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SEPTEMBER 2016 17 Sat
8pm Jim Breuer
2pm Peppa Pig Live! & 5pm Peppa Pig’s Big Splash!
22 Thu 7pm Sadhguru in New Jersey s Presented by Isha Foundation 23 Fri 8pm THALIA Latina Love Tour
24 Sat 10am Milk & Cookies—Free Storytelling &12pm Lovey Williams
8pm New Jersey Symphony Orchestra s u
25 Sun 2pm Rutgers 250: “Coming Home” Featuring Steve Forbes
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8pm An Evening with Gilberto Santa Rosa
6 Thu 8pm The Midtown Men 4 Stars From The Original Cast of Jersey Boys
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8 Sat 8pm The Price Is Right Live! Jerry Springer, Host No purchase necessary to register for a chance to be a contestant.
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13 Thu 8pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream American Repertory Ballet 15 Sat
8pm The Fab Faux
8pm Eric Johnson Solo
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Dear Friends, Welcome to State Theatre New Jersey! We are so happy that you are here with us. We have some exciting things happening this season that I would like to share with you. Here are just a few of this season’s highlights… •
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra (10/23/16) – Enjoy a program of Brahams, Chopin, and Weinberg with this internationally renowned orchestra featuring Conductor Jacek Kaspszyk and piano soloist Seong-Jin Cho.
Penn & Teller (10/27/16) – Experience a night of magic with this legendary comedic magic duo! For 40 years Penn & Teller have defied labels by redefining the genre of magic and inventing their own very distinct niche in comedy.
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage (11/411/6/16) – Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash kicks off our Broadway season! Based on the feature film, the musical features the hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?,” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.”
Celtic Woman (12/6-12/7/16) – Celebrate this holiday season with the celestial voices of multi-platinum Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman! Featuring music the ensemble’s second Christmas album, Home For Christmas, including “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Silent Night.”
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Cirque Éloize in SALOON: A Musical Acrobatic Adventure (1/11-1/12/17) Montreal’s Cirque Éloize tells a rollicking old western tale through comedy, dance, and astonishing acrobatics—ending in a breathtaking, gravity-defying duel that’s more thrilling than a galloping mustang!
This is just the beginning of what we have in store for you this year! Be among the first to find out about just added shows, join our email list at StateTheatreNJ.org/enews. Thank you for your support and enjoy the show! Sincerely,
Tom Carto President & CEO
DIRTY DANCING– THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE
SAT, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016 AT 8PM
This program is made possible in part through a grant by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
ABOUT THE ARTIST JIM BREUER With over 20 years of stand-up comedy experience, Jim Breuer remains one of today’s top entertainers and continues to win over audiences with his off-the-wall humor and lovable personality. Named one of Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest StandUps of All Time,” Breuer is one of the most recognizable comedians in the business, known for his charismatic stage antics, dead-on impressions, and family-friendly stand-up. In addition to keeping busy on his current comedy tour, Breuer can be heard on his weekly podcast The Metal In Me which is available for download on BlogTalkRadio and airs Thursdays 7pm8pm on Opie Radio Sirius/XM. Even as a young student at Valley Stream Central High School in Long Island, NY, Breuer knew he wanted to be a stand-up comedian. After spending several years working comedy clubs across the country, Breuer settled in as a regular on the New York comedy club circuit. After being in New York for only seven months, Breuer landed a gig on the nationally syndicated show, Uptown Comedy Club, where he spent two seasons. Later he appeared on ABC’s Home Improvement starring funny man Tim Allen, before making his big break which came in 1995 when he joined the cast of NBC’s legendary Saturday Night Live. During his four years on SNL, Breuer quickly became a fan-favorite for his original character “Goat Boy” and his dead-on impressions of actor Joe Pesci. In 2008, Breuer set out for his “Breuniversity Tour” with his 85-year-old father and a film crew. The footage that was captured blended together to create The Jim Breuer Road Journals, which showcased what life is like on the road with a come-
dian and his father. Videos from that tour also sparked the making of his documentary More Than Me, which was shown at the 2009 Montreal Film Festival. In July of 2009, Breuer’s one-hour Comedy Central special Let’s Clear the Air premiered with hilarious topics that included what “success” really is, his SNL days, and life with his elderly parents, his wife, and his three daughters. In 2011, Breuer embarked on a national tour with three of the country’s top comedians, Dave Attell, Bill Burr, and Jim Norton, for “The Anti-Social Network” tour. That same year, Breuer’s acclaimed autobiography, I’m Not High: (But I’ve Got a Lot of Crazy Stories about Life as a Goat Boy, a Dad, and a Spiritual Warrior), was released on paperback. In the memoir, Breuer sheds light on his early struggles, his rise to fame and the many lessons he’s learned along the way in an extremely funny, yet personal and touching way that fans have never seen before. In 2015, Breuer released his all new one hour comedy special on EPIX, Jim Breuer: Comic Frenzy. The latest special focuses on what Breuer’s life (and all of our lives) truly consists of: dealing with the elderly, becoming our parents’ caretakers, parenting teenagers, and what it takes to be a “marriage warrior.” Breuer recently released his debut Metal album Songs From The Garage on May 27 with his new band “Jim Breuer and The Loud & Rowdy” through Metal Blade Records. Throughout the years, Breuer has supported various charities through his comedy, including the Chris Farley Foundation, MusiCares, his local police and fire departments, and more. Breuer currently resides in New Jersey where he enjoys spending time with his family, playing pick-up games of baseball, softball, and whiffle ball and watching the NY Mets.
SUN, SEPTEMBER 18, 2016 AT 2PM & 5PM
ARTISTS Lib Campbell Candice Moll Evan Michael Pinsonnault Brenna Larson Amber Scott Jones Nina Rosenbaum-Herzog Cody Collier
Peppa Pig Daisy Daddy Pig, Mr. Bull, Danny Dog George Pig Mummy Pig, Pedro Pony Suzy Sheep, Miss Carrot Mr. Potato
This program is made possible in part through a grant by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS RICHARD LEWIS (Director) Richard Lewis trained as a drama teacher and taught drama for two years before co-founding Compass Theatre Company in 1981 for which he directed five shows. For Fiery Light he has written and directed: Fimbles Live!; Lazytown Live!; Lazytown and the Pirate Adventure; Peppa Pig’s Party; Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt; Peppa Pig’s Big Splash; Ben and Holly’s Little Kingsom; Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure all of which have toured nationally and the Peppa shows have broken box office records at the Criterion Theatre in the West End. Lewis is Managing Director of The Limelight Group.
JONATHAN SHANK (Producer) Jonathan Shank is a senior management executive and tour producer at Red Light Management. He currently manages Victoria Justice, Coco Jones, Megan & Liz, and Sam Tsui, as well as producing the Fresh Beat Band and Peppa Pig Live! concert tours. Shank’s clients boast a cumulative social media following of over 50 million fans and have more than 500 million total views. Since 2012, the tours he’s produced and managed have sold in excess of 1 million tickets, and grossed more than $40 million dollars at the box office. In addition to music, his clients all enjoy successful careers in film, TV, social media, and fashion. Prior to working at Red Light Management, Shank worked at Frontline Management and guided the careers of Paul Oakenfold, Eve, and Mickey Hart among others.
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THALIA LATINA LOVE TOUR
This program is made possible in part through a grant by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
ABOUT THE ARTIST THALIA Fresh off her debut at #1 on the Billboard U.S. LATIN Album Chart and iTunes Charts from Mexico to Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Peru, amongst others, and claiming top spots in countries such as Japan, Greece, Turkey, the multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter, author, entrepreneur, and actress; Thalia is bringing her Latina Love Tour to select U.S. cities in support of her 15th and latest album, LATINA, with live shows! Known as “the Queen of Latin Pop” with an incredible and versatile trajectory, filled with success, and followed by millions of loyal fans throughout her career, she is one of the most followed and influential Latin celebrities, and has over 17.9 million “Likes” or “friends” on Facebook, 8.4 million Twitter followers, and is rapidly building an Instagram audience with 4.7 million followers. Her first single—“Desde Esa Noche”
featuring Maluma—has risen to the top of radio and digital downloads in the U.S. and Latin America and exceeded 55 million views on VEVO, staying at #1 for more than two weeks. Thalia recently introduced her second single, “Vuélveme a Querer,” a ballad that will definitely be placed among the classics of her career. Born and raised in Mexico City, Thalia began performing at age seven. She has sold over 45 million records worldwide, and collaborated with such notable artists as Marc Anthony, Michael Bublé, Tony Bennett, and Robbie Williams. Early in her career, Thalia starred in a series of telenovelas broadcast in 180 countries, with a viewership of more than two billion people, earning her the nickname of “the Queen of Soap Operas”. She was recognized in 2013 with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has been named one of the top 25 most powerful Latinas by People en Español. Currently, Thalia has a clothing, shoes, and accessories line, The Thalia Sodi Collection, sold exclusively at American iconic retailer MACY’s.
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ACERCA DE LA ARTISTA THALÍA Tras su reciente debut en el puesto número 1 de la lista de álbumes latinos de Billboard en los Estados Unidos y en las listas de iTunes desde México hasta Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Costa Rica y Perú, entre otros, y ocupando los primeros puestos en países tales como Japón, Grecia, Turquía, la cantautora, empresaria y actriz, ¡Thalía llega con la gira Latina Love a ciudades selectas de los Estados Unidos para apoyar su 15o y más reciente álbum LATINA con conciertos en vivo! Conocida como “La reina del pop latino” con una trayectoria increíble y versátil, llena de éxito, y seguida por millones de fanáticos leales durante toda su carrera, es una de las celebridades latinas más seguidas e influyentes, y tiene más de 17,9 millones de “Me gusta” o “amigos” en Facebook, 8,4 millones de seguidores en Twitter y su público en Instagram alcanza los 4,7 millones de seguidores. Su primer sencillo, “Desde esa noche”, con Maluma, ha llegado al tope de las radi-
os y las descargas digitales en los Estados Unidos y en América Latina y superó los 55 millones de vistas en VEVO, permaneciendo en el puesto número 1 por más de dos semanas. Thalía recientemente presentó su Segundo sencillo, “Vuélveme a Querer”, una balada que definitivamente se ubicará entre los clásicos de su carrera. Nacida y criada en la ciudad de México, Thalía comenzó a actuar a los siete años. Vendió más de 45 millones de discos a nivel mundial, y colaboró con artistas destacados como Marc Anthony, Michael Bublé, Tony Bennett y Robbie Williams. Al comienzo de su carrera, Thalía protagonizó una serie de telenovelas que se transmitieron en 180 países, con una audiencia de más de dos mil millones de personas, lo que le valió el apodo de “La reina de las telenovelas”. En 2013, se la reconoció con una estrella en el Paseo de la Fama de Hollywood. La revista People en Español la nombró como una de las 25 latinas más influyentes. Actualmente, Thalía tiene una línea de ropa, calzado y accesorios: la colección Thalía Sodi, que se vende exclusivamente en la icónica cadena minorista estadounidense MACY’s.
CONGRATULATES RUTGERS UNIVERSITY ON 250 YEARS OF EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE AND SERVICE TO THIS COMMUNITY.
SPECIAL THANKS TO: President Robert L. Barchi Dean Lei Lei Rutgers Business School Deanâ€™s Board of Advisors Prudential Rutgers Athletics The RBS Rutgers 250 Honorary and Events Committees
SUN, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016 AT 2PM
RUTGERS 250: “COMING HOME” FEATURING STEVE FORBES CELEBRATING RUTGERS’ 250TH ANNIVERSARY HONORING OUR HEROES & HERITAGE
Co-Presented by Rutgers Business School and State Theatre New Jersey
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Rutgers Business School will commemorate the 250th anniversary of Rutgers University with several special events at State Theatre New Jersey.
In addition to a keynote speech by Steve Forbes, RBS will honor former Governor Tom Kean and other “heroes” for their service. There will be a special musical ensemble by the Rutgers Glee Club, one of the nation’s premier collegiate choirs. The production will culminate with an original tribute performance, “250 Revolutionary Years: From Then to Now” created by Marshall Jones, artistic director at Crossroads Theatre and an instructor at Mason Gross School of the Arts. “The coming home event promises to be inspiring, exciting and most of all, to be an unprecedented chance for our alumni to connect with one another and with important community leaders during a weekend that is certain to raise the stature of RBS.” —Rutgers Business School Dean Lei Lei
Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media. The company’s flagship publication, Forbes, is the nation’s leading business magazine, with a circulation of more than 900,000. Forbes combined with Forbes Asia, Forbes Europe, and the company’s licensee editions together reach a worldwide audience of more than 5 million readers. Forbes.com has become one of the world’s most influential websites, with more than 60 million unique visitors a month. Mr. Forbes writes editorials for Forbes under the heading of “Fact and Comment.” A widely respected economic prognosticator, he is the only writer to have won the highly prestigious Crystal Owl Award four times. The prize was formerly given by U.S. Steel Corporation to the financial journalist whose economic forecasts for the coming year proved most accurate.
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FOR ITS GENEROUS SUPPORT OF STATE THEATRE NEW JERSEY AND AN EVENING WITH GILBERTO SANTA ROSA.
THU, OCTOBER 1, 2016 AT 8PM
AN EVENING WITH GILBERTO SANTA ROSA
AN EVENING WITH GILBERTO SANTA ROSA
ABOUT THE ARTIST GILBERTO SANTA ROSA Gilberto Santa Rosa’s musical elegance and style has made him one of the most prominent figures in popular music. His countless accolades in the recording industry reaffirm his validity through the years, among them the 2002 ASCAP Latin Heritage Award, six Grammy ® Awards most recently, Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Necesito Un Bolero. His rewarding musical path and consistency as one of the most listened to recording artists on the radio having achieved 14 number one hits on Billboard’s Tropical Airplay chart, record sales history including a multitude of Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum album certifications, and the honor of being the artist with the most #1’s on Billboard’s Tropical albums chart (12 in total) make him one of the most successful Latin music vocalists in the world. On January 6, 1975 he had his national debut as a vocalist on a televised Christmas special. This marked the beginning of a wonderful musical career that lasted for more than three decades. His presence with La Grande orchestra for two years, as well as his participation with the groups Don Perigñon, Fantasía Boricua of Manolito Rodríguez, and the Puerto Rico All Star Tommy Olivencia, placed the young Puerto Rican on an important pedestal in the Salsa movement of the 70’s. Guided by his musical desires, he became part of the Willie Rosario orchestra in 1981. This movement placed him as one of the new voices of the Salsa movement in Puerto Rico as well as the international scene. The union to Willie Rosario added musical hits like “Lluvia” and “Botaron la pelota,” songs that have transcended through time. His path as a solo singer was established in the second half of 80’s; a period where he became known as the “Caballero de la Salsa”. Santa Rosa’s unique style as a tropical artist appeared in early albums Salsa en Movimiento, Keeping Cool, Good Vibrations
and De Amor y Salsa, for Combo Records. After 1990, Santa Rosa became part of multinational record label Sony Discos (currently Sony Music Latin), recording almost 20 albums including such hits as; Perspectiva (1991), A dos tiempos de un tiempo (1992), “En Vivo Desde Carnegie Hall” (1995), Esencia (1996), Expresión (1999), Intenso (2001), Sólo bolero (2003), Auténtico (2004), Directo al corazón (2006), Contraste (2007), all awarded by the American Recording Association “RIAA” for the success in sales. Also, Una Navidad con Gilberto (2008), Irrepetible (2010), and Gilberto Santa Rosa (2012). Santa Rosa was awarded the Lifetime Culture Achievement award in September 2012 in New York City. By the South-South News Organization, an agency ascribed to the United Nations. This important acknowledgment is given to individuals that have performed significant contributions for world development. In 2013, Gilberto debuted on Broadway, where he was an invited guest in the musical production revival of Forever Tango at the Walter Kerr Theater. His performance showed his great stage charisma and variety of talents captivating the American public while singing Tangos and Ballads. 2015 was a wonderful year for Gilberto. In March he received the first “Premio Estrella” awarded by the most important Festival in the salsa genre (Día Nacional de la Zalsa), presented in prestigious stages across Peru, Mexico, United States, and many other countries. Also in 2015 Gilberto launched in the U.S. and Puerto Rico his latest album Necesito un Bolero (I need a Ballad). The project, his first for Sony Mexico, is composed of 14 songs and among them four powerful duets with music legends: Marco Antonio Solis, Eugenia Leon, Natalia Lafourcade, and Lena. This album earned him his fifth Latin Grammy ® Award, and first in the Pop field for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
JUEVES, 1 DE OCTUBRE DEL 2016, A LAS 8:00PM
ACERCA DEL ARTISTA
movimiento, Keeping Cool, Good Vibrations y De amor y salsa, para Combo Records.
GILBERTO SANTA ROSA
Después de 1990, Santa Rosa comenzó a formar parte del sello discográfico multinacional Sony Discos (actualmente Sony Music Latin), grabando casi 20 álbumes, que incluyeron éxitos como Perspectiva (1991), A dos tiempos de un tiempo (1992), “En vivo desde Carnegie Hall” (1995), Esencia (1996), Expresión (1999), Intenso(2001), Solo bolero (2003), Auténtico (2004), Directo al corazón (2006), Contraste (2007), todos los que recibieron el premio de la Asociación Estadounidense de Grabación “RIAA” por el éxito en ventas. Además, Una Navidad con Gilberto (2008), Irrepetible (2010) y Gilberto Santa Rosa (2012).
La elegancia y el estilo musical de Gilberto Santa Rosa lo han convertido en una de las figuras más destacadas de la música popular. Sus innumerables premios en la industria de la música reafirman su validez a lo largo de los años, entre ellos, el Premio a la Herencia Latina de ASCAP en 2002, seis premios Grammy®, y el más reciente, Mejor álbum vocal pop tradicional por Necesito Un Bolero. Su gratificante trayectoria musical y consistencia como uno de los artistas discográficos más escuchados en la radio ha alcanzado 14 éxitos número uno en la lista de transmisión por radio tropical de Billboard, el historial de ventas de discos incluye una multitud de certificaciones de álbum de oro, platino y multiplatino, y el honor de ser el artista con más puestos número 1 en la lista de álbumes tropicales de Billboard (12 en total) lo convierten en uno de los vocalistas de música latina más exitosos del mundo. El 6 de enero de 1975, tuvo su debut nacional como vocalista en un especial de navidad televisado. Esto marcó el comienzo de una maravillosa carrera musical que duró por más de tres décadas. Su presencia en la orquesta La Grande durante dos años, así como su participación con los grupos Don Perignon, Fantasía Boricua de Manolito Rodríguez y Puerto Rico All Star Tommy Olivencia, ubicaron al joven puertorriqueño en un pedestal importante en el movimiento de salsa de la década de los 70. Guiado por sus deseos musicales, formó parte de la orquesta de Willie Rosario en 1981. Este movimiento lo ubicó como una de las nuevas voces del movimiento de salsa en Puerto Rico, así como en la escena internacional. La unión con Willie Rosario aportó éxitos musicales como “Lluvia” y “Botaron la pelota”, canciones que trascendieron en el tiempo. Su carrera como cantante solista comenzó en la segunda mitad de la década de los 80, un período en donde se lo conoció como el “Caballero de la Salsa”. El estilo único de Santa Rosa como artista tropical apareció en los primeros álbumes Salsa en
Santa Rosa recibió el premio Lifetime Culture Achievement en septiembre del 2012 en la Ciudad de Nueva York. De parte de la organización South-South News, una agencia adscrita a las Naciones Unidas. Este importante reconocimiento se entrega a personas que han realizado aportes importantes para el desarrollo mundial. En 2013, Gilberto debutó en Broadway, en donde fue un invitado en el reestreno de la producción musical de Forever Tango en el Teatro Walter Kerr. Su actuación demostró su gran carisma en el escenario y una variedad de talentos que cautivaron al público estadounidense con sus tangos y baladas. El año 2015 fue un año maravilloso para Gilberto. En marzo recibió su primer “Premio Estrella” otorgado por el festival más importante en el género de salsa, Día Nacional de la Salsa, se presentó en escenarios prestigiosos en Perú, México, Estados Unidos y muchos otros países. También en el año 2015, Gilberto lanzó su álbum más reciente en los Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico Necesito un Bolero. El proyecto, su primero para Sony México, está compuesto por 14 canciones y entre ellas hay cuatro impactantes duetos con leyendas de la música: Marco Antonio Solis, Eugenia León, Natalia Lafourcade y Lena. Este álbum le valió el quinto premio Grammy Latino® en la categoría Mejor álbum vocal pop tradicional.
STATE THEATRE OFFERS SINCERE THANKS TO
JAMES AND ELIZABETH HANCE FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT OF STATE THEATRE NEW JERSEY AND THE MIDTOWN MEN.
THU, OCTOBER 6, 2016 AT 8PM
THE MIDTOWN MEN 4 STARS FROM THE ORIGINAL CAST OF JERSEY BOYS
JAMES AND ELIZABETH HANCE
THE MIDTOWN MEN
ABOUT THE ARTIST THE MIDTOWN MEN As original cast members of Broadway’s Jersey Boys, they took the world by storm. From the development of Jersey Boys, through their historic three-season run on Broadway, The Midtown Men are together again, doing what they do best: “Sixties Hits With A Modern Twist.” Tony® Award-winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, and Tony® Award nominee J. Robert Spencer are taking their sensational sound on the road, bringing to life their favorite “Sixties Hits” from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Motown, The Four Seasons, and more. The Midtown Men are lifting audiences to their feet in venues across the continent, realizing the dream they brought to life as the iconic Four Seasons. The Midtown Men is the next chapter for these accomplished entertainers, making them the first vocal group ever formed by the principal cast of a high-profile Broadway show. Not only have they continued to win over audiences of all ages in nearly 2,000 live shows, their self-titled debut album, The Midtown Men: Sixties Hits was met with critical acclaim and garnered five-star album reviews across iTunes. The album was recorded in New York City and features the group performing such iconic 60s hits as, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Up On The Roof,” “Time Of The Season,” “Candy Girl,” and more. They also recorded their first radio single “All Alone On Christmas” with producer Steven Van Zandt and members of Springsteen’s E Street Band with appearances on Good Morning America, Katie, The Chew, and Access Hollywood Live. CHRISTIAN HOFF Christian Hoff is thrilled to reunite with The Midtown Men. He won a Tony® Award for his performance as Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys, as well as receiving Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations. He was named “The Master of Mimicry” by Entertainment
Weekly when his voicing of over 200 characters surpassed the audio book world record and was named Audio Book of The Year. His voice-over career was launched as the voice of Richie Rich in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series. Favorite stage roles include King Herod in the national revival tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, Governor Hugh Dorsey in the Los Angeles revival of Parade, the Original LA cast of Evita, George M. Cohan in George M!, Will Rogers in The Will Rogers Follies, Huck in Big River, and his Broadway debut in the Tony® Award-winning The Who’s Tommy. He recorded Grammy® winning cast albums for both Jersey Boys and The Who’s Tommy with famed Beatles producer George Martin. Christian has appeared on NBC’s Law & Order: SVU, ABC’s Ugly Betty, NBC’s Law and Order: Criminal Intent and ABC’s All My Children. Other credits: Encino Man, Star Trek IV, Honor Thy Mother, In Love and War, From The Dead of Night, Rockadoodle, 21 Jump Street, ER, JAG, Party of Five, Millennium, The Commish, Beverly Hills 90210, and celebrity guest appearances on The Tonight Show, The Today Show, Regis, The Late Show, Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, and Jeopardy. In the acclaimed festival film Bad Dog and Superhero, Hoff sings and performs the entire original film score. He has enjoyed solo performances in New York City’s Cutting Room, Joe’s Pub, Metropolitan Room, BB Kings, and the Town Hall, as well as two appearances at Carnegie Hall. Hoff is a proud husband and father of five. DANIEL REICHARD Daniel Reichard is honored to join musical forces once again with The Midtown Men. Reichard, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, is best known for his portrayal of chief songwriter and original Four Seasons member Bob Gaudio in the box-office smash Jersey Boys, a role he originated in the La Jolla Playhouse premiere and later on Broadway along with colleagues Christian Hoff and J. Robert Spencer. He followed the success of Jersey Boys with a critically acclaimed performance as Candide in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide at the
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New York City Opera. After graduating with a B.F.A. from the University of Michigan, he made his New York City debut with the original cast of Forbidden Broadway: 20th Anniversary Celebration. His signature style and talent paved the way to starring roles in New York City and across the country, including such shows as Radiant Baby at The Public Theater, The Thing About Men, and Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas at the Goodspeed Opera House. A gifted pianist and concert singer, Reichard has had sold-out engagements at New York City’s Joe’s Pub, Metropolitan Room, Ars Nova, and repeat appearances at 54 Below. Other concert appearances include Symphony Space, The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, BB Kings, Town Hall, Triad Theater, Firebird, and the Cutting Room, as well as guest appearances with the Arkansas and Grand Rapids Symphonies. He can be seen as Frankie in the 20th anniversary film version of the international hit musical-comedy Forever Plaid. J. ROBERT SPENCER J. Robert Spencer is excited to return to making music with The Midtown Men. A Tony® Award nominated actor, independent film director, producer, and writer, he originated the role of Nick Massi in the Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning Jersey Boys. He also originated the role of Dan Goodman in the Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway musical Next To Normal, for which he received nominations for both a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor, and a Tony® Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. He has voiced two animated features: Nightmare Campus and Grave of the Fireflies. His portrayal as a psychopathic killer named Bob in the independent feature film Night of the Dog earned him a Best Supporting Actor Nomination at the SMMASH Film Festival. Spencer’s independent film company 7 Spencer Productions, with which he produced, wrote, starred, and directed the comedy Farm Girl In New York. The film was featured on The Today Show with Ann Currey and Al Roker, and was the official selection of the Sacramento International
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Film Festival (Nominated for Best Comedy and Best Actress), as well as Big Apple, Atlanta, Buffalo Niagara, and Seattle True Independent Film Festivals, distributed by Maverick Entertainment. He recently produced and starred in his second independent feature titled Heterosexuals. With Wood Media Films, he executive produced an environmental documentary titled On Coal River, an official selection of Silverdocs, Camden, Hamptons, Chesapeake, and New Orleans Film Festivals. Through Sony Masterworks, he appeared with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops in PBS’s Handel’s Messiah Rocks, for which he was nominated for a Midwest Emmy® Award for Best On Camera Performance by a Leading Actor. Spencer is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Shenandoah University. MICHAEL LONGORIA Michael Longoria is proud to be joining his fellow Broadway colleagues as The Midtown Men. He is best known for his celebrated turn on Broadway as Frankie Valli in the Tony® Award-winning musical Jersey Boys. Hollywood born and Broadway bound, Longoria trained at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, then headed east to attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he earned himself a B.F.A. in drama. Longoria made his Broadway debut in the smash hit musical Hairspray (2003 Tony® Award for Best Mu-
sical), later creating the role of Joey in the original Broadway cast of Jersey Boys (2006 Tony® Award for Best Musical) before taking over the role of Frankie Valli and taking his career to new heights beginning with performing solo for hundreds of thousands of fans in Times Square for Broadway On Broadway. He went on to numerous performances on television, including Broadway Under The Stars: A Tribute To Harold Prince, The US Open, and the America’s Got Talent season nine finale with Susan Boyle and Shakira. His journey recently led him back to Atlantic City with feature performance in That’s Life! with Joe Piscopo at Caesar’s. Other theatrical credits include Peter Pan in Peter Pan & Wendy at the Prince Music Theater, Chino in West Side Story at the Walnut Street Theatre, Mark in A Chorus Line at Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center, and Chuck in Avenue X at the Abe Burrows Theater. In Europe, he performed the role of Paul in the German Tour of A Chorus Line, and Baby John in West Side Story at the famed Teatro alla Scala-Milan. As a singer-songwriter, Longoria has shared his one of a kind talent at such venues as New York City’s CB’s Gallery, Cutting Room, Joe’s Pub, The Knitting Factory, and Caroline’s on Broadway.
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The Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to “Come On Down” and play classic games from television’s longest running and most popular game show. Contestants can win cash, appliances, vacations, and possibly even a new car by playing favorites like Plinko™, Cliffhangers™, The Big Wheel™, and the fabulous Showcase.
Playing to near sold out audiences for more than 10 years, The Price Is Right Live™ has given away over 12 million dollars in cash and prizes to lucky audience members all across North America. The Price is Right™ is the longest running game show in television history and loved by generations of viewers. This on-stage travelling version gives fans the chance to experience the same fun and winning excitement up close and in-person. The Price Is Right is produced by FremantleMedia North America and licensed by FremantleMedia.
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The Price Is Right Live™ is pleased to welcome Jerry Springer as host of the hit interactive stage show which is currently touring the country. Throughout an illustrious career, Jerry Springer has become a cultural and civic icon. The Jerry Springer Show will celebrate its 25th Anniversary this year—a historic milestone in the history of television, as only eight other hosts share this honor. In addition to being one of the world’s most well-known talk show hosts, he has been the mayor of Cincinnati, a political pundit, lawyer, Emmy® Award-winning newscaster, game show host, country recording artist, international emcee, and TV personality. Springer has been in movies and on Broadway, he’s a progressive talk-radio broadcaster and he even won America’s hearts with his ballroom dancing in Dancing With The Stars. Springer penned the book Ringmaster in 1998, a personal account of his experiences along with remembrances from his childhood and professional career. Also in 1998, Springer made his first venture into feature films, starring in Ringmaster, a fictionalized movie chronicling his television talk show. In 1999, Springer teamed up with Mike Myers, where he portrayed himself in the hit movie Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Everyone knew Springer had “arrived” as a true cultural icon when he was the featured character in The Simpsons’ 1998 Halloween Special. He has also graced the cover of Rolling Stone, Esquire, TV Guide, and New York Magazine. Barbara Walters chose Springer as one of the 10 Most Fascinating People in her 1998 special. In 2009, Springer brought his comedic skills and theatrical style to London’s West End playing the role of Billy Flynn in the hit musical production of Chicago. Warwick Thompson of Bloomberg News, said, “There’s the sheer pleasure of watching a genial TV pundit in a fish-out-of-water situation and having a good time.” Springer reprised the role in the United States and, as a culmination, played Billy Flynn on Broadway—a life-changing event for Springer.
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AMERICAN REPERTORY BALLET’S
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Charles Metcalf, Interim Executive Director Douglas Martin, Artistic Director Pamela Levy, School Director Audrée Estey, Founder THE COMPANY Douglas Martin, Artistic Director Mary Barton, Ballet Master Kathleen Moore, Company Teacher Kirk Peterson, Company Teacher Shaye Firer Monica Giragosian David Greenberg Jacopo Jannelli Austap Klymko Michael Landez Aldeir Monteiro Karen Leslie Moscato Mattia Pallozzi Emily Parker (Trainee/Apprentice) Karl Picuira-de Pimodan (Apprentice) Erikka Reenstierna-Cates Lily Saito Mizuki Sato Giulia Settimo (Trainee/Apprentice) Nanako Yamamoto TRAINEES
Flavio Alteri, Eleanor Ambler, Greta Battistin, Dana Cox, Beatrice De Porcellinis, Paulina Espinoza Hernandez, Martina Fedrigo, Caileigh Gold, Jacopo Griffo, Anne Johnson, Tony Lee, Gabriella Linse, Julia Lloyd, Sarah Maler, Quincy Mendelson, Amanda Michel, Sudarsna Mukund, Angela Perrino, Louis Picuira-de Pimodan, Giorgia Pulimanti, Jordana Rosenberg, Regan Shaw, Jill Signer, Matanya Solomon, Sophia Thomas, Gabriella Vasta, Sabrina Visco, Sara Vllahu
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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Choreography: Douglas Martin Music: Felix Mendelssohn Act 1, Symphony No. 1 Act 2, A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture in E Major and Incidental Music Op. 61 Lighting Design: Burke Wilmore Scenic Design: Kevin Lee Allen Designs Costume Design: Michelle Ferranti Wing and Headpiece Design: Cathy Hazard Mask Design: Deborah Glassberg Props Design: Sara Mahoney Costume Construction: Gina Ricca and Janessa Cornell Urwin
SYNOPSIS ACT I From forest to city, fairies and humans eagerly encroach upon the city of Athens to celebrate the coming union of Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, to Theseus, Duke of Athens. On the eve of her wedding to Theseus, Hippolyta, accompanied by her handmaidens, contemplates the lost war to Athens and is visited by Oberon, a past love. Unexpectedly, Theseus arrives to discuss plans for the wedding and to reassure the Queen of her new position in the Athenian court. Egeus arrives at the Palace with Hermia, his disobedient daughter, and demands by the ancient laws of Athens that Theseus force Hermia to consent to marry Demetrius, the suitor of his choice. They are pursued by Lysander, a young man from Athens in love with Hermia; Helena, Hermia’s best friend who loves Demetrius; and Demetrius, who now loves Hermia although he was formerly in love with Helena. Theseus works to unravel the twisted plot and retreats with the gentlemen to discuss the matter further. Hermia confides to Helena that she and Lysander plan to elope. The gentlemen return and Theseus offers Hermia the choice of marriage to Demetrius, the convent, or death. Hermia departs in distress pursued by Egeus, as a band of amateur actors arrive in hopes of presenting a play for the entertainment at the wedding of the Duke and Hippolyta. Hippolyta, not accus-
tomed to the company of such lowly rustic working men, is loath to associate them with her wedding but this merry band of determined actors does their best to win her over. With a little help from Philostrate, Master of the Revels, she finds it hard to resist them. Theseus, although amused by her predicament, steps in to rescue Hippolyta from the troupes’ enthusiasm and he sends them on their way. Helena, in hopes that Demetrius will lose his desire for Hermia, betrays Hermia’s confidence only to find him all the more determined. ACT II As fireflies alight the night, fairies dance and await the coming nuptial, and Lysander and Hermia steal away to Lysander’s Aunt to elope once outside the laws of Athens. Helena, having betrayed Hermia’s secret to Demetrius in the hope of dissuading his love for Hermia, is now resolved to throwing herself at Demetrius’ feet. Demetrius is in desperate pursuit of Hermia. Titania, Queen of the Fairies, has a changeling, and refuses to give it to Oberon. Oberon, King of the Fairies, wants the changeling for his servant but must use the magic of the flower “love-in-idleness,” which when put into the eyes of a sleeping person, makes them fall in love with the first living thing they see upon waking. Oberon’s plan is to distract Titania in order to get the changeling and also to punish Titania for her disobedience. Encountering the Athenian lovers, Oberon orders Puck to put the potion into the eyes of Demetrius in order to aid in Helena’s love for him. Puck mistakes Lysander for Demetrius and upon waking, Lysander see Helena and falls instantly in love with her. Meanwhile, Oberon puts the drops in Titania’s eye while she sleeps. Puck comes upon the amateur acting group practicing for the play and changes the head of the boisterous Nick Bottom into that of an ass. Bottom’s singing wakens Titania and she is instantly heart struck and lavishes amorous attentions upon him. Oberon, having achieved his goal and witnessing the mess Puck has made of the lovers’ attentions, creates a fog to confuse them all and he then puts them to sleep. He removes the spell from Lysander but leaves it upon Demetrius.
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Awakened by the wedding party in the morning, Theseus, finding Demetrius in love with Helena, over rules Egeus and allows the couples to marry. Titania, in disbelief of the evening’s activities, gives the changeling over to Oberon. Oberon and Titania bless the union of Theseus and Hippolyta and the fairy forest falls into slumber.
THE PRODUCTION TEAM Production Manager: Lauren Parish Technical Director: Korrine Tabor Company Manager/Assistant Stage Manager: Rachel Jacquin Wardrobe Supervisor: Janessa Cornell Urwin Wardrobe Assistant: Allison Bonin
AMERICAN REPERTORY BALLET BOARD OF TRUSTEES Charles Metcalf, Chair DonnaJean Fredeen, Vice Chair Daphne Jones, Vice Chair Jo-Ann Munoz, Secretary Nancy MacMillan, Treasurer/Finance and Audit Chair Patrick E. Bradley, Chair Emeritus Elizabeth Boluch Wood, William L. Daley, MD, MPH, Peter Gerry, Stephen Loughran, Melissa Marschner, Marie Mascherin, Rachel Samoil
ABOUT THE ARTISTS DOUGLAS MARTIN (Artistic Director) started his ballet training with Dimitri Romanoff at the San Jose Ballet School and was one of six dancers selected by Mikhail Baryshnikov to study in the newly formed American Ballet Theatre School. He was invited to join the Joffrey Ballet in 1984 where, as a principal dancer, he performed roles in ballets by Ashton, Arpino, Cranko, Balanchine, Joffrey, Taylor, Pendleton, Kudelka, and many other great 20th century choreographers. Martin was featured in performances of Dance in America on PBS and was an original cast member of the historic recreation of Nijinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps. He was among the last dancers of the Joffrey Ballet to spend the majority of his career in the company working under founder Robert Joffrey. Martin joined the Cleveland
Ballet in 1991 and danced an array of principal roles including the Minister in Agnes de Mille’s Fall River Legend. In 1993, Martin was invited to join the American Repertory Ballet. As leading dancer and Ballet Master for ARB, Martin collaborated with directors in creating ballets, including productions as the original cast lead in Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, The Dream, and The Nutcracker. Martin continued to be a principal dancer in the company as well as Ballet Master for ARB and ARBW and Principal Faculty for the Summer Intensive until his retirement from performing in 2002. After retiring from ARB as a performer, Martin expanded his teaching, production, and choreographic work. Martin has been an integral part of the teaching staff at the Princeton Ballet School, Rutgers University, and Westminster Choir College, and has also served as the School’s Music Director and ARBW Ballet Master. He has staged full-length and repertory ballets for several companies, including Romeo and Juliet and Philip Jerry’s Our Town. Additionally, Martin has choreographed for several Princeton Ballet School productions, including Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, and Coppélia. In 2010, Martin became Artistic Director of American Repertory Ballet. Since then, he has premiered a new production of Nutcracker, choreographed several new works including Ephemeral Possessions, Rite of Spring, Firebird, and a full-length Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and has commissioned 27 company premieres, including 18 world premieres.
DANCERS SHAYE FIRER was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She received her early training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and attended various intensive programs such as The National Ballet of Canada, Alberta Ballet, Kaatsbaan International Dance Centre, Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, and Ellison Ballet. Firer joined the inaugural class of ARB/Princeton Ballet School’s Trainee program. As a Trainee, she performed company roles in Nutcracker, Our Town, and Glazunov Variations, as well as the lead role of Swanhilda in Princeton Ballet
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School’s production of Coppélia. She has received choreographic awards from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and was chosen as one of ﬁve choreographers in Houston Ballet Academy’s collaboration with the American Festival for the Arts. Since she joined ARB, she has performed as The Chosen One in Douglas Martin’s Rite of Spring, Titania in Martin’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featured roles in works by Patrick Corbin, Kirk Peterson, and Trinette Singleton. She has been with ARB since 2011. MONICA GIRAGOSIAN received her training at the Maryland Youth Ballet, the Washington School of Ballet, and the Kirov Academy of Ballet. She also attended summer programs at American Ballet Theatre in New York and the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center. In 2008, Giragosian placed in the Top Twelve Women at the Youth America Grand Prix regional competition, and in 2009, she was a New York City Finalist. Giragosian joined BalletMet Columbus as a trainee in 2009 where she performed in productions including Swan Lake, Gerard Charles’ The Nutcracker and Cinderella, and David Nixon’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With American Repertory Ballet, she has performed a number of principal roles in Nutcracker, including the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen, as well as Juliet in Douglas Martin’s Romeo and Juliet, Emily in Philip Jerry’s Our Town, and featured roles in works by Mary Barton and Kirk Peterson. She has been with ARB since 2011. DAVID GREENBERG is a native of Savannah, Georgia. He began dancing at the age of three and studied ballet under Shannon Kelly, owner and director of Kelly & Co. Studios. After graduating from high school, Greenberg joined the Columbia Classical Ballet under the direction of Radenko Pavlovich. His ballet repertoire includes leading and corps roles in Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, La Esmeralda, Giselle, La Bayadère, and Le Corsaire. He has also performed as a guest artist with Ballet Spartanburg, Charleston Ballet in West Virginia, and Hilton Head Dance Theatre. At the young age of 20, Greenberg concluded his third season with CCB and
graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with degrees in Marketing and Management and a minor in French. Greenberg currently lives in New York City where he most recently performed with New York Theatre Ballet. This is his first season with ARB. JACOPO JANNELLI trained with Fabula Saltis in Rome, with summer programs at The Royal Ballet School, and Princeton Ballet School. As an ARB Trainee, he performed lead roles in Princeton Ballet School productions: Toreador in Don Quixote and Siegfried in Swan Lake. Since he joined the company, Jannelli has danced the role of Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, The Ancient One in Rite of Spring, the Prince in Nutcracker, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and featured roles in ballets by Trinette Singleton and Kirk Peterson. He has been with ARB since 2014. AUSTAP KLYMKO was raised in Yonkers, NY, and moved to New York City at age 15 to begin classical ballet training at the Joffrey Ballet School. He studied in the school for two years and was invited to join the pre-professional touring company, the Joffrey Concert Group. With the group he has performed lead roles, nationally and internationally, in Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain, Viva Vivaldi, Kettentanz Suite Saint-Saëns, and the lead in George Balanchine’s Serenade. Klymko has also worked with choreographers including Dwight Rhoden, Africa Guzman, Davis Robertson, Stacy Caddell, Brian Mcsween, Shawn Hounsell, Larry Keigwin, and Julie Bour. This is his first season with ARB. MICHAEL LANDEZ, originally from San Antonio, TX, began his training with Buddy and Susan Trevino. He has spent numerous summers at the Joffrey Workshop in Texas, where he has had the pleasure of training with Trinette Singleton, Diane Orio, and Mauro Villanueva. After high school, he spent a year as a Trainee with American Repertory Ballet. As a Trainee, he performed with the company in Rite of Spring, Firebird, Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Shades of Time. That same year Landez performed as Basilio in Princeton Ballet
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School’s production of Don Quixote. This is his first season as an apprentice with American Repertory Ballet. ALDEIR MONTEIRO began his training at the Centro de Arte e Dança de Campo Grande in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, directed by Alice Arja. He continued his training at the Miami City Ballet School and joined the Miami City Ballet under the direction of Edward Villella, followed by Lourdes Lopez. He also danced with the Atlantic City Ballet directed by international ballerina Phyllis Papa. Monteiro performed in the original cast of Euphotic choreographed by Liam Scarlett for the Miami City Ballet, which premiered in 2013. His repertoire includes Les Partineurs, Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Paul Taylor’s Piazzolla Caldera, Alexei Ratmansky’s Symphonic Dances, Balanchine’s La Valse, John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, and others. He is excited to join the American Repertory Ballet for the 2016-17 season. KAREN LESLIE MOSCATO began classes at Princeton Ballet School after seeing ARB’s Nutcracker when she was four years old. She also attended summer programs at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center and Boston Ballet. Since joining ARB, Moscato has performed feature roles in works by Gerald Arpino, Mary Barton, Douglas Martin, Phillip Jerry, Kirk Peterson, and Twyla Tharp. In ARB’s Nutcracker, she has performed a number of principal roles including Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Dew Drop Fairy, Marzipan Woman, and Sugar Doll. She danced the role of Juliet in the world premiere of Douglas Martin’s Romeo and Juliet and the role of Titania in the world premiere of Martin’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has been with ARB since 2011. MATTIA PALLOZZI was born and raised in Italy where he received his early training at the School of Teatro Dell’Opera, and then at the Accademia Nazionale Di Danza. During this time, he performed as a soloist in Ugo dell’Ara’s Ballo Excelsior, Vaionone’s The Nutcracker, Ismael Ivo’s Ballo Sports, and in the closing ceremony of the 2009 World Swimming Championships choreographed by Wayne McGregor. In 2011
he joined ARB/Princeton Ballet School’s Trainee Program, where he has had the opportunity to perform alongside the company in works by Gerald Arpino, Mary Barton, and Patrick Corbin. He performed the lead role of Basilio in Princeton Ballet School’s production of Don Quixote before joining ARB in 2012 as an Apprentice-Trainee. In 2013, he was promoted to a full company member. He danced the role of Romeo in the world premiere of Douglas Martin’s Romeo and Juliet and the role of The Faun in ARB’s company premiere of Kirk Peterson’s Afternoon of a Faun. EMILY PARKER, from Forbes, New South Wales, Australia, started dancing at Lia’s School of Dance at age five. At age 12 she moved to Sydney to attend The McDonald College Performing Arts School training under Josephine Jason and Jane Kesby, completing all RAD levels with distinctions. She performed in a youth ballet company from ages 13-18 with her most prestigious roles being the Sugar Plum Fairy and Black Swan. Parker attended many summer programs, including Sydney Dance Company and Boston Ballet, and performed as a guest artist with The Australian Ballet. Parker joined the ARB trainee program (she won the Audrée Estey scholarship after her first year as an ARB trainee) appearing as the White Swan with ARB Workshop in the spring, 2016. She performed alongside the company in their productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rite of Spring, and Romeo and Juliet. KARL PICUIRA- DE PIMODAN is from Paris, France, and spent much of his youth there. His training, however, has mostly been in the United States. His first stint was at Ellison Ballet NYC where he was trained in the Vaganova method. He then moved on to the Manhattan Youth Ballet where he trained with teachers from the New York City Ballet, the Royal Ballet, and the Kirov ballet. During his training he performed lead roles in Balanchine ballets such as Serenade and Who Cares, as well as many classical and new works. Pimodan then joined the Washington Ballet under Septime Webre where he danced alongside the company in the Nutcracker, ALICE, and the world premiere of Sleepy Hollow. He has
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been featured in the anniversary edition of the French magazine Danse with his brother, Louis. He is also a cellist and is studying to become a pilot. ERIKKA REENSTIERNA- CATES, a California native, received her training under Leslie Ann Larson and Rene Daveluy. She started dancing professionally with Central West Ballet in 2009, and in 2015 joined Oklahoma City Ballet. Reenstierna-Cates will also be dancing with Ballet Ireland in the fall and winter of 2016. She has been featured in a variety of roles including: Indian Maiden in Paul Vasterling’s Peter Pan; Harem Dancer in Dennis Spaight’s Scheherazade; Soloist Spanish Chocolate in Robert Mills’ The Nutcracker; both a soloist and principal in George Balanchine’s Who Cares?, Valse Fantaisie and Serenade; a soloist in Ronn Guidi’s Trois Gymnopedies; Myrtha in Giselle; performed as a soloist in Val Caniparoli’s Songs and Violin; the Sugarplum Fairy, Snow Queen, Flower Queen, and Arabian Coffee in Rene Daveluy’s The Nutcracker; Pas de Trois in Swan Lake; the Fairy Godmother in Daveluy’s Cinderella; the Enchanted Garden Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty; and highlighted in Daveluy’s Romeo and Juliet and Peter Pan. Reenstierna-Cates has also performed in many original ballets she created, and worked closely with both renowned and emerging contemporary choreographers. Additionally, she is also an upand-coming choreographer, having created pieces for bills alongside names such as Balanchine and Caniparoli. LILY SAITO was born and raised in New York City. She studied at School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, on scholarship at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Ballet School, the official school of American Ballet Theatre, at Ellison Ballet School, and, most recently, on full scholarship as a trainee at The Washington Ballet. She performed many children’s roles in New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre productions. In 2013, Saito was named Young Arts Honorable Mention Award Winner in DANCE/Ballet, and in 2014, she was named a finalist and attended the YoungArts finalist week in Florida. In 2015, she
was chosen as a semifinalist of Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of 10 high school seniors from New York State who have earned this recognition. As a Washington Ballet trainee for the 2014-2015 season, Saito performed with the Washington Ballet in Septime Webre’s world premiere of Sleepy Hollow, Alice in Wonderland, Kirk Peterson’s Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and the New Movement. This is her first season with American Repertory Ballet. MIZUKI SATO was born in Tokyo, Japan, and began training at Misako Komiya ballet studio in Tokyo before moving to the School of Alberta Ballet under Murray Kilgor and Nancy Kilgor. While dancing in Japan, she performed as a child actor in La Bayadere with the Bolshoi Ballet, the roles of Clara and Arabian in Nutcracker, the second variation from Lombardi Variations, and as a soloist role in Kirk Peterson’s La Source. She also spent a summer training at Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Sato has been an ARB Trainee since 2013. She danced with the ARB in Firebird, Our Town, and Romeo and Juliet, and as Marzipan, Snow, and Flowers in Nutcracker. GUILIA SETTIMO was born in Foggia, Italy. From 2001-2012 she studied ballet, contemporary, and modern dance at Danzàrea (a private school in Foggia). She received several scholarships following workshops, competitions (such as Up to You held by the director of the Opéra National de Paris Claude Bessy) and auditions (the Tanzcompagnie of Giessen in Germany). In 2012 she joined the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome. A year later, in March 2013, Settimo auditioned in Rome for American Repertory Ballet and was accepted into the Trainee Program. She’s danced in several of the school’s and company’s performances, including Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Firebird, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Rite of Spring. NANAKO YAMAMOTO was born and raised in Japan, where she began her training at the Geijutsuza Ballet Studio Jardin des Arts, performing such roles as Clara in The Nutcracker, Rose Adagio in The Sleeping Beauty, and the title role in Cinderella. In 2005, she was selected to attend the pres-
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tigious Royal Ballet Summer School, then auditioned for and was accepted to the Elmhurst School for Dance in Association with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. While a student, she performed in the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s National Tour of Firebird, Fokine’s Petrushka, Petipa’s Raymonda, and David Bintlye’s Beauty and the Beast. She performed for his Royal Highness Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall and for the grand re-opening of Birmingham’s town hall. Since graduating in 2009, Yamamoto has performed with New Tampa Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Tampa, Ballet Fleming, in Giselle with Boca Ballet Theatre alongside Julie Kent and Marcelo Gomes, and as soloist in La Bayadere with Gillian Murphy and José Manuel Carreño. Since joining ARB, she has danced featured roles in Nutcracker, including Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy, and in Gerald Arpino’s Confetti, and May Barton’s Fantasy Baroque. She has been with ARB since 2013.
ABOUT AMERICAN REPERTORY BALLET American Repertory Ballet’s (ARB) mission is to bring the joy, beauty, artistry, and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and nationwide audiences, and to dance students through artistic and educational programs. The organization comprises: the preeminent professional classical and contemporary ballet company in the state; Princeton Ballet School, one of the largest and most respected non-profit dance schools in the nation; and ARB’s Access & Enrichment initiatives, including the acclaimed DANCE POWER program, the longest continuously running community and arts partnership in New Jersey. American Repertory Ballet is committed to presenting classical and contemporary ballets from the 19th and 20th century alongside new and existing works by choreographers from today. Founded in 1963, the company is under the leadership of Artistic Director Douglas Martin, former principal dancer at the Joffrey Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, and American Repertory Ballet. ARB’s rich history of repertory includes works
by leading choreographers including Balanchine, Forsythe, Limón, Parsons, Peterson, and many others. ARB has been consistently designated a “Major Arts Institution” by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for the past two decades, and has repeatedly been awarded a Citation of Excellence by the Council. ARB was voted the Jersey Arts People’s Choice for “Favorite Dance Company” in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2016. Princeton Ballet School has gained a national reputation for its excellent dance training since its founding in 1954 by Audrée Estey. It currently serves approximately 1,200 students, starting at age three, and includes a large open enrollment division for adults. The school has studios in Cranbury, New Brunswick, and Princeton and offers classes in ballet, modern dance, jazz, hip-hop, CardioBallet, and CoMBo (Conditioning for the Mind and Body). Students have gone on to dance in professional ballet and contemporary dance companies around the globe, including New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Miami City Ballet, Complexions, Mark Morris Dance Company, Twyla Tharp, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, and on Broadway. The Access & Enrichment wing of American Repertory Ballet reaches out to the community not only through its DANCE POWER program and signature On Pointe series, but also with free programming, master classes, residencies, lecture demonstrations and School-Time Matinees. In 1985, American Repertory Ballet partnered with the New Brunswick Board of Education to create DANCE POWER. Today, it’s the longest-running uninterrupted arts/community partnership in New Jersey. The legendary Gregory Hines was DANCE POWER’s Honorary Chair for 18 years before his untimely passing in 2003. In 2001, Mr. Hines endowed a scholarship at Rutgers University that earmarks annual funds for a DANCE POWER student to attend the university.
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THE FAB FAUX
SET ONE: THE BOOK OF LENNON SET TWO: THE BOOK OF MCCARTNEY
DOUG AND DIANE GARBACK This program is made possible in part through a grant by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
THE FAB FAUX
ABOUT THE ARTIST THE FAB FAUX With a commitment to the accurate reproduction of The Beatles’ repertoire, The Fab Faux treat the seminal music with unwavering respect, and are known for their painstaking recreations of the songs (with emphasis on the later works never performed live by the Beatles). Far beyond a cover band, they play the music of The Beatles so impeccably that one must experience it to believe it. Imagine hearing complex material like “Strawberry Fields Forever” or “I Am the Walrus” performed in complete part-perfect renditions; or such harmony-driven songs as “Because,” “Nowhere Man,” and “Paperback Writer,” reproduced not only note-for-note, but with extra vocalists to achieve a double-tracked effect. The musical virtuosity of The Fab Faux—in actuality, five of the hardest working musicians in NYC—completely up-ends the concept of a Beatles tribute band. Far beyond being extended sets of cover versions, their astounding shows are an inspired re-discovery of the Beatles’ musical magic, as The Fab Faux tackles the group’s most demanding material live onstage in a way that has to be experienced to be believed. Calling them, “the greatest Beatles cover band—without the wigs,” Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke wrote, “the Faux invigorate the artistry of even the Beatles’ most intricate studio masterpieces with top chops and Beatlemaniac glee...” Approaching the songs with the intent of playing them live as accurately in musical reading and in spirit as possible, The Faux’s breathtaking performances tend to dispel all concertgoers’ previous notions of a Beatles tribute act. The Fab Faux are a labor of love that was born in 1998 when Will Lee (who’s played
with all four Beatles), bassist for Paul Shaffer’s CBS Orchestra on The Late Show With David Letterman, decided that he was determined to organize the greatest Beatles band without any props (sans period wardrobe, fake accents, wigs) and focus on the intricacies and soul of the music. Rounding out the line-up are Jimmy Vivino, Music Director/Guitarist for Conan and longtime music partner of Levon Helm, John Sebastian, Laura Nyro, lead-singing drummer/ producer Rich Pagano (Rosanne Cash, Roger Waters, etc.), guitarist Frank Agnello (Marshall Crenshaw, Phoebe Snow, etc.) and multi-instrumentalist Jack Petruzzelli (Joan Osborne [producer, Love And Hate], Patti Smith, etc.). All five principals contribute vocals, making the Faux’s soaring harmonies as resonant as their multi-instrumental chops, which are further enhanced on select shows by the four-piece Hogshead Horns (with Blues Brothers, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and SNL band alums) and The Creme Tangerine Strings. The Faux’s high energy shows have generated serious buzz not only at top NYC venues including sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall and The Beacon Theater in New York City—with Beatles fans, movie stars and world class musicians in attendance—but at major dates in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Park City, Utah (Sundance), Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, and Toronto, among other locales. They’ve headlined five of Liverpool’s annual Beatle Festivals, playing before 35,000 Beatle fanatics—while in England, they had the rare honor of recording an original song at Abbey Road Studios—and also delighted the masses performing live on The Howard Stern Show and The Mark and Brian Show. Benefit and corporate dates have included events for JVC, the N.B.A. and the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Research Foundation. TV appearances include The Late Show with David Letterman and Conan.
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ERIC JOHNSON SOLO AN EVENING OF ACOUSTIC GUITAR AND PIANO
ABOUT THE ARTIST ERIC JOHNSON Thirty years after his breakthrough solo release Tones brought him national recognition, Texas guitar legend Eric Johnson is releasing his first all-acoustic album. Showcasing nine original compositions and four covers, EJ is easily Johnson’s most intimate album to date. “Ever since I was young, I’ve played piano and acoustic guitar in my private life,” Johnson says. “This type of music has always been a part of me, but I never showcased it on any kind of bigger level, like a full acoustic record. With EJ, I just decided to be more honest with myself and everybody, and show more of my personal side.” EJ brings listeners as close as possible to hearing Johnson in his own living room, performing songs on piano and steel-string and nylon-string acoustic guitars.
Johnson, long known for his painstaking approach to making records, used a much more immediate approach for the self-produced EJ. “Almost all of that material was cut live,” Johnson explains. “Some of the songs I actually sang and played at the same time—just live in the studio. Recording this way gave it more of an honest realism and organic emotion. Especially on the acoustic, you just have to get in there and play.” On the original compositions “Wonder,” “Fatherly Downs,” and “All Things You Are,” Johnson frames his voice with his prized 1980 Martin D-45, a gift from his late father. He plays the steel-string on his superlative instrumentals “Once Upon a Time in Texas,” “All Things You Are,” and “Song for Irene.” He conjures the beautiful, pensive tones of “Serinidad,” another original instrumental, on a Ramirez nylon-string guitar. A spirited steel-string arrangement of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” rounds out the solo guitar tracks. Johnson recasts another Simon and Garfunkel favorite, “Scarborough Fair,” for voice and piano, and plays piano on the originals “Water Under the Bridge,” “November,” and “Wrapped in a Cloud,” an ensemble track with acoustic bass, cello, drums, and percussion. In a move that’s sure to surprise his fans, Johnson rearranged Jimi Hendrix’ “One Rainy Wish” for guitar and piano, capping the performance with a jazz-inflected piano solo. Rounding out the record is Johnson and guest guitarist Doyle Dykes’ superlative cover of Les Paul and Mary Ford’s 1951 classic, “The World Is Waiting for the Sunshine.”
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Throughout his career, Johnson has approached music as a healing force, a way to enhance a listener’s consciousness and conjure joy and inspiration. “That’s what I’ve always appreciated most about other artists,” he says. “Some artists inspire us to wake up and get back to the clarity of consciousness. With this record, I’m trying to do that too, because I appreciate it so much in other people.”
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SHERARD AND NAOMI MURPHY This program is made possible in part through a grant by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
ABOUT THE ARTIST BRIAN MCKNIGHT An artist who needs no introduction, Brian McKnight has earned himself a spot in contemporary music history. He has released 16 albums to date, with several going platinum two and three times, and he has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. In addition to being a singer, songwriter, and producer, McKnight is also a talented and charismatic personality who has hosted “Soul Session Countdown with Brian McKnight” on BETJ. In addition, “The Brian McKnight Morning Show” on KTWV the Wave Smooth Jazz radio station, was a Top 5 rated show 2 years running. In 2009 Brian started hosting his own radio show “The Brian McKnight Show” which ran in over 60 markets and was syndicated through ABC Radio. Brian also hosted his own nationally syndicated TV show The Brian McKnight
Show which was syndicated in over 200 markets. Journalists who have interviewed McKnight over the years are usually caught off guard by his humor as well as his deep understanding of the entertainment industry as both a professional and a fan. McKnight has also used his vast industry knowledge as a red carpet host for Extra!. In 2007, McKnight stepped into Broadway with a successful run as Billy Flynn in Chicago. He was also a contestant on the Donald Trump hit show Celebrity Apprentice and is toured nationwide in 2009 in the play Cheaper to Keep Her with Vivica A. Fox. Born in Buffalo, New York, McKnight’s musical career began in childhood when he became a member of his church NY choir and a bandleader for his high school, Sweet Home High School. By the age of 19, he signed his first recording deal with Mercury Records. In 1992, his self-titled album Brian McKnight was released followed by I Remember You (1995) and Anytime (1997). Anytime sold over two million copies and was nominated for a Grammy®. In 199 McKnight released “Back at One” on Motown Records, which sold over three million copies. During his career, McKnight has worked with Quincy Jones, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Diddy, Christina Aguilera, Rascal Flatts, Nelly, Vanessa Williams, Willie Nelson, and Kenny G. Along with 16 Grammy® nominations, Brian McKnight has been the recipient of American Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, NAACP Image and Blockbuster Awards, and Billboard Songwriter of The Year. He has successfully navigated the boundaries of EVERY entertainment medium in an industry that is known for its revolving door of artists.
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THE HAVANA CUBA ALL-STARS PERFORM “CUBAN NIGHTS” Michel Padron—Trumpet 1, Band Leader. Vicente Arencibia—Congas, Lead Vocal Adolfo (Fito) Florian—Tres,Steel Guitar,Vocals Eney Aranda—Congas,Bongos,Vocals Yoan Sanchez—Timbal,Drums,Bongos Eikel Venegas—Trombone,Trumpet 2 Ricardo(Piqui) Fernández—Lead Vocal,Percussion Jesus Cutiño—Bass, Lead vocal Yuniel Rascón—Spanish Guitar,Chorus Daniel Carnago—Tres,Bass,Chorus Raúl Bermúdez—Violín 1 Jorge L. Quevedo—Violín 2
KEN AND JENNY OSTERMAN This program is made possible in part through a grant by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
THE HAVANA CUBA ALL-STARS
PROGRAM FIRST SET: CORAZON Classic sounding Son written by Adan Pedroso. From the album Cuban Soul. VENGAN TODOS A BAILAR EL SON Contemporary Son with the unique Asere sound. From the album Destinos. CACHA CHA CHA CHA The popular Chachacha rhythm that inspired the world. From the album Cuban Soul. EL CANTANTE Mythical Sonero track popular across Latin America. From the album Junio Groove. CHANGUI PA MI GENTE Son rhythm born from French-Haitian roots. From the album Destinos. PSICOLOGIA Contemporary Son with the distinct Asere flavour. From the album Junio Groove. A FAVOR DEL VIENTO Mento-son from the Jamaican-Cuban connection. From the album Destinos. —INTERMISSION—
ABOUT THE ARTISTS THE HAVANA CUBA ALL-STARS Drawing their inspiration from traditional Cuban Son, Cuba’s greatest musicians have created and maintained the songs and music of the rich culture of the Cuban people in their program, “Cuban Nights.” Staying true to an acoustic base, they have developed a fresh sound with inventive songwriting, and have preserved the traditions of the Cuban musical art form. The Cuban Nights program is representative of the extraordinary musical legacy of this wonderful country.
SECOND SET: DECIR ASERE Guaguanco rhythm at the heart of the Cuban music tradition. From the album Cuban Soul. TUMBAO SANGREAO Contemporary Son piece with a narrative on Cuba today. From the album Junio Groove. PALO SANTO Classic son-montuno sound written by the great Sonero Henry Fiol. LA FLOR Y LA HOJA SECA A beautiful ballad in the Nueva Trova style celebrating the path of the troubador in the Son tradition. LUZ QUE NO ALUMBRA Classic Son written over 100 years ago by the great Cuban composer Miguel Matamoros. HABANERA Son-rumba piece dedicated to the women of Havana. Explosive finale! Encore: DESCARGA ASERE This encore celebrates the admired Cuban musical tradition of the Descarga (heartfelt improvisation around a set structure).
The Havana Cuba All-Stars is a band comprised of Cuba’s greatest and most prominent musicians, and is devoted to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music. The origin of the Havana Cuba All-Stars began when it was created to exemplify the great musical traditions of the Cuban people. This is the debut tour of Cuba’s greatest musicians in the United States and Canada.
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John and Jeanne Fitzgerald Friend of the State Theatre Douglas and Diane Garback Bill Herman Estate of Klaus Peter Kuchel Richard and Larisa Leist Mr. Andrew J. Markey
Ken and Jenny Osterman Laura Rothkopf Claire and Irving Sinai Linda Van Derveer May Van Norman Warren and Wendy Zimmerman
ENDOWMENTS Endowment guarantees financial stability by providing reliable income, year after year, to support State Theatre New Jersey’s programs, and is thus the perfect charitable investment opportunity for the donor who wishes to ensure permanence and excellence. Following are our endowed funds of $50,000 or more: Regina and John Heldrich Symphony Endowed Fund Betty Wold Johnson Endowed Fund J. Seward Johnson, Sr. 1963 Charitable Trust Endowed Fund
Robert Wood Johnson 1962 Charitable Trust Endowed Fund David Lloyd Kreeger Endowed Fund George F. Smith Charitable Trust Endowed Fund
Barbara B. Voorhees Symphony Endowed Fund Donna and Jack Walcott Symphony Endowed Fund
THE RICHARD B. SELLARS FUND FOR ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE Established in honor and memory of Richard B. Sellars (1915-2010), leader of the campaign to preserve State Theatre New Jersey for future generations, the Sellars Fund provides vitally needed funds for original productions and performance enhancements to increase the artistry and excellence on the State Theatre stage. Ms. Betty Wold Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Markey Professor August J. Molnar
The R. B. Sellars Foundation, in memory of Richard B. Sellars Senator Bob Smith and Ellen Smith
William and Lora Tremayne Adelaide M. Zagoren Warren and Wendy Zimmerman
GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL The State Theatre New Jersey Governor’s Council includes former members of our Board of Trustees who remain active in the life of The State. We appreciate their support and continued dedication to our mission. Ann Asbaty Madiha Boraie
Sharon Cyktor C. Judson Hamlin
Elizabeth Hance Joseph Light
Nancy MacMilliam Richard McCormick
Robin Suydam Peter Tarricone
MAJOR CAPITAL GIFTS State Theatre New Jersey is deeply grateful to the following donors who have made major capital gifts to the theater for production and technology equipment, instruments, cash reserves, and building renovations. These gifts of $25,000 and above assist in fulfilling our mission and attaining higher levels of excellence in serving our patrons. Madiha & Omar Boraie and Boraie Development Company/ Boraie Donor Lounge Family of Ben & Marie Bucca/ Green Room Dave & Carolyn Horn/Renovation of the Theatre & HD Equipment The Hyde and Watson Foundation/ HD Equipment and Sound System
J. Seward Johnson Trusts/Technology, HD Equipment, and Sound System The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation/Technology, Equipment, and Sound System Margrit McCrane & McCrane Foundation/Concert Grand Piano and Piano Restoration
Middlesex County/Renovation of the Theatre New Jersey Cultural Trust/ Cash Reserve Fund RTS Unified Communications & Stewart Filmscreen Corporation/ HD Equipment
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GENERAL INFORMATION TICKET OFFICE: 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 Telephone: 732-246-SHOW (7469) Fax: 732-745-5653 Ticket Office Hours: Mon-Fri: 10am-6pm; Sat: 1pm-5pm; Sun: Closed unless there is a performance. On weekends, the State Theatre New Jersey Ticket Office is open at least 3 hours prior to any performance we ticket. For all performances we ticket, the Ticket Office is open at least one half hour past curtain and open through first intermission, when applicable. ORDER ONLINE 24/7: StateTheatreNJ.org FIRE NOTICE: The red exit sign nearest to your seat indicates the shortest routes to the street. In the event of fire or other emergency, please do not run—walk to that exit. STATE THEATRE RENTAL: Information regarding the rental of the State Theatre can be obtained by contacting Dave Hartkern, Director of Operations, at 732-247-7200, ext. 518. LOST AND FOUND: If you discover that you have lost something during the performance, please contact the Director of Event Services in the lobby or call the theater at 732-247-7200, ext. 521.
THEATER POLICIES: Guests who arrive after a performance has begun will be seated at the discretion of the Theater Manager during an appropriate break in the performance. Please note this may not be until intermission, so guests should always plan to arrive early. Guests who must leave the theater during a performance are encouraged to do so during a break in the performance, and are subject to being held in the lobby until another suitable performance break. Please be sure to have your ticket on you at all times. If you do not have a ticket to show you will be asked to leave. Food and drink are allowed in the theater for select performances, check with an usher before entering the theater. Outside food and drinks are strictly prohibited from entering the theater. Smoking is strictly prohibited in all areas of the theater. CELL PHONES/CAMERAS: Please note that ipads, go pros, selfie sticks, tripods, monopods, cameras with detachable lens and recording devices are not permitted in the theater at any time. Guests who do not adhere are subject to ejection without a refund.
STATE THEATRE ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES Only the orchestra level is wheelchair accessible. Patrons can make arrangements for accessible seating through the Ticket Office when purchasing tickets. The theater is equipped with an assistive listening system that improves sound clarity and ampli fication. The lightweight, wireless headsets may be borrowed free of charge at either coat check or the gift shop.
Large-print programs are available free of charge for most perform ances. Ask for your copy at the lower-lobby bar. Deaf and hearing-impaired patrons may contact the State Theatre through the NJ Relay Service at (TTY) 800-852-7899. If you know someone who loves the arts and would benefit from these services, please share this information.
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BOARD OF TRUSTEES Douglas M. Garback, Sr. CHAIR
Scott Fergang VICE CHAIR
John S. Fitzgerald TREASURER
Peter Stavrianidis SECRETARY
Brian D. Agnew Henry D. Bignell Sam Boraie Stephan DeMicco Matthew Drucker C. Judson Hamlin Jacqueline Hancock-Pena Timothy W. Harbison Bill Herman Richard J. Leist Richard T. McDonald Edward Moragas Patrick Morris Sherard Murphy Susan Podlogar Matthew Taylor Wendy Wiebalk, Esq. Warren R. Zimmerman EMERITUS MEMBERS
Joan Schwartzman Paul Smilow, MD EX OFFICIO MEMBERS
The Honorable James M. Cahill, Mayor, City of New Brunswick Ronald G. Rios, Freeholder Director, County of Middlesex H. James Polos, Freeholder Member, County of Middlesex
STAFF ADMINISTRATION Thomas J. Carto President & CEO Marlene Canavera Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
PROGRAMMING Brian O’Boyle u Vice President of Programming & Executive Producer EDUCATION & OUTREACH Lian Brooke Farrer 9 Vice President of Education & Outreach Erik Stratton Education & Outreach Associate EXTERNAL AFFAIRS Anna Marie Gewirtz Senior Vice President & Chief of External Affairs DEVELOPMENT May R. Van Norman Senior Director of Development
Indicates 5+ years of service Indicates 10+ years of service Indicates 15+ years of service Indicates 20+ years of service Indicates 25+ years of service
Patricia Lanza u Accounting Clerk & Volunteer Coordinator Joseph Rodriguez u General Ledger Accountant TICKET OFFICE Don McKim C Director of Ticketing Services Alison A. Hegarty u Ticket Office Assistant Manager Gary Frangione u Ticket Office Shift Supervisor Anna Synek u Inventory Control Supervisor Susan Blumert Z Ticket Office Sales Associate AUDITORS Mercadien, PC Certified Public Accountants
Linda Van Derveer u Director of Major Gifts & Planned Giving
OPERATIONS Dave Hartkern 9 Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Lisa Patterson Capital Campaign Director
Tim Bailey C Facility Manager
Leah J. Anglum l Manager of Patron Relations & Development Operations
PRODUCTION Joe Stoltman Director of Production
Alisson Canavera u Manager of Special Events
Craig Werner 9 Master Electrician, Lighting Designer
Audrey E. Carmeli Manager of Corporate & Foundation Relations MARKETING Howard Levine Senior Director of Marketing Kelly Blithe l Director of Communications Tracy Furr C Creative Director
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FINANCE Ann C. Zawartkay, CPA, CGMA Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Willie Weist l Head Audio Michael G. Sivetz Z Master Carpenter Richard Stanek Z Head Technician William K. Pocsik Head Flyman
Jason Paddock Director of Event Marketing
FRONT OF HOUSE Jessica Trechak l Director of Event Services
Hanna Wasserman Marketing Coordinator
Dan Lyons u Concessions Manager
Garry Owen u Sales Manager & Ticket Concierge
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PARTNERS’ BREAKFAST Recently, State Theatre New Jersey held a Partners’ Breakfast on Arts Partnerships: Building Better Communities Together. The networking event featuring a distinguished panel of speakers including Ronald G. Rios, Middlesex County Freeholder Director; Etta Denk, Senior Vice President & NJ Market Manager for Bank of America; Bill Engel, President of The Hyde & Watson Foundation; and Susan Stucker, Interim President & CEO, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Photos by Nancy Swolensky. Top right: Panelists: Ronald G. Rios, Middlesex County Freeholder Director and Etta Denk, Senior Vice President & NJ Market Manager for Bank of America Bottom right: Adam Perle, President & CEO of ArtPride New Jersey (left); Susan Stucker, Interim President & CEO, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; and Tom Carto, State Theatre New Jersey President & CEO.
SUMMER MOVIES! This summer State Theatre New Jersey presented a six-part Free Summer Movies Series, sponsored by Boraie Development and The Provident Bank Foundation. The movie series—which included Aladdin, Babe, Monsters University, E.T., Despicable Me 2, and Frozen—brought in nearly 7,200 people including families, schools, and camp groups from all over the state.
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