American Classic 'Damn Yankees' Hits Local Stage
'Measure for Measure' and 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' also opening soon.
Everyone seems to have Olympic fever these days, and while there's no show about gymnastics or diving playing on stage anywhere, you can see an old-fashioned show about another sport—baseball.
That's because Pax Amicus Castle Theater in Budd Lake is presenting "Damn Yankees" Aug. 3 to 19. The show follows Joe Boyd, a fan of the hapless Washington Senators who makes a deal with Mr. Applegate (also known as the devil) to turn his team into a winner. It features famous songs like "Heart" and "Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets."
Other shows opening soon include "Measure for Measure" at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," at the Brook Arts Center.
There's also still time to see "Nunsense" at the Bickford, "The Little Mermaid" by Somerset Valley Players, Chatham Community Players' Jersey Voices One Act Festival," and Trilogy Repertory Company's "Inherit the Wind."
That's just the start of what the area's stages are offering. Read on for more information on shows, concerts and auditions.
The On Stage Scoop
Go 'Sea' The Little Mermaid: Somerset Valley Players is presenting "The Little Mermaid," through Aug. 5. The family show tells Hans Christian Andersen's tale of a mermaid's adventures on the ground. Performances are 8 p.m. on Fridays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets cost $10. The theater is located at 689 Amwell Road in Hillsborough. For more information, call 908-369-7469 or go to SVPTheatre.org.
Get in on the One-Acts: Chatham Community Players is presenting their 18th annual Jersey Voices One Act Festival through Aug. 4. This year's festival will include six original short plays written by New Jersey playwrights.
The plays include "6 in the Kid" by Ralph Greco Jr. of Clifton, in which a young writer interviews for a job as an assistant to a famous playwright. In "The Buffer" by Mike Allegra of Scotch Plains, Sarah convinces Bill that they should go out with her best friend, and her best friend's annoying husband. Basking Ridge resident Jane Walsh wrote "Ping," a one-woman play about a mother's love for her grown child.
Also being performed are "The Portrait Gallery" by Gary Shaffer of Toms River; "Children of September" by Eric Alter of West Orange; and "The Incident Report" by E.M. Lewis of Princeton.
Performances begin at 8 p.m. on Aug. 3-4. Performances will be at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 N. Passaic Ave. in Chatham. Tickets cost $15, $10 18 and under. For more information, call 973-635-7363 or go to ChathamPlayers.org.
Drama in the Park: Trilogy Repertory Company continues its summer season of Bernards Township’s “Plays in the Park” with the drama, "Inherit the Wind" through Aug. 4 at Pleasant Valley Park in Basking Ridge. The play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee is a fictionalized dramatization of the trial of John Scopes for teaching the theory of evolution in a Tennessee high school science class. The play debuted on Broadway in 1955, and had revivals in 1996 and 2007. It was adapted into a movie starring Spencer Tracy in 1960 and a made-for-TV movie starring Jack Lemmon in 1999. Trilogy's production is being produced by Nancy Becker and directed by Hugh Wallace. Pleasant Valley Park is located on Valley Road (next to the Veterans Hospital at Lyons) in Basking Ridge. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. For more information, call 908-204-3003.
It's Time for "Nunsense:" The musical comedy "Nunsense" is on stage at the Bickford Museum through Aug. 12. In the show, the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook has poisoned 52 of their sisters, which somehow leads to a variety show. Tickets cost $45, $40 seniors. The theater is located at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights in Morristown. For more information, call 973-971-3706 or go to www.morrismuseum.org.
"Spring Awakening" in the Summer: Villagers Theatre is performing the Tony-winning musical "Spring Awakening" through Aug. 12 as part of its TeensVill series. This production contains mature themes and is designed to encourage conversations between parents and children. This production does not feature nudity. Villagers is located at 475 Dermott Lane in Somerset. Tickets cost $16. Performances are Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For more information, go to VillagersTheatre.com.
Silly Old Bear: Tri-State Actors Theater will perform a musical adaptation of A.A. Milne's "Winnie the Pooh," Aug. 1-11 at the Performing Arts Center at Sussex Community College in Newton. The show features Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet, Rabbit and more favorite characters. Tickets cost $12, $9 for children 11 and under. For tickets and information, call 973-383-0510 or go to TriStateActorsTheater.org.
Live and in 3D: Mark Nizer will perform at the Mayo Performing Arts Center on Aug. 1 at 10:30 a.m. The show promises juggling, comedy, music, lasers and 3-D effects (glasses will be provided). For ages 5 and up. Tickets cost $12. 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.
Rock Into the Night with 38 Special: Classic rockers 38 Special will perform at the Mayo Performing Arts Center on Aug, 2, 8 p.m. Fans can expect hits such as "Hold On Loosely," "Rockin' Into the Night," "Caught Up in You," "Fantasy Girl" and more. Tickets cost $39-$69. 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.
Life Lessons on Stage: The Summit Playhouse will present "The People Garden," as part of its Kaleidoscope Theatre for Youth season, Aug. 3-5. This 60-minute family-friendly musical features songs, laughs and heartwarming moments that deal with subjects such as honestly bullying, sharing, loss and friendship. For ages 5 and up. Performances are scheduled for: Aug. 3 at 7 p.m., Aug. 4 at 1 and 7 p.m. and Aug. 5 at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $15. For more information, go to SummitPlayhouse.org.
All You Really Need is "Damn Yankees:" The hit musical "Damn Yankees" will get a run at the Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, Aug. 3-19. Performances begin at 8 p.m. on Aug, 3-4, 11 and 18. Matinees performances begin at 2 p.m. on Aug. 12 and 19. Tickets cost $20. Opening night tickets cost two for $30. The theater is located at 23 Lake Shore Road in Budd Lake. Call 973-691-2100 for information or to make a reservation.
"Golden" Sounds: Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Lou Christie will star in "The Golden Boys," at concert at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, on Aug. 3, 8 p.m. The trio will be performing hits such as "Venus," "De De Dinah," "Turn Me Loose," "Tiger," "Lightning Strikes,' "Two Faces Have I" and more. Note that this show was originally intended to feature Bobby Rydell, who had to back out because of illness and was replaced by Christie. Tickets cost $67-$97. 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.
Hey, Nice Coat: The Brook Arts Center will present "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," Aug. 3-4 at 8 p.m. The musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice tells the Biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. Tickets cost $15, $10 seniors/students. The Brook Arts Center is located at 10 Hamilton St. in Bound Brook. For more information, call 732-469-7700 or go to BrookArts.org.
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah! Beatlemania is coming to Hackettstown: Centenary Stage Company will wrap up its summer concert series with a show by "Beatlemania Now!" on Aug. 4 at 8 p.m. at the David and Carol Lackland Center on the campus of Centenary College in Hackettstown. The show features hits from throughout the Fab Four's career. Tickets cost $35-$40, $30-$35 in advance. For more information, call 908-979-0900 or go to CentenaryStageCo.org.
Make a Playdate for the Doodlebops and Caillou: The Mayo Performing Arts Center will host a Musical Playdate with concerts by the Doodlebops and Caillou, Aug. 6 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Doodlebops fans will hear DeeDee, Rooney and Moe singing, joking and dancing. Then Caillou, Rosie and Gilbert the cat will go on an adventure featuring sing-alongs. Tickets cost $20-$35. 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.
Life's Been Good to Him, So Far: Joe Walsh will play a concert at The Mayo Performing Arts Center on Aug. 7 at 8 p.m. Walsh will play hits such as "Life's Been Good" and "Rocky Mountain Way" and songs from his newest album, "Analog Man." Tickets cost $77-$117. The Mayo Performing Arts Center is located at 100 South St. in Morristown. JD and the Straight Shot will be the opening act. For tickets and information, call 973-539-8008 or visit MayoArts.org.
Power Play: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will present Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure," Aug. 8-26. Bonnie J. Monte, the theater's artistic director, directs this production of the play about a judge named Angelo, who becomes power-crazed after being put in charge of Vienna after Vincentio, the Duke leaves suddenly for a diplomatic mission. Performances are at the F.M. Kirbry Shakespeare Theatre on the campus of Drew University in Madison. For tickets and information, call 973-408-5600 or go to ShakespeareNJ.org.
It's Time for Country: Kellie Pickler will perform at The Mayo Performing Arts Center on Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. Pickler is a former "American Idol" finalist whose hits include "Red High Heels" and "I Wonder." Tickets cost $37-$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, "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe:" Somerset Valley Players will hold open auditions for "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe" on Aug. 12 and 14, 7-9 p.m. Children will audition from 7-8:30 p.m. The Playhouse describes the show as a tale of mystery and magic, as four innocent children enter an enchanted portal to a fantastic kingdom of mystical beasts, where the courageous youngsters demonstrate heartfelt bravery battling an eternal winter and dueling with an evil White Witch. Needed are seven adults and 12 children. An English accent is required for all four Pevensie children. The producers are also seeking actors with special talents, such as jugglers, acrobats. Callbacks will be held Aug. 19. Performances are Nov. 30-Dec. 16. For more information, call 908-369-7469 or go to SVPTheatre.org.
Audition Alert, "Lend Me a Tenor:" Pax Amicus Castle Theatre will hold auditions for "Lend Men a Tenor" on Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 18 at 1 p.m. Four men and four women are sought for this Ken Ludwig comedy. Performances are weekends Sept. 21 through Oct. 7. The theater is located at 23 Lake Shore Road in Budd Lake. For more information, call 973-691-2100.
Broadway's Greatest Hits: The Madison Recreation Department and Playwrights Theatre will present Showstoppers on Aug. 10 and 11, with performances starting at 7:30 p.m. The show will feature some of Broadway's most memorable songs performed by young performances. Performances are at Madison High School, 170 Ridgedale Ave. in Madison. Tickets cost $10, $5 students/children. For tickets, call 973-514-1787, ext. 31. There is no charge for senior citizens. Senior citizens should call the Senior Center at 973-593-3095 to arrange tickets.
You Better Run to See Pat Benatar: '80s icon Pat Benatar will bring classics like "Heartbreak," "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" and "You Better Run" to the Mayo Performing Arts Center, Aug. 14 beginning at 8 p.m. Benatar will be accompanied by her husband, guitarist Neil Giraldo. Tickets cost $59-$89. 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.
Life is a Kids Cabaret: Brundage Park Playhouse will present its annual Kid's Cabaret Aug. 15-19. This year's theme is "No Business Like Show Business" and will feature musical numbers by young performers. Shows begin at 8 p.m. Aug. 15-18 and 2 p.m. on Aug. 19. Tickets cost $15, $12 seniors/children. For more information, go to BrundageParkPlayhouse.org.