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State Theatre Celebrates Women’s History Month and our Artistic Legacy

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.

Hiam Boraie, Madiha Boraie, Senior VP and Chief of External Affairs Anna Marie Gewirtz, Glenis Redmond, and Frankie Busch


Eileen Harkins, Trustee and Event Co-Host Wendy Wiebalk, and Theresa Ragozine

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.

Women's Luncheon

We invite our readers to enjoy a few press clippings from our archives, showcasing Aretha Franklin and an interview with Carol Burnett!  

Aretha Franklin   (  Click Here to Enlarge

Carol Burnett   (  Click Here to Enlarge

Photos by Nancy Swolensky

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