Madison Swings: A Celebration of Arts and Culture

This past August, my daughter was in a Spotlight Kids Production of “The Addam’s Family” at the Community Arts Center (10 Kings Road, Madison). It’s a beautiful open space with a box office window, backstage corridors, dressing rooms, and an outdoor patio and stage (though this production didn’t use the outdoor stage). The 3,000-square-foot facility has an open area of about 1,400 square feet, and is in the new building on Kings Road between Madison Avenue and Green Village Road. (Here’s a blog I wrote about it when it first opened.) It’s a great addition to the arts and culture scene in Madison, and the perfect place to hold theater productions, art shows, lectures, and private parties.

But there is still so much that can be done to professionally outfit the space to help it reach its full potential! So, the Madison Arts and Cultural Alliance (MACA), in conjunction with the Downtown Development Commission and the Borough of Madison, is holding its first fundraising event: Madison Swings, a celebration of the arts and culture of Madison.

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I think we all take for granted Madison’s richness in arts and culture. On any given night, there are plays put on by local and university theater companies, concerts by professional singers, bands, and orchestras, authors talking about their books, and academic events and lectures run by the local universities. Fortunately, for all of us, some of Madison’s finest singers and musicians will be coming together to perform in Madison Swings to raise funds to make the improvements to the Community Arts Center that the whole community will be able to enjoy for years to come.

  • Jerry Vezza/Grover Kemble Quartet, a dynamic jazz quartet that has played for events, jazz concerts, clubs, and music festivals in New Jersey, New York, Los Angeles, and Europe.

  • Mark Delavan, who has appeared in title roles with the Metropolitan Opera, NYC Opera, Dallas Opera, and many more.

  • Cara Cooper, whose Broadway credits include The Prom, Jersey Boys, Elf, Legally Blonde, The Wedding Singer, All Shook Up, and Urban Cowboy, and national tours include 42nd Street, The Who’s Tommy, and Spamalot.

  • Tom Sellwood, who has had an extensive career singing and acting across the world, including Broadway and the West End, in productions of Phantom of the Opera, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, and Showboat. (He also happens to be my daughter’s awesome singing teacher! I know she’s especially looking forward to seeing him perform!)

  • Gay Willis, who performed in the world tour of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber with Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman, in addition to Broadway productions of the Phantom of the Opera, Into the Woods, Pirates of Penzance, and Showboat.

  • Warren Helms, who will accompany the singers, has accompanied Susan Boyle, Ann Jillian, The Irish Tenors, Aretha Franklin, and Clay Aiken.

You can purchase tickets for just the show, or the show plus the “after party” reception.

Madison Swings is sure to be a wonderful evening of music that will help further strengthen the arts and culture that benefits every resident in Madison!

Madison Swings: A Celebration of the Arts and Culture of Madison, will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 8pm. The show will be held on the stage of the Madison Junior School (160 Main Street, Madison). Tickets for the event are $50 for the show, and $75 for the show and “after party,” which will be held at the Madison Community Arts Center (10 Kings Road, Madison). Tickets may be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4307159 or by calling 800-838-3006 and on the MACA (Madison Arts and Culture Alliance) website www.madisonartsnj.org