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Monmouth University Center for the Arts and the Alumni Association will present Junie B. Jones, a musical based on the books by Barbara Park, at the Pollak Theatre on Sunday, May 20 at 2 p.m.

Outspoken, precocious, lovable Junie B. Jones stars in a colorful, funny, fast-paced musical about new friends, new glasses, sugar cookies, the annual kickball tournament, and other various first-grade angst-ridden situations. Follow her adventures as she writes down the story of her life in her “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal.” This new musical is based on four volumes in Barbara Park’s Junie B. Jones series of books, illustrated by Denise Brunkus and published by Random House: Junie B, First Grader (at Last!); Junie B, Boss of Lunch; Junie B, One-Man Band; and Top-Secret Personal Beeswax: A Journal by Junie B (and Me!).

Produced by Theatreworks USA, Junie B. Jones is a musical by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich (The Broadway-bound musical based on the film Ever After, Dear Edwina, “Taylor the Latte Boy”) based on the best-selling books by Barbara Park. The production is directed by Peter Flynn (Theatreworks USA’s Nate the Great, Henry and Mudge, Artistic Director of Hangar Theatre) and choreographed by Devanand Janki (Off-Broadway: Zanna Don’t, Cupid & Psyche). The scenic design is by Luke Hegel-Cantarella (Theatreworks USA’s Corduroy), and the costumes are by Lora LaVon.

This 60-minute musical is recommended for audiences age 5 and up. The show was nominated in 2006 for the Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Choreography. Target is the National Tour Sponsor of this production. To purchase tickets for Junie B. Jones, please contact the Monmouth University Performing Arts Box Office at 732-263-6889, or online at

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Media contact: Petra Ludwig at 732-263-5507