Rosen Performing Arts Center

Summer Concert Series 2016

Enjoy 8 weeks of fabulous concerts on Thursday nights at the Rosen performing arts center.  The 2016 Summer Concert Series is filled with performers who've won numerous awards and travel the world with their music.  You need only to take a short ride to the Y to enjoy their many talents!

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$96 for the series



individual show tickets go on sale june 1
$15 per show

July 7, 7:00pm

the unique comedy of john pizzi

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John Pizzi blends magic, ventriloquism, and laughs. He’s appeared on Letterman, Good Morning America, the Daily Show, and Showtime’s Comedy Club Network and is a regular at Atlantic City’s Borgata and NYC’S Caroline’s Comedy Club.

July 14, 7:00pm

paul Shapiro's ribs and brisket

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Yiddish swing…jazzy klezmer – call it what you will, but with this sextet of singers and musicians, you get the best mix of joy and soul. One reviewer described “R&B” as “hard blowing, finger-snapping, klezmer-inflected jazz and wailing big city blues.” Others called them “zany,” “rollicking,” and “endlessly entertaining.”

July 21, 7:00pm

the rogers dance center ballroom exhibition

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With locations in Fairfield and Hackensack, this dance center owned by World Champion dancers, proves that anyone can dance. Watch four couples demonstrate the beauty and energy of various ballroom and Latin styles.

July 28, 7:00pm

jenna Esposito sings connie francis

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Accompanied by her band, Jenna gives a stirring tribute to NJ’s own.  Jenna has headlined at Birdland, Feinstein's, The Metropolitan Room, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Duplex, Danny's Skylight Room, Town Hall, and currently appears every Wednesday at La Rivista.   Her theater credits include Little Mary Sunshine and Godspell. Connie herself has praised Jenna's work, raving, "I've known and loved Jenna for years and love the way she sings ... the catalog of songs that has been so good to me."

august 4, 7:00pm

tony babino & sons

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Recognized as one of today's premier vocalists, Tony B presents the type of high energy, swingin' show that continually brings audiences to their feet.  Among his musical idols who he loves to honor are Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Al Jolson and Count Basie.    His sons, Anthony and Steven Babino, performing under the name “Sons of Origin,” as an exciting alternative pop/rock band.  Together, Tony and Sons present an eclectic electric performance.

August 11, 7:00pm

lisa Sherman sings the jewish divas

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Think Sophie Tucker, Bette Midler, Barbara Streisand, Mama Cass Elliot, Carley Simon, Melissa Manchester, Carole King, Leslie Gore, Eydie Gorme, Idina Menzel, Dinah Shore, and Janis Ian and you’ll get an idea of the range of this spectacular performer. Join Lisa and her accompanist, Bob Egan, as they present an evening of musical memories and outstanding performances.

August 18, 7:00pm

brian gurl in "smokin the ivories"

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Pianist, vocalist, actor and showman, Brian Gurl, presents the music of Scott Joplin, George Gershwin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Billy Joel, and more. One reviewer called it a “panoramic journey of brilliant piano & vocal artistry…pure energy and fun!”  Another exclaimed that “You’ll find that with Brian, every song is a new adventure.”  Joining him will be comedienne, Joey Gurl, presenting some memorable comedy skits. 

August 25, 7:00pm

alive! 55+ and kickin'

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is not just a show; it’s a celebration of life. As seen on TV’s 60 Minutes, LIVE! is a moving musical testament to overcoming adversity and living victoriously at any age, featuring solid gold singers and musicians. As one reviewer put it:  “Soulful, emotional, funny, and powerful.”