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Paper Mill’s ‘Bronx Tale’ song-and-dance delight

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Team directed by Robert DeNiro and Jerry Zaks (4 Tony Awards for Best Director, just for starters), book by Chazz Palminteri (the show is based on his one-man show turned into a 1993 crime drama film), music by Alan Menken (listing his credits would take the rest of this blog, but let’s just say 8 Oscars, 11 Grammys, lots of your kids’ favorite Disney movies and my current TV favorite “Galavant” as well as “Newsies” at Paper Mill), and lyrics by Glenn Slater (“Tangled,” “School of Rock,” “Sister Act,” “Little Mermaid”).

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‘Be More Chill’ speaks to teens about being cool, and its consequences

Will Connolly (center) stars as Jeremy Heere in the world premiere of "Be More Chill" at Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ. The company includes, from left: Paul Whitty, Gerard Canonico, Lauren Marcus, Katie Ladner, Stephanie Hsu, Jake Boyd and Katlyn Carlson. (PHOTO: T Charles Erickson Photography)
Will Connolly (center) stars as Jeremy Heere in the world premiere of “Be More Chill” at Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ. The company includes, from left: Paul Whitty, Gerard Canonico, Lauren Marcus, Katie Ladner, Stephanie Hsu, Jake Boyd and Katlyn Carlson. (PHOTO: T Charles Erickson Photography)

If you were in high school, knew you would never be a  cool kid, never get a date, always getting shoved into lockers and labeled a loser — would you take a pill that could reverse all of that?

Well, duh, of course!

In the world premiere of the dynamic new musical “Be More Chill” at the Two River Theater in Red Bank (NJ) through June 21, Jeremy Heere learns there is a way out of nerddom and grabs it with gusto.

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Two River Theater offers laughs, tears in premiere of tender ‘Guadalupe’


“Guadalupe in the Guest Room” is a lovely slice-of-life play about love  and death and the power of the Spanish telenovela.

Written by Tony Meneses and directed by Daniella Topol, the 90-minute play is receiving its world premiere at the Two River Theater  in Red Bank, NJ, through March 15.

Charles Socarides plays Steve, whose young wife of two years, Claudia, died one month ago. Socorro Santiago plays his mother-in-law Guadalupe, who has come from Mexico for the funeral and is still in the guest room.

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