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As my duties and assignments as a theater reviewer include all Broadway, most Off-Broadway and many Off-Off Broadway shows, my coverage of New Jersey theatres is limited to those that have been a regular part of my beat. I will, nevertheless, post information about up-coming shows worth checking out and mini-reviews of some I manage to catch but don't have time to review in more detail. Once a show we've reviewed closes, it will migrate to our Master Index of All Shows Reviewed at CurtainUp (Master Index) so that the review will still be available for reference. The little box headlined NEW JERSEY CONNECTIONS, includes besides a link to my own annotated list of area theaters, links to the NJTheatre Alliance website and its information regarding special programs and services, as well as several other websites you may find helpful.
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New & Noteworthy December 2014

  Merry Melodies (now through December 31) Everyone's favorite holiday songs are sprinkled through the brand new musical revue for the whole family.. Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Corner of Bank & Lafayette Streets, Cape May. (609) 770 — 8311 website

  Peter Pan (now through December 14)) This is the famous and familiar magical musical journey based on the book by J.M. Barrie with songs by Mark "Moose" Charlap and Jule Styne; lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Centenary Stage Company, The David and Carol Lackland Center 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 (908) 979 - 0900

Holiday Jubilee (December 11 - 21) Famed Broadway fight director Rick Sordelet has been directing this ever-new and changing revue for the past five years. It has become a tradition for the whole family. Crossroads Theatre Company 7 Livingston Avenue New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (732) 545 - 8100

Christmas in Wisconsin: Tales by Zona Gale (now through December 13) Based on stories by Pulitzer Prize-winner Gale; adapted by Gale Stahlhuth this show features stories set in an imaginary town filled with all sorts of interesting people - not unlike those in Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegone. East Lynne Theater Company, in residence at the First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes Street, Cape May (609) 884 - 5898 website:

  The Fabulous Lipitones (now through December 14) See review posted on CurtainUp home page. George Street Playhouse 9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (732) 846 - 2895

  Tilt the Unlit Candle (now through December 21) This is the world premiere of a new play by Ben Clawson in which a group of wacky revelers as they attempt to celebrate the season in a small town church in a small town. Luna Stage Company 555Valley Road, West Orange, NJ 07052 (973) 395 -

  . A Christmas Carol (December 5 - 28) This spectacular adaptation by David Thompson of Charles Dickens' classic story about Ebenezer Scrooge and his journey to discover peace and good will continues as a perennial favorite. McCarter Theatre Center 91 University Place Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 258 - 6500

  Elf (now through January 4) Based on the hit movie, this lavish musical version with a book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin and music by Matthew Sklar and lyrics by Chad Beguielin is the story of a boy mistakenly transported to the North Pole to be raised as an elf by Santa and his helpers. See review on CurtainUp home page. Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn 07041 Box Office: (973) 376-4343 website:

  Much Ado About Nothing (now through December 28) the Bard's famous comedic romp known for the brilliant war of words between the feisty Beatrice and the staunch bachelor Benedick has been updated to the era of World War II. In this sparkling version, a corps of officers on leave find romance during the Christmas holidays at the Governor's mansion while dancing to the Glenn Miller Orchestra and on a Conga line. Read CurtainUp review currently on home page. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue at Lancaster road, Madison. (973) 408 - 5600

The Wizard of Oz - (now through December 21) We never get enough of the classic musical version (music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, Worth a try is this adaptation that John Kane did for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Surflight Theatre, 201 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven (609) 492 - 9477

   Camelot (now through December 14) I've heard wonderful things about this seriously, but splendidly, scaled-down version of the Lerner and Loewe musical about King Arthur, Queen Guinevere and Sir Lancelot. Two River Theater Company 21 Bridge Avenue Red Bank, NJ 07701(732) 345 - 1400

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