MARCH | APRIL 2014
PROGRAM VOL. 26, ISSUE 8
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Bowfire Deana Sings Dino—Deana Martin Lily Tomlin
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Brit Floyd–The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show Art Garfunkel New Jersey Symphony Orchestra LN One Night of Queen Performed by Gary Mullen & The Works Performance for Schools: Dinosaur Zoo Live
Dinosaur Zoo Live Milk & Cookies—FREE Storytelling Series The Sleeping Beauty Moscow Festival Ballet Paul Anka Sesame Street Live "Can't Stop Singing" L Sesame Street Live "Can't Stop Singing" L
Sesame Street Live "Can't Stop Singing" L Sesame Street Live "Can't Stop Singing" L The Wizard of Oz with the NJSO Paul Rodgers
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Pre-Performance Insights—an illuminating and thought-provoking exploration of the show, Free of charge.
L This event is not a State Theatre presentation. State Theatre ticketing policies may not apply. N Tickets for this event are available only through the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra: 1-800-255-3476.
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.
THEATER AMENITIES Accessibility Services
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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.
• Call 732-246-SHOW (7469) • Email info@StateTheatreNJ.org Photo on Cover: One Night of Queen
A Message from the PRESIDENT AND CEO Dear Friends, Welcome to the State Theatre. We are pleased to announce that we have recently added over 20 performances for 2014-15, including four world-class orchestras, a Broadway in Concert series, a dance series, and a variety of other events. ©BARISCHPADDOCK.COM
Highlights of the recently added shows include: • Todd Ellison’s Broadway in Concert (7/17/14 & 10/5/14) – Broadway’s celebrated Music Director Todd Ellison returns! Ellison and State Theatre will present two very special evenings of Broadway in Concert including a Gershwin tribute and a Rodgers and Hammerstein tribute. Each spectacular and unique event features Ellison with a band and several Broadway singers to be announced. • The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia with Branford Marsalis (11/2/14) – Renowned Grammy® Award–winning saxophonist and Tony®-nominated composer Branford Marsalis joins the highly celebrated Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in Marsalis “Well-Tempered,” a performance of Baroque masterpieces by Albinoni, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and others.
• A Seraphic Fire Christmas (12/7/14) – Revel in the vocal splendor of Seraphic Fire this holiday season with their concert, Carols by Candlelight. Entering its second decade, Seraphic Fire is widely regarded as one of the most important vocal ensembles in the U.S. • STREB (2/12/15) – Back by popular demand! This cuttingedge group of performers combines dance, gymnastics and stunt-work with high-tech set design for a thrilling performance that is out of this world.
• BBC Concert Orchestra with Keith Lockhart (4/26/15) – Led by Principal Conductor Keith Lockhart (who is also the conductor of the Boston Pops), the BBC is one of the UK’s most versatile ensembles. The program will include works by Ravel, Vaughn Williams, and Britten. We will be adding more shows soon, so check out our website and join our email list at www.StateTheatreNJ.org for upcoming additions to the schedule. Thank you so much for your support and enjoy the show. Sincerely,
Mark W. Jones President & CEO
Fri, March 28, 2014 at 8pm
Linsey Beckett Stephanie Cadman Shane Cook Marc Djokic Miranda Mulholland Lenny Solomon with Bill Bridges – guitars, John Mele – drums & percussion, Lew Mele – bass, Bernie Senensky – piano & synthesizer, Wendy Solomon – cello
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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 Program Fog Mountain / L. Solomon Ensemble Theme from James Bond M. Norman arr: B. Bridges Featuring; Shane Cook, Lenny Solomon Dangerfield / B. Monroe Featuring: Shane Cook, Linsey Beckett Stevie Wonder Medley S. Wonder. Arr: W. Solomon Featured soloist /stepdancer – Linsey Beckett Galicianer and Freylakh.... Trad:arr:A. Luminsky Featuring: Shane Cook mandolin, Lenny Solomon, violin Obsession / E. Ysaye featuring: Marc Djokic Le Tension / S. Cadman Featuring: Stephanie Cadman Aire / B. Bridges Featured solo: Wendy Solomon (cello) Theme From Pirates Of the Carribean K. Badelt, arr; L. Solomon
—INTERMISSION— Fiddler In The Hood / J. McGrath Ensemble Fiddle Medley: Wooden Whale / Liz Caron Trad., arr. Bill Bridges Featured solo: Shane Cook, Linsey Beckett (dance). Libertango / A. Piazzola. arr: B. Bridges Featuring; Marc Djokic Goin To Chicago / Trad. arr: Rick Wilkins Featuring Lenny Solomon Fiddle Medley: Growling Old Woman, Clumsy Lover / Trad., arr. by B. Bridges Featured solo: Stephanie Cadman The Magic Of The Love We Share L. Solomon Featured vocal solo: Miranda Mulholland Jigrockreel / L. Solomon Ensemble Kashmir / Plant/Page/Bonham, arr: B. Bridges Ensemble
Canty Fiddle Medley: arr. B. Bridges Isle Of Skye / Saratoga Hornpipe (Traditional) Ensemble
Program Subject to Change
About the Company
time, Texas-style, bluegrass, gypsy, eclectic, Celtic, and electric. The show has had hit tours in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Germany, and China. The diverse range of music presented serves not only as a testament to the virtuosity of these musicians, but also as a loving tribute to this amazingly versatile, complex and lyrically romantic instrument.
Bowfire, the fabulous “String Sensation” is made up of the leading names in each genre of modern string playing. The show features top violinists and fiddlers on the continent, together in one electrifying performance: it is a meeting of critically acclaimed violinists and fiddlers whose expertise encompasses styles as diverse as classical, jazz, country, rock, old-
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About the Artists LENNY SOLOMON, Creator, Artistic Director, and Jazz Violinist Over three decades and on five continents, Solomon, Bowfire’s founder and artistic director, has built a strong reputation as one of the world’s most skilled and innovative jazz violinists. His three jazz violin CD releases, After You’ve Gone, The Gershwin Sessions, and Transparency, have received critical acclaim, one reviewer dubbing him, “the heir apparent to Joe Venuti.” He was a three-time winner of the annual Violinist of the Year Award presented by The National Jazz Awards and has appeared as featured guest jazz soloist with many orchestras. As a member of the pop duo Myles And Lenny in the 1970s, he recorded two albums for Columbia Records, toured widely, and won a Juno® Award (the Canadian Grammy®). Starting out the millennium with, “Trio Norté,” Solomon won a SOCAN #1 Award for the video of his composition “Fernanda.” With Bowfire, Solomon is achieving a new direction in entertainment and performance, combining varied styles and great musicians. Solomon is also a prolific writer and arranger, as heard on his jazz CD Transparency and in the albums Bowfire Live and Bowfire’s newest release New Flame. www.lennysolomon.com LINSEY BECKETT, Fiddle and Stepdancer Beckett has performed on numerous stages across Canada and parts of the United States, entertaining audiences with her toe tapping fiddle styles, energetic step dancing, and contagious smile. She started touring with the Don Messer Jubilee tribute show at the age of 13, performing over 200 shows across Canada. Beckett has won many fiddle awards, including the Ontario Junior Fiddle championship, and has shared many duet fiddle awards with her brother, Tyler. The tradition of fiddling has been passed down through generations in Beckett’s family, The Beckett Family, who have been credited for their traditional country music from western swing to bluegrass and Canadian old tyme fiddling. Beckett continues to play with a
variety of traditional fiddle, country and contemporary acts, including the ‘Beckett Family,’ Kevin Collins Show (NL), GM Patterson Show (TN), Scott Wood’s show, and Magnum (ON). Currently, Beckett is balancing her performance career with her studies in geography and music at Sir Wilfrid Laurier University. STEPHANIE CADMAN, Fiddle and Stepdancer Cadman grew up in Canada’s capital, Ottawa. She began her professional career as a lead in the hit musical Swingstep combining her skills as actor, dancer, singer, and fiddler. She then went on to perform in the Mirvish Productions Celtic review Needfire, and the Broadway national tour of 42nd Street‘. She is a member of the CMT super group Belle Starr and has been privileged to tour with Sharon Shannon, Lunasa, and Galician piper extraordinaire Carlos Nunez. As a dancer she is accomplished in tap, Celtic stepdancing, ballet, and jazz. She has appeared as a dance soloist and fiddler with symphonies all over North America including the Kennedy Center’s National Symphony Orchestra. She was the top female at the World Tap Dance Championships in Germany at age 16. She also holds three stepdancing titles at the prestigious Pembroke Championships. www.stephaniecadman.com SHANE COOK, Fiddle Cook “rates at the top of the short list of the finest fiddlers in the world today,” says the Canadian Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame. Cook has distinguished himself as a master of an array of fiddle styles ranging from Irish and Scottish to French-Canadian, Texan, and bluegrass. He is one of Canada’s most highly awarded Canadian old-tyme fiddlers, a three-time Canadian Open National Fiddle Champion, a three-time Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion, a Grand North American Fiddle Champion and is the only Canadian to have ever won the U.S. Grand National Fiddle Championship. Cook captivates audiences with his danceable playing that is as adventurous as it is technically thrilling. He
has presented his show with several orchestras and plays regularly in several ensembles with which he has toured Canada, United States, Germany, England, China, and Taiwan. The London Free Press describes Cook’s most recent CD, available at www.shanecook.com, as “Relaxed, sprightly…and brilliantly played.” MIRANDA MULLHOLLAND, Fiddle Currently she is a member of Great Lake Swimmers and Belle Starr and is recording a solo album with multi-instrumentalist/ producer Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek). She makes select appearances in the violin show, Bowfire and has sung and played fiddle with Jim Cuddy, Steven Page, Alan Doyle, Chantal Kreviazuk, Dan Mangan, John Borra, The Rattlesnake Choir, and Justin Rutledge, among others. In addition to varied studio work, she has toured extensively in Europe and North America with the celtic rock bands The Mahones and The Peelers, The Paperboys, The Glengarry Bhoys, and the altcountry band Luther Wright and the Wrongs. She was also a member of the Canadian cast of Barrage. Mullholland studied Opera Performance at The University of Western Ontario and McGill University. MARC DJOKIC, Violin Critically acclaimed violinist Djokic is one of Canada’s most engaging concert musicians. He performs across the United States and Canada as a soloist and a collaborative musician. He is praised for his dynamic and exciting performance style. Djokic performs frequently as guest soloist with orchestra, having enjoyed playing with many orchestras such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, and The National Arts Center Orchestra. Djokic currently resides in Montreal he has recently been named Artistic Director of the Rencontres à l’Oasis concerts of the l’Oasis Musicale Series at Christ Church Cathedral. He is also Artist in Residence of the year-long series l’Oasis Musicale. Marc is winner of an Opus Prix and has establishe himself as a performing artist of critical acclaim “spot-on accuracy”…“violin playing of a high level” –
La Presse. Djokic is also part of the Morpheus Ensemble, a quartet which enjoyed being the ensemble-in-residence at La Chapelle du bon pasteur historique in Montreal from 2010 to 2013. JOHN MELE, Drums and Percussion Mele is a multi-talented, versatile drummer and percussionist who has been making music for over 30 years. He has played at venues as intimate as Toronto’s Jazz Bistro and as grand as The Royal Albert Hall in London. Mele has toured with the Canadian Brass and the Boss Brass, he has backed up such performing artists as Petula Clark, Chita Riviera, Bobby Rydell, Tommy Tune and Don Rickles to name a few. He played with the Canadian Jazz icon Eugene Amaro in his quartet and with the internationally renowned Moe Koffman Quartet. As well, Mele has been the first call percussionist on the Toronto Theatre scene. His list of shows include; Phantom Of The Opera, Cats, Showboat, The Sound Of Music, Guys And Dolls, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Dreamgirls, and Les Miserables. He also found time to be a regular studio musician playing on various jingles and television shows. Mele’s career continues to evolve as he brings his variety of experience and style to Bowfire. LEW MELE, Bass Mele has toured with CBS recording artists The Tenents, Capitol Records artists Zappacosta, and RCA recording artist Roger Whittaker and performed in a variety of theatrical productions as well as symphonic orchestras and freelance performing. Mele is a composer of original theme music for television shows and composer and producer of original songs and themes for film and videos. BERNIE SENENSKY, Piano Senensky one of Canada’s most soughtafter jazz pianists, has been nominated for three Juno® Awards, was twice named Best Acoustic Pianist by The Jazz Report Awards, and has won the SOCAN Award for Best Jazz Composition (“Blues for Clifford”). Senensky has released 12 albums, consisting almost
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entirely of his own compositions, and has recorded with countless other artists. He has performed with Chet Baker, Herbie Mann, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Joe Williams, and numerous other jazz greats, and has appeared on the public radio program Piano Jazz. Bowfire’s Father Fugue is his composition and combines Fugue with Jazz. myspace.com/berniesenensky BILL BRIDGES, Guitar Bridges has accompanied Lena Horne, Peggy Lee, Eartha Kitt, Frankie Lane, and Ella Fitzgerald among many others. He can be heard on numerous television and film scores, and has appeared on his own CBC special, The Magic of the Guitar. He has released two solo CDs, Dreaming of You and Sweet Dreams. Bridges is a consummate guitarist covering many styles and has arranged and orchestrated for many artists including Bowfire. Bridges has also composed some beautiful music for Bowfire such as “Aire” and “Lazy Ray.” www.billbridges.ca WENDY SOLOMON, Cello Solomon has been a recitalist in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Among her awards are a first prize in the 1990 Atlanta Young Artist Competition, and 1992 Heliconian Young Artist of the Year. Having studied with Bernard Greenhouse and William Pleeth, Solomon has played with numerous orchestras and shows and is a busy studio musician. She is not only the featured cellist in Bowfire, but also a noted arranger. Solomon’s new project, Lush, is a wonderfully unique ensemble; a cello quartet, Lush has released their first CD featuring Wendy’s gifted arranging abilities. www.lushcellos.com THEODORE J. MENDEZ, Tour Production Manager Mendez has been a member of Bowfire since 2004 in various capacities including; stage manager, production manager, and now tour manager. Highlights of his years with Bowfire include the international travel and his experience as production manager for the Bowfire DVD (available for your convenience in the lobby). Past touring credits include
Theatreworks’ productions of Hamlet, A Comedy of Errors, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Creede Repertory Theater’s productions of The Odyssey, Love Letters and Weed; and Bill Fegan’s Kaleidoscope Players’ productions of Under Milk Wood, A Christmas Carol, and The Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats. During his down time Mendez resides in rural Colorado where he dabbles as an actor, director, and producer of plays and musicals. For Booking Information contact: Steve Butler Paquin Entertainment Group 206B-219 Dufferin Street Toronto, ON, Canada M6K 3J1 Tel: (416) 962.8885 Fax: (416) 962.3331 Email: email@example.com
State Theatre offers sincere thanks to
Bill Herman for his generous support of the State Theatre and Deana Sings Dino.
Sat, March 29, 2014 at 8pm
Deana Sings Dino Deana Martin
Bill Herman 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.
Deana Sings Dino
About the Artist DEANA MARTIN is an influential American singer, actor and performer, and the very proud daughter of iconic entertainer, Dean Martin. Martin achieved success early in her career in films, theater, and television, then quickly added to her repertoire — recording artist, best-selling author, nationally syndicated radio host, licensed pilot, and entrepreneur. As an internationally acclaimed entertainer, hit recording artist, and an in-demand performer playing to sold-out audiences worldwide, Deana Martin has become an instantly recognizable voice and figure in the pantheon of The Great American Songbook. Martin’s 2006 debut CD release, Memories Are Made Of This, stayed in the top 10 for 40 consecutive weeks. In 2009 another hit CD, Volare, was released; it debuted on the Bill-
board charts at #7 and the Jazz chart at #22. White Christmas, another chart buster, was released in 2011, and stayed in the top 10 throughout the entire Christmas season. A celebrated author, Deana Martin found herself on The New York Times coveted Best Seller list with her 2004 memoir, Memories Are Made Of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughters Eyes. In it, Martin delights in sharing wonderful, never-before-told stories about her father and his Pallies. To her they were known as Uncle Frank (Sinatra) and Uncle Sammy (Davis, Jr.) – to the world, they were known as the “Rat Pack.” The book will soon be made into a movie, directed by actor Joe Mantegna, with screenplay written by actor/writer/television host Bonnie Hunt, and starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. Seeing Deana Martin in a live performance, you get the sense that there is nothing she
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cannot do. And youâ€™re right! With an abundance of success under her belt as a hit recording artist, highly praised concert performer, accomplished actor, and best-selling author, Deana Martin seems to excel effortlessly at everything she does. Like her Dad, Martin makes it all look so easy, and audiences canâ€™t get enough. Martin and her husband John Griffeth divide their time between Beverly Hills, CA and Branson, MO. For more information on Deana Martin, her career, and upcoming concert appearances, please visit her website at DeanaMartin.com.
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State Theatre offers sincere thanks to
Dave Retcher for his generous support of the State Theatre and Lily Tomlin.
Sun, March 30, 2014 at 4pm
Dave Retcher 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 LILY TOMLIN, one of America’s foremost comediennes, continues to venture across an ever-widening range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation, and video. Throughout her extraordinary career, Tomlin has received numerous awards, including: six Emmys®; a Tony® for her one woman Broadway show, Appearing Nitely; a second Tony® for Best Actress, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics’ Circle Award for her one woman performance in Jane Wagner’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; a CableAce Award for Executive Producing the film adaptation of The Search; a Grammy® for her comedy album, This is a Recording as well as nominations for her subsequent albums Modern Scream, And That’s the Truth, and On Stage; and two Peabody Awards—the first for the ABC television special, Edith Ann’s Christmas: Just Say Noël, and the second for narrating and executive producing the HBO film, The Celluloid Closet. In 2003, she was the recipient of the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Tomlin was born in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in a working-class neighborhood on the outskirts of one of the city’s most affluent areas. Although she claims she wasn’t funny as a child, Tomlin admits she “knew who was and lifted all their material right off the TV screen.” Her favorites included Lucille Ball, Bea Lillie, Imogene Coca, and Jean Carroll, one of the first female stand-ups on The Ed Sullivan Show. After high school, Tomlin enrolled at Wayne State
University to study medicine, but her elective courses in theater arts compelled her to leave college to become a performer in local coffee houses. She moved to New York in 1965, where she soon built a strong following with her appearances at landmark clubs such as The Improvisation, Cafe Au Go Go, and the Upstairs at the Downstairs, where she later opened for the legendary Mabel Mercer in the Downstairs Room. Tomlin made her television debut in 1966 on The Garry Moore Show and then made several memorable appearances on The Merv Griffin Show, which led to a move to California where she appeared as a regular on Music Scene. In December 1969, Tomlin joined the cast of the top-rated Laugh-In and immediately rose to national prominence with her characterizations of Ernestine, the irascible telephone operator, and Edith Ann, the devilish six- year-old. When Laugh-In left the air, Tomlin went on to cowrite, with Jane Wagner, and star in six comedy television specials: The Lily Tomlin Show (1973), Lily (1973), Lily (1975), Lily Tomlin (1975), Lily: Sold Out (1981), and Lily for President? (1982), for which she won three Emmy® Awards and a Writers Guild of America Award. Tomlin also starred in the HBO special about the AIDS epidemic, And the Band Played On (1993). She has guest starred on numerous television shows, such as Homicide, X-Files and Will and Grace, and played the boss on the popular CBS series, Murphy Brown. She is also heard as the voice of the science teacher Ms. Frizzle on the popular children’s animated series, The Magic School Bus, for which she was awarded an
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Emmy®. In 2002, Tomlin joined the cast of the hit NBC series, The West Wing, playing President Bartlett’s assistant, Debbie Fiderer—a role for which she received a 2003 Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Actress in a Drama Series. Tomlin continued in the role of Debbie through 2006, the final season of West Wing. In the past few years, Tomlin has made several guest appearances on Desperate Housewives, NCIS, Eastbound and Down, and guest starred in the acclaimed FX series, Damages, in the Emmy®nominated role of matriarch of a wealthy New York family accused of financial fraud. This year, Tomlin will be co-starring with Reba McEntire on the new ABC series, Malibu Country, and can also be seen on Showtime’s series, Web Therapy, as Lisa Kudrow’s narcissistic mother. On film, Tomlin made her debut as Linnea, a gospel singer and mother of two deaf children in Robert Altman’s Nashville (1975); her memorable performance was nominated for an
Academy Award, and both the New York Film Critics and National Society of Film Critics voted Tomlin Best Supporting Actress. She next starred opposite Art Carney as a would-be actress living on the fringes of Hollywood in Robert Benton’s The Late Show (1977). She went on to star with John Travolta as a lonely housewife in Jane Wagner’s Moment By Moment (1978), and then teamed with Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton in the late Colin Higgins’ comedy, 9 to 5 (1980). She starred as the happy homemaker who became The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981), written by Jane Wagner, and the eccentric rich woman whose soul invades Steve Martin’s body in Carl Reiner’s popular All of Me (1984). She then teamed with Bette Midler for Big Business (1988). For her extensive work in film, Tomlin has received the Crystal Award from Women in Film. Tomlin’s entire career in art, text, photos and videos can be found at www.lilytomlin.com.
Tue, April 1, 2014 at 8pm
Brit Floyd DISCOVERY World Tour 2014
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 BRIT FLOYD Having performed to over one million fans around the world since their first show in Liverpool, England in January 2011, Brit Floyd The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show, returns to North America from March to June 2014 to perform DISCOVERY, a stunning new three hour chronological musical journey spanning the entire recording career of Pink Floyd from 1967 - 1994. Named after Pink Floyd’s recent box set of the same name, and featuring music from the Syd Barrett led 60s psychedelic pop of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, through to the nineties The Division Bell, and everything in between, the brand new DISCOVERY show captures in note-for-note detail, all your fa-
vorite moments as well as a few lesser known gems, from one of the most outstanding and enduring back catalogues in the history of recorded music. Featuring the trademark Pink Floyd arch and circle light show, Brit Floyd’s musical performance is also accompanied by amazing original video and brand new animation, inspired by the timelessly brilliant artwork designs of longtime Pink Floyd collaborator, Storm Thorgerson. With painstaking attention to detail, replicating every nuance of every Floydian moment both musically and visually, the band’s execution of all Pink Floyd’s greatest works makes each familiar track sound fresh and pristine.
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Thu, April 3, 2014 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 ART GARFUNKEL Blessed with what The New York Times described as a “beautiful countertenor,” singer Art Garfunkel has made an indelible mark on the music world as both a solo artist and half of the unrivaled Simon & Garfunkel. He has also enjoyed a successful film career, published a book of poetry and released 12 solo albums, the most recent being Some Enchanted Evening in 2007. Since then, he has been busy as a husband and father to his two sons, 23 year-old James and eight-year-old Beau Daniel. He is also an avid walker who has walked across Japan, the U.S. (celebrated in the 1997 concert DVD Across America), and now Europe. Garfunkel was originally revered for his Grammy®-winning, chart-topping songs and albums with partner and fellow NYC native Paul Simon. Their greatest hits collection, which includes “Mrs. Robinson,” “Scarbor-
ough Fair,” “The Sound of Silence,” “The Boxer,” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” among others, is one of the biggest selling albums ever. After Simon & Garfunkel parted ways in 1970, Garfunkel landed several major film roles, including Carnal Knowledge (opposite Jack Nicholson), Catch 22, and Nicholas Roeg’s Bad Timing/A Sensual Obsession. His solo debut Angel Clare spawned the top 10 hit “All I Know.” His other solo albums include Breakaway (‘75; features the hit “I Only Have Eyes For You”), Watermark (‘78; featuring “[What A] Wonderful World” with James Taylor and Paul Simon), Fate for Breakfast (‘79), Scissors Cut (‘81), The Animal’s Christmas (‘86), Lefty (‘88), Garfunkel (greatest hits, ‘88), Up Till Now (‘93), Across America (‘97), Songs From a Parent to a Child (‘97), Everything Waits to be Noticed (’03), and Some Enchanted Evening (’07). The late 80s brought two new challenges for Garfunkel: he published Still Water, a collection of poetry in ‘89, and began an amazing trek across America—on foot. But the 80s and 90s found Garfunkel doing what he does best: singing for an audience. “Taking on the fear and vulnerability of a live show keeps you vital,” says Garfunkel, who relishes the opportunity to perform new and classic material for fans around the world. “I’m a singer trying to get away with a lucky job. I try to soothe, to lift...That’s my life.” Garfunkel earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Columbia College, majoring in art history; later he earned his Masters degree in architecture at Columbia University. He lives in New York City with his wife Kim. Garfunkel is an avid reader and has chronicled every book he’s read since June 1968 on his website—1,195.
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Sun, April 6, 2014 at 7pm
One Night of Queen Performed by Gary Mullen & The Works
One Night of Queen
About the Artist GARY MULLEN has been a lifelong Queen fan and has always been a keen singer. His career as Freddie started in 2000, when his wife and his mother secretly applied to the Granada TV show Stars in Their Eyes. Mullen won the overall live grand finale, polling 864,838 votes, more than double the runner up and setting the all-time record for votes on the show. Mullen is featured in the Stars in Their Eyes video, CD, and book and has represented the UK on Euro Stars in Their Eyes. After the television experience, Mullen performed as a solo artist and immediately started to receive rave reviews and was encouraged by the audience reaction. Therefore in 2002, he created One Night of Queen and formed his band, The Works. Since then, One Night of Queen has gone from strength to strength and are one of the hardest working bands in the land. For the last five years they have consistently performed over 150 shows per year in a variety of countries. Mullen was personally in-
vited by Brian May to attend the Queen & Paul Rodgers show in Cardiff and was thrilled to be introduced to May backstage after the show. For the first time in Mullen’s life, he was left speechless by the great man. Mullen has recorded various voiceovers for radio, television and computer games. He has recorded an album of original material with long term song writing partner Barry Kelly called Blood, Sweat and Beers which is available to purchase on iTunes. Mullen keeps himself in shape by lifting weights on the road and also enjoys practicing yoga. When he does get time off, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. BILLY MOFFAT started playing bass at the tender age of 10 and is now firmly established as a quality player who is a popular choice for session work. Moffat along with Davie Brockett played on the Frankie Miller tribute CD on the track “As Good As Gone.” Moffat lists his musical influences as Rush, Muse, Steeley Dan, Jimi Hendrix, Chic and many, many more.
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When Moffat is at home he likes nothing more than cooking in his kitchen accompanied with a bottle of red wine. Moffat has recorded a solo album, which is available to buy now on iTunes. The album is called BSides, and features Mullen on three tracks. MALCOLM GENTLES was brought up in a musical family and started playing the violin at the age of five. He went on to study at the acclaimed Chethams School Of Music in Manchester when he was just 9 years old. It was after his time at Chethams, whilst at college, that Gentles developed his interest in piano−studying jazz, arranging, and popular music whilst also gigging as a drummer in clubs and theatres in the evenings. Gentles formed his own band in 1990 and gigs have taken him around the world, backing artists and performing in their own right on most of the major cruise lines. “When I’m not touring I just enjoy my time at home−a few glasses of wine with friends and plenty of good food.” JONATHAN EVANS started playing drums at 13 while still at school. He spent his time playing in the school orchestra and big band with highlights including being recorded at the BBC studios and traveling to Denmark to play at a selection of festivals. Since leaving school, Evans has played in numerous rock bands all over the country and coincidentally played on the same bill as Mullen during one of his solo shows. Evans’ main influences are The Barenaked Ladies, Matchbox Twenty, and the James Taylor Quartet. His solid sense of rhythm and skill make him an ideal Roger. DAVIE BROCKETT was brought up in Glasgow and started playing guitar at the age of 15. His work encompasses great breadth and depth from jingles for Radio and TV to music for Film and Video games. His work was also included in a promotional multimedia CD for the University of Glasgow! In 1998 he began Planet 8, an original project which now includes a band, an album, a live show, a website and has resulted in a cult following in the UK and the Far East. He was mentioned in Total Guitar magazine as One of Scotland’s best guitarists July 2001.
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Red Tail Entertainment LLC In association with ArKtype and East Bank Entertainment present
Created by Erth-Visual & Physical, Incorporated Sydney, Australia
Starring AIMEE LOUISANNE HALLIE GOODMAN, ANTHONY OREFICE, KELLEY SELZNICK JACKSON EATHER
Artistic Director SCOTT WRIGHT Executive Director SHARON KERR
General Manager ANNA YOUNG
General Management/ Tour Booking ARKTYPE
Designer Technical Manager STEVE HOWARTH PHIL DOWNING
National Marketing C MAJOR MARKETING
Lighting Designer DEANNA FITZGERALD
Written & Directed by SCOTT WRIGHT
Dinosaur Zoo Live
Cast (in alphabetical order) Wrangler/Hero Puppeteer ...............................................................................Hallie Goodman Paleontologist/Host........................................................................................Aimee Louisanne Wrangler/Hero Puppeteer ...............................................................................Anthony Orefice Wrangler/Puppeteer ..........................................................................................Kelley Selznick Swing ................................................................................................................Jackson Eather
Who’s Who in the Cast AIMEE LOUISANNE (Paleontologist/Host) is a multicultural actor/musician from Perth, Australia, living in New York. Career experience includes credits with Oscar®-nominated director Darren Aronofsky, with two lead roles in independent feature films, and various international productions. She works with renowned acting coach Susan Batson, and trains in combat/stunts and martial arts for film. She holds a B.S. in Aviation, a Commercial Pilot’s License (AU), and speaks French and Italian, and will soon release her first EP. Louisanne has a passion for working with children and spent a year performing internationally at various orphanages. She works with children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, and is part of a non-profit organization, Kissabilites, promoting disability awareness and integration in primary schools. Special thanks to her agent Lisa Price—Louisanne is thrilled to be touring the U.S. in Dinosaur Zoo Live! HALLIE GOODMAN (Wrangler/Hero Puppeteer) is native to New York, having graduated from LaGuardia High School for Drama, though she has recently relocated to the Boston area. She has been seen most recently in Kidville Wellesley’s Rockin’ Railroad and in Spencer, an independent feature film that won Best U.S. Feature at the New York International Film Festival 2013. Goodman has been seen in Don Ardin’s Jubilee at the Bally’s Hotel in Las Vegas, and in The Producers, High School Musical, No No Nannette, A Chorus Line, and
Little Shop of Horrors at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. Thanks to her family and Nate, without whom she couldn’t be as awesome. ANTHONY OREFICE (Wrangler/Hero Puppeteer) A native of Long Island, NY and graduate of Miami University in Oxford, OH, with a degree in psychology. Orefice recently appeared at Field Station: Dinosaurs in New Jersey where he operated various hand puppets and the T-rex hero puppet. He discovered his love of full body puppetry when, freshly out of college, he took a job as Pinny the Bowling Pin mascot for Bowlmor Lanes in Times Square. Since then, he has integrated his knowledge of psychology and puppetry with his childhood dinosaur fixation. Orefice can’t wait to tour North America and beyond in Dinosaur Zoo Live. KELLEY SELZNICK (Wrangler/ Puppeteer) is a New York-based puppeteer and textile artist and recent graduate of Cal State Northridge where she studied puppetry and costume construction. She apprenticed with shadow puppeteer Maria Bodmann and interned with Jessica Scott. Recent puppeteering credits include the short film The Never Bell (Emily Lobsenz), La Divina Caricatura (Mabou Mines), Sirens of the Lambs (Banksy), Tiger Tales, and Chang-Er (Chinese Theatre Works), Big Annie, Tobias Turkey, and Lumpy Bumpy Pumpkin (Shadow Box Theatre). She has designed puppets for Independent Shakespeare Co.’s Winter’s Tale and puppet costumes for The Never Bell. She is known for her Elizabethan ruffs which have been used in art proj-
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ects and shows all over the world. www.kelleyselznick.com. JACKSON EATHER (Swing) Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Eather has performed in community theater companies, playing leading roles in Spring Awakening, West Side Story, and Seussical. He attended Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, where he trained in acting, circus, and visual arts. He moved to New York City to study at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. He performed the role of Bub Hicks in Musicals Tonight!’s Off-Broadway production of Leave it to Jane. Eather served as the Dinosaur Wrangler and as a puppeteer at Field Station: Dinosaurs in NJ, where he operated the T-Rex puppet built by Erth. Eather is thrilled to be touring North America in Dinosaur Zoo and sharing his passion for theater and dinosaurs with the world. SCOTT WRIGHT (Artistic Director) is the artistic director and co-founder of Erth Visual & Physical, Inc., which began in 1990. He
trained as a dancer and choreographer in Victoria in Southeast Australia, and is a multiskilled artist incorporating puppetry (one of his greatest loves), movement, acting, aerial, stilts, and pyrotechnics. Currently he is devising several new shows including Murder—inspired by the music of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ murder ballad “Stagger Lee”—and a production with a prehistoric aquarium in which the audience is submerged in an ancient underwater environment, witnessing the thrills and spills of aquatic life. Also in development is a new work based upon the last thylacine (the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times) kept in Australian captivity. Scott’s personal focus currently lies within the survival of indigenous folklore, exploring how ancient stories can be retrieved and presented to new audiences. This interest takes him into remote communities throughout Australia where he meets with elders, learning and developing methods for puppetry to tell the stories of ancient creatures and land-
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scapes. SHARON KERR (Executive Director) is a founding and core member of Erth. Originally trained as a school teacher majoring in drama, Kerr has much performance experience. Prior to helping form Erth, she spent five years in contemporary dance theater with emphasis on improvisational movement. Puppetry became a natural extension of this. Her roles within Erth are many and varied. Contributing to creative and performance direction, Kerr continues to perform, while assisting with the construction of props and costumes. She has also steered the company for many years as its key administrator. Some of her performance highlights include her aerial harness and flying work, effectively becoming a human marionette. Memorable amongst these are from atop the sails of the Sydney Opera House, the spire of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne, the tower of Bingham Hall at Yale University and from the 30th floor of the Nge Ann skyscraper in Singapore.
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ANNA YOUNG (General Manager) has been in the entertainment industry all her working life. She has applied her skills and extensive experience of the arts and cultural production to events both across Australia and internationally. These range from music and film to roles from performer to producer. Her flair for production and management has seen her do the same for Spiegelworld both in Las Vegas and NYC (2008–2009) while also delivering the annual Australian G’DAY U.S.A. Australia Plays Broadway concert event at Carnegie Hall (2009). Young has been with Erth since the beginning of 2011 and has become an invaluable family member, helping the company grow further and develop new markets. When people enquire as to her line of work, Anna enjoys the reply, “I manage Erth.” STEVE HOWARTH (Designer) As a founding and full time member of Erth Visual & Physical, Inc., Howarth designs for most of the company’s productions and external commissions. From the Erth studio/workshop he supervises a team of artists in the creation of the puppets, sets, props, costumes, and the associated elements that are in constant tour around the nation and the globe. Over the last 20 years in this principal role, he has worked with a wide variety of people, organizations, and across numerous media. Howarth spent the first 15 years at Erth performing in, on, and dangling from many of his creations, but he now devotes his time solely to their realization rather than being the one on stage. Offstage, he oversees the daily production of giant, teeth-gnashing dinosaurs and inflatable monsters that live alongside traditional fine arts and textiles work, and increasingly, within disciplines such as digital animation. He recently directed his first work which combined live actors, puppets, and projection. Working closely with indigenous storytellers, Taniwha! wove together threads of Maori folklore for Auckland Museum, NZ. Howarth also mentors design students from several tertiary institutions and assists emerging artists in the implementation of their respective crafts. PHIL DOWNING (Sound/Lighting/Video
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Designer) has a distinct history working with interactive multimedia. After years spent performing music, Downing set about reinventing his means of expression through music, by creating unique and obscure musical instruments. This inspiration has led to the creation of numerous soundtracks for theatrical productions (1999–2012). Delivery of video and imagery being an obvious progression, Downing has also worked with various technologies to incorporate physical interaction (with performers and audience members) into installations and performances, utilizing technologies such as infra-red, sonar, and pressure sensors, Arduino programmable circuit boards and Kinect sensors. Working with Erth, Downing has developed systems for automated delivery of sound, light, and visual effects, and has designed stand-alone sound systems for their various creature puppets. “This one’s going to be a mad professor!” his grandma proclaimed upon his birth.…She was possibly correct! DEANNA FITZGERALD (Lighting Designer). Lighting Designer, assistant professor,
and head of M.F.A./B.F.A. Lighting Design and Technology at the University of Arizona. Career highlights: Cirque Mechanics: Boom Town and STOMP OUT LOUD Las Vegas. Other credits: San Francisco Opera’s Merola; Coconut Grove Playhouse’s Young Artist programs; numerous original dance designs for choreographers such as Deborah Hay and Ben Levy; Lighting Director for STOMP; Production Director for Opera Theater Music Festival in Lucca, Italy; Lighting Supervisor and Assistant Lighting Designer for Santa Fe Opera; Lighting Consultant for the original Broadway cast tours of the Greater Tuna trilogy; and Assistant Lighting Designer for Cincinnati Ballet. www.deannafitzgerald.com MEGAN COY (Stage Manager/Lighting Director) is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in theatrical design and stage management. Most recently, she served as stage manager for The Magik Theatre’s national tour of Splat the Cat, where she also designed the lights for their production of Willy Wonka. She recently served as assistant pro-
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ducer/associate lighting designer on The Rocky Horror Show in Wenatchee, WA and she was a lighting design intern for Williamstown Theatre Festival, where she designed lights for The Zoo Story. She has served as stage manager and lighting designer for theater companies throughout the United States. RED TAIL ENTERTAINMENT LLC (Producer), founded by Phillip Drayer, produces a wide range of spectacular live entertainment and presents a variety of live performances by headline entertainers throughout the U.S. In addition to producing Dinosaur Zoo Live, the company most recently produced the national tour of Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries, a live musical designed specifically for children. Red Tail also produced the acclaimed A Night with Janis Joplin, now playing at the Lyceum Theater on Broadway. The company presents concerts by notable entertainers such as Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and many more at venues throughout the U.S.
ARKTYPE (Producer) ArKtype supports risk by supporting artists’ work in live performance—an ever-shifting mechanism for the fulfillment of their visions for international collaboration, production and touring. The company was established in 2006 by producer Thomas O. Kriegsmann to support the finest in emerging and established domestic and internationally based artists and projects. Kriegsmann’s acclaimed work as producer has been seen worldwide, proudly beginning his work in the production and development of emerging ensembles. His work includes projects with Mikhail Baryshnikov; Peter Brook; Julie Taymor; Yael Farber; Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson; Annie-B Parsons and Paul Lazar; Lisa Peterson; Jay Scheib; and Tony Taccone. For three seasons he produced the Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota, FL and recently premiered Big Dance Theater/Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Man in a Case and the U.S. premiere of Nalaga’at Deaf-Blind Theater’s Not By Bread Alone. Upcoming premieres include Jay Scheib’s Platonov, or The Disinherited, Dayna Hanson’s The Clay Duke, Robert Ashley and Alex Waterman’s Vidas Perfectas and Jessica Black and Erik Jensen’s Lester Bangs Project (Spring 2015). EAST BANK ENTERTAINMENT / MATT CHINN (Producer) specializes in the development, production, distribution, and management of commercial entertainment attractions as well as consultation on programming, and financial analysis for performing arts centers and promoters. Upcoming and ongoing projects include: Peter Pan 360, Hombre Vertiente, A Christmas Carol the Concert, Star Wars Burlesque, and Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live among others. Matt Chinn is an 18-year veteran of the live entertainment industry, working as an agent and promoter for Madstone Productions, AWA Touring, Columbia Artists Theatricals and Pace Theatricals, representing and managing touring concert and theatrical attractions. Throughout his career he has represented more than 100 touring productions, including A Chorus Line; Bring in da‘ Noise, Bring in da‘ Funk starring Savion Glover; Cats, Chicago; Dreamgirls; Evita; Fiddler on the Roof;
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Green Day’s American Idiot; Ragtime; Stomp; Sunset Blvd; and The Phantom of the Opera to name a few. A Texas native, Chinn is a graduate of Southwestern University in Georgetown. He currently resides in heart of Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens. eastbankentertainment.com. ERTH-VISUAL & PHYSICAL INCORPORATED (Creator/Producer) Erth brings the impossible to life. For more than 21 years, the company has developed a truly fantastic aesthetic and an extraordinary box of tricks, the foundations of its unique visual theater works. The company regularly tours internationally, to every major Australian festival, and to regional and major city venues around the country. More than a million people have seen its dinosaurs in performance works such as Dinosaur Petting Zoo and Dinosaur Zoo Live, and in museums. Their works range from largescale interactive environments, such as The Garden—a prehistoric landscape inhabited by giant insects which premiered at the Melbourne International Festival of Arts—to more intimate in-theater works and roving spectaculars. Dinosaur Petting Zoo has toured through Australia and overseas for four years and is now joined by I, Bunyip and its cast of Australian Indigenous spirit creatures and their stories, which toured Australia nationally in 2012. The Nargun and the Stars, an adaptation of Patricia Wrightson’s novel, was commissioned by Sydney and Perth Festivals in 2009. The company has also been commissioned by major museums including The Australian Museum, Auckland War Memorial Museum (New Zealand), Powerhouse Museum (Sydney), The Field Museum in Chicago, Science Museum Minnesota, Natural Museums Liverpool (U.K.), Naturalis (Leiden), National Museums Northern Ireland, Montreal Science Museum, and the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. Most recently Erth commissioned work and supplied dinosaur puppets for the Field Station Dinosaurs Theme Park (U.S.A.) which launched in May 2012. Erth’s design studio has built for a huge range of cultural institutions and commercial clients from Sydney Opera House and City of Sydney to the primetime Spanish television program “El
Hormiguero.” Erth was founded in 1990 in Ballarat, Victoria and is now based at Sydney’s CarriageWorks contemporary arts center. SPECIAL THANKS This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. STAFF FOR DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE GENERAL MANAGEMENT ArKtype Thomas O. Kriegsmann Matt Chinn Jenny E. Goelz Elizabeth C. Given NATIONAL MARKETING & PUBLICITY C Major Entertainment Marketing, Inc. Catherine Major BOOKING Exclusive Worldwide Booking ArKtype Thomas O. Kriegsmann www.arktype.org CASTING Cindi Rush Casting LIGHTING DESIGN Deanna Fitzgerald Company Manager and Merchandising Manager .....Takashi (TK) Miller Production Manager ....................Adam G. Apell Stage Manager and Lighting Director ............................Megan Coy Tour Accountant........................Katherine Belew Banking ....................................................T Bank Payroll ..........................................................ADP Production Staffing .................LaLa Productions Merchandising ...................................Matt Chinn The Araca Group Rehearsal Directors ........................Miron Gusso Noel MacNeal Technical Consultant .......................Katy Savard Graphics Designer ........................Fraver Design Graphics Designer ...Cohen Design & Marketing Website Design ...................................Grey Ship Interactive Marketing...........................Grey Ship Photographer ..............................Christian Waits Rehearsed at NEW 42nd STREET Studios
State Theatre offers sincere thanks to
Tim and Connie Harbison for their generous support of the State Theatre and The Sleeping Beauty.
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Moscow Festival Ballet
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY Full-length Ballet in Three Acts Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikowski Choreography by Marius Petipa Libretto: Marius Petipa and Ivan Vsevolojsky after stories by Charles Perrault Sets: Lev Solodovnikov Costumes: Simon Virsaladze Premiere: January 16, 1890 Marinski Theatre, St. Petersburg
PROLOGUE ACT I The Spell −Intermission− ACT II, Scene One The Vision ACT II, Scene Two The Awakening ACT III The Wedding
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The Sleeping Beauty
About the Program The Sleeping Beauty, a crowning jewel of Marius Petipa’s career, is often considered the finest achievement of the Classical ballet. It is a grandiose and refined blending of the traditional mime, expressive pas d’action and spectacular divertissements in a lavish theatrical setting. Tchaikovsky was delighted with the invitation to write the music for a ballet based on Charles Perrault’s well-known fairy tale. A baby princess, condemned at her christening by an evil fairy to prick her finger and die on her 16th birthday, is saved by the gift of the good Lilac Fairy, who declares the princess will only sleep until awakened by the kiss of a prince. The fairy tale, replete with a king and queen, fairies both good and evil, a beautiful princess and dream prince, magical stage effects, and courtly splendor, lent itself perfectly to the full evening ballet that was Petipa’s pride. Although different productions have cast the kingdom of King Florestan and his Queen in varying centuries, it is really a storybook kingdom set in the realm of the imagination. In the Prologue, the hall of the palace where the christening is about to take place is resplendent with color, and imposing with its high ceilings and great stone archways. The master of ceremonies, pages, heralds, ladies in waiting, and finally the King and Queen all promenade into the royal setting, looking most distinguished in their elaborate dress. Next, the fairies of the kingdom join the scene of courtly pageantry with the Lilac Fairy, six cavaliers and maids of honor entering last. All dance in honor of the King and Queen and baby Aurora, about to be christened. Each of the fairies dances her own solo, presenting a gift to the Princess. Just as the Lilac Fairy finishes her dance a strange and frightening rumble is heard. Its meaning soon becomes clear: the master of ceremonies has forgotten to invite the evil Fairy Carabosse! The grotesque woman, her face a white mask, her long dress black and tattered, enters in a huge black coach drawn by four ugly rats. Stepping down, she gesticulates with her hand and
threatens with her stick that they will have to pay the price for their omission. In mime, she delivers the ominous curse that the Princess will prick her finger on a spindle and die. The master of ceremonies is in disgrace, the King and Queen are in despair. But the Lilac Fairy has not given her the gift. She steps forward and assures the royal court that on her 16th birthday the princess will indeed prick her finger, but then fall asleep for 100 years. Carabosse speeds off in a rage while the others surround the infant’s cradle as if to protect her from further harm. The Sleeping Beauty was the first of Petipa’s classics to be seen in Western Europe. Under the title The Sleeping Princess, it was presented by Serge Diaghilev (1872-1929) in London in 1921. In 1939, it was remounted in Great Britain and has been considered the foundation of the Classical ballet repertory in that country ever since. It has now been adopted worldwide, and performance of the leading role remains a kind of initiation rite for aspiring ballerinas. The Sleeping Beauty is a supreme demonstration of the challenge of Petipa’s style−steel point work, sharply accented spinning turns, soaring leaps, high extensions, brilliant battery (beats in the air), daring lifts and, in addition, it gives a fairy tale plot lavish stage treatment. However, its production actually checked a growing tendency toward shapeless extravaganza in 19th century ballet, adhering closely to the principle of choreographic symphonism—like the composition of a symphony, it had a certain formal structure. The Sleeping Beauty was choreographed in strict association with Tchaikovsky’s music. There are themes developed and resumed throughout the ballet, and each act is a unity unto itself. Tchaikovsky willingly took instruction from Petipa as to the length tempo and character of each musical sequence (as he would also do in The Nutcracker). The themes—a young girl’s coming of age and the triumph of good over evil are developed dramatically and musically during the course of the ballet. Each of the
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three acts includes an Adagio for Princess Aurora, the first celebrating her girlhood, the second her falling in love, and the third her marriage. In these pas d’actions, Petipa makes fuller use than previous choreographers of the dramatic potential of the Classical ballet, as when Aurora’s curved (questioning) attitudes become sharp (exclamatory) arabesques and her balances grow steadily surer. PROLOGUE King Florestan the XIVth declares a grand christening ceremony to be held in honor of the birth of his daughter, Princess Aurora named after the dawn. An entourage of six fairies is invited to the Christening to be godmothers to the child. They are the Candide Fairy, the Coulante Fairy, the Miettes Fairy, the Canari Fairy, the Violente Fairy and—most importantly—the Lilac Fairy, who is the last to arrive. As the fairies are happily granting gifts of honesty, grace, prosperity, song and generosity, they are suddenly interrupted by the arrival of the wicked fairy
Carabosse, who is furious at the King’s failure to invite her to the ceremony. The King and Queen begin to remonstrate, and the Master of Ceremonies, Catallabutte, intervenes to take responsibility, whereupon Carabosse rips off his wig, laughing. With spite and rage, Carabosse declares her curse on Princess Aurora: she will prick her finger on her sixteenth birthday and die. But all is not lost: the Lilac Fairy, fortunately, has not yet granted her gift to the Princess. She acknowledges that Carabosse’s power is immense and she cannot completely reverse the curse. However, she declares, though the Princess shall indeed prick her finger, she will not die, but instead sleep for 100 years until she is awakened by the kiss of a prince. Carabosse departs, and the curtain falls as the good fairies surround the cradle. ACT I The Spell Act I opens at Aurora’s 16th birthday party. Brightly clad peasant girls dance a
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divertissement with flower garlands. Holding the arched garlands overhead, they dance in multiple circles, weaving in and out to a waltz tempo. All await the arrival of the Princess Aurora. The ballerina princess bursts onto the scene, dancing a brief and vivacious solo in the manner of a carefree young girl. She is then ceremoniously introduced to the four princes who have come to seek her hand. The Rose Adagio, the famous pas d’action expressing a young girl’s blossoming into womanhood, is about to start. Aurora begins the adagio in with one leg raised and bent behind her, one curved arm raised overhead. Some have read in this “attitude” pose, which Aurora repeats often, a kind of gentle questioning or youthful uncertainty. One after the other, each of the suitors turns and displays her while she maintains her pose. She releases the hand of the suitor supporting her, and raising both of her arms overhead, balances momentarily, as if tentatively testing her abilities. She then takes the arm of the next prince and begins the sequence again. After a brief interlude in which the princess dances alone, she returns to accept a rose from each of the suitors (hence the title, Rose Adagio). She pirouettes slowly and accepts each rose; one prince supports her while the next offers his flower. At the end of the Adagio, she returns to her attitude position, and supported in turn by each prince, she again releases her hand and balances for a little longer each time. Finally, as she frees her hand from the clasp of the
fourth prince, she again releases her hand and balances for a little longer each time. Finally as she frees her hand from the clasp of the fourth prince, the curved attitude straightens into a sharp, arabesque extension. She retains her balance poised confidently on one toe, as if she has visibly come of age before the eyes of the adoring suitors. The Princess continues dancing a joyful solo until her attention is suddenly distracted by a strange woman dressed in black who offers her an unfamiliar object. Before anyone can stop her, Aurora seizes the dreaded spindle. The unwary Princess pricks her finger, grows weaker, and falls to the floor in a swoon. Just as those assembled lapse into despair, the Lilac Fairy steps forward. Waving her wand soothingly, she reminds them that the Princess will only sleep and she casts everyone into deep slumber along with her. The Lilac Fairy summons a forest of thorns, thickets, and enormous shrubbery to grow around the sleeping court. —Intermission— ACT II Scene One: The Vision Act II takes us to a neighboring kingdom 100 years later. Prince Charming and his lord and lady friends are out for a hunt. The cheerful retinue amuse themselves with dances and games, but the Prince is tired of everyday diversions and stays behind to wander about alone. Suddenly the Lilac Fairy floats in on a boat with gossamer sails. She offers to show the melancholy Prince a vision of Aurora. The Prince is utterly enchanted by the sight of the Princess dancing lyrically and romantically amidst a tableau of fairies and nymphs, bathed in a bluish light. He pursues her but can only hold the Princess in his arms for a moment before she eludes him and disappears. She is after all only a spectral image conjured up by the Lilac Fairy. The Fairy offers to take the Prince across the lake, through the dense and tangled forest, to the castle where the real Princess lies asleep.
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ACT II Scene Two: The Awakening The Prince approaches the canopied bed set on a high platform and, as the music heightens, he plants the awakening kiss. Aurora greets him. The King and Queen appear from either side of the stage and welcome the awakened Aurora and her Prince with joy. ACT III The Wedding The final act ushers us into a sumptuous hall, graced with statuesque columns and a circular gold staircase crowned by a blue sky. It is here that the Royal wedding of Prince Charming and Princess Aurora will take place. A full series of celebratory divertissements is performed by the inhabitants of fairyland. Puss ‘n Boots, Bluebeard and his wife, Goldilocks and a Bear, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf all dance. A highlight is the pas de deux of the soaring Blue Bird and his Princess. First dancing together and then separately, they compete with each other spinning and fluttering in sparkling flight,
sometimes jumping so high they seem virtually suspended in the air. The man’s variation in particular, which features many beating jumps while he arches his body backwards and forward (brises voles) is one of the most famous and demanding in the international repertory. The Bluebird’s Dance ends with the female lifted on the male’s shoulder. The celebration then climaxes with the Grand Pas de Deux danced by the Prince and Princess. They are regal, formal and confident dancing together. Prince Charming supports his bride’s pirouettes and displays her long extensions and secure balances. The Prince jumps and spins during his solo and the Princess spins on pointe with even surer mastery than she showed in the Rose Adagio. Finally, Aurora whirls into the Prince’s arms and dives toward the floor; the Prince catches her around the waist and supports her in the famous inverted pose known as the fish dive. All join the bride and groom for a spirited mazurka and the Lilac Fairy, standing in their midst, bestows her blessing on the happy couple.
Cast Princess Aurora ..................................Maria Sokolnikova, Maria Kluyeva, Marianna Chemalina Prince Désiré..................................................Konstantin Marikin, Eldar Sarsenbaev, Kiril Safin King Florestan.................................................................................................Dmitry Romanov Queen ...............................................................................................................Natalia Ivanova Master of Ceremonies .........................................................Evgeny Rudakov, Pavel Bochkovskiy Fairy Carabosse ....................................................................Alexander Daev, Evgeniy Rudakov Lilac Fairy ..................................................................................Maria Kluyeva, Olga Gudkova Fairy Candide .......................................................................................................Elena Khorosheva Fairy Miettes..............................................................................................................Galina Ishenko Fairy Coulante ....................................................................................................Olga Gudkova Fairy Violente.......................................................................................................Victoria Baldanova Canary Fairy......................................................................................................Eriko Noritake Princess Florine............................................Olga Gudkova, Erico Noritake, Maria Sokolnikova Blue Bird .....................................................................Eldar Sarsenbaev, Samat Abdrakhmanov White Cat......................................................................................................Elena Khorosheva Puss-in-Boots .....................................................................................................Anton Baglikov Little Red Riding Hood ......................................................................................Daria Lednikova Wolf............................................................................................................Alexander Yakovlev
The Sleeping Beauty
About the Company The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko sought to realize his vision of a company which would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet. Leading dancers from across the Russia have forged under Radchenko’s direction an exciting new company staging new productions of timeless classics such as Giselle, Don Quixote, Paquita, and Carmen. Since its inception, the Moscow Festival Ballet has completed two tours of Europe, with extraordinary receptions in Italy, France, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. Two tours of the United Kingdom, including capacity audiences at London’s famed Coliseum, have resulted in re-engagements during the 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, and 1999-2000 seasons.
The company has also performed with great success in Turkey at the Istanbul Festival and in Greece at the Athens Festival, and recently completed a two-month tour of Japan, Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong. Under the direction of Sergei Radchenko, the Moscow Festival Ballet continues to expand its repertoire. In addition to commissioning new works from within Russia and abroad, the company specializes in Twentieth Century full-length ballets such as Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, Legend of Love, Stone Flower, and The Golden Age. Mr. Radchenko has researched the original choreography and stage productions of several of Marius Petipa’s classic ballets, including new productions in the year 2000 of Don Quixote and Paquita, and a recreation of Jules Perrot’s and Jean Coralli’s Giselle. The Moscow Festival Ballet has toured extensively throughout the United States, beginning with a Coast-to-Coast tour in the Winter/Spring of 1997 and returning in 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010. Sergei Radchenko, Artistic Director Born in 1944, Sergei Radchenko graduated from the Moscow School of Dance in 1964 and then joined the Bolshoi Ballet, where he worked for 25 years. He danced the entire repertoire at the Bolshoi, but enjoyed a special reputation for Spanish dance, particularly the role of the bullfighter in the Bizet-Schedrin Carmen Suite. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Moscow Festival Ballet and has achieved a remarkable feat in the establishment and development of this youngbut-great Russian ballet company. Radchenko presents a large number of master-classes, inviting leading teachers from the Bolshoi and Mariinsky theatres to ensure the continuation of the rich traditions of the Russian classical school. Producer: Andrew S. Grossman Associate: W. Seton Ijams Columbia Artists Management 1790 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
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About the Artist PAUL ANKA Born July 30, 1941, in Ottawa into a tightknit Canadian family, Paul Anka didn’t waste much time getting his life in music started. He sang in the choir at Church and studied piano. He honed his writing skills with journalism courses, even working for a spell at the Ottawa Citizen. By 13, he had his own vocal group, the Bobbysoxers. He performed at every amateur night he could get to in his mother’s car, unbeknownst to her of course. Soon after, he won a trip to New York by winning a Campbell’s soup contest for IGA Food Stores that required him to spend three months collecting soup can labels. It was there his dream was solidified, he was going to make it as a singer composer; there was not a doubt in his young tenacious mind. In 1956, he convinced his parents to let him travel to Los Angeles, where he called every record company in the phone book looking for an audition. A meeting with Modern Records led to the release of Anka’s first single, “BlauWile Deverest Fontaine.” It was not a hit, but Anka kept plugging away, going so far to sneak into Fats Domino’s dressing room to meet the man and his manager in Ottawa. When Anka returned to New York in 1957, he scored a meeting with Don Costa, the A&R man for ABC-Paramount Records. He played him a batch of songs that included “Diana” – Costa was duly enthusiastic about the potential of the young singer and songwriter. The rapid and enormous success of “Diana”- his first number one hit – made him a star. Soon Anka found himself traveling by bus with the Cavalcade of Stars with the top names of the day in the era of segregation, performing at the Copa Cabana, the youngest entertainer ever to do so, and honing his craft surrounded by the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Frankie Lyman, and Chuck Berry. By the time the Beatles arrived in the 60s, Anka had another tool in his survival kit. “After a few hits,” he says, “I knew I was a writer, and with writers, the power was always in the pen. When I started writing for Buddy Holly and Connie Francis, I felt that it made me different
for people — they’d say, ‘Hey, you can write, you can fall back on something.” Among his proudest accomplishments was writing the Academy Award-nominated theme for The Longest Day, the 1962 film in which he also starred. Songwriting and performing “are what gave me the confidence to keep going,” he says. Becoming a junior associate of Sinatra and the Rat Pack also had its privileges. By the 70s, the success of “My Way” and a string of hits like “(You’re) Having My Baby,” confirmed his status as an icon of popular music. His later achievements as a recording artist included “Hold Me ‘Til the Morning Comes,” a hit duet with Peter Cetera in 1983, the Spanish-language album Amigos in 1996, and Body of Work, a 1998 duets album that featured Frank Sinatra, Celine Dion, Patti LaBelle, Tom Jones, and daughter Anthea Anka. If this wasn’t enough, it was revealed upon its release in 2009 that Anka co-wrote Michael Jackson’s posthumous #1 worldwide hit, “This Is It,” which has further cemented his place upon the most prolific and versatile songwriters of any generation. Not one to rest on his laurels, Anka’s two most recent albums–Rock Swings and now Classic Songs, My Way–ingeniously feature songs originally created by some of the biggest rock performers of the day, as well as other established artists across several genres. The twist: Paul Anka did the songs ‘his way.’ His goal: “taking great songs and rework them so they’re natural for me.” With the help of his five daughters, Anka spent months researching music from the 80s and 90s, trying to find the songs that would work in the radical new context he proposed. The songs that made the cut included Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life,” Lionel Richie’s “Hello,” and Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven.” Even more dramatic were his transformations of “Wonderwall” by Oasis, “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden, and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Rock Swings went Top 10 in the UK, was certified gold in the UK, France, and Canada, hit # 2 on Billboard’s “Top Jazz Albums” chart, and went on to sell half a million units worldwide.
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State Theatre and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra present
A SYMPHONIC NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
THE WIZARD OF OZ WITH ORCHESTRA CONSTANTINE KITSOPOULOS, conductor NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Film Credits CAST Judy Garland...........................Dorothy Gale Frank Morgan ..........................Prof. Marvel, Emerald City doorman, The cabbie, The Wizard’s guard, The Wizard of Oz Ray Bolger ..................Hunk, The Scarecrow Bert Lahr...............Zeke, The Cowardly Lion Jack Haley..................Hickory, The Tin Man Billie Burke .............Glinda, the Good Witch Margaret Hamilton ....................Miss Gulch, The Wicked Witch Charley Grapewin ....................Uncle Henry Clara Blandick .............................Auntie Em and The Munchkins
SCREENPLAY BY Noel Langley Florence Ryerson Edgar Allan Woolf DIRECTED BY Victor Fleming PRODUCED BY Mervyn LeRoy MUSIC BY Harold Arlen and E.Y. “Yip” Harburg (songs) Herbert Stothart (instrumental score)
Film courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Production Credits Producer: John Goberman Original orchestrations reconstructed by: John Wilson and Andrew Cottee The producer wishes to acknowledge the contributions and extraordinary support of John Waxman (Themes & Variations). A Symphonic Night at the Movies is a production of PGM Productions, Inc. (New York) and appears by arrangement with IMG Artists.
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About the Artists CONSTANTINE KITSOPOULOS has made a name for himself as a conductor whose musical experiences comfortably span the worlds of opera and symphony, conducting in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Royal Albert Hall, as well as leading orchestras in musical theater productions on Broadway. Kitsopoulos is in his seventh year as music director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra and continues as general director of Chatham Opera, which he founded in 2005. He serves as music director of the Festival of the Arts BOCA, an extraordinary multi-day cultural arts event for South Florida, and was most recently appointed artistic director of the OK Mozart Festival in Oklahoma. Kitsopoulos’ 2013–14 season includes a highly anticipated New York Philharmonic debut and appearances with the San Francisco
Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, and Greater Bridgeport (CT) Symphony. A frequent guest conductor at Indiana University, he returns to IU for a production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore. Other recent highlights include appearances with the North Carolina Symphony, Boca Raton Symphonia for Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony, Indiana University Symphony Orchestra for Schumann’s Fourth Symphony, China’s Macao Orchestra with Cuban band Tiempo Libre and summer concerts with the Houston Symphony and at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In addition to his symphonic work, Kitsopoulos maintains a busy opera schedule which has included Verdi’s Falstaff, Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge, Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, and Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella. In the theater world, he served as music director and conductor of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess— the Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical revival featuring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis—as well as the Tony®-nominated musicals A Catered Affair and Coram Boy.
About the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Named “a vital, artistically significant musical organization” by The Wall Street Journal, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra embodies that vitality through its statewide presence and critically acclaimed performances, education partnerships, and unparalleled access to music and the Orchestra’s superb musicians. Under the bold leadership of Music Director Jacques Lacombe, the NJSO presents classical, pops, and family programs, as well as outdoor summer concerts and special events. Embracing its legacy as a statewide orchestra, the NJSO is the resident orchestra of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and regularly performs at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, and
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bergenPAC in Englewood. Partnerships with New Jersey arts organizations, state universities, and civic organizations remain a key element of the Orchestra’s statewide identity. In addition to its lauded artistic programming, the NJSO presents a suite of education and community engagement programs that promote meaningful, lifelong engagement with live music. Programs include the threeensemble Greater Newark Youth Orchestras, school-time Concerts for Young People performances, and multiple initiatives that provide and promote in-school instrumental instruction. The NJSO’s Resources for Education and Community Harmony (REACH) chamber music program annually brings original programs—designed and performed by
NJSO musicians—to a variety of settings, reaching as many as 17,000 people in nearly all of New Jersey’s 21 counties. For more information about the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, visit www.njsymphony.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are available for purchase by phone 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476) or on the orchestra’s website. The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s programs are made possible in part by The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, along with many other foundations, corporations, and individual donors. United is the official airline of the NJSO.
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The Wizard of Oz with the NJSO
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA JACQUES LACOMBE, Music Director, The Jaqua Foundation Chair JEFFREY GROGAN, Education & Community Engagement Conductor GEMMA NEW, Associate Conductor HENRY KAO, Greater Newark Chamber Orchestra Conductor FIRST VIOLIN Eric Wyrick, Concertmaster, The Donald L. Mulford Chair Brennan Sweet, Associate Concertmaster Albin Ifsich Adriana Rosin Edward Engel Naomi Youngstein James Tsao Xin Zhao Darryl Kubian Judy Lin Wu Kelly Hall-Tompkins• SECOND VIOLIN Francine Storck, Principal, The Dr. Merton L. Griswold, Jr. Chair Rebekah Johnson, Assistant Principal Debra Biderman Ann Kossakowski John Connelly Susan Gellert Lisa Matricardi • Alexandra Gorokhovsky Ming Yang Héctor Falcón VIOLIN Fatima Aaziza Wendy Y. Chen Maya Shiraishi
VIOLA Frank Foerster, Principal, The Margrit McCrane Chair Elzbieta Weyman, Assistant Principal Michael Stewart Christine Terhune Martin Andersen Lucy Corwin Henry Kao Brett Deubner David Blinn
FLUTE Bart Feller, Principal Kathleen Nester
CELLO Jonathan Spitz, Principal, The MCJ Amelior Foundation Chair, in honor of Barbara Bell Coleman Stephen Fang, Assistant Principal Myung Soon Wooh Sarah Seiver Ted Ackerman Frances Rowell Na-Young Baek
ENGLISH HORN Andrew Adelson
BASS Paul Harris, Principal, The Lawrence J. Tamburri Chair Frank Lomolino, Assistant Principal Jonathan Storck, The Tray and Maris Davis Chair David Rosi Joseph Campagna
PICCOLO Kathleen Nester OBOE Robert Ingliss, Principal, The Arthur E. Walters and Marjory S. Walters Chair Andrew Adelson
CLARINET Karl Herman, Principal, The Roy and Diana Vagelos Chair Andrew Lamy E-FLAT CLARINET Andrew Lamy BASSOON Robert Wagner, Principal, The Charlotte and Morris Tanenbaum Chair Mark Timmerman
HORN Lucinda-Lewis, Principal Andrea Menousek Chris Komer Susan Standley TRUMPET Garth Greenup, Principal Christopher Stingle David Larson TROMBONE Charles Baker, Principal Vernon Post Vincent Belford TUBA Derek Fenstermacher, Principal, Anonymously Endowed Chair TIMPANI Randall Hicks, Principal, The Mia and Victor Parsonnet Chair PERCUSSION David Fein, Principal PERSONNEL James Neglia, Manager Naomi Youngstein, Assistant Manager LIBRARIAN Ann Kossakowski • Leave of Absence
The NJSO uses a system of string rotation. In each string section, members are listed in order of seniority. The musicians and librarians employed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra are members of the American Federaion of Musicians of the United State and Canada.
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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 + Bank of America The Horizon Foundation for NJ Investors Bank Karma Foundation United Airlines $10,000 + Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation Colgate-Palmolive Community Foundation of NJ The Hyde and Watson Foundation Ingredion Incorporated Magyar Bank MetLife Foundation Miller's Rentals New Brunswick Parking Authority
New England Foundation for the Arts The Princeton Packet TD Charitable Foundation Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation Wells Fargo The Xerox Foundation $5,000 + PNC Foundation The Provident Bank Foundation Vornado Realty Trust $2,500 + Credit Suisse Great-West Financial MagyarBank Charitable Foundation Robert's Florals
Chairman’s Council Visionary Circle ($25,000+) Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Campbell Louis and Sharon Cyktor Carolyn and Dave Horn Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Markey Michael Wagner and Caryl Mackin-Wagner
Diamond Circle ($10,000+) Ann and Lou Asbaty Henry and Lisa Bignell 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 W. Voorhees [1926-2013] Donna and Jack Walcott Warren and Wendy Zimmerman
Gold Circle ($3,000+) Campbell Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Ciatto E & G Foundation, In Memory of George W. & Edith H. DeVoe Mr. and Mrs. John Fischer Thomas and Annette Griffoul Ms. Eileen Harkins Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Hartnett Robert Wood Johnson 1962 Charitable Trust Stephen K. Jones Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Korbel Charles and Ruth Larsson Barbara and Len Littman Andrew and Pamela Lovasz Mr. and Mrs. Duncan L. MacMillan Ron and Lisa Rapolas Salvatore J. and Bernice A. Romano Sharon Levine and Bruce Samuels Ms. Robin E. Suydam and Mr. Paul Corkery
Silver Circle ($2,000+) Joan A. Appelson Joseph and Xenia Balabkins Bryan Baugh Mark and Valerie Berkowitz Gil Blitz Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Ciatto Susan and Steven Darien David and Jeanine DeFreese Russell and Stephanie Deyo Henry A. Dombrowski Matthew and Liz Drucker Jeff and Janine Erickson John and Jeanne Fitzgerald Franklin Mutual Insurance Judd and Carol Hamlin Carol Jefferson Mr. and Mrs. Chris Jensen Patrick and Mary Ellen Morris Rita and David Paszamant Barbara and Richard Reinhardt Rona Solberg Art and Eva Stevens Toby Lublin Stolzer Steven and Peggy Tepper Anne and Robert Wilson
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 [1949-2014] Scott and Barbra Fergang William and Constance Fortenbaugh Friend of the State Theatre Judd and Carol Hamlin 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
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Alina V. Klein Ervin and Juliet Klein Frederic and Cynthia Kleinbart John Knudson Ravikanth Kolla Joyce Kosa Tom Kukla Jennifer Kushinka Miriam W. Lampen Eileen and Geoff Lanza Lois Laraia Andrew Lear Robert and Linda Lecky Mr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Lee 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 Gerard F. Lynch Ana Machado Bethsabe MacKnight Mr. and Mrs. G. Magliocca Barbara and Vito Mannino Barbara and Joel Marcus Karl Marhoefer Joseph Marino Judith Marlowe Max Route Professional Services, Inc. Thomas and Joanne McGuire J. McNulty Stanley Mendelson, in memory of Isabelle Mendelson Mark Miles Carol Miller Ronald and Paula Mindzak Vincent Minklier Drs. Robert and Sandra Moss Melissa Mount Mr. Camen J. Nastus Kurt and Barbara Nathan Thomas Michael Niebojewski Naomi Nierenberg Ray and Denise Nolan Doris and Dennis O'Dea Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Olson Ostrowitz & Ostrowitz, Esqs.
Patricia Paszamant Judy and Mark Patrizzia Mark and Anne Pepper Evelyn Petercsak John Petrolino The Pichinson Family James and Delores Pope Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Post Cesar Prado Robert S. Pritchett Leo Priola Dr. Norbert and Sylvia Psuty Charlotte W. Quaintance Arnold and Barbara Rabson Jo Ann and Tony Razzano Mr. and Mrs. Karl Rebarber Debra and Scott Rekant David E. Reuss Michael and Frances Robinson Mr. and Mrs. James Ronk Buena Rosenbloom Karen and Hank Ross David and Frumet Sachs Ronald R. Sauers Karen Schmitt Sheila Schuhmann Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Seda Cynthia and Vincent Serrao Fred and Mary Jean Shandor Mr. and Mrs. Michael Sleppin Barbara and Rick Snepar John and Alexis Stashkevetch Mr. and Mrs. Daniel M. Suk Leonard and Judith Swerdlow Gayle C. Szczesny Dr. Barbara A. Tocco Michael Tomcho Gabriella Vajtay Peter and Mary Beth Ventrice Dan Vickery Maria and Phil Ward Patrick Washam Larry Wehr Jeff and Loretta Weingart Eric and Suzanne Westberg Cecelia Widup and Sharron Williamson J. Michael and Pamela Williams Angela Wise John and Harriet Worobey Melissa L. Young Dr. Shawn and Phil Zipkin-Day
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
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
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 Johnson 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
HD World Cultural Fund The HD World Cultural Fund was established to secure the state-of-the-art equipment for captured live performances of Opera, Ballet, and Classical music. Donors of $25,000 and above noted below. The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation Carolyn and Dave Horn The Hyde and Watson Foundation
The J. Seward Johnson, Sr. Charitable Trusts
RTS Unified Communications & Stewart Filmscreen Corporation Vornado Realty Trust
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 the State Theatre 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. We deeply appreciate their commitment of $250 and above. 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
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 Constance Fortenbaugh C. Judson Hamlin, Esq. John Heldrich
Joseph Light Nancy MacMilliam Andrew J. Markey Fredrick P. Pierce
Mort Plawner Lora Tremayne William H. Tremayne
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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
John S. Fitzgerald
Efrem B. Dlugacz [1949-2014] John J. Heldrich Joan Schwartzman Paul Smilow Ralph W. Voorhees [1926-2013]
Douglas M. Garback VICE CHAIRMAN
Ann H. Asbaty Henry D. Bignell Sam Boraie Sharon Cyktor Matthew Drucker Scott Fergang C. Judson Hamlin Jacqueline Hancock-Pena
Timothy W. Harbison Bill Herman Richard J. Leist Sharon L. Levine Caryl Mackin-Wagner Andrew J. Markey Sherard Murphy Susan Podlogar Peter Stavrianidis Robin Suydam
EX OFFICIO MEMBERS
The Honorable James M. Cahill, Mayor, City of New Brunswick H. James Polos, Freeholder, County of Middlesex Superior Court Judge Christopher D. Rafano
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
May R. Van Norman Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Tim Bailey * Facility Maintenance
Garry Owen Group & Advertising Consultant
Jessica Trechak * Theater Manager
Ben Negreann † Group & Advertising Consultant
Dan Lyons Bar and Concessions Manager
Don McKim † Ticket Office Manager
Alison A. Hegarty † Ticket Office Assistant Manager
Charles Hayman ∞ Head Flyman
Jerry Campagna, CPA, CGMA * Chief Financial Officer
Gary Frangione Ticket Office Shift Supervisor
Mike Sivetz ∞ Head Carpenter
Patricia Lanza † Accounts Payable Clerk, Volunteer Coordinator
Anna Synek Ticket Office Shift Supervisor
Richard Stanek ∞ Head Technician
Susan Blumert ˚ Ticket Office Sales Associate
Craig Werner ∞ Master Electrician, Lighting Designer
Joseph Rodriguez † Staff Accountant
Van Lefford Ticket Office Sales Associate
EDUCATION Lian Brooke Farrer ∞ Vice President of Education Jennifer Cunha † Education Associate
Leah J. Anglum † Development Associate for Donor Relations Alisson Canavera Development Assistant for Patron Relations
Willie Weist † Head Audio
AUDITORS Mercadien, PC Certified Public Accountants The State Theatre is proud to be associated with the professional technicians of IATSE Local #21
† Indicates 5+ years of service * Indicates 10+ years of service 15+ years of service ˚∞ Indicates Indicates 20+ years of service
These programs are 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.
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.
TICKET OFFICE: 15 Livingston Avenue New Brunswick, NJ 08901 Telephone: 732-246-SHOW (7469) Fax: 732-745-5653 Ticket Office Hours: Mon-Tue & Thu-Fri: 10am6pm; Wed: 11am-7pm; Sat: 1pm-5pm; Sun: Closed unless there is a performance. On weekends, the State Theatre Ticket Office is always open at least 3 hours prior to any performance we ticket. For all performances we ticket, the State Theatre Ticket Office is always open at least one half hour past curtain and open through first intermission, when applicable.
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 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.
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Large-print programs are available free of charge for most performances. 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.
Playbill Design by: Tracy Furr Edited by: Kelly Blithe & Jason Paddock Printed by: Premier Graphics
The State Theatre program is published directly under the supervision of the State Theatre Regional Arts Center in New Brunswick. Production costs are met by advertising revenue; any remaining monies benefit the State Theatre. For advertising information, contact 732-247-7200, ext. 517.
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Photo by Suzy Perler.
The Edible Inevitable Tour! Celebrity Chef Alton Brown made a stop in New Brunswick on February 18th as part of his Edible Inevitable Tour. Alton entertained the sold-out crowd with food, music, and a lot of laughs. At far left: Food Network's Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson were in attendance that night cheering Alton on.
State Theatre’s 8th Annual Family Day On February 17, hundreds of families joined us for the State Theatre's 8th Annual Family Day. The day-long event included featured performances of Hub City Spectacular by the Big Apple Circus and dozens of other performances, workshops, and hands-on activities—many of them free— plus costumed characters, Turtle Back Zoo: “Amazing Animal Adaptations,” face painting, balloon animals, a photo booth, fire trucks from the New Brunswick Fire Department, the Colgate “Bright Smiles, Bright Futures” mobile dental van, a live DJ, food, and more. Family Day was sponsored in part by Colgate-Palmolive.
Photos by Nancy Swolensky.
Juke Box Heroes! Rock band Foreigner performed to a delighted sold-out crowd on February 20th. As part of the show, the band invited students from Monmouth High School Township Concert Choir (at far left) to sing with them for the song “I Want to Know What Love Is.” Photos by Gina Hyams.
Check out “Sightings” on the State Theatre website at www.StateTheatreNJ.org.
25th Anniversary STATE TH EATR E BENEF IT G ALA Featuring Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
SILENT AUCTION Bid on unique and exciting items and experiences! Items range from trips and once-in-a-lifetime experiences to baskets, jewelry and so much more. To see all items up for bid, visit
bidpal.net/StateTheatreNJ Continue to check back as new items will be added weekly! Winners need not be present at the Gala to win.
Interested in donating an item to the Silent Auction? Contact Alisson Canavera 732-247-7200, ext. 543 acanavera@StateTheatreNJ.org
50/50 tickets are $50 each and only 500 are being soldâ€” increasing your chances of winning! Drawing will take place Sat, May 17 at 10:30pm during the State Theatreâ€™s 25th Anniversary Benefit Gala. Winner need not be present at time of drawing.
To purchase your 50/50 tickets, visit us in the lobby during intermission or call 732-247-7200, ext. 543 by 3pm on Fri, May 16, 2014. RL1630