East Lynne Theater Company presents ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET

“Hey Big Spender,” and “I’m in the Mood for Love” are just two of many popular songs with lyrics written by the incomparable Dorothy Fields. The award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company is presenting a world premiere musical revue, "On the Sunny Side of the Street," the title taken from another Field's hit.

The idea for this exciting production celebrating Dorothy Fields came from Charles Gilbert, who arranged the luscious tunes and is accompanying the cast of four. He headed the Musical Theater Program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia from its inception in 1990 until 2008 and served from 2008 to 2013 as Director of the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at UArts. He is a two-time Barrymore Award nominee for his music direction at the Arden Theater.
Another Barrymore Award nominee, Karen Cleighton, is the choreographer. She currently teaches at Chartertech High School for The Performing Arts in Somers Point, NJ.

The director is Gayle Stahlhuth, who has produced over 100 shows since becoming ELTC’s artistic director in 1999.

The exceptional cast-of four includes Joilet F. Harris, Scott Harrison, Annemarie Rosano, and Melissa Zimmerman. Harris had the recurring role of Detective Massey in "The Wire." Harrison has performed in a variety of regional theaters in shows including "Cabaret." Rosano is a founding member of "America's Sweethearts," an ensemble specializing in musical vintage entertainment. Zimmerman’s television appearances include "Royal Pains."

During her almost 50-year career, Dorothy Fields wrote lyrics for more than 400 songs, worked on 15 Broadway musicals, and almost 30 Hollywood films. Her film music with Jerome Kern included them winning the Academy Award for Best Song in 1936 for “The Way You Look Tonight” from Swing Time.

Please note that the location is THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF CAPE MAY, 500 HUGHES ST., CAPE MAY, NJ 08204.  New York is listed as the location because there is no listing for anywhere in the state of NJ.

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Trump plan could decimate arts community in N.J.


Big Bird, hunker down.

According to a report in The Hill, President Donald Trump's transition team is calling to ax the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and to privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds PBS and National Public Radio.

Targeting the arts is a routine play during budget season -- the NEA has long been a target by fiscal and social conservatives -- but the scope of the this budget plan is shocking to many.

And it could prove devastating to New Jersey arts organizations.

"My hope is that this is not something that our new president will undertake," says Todd Schmidt, the managing director of Millburn's Paper Mill Playhouse, the winner of the 2016 Regional Tony Award and a recipient of NEA funding.

"It's dividing America over an issue that is really a non-issue ... It's a bad way to start a new administration, to come in and immediately go after paper tigers."

"I think what's really important is how indicative this is of the values and culture of the incoming administration," says Susan Gogan, the executive director of the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville. "I think everybody was a little nervous when he was elected. Just like many other issues, there were so many unknowns."

The recommendations, as reported on the eve of Trump's inauguration by The Hill, are similar to a blueprint offered last year by the conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation.

Trump, who is being inaugurated as the nation's 45th president today, has not commented, on Twitter or otherwise, on the recommendations.

The NEA in particular has come under fire in recent decades as part of a culture war spawned by government-sponsored work and exhibits of controversial artists such as Andres Serrano and Robert Mapplethorpe...


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