MONTCLAIR, NJ - A creative spin on the life of famed sculptor Claes Oldenburg is taking Montclair by storm in The Oldenburg Suite.
After being named official selection of the New York Musical festival, winning a 'Best of Fest' award and touring various sold-out venues in New York City, the show has now landed in Montclair for two-nights only.
The opening night was last night, but on Saturday, January 4, there will be another showing at 7:30pm. Tonight's performance will take place at Leshowitz Hall at the John J. Cali School of Music located at Montclair State University. For tickets, visit here.
The creative musical piece highlights 12 years in the lives of sculptor Claes Oldenburg, his wife and art historian Coosje van Bruggen, and Claes’ brother Richard, director of the Museum of Modern Art.
The showing is being hosted by the Montclair Theatre Project, which is a new non-profit in Montclair dedicated to the production and presentation of classic and contemporary dramas, musicals and other performing arts for the Montclair community, including exciting new works in development, featuring local writers and artists.
The brilliant creator, James Feinberg is a Montclair native and currently a Senior at Brown University.
The Oldenburg Suite is a saga of 1970s self-invention narrated by Andy Warhol, which follows Claes as he struggles to overcome his audience's preconceptions, Coosje as she becomes an artist in her own right, and Richard as he fights to lend stability to the strike-rattled MoMA and invents the modern museum. The Oldenburg Suite features a collage of ’70s musical styles from funk to folk to disco.
The musical sources talents of local artists, including 10 actors and 5 musicians -- 3 graduates of the musical theater program at MSU; 1 graduate of the Cali School at MSU, and 2 graduates of Montclair High School.