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From the director/choreographer of Kinky Boots comes the incredible true story of ten ordinary seniors with extraordinary dreams who audition to dance at halftime for a major basketball team. Only after making the cut do they learn they won’t be dancing tap, salsa, or swing–instead, they will bring down the house with a style that is entirely new to them: hip-hop. Take the uplifting journey with these dreamers–and the young coaches who inspire them along the way–as they battle self-doubt, stereotypes, and even each other for a chance to bust a move at center court in front of the 20,000 screaming fans. Together they remind us that in life, when the odds are stacked against you and the challenges seem too great to overcome, it’s not the end of the game–it’s Half Time. More info

By Regina Taylor Original Music by Diedre L. Murray Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson JOAN AND ROBERT RECHNITZ THEATER It’s about time. Oo-Bla-Dee paints a shimmering portrait of an all-female band of African-American bebop musicians traveling the country following the end of World War II.  A sweeping and ambitious play-with-music, Oo-Bla-Dee will be brought to life by Golden Globe-winning actor and playwright Regina Taylor (I’ll Fly Away, Crowns), Obie-winning jazz composer Diedre L. Murray (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess), and Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (August Wilson’s Jitney at Two River and on Broadway).

Oo-Bla-Dee runs from June 9 through July 1 at Two River Theater. The play paints a shimmering portrait of an all-female band of African-American bebop musicians traveling the country following the end of World War II. Oo-Bla-Dee will be brought to life by Golden Globe-winning actor and playwright Regina Taylor (I’ll Fly Away, Crowns), Obie-winning jazz composer Diedre L. Murray (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess), and Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (August Wilson’s Jitney at Two River and on Broadway). Tickets start at $23.

When a local high school in Texas announces that their annual musical will be Rent, deep divisions arise among the town’s parents, faculty and students.  A heartwarming story of tolerance, understanding and acceptance. SMALL TOWN STORY is a new musical production based on a true story. Book & Lyrics by Sammy Buck Music & Lyrics by Brandon James Gwinn Conceived by Joe Barros, Laura Brandel, Sammy Buck, Karen Marshall, Reed Prescott and Sam Willmott Featuring TBA More info here

Comedian Kevin Hart brings his Irresponsible Tour to Camden on Saturday, July 14 at 8 p.m. The 38-year-old actor who hails from Philadelphia is known for his self-deprecating humor and joking about his family. Tickets start at $37.25

The New Jersey Renaissance Faire is about to begin its 9th Season, and it’s an epic event you won’t want to miss! Enjoy three weekends of fun: May 19 – 20, May 26 – 27, and June 2 – 3 from 10 am to 6 pm at 1195 Florence Columbus Rd, Bordentown Township. Located on the beautiful 60 acres of Liberty Lake, the New Jersey Renaissance Faire is the largest festival of its kind in the state of NJ, and has made a name for itself as the most interactive Renaissance Faire in the country. A renowned local destination for family entertainment, with seven stages host a variety of performances including sword fighting, music, comedy, fire breathing, and aerialists. Along with a cast of professionally trained actors, there is an extensive merchant village of talented artisans and delicious food and drink, including Beer and Wine, courtesy of the South Jersey Celtic Society and Valenzano Winery. Admission for 8 Hours of Astounding Entertainment: $20 for adults, and $12 for children, 5 – 12. Free Parking Online, discounts available visit website.

Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz of The Monkees will hit the road in June for their first-ever national tour as a duo and stop in Red Bank on June 25 at 8 p.m. at The Count Basie Theatre. Billed as “The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show,” these 16 special performances will feature songs that span the group’s entire career – from its 1966 eponymous debut to 2016’s Good Times. The shows will highlight many of Nesmith’s compositions, including some that have never been performed live. The tour also includes two shows in Canada, which represent Nesmith’s first “Monkees” concerts since the band played there in 1969. “I love being on stage with Micky,” says Nesmith. “We’ve been collaborating for over 50 years, so it’s hard to believe it’s never been just the two of us. I’m excited to dust off some tunes that I haven’t played for a long time too. These are going to be some fun shows.” “Right from the get-go, I admired Mike’s songs. When we used to get together around the campfire to sing in the early days, we were always doing his songs,” says Dolenz. “We always had such a great a vocal […]


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