Thursday, March 1, 2012
Fifth-annual event packed with talent, packed the house.
Already five years on, and the Morristown's Got Talent program–held Feb. 29 at the Mayo Performing Arts Center to benefit the programs of the Morris Educational Foundation–continues to pack the theater with fans, and the stage with talent. Performances ran the gamut, from fusion-inspired musical jams, to some of the youngest performers to take the stage wowing crowds with their chutzpah. But, ultimately, it was the rock stylings of three-piece Captain Lung, blazing fast fiddle and guitar of Sam Barnes and Adam Honeycutt, and the virtuoso talents of xylophonist Oliver Cervantes and pianist Charlie Savage that took the monetary prizes this year pf $250, $500 and $1,000, respectively, this year.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Timeless Jazz to perform at fifth-annual Morristown's Got Talent.
They may be known as Timeless Jazz, but for this fifth-annual Morristown's Got Talent participant, time is running short. When you're a group of teenage performers, many of whom participated–and took first place–in the inaugural Morristown's Got Talent, well, eventually you've got to graduate. Such is the case for five of the eight members of the current incarnation of Timeless Jazz–music director, founder and tenor saxophonist Gus Bacas; singer Isabelle Rogers; bassist Ben Burgess; alto saxophonist Ryan Gallagher; and trumpteer Danny Reardon. "This is our last shot for us," said Gus, who was part of the group that, five years ago, took the first $1,000 prize. "It's the last year. We have nothing to lose." Well, the last year for some of …
Jasmin Serrano returns, joining Laura Rondinella, at fifth-annual event.
Take her or leave her. But, don't ignore her, or she'll be back. Last year Jasmin Serrano, a former manager at Zebu Forno, performed Bruno Mars' "Grenade" with friend Lauren Schulman at Morristown's Got Talent, missing the top three. This time, Serrano is joining forces with another singer, taking audience back to the 1990s. They are performing "Take Me or Leave Me," from the hit musical Rent. For Serrano, trying out for the fifth-annual Morristown's Got Talent was a no-brainer. "It was just such a fun experience," she said. "Friendships built afterward made it something I definitely wanted to be part of again." The singer's partner this time is Laura Rondinella, a singer from Jersey City. Like Serrano's previous partner, the two met about…
Morristown's Got Talent is finally upon us.
It's finally here. Almost two months after Media Day, months after tryouts, and some time since our very first of our series of profiles on all the participants, the fifth-annual Morristown's Got Talent is finally upon us. So, in honor of this event (on Leap Day no less!), here are a few items to note before the big shew (as Ed Sullivan might have said):
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
A familiar, friendly face at Kings, James Cutler will perform Feb. 29 at Morristown's Got Talent.
If you're a regular shopper at the Kings Morristown location, you probably already know James Cutler. A longtime employee for the supermarket chain–and an employee at the Morristown location for 12 years–Cutler will look a bit different come Wednesday night, when he trades his work duds for a tuxedo and performs in the fifth-annual Morristown's Got Talent. The 52-year-old Newark resident will sing Lou Rawls' "You'll Never Find a Love Like Mine." It's a "third time's the charm" scenario for Cutler, who first tried out three years ago, when the contest was first opened also to people who work in Morristown, Morris Township or Morris Plains. "Oh, it's a wonderful feeling," Cutler said on his first selection to the finals in three tries. "At …
The area's stages are bustling with productions.
We’re in the midst of one of the busiest times of the year for theater in northern New Jersey. Looking for something dramatic? Then you’ll want to head to the Chatham Playhouse for “Grapes of Wrath.” Need a laugh? Then “Sly Fox” at Somerset Valley Players or “Moon Over Buffalo” at Dover Little Theatre might just be what you need. Theater lovers can take in a musical, Shakespeare, one-man shows, children’s theater and more over the next few weeks. In short there’s no reason to stay home. Read this week’s On Stage Scoop and let the area’s theater groups entertain you. The On Stage Scoop runs every Tuesday. ON STAGE SCOOP “Ladies” Night: Charles Morey’s “The Ladies Man” is on stage at Centenary Stage Company’s David and Carol Lackland Center…
Monday, February 27, 2012
Jazz band Top Hat to perform at Feb. 29 event.
What does a performer do when it seems like every single time they perform at Morristown's Got Talent, they're so close, yet so far, from the promised land? You join forces. That was the thinking behind Morristown High School seniors Danny Dones and Joey Gatto, who most recently performed piano and beatbox, respectively (and, separately), at last year's Morristown's Got Talent. So, this year, the two performers have combined with fellow MHS seniors Aidan Keeler and Kiana Davis, and 21-year-old Morristown High School alum Sean Horan, and formed Top Hat, which will perform at the fifth-annual event on Wednesday, Feb. 29. For Joey, it wasn't just about winning–finally. "I love all these kids," the pianist and beatboxer said. "It's more fun to…
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Singer will perform at fifth-annual event Feb. 29.
Sometimes life, adulthood, a move to New Jersey and building a new house, can get in the way. That's why 33-year-old Matthew Onigman decided to stretch out his vocal chords once more, and finally try out for Morristown's Got Talent this year. Good thing, as he has been selected as one of the 16 acts that will be performing Feb. 29 at the fifth-annual event. Onigman, originally from upstate New York, will sing Giacomo Puccini's "Nessun Dorma," or "None Shall Sleep." The married Morris Township father of two has since moving to the area five years ago been working on building a house, one of several of those "life things" that got in the way of something the singer said "has always been in my life. "I've been singing since an early age, I'…
Friday, February 24, 2012
Josh Klein and the Legends brings fusion to the stage Feb. 29.
The "Legend" continues. Three years ago, guitarist Josh Klein wanted to get a band together after his last one broke up. But, this Morris Township resident couldn't find anyone available on a regular basis in the area. So, he said, "we played with whoever we could." And, Josh Klein and the Legends was born. On Feb. 29, one iteration of that "legendary" four-piece–including New York City drummer Greg Sgrulloni, Glen Ridge bassist Eric Swiontkowski and keyboardist Lucas Kadar will perform Bill Cobham's fusion classic "Stratus" at the fifth-annual Morristown's Got Talent. "I don't really keep a band together," the 27-year-old laughed. "Whoever can make it to the gig." While these members are the same as those seen earlier this year at …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Trio will perform original tune at Morristown's Got Talent on Feb. 29.
Captain Lung ... it sticks out, doesn't it? Come Feb. 29, the trio of Morristown High School students hope not only will people remember their name, they'll have a hard time forgetting their performance when they participate in the fifth-annual Morristown's Got Talent. Although the band–comprised of Morris Township residents Johannes Burger, 17, Andrew McNally, 16, and Morristown resident Travis Fielding, 17–carry with them a pride in Captain Lung, the name came to them for no specific reason. "We just sat down and went into a semi-conscious state," said Travis, who plays the drums. "Pretty much anything came out of our heads." What started as "Capital Lung" eventually morphed into the band they're now part of today. It sure beats the …