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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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. They will be performing hits from The Beatles on Apple Records from 1968- 1970 at The State on November 11. Jack joins us to discuss the start of The Fab Faux 20 years ago and the challenge of trying to recreate Beatles Music 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 they are loving having fun on stage every night with this show.

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!

Neil Sedaka - STNJ, Episode 125

Neil Sedaka was one of the first teen pop sensations of the 1950s has had a long and illustrius career as a songwriter for artists like Elvis, Frank Sinatra, and Connie Francis; and as a solo artist with hits like "The Diary," "Oh! Carol," " and "Calendar Girl." Listen in as we chat with this music legend. Check out the event page for all the details on his upcoming performance at State Theatre New Jersey on August 11.

State Theatre New Jersey's Partners' Breakfast - July 2017

Listen to our Partners’ Breakfast panel discussion on “Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts, Partnering Across Organizations, and Building a Creative Workforce,” featuring David L. Gonzales (Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Bristol-Myers Squibb), Wanda Bryant Hope (Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Johnson & Johnson), and Carlos Medina (Chair, Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey), moderated by Dale G. Caldwell (author of Intelligent Influence: The 4 Steps of Highly Successful Leaders and Organizations).

Howard Jones of Retro Futura - STNJ, Episode 124

Howard Jones of the Retro Futura Tour 2017 joins us to chat about what it was like being a pioneer of music in the 1980s and introducing his style to a brand new generation.

Boz Scaggs - STNJ, Episode 123

Boz Scaggs chats with us about how all types of music influenced him growing up which helped lead to his styles being so varied nowadays.

Glen Burtnik - STNJ, Episode 122

Glen Burtnik joins us for the whole hour to discuss his upcoming Beatles Bash show celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and what it means to re-create the album note for note. 

Keith Sweat - STNJ, Episode 121

This week we chat with R&B singer-songwriter Keith Sweat about how it's still exciting to be performing after all the years and how he likes to take the audience on an emotional roller coaster during the show.

Travis TriTt - STNJ, Episode 121

We chat with country music star Travis Tritt about what it's like having been in the business and touring for over 25 years and how he manages to keep it fresh and still connect with all his fans.

paul cowsill of the Happy Together Tour 2017 - STNJ, Episode 120

Paul Cowsill joins us to discuss the upcoming Happy Together Tour 2017 as well as what it was like being in a family music group, let alone the one that inspired The Partridge Family!

Ron Dante of the Happy Together 2017 Tour - STNJ, Episode 119

Ron Dante, the voice behind the classic hit "Sugar, Sugar" chats with us about performing with the Happy Together Tour for the first time and how his voice came to be known around the world.

Vance Gilbert, opener for Jay Leno - STNJ, Episode 118

Vance Gilbert, who is opening for Jay Leno, or as he puts is "Jay Leno is closing for him" joins us to discuss what it's been like performing over the years from rock and jazz to folk and even a children's song.

Chuck Negron of the Happy Together Tour 2017 - STNJ, Episode 117

Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night, joins us to discuss the upcoming Happy Together Tour 2017 and what it's like being on the road with all of the these amazing groups that he has either been performing with for years or people he has looked up to and now has the opportunity to work with them!

George Daugherty, conductor of Bugs Bunny at the Symphony - STNJ, Episode 116

We chat with George Daugherty, conductor of Bugs Bunny with the Symphony with the NJSO about the fantastic music behind these classic cartoons and what it's been like working for over 40 years!

Gilgamesh Taggett, Daddy Warbucks of Annie - STNJ, Episode 114

Playing Daddy Warbucks in the national tour of Annie, Gilgamesh Taggett joins us to chat about playing this fairly iconic role and what it's like being directed by the original director Martin Charnin.

BJ Thomas of the Spring Sixties Spectacular - STNJ, Episode 113

We chat with NJ native BJ Thomas about performing with old friends in the Spring Sixties Spectacular and the collaboration process between artist, composer, and arranger. 

Aaron Harrington, Collins in RENT - STNJ, Episode 112

Aaron Harrington, playing Collins in the 20th Anniversary Tour of RENT, joins us to discuss his connection with this show as well as how he feels the show impacts the audiences who have seen and fallen in love with the piece.

Dennis Tufano of the Spring Sixties Spectacular - STNJ, Episode 111

Dennis Tufano, the original lead singer of The Buckinghams, who will performing at our Spring Sixties Spectacular,  joins us to chat about performing with old friends and how it works when performing songs that are so well rehearsed.

Rob Lundquist of Home Free - STNJ, Episode 110

We chat with Rob Lundquist of Home Free about being part of an a capella group that won a national television singing competition, what that has done for the group and how they work on putting their music together.

Sean Macdonald of Black Grace - STNJ, Episode 109

Sean MacDonlad, a New Zealand dancer with Black Grace discusses the lineup that can be expected at their upcoming performance as well as how they physically maintain their dancing abilities.

Frank Jeckell of the 1910 Fruitgum Company - STNJ, Episode 108

Franck Jeckell of the 1910 Fruitgum Company joined us to chat about what it was like to play music in the 60s and how it feels to be back on stage with familiar acts for the Spring Sixties Spectacular.

Marva Hicks of Ella & Louis with the NJSO - STNJ, Episode 107

We chat with Marva Hicks about how she came to be part of this show and what it means for her to be able to channel Ella Fitzgerald without trying to be her on stage in Ella & Louis with the NJSO.

Miron Gusso of Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live - STNJ, Episode 106

We are joined by the lead puppeteer of Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live, Miron Gusso, about the journey the audience will take while watching the show with what dinosaurs would look like if they were alive today,from babies to full-size ones!

Engelbert Humperdinck - STNJ, Episode 105

Engelbert Humperdinck joins us to chat about how he loves performing and what it means to him to be doing a 50th Anniversary Tour and how he found his way into the music industry.

Mike Love of The Beach Boys - STNJ, Episode 104

Check out our interview with Mike Love of The Beach Boys about how he stays fresh while touring over the years and rewriting the book about how to write and perform music in the 1960s.

Byron Stripling of Ella & Louis with the NJSO - STNJ, Episode 103

We chat with Byron Stripling of the upcoming Ella & Louis with the NJSO  about playing the iconic Louis Armstrong and how that music has affected his life.

Glen Burtnik - STNJ, Episode 102

We chat with Glen Burtnik about this summer's upcoming Beatles Bash and the intensity of re-creating Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band note for note for its 50th Anniversary.

Gabriel Hubert ("Hudah") of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - STNJ, Episode 101

Check out our interview with Gabriel Hubert ("Hudah") of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble about travelling the globe as a group and how they've exploded in the past few months.

Brendan Schaefer of Pippin the Musical - STNJ, Episode 100

We were joined by Brendan Schaefer, who plays King Charlemange in the upcoming Pippin of our Broadway Series about the differences about performing in this re-imagined revival of a classic musical and more.

Conductor Theodore Kutchar of National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine - STNJ, Episode 99

We interviewed Theodore Kuchar, conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine about preserving the rich history of Ukraine through music and playing it around the world.

Keller Williams - STNJ, Episode 98

Keller Williams chats with us about how lucky he feels to play a venue with seats and how his tour Shut the Folk Up and Listen with Leo Kottke came together.

Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply - STNJ, Episode 97

Check out our interview with Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply about what they've been up to recently and where they're taking their music all around the world.

Ciaran Kelly of The Five Irish Tenors - STNJ, Episode 96

We chat with Ciaran Kelly, one of the tenors of The Five Irish Tenors about what people can expect from the show, both classics and contemporary pieces.

James Cole of The Classic Rock Show - STNJ, Episode 95

Check out our interview with James Cole, guitarist of The Classic Rock Show as he talks about what fans can expect at the show!

Jimmy Leahey of Dennis DeYoung - The Music of Styx - STNJ, Episode 94

Check out our interview with New Jersey native Jimmy Leahey, lead guitarist of Dennis DeYoung The Music of Styx as he talks about what fans can expect at the upcoming March 10 show plus how he came to work with Dennis DeYoung.

Ray Chen of the Bamberg Symphony - STNJ, Episode 92

We chat with Ray Chen about how came to be a violin soloist and how living around the world has influenced his playing.

Scott Bradlee of Postmodern Jukebox - STNJ, Episode 91

Check out our interview with Scott Bradlee about his expectations when he started Postmodern Jukebox and how everything came together for him and the group!

mr. RAY - STNJ, Episode 89

Ray Anderson (aka mr. RAY) chats with us about making music for kids and how he got started out in this unique field, as well as performing his "grown-up" music.

Farrell Dillon from Masters of Illusion - STNJ, Episode 88

We chat with Farrell Dillon of the upcoming Masters of Illusion about how he became interested in magic as a child and how magic changes as he performs it around the world.

Kirby Ward from Dancing & Romancing with the NJSO - STNJ, Episode 87

Kirby Ward, who will be performing with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for the upcoming Dancing & Romancing show, join us to talk about the song and dance inspiration behind the show and what the audience can expect!

Elizabeth Wiltcher of Lightwire Theater - STNJ, Episode 86

We chat with Elizabeth Wiltcher about how long she has been with Lightwire Theater and gives us the details about Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey, our main stage show for Family Day!

Bo Bice of Blood Sweat & Tears - STNJ, Episode 80

Bo Bice, who is now performing with Blood Sweat & Tears, chats with us about how it's an incredible feather in his cap to be doing this show.

Comedian Ralphie May - STNJ, Episode 78

Comedian Ralphie May joins us to chat about playing in New Jersey, being mistaken for Chris Christie, and what people can expect in his upcoming show!

American Repertory Ballet dancer Shaye Firer - STNJ, Episode 77

We chat with American Repertory Ballet dancer Shaye Firer about performing in the Nutcracker and working her way up over the years.

ELF the Musical actor Darius Manual - STNJ, Episode 76

Check out our interview with actor Darius Manual who will be playing the store manager in Elf the Musical about the show, how it differs from the movie, and his role!

Michael Cavanaugh - STNJ, Episode 74

We chat with Michael Cavanaugh about playing with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra about the music he'll be performing and how it feels to be performing the music of these legends.

Bronwyn Reed of Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage - STNJ, Episode 73

Check out our interview with Bronwyn Reed who is playing Baby in Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage about putting this iconic story up on stage and how hard she has worked to dance this role!

Jay Siegel of Jay Siegel and the Tokens - STNJ, Episode 69

We chat with Jay Siegal of Jay Siegal and the Tokens, who will be performing with the Golden Oldies Spectacular about what people can expect from the upcoming show and how it feels like a high school reunion with all of the artists who are there!

Eric Johnson - STNJ, Episode 68

We chat with Eric Johnson about his acoustic album EJ and how he came to the decision to make it.

Milk & Cookies performer Joanie Leeds - STNJ, Episode 66

One of our upcoming Milk & Cookies performers, Joanie Leeds, chats with us about performing for kids for about a decade and what the audience can expect for the show!

State Theatre Artist in Residence Glenis Redmond - STNJ, Episode 64

We sit down with our State Theatre Artist-in-Residence Glenis Redmond, an amazing poet, and chat with her about the works she's written and how she works with others to help write poetry.

Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller - STNJ, Episode 60

We chat with Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller about how they build their shows and how it differs from their Vegas show.

Paul Curley of The Bockety World of Henry and Bucket - STNJ, Episode 56

Paul Curley discusses how he's excited to be visiting the United States and spreading this tale of friendship as he gets to play Bucket, the bockety one!

Doktor Kaboom - STNJ, Episode 54

Check out our interview with Doktor Kaboom, "the coolest scientist to ever enter a room" about all of the fun electrically charged programs he's bringing to The State and how important safe science is!

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