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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 and on WMTR 1250 AM on Saturdays from 11am-12pm and is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, and Stitcher.

Mark Stein of Vanilla Fudge
STNJ Episode 203

HIPPIEFEST is coming to New Brunswick on July 26! Featuring Vanilla Fudge, Rick Derringer, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, and Badfinger featuring Joey Molland. Mark Stein of Vanilla Fudge joins us to chat about what people can expect from the show and what it's like still performing after 50 years.

Mitch Ryder of Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
STNJ Episode 203

Flower power is back and it’s coming to New Brunswick with Hippiefest on July 26! Mitch Ryder of Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels joins us to discuss an evening of incredible acts and how music affected his life. 

Brandon Kurzawa of Music Notes Academy
STNJ Episode 202

Brandon Kurzawa, founder of Music Notes Academy, joins us to discuss the interest of students - young and old - in taking music lessons and how it will affect the future of the industry!

Terry Fator
STNJ Episode 201

Best known for his victory on America’s Got Talent in 2007, Terry Fator captured the hearts and tickled the funny bones of America with his unique combination of celebrity impressions and his unparalleled voice and he will be back on June 22! He joins us to discuss what has changed in his show since the last time he was at The State and how he initially became interested in ventriloquism.

The Pop Ups
STNJ Episode 200

Get ready for the Pop Ups on June 30! Two-Time Grammy® nominees for Best Children’s Album, this dynamic duo of Jacob and Jason are bringing their rock and roll puppet musical fun to the State Theatre. They join us to discuss what people can expect out of their Autism-Friendly Relaxed performance and what they hope to get across in their "imagination play adventure."

Jules Alexander of The Association
STNJ Episode 199

The Association is one of the multiple groups that will be on the State Theatre stage on June 15 as part of the Happy Together Tour 2018! Jules Alexander joins us to discuss what it's like to finally tour with some of their other contemporaries including The Cowsills and what people can expect from the show!

Carl Pariso, Cliff in Cabaret
STNJ Episode 198

Enter into the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles, and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd—and to leave their troubles outside. Carl Pariso, who plays Cliff, joins us to discuss what it was like growing up and playing in bands in New Jersey and how he found his way into musical theater. Join us for Cabaret May 18-19

Bob Cowsill of The Cowsills
STNJ Episode 197

The Cowsills will be coming to State Theatre New Jersey on June 15 as part of Happy Together 2018. Bob Cowsill joins us to discuss what it's like performing in a show with all of the other incredible groups on the tour and how they didn't really get a chance to interact when they were all on tour when they were younger. 

Otis Williams of The Temptations
STNJ Episode 196

See two of the most iconic Motown groups of all time - The Temptations & The Four Tops - live in concert as they perform their top hits on May 13. Otis Williams, one of the founding members of The Temptations, joins us to discuss what is was like when the group was formed in the 60s and how it has evolved to what it is today.

Victor Legaretta of The Wizard of Oz
STNJ Episode 195

The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond on May 4-5 with Dorothy, Toto, and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, and Scarecrow in this lavish production of The Wizard of Oz, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography, and classic songs. Victor Legaretta, who is playing The Cowardly Lion, joins us to discuss some of differences people may see from the movie as well as how the story is still relevant in 2018. 

Ruben Studdard
STNJ Episode 194

Imagine having a second chance to see a Luther Vandross concert…Imagine the vocals and music played and staged the same way he performed them in concert. Ruben Studdard joins us to discuss his new album of Luther Vandross music and what it means to him to be bringing this music to the concert stage. See him perform Always & Forever: An Evening of Luther Vandross on April 26 at The State! 

Chris Russell & Megan Orlowski from The Wizard of Oz
STNJ Episode 193

There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful Wizard of Oz, twists its way into New Brunswick for 3 shows only May 4-5! Chris Russell (Tin Man) and his wife Megan Orlowski (Ozian)join us to discuss what it's like touring in a show that is so iconic and what it's like touring as a married couple. 

Chris Kratt of Wild Kratts Live!
STNJ Episode 192

Animated Kratt Brothers Martin and Chris come to life in a classic Wild Kratts adventure! Off "To the Creature Rescue!” the Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Chris Kratt joins us to discuss how Wild Kratts is so important in teaching kids about animals as well as what audience members can expect at the show on April 20!

Damon Fowler, opener for George Thorogood
STNJ Episode 191

See George Thorogood and his longtime band The Destroyers as they perform a catalog of iconic hits at The State on April 19! Musician Damon Fowler will be opening for him and he joins us to discuss how he got hooked up with Thorogood and what it's like working with him.

John Reissner of Magyar Bank
STNJ Episode 190

John Reissner, Vice President & Marketing Director at Magyar Bank, joins us to talk about Magyar Bank's history in New Brunswick and dedicated support of the arts, as well as The State's upcoming Benefit Gala on May 12.

Wil B of Black Violin
STNJ Episode 189

Classically-trained virtuoso violinist/violists Kev Marcus and Wil B—the dynamic duo known as Black Violin—are boundary-defying performers who merge classical, hip-hop, jazz, blues, and R&B into an electrifying style all their own and they will be at The State on April 12. Wil B joins us to discuss the inclusivity of their show, how they got started, and how they arrange their music.

Patrick Chamberlain, Director of Artistic Planning for the NJSO
STNJ Episode 188

Patrick Chamberlain, Director of Artistic Planning for the NJSO, joins us to discuss the upcoming 18-19 NJSO Pops Season which includes Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and the Disney Classic Mary Poppins.

Peter Dake, Company Manager of Moscow Festival Ballet
STNJ Episode 187

This acclaimed Russian ballet company brings Giselle, one of the most romantic classical ballets to the State Theatre New Jersey stage. The company manager, Peter Dake, joins us to discuss what we can expect from this unique classical piece on April 14 for 2 shows. 

Antonia Bennett
STNJ Episode 186

Tony Bennett is one of only a handful of artists to have new albums charting in the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 10s—introducing a multitude of songs into the great American Songbook that have since become pop music classics. His daughter Antonia Bennett will be joining him to perform these classics from the Great American Songbook on April 5

Jim Jack from George Street Playhouse
STNJ Episode 185

Jim Jack, Artistic Director of George Street Playhouse and Director of the upcoming play Trying, joins us to discuss the next show in their season as well as George Street's new home for the next few seasons.

Women's Tea Panel
STNJ Episode 184

Join us in celebrating Women’s History Month and supporting arts access for all! While paying tribute to esteemed female artists who have graced the State Theatre stage over the years. We chat with 3 members of the Women's Tea Committee - Wendy Wiebalk, Sally Glick, and Linda Wellbrock to discuss the event. 

Charlie Jhaye of Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live!
STNJ Episode 183

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live takes audiences on a prehistoric journey into a new dimension, where they meet a menagerie of insects, mammals, and dinosaurs that roamed the planet millions of years ago. The host of the show, Charlie Jhaye, joins us to discuss how interactive the show is and all the types of dinosaurs the audience can expect to interact with for our Education performance on March 12. 

Monica Yunus, performer at the Women's Tea
STNJ Episode 182

Featuring special guest sopranos Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora—passionate arts access advocates as co-founders of the non-profit Sing for Hope—the Women's Tea will recognize the valuable contribution our artists and attendees have had on our shared community, through their dedication to dozens of charities, public service, their families, and their commitment to excellence. This special event is one day only, March 14th, on stage at State Theatre New Jersey

Kiril Karabits, Conductor of Staatskapelle Weimar
STNJ Episode 181

The Staatskapelle Weimar, founded in 1491, is one of the oldest, most illustrious orchestras in the world and we are very proud to present them in their first North America tour. The conductor, Kiril Karabits, joins us to discuss the all-Beethoven program they will be performing on March 4 and how this is the most extensive tour the orchestra has ever performed.

Amy Jean from Shopkins Live!
STNJ Episode 180

The #1 kids toy in North America is live and on stage in Shopkins Live! Shop It Up! at State Theatre New Jersey on February 27. Your beloved Shoppies make their theatrical debut in an original new live show. Amy Jean, who is playing Bubbleisha, joins us to discuss the zany fun of the show and what it's like to be touring the U.S. for the first time! 

Lauren Scott-Berry from The Gruffalo
STNJ Episode 179

Join Mouse on a daring adventure in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. Lauren Scott-Berry, who is playing Mouse, joins us to discuss the similarities between performing Shakespeare and children's stories as well as the physicality it takes for this show. Don't miss The Gruffalo Live on Stage for school performances on February 21.

Floriana Frasetto of Mummenschanz
STNJ Episode 178

Welcome to the comic, wondrous, wordless universe of Mummenschanz, a place where everyday objects—such as wires, tubes, boxes—spring to life to become fantastical characters and will be at The State on March 18. Mummenschanz creator Floriana Frasetto chats with us about creating the group over 45 years ago and how she is still creating to keep the material fresh. 

Anthony LaGruth
STNJ Episode 177

Lian Farrer, State Theatre's Vice President of Education and Outreach, is joined by Anthony LaGruth to discuss in depth the programs for the upcoming performances of Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra on February 11 and Staatskepelle Weimar on March 4.

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