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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.

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. Check out the event page for all the details:

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.

Richard Delaney of The Mambo Kings
STNJ Episode 176

The Mambo Kings bring some serious heat as they celebrate sizzling music of Latin America and the United States on February 18 in Hot Latin Nights with the NJSO. Richard Delaney joins us to chat about how the group came to be created and how he enjoys arranging pop music in Latin style as well as composing his own. 

Kelly Blaze of Mr. Popper's Penguin
STNJ Episode 175

Painter and decorator by day, Mr. Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. Penguin puppeteer Kelly Blaze joins us to discuss how Mr. Popper's Penguins came to her as a job and what animal she would love to show up on her doorstep! Join us for Mr. Popper's Penguins on February 19 as part of State Theatre New Jersey's Family Day

James Taylor Odom of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
STNJ Episode 174

Getting away with murder can be so much fun…and there’s no better proof than the knock-‘em-dead hit show that’s earned unanimous raves and won the 2014 Tony Award® for Best Musical—A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder! James Taylor Odom - who plays all 8 members of The D'Ysquith Family - chats with us about what is takes to get into character for this variety of people as well as his quick changes, one as short as 14 seconds! Don't miss this outrageous show on April 6-7!

Megan Burns of Dublin Irish Dance
STNJ Episode 173

These accomplished Irish step-dancers and musicians take us on a journey, exploring the history of the Celtic cultural experience through song and dance. Megan Burns, the lead singer at the performance, joins us to discuss the historical and cultural tradition of Irish step dancing as well as the importance of the immigration story from centuries ago as well as today. Dublin Irish Dance will be at The State for one night only on St. Patrick's Day, March 17! 

Gerry Beckley of America
STNJ Episode 172

Founding members, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell met in London high school in the late 1960s and quickly harmonized their way to the top of the chartsas the band America on the strength of their signature song "A Horse With No Name." Gerry joined us to discuss what it's like still touring after almost 50 years as well as what it's like to have their music ingrained in popular culture.  Both of them will be at The State for one night only on February 23!

Frank Reina of The Capris
STNJ Episode 17

The Capris will be at The State on March 3 as part of the Golden Oldies Spectacular. We chat with Frank Reina of The Capris; one of the original members who has been with the group for 60 years! He discusses how he casually joined the group by singing with them in a church bathroom and how the story unfolded from there.

Frank Pizarro of the Golden Oldies Spectacular
STNJ Episode 170

Frank Pizarro, former lead singer of Herb Reed’s Platters, joins us to discuss the upcoming Golden Oldies Spectacular which will be at The State on March 3. Starting his performing career in the church with gospel music we chat with Frank about how he rose to perform with legends including Tony Bennett, become the lead singer of one of the most famous groups of it's era, and even singing at the 2010 World Series!

Tahira of Milk & Cookies
STNJ Episode 169

Clever spiders, signifying monkeys, and grinnin’ buzzards are just some of the intriguing characters you’ll meet in TAHIRA’s colorful folktales. Her high-energy, interactive program blends storytelling and music to delight audiences of all ages, and she will be at State Theatre New Jersey on April 21

Learn more about Milk & Cookies

Blake Price of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
STNJ Episode 168

Gentleman’s Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by—you guessed it—eliminating the eight pesky relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way. Blake Price, who is playing Monty Navarro, joins us to discuss his joy in getting to play a role he dreamed about as well as some of the differences between performing on stage versus in from of a character.  This award-winning musical will be at The State for 3 performances only April 6-7.

Matt Manuel of Motown: The Musical
STNJ Episode 167

Motown The Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul. Matt Manuel, who is playing Marvin Gaye, joins us to discuss what it's like portraying such an iconic historical figure as well as how it changed his approach in researching the role. See the story live for four performances only March 23-25!

Maestro Solyom of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
STNJ Episode 166

The Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra of Sweden is renowned for its distinctively clear, fluid, and expressive sound and they will be at The State on February 11. The 36-year-old conductor Maestro Stefan Solyom joins us to discuss how playing musical instruments and composition led to him becoming a conductor and his secret love of Run DMC. 

Dewey Burnell of America
STNJ Episode 165

The year 2017 marks the 47th anniversary of perennial classic-rock favorite and Grammy Award®-winning band, America, as well as a tour stop at State Theatre New Jersey on February 23! Dewey Burnell joins us to discuss how they keep things fresh after the decades and how the band has changed over the years.

Suzi Shelton, Milk & Cookies Artist
STNJ Episode 164

This award-winning songwriter and performer brings her catchy, danceable pop-rock songs that connect directly with kids—but will have adults rocking out, too! We chat with Suzi Shelton about her love of performing for kids as well as what it's like keeping up a youtube show every week! She will be at State Theatre New Jersey for 2 shows on March 3 as part of the Milk & Cookies series.

To listen to all of our previous episodes, visit our Soundcloud page!

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