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Local Residents in Musical Premiere

Journey_hana_david2_2 Journey, a world premier new musical, opened in Clifton two weeks ago and now is moving to Montclair. Performances will be at the Mount Hebron School, 173 Bellevue Ave, Montclair for the next two weekends. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 3pm (Apr 29, 30, May 1, 6, 7 & 8). Tickets are $15/$20 and can be reserved at 973.772.6998 or purchased at the door.

The music and lyrics are by Grammy-Award winning composer Michael Huseman of Montclair. The book and lyrics are by Kathleen Kellaigh of Clifton, the artistic director of Action Theater Conservatory. Journey features Montclair resident Darren Robertson, playing the character Paul. The show also features Joel Robertson of Clifton, appearing as Simon, through a special performance contract with Actor's Equity. Joel Robertson is a veteran of the Broadway casts of Jekyll & Hyde, Parade, Lis Miserables (for 9 years), original cast of Cats (6 years) and Fiddler on the Roof.

Journey_curtain_call_2 The authors have billed it as "an inspirational story of our times, providing a contemporary look at the power of love at work in our everyday lives. Audiences will see the dark and light sides of life as the characters deal with tragedies, controversial issues and daily challenges."

The show carries a real message of hope and encouragement even as the characters deal with real losses. The story line follows Paul, a formerly successful architect who has dealt with the loss of his job, his wife and, potentially, his son. He takes on a janitor's position at a local church and through the people he meets there, including Simon, his entire outlook on life is challenged.

One day, when Journey is on Broadway, you can say you "saw it in Montclair first!"

April 27, 2005


I saw this play in Clifton. It was interesting and there are some very strong singers (including Darren Robertson) , but be prepared... it's about 3 1/2 hours long with intermission. We were supposed to meet friends for drinks afterwards and left them hanging.

Posted by: Chris | Apr 29, 2005 10:32:05 PM

The show was cut significantly before the move to Montclair. It was about 2:40 at last night's show.

Posted by: bcDave1 | May 1, 2005 10:10:21 AM

I saw it both places, too. Cannot believe how much tighter and better it is in Montclair! I loved it the first time--enough to try it in the second space. Now I'm hoping to see it again.

Posted by: SD | May 4, 2005 7:44:18 AM

I saw the show at Mt. Hebron this past weekend and I'm bringing my daughter this evening. I don't think many people had a dry eye in the house...especially during Act 2. I was completely in awe of the young woman and man who sang one particular song together. She had a gorgeous voice with much operatic potential. He gave me chills with his powerful, more modern sound. I'm slightly biased because I had the pleasure of working with Deanna Lacava on 'Hair' a while back, but I have to say her acting was dead on and her singing was also very pleasing to the ear. The rest of the leads were exceptional too and the kids were really adorable. I can't wait to see the show again!

Posted by: BrendaLee | May 6, 2005 2:53:21 PM