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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, 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.

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.

Rob Evan, Rocktopia Creator
STNJ Episode 297

Direct from its smash-hit run on Broadway, the international music sensation Rocktopia comes to State Theatre New Jersey for one night only on May 5! Creator (and performer) Rob Evan chats with us about how he came up with combining classical and rock music and what the audience can expect at the show. Read the transcribed Interview Here.

Nick Hallett, "A Letter to My Nephew" Composer
STNJ Episode 296

Known for performing repertory widely varied in its subject matter, visual imagery and stylistic approach to movement, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, is coming to The State on April 11 to perform "A Letter to My Nephew." Composer Nick Hallett joins us to discuss why this piece has no text—which is unusual for Jones, and how he became involved. Check out the event page for all the details:

Stuart Chafetz, Mary Poppins NJSO Conductor
STNJ Episode 295

This family-friendly, symphonic cinema event features the five-time Oscar®-winning classic Disney film Mary Poppins unfolding on the big screen with the NJSO performing the charming and delightful musical score on April 14. Guest conductor Stuart Chafetz chats with us about the phenomenon of pops conducting and what it means to returning and new audience members. Read the transcribed interview here.

Vinson Fraley, Bill T. Jones Dancer
STNJ Episode 295

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the dance-theater world, makes their State Theatre debut on April 11! Vinson Fraley, one of the dancers who is playing Jones's nephew Lance in the piece "A Letter to My Nephew," chats with us about what the piece means and how the impactful messages are brought across through dance.

Javon King, Angel in RENT
STNJ Episode 293

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theater with RENT and it will be at The State for 3 shows only April 2-4. Javon King, who plays Angel, joins us to chat about how he's taking a year off from school to take on this leading role in his first national tour and what the character of Angel means to him.

Tori Palin, swing in RENT
STNJ Episode 292

Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world and will be returning to The State April 2-4. Off-Stage swing Tori Palin joins us to chat about her experience on the show, what it means to be a swing, and the impact of RENT.

Robert Lamm of Chicago the Band
STNJ Episode 291

See Chicago, the legendary rock band with horns, live in concert on April 15! Original band member Robert Lamm joins us to chat about how the band specifically resonates with New Jersey-ans and the impact of their recent Netflix special. Read the transcribed interview here.

Amythyst Kiah, Indigo Girls Opener
STNJ Episode 290

Neo-Folk and Americana artist Amythyst Kiah will be at State Theatre New Jersey on March 26 opening for the Indigo Girls! She describes her musical inspirations (including the darker side of life)and how they influence her music.

Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls
STNJ Episode 289

With over 14 million records sold (including hits such as “Closer to Fine,” ”Galileo,” and “Least Complicated”) Grammy Award®-winning the folk rock duo Indigo Girls will be at The State on March 26! Emily Saliers joins us to chat about what people can expect from this new tour and what has kept Indigo Girls going for so long.

Lady Jeanne Galway
STNJ Episode 288

The living legend of the flute, Sir James Galway, returns to State Theatre New Jersey on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, with his wife, Lady Jeanne Galway, and pianist Michael McHale. Lady Galway chats with us about choosing a "user-friendly" repertoire and travelling the world and performing.

Investors Bank
STNJ Episode 257

Kevin Cummings, Chairman & CEO of Investors Bank and John Harrison, Senior Vice President - Market Executive at Investors Bank joined us to discuss Investors’ Lead Sponsorship of State Theatre New Jersey's Family Series with State Theatre President & CEO Sarah Chaplin.

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