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

info@axelrodartscenter.com

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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

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The Capitol Steps

PERFORMANCE: Saturday, February 15, 8pm

TICKETS:

VIP: $56, Premium Adult: $46, Regular Adult: $38

 

The Capitol Steps, America’s political musical satire troupe that has been putting the “mock” in democracy for over nine Presidential elections, returns to the Axelrod for their annual Presidents’ weekend performance. With the 2020 Presidential election season starting to percolate, their new show The Lyin’ Kings couldn’t be more timely.  What better time to see The Capitol Steps than right after the Iowa caucus and a couple of weeks prior to Super Tuesday?! The show will include the latest songs about the Democratic primary candidates (“76 Unknowns”) and the newest late-night thoughts from President Trump (“Tweet It”).  Though no one knows what 2020 will bring, but whether it’s Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) or Adam Schiff, The Capitol Steps can tell you what rhymes with it!  Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican (or somewhere in-between), if you’ve ever wanted to see Donald Trump sing a rock song, Bernie Sanders sing a show tune, and Vladimir Putin dance shirtless…this is the show for you!  LEARN MORE

Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical

Book by Dennis Kelly 

Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin

PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES:

Preview: March 6, 7:30 pm – All Seats $32

March 12 & 19 at 7:30 PM; March 7, 14, 21 at 2 PM; March 7, 14, 21 at 8 PM; March 8, 15, 22 at 3 PM; March 12, 18, 19, 20 at 1 PM

TICKETS:

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

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

STUDENTS all performances (expect preview) $38

 

Based on the popular children’s book of the same name by British writer Roald Dahl, best known for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical is the award-winning musical that has captivated the world since created by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Matilda the Musical revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards including five Tony Awards. LEARN MORE

 

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical is presented by special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI).

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

PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES: 

Sunday, April 5, 3 PM

TICKETS:

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​

PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES: 

Friday, April 17, 8 PM, Saturday, April 18, 2 PM & 8 PM and Sunday, April 19, 3 PM

TICKETS:

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

THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND

Five Broadway Stars Reunite: Original Cast Reunion

PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES: 

Saturday, April 25, 8 PM and Sunday, April 26, 2 PM

TICKETS:

Premium Adult: $67, Regular Adult: $60, Premium Senior: $59

 

The World Goes ‘Round became the most successful musical revue in New York theater history, featuring the great songs of Kander and Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret, New York, New York). The original Off-Broadway production starred Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba (Broadway’s Contact, Crazy for You, 42nd Street), Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli (Broadway’s Jekyll and Hyde, Les Miserables), Karen Mason (Broadway’s Mamma Mia!, Sunset Boulevard), Jim Walton (Broadway’s Merrily We Roll Along, 42nd Street, Come From Away) and Terry Burrell (Broadway’s Dreamgirls, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Swinging on a Star), all of whom will be reprising their roles at the Axelrod’s historic reunion under the direction of Gary John La Rosa and musical direction of conductor John McDaniel.

The show includes such blockbuster hits as “All That Jazz,” “Cabaret,” “New York, New York,” “Isn’t This Better?”, “My Coloring Book,” and “How Lucky Can You Get?” LEARN MORE

Seussical™ The Musical by Axelrod's RISING STARS Youth Performing Arts

Book, lyrics and music by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty

PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES: 

Saturdays, Saturdays, May 2 & 9 at 2PM,
Sundays, May 3 & 10 at 1PM & 5PM

TICKETS:

Adults: $28; Students: $24

 

A musical that celebrates the great Dr. Seuss, Seussical™ is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza written by Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Once on This Island, Ragtime). Enter the wonderful world of Seussical™, as created by the Rising Stars team, and encounter all of your favorite Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination–Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. Seussical is a musical for persons all ages—no matter how small! LEARN MORE

Grease

Book, Music and Lyrics by

Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey

PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES:

Preview: May 29th, 7:30 pm – All Seats $32

June 4, 5, 11, 12 at 7:30 PM; May 30, June 6, 13 at 2 PM; May 30, June 6, 13 at 8 PM; May 31, June 7, 14 at 3 PM; June 4, 10, 11 at 1 PM

TICKETS:

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

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

STUDENTS all performances (expect 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 Toast to Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gormé

with David Lawrence & Debbie Gravitte

PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES: 

Wednesday, July 8 at 2 PM and Sunday, July 12 at 3 PM

TICKETS:

Premium $56; Regular $52

 

From the 1960s big band era, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé 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. Now their legacy continues with their son David Lawrence, performing alongside Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte in A Toast to Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gormé. Using arrangements of popular standards especially created for Steve & Eydie, played by a live orchestra onstage, along with classic exclusive video, David and Debbie pay well-deserved tribute to two exceptional show business giants. LEARN MORE

The Doo Wop Project

PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES: 

Wednesday, August 5 and Thursday, August 6, 8 PM

TICKETS:

VIP $62; Premium $58; Regular $54

 

A summer tradition on the Jersey Shore, The Doo Wop Project returns to the Axelrod by popular demand this August 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​

PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES: 

Sunday, August 16, 2 PM, Wednesday, August 19, 7 PM, Thursday, August 20, 7 PM, Sunday, August 23, 2 PM

TICKETS:

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

“19”: Nineteen Women Who Changed the Face of Music

Centennial Celebration of the 19th Amendment—Women’s Right to VOTE!

PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES: 

Saturday, Oct 17th, 8 PM

TICKETS:

VIP $180 (includes reception) ; Premium $100; Regular $65

 

A concert celebrating nineteen women whose voices changed the nation, “19” happens in 2020 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage. The concert will include songs by the nineteen most celebrated female singer-songwriters whose work changed the face of music. From jazz and the blues, to rock and folk, to country, gospel and beyond, here are the melodies, harmonies and lyrics that shaped America. Among the artists celebrated will be Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton, Joan Baez, Nina Simone, Peggy Lee, Janis Joplin, Linda Ronstadt and more. Vocalists to be announced. LEARN MORE

42nd Street

Music by Harry Warren, Lyrics by Al Dubin,

Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble

PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES:

Preview: Nov 6th, 7:30 pm – All Seats $32

November 13 & 19 at 7:30 PM; November 7, 14, 21 at 2 PM, November 7, 14, 21 at 8 PM; November 8, 15, 22 at 3 PM; November 12, 18, 19 & 20 at 1 PM

TICKETS:

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

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

STUDENTS all performances (expect preview) $38

 

Come meet those tap-dancing feet! Inspired by Busby Berkeley’s famous show-business movie musical, 42nd Street tells the story of aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer, from Allentown, PA, to land her first big job in the big city. When leading lady Dorothy Brock breaks her ankle and can’t go on, the director Julian Marsh asks Peggy to step in and tap her way into history. 42nd Street boasts one of the great theater scores of all time, including such standards as “You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me,” “We’re In the Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” and, of course, the title song “Forty-Second Street.”  LEARN MORE

42nd Street is presented by special arrangement of Tams-Witmark, a Concord Theatricals Company.

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GROUP SALES

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.