NEWTOWN BOROUGH >> The beginning of April will be a busy one at the historic Newtown Theatre with a performance by the Eric Mintel Jazz Orchestra, a double header of comedy and an Independent Film Night.
Eric Mintel Quartet
The events kick off with a performance by the Eric Mintel Jazz Quartet on Friday, April 5 beginning at 8 p.m. This one-night-only performance will feature the music of Dave Brubeck, jazzed-up versions of classic television theme songs and a mix of original songs.
Tickets are $20 in advance through TheNewtownTheatre.com or $25 at the door on the day of the concert. Beer, wine and concessions will be available for purchase before the concert.
The Eric Mintel Quartet has been playing its electrifying brand of jazz for over 25 years, largely in the Greater Philadelphia region. But it has ventured beyond at the request of some notable jazz fans, including Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. The quartet has also performed at the Kennedy Center on several occasions.
The Quartet is comprised of pianist and composer Eric Mintel, saxophonist Nelson Hill, flutist Jack Hegyi, and drummer Dave Mohn.
Comedy Night Doubleheader
On Saturday, April 6 comedians Bonnie McFarlane and Carmen Lynch will appear at the theatre beginning at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $25 and are available at JJComedy.com. This show is for mature audiences only. Beer, wine and concessions will be sold from the time the doors open until the start of the performance.
McFarlane is a national headliner whose television credits includes an HBO special, two Comedy Central specials, three Letterman appearances, a Tonight Show appearance and regular appearances on the Opie and Anthony/Jimmy radio show. The Huffington Post listed her as the number one funniest female you should know. She most recently made a critically acclaimed comedy documentary about funny women, Women Aren’t Funny, starring Joan Rivers, Rosie O’Donnell, Sarah Silverman and Maria Bamford.
A semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Lynch has two Letterman appearances to her credit and has performed several times for the troops in Iraq and Kuwait. She has also appeared on Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer and HBO Canada’s Funny as Hell.
Independent Film Night
The historic Newtown Theatre will also host its next Independent Film Night on Sunday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door and free for theatre members.
The event will feature 10 short films, chosen from hundreds submitted by independent filmmakers from across the country. In the past, this event featured only locally produced films. The films being screened on April 7 were chosen for their compelling stories and high production value. Some content may be inappropriate for children.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Newtown Arts Company "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," a joyous, musical romp through Rome that will leave audiences laughing at the historic Newtown Theatre, 120 N. State Street, Newtown 18940 from April 11th through 17th. The Tony-award winning comedy is sure to thrill audiences with its combination of slapstick humor and toe-tapping songs.
The musical’s original 1962 Broadway run won several Tony Awards, including Best Musical. “Forum” has enjoyed several Broadway and West End revivals and was made into a successful film. Directed by James McCrane of Newtown and music director Susan den Outer of Langhorne, The show is produced by Natalie Taptykoff of Langhorne. Choreography is by Kristine Devine. Costume design is by Ann D'Silva.
Inspired by the farces of ancient Rome, the musical tells the bawdy story of a slave and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The show is filled with puns, slamming doors, cases of mistaken identity (frequently involving characters disguising themselves as one another), and satirical comments on social class.
Performances are Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 13 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. (matinee) Tuesday, April 16 and Wednesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. (There is no show on Monday, April 15.)
The Newtown Theatre is located at 120 N. State Street in Newtown Borough. For more information, visit TheNewtownTheatre.com.