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2019-2020 SEASON


A MESSAGE from the Director of Cultural Affairs

Welcome to the Jay and Linda Grunin Center

for the Arts at Ocean County College. Season after season, we strive to offer world-class performances and cultural engagements to our community in Ocean County and beyond. This is one of our best seasons yet, and we’re excited to have you join us! From critically acclaimed vocalists, musicians, lecturers and more, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

All of this would not be possible without the generosity of The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation. Their generous endowment has transformed the future of arts engagement here in Ocean County, and we look forward to inviting you back each year for new experiences and cherished traditions. Your patronage helps sustain our goal to keep the arts alive in Ocean County. Too often, the magic and wonder of the arts are not enjoyed for lack of opportunity. We can change that, one incredible performance at a time. I look forward to welcoming you to many of our 2019 – 2020 shows! – Mark Fitzgerald Wilson Director of Cultural Affairs, The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts

Staff ________________________________________________________ Mark Fitzgerald Wilson.............. Jessica Zawerczuk. . ................... Victoria Buczynski..................... Michelle Youngs. . ....................... Stephan Caldwell...................... James Lockhart.. ....................... Bryn Farace............................... Jaclyn Wood.............................

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Director of Cultural Affairs Manager, Marketing & Sales Marketing & Sales Specialist Manager, Operations & Production Technical Production Coordinator Technical Production Coordinator Technical Production Coordinator Education & Community Engagement Coord.

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A MESSAGE from the Grunins

Linda and I

have always had philanthropy in our hearts. We built our reputation as lawyers who worked hard, related to our clients’ needs and always sought to act with the highest integrity. In 2013, we established the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation, to give back to the community that afforded us so many incredible opportunities. It is my expectation that our Foundation’s continuing philanthropic endeavors will allow Linda’s legacy to live on for years to come. Part of our Foundation’s mission is to engage the Central Jersey Shore with all forms of the arts, covering a wide range of visual and performing endeavors. The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts is aligned with that mission. From global artists to local arts students, including the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival, the Center has elevated our community and brought people together from across the nation to celebrate performing and visual arts. We are also thrilled to help bring the Performing Arts Academy to the campus of Ocean County College, which will keep our arts culture thriving. Linda always loved the arts, and our Foundation is proud to partner with OCC in connection with the Grunin Center to bring the arts to the Jersey Shore. Linda was dedicated to her community and we will carry on with her hard work, determination, and passion for helping others. – Jay Grunin

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2019-2020 SEASON July 2019 11–21   23  30

Into the Woods (pg. 40) Big Bang Boom (pg. 38) Doktor Kaboom! (pg. 38)

August 2019

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7 13 19 23

The Amazing Max (pg. 39) Squirrel Stole My Underpants (pg. 39) Janet’s Planet (pg. 39) Rufus Wainwright (pg. 6)

September 2019

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15 The Jazz Lobsters Big Band (pg. 32) 21 That Golden Girls Show (pg. 7) 27 Afternoon Recital Series: Raffi Besalyan (pg. 35)

October 2019

3 National Geographic Live: Between River and Rim: Hiking the Grand Canyon (pg. 28)  4 Savion Glover and The Ideal Ensemble (pg. 8)  11 Neil Berg’s 102 Years of Broadway (pg. 9)  12 Pinkalicious the Musical (pg. 24)  13 Graham Nash (pg. 10) 16-17 Layer the Walls (pg. 11, 36)  18–27 .OCC Repertory Theater Co. presents: Our Town (pg. 41)  21-25 Amirah Sackett (pg. 31)   22 Brooks Gibbs (pg. 37)  25 Afternoon Recital Series: Zee Zee (pg. 35)  27 The Gerry Mulligan Tribute Quintet (pg. 32)

November 2019

 1 Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies (pg. 11)  7 An Evening with Cowboy Junkies (pg. 12)  8–17 OCC Repertory Theatre Co. presents:   

On Golden Pond (pg. 41) 22 Max Weinberg’s Jukebox (pg. 13) 23 Assisted Living: The Home for the Holidays (pg. 14) 26 The Ten Tenors (pg. 15)

Photo | National Geographic Live: View From Above (p.29, 37) © Terry Virts 4

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December 2019

 1 Swingadelic Presents: A Tribute to Fats Domino (pg. 32)  6 A Celtic Family Christmas (pg. 16)  5-15 OCC Repertory Theatre Co. presents: Broadway for the Holidays:       

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A Musical Revue (pg. 41) A Christmas Carol (pg. 24) OCC Concert Band: Home for the Holidays (pg. 43) Vienna Boys Choir (pg. 17) Irish Christmas in America (pg. 18) The Nutcracker (pg. 25) Cherish the Ladies (pg. 19) Angelina Ballerina: The Very Merry Holiday Musical (pg. 25)

January 2020

15-16 Red Firecrackers – The Legend of the First Chinese New Year (pg. 37)

February 2020 6   9 13 - 16   21  28

National Geographic Live: View From Above (pg. 29, 37) DinoLight (pg. 26) OCC Repertory Theatre Company presents: Love Letters (pg. 42) Mandy Harvey (pg. 20) Afternoon Recital Series: Everett Jones (pg. 35)

March 2020

 6-15  12  19  22  28

OCC Repertory Theatre Co. presents: Lovers (pg. 42) Danú (pg. 20, 37) Artrageous (pg. 27, 37) Lucia Jackson (pg. 33) Assisted Living: The Musical (pg. 21)

April 2020

 2 .National Geographic Live: Capturing the Impossible (pg. 30)  3 Afternoon Recital Series: Sonnet (pg. 35)  4 The Amazing Max (pg. 26)  18 Louis Prima, Jr. (pg. 22)  25 The Music of Bobby Darin (pg. 22) 24-26, 30 OCC Repertory Theatre Co. presents: Steel Magnolias (pg. 42)  May 2020

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OCC Repertory Theatre Co. presents: Steel Magnolias (pg. 42) Afternoon Recital Series: Federico Colli (pg. 35) OCC Concert Band: Hands Across the Sea (pg. 43) NYC3 (pg. 23) Sentimental Journey Big Band (pg. 33)

June 2020

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SPECIAL GUEST: THE RAILS

Oh Solo Wainwright: An Evening with Rufus FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2019

Praised by the New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. The New York-born, Montreal-raised singer songwriter has released seven studio albums, three DVDs, and three live albums, including the fantastic Grammy nominated “Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall,” which captured his celebrated Judy Garland tribute performance at the London Palladium in 2007, and the album “Release The Stars” which went Gold in Canada and the U.K. Musically, Rufus has collaborated with artists including Elton John, Burt Bacharach, David Byrne, Boy George, Joni Mitchell, Pet Shop Boys and producer Mark Ronson among many others. Rufus is currently working on a new studio pop album with LA based producer Mitchell Froom to be released in the spring of 2020. The album’s songs and production harken back to his explosive debut album that celebrates the sound and musical heritage of Los Angeles. In the fall of 2018 Wainwright embarked on a worldwide tour titled “All These Poses” celebrating the 20th anniversary of his eponymous debut album and his second album “Poses”. He is working on a number of film and musical projects.  8:00pm  Main Stage  $209 - $39 VIP Packages available See grunincenter.org for details.

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That Golden Girls Show! SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019

Set in that sassy Miami house in 1985, ‘That Golden Girls Show!’ is one of Off Broadway’s biggest smash hits that parodies classic Golden Girls moments with puppets! Get set for an evening of cheesecake, laughter, jazzercise, shoulder pads, sex, and the elegant art of the quick-witted put down. From Sophia’s get-richquick schemes, to Rose’s tales from St. Olaf, Blanche’s insatiable hunt for men and the Fountain of Youth, to Dorothy’s daily struggle to make sense of her life, manage her roommates and, all the while fending off a certain pesky ex-husband once and for all. Devoted fans will fondly remember our four girls from Miami, and for the first-timers, this will be a joyful introduction to the brilliance of that television series. 2:00pm and 7:30pm  Main Stage  $27 - $22 Subscription Eligible

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Savion Glover & The Ideal Ensemble FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2019

In his latest stage concert, the Tony Award- winning, tap-dancing phenomenon applies his unique sense of musicality and his incredible stage presense to familiar compositions all the way from exploratory classics by John Coltrane to original movements by Mr. Glover. While highlighting Tap as the leading instrument, Savion & The Ideal Ensemble will allow audiences the unavoidable celebratory experience through sound and abstract instrumentation. Savion Glover made his Broadway debut at age 11 in The Tap Dance Kid (1985) before earning his first Tony nomination at age 15 for Black and Blue (1989). He worked with George Wolfe on Jelly’s Last Jam (1992) and Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk (1996), earning him a Tony Award for Best Choreography. Another Tony Award nomination followed in 2016 for Shuffle Along. He conquered Hollywood when he appeared with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr. in Tap, Spike Lee’s Bamboozled and the acclaimed Academy Award-winning 2006 Warner Brothers release of Happy Feet and Happy Feet 2, both choreographed by Glover. In his hometown of Newark New Jersey, Savion Glover holds the honor of being on the Board of Directors at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center where he also serves as its Dance Ambassador. 8:00pm  Main Stage  $57 - $37  Subscription Eligible 8

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Neil Berg’s 102 Years of Broadway FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2019

102 Years of Broadway recreates the greatest moments from the finest shows of the century featuring the actual stars of shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, CATS, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Jekyll & Hyde, and more! These amazing performers light up the stage with songs from the hit shows in which they starred. Neil Berg presents brilliantly revived arrangements of Broadway classics as well as thrilling numbers from Broadway’s newest hit shows. 8:00pm  Main Stage  $49 - $39 Subscription Eligible

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Graham Nash

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2019

Legendary artist Graham Nash is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and is a GRAMMY Award winner. Towering above virtually everything that Graham Nash has accomplished in his multi-faceted career stands the litany of songs that constitute his remarkable body of work, beginning with his contributions to the Hollies through This Path Tonight (2016), his most recent solo album. The original union of Crosby, Stills & Nash (& Young) lasted but twenty months. Yet their songs are embedded in our DNA, starting with Nash’s “Marrakesh Express,” and “Lady of the Island,” from the first Crosby, Stills & Nash LP (1969), and “Teach Your Children” and “Our House” on CSNY’s Déjà Vu (1970). Nash’s solo career debuted with Songs For Beginners (1971), which included “Chicago/We Can Change the World” and “Military Madness”. In addition to his solo albums, he has performed and recorded with David Crosby. Their eponymously titled Graham Nash/David Crosby (1972), is bookended by Nash’s “Southbound Train” and “Immigration Man”.  7:30pm  Main Stage  $86 - $66 $1 from each ticket will be donated to the Guacamole Fund VIP Packages available from $395 - $175  See grunincenter.org for details Subscription Eligible 10 Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts • 2019-2020


Layer the Walls

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2019

Layer the Walls explores stories of a tenement apartment in New York City that was once home to hundreds of new immigrants. Shadow and Bunraku puppetry, along with masks bring to life the stories of Irish, Italian, and Jewish families. These compelling stories have shaped the America we know today. Appropriate for ages 7 and up. 3:00pm  Main Stage  $20 Adult / $17 Senior Subscription Eligible

Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2019

“I have two Oscars, not one but two.” It’s the 1939 Academy Awards, young Miss Davis is nominated for Best Actress, and the LA Times LEAKED the winners EARLY! “Vivian Leigh will take home the Oscar for Best Actress.” In this one-woman show, witness Bette’s most defining moments as a tenacious young starlet and see what happens when someone who always wins...loses. 2:00pm  Main Stage  $20 Adult / $17 Senior Subscription Eligible

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An Evening with Cowboy Junkies THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2019 Anyone who has followed Cowboy Junkies’ three decade-long journey knows the band has always traveled its own path. In 1988, they proved that there was an audience waiting for something quiet, beautiful and reflective. The Trinity Session was like a whisper that cut through the noise -- and it was compelling. With their new album, All That Reckoning, the band once again gently shakes the listener to wake up. It also may be the most powerful album Cowboy Junkies have yet recorded. An Evening with Cowboy Junkies will traverse the new album and three decades of their unique history. 7:30pm  Main Stage  $49 - $29  Subscription Eligible

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Max Weinberg’s Jukebox FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2019

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Drummer Max Weinberg announces a new touring concept for the intimate venue – “Max Weinberg’s Jukebox.” A truly interactive experience, Weinberg invites the audience to create in real time the set list he and his crack four piece group will play that night. Performing songs from the glory days of rock and roll, you get to choose from a video menu of over 200 songs – everything from the Beatles to the Stones to Bruce and The E Street Band’s biggest hits – and hear the group play ‘em the way you want to hear them played! That’s right – the crowd gets to yell out their choices and Max plays them! This unique approach is fun and satisfying. How many times have you attended a show where you yearned to hear your favorite performer play your favorite song? With Max Weinberg’s Jukebox your dream will be realized. 8:00pm  Main Stage  $55 - $42 VIP Meet & Greet Available for an additional $115  Subscription Eligible

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Assisted Living: The Home for the Holidays SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019

Are You Dreaming Of A White Haired Christmas? Imagine: no work, no pregnancy, and a full array of Medicare-subsidized pharmaceuticals all while Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree. Assisted Living: The Home For The Holidays® focuses on the crazy antics that happen at the Pelican Roost Assisted Living “Home”, an active, full-service retirement community, during the holiday season. The holidays can be crazy, but it is even more greatly celebrated when you don’t know if you will be here for the next one. The many characters at Pelican Roost sing and dance, revel and kvetch, celebrate and bloviate their way through Christmas and Hanukah. 2:00pm and 7:30pm  Main Stage  $27 - $22  Subscription Eligible

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The TEN Tenors

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2019

The TEN Tenors are undoubtedly one of Australia’s greatest entertainment success stories, with more than 90 million people worldwide witnessing their unmistakable charm, camaraderie and vocal power. Following 20 years of sell-out performances across the globe, including more than 2500 of their own headline concerts, The TEN Tenors have cemented their place as Australia’s premier classical-crossover group. Celebrated for their colourful repertoire, breathtaking arrangements, and powerful live performances, The TEN Tenors respectfully tip their hats not only to the great classical composers, but to contemporary music’s most popular artists. From Queen, Bowie, Lennon, and Winehouse, an evening with The TEN Tenors is guaranteed to surprise and delight in equal measure. 7:00pm  Main Stage  $55- $35  Subscription Eligible

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Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy Present: A Celtic Family Christmas FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2019

Join Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, the award-winning fiddle virtuosos, in an intimate and unique Christmas album and concert series you will never forget. This year, A Celtic Family Christmas exceeds all expectations with riveting performances by this fierce fiddling duo, and their children, bringing the Cape Breton Christmas to you. Through a mix of both song and dance, they will take you on a journey of virtuosic performance, telling the story of the night before Christmas in the Leahy/ MacMaster household. “Christmas is where this whole concept started and we are excited to be travelling as a family,” says Donnell. With a lineup of familiar Christmas songs intermingled with classic Celtic songs, A Celtic Family Christmas will guide you into the wonderful world of a true MacMaster Leahy Christmas celebration. 8:00pm  Main Stage  $59 - $39 Subscription Eligible

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Vienna Boys Choir

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2019

© Lukas Beck

Boys have been singing at Vienna’s Imperial Chapel since 1296. In 1498, Emperor Maximilian I (HRR) moved his court to Vienna, thus founding the “Hofmusikkapelle” (Chapel Imperial), and the Vienna Boys Choir. Over the centuries, the Viennese Court attracted musicians like Heinrich Isaac, Johann Joseph Fux, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Antonio Salieri, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Anton Bruckner; Joseph Haydn, Michael Haydn, and Franz Schubert were themselves choir boys. Until 1918, the boys sang exclusively for the imperial court. In 1924, the Choir was reestablished as a private organization. Today, there are 100 choristers between the ages of nine and fourteen, divided into four touring groups. Each spends ten weeks of the year on tour. Between them, the choirs give around 300 concerts each year, attended by almost half a million spectators around the world. Since 1924, 2499 choristers have sung over 1000 tours in 98 different countries. The boys’ first tour of the USA took place in 1931, their first world tour in 1934-35. 7:00pm  Main Stage  $49 - $40  Subscription Eligible

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Irish Christmas in America THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2019

The hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show, now in its 15th season, features top Irish music, song, and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humor, and boundless energy. Produced by Oisín Mac Diarmada of award-winning lrish group Téada, the current tour brings back the amazing Séamus Begley, (TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year) along with the immense vocal talents of Sligo’s Niamh Farrell. This family-friendly performance features evocatively-sung Irish ballads, lively instrumental tunes, and thrilling Irish dancing, while photographs provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions. Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland bring you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season of 2019. 7:00pm  Main Stage  $35 - $25  Subscription Eligible

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Cherish the Ladies: A Celtic Christmas THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2019

The Grammy Award nominated Irish-American group, Cherish The Ladies, formed in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a maledominated Celtic music scene. Celebrating their 35th anniversary, Cherish The Ladies has brought their timeless Irish traditions, signature blend of virtuosic instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, and stunning step dancing around the world including the White House, the Olympics, and to PBS with their television special, An Irish Homecoming, which recently received an Emmy Award. This supergroup has been described as one of the most engaging and successful ensembles in the history of Celtic music. In their A Celtic Christmas program, the Ladies put their signature mark on classic carols such as “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Silent Night,” in arrangements that highlight the group’s unique Celtic instrumentation, beautiful harmonies, and spectacular step dancing. 7:00pm  Main Stage  $48 - $35  Subscription Eligible

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Mandy Harvey

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020

Mandy Harvey is a deaf American singer-songwriter. While a Vocal Music Education major at Colorado State University, Mandy lost her residual hearing at age eighteen due to a connective tissue disorder, and left the program. She pursued several career options, including education, but returned to music in 2008. Mandy’s music attracts the attention of those around the world, adding to her message of hope, dream, and believe. Mandy gained recognition for appearing on America’s Got Talent, reaching the finals, and was Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer Winner. 8:00pm  Main Stage  $35 - $25 Subscription Eligible

Danú

THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020

Hailing from counties Waterford, Dublin, Donegal, and Cork, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. Their standing room only concerts throughout Ireland are true events featuring high-energy performances with a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire. For over two decades, Danú’s virtuosi players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki, and vocals (Irish and English), have performed around the globe and recorded seven critically acclaimed albums. 7:30pm  Main Stage  $45 - $35  Subscription Eligible

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Assisted Living: The Musical SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2020

Forget everything your granny told you about Assisted Living! Assisted Living: The Musical® is a 75-minute, one-act vaudevillian revue filled with original songs. It delivers laughs from the opening scene, when the show’s host couple enters heaven, suspecting their son pulled the plug to get his hands on Dad’s vintage Corvette. They don’t seem to mind. Instead, the couple fondly remembers Pelican Roost, an active, full-service retirement community, where 70-something is the new 20-something, and they party like it’s 1969! Two actors play eighteen different characters who sing and dance, revel and kvetch, celebrate and bloviate their way through later life. You’ll laugh out loud to songs like “Help! I’ve Fallen (For You) And I Can’t Get Up” and “Golf Cart Seduction.” Assisted Living: The Musical® is for everyone who is aging or hopes to age. You’ll see your parents, your friends, and maybe some of yourself. Don’t miss the show where the Associated Press says, “Audiences are laughing so hard, they cry!” 2:00pm and 7:30pm  Main Stage  $27 - $22  Subscription Eligible

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Louis Prima, Jr.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2020 Louis Prima, Jr. and the Witnesses are bringing Prima music into the 21st century. Not content to sit on the legacy they so passionately protect, LPJ and the band are taking a page from his father’s playbook, by wailing Prima Swing like it’s 2014. Less concerned about reliving the past than about creating a future for it, Louis Prima, Jr. and the Witnesses bring new energy and a current attitude to the masses with the wildest show this side of the 1960’s. Since their breakout performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (aka Jazz Fest), #TeamPrima has performed everywhere from Seattle to Palermo, from small clubs to performing arts centers, from casino showrooms to music festivals, and from Access Hollywood Live to PBS. 8:00pm  Main Stage  $35 - $25 Subscription Eligible

The Music of Bobby Darin

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2020

Starring Vegas Entertainer Ron Gartner and his swingin’ band! Bobby Darin was a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor in film and television. He died following a heart operation in 1973 at the age of 37. It has been said that had he lived, he would have been more famous than Frank Sinatra. In this special show, Vegas entertainer Ron Gartner and his band honor the Darin legacy... singing the songs of the swingin-est guy who ever put on a tux... in a show that covers everything from Darin’s rock ‘n’ roll days to the evening at the Copa. 8:00pm  Main Stage  $35 - $25 Subscription Eligible

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NYC3: Today’s Hits – Live! SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2020

The baby boomers had the Beatles, groups like ABBA took the 70s by storm, but now it’s time for TODAY’S music to take center stage with NYC3℠! Starring three of New NYC3 York City’s hottest male vocalists, this high-energy concert event delivers phenomenal Today’s Hits – Live! performances of today’s top hits from artists like Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Shawn Mendes, Niall Horan and more. Great songs like Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” and boomers Walk the “Shut Up like andABBA Dance” getbyyour DESCRIPTION: The baby hadMoon’s the Beatles, groups took will the 70s storm,audience but now it's up feet,music andtowhen the men NYC3℠ blend their voices soaring hits like timeon fortheir TODAY'S take center stageof with NYC3℠! Starring three of Newon York City's hottest male Sia’s “Chandelier” and their unforgettable rendition of “Hallelujah,” the crowd will vocalists, this high-energy concert event delivers phenomenal performances of today's top hits from artists be thisMars, powerhouse act’s Mendes, incredible With a Great cutting-edge likeawestruck Ed Sheeran, by Bruno Maroon 5, Shawn Niall vocals. Horan and more. songs like concert Justin containing only songs remixes thatthehave hit“Shut the airwaves in the lastyour decade, this Timberlake's “Can't Stop theand Feeling” and Walk Moon's Up and Dance” will get audience up electrifying group intoofthe pulse of their today’s music in a hits newlikeand way.and on their feet, and whentaps the men NYC3℠ blend voices on soaring Sia'sexciting “Chandelier” Millennials, families, and subscribers love the way thispowerhouse incredibleact's show covers their unforgettable rendition of “Hallelujah,” thealike crowdwill will be awestruck by this incredible today’s chart-topping one after another, featuring a dynamic act the forefront vocals. With a cutting-edge hits concert containing only songs and remixes that have hit theat airwaves in the lastof today’s headline entertainment scene. new...music it’s now... decade, this electrifying group taps into the pulseIt’s of today's in a newit’s andNYC3℠! exciting way. Millennials, families, and subscribers will love this incredibleEligible show covers today's chart-topping hits one 8:00pm  Main Stagealike  $32 - $27theway Subscription

after another, featuring a dynamic act at the forefront of today's headline entertainment scene. It's new... it's now... it's NYC3℠! SET LIST: (subject to change) “Shape of You,” “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” “Just the Way You Are,” “Sugar,” “Shut Up and Dance,” “Castle on the Hill,” “Slow Hands,” “Nothing Holding Me Back,” “Hallelujah,” “Honey I’m Good,” “Chandelier,” “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Remix)” and many more! INSTRUMENTATION OPTIONS: Singing Trio + 4-Piece Band (Keys, Electric Bass, Drums, and Electric Guitar) + Click Track Singing Trio + 3-Piece Band (Keys, Electric Bass, and Drums) + Click Track Singing Trio + 2-Piece Band (Keys and Drums) + Click Track grunincenter.org • 732.255.0500 Singing Trio + Keys + Click Track

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Pinkalicious: The Musical

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2019

Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament. 1:00pm  Main Stage $20 Adult / $15 Child Group Rates Available

Yates Musical Theatre presents:

A Christmas Carol SATURDAY, DEC. 7, 2019 An Ocean County College tradition, this musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol is the timeless tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge who hates Christmas. Shocked into action by visits from three ghosts that take him on a journey to the past, present, and the future, Scrooge discovers the true meaning of Christmas. The music and dancing of A Christmas Carol will help put everyone in the holiday spirit! 1:00pm  Main Stage  $12 Adult / $10 Child  Group Rates Available

FAMILY SERIES

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Ballet for Young Audiences presents:

The Nutcracker

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2019

This delightful ballet is a dream story brought to life through music and dance. The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara, a young girl whose magical journey begins with a Nutcracker doll and ends with the Land of Sweets. Along the way, you’ll meet the Mouse King, Flowers, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and a cast of enchanting characters. This ballet is narrated for your added enjoyment. 1:00pm and 4:00pm  Main Stage $12 Adult / $10 Child  Group Rates Available

Angelina Ballerina: The Very Merry Holiday Musical SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2019

Angelina and her friends are planning an absolutely positively spectacular holiday dance pageant; the best in all of Mouseland! When a mix-up prevents the pageant from going on, Angelina and her friends must use their creativity to save the show. By working together, Angelina, Alice, Gracie, AZ, Marco, and Angelina’s little sister, Polly, discover the true spirit of the holidays. With dancing, singing and festivities, this heart-warming musical is perfect for everyone’s holiday season! 1:00pm and 4:00pm  Main Stage  $17 Adult / $12 Child  Group Rates Available

FAMILY SERIES

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2020

Lightwire Theatre presents: Dino-Light

In this original storyline, a famous scientist with magic powers brings a friendly dinosaur to life. When the dinosaur wanders away from home, he discovers a wonderful world full of creatures that light up the darkness and help him find the true meaning of love. This glow-in-the-dark adventure is visually stunning and has been praised for its cutting edge blend of puppetry, technology, and dance by audiences all over the world. 1:00pm & 4:00pm  Main Stage  $17 Adult / $12 Child  Group Rates Available

FAMILY SERIES

The Amazing Max

SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2020 Max Darwin earned the moniker “The Amazing Max” for his extraordinary skills as a magician as well as for his ability to entertain adult audiences while keeping the little ones spellbound. Operating from the principle that “every show is unique because every child brought to the stage is unique,” Max conjures a custom experience that young ones will carry with them long after the show ends. Max combines magic and comedy, making objects appear and disappear and generally defying the laws of physics inches from theatergoer’s faces. This high-energy, interactive and all-around silly show is a perfect way to spend time with the entire family! 1:00pm  Main Stage  $17 Adult / $12 Child Group Rates Available

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Artrageous

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020 Imagine an artist creating a masterpiece before your eyes in mere moments. With a palette that also mixes captivating vocals, intricate choreography, and exciting audience interaction - Artrageous takes you on a unique visual journey packed with wild inspiration, creativity, and fun! The Artrageous troupe of artists, musicians, singers, and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, pop icons, and musical genres culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings. The result? A one of a kind crossover experience! The signature of the Artrageous Troup is interaction and engagement, so be prepared to be a part of the show! 7:00pm  Main Stage  $32 Adult / $27 Child

FAMILY SERIES

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© Kurt Markus

Kevin Fedarko

© Pete McBride

Between River and Rim: Hiking the Grand Canyon THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2019 In an effort to share the uncharted glory and to shed light on the myriad threats faced by the crown jewel of America’s National Parks, writer Kevin Fedarko joined photographer/filmmaker Pete McBride on an audacious and demanding adventure – to cut a transect, on foot, across the entire length of the Grand Canyon. Estimated at more than 750 miles, the hike was brutal beyond his wildest expectations. Fedarko carried as much as 50 pounds of gear, equipment, and food strapped to his back and had no trail to follow, risking severe consequences with a single misstep. But even as he pushed himself to the brink of his physical and mental limits, the unrivaled beauty of the canyon and his motivation to protect it drove him onward. Hear his behind-the-scenes stories of this grueling but critical expedition, illustrated with McBride’s stunning visuals. 2:00pm  Main Stage  $27 Adult / $22 Senior / $22 Child National Geographic Live Experience Package available  See page 47 for details

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© Terry Virts

Terry Virts

© Terry Virts

View From Above THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020 Sometimes, a little distance is all you need to see things in a brand new way. For astronaut Terry Virts, his newfound perspective was from the International Space Station (ISS), where he installed the Cupola module, granting an unprecedented 360- degree view from the station. When he later became the commander of the ISS, he made good use of the Cupola, taking more photographs than any astronaut who came before him. Many of those images were later used in the National Geographic book View From Above and IMAX film A Beautiful Planet, but to hear Virts tell it, no photo can capture the perfect shade of blue from a sunrise viewed from outer space. 7:00pm  Main Stage  $27 Adult / $22 Senior / $22 Child National Geographic Live Experience Package available  See page 47 for details

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© Mike McKay

Bryan Smith

© Pablo Durana

Capturing the Impossible THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2020 For extreme filmmaker Bryan Smith, the line between going for it and going too far is often blurry – especially when you’re exploring the earth’s most remote environments. In this edge-of-your-seat presentation, Bryan shows you what it means to adventure with purpose, and why he believes the best expeditions are the ones with a healthy chance of failure. He’s faced machete-wielding locals in Papua New Guinea, suffered frostbite during the first-ever ice climb of Niagara Falls, explored the South Pacific’s deepest canyons, and scaled North America’s tallest mountains to bring you behind the scenes and capture the impossible. 7:00pm  Main Stage  $27 Adult / $22 Senior / $22 Child National Geographic Live Experience Package available  See page 47 for details

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SPECIAL RESIDENCY

Amirah Sackett

OCTOBER 21 – OCTOBER 25, 2019 An internationally recognized hip-hop dancer, choreographer, and teacher, Amirah Sackett explores and embodies her Muslim American identity through combining hip-hop movement and Islamic themes. She is widely known for her creation of the choreography and performance group known as, “We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic”, which reached viral video fame after being featured on POPSUGAR Celebrity, The Huffington Post, AJ+, and Upworthy. Sackett was honored to be a TEDx speaker, guest lecturer at Harvard University, and a cultural diplomat with the U.S. State Department in Bangladesh and Malaysia. School Programing and Public Event will be available. Contact Jaclyn Wood, Education and Community Engagement Coordinator (jwood@ocean.edu) for details.

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JAZZ ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON

ALL SHOWS: 3:00pm  Main Stage Adult $24 Senior $20

The Jazz Lobsters Big Band SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 Longtime Grunin Center favorites, the Jazz Lobsters Big Band, return to kick off the latest Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon season! Made up of some of the finest musicians in the tri-state area, the Jazz Lobsters will demonstrate the timeless appeal of a big band firing on all cylinders, tackling everything from the swinging sound of Benny Goodman to the modern arrangements of Quincy Jones.

The Gerry Mulligan Tribute Quintet SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2019 Join Ron Vincent (Drums), Dean Johnson (Bass), Bill Mays (Piano), Marvin Stamm (Flugelhorn), and Jay Brandford (Baritone Saxophone) as they pay tribute to jazz genius Gerry Mulligan. Vincent and Johnson were members of Mulligan’s last quartet, and Mays played with him in the 1980s.

Swingadelic Presents: A Tribute to Fats Domino SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2019 The ever-popular Swingadelic brings the music and life of Fats Domino to the Grunin Center, swinging the hits of one of the 20th century's most beloved entertainers. Bandleader Dave Post and singer/pianist John Bauers have put together a rockin' program and a seven-piece band to feature the music of the man who fused the sounds of rhythm and blues and New Orleans jazz to become a pioneer of rock 'n' roll. During his long career, Domino had 35 hits on the Billboard Top 40 and many of them will be performed (and swung) at this performance! 32 Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts • 2019-2020


Lucia Jackson SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2020 A graduate of the Alvin Ailey School of Dance, dancer and singer Lucia Jackson has created her own hybrid of modern dance and jazz vocalizing, a successful combination that melds the forward-looking motion of modern dance with the proud traditions and the endless possibilities of jazz singing into a unique art form – one’s that exciting and unquestionably transcendent. Lucia is currently performing music from her debut album, You and The Night and The Music, which was released in September 2018.

Sentimental Journey Big Band featuring Altha Morton, Vocalist SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2020 Sentimental Journey Big Band performs the hits of the 30’s, 40’s, and beyond. The same music that brought our nation through the 20th century is just as relevant today. The melodies are the ones that motivate people to dance or sing, and linger in your mind long after the show is over.

Eric Mintel Quartet SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2020 The Eric Mintel Quartet has been thrilling audiences of all ages with their electrifying jazz for over 25 years. Featuring pianist and composer Eric Mintel, Nelson Hill sax/flute, Jack Hegyi bass and Dave Mohn drums. The EMQ is best known for their tribute to Dave Brubeck and performance of many Eric Mintel originals. Mintel is a protege of the late Dave Brubeck, and the EMQ will play tribute to Brubeck’s coming 100th birthday.

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Raffi Besalyan

Zee Zee

Everett Jones

New! AFTERNOON RECITAL SERIES Sonnet

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ALL SHOWS: 2:00pm  Main Stage General Admission $12 Federico Colli


Raffi Besalyan FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 Hailed as “a formidable artist with a commanding presence and rich interpretive gifts,” Armenian-born American pianist Raffi Besalyan is a master of his art and a true heir of the Russian School of pianism. Active as a recitalist, orchestral soloist, and chamber musician, critics have praised his performances for their virility, poetry and extraordinary technical command.

Zee Zee FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2019 An imaginative and electrifying performer, Zee Zee, is unique among the young generation of pianists. Described as “full of enthusiasm and glamour, radiating the vigor of youth” (Chinese Gramophone), her interpretations and communicative abilities have been praised as “taking us to another reality... bright, expressive and moving to the extreme” (Belgischer Rundfunk), while her creative maturity has been hailed as “a powerful, passionate and compelling representation of pure artistry” (Los Angeles Times).

Everett Jones FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020 Everett Jones, a gifted pianist, composer, and lecturer, brings a human element to traditional repertoire, uses composition to translate classical music to traditional and nontraditional audiences, and teaches the next generation of musicians the importance of appreciating and preserving history.

Group Rates available. Call the Ticket Office to Learn More! Recital Series Subscription. Buy all 5 Recitals for $50. (See page 47.)

Sonnet

Federico Colli

FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2020

FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2020

Sonnet is a four-hand piano duo from the New York metropolitan area. Originally from Korea and New York respectively, they have successfully merged their inherently different perspectives into a musical meeting of the minds. Both pianists, Mi-Won Kim and Bari Mort, received a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the Juilliard School, although their paths did not cross until later. They are committed to promoting music of contemporary composers along with showcasing traditional repertoire.

Internationally recognized for his vibrant interpretations and brilliant technique, Italian pianist Federico Colli was selected in 2014 by International Piano Magazine as one of the “30 pianists under 30 who are likely to dominate the world stage in years to come.” Born in Brescia in 1988, Federico studied at the Milan Conservatory, the Imola International Piano Academy and the Salzburg Mozarteum under the guidance of Sergio Marengoni, Konstantin Bogino, Boris Petrushansky, and Pavel Gililov.

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SCHOOL PROGRAMMING

Layer the Walls

DanĂş

Red Firecrackers

Artrageous

Educational Programming, Workshops, and Master Classes

These performances support classroom curriculum and the invaluable skills that arts education gives children. Through the performances here at the Grunin Center and the related teacher curriculum for you to use in your classroom, we aim to encourage students to read, develop critical and creative thinking, and be curious about the world around them.

For more information and to book your group, contact Jaclyn Wood at the Grunin Center for the Arts: 732-255-0400 ext. 2487 or jwood@ocean.edu.

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Layer the Walls

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16 AND THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2019

What if you discovered an old apartment covered with forty layers of wallpaper? What if these layers could be peeled back to reveal the stories of past tenants? Layer the Walls explores stories of a tenement apartment in New York City that was once home to hundreds of new immigrants. Shadow and Bunraku puppetry, along with masks bring to life the stories of Irish, Italian and Jewish families. These compelling stories have shaped the America we know today. 10:00am and 12:00pm both days Main Stage  For Grades 2-7

Brooks Gibbs

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2019

Brooks Gibbs is an award winning social skills educator who teaches students, parents, and teachers how to build emotional resilience and live by the Golden Rule. 9:15am & 11:00am  Main Stage For Grades 5-8

Red Firecrackers –

The Legend of the First Chinese New Year WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15 AND THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020

The Nai Ni Chen Dance Company presents a spectacular production of props, costumes, music, acrobatics, and dance by top-notch performers, telling the story of the origin of the Chinese Lunar New Year. In this legend, a group of villagers working, dancing, and praying together defeat a terrifying monster of the ages. It explains some of the origins of the Chinese Lunar New Year when everyone is wearing red, giving red envelopes to children, putting up red decorations, and lighting up all the dark corners with red firecrackers to make loud noises. 10:00am and 11:30am  Main Stage For Grades 3-8

A View From Above THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020

According to former International Space Station Commander Terry Virts, one of the coolest parts about being an astronaut is getting to do different things. Aboard the International Space Station, Terry had the opportunity to act as a scientist, a mechanic, a dentist, and a photographer. As Terry shares photographs, videos, and stories from his journey in space, students will gain a different perspective of life on Earth and their place as part of the global community. See page 29 for more details. 11:00am  Main Stage  For Grades 5-8

Danú

THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020

Hailing from historic County Waterford, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. For over two decades, Danú’s virtuosi players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki, and vocals (Irish and English), have performed around the globe. Danú takes its audiences on a musical journey to their native Ireland, offering a moving and memorable concert experience. 10:45am  For Grades K-5 12:00pm  For Grades 6-12 Main Stage

Artrageous

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020

This is a one of a kind interactive performance that incorporates many different art forms on the same stage. Students will get to experience live art, music, dance, life sized puppetry, and get to be part of the show. The images created are tailored to the younger demographic and include well known pop icons. 11:00am  Main Stage For Grades 6-12

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COMMUNITY ARTS & MUSIC PROGRAMMING

A Free Summer Series sponsored by the Wintrode Family Foundation CAMP programs are designed for local summer camps to have access to arts education during the summer months, free of charge. Limited tickets will be made available to the public. Reservations of public tickets will take place one week prior to the event date by contacting Jaclyn Wood at the Grunin Center for the Arts: 732-2550400 ext. 2487 or jwood@ocean.edu. Reservations are required.

Big Bang Boom TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2019

Established in 2007 out of Greensboro, North Carolina, this rockin’ 3-piece power pop band consists of talented artists and long-time musicians Chuck Folds, Steve Willard, and Eddie Walker. But this musical trio doesn’t play just any ole’ average music. 10:00am & 12:00pm  Main Stage

Doktor Kaboom! TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2019

Doktor Kaboom is an over the top German physicist with a passion for science that knows no bounds. Sporting chrome goggles, orange lab coat, motorcycle boots, and wicked cool hair, Doktor Kaboom travels the world, thrilling adults and children alike with an explosive comedic style that is guaranteed to please every crowd. Join Doktor Kaboom for a series of increasingly spectacular, and often successful, demonstrations of the physical sciences. 10:00am & 12:00pm  Main Stage

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The Amazing Max

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2019

Max combines magic and comedy, making objects appear and disappear and generally defying the laws of physics inches from theatergoer’s faces. This high-energy, interactive and all-around silly show is a perfect way to spend time with the entire family! 10:00am & 12:00pm  Main Stage

Squirrel Stole My Underpants TUESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2019

“Squirrel Stole My Underpants” is a poignantly silly adventure tale for families. A lonely, awkward girl named Sylvie, is sent out to the backyard to hang up the laundry and keep herself busy. The moment Sylvie’s back is turned, a mischievous squirrel appears, steals her favorite piece of clothing, and runs off. Will our lonely heroine rescue her underpants and discover the magic within herself? Join the adventure to find out! 10:00am & 12:00pm  Main Stage

Janet’s Planet

MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2019

Blast Off! with Janet’s Planet! Explore the wonders of the solar system by traveling at the “speed of thought” in this interactive performance that takes families and young audiences on a virtual tour across the universe. Based on the educational television show that airs on 144 public television stations nationwide, Janet’s Planet fans are in for a real treat as they see the galaxy from Janet’s futuristic Mission Control. 9:30am  Main Stage

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OCC PERFORMING ARTS

Almost, Maine cast photo, October 2018

MUSICAL THEATER OCC Repertory Theatre Company presents:

Into the Woods

July 11-14 and 18-21

The OCC Repertory Theatre Company takes the stage for their summer musical with an epic fairytale about wishes, family, and the choices we make. Into the Woods tells the story of a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by James Lapine, Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine, Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. Directed by Paul Chalakani. Thu.  July 11 & 18, 2019 Fri.  July 12 & 19, 2019 Sat.  July 13 & 20, 2019 Sun.  July 14 & 21, 2019

 7:30pm  7:30pm  8:00pm  2:00pm

Main Stage  Adult $26 / Senior $17

Student and Group Rates available for OCC

Performing Arts​​ productions. Call the Grunin Center Ticket Office to learn more!

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THEATER OCC Repertory Theatre Company presents:

Our Town

October 18-20 and 24-27

Described by Edward Albee as “…the greatest American play ever written,” the story follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.” Narrated by a stage manager, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually – in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre – die. Written by Thornton Wilder. Thu.  Oct. 24, 2019  7:30pm Fri.  Oct. 18 & 25, 2019  7:30pm Sat  Oct. 19 & 26, 2019  8:00pm Sun  Oct. 20 & 27, 2019  2:00pm Black Box Theatre  Adult $15 / Senior $12

THEATER OCC Repertory Theatre Company presents:

On Golden Pond

Nov. 8-10 and 14-17

This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. They are visited by their divorced, middleaged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness – and slang – in return. Written by Ernest Thompson. Thu.  Nov. 14, 2019  7:30pm Fri.  Nov. 8 & 15, 2019  7:30pm Sponsored by Sat.  Nov. 9 & 16, 2019  8:00pm Sun.  Nov. 10 & 17, 2019  2:00pm Black Box Theatre  Adult $15 / Senior $12

MUSICAL THEATER OCC Rep Theatre Company presents:

Broadway for the Holidays: A Musical Revue Dec. 5-8 and 12-15 Celebrate the holidays Broadway style when the OCC Repertory Theatre Company presents this rousing revue featuring over 20 of your favorite holiday tunes from the Great White Way. With performances that range from silly to somber, this all-encompassing collection of seasonal favorites will be sure to put even the biggest Grinch into the holiday spirit! Thu.  Dec. 5 & 12, 2019  7:30pm Fri.  Dec. 6 & 13, 2019  7:30pm Sat.  Dec. 7 & 14, 2019  2:00pm & 8:00pm Sun.  Dec. 8 & 15, 2019  2:00pm Black Box Theatre  Adult $15 / Senior $12

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THEATER OCC Repertory Theatre Company presents:

Love Letters February 13-16

This Pulitzer Prize winning play centers on two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, as they sit side by side at tables reading the notes, letters and cards they have sent to each other over nearly 50 years. They discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, and the victories and defeats that they have shared throughout their separated lives. Written by A.R. Gurney Limited Engagement! Thu  February 13, 2020  7:30pm Fri  February 14, 2020  7:30pm Sat  February 15, 2020  8:00pm Sun  February 16, 2020  2:00pm Black Box Theatre  Adult $15 / Senior $12

THEATER OCC Repertory Theatre Company presents:

Lovers

Mar. 6-8 and 12-15

A play in two parts. The first section, titled “Winners,” follows the story of two teenage lovers, Joe and Mag, who are due to be married in three weeks. The second section, “Losers,” tell the story of middle aged lovers Hanna and Andy, who are trying to make their relationship work while Hanna’s family and neighbors disapprovingly intervene. Written by Brian Friel Thu  March 12, 2020  7:30pm Fri  March 6 & 13, 2020  7:30pm Sat  March 7 & 14, 2020  8:00pm Sun  March 8 & 15, 2020  2:00pm Black Box Theatre  Adult $15 / Senior $12

THEATER OCC Repertory Theatre Company presents:

Steel Magnolias

April 24-26 and 30; May 1-3 The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser; an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Written by Robert Harling. Thu  April 30, 2020  7:30pm Fri  April 24 & May 1, 2020  7:30pm Sat  April 25 & May 2, 2020  8:00pm Sun  April 26 & May 3, 2020  2:00pm Black Box Theatre  Adult $15 / Senior $12 42 Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts • 2019-2020


CONCERT BAND OCC Concert Band presents:

Home For The Holidays Saturday, December 7, 2019

Nothing is more meaningful and satisfying than being home for the holidays. The OCC Concert Band invites you to our home where you will become a part of our musical family. As our guest, we will treat you to a timeless selection of holiday favorites. Conducted by Anthony Tafrow. 7:00pm  Main Stage Adult $20 / Seniors $18

CONCERT BAND OCC Concert Band presents:

Hands Across The Sea Saturday, May 2, 2020

Join the OCC Concert Band as we journey across the ocean to the British Isles and back to the heartland of America, for an evening of music that spans continents. Featuring some of the most well-known music of England, Ireland, and American Dixieland, this itinerary will take you on a musical voyage. The evening will also feature a live bag pipe band to help transport you to another land. Conducted by Anthony Tafrow. 7:00pm  Main Stage Adult $20 / Seniors $18

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PERFORMING PARTNERS Diane Wittry Music Director & Conductor The Orchestra-in-Residence Anthony LaGruth

at Ocean County College

________________ Artistic Director & Conductor 64th SEASON ________________

Programs & Events

Music lives on the Jersey Shore, where the Garden State Philharmonic opens its arms to existing and future generations of music lovers, forging a classical path between the metropolises of Philadelphia and New York City.

_______________ SUBSCRIPTION SERIES _______________

Chamber: Fall Fantasy

Chamber: Spring Sonata

An intimate evening with members of the Garden State Philharmonic, featuring Karl Kramer-Johansen on french horn, Allison Kiger on flute, and Greg Landes on percussion. Featured works include Schumann’s Adagio und Allegro for horn and L’Histoire du Tango by Astor Piazzolla. 8:00 pm  Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts

An intimate afternoon with members of the Garden State Philharmonic, featuring Jameson Platte on cello, Uli Speth on violin, and our Composer in Residence, Ben Goldberg. Featured works include Amy Beach’s Violin Sonata, The Gift by Ben Goldberg, and Rachmaninoff’s Sonata for Cello and Piano. 3:00 pm  Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts

Mozart

Romantic Strings

An afternoon all about Amadeus. The Garden State Philharmonic brings some of Mozart’s best known works to the stage including The Overture to the Marriage of Figaro and Symphony No. 39 in Eb Major.  3:00 pm  Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts

The Romantic period was one of the most innovative in music history, characterized by lyrical melodies, rich harmonies, and emotive expression. Featuring The Holberg Suite by Grieg, Tchaikovsky’s String Serenade, and Piano Concerto No. 1 by Shostakovich.  8:00 pm  Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Saturday, May 30, 2020

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______________ GENERAL INFORMATION ______________ Garden State Philharmonic Office  1 College Drive, PO Box 2001 Toms River, NJ 08754  732.255.0460

Visit gardenstatephilharmonic.org for program information, or to make donations to the nonprofit.

Tickets may be purchased online, by calling the GSP Office, or at the Grunin Center Box Office in person on the day of the event.

www.gardenstatephilharmonic.org @gardenstatephilharmonic @thegardenstatephilharmonic @gsp_music

_____________________ TICKETS _____________________

 Orchestra Section:  Adults $50  Seniors (60+) $44  Students (w/ID) $20  Balcony Section:  Adults $44  Seniors (60+) $40  Students (w/ID) $14

A per order service and handling fee will be applied at the time of purchase. Groups of 10 or more receive special discounts. Save 10-15% off single tickets when you purchase a subscription package.

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Messiah & More!

Opera Choruses

Celebrate the season with one of the best-known choral works in Western music, Handel’s Messiah, as well as added seasonal selections performed by the Garden State Philharmonic and the GSP Chorus under the direction of Steven Russell.  2:30 pm S  t. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Toms River

The Garden State Philharmonic in partnership with Monmouth University will bring the sounds of your favorite Opera Choruses to life at the historic Strand Theater. Featured operas include Nabucco, Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto, and many more. Garden State Philharmonic • GSP Chorus • Monmouth University Chamber Choir.  7:30 pm T  he Strand Theater, Lakewood, NJ

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Saturday, April 25, 2020

**Program dates and information subject to change.

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SPONSORS and SUPPORTERS

Sponsors

The Grunin Center wishes to acknowledge the following organizations for their support.

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Supporters

The Grunin Center wishes to thank the following organizations for their support.

These programs are funded in part by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders and a grant from the NJ State Council on the Arts administered by The Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

Accessibility

The Grunin Center for the Arts strives to make every accommodation possible available to patrons needing accessible seating. Seating is limited and we encourage guests to make arrangements in advance. Assisted Listening Devices are available at all performances. For large print or braille programs please make request four weeks in advance. Contact the Box Office two weeks prior to any show to arrange for disability and accessibility services.

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TICKET INFORMATION

Purchasing Tickets

Tickets are available online at grunincenter.org or by phone/in person at the Grunin Center Ticket Office. Hours: Monday – Friday, 10am to 5pm, phone 732-255-0500. All information contained in this publication is accurate at the time of print. Prices, fees, dates, times, performers, and performances are subject to change at any time. Such changes do not dictate a refund or exchange unless authorized by the producer, promoter, or Grunin Center for the Arts. Ticket Processing Fees apply to all orders. Fees subject to change. All sales are final. 2  019 – 2020 Subscriptions are on sale Monday, July 1, 2019 at 10am. All 2019 – 2020 Tickets are on sale Monday, July 15, 2019 at 10am.

Discounts and Subscriptions

Full details and eligibility are available at grunincenter.org.

GROUP RATES available for most shows. Contact Jaclyn Wood, Community Engagement Coordinator, at 732-255-0400 ext. 2487 to book your group. GRUNIN PRESENTS SUBSCRIPTIONS Buy More, Save More! BUY 3 eligible Grunin Presents Shows in 1 purchase - Save 10% BUY 5 eligible Grunin Presents Shows in 1 purchase - Save 15% BUY 7 eligible Grunin Presents Shows in 1 purchase - Save 20%! Call or Visit grunincenter.org to purchase a subscription starting July 1 @ 10am. JAZZ CLUB – Buy in advance and save! BUY 3 Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon Shows in 1 purchase – Get 50% off one ticket to Louis Prima, Jr. BUY 6 Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon Shows in 1 purchase – Get 1 complimentary ticket to Louis Prima, Jr. Adult and Senior Subscriptions available. Call or Visit grunincenter.org to purchase a subscription starting July 1 @ 10am. AFTERNOON RECITAL SERIES PACKAGE Purchase all 5 Afternoon Recital Series events in one package for $50 (plus ticket fee, a $10 savings!) Package on sale July 1 @ 10am. OCC Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni Discount: Various discounts available for eligible shows. Tickets must be purchased in person with valid ID. Limit of two tickets per eligible performance. Call or visit the Ticket Office for details.

FAMILY SERIES DISCOUNT Purchase multiple RWJBarnabas Health Family Series shows and save! BUY 3 eligible shows in 1 purchase - Save 10% - Use code Fam192010 at checkout! BUY 5 eligible shows in 1 purchase - Save 15% - Use code Fam192015 at checkout! BUY 7 eligible shows in 1 purchase - Save 20% - Use code Fam192020 at checkout! Discount applies to Adult & Child tickets. Tickets on sale July 15, 2019 @ 10am. National Geographic Live Experience Package – Purchase all 3 National Geographic Live public lectures in one package for $60 (plus ticket fee, a 25% savings). Package on sale July 1 @ 10am. Active Military and Veterans Discount Active United States Military and Eligible Veterans receive 25% off tickets to select Grunin Presents shows. Tickets must be purchased at the Ticket Office and a valid Common Access Card or Uniformed Services Privilege Identification Card must be shown. Some exclusions apply. Call or visit the Ticket Office for details. Subscription Prices and Discounts are taken off Adult ticket prices unless otherwise noted.

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2019-2020 SEASON

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2019 - 2020 Grunin Center Season Brochure  

Explore the 2019 - 2020 Season at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts in Toms River, NJ.

2019 - 2020 Grunin Center Season Brochure  

Explore the 2019 - 2020 Season at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts in Toms River, NJ.