Broadway at Moorland

One of New Jersey’s most popular summertime concert destinations is about to get the red-carpet treatment.


The scenery is superb, the lighting is celestial and the company is first-rate. It’s not a rave review of the latest Broadway opening – it’s Broadway at Moorland.


Known for the past 13 years as Music at Moorland, the 2014 edition of the outdoor concert teams NJPAC with the Far Hills Race Meeting Association for the first time. Historic Moorland Farm in Far Hills, the longtime site of the association’s crowd-drawing steeplechase each autumn, will be the setting on Thursday, June 5 for a starry performance by Tom Wopat (Annie Get Your Gun), Liz Callaway (Cats) and their friends, accompanied by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.


The evening features a special host: Stephen Schwartz, the composer of Wicked, Pippin, Godspell and many other scores for stage and screen.


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Yearly patrons of the Moorland spectacular will be happy to hear about the return of the majestic Fireworks by Grucci, which cascade over the rolling hills of the former estate of 19th century financier Grant B. Schley. (The concert takes place rain or shine.) And the beneficiaries this year will be schoolchildren from throughout New Jersey: Proceeds help fund NJPAC’s arts education programs.


Performing with Wopat and Callaway will be Scott Coulter, Jessica Hendy and Kelli Rabke, under the musical direction of John Boswell. Jerry Steichen will conduct the NJSO.


The evening of show classics and American Songbook standards begins at 7:30, although gates open two hours earlier for picnickers toting lawn chairs, blankets and baskets of food and wine, a tradition when music comes to Moorland.