Saturday, April 21, 2012
The theater is looking for current sophomores to apply for its year-long program.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Two River Theater Company has put out a call for applications to its Metro Scholars program, a year-long chance for high school juniors from across the state to be a part of the work at the professional theater. The program is free for participating students and is accepting applications from current sophomores through May 2. “The Metro Scholars program engages a wide range of students with many different interests, but who all want to learn about the professional theater,” Kate Cordaro, Two River’s director of Education, said in a statement. “Many of our past Metro Scholars have gone on to attend some of the country’s best training programs and pursue a career in the performing arts; others just enjoy the creative opportunities of working…
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Kids under 12 get free entry to this production and BCC is offering free tickets to schools.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
When the Brookdale Community College Theater Department presents The Reluctant Dragon this month, it will feature a cast of local actors, including Middletown's Joseph Diana and Michael Meinberg. The show is "a magical, humorous story is about friendship and follows the unlikely friendship between a dragon and a young boy," according to a Brookdale release. "Sydney is not your typical dragon as he prefers to spend his time writing poetry and doing watercolor portraits. Sydney decides to settle in the town of Guildemere where the townspeople decide to blame their dying crops and sour milk on the dragon. One boy, Glaston, however, befriends Sydney. "The townspeople believe the dragon needs to be stopped and they ask Saint George to come to …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Check out what's happening in the Count Basie and Two River theaters over the Navesink River in Red Bank this weekend.
Over the Navesink River from Middletown, in Red Bank, there is an eclectic mix of entertainment options at both the Count Basie and the Two River theaters this week, including improv comedy, the sound stylings of Eastern Europe, the jams of the 1980's, and a homegrown musical developed in a Two River Theater Company workshop. Do you remember Whose Line is it Anyway? The short form improvisational television comedy originated in England before eventually finding its way to the United States, where it ran for eight seasons. For the eighth time, on Friday, stars of the show are bringing the same style of comedy to Basie stage. Promising plenty of laughs but with none of the script, Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, Whose Line show regulars, …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Check out what's going on at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank through the weekend.
Over the Navesink River, the Count Basie Theater has great shows on tap this week, ready to spread the holiday cheer. On Monday the fifth annual Hope Concert came to Count Basie. The Hope Concert is an annual benefit for a local charity by an All Star lineup of Jersey Shore performers under the musical direction of Bobby Bandiera. Jon Bon Jovi, fresh off a rumor of his untimely demise, appeared at the benefit. Each year, the Hope Concert raises donations for a specific charity. This year’s beneficiary was The Cancer Institute of NJ. An institute dedicated to prevention, early detection, treatment and high quality care for patients with cancer, The Cancer Institute of NJ is one of only 40 National Cancer Institute designated comprehensive …
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Check out what's happening at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank this week
There is a lot on the schedule this week over the river at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, including free films, workshops for songwriters, and a Christmas concert. On Wednesday, Dec. 14 and Thursday, Dec. 15, Count Basie presents the Songwriter’s Workshop with Gordon Brown. Brown is a NJ native who has written full records for his bands, Highway Nine, Samhill and Mr. Reality. Brown has also worked with major Nashville songwriters and new artists Alex Brumel, Rick Barry, Jerzy Jung, Natalie Stovall and Corey Wagar. Wagar is a new country artist, and Brown co-wrote her debut single Hurricane. The song is currently creeping its way up the country charts, and is in heavy roatation on the Jersey Shore's very own Thunder 106. In his …
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Check out what's happening this week at the Count Basie and Two River theaters.
This week Count Basie hosts the award winning play South Pacific, performed by Red Bank’s own Phoenix Productions. The play will run for two consecutive weekends beginning with opening night on Friday, Sept. 16. The performance is presented by Phoenix Productions, a community theater company based in Red Bank. A nonprofit community theater formed in 1987, Phoenix Productions specializes in producing Broadway revivals at a modest cost so that families can attend and introduce children to the theater. For performers, Phoenix provides an opportunity to work in a full scale production at a renowned theater. The company has produced more than 100 revivals of Broadway musicals over the past two decades. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific …
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Fab Faux at Count Basie Theater; 'An Evening in Paris' at Two River
This week at Count Basie, relive the magic of The Beatles when The Fab Faux takes the stage on Saturday, June 25th. The Fab Faux is a Beatles tribute band and the closest thing one can get to the enchanting experience that was The Beatles. The group was founded by Will Lee, best known as the bassist for The Late Show with David Letterman. It features Jimmy Vivino (bandleader from Late Night with Conan O’Brien), Rich Pagano, Frank Agnello and Jack Petruzelli. Proceeds from Saturday’s show will go to the Count Basie Foundation. The Fab Faux try to keep their performances as accurate and as close to the real thing as they can possibly get. They have been known to perform with a horn and a string section to achieve a more authentic sound. They…
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
'Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris' running at the Two River Theater, Red Bank
If you are unaware of who Jacques Brel is, you are not alone. You may have heard the name, likely associated with the 1968 musical revue, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. But chances are you haven't seen the full-scale play and you may have assumed that the show is the story — the explanation of who Jacques Brel is. Your assumption would be both right and wrong. Jacques Brel, the man and the production, was, is a complex, sharp-edged and intense human story set to music. The show, in all of its curiosity, is currently being presented by the Two River Theater Company, Red Bank, and is worth the investigation. For the record, Jacques Brel — the songwriter whose music has been translated and adapted to imagine this show…
Friday, March 25, 2011
Holmdel Theatre Company gears up to perform a unique version of the American classic
Starting Friday, April 1, The Holmdel Theatre Company will be on a mission to make you forget all your preconceived notions about Our Town, the classic drama written by Thornton Wilder. This troupe's production, which runs through April 9, will take place in the Duncan Smith Theater, a 125-year-old restored barn — the perfect quaint setting for taking in a more intimate slice of Americana. Director Michael Kroll sought to breathe new life into this production by taking a chance and presenting the play in “black box” theater style. Gone is the sense of nostalgia, the New England accents, and the period costumes. In their place will be the stark reality of raw emotion and humanity, and a closer connection with the audience via this staging …
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Listening in on a day in the life of an actor immersed in the audio books subculture
If you don’t listen to audio books you may not know that there is a whole subculture of personalities whose names are known only to fans of the genre. Audio book narrator C. J. Critt is one of those celebrities. She made her second appearance at the Middletown Library recently and is bound to be back. Being the consummate performer, Critt performed as though she was in front of a capacity audience in a theater as she presented readings from a few of the highly popular romantic comedies that she narrates. Her solo performance was first class and just plain fun. In addition, Critt happily took questions that she handled with as much verve and humor as her readings. Critt has narrated the voices in many of Janet Evanovich’s highly popular …