MIDDLETOWN: SINATRA TIMES THREE

SinatraNathan DeDeo is among the singers making like Ol’ Blue Eyes all weekend long when SINATRA “OUR WAY” commandeers the MAC stage for three benefit shows, produced by Middletown’s own David J.V. Meenan (below).

1_David_MeenanMiddletown’s own David J.V. Meenan has hoofed his way into the Guinness Book of World Records as a champion long-distance tap dancer; performed on Broadway in A Chorus Line; and presented many an all-singing/ all-dancing extravaganza at Monmouth University.

Here in Red Bank, he managed his own playhouse (the Royale Theater on Monmouth Street) in the 1990s, and premiered his own original musical (Transatlantic) at the Count Basie.

 

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IN oRBit: THE MEENAN OF CHRISTMAS

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luke-bonnenfantIt had to happen: Ebenezer Scrooge is back, pretty much everywhere on local stages for the next couple of weekends (including one portrayal by ever-boyish classic TV personality John Davidson), and if you’ve been doing your best to avoid the old cuss, you just might be missing out on something special over at Monmouth U.

Today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit has an interview with Red Bank’s David J.V. Meenan, adapter and director of A Christmas Carol, going up Friday at the Pollak Theatre. Veteran theater-weirders might recall the semi-retired Meenan from his spectacular productions at the Basie (and at his own short-lived Royale Theatre) back around a decade ago; he’s rested and ready to wrangle a cast of dozens (including the always precocious Tiny Tim, pictured) for a one-weekend revival of a show that was last seen in 2001.

Then stay tuned to redbankgreen‘s satellite site for another wintry weekend’s worth of stuff, including Bad Santas and Good Samaritans; beached poets and blues paragons; Angry Drunks and other Cracked Nuts, right here in Red Bank oRBit!