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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


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 to #1 in the U.S., four months after her death. 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 "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 "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 the "Waterloo" and take the single to #1 UK and #6 U.S. Watch ABBA's winning performance on Eurovision. WATCH NOW »

September 1974

Barry White's 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 originally just a B-side record would go on to become a worldwide hit. READ MORE »

 

 

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, on 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 »

 

 

Remember these '70s commercials?

 

 

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 »


Celebrate Pride!

ZOOM BACKGROUNDS

Check out our Pride Zoom backgrounds! 

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 »

CHECK OUT MORE PRIDE ITEMS »


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 »
WATCH NOW »

Bobby Bandiera

BOBBY Bandiera & Regan Richards

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

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 »

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 is eclectic playlist of 70s favorites is too "Cruel to Be Kind."
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 »

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 »


 

Broadway Singing Contest

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

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ZOOM BACKGROUNDS

Zoom Backgrounds

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


Games & Trivia

Broadway Stars Crossword

Kids Crossword

Star Wars Crossword

Theatre Lingo Crossword


PLAY MORE GAMES »


CELEBRITY BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

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!

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. 
BUY NOW »

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.
BUY NOW »

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.
READ MORE »

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!
READ MORE »


For Your Family


COLORING PAGES

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

Hello Kitty

Horse

Olaf

My LIttle Pony

Piglet

Rabbit

Trolls

Turtle

Shopkins

 

 


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 and Wednesday at 4pm our friend Suzi Shelton (a 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!

MORE KEYNOTES »


TAKEOUT and outdoor dining FROM OUR PARTNERS

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!

Stage Left Steak

Stage Left Steak

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.

Catherine Lombardi

Catherine Lombardi Restaurant

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

Panicos

Panico’s

732-545-6100 |  panicosrestaurant.com
Outdoor Dining: Daily 11am - 8pm. No Reservations Required.  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
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.

Old Man Rafferty's

Old Man Rafferty’s

732-628-0565 — New Brunswick
908-904-9731 — Hillsborough
oldmanraffertys.com/home
Outdoor Dining: Daily 12pm – 8:30pm
Special food menu available, curbside pickup and front porch delivery.

Esquina Latina

Esquina Latina

732-543-1630 | esquinalatinarestaurant.com
Outdoor Dining: Daily from 12pm – 9pm
Also open for takeout & delivery!
Curbside takeout & cocktail menu available.

 

 

 

 


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