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Light Opera of New Jersey's production of A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER has been nominated for the 2023 BroadwayWorld New Jersey Awards!

James has been nominated for Best Performer in a Musical (category #6) for his portrayal of The D'Ysquith Family along with several other nominations.

You can vote by clicking this link!

Voting ends Dec. 31

If you are able, please vote for GGLAM in the following categories:

#2 BEST MUSICAL - A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder by Light Opera of NJ

#4 BEST ENSEMBLE OF A MUSICAL - A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder by Light Opera of NJ

#6 BEST PERFORMER IN A MUSICAL - Jimmy Smith in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder by Light Opera of NJ

#8 BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMER IN A MUSICAL - Susie Spiedel (Ms. Shingle) in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder by Light Opera of NJ

#12 BEST LIGHTING DESIGN FOR A MUSICAL - Mark Reilly for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder by Light Opera of NJ


Please note that Rebecca Monk (Sibella) was nominated in category #6, as well!


Trim the tree and pour the syrup! James will be appearing as one of the seasons most iconic and beloved figures, Buddy in ELF THE MUSICAL at the Wyckoff YMCA. He will be sharing his talent, experience, and love for Christmas with a cast of dedicated community players from northern NJ. Performances will take place December 8-10 with live orchestra.

The Musical

December 8-10, 2023
Wyckoff YMCA
691 Wyckoff Avenue
Wyckoff, NJ 07481


To purchase tickets please visit the YMCA website - use offer code SANTA50 for 50% off/ticket on December 3 ONLY  (for tickets purchased from 9 AM to 9 PM)

RECENT . . .


A Celebration of the Stage: Opera to Broadway


October 8, 2023 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church

LIGHT OPERA OF NEW JERSEY'S gala concert to open their 2023-2024 season showcased James alongside Troy Cook, Gemma Nha, Cesar Andres Parreno, and Karen Delavan with a program of operatic classics and Broadway favorites. James sang from Die Tote Stadt, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. James sang from



the musical

September 16, 2023 at the Oakside Bloomfield Cultural Center

James appeared as Man 3 in Skyline Theatre Company's presentation of Working the musical as part of their Broadway in Concert Series directed by Sam Scalamoni.

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder


July 15-23, 2023 at SOPAC

The Light Opera of New Jersey presented Steven Lutvak’s and Robert Freedman’s Tony Award-winning operetta A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. James played the role of The D'Ysquith Family: one actor plays the eight heirs to the D'Ysquith fortune, each murdered so that Monty Navarro can become Earl of Highhurst. LONJ presented GGLAM at South Orange Performing Arts Center in South Orange, NJ.


Review by Jacqueline Parker 

"In the charming hamlet of South Orange, NJ, which in addition to some charming shopping and notable architecture, boasts the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), where yesterday we enjoyed A Gentleman‘s Guide to Love & Murder, the award-winning musical from several years ago by Steve Lutvak and Robert L. Freedman. With fond memories of the original still vivid in my mind, I was delighted to see a cast of lively professionals deliver performances worthy of Broadway. The cast of ten nimbly scampered through this hilarious piece with dexterity and aplomb, skillfully directed by Joseph Hayward. Keep your eyes open for James C. Smith and Joey Nasta, the two male leads, whose talent we’re sure to see here before long."

Highlights Reel: James Conrad Smith as The D'Ysquith Family. Recorded July 23, 2023 at South Orange PAC. Light Opera of New Jersey presents A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER; directed by Joseph Hayward; musical direction by Griffin Strout; choreography by Matthew Lynady; executive produced by Jason Tramm. Featuring Joey Nasta (Monty Navarro), Gabriella Giangreco (Evangeline Barley "Poison in my Pocket"), and Lauren Rathburn (Lady D'Ysquith).

MUSIC MATTERS with Jason Tramm, executive producer of Light Opera of New Jersey, EP:308. Jason interviews James Conrad Smith (The D'Ysquith Family) and Joey Nasta (Monty Navarro) from LONJ's production of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder on Wednesday, July 19 at 6 PM.


All photos (except bottom center) were published on New Jersey Stage by John Posada - click here for the original posting

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