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Online Culture Fix

Our doors may currently be closed and our stage silent, but we remain committed to providing you with arts and cultural activities to keep you and your family engaged, distracted, and entertained. Here are some activities, recommendations, videos, fun facts, and more! 

We will be adding videos, activities, Spotify playlists, and more each week so please check back often!


For You


STREAMING ONLINE

Renee Fleming

Music and Mind live with renée fleming

Every Tuesday at 5pm from May 19-June 16, renowned soprano and arts & health advocate Renée Fleming hosts Music and Mind Live with Renée Fleming. The online series will feature the acclaimed singer and National Medal of Arts honoree in conversation with scientists and practitioners working at the intersection of music, neuroscience, and healthcare. Experts in these fields will share their findings, and episodes will include live Q&A from viewers. You can watch Music and Mind Live each week on the State Theatre's Facebook page

  • May 19 – “Music, Loneliness, and Isolation”
    Vivek H. Murthy, MD (former U.S. Surgeon General, author)
  • May 26 – "Community of Voices, Sound and Music Perception, and a Resource for the Future"
    Julene Johnson, PhD and Charles Limb, MD (University of California San Francisco); Sunil Iyengar (National Endowment for the Arts)
  • June 2 – “At Home with Children: Musical Tool Kit”
    Miriam Lense, PhD, (Vanderbilt University Music Cognition Lab); Sara Beck, PhD (Randolph College)
  • June 9 – "Integrative Approach to COVID-19 and the Mind"
    Deepak Chopra, MD (The Chopra Foundation)
  • June 16 – "Using Music for Health and Wellbeing during COVID-19"
    Wendy Magee, PhD (Temple University); Tom Sweitzer, MMT, MT-BC (A Place to Be)
Menopause the Musical

Menopause The Musical Online Streaming

The Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change, is now playing in the comfort of your home! The smash-hit Menopause The Musical is streaming online for a limited time only. ⁠10% percent of all sales will be donated to The Actors Fund, which provides financial support to performing arts professionals. Purchasing a ticket gives you access to view one time within two weeks of your purchase date.
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WATCH

Jimmy Vivino

Jimmy Vivino from the Fab Faux

Every week guitarist/singer/songwiter Jimmy Vivino from The Fab Faux has been performing live on his Instagram account. Covering everything from The Beatles, The Kinks, and Bob Dylan to Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Hendrix.
WATCH NOW »

Glenis Redmond

Poet Glenis Redmond

Last year’s artist-in-residence Glenis Redmond was recently featured in South Carolina’s Town Magazine for poetry month. Here she is reading her poem, "When Mama Dreams of Fish or Black Folk Superstitions."
WATCH NOW »

Scrap Arts Music

Scrap Arts Music

In 2015, Scrap Arts Music was one of State Theatre New Jersey's artist's in-residence. During their residency they held workshops for local community groups and school. This is one of their high-energy performances following an hour long workshop. For more information on Scrap Arts Music click here »
WATCH NOW »

Bobby Bandiera

BOBBY Bandiera & Regan Richards

Flashback to 2015 when we were in the WCTC 1450 AM studio with Bobby Bandiera, Regan Richards, and Jillian Rhys McCoy as they sang Neil Young's "Helpless" live on air.
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Suliman Tekalli

Artist-In-Residence Suliman Tekalli
performs Handel

He can play the violin, viola, and the mandolin! State Theatre Artist-In-Residence Sulimon Tekalli from Center for Musical Excellence says hello AND plays 3 different parts from a work by Handel!
WATCH NOW »

Artist-in-Residence George Meyer

Artist-in-Residence George Meyer

Our Artist-in-Residence George Meyer may be social distancing, but he has a message for all of our patron and he performs a brief excerpt from one of his original compositions!
WATCH NOW »

Suliman Tekalli

Artist-in-Residence Suliman Tekalli on PAGAnini

Here he is again! Our Artist-in-Residence Suliman Tekalli shares some insight on Niccolo Paganini, an Italian violin virtuoso (1782-1840) from the 19th century. Around 2:50, listen to Suliman perform Paganini's Cantabile, a beautiful piece with a soaring melody that soothes the soul.
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A Message from the CEO

A Message from the President & CEO

We are in this together. Watch this message from our President & CEO Sarah K. Chaplin.
WATCH NOW »

Treasures of New Jersey

Treasures of New Jersey

Treasures of New Jersey documentary on State Theatre New Jersey. Just under 30 minutes, this doc by NJTV explores State Theatre's almost 100 years of history through archival photographs, film, and interviews.
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LISTEN

All Access with State Theatre New Jersey is a NJ Ad Club Jersey Award-winning weekly podcast and radio show hosted by the State Theatre featuring exclusive artist interviews. All interviews are available on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, and Stitcher.

Here are some of our favorite interviews & SPOTIFY PLAYLISTS:

Morning Coffee

Morning Coffee PLaylist on SPotify

Everyone could use a little morning pick me up, so we created our Morning Coffee playlist on Spotify. This eclectic mix features some past State Theatre artists like Hall & Oates, America, Chris Cornell, and Sara Evans. Photo by Gary Harris
LISTEN NOW »

Evening Acoustic

Evening Acoustic PLaylist on SPotify

If you love acoustic versions of your favorite songs or acoustic covers, check out our Evening Acoustic playlist. We have sprinkled in some Bryan Adams as well as John Mellencamp and covers of Chris Izaak’s “Wicked Game” and Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time.”
LISTEN NOW »

Chubby Checker

Chubby Checker

Back in the fall, we spoke with the legendary Chubby Checker who performed as part of the Golden Oldies Spectacular on Nov. 2. Chubby shared with us how he acquired his famous nickname (from Bob Hope's wife) and how his hit "The Twist" has influenced music and dance over the decades.
LISTEN NOW »

Shawn Stockman

Shawn Stockman from boyz II Men

We were so thrilled earlier in the year to get Shawn Stockman from Boyz II Men (at STNJ on Feb. 13, 2020) on State Theatre's All Access podcast and radio show. Listen to Shawn talk about working with Charlize Theron and Seth Rogan, those steamy music videos from the 90s, the power of matching outfits, and more.
LISTEN NOW »

Engelbert Humperdinck

Engelbert Humperdinck

One of our favorite All Access interviews from a few years back is with the legendary Engelbert Humperdinck (at STNJ on April 6, 2017). We talked about his whopping 140 million records sold, 50 years in the biz, and growing in those famous sideburns before Elvis!
LISTEN NOW »

Summer 2020 PLaylist

SUMMER 2020 PLAYLIST ON SPOTIFY

Summer is just around the corner! To get you ready for brighter days ahead, we have created this playlist with the best summer songs ever including "Hot Fun in the Summertime" (Sly & The Family Stone), "Summer Nights" (Grease), "The Boys of Summer" (Don Henley), "Soak Up the Sun" (Sheryl Crow), and more!
LISTEN NOW »

Johnny Mathis

JOHNNY MATHIS

Listen to Johnny talk about music, growing up, going to the Olympic trials for high jumping, and his love of Jersey tomatoes!
LISTEN NOW »

Broadway Playlist

Ultimate Broadway Musicals Playlist on Spotify

Sing along to the best musicals from the last 30+ years in our Ultimate Broadway Musicals Playlist on Spotify including Cats, Hamilton, Wicked, and more.
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Comedy Playlist

laugh out loud playlist on spotify

Get some much needed laughs in with these past State Theatre artists including John Mulaney, Jim Gaffigan, Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, and more in our Comedy Hits playlist on Spotify.
FOLLOW NOW »

LISTEN TO MORE PODCASTS »


Broadway Singing Contest

Broadway Singing Contest

We hope you love show tunes as much as we do, and now’s your chance to show off your talent and singing prowess! Sing a Broadway song and enter to win two Golden Tickets to all five main Broadway Series shows in the soon-to-be-announced 2020-21 Broadway Series! LEARN MORE »


ZOOM BACKGROUNDS

Zoom Backgrounds

Download our new Zoom backgrounds for your next meeting! DOWNLOAD NOW »


Games & Trivia

Shakespeare Quiz

SHAKESPEARE QUIZ! 

Can you guess these Shakespeare plays only from their characters? TAKE THE QUIZ »

1980s Music Quiz

1980s music quiz

Can you name these 1980s songs from their first lines? TAKE THIS QUIZ »

 

 

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CELEBRITY BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

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To Hell and Back

Meat Loaf's To Hell and Back

This is the extraordinary story of rock star Meat Loaf. After running away from home at age 17, to starring in one of the biggest film musicals ever, to recording the third best-selling album of all time, this is truly a classic rock autobiography. 
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The Time of My Life

Bill Medley's The Time of My Life

Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers voice adorns some of the biggest hits of the 20th century. They toured with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, became friends with Elvis Presley and the Beach Boys, The Time of My Life is a vivid memoir of those times and beyond.
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Love, Lucy

Lucille Ball's Love, Lucy

It is rumored that Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez once owned the State Theatre, so naturally we are drawn to the legendary TV star. This Audible version of her book, is not only written by her, but it is spoken in her own words.
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Desserts LaBelle

Patti LaBelle's Desserts LaBelle

During our current situation, we have noticed that dessert is definitely on the menu as many of us are baking our hearts out. Let Patti LaBelle help guide you.
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FUN THEATRE FACTS

What is Vaudeville

What is Vaudeville?

From the 1880s to the 1920s, vaudeville was the most popular form of entertainment in America. The acts featured were comedians, singers, dancers, ventriloquists, and acrobats. After the 1920s, many former vaudevillians went on to star in films including Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Will Rogers, Bob Hope, and Fanny Brice. This is an important part of our history as the State Theatre was built as a grand movie palace in the heyday of silent film and vaudeville in 1921. MORE ON OUR HISTORY »

Green Room

WHY IS IT CALLED A GREEN ROOM?

The green room is a room in which artists hang out before and/or after a show. Whenever we give backstage tours, we are always asked, "why is it called the green room?"  Well, honestly, no one really knows, but, we have a list of possibilities to ponder.

  1. It is the green room because green is a calming color and it relaxed the performers before they went on stage.
  2.  The money was counted and exchanged in this room after a show, hence, "the green" in green room.
  3. In the olden days, stage light was green (limelight) so it is said that this room was painted green so actors could apply their makeup in a room of the same color.

Our money is on #2 (see what we did there) but we will let you decide. 

No Whistling

CAN YOU WHISTLE IN A THEATRE?

Only if you dare! Before headsets or walkie-talkies, intercoms, and light cue systems the onstage crew would use sailor whistles to communicate to their fellow crew members for scene changes. If someone whistled at the wrong time it sometimes resulted in injury or death! READ MORE ON PLAYBILL.COM »

First Theatre

DO YOU KNOW WHERE THE FIRST THEATRE IN AMERICA WAS BUILT?

The first theatre in America was built in 1716 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Now, they are all over the country! The playhouse was started by a merchant named William Levingston. The productions included Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Othello.

Ghost Light

What is a ghost light?

A ghost light is one single light on a stand that stays on throughout the night when the theater is closed and unoccupied. Some say that it is left on "for the ghosts" or to keep them way, but we are pretty sure it's just so people don't tumble off the stage.

Hemp House

What is a Hemp House?

A Hemp House refers to a theater that uses hemp rope as the rigging ropes, which run over pulleys and are tied to sandbags. Most theaters operate with hemp system but rather a counterweight system or motorized rigging. Fun Fact: State Theatre is a Hemp House.


STATE THEATRE MAGAZINE

Check out our blog for show previews, artist interviews, event features, and much more. GO THE BLOG »

Carole King

Carole King Timeline

Carole King is as one of the most celebrated and unprecedented singer/songwriters in the music industry. Here is a breakdown of some of King's most iconic moments of her life.
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Otis Williams

Q&A with Otis Williams, Founding Member of The Temptations

The Temptations have been an inspiration for countless artists since their inception in the early 1960s. Founding member, Otis Williams, has been at the epicenter of the group for six decades.
READ MORE »

Don Felder

The History of Hotel California

“Hotel California,” The Eagles’ intricate rock ballad, is widely included among the greatest rock songs of all time. Ostensibly the story of a luxury hotel visit that takes a sinister turn, “Hotel California’s” dark themes and images of violence, debauchery, and illusion continues to mesmerize us.
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Rent

La Boheme Vs. RENT

The Pulitzer Prize and Tony® Award-winning masterpiece RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists, which many of you already know. What you may not know is that RENT is a re-imagining of Puccini's famous opera La Bohème. Let's compare the two!
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For Your Family


COLORING PAGES

Print out these fun images for your kids to color, including one of the State Theatre!

Star Wars

State Theatre

Magic

Paw Patrol

SpongeBob

PJ MAsks

COLORING CONTEST

Congratulations to our Coloring Contest winner 7-year-old Anabelle! We love the sun, her rainbow colors, and that cute little heart in the window. 

Coloring Page


Earth Day at Home

Earth Day

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Rutgers Cooperative Extension hosts the weekly webinar series Earth Day at Home every Monday at 6:30pm for live, interactive sessions including Creating Wildlife Habitat in Your Yard; Home Vegetable Gardening for Food, Fun, and Stress Management; and Reducing Food Waste. LEARN MORE »


Milk & Cookies Storytellers

Joanie Leeds

Joanie Leeds

Milk & Cookies performer Joanie Leeds sings two songs for us including her new song "All the Ladies."
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Suzi Shelton

Suzi Shelton

Every Monday-Friday at 4pm and Saturday at 11am our friend Suzi Shelton (and past Milk & Cookies artist) performs live on her Facebook page!
FOLLOW SUZI HERE »

Charlotte Blake Alston

Charlotte Blake Alston

Storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston's Milk & Cookies dates will be rescheduled for the fall but in them meantime she put together a fun video of her sharing one of her stories. So, grab the kids, some milk and cookies, cozy up on the couch, and enjoy. 
WATCH NOW »

Julie Pasqual

JULIE PASQUAL

Milk & Cookies fan favorite Julie Pasqual, knows the power of our a good story. Watch her perform The Lion and you will see why she is a favorite with the little ones. 
WATCH NOW »


CRAFTS

Animal Planters

Animal PLanters

Make these hand-painted farm animal planters from recycled soda and water bottles!
LEARN HOW »

Foam Paint

CREATE-YOUR-OWN FOAM Paint

Parents, looking for a less messy painting craft option for the kids? Create your own Foam Paint! All you need is shaving cream, glue, and food coloring!
LEARN HOW »

Yarn-Wrapped Letters

Yarn-Wrapped Letters

Looking for something easy to do with the kids? Check out these yarn-wrapped cardboard letters! Super-duper easy and fun!
LEARN HOW »

Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatchers

Hey parents, we have not one, but 10 options for you and your kids to create some dreamcatchers! These are the perfect craft for 5-12 year olds who like to make something for their room.
LEARN HOW »


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Keynotes Study Guides

Did you attend one or more of our events that were also in the Performances for Schools Season? An invaluable resource for teachers, students, and anyone looking to know more about the show, Keynotes include in-depth information, fun facts, activities, and resources to be used both before and after the show.

The Color Purple

The Color Purple
Looking for something read while stuck at home? Learn more about Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book and inspirational movie about the life of Celie.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
This incredible South African male choral group has won five Grammy® Awards (much of it on Spotify!)! Learn more about their story and listen to some wonderful isicathamiya music.

Nutcracker

Nutcracker
American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker has been a holiday tradition since 1964. Read more about one of the longest consecutively-running Nutcracker performances in the United States!

The Rainbow Fish

The Rainbow Fish
This collection of three stories by Marcus Pfister are a wonderful gem. You can find these stories still being sold today, and there’s even a cartoon series that can be found online!

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
The Portsmouth Point Overture was based on a funny painting from 1814, and Franz Liszt was such a popular artist in 1839 that women and men would become hysterical and faint when they saw him perform! Learn more about the inspirations and composers behind the music played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom
In 1965, Lynda Blackmon Lowery was the youngest person to participate in the Voting Rights March. Find out more of Lynda’s fascinating journey, which is also an illustrated memoir for young readers.


TAKE OUT FROM OUR PARTNERS

Here are our partner restaurants that are offering special takeout menus during this time! Let them know you heard it from State Theatre!

Stage Left Steak

Stage Left Steak

732-828-4444, ext. 213 | stageleft.com
Delivering their famous Stage Left Burger Wed-Sat. Plus, their whole wine list is available for take-out and delivery.

If you're cooking at home on Memorial Day weekend, consider Stage Left Steak! In keeping with their custom, thery are offering a selection of meats for your home grilling.

PLEASE order with as much notice as possible.
Alex@StageLeft.com or by calling 732-828-4444, ext. 213

Catherine Lombardi

Catherine Lombardi Restaurant

732-296-9463, ext. 213 | CatherineLombardi.com
Delivering a whole menu and wine list.
Specials include: Roast Beef and Fresh Mozzarella Sandwich on Garlic Bread; Lasagna with Meat Gravy; and Fresh Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies and Home-Spun Ice Cream

Panicos

Panico’s

732-545-6100 |  panicosrestaurant.com
Family Menu options. Delivery or pickup. 
15% discount with code: PANICOS15

Fritz's

Fritz’s

732-543-0202 | fritzsnb.com
Pickup or Delivery. Full menu available on website
Weekly specials change each week, check out Facebook and Instagram @fritzsnb

Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon

732-249-6666 |  harvestmoonbrewery.com
Open 11:30am to 8pm daily
Takeout and delivery options
Growlers (bottles of wine & liquor) are available, all refill growlers will be only $10 and bottles of wine only $15!
Can deliver “larger” orders personally, please call.

Old Man Rafferty's

Old Man Rafferty’s

732-628-0565 — New Brunswick
908-904-9731 — Hillsborough
oldmanraffertys.com/home
Special food menu available, curbside pickup and front porch delivery.


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