Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby is heading out on tour! Joining him will be five musical friends, James Raymond on keys, Mai Agan on bass, Steve DiStanislao on drums, Jeff Pevar on guitar and Michelle Willis on keys and vocals. Crosby is in the midst of an incredibly creative and powerful period, showcasing his skills as the brilliant songwriter that he is and on this tour, he will be performing music from his new album Sky Trails alongside some of his best loved songs and greatest hits.
The longest-running show in Off Broadway history, the 1960 musical by the songwriting team of Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones played for more than four decades and over 17,000 performances at the intimate Sullivan Street Playhouse in Greenwich Village – winning a special Tony Award.
The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo’s words that, “without a hurt, the heart is hollow.” (source MTI website)
For this summer-season production of a history-making landmark musical, producer Sheri Anderson and director Michael Perreca have made a direct connection to the show’s rich history, by casting two veterans of the show’s legendary New York run. Starring as El Gallo, the bandit-for-hire who serves as the show’s narrator, is David Edwards, who played the role for more than 500 performances at Sullivan Street, and who was featured in the 2003 documentary Try to Remember: The Fantasticks. Fellow Off Broadway cast member J.C. Hoyt returns to the role of Henry, the Old Actor who assists the bandit in an elaborate ruse designed to unite the young neighbors Matt (“The Boy”) and Luisa (“The Girl”).
Appearing respectively as Matt and Luisa are Keenan Buckley and Sarah Beth Andrews, with Brett Lowell and Felipe Gorostiza as the “feuding” fathers Bellamy and Hucklebee. The cast is completed by a pair of alumni from Monmouth’s Department of Music and Theater Arts, Brandon M. Wiener (Mortimer) and Evan Kudish (The Mute), with those roles understudied by Monmouth students Christian Lombino and Erin Clemente.
Featuring choreography by Janine Molinari and musical direction by Michael Gilch, The Fantasticks is a timeless tale of both romance and reality, told with a bracing humor and a sense of stage magic that never goes out of style.
A maid witnesses a murder at an upscale hotel and a policeman is assigned to the case, but it soon becomes clear that important people don’t want the case solved.
Director: Tarik Saleh
It’s just like book club but with albums! With new advances in technology, the way we consume music through our devices, apps and on demand streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and iTunes is making the idea of the “album” as an art form extinct. Get together with other music enthusiasts on Tuesday nights to discuss some of the greatest records of all-time! Listen to the album beforehand and then come prepared to discuss… there will be special guest moderators and panelists at each event! This event will feature Bruce Springsteen’s Tunnel of Love.
Sherrill Roland began his socially engaged artwork The Jumpsuit Project in 2016 and continues to use his project to ignite conversations around issues related to mass incarceration. While a graduate student, Roland was wrongfully convicted and spent over ten months in prison. Although eventually exonerated of all charges and granted a bill of innocence, his experiences with the justice system had a lasting effect on both his life and his artistic practice. When he returned to campus, he wore an orange jumpsuit everyday up to and during his graduation ceremony, encouraging all who encountered him and his jumpsuit to address their own prejudices toward those incarcerated. Through sharing his own story, and creating a space for others to process, question, and share, he sheds light on the enormous darkness incarceration brings.
Since graduating with his MFA from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro in May of 2017, Roland has been traveling widely to exhibit, perform, and discuss his experience and art. In 2017 the New York Times included Roland in their list “From the Personal to the Political, 19 Artists to Watch Next Year,” and in 2018 The Studio Museum in Harlem exhibited his The Jumpsuit Project, which they acquired for their permanent collection.
For more information, see: https://www.jumpsuitproject.com/
The spring production of the Department of Music and Theatre is Steel Magnolias, the touching comedy-drama by Robert Harling, directed by Dr. John Burke. The play visits six Louisiana women delicate as magnolia flowers, but tough as steel when they must be – as they gather in their small-town beauty parlor to gossip, complain, and share the joys and sorrows they face in their lives. Despite differences in age, backgrounds, and attitudes, their camaraderie and sense of humor help them grow through good times and bad.
Enjoy an evening of music performances, by Monmouth University Choirs and soloists, in the majestic space of Wilson Hall. Come join us for a celebration of the rich tapestry of choral music in all its magnificence.
Through spectacular illusions and his own inimitable down-to-earth style and personality, Mike Super has pioneered a new form of magic that transcends the “trick”. As the winner of NBC’s hit TV show Phenomenon and Top finalist on America’s Got Talent, Mike is the only magician in history to win a LIVE magic competition on primetime US network television and voted America’s Favorite Mystifier! He creates a totally interactive magic experience where you won’t just watch the magic; YOU become a part of it! His appeal to both young and old has made him one of the most sought after mystifiers in the world! Join the journey of emotions from laughter, intrigue, danger, fear, wonder, anticipation, tears and sentimentality that only Mike Super delivers.
EVERY AUDIENCE MEMBER HAS A CHANCE TO WIN A VEHICLE FROM SHORELINE HARLEY-DAVIDSON!*
*winner must be of legal driving age
This event is sponsored by Shoreline Harley Davidson
For more information visit: www.mikesuper.com
GUITAR GODS – HENDRIX AND CLAPTON!
Kiss The Sky- The World’s Greatest Jimi Hendrix Show plays with special guests Heavy Cream’s salute to Cream. This night will be a trip back in Rock n Roll history as it recreates some of the most iconic music of 1968 produced by the two artists who famously turned a rivalry into friendship and mutual admiration for each other.
Favorites from Hendrix’s landmark 1968 album “Electric Ladyland” and Cream’s powerhouse “Wheels of Fire” will highlight the evening.
ABOUT KISS THE SKY
Rolling Stone Magazine Says: “Yes believe the hype! This show lives up to it!“
The Village Voice NYC Says: “Bringing Music History To Life.“
Kiss The Sky-World’s Greatest Jimi Hendrix Show is the #1 Hendrix act in the world. They are so spot on at keeping the memory of Jimi Hendrix alive that remaining members of Hendrix’s own bands have joined them on stage. Earlier this year they were hand picked to perform on the 2018 Flower Power Cruise where they were hailed as the “Buzz of the Boat”. Also on the cruise were rock legends including Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, Canned Heat and Grand Funk Railroad.
Jimy Bleu stars as Jimi Hendrix and is the world’s longest running Jimi Hendrix Performance Artist. Just like Hendrix, Jimy Bleu is a virtuoso, left-handed guitarist and performs all of Hendrix’s signature stage moves. He recreates the legendary sounds and moves of Hendrix so well that he has also been a touring member of Billy Cox’s Band. Billy was the original bass player of Jimi Hendrix’s own Band of Gypsys.
Kiss The Sky WOWS audiences with their Hendrix look and sound alike musicians performing in full replica wardrobe and stage gear. More then a concert, the show celebrates all phases of the short yet iconic career and concerts of Jimi Hendrix’s bands The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys.
Since 2016 Kiss The Sky has toured nationally to rave reviews playing at venues and festivals across the country.
Billy Cox, Hendrix Bassist and band mate with Band Of Gypsys:
“Jimy Bleu is the real deal. A Jimi Hendrix aficionado”
Juma Sultan, Hendrix Percussionist – 1969 Woodstock band – the Gypsy Sun and Rainbows
“When it comes to performing Jimi’s music, I don’t impress easily and there is no question that KTS is the most detailed and historically accurate Jimi tribute show I’ve seen. Jimy Bleu truly brings the Hendrix spirit to the stage. And that is no small task. They have my full endorsement.”
Katie Daryl, Host and producer of AXS-TV show The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands: “Kiss The Sky is spectacular! So often with tribute bands people say close your eyes, they sound just like them, but with Kiss The Sky you MUST keep your eyes open because the guitar playing, vintage gear, costumes and stage presence of the band is so very precise and out of this world your jaw will drop!”
OPENING BAND HEAVY CREAM
HEAVY CREAM is quickly becoming the definitive tribute to CREAM, rock music’s original SUPER GROUP!
For the first time, with stunning historical accuracy in both look and sound, a tribute to Cream has been assembled…HEAVY CREAM out of PHILADELPHIA starring teenage guitar phenom Billy “The Kid” Thoden in the part of Eric Clapton. Billy was named “The Kid” by ZZ Top’ Billy Gibbons. He was discovered by Jimi Hendrix bassist Billy Cox, has opened for Pat Travers and Robert Randolph and performed alongside Eric Gales and Dickey Betts.
Heavy Cream features replicated gear including the famous ‘Fool’ artwork guitars of Clapton and Bruce and Ginger Baker’s legendary double Ludwig drum kit, as well as Cream’s signature stack of British Marshall Amps, plus authentic wardrobe that Cream actually used at their most memorable 60’s shows, this band’s three world class musicians recreate Cream’s classic concerts for today’s audiences.
Known for their harmony-laced take on alt-folk, The Hunts are a Chesapeake, Virginia-based band of seven siblings who’ve been playing music together almost their entire lives. Twin sisters Jessi and Jenni and five brothers Josh, Jonathan, Jordan, Justin, and Jamison, now ranging in age from 26 down to 17, learned to sing and play violin as young kids and spent much of their childhood performing in their community. After widening their following and playing at theaters, festivals and universities around the country—and teaching themselves to play instruments like mandolin, piano, ukulele, banjo, and drums — The Hunts started experimenting with songwriting and soon brought to life a batch of songs that reveal their sophisticated sense of melody and undeniably dreamy innocence.
Inspired by shared memories, The Hunts have created songs that capture heartache and wonder with a wide-eyed but wistful elegance. The Hunts hold true to a songwriting process that taps into each member’s unique strengths but remains intensely collaborative. That unified approach infuses their music with an irresistible richness of spirit. Their songs are artfully arranged yet instilled with a graceful simplicity. While getting seven strong-minded brothers and sisters to agree on every last note and lyric can sometimes be chaotic, The Hunts note that the synergy born from that chaos is what makes the band so strong.