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Todd Ellison’s Broadway Rocks Electric Hot Tuna with special guest Leon Russell HD BROADCAST: La Sylphide, Bolshoi Ballet Brandi Carlile PG MATINEE: The Karate Kid starring Jackie Chan The Jacksons Unity Tour 2013 Glen Burtnik & Friends – Beatles Bash 7 HD BROADCAST: The Magic Flute – A Film by Kenneth Branagh See it on our 46-foot screen PG MATINEE: Madagascar 3
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CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS
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Welcome TO THE STATE THEATRE Our beautiful, historic theater offers the finest amenities to make your experience a memorable one. The staff is anxious to serve your needs and is dedicated to helping you enjoy your time with us. To learn more about the State Theatre, visit us online at www.StateTheatreNJ.org.
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• The orchestra level is wheelchair accessible. You can make arrangements for accessible seating through the Ticket Office when purchasing tickets. There is no elevator at the State Theatre.
• Food and beverages are available in the lobby. A variety of hot and cold beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), sweets, and other snack items can be purchased.
• The theater is equipped with an assistive listening system that improves sound clarity and amplification. The lightweight, wireless headsets may be borrowed free of charge at coat check. Guests are required to leave a photo ID as collateral when borrowing a listening device.
• Come early and browse. Our gift shop is in the lower-lobby and offers a wide array of gifts, jewelry, posters, and theatricallythemed items suitable for both adults and children.
• We are happy to offer coat check services for a nominal charge. • Large print programs are available free of charge for most performances. Please see an usher to obtain a copy. • Deaf and hearing-impaired patrons may contact us through the NJ Relay Service at (TTY) 800-852-7899. • Restrooms are available on both seating levels. • Booster Seats are available at the coat check for a nominal fee, with an ID. Lost & Found • If you discover that you have lost something during the performance, please contact the Theater Manager in the lobby or call the theater at 732-247-7200, ext. 521. Questions?
• An ATM is located in the lower-lobby. • Credit cards are accepted. Theatre Policies • Guests should arrive 30 minutes prior to showtime to ensure ample time to collect tickets, use the restroom, and be seated. • Guests who arrive after a performance has begun will be held in the lower lobby and 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 an appropriate break in the performance as deemed per management. • Food and drink are allowed in the theater chamber for select performances, check with your bartender/usher before entering the theater.
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A Message from the PRESIDENT AND CEO Dear Friends, Welcome to the State Theatre and our 25th anniversary season! We have some exciting things happening this season that I would like to share with you. Our Broadway series is always very popular, but we have heard quite often that we should expand our offerings to more than three Broadway shows. Well, we have some good news! I am proud to announce that we have expanded the series from three to five Broadway shows this year! This year’s series includes: • The Addams Family (10/25-10/26/13) – This smash-hit musical comedy brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley, and Lurch to spooky and spectacular life. • Godspell (11/10/13) – The beloved musical from Stephen Schwartz, award-winning composer of Wicked, includes “Day By Day” and “Light of the World.”
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• Memphis (2/7-2/8/14) – Explosive dancing, irresistible songs, and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Winner of four Tony® Awards including Best Musical. • The Rock of Ages (3/7-3/8/14) – The worldwide party musical features a mix of 28 rockin’ 80s tunes including “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “We Built This City.” • West Side Story (5/30-6/1/14) – The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics as “Tonight,” “America,” and “Somewhere.” In addition to these full Broadway shows, we are presenting a special Broadway in Concert series in collaboration with celebrated Broadway music director Todd Ellison (current Music Director & Conductor of Broadway’s Annie). Each spectacular event features Ellison with a band and several amazing Broadway singers. Kicking off the series is “Broadway Rocks” on 7/18, followed by “Broadway Romance” (10/6), and “Broadway’s Greatest Hits” (3/21/14).
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Tue, July 2, 2013 at 8pm
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Jackson Browne with special guest Sara Watkins
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 JACKSON BROWNE has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion, and personal politics. He was honored with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2007. Jackson’s career began in the mid-60s in Los Angeles and Orange County folk clubs. Except for a brief period in NYC in the late 1960s, he has always lived in Southern California. His debut album came out on David Geffen’s Asylum Records in 1972. Since then, he has released 13 studio albums and three collections of live performances; his most recent, Love Is Strange, features David Lindley. Beyond his music, Browne is known for his advocacy on behalf of the environment, human rights, and arts education. He’s a cofounder of the groups Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE), Nukefree.org, and the Success Through the Arts Foundation, which provides education opportunities for students in South Los Angeles. In 2002, he was the fourth recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, given to artists whose works exemplify the environmental and social values that were essential to the great California-born author. He has received Duke University’s LEAF award for Lifetime Environmental Achievement in the Fine Arts,
and both the Chapin-World Hunger Year and NARM Harry Chapin Humanitarian Awards. In 2004, Jackson was given an honorary Doctorate of Music by Occidental College in Los Angeles, for “a remarkable musical career that has successfully combined an intensely personal artistry with a broader vision of social justice.” SARA WATKINS concluded her gently self-assured 2009 Nonesuch debut with a wistful, self-penned ballad, “Where Will You Be?,” about the slow fade of a romance. With Watkins standing on the brink of a solo career, the question in the song title took on significance well beyond its lyrics, though: it marked the end of an album and the jumping-off point for a whole new life. Watkins had spent most of her younger years, nearly two decades, as singer and fiddle player for the Grammy® Award–winning, bluegrassfolk hybrid Nickel Creek, a trio she’d started performing in when she was a mere eightyears-old, alongside her guitarist brother Sean and mandolinist Chris Thile. Now, for the first time, she was stepping away from that marquee name, alone. Watkins may have felt trepidatious, but, as old fans and new listeners could attest, the transition felt effortless, natural. As the BBC put it, “Watkins’ time in the spotlight is a triumph with her agile playing and the kind of voice that gives your goose bumps the shivers.”
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Thu, July 18, 2013 at 8pm
TODD ELLISONâ€™S BROADWAY IN CONCERT
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 Artists TODD ELLISON Hailed by The New York Times as one of “Broadway’s electric conductors,” Ellison is one of the most accomplished and sought after music directors working today. Currently Music Director and Conductor of the new Broadway production of Annie, his credits include Monty Python’s Spamalot (Best Musical Tony® Award), La Cage aux Folles (Best Musical Revival Tony® Award), 42nd Street (Best Revival Tony® Award ), Elton John’s Lestat, Michel Legrand’s Amour, The Wild Party, On The Town, Once Upon a Mattress (starring Sarah Jessica Parker), How To Succeed (starring Matthew Broderick), She Loves Me, Taller than a Dwarf, and A Class Act. He was the Music Director of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at the famed Radio City Music Hall for several seasons. As Marvin Hamlisch’s Music Director, Ellison worked with him on his productions of Ballroom and The Nutty Professor directed by Jerry Lewis. For City Center’s Encores!, he conducted their acclaimed version of On The Town and was a guest pianist for No No, Nanette. Internationally he has conducted at the Vienna Konzerthaus with Dawn Upshaw and Jerry Hadley, The Dublin Film Orchestra, Radio City Christmas Spectacular -Mexico City, World Science Festival -Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall - Cole Porters’ Jubilee. He has conducted over 20 albums including the Grammy Award winning cast albums
of his shows. He has accompanied such stars as Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Barry Manilow, Tyne Daly, Bea Arthur, David Hyde Pierce, Tim Curry, and Kelsey Grammar. Born in Essex, CT, Ellison began his piano lessons at age six and is a graduate of Boston University School of Music in piano performance. BETH LEAVEL Leavel received Tony®, Drama Desk, NY Outer Critics Circle, and L.A. Drama Critics Awards for her performance as the title character in The Drowsy Chaperone. She also received a Tony®, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle nomination for her role as Florence Greenberg in Baby It’s You. She recently performed the roles of Sally Adams in Call Me Madam at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias at the North Carolina Theatre, and the much put upon maid, Berthe, in Boeing-Boeing at the Paper Mill Playhouse. Other Broadway roles: Emily in Elf, Donna in Mamma Mia!, Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein, Dorothy Brock in the revival of 42nd Street, Tess in the original company of Crazy For You, and Mrs. Bixby in The Civil War. Leavel was also seen in New York City Center Encores! production of No, No, Nanette. Numerous Off-Broadway, regional theatre, commercials, and TV, including the final episode of ER. M.F.A. from UNC-G. Proud mom to T.J. and Sam. Grateful to my boys @ BRS. CHRISTOPHER SEIBER Seiber has appeared on Broadway in Shrek (Tony®, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League nominations), Spamalot (New York and West End, Tony® nomination), La Cage Aux Folles, Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast, Triumph of Love, A Christmas Carol. NYC Opera: Cinderella, Eric Idle’s Not the Messiah, a comic oratorio (Toronto Symphony). Off-Broadway: The Kid, Avow, The Boys in the Band. Regional: Hairspray, Company, The Boys from Syracuse (Reprise!). TV/FILM: The Good Wife, Elementary, Morning Glory, Pushing Daisies, Johnny and the Sprites, See You in September, It’s All Relative, Two of a Kind, Sex and the City, Ed,
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Guiding Light, All My Children, Another World. Sieber has not appeared on Law & Order. DAVID LARSEN Broadway credits include Hands On a Hardbody (Chris Alvaro), American Idiot (Tunny), Billy Elliot (Tony u/s), Good Vibrations (Bobby). Television credits include Boston Public. Regional theater: leading roles at Hollywood Bowl, La Jolla Playhouse, KC Starlight, Bay Street Theatre, Goodspeed, Marriott Lincolnshire, North Shore Music Theatre. B.F.A., Carnegie Mellon University. “If you love desserts follow my wife at justdessertsnyc.com.” @dlarsen22 ASHLEY BLANCHET Blanchet has spent most of her life in musical theater. She began her dance training at age three at the Dance Theater of Harlem. At 15 she was given a scholarship to study acting at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Massachusetts. During this time she also
became a part of the Boston Youth Moves dance group at the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, and began to study voice at the New England Conservatory of Music. In 2009, Blanchet graduated from the University of Michigan where she received a B.F.A. in musical theater. Upon graduation she was awarded the Kurt Weill Award for Excellence in Theater by unanimous faculty vote. Shortly after graduating Blanchet made her Broadway debut in Memphis: The Musical and understudied Felicia, the lead female role. She now appears in Annie the Musical as the Star to Be. Additional credits include: Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey); Kansas City Rep, A Chorus Line (Diana); Chicago (Marriott), West Side Story, Mame, Annie Get Your Gun; Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Meet Me In St Louis, The Music Man; The MUNY, Evita, Beauty and the Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie; West Virginia Public Theatre.
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Sat, July 20, 2013 at 8pm
Hot Tuna with special guest
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 HOT TUNA From their days playing together as teenagers to their current acoustic and electric blues, probably no one has more consistently led American music for the last 50 years —yes!—than Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, the founders and continuing core members of Hot Tuna. The pair began playing together while growing up in the Washington D.C. area, where Jack’s father was a dentist and Jorma’s father a State Department official. Four years younger, Jack continued in junior high, then high school—while playing professional gigs as lead guitarist at night before he was old enough to drive—while Jorma (who had played rhythm guitar to Jack’s lead) started college in Ohio, accompanied his family overseas, then returned to college, this time in California. In the mid-1960s, Jorma was asked to audition to play guitar for a new band that was
forming in San Francisco. Though an acoustic player at heart, he grew interested in the electronic gadgetry that was beginning to make an appearance in the popular music scene— particularly in a primitive processor brought to the audition by a fellow named Ken Kesey—and decided to join that band; soon thereafter he summoned his young friend from Washington, who now played the bass. Thus was created the unique (then and now) sound that was The Jefferson Airplane. Jorma even contributed the band’s name, drawn from a nickname a friend had for the blues-playing Jorma. Jack’s experience as a lead guitarist led to a style of bass playing which took the instrument far beyond its traditional role. While in The Jefferson Airplane, putting together the soundtrack of the 60s, the pair remained loyal to the blues, jazz, bluegrass, and folk influences of the small clubs and larger venues they had learned from years before. While in San Francisco and even in hotel rooms on the road, they would play together and worked up a set of songs that they would often play at clubs in the Bay Area and while on the road, often after having played a set with the Airplane. This led to a record contract; in fact, they had an album recorded before they decided to name their band Hot Tuna. With it they launched on an odyssey which has itself continued for more than 35 years, always finding new and interesting turns in its path forward. Jorma and Jack certainly could not have imagined, let alone predicted, where playing would take them. It’s been a long and fascinating road to numerous exciting destinations. Two things have never changed: They still love to play as much as they did as kids in Washington D.C., and there are still many, many exciting miles yet to travel on their musical odyssey. LEON RUSSELL Leon has played on pop, rock, blues, country, bluegrass, standards, gospel, and surf records. As a session musician, arranger, pro-
Sat, July 20, 2013 at 8pm
ducer, singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist, record company owner, bandleader, and touring musician, he has collaborated with hundreds of artists. As a songwriter, Russell’s songs have hit the charts across all genres and have been covered by a diverse range of artists. Ray Charles recorded “A Song For You,” B.B. King had a hit with “Hummingbird,” The Carpenters with “Superstar,” and Joe Cocker with “Delta Lady.” The Carpenter’s cover of “Superstar,” written by Russell and Bonnie Bramlett, went to #2 on the pop music charts. George Benson won the Grammy® for Record of the Year in 1976 for his cover of Russell’s song, “This Masquerade,” and it became the first song in music history to hit #1 on the jazz, pop, and R&B charts.
Russell’s first solo album to earn a Gold record was Leon Russell and The Shelter People (1971). Carney, released in 1972, would be his best seller and included the single, “Tight Rope” which reached #11 on the pop music charts. By 1972, Russell was a major concert attraction. Billboard Magazine named Leon the top concert attraction for 1973. Russell continues to write songs, record, and thrill audiences on his non-stop tour across the U.S. His son Teddy Jack and daughters Sugaree and Tina Rose have all been in his band and toured with him. His bass player, Jack Wessel, has been in his band for 32 years. Russell’s musical style is still resonating with his lifelong fans and is inspiring younger listeners who are discovering his music from either the Mad Dogs & Englishmen or Concert For Bangladesh DVDs.
Tue, July 23, 2013 at 8pm
About the Artist BRANDI CARLILE “If you start a band with me, I’ll get us signed and on the road within a year.” Not only did the determined, confident and tenacious 22-year-old Brandi Carlile come through with her promise to twin brothers and initially reluctant band members Phil and Tim Hanseroth, but she also exceeded their expectations. On the eve of Carlile’s fifth major label album release Bear Creek and after almost a decade of extensive touring, the trio and self-confessed “road dogs” and “dirty pioneers” are back with a bang. But it’s not record sales, industry accolades, or commercial success that make Brandi Carlile a uniquely compelling artist; in fact some would say she has purposely gone out of her way to avoid it, “I would never write commercially or dress commercially or behave in any way that would inspire mainstream success.” It’s tales from the road, where she and the twins have spent the best part of their careers building Carlile’s fan base and audience, whilst remaining under the industry radar, that tells you the story of who she really is. Over the last eight years Carlile has enjoyed
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groundbreaking success, headlining and selling out major shows and venues across the United States and the rest of the world. Working her way up from playing acoustic at Medin’s Ravioli Station and busking at Pikes Place Market, to fronting her six-piece band at The Ryman Auditorium and leading a symphony at Benaroya Hall; Carlile has earned her reputation as a fearless and consummate performer who is undoubtedly in a class of her own. “I’ve been singing and performing music since I was seven, so I don’t ever remember making a conscious decision to be a musician. I would’ve had to have made a conscious decision NOT to be a musician.” Throughout her late teens Carlile had already built up a local fan base in her home city of Seattle through hard work, determination and an unwavering belief in her talent. Blessed with a truly remarkable voice and an innate gift for performing, she always believed she was destined to be a great singer. She would hone her skills by studying and listening to her favorite vocalists, experimenting and testing the boundaries of her voice to see how long she could hold out a note, and how loud and high she could sing. “I wanted to learn to scream my head off like Thom Yorke and yodel like Patsy Cline.” Carlile busked, played coffee houses and persuaded local business owners to give her residencies by guaranteeing the venues would reach their full capacity on the nights she appeared. Carlile recalls how she would personally ensure her fans attended her gigs. “I passed around mailing lists to my audiences and I would take their numbers and call them myself on the day of my next gig to make sure they would turn up.” And turn up they did and still do, except now they number in the thousands. Firm believers that artists in the public eye have a social and moral responsibility to promote and marry humanitarian efforts with their musical agenda, Carlile and The Twins have used their success on the road to fund The Looking Out Foundation. Founded in 2008, the foundation serves the chronically underserved through its ongoing philanthropic efforts and involvement with social issues. Brandi Carlile and her fans donate $1 from every concert ticket sold to The Looking Out Foundation, channeling hundreds of thousands of dollars and resources to organizations that support the arts, women, public health, the hungry, and the homeless.
Thu, July 25, 2013 at 8pm
The Jacksons Unity Tour 2013
The Jacksons Unity Tour 2013
About the Artist THE JACKSONS Adored by millions of fans the world over, the Jacksons forever changed the landscape of popular music. When siblings Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon, and Tito Jackson rose to fame with their late brother Michael in the 1970s, they instantly became an unstoppable global sensation. The Jacksons’ unique brand of soulful pop-funk, their lengthy catalogue of hits, and their impeccable live performances have made them one of the most beloved musical acts of all time. Idols unlike any other in music history, the Jacksons redefined, reinvented, and reinvigorated popular music as we know it. Classic #1 hits such as “ABC,” “I Found That Girl,” “I Want You Back,” and “I’ll Be There,” catapulted the group to superstardom. With nine #1 hits and 14 Top 10 hits, the group has left its mark on the charts.
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These timeless tracks remain every bit as iconic today as when they were first released. Not only did the Jackson 5 become the first group ever to have their first four singles hit #1 on the Billboard Charts, which brought them international notoriety. “I’ll Be There” remains the best-selling single in Motown history. The Jacksons were formally inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 and were the youngest group ever to receive that honor. They have had the honor of performing for the Queen of England three times as well as meeting and performing for Presidents, dignitaries, and various Heads of State throughout the globe. The Jacksons last toured together, in support of their album Victory, in 1984. The Jacksons’ Victory tour was the first of its kind and drew over 2.5 million people to stadiums across America to see their performances. Now, for the first time in nearly three decades, the group is back on stage together for the hotly-anticipated Unity Tour 2013. The group will embark on a worldwide series of shows this summer, beginning in the U.S., playing the hits from all the eras of their celebrated career: They will perform their universally beloved hits from the Jackson 5, the Jacksons, and Jermaine Jackson’s solo career. The Jacksons’ signature sun-drenched harmonies, energetic stage presence, and roster of smash hits have left an indelible mark on popular music: the name ‘The Jacksons’ is known around the world, and they remain the biggest-selling family in music of all time.
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Sat, July 27, 2013 at 8pm
Glen Burtnik & Friends Beatles Bash 7
Beatles Bash 7
About the Artist GLEN BURTNIK Born in 1955, growing up in Somerset NJ, visiting the State Theatre, watching the 1960s unfold before his eyes on the big screen, Glen Burtnik grew up to write #1 hits for Randy Travis, Patty Smyth, and Don Henley. Burtnik also penned songs for John Waite, Jodee Messina, and Beth Hart, among others. He has appeared on albums by Meat Loaf, Styx, and Celine Dion and has shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi. His solo career began on A&M Records in the late 1980’s. Burtnik continues to write and release his own solo recordings, most recently
“The Trouble with Sally” and “Baby Cinderella Monkeyshine” available on CDBaby and iTunes. Burtnik has been one of the most respected performers of Beatles music for over 30 years. After portraying the role of Paul McCartney in the Broadway hit show Beatlemania, he went on to spend two years with RAIN: The Ultimate Beatles Experience. He appears annually at the legendary “Fest For Beatles Fans” conventions and occasionally with The Fab Faux. Burtnik has been a member of prominent classic rock bands Styx and Electric Light Orchestra.
Wed, August 14, 2013 at 8pm
About the Artist TONI BRAXTON Her distinctive sultry vocal blend of R&B, pop, jazz, and gospel became an instantaneous international sensation when she came forth with her first solo recording in 1992. Today, with more than 40 million albums sold worldwide and six Grammy® Awards, Toni Braxton is recognized as one of the most outstanding voices of this generation. Born a preacher’s child and raised in a strict religious household, Braxton’s first professional experience was singing in the church choir. She went on to perform in a group with her four sisters (Traci, Trina, Towanda, and Tamar) that was signed to Arista Records. Her talent was recognized by Antonio L.A. Reid and Kenneth Babyface Edmonds and soon her solo recording career was launched. Her music first came to widespread popularity on the soundtrack of the Eddie Murphy film Boomerang. The resulting album, Toni Braxton, sold 10 million copies worldwide, spawning
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the classics “Another Sad Love Song” and “Breathe Again.” The album also resulted in her first two Grammys® in 1993 as Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Another Sad Love Long” and another Grammy® in the same category in 1994 for “Breathe Again.” In 1997 she garnered Grammys® in Best R&B and Best Pop Female Vocal Performance categories. The acclaim for her second album Secrets continued her mega success, selling over 13 million copies in the U.S. and abroad following its July 1996 release. “You’re Makin’ Me High” became her first across-the-board #1 pop and R&B hit single and garnered another Grammy® for R&B vocal performance. Release of “Un-break My Heart” followed in the fall of 1996 and was recognized with the coveted Grammy® for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. It has become her signature song, and ranks as the second top-selling single of all time by a female artist. The next album, The Heat, sold two million copies and
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brought her another million-selling single and best R&B Grammy® with “He Wasn’t Man Enough.” Toni Braxton had successful runs on Broadway starring in Beauty and the Beast and Aida. In 2006, she headlined her own show, Toni Braxton Revealed at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. The show, which ran through April 2008, was a smash, but in the middle of the extended run she was diagnosed with micro vascular angina causing her to cancel the remaining dates. After a recovery period, she took time in 2008 to fulfill her big dream of appearing on the top-rated television series Dancing with the Stars. Today, Braxton balances the demands of her career with the high priorities of family, health, and public service as she raises her two sons Denim and Diezel. Regarding her youngest child’s autism, Braxton is giving a message of hope that wasn’t quite the case for her a few years ago. “Today, Diezel is talking and attending a mainstream school. He still needs occupational therapy, but he is a wonderful example of what can happen with early detection and intervention.” In addition to being a spokesperson for Autism Speaks, Braxton also is active with the American Heart Association. Braxton was most recently diagnosed with Lupus. She announced her health struggle publicly as she accepted the Lupus LA award for “Women of Achievement.” Most recently, Braxton is enjoying huge success with her Braxton Family Values reality show on the WE network. Four episodes into Braxton Family Values’ run, Rainbow Media’s WE TV renewed the reality series starring Braxton and her sisters for a second season with a 19-episode order, up from the 10 episodes the network ordered for Season 1. Now in its third season, Braxton Family Values is ranked as the #1 show among AfricanAmerican viewers during primetime.
Thu, August 29, 2013 at 8pm
About the Artist SALT-N-PEPA They are, undoubtedly, the group that changed the face of hip-hop as we know it. They also gave females across the globe a voice within their communities and the music industry as a whole. They are Salt-n-Pepa. Twenty five years into their career, they continue to aspire to great heights with history making firsts. Legends, icons, trailblazers, pioneers, innovators, and trendsetters are just a few words often used to describe this group. From Grammys® to MTV Video Awards, they have won them all. Whether it’s the top of the charts or on stages at sold out coliseums across the country, they have done it all. They are Grammy® Award-winning group, Salt-nPepa, which consists of Cheryl James and Sandy Denton (“Salt” and “Pepa”, respectively). As the first ever female rap crew, Salt-n-
Pepa, broke barriers and opened doors wide open that were once closed to women in hiphop. They gave women a voice in a male dominated industry and transformed the way the music world saw women forever. With the hit songs “Push It,” “Tramp,” “Shake Your Thang,” “Shoop,” and “Whatta Man,” Salt-nPepa would defy everyone’s expectations and catapult hip-hop to new levels. Outside of the realm of being legends of the hip-hop game, Salt-n-Pepa can also be called “revolutionaries of rap” and “groundbreakers of the game.” Not only using their mic as a means to make big beats and heads bob, but they also used it as means to get out messages of importance and relevance. From safe sex to independence and respecting yourself as a woman, Salt-n-Pepa saw the urgency and importance of empowering the female race and using their voices through the mic to influence millions with their music. No matter what you call them, Salt-n-Pepa, revolutionized a people, changed a culture and totally revamped the way the world saw music forever. You can’t list or mention the top rap songs of all time without their hit songs showing up. And you can’t talk about music history without mentioning their names. Their contributions to a culture and to the world of hip-hop has influenced the landscape and look of music as we know it today. “Recently, we had the opportunity to see Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera at events where we were performing. One of the first things they said to us was ‘we are such big fans; we absolutely love you and your music,’” said Pepa. “It just blows our mind when we see the impact that we’ve had throughout the years on such huge, well respected mega stars like them. It’s both humbling and an honor all at the same time. It just goes to show us that superstars appreciate our music and we have genuinely impacted and touched their lives and continue to touch the lives of millions of our fans.”
ADP Aetna American Express Arch Chemicals Inc. AT&T Foundation AXA Foundation Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Bank of New York Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. Chubb Group of Insurance Companies Cigna Health Care CNA
Duke Energy Corporation Dunn & Bradstreet ExxonMobil Chemical Company FMC Good Government Program
Gannett Foundation General Electric GE Foundation Give with Liberty Goldman Sachs Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield IBM
IDT Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies JP Morgan Chase Lucent McGraw-Hill Companies
Merck Partnership for Giving Merrill Lynch MetLife Microsoft Matching Gifts Company Mitsui USA Net2Phone Charitable Matching Gifts
Program Network for Good The New York Times Company NYSE Group Pfizer Foundation Prudential Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Time Warner Tyco Verizon Wells Fargo
Did you know that all these companies and many more offer matching gift plans to their employees? See how you could give more! Call the State Theatre at 732-247-7200, ext. 512 and find out how your company will match your gift today.
Gifts to the State Theatre The State Theatre, a nonprofit organization, is deeply grateful to the many individual, corporate, and foundation donors to our Annual Giving program from 6/21/12 – 6/21/13. Their support enables us to continue to bring the finest artists and provide nationally recognized arts education programs to 31,000 children annually. To find out more about opportunities to support the State Theatre, contact Linda Van Derveer, Director of Major Gifts, at 732-247-7200, ext. 594 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corporate and Foundation Support $100,000 + The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies New Jersey State Council on the Arts The J. Seward Johnson, Sr. Charitable Trusts The Star-Ledger $50,000 + Magic 98.3 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation The Heldrich
$25,000 + Investors Bank New Jersey Cultural Trust $10,000 + Colgate-Palmolive Financial Resources Federal Credit Union Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey The Hyde and Watson Foundation Ingredion Incorporated MetLife
$5,000 + Magyar Bank Miller's Rentals New England Foundation for the Arts The Provident Bank Foundation $2,500 + Bristol Myers Squibb Children's Hospital Credit Suisse Great-West Financial Robert's Florals
Chairman’s Council Visionary Circle ($25,000+) Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Campbell Carolyn and Dave Horn Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Markey
Diamond Circle ($10,000+) Ann and Lou Asbaty Mr. and Mrs. Omar Boraie Andrew Chen and Heidi Mass Doug and Diane Garback ~ The Garback Agency
Mr. and Mrs. John A. McCrane Dave Retcher Peter and Maggie Stavrianidis Ralph Voorhees Donna and Jack Walcott Warren and Wendy Zimmerman
Gold Circle ($3,000+) Campbell Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John Fischer Thomas and Annette Griffoul Ms. Eileen Harkins Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Hartnett Robert Wood Johnson 1962 Charitable Trust Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Korbel Charles and Ruth Larsson Barbara and Len Littman Andrew and Pamela Lovasz Mr. and Mrs. Duncan L. MacMillan Friend of the State Theatre Salvatore J. and Bernice A. Romano Sharon Levine and Bruce Samuels Ms. Robin E. Suydam and Mr. Paul Corkery Michael Wagner and Caryl Mackin-Wagner
Madeleine Berk and Corey Weiner Gil Blitz B. Nathaniel Bespoke Mr. and Mrs. Osman Boraie Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Ciatto Russell and Stephanie Deyo Henry A. Dombrowski E & G Foundation, In Memory of George W. & Edith H. DeVoe John and Jeanne Fitzgerald Franklin Mutual Insurance Judd and Carol Hamlin Mr. and Mrs. Chris Jensen Patrick and Mary Ellen Morris Drs. Dean and Karan Newton Rita and David Paszamant Mr. and Mrs. Frederick P. Pierce Barbara and Richard Reinhardt Dr. Norman Reitman, M.D. Rona Solberg Art and Eva Stevens Herbert and Toby Stolzer Steven and Peggy Tepper
President’s Council Platinum Circle ($5,000+) Isa and Michael Beck Samer and Susan Boraie Stephan DeMicco and Jeanne M. Fox Mr. Efrem B. Dlugacz Matthew and Liz Drucker William and Constance Fortenbaugh James A. and Elizabeth E. Hance Mr. & Mrs. Timothy W. Harbison Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Harkins Bill Herman Richard and Larisa Leist Joseph Light Jeff and Theresa Moeller Sherard and Naomi Murphy Kenneth G. and Jennifer J. Osterman Susan and Brent Podlogar Alma Scott Raj and Nidhi Singh
Silver Circle ($2,000+) Nickolas and Maria Agathis Joan A. Appelson Joseph and Xenia Balabkins
Patronâ€™s Council Guarantor ($1,000+) Esta Aranoff Brother International Corporation Anonymous Dr. Alvin and Joyce Glasgold Mary and Fred Hopke Michael and Suzanne Lindemann Thomas Oates Frank Santiago and Dana Farrell Senator Bob Smith and Ellen Smith Mr. Tamas Tamas Benefactor ($500+) Anonymous Bryan Baugh Aetna Roofing Corp. Robert and Jane Berry Augustina Bisso Mr. and Mrs. John A. Bradley II Mr. and Mrs. George L. Buchman Richard P. and Joan Burt Joann Camporeale Richard Cianfrone Arthur B. Corona Ms. Ruth J. Crawford and Ms. Michelle Gorda Alice A. DeVoe and John Szabo The Frazee's Steve and Ann Garvey Lonnie Gietter Shelley and Woody Haiken Cynthia Jankech Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Kahle, Jr. Joanne Kondrup Ann and John Kosco Sidney Kress Lanny and Lee Livingston Mr. and Mrs. William Lynch Jr. & Family Antonio Machado Joseph F. Marazzo Ann Marie Maroon Stephanie Martin Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Martin Paula Masciulli Mr. and Mrs. Elliot and Randi Ostrove Ruth Marcus Patt Robert and Joy Pellegrino Marion Prager-Aubrecht Jeff and Stacey Roberts Anthony and Janis Scelsa & James and Diane Downey George and Jane Schildge Jay Schuster Drs. Anthony and Rosanne Scriffignano Juliann Shalack Irving and Claire Sinai Patrick Sinko Lisa Marie Smoyak Anonymous Peter and Karen Tarricone Angelo J. and Rosalind Valetutto Linda VanDerveer Mr. and Mrs. Frizalone Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Weiss & Family Patron ($250+) Ben and Lauren Avery Shelley and Haym Benaroya Richard and Susan Benitz Bill and Carol Blackler Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bolanowski Mr. and Mrs. Terrill M. Brenner Lori Dacko Erika Lynn Foundation for Autism
Ms. Ilona S. English Lian Brooke Farrer Deborah S. Freedman Bryan and Susan Garruto Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Gauthier Paul Goldman Sharon and Sid Granetz Ms. Margaret Grove, in memory of Barbara Voorhees Angela Guy Robert and Kelsey Hamilton Anonymous Todd Harvey Irene Hnidj John and Judy Hoffman Theodore U. Horger Deborah and Frank Huber Mr. and Mrs. A. Jodidio Jerry and Barbara Judin Gary and Stacy Kaplan Iris I. Kislin Wayne and Debi Klokis Casimir A. and Christine W. Kulikowski Mr. and Mrs. John Lucs Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Lukacs Deborah Anne and Edward Magaziner Richard and Joan McCormick Anthony Mero Donna Marie Monek Michael and Diane Moskal Alan and Kathy Negreann Robert and Ellen Norman On-Tech Consulting Ann O'Rourke Anthony A. Panko Jack and Helga Phillips Mr. and Mrs. Portnoy Robert C. Provost Ann and Robert Rafano Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ragonese Sherrie and John Sadlon John & Peggy Scanlon, in memory of Brian P. Scanlon Dr. Peter J. Schroeck and Alexander E. Pichugin Stephan and Leslie Sekulich Bruce and Barbara Sigman, in honor of Bill Herman Blanquita B. Valenti Allan and Bonnie Warton Bill Conte and Kenny Whitworth William Wyman Camille and Joseph Mallia Family & Friends ($100+) Jeffrey and Gail Aaron Bill and Nancy Ainslie Jane Anderson Marie and Tom Andreano James and Jean Andrews Mr. Michael C. Bagarozza Barbara Baier Lawrence and Nancy Bailey Cheryl Barber William and Nancy Beachell Glenn Bell and Kathleen Love Patricia and George Bernet Albert and Mildred Bieber Krystyna Borysewicz John A. Boughtwood Linda Bradley Gary and Janice Broder Mindy and David Carton Castellanos Family
Chuck Chaplin Laura A. Cisar and Robert Gowin Dana Clayton Kevin Corcoran Susan Cort Gloria P. Cowherd Brenda Curnin Margaret Curry Fred and Vivian Daniel Mr. and Mrs. Anthony and Mary Ann DeSantis Roger Desjadon and Susan Stryker Victor and Sandy Dizengoff James Dolan Robert Dour John and Barbara Duffy Mr. and Mrs. Allan Ellis Lois and Mort Farrah John Fedors, Jr. Lenore and Harvey Feldman Richard Feldman Joe and Lori Filicetti Lori and Bob Fink Barbara Fisk James and Diana Flaherty James and Lucinda Florio Stephen Foley and Elisabeth Kaplan Stuart and Joane Fox, in honor of William Herman Donna Frandsen Bonnie and Sheldon Freidenreich Leonard P. and Lois J. Fromer III George Street Camera Arlene Gerencser Donald and Frances Germann John E. Gerometta Marian Gerstenfeld Craig Glaser Anonymous Warren Gooderman Jason Goodman Bob and Anne Gordon Marjorie and Deborah Gourley, in memory of Herbert G. Stolzer Maurice Grant Iris and Jeff Green Gwendolyn and Michael Greenberg Bob and Janice Grossman Raymond and Joyce Hanson Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hartmaier, Jr. Phyllis and Sal Lucille C. Heller Joshua Herman, in honor of Linda Van Derveer Laurel J. Hook David and Jan Houtman Ms. Barbara Howard Janet and David Iacovone Paul Israel Mr. and Mrs. William R. Jenkins Mr. and Mrs. M. Jessen Lola Kamp Dr. Basil and Katherine Kasimis Joan E. Kautsky Susan and Brian Kheel Donald and Elisabeth King Kim Kleasen and Glenn Thomas Alina V. Klein Ervin and Juliet Klein Ravikanth Kolla Joyce Kosa William and Eleanor Kover Jordan B. Krantz Tom Kukla
Patronâ€™s Council Barry Montalto Alan and Ava Morgenstern, In Honor of Bill Herman Drs. Robert and Sandra Moss Melissa Mount Kurt Muller Mr. Camen J. Nastus Kurt and Barbara Nathan Phil and Gen Nicastro Naomi Nierenberg Ray and Denise Nolan Doris and Dennis O'Dea Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Olson Judy and Mark Patrizzia William V. Peacock and Theresa V. Whitman Charles Persing Evelyn Petercsak The Pichinson Family Cesar Prado Dr. Norbert and Sylvia Psuty Mr. and Mrs. MK Pugsley Dr. and Mrs. Anthony G. Purpura Charlotte W. Quaintance Arnold and Barbara Rabson Joanne Ramundo Debra and Scott Rekant Michael and Frances Robinson Mr. and Mrs. James Ronk Joan and Jay Rosenbaum Buena Rosenbloom Nancy and Rick Ruotolo, in honor of Bill Herman David and Frumet Sachs Max and Kelly Salas Ronald R. Sauers
Lois A. Steindl Debra Lamanna Miriam W. Lampen Eileen and Geoff Lanza Bernardette S. Larsen Beverly and Allan Lavroff Robert and Linda Lecky Van Lefford Mr. and Mrs. D. Leinwand Rich and Sharon Lesnik Joyce Levine Howard and Susan Levine, in honor of Bill Herman Karen and David Levinsky Paul and Katie Levit, in honor of Bill Herman Barbara and Milton Loeb Theresa V. Lustig Dr. and Mrs. James T. Luxhoj Gerard F. Lynch Mr. and Mrs. G. Magliocca Carmel Mangarella Barbara and Vito Mannino Barbara and Joel Marcus Karl Marhoefer Joseph Marino Judith Marlowe Joseph P. Masterson The McBurney Family J. McNulty Stanley Mendelson in Memory of Isabelle Mendelson Carol Miller Michele and Irwin Millinger Ronald and Paula Mindzak Vincent Minklier
George and Phyllis Scardena Barbara Schuleman in honor of Bill Herman Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Seda Cynthia and Vincent Serrao Fred and Mary Jean Shandor Mr. and Mrs. Michael Sleppin Paul and Theresa Sowa Richard E. Spicer John and Alexis Stashkevetch Anonymous Robert Strunk Mr. and Mrs. Daniel M. Suk Gayle C. Szczesny Ms. Nikki Y. Taussig Dr. Barbara A. Tocco Allan Tordini Mr. and Mrs. John Toth Frank Totten Louise Traylor Peter and Mary Beth Ventrice Karina and Henry Walentowicz, In Honor of Bill Herman Maria and Phil Ward Patrick Washam Sarah Wasserman Anonymous Larry Wehr Cecelia Widup and Sharron Williamson J. Michael and Pamela Williams Melissa L. Young Mr. Vincent Jule, Jr. Josef and Susan Saloman Dr. Patricia Morton
HD World Cultural Fund The HD World Cultural Fund has been established to secure the state-of-the-art equipment for captured live performances of Opera, Ballet, and Classical music. Anonymous William and Nancy Ainslie The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation Sharon and Louis Cyktor Beverly D'Amato Diane and Matthew Feldman James and Lucinda Florio Wayne and Mary Frey Mr. and Mrs. Mariano A. Guiducci Carolyn and Dave Horn
Joel and Ellen Henkin Paula Higgins The Hyde and Watson Foundation The J. Seward Johnson, Sr. Charitable Trusts Mark W. Jones James and Carol McLain Kenneth G. and Jennifer J. Osterman Marvin and Doris Rothman RTS Unified Communications & Stewart
Filmscreen Corporation David and Frumet Sachs Raj and Nidhi Singh Keith Spencer George and Marilyn Strauss Dr. and Mrs. Elliot Tokar Frank Totten Vornado Realty Trust
Endowments Endowment guarantees financial stability by providing reliable income, year after year, to support the State Theatreâ€™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
Recent Endowment Gifts The State Theatre deeply appreciates the recent contributions of the New Jersey Cultural Trust to its endowment.
Major Capital Gifts The State Theatre is deeply grateful to the following donors, who have made major capital gifts to the theater to assist in the achievement of our mission and to take us to even higher levels of excellence. Thank you! Middlesex County/ Renovation of the Theatre J. Seward Jonson Trusts/Technology Madiha & Omar Boraie and Boraie Development Company/ Boraie Donor Lounge Margrit McCrane & McCrane Foundation/Concert Grand Piano
Dave & Carolyn Horn/Renovation of the Theatre & HD Equipment New Jersey Cultural Trust/ Cash Reserve Fund Microsoft, Inc./Technology Family of Ben & Marie Bucca/ Green Room
RTS Unified Communications & Stewart Filmscreen Corporation/HD Equipment The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation/Technology & Equipment
Bequests The State Theatre expresses its continued gratitude to those who care about the future of their communities, and leave a major legacy to the theater through a bequest of planned gift. Estate of Klaus Peter Kuchel
Estate of Barbara B. Voorhees
Governorsâ€™ Council The State Theatre Governorsâ€™ council includes former members of our Board of Trustees who remain active in the life of the State Theatre. We appreciate their support and continued dedication to our mission. Madiha Boraie Frankie Busch Kevin P. Egan Constance Fortenbaugh C. Judson Hamlin, Esq.
John Heldrich Joseph Light Nancy MacMilliam Andrew J. Markey Fredrick P. Pierce
Mort Plawner Herbert Stolzer Lora Tremayne William H. Tremayne Ralph Voorhees
Matching Gift Companies ADP Aetna American Express Arch Chemicals Inc. AT&T Foundation AXA Foundation Bank of America Bank of New York BlackRock Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Chubb & Son Cigna HealthCare CAN Duke Energy Corporation Elsevier Science, Inc.
ExxonMobil Chemical Company FMC Good Government Program Gannett Foundation GE Foundation Give With Liberty Glenmede Trust Company Goldman Sachs Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield IBM IDT IFF Foundation Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies JP Morgan Chase Lucent
The McGraw-Hill Companies Merck Partnership Merrill Lynch Mico Mondrian Investment Partners The Pew Charitable Trusts Pfizer Foundation Prudential Financial Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Tyco Unilever The Vanguard Group Verizon Wells Fargo Bank
Board of Trustees Warren R. Zimmerman CHAIRMAN
Efrem B. Dlugacz VICE CHAIRMAN
John S. Fitzgerald TREASURER
Douglas M. Garback SECRETARY
Ann H. Asbaty Sam Boraie Sharon Cyktor Matthew Drucker Timothy W. Harbison Bill Herman Sharon L. Levine Caryl Mackin-Wagner Andrew J. Markey Sherard Murphy Susan Podlogar Peter Stavrianidis Robin Suydam
John J. Heldrich Joan Schwartzman Paul Smilow Ralph W. Voorhees EX OFFICIO MEMBERS
The Honorable James M. Cahill, Mayor, City of New Brunswick H. James Polos, Freeholder, County of Middlesex Christopher D. Rafano, Freeholder Director, County of Middlesex
Staff Mark W. Jones President & CEO
Daniel B. Grossman † Vice President of Marketing
Anna Marie Gewirtz Vice President of Development
Dave Hartkern ∞ Director of Operations
Kelly Blithe † Director of Public Relations
Linda Van Derveer † Director of Major Gifts
Brian O’Boyle Vice President of Programming
Tracy Furr * Art Director
Marlene Canavera Executive Assistant
Jason Paddock Marketing & PR Coordinator
Leah J. Anglum † Development Associate for Donor Relations
Tim Bailey * Facility Maintenance
Garry Owen Group, Advertising, & Sponsorship Consultant
Jessica Trechak † Theater Manager Dan Lyons Bar and Concessions Manager FINANCE Jerry Campagna, CPA, CGMA * Chief Financial Officer Patricia Lanza † Accounts Payable Clerk, Volunteer Coordinator Joseph Rodriguez † Staff Accountant EDUCATION Lian Brooke Farrer ∞ Vice President of Education Jennifer Cunha † Education Associate
Ben Negreann † Group, Advertising, & Sponsorship Consultant Don McKim † Ticket Office Manager Alison A. Hegarty † Ticket Office Assistant Manager Gary Frangione Ticket Office Shift Supervisor
Alisson Canavera Development Assistant for Patron Relations PRODUCTION Larry Dember † Director of Production Charles Hayman ∞ Head Flyman Mike Sivetz ∞ Head Carpenter Richard Stanek ∞ Head Technician
Anna Synek Ticket Office Shift Supervisor
Craig Werner ∞ Master Electrician, Lighting Designer
Susan Blumert ˚ Ticket Office Sales Associate
Willie Weist † Head Audio
Van Lefford Ticket Office Sales Associate AUDITORS Mercadien, PC Certified Public Accountants
† Indicates 5+ years of service * Indicates 10+ years of service 15+ years of service ˚∞ Indicates Indicates 20+ years of service
The State Theatre is proud to be associated with the professional technicians of IATSE Local #21
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 Heldrich is the official hotel of the State Theatre.
General Information STATE THEATRE is located at 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ.
SMOKING is strictly prohibited in all areas of the theater.
CELLPHONES/CAMERAS And the use of such equipment are prohibited in the theater chamber at all times. Guests who do not adhere are subject to ejection without a refund.
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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. 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. EDUCATORS interested in the State Theatre’s programs for teachers and students may obtain more information by calling the State Theatre Education Department at 732-246-SHOW (7469), ext. 545.
GROUP SALES discounts are available for groups of 12 or more. Contact State Theatre Group Sales, at 732-247-7200, ext. 517 for more information.
State Theatre Accessibility Services Large-print programs are available free of charge for most performances. Ask for your copy at the lower-lobby bar.
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 amplification. The lightweight, wireless headsets may be borrowed free of charge at either coat check or the gift shop.
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.
VOLUME 26, ISSUE 1 • JULY - AUGUST 2013
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Start Spreading the News! On May 11th, the State Theatre Benefit Gala 2013, featuring Liza Minnelli, raised $616,000 for the nonprofit performing arts center, a 23% increase over last year. Proceeds from the gala support the State Theatre’s acclaimed artistic and educational programs. The Benefit Gala, which kicked off the State Theatre’s 25th anniversary season, recognized four honorees this year—corporate honoree, Prudential; patron honorees, Ann. H. Asbaty and Efrem B. Dlugacz; and Leadership in the Arts honoree, The Star-Ledger. Photos by Kyle D. Barker.
1 FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: State Theatre Chairman and CEO for Hollywood Tans Warren R. Zimmerman; 2013 Gala honoree/State Theatre Trustee and Chief Operating Officer, National Segment, Cigna in NJ, Ann H. Asbaty; 2013 Gala honoree/ State Theatre Vice-Chairman, and Vice President of Global Benefits and Health Resources for Johnson & Johnson in NJ, Efrem B. Dlugacz; and State Theatre President & CEO Mark W. Jones
2 FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Managing Director for Raymond James & Associates in NY, Raj Singh; State Theatre Chairman and CEO for Hollywood Tans Warren R. Zimmerman; and State Theatre Trustee and SVP, Corporate Controller, Finance Univision Communications Inc in NJ, Matthew Drucker. 2
3 Gala honorees, State Theatre Trustee and Chief Operating Officer, National Segment, Cigna in NJ, Ann H. Asbaty; 2013 Gala honoree/ State Theatre Vice-Chairman, and Vice President of Global Benefits and Health Resources for Johnson & Johnson in NJ, Efrem B. Dlugacz 4 Vice President, Global Human Resources for Johnson & Johnson in NJ, Peter Fasolo with legendary entertainer Liza Minnelli.
5 FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Gala Chair Connie Harbison, legendary entertainer Liza Minnelli, and Gala Chair/State Theatre Trustee and Director, National Account Management Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Tim Harbison.
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