Southside Johnny, Broadway Star Top Date Night Options

Southside and the Jukes, Audra McDonald and John Prine among the top performers for this weekend's live shows.

Wellmont Theatre, Montclair

THIS WEEKEND  Friday — Folk-rock icon John Prine, with Kevin Gordon, 8 p.m.; Saturday — Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, 8 p.m.; Sunday — Alison Krauss & Union Station, featuring Jerry Douglas

NEXT WEEK: No shows

BOOK IT NOW: Marilyn Manson and The Pretty Reckless, 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 2; Chicago, 8 p.m., Friday, May 4; Willie Nelson & Family, 8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, May 16, 17; Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang, 8 p.m., Saturday, June 9; Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 19.

Check out wellmonttheatre.com for more shows.


New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark

THIS WEEKEND: Friday night — Audra McDonaldone of Broadway's most talented leading ladies, performs a concert of the greatest songs from the Broadway and Hollywood songbooks, 8 p.m., Prudential Hall

NEXT WEEK: Daughtry has gone from American Idol contestant to Grammy-nominated pop band. He and his band rock Prudential Hall at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday; Straight No Chaser, a 10-man ensemble, bring their crazy a cappella harmonies to Prudential Hall, 8 p.m., Saturday, April 28. 

BOOK IT NOW: West Side Story, one of theater's most enduring musicals, celebrates its 50th anniversary with the revival of Leonard Bernstein's classic,Tuesday through Sunday, May 1-6, Prudential Hall

Check out njpac.org to check out these and other events.

The Prudential Center, Newark


NEXT WEEK: Nets slink out of town, bound for Brooklyn, with their final Prudential Center game against the Philadelphia 76ers (to whom they once traded the legendary Julius "Dr. J" Erving), 7:30 p.m., Monday 

BOOK IT NOW: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2; Red Hot Chili Peppers, 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, May 4, 5; McDonald's Gospelfest, 4 p.m., Saturday, May 12 

Check out 
prucenter.com for details about these and other shows.

South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange

THIS WEEKEND: Saturday — No Shows

NEXT WEEK: Seton Hall University's theater department stages Resurrection Blues, Arthur Miller's 2006 allegorical comedy about a captured mysterious miracle-maker who will be killed on a reality show, Thursday through Sunday, April 26-29

BOOK IT NOW:  Suzanne Vega performs her folky hits, Thursday, May 10; "An Evening with Tom Wopat" gives audiences the chance to see how the former Duke of Hazzard honed his musical chops over the years on the Broadway boards; Saturday, May 12

Go to sopacnow.org for more details about all shows.

The Borgata 

THIS WEEKEND: Friday, Saturday, Sunday — "Shut Up, Sit Down and Eat," a Comedy Club Special Event featuring Tina Giorgi, Joe Moffa, Chris Monty and Eric Tartaglionekes, 9 p.m., The Music Box

NEXT WEEK: Angst-pop stars Counting Crows deliver their hits and new songs, Saturday, April 28, the Event Center

BOOK IT NOW: Russell Brand, the soon-to-be former-Mr.-Katy-Perry does, well... whatever it is that he does, Thursday and Friday, May 4,5, 9 p.m., The Music Box; Comedian-turned-sitcom-star-turned-talk-show-host-turned-comedian George Lopez, 9 p.m., Friday, May 5, Event Center; Hip-hopper du jour Pitbull brings the party tunes, 9 p.m., Thursday, May 25, Event Center

Check out theborgata.com for details about these and other shows.

Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank


NEXT WEEK: Squeeze, one of the few '80s bands to survive the '80s music scene with their livers, noses and bank accounts intact, performs their impressive list of hits at 8 p.m., Wednesday

BOOK IT NOW: Music, cultural and biofuel icon Willie Nelson performs at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 12; Steve Winwood, whose music and influence on music has spanned decades, performs at 8 p.m., Sunday, May 27.

Go to countbasietheatre for more details about all shows.

Kean University, Union

THIS WEEKEND Saturday — The New Jersey Ballet performs Giselle, 8 p.m., Wilkins Theatre; Sunday — The New Jersey Ballet performs Cinderella, 2 p.m., Wilkins Theatre

NEXT WEEK  No shows

BOOK IT NOW Country star Kathy Mattea, 3 p.m., Sunday, May 6. 

Check out keanstage.com for details about these and other shows.

Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown

This Weekend: Friday night — Dance Theatre of Harlem, 8 p.m.; Sunday — Carskills on Broadway, "Borscht Belt" favorites Freddie Roman, Mal Z. Lawrence and Dick Capri deliver some of the tried-and-true punchlines that have delighted audiences for generations, 3 p.m. 

NEXT WEEK: "Ricky Nelson Remembered" features Gunnar and Matthew Nelson, the sons of the late actor/pop singer, play their dad's greatest hits, 8 p.m.; Grammy-nominated pianist Brad Mehldau and saxophonist Joshua Redman show off their jazz chops, 8 p.m., Friday, April 27

BOOK IT NOW: Guitar hero Joe Walsh brings his "Analog Tour" into Mo-town at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7; Darius Rucker, the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish who's now topping the country charts as a solo performer, plays at 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13.

Check out mayoarts.org for details about these and other shows.

Scotty’s Steakhouse, Springfield

THIS WEEK: Friday and Saturday — Buddy Flip, a veteran of Las Vegas, stand-up and HBO and Comedy Central programs, brings his act to Springfield. The show also features Tracey Locke and Danny Palmer.

NEXT WEEKKyle Grooms, a regular on Comedy Central and P. Diddy's Bad Boys of Comedy in a show that features Terry McNeeley and Mary Radzinsky, Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28. 


For details and more information, log onto scottyssteakhouse.com.

Shanghai Jazz, Madison

THIS WEEKEND: Saturday — Don Braden, acclaimed saxophonist and musical director for The Cosby Show, leads his Don Braden Quartet into Madison.

NEXT WEEK: John Zweig Trio, Tuesday; Matt King Trio, Wednesday; Pianist Bob Himmelberger, Thursday; the Alex Kautz Trio, featuring Grammy-winning pianist Helio Alves, performs Brasilian jazz, Friday, April 27; Star bassist Marcus McLauren leads his eponymous trio, Saturday, April 28.

BOOK IT NOW: Dan Levinson Trio features the clarinetest/saxophonist who performed with Wynton Marsalis; Wednesday, May 2 

All shows 6:30 and 8:30. Check out shanghaijazz.com for more details.

State Theatre, New Brunswick

THIS WEEK: Saturday — Johnny Mathis, 8 p.m.

NEXT WEEK: Dickey Betts and Great Southern, 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 25; "American Pie" writer Don McLean celebrates the 40th anniversary of one of pop music's most enduring songs, 8 p.m., Friday, April 27


 Check out statetheatrenj.org for more details.

Stress Factory Comedy Club, New Brunswick

THIS WEEK: Friday and Saturday — y — Julian McCullough, who's been featured on The ManShow, 40 Funniest Fails and Comedy Central Presents, among other comedy showcases

NEXT WEEK: Emmy Award winner and Comedy Central regular Judy Gold brings her stand-up act to New Brunswick on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 26, 27, 28

Book It Now: Brian Posehn, who has performed on HBO's Mr. Show and Susan Silverman's Program, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 3-5; Amy Shumer, who was featured on Last Comic Standing and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 17-19

Check out stressfactory.com for more details.

Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway


NEXT WEEK: Wayne Newton, 8 p.m., Saturday, April 28;

BOOK IT NOW:  An acoustic evening with rock/pop legend Dave Mason, 8 p.m., Thursday, June 28

Go to unioncountypac for more details about all shows.



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