2021 seaSON

(see our seating chart)


*performance dates & times subject to change

Satchmo & Friends in New Orleans…with Dr. Art Topilow


Sunday, April 11, 3 PM


Premium $49; Regular $46


“Dr. Jazz” Topilow returns for his annual spring concert, celebrating the bluesy jazz music of the Big Easy, spotlighting the great Louis Armstrong. Satchmo, as the great trumpeter was known, had ten Top Ten hits, including “What a Wonderful World,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “Dream a Little Dream.” His influence on American popular music and jazz in New Orleans and around the world is unlimited. Topilow’s band will explore music by Satchmo and other New Orleans greats including Louis Prima, Jelly Roll Morton, Sydney Bechet, Joe “King” Oliver, Charles “Buddy” Bolden, while not all household names, their “hot” tunes and style are infectious and exciting for music lovers of any age. LEARN MORE

Something's Coming by the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater

Dances from American in Paris, West Side Story & Fiddler on the Roof​


April 16 (8 pm), April 17 (2 pm & 8 pm) and April 18 (3 pm)



Premium Adult $54, Premium Senior $49, Regular Adult $46, Student $26


Monmouth County’s first professional ballet company, the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater presents a program of suites from favorite musicals, including George Gershwin’s lyrical and jazzy An American in Paris and Porgy and Bess, Leonard Bernstein’s urban and immortal West Side Story, Sheldon Harnick’s iconic Fiddler on the Roof and more. Directed and choreographed by Gabriel Chajnik, Something’s Coming will feature the professional members of AXCBT in brand new choreography that celebrates the greatness of their original creators: Gene Kelly, Christopher Wheeldon, and Jerome Robbins. LEARN MORE


Book, Music and Lyrics by

Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey


June 4 (7:30 preview); June 5 (2 pm & 8 pm), June 6 (3 pm), June 10 & 11 (1 pm), June 12 (2 pm & 8 pm), June 13 (3 pm), June 17& 18 (1 pm & 7pm), June 19 (2 pm & 8 pm) and June 20 (3 pm)

† No other discounts may be used on preview nights, including Groups or special codes


WEEKDAYS: Premium Adult: $62, Regular Adult: $55, Senior: $54

SATURDAYS/SUNDAYS: Premium Adult: $67, Regular Adult: $60, Senior: $59

STUDENTS all performances (except preview) $38


The source for the greatest movie musical of all time, Grease continues to be the favorite of audiences of all ages. Revisit Danny Zuko, the head greaser, and his love interest, good girl Sandy Dumbrowski along with the Pink Ladies and Burger Palace Boys of Rydell High. This 1950s singing and dance extravaganza includes stage and film favorites including “Greased Lightnin’, “Summer Nights,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” and “You’re the One that I Want.” LEARN MORE


Grease is presented by special arrangement of Samuel French, a Concords Theatrical Company.

A Tribute Honoring James Aaron

A Gala to Support the Axelrod Performing Arts Center with a concert starring Tony Award Nominee, Jarrod Spector (view Jerrod in this viral video from the cast of BEAUTIFUL).


June 23, 2021– 

Concert at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center at 8PM

Reception at the Hollywood Golf Club at 6PM

Event Chairs: Ira Kreizman and Elise Feldman

The Doo Wop Project


July 21 & 22 (8 pm)


VIP $62; Premium $58; Regular $54


A summer tradition on the Jersey Shore, The Doo Wop Project returns to the Axelrod by popular demand next July for two nights. DWP begins at the beginning, tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today. In their epic shows, DWP takes audiences on a journey from foundational tunes of groups like the Crests, Belmonts, and Flamingos through their influences on the sounds of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and The Four Seasons all the way to DooWopified versions of modern musicians like Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Maroon 5. Featuring stars of Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, The Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate—and in some cases entirely reimagine—some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history! LEARN MORE

The Lost Princess of Oz – a World Premiere

Presented by The Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater​


August 15 (2 pm), August 18& 19 (7 pm), August 22 (2 pm)


Premium Adult $54, Regular Adult $46, Premium Senior $49, Student $26


L. Frank Baum returns us to the Emerald City, where we encounter a new adventure with Glinda the Good Witch, the Wizard and Dorothy. A sequel to The Wizard of Oz, published over 100 years ago, The Lost Princess of Oz is Baum’s lost masterpiece, a fantastic romp with favorite Oz characters and some intriguing new ones. When Princess Ozma unexplainably disappears, Dorothy, Glinda and the Wizard join forces, and the magical adventure introduces us to the Frogman, Betsy Bobbin, Button-Bright and Ugu the Shoemaker. This original dance-musical is a World Premiere created by director-choreographer Gabriel Chajnik. LEARN MORE

A Toast to Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gormé

with David Lawrence & Debbie Gravitte


August 25 (2 pm) and August 29 (3 pm)


Premium $56; Regular $52


David Lawrence, the son of show biz royalty Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé, is joined by Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte for A Toast to Steve & Eydie, backed by a big band! From the 1960s big band era, Steve and Eydie were adored by television and nightclub audiences time and again for their pitch-perfect harmonies and playful banter. Multi-Emmy and Grammy winners, Steve and Eydie remain among the most popular entertainers in show-biz history. A Toast to Steve & Eydie, uses arrangements of popular standards especially created for Steve & Eydie, played by a live orchestra onstage, along with classic exclusive video. LEARN MORE

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Groups of 10 or more are welcome to experience professional musicals and concerts at the beautiful Axelrod theater. The Axelrod PAC is the newest professional theater in New Jersey, and our patrons rave over the value of seeing the best musical-theater productions on the Jersey Shore at reasonable prices. The Group ticket prices simply cannot be beaten!


Adult Group Tickets start as low as $37. Certain shows offer Student Group Tickets as low as $28. Groups that book early receive the best possible seats in the house.

Call or email Lauryn Herchakowski –  lauryn@axelrodartscenter.org / (732) 757-1185 or Suzanne Restivo to arrange your group's next performance date at groupsales@axelrodartscenter.org or (732) 646-1964.


Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the cost of a ticket?

Ticket prices vary from show to show, though the Axelrod PAC works very hard to keep the price of tickets as low as possible. For comparable professional musical theater, the Axelrod PAC prices are significantly less than other NJ theatres. As with all things in life, prices are subject to change.

Are there fees attached to purchasing tickets?

There is a $4 transaction fee for all credit card orders - at the box office, over phone, & online. There is a $2 fee PER TICKET for online purchases only. Tickets purchased in person with cash or check are not subject to any additional fees.

May I bring my toddler with me to the theater?

The Axelrod PAC does not permit children under four years old in the theater (unless it’s a children’s show). Toddlers or infants may not sit on the laps of their parents.

What are the box office hours?

The box office is open Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM. Patrons calling by phone are welcome to leave a message which will be returned promptly during next scheduled box office hours. The box office is open two hours prior to all performances. The box office is closed on most national and religious holidays.

What is the exchange or refund policy of the theater?

For patrons who cannot attend a show for which they’ve purchased tickets, exchanges are always available for a future show credit. Exchanges must be arranged prior to the performance for which patron has purchased tickets. No exchanges are granted after scheduled show date. There are no charges for exchanges. All sales are final. Ticket purchased cannot be refunded.

What should I do if I’ve misplaced my ticket or forgotten to print it out at home?

The box office staff will be happy to reprint your ticket. Be sure to bring a valid photo ID.

Will the show be cancelled due to snow or bad weather?

As the old adage says, “The show must go on!” The Axelrod PAC will do everything possible not to cancel performances. If you are fearful of weathering a storm to get to the show, call the box office prior to the show and arrange an exchange. Remember, exchanges after a show date are not possible.

Is there a theater dress code?

Patrons should dress neat casual: comfortable but tidy. Gala concerts are a bit more fancy, of course.

May I take photos or videos during a show?

Photography and videography are strictly prohibited at all performances.

Dare I ask about theater etiquette?

Emily Post could very well be seated two rows behind you, so let’s cover some basic etiquette for the theater. Audience members have to respect not only their fellow patrons who have also purchased tickets to see the show but also the performers on the stage. Remember: if it’s not a film, the actors can hear and see you! Theatergoers who talk during a performance will distract actors onstage as well as Ms. Post in Row C. Lights from cell phones are equally annoying and (most likely) unnecessary. Please turn off cell phones prior to all performances. If you’re a doctor on call, silence it. If—heaven help you—your cell phone rings in the theater, silence it immediately: do not answer it and say “I can’t talk right now, these people in the theater are staring at me!” If you think you’re going to need a cough drop or hard candy, please unwrap it before the performance. In the heightened silence of a dramatic moment, crinkling cellophane can disrupt the entire room. So, do your very best to not talk and to keep young (or young at heart) theatergoers quiet. If another patron is being disruptive, please seek out an usher to intervene. The house staff is available throughout the performance to assist patrons and to ensure that everyone enjoys the show.

How do I find your seating chart?

The seating chart can be found at this link.

Axelrod Performing Arts Center
100 Grant Avenue, Deal Park, NJ 07723
732-531-9106 Box Office


The Axelrod Performing Arts Center is completely wheelchair accessible and provides a variety of assistive services upon request. In addition to Large Print Programs and hearing assistive devices at all performances, scheduled sign language interpreting, audio description, and sensory seminars are available at certain performances and upon request.

Contact the box office directly at 732-531-9106, ext. 14.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts