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"Carnival !"
Opening At the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival

Madison - Kate Dawson, as Lili, with puppets Carrot Top, Renardo, Marguerite and Henri.

Photos by Gerry Goodstein
Courtesy of
NJ Shakespeare Festival

MADISON With a bold flourish, the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival opens its 40th anniversary season with Carnival!, a classic gem of the American musical canon, with music and lyrics by Bob Merrill and book by Michael Stewart, based on material by Helen Deutsch. Artistic director Bonnie J. Monte, directing her first musical, brings her unique vision to this kaleidoscopic romance

(above) Paul Mullins, as Marco the Magnificent; and Tina Stafford, as the Incomparable Rosalie

(above) Kate Dawson, as Lili; and Paul Mullins, as Marco the Magnificent

filled with glittering theatrics and the exotic world of the carnival. Ms. Monte partners with musical director Jan Rosenberg, a 20-year Broadway veteran.

 "Direct from Vienna!" comes Schlegel's Grand Imperial Cirque de Paris, a troupe of

(above) Robert Cuccioli, as Paul Berthalet with puppet Carrot Top

(above) Kate Dawson as Lili; and Robert Cuccioli, as Paul Berthalet.

jaded, not-so-imperial performers whose once-grand carnival has seen better days. Into their midst wanders Lili beautiful, nave and homeless. She is beguiled by the faded glamour and colorful misfits who make up the carnival family, and becomes entranced by the carnival's magician Marco the Magnificent. Her innocence awakens feelings long buried in the carnival's brilliant but bitter and

misanthropic puppeteer, who is only able to communicate his innermost feelings through his puppets. With both of their lives spinning out of control, the pair seems doomed to destroy each other or themselves. Watch what happens however, as "love makes the world go round."

 The N.J. Shakespeare Festival and its F.M. Kirby Theatre are conveniently located on the campus of Drew University. For further information or to purchase tickets,
please call the box office (973) 408-5600 or visit

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