Hulu Presents “Wu-Tang An American Saga” Movie, “Spring Awakening” in New Jersey

Season 2 of “Wu-Tang: An American Saga” continues to tell the story of an American success story through thick and thin. And it all takes place in New Jersey.

The Hulu TV series was filmed in East Orange, Elmwood Park, Kearny, Newark, Paterson, Plainfield and Secaucus.

The show tells the story of the formation of the Wu-Tang Clan in the early 1990s, “a vision of Bobby Diggs, aka The RZA, who strives to unite a dozen young black men torn between a life of music and crime. They end up becoming the most unlikely of American success stories, “according to a press release.

The show is scheduled to air later this year.

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It is produced by RZA, Method Man, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Alex Tse and stars Ashton Sanders in RZA, Shameik Moore in Raekwon, Siddiq Saunderson in Ghostface Killah and Dave East in Method Man, with recurring appearances by Joey Bada. $$.

Wu-Tang Clan films the Hulu series on Broadway in Elmwood Park, NJ on Monday, April 19, 2021.

Officials credit the reinstatement and enhancement of New Jersey’s film and digital media tax credit program for bringing spectacle to the area. It offers a tax credit for qualified productions shot in the state.

“A single network series filmed in New Jersey for a full season can generate up to $ 100 million in local economic activity and create hundreds of local jobs,” Gov. Phil Murphy said, citing projects such as “The Equalizer” and “Ways” by CBS. & Means ”and“ The Plot Against America ”by HBO, all of which have been filmed on location in the state for the past two years.

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“We are delighted that the critically acclaimed Wu-Tang series has chosen to film Season 2 in the Garden State,” Secretary of State Tahesha Way said.

“We continue to see TV shows produced here regularly and we expect this trend to continue in the years to come. “

Wu-Tang Clan films the Hulu series on Broadway in Elmwood Park, NJ on Monday, April 19, 2021.

‘Spring Awakening’ at Basie

As theater continues its comeback at the Shore, Phoenix Productions prepares to host the first theatrical production at The Vogel at Red Bank’s Count Basie Center for the Arts.

“Spring Awakening” will run for three performances on Friday July 16 and Saturday July 17.

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“This astonishing, state-of-the-art, smaller venue, with its intimate setting and unique configuration, allows Phoenix Productions to tackle a whole different set of important pieces in the musical theater catalog. Shows with smaller casts, more intimate topics and shows that would be lost on the big stage of the historic Hackensack Meridian Health Theater can now have a home at the Count Basie Center for the Arts thanks to this new venue, ”a said Phoenix director artistic director James Grausam.

Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele in "Spring awakening" on Broadway.

Featuring a book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik, the story “explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with emotion and passion,” says Phoenix.

“Set in 1891 in Germany, ‘Spring Awakening’ follows the stories of young college students as they navigate between self-discovery and coming of age anxiety in a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion. . The historic musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll … “

The show is directed by Grausam, with musical direction by Jason Neri.

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Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. on July 16 and at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 17. Tickets are sold in table configurations of two, four and six. They can be purchased from or, or by calling 732-747-0014.

Phoenix notes that audiences should be aware that “Spring Awakening” contains sensitive material and touches on difficult topics.

‘Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery ‘in Middletown

The Middletown Arts Center, in collaboration with the Dunbar Repertory Company, will present "Shake the mess out of misery,"

The Middletown Arts Center, in conjunction with the Dunbar Repertory Company, will present “Shakin ‘the Mess Outta Misery,” which features a young black girl coming of age in the southern 1960s.

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The show is written by Shay Youngblood and directed by Darrell Lawrence Willis Sr.

We find Tracie Ashe (Tinton Falls), Sequoia Tellashia Davis (Ocean Township), Mimi B. Francis (North Brunswick), Natalie Hayes (Long Branch), Brianna Kelly (Matawan), Qualé Lewis (Asbury Park), Cheryl Monden (Lakewood), Lorraine Stone (Eatontown) and DaNeen Wyche (Neptune).

It will take place July 9-11 and July 16-18 at MAC, 36 Church St., Middletown. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., with Sunday performances at 4 p.m.

For tickets, $ 20, visit or call the MAC Box Office at 732-706-4100.

The Dunbar Repertory Company calls itself the “Monmouth County African-American Theater Company” and says it is committed to perpetuating an appreciation for cultural diversity and celebrating African-American culture through literary readings in live, theatrical productions, educational programs and services.

Ilana Keller is an award-winning journalist and longtime New Jersey resident who loves Broadway and really bad puns. She focuses on arts advocacy and education, theater fundraising and more in her column “Sightlines”. Contact us on Twitter: @ilanakeller; [email protected]