Top 10 NJ Arts Events of the Week: Elton John, ‘Glitter Ball,’ Stages Festival, more

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A roundup of arts events taking place around the state, through March 6:


• Elton John, who began touring as a solo artist 50 years ago, has called his current world tour, which began in September, his last. Titled the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, it comes to the Prudential Center in Newark, March 2 at 8 p.m. The tour, whose setlists have been devoted almost exclusively to major hits, is currently scheduled to end in late 2020, with no other New Jersey shows.

Stephen Colbert, actor Patrick Wilson, former gubernatorial candidate Jim Johnson and musician-author Warren Zanes will make guest appearances, with backing from house band Joe McGinty & the Loser’s Lounge, at “The Glitter Ball: A Dance Floor Celebration of Soul, R&B, and Funk,” a fundraiser for Montclair Film that will take place at the Wellmont Theater, March 2 at 8 p.m. According to the Montclair Film website the event will feature “dance floor classics by Prince, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Donna Summer, Chic, Diana Ross, S.O.S Band, The O’Jays, Thelma Houston, and many more.” Proceeds from the benefit will support Montclair Film’s year-round film and education programs.

It will surely be bittersweet when Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz perform at Ovation Hall at the Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City, March 2 at 8 p.m., and at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, March 5 at 8 p.m. Their Monkees bandmate, Peter Tork, died on Feb. 21, at the age of 77, and so the evening will undoubtedly include some kind of tribute to him. According to, Nesmith and Dolenz will perform “the Monkees’ greatest hits, plus deep cuts – everything from ‘Last Train to Clarksville’ to ‘Me & Magdalena’ — supported by a fabulous band.” (In case anyone is wondering, Tork, who died of cancer, had not been planning to participate in this tour.)


In conjunction with its current exhibition, “Trumpets, Weird and Wonderful: Treasures From the National Music Museum,” the Morris Museum in Morris Township will present a “Pops” concert by The Brass Project, a sextet associated with the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, at its Bickford Theatre, March 3 at 2 p.m. The program will include music by The Beatles, Leonard Bernstein, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Coldplay and more.

St. George’s by the River church in Rumson will present the 23rd annual Twilight Concert to benefit the Newark-based AIDS Resource Foundation for Children, March 2 at 5 p.m. Performers will include Pat Guadagno, Layonne Holmes, Maureen McCrink, Mary McCrink, Amy Broza, David DeRosa, Carl Gentry, Phil Rizzo, Rick Dill, Jeff Macpherson, Michael Gribbroek and Kathy Severini, and the show will feature a tribute to The Beatles’ self-titled 1968 double album (generally known as The White Album).

As you might guess from their name, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers play rock songs — by Queen, Coldplay, AC/DC, Snow Patrol and others — as well as traditional material, with bagpipes in the forefront. (Check out their version of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” below.) They will perform at the South Orange Performing Arts Center, March 6 at 7:30 p.m.




The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will perform with conductor Hans Graf and pianist Jeffrey Kahane at BergenPAC in Englewood, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m.; and Prudential Hall at NJPAC in Newark, March 2 at 8 p.m. and March 3 at 3 p.m. The program will include Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4; Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin; and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1.


The New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s 22nd annual Stages Festival will bring free and discounted plays, workshops, readings and behind-the-scenes events to theaters and other venues throughout the state, throughout the month of March. For a complete listing, visit


• Steve Martin and Martin Short will present an evening of comedy and music titled “Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t,” March 1 at 8 p.m. at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown. They will be joined at the show by the bluegrass group, Chatham County Line, and pianist Jeff Babko. Martin and Short have been performing together, occasionally, like this for years; in 2018, a film of one of their shows debuted on Netflix under the title, “Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life.”

Singer-songwriter Rhett Miller of the band Old 97’s has written a children’s book, “No More Poems: A Book in Verse That Just Gets Works,” and will sign copies of it, and play some music as well, at Little City Books in Hoboken, March 5 at 6 p.m.

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