Axelrod Performing Arts Center

Ain’t Misbehavin’

August 13, & 20, 2017 at 3 PM; August 16 at 8 PM; August 17, 2017 at 8 PM

A sassy, sultry musical celebration of legendary jazz great, Fats Waller, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ brings to life the illustrious Cotton Club of Harlem during its golden age in the 1930s. This musical revue, assembled by Richard Maltby, Jr., evokes the delightful humor and infectious energy of Thomas “Fats” Waller, as a versatile cast struts, strums and sings the songs that he made famous in a career that ranged from Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood. The musical includes 30 great honky-tonk, jazzy and bluesy tunes, including “Honeysuckle Rose” “The Joint Is Jumpin’,” “Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now,” “T’ain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness” and, of course, the title song!

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MEET THE CAST

REMEMBER JONES IN CONCERT

Thursday, August 24, 8 PM

VIP $52: Premium $45; Regular $38

“Soul sensation” (Asbury Park Press), Remember Jones received Asbury Park Music Award’s Top Vocalist in 2016. The captivating “showman” (The Star Ledger) and his powerful backup band returns to the Axelrod with a brand new concert that promises to tear the walls down. Remember Jones's electric personality and powerful, soulful voice harken back to the great rock and roll legends of times gone by, and his tributes to such pop luminaries as Joe Cocker, Amy Winehouse and Jeff Buckley have played to sold-out houses around the Northeast.

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JANIS SIEGEL IN CONCERT

Wednesday, August 30, 8 PM

Premium Adult $42; Premium Senior $39; Regular Adult $38; Regular Senior $35

Janis Siegel, 9-time Grammy winner and 17-time Grammy nominee, has been a member of The Manhattan Transfer for three decades and has also sustained a solo career. Janis was recorded more than a half dozen finely crafted solo albums and participated in numerous collaborative projects with top jazz musicians from around the world, amassing a large international fan base. Siegel’s versatile, velvety voice and scintillating performances have garnered consistently high critical praise from lovers of jazz and pop music alike.

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TRAVIATA

September 9 at 8 PM and September 10 at 3 PM

TICKETS: Premium Adult $42; Premium Senior $39; Regular Adult $38; Regular Senior $35

Giuseppe Verdi’s operatic masterpiece La Traviata, based on Alexandre Dumas fil’s popular play La Dame aux Camélias, has remained one of the most popular operas of the standard repertory—both before and after Richard Gere took Julia Roberts to the opera in Pretty Woman (another story about a streetwalker with a heart of gold)! In Hollywood, La Traviata was famously filmed by the great Italian director Franco Zeffirelli with a starry cast led by Placido Domingo as Alfredo and Teresa Stratas as Violetta. Fully costumed and staged, La Traviata will be presented in collaboration with Pacific Encores with a live orchestra conducted by Jason Tramm.

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KELLI O'HARA: A Gala Concert

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 8 PM

TICKETS: $75, $100, $125, $180 *includes pre-sho reception and post-show artist meet and greet

Kelli O’Hara has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway’s great leading ladies. Her portrayal of Anna Leonowens in Lincoln Center's critically acclaimed revival of The King and I garnered her a 2016 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with Drama League and Outer Critics nominations. The Jason Robert Brown musical The Bridges of Madison County earned her Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle nominations. Additionally, she starred as Mrs. Darling in NBC’s live telecast of Peter Pan alongside Allison Williams and Christian Borle, and on New Year’s Eve 2015, Kelli made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the production of The Merry Widow with Renee Fleming.

She made her Broadway debut in Jekyll & Hyde and followed it with Sondheim’s Follies, Sweet Smell of Success opposite John Lithgow, and Dracula. Kelli starred in The Light in the Piazza on Broadway in 2005 earning her first Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations. She joined Harry Connick on Broadway in the 2006 Tony award-winning production of The Pajama Game, for which she received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Award nominations. Kelli starred in the Tony Award-winning revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center, enrapturing audiences and critics alike with her soulful and complex interpretation of Nellie Forbush, and garnering Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Award nominations. She later teamed up with Matthew Broderick in Broadway's musical comedy Nice Work if You Can Get it, earning Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations, as well as the Fred Astaire Nomination for dance. 

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American Repertory Ballet presents THE NUTCRACKER

December 22 & 23 at 7PM; December 23 at 2PM

Tickets: Adults $35; Senior $32; Student $25

American Repertory Ballet brings the beloved classic The Nutcracker to the stage with Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, thrilling choreography and a cast of more than 100. A holiday tradition for more than 50 years, American Repertory Ballet’s The Nutcracker is one of the longest, continuously running The Nutcracker productions in the nation. Directed by Artistic Director Douglas Martin, ARB’s professional company will be joined by select students from Princeton Ballet School to tell the story of a young girl named Clara and how a mysterious gift from her Uncle Drosselmeyer brings about enchanted dreams and fantastical scenes. American Repertory Ballet’s The Nutcracker is a perfect holiday treat for your entire family!

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