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Shining a Spotlight on Broadway

What’s a fiddler doing up on the roof? Why do we love plays about performances that go horribly wrong? And how can you make a successful Broadway musical out of a novel as complex and controversial as The Color Purple? The State Theatre’s Pre-Performance Insights delve into these questions and more, giving audiences a deeper appreciation of the shows on our Broadway Series.

For the Broadway Insights program, the State Theatre is teaming up with Christopher Cartmill, a member of the theater faculty at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. Christopher, an award-winning playwright, actor, and director, brings an encyclopedic knowledge of theatrical history and practice. Though he’s a professor, his presentations are far from academic—each is a lively multimedia exploration of the show that is as entertaining as it is informative. He may occasionally bring a special guest from the theater world to join the conversation. Some of his students also participate, bringing the perspective of a younger generation.

Insights give audiences new ways to look at theater in general and a richer understanding of the show they are about to see. Each program is tailored to the specific show and what makes it special—whether it’s unconventional source material (who would have thought you could make a musical about a talking sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea?), groundbreaking design, or a fascinating backstory. The talks are sure to make an evening at the State Theatre an even more enjoyable and memorable experience.

Insights are offered for the Saturday evening performances of each production. They take place at 7:15pm in the Studio space on the second floor of the theater. Attendance is free of charge for ticketholders to that night’s performance. No reservation or additional ticket is required.

By Lian Farrer

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