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Rockapella

Rockapella

Rockapella

Grunin Presents

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Main Stage, Tickets $39 – $35

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They’ve become one of the world’s most sophisticated, lasting, and imitated vocal groups around today. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more influential group out there in this new era of movies like Pitch Perfect, network television a cappella shows, and innumerable college vocal groups that own the corner of cool on campuses everywhere.

As one of the progenitors of the astonishing full band sound of “contemporary” a cappella, Rockapella has shown every audience the raw power of pure vocal talent and originality. “There’s nothing in the way between us and the audience; it’s very human music,” says Rockapella’s human beatbox Jeff Thacher. No instruments, no tracks, no mirrors…but never lame.

Since the early ’90’s when they first achieved national television fame on PBS’s Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?, they’ve toured the globe and provided a funky powerful soundtrack to several generations of vocal music fans, while keeping it all fresh along the way. With buckets of catchy original pop songs, and complete contemporary revisions of sparkling Motown, pop, and soul classics, this group has always been the one to watch. ”Often imitated – never duplicated” applies here. Now they’re better than ever!

We make it rock and make it interesting,” explains Scott Leonard, the group’s chief songwriter, arranger, and an architect of their ever-evolving and imitated dynamic sound. USA Today summed up their lasting appeal: “The best musical instrument of all is the human voice – if you’ve seen Rockapella you know that’s the truth.” The New York Times agrees; they’re “Pure entertainment.”

The current Rockapella line-up features Scott Leonard (since 1991, High Tenor), Jeff Thacher (1993, Vocal Percussionist), Calvin Jones (2013, Tenor), Mitchell Rains (2016, Tenor), and Bryant Vance (2016, Bass). This line-up marks a new generation of Rockapella, who remain keenly focused on musical excellence. “People have a hard time believing it’s just us making all of that music. It’s still those same elements that make modern band music: percussion, bass, melody and harmonies,” says Scott. “Our success is in the art of it – it’s not what you do, but how you do it!” adds Jeff. Rockapella has indeed proven that creating original pop & soul magic onstage is what sets them apart.

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Christmas with the Celts

Christmas with the Celts

Christmas with the Celts

Grunin Presents

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Main Stage, Tickets $39 – $35

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Christmas with the Celts is an uplifting and spirited holiday musical celebration starring international music group The Celts and a cast of fantastic dancers. Launched as a live concert attraction after several successful seasons as a PBS-TV Special this show has been a proven audience pleaser and ticket seller since it’s live launch in 2012.

Christmas with the Celts combines fiery arrangements of modern seasonal classics; John Lennon’s Happy Christmas, I’ll Be Home For Christmas, White Christmas, with traditional carols. The foot stomping step dancers, pipes, whistles, fiddles and a selection of both modern and indigenous instruments will bring your audience to their feet and send them home smiling!

Christmas with the Celts is the perfect holiday perennial to deliver the spirit of the season for the entire family.  The program includes the following songs:

 

 

The First Noel
Farewell to Ireland
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
White Christmas
Little Drummer Boy
Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)
Treble Reel Dance
The Wexford Carol
That Night in Bethlehem
The Greatest Gift
O Holy Night
Happy Christmas (John Lennon)
… and more

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Community Medical Center

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Main Stage, Adult $12 Child $10

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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 performance is sponsored by RWJBarnabas Health Community Medical Center.

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Carol of the King, The Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular

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, The Irish Dance Spectacular, which continues to tour every Spring and set records across the country. Two Step Productions is now bringing Irish dance and Christmas together for the first time to turn an age-old tradition into an exciting Irish dance Christmas spectacular the entire family will enjoy!

Winter has fallen across the land. King Solomon and his kingdom prepare for the Christmas season celebration. While cold winds caress the landscape, one gust brought an unearthly chill not felt before. The dark sorceress Circe and her ghostly legion known as The Frost are upon the land. She has trapped the legendary King Solomon under her spell in an attempt to steal the throne and expel Christmas once and for all. Unable to free himself and carry forth the holiday spirit, hope remains lost for all those in the kingdom…until now.

In a brave effort to rescue their king and preserve the spirit of the season, the kingdom has called upon Solomon’s loving companion Brighid, his younger brother Aidan and the Guardians to restore harmony to the land. With the frigid forces attempting to break the will of the crown and banish Christmas for eternity, will darkness reign or will victory be seized from Circe’s icy grip in the legend that has come to be known as Carol of the King.

Featuring 20 of the world’s most skilled Irish dancers and musicians, Carol of the King brings an original inspiring Christmas story of love and salvation to life that transports the audience to a mystical time and place of heroes and redemption. The world renowned Irish dance troupe performs lighting fast hard shoe rhythms and graceful soft shoe jigs to an original epic orchestral soundtrack featuring many Holiday favorites, while state of the art lighting and Christmas spirit ignite the stage into an explosive display of dance and music.

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Garfield

A Garfield Christmas

Garfield

Main Stage, Adult $20, Child $18

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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 his new holiday friends, Garfield gets an “enlightening” lesson. This lively holiday musical features timeless Christmas favorites such as “Jingle Bells,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Deck the Halls,” and many more. Sing along as Garfield’s new friends including Nutcracker, Rag Doll, Teddy Bear, and even Angel from the top of the Christmas tree all work together to bring light to Garfield’s Christmas. Join the fun as the coffee-guzzling, nap-taking, lasagna-loving fat cat Garfield decks the halls with boughs of folly!

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