I see where a few north Jersey theater groups are putting on live shows that I would be interested in.

Not in any particular order:

Paper Mill Playhouse will present A WONDERFUL LIFE. They bill it as "A musical adaptation of the Frank Capra film "It's a Wonderful Life." Book and Lyrics by SHELDON HARNICK Music by JOE RAPOSO; Directed by JAMES BRENNAN."

The film has long been one of my favorites, along with Jean Shepherd's A Christmas Story (You'll shoot your eye out, kid!).

An added personal delight to the film version of It's A Wonderful Life is that the screenplay was finished off by a Belleville, N.J.-born and Nutley, N.J.-raised woman named
Frances Goodrich. Along with her husband Albert Hackett, she wrote scads of classic sreenplays, including most of the Thin Man series.

Whenever I see George Bailey in that small town, I think of Nutley of about 100 years ago - when Goodrich was a child - with snowstorms, kids sledding into the creek, the bridge over the Passaic River into Lyndhurst. I've got to think that Goodrich took a lot of the small town details from her own childhood in North Jersey.

The Paper Mill is also presenting a musical version of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers based on the film and a play. The Hacketts also did the screenplay for that film.

Kean Stage is putting will present And Then They Came For Me - Remembering the World of Anne Frank. If you recall the movie or the play based on the Diary of Anne Frank, the play and film were created from the book by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. They won the Pulitzer Prize for the play.
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