With past shows like Snoopy!!!, Jack and the Beanstalk, Nunsense, The Sound of Music, Children of Eden, Once On This Island, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Miracle Worker, and Rumors, the Center for the Performing Arts at the DeBaun Auditorium presents Smokey Joe's Café on Oct. 17 through 19.
The Musical is a hit-filled revue featuring 40 songs created by famous '50s pop music writing duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Their songs were made popular by artists like Elvis Presley, The Coasters, The Drifters, Ben E. King, and Peggy Lee, and the hits performed include "Hound Dog," "Kansas City," "Love Potion No. 9," "Stand By Me," and "Jailhouse Rock."
"We are very proud of this production. It is definitely one of our best shows in a while," said DeBaun general manager Karen Schotter.
The center is located on Fifth and Hudson streets at Castle Point on Hudson in the Stevens Institute campus. For information visit www.debaun.org. Tickets range from $8 to $18.
Not to be outdone by the local theater, the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn will keep the hills alive for their revival of The Sound of Music from Oct. 29 through Dec. 14. Directed and choreographed by James Brennad, Music is based on Maria von Trapp's novel and it features an unforgettable score by legendary composers Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The cast at Paper Mill includes Amanda Watkins as Maria and Robert Cuccioli as Capt. Von Trapp.
Tickets range from $30 to $67. For information visit www.papermill.org. The theater is located at Brookside Drive in Millburn. - E. Mulero