Morristown residents can enjoy the music of Harry Connick Jr.

June 23, 2013 by  

Residents of Morristown, New Jersey, can enjoy the music of Harry Connick Jr. later in June, when the acclaimed musician gives two concerts. Connick, a Grammy-winning singer as well as an actor, will be in Morristown June 29 and 30, appearing at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, or MPAC. The concerts start at 8pm.

Connick’s career has taken him from the recording studio to the stage, and onto both the big and small screens. He had a recurring role in the hit TV show Will and Grace, starred in such films as P.S. I Love You and Independence Day, and appeared on Broadway in musicals such as The Pajama Game, for which he got a Tony nomination. Tickets to the concerts, which range in price from $89 to $175, are available at MPAC or online.

The MPAC started life in 1937 as the brainchild of Walter Reade, who chose Morristown as the site of his movie theater. First known as the “Community Theatre”, the MPAC was built during the Depression and gave work to local residents. It opened in December, 1937, two days before Christmas, and flourished until the 1980s when it was closed. It was revived in the 1990s to serve as a concert hall, and today is known as a top-tier center for the performing arts.

MPAC officials could work with brochure printers to create a hand-out for concert goers that does three things. First, it will list Connick’s program and biography; second, it could give the history of the MPAC; finally, it could also serve as a fundraising tool, since the theater just celebrated its 75th anniversary.