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PostSecret LIVE with Frank Warren

“We all carry a secret that would break your heart if you just knew what it was. And if we could remember that, there might be more understanding and peace in the world.” – Frank Warren

Frank Warren is the most trusted stranger in America. He is the creator of The PostSecret Project – a collection of 1,000,000+ artful secrets that have been mailed to his home on postcards, anonymously. The PostSecret website has become a phenomenon in itself, earning over 700 million views, and making it the world’s largest advertisement-free blog. For this event, Frank will join us for a lively lecture based on the topic of #MeToo. Hear the inspiring stories behind the secrets. Listen to some of Frank’s favorite secrets…and share your own.

Songs & Stories featuring James Dalton & Friends

Tickets on sale to Center for the Arts donors on 11/28 at noon and to the general public on 11/30 at noon.  James Dalton gathers together a cast of wonderful singer songwriters and musicians, focusing heavily on local and independent, to take the “in the round” model up a notch. Audiences will not only get an intimate portrait of the artists and stories behind the songs themselves, but they will experience onstage collaboration and interplay as the whole cast supports, accompanies and jams with each other. Artists will include: James Dalton, Steve Delopolous, Michael Ronstadt, Steve Reilly, April Centrone, Andy Keenan, Tara Dente and more to be announced soon!!

A Bronx Tale starring Chazz Palminteri

Academy Award® nominated actor Chazz Palminteri returns to the stage in an unforgettable performance after a successful run on Broadway, where it was praised by the critics and adored by the public. In A Bronx Tale, the celebrated one man show on which he based the legendary movie, Palminteri vividly depicts a young boy’s rough childhood in the 1960s-era Bronx and the unforgettable people he encountered. A classic coming-of-age story reaching ones true potential and trusting one’s heart, A Bronx Tale is directed by four-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks.

Bronx-born and raised Chazz Palminteri was a natural choice to continue the long line of prominent Italian actors in the film industry.  In the tradition set forth in the 1970s by such icons as director Martin Scorsese and actors Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, Palminteri has brought grit, muscle and an evocative realism to the sidewalks of his New York neighborhood, violent as they are and were.Born in 1952, Palmintieri grew up in a tough area of the Bronx and it gave young Calogero (Palminteri’s given first name) the life lessons that would later prove very useful to his career. He started out pursuing his craft in studying at the Actor’s Studio with Lee Straussberg. He appeared off-Broadway in the early 1980s while paying his dues as a singer in his own band.

Well known for A BRONX TALE, Palminteri originally wrote the script for the stage and performed it as a one-man show in Los Angeles.  It became the hottest property in Hollywood since ROCKY.  Mr. Palminteri was offered over a million dollars to walk away from the project and with $200.00 left in the bank he refused.  He wanted to play Sonny and write the screenplay.  One night Robert DeNiro walked in to see the show and as they say ”the rest is history.”  He then moved the production to New York, where it played for four sold-out months and earned him nominations for the New York Outer Critics Circle for both acting and writing.  While in New York he completed the screenplay of A BRONX TALE and soon found himself starring opposite Robert DeNiro, who chose the script for his directorial debut.  Most recently A Bronx Tale was on Broadway at the Longacre Theater where is finished a successful run and Mr. Palminteri finished closing out the show in the role of Sonny.

Chazz has more than 50 movies to his credit including The Usual Suspects, Bullets Over Broadway (Academy Award nomination), Analyze This, Hurlyburly, Mulholland Falls, Faithful (screenplay also written by Chazz Palminteri), Poolhall Junkies, The Perez Family, Jade, Diabolique, Down to Earth and A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints.  Recent films include Final Recourse, Mighty Fine starring Andie MacDowell, Yonkers Joe, Jolene and The Dukes.  He has also directed the HBO series “Oz” (episode, “Unnatural Disasters”), Showtime’s “Women vs.Men” and the feature film Noel, starring Susan Sarandon, Penelope Cruz, Robin Williams and Paul Walker. He appeared on the New York stage in the play The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui starring with Al Pacino, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Billy Crudup. Chazz is a member of the Actors Studio in NYC.

Life, Death, Life Again: Children Sentenced to Die in Prison

Life, Death, Life Again: Children Sentenced to Die in Prison is a verbatim theater piece by Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg, that shares the stories of four people sentenced to die in prison for violent crimes committed as children, and a victim’s grandson who chose to lead with forgiveness. Each performance will be followed by a facilitated discussion on the themes discussed in the play – radical forgiveness and how we can create a more humane criminal justice system.

Featuring: Turron Kofi Alleyne, June Ballinger, Shavonna Banks, LaChrisha Brown, Brian O’Neill, David Seamon

This performance is presented by coLAB Arts, and supported by The MU Center for the Arts with the Department of Political Science and Sociology, Department of Criminal Justice, and the School of Social Work at Monmouth University.

*Social Work CEUs – Approved and provided by the Monmouth University School of Social Work in accordance with New Jersey Administrative Code 13:44G and recognized by the New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners.

This event is free, but registration is required (except for Monmouth University students going as part of a class).

Wynonna & The Big Noise

Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and undeniable talent, Wynonna’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30-million albums worldwide spanning her remarkable 34-year career. As one-half of the legendary mother/daughter duo “The Judds,” Wynonna was once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.” This iconic performer has received over 60 industry awards, with countless charting singles, including 20 No.1 hits such as “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not me,” and “Grandpa, (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Ole Days).”

Wynonna and her band The Big Noise, led by her husband/drummer/producer, Cactus Moser, released their debut full-length album in February 2016 via Curb Records to critical acclaim. Wynonna has described the new sound as “vintage yet modern” and a “return to the well.” It’s a rootsy work encompassing country, Americana, blues, soul and rock. The album features special guests Derek Trucks, Jason Isbell, Susan Tedeschi and Timothy B. Schmit. NPR’s Ann Powers noted that, “With her tight band behind her after touring together for several years, she just sounds like she’s home…You can just feel the grin on her face.”

Catapult – Children’s Show

A season 8 finalist on America’s Got Talent, Catapult captivates audiences with its shadow dancing and the ability of the troupe’s dancers to transform their bodies into seemingly impossible images. Not only is the show packed with hundreds of shape transformations, but it is full of humor, emotion and engaging stories. The Catapult dancers work behind a screen to create dancing shadow silhouettes of shapes from the natural and built world. Be amazed as you watch their bodies transform into a mountain, an elephant, a dragon, even a helicopter!

This is an abbreviated 1 hour performance for children and school groups. The full performance will take place later that evening at 8 PM. Children are welcome at both events! More information on that event here.

Bravo Amici

Bravo Amici’s mix of handsome tenors and stunning divas perform an uplifting collection of well-known classical and contemporary arias. Combining the essential elements of pop, Broadway and opera with classical overtones, their powerful performance is a tribute to the emerging musical genre of “Contemporary Classical Crossover” taking the world by storm. With fans ranging from Sir Elton John to Queen Elizabeth, these acclaimed international top artists have sold more than 3 million albums.

Cast includes multi-platinum selling recording artist and accomplished tenor Geoff Sewell; Jeremy Stolle who played Phantom in the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera, Mollie Vogt-Welch from A Tale of Two Cities original Broadway cast, Jared Zirilli who just starred in the World Premiere of Pretty Filthy with The Civilians and Michael Friedman off Broadway, and Betsy DiLellio who was hand-picked by Tony Award winning composer Adam Guettel to join the cast of the multiple Tony-Award winning The Light in the Piazza’s national tour.  

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Aquila Theatre’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The legendary sleuth,
Sherlock Holmes, takes the stage in this witty, fast paced production by the
acclaimed Aquila Theatre. The clever Holmes skillfully maneuvers the twisted
web of London’s most intriguing cases with his split second deductions
revealing intimate and useful details of a person’s life. Sherlock Holmes is a
master of disguise and a brilliant actor, as well as a composer and musician-is
there anything he can’t do? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s vivid characters jump from
the page weaving a tale of mystery, suspense and intrigue. In addition to
Holmes, many of Doyle’s other well known creations are on hand; the trusted
sidekick Dr. Watson, Irene Adler, the woman who got away, and the only woman to
have won Holmes’s respect, the red-headed mason Jabez Wilson. Doyle, in
addition to being a renowned author, was a physician and he infused Holmes with
terrific skills in forensic science and logical reasoning. One hundred and
twenty five years after his
debut, Sherlock Holmes remains the definitive and most famous detective in world
literature. The Aquila Theatre brings it’s energetic and physical style to this
new adaptation. With actors drawn from the top British and American stages,
The Adventures of Sherlock
Holmes is a thrilling and memorable ride.

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Cowboy Junkies

It’s been 30 years since the Cowboy
Junkies led by
siblings Margo, Michael and Peter Timmins on vocals,
guitar and drums respectively, plus Alan Anton on bass —performed their first
gigs at various Toronto clubs. For three decades, the Cowboy Junkies have
remained true to their unique artistic vision and to the introspective, quiet
intensity that is their musical signature, creating a critically acclaimed body
of original work that has endeared them to an audience unwavering in its loyalty.

Joined by multi-instrumentalist Jeff Bird, the core Cowboy
quartet returns to Monmouth for a retrospective of their three decades playing
(and listening to) all manifestations of popular music. Expect an evening that
runs the gamut from the folky intimacy of the band’s earliest efforts, to an
always surprising selection of covers (Springsteen, Stones, Talking Heads, The
Cure) — although to be sure, simply delivering “the expected” has never been
part of the Cowboy Junkies playbook.

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Broadway’s Next H!t Musical

Every song is fresh.
Every scene is new.

Every night is different.
It’s all improvised and it’s all funny.

The New York Times calls Broadway’s Next H!T Musical “Hilarious!” Time Out NY says “At last! A musical of, for, and by the people.”

The hilarious Broadway’s Next H!T Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. The audience votes for its favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full-blown improvised musical – complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore. BNHM has been seen recently at The Triad, Tribeca Film Festival, and at the New York Musical Theater Festival, among many others.

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