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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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!
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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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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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Production Day

A State Theatre New Jersey Production Day!

Watch this GoPro video of a full working day for our crew; setting up for a live performance, seeing a concert with a stage full of musicians, and then the break down of the set. Keep the sound on for this one!
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Diavolo

Diavolo on America's Got TalenT

State Theatre artist Diavolo or "architects in motion," first came to us in 2007, but in 2017, they made it to the finals on America's Got Talent. Check out their amazing audition performance.
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Beautiful

You've Got a Friend

In November 2019, we presented the New Jersey premiere of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Now, watch the worldwide cast perform a quarantine rendition of “You’ve Got a Friend” including the actress who played Carole here at STNJ, Kennedy Caughell! (Also, Carole makes a cameo.)
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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.
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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 & PLaylists:

70s Music Playlist

'70s music lovers PLaylist on SPotify

Hey '70s music lovers! From "Stairway to Heaven" to "Jolene," and "Best of My Love" to "Band on the Run," this eclectic playlist of 70s favorites is too "Cruel to Be Kind."
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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.
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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
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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.”
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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 »

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 »

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!
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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.
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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.
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BJ Thomas

BJ Thomas

Check out our recent interview with BJ as we chat about his biggest hits ("Hooked On A Feeling"), working with Burt Bacharach, and starting in the music industry when he was just a teenager.
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Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.

The couple—who have been married for over 40 years—share with us the story of their success as both a duo and as the former lead singers of The 5th Dimension.
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Mike Love

Mike Love from The Beach Boys

The founding Beach Boys member talks about the group's obsession with perfecting their vocal harmonies, growing up in a musical family singing doo wop songs, and Chuck Berry's influence on the group.
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Flashback to the 1970s

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.

How much do you really know about the 1970s?

Test your '70s knowledge now with this Dyn-o-mite quiz »
 

 

1970s Music Timeline

Some pretty great music came out of the '70s, here is mini-timeline of those moments. We have included some video links and articles for a deeper dive in the era.

January 1970

January 1970

The band Chicago release their second album and it generates three Top 10 singles including  "25 or 6 to 4," "Color My World," and "Make Me Smile." Here is Chicago performing "25 or 6 to 4" at Tanglewood in July of that year. WATCH NOW »

May 1970

MAY 1970

Let It Be, The Beatles' final album is released. Here is a look back at Let It Be with USA Today as the album celebrates its 50th anniversary. WATCH NOW »

February 1971

Janis Joplin's album Pearl is released and goes #1 in the U.S. four months after her death, which includes the hit song "Me and Bobby McGee," written by Kris Kristofferson. Here is a good read on the story behind "Me and Bobby McGee". READ MORE »

May 1971

Marvin Gaye releases the album What's Going On and it generates three U.S. Top Ten singles including the title track. Here are 45 things you need to know about Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. READ MORE »

March 1972

The band America goes to #1 on the U.S. charts with "A Horse With No Name." While we may not really know what the song is about, it sure is catchy. Watch the official music video for America's "A Horse with No Name" (surprise, there's horses in it!) WATCH NOW »

January 1973

More than a billion people worldwide watch Elvis' live TV special, Aloha From Hawaii. Here is Elvis singing "Love Me" in the Aloha From Hawaii special in the now iconic white, rhinestone jumpsuit. WATCH NOW »

March 1973

Pink Floyd releases Dark Side of the Moon which goes to #1 in the U.S., #2 in the UK, and becomes one of the best selling albums of all time with more than 50 million copies sold worldwide and 15 straight years on Billboard’s album chart. Read Rolling Stone's 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. READ MORE »

AUGUST 1973

Roberta Flack releases her hit song, "Killing Me Softly With His Song." Read the Wall Street Journal's The Road to Roberta Flack’s ‘Killing Me Softly’: How a line from an Argentine novel and a looping playlist on a flight to L.A. helped the 1973 hit come together. READ MORE »

May 1974

Swedish band ABBA wins the Eurovision song contest with "Waterloo" and takes the single to #1 UK and #6 U.S. Watch ABBA's winning performance on Eurovision. WATCH NOW »

September 1974

Barry White goes to #1 U.S. with "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love." Watch Barry White perform the hit live at a concert in 1995. WATCH NOW »

May 1975

Funk and R&B band Earth, Wind and Fire's sixth album That's The Way Of The World, goes to #1 in the U.S., along with its single "Shining Star." Here is what Rolling Stone says are the 12 essential Earth, Wind and Fire songs. READ MORE »

August 1975

Bruce Springsteen releases his third album Born to Run. Watch the official video for "Born to Run."  WATCH NOW »

November 1975

Queen releases the song "Bohemian Rhapsody" off their fourth album, which becomes a worldwide smash going #1 in the UK and #4 in the U.S. Here’s how the song "Bohemian Rhapsody" became Queen’s biggest hit. READ MORE »

May 1976

More cowbell! Blue Oyster Cult release their album Agents of Fortune, which includes the hit single "Don't Fear The Reaper." Watch the infamous Saturday Night Live skit with Will Ferrell. WATCH NOW »

April 1977

Fleetwood Mac's album Rumours dominates the U.S. charts in the #1 spot for  31 weeks. Read "Behind the Drama, Divorce and Drugs That Fueled the Making of ‘Rumours.’" READ MORE »

September 1977

Billy Joel releases his fifth album, The Stranger, and goes to #2 in the U.S., with the single "Just The Way You Are" rising to #3 in the U.S. Here is your Track by track guide on the The Stranger. READ MORE »

OCTOBER 1977

Meat Loaf releases his album, Bat Out of Hell. Produced by Todd Rundgren, the album goes on to be one of the best selling albums of all time. Here is how Bat Out of Hell launched Meat Loaf to superstardom. READ MORE »

January 1978

The Bee Gees hit the charts at #1 in the U.S. for more than six months after the release of the soundtrack for the disco movie Saturday Night Fever. Watch John Travolta strut in the streets of Brooklyn in the opening of Saturday Night Fever. WATCH NOW »

December 1978

Country star Kenny Rogers hits the pop charts when the single "The Gambler" goes to #16 in the U.S. Watch the official music video for "The Gambler." WATCH NOW »

March 1979

Singer Gloria Gaynor (and Newark native) hits #1 in both the U.S. and the UK with her single "I Will Survive." Watch NPR's story on "I Will Survive" and how the original B-side record became a worldwide hit."  READ MORE »

 

 

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Celebrate Pride Month!

Hercules

Watch the reigning Miss Paradise 2020 Olivia Lux portraying the muses from Hercules on YouTube!
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Madonna at 2019 World Pride Festival

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

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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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 »

Set List 3

Set List 4

 

 

Attention 60s Music Lovers

Attention '60s music lovers!

Can you match the two parts of these album titles all from the 1960s? Test your skills and TAKE THE QUIZ »

Name these Musicals

Can You Name These Musicals?

Can You Name These Musicals From Just A Production Photo? TAKE THIS QUIZ »

 

 

Set List 1

Set List 2

 


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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Martin Short

Martin Short's I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend

In this heartfelt memoir, read how Short transformed himself into one of Hollywood’s favorite funnymen.
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Elvis and Me

Priscilla Presley's Elvis and Me

In her own words, Priscilla tells the story of their love, their marriage, the affairs, their divorce, and the unbreakable bond that has remained long after his tragic death.
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Martina McBride

Martina McBride's Martina's Kitchen Mix

Featuring more than 100 recipes, the country music icon's cook book recipes include Grilled Sweet Peppers with Goat Cheese and Herbs and Fresh Apple Cake with Homemade Caramel Sauce!
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Patti LuPone

Patti LuPone, A Memoir

LuPone shares the intimate story of her life both onstage and off with the humor and outspokenness that have become her trademarks.
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FUN THEATRE FACTS

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.

 

 


For Your Family


CRAFTS

Foil Art

Foil Art

Looking for a way to DIY some new art in a fun and unique way? These DIY Foil Art Prints are visually stunning, fun, and easy to make! Check out the step-by-step video tutorial, along with some free downloadable art files to help you get started!
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 »

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 »

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 »

Littlle Monsters

Little Monsters

Recycle your tissue paper boxes by turning them into little monsters! Kids can paint, color, glue, or bedazzle each on to give it a unique monster look.
LEARN HOW »

Paper Rainbow

Paper Rainbow

Brighten up your house and your kids with these cute rainbows! It is super simple and sure to put a smile on everyone's faces.
LEARN HOW »

Paper Plate Butterflies

PAPER PLATE BUTTERFLIES

Looking for something to do with the littles? Make paper plate butterflies.
LEARN HOW »

Paper Plate Crafts

PAPER PLATE CRAFTS

Not into butterflies? Check out some other paper plate craft options with bunnies, tigers, even llamas!
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 »

 

 


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


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 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.

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