One of Hudson County’s cultural treasures will be celebrating a decade of free summer entertainment at its annual benefit gala with a concert and dinner on Saturday, April 26 at the Chart House Restaurant in Weehawken.
The Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center (HRPAC), which produces the very popular (and free) Summer Concerts on the Hudson music series at Lincoln Harbor Park in Weehawken, will mark this milestone with an evening of great food and music featuring Broadway stars Mandy Gonzalez and Jeremiah James.
Gonzalez is a winner of Drama Desk and Obie Awards and has starred in the hit Broadway musicals, “Wicked” and “In The Heights.” She is known for her exceptional vocal skills and possesses one of the biggest and best voices on Broadway. She recently performed her one woman show New York’s hottest new supper club, 54 Below, and was one of five cast members of Broadway Showstoppers at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown two weeks ago. Both performances earned her standing ovations.
Mandy’s special guest will be leading man, Jeremiah James, who is currently starring as El Gallo in “The Fantasticks” on Broadway. Aside from his work here in the states, Jeremiah has an international reputation from his work on the London stage and also as a member of the singing group, Teatro.
Ten years of entertainment
About the 10 years that have passed since HRPAC’s first full summer reason in 2004, Bruce Sherman, HRPAC’s founder and executive director, said, “We have presented so many memorable concerts over the years and even survived blackouts, hurricanes, and many summer rains. But eventually the sun shines upon our audiences and the incredibly talented artists whom we have had the honor of presenting.”
“Ultimately, it’s a group effort, and a tribute to our volunteers, including HRPAC’s Board of Trustees, led by the Honorable Marie Garibaldi, and members of the Friends of HRPAC,” he said. “We also could not do what we do without support from the public, foundations, local businesses, and, of course, Mayor Turner and the Weehawken Township Council.”
Anne Rogaski and her husband, Ed, are local residents who attend as many of HRPAC’s events as possible. They have been to almost all of the annual fundraisers.
“The concerts and shows that HRPAC puts on are a wonderful way of bringing the community together,” says Anne. “We are very happy to support HRPAC by purchasing tickets to the Gala. It’s a fun evening with exceptional entertainment and we look forward to it every year.”
Over its 10-year history, HRPAC has presented scores of concerts and shows, featuring hundreds of musicians, dancers, and actors, including Grammy and Tony winners. These presentations, which are presented free of charge to the general public, have attracted thousands of fans from Hudson County and the New York metropolitan area.
HRPAC has run two concert series, Summer Concerts on the Hudson and the UBS Atrium Series, and has presented educational programs to thousands of students in eight of Hudson County’s school districts.
Tickets still remain for the Gala event at the Chart House, which starts at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour and silent auction to be followed by the concert and a full sit down dinner.
For more information, including how to purchase tickets, please visit HRPAC’s web site at www.hrpac.org or call the HRPAC office at (201) 430-6881.