Concerts and Special Performances

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Candice Guardino Italian Bred
Saturday, August 5, 8:00PM and Sunday, August 6, 2:00PM

Direct from NYC, LA and fresh off sold-out Chicago shows, comes a hilariously heartwarming, new family comedy about growing up in NYC, created, written by, and starring Candice Guardino.

Based on true life events through the eyes of a little girl, this comedy has attracted celebrities and fans from all over the world. Having written down everything her loving and outspoken grandmother ever uttered, Candice slips in and out of characters as she cooks up a full meal of growing up on Staten Island, NY. Italian Bred comes to the Bickford Theatre after Off Broadway run, with sold-out crowds and rave reviews. Featuring virtual celebrity cameos by Steve Schirripa (Blue Bloods & Sopranos), Mario Cantone (Sex and the City and The View), and Emmy winner Leslie Jordan.

Ticket prices:

$40 General Public
$38 Seniors
$35 Museum Members
$20 Student (18 and under with a student ID)


Image Credit: Candice Guardino, photo courtesy of Candice Guardino.

The Wizard of Oz
Thursday, August 10, 8:00PM
Friday, August 11, 8:00PM
Saturday, August 12, 2:00PM
Saturday, August 12, 8:00PM

By L. Frank Baum • Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg • Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company • Based upon the classic Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.

“We’re off to see…” The Wizard Of Oz with this exciting stage adaptation of the all-time classic! Click your heels together three times and join The Scarecrow, The Tinman, The Cowardly Lion, Dorothy…and Toto, too, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet The Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. This production contains all of the beloved Oscar-winning songs from the movie including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “We’re Off To See The Wizard,” plus all the favorite characters and iconic moments. Rediscover the story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the entire family.

This show is presented by Theatre Next Door.

Ticket prices: 

$25 General Public
$20 Seniors/Museum/Theatre Guild Members
$20 Students (18 and under or with a valid college ID)


Image Credit:  The Wizard of Oz, still image from the motion picture, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

George Gee Swing Orchestra
Thursday, September 28, 7:30PM – 11:00PM

Our jazz season opens with one of the best swing bands in the country featuring New York City’s top musicians.

Fireside Mystery Theatre
Sunday, October 1, 2:00PM

Think “A Prairie Home Companion” meets “The Twilight Zone” and you’ll begin to get an idea of the unique brand of wickedly fun entertainment. You’ll be treated to thrilling, all new original radio dramas along with musical performances and comedic sketches; in fact this show will be FMT’s season premiere–a Bickford exclusive and is recorded for future Podcasts.

Swingadelic: Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald
Thursday, October 5, 7:30PM

Bassist and singer Nicki Parrott was with the Les Paul Trio for years and has become a Bickford favorite for good reason.

Nicki Parrott
Monday, October 23, 7:30PM

The best little big band pays tribute to the 100th anniversary of the birth of one the greatest jazz singers of the 20th Century.

John Sebastian
Thursday, November 30, 7:30PM

From The Lovin’ Spoonful to Woodstock to “Welcome Back Kotter,”  this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, guitarist and principal songwriter was responsible for six #1 hits, including “Summer in the City,” “Welcome Back” and many more.

Evolving Jazz with “Perfessor” Bill
Sunday, November 26, 3:00PM – 4:00PM

Join “Perfessor” Bill at the Bickford Theater for a glimpse into the evolution of American music, from the early 1900s, particularly ragtime, popular song and early blues, to the music known as “jazz.” Bill Edwards, music historian and performer will describe the growth of jazz in popular media, and its infusion into the public eye and ear! This will be accompanied by exciting visuals such as newspaper accounts, sheet music covers and some short film clips. Following an intermission, “Professor” Bill will perform a short concert of rag, stride and jazz.

Marcia Ball 
Saturday, February 10, 8:00PM 

Texas born Marcia Ball is known for a rollicking piano and a musical gumbo that blends Texas Roadhouse with blues, boogie-woogie and a hefty dash of fun.

The Magic of Lynn
Sunday, February 25, 3:00PM 

Lyn’s spectacular, eye-defying illusions have been astounding audiences for over two decades.  In 2013 she was the first female illusionist in history to receive the prestigious Milbourne Christopher Award – the Academy Award of magic – from the Society of American Magicians (past recipients have included David Copperfield, Penn and Teller and Siegfried and Roy), and the Merlin Award for Female Illusionist of the Year from the International Magician’s Society. 

Guinness Gallery Rededication and “Rach” Concert
Sunday, December 3, 2:30PM – 4:30PM

If you were not present at the debut of the Guinness Gallery in 2007, we invite you to participate in this final festivity, as we celebrate the 10th anniversary with a formal Rededication Ceremony. Following this observance, light refreshments will be served prior to a concert performed by the Ampico Reproducing Piano. Experience the enchanting and energetic music of Sergei Rachmaninoff, one of the leading composers of the Romantic Era. Several selections were actually recorded by the composer and reproduced for your enjoyment!

Advanced registration required.



From Bach to Rock
Sunday, October 8, 2:00PM 

This prize-winning husband and wife piano duet team astound and delight audiences around the world with their breathtaking virtuosity, quick-witted humor, and an incredible repertoire ranging from Bach to Rock.  Moscow born Nadia and Kiev born Vladimir have gathered many top at both national and international piano competitions.  They have also performed in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and 92nd Street Y Kaufman Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Theater, Villa Ghirlanda Silva in Milan and other prestigious international concert venues.

Trio da Paz
Thursday, March 1, 7:30PM

Featuring three of Brazil’s most in-demand musicians, Trio da Paz updates the infectious spirit of jazz-oriented Brazilian music. Formed in 1990 by Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta and Duduka da Fonseca, the Trio redefines Brazilian Jazz with their harmonically adventurous interactions, daring improvisations and dazzling rhythms. All three are seasoned masters of both jazz and Brazilian music.

Garden State Philharmonic Chamber: Broadway Bound
Sunday, March 4, 2:00PM

The Garden State Philharmonic Symphony Society, Inc. (GSP) is dedicated to giving concerts of cultural and educational value in and for NJ communities and to fostering such related activities that will encourage interest in and appreciation of music.  Their fabulous string quartet will appear this time with a program featuring the music of Leonard Bernstein from his most famous musical, West Side Story, as well as songs from a host of other legendary composers.

Christopher Johnson: Portrait of American Music
Sunday, May 6, 3:00PM

Winning high critical acclaim, Christopher Johnson has given 18 annual solo recitals at the Bar Harbor Music Festival in Maine and has made his 10th appearance at the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum. He performed the Horowitz/Sousa “Stars and Stripes Forever” in Washington D.C. (Lincoln Memorial) at the 2001 Presidential All-Star Gala for President George W. Bush, and in 2008, Alfred Music Publishing internationally released his book, “Popular Performer: Broadway,” which comprises piano arrangements of Broadway shows.  This concert will feature the music of Americana.