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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


Celebrate Pride Month!

Hercules

Watch the reigning Miss Paradise 2020 Olivia Lux portraying the muses from Hercules on YouTube!
WATCH NOW »

Madonna at 2019 World Pride Festival

Watch this fan video of Madonna performing "Vogue" at last year's 2019 World Pride Festival in NYC.
WATCH NOW »

Pride Drinks

Here are some fun cocktail recommendations to make during Pride Month, including a recipe for Rainbow Sangria and a special mixed drink created by a bartender from the Stonewall Inn.

Zoom Backgrounds

Check out our Pride Zoom backgrounds! 

Zoom Pride Backgrounds

Pride Playlist

Pride Playlist

Music is always a quick way to kick off a celebration! Listen to our new Pride playlist, featuring songs by Elton John, Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga, and more. 
LISTEN AND FOLLOW »

Plan Your Pride Month Celebration

Pride Pinterest

Whether you are looking for clothes to wear, inspirational quotes to pump you up, recipes, or decorations, we have you covered!
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STREAMING ONLINE

Create Together With Me

Create Together #WithMe

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt introduces Create Together #WithMe, a new series about making art and community out of uncertain times. Plus, he is inviting you to take part! Streaming free, weekly on Mondays. WATCH NOW »

 

 

 


WATCH

Feel-Good Medley

A Feel-Good Medley

Moulin Rouge's Justin Levine and Holly James perform a Feel-Good medley for Broadway World's Living Room Concert series.
WATCH NOW »

The Swan

The Swan (Le Cygne)

Breathtaking! 32 premier ballerinas from 22 dance companies in 14 countries perform The Swan (Le Cygne).
WATCH NOW »

Alvin Ailey

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presents When our hearts break, WE Dance.

Text written and performed by Hope Boykin. Music: "The Sky Is No Limit" by At the End, Nothin. Video by Danica Paulos.
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 »

Queen Lip Sync

QUEEN LIP SYNC VIDEO

Years ago, we hosted a lip sync contest to win tickets to see a Queen tribute band. This contestant's video not only had us in stitches then, but it still makes us smile today. You HAVE to watch it, trust us.
WATCH NOW »

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 »

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 »
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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.
WATCH NOW »

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 »

WATCH MORE VIDEOS »


Play at Home

Three New Short Plays Micro-commissioned by State Theatre New Jersey

State Theatre New Jersey is proud to be part of a new theater project called Play at Home. The project is a collaboration between theaters from across the country as a response to the rapidly changing landscape of the performing arts during this global crisis. The mission of the initiative is simple: to continue to inspire joy and creativity through live theater.

As a part of this collaboration, the State Theatre has micro-commissioned playwrights/creators to write a short play or musical (10 minutes or less) which are now available for free download.

All plays are intended for families or small groups of people to perform together at home. We hope that you and your family will pick a play to produce from your living rooms and if you feel so inclined, share it with us at #PlayAtHomePlays.

LEARN MORE & DOWNLOAD THE PLAYS »


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:

4th of July Playlist

4TH OF JULY 2020 PLAYLIST ON SPOTIFY

Our 4th of July celebrations are just around the corner. So, in anticipation, we have prepared a Spotify playlist for this special time with your loved ones. Featuring "Under the Boardwalk" by the Drifters, Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A.," James Brown's "Living in America," and more.
LISTEN NOW »

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.
FOLLOW NOW »

LISTEN TO MORE PODCASTS »


ZOOM BACKGROUNDS

Zoom Backgrounds

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


Games & Trivia

Broadway Anagrams

Broadway Quiz

Can you unscramble these 21 Broadway anagrams? TAKE THE QUIZ »

Sixties Music Quiz

1960s Music Quiz

Can you identify these 60's hits by their opening line? TAKE THIS QUIZ »

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 »


PLAY MORE GAMES »


CELEBRITY BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

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Waitress

Sugar, Butter, Flour: The Waitress Pie Cookbook
from the files of Jenna Hunterson

This may not be written by a celebrity, but we think its pretty cool to include on this list anyway. It is the official tie-in to Broadway’s hit musical Waitress, featuring the recipes for three dozen of the show’s most evocative and delicious pies! 
BUY NOW »

Anthony Rapp

Anthony Rapp's Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent

In his passionate memoir, Rapp recounts his experience being part of the original cast of the award-winning musical Rent, discovering his sexuality, and dealing with personal loss. 
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Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland's Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina

Now one of the world's most groundbreaking artists, Copeland tells the story of her life on stage and her journey as an African-American ballerina.
BUY NOW »

Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews' Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years

Andrews shares her rise to fame in the entertainment industry and a glimpse into her personal life as a child, young woman, and mother.
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MORE BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS »


FUN THEATRE FACTS

Row I

Where is Row I?

While rows A-H and J-Z are typically present in a theater, you will almost certainly never see a row I. After people would flock to the front row confusing their row ‘I’ tickets for row ‘1,’ the row was taken off completely to avoid confusion. (Some theaters omit rows O and Q as well!)

Proscenium

PROSCENIUM STAGE VS. THRUST STAGE

A proscenium theatre (like the State Theatre) features a proscenium, which looks like a picture frame placed around the front of the playing area of a stage. The spaces on either side of the frame are the wings, extending off-stage. Scenery can surround the performance area on all sides except side towards audience, who watch the play through picture frame opening. With a thrust theatre, the stage is surrounded by audience on three sides. The fourth side serves as the background. Today, this stage is often a square or rectangular playing area, usually raised, surrounded by raked seating. Photo by Jeffrey Auger.

Wings

WAITING IN THE WINGS

Wings are the out of view stage areas located to the sides of the acting/performance space. The wing space is where performers stand before they enter and are often filled up with technical equipment or instruments, costumes/props.   

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 »

SEE MORE FUN FACTS »


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.
READ MORE »

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!

Ballet

Peppa Pig

Sesame Street

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."
WATCH NOW »

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

Crayon Art

DIY Crayon Art

Want to keep the kids busy for a couple of hours? DIY crayon art is the way to go!
LEARN HOW »

String Art

String Art

Parents and kids can have fun with string art in this guide for beginners! Includes fun pattern ideas!
LEARN HOW »

Cherry Blossom Trees

Cherry Blossom Trees

Do you and your kids love cherry blossoms? Now you can paint them and keep them up all year round!
LEARN HOW »

Patriotic Wind Sock

Patriotic Windsock

Get ready for 4th of July with this easy to make patriotic windsock! Its pretty and it doesn't keep you up at night!
LEARN HOW »


SEE MORE CRAFTS »


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.


TAKEOUT 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
Sidewalk cafe now open!
Delivering their famous Stage Left Burger Wed-Sat. Plus, their whole wine list is available for take-out and delivery.

Visit their website to learn more about their Father's Day weekend grilling box for dad; New Zoom Wine Dinner with Donald Patz, formerly Patz & Hall, with his new project Maritana - Russian River; their Bob Biale Zoom Zinfandel Dinner has a few spots left; and the Spirits Project, Making the experience of super-luxury spirits crazily affordable and accessible!

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.

Esquina Latina

Esquina Latina

732-543-1630 | esquinalatinarestaurant.com
Now open for takeout & delivery!
Curbside takeout & cocktail menu available.

 

 

 

 


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