Former Spin Doctor named judge for Morristown talent show

If anyone can put a good spin on the 2014 edition of Morristown’s Got Talent!, it’s Anthony Krizan.

He was a Spin Doctor, after all.

Anthony has been named one of four judges for the Feb. 26 competition at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, where 16 amateur acts will vie for a $1,000 top prize while raising money for local educational programs.

Anthony Krizan, former Spin Doctor, will be a judge for the 2014 Morristown's Got Talent! show.

Anthony Krizan, former Spin Doctor, will be a judge for the 2014 Morristown’s Got Talent! show.

Joining Anthony on the judges’ panel are Alyssa Derling, performer, choreographer, teacher and artistic director for Derling Dance Arts; Terrie Carr, music director and midday host at WDHA; and Jay Lustig, arts and entertainment editor for the Star-Ledger.

From 1994-96, Anthony played guitar for the Spin Doctors.  The band released the album You’ve Got to Believe in Something and the single She Used to Be Mine during his tenure, and also came up with the theme song for the TV show Spin City and appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman.

He’s also collaborated with Lenny Kravitz and performed with John Waite and Noel Redding, the bass player for Jimi Hendrix.  Several artists have recorded Anthony’s songs–his music was featured in the movie The Replacements–and he has produced recordings for Robert Randolph, Bo Didley and Earl Slick (David Bowie) at his Sonic Boom Studios in Raritan.

The Morris Educational Foundation has talent show ticket details below.  You can read all about this year’s finalists–and watch a video preview, too, right here:





Talent show at Mayo Performing Arts Center on February 26 will spotlight the best amateur talent form Morristown, Morris Plains and Morris Township. Tickets on sale now!

Morristown, New Jersey, February 7, 2014 – The Morris Educational Foundation (MEF) has announced that tickets are on sale now for its seventh annual “Morristown’s Got Talent Hollywood Edition!’ show. The talent show will showcase the best amateur talent from Morristown, Morris Plains and Morris Township. The event will be held on February 26th, 2014, 7 pm at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, New Jersey. Over seventy acts auditioned for the show.

There is a $1,000 cash prize for 1st place, $500.00 for second place and $250.00 for third place.

Four distinguished judges from the arts profession will judge the competition. They are Alyssa Derling, performer, choreographer, teacher and artistic director for Derling Dance Arts; Anthony Krizan, premiere guitarist, songwiriter and producer in the New York metro area who rose to fame as a member of The Spin Doctors; Terrie Carr, Music Director and Midday Host at WDHA; and Jay Lustig, Arts and Entertainment Editor for the Star Ledger.

This year’s Master of Ceremonies and host of the show will be Morristown-resident Tara Bernie, senior producer for NBC’s Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood LIVE.

“The Morris Educational Foundation is very excited about our 7th anniversary production of Morristown’s Got Talent. We are proud to give our community’s local amateur talent an opportunity to perform in front of their hometown, and in a top notch facility such as the Mayo Performing Arts Center” said Kim Pistner, MEF Board Member and Chairperson of the Morristown’s Got Talent Committee. “We are anticipating selling out the theater once again this year!”

Typically a sold out theater, purchase your tickets now for the event at the Mayo Peforming Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown, NJ; by calling 973-539-8008 or online at You can also be a sponsor or purchase an advertisement in the event’s playbill to cheer on the contestants and to benefit the Morris Educational Foundation. Download forms at

Mill Creek Residential is lead sponsor fort this year’s show. “The Morris Educational Foundation is a integral part of the Morris School District and this fund raising event will further the Foundation’s ability to distribute financial and other resources to and for the Morris School District for enrichment programs and other projects aimed at enhancing the quality of education and educational opportunities for students in the district, “added Molly Servais, Chair of the Board of the MEF.

Last year, the event raised over $50,000 for the Morris Educational Foundation. ###

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