Monmouth University

Center for the Arts

Shadow Lawn Stage

Shadow Lawn Stage is the professional Equity theater series at Monmouth University. Its goal is to present the best of past and present plays and musicals at the Jersey Shore. As a professional theater on a university campus—Actors’ Equity Association is the official union for stage actors in the United States—Shadow Lawn gives students a unique opportunity to work side-by-side with Equity actors, learn the details of professional production (both backstage and onstage), and earn points toward Equity membership. Recent productions include “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “Always Patsy Cline,” “Teddy and Alice,” “Big, The Musical,” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Now in its 21st year, the Shadow Lawn Stage productions take place in the beautifully renovated Lauren K. Woods Theatre.

“As an actor, it is really exciting to learn more about the tech side of theater, which will give me additional skills in my job search for a career in the theatre,” said Mahalia Jackson ’16.

“This is literally preparing me for my career as I want to go into theatrical costuming and design,” said Bethany Hintze ’18.

Upcoming Events

Putting It Together

Jul 16 Jul 26

7/16 at 8 PM 7/17 at 8 PM 7/18 at 2 PM 7/18 at 8 PM 7/19 at 3 PM 7/23 at 8 PM 7/24 at 8 PM 7/25 at 2 PM 7/25 at 8 PM 7/26 at 3 PM
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

A Celebration of Sondheim’s 90th Birthday

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

Gallery Exhibitions

Shadow Lawn Series

Putting It Together

In this Sondheim revue, two couples reflect on the complexities of modern relationships.
Putting It Together is a musical revue showcasing the songs of Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Follies, A Funny Thing Happened…). Drawing its title from a song in Sunday in the Park with George, it celebrates Sondheim’s incomparable career in musical theatre.

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Past Events

My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra presented by Shadow Lawn Stage

Jul 18 Jul 28 2019

7/18 at 8 PM 7/19 at 8 PM 7/20 at 2 PM 7/20 at 8 PM 7/21 at 3 PM 7/25 at 8 PM 7/26 at 8 PM 7/27 at 2 PM 7/27 at 8 PM 7/28 at 3 PM
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

Shadow Lawn Series

My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra presented by Shadow Lawn Stage

A swinging tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes, My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra relives Sinatra’s legendary career as four actors take you on a musical revue spanning the breadth of his career from his early beginnings as a crooner in New York, to the bright lights of Las Vegas with the Rat Pack, to his final performances. Conceived by David Grapes and Todd Olson, My Way invites its audience to take a trip down memory lane while reliving Sinatra’s remarkable five-decade career the 1950s to the1990s. From a songbook of over 1300 tunes, My Way chooses fifty-four of Sinatra’s songs that include “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Chicago,” “New York, New York,” and “That’s Life.” It’s a celebration just as Ol’ Blue Eyes would have wanted it – a few stories, a few drinks, and plenty of knockout tunes.

Past Event

The Fantasticks

Jun 21 Jul 1 2018

6/21 at 8 PM 6/22 at 2 PM 6/22 at 8 PM 6/23 at 8 PM 6/24 at 3 PM 6/28 at 8 PM 6/29 at 2 PM 6/29 at 8 PM 6/30 at 8 PM 7/1 at 3 PM
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

Shadow Lawn Series

The Fantasticks

The world’s longest-running musical, 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.”

Past Event

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Jun 23 Jul 2 2017

12 PM
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

Shadow Lawn Series

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Shadow Lawn Stage, the professional theatre of Monmouth University, will present the 50th anniversary production of the enchanting musical, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown this June with 10 performances at the historic Woods Theatre on the university’s campus. Based on the famed comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles Schulz, the musical tells the story of some typical days in the life of Charlie Brown. From running after the school bus to spying the cute little red-haired girl at lunch, Charlie deals with the fun and frustrations of life with his friends Lucy, Linus and Schroeder; his kid sister Sally; and his faithful companion, Snoopy. The original production featured Gary Burghoff (Radar in the MASH series). The 1999 revival won 2 Tony Awards – for Roger Bart as Snoopy and Kristen Chenoweth as Sally – and the Drama Desk award for “Best Revival of a Musical”. Dates: 6/23: 2pm & 8pm; 6/24: 2pm & 8pm; 6/25: 3pm; 6/30: 2pm & 8pm; 7/1: 2pm & 8pm; 7/2: 3pm

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