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Events

Dec
15
Fri
The Historic Village at Allaire Christmas Lantern Tours @ The Historic Village at Allaire
Dec 15 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A 90 minute tour of the Historic Village at Allaire that will surely get you into the holiday spirit! This tour features a walk through of the lantern lit village, music, and history of the town and what Christmas was like in the 1800’s.

Glen Burtnik’s Xmas Extravaganza @ Strand Center for the Arts
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Glen Burtnik’s Xmas Extravaganza @ Strand Center for the Arts  | Lakewood Township | New Jersey | United States

For over 20 years, Glen Burtnik has presented numerous holiday performances. Starting in 1990 in Asbury Park, graduating to New York City for 10 years, then back to New Jersey, filling larger theaters. Burtnik’s legendary holiday shows have always included performances by surprise guests with a remarkable and diverse repertoire of entertaining music. There will be Christmas caroling, hot chocolate, doughnuts, candy canes, and, of course, a special visit from Mr. and Mrs Claus and their elves.

Dec
16
Sat
Scrooge @ Spring Lake Theatre
Dec 16 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Scrooge @ Spring Lake Theatre  | Spring Lake | New Jersey | United States

The Community House is the most beautiful and joyful place to visit during Christmastime. Our production of Scrooge has become a holiday tradition for generations of families. If you’ve never experienced this spectacular production, treat yourself and your loved ones to our thirty-fifth annual production. The tale of the mean, old miser, Ebenezer Scrooge is known and loved by everyone. No one does it better, we promise! Order early, we usually sell out by Thanksgiving. Thank You Very Much, Happiness, Father Christmas, The Wish, Beautiful Day are some of the beloved songs that are part of this legendary musical.

The NJCYB’s Nutcracker @ Stink Theatre
Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The NJCYB's Nutcracker @ Stink Theatre  | Hackettstown | New Jersey | United States

Come to the Stink Theatre and watch the New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker! The NJCYB consists of over 50 talented dancers from across New Jersey  to perform for you the wonderful story of Clara Stahlbaum and her unforgettable Christmas.

 

 

Dec
17
Sun
Scrooge @ Spring Lake Theatre
Dec 17 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Scrooge @ Spring Lake Theatre  | Spring Lake | New Jersey | United States

The Community House is the most beautiful and joyful place to visit during Christmastime. Our production of Scrooge has become a holiday tradition for generations of families. If you’ve never experienced this spectacular production, treat yourself and your loved ones to our thirty-fifth annual production. The tale of the mean, old miser, Ebenezer Scrooge is known and loved by everyone. No one does it better, we promise! Order early, we usually sell out by Thanksgiving. Thank You Very Much, Happiness, Father Christmas, The Wish, Beautiful Day are some of the beloved songs that are part of this legendary musical.

Magic and Mistletoe with Magician Joe Holiday @ Algonquin Arts Theatre
Dec 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Magic and Mistletoe with Magician Joe Holiday @ Algonquin Arts Theatre  | Manasquan | New Jersey | United States

A classic traditional Holiday magic show with comedy, magic and Illusions starring Joe Holiday with a very special appearance by Santa & Mrs. Claus.

 

Dec
19
Tue
(Mostly) True Things Storytelling Show @ Center Players Theater
Dec 19 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
(Mostly) True Things Storytelling Show @ Center Players Theater  | Freehold | New Jersey | United States

(mostly) TRUE THINGS is a game wrapped in a storytelling show with a side of music. Four terrific multigenerational storytellers tell true stories about the holidays from their own lives. Three of those stories include little white lies woven into the narrative – details you have to listen closely to detect. The audience gets to interview the storytellers, then votes for the person they think told it straight. Winners get a prize.

Dec
20
Wed
‘A Souled Out Christmas’ Starring Miss Darlene Love @ Count Basie Theater
Dec 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
‘A Souled Out Christmas’ Starring Miss Darlene Love @ Count Basie Theater  | Red Bank | New Jersey | United States

Darlene Love and friends will be bringing the holiday spirit to the stage, performing both Christmas classics and Love’s own greatest hits. Her Billboard hits include: “The Boy I’m Gonna Marry,” “Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home,” “He’s Sure the Boy I Love” and the #1 holiday classic “Christmas Baby Please Come Home,” a song that she performed annually with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Symphony Orchestra on The Late Show With David Letterman for 29 years.

Dec
21
Thu
A Garfield Christmas @ Grunion Center for the Arts at Ocean County College
Dec 21 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
A Garfield Christmas @ Grunion Center for the Arts at Ocean County College  | Toms River | New Jersey | United States

Bring your family and enjoy a holiday musical featuring your favorite cat Garfield! The performance will include a list of timeless holiday classics, from “Jingle Bells” to “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Singalong and help Garfield and his friends save Christmas!

 

Jan
9
Tue
Dancing With The Stars: Live! Light Up The Night @ State Theatre New Jersey
Jan 9 @ 8:00 pm
Dancing With The Stars: Live! Light Up The Night @ State Theatre New Jersey | New Brunswick | New Jersey | United States

TV’s hottest show is going back on tour across America this winter in Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Light Up the Night. Fans of the show have the opportunity to see the best ballroom dancers in the business perform live. This all-new production showcases ballroom and contemporary dances seen on ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars, including sizzling group numbers, steamy duets, and over the top original pieces.

Jan
17
Wed
A Night with Janis Joplin @ Count Basie Theatre
Jan 17 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock & roll. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock.

Jan
19
Fri
Chris Botti live in concert @ Count Basie Theatre
Jan 19 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Trumpet legend Chris Botti is the world’s best selling jazz instrumentalist. With a sound that’s both cool and romantic, and a style that’s modern but rooted in classic, Botti continues to win accolades for his uniquely expressive musical imagination.

Feb
8
Thu
Click, Clack, Moo @ Algonquin Arts Theater
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am
Click, Clack, Moo @ Algonquin Arts Theater | Manasquan | New Jersey | United States

When his granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, Farmer Brown declares the farm a “tech-free zone.” He confiscates her laptop, leaving it in the cold barn along with the shivering cows who use Jenny’s computer to type messages requesting blankets. Farmer Brown refuses and the cows go on strike. Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals’ demands? Will Jenny get her computer back? Find out in a hilariously “mooooo-ving” musical about negotiation and compromise.

Running time: 60 minutes
Intermission: No
Age: Grades K-3

Sleeping Beauty @ Count Basie Theatre
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm
Sleeping Beauty @ Count Basie Theatre | Red Bank | New Jersey | United States

Ballet – féerie in two acts with a prologue and an apotheosis

Founded by legendary dancer and former Prima Ballerina of The Bolshoi Theatre Ballet Maya Plisetskaya, The State Ballet Theatre of Russia – now under the direction of award-winning dancer and Moiseyev Dance Company soloist Nikolay Anokhin – presents one of the most treasured and passionate ballets of all time.

This full-scale production is choreographed by the renowned Marius Petipa and is based on Brothers Grimm’s version. The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents 55 of Russia’s brightest ballet stars to bring this celebration of true love onto the stage and into our hearts.

Feb
9
Fri
Cinderella @ State Theatre New Jersey
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm
Cinderella @ State Theatre New Jersey | New Brunswick | New Jersey | United States

Bring the whole family to enjoy the classic tale of Cinderella, the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations, and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball, and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream…or a really great pair of shoes.

Feb
10
Sat
Cinderella @ State Theatre New Jersey
Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm
Cinderella @ State Theatre New Jersey | New Brunswick | New Jersey | United States

Bring the whole family to enjoy the classic tale of Cinderella, the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations, and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball, and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream…or a really great pair of shoes.

Feb
17
Sat
Wailin’ Jennys @ Pollak Theatre
Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm
Wailin' Jennys @ Pollak Theatre | West Long Branch | New Jersey | United States

The Wailin Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect vocal sound.

Although known primarily as an acoustic outfit, The Wailin’ Jennys have a diverse musical background that has shaped their musical sensibilities. Soprano Ruth Moody (vocals, guitar, accordion, banjo, bodhrán) is a classically trained vocalist and pianist with a burgeoning solo career. Mezzo Nicky Mehta (vocals, guitar, harmonica, drums, ukulele), a classically trained dancer raised on ’70s a.m. radio and heavily influenced by alternative pop, was nominated for a Canadian Indie Music Award for her striking debut solo album, 2002’s Weather Vane. Alto Heather Masse (vocals, upright bass) is a Jazz Voice graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, who has performed in Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing, Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings and is a regular guest on A Prairie Home Companion.

Feb
25
Sun
The Legacy Project: A Dance of Hope @ Pollak Theatre
Feb 25 @ 4:00 pm
The Legacy Project: A Dance of Hope @ Pollak Theatre | West Long Branch | New Jersey | United States

Acclaimed choreographer and storyteller Carolyn Dorfman has created an exultant “dance-theatre” trilogy that connects us through our common human experience. Told through the lens of a child of Holocaust survivors, dances illustrate the devastation, yet inspires hope as immigrants’ journey to a new land that promises new beginnings! Our deepest desires for peace, freedom and family are illuminated in this triumphant work that will make you cry, laugh, think and celebrate the capacity of the human spirit to rise above all circumstance.

Mar
2
Fri
Harriet Tubman and The Underground Railroad @ Algonquin Theater
Mar 2 @ 10:00 am
Harriet Tubman and The Underground Railroad @ Algonquin Theater | Manasquan | New Jersey | United States

This stirring drama* with music is a classic tribute to the great American who freed herself and hundreds of her people from the bonds of slavery. Her courage helped to change the world. Share Harriet Tubman’s adventurous life, the joys, sorrows, and challenges, in this moving musical message.

*Please Note: This production includes strong, historically accurate language that may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Mar
24
Sat
Rockin’ Road to Dublin @ Pollak Theatre
Mar 24 @ 8:00 pm
Rockin’ Road to Dublin @ Pollak Theatre | West Long Branch | New Jersey | United States

Rockin’ Road to Dublin returns to Pollak Theatre in 2018 by popular demand! Created by the 2009 World Champion of Irish Dance Scott Doherty (Riverdance & Lord of the Dance) and worldwide touring Irish musician Chris Smith, Rockin’ Road is the new generation of Irish music and dance. RRTD is a breathtaking display of classic Irish tunes accented by rock ‘n’ roll riffs, electrifying dancers and a dynamic light show. Enjoy the thrilling sights and sounds as daring performers execute rapid-fire leaps, twirls and footwork, and nimble fiddlers square off with driving electric guitar chords and pulse-pounding drum beats.

SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA @ Lauren K. Woods Theatre
Mar 24 @ 8:00 pm
SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA @ Lauren K. Woods Theatre | West Long Branch | New Jersey | United States

Joe D’Urso and Joe Rapolla return to Monmouth University with their Songwriters by the Sea series for an evening of relaxed and inspired round-robins.  This is a rare opportunity to see and hear a unique collection of very special guest artists that in the past has included, Marshall Crenshaw, Allison Moorer, Garland Jeffreys, Joe Grushecky, John Eddie, Willie Nile and many others, in an intimate and interactive forum. What started out as a coffee shop show for area songwriters to casually perform with other writers and is now a main feature of the Light of Day Festival in Asbury Park, has quickly evolved into an international series featuring some of the top songwriters in music today.

Apr
14
Sat
DANCING AT LUGHNASA @ Two River Theatre
Apr 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
DANCING AT LUGHNASA @ Two River Theatre  | Red Bank | New Jersey | United States

DANCING AT LUGHNASA is a play about five unmarried sisters living on the coast of Ireland in 1936. In 1992 it won the Tony award for best new play.

Apr
29
Sun
Madame Butterfly @ Algonquin Theater
Apr 29 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Madame Butterfly @ Algonquin Theater  | Manasquan | New Jersey | United States

The grandeur of opera returns to the Algonquin stage! Witness Puccini’s score in an engaging and educational setting, as Father Alphonse shares his insight on key moments.

May
3
Thu
Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood @ Count Basie Theater
May 3 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood @ Count Basie Theater | Red Bank | New Jersey | United States

Armed with nothing but their sharp wit, comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood take to the live stage to create hilarious and original scenes in their two-man show. Known by TV audiences for their work on Whose Line is it Anyway?, Colin & Brad improvise new material every night from audience suggestions and participation. “Interactive” in every sense of the word, Colin & Brad will take the audience on a comedic high-wire act… just like a live version of Whose Line! Get ready for a night of non-stop laughter for all ages! Learn more at colinandbradshow.com.

My Father’s Dragon @ Count Basie Theatre
May 3 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
My Father's Dragon @ Count Basie Theatre | Red Bank | New Jersey | United States

With talking animals, a daring rescue, a flying dragon, buried treasure and lots of humor throughout, this fabulous adventure is brought to the stage in Enchantment Theatre’s distinctive style. Using puppets, masks, inventive scenic effects and original music, Enchantment Theatre Company is delighted to bring you the story of a compassionate and courageous young boy and his unlikely friendship with a splendid yellow and blue-striped dragon.