“If music be the food of love, play on,” said Shakespeare in “Twelfth Night.” “Give me excess of it ... ”
Not to overindulge, but Valentine's Day is Monday, Feb. 14. That means there are a number of shows with Valentine's Day themes, and some without that would make a good V-Day date night anyway.
Here are six romantic shows this weekend (and on Monday) that should spark things up. Be sure to check with the venues as COVID-19 rules differ from town to town.
'Casablanca in Concert'
Play it again, Sam.
The New Jersey Symphony will do just that as they perform their “Casablanca in Concert” show that features live orchestra music accompaniment to the classic war-time romance “Casablanca.”
“La Marseillaise” never sounded so good.
Showings take place at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, and the State Theatre in New Brunswick.
New Jersey Symphony “Casablanca in Concert,” 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown; 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark; 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick. $39 to $89. www.njsymphony.org.
A Howl on the boardwalk
Speaking of Paris ...
The new Jersey Shore acoustic jazz trio Howl will light up the Langosta Lounge on the boardwalk in Asbury Park on Valentine's Day, Monday, Feb. 14.
“It's going to be a night of lovely Gypsy jazz,” said Peter Mantas, Langosta entertainment director. “It's like a night in Paris without the airfare.”
Howl, 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, Langosta Lounge, 1000 N. Ocean Ave., Asbury Park. Free. www.langostalounge.com.
Ludwig van Beethoven composed two romances for the violin, and the diminutive instrument has a big capacity for expressing love. The South Florida-based Sons of Mystro, whose love for the violin has them playing multiple genres on the instrument, perform Friday, Feb. 11, at Stockton`s Performing Arts Center in Galloway.
The group is composed of brothers Malcolm and Umoja McNeish, and Mystro is their dad, a deejay.
Sons of Mystro, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, Stockton Performing Arts Center, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway. $32. visit www.stockton.edu/pac.
Songs of love in Long Branch
Emily and Johnny are on the scene just in time for Valentine's Day weekend.
Jersey Shore chanteuse Emily Grove and Johnny Phillips of Burlap to Cashmere are joining forces for an afternoon of songs of love on Sunday, Feb. 13, at the Whitechapel Projects in Long Branch.
Emily Grove and Johnny Phillips, 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, Whitechapel Projects, 15 Second Ave., Long Branch. www.whitechapelprojects.com.
Whitney Cummings in Montclair
Whitney Cummings appropriate-for-Valentines Touch Me Tour hits the Welmont Theater in Montclair on Saturday, Feb. 12.
The funny gal has some advice for singles.
“Re the Tinder Swindler: if someone who tells you he owns a diamond company and is wearing no diamonds or not giving you diamonds, or even showing you photos of diamonds, Google harder,” Cummings recently tweeted.
We assume more such advice will be forthcoming at the Welmont on Saturday, just in case you're single this Valentine's Day.
Whitney Cummings with Ricky Velez, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, Welmont Theatre, 5 Seymour St., Montclair. $39 to $59. wellmonttheater.com.
Stupid Cupid at the Stone Pony
Southside Johnny's got the fever, and the Asbury Jukes' Stupid Cupid show on Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park is the cure. It's a night of Jukes classics and love songs done Southside style.
Stupid Cupid with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, Stone Pony, 913 N. Ocean Ave., Asbury Park. $45 to $50. stoneponyonline.com.
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Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Valentine's Day: Romantic shows in New Jersey playing this weekend