Axelrod Performing Arts Center

Runaways

February 10 & 11 at 8 PM, February 12 at 3 PM

Tickets: Students $18, Adults $24

Runaways, the much-loved musical by theater visionary Elizabeth Swados, is the first production of the newly formed APAC Players, an all-teen student ensemble with professional theater mentors. A major influence on Broadway today, Swados made Tony history by being the first person ever nominated for four Tonys for the same show: direction, choreography, book and score. Long before Hamilton, Runaways was ground-breaking in its multi-cultural casting and its eclectic contemporary score, retelling the poignant, true stories of young people who had run away from home in America’s cities, who were actually members of the original Broadway production. The APAC Players’ show is being directed by high school junior Carmine Mastrokostas with students performing and assisting in all areas of the production.

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Pinkalicious The Musical

Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 2 PM

Premium Tickets: $26 Premium Family of 4: $90 Regular Tickets: $22 Regular Family of 4: $80

Based on the popular children’s book Pinkalicious, the stage musical was written by the original authors Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann with music and lyrics by John Gregor. Pinkalicious and can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe—a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament. The show is directed by Teresa Pond. Show tickets include free pink cupcakes for all children!

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My Life in Story and Song: LINDA LAVIN & The Aaron Weinstein Trio

Sunday, February 26, 2 PM

Premium Adul:t $42; Premium Senior: $39; Regular Adult: $38; Regular Senior: $35

Best remembered as television’s Alice, the all-American waitress at Mel’s Diner in the popular sitcom that ran for ten seasons, Linda Lavin has been a celebrated Broadway performer for the past five decades. With six Tony nominations to her credit, Linda has performed lead roles in plays and musicals, including Gypsy and Other Desert Cities, as well as entertained to sold-out crowds at Birdland and 54 Below in New York City.

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In The Heights

March 11, 18, 25, 2017 at 8 PM; March 12, 19, 26, 2017 at 3 PM; March 18 at 2 PM

Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning composer of Hamilton, IN THE HEIGHTS tells the universal story of a vibrant bario in New York's Washington Heights, a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. Miranda’s miraculous award-winning score incorporates classic Latin rhythms, hiphop and modern Broadway to create a soundscape all his own—think West Side Story meets Rent.

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OVER THE RAINBOW: The Art Topilow Seven

Sunday, April 2, 3 PM

Premium Adult: $42; Premium Senior: $39; Regular Adult: $38; Regular Senior: $35

Based on the popular children’s book Pinkalicious, the stage musical was written by the original authors Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann with music and lyrics by John Gregor. Pinkalicious and can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe—a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament. The show is directed by Teresa Pond. Show tickets include free pink cupcakes for all children!

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I AM ANNE FRANK Starring ANDREA MARCOVICCI

Sunday, April 23, 3 PM

Adult $36; Senior $34: Student $18

New York cabaret artist Andrea Marcovicci recreates her moving and charming show I Am Anne Frank, based on the famed diary, with music by Michael Cohen and lyrics by Enid Futterman, accompanied by a live chamber orchestra. Originally presented at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, in 1996, I Am Anne Frank is a lasting tribute to the diary’s namesake as well as the many victims and survivors of the Holocaust. The Axelrod performance will include a children’s ensemble as well as an original prologue written by Ms. Futterman.

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BOB DYLAN TRIBUTE CONCERT

Saturday, May 6, 8 PM

Premium $42; Regular $34

A tribute to 2016’s Nobel laureate Bob Dylan, one of popular music’s most influential forces for the past five decades and one the country’s truly great songwriters, will be led by Marc Ribler and Friends, including Jeff Kazee (Southside Johnny), Jack Daley (Lenny Kravitz), Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) and Andy Burton (John Mayer). Beginning with his anthems of social unrest in the 1960s, Dylan’s music has gone from American folk to pop, rock, country, gospel and blues. One of the best-selling artists of all time with 100 million records sold, Dylan has won Grammys, an Oscar and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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NOA IN CONCERT

Saturday, May 13, 8:30 PM

VIP $75; Patron $56; Premium $46: Regular $36

Noa (Achinoam Nini אחינועם ניני) is Israel's leading international songwriter and songstress Israeli born of Yemenite origin, Noa has shared the stage with superstars such as Sting, Pat Metheny, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Andrea Bocelli and many more. She is recognized as Israel’s first Good Will Ambassador for FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN and has received many venerable international titles. Together with her longstanding collaborator Gil Dor, she has released over 15 albums which have sold millions the world over and sings in six languages.

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CARMEN CUSACK AND JEFF BLUMENKRANTZ

Saturday, May 20, 8 PM

Premium Adult $42; Premium Senior $39; Regular Adult $38; Regular Senior $35

Tony nominees Carmen Cusack and Jeff Blumenkrantz are reunited after their highly praised performances in Broadway’s Bright Star. Jeff, a Long Branch native who received a Tony nomination for How to Succeed in Business..., is not only a sought-after performer on the Broadway stage but also a composer of theater songs. Carmen, whose pre-Broadway roles include Elphaba in Wicked and Christine Daae in Phantom of the Opera, was nominated for her Tony last season for her lead in Bright Star.

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TRANSCENDANCEGROUP Presents G*D, A Family Story of Survival During the Holocaust

Sunday, May 21, 3 PM

Adult $36; Senior $34: Student $18

New York contemporary dance troupe, TranscenDanceGroup, led by choreographer Gabriel Chajnik, perform an original work G*D, a multimedia dance play based on the true story of Haim Tzvi Rosmarin, a Polish Holocaust survivor who after liberation settled in Argentina. Haim wrote a testimony to his family’s survival which his daughter Hannah, Gabriel’s cousin, published in both Yiddish and Spanish. Gabriel created this dance play in honor of his uncle, with a film by Joseph Rodman, lighting design by Yuriy Nayer and an original score. The program features renowned violinist Niv Ashkenazi, winner of the 2010 American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition.

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ELLA FITZGERALD’S 100th BIRTHDAY CONCERT: Carl Topilow leads Gabrielle Stravelli and Swing Orchestra

Sunday, May 28, 3 PM

Premium Adult $42; Premium Senior $39; Regular Adult $38; Regular Senior $35

MAC and Bistro Awards winner (2015) Gabrielle Stravelli pays tribute to jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald in honor of her centennial, accompanied by a 14-piece jazz band playing the famous Nelson Riddle arrangements, conducted by Carl Topilow of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. Gabrielle will recreate some of Ella’s immortal performances of standards by the Gershwins, Ellington, Mercer, Kern, Porter and more. Concert made possible with the cooperation of the Nelson Riddle Foundation.

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JAY SIEGEL’S TOKENS AND THE SHIRELLES’ SHIRLEY ALSTON REEVES

Wednesday, June 28, 8 PM

VIP $52: Premium $45; Regular $38

Jay Siegel’s Tokens are one of pop music's most versatile, talented and enduring groups. Since their first hit in 1961, The Tokens have remained popular generation after generation. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “Tonight I Fell In Love” introduced the world to their irresistible harmonies, and today tenor Jay Siegal with Bill Reid & Kurt Yaghjin continue to bring their classic sound and timeless hits to fans both old and new. Shirley Alston Reeves, the legendary lady of the Shirelles, continues to perform to delighted sold-out audiences, singing hit after hit, including "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” “Sha La La," "Baby, It's You" and "Mama Said."

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La Cage Aux Folles

June 2, 3, 8, 10, 15, 2017 at 8 PM; June 4, 11, 18, 2017 at 3 PM

Tony Award-winning “Best Musical,” LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman (Helly Dolly!, Mame) and book by Harvey Fierstein (Hairspray, Kinky Boots) is a family musical comedy revolving around the recently announced nuptials of Georges and Albin’s son Jean-Michel. The two (still unmarried) fathers run La Cage Aux Folles, a drag nighclub in St. Tropez where Albin stars as the divine Zaza. The first meeting of the two families is the stuff of musical farce heaven. The original play by Jean Poiret is also the source of the film The Birdcage starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane.

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TIME AND CHANCE, A New Play by Mark Medoff

July 9 & 16 at 3 PM, July 12 & 13 at 8 PM

Premium Adult $42; Premium Senior $39; Regular Adult $38; Regular Senior $35

A world premiere written and directed by Mark Medoff, Tony Award winner for Children of a Lesser God, TIME AND CHANCE is the story of four women—a recovering alcoholic, world famous painter; her partner, a former NY Times art critic, now gallery owner, unbeknownst to her partner, dying of a rare, hereditary disorder; an abandoned teenager with a startling gift for prevarication and drawing; and a music professor who yearns for the courage to find out if she can be a career musician, who has just discovered her late mother’s diary from the concentration camp, Theresienstadt. Each of the women plays a character from Theresienstadt, where the young professor’s mother and grandmother were incarcerated. From the fear, vitriol, cruelty, humor, and, ultimately, love and mercy, come the redemptive power of family. The play will feature a set designed by Robert Steinberg and lighting by Steve Wallace.

MARK MEDOFF received the Tony and Olivier Awards for Children of a Lesser God and was nominated for an Academy Award and a Writers Guild of America Best Adapted Screenplay Award for the film script of Children. He received an OBIE Award for When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? Mark is a Distinguished Achievement Professor at New Mexico State University where he has been on faculty and an artist in residence since 1966. His most recent play, Marilee and Baby Lamb: The Assassination of an American Goddess, is scheduled to open on Broadway in the 2017 season. He will direct. The movie The Heart Outright, based on his 1992 play, directed by Mark’s son-in-law, Ross Marks, is presently out to film festivals.

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BOBBY COLLINS

Wednesday, July 19, 8 PM

Premium Adult $42; Premium Senior $39; Regular Adult $38; Regular Senior $35

A native New Yorker, Bobby Collins remains one of the nation's greatest comedians touring today. An uproarious storyteller, Bobby is able to truthfully translate the human condition and skillfully dissect everyday life with charisma and effortless flair. As a professional stand-up comedian, he’s worked alongside Chris Rock, Ray Romano and Drew Carey, as well as many others, and has appeared on Letterman and The Tonight Show with both Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno. His CD “Out of Bounds” earned him a Grammy nomination.

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THE HIT MEN

Thursday, July 20, 8 PM

VIP $58; Premium $48; Regular $38

More than a tribute band, the Hit Men are the professionals who performed with legendary singers like Frankie Valli, Carole King, Cat Stevens, Tommy James, Elton John, Carly Simon and others. The Hit Men, the original musicians on many Billboard Chart toppers, lead audiences through a tour of rock and roll history, performing gold and platinum hits and sharing insider stories about their famous artist colleagues. You’ll even remember where you were when you first heard these “best time of your life" songs and feel like you're 21 all over again!

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Ain’t Misbehavin’

August 13 & 20, 2017 at 3 PM; August 17, 2017 at 8 PM

A sassy, sultry musical celebration of legendary jazz great, Fats Waller, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ brings to life the illustrious Cotton Club of Harlem during its golden age in the 1930s. This musical revue, assembled by Richard Maltby, Jr., evokes the delightful humor and infectious energy of Thomas “Fats” Waller, as a versatile cast struts, strums and sings the songs that he made famous in a career that ranged from Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood. The musical includes 30 great honky-tonk, jazzy and bluesy tunes, including “Honeysuckle Rose” “The Joint Is Jumpin’,” “Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now,” “T’ain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness” and, of course, the title song!

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REMEMBER JONES IN CONCERT

Thursday, August 24, 8 PM

VIP $52: Premium $45; Regular $38

“Soul sensation” (Asbury Park Press), Remember Jones received Asbury Park Music Award’s Top Vocalist in 2016. The captivating “showman” (The Star Ledger) and his powerful backup band returns to the Axelrod with a brand new concert that promises to tear the walls down. Remember Jones's electric personality and powerful, soulful voice harken back to the great rock and roll legends of times gone by, and his tributes to such pop luminaries as Joe Cocker, Amy Winehouse and Jeff Buckley have played to sold-out houses around the Northeast.

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JANIS SIEGEL

Wednesday, August 30, 8 PM

Premium Adult $42; Premium Senior $39; Regular Adult $38; Regular Senior $35

Janis Siegel, 9-time Grammy winner and 17-time Grammy nominee, has been a member of The Manhattan Transfer for three decades and has also sustained a solo career. Janis was recorded more than a half dozen finely crafted solo albums and participated in numerous collaborative projects with top jazz musicians from around the world, amassing a large international fan base. Siegel’s versatile, velvety voice and scintillating performances have garnered consistently high critical praise from lovers of jazz and pop music alike.

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