Broadway Buddies take each other to new artistic heights

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Returning for its third year, Vanguard Theater Company’s Broadway Buddy Mentorship Program and Cabaret unites budding local talent with seasoned Broadway actors. The program concludes with a cabaret featuring the pairs performing at the South Orange Performing Arts Center on Monday, April 23, through a special collaboration with Seton Hall University’s […]

‘Willy Wonka Jr.’ to debut at Edison Middle School

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Edison Middle School will perform its spring musical, “Willy Wonka Jr.,” on Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m. The school is located at 75 William St. The show is an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” which became the smash movie […]

‘In the Heights’ to premiere at West Orange High School

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Broadway smash, “In the Heights,” will be performed at West Orange High School from April 12 through 15. The show won the 2008 Tony for Best Musical. Miranda’s book and lyrics tell the stories of residents “In the Heights,” an affectionate term for the Washington Heights area of […]

Celebrating women cantors

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Oheb Shalom Congregation presents “From Bima to Broadway,” a concert to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of women serving in the Conservative cantorate, as well as Cantor Erica Lippitz’s 30-year anniversary as Oheb Shalom’s cantor. The concert will take place on Sunday, March 11, at 4 p.m. at Oheb Shalom, 170 Scotland […]

Music Faculty Scholarship Concert features touching tribute to Joel Perry

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The 17th annual Music Faculty Scholarship Concert showcased the talents of the West Orange School District’s music faculty and paid tribute to Redwood Elementary School music teacher Joel Perry, who died in September 2017. The Feb. 6 concert was held at Liberty Middle School and featured solo, duet and group performances […]

Enjoy a musical evening at TBA

LIVINGSTON, NJ — On Sunday, Feb. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Temple B’nai Abraham, 300 E. Northfield Road in Livingston, the Prime Time Group of Temple B’nai Abraham will present a musical event featuring maestro Robert Butts, music director and conductor of the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey. Butts will discuss “The Music […]

Groundbreaking play about African-American sisterhood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Celebrate Black History Month with 4th Wall Theatre at the Burgdorff Performing Arts Center in Maplewood with a showing of Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking play, “for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf.” The piece is billed as a “choreopoem” and weaves together 20 separate poems with music, movement […]

Lin-Manuel Miranda co. sponsors 2018 season at Vanguard

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Creating opportunities for diverse actors and audiences has been rewarded in a significant way as Vanguard Theater Company announced Jan. 18 that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s TeeRico clothing line has become the main sponsor of Vanguard’s 2018 season. TeeRico is Miranda’s officially-licensed merchandise site, where every design benefits a cause and/or artist. Miranda […]