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Date Night

Take in an evening of professional theater, take your kids to a family-friendly show,
enjoy an intimate concert, or learn to make gourmet gifts with that special someone in your life!

This February, discover a little romance with the arts in New Jersey.

Northern Events
Northern Events
Central Events
Central Events
Southern Events
Southern Events
Northern Events


The Box of Stories
Growing Stage Theatre (Netcong)
Feb 10-19 | 7:30 PM, 4:00 PM | Event Details

Spanning the realms of several mythologies, The Box of Stories demonstrates the power of the spoken word and humans' ability to grow, learn, and survive.


Jarrod Spector & Kelli Barrett
Kean Stage (Hillside)
Feb 11 | 7:30 PM | Event Details

Newly-married Broadway veterans Jarrod Spector & Kelli Barrett bring to life the greatest songs birthed from the greatest marriages.


Darlene Love
bergenPAC (Englewood)
Feb 11 | 8:00 PM | Event Details

Darlene's background vocals as a lead member of The Blossoms for Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye, and Elvis Presley set the stage for her emergence as a star in her own right.


Once
Mayo Performing Arts Center (Morristown)
Feb 12 | 2:00 PM, 7:30 PM | Event Details

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a young woman takes a sudden interest in his love songs.


Soulful Valentine's Concert Starring Patti LaBelle
NJPAC (Newark)
Feb 12 | 7:00 PM | Event Details

As a queen of rock and soul ("Lady Marmalade," "If Only You Knew"), Patti LaBelle's name is synonymous with style and elegance.


Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
SOPAC (South Orange)
Feb 15 | 7:30 PM | Event Details

From their humble beginnings in West African refugee camps, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars have performed on some of the world's most prestigious stages and matured into one of Africa's top touring and recording bands.


for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf
4th Wall Theatre (Bloomfield)
Feb 16-17 | 7:30 PM | Event Details

This stirring "choreopoem" weaves together 20 poems with music, movement, and narratives about love, empowerment, and loss in a complex representation of sisterhood.


A Night of Love w/ '90s R&B Sensations
Riff & Allure
Hamilton Stage (UCPAC)
Feb 17 | 8:00 PM | Event Details

Riff emerged as a breakout sound after their soul-stirring rendition of Eastside High School's alma mater was featured in the 1989 hit movie Lean on Me.


The Surrogate
Centenary Stage Company (Hackettstown)
Feb 17 - Mar 5 | 2:00 PM, 8:00 PM | Event Details

O'Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist The Surrogate is an All in the Family for the 21st century - a smart, funny play about what we can ask of our loved ones.




Central Events

Hurricane Diane
Two River Theater (Red Bank)
Now - Feb 12 | 8:00 PM, 3:00 PM | Event Details

An ancient god on an earthly mission, gardener Diane comes spiraling in on a Red Bank cul-du-sac, forever altering the lives of four New Jersey housewives.


American Son
George Street Playhouse (New Brunswick)
Feb 7-26 | 8:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM | Event Details

Jamal's mother and her estranged husband rush to the police station when their son's car has been pulled over in a certain part of town. This highly-charged drama twists and turns in a story testing a family's love.


The Bockety World Henry and Bucket
Crossroads Theatre @
State Theatre New Jersey (New Brunswick)

Feb 11 | 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM | Event Details

This endearing, playful, visually rich show explores what friendship is, what happens if it goes wrong, and how you fix it.


Louis-and-Ella!
Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan)
Feb 12 | 3:00 PM | Event Details

This fantasy about when legends Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald meet up in heaven for Judgement Day features lots of music but also humor, provocative moments, and reminders of why these two were such jazz icons.


Cinderella
McCarter Theatre (Princeton)
Feb 12 | 3:00 PM | Event Details

The 55-member troupe of the State Ballet Theatre of Russia performs another of classical ballet's timeless fairy tales, the enchanting story of wishes that really do come true: Cinderella.


NJ Symphony Orchestra: Dancing & Romancing
State Theatre New Jersey (New Brunswick)
Feb 12 | 3:00 PM | Event Details

The timeless elegance and romance of the golden age of Hollywood musicals will sweep you off your feet with song and dance standards inspired by Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly, and "queen of tap" Eleanor Powell.


Last of the Red Hot Lovers
Monmouth University Center for the Arts
(West Long Branch)

Feb 16 | 7:30 PM | Event Details

In this freshly conceived production of Neil Simon's classic, true comedy ensues when a modern man in the hip sixties looks for something new and different, but ends up finding himself in the same situation again and again.


Love Is in the Air
Monmouth Civic Chorus (Red Bank)
Feb 26 | 4:00 PM | Event Details

The chorus celebrates the season of love with a valentine-themed presentation featuring love songs, madrigals, ballads, and poems from the Middle Ages to the Internet Age.





Southern Events


Next to Normal
The Road Company Theater Group (Williamstown)

Now - Feb 11 | 7:30 PM, 8:00 PM, 2:00 PM | Event Details

This moving piece of theatre follows a family that is anything but normal. This Tony Award-winning rock musical will guide you into a whole new light.

Spooktacular

Sister Act
Bridge Plays Theatre Company (Burlington)
Feb 3-19 | 8:00 PM, 3:00 PM | Event Details

When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in a convent! Disguised as a nun, she uses her singing talent to breathe new life into the church and community.


The Who's Tommy
The Levoy Theatre (Millville)
Feb 10-19 | 8:00 PM, 3:00 PM | Event Details

The Who's Tommy is a rock musical based on The Who's 1969 double album rock opera Tommy, with additional material by John Entwistle, Keith Moon, and Sonny Boy Williamson.


Spooktacular The Diary of Anne Frank
Mainstage Center for the Arts (Blackwood)

Feb 10-18 | 7:30 PM, 2:00 PM | Event Details

Anne Frank emerges as a lively, witty young girl who honestly confronts her changing life and the horror of her time in this gripping adaptation by Wendy Kesselman that depicts a father's love.


The Rainbow Fish
Stockton PAC (Galloway)

Feb 11 | 10:30 AM | Event Details

ArtsPower has turned Marcus Pfister's bestselling book into a delightful and touching musical about the value of sharing true friendship with others.

Spooktacular

Tree Ring Painting Workshop
WheatonArts (Millville)
Feb 11 | 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:30 PM | Event Details

Capture the history of a tree using the technique of printmaking. Cross sections of trees make beautiful prints. In this workshop, participants will learn how to use ink to draw out the growth rings of a tree.


Valentine's Day Group Vow Renewal
Absecon Lighthouse (Atlantic City)

Feb 11 | 6:00 PM | Event Details

Couples are invited to take part in a group bow renewal ceremony by a non-denominational minister, followed by a champagne toast and dancing to the tunes of PJ the DJ.

Spooktacular

The Doo Wop Project
Guaracini PAC (Vineland)
Feb 11 | 8:00 PM | Event Details

Featuring current and former stars of Broadway's smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, The Doo Wop Project recreates some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history.


Chocolate Lovers Feast
Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (Cape May)
Feb 18 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Event Details

It's a bountiful feast for chocolate lovers! Enjoy seven plated courses of chocolate desserts and hear how each was created from the chef who prepared it at The Blue Rose Inn.







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