Arts & Entertainment

Tickets Now On Sale for First Night Morris

09ec644c5c251feb1a45_First-Night-2-1-300x296.jpg
Credits: Morris County
6819b3133da5d6c79c01_Great-Scott-Good-with-parrott-wings-open-large-squared-300x248.jpg
Master Magician and Illusionist Great Scott! with his feathered partner Thurston
0640f4cdc979927df5e7_KTDOC-Fan-Dance-larger-squared-300x300.jpeg
Korean Traditional Dance of Choomnoori performing the Fan Dance
e9f8867ba7a8ef553f1e_Check-Jennifer-larger-squared-1-300x300.jpg
Metropolitan Opera Soprano Jennifer Check
cb34642395d9cb47b7b1_Mayhem-Poets-large-1-300x300.jpg
Mayhem Poets blend poetry, hip hop, improv, stand-up comedy
e6260cd706c53d4bb7f0_Dinoman-squared-2-300x290.jpg
Dinoman’s Dinosaurs will entertain kids
f338fd67adeb31c72bd9_John-Ginty-squared-larger-1-300x301.jpg
John Ginty and his band will rock the house at First Night
09ec644c5c251feb1a45_First-Night-2-1-300x296.jpg

DENVILLE, NJ - First Night Morris is celebrating its 26th anniversary Dec. 31 as one of New Jersey’s biggest and brightest First Night events — an alcohol-free, family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts where you can experience everything from a Metropolitan Opera star to inflatable dinosaurs.

There will be nearly 200 artists and 85 events in 24 venues representing dance, theater, music, world cultures, visual arts and children’s events.

For all 26 years, Morris Arts has been First Night Morris’ artistic programmer, securing topflight talents who attract thousands of people from Morris County and beyond.

Sign Up for E-News

More than half of the program features new artists, or artists returning after several years, many of whom have performed at top venues, such as the White House, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera, and who have won international recognition, performed on national radio/TV, in major films and/or collaborated with superstars of performing arts.

Rock/Bluegrass/Blues:

The John Ginty Band, showcasing Ginty, who toured/performed with the Dixie Chicks, Jewel and Santana.

Silk City brings its blend of bluegrass, roots and honky-tonk music.

For gutsy, full-throated blues with a touch of funk, R&B, country and jazz, don’t miss the Cobra Brothers.

Jazz  and Swing: 

First Night would not be complete without jazz pianist, Rio Clemente and his inventive and sparkling improvisations.

Mauricio de Souza’s band Bossa Brasil offers smooth, Brazilian-tinted jazz  while James Langton takes it Nice & Easy, Swingin’ the Great American Songbook.

 

Broadway:

A Night of Broadway Stars transports the Great White Way to First Night, featuring Broadway performers singing unforgettable songs from Phantom, Wicked, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and other great shows.

 

Folk Music:

Catch the crystalline voice of singer/songwriter Christine DeLeon.

If you prefer musical satire, don’t miss John Forster, whose works were recorded by Judy Collins and Roseanne Cash.

Classical Music: 

Don’t miss Metropolitan Opera Soprano, Jennifer Check, who has sung under the world’s top conductors (Levine, Maazel, Ozawa) and will be joined by award-winning pianist, Andrew Rosenblum. 

First Night also offers the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, the piano virtuosity of Laryssa Krupa (with her trio), the grand brass of Solid Brass Lite, and the Harmonium Choral Society.

You can even meet “Beethoven” himself as Dennis Kobray’s Meet the Musicians shares the life and works by the great composer.

World Cultures:

Includes the Korean Traditional Dance of Choomnoor; exotic Music of the Middle East, which spotlights Armenian oud master Ara Dinkjian and Turkish kanun virtuoso Tamer Pinarbasi. 

Melanie Mitrano performs haunting songs of Portuguese Fado and Brazilian song traditions, while Irish (and other) eyes will be smiling at the music of Irish Fiddler Brian Conway (with guitarist John Walsh).

Groove on good vibrations from The Didge Project which blends the sounds of the Australian aboriginal didgeridoo with world rhythms and tribal beats. 

And join in the salsa, merengue and tango with Daniel Herrera’s DREAMS dancers or infectious rhythms of Folk Music of Colombia with Viva Vallenato’s cumbia and vallenato.

 

Theater/Comedy?

Laugh into the New Year with Comedian Moody McCarthy, HypnoMarc’s Comedy Hypnotism, and Master Magician and Illusionist Great Scott! with his feathered partner Thurston (a blue/gold macaw).

Also Robert Costello becomes Abraham Lincoln; Lou Del Bianco tells the story of his grandfather, the Master Carver of Mt. Rushmore. 

The  Mayhem Poets blend poetry, hip hop, improv and stand-up comedy.

Kit’s Interactive Theater drafts the audience directly into the performance of Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother.

Storyteller Extraordinaire, Julie Pasqual, shariesstories from around the world.

 

Dance:

First Nighters can savor dazzling routines of New Jersey Tap Ensemble soloists Maurice Chestnut and Jeffry Foote, delight in the elegant beauty of Korean Traditional Dance of Choomnoori, enjoy Latin Dance with Daniel Herrera’s D.R.E.A.M.S. dancers, or try Square Dancing with Caller, Mary Moody.

Children’s/ Family Programs:

Who could resist Dinoman Dinosaurs or Rizzo’s Reptile Discovery?

Catch the clowns, face painting balloons, and organ grinder at The Children’s Fun Festival or visit Transformations Facepainting. 

Perennial favorite and skilled circus performer, Mr. Fish will be back to amaze audiences with Phenomenal Physics.

Younger Children (4:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.): Hula hooping with Whirled Revolution, art making artist Samantha (“Sam”) Matthews’ Art 4 Kids, and Fun with LEGOs.

New to this year’s early session is the Korean Traditional Dance of Choomnoori, with dazzling costumes and choreography, and Square Dancing with Caller, Mary Moody.

Three visual arts exhibits (displaying over 300 artworks) and two sets of fireworks top off that magical evening known as First Night® Morris County. To check out the full lineup of artists, visit: www.firstnightmorris.com.

Admission (before Dec. 21: $20/ticket; $17.50 for 4 or more. Prices go up on Dec. 22. Every venue is indoors and a free shuttle will take you to nearly all locations.

For more information, the latest program updates, to volunteer or to purchase tickets, please visit the First Night® Morris County website at www.firstnightmorris.com or call (973) 455-0708.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Denville

More Than Just Kindness for Roxbury Student Adored by Tragically Killed Boy

April 17, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – She lost her 10-year-old son three years ago in a boating accident on Lake Hopatcong, but Laurie D’Amico is sure her beloved Christopher speaks to her all the time. It’s subtle but firm, she says; messages that come as sparks of recollection, inspiration or intuition.

One of those unexpected inklings led Laura and her husband Chris to a jewelry ...

Lake Hopatcong 'Floating Classroom' Launched at Roxbury

April 13, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – The Lake Hopatcong Foundation on Wednesday launched onto Lake Hopatcong its long-awaited "floating classroom" educational vessel. The launch took place at Lake Hopatcong State Park in Landing.

The 40-foot covered catamaran pontoon boat seats 40. It will be used to teach area students and the public about Lake Hopatcong. The boat, built by ...

New Jersey Fashion Companies Capitalize on State Resources to Grow

April 19, 2018

NJ Business Action Center recently assisted Adore Me and Better Team USA to identify space and financing.

The U.S. apparel market is the largest in the world, valued at over 360 billion dollars. However, the market has been disrupted by the rise of e-commerce, and is moving beyond established locations like NYC’s garment district. 

That said, like every industry, fashion ...

April is STD Awareness Month and Get Yourself Tested Month

April 19, 2018

April is Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Awareness Month, a national campaign to increase awareness about education, treatment, and prevention of STDs.  

STDs are common, affecting 1 in 2 sexually active people during their lifetime - and most people don't know they are infected.  The rate of STDs is increasing, with a 68% increase in bacterial sexually transmitted ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_82ae67ce849a82b5418e_wine_3

Fri, April 20, 6:30 PM

New Jersey Vasa Park, Budd Lake

CEC's Wine Tasting and Silent Auction

Food & Drink Giving Back

Sat, April 21, 10:00 AM

Landing Park, Landing

Pitch, Hit & Run (Softball & Baseball)

Other

Sat, April 21, 6:00 PM

St Therese Auditorium, Succasunna

Charity auction and Tricky Tray

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink Giving Back

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 14

On this week’s AtlantiCast, an internationally recognized orthopedic oncologist takes a leadership role at Atlantic Health System, see the newest weapon in the fight against HPV-related cancers, Atlantic Health System leads the Castle Connolly / Inside Jersey Rankings, and much more!

 

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo (Citadel Press, 1970)

 

How does a reviewer do justice to a book called “the great American novel”? I first read Johnny Got His Gun during the Viet Nam war, when young people, nationwide, were protesting fighting in a war that was a senseless waste of life; a war in which the United States had no business participating.

The Truth About My Reading

The Truth About My Reading

I didn't get my Composition and Literature teacher at Montclair State College at all. A crusty old man with a dour disposition, Mr. Smith always seemed angry and rude. He appropriately intimidated freshmen, even me, an English major, who found this common core course beneath my dignity. Frankly, as a graduate of Highland Park High School, and a survivor of Mrs.