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I’ve Got My Tickets for Cats at NJPAC (the New Jersey Performing Arts Center) in Newark, New Jersey

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This past spring, I posted about two events that Rex, London, Maddie and I enjoyed at NJPAC (the New Jersey Performing Arts Center) in Newark, New Jersey.  We saw Movin’ Out, Twyla Tharp’s interpretation of Billy Joel, in June, and Rex and the girls took me out for a Mother’s Day treat to see Alvin Ailey.  Both shows were spectacular, so we decided to make Alvin Ailey at NJPAC a Mother’s Day tradition, and we also ordered tickets for Cats as soon as tickets for the 2008-2009 season were available.  It looks like they’ve got a lot of other great events lined up, including:

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia is performing Giselle on Sunday, March 2, 2009 at 4:00pm in Prudential Hall. Even though London and Maddie are continuing ballet with Miss Katie at Garden State Ballet this year, we haven’t purchased tickets to Giselle yet because Maddie still prefers her entertainment to include acting (speaking) and singing. Depending on her reaction to the Nutcracker at Christmastime, we may change our minds and take a chance on what will surely be an impressive performance. 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.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (with special guest Sweet Honey In The Rock) returns to NJPAC in May 2009. 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.”


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