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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 new videos, activities, Spotify playlists, and more every month so check back for the latest additions!
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Breathtaking! 32 premier ballerinas from 22 dance companies in 14 countries perform The Swan (Le Cygne).
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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."
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As we get ready for '80s Trivia Night, we take look back at the fashion, the hair, the toys, and the music of that rad decade. CHECK OUT OUR BOARD »
Halloween is just around the corner! Are you still in need of a costume? Be inspired by our Pinterest Board of fun ideas from musicals, movies, and books, like Sandy from Grease, the Madhatter, Lucy from I Love Lucy, and more! CHECK OUT OUR BOARD »
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.
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, check out our playlist of these Latinx and Hispanic artist top hits.
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Did you know that "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is one of the top 20 covered songs of all time? To celebrate the song and the movie musical's recent 81st anniversary, we created this Spotify playlist of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" covers.
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Your workout just got a little easier with our Pump It Up Spotify playlist, compiled of all the best songs to keep you active and motivated throughout the day. Get up and get going with songs like "Don't Stop Believin" (Journey), "Try Everything" (Shakira), "Stronger" (Kelly Clarkson), "Eye of the Tiger" (Survivor), and more!
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Check out our Woman Up Spotify playlist, filled with female empowerment anthems old and new, including songs by Aretha Franklin, Sia, Alicia Keys, Meghan Trainor, Cyndi Lauper, and more!
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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.
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Looking to step up your baking game? Try these fun baking Broadway-style ideas and one super fun cocktail that gets the Elle Woods stamp of approval.
Your Broadway show memories are super special so any keepsakes you have—including your playbill—should be preserved! Here are some fun DIY ways to keep your tickets and other memorabilia.
Get up off that couch and dance! Learn some of Broadway's most famous choreographed routines.
Get together with the friends and family you are quarantining with, watch a musical, and play musical Bingo!
Check out these recommended Broadway books on Broadway Stars, shows, and more!
Ordering on Amazon? Amazon will donate a small portion of your shopping amount to State Theatre New Jersey through their Amazon Smile program! You shop. Amazon Donates to State Theatre! There’s no cost to you and your shopping will help support our programs and mission! Use this link to sign into your Amazon account »
Bust out your fancy markers and coloring pencils because we have the coolest Broadway coloring pages for you to download now!
When life was a cabaret, you realized you needed a bigger boat, and the force was with you! We are looking back at those far out times. So, chill and enjoy these good '70s vibes.
Did you love or suffer through a 7-Layer Gelatin Salad, Bacon-Wrapped Spam Bites, and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake? Well, here is a list of '70s recipes that you may want to try again (or forget about!). READ MORE »
ABBA is one of the most commercially successful musical acts in the history of popular music. With hit after hit—"Waterloo," "Mamma Mia," "Dancing Queen"—they have captured the hearts of millions. And, as we look to celebrate the ABBA experience at the State Theatre in April 2021 with ABBA The Concert, we look back at ABBA's wild ride to stardom »
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.
Congratulations to the State Theatre New Jersey Broadway Singing Contest winner Nyonika Gupta!
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Ordering on Amazon? Amazon will donate a small portion of your shopping amount to State Theatre New Jersey through their Amazon Smile program!
Use this link to sign into your Amazon account »
You shop. Amazon Donates to State Theatre! There’s no cost to you and your shopping will help support our programs and mission!
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!
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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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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.
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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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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!)
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 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.
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 »
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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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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.
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“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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Print out these fun images for your kids to color, including one of the State Theatre!
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
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
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.
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!
Here are our partner restaurants that are offering special takeout menus and outdoor dining during this time! Let them know you heard it from State Theatre!
732-828-4444, ext. 213 | stageleft.com
Sidewalk cafe open every Thu-Sat from 4:30pm-9pm
Also offering takeout, curbside pick-up and free local delivery Thu-Sat from 4:30pm-9pm. Plus, their whole wine list is available for take-out and delivery.
732-296-9463, ext. 213 | CatherineLombardi.com
The Catherine Lombardi menu is available at the sidewalk cafe 7-nights per week. Curbside takeout and delivery of the whole menu and wine list also available.
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
732-543-0202 | fritzsnb.com
Pickup or Delivery. Full menu available on website
Weekly specials change each week, check out Facebook and Instagram @fritzsnb
732-249-6666 | harvestmoonbrewery.com
Outdoor Dining: Daily 11:30am – 10pm.
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.
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