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WATCH

Lord of the Dance

LORD OF THE DANCE

Ahead of St. Patrick's Day, we highlight some phenomenal Irish dancing with this throwback performance of Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
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Funny Videos

TOP 20 FUNNIEST VIDEOS THAT BROKE THE INTERNET

Here are 20 of the funniest viral videos that will brighten your day!  No matter how many times you watch them, they will crack you up every time. 
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2020 The Musical

2020 THE MUSICAL

Late night host Jimmy Fallon and actor Andrew Rannells recap the year 2020 through spoofs of Broadway songs like "Defying Gravity" from Wicked, "Memory" from Cats, and "My Shot" from Hamilton.
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NJSO

WORLD PREMIERE FOR NJSO

In a world-class concert film, our friends at New Jersey Symphony Orchestra  present the world premiere of their commission by Daniel Bernard Roumain alongside works by Michael Abels, Mahler, and Mozart. Music Director Xian Zhang conducts. The film is directed by award-winning filmmaker Yuri Alves.
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The Swan

The Swan (Le Cygne)

Breathtaking! 32 premier ballerinas from 22 dance companies in 14 countries perform The Swan (Le Cygne).
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Mad Lib Theater

Mad Lib Theater

Jimmy Fallon from The Tonight Show brings celebrities on stage for the ultimate Mad Lib Theater. Laugh with Jimmy and actors such as Tom Cruise, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Natalie Portman as they put their creative thinking hats on to develop one-of-a-kind stories you’ll be sure to enjoy!
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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."
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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.
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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:

St Patrick Day

ST. PATRICK'S DAY

St. Patrick's Day wouldn't be complete without a playlist of Ireland's most famous musicians including The Irish Rovers, The Cranberries, U2, Dropkick Murphys, The Chieftains, The Pogues, and more.
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STNJ Women Artists

STNJ WOMEN ARTISTS

To celebrate Women's History Month, we have put together a Spotify playlist of the amazing women artists who have performed at the State Theatre through the years including Regina Spektor, Jodi Watley, Toni Braxton, Patti LaBelle, Kellie Pickler, Joan Baez, and more.
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John Williams

JOHN WILLIAMS TURNS 89

The legendary composer of movie scores such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Harry Potter, turns 89 on February 8th. Here is our playlist tribute to the work of John Williams.
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'80s Playlist

'80s Playlist on Spotify

Last October, we had a lot of fun presenting '80s Online Trivia Night with host Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin) from Stranger Things. We are continuing our '80s nostalgia with this epic '80s Spotify Playlist featuring Cyndi Lauper, The Romantics, Whitney Houston, and more!
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Black History

BLACK HISTORY

Celebrate Black History Month with our playlist of songs from some of the most iconic Black Musicians of today and yesterday.
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2000s Playlist

2000s Playlist on Spotify

In the early '00s, we were all Crazy in Love, Chasing Pavements, and shaking it like a polaroid picture! Check out the playlist we put together celebrating the early '00s featuring Alicia Keys, Shakira, Mariah Carey, and more.
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Be My Crazy Valentine

BE MY CRAZY VALENTINE

Let's be honest, there are ups and downs when it comes to our love lives, and that is why we mixed it up with this Valentine's playlist. There is something for everyone, no matter where your love life stands.
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Broadway Romance

BROADWAY ROMANCE

Celebrate Valentine's Day with iconic Broadway love songs! Grab your Valentine and sing some duets from our Broadway Romance playlist on Spotify! It will give you ALL the butterflies. 
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Somwhere Over the Rainbow

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" Playlist on Spotify

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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Back to School

"Back to School" Playlist on Spotify

It's back to school time! We know this year's start of the school season will have its challenges and because of that we wanted to put together a playlist that both you and the kids can enjoy and let off some steam.
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Pump It Up Playlist

PUMP IT UP PLAYLIST ON SPOTIFY

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!
LISTEN NOW »

Woman Up Playlist

WOMAN UP PLAYLIST ON SPOTIFY

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!
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 »

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month Playlist on Spotify

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, check out our playlist of these Latinx and Hispanic artist top hits.
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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.
FOLLOW NOW »

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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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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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 »

 

 

Remember these '70s commercials?

 

Favorite Foods

Favorite Foods in '70s

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

Swedish Group Wins Our Hearts

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 »

Schoolhouse Rocks

Schoolhouse Rock

The Saturday morning musical show for kids taught history, grammar, and math in a fun new way. Here is a classic, "Conjunction Junction." WATCH NOW »

Breakout

'70s Games

Remember PONG or how about, Breakout? Well, now you can play them both online. PLAY PONG »   PLAY BREAKOUT »


ZOOM BACKGROUNDS

Zoom Backgrounds

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


Broadway

Save Your Memories!

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.

Broadway Dances You Can Learn at Home

Get up off that couch and dance! Learn some of Broadway's most famous choreographed routines. 

Broadway BLOG

Underrated Musicals

Underrated Musicals

With a few months of quarantine behind us, you’ve probably gotten sick of listening to your favorite cast recordings over and over again. Check out these three hidden gems of musical theater. READ THE BLOG »

Broadway BINGO

Get together with the friends and family you are quarantining with, watch a musical, and play musical Bingo!

Broadway Book Recommendations

Check out these recommended Broadway books on Broadway Stars, shows, and more!

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Food and Drinks, Broadway Style!

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.

 

Coloring Pages for Adults!

Bust out your fancy markers and coloring pencils because we have the coolest Broadway coloring pages for you to download now!

You Will Be Found

Coloring Sheet

Mean Girls

Hamiton

Phantom of the Opera

Heathers

 


PINTEREST

St. Patricks Day Crafts for Kids

ST. PATRICK'S DAY CRAFTS FOR KIDS

Let's get crafty! Here are some fun, colorful, and easy crafts for you and the kids this month including beaded shamrocks and leprechaun finger puppets. CHECK OUT OUR BOARD »

St. Patrick's Day Recipes

ST. PATRICK'S DAY RECIPES

Many of us are baking and cooking a lot these days. Why not try some new recipes with a little St. Patrick's Day flair, including pot of gold cookies, shamrock no-bake cake batter truffles, and corned beef and cabbage egg rolls. CHECK OUT OUR BOARD »

 

Top Guitarists of All Time

TOP GUITARISTS OF ALL TIME

Hendrix, Beck, Clapton, Vaughan, Santana, all masters of the guitar and solidified in history as part of the greatest of all time. CHECK OUT OUR BOARD »

90s Nostalgia

'90s NOSTALGIA

With our '90s Trivia Night coming up on March 10th, we felt the need to go back and reminisce about the fashion, the music, and the furbies! CHECK OUT OUR BOARD »

 

Influential Black Musicians

BLACK HISTORY MONTH—INFLUENTIAL BLACK MUSICANS

In honor of Black History Month, we take a look at some of the most iconic and influential Black musicians of all time. CHECK OUT OUR BOARD »

Black History Month Kids Activities

BLACK HISTORY MONTH—KIDS' ACTIVITIES

To celebrate Black History Month with the family, here are some activities for kids with Black history facts, figures and heroes, recommended books and movies, science activities, and more. CHECK OUT OUR BOARD »
 

Valentine Crafts

VALENTINE'S CRAFTS FOR KIDS

Valentine’s Day is coming up and we have put together a list of some fun and easy crafts for you and your children to make at home. CHECK OUT OUR BOARD »

Love the 80s

Love the 80's?

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 »

 

Calling All Theatre Fans

Calling all Theatre Fans

Do you have a bullet journal and LOVE theatre? Check out our Pinterest board full of some ideas for your next journal page! CHECK OUT OUR BOARD »

Thanksgiving Games

GAMES TO PLAY AT THANKSGIVING

After your family enjoys a “stuffing” meal, what’s next? Well, you can relax, have fun, and play some games! Check out our Pinterest Board of ideas we have gathered that both kids and adults can enjoy! CHECK OUT OUR BOARD »

 

Thanksgiving Recipes

THANKSGIVING RECIPES

Looking to do something different for Thanksgiving dinner this year? Tired of the same old recipes? We have compiled a Pinterest board of recipes to impress this year, including jalapeno corn dip, pumpkin bread pudding, and more! CHECK OUT OUR BOARD »

Some Costume Inspiration

Some Costume Inspiration

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 »

 

Trick or Treat

TRICK Or Treat?

Looking to share or bake some fun Halloween goodies for your friends and family? Impress them with these fun and easy ideas! CHECK OUT OUR BOARD »

 

 

 


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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Broadway Singing Contest

Congratulations to the State Theatre New Jersey Broadway Singing Contest winner Nyonika Gupta!
Watch her winning performance:

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Games & Trivia

Broadway Stars Crossword

Kids Crossword

Star Wars Crossword

Theatre Lingo Crossword

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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Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

Not your typical memoir, Neil Patrick Harris's book puts you in the spotlight and lets you decide what direction to take. You get your big break at acting camp and then you have to decide, should you try out for Doogie Howser, M.D.?
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Joan Rivers

Diary of a Mad Diva by Joan Rivers

If you miss comedian Joan Rivers like we do, check out her second book, inspired by her daughter's gift of a diary. In the book, Joan records her day-to-day musings and realizes she has a lot to say.
LEARN MORE »

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! 
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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.
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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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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

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 »

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.

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.


For Your Family


CRAFTS

Turkey Finger Puppets

TURKEY FINGER PUPPETS

Finger puppets will occupy your kids while they're making them and long after that!
LEARN HOW »

Hand Turkeys

Footprint Turkeys

Make this adorable turkey with just hands and feet! (And a few other things.) 
LEARN HOW »

Colorful Acorns

PAINTED ACORNS

Let your kids go wild with acrylic paint! These brightly colored nuts will make for a great centerpiece on the table for Thanksgiving!
LEARN HOW »

Egg Carton Turkeys

EGG CARTON TURKEYS

Transform your old egg cartons into adorable egg carton turkeys! 
LEARN HOW »

Thanksgiving Hats

FESTIVE TURKEY HAT

Get kids into the Thanksgiving spirit with a festive turkey hat that's as much fun for kids to make as it is to wear.
LEARN HOW »

Play With Your Food

Play With Your Food

Create beautiful fall trees with just a piece of broccoli, craft paint, and paper!
LEARN HOW »

Popsicle Stick Scarecrows

Popsicle Stick Scarecrows

Celebrate fall with these adorable Popsicle Stick Scarecrows! Plus, you can customize them to look however you’d like!
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 »

Mason Jar Luminaries

Mason Jar Luminaries

Bring the best of fall tree colors into your home with these fun fall luminaries from mason jars.
LEARN HOW »

Paper Plate Owls

Paper Plate Owls

These paper plate owls are super cute and super easy to make! 
LEARN HOW »

Bird Feeders

Bird Feeders

Do you have any fruit peels or empty milk cartons lying around the house? Recycle them by turning them into bird feeders for your backyard!
FRUIT PEELS »      MILK CARTONS »

Foam Paint

Foam Paint and Slime

Glow in the Dark crafts are lots of fun for everyone! Get your glow on with two of our favorites:
GLOW IN THE DARK FOAM PAINT »      GLOW IN THE DARK SLIME »

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 »

 

 

 


COLORING PAGES

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

Louis Armstrong

Jackie Robinson

Mae Jemison

Martin Luther King

Rosa Parks

 

Bee Mine

Bunny Valentines

Owl Hearts

Hello Kitty

Horse

Olaf

My LIttle Pony

Piglet

Rabbit

Trolls

Turtle

Shopkins

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.


Games for kids

Carmen's World Orchestra

Carmen's World Orchestra

Put on a concert with instruments from all around the world! PLAY NOW »

PinkaDance

Pinkadance

Get up and dance with Pinkalicious! Play freeze dance or learn some new moves. PLAY NOW »

Music Maker

MUSIC MAKER

Make music with Peg and Cat at the Bamboo Grove or Magical Forest! PLAY NOW »

Daniel Tiger

SPIN AND SING

Spin the wheel to sing along with Daniel Tiger! PLAY NOW »

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