Operetta

Montclair Operetta Club presents ‘Dreamgirls’

Montclair Operetta Club closes its season with “Dreamgirls,” a Broadway hit featuring book and lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Kreiger. The show runs this weekend, April 21, 22 and 23, and...

Folding napkins and singing: Christine Lavin comes to Montclair

By GWEN OREL orel@montclairlocal.newsThere’s more than one way to fold a napkin.Singer-songwriter Christine Lavin offers napkin-folding workshops at her concert intermissions.“Come for the napkin folding! Stay for the music!” she says. People do come and...
Million Dollar Quartet

Montclair theater review: ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ is worth every cent

By Gwen Orel orel@montclairlocal.newsThere’s a melancholy underlying the bubbly goodness that is “Million Dollar Quartet,” a musical about the legendary jam session of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley, at Sun...
marriage

Montclair theater review: can this marriage be saved?

By GWEN OREL orel@montclairlocal.newsAs Julie, Brittany Haydock shines with internal light whenever she comes onstage in Neil Simon’s “Jake’s Women,” which runs at Studio Playhouse through Saturday, April 8. Her winsome incandescence may be partially...
quartet

Montclair’s Peak Performances hosts string quartet festival this weekend

Four string quartets will perform at Peak Performances’ “All Terrain String Festival: Bolcom 4x4” from Friday, March 31, through Sunday, April 2, at the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave.The...
NEA

Montclair arts groups speak out for the NEA

By GWEN OREL orel@montclairlocal.newsWhen Jazz House Kids first presented a Montclair Jazz Festival, “we were on a raised grass and rock platform in Nishuane park,” said Melissa Walker, founder and president of the festival’s producing...
Hairspray

Montclair’s ‘Hairspray’ at Buzz Aldrin Middle School integrates everyone

By GWEN ORELorel@montclairlocal.newsJust as Ava Scandalios, who plays Tracy Turnblad in Buzz Aldrin’s upcoming production of “Hairspray,” finished the gonzo number “Good Morning Baltimore,” her wig fell off.Oh well.That’s what rehearsals are for.The wigs,...
entertainment

Future arts and entertainment district on display for Planning Board

By LINDA MOSS moss@montclairlocal.newsMontclair aspires to become a regional arts and entertainment destination, and Wednesday night local officials began hearing detailed plans about the project that’s meant to be the linchpin for that initiative.Pinnacle Cos.,...