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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.

sarah farzam, founder of bilingual birdies
STNJ Episode 341

In this interview with talk with Sarah Farzam, the Founder of Bilingual Birdies. Since 2007, this group of talented musicians have been successfully teaching Spanish, French, Mandarin, and English(ESL) through live music, movement, dance, puppetry, and theatre-based games. Now, the Bilingual Birdies make their way to New Brunswick on November 2 for two performances as part of the State Theatre's Milk & Cookies.

Julie pasqual
STNJ Episode 340

Storyteller Julie Pasqual returns to the State Theatre for the Milk & Cookies series on October 5, 2019. We chatted with Julie about how she selects the stories she shares, clowning around as an actual clown, and her travels around the world.

STNJ Episode 337

Navah Perlman is one of the most celebrated pianists of her generation. On this episode of All Access we chat with Navah (daughter of renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman) about her career, family, and meeting cellist Matt Haimovitz—to whom she performs with at The State on November 17—when they were just 11 year old kids in music school. 

George lopez
STNJ Episode 336

Comedian George Lopez returns to the State Theatre on September 21! In this episode of All Access, we chat with George about the staying power of his sitcom TV show (George Lopez), his movie career (including working with Christopher Walken), and hitting the road for his new comedy tour. 

Chubby Checker
STNJ Episode 334

Relive the classic music of the 1960s with the Rock and Roll Spectacular on Nov 2! Headlining this event is the legendary Chubby Checker, who chats with us about how he acquired his famous nickname from Bob Hope's wife and how "The Twist" has influenced music and dance over the decades.

Marty Tudor of BASE Hologram
STNJ Episode 333

Thanks to new technology ,rock and roll pioneers Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly perform on stage together for the first time as holograms as part of the Rock 'N' Roll Dream Tour on November 12! CEO of Base Hologram, Marty Tudor, joins us to discuss how he initially got into the business of blending music and science and how it's evolved over the years to what it is today!

James Francies of BLue Note Records
STNJ Episode 332

Pianist James Francies is “a force on the ground in New York...he’s a pianist with liquid dynamism in his touch" says the New York Times, and he is one of the performers with the Blue Note 80th Anniversary Tour on Nov 6. He chats with us about how he first became interested in music and how his synesthesia works with him when he's composing. 

Joel Hodgson
STNJ Episode 331

The hilarious Peabody Award-winning hit TV comedy is coming to New Brunswick on October 26 with an all-new Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour! Original host Joel Hodgson chats with us about how MST3K got started as the cheapest show they could possibly make and how the rehearsal process works.

James Carter of Blue Note Records
STNJ Episode 330

Celebrate Blue Note’s 80th Anniversary with an intimate concert event on November 6 featuring Kandace Springs (vocalist, keyboards), James Francies (piano), and James Carter (saxophone)! Carter joins us to chat about how he knew from the beginning that jazz and saxophone specifically were going to be his life and the turns he took along the way.

Brady Rymer
STNJ Episode 329

Family Day returns to The State this fall on September 22 from 10am-3pm! One of the performers who will be on the outdoor stage by the theater is Kiddie Rocker and State Theatre favorite Brady Rymer. We chat with him about the inspiration behind his songs and how it's pretty different performing for kids and adults.

Frank Reina of The Capris
STNJ Episode 328

The Capris are just one of the awesome Doo-Wop acts joining us on November 2 for the Rock and Roll Spectacular. Original member Frank Reina chats with us about what it was like getting started as a group and how they had a hit single basically by accident!

James LaBrie of Dream Theater
STNJ Episode 327

State Theatre presents Dream Theater live in concert as they kick off their American tour on October 11! Vocalist James LaBrie joins us to discuss what it's like putting together an album and how awesome it is to be touring Scenes From a Memory 20 years later!

Kandace Springs of Blue Notes Records
STNJ Episode 326

Celebrate Blue Note’s 80th Anniversary with an intimate concert event on November 6th. One of the artists, Kandace Springs, is a Nashville based singer, songwriter, and pianist. She joins us to chat about her upcoming album as well as what it was like performing with Prince!

Jay Siegel of Jay Siegel's Tokens
STNJ Episode 325

Jay Siegel's Tokens is one of the four amazing groups coming to The State as part of the Rock and Roll Spectacular on November 2! Jay Siegel returns to All Access and chats with us about the popularity of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" in the new Lion King movie and how it will hopefully garner a new fan base!

Justin Scribner - Associate Director for Once on This Island
STNJ Episode 324

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.

Tony Testa of The Duprees
STNJ Episode 323

Relive the 1960s in the Rock and Roll Spectacular on November 2 with four incredible acts including The Duprees! Tony Testa joins us again on All Access to discuss how he found his way to The Duprees and the work he put in to try to re-create the original sound of the group!

Magician Jason Bishop
STNJ Episode 322

From his spectacular Double Levitation to his phenomenal illusions, Jason Bishop, along with his lead assistant Kim Hess, presents an astonishing magic show for all ages on September 22. Jason Bishop himself joins us to discuss the range of illusions that he does in his shows and the time and effort that goes into putting together a new trick!

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.

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