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Allison Macri of The Sound of Music - STNJ, Episode 151
A brand new production of The Sound of Music is coming to State Theatre New Jersey. The spirited, romantic, and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy®, and Academy Award®-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and the title song. Allison Macri, playing Sister Margaretta, joins us to discuss what it's like being in such a classic musical and how the journey of preparing for and being in the show affects both her and the audience. Check out the event page for all the details:
Kid Kyle - STNJ Episode 226
Kid Kyle is a 23 NJ Native who is performing as part of the Brooklyn Paramount Reunion Jubilee of Stars on September 22. He joins us to discuss how he was discovered at a Duprees show when he was just nine years old and what goes into singing doo-wop.
JT Carter of The Original Crests - STNJ Episode 224
JT Carter of the Original Crests is one of the many performers who will be joining up for Brooklyn Paramount Reunion Jubilee of Stars on September 22. He joins us to discuss how The Crests got started and what it was like being the first multi-racial doo-wop group.
Clive Farrington of Farrington and Mann - STNJ Episode 207
Clive Farrington of Farrington and Mann, the original lead vocalists of When in Rome UK are one of the numerous artists joining us for Lost 80's Live on September 20! He chats with us about how he started playing the drums at the age of 5 and what it's like having your songs in movies years after you've written them.
Matt Manuel of Motown: The Musical - STNJ, Episode 167
Motown The Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul. Matt Manuel, who is playing Marvin Gaye, joins us to discuss what it's like portraying such an iconic historical figure as well as how it changed his approach in researching the role. See the story live for four performances only March 23-25! Check out the event page for all the details:
Matthew Hunter of the Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet - STNJ, Episode 159
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special concert and reception featuring all seating and the Piano Quartet entirely on the historic State Theatre stage. This quartet was created in 1985 by The Berlin Philharmonic and features world-renowned pianist Markus Groh and Berlin Philharmonic musicians Andreas Buschatz on violin, Matthew Hunter on viola, and Knut Weber on cello. Hunter joins us to discuss how his interest in music started with philosophy and how his musical journey took him to playing the viola.
Joanna Johnson of Cinderella - STNJ, Episode 160
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale and it will be at State Theatre New Jersey Feb 9-10. We chat with Joanna Johnson about the five rounds of auditions it took her to land the role as well as how she takes on famous comedic roles in her profession.
Amy Jean from Shopkins Live! - STNJ Episode 180
The #1 kids toy in North America is live and on stage in Shopkins Live! Shop It Up! at State Theatre New Jersey on February 27. Your beloved Shoppies make their theatrical debut in an original new live show. Amy Jean, who is playing Bubbleisha, joins us to discuss the zany fun of the show and what it's like to be touring the U.S. for the first time!
Jody Watley of Colors of Christmas - STNJ, Episode 144
The Colors of Christmas, featuring performers Peabo Bryson, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr., Ruben Studdard, and Jody Watley (“Looking For A New Love,” “Real Love,” “Everything”) captures the magic of Christmas in one spectacular performance. In this interview, Pop/R&B icon Jody Watley discusses how great it is to be performing with this talented lineup of artists, how her catch phrase—"Hasta la Vista Baby"—became a pop culture sensation, as well as the ebbs and flows of her career as her debut album celebrates its 30thanniversary.
Jeremy Perlman of Borden-Perlman - STNJ Episode 218
Jeremy Perlman, Senior Risk Advisor and fourth generation leader at Borden Perlman joined us in studio to chat about why the arts are an important aspect of the community to both Borden Perlman and to him. Borden Perlman are supporters of State Theatre New Jersey and are sponsoring this year's production of STOMP. Learn more:
Megan Burns of Dublin Irish Dance - STNJ Episode 173
These accomplished Irish step-dancers and musicians take us on a journey, exploring the history of the Celtic cultural experience through song and dance. Megan Burns, the lead singer at the performance, joins us to discuss the historical and cultural tradition of Irish step dancing as well as the importance of the immigration story from centuries ago as well as today. Dublin Irish Dance will be at The State for one night only on St. Patrick's Day, March 17!
Howard Jones of Retro Futura - STNJ, Episode 124
Howard Jones of the Retro Futura Tour 2017 joins us to chat about what it was like being a pioneer of music in the 1980s and introducing his style to a brand new generation.
Damian Darlington of Brit Floyd - STNJ, Episode 142
Get ready to rock with the world’s greatest live Pink Floyd tribute band, BRIT FLOYD. Coming to you with their new, innovative “Immersion World Tour 2017,” BRIT FLOYD wows audiences with a spectacular show of dazzling lights, and high definition sound, featuring songs like “The Wall,” “Dogs,” and “Dark Side of the Moon.” Damian Darlington, creator of BRIT FLOYD, joins us to chat about what fans can expect from the show, the timelessness of Pink Floyd Music, and how Brit Floyd came together, among other topics.
Rita Rudner - STNJ, Episode 131
One of the country’s top comedians and a New York Times bestselling author, Rita Rudner is also an award-winning television personality, screenwriter, playwright, and actress. Over the course of a 14-year run and 2,000 plus shows, she has sold one and a half million tickets and become the longest-running solo comedy show in the history of Las Vegas. She has been named Las Vegas’s “Comedian Of The Year” nine years in a row and in 2006 received The Nevada Ballet’s “Woman Of The Year” Award.
Douglas Martin, Artistic Director of American Repertory Ballet - STNJ Episode 241
Douglas Martin, Artistic Director of American Repertory Ballet, joins us to chat about the upcoming comedic ballet Coppelia, which will be at The State on October 19. He discusses what makes Coppelia a comedy and how it's a great introduction of ballet to all ages.
Bill Blagg - STNJ Episode 229
The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE! comes to State Theatre New Jersey for one show only on October 21! Bill himself joins us to discuss how he initially became interested in magic and what he thinks makes it such an art to perform live.
Lisa Bouchelle, opening act for Don Felder - STNJ Episode 240
Opening for Don Felder (formerly of the Eagles) on October 20, Lisa Bouchelle has been compared to artists such as Jason Mraz and Sheryl Crow, but with nods to classic artists such as Tom Petty and Neil Young. She has sung backup for Bruce Springsteen, dueted in concert with Jon Bon Jovi, and more! She joins us to chat about her new EP and how she ended up opening for Don Felder.
Anthony LaGruth - STNJ Episode 177
Lian Farrer, State Theatre's Vice President of Education and Outreach, is joined by Anthony LaGruth to discuss in depth the programs for the upcoming performances of Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra on February 11 and Staatskepelle Weimar on March 4.
Phil Vassar - STNJ, Episode 155
Country music star and songwriter Phil Vassar has released nine studio albums, including hit songs “Just Another Day in Paradise,” “Carlene,” “Six-Pack Summer,” and “American Child.” He will be at The State on December 20 performing A Christmas Tour with Kellie Pickler. We chat with him about his roots in Virginia and how he started out as a song-writer before performing himself.
Thomas Sokowski, Executive Director of The Zimmerli Art Museum - STNJ, Episode 158
In this episode of All Access State Theatre New Jersey's Vice President of Education & Outreach Lian Farrer interviews the new Executive Director of The Zimmerli Art Museum. They discuss how the museum came into existence and how they have managed to accumulate the art that they have in their collection. Visit the Zimmerli Website to learn more:
Wayne Kirkpatrick, Music and Lyrics of Something Rotten! - STNJ Episode 217
Set in 1595, the hilarious smash Something Rotten! tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. Wayne Kirkpatrick, who wrote the music and lyrics for the show, joins us to discuss how the show came together over a decade and how him and his brother wrote it as a love letter to Broadway itself. Don't miss Something Rotten! November 2-3 for 3 shows only. Check out the event page for all the details:
Bob Cowsill of The Cowsills - STNJ Episode 197
The Cowsills will be coming to State Theatre New Jersey on June 15 as part of Happy Together 2018. Bob Cowsill joins us to discuss what it's like performing in a show with all of the other incredible groups on the tour and how they didn't really get a chance to interact when they were all on tour when they were younger. Check out the event page for all the details:
Kelly Plescia of the All Hands on Deck! Show - STNJ Episode 236
America's #1 patriotic show is coming to State Theatre New Jersey on November 11! The All Hands on Deck! Show is an all-singing, all-dancing, all-American 1942 Roadshow & Radio Broadcast reproduction. New Jersey native Kelly Plescia joins us to chat about how loving Judy Garland got her interested in Jazz and what her favorite part of the show is! Check out the event page for all the details:
Mandy Harvey Sponsors - STNJ Episode 244
We are joined on All Access by Paul Ashley, Director of Strategic Engagement, Global Procurement and Tinamarie Duff, Senior Manager of Value, Access & Payment & Differently-Abled Workplace Network Tri-Chair, both of Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS); and Nedra Dickson, Global Supplier Inclusion & Sustainability Lead from Accenture. BMS and Accenture are the sponsors responsible for bringing America's Got Talent star Mandy Harvey to The State for a free concert on October 22.
Jungle Jack Hanna - STNJ Episode 265
Jungle Jack Hanna returns for State Theatre's annual Family Day on February 18! He chats with us about the animals that he's bringing for his show as well as how he is still amazed by the things he gets to see and the places he gets to travel all over the globe. Check out the event page for all the details:
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Sep 29th, 2015
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