This list of major arts events scheduled for New Jersey will be constantly updated throughout the year, as new events are announced.
Through Oct. 15: “Simpatico” at the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theater Center in Princeton.Michael Shannon, who has been nominated for a Tony (for “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” in 2016) as well as two Oscars (for “Revolutionary Road,” in 2008, and “Nocturnal Animals,” in 2016), will star this dark drama. Written by Sam Shepard, who died less than two months ago at the age of 73, it was first produced in 1994, then made into a movie co-starring Nick Nolte, Jeff Bridges and Sharon Stone in 1999.
Sept. 26: Bruno Mars at Prudential Center, Newark.
Sept. 28-Oct. 29: A new musical comedy based on the classic television show “The Honeymooners” premieres at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn.
Oct. 1-8: All About Eve Festival of the Arts, presented by New Jersey Repertory Company at West End Arts Center, Long Branch. To celebrate the opening of its new location, to be known as the West End Arts Center (a former school at 132 West End Ave.), New Jersey Repertory Company will host All About Eve, an arts festival emphasizing works about women, and including 28 short plays as well as music, poetry, art and photography.
Oct. 5-8: Princeton University’s new Lewis Center for the Arts celebrates its opening with “A Festival of the Arts,” featuring music, dance, poetry, visual arts and more.
Oct. 11-Nov. 12: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey at Drew University in Madison will present a stage adaptation of the 1998 Oscar-winning film, “Shakespeare in Love.” The production debuted in London in 2014.
Oct. 13-15: “Jersey Boys” at State Theatre, New Brunswick. This will be the New Jersey debut of the hit jukebox musical about the glory days and backstage conflicts of Frankie Valli and his hit-making band, the Four Seasons. Jonny Wexler, who will play Valli, and Tommaso Antico, who will play Four Seasons member Bob Gaudio, have performed in the Broadway production, though in different roles.
Nov. 10-12: Exit Zero Jazz Festival in Cape May with Fourplay, Gregory Porter, Lizz Wright and others.
Jan. 5-15: The annual Light of Day festival, raising money for Parkinson’s disease research, brings dozens of concerts to various venues in Asbury Park, Montclair, New York and Philadelphia.
March 9-11: It will be three days of music, memorabilia and more as the annual Fest for Beatles Fans comes to the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City.
March 29-April 29: A new musical based on the Academy Award-winning 1973 film “The Sting” premieres at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn.
May 4-June 3: “Turning Off the Morning News” at Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton. This will be the world premiere of a play by Christopher Durang, whose Tony-winning “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” premiered at the McCarter in 2012. “Turning Off the Morning News” is a “black comedy (that) exposes the mayhem of contemporary family life in a time of alternative facts, nonstop streaming news, and social media saturation,” according to a description on the McCarter web site.
May 6: New Jersey Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park.
June 1-3: Crawfish Fest at Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta. Artists TBA.
July 13-15: Black Potatoe Music Festival at Red Mill Museum, Clinton. Artists TBA.