Pennsylvania/New Jersey/Delaware News: March/April 2015

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The McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ will present two of Broadway’s biggest stars in March and April. Chita Rivera performs in the Berlind Theatre 3/14 and Audra McDonald takes the stage at the Matthews Theatre 4/17. The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark will host Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller and Tony Award nominee Jarrod Spector from the smash hit show Beautiful: The Carole King Musical in the Victoria Theater 3/1 & 2. Later in the month, Stephen Schwartz and Friends: Defying Gravity takes the Victoria stage 3/14 with Debbie Gravitte, Scott Coulter and Kelli Rabke performing songs by the musical theater legend. Audra McDonald is also at NJPAC 4/19. Swinging on a Star: The Songs of Jimmy Van Huesen with Norm Lewis and Rebecca Luker can be seen 4/25. The Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown welcomes Patti LuPone 3/21 in Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda—Played That Part. Herb Alpert and Lani Hall appear at the venue 3/26.

Across the Delaware River, the RRazz Room in New Hope, PA presents Maureen McGovern with Sing My Sisters Sing, celebrating women singer/songwriters 3/7. Jeff Harris is M.D. Linda Purl’s Midnight Caravan, saluting the great women singing stars of the ’40s and ’50s—from Ella Fitzgerald to Judy Garland to Rosemary Clooney, is 3/14. Croon: When a Whisper Became a Song featuring Todd Murray is 4/12. Sarah Dash of LaBelle fame takes the stage 4/18 with members of the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Choir. Later in the month, Tony and Drama Desk winner Beth Leavel makes her Bucks County debut 4/19. The State Theatre in Easton hosts Four Bitchin’ Babes with a 25th anniversary celebration 4/16 and Danny Aiello 4/18. Elsewhere in PA, jazz singer/songwriter Curtis Stiger is at the Zoellner Art Center on the Lehigh University campus in Bethlehem 3/29. Cabaret at Theater Square in Pittsburgh has Norm Lewis 3/16 and Ann Hampton Callaway 4/13.

World Café Live in Wilmington, DE will showcase Cassandra Wilson–Celebration of Billie Holiday on 3/28. The Grand in Wilmington features a stop on Diana Krall’s Wildflower World Tour 3/11 and hosts Herb Alpert and Lani Hall 3/27.

Richard Edgcomb

Richard Edgcomb has been an aficionado and fan of cabaret way before he ever knew what cabaret was. He was a fan of Broadway music and the Great American Songbook from an early age. Even in his teens, records by Jane Oliver and Liza Minnelli shared space on the turntable with Aretha Franklin and other R&B artists. All came full circle when he hosted several radio shows on WDVR FM 89.7/91.9 New Jersey Public Radio for 18 years. His first show, Lazy Monday Afternoon, an easy-listening slot, morphed into Center Stage, a cabaret show filled with music, talk and interviews. Richard began writing for Cabaret Scenes early in 2000.