Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The theatre is bringing a line up of stars from Broadway and regional theatre for its annual Bickford Theatre Guild Fundraiser
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- Kim Tran
Wednesday, April 3
As the Morris Museum enters its 100th year, the Bickford Theatre is proud to celebrate this milestone with the private, nonprofit museum with the theatre’s annual fundraiser. “This is the fifth consecutive year that I've written, produced and directed the Bickford Theatre Guild fundraiser,” said Stephen Kantrowitz, Gala Producer/Director. “This year we're featuring stars from Broadway's "Porgy and Bess," "Phantom of the Opera," "Les Miserables" and many more. The cast is all set and have chosen their songs. Over fifteen established performers from Broadway and Regional theatre will perform that night. All singing their favorite Broadway showstoppers from the last 100 years.” The fundraiser is Saturday May 11 at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are on…
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Porgy and Bess’ Boykin headlines Starry NJ Benefit.
The following was submitted on behalf of the Bickford Theatre. Have something you want to share with the community? Upload it here. Tony and Grammy Award-nominee Phillip Boykin joins a slew of stars to salute a Century of Broadway Showstoppers in Give My Regards to Broadway! on Saturday, May 11, 2013, 7:30 pm, at the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Heights Road, in Morristown. This annual Bickford Theatre Guild fundraiser salutes the last 100 years on the Great White Way with show-stopping selections from such classic Broadway musicals as A Chorus Line, Mame, West Side Story, Gypsy, Funny Girl, Hello, Dolly!, Annie Get Your Gun, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Jersey Boys, Cinderella and many more. Audiences can expect over …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The classic story of star-crossed lovers on Manhattan's west side comes to the Bickford Theatre.
New Jersey Youth Theatre (NJYT), the Bickford Theatre in Morristown and Centenary Stage Company in Hackettstown announced they will come together this summer to put on a production of "West Side Story," the classic tale of forbidden young love with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Cynthia Meryl, NJYT’s artistic director, said now that NJYT is in it's 10th year, "it seemed the right time to reprise this awe-inspiring show.” A previous NJYT production of "West Side Story" in 2003 won the Music Theatre International’s Award of Excellence. That award was given out only once more in the following 10 yers. An open singing audition will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 6 and from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 13 at …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Rarely-seen mystery performance is full of surprises.
It all starts out so neat and nice. One ideal couple welcomes the new couple to their perfect little neighborhood block. They bond, they barbecue, the ladies share quilts and the men play golf. Things fall apart quickly, but then, you knew that when you walked into a play titled “Murder in Green Meadows,” a disturbingly entertaining mystery-thriller at the Morris Museum’s professional Bickford Theatre. Artistic Director Eric Hafen is a fan of the genre and he’s good for about one a year, and does a good job digging up rarely seen but worthy whodunnits so we can enjoy the surprises and unexpected twists that tie them together. In this case, he turned the director’s chair over to Duncan M. Rogers, whom Bickford regulars are used to seeing on…
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Jan. 15 event to celebrate 75th anniversary of Benny Goodman's 1938 Carnegie Hall performance.
The Community Theatre is not the only one to be celebrating its diamond anniversary. Across town, at Morris Museum's Bickford Theatre in Morris Township, another celebration of 75 years is set for January. On Tuesday, Jan. 15, the theater will celebrate the 75th anniversary of "King of Swing" Benny Goodman's legendary Carnegie Hall concert—which some have said helped legitmize Jazz music—with a showcase of both his work and the work of other legends by the Midiri Brothers Band, at 8 p.m. "lt was a snowy Sunday evening in January 1938 when Benny Goodman had the audacity to present a concert of Jazz and Swing music at Carnegie Hall," according to a Bickford Theatre press release. "This was youthful dance music, after all, not usually …
Monday, December 17, 2012
'A Tuna Christmas,' runs through Dec. 30.
There's nothing fishy about this tuna. For more than 30 years, writers Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard have curated a series of plays about small-town life in Texas, beginning with “Greater Tuna.” With Williams and Sears portraying nearly two dozen characters who comprise the eccentric population of tiny Tuna, Texas, they put the “fun” in fundamentalist Bible Belt dogma and celebrate how even the most deranged families have a heart. And, you can share some of their holiday spirit—spiced with affectionate and sometimes outrageous satirical humor—at Morris Museum, where “A Tuna Christmas” is being served at the Bickford Theatre through Dec. 30. Here in New Jersey, veteran regional comic actors Jim Ligon and Michael Irvin Pollard are…
Sunday, September 23, 2012
'You're Gonna Love Tomorrow' on stage through Oct. 15.
The fall theater season got off to an elegant start Friday at the Bickford Theatre with a welcome revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical revue “You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow.” By its own admission in the first song, “there’s not much of a plot,” but who needs plot when you have the lush, elegant melodies and language of the great American master composer, delivered by six strong voices and a talented trio of musicians who receive some delightfully unexpected assistance? First presented as a concert in 1983, the chosen songs—mostly lesser-knowns from the vast Sondheim songbook—cover his usual gamut of romantic reflections, from the dramatic (“Being Alive,” from “Company”) to the sweet (“This Is Nice, Isn’t It?” from “Saturday Night”) to the …
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Bickford Theatre livens up the summer with first-rate cast in musical.
What’s all this nonsense about the Bickford Theatre staging an unprecedented summer musical? The professional resident theater company at the Morris Museum in Morris Township is normally dark in the summer aside from children’s activities and the occasional one-nighter. Divine providence, though, intercedes this year as Artistic Director Eric Hafen has whipped up a production of the reliably entertaining musical comedy “Nunsense.” Sure, this off-Broadway phenomenon has been done—done to death some would say. The program claims 5,000 productions worldwide in 21 languages since 1985. Then there are the six sequels and three spinoffs in what has become a lucrative show-business brand for playwright Dan Goggin (who launched the funny nuns …
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Constantine Maroulis performs at benefit for the Bickford Theatre Guild.
Former "American Idol" finalist Constantine Maroulis, a Tony Award-nominee, headlined a benefit show Saturday night at the Morris Museum's Bickford Theatre. Maroulis, a Wyckoff native, was joined at the sixth annual Bickford Theatre Guild fundraiser by about a dozen other Broadway performers who acted and sang as villains from Broadway classics in this year's fundraiser's theme, "Life Upon the Wicked Stage: Broadway's Greatest Villains, Thieves and Ladies of the Evening."
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Bernard Purdie impressed with theater, plans to celebrate 70th birthday on stage for benefit concert.
The Morris Museum is seeing a lot of excitement recently—from "American Idols," to Broadway stars—and now the world's most recorded drummer will grace the stage Monday at the museum's Bickford Theatre. Bernard Purdie, a renowned drummer for being a part of more than 4,000 albums and working with top musicians such as Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis and Steely Dan, among many others, has decided to celebrate his 70th birthday at the Bickford for a benefit show. His birthday bash concert will include four bands he's worked with that will perform a variety of genres. "The concert is going to cover R&B, pop, jazz, folk, soul," Purdie told Patch on Friday. "It's kind of like my life story, the music is all of those genres that I have been playing …