Jim Beckerman, North Jersey News

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  • North Jersey News
Past:
  • Observer-Dispatch
  • thedailyjournal.com
  • delawareonline
  • MyCentralJersey
  • The Asbury Park Press NJ
  • Daily Record
  • USA TODAY
  • Poughkeepsie Journal
  • Rochester D and C
  • 11Alive Atlanta
  • and more…

Recent articles by Jim:

Beware of Oily Oliver, the oozing monstrosity who once roamed Bergen County

Down by the Hackensack River, folks still talk about Oily Oliver — the monster that terrorized Bergen County in days gone by → Read More

To B, or not to b? Why capitalize the 'B' in Black?

In 2020, black became Black in many mainstream media outlets. Why? → Read More

The best — and worst — movies made from TV shows

"Many Saints of Newark" is the latest film to come to the big screen by way of TV. Here are some others → Read More

Who was the 'real' Tony Soprano? Here are three possibilities

Who wouldn't want to claim Tony Soprano as a hometown hero? But who was the real Tony? Here are three candidates → Read More

Mommies Heart to Heart hold fundraiser in Paterson to cheer and aid Afghan children

A fundraiser in Paterson aims to raise money for refugee Afghan children and to raise their spirits. → Read More

New documentary to show centuries before the Greeks, African astronomers named the stars

African astronomers were naming the constellations, long before the Europeans. A new documentary, by a Paterson NJ astronomer, will look into it. → Read More

Jasper Johns, America's greatest living artist, plants his flag in two museums

Twin exhibits, in different museums, pay tribute to Jasper Johns, the greatest living American artist — and his flags → Read More

How will 'MJ: The Musical' deal with MJ: The Scandal? It won't

"MJ: The Musical" will feature 25 songs by the King of Pop. But how will it skirt a certain elephant in the room? → Read More

The world is a scary place, especially for Doomscrollers

These days, we all obsess over dire news. But is "doomscrolling" healthy? Jim Beckerman dives into it. → Read More

Hail the Founding Mothers: '1776' comes back to Broadway with an all-female cast

"1776" is coming back to Broadway with a gender-bending cast → Read More

Crowds — and birds — flock to Meadowlands Birding Festival

At the Meadowlands Birding Festival Sunday, birds - and an environmental message - were both part of the show. → Read More

This Labor Day, it's a new day for organized labor in the United States

After years of decline, the American labor movement may be getting a second wind. But this time, the oxygen isn't coming from the unions. → Read More

Are tornadoes, like the ones spawned by Ida, the new normal in NJ?

Ida spawned two awesome tornadoes Wednesday evening. Are tornadoes becoming more frequent in the Garden State? → Read More

9/11 brought us together. Why is the coronavirus pandemic tearing us apart?

Twenty years ago Americans came together for 9/11. Why can't we do it for the coronavirus pandemic? → Read More

In summer, what's better — or wetter — than a fountain? Our favorites in NJ

It's not only Wayne that has fountains. In New Jersey, they're all over -- and they're the perfect way to beat the heat → Read More

Broadway in 2021 will 'have so many Black voices.' Theatergoers, pros say it's about time

After a long lockdown, and the Black Lives Matter movement that has stirred the conscience of a nation, the NY stage is reopening in a thoughtful mood → Read More

'Mrs. Doubtfire' got needed tweaking during 15 month Broadway shutdown, says director

Jerry Zaks, director of two Broadway shows interrupted by COVID, put his off-line time to good use in fine-tuning "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "The Music Man" → Read More

Know these soul acts at Bergen County Music Festival Saturday? Maybe it's from the movies

The Dells Revue. The Stylistics Revue. The Rose Royce Review. All will be featured at the Bergen County Music Festival in Overpeck Park on Saturday. → Read More

How Broadway rebounded from its last pandemic, the 'Spanish Flu'

100 years before COVID, Broadway faced a similar crisis → Read More

After 4 years of turmoil, 'The Music Man' is an interesting choice for Broadway |Beckerman

Is this the right -- or wrong -- time for a musical about a loveable con man? "The Music Man" returns to Broadway → Read More