy’s Hall, Blairstown • 908/362-1399


Friday, February 9 • SHERRY DAVEY. Comedy night Inn at Millrace Pond, Hope • 908/459-4884


Friday, February 9 • AL DI MEOLA. The Newton Theatre, Newton • 973/383-3700


Friday, February 9 • THE MOUNTAINTOP. A gripping reimagination of events that took place the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. The Theatre at RVCC, North Branch • 908/725-3420


Saturday, February 10 • PETER KARP AND THE ROADSHOW BAND. Roy’s Hall, Blairstown • 908/362-1399


Saturday, February 10 • RANKY TANKY. Georgia/Carolina sea island sound with jazz trumpet, gospel vocals, and rocking R&B Rhythm section. Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown • 908/979-0900


Saturday, February 10 • MARCIA BALL. Multiple award winning singer and pianist Marcia Ball will raise the Bickford Theatre roof with her rollicking, infectious band as they celebrate Mardis Gras with her musical gumbo which blends blues, boogie-woogie and Texas roadhouse. Morris Museum Bickford Theater, Morristown • 973/971-3706


Saturday, February 10 • IT’S DARK OUTSIDE. A heartfelt exploration of dementia told through puppetry, mask, animation and live performance, this award-winning adventure tells the tale of an old man chasing his memories as they escape into the wild. The Theatre at RVCC, North Branch • 908/725-3420


Thursday, February 15 • THE HELSINGBORG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown • 973/539-8008


Friday, February 16 • PEKING ACROBATS. This troupe of elite gymnasts, cyclists, jugglers and acrobats leave audiences breathless, defying gravity with amazing displays of strength, balance, agility, grace and artistry. The Theatre at RVCC, North Branch • 908/725-3420


Thursday, February 22 • T.S. MONK. Drummer, bandleader, and composer T. S. Monk and his group pay tribute to his famous father, Thelonious Monk, in this very special evening. Morris Museum Bickford Theater, Morristown • 973/971-3700


Friday, February 23 • SCOTT SHARRARD & THE BRICKYARD BAND. Roy’s Hall, Blairstown • 908/362-1399


Sunday, February 25 • NY NJ ALL STAR BIG BAND. 18 piece big band play music of Count Basie Jazz at Rutherfurd Hall, Allamuchy • 908/852-1894x138


Sunday, February 25 • THE MAGIC OF LYN. Eye-defying illusions Morris Museum Bickford Theater, Morristown • 973/971-3706


Monday, February 26 • DAN LEVINSON’S JAZZ 101. A salute to the trailblazers of America’s original art form. Morris Museum Bickford Theater, Morristown • 973/971-3700


Tuesday, February 27 • GO, DOG. GO!. P.D. Eastman’s book comes to life in a frolicking musical party that’s gone to the dogs! Featuring audience participation, this hilarious visual spectacle is a musical romp full of surprises, singing/barking, and of course, six lovable dogs! Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown • 973/539-8008


Tuesday, February 27 • TAYO ALUKO: CALL MR. ROBESON. One of the 20th Century’s most impressive but overlooked figures is revived in this powerful, compelling tour-de-force performance that takes audiences on a roller-coaster journey through Robeson’s remarkable, eventful life. The Theatre at RVCC, North Branch • 908/725-3420


Thursday, March 1 • TRIO DA PAZ. Three of Brazil’s most in-demand musicians redefine Brazilian jazz with their harmonically adventurous interplay, beautiful improvisations, and dazzling rhythms. Morris Museum Bickford Theater, Morristown • 973/971-3706


Thursday, March 1 • EVIE LADIN & KEITH TERRY. Original folk songs, and deep interpretations of old songs, with the kinetic thrill of percussive dance. The Theatre at RVCC, North Branch • 908/725-3420


Friday, March 2 • SUZY BOGGUSS. Roy’s Hall, Blairstown • 908/362-1399


Sunday, March 4 • BROADWAY BOUND. Garden State Philharmonic String Quartet Morris Museum Bickford Theater, Morristown • 973/971-3706


Friday, March 9 • TEA FOR THREE: LADY BIRD, PAT & BETTY. An intimate portrait of three remarkable first ladies who suddenly found themselves in the limelight. The Theatre at RVCC, North Branch • 908/725-3420


Friday, March 9-11 • OZ!. Junior players Dover Little Theater, Dover • 973/328-9202


Saturday, March 10 • MOLSKYS MOUNTAIN DRIFTERS. Grammy - nominated Bruce Molsky on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song with next generation virtuoso guitarist Stash Wyslouch and banjo player Allison de Groot are a force to be reckoned with and are creating some of the most soul - stirring music out there today. Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown • 908/979-0900


Sunday, March 11 • MOE-TION DANCE THEATER. Known for their site - specific work, Glennon's company is dedicated to creating new forms of expression through movement and dance. Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown • 908/979-0900


Sunday, March 11 • BRASS IN THE BICKFORD. Hanover Wind Symphony Morris Museum Bickford Theater, Morristown • 973/971-3706


Monday, March 12 • BIX BEIDERBECKE BIRTHDAY BASH. Morris Museum Bickford Theater, Morristown • 973/971-3700


Tuesday, March 13 • DOREEN OLIVER: EVERYTHING IS FINE UNTIL IT’S NOT. A funny, heartfelt one-woman show about a workaholic film producer whose life goes off-script. The Theatre at RVCC, North Branch • 908/725-3420


Saturday, March 17 • RHYTHM OF THE DANCE. World champion dancers, a traditional Irish band, and the Young Irish Tenors. The Theatre at RVCC, North Branch • 908/725-3420


Sunday, March 18 • XY DANCE PROJECT. A unique movement style that blends contemporary dance through the spiritual rhythms of African dance, the grace and peace of Tai Chi and the heart of street dance. Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown • 908/979-0900


Sunday, March 18 • THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE. The Newton Theatre, Newton • 973/383-3700


Friday, March 23 • THE WIZARDS GARDEN. A lively and vibrant dance performance centered around folktales from China, Sweden, Majorca and Brazil. Students are exposed to literary narrative structures physicalized in performance by the acclaimed professional dancers of Nimbus Dance Works. Appropriate for ages K - 4. Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown • 908/979-0900


Friday, March 23-25 • THE SERENE SECRET. Discover the decades-old secret of the Citicorp building and experience the personal crisis of William LeMessurier in this riveting story based on actual events in Mayor Ed Koch's New York City. Written by a local playwright, in the summer of 1978. Dover Little Theater, Dover • 973/328-9202


Saturday, March 24 • LUNASA. Lunasa's novel arrangements and unique musical approaches create a singular sound that has propelled Irish acoustic music into exciting new territory. Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown • 908/979-0900


Sunday, March 25 • HENDRIK MEURKENS QUARTET. Jazz at Rutherfurd Hall, Allamuchy • 908/852-1894x138


Sunday, March 25 • NIMBUS DANCE WORKS. Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown • 908/979-0900


Thursday, April 5 • JERRY VEZZA AND GROVER KEMBLE TOGETHER AGAIN. Local favorites in an evening of wonderful music, entertaining stories, and the good humor that these talented musicians bring with them Morris Museum Bickford Theater, Morristown • 973/971-3700


Tuesday, April 10 • IYABA IBO MANDINGO: UNFRAMED. An emotional, powerful, and uplifting self-portrait. The Theatre at RVCC, North Branch • 908/725-3420


Thursday, April 12 • MARTIN TAYLOR. Taylor has invented and developed a way of playing the guitar that is admired, and often imitated by guitarists all over the world. The Theatre at RVCC, North Branch • 908/725-3420


Friday, April 13 • FRIDAY THE 13TH. Celebrate Blairstown’s cinematic notoriety Blairstown Business Assn, Blairstown • 908/362-1371


Friday, April 13-22 • HAMLET. Directed by Derek Egidio Dover Little Theater, Dover • 973/328-9202


Saturday, April 14 • SUMMER OF LOVE. Glen Burtnik band plays oldies. The Newton Theatre, Newton • 973/383-3700


Sunday, April 22 • TONY DESARE. Jazz at Rutherfurd Hall, Allamuchy • 908/852-1894x138


Friday, April 27 • MACHINE DE CIRQUE. Five guys masterfully handle a teeterboard, juggling clubs, unicycles, drums, and even bath towels The Theatre at RVCC, North Branch • 908/725-3420


Friday, April 27-6 • LUCKY STIFF. Nextstage Repertory: Student Production Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown • 908/979-0900


Thursday, May 3 • KEN POPLOWSKI’S BENNY GOODMAN TRIBUTE. Morris Museum Bickford Theater, Morristown • 973/971-3700


Friday, May 4-6 • HARVEY. The Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by Mary Chase, is the story of a perfect gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd, and his best friend, Harvey -- a pooka, who is a six-foot tall, invisible rabbit. Country Gate Players, Belvidere • 908/475-1104


Saturday, May 5 • NY CITY SLICKERS: BROADWAY — BLUE GRASS. An eight-piece, high energy, progressive Bluegrass band who will give a new twist to Broadway favorites. Morris Museum Bickford Theater, Morristown • 973/971-3700


Saturday, May 5 • SPRINGFEST OF MUSIC. Warren County Community Singers, Phillipsburg • 908/454-5912


Sunday, May 6 • CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON: PORTRAIT OF AMERICAN MUSIC. Morris Museum Bickford Theater, Morristown • 973/971-3706


Sunday, May 6 • SPRINGFEST OF MUSIC. Warren County Community Singers, Washington • 908/454-5912


Tuesday, May 8 • DICK HYMAN SOLO PIANO. Morris Museum Bickford Theater, Morristown • 973/971-3700


Friday, May 18-20 • THE SUBJECT WAS DOORKNOBS. (or Lemonade, Amazons and Their Dubious Association With Doorknobs). Comedic thriller written by local playwright Thom Florio. Dover Little Theater, Dover • 973/328-9202


Friday, May 25-27 • ACOUSTIC GETAWAY. A three-day musical mini-vacation featuring 150 Folk Project members and friends. Preregistration is required. The Folk Project, Port Murray • www.folkproject.com


Friday, June 8-16 • LEADING LADIES. Two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren't nephews, but nieces!  Dover Little Theater, Dover • 973/328-9202


Friday, July 13 • FRIDAY THE 13TH. Celebrate Blairstown’s cinematic notoriety Blairstown Business Assn, Blairstown • 908/362-1371

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