Thursday, April 24, 2008

The New Season at NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center)

Just got a brochure in the mail for the 2008-2009 season at NJPAC (the New Jersey Performing Arts Center) in Newark, and it looks like they've got a lot of great events. The "must-see" list for my family:

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia is performing Giselle on Sunday, March 2, 2009 at 4:00pm in Prudential Hall. Using the choreography created by Marius Petipa in his definitive revivals, the State Ballet Theatre of Russia performs Adolphe Adam’s beloved ballet about betrayal, revenge, and unrequited love.

I'd like to go to see Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (with special guest Sweet Honey In The Rock) in May 2009, but I'll wait until after Mother's Day 2008 to order my tickets. Rex and the girls are taking me to see this year's Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performance at NJPAC, and I want to make sure they enjoy it before I sign up for a second time.
Join the celebration as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, America’s cultural ambassador to the world, marks its 50th Anniversary of bringing African-American cultural expression and the American modern dance tradition to the world’s stages. The genius of Alvin Ailey changed forever the perception of American dance; today, the legacy continues with Judith Jamison’s remarkable vision and the extraordinary artistry of the Company’s dancers. Beauty, spirit, hope and passion know no bounds. That is the power of Ailey. The powerful Sweet Honey In The Rock will join the company on stage in a new work co-commissioned by NJPAC.

The girls are most excited about Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, Cats, which is coming to NJPAC from Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 through Sunday, November 23rd, 2008. This theatrical blockbuster, one of the longest running musicals in Broadway history, is an enchanting spectacle for all ages, fueled by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s soaring score. The London Times calls it “one of the most exhilarating and innovative musicals ever staged.

NJPAC makes it so easy to order tickets with reasonable prices instead of having to go through scalpers. You can select a pre-designed series, securing the same seats for every show (Rex likes a seat on the aisle). Or, create your own series of any three, four, five, or more events -- based on your interests and schedule. Either way, you'll enjoy all the benefits of subscription: savings of up to $10 per ticket, guaranteed discounts all year, and the convenience of a flexible exchange policy if "something suddenly comes up."