Shows, concerts and holiday extravaganzas are everywhere.  Here are a few items you might not know about yet and want to keep in mind– readings, Messiah Sing, plays.

Luna Stage in West Orange has interesting events — a new play tonight, and a benefit reading of “King Lear” this weekend are special offerings.  The theatre also has their children’s puppet show “Moo Moo’s Magical Winter Holidays,” playing December 10th, and “Mi Casa, Tu Casa,”a bilingual holiday celebration, with a five-piece band and a pair of host storytellers.

Tickets: $20 for Adults, $10 for Children 12 & Under

New Moon Play Reading
Monday December 5th at 7:30pm
“The Shanghai Kaddish” by Larry Loebell, Directed by Cheryl Katz.
Did you hear the one about the Chinese boy and the Jewish girl? TNo Reservations Necessary. $5 Donation at the door.

by William Shakespeare
A benefit reading directed by acclaimed
Shakespearean director Rob Clare
Starring Ami Brabson, André Braugher , Suzzanne Douglas, Frankie Faison and many more…
Saturday January 7th at 7pm
Sunday January 8th at 5pm

$100 for performance only
$125 for performance and post-show reception with cast
555 Valley Road, 973-395-5551, West Orange, NJ
The Oratorio Society of New Jersey (OSNJ)  in Upper Montclair has a FREE Messiah sing,
tomorrow, Dec. 6 at St. James Episcopal Church, 581 Valley Road, Upper Montclair.  Musical scores will be provided.
The members of OSNJ invite all citizens of Baristaville and beyond — singers and listeners alike — to join them for this free annual evening of musical celebration.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison presents Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” adapted for the stage by Neil Bartlett and directed by Bonnie J. Monte.  A cast of nine actors playing more than 50 roles, including some of literature’s most beloved characters.Performances begin on December 1 and continue through January 1.

Originally created for the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith in England, Bartlett’s A Christmas Carol contains only Dickens’ own words.  “I wanted to do it using Dickens’ words, and nothing but,” wrote Bartlett.  “Dickens himself prompted this decision; after all, he wrote the story not just to be read, but to be read out loud for an audience.   His words don’t describe; they enact.”    In addition, Bartlett has included spoken and sung Victorian carols delivered a cappella throughout the play.  For tickets or more information, call 973-408-5600, or visit the theatre website.  The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, on the grounds of Drew University 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ.   

Paper Mill Playhouse  in Millburn’s “White Christmas” with Lorna Luft continues through Dec. 24, as does their holiday light

Jacob ben Widmar, Lorna Luft, Luke Hawkins (T. Charles Erickson)

show— read our review here! For more information, call 973-376-4343 or visit their website. The theatre is at 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn.





And if you missed Mike Daisey’s “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” at the Public Theater, good news.  The company just announced that the show will be returning at the end of January for a five week run, through March 4.   Tickets available here, and you can read our review here.