State Theatre Celebrates Women’s History Month and our Artistic Legacy
Posted on 03/21/2016
State Theatre New Jersey recently celebrated Women’s History Month with a special women’s tea luncheon on stage. We celebrated our rich artistic legacy by highlighting some of the esteemed female artists who’ve performed on our stage over the years—including Debbie Reynolds, Diana Ross, Joan Rivers, Lily Tomlin, Liza Minnelli, Mary Tyler Moore, Natalie Cole, Olivia Newton-John, and Whoopi Goldberg.
State Theatre Artist-in-Residence Glenis Redmond gave a dynamic reading of her poetry from her book Backbone—as well as an inspirational tribute to Maya Angelou, who had herself performed on the very same stage in 1998 and 2007. Our hosts, Trustee Wendy Wiebalk and Director of Major Gifts & Planned Giving Linda Van Derveer, recognized the valuable contribution our collective group of female attendees has on our shared community, through their dedication to the State Theatre, dozens of other charities, public service, and their extended families.
While enjoying the delectable luncheon from Teaberry’s Tea Room, attendees reminisced about their favorite memories of unforgettable divas they’ve seen at the State Theatre, including Gladys Knight, Barbara Walters, Darlene Love, Mary Travers (from Peter, Paul & Mary), and Diana Krall.
We invite our readers to enjoy a few press clippings from our archives, showcasing Aretha Franklin and an interview with Carol Burnett!
Photos by Nancy Swolensky