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All Access Podcasts

All Access 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, and more. The show airs on WCTC 1450 AM on Thursdays from 6pm-7pm, on Oldies 107.9 - WOLD on Fridays from 7pm-8pm, and on WMTR 1250 AM on Saturdays from 11am-12pm and is available on iTunes, SpotifySoundcloud, and Stitcher.

Justin Scribner - Associate Director for Once on This Island
STNJ Episode 322

Winner of the 2018 Tony® Award for Best Revival of a Musical, Once on This Island will be at The State June 5-7, 2020. Associate Director Justin Scribner joins us to chat about recreating this incredible show in a very contemporary setting and some of the surprises the audience can expect along the way.

Kim Craven, Cats Associate Choreographer
STNJ Episode 321

Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, Cats, coming to State Theatre New Jersey May 8-10. Associate Choreographer Kim Craven discusses what it was like working with Andy Blankenbuehler on re-inventing the show and her transition from the ballet world to the musical theater world.

Douglas McGrath, Book Writer for Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
STNJ Episode 320

Beautiful has thrilled Broadway with the inspiring true story of one woman’s remarkable journey from teenage songwriter to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and it's going to be at The State November 8-10. Book writer Douglas McGrath discusses with us why he was initially reluctant to take the job when it was offered to him and his process of putting everything together from hundreds of interviews.

Chris Evans, Associate Choreographer of Fiddler on the Roof
STNJ Episode 319

Fiddler on the Roof is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters; husbands and wives; and life, love, and laughter, and it's coming to State Theatre New Jersey Dec 20-22. Associate Choreographer Chris Evans joins us to discuss working with choreographer Hofesh Shechter on updating the original choreography by the legendary Jerome Robbins.

Kyle Jarrow, Book Writer of The SpongeBob Musical
STNJ Episode 318

One of the world’s most beloved characters is now the star of a Broadway Musical! The SpongeBob Musical makes it's State Theatre debut Nov 29-Dec 1. Book Writer Kyle Jarrow joins us to chat about how he landed the job of working on this Nickelodeon powerhouse and just what it was like bringing cartoon characters to life on stage.

Richard Hester, Jersey Boys Production Supervisor
STNJ Episode 317

Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning true-life musical phenomenon, Jersey Boys, returning to The State Dec 3-4. Production Supervisor Richard Hester - who has been with the show since it's initial try-out in at La Jolla - joins us to discuss how the show has been staged all over the world and just what goes into casting Frankie Valli. Check out the event page for all the details:

Matt DiCarlo, Tour Director for The Play That Goes Wrong
STNJ Episode 316

What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You’d get The Play That Goes Wrong, coming to State Theatre New Jersey April 2-4, 2020. Tour Director and Rutgers Alumni Matt DiCarlo chats with us about how he's been with the production almost since the beginning and just how much planning goes into things going wrong each show.

Actor CJ Carter of Centenary Stage Company
STNJ Episode 315

State Theatre enjoys promoting community arts partners and today we chat with actor CJ Carter from the Centenary Stage Company's summer production of Jesus Christ Superstar. He chats with us about how Centenary Stage Company is an equity theater attached to Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ, and how it give the students an opportunity to work towards their equity membership. He also chats with us about his mentality towards rehearsal and performing, moving from one show to another.

Pissi Myles, Drag Queen host for the George Takei Pride Party
STNJ Episode 314

In honor of pride month, we have a lecture with the LGBTQ activist George Takei on June 20 at 8pm! Before the show at 6:30pm, State Theatre's LGBTQ committee is hosting a Pride Night Party with a special Drag Queen host, Pissi Myles. She joins us to chat about how she "fell" into this line of work and what it's like competing on (and winning) Philly Drag Wars.

Jon Schmidt of The Piano Guys
STNJ Episode 313

The Piano Guys became an internet sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos which have garnered over 1.6 billion YouTube views. Jon Schmidt (pianist, songwriter) joins us to chat about the group's September 10 show, including how the group formed and what goes into each of their videos. Read the transcribed  interview here.

Al Maag, Chief Marketing Officer of Vet Tix
STNJ Episode 312

Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) is a non-profit organization that gives event tickets, including concerts and sporting events, to active military, veterans of all eras, and first responders. Started in 2008 out of a garage, Vet Tix now has 1.2 million members and have distributed over 6.7 million tickets. We recently caught up with Vet Tix Chief Marketing Officer Al Maag about the positive impact this program has had for families in New Jersey and all across the county.

David Saint, Artistic Director of George Street Playhouse
STNJ Episode 311

David Saint, Artistic Director of George Street Playhouse, joins us to chat about their newly announced 2019-20 Season! The season includes a heartwarming new musical, a hilarious one-woman show starring a beloved television personality, a gripping suspense thriller based on a bestselling novel, a world premiere historical drama by George Street Playhouse favorite Joe DiPietro, and a new musical adaptation of a popular film.

Gerard Lebeda, Che in Evita at Plays-in-the-Park
STNJ Episode 310

Plays-in-the-Park is located in Edison and presents 3 full-scaled musicals each summer. Kicking off the season this year is Evita, running June 19-29. A Park veteran, Gerard Lebeda is returning to play Che in Evita after performing the role on the same stage 19 years ago in 2000.

Chuck Negron of the Happy Together Tour
STNJ Episode 309

The Happy Together Tour 2019 returns to The State on May 29 to open up the 10th Anniversary Tour. Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night, discusses how it's almost like touring with old friends when Happy Together comes around, and what it's like when people come to see him perform who influenced him when he was younger.

Dee Dee Bridgewater
STNJ Episode 308

Tony and Grammy Award-winning Jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater will be the musical guest at State Theatre's 2019 Benefit Gala on June 1. She joins us to chat about what it was like growing up in a musical household (when she used to think everyone could sing), how she began her professional career, and about winning a Tony Award.

State Theatre Poet-in-Residence Glenis Redmond
STNJ Episode 307, Part 2

Poet-in-Residence Glenis Redmond and Vice President of Education & Community Engagement Lian Farrer continue to chat about the annual poetry residency program. Bert also discusses participating in Glenis's workshop and what it's like to think differently about writing poetry. The culmination of the annual residency is the Free Community Poetry Reading on May 23 at 7pm.

State Theatre Poet-in-Residence Glenis Redmond
STNJ Episode 307, Part 1

The State Theatre New Jersey Poet-in-Residence Glenis Redmond joins us in-studio with our Vice President of Education & Community Engagement Lian Farrerto discuss the residency program. Glenis is returning for her 11th year at The State and over the years we've built relationships with community members from middle-schoolers to senior citizens, all leading up to a Free Poetry Reading on May 23 at 7pm

Carl Giammarese of The Buckinghams
STNJ Episode 306

Happy Together 2019 returns to State Theatre New Jersey for it's 10th Anniversary on May 29! Carl Giammarese of The Buckinghams chats with us about what it was like being on the original Happy Together Tour in the 80s and what it's like touring with these fantastic groups nowadays.

Paul Cowsill of The Cowsills
STNJ Episode 305

Paul Cowsill and his family band The Cowsills return to the State Theatre with the Happy Together Tour on May 29. Check out our interview with Paul as he talks about his performance ties to New Jersey, including a memorable concert on Atlantic City's old Steel Pier with the diving horses and the legendary Duke Ellington.

Richard Medrington of Scotland's Puppet State Theatre Company
STNJ Episode 304

The Man Who Planted Trees tells the inspiring tale of a shepherd who spends a lifetime transforming a barren wasteland by planting a forest, one acorn at a time and it's coming to The State on May 11. Richard Medrington of Scotland's Puppet State Theatre Company discusses how they've been working on and performing this show for 30 years and its impact.

Tom Garrett of The Classics IV
STNJ Episode 303

Happy Together 2019 returns to The State on May 29 with a stellar lineup of artists! Tom Garrett of The Classics IV, one of the new acts added to the tour this year, joins us to chat about what it's like being back on the road and performing their hits.

Drew Torkelson, Daniel Tiger Actor
STNJ Episode 302

Daniel Tiger and all of his friends invite you for a brand-new adventure in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe where Daniel learns just what it takes to be King in Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live! King for a Day! on May 21! One of the actors, Drew Torkelson, chats with us about what it's like juggling multiple roles in one show, and how much fun it is to have the audience so excited for them to be on stage.

James Galway Master Class
STNJ Episode 301

On March 18, State Theatre hosted a masterclass with legendary flutist Sir James Galway. Three young flutists were chosen to perform for Sir James, who gave them valuable feedback and instruction, and spoke at length to the students and an invited audience about the history of the flute, playing techniques, how to practice, and how to take care of the instrument. Two of the student participants were able to join us for a talk about this unique experience and how it has impacted their lives. Check out our interview with Hunter Green from Wenonah, a masters student at Mannes Conservatory of Music, where he studies with Judy Mendenhall; and Hannah Lee a student at East Brunswick High School.

Nell Flanders, Beauty and the Beast Conductor
STNJ Episode 300

Set to a lyrical score by Tchaikovsky, the world premiere of Beauty and The Beast will be performed by American Repertory Ballet at State Theatre New Jersey on May 10. The Princeton Symphony Orchestra will be performing live with the ballet and conductor Nell Flanders chats with us about how the music chosen is interestingly not solely ballet music and more about how the piece was put together.

Damian Darlington of Brit Floyd
STNJ Episode 299

Brit Floyd, the world’s greatest Pink Floyd tribute show, returns on May 1 with its most ambitious and biggest production yet. Band member Damian Darlington joins us to discuss how they work to recreate Pink Floyd as closely as possible to introduce the music and experience to a new generation. Read the transcribed interview here.

Kirk Peterson, Beauty and the Beast Choreographer
STNJ Episode 298

Enter into a magical world full of beauty and enchantment with one of the best loved stories of all time with Beauty and the Beast as performed by American Repertory Ballet on May 10. Choreographer and creator Kirk Peterson joins us to chat about how he got the inspiration for this World Premiere, how Tchaikovsky's music is being used, and more.

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