State Theatre New Jersey


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All Access with State Theatre New Jersey is an NJ Ad Club Jersey Award-winning weekly podcast and radio show hosted by State Theatre New Jersey featuring exclusive artist interviews, behind-the-scene stories, recently added shows, upcoming events, and more.  The show airs on WCTC 1450 AM on Thursdays from 6pm-7pm and on WMTR 1250 AM on Saturdays from 11am-12pm and is available in iTunes, Soundcloud, and Stitcher.

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Thomas Sokowski, Executive Director of The Zimmerli Art Museum - STNJ, Episode 158 pt 2

We pick back up with State Theatre New Jersey's Vice President of Education & Outreach Lian Farrer interviewing the new Executive Director of The Zimmerli Art Museum. They discuss how the collections of the museum are connected by a theme of social criticism, whether they are about Women's Rights, Dissent surround the Vietnam War, or the upcoming exhibit focusing on the theme of Scandal. Visit the Zimmerli Website to learn more:

Thomas Sokowski, Executive Director of The Zimmerli Art Museum - STNJ, Episode 158

In this episode of All Access State Theatre New Jersey's Vice President of Education & Outreach Lian Farrer interviews the new Executive Director of The Zimmerli Art Museum. They discuss how the museum came into existence and how they have managed to accumulate the art that they have in their collection. Visit the Zimmerli Website to learn more:

Marion Glatz of Salute to Vienna - STNJ, Episode 157

This holiday season, the spirited romance of operetta, the glamour of ballroom dance, and the delicate beauty of ballet will waltz you into a triumphant New Year with Salute to Vienna, a 12 year tradition in New Brunswick. Marion Glatz, Executive Producer of the show, joins us to discuss this show that has been a tradition in Vienna for over 80 years! She describes it as a splash of color and how they choose the varied performance every year.

Natalie MacDonald of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical - STNJ, Episode 156

Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, and of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical on December 18. Natalie MacDonald, who is playing Rudolph himself, joins us to chat about what it means to bring this iconic piece to life on stage. 

Phil Vassar - STNJ, Episode 155

Country music star and songwriter Phil Vassar has released nine studio albums, including hit songs “Just Another Day in Paradise,” “Carlene,” “Six-Pack Summer,” and “American Child.” He wil be here on December 20 performing  A Christmas Tour with Kellie Pickler.   We chat with him about his roots in Virginia and how he started out as a song-writer before performing himself.

Manolo Cagnin, Conductor of the Vienna Boys Choir - STNJ, Episode 154

Manolo Cagnin, Conductor of the Vienna Boys Choir joins us to chat about what it is like performing with "him family" and how conducting them for ten years has given him a level of freedom with the group. Since 1498, The Vienna Boys Choir have performed over 300 concerts annually for thousands of spectators around the world. Featuring 100 singers with profound operatic voices, combined with beautifully arranged harmonies, The Vienna Boys Choir will perform classic Christmas carols that will bring the spirit of the season on December 10

Scott, Choirster with the Vienna Boys Choir - STNJ, Episode 153

Since 1498, The Vienna Boys Choir have performed over 300 concerts annually for thousands of spectators around the world. Featuring 100 singers with profound operatic voices, combined with beautifully arranged harmonies, The Vienna Boys Choir will perform classic Christmas carols that will bring the spirit of the season on December 10! The american choirster, Scott, joins us to chat about performing around the world as well as what it's like on their off-time. 

Kelly Pickler - STNJ, Episode 152

Kellie Pickler became popular as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol in 2006. Her hits “Red High Heels,” “I Wonder,” and “Best Days of Your Life” have won her numerous awards. She will be performing A Christmas Tour with Phil Vassar on December 20! She joins us to discuss what it's like juggling being a musical artist and a TV personality as well as how performing with the USO has changed her life. 

Allison Macri of The Sound of Music - STNJ, Episode 151

A brand new production of The Sound of Music is coming to State Theatre New Jersey on December 22-24. The spirited, romantic, and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy®, and Academy Award®-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and the title song. Allison Macri, playing Sister Margareta, joins us to discuss what it's like being in such a classic musical and how the journey of preparing for and being in the show affects both her and the audience.

Lily Saito, Nutcracker Dancer - STNJ, Episode 150

A holiday tradition for more than 50 years, ARB’s Nutcracker is one of the longest continuously running Nutcracker productions in the nation. Lily Saito joins us to chat about not only what it's like to be a professional ballet dancer, but what it takes to perform in Nutcracker. This year she'll be playing five roles! These include: the Sugar Plum Fairy (her first time!), the Snow Queen, the Dew Drop Fairy, Chinese, and Marzipan. 

Douglas Martin, Director of Nutcracker - STNJ, Episode 149

American Repertory Ballet brings the beloved classic Nutcracker to the stage with Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, stunning sets, thrilling choreography, and a cast of more than 100 performers. The New Brunswick production is even more special because it is the only one performed with a live choir and orchestra, adding to the excitement and energy of the performance. Douglas Martin, director of the production, discusses with us the magic of this specific show as well as how amazing it is to be in an industry where any night could be an audience-member's first time in the theater! 

Todd Gershwin, Producer of A Charlie Brown Christmas Live! - STNJ, Episode 148

The classic animated television special A Charlie Brown Chrsitmas comes to life on November 28 in this faithful stage adaptation featuring all of your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree, and uncover the true meaning of Christmas. Todd Gershwin, the producer of the show as well as the great-nephew of the famous composers George and Ira Gershwin, joins us to chat about how lucky he is to be able to work with the peanuts characters everyday and how magical it is to bring the story to life on stage. 

Patricia Ward Kelly - STNJ, Episode 147

Patricia Ward Kelly, wife and biographer of the late Gene Kelly, joins us to discuss the upcoming performance of An American in Paris Live with the NJSO. She recounts how she volunteered herself to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra when she found out this event was happening in order to share her wealth of knowledge about the film and about Gene Kelly. Watch this 1951 classic film, starring Gene Kelly as a former American GI who falls for Parisian Leslie Caron, on the big screen while the NJSO plays the score live.

Spook Handy of Milk & Cookies - STNJ, Episode 146

Travel back in time with Spook Handy, and sing along with him on some of America’s most treasured folksongs—old favorites like “This Land is Your Land,” “I’ve been Working on the Railroad,” and “She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain.” He joins us to discuss how influential he believes not only Milk & Cookies, but parents interacting with children through the arts, can be. Spook Handy will be at The State on December 2!

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. of Colors of Christmas - STNJ, Episode 145

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. join us to chat about the upcoming performance they will be a part of-The Colors of Christmas on December 5-also featuring Peabo Bryson, Ruben Studdard, and Jody Watley. 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.

Jody Watley of Colors of Christmas - STNJ, Episode 144

The Colors of Christmas, featuring performers Peabo Bryson, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr., Ruben Studdard, and Jody Watley (“Looking For A New Love,” “Real Love,” “Everything”) captures the magic of Christmas in one spectacular performance. In this interview, Pop/R&B icon Jody Watley discusses how great it is to be performing with this talented lineup of artists, how her catch phrase—"Hasta la Vista Baby"—became a pop culture sensation, as well as the ebbs and flows of her career as her debut album celebrates its 30thanniversary. 

Damian Darlington of Brit Floyd - STNJ, Episode 142

Get ready to rock with the world’s greatest live Pink Floyd tribute band, BRIT FLOYD. Coming to you with their new, innovative “Immersion World Tour 2017,” BRIT FLOYD wows audiences with a spectacular show of dazzling lights, and high definition sound, featuring songs like “The Wall,” “Dogs,” and “Dark Side of the Moon.” Damian Darlington, creator of BRIT FLOYD, joins us to chat about what fans can expect from the show, the timelessness of Pink Floyd Music, and how Brit Floyd came together, among other topics.

Andrew Lipke of Get the Led Out - STNJ, Episode 141

Get The Led Out have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. Over the years, GTLO has become known for the passion and fury with which they deliver Led Zeppelin’s blues-soaked, groove-driven rock anthems. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians who are intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before. Andrew Lipke, man of many instruments for the band, joins us to discuss the upcoming show at The State.

Major Michael Hoerber of the USAF Heritage of America Band - STNJ, Episode 140

Major Michael Hoerber, Commander and Conductor of the USAF Heritage of America Band, joins us to discuss the free Veterans Day Concert! The Band itself has been around for over 75 years and he described to us about how this band is a time capsule to both music and history and how it represents the United States over the years.

Jack Petruzelli of The Fab Faux - STNJ, Episode 139

The Fab Faux brings together the talents of five of New York's most respected musicians: Will Lee, Jimmy Vivino, Rich Pagano, Jack Petruzzelli, and Frank Agnello. Performing The Beatles' hits on Apple Records from 1968- 1970 this year, Jack discusses how The Fab Faux first got together (20 years ago!), and the challenges of recreating the timeless music of The Beatles as authentically as possible.  

Darren Dowler of Paul Revere's Raiders -STNJ, Episode 138

Sixties Spectacular returns to State Theatre New Jersey on October 29! Paul Revere's Raiders is one of the bands taking the stage (in their STNJ debut and Darren Dowler chats with us about being part of a group that has been called America's First Hard Core Rock Band and how they are always working to stay true to the music. 

Chris Stevens of Jersey Boys - STNJ, Episode 137

Chris Stevens - who is actually from New Jersey - joins us to discuss how awesome the New Jersey premiere of Jersey Boys is and what the show means to him. He chats about how the show is heightened for actors since they are performing these iconic roles and songs and what else audience members can expect! 

Sabrina Kent, Project Director for Families Like Yours - STNJ, Episode 136

Sabrina Kent, Special Asst. to the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce's President & CEO and the project director for Families Like Yours joins us to discuss how Families Like Yours came into existence and the impact it has been having on audiences not only in the U.S. but internationally as well.

Struan Robertson of Mermaid Theatre - STNJ, Episode 135

Struan Robertson, Production Associate and Workshop Instructor for Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia joins us to chat! He may have started as a performer with them but now he's in charge of building all of the puppets and sets in their shop as well as teaching a lot of puppetry. Mermaid Theatre will be back at The State on October 22 with a delectable double feature presenting two tales from children’s illustrator Anita Jeram, Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook.

Big Jeff from Milk & Cookies - STNJ, Episode 134

At 6’6” tall, Big Jeff is undoubtedly the BIGGEST performer of children’s music there is. We chat with him about how he ended up becoming a children's performer and what the differences are in performing for children instead of adults.  Milk & Cookies is a lively, interactive storytelling and music series for families. This program is the perfect way to introduce children ages 3-8 to live theater.  Big Jeff will be performing at The State on October 21, 2017!

Lou Christie - STNJ, Episode 133

Lou Christie joins us on All Access with State Theatre New Jersey to chat about the upcoming Sixties Spectacular on October 28. He discusses how all of these amazing groups he has been performing with over the past few decades feel like "graduating classmates" and how everyone feels like a second family. Christie became a star almost overnight and he ended up being lucky enough to work with some of his idols from when he began performing.

Adam Savage of Brain Candy Live! - STNJ, Episode 132

Adam Savage, former co-host of MythBusters and one of television's most loved personalities, has joined forces with Michael Stevens, one of YouTube's biggest stars, for Brain Candy Live on November 15 at The State. They’re bringing along more than three tons of their crazy toys, incredible tools, and mind-blowing demonstrations for a celebration of curiosity that’s an interactive, hands-on, minds-on theatrical experience like no other. He chats with us about how everyone is really a kid at heart and how the duo love the spontaneous and yet calculated fun they have on stages all across America. 

Rita Rudner - STNJ, Episode 131

One of the country’s top comedians and a New York Times bestselling author, Rita Rudner is also an award-winning television personality, screenwriter, playwright, and actress. Over the course of a 14-year run and 2,000 plus shows, she has sold one and a half million tickets and become the longest-running solo comedy show in the history of Las Vegas. She has been named Las Vegas’s “Comedian Of The Year” nine years in a row and in 2006 received The Nevada Ballet’s “Woman Of The Year” Award.  She will be performing at The State on October 29 as part of a double bill with Brad Garrett.

Douglas Martin & Mary Barton from American Repertory Ballet - STNJ, Episode 130

State Theatre New Jersey's VP of Education & Outreach Lian Farrer chats with American Repertory Ballet's Artistic Director Douglas Martin and Resident Choreographer Mary Barton about the upcoming triple bill coming to The State on October 7. This show will feature Eyes That Gently Touch, choreographed by Kirk Peterson; Straight Up With a Twist, choreographed by Mary Barton; and the full-length "Carmen," also choreographed by Kirk Peterson. 

Jim Breuer - STNJ, Episode 129

Named by Comedy Central as one of the "100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All-Time," legendary comedian and Saturday Night Live veteran Jim Breuer is bringing his wildly popular stand-up comedy tour to State Theatre New Jersey! We discuss how New Brunswick is such a homecoming with a sold out State Theatre debut last year after years of improving at The Stress Factory. See Jim Breuer at The State on September 23 for one night only!

Tom Freund, Opener for Ben Harper - STNJ, Episode 128

Tom Freund is opening for Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals on August 25 and he is a musician that does not liked to be boxed in. From heartfelt folk to buoyant pop and from boho jazz to straightforward rock n' roll he does it all.

Jeff Hobson of The Illusionists - STNJ, Episode 127

The most astonishing magic show of all time, The Illusionists, is coming to enchant State Theatre New Jersey! This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of five of the most incredible illusionists on earth, including "The Trickster" Jeff Hobson. He joins us to discuss the upcoming show and how magic has changed over the years, especially with the expanse of the internet. The Illusionists with be here in January for 2 performances.

Rick Elice, co-author of Jersey Boys - STNJ, Episode 126

Jersey Boys is the 2006 Tony®, Grammy®, and Olivier Award®-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi. We recently had the opportunity to chat with one of the co-authors, Rick Elice, about how it is such a homecoming to finally see the show on a New Jersey stage and how the show really represents the soundtrack to people's lives. Don't miss the NJ Premiere of Jersey Boys on October 13-15!

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