These Fall Events Are Bringing Theatre to Hopewell Theater

These Fall Events Are Bringing Theatre to Hopewell Theater

Stand-up comedy, ventriloquism, Broadway musical performance, stage play, live discussion, and other performing arts are taking our stage this fall. 

Take time off to relax and laugh at one of our stand-up comedy nights, featuring famous comics like actor and broadcaster John Fugelsang and ventriloquist and magician John “Gemini” Lombardi.

For those craving that Broadway feeling – whether it be the musical or stage play variety – join us when Broadway’s John D. Smitherman performs The Music of the Night and when NJ performer Zara Phillips takes the stage with Somebody’s Daughter, featuring live music accompaniment by folk-rock legend Richard Thompson.

If you’re interested in reading, science, teamwork, and maximizing performance and innovation, join us for a live interview of Ed Hoffman and Matt Kohut when they present their book, The Smart Mission, in a live discussion this November. Plus, enjoy an optional, locally prepared Supper Club meal too!

Check out the details of this fall’s performing arts below:



Progressively Funny starring John Fugelsang & Friends – Saturday, October 8

Actor, comedian, and broadcaster John Fugelsang hosts “Tell Me Everything” weekdays on SiriusXM Insight. He performed in “The Bill of Rights Concert” alongside Lewis Black & Dick Gregory which aired on AXS. He’s also appeared at Montreal’s “Just for Laughs” Festival and HBO’s U.S Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, hosted America’s Funniest Home Videos for ABC, and been called “one of my favorite comedians” by Bill Maher.

Also performing in tonight’s show is veteran standup comedian Leighann Lord, who has appeared on HBO, Comedy Central, The View, and Showtime’s Even More Funny Women of a Certain Age.


Salami’s East Coast Comedy Presents Gemini & Friends – Friday, November 25

Comedian, ventriloquist, and magician John “Gemini” Lombardi is a high energy, fast-paced visual comedian with a quick-hit sense of humor who does fun-loving stand-up of relationships, marriages, and everyday life.

Gemini is armed with a slew of hysterical puppets that are all artistically made after actual people, some that Gemini had just met or hung out with, even some from his crazy Italian family. Gemini has worked with the likes of Jeff Dunim, Ray Romano, and after twenty-six amazing years of performing the list goes on and on.

Performing with Gemini are “Jersey Boy” Steve Trevelise of 101.5 FM Radio and New York City’s talented Lana Siebel.



“The Music of the Night” with John D. Smitherman – Sunday, October 9

From Broadway to Buckingham Palace, John D. Smitherman has had the prestige and honor to have been one of the original Three American Tenors. He has performed well over 100 different roles on the professional theatre stage, including the Big Three: Jekyll & Hyde, The Phantom, and Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.

Start your Halloween early with THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT, featuring music from The Phantom of the Opera, Jekyll & Hyde, Les Miserablés, Man of La Mancha, South Pacific, Mamma Mia, West Side Story, Show Boat, and many more.

John will perform duets with some of the greatest voices in the era in this wonderfully entertaining evening for the entire family.


“Somebody’s Daughter” A Play Written and Performed by Zara Phillips with Live Music by Richard Thompson – Friday, October 21

Somebody’s Daughter is a one-woman-show based on Zara Phillips’ book of the same title. It features live music accompaniment performed by folk-rock legend Richard Thompson.

Adopted as a baby in the 1960s, becoming a backing vocalist to well known bands in the 80s, and getting sober at 22, Zara takes us on her journey to uncover the truth about her history.



Supper Club: “The Smart Mission” Supper + Discussion with Co-Authors Matt Kohut & Ed Hoffman – Tuesday, November 1

Knowledge, learning, collaboration, teaming, and culture are intangibles, yet they are critical in any context that demands innovation or high performance. 

Ed Hoffman, NASA’s first Chief Knowledge Officer, and Matt Kohut, an expert in communication, will share key insights from The Smart Mission: NASA’s Lessons for Knowledge, People, and Projects in an interactive discussion that focuses on practical approaches to harnessing these intangibles for mission success.

Kohut and Hoffman will be selling and signing copies of their book after the program. Choose the “Supper Club” ticket option to enjoy a chef-inspired dish prepared by RSC atelier.


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