Morristown weekend preview: Cats, a Little Dog and a talk with God

John Roberts & Debra Cowan
John Roberts & Debra Cowan

Here’s a sampler for another fun weekend around Morristown. For more, check out MG’s great calendar.

Friday, January 28

John Roberts & Debra Cowan
John Roberts & Debra Cowan

Tonight, it’s John Roberts & Debra Cowan at the Minstrel. Part of The Folk Project series, the show sounds like great fun: “Two of the finest voices of traditional song in the English language join forces for a one-time tour. John Roberts, along with fellow Englishman Tony Barrand have practically defined English traditional singing for American audiences for three decades. He accompanies his distinctive voice with concertina and banjo. Debra Cowan is not only a technically fine singer but a great interpreter of songs from a variety of traditions.” The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown. Adults $7 – Children 12 and under are free.

Just down the street from The Minstrel, The Little Dog Laughed continues its run at the Bickford Theater.’s Kevin Coughlin writes, “Billed by the Bickford as a ‘naughty comedy about a dirty business,’ the production veers between a wicked sendup of Hollywood and a serious exploration of angst-ridden gay love, with the needle swinging to the melodrama side of the meter.”  Showtime:  7:30 p.m. The Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown.

Tickets are now on sale for the very popular charitable fundraiser, “A Taste of Morristown.” The Rotary Club-sponsored event happens on March 28, from 6-9 p.m. at Hanover Marriott; it showcases the restaurants of the Morristown area, and includes a wine, scotch, beer, and spirits tasting. Purchase tickets at King’s Supermarket, the UPS Store, the Dublin Pub, and J.C. Reiss Opticians, all in Morristown.  More the ToM website.

Saturday, January 29

Cats at the Mayo Center

Cats comes to the Mayo Center.  With a book based on the poetry of T.S. Eliot and a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cats broke box office records and won multiple Tony Awards.  The Mayo calls it “the purr-fect show to introduce your family to the wonders of live theater.”   Tonight’s show starts at 8; a second show has been added on Sunday at 2 in the afternoon.  The Mayo Center for the Performing Arts is at 100 South Street in Morristown.

The Little Dog Laughed continues its run at the Bickford Theater.  Showtime:  7:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 30

At St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, the Reverend Janet Broderick begins a four-part Adult Education series called “How to talk to God.” She’ll address such questions as: What is prayer? How do we hear God’s voice? What happens when we worship? What do we mean by transcendence and immanence? Reverend Broderick is an engaging speaker, and as always, will make good use of humor, fascinating facts, and multimedia teaching aids during her presentations.  Have a cup of coffee and something to eat as you enjoy the class, which builds on Bishop John S. Spong’s recent teaching series on Scripture. The series starts today at 10:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall at 70 Maple Avenue.  Everybody’s welcome to come to any or all of the sessions.

Cats at the Mayo Center, redux. A second show has been added today at 2 p.m.


Masterwork presents VIVA! Music of Latin America.  The concert features choral music from Latin America, including Ariel Ramirez’s Misa Criolla and the Lamentations of Jeremiah by Alberto Ginastera.  Each of the Misa Criolla‘s five movements is based on a different folk genre, and is scored for choir with soloists and a chamber ensemble that includes Andean folk instruments.   Described by The Washington Post as “a stunning artistic achievement,” it combines “Spanish text with indigenous instruments and rhythms.” Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras have in the past sung the solo roles. The Lamentations of Jeremiah is an a cappella choral work which uses as text the anguished words of the prophet Jeremiah lamenting the fall of Jerusalem. It is in three contrasting movements, depicting an emotional journey from wild, wailing despair to hopeful acceptance. The program also includes some other short works, including Latin American folksongs and “O vos omnes”, a motet by famed Spanish cellist Pablo Casals, the extraordinary Spanish cellist and composer.   The concert starts at 3 p.m. at  the Concert Hall at the Dorothy Young Center at Drew University, Route 124, Madison, NJ.

The Little Dog Laughed continues its run at the Bickford Theater. Showtime: 7:30 p.m.
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