Live Performances to include A Staged Reading of The Diary of Anne Frank, Songs and Stories of Women of the Titanic, Born To Learn: The Montessori Story, plus Comedy Shows and Open Stage series
HOPEWELL, NJ (02/13/2020) – Celebrate historical milestones on HT’s stage this year! On March 7, the musical Born To Learn: The Montessori Story explores Dr. Maria Montessori’s inspiring life and work on the 150th anniversary of her birth. Originally commissioned in 2019 for the 50th anniversary of Princeton Montessori School, the show was written and directed by Emmy® winning children’s composer and performer Alex Mitnick.
As timely today as when it was originally written, a staged reading of The Diary of Anne Frank will take place on March 11 and 12. Directed by Lambertville’s Stephen Stahl (Lady Day), Wendy Kesselman’s adaptation of the original, Pulitzer Prize award-winning script by Goodrich and Hackett draws from previously unpublished parts of Anne Frank’s real-life diary, allowing the audience to experience Anne in a way that breathes life into this passionate, complex young woman.
Independence: The True Story of Dr. Mary Walker, a one woman play featuring Kathie Barnes and written/directed by Lloyd J. Schwartz, tells the story of American abolitionist, prohibitionist, prisoner of war and surgeon Dr. Mary Walker on March 28. Then on May 23, Unsinkable Women: Songs and Stories of the Titanic by Deborah Jean Templin brings to life nine famous women from the Titanic, based on actual diaries, letters and interviews.
Don’t miss the musical retrospective and celebration of love in all its forms from West End Star Jeremiah James, who makes his Hopewell Theater debut on April 10 in Jeremiah James: Choose Love. James’ cabaret-like show crosses musical genres from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “If I Loved You” and Bert Kaempfert’s “L-O-V-E”, to Barry Manilow’s dynamically thrilling “Even Now” and Burt Bacharach’s upbeat grabber “There’s Always Something There to Remind Me”, to name a few. Then, with a showman’s flair, a comedian’s wit, and the capacities of a bona fide mentalist – or thought reader – The Amazing Kreskin has for six decades dramatized the unique facets of the human mind. He brings his talents to Hopewell Theater on April 24.
Calling all singers, poets, and storytellers, neighbors near and far, anyone with obvious or unshowcased talents…Hopewell Theater’s stage is yours! New this spring, HT launches our monthly open stage YOUR STAGE AT ANY STAGE, hosted by songstress and storyteller The Peasant Grill’s own Michelle Klein. The most beloved performer of March and April’s installments – determined by audience applause – will be asked to perform at May’s open stage night and have the opportunity to open for a future live music or comedy performance at HT. Talents of all walks and talks are welcome. Dates in series are March 20, April 4, and May 8. Night-of sign ups will be limited to two to three first come, first serve spots.
Crave a little too much of a good thing? Can’t get enough of that certain something or someone? Comedians Frank Vignola, Rachna Hukmani, Alana Johnson and Robert Punchur hilariously tackle these questions on Friday, March 27 for Laughter is Addictive. On Friday, April 3, The Quickest Thinkers in Comedy starring Isaacs & Baker with special guest Vinnie Mark present their fast paced off the cuff show based entirely on the theme of the vibe of the audience that night. As featured on the hit Amazon Prime series Midtown, the crowd gives them the ideas and suggestions that they use on the spot, so there’s no predicting the punch line and no show is the same twice! Marc Kaye & Brian Cichoki stop by for a night of comedy for when life has other plans on Saturday, May 2. Then, Salami’s East Coast Comedy Presents two great shows in May featuring award winning comics: Living Legends of Laughter with Mike Eagan, Anita Wise, & Gary Delena on Saturday, May 16 and an evening with Eddie Brill & Friends on Friday, May 29.
Detailed program information, including press image, ticket price, and event link for all programs included below. Hopewell Theater is located at 5 South Greenwood Avenue in Hopewell, New Jersey and tickets can be purchased online at www.HopewellTheater.com.
About Hopewell Theater
Hopewell Theater offers a range of unique cultural experiences, from independent film and live music to guest speakers, artists and performances. Patrons can dine-in on small plates from local restaurants or just come for the show. Film buffs will particularly enjoy a state-of-the-art movie theater in Hopewell, NJ with a dine-in menu. A landing spot, a launch pad, and an incubator, Hopewell Theater is also a place where artists can play, practice, perform or show their passion project on the big screen. The theater is available to rent, at both hourly and day-rates.