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December 2017

A Christmas Carol

December 2, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

Main Stage, Adult $12, Child $10 Buy Tickets      A Grunin Center 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! This show is eligible for the…

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OCC Concert Band Presents: The Magic of the Season

December 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Concert Band

Main Stage, Adult $20, Senior $18 Buy Tickets Join the OCC Concert Band for a magical holiday concert you won’t soon forget! We have nothing up our sleeves and we're not pulling anything out of our hat, but expect a magic-filled evening nonetheless! The OCC Concert Band will make a magical holiday mood appear by performing your favorite holiday tunes with a fresh twist. Directed by Anthony Tafrow.

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Tim McLoone & the Holiday Express Band presents: Holiday Express Family Matinee

December 3, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

Main Stage, Adult $12, Child (12 and under) $10 Tickets are currently SOLD OUT. Please contact the Ticket Office at 732-255-0500 (M-F, 10a – 5p) to inquire about the wait list. The acclaimed philanthropic group, Holiday Express, is making a rare public appearance.  A family friendly matinee at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center will feature professional musicians and singers on stage, as well as Santa, The Grinch, and other holiday favorites. The Holiday Express Band blends its unique mixture…

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

December 8, 2017 - December 9, 2017

Black Box Theatre, Adult $15 Buy Tickets OCC Repertory Theatre Company Presents: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson A unique and entertaining spin on an age-old tale. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever has an edge – but the edge is funny, irreverent, and irresistible. Author Barbara Robinson’s prose is fast, clever, and very funny. Though it’s all in fun, it offers a subtle but important lesson: Just because you’re bad doesn’t mean you’re hopeless. Fri., Dec. 8, 2017…

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Ana Gasteyer: Holiday Tipple

December 8, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Ana Gasteyer Postponed until December 15, 2018 Ana Gasteyer: Holiday Tipple, originally scheduled for December 8, 2017 at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, has been postponed to December 15, 2018. Ana Gasteyer will join the cast of A Christmas Story Live! on FOX, airing Sunday, December 17th at 7:00pm. Centered around nine-year-old “Ralphie Parker” (Andy Walken), a boy whose only dream is to get a Red Ryder Range Model Carbine Action BB Gun for Christmas, Gasteyer will play…

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The Nutcracker

December 9, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

Main Stage, Adult $12, Child $10 Tickets are currently SOLD OUT. Please contact the Ticket Office at 732-255-0500 (M-F, 10a - 5p) to inquire about the wait list. This delightful ballet is a dream story brought to life through music and dance. The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara, a young girl who’s 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,…

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Candice Guardino’s Italian Bred

December 9, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Main Stage, Tickets $35 - $25 Buy Tickets 4 out of 4 Stars! Italian Bred is based on true life events, told through the eyes of a little girl growing up Italian in NY. Candice is being called someone who “Stuns!” by The Chicago Stage. She slips in and out of multiple family characters while sharing the stage with virtual cameos of Emmy winner Leslie Jordan (“Will and Grace”), Mario Cantone (“Sex & the City”), Steve Schirripa (“The Sopranos”), and…

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Peter and Will Anderson Presents: George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess”

December 13, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Main Stage, Adult $24, Senior $20 Buy Tickets     “Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone” (New York Times) identical twins Peter and Will Anderson have re-conceived Gershwin’s masterpiece with their sextet, including a vocalist. Songs will include “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” “I Loves You, Porgy,” “My Man’s Gone Now” and “Bess, You Is My Woman Now.” This show is eligible for the Jazz Club Subscription!

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Vienna Boys Choir

December 14, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

Main Stage, Tickets $49 - $40 The 7:30pm performance is currently SOLD OUT. Please contact the Ticket Office at 732-255-0500 (M-F, 10a – 5p) to inquire about the wait list. Pre-Show dinner seats are still available for current ticket holders. Please contact the Ticket Office to add. Dinner Add On Available: $25 Dinner in the Grunin Center Gallery from Prime 13.     Renowned as one of the finest vocal ensembles in the world for over five centuries, the Vienna…

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Westminster Concert Bell Choir

December 15, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

Main Stage, Tickets $20 Buy Tickets      A new Grunin Center tradition, the Westminster Concert Bell Choir returns to the Grunin Center stage! The group is composed of undergraduate and graduate students of Westminster Choir College of Rider University, conducted by Kathleen Ebling Shaw. Celebrating the 39th year of the hand bell curriculum, Westminster Choir College was the first institution in the world to develop such a program. The Choir has performed twice at Carnegie Hall during the Christmas season and…

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Frozen Sing Along hosted by Jeremy Grunin

December 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am
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One event on December 16, 2017 at 2:00pm

Main Stage, Tickets $5 Buy Tickets Join host Jeremy Grunin, dressed as everyone's favorite summer-loving snowman, and sing along as you watch the animated film that shattered box office records! The timeless tale of a young woman who must break a curse that has plunged her kingdom into eternal winter is made even better when the audience sings along to the words on the screen. You don’t want to miss this magical – and musical – adventure! Plus! Dress up…

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Frozen Sing Along hosted by Jeremy Grunin

December 16, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
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Main Stage, Tickets $5 Buy Tickets Join host Jeremy Grunin, dressed as everyone's favorite summer-loving snowman, and sing along as you watch the animated film that shattered box office records! The timeless tale of a young woman who must break a curse that has plunged her kingdom into eternal winter is made even better when the audience sings along to the words on the screen. You don’t want to miss this magical – and musical – adventure! Plus! Dress up…

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A Garfield Christmas

December 21, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Garfield

Main Stage, Adult $20, Child $18 Buy Tickets      It’s the most wonderful time of the year – especially if you’re the world’s best-loved and funniest cat: Garfield! Coming to you with arms wide open in anticipation of all the Christmas presents he’s expecting, Garfield will light up your holiday this year with his wit, wise cracks, and wisdom. Everyone’s favorite feline is a few gifts short of true Christmas spirit. But with the help of Jon, Odie, the audience, and…

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Carol of the King, The Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular

December 23, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Main Stage, Tickets $35 Tickets for this performance are currently sold out. Please contact the Ticket Office at 732-255-0500 (M-F, 10a – 5p) to inquire about the Wait List. Carol of the King, The Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular is led by former lead dancer from Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance and founder of Two Step Productions, Justin Boros. Two Step Productions also created the smash hit and fastest growing Irish dance show in the U.S., Rhythm in the Night,…

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January 2018

New York Voices

January 12 @ 8:00 pm
New York Voices

Main Stage, Tickets $35 Buy Tickets      This critically acclaimed vocal group has refined their musical story to a high art. They are known for their close-knit voicings, inspired arrangements and unparalleled vocal blend. Their chameleon-like musicianship allows them to move seamlessly from setting to setting, be it orchestral/big band to the intimate trio lineup. NYV has traveled the globe with their elegant music, amazing audiences the world over with their impeccable voices and stunning arrangements. “Live, they’re just as impressive…

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Janet’s Planet

January 17 @ 6:00 pm

Main Stage, Tickets $10 Buy Tickets BLAST OFF with JANET’S PLANET! “A Tour Through the Solar System” travels at the “speed of thought,” introducing the wonders of the galaxy to families and young audiences throughout the country. Janet’s Planet is shown on 144 public television stations nationwide, and fans are in for a real treat as they are given a virtual tour around the solar system from Janet’s futuristic Mission Control.

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Janet’s Planet – Schools n’ Stage

January 18 @ 9:30 am
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One event on January 18, 2018 at 11:00am

One event on January 18, 2018 at 1:00pm

SOLD OUT Schools n' Stage Performance BLAST OFF with JANET’S PLANET! “A Tour Through the Solar System” travels at the “speed of thought,” introducing the wonders of the galaxy to families and young audiences throughout the country. Janet’s Planet is shown on 144 public television stations nationwide, and fans are in for a real treat as they are given a virtual tour around the solar system from Janet’s futuristic Mission Control.

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Janet’s Planet – Schools n’ Stage

January 18 @ 11:00 am
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One event on January 18, 2018 at 11:00am

One event on January 18, 2018 at 1:00pm

SOLD OUT Schools n' Stage Performance BLAST OFF with JANET’S PLANET! “A Tour Through the Solar System” travels at the “speed of thought,” introducing the wonders of the galaxy to families and young audiences throughout the country. Janet’s Planet is shown on 144 public television stations nationwide, and fans are in for a real treat as they are given a virtual tour around the solar system from Janet’s futuristic Mission Control.

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Janet’s Planet – Schools n’ Stage

January 18 @ 1:00 pm
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One event on January 18, 2018 at 11:00am

One event on January 18, 2018 at 1:00pm

SOLD OUT Schools n' Stage Performance BLAST OFF with JANET’S PLANET! “A Tour Through the Solar System” travels at the “speed of thought,” introducing the wonders of the galaxy to families and young audiences throughout the country. Janet’s Planet is shown on 144 public television stations nationwide, and fans are in for a real treat as they are given a virtual tour around the solar system from Janet’s futuristic Mission Control.

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An Evening with Todd Frazier

January 19 @ 8:00 pm

Main Stage, Moderated Lecture Subscribers $25*, Regular Admission $35 Tickets for this event are currently SOLD OUT. Please contact the Ticket Office at 732-255-0500 (M-F, 10a – 5p) to inquire about the Wait List. Hometown baseball hero Todd Frazier will join fans from his native Toms River for an evening of baseball talk on Friday, January 19, 2018. Along with moderator Russ Salzberg, Todd will discuss his experiences playing baseball and growing up in Toms River, all the way through…

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John Gorka with special guest Amilia K. Spicer

January 20 @ 8:00 pm

Main Stage, Tickets $25 Buy Tickets      Rising from a milieu of lovelorn singer-songwriters, John Gorka illuminates instead with his trademark wordplay, twisting and trying words and phrases, in a way a balloon artist creates complex creatures from simple balloons. Few contemporary songwriters coax language a deftly as Gorka. For over two decades, Gorka’s keen ear has picked up the stories of those along his path, folding them into poetry and song. As the lyric from her song “Shotgun” implies, singer-songwriter…

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The Midiri Brothers Salute Benny Goodman’s Carnegie Hall Concert

January 24 @ 8:00 pm

Main Stage, Adult $24, Senior $20 Buy Tickets      In January 1938, Benny Goodman performed a concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall that became known as one of the most exciting--and important--evenings of music in the history of jazz. For the 80th anniversary, Grunin Center favorites the Midiri Brothers will perform an unforgettable tribute to the night Carnegie Hall learned to swing! This show is eligible for the Jazz Club Subscription!

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Black String

January 25 @ 7:30 pm

Main Stage, Tickets $20 Buy Tickets      Based on traditional Korean and improvisational music, Black String aims to seek a new sound that can internalize a variety of musical expressions in traditional music and jazz, as well as harmonize with other expressions in world music. Black String attempts to create a unique language through Asian intuition and musical idiom. The group was founded in 2011 as part of “UK Connection,” a government-sponsored Korea-United Kingdom cultural exchange program. The band consists of…

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Las Cafeteras

January 30 @ 7:30 pm

Main Stage, Tickets $20 Buy Tickets      Born and raised east of the Los Angeles River, Las Cafeteras are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories. Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East L.A. sound and positive message. Their Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms, and rhymes deliver inspiring lyrics that document stories of a community seeking love and justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles. Using traditional Son Jarocho instruments like the jarana (guitar-shaped, fretted stringed instrument),…

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February 2018

Songbook: Steven Page & The Art of Time Ensemble

February 2 @ 8:00 pm
Art of Time Ensemble

Main Stage, Tickets $45 - $35 Buy Tickets      Dinner Add On Available: $25 Dinner at P.J. Sweeney’s.   A brand new kind of Songbook. Steven Page, a founder and former-lead of the iconic band Barenaked Ladies, joins Toronto’s highly inventive Art of Time Ensemble in an evening of seminal songs by Randy Newman, Radiohead, Elvis Costello, Barenaked Ladies, Leonard Cohen, Page himself, and others. These gems are reimagined and reinvented by some of the greatest minds in classical, pop, and…

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Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny

February 3 @ 11:00 am
Goodnight Moon

RWJBarnabas Health Family Series Main Stage, Adult $15, Child $10 Buy Tickets      On tour since 2008, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s acclaimed show continues to attract new and returning fans. Adapted from Margaret Wise Brown’s sixty-year-old classic, GOODNIGHT MOON is a celebration of familiar night-time rituals, while THE RUNAWAY BUNNY’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mum. Both feature the endearing animal puppets, stunning scenic effects and evocative music that have earned international recognition for…

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Sierra Hull

February 3 @ 8:00 pm

Main Stage, Tickets $25 Buy Tickets      Sierra Hull has been recognized from age 11 as a virtuoso mandolin-player, astonishing audiences and fellow-musicians alike. Her album Weighted Mind is a landmark achievement, not just in Hull’s career, but in the world of folk-pop, bluegrass, and acoustic music overall. With instrumentation comprised largely of mandolin, bass, and vocals, this is genre-transcending music at its best. Hull speaks eloquently, in her challenging and sensitive originals, her heartfelt vocals, and once again breaks new…

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Pirate School – Schools n’ Stage

February 7 @ 9:30 am
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Pirate School

RWJBarnabas Health Family Series Main Stage, Schools 'n Stage show Pirate School excites and motivates students in grades K-5 with piratical fun while introducing simple concepts outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards. Historically, seafarers have pushed science and technology forward – and who better to captivate and expand children’s horizons than the swaggering staff of Pirate School?! To book your School Group, please contact Jaclyn Wood at 732-255-0400 ext. 2487.   Sponsored by:

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Pirate School – Schools n’ Stage

February 7 @ 11:30 am
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One event on February 7, 2018 at 11:30am

Pirate School

RWJBarnabas Health Family Series Main Stage, Schools 'n Stage show Pirate School excites and motivates students in grades K-5 with piratical fun while introducing simple concepts outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards. Historically, seafarers have pushed science and technology forward – and who better to captivate and expand children’s horizons than the swaggering staff of Pirate School?! To book your School Group, please contact Jaclyn Wood at 732-255-0400 ext. 2487.   Sponsored by:

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Bollywood Boulevard: A Journey Through Hindi Cinema

February 10 @ 8:00 pm

POSTPONED to 2018 - 2019 Season. Bollywood Boulevard – a harmonious fusion of live music, dance, and film – leads you from the birth of Hindi cinema to present day. Experience the spirit, artistry, and history of India’s famous film industry from the classics of the black and white era and the timeless songs of Bollywood’s Golden Era, to the foot-tapping blockbusters of today.  Inspired by the music of R.D. Burman, Lata Mangeshkar, and A.R. Rahman, the dance moves of…

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The Birdland All-Stars featuring Tommy Igoe

February 14 @ 7:30 pm

Main Stage, Tickets $45 - $43 Buy Tickets          Dinner Add On Available: $25 Dinner in the Grunin Center Gallery from Prime 13. Featuring the finest musicians in New York, The Birdland All-Stars have been thrilling audiences at “The Jazz Corner of the World” for the last 10 years.  Returning to the road for the first time in 5 years, the Birdland All-Stars have created new arrangements featuring the music of David Bowie, The Police and Steely Dan, as well…

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Michael Lynche – R&B Legends

February 17 @ 8:00 pm

Main Stage, Tickets $25 Buy Tickets      “American Idol” finalist Michael Lynche is a new breed of soul singer with completely classic influences. Traces of Donny Hathaway, Al Green, Luther Vandross, Sam Cooke, and James Brown all seem to flash in this uniquely talented performer. Undeniable charisma, well-crafted song arrangements, and a voice soaked in soul give the “big man” class all his own. Through it all “Big Mike” has always had one singular goal: to spread a message of love…

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