The Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn brought us a ripping good production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific." Based upon the collected stories of James A. Michener, "Tales of the South Pacific," the musical introduces us to the young men and women from small towns and cities around the United States in the 1940s.
"The Wild Party" is a wild party indeed. Based on an epic poem by Joseph Moncure March, and borrowing the poem's words for its lyrics, it is billed as a musical, but is more an operetta. Very little of the dialogue is spoken. Most of it is sung in a bold, brazen, somewhat dissonant but still melodic contemporary score.
The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra's "Saturday Night OUT" at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on May 3 featured Brahms' First Symphony and Danielpour's Clarinet Concerto. This special event was described as "Enjoy the sounds of the NJSO, followed by a champagne and dessert reception for ticketholders who are LGBT community members and friends."
Meeting Robyn is the true story of a young mother and her son who have to deal with their pain and confusion over his sexual identify. Robert is haunted by his urge to be female and feels trapped in his male form, until he finds his true identity in Robyn. With no handbook or roadmap for these two to go by, they have to find a way. This is their brave and illuminating story.
Actually the British came and went, with Richard Thompson performing at New Jersey Performing Arts Center with special guest, his son Teddy Thompson, on March 15th. Teddy is in love with American music.
The Ritz Theater recently put on the period piece "You Can't Take It With You," written by Moss Hart and George Kaufman. Set in 1938 New York City it is about a family who are a group of zany, eccentric creatures that follow their own pursuits based on what they want to do, rather than on what societal norms tell them to do.
"Signature Duets: Dances of Daring and Devotion" was the name of the mixed bill presented by the American Repertory Ballet at the Hamilton Stage on Friday, March 21. There were five pieces presented this evening. "Fantasy Baroque" by Mary Barton to music by J. S. Bach opened the program.
With summer here, a new season of The Real Housewives of Orange County is in full swing. Cookie was lucky enough to sit down with the actual "first" Housewife, Vicki Gunvalson along with her business partner in Wines By Wives, Chris Gravagna. Gunvalson talked about her Wines By Wives celebrity wine club, why the gay boys love the Housewives so much and what's next for her in Orange County.