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State Theatre New Jersey Announces 2017-2018 Season

New Brunswick, NJ (May 4, 2017)—State Theatre New Jersey unveiled its 2017-2018 Season, a diverse line-up of events which builds upon the theater’s mission to enrich the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds through the power of live performance. The 2017-2018 Season includes seven Broadway national tours, three internationally acclaimed orchestras, top-notch comedy, world-class dance, amazing concerts, engaging family programs, and much more.

“We are very excited about our 2017-18 Season,” said Tom Carto, State Theatre New Jersey President & CEO. “We have so many great international acts, from Festival of South African Dance; to the Japanese drum group, TAO; to Tango Buenos Aires and Sweden's Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. It is our goal to encourage members of our community to have a life-long association with the performing arts and so we work on diverse programs and events that foster that relationship. Whether we are creating new programs like our Pride Nights at The State, hosting annual events like Family Day on President's Day, or our Veterans ticket program, we have something for everyone.”

A major part of the State Theatre’s 2017-18 Season is the Broadway Series. On October 13, State Theatre kicks off the series with the New Jersey premiere of the Tony®, Grammy®, and Olivier Award®-winning musical Jersey Boys. The other shows in the Broadway Series include Motown the Musical on March 23-25; Cinderella featuring the music of Rogers and Hammerstein on February 9-10; the musical comedy, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on April 6-7; and Cabaret on May 18-19, based on Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony Award®-winning production. Additional Broadway shows include the family musicals,  The Sound of Music and on December 22-24 and The Wizard of Oz on May 4-5.

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“We are proud to present the New Jersey premiere of the Tony® Award-winning musical Jersey Boys,” said Brian O’Boyle, State Theatre New Jersey Vice President of Programming & Executive Producer. “When we saw that Jersey Boys was touring next year we approached the producers about a New Jersey premiere at State Theatre and now it is the opening show for our big 2017-18 Broadway Season, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.”  

This year’s orchestra series features three stellar groups. On November 12, Conductor Pavel Kogan and the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra perform a program Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, and Scryabin. Following Moscow on February 11 is one of Sweden’s oldest orchestras, the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra featuring piano soloist, Gunilla Süssmann. Rounding out the series is the Staastkapelle Weimar in their first North American tour on March 4.

This season’s world-class dance line-up features two evenings of Latin dance with Tango Buenos Aires on October 20-21; the Festival of South African Dance on October 7; and a troupe of world champion Irish step dancers, former members of Riverdance and Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance in Dublin Irish Dance on March 17. Other dance performances include an American Repertory Ballet triple-bill of Carmen, the ARB premiere of Spring Waters, and Kirk Peterson's The Eyes that Gently Touch on October 12; and the Moscow Festival Ballet on April 14 in Giselle.

On Presidents Day on February 19, State Theatre brings back its annual Family Day event featuring free performances, workshops, arts and crafts, and more. Family programs in the new season also include Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook, a charming puppetry performance by the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia on October 22; internationally-renowned troupe, Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin on November 17-18; and a heart-pounding spectacle of sound and movement showcasing the ancient art of Japanese taiko drumming on February 15-16 with TAO: Drum Heart.

State Theatre continues its tradition of as one of the best venues for live music in New Jersey this season, bringing back the Sixties Spectacular on October 28 featuring Jay and The Americans, Paul Revere's Raiders, Lou Christie, The Vogues, and Manhattan Skyline. A week later, State Theatre presents a free public concert by the United States Air Force Heritage of America Concert Band on November 9. The concert series also includes the return of BRIT FLOYD - The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show in their Immersion World Tour on November 10; The Fab Faux on November 11, performing The Beatles catalog of songs from 1968-1970; and the Led Zeppelin tribute, Get The Led Out - The American Led Zeppelin on November 22. Additional performances include the musical septet from Vienna, Mnozil Brass on February 22 and classically-trained virtuoso violinist/violists Kev Marcus and Wil B, better known as Black Violin on April 12.

Three of comedy’s best have been added for the 2017-18 Season and they are SNL and 30 Rock alum, Tracy Morgan on September 30 and a fantastic double bill of Brad Garrett and Rita Rudner on October 29.

New variety programs that make their State Theatre debut this season include Brain Candy Live! Starring Adam Savage and Michael Stevens on November 15. Savage, former co-host of MythBusters and one of television's most loved personalities, and Michael Stevens, one of YouTube's biggest stars; bring along more than three tons of their crazy toys, incredible tools, and mind-blowing demonstrations for a celebration of curiosity that’s an interactive, hands-on, minds-on theatrical experience like no other. On January 24-25, State Theatre presents the hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts, and acts of breathtaking wonder of The Illusionists. And on February 2-3, from the producers of The Illusionists, and the award-winning puppeteers from War Horse, comes Circus 1903. From strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, knife throwers to high wire performers, this performance will take audiences back to the golden age of circus.

Finally, no season would be complete without a line-up of holiday favorites. This season includes the live stage shows of A Charlie Brown Christmas on November 28 and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical on December 18. Other holiday favorites back for the 2017-18 Season include The Irish Tenors with Ronan Tynan, Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns on

December 1; Vienna Boys Choir on December 10; Nutcracker featuring American Repertory Ballet on December 15-17; and the New Year’s Eve Concert, Salute to Vienna on December 31.

Also, for the first time, State Theatre New Jersey is offering season tickets to its Broadway Series. Season ticket holders are able to order their series tickets months before single tickets go on sale to the general public. They are also able to secure some of the best seats in the historic theater and those seats will remain theirs, year after year for as long as they remain season tickets holders. Season tickets also come with many added benefits such as 20% savings off single ticket prices—like getting one Broadway show free—ticket exchanges within the series, and bring your friends with 15% discount that allow single tickets (once on sale) to be added on to a season ticket at a 15% savings off single ticket prices. 

Broadway show tickets are currently only available through our season ticket program. Single tickets to the Broadway shows will go on sale on July 13. Tickets for all other performances in State Theatre New Jersey’s 2017-2018 Season go on sale to the public on Friday, May 5 at 10am. For Broadway Season tickets, call our Season Ticket Hotline at 732-247-7200, ext. 555. For information or tickets that go on sale no May 5, call 732-246-SHOW or online at STNJ.org/NewSeason.

 

2017-2018 SEASON EVENTS

BROADWAY

Jersey Boys

Fri, October 13, 2017 at 8pm

Sat, October 14, 2017 at 2pm & 8pm

Sun, October 15, 2017 at 2pm & 7pm

State Theatre New Jersey is proud to present the New Jersey premiere of Jersey Boys!

Tickets: $35-$98

 

The Sound of Music

Fri, December 22, 2017 at 8pm

Sat, December 23, 2017 at 2pm & 8pm

Sun, December 24, 3017 at 11am

Tickets: $35-$98

 

Cinderella

Fri, February 9, 2018 at 7:30pm

Sat, February 10, 2018 at 2pm & 7:30pm

Tickets: $35-$98

 

Motown the Musical

Fri, March 23, 2018 at 8pm

Sat, March 24, 2018 at 2pm & 8pm

Sun, March 25, 2018 at 2pm

Tickets: $35-$98

 

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Fri, April 6, 2018 at 8pm

Sat, April 7, 2018 at 2pm & 8pm

Tickets: $35-$98

 

The Wizard of Oz

Fri, May 4, 2018 at 7:30pm

Sat, May 5, 2018 at 2pm & 7:30pm

Tickets: $35-$98

 

Cabaret

Fri, May 18, 2018 at 8pm

Sat, May 19, 2018 at 2pm & 8pm

Tickets: $35-$98

 

ORCHESTRA

Moscow State Symphony Orchestra

Sun, November 12, 2017 at 3pm

Pavel Kogan principal conductor

Dmitry Masleev piano soloist

Program features RACHMANINOV, The Rock; TCHAIKOVSKY, Piano Concerto No. 1 with piano soloist, Dmitry Masleev; and SCRYABIN, Symphony No. 2.

Tickets: $17.50-$70

 

Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra

Sun, February 11, 2018 at 3pm

Stefan Solyom music director

Gunilla Süssmann piano soloist

Program features SMETANA, Sarka from “Ma Vlast”; RACHMANINOV, Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 with piano soloist, Gunilla Süssmann; and TCHAIKOVSKY, Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64 

Tickets: $17.50-$70

 

Staastkapelle Weimar - FIRST NORTH AMERICAN TOUR!

Sun, March 4, 2018 at 3pm

Kiril Karabits, general music director and principal conductor

Program features BEETHOVEN, Coriolan Overture, Op. 62; BEETHOVEN, Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37; and BEETHOVEN, Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Tickets: $17.50-$70

 

DANCE

Festival of South African Dance

Sat, October 7, 2017 at 8pm

Tickets: $25-$70

 

“Carmen” and Other Works featuring American Repertory Ballet

Thu, October 12, 2017 at 8pm

Tickets: $27-57

 

Tango Buenos Aires

Fri, October 20, 2017 at 8pm

Sat, October 21, 2017 at 8pm

Tickets: $25-$70

 

Dublin Irish Dance

Sat, March 17, 2018 at 8pm

Tickets: $25-$70

 

Giselle

Moscow Festival Ballet

Sat, April 14, 2018 at 2pm & 8pm

This acclaimed Russian ballet company brings Giselle, one of the most romantic classical ballets to the State Theatre New Jersey stage.

Tickets: $25-$70

 

FAMILY

Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

Sun, October 22, 2017 at 1pm & 4pm

Tickets: $15-$35

 

Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, People’s Republic of China

Fri, November 17, 2017 at 8pm

Sat, November 18, 2017 at 2pm & 8pm

Tickets: $25-$70

 

TAO: Drum Heart

Thu, February 15, 2018 at 8pm

Fri, February 16, 2018 at 8pm

Tickets: $25-$70

 

State Theatre New Jersey Family Day

Mon, February 19, 2018

At State Theatre New Jersey’s annual Family Day festival, families can spend the school-day holiday enjoying dozens of free performances, workshops, and hands on activities. Family Day mainstage performance to be announced.

 

CONCERTS

Sixties Spectacular

Sat, October 28, 2017 at 7pm

Featuring Jay and The Americans; Paul Revere's Raiders; Lou Christie; The Vogues; and Manhattan Skyline.

Tickets: $35-$85

 

US Air Force Heritage of America Band

Thu, November 9, 2017 at 7pm

This is a FREE ticketed event. Tickets will be made available in the fall. 

 

BRIT FLOYD

The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show

Immersion World Tour 2017

Fri, November 10, 2017 at 8pm

Tickets: $35-75

 

The Fab Faux

Apple to the Core - The Beatles on Apple Records 1968-1970

Sat, November 11, 2017 at 8pm

Tickets: $45-$125

 

Get The Led Out

The American Led Zeppelin

Wed, November 22, 2017 at 8pm

Tickets: $35-$45

 

Mnozil Brass

Thu, February 22, 2018 at 8pm

Tickets: $25-$70

 

Black Violin

Thu, April 12, 2018 at 7pm

Tickets: $25-$45

 

COMEDY

Tracy Morgan

Sat, September 30, 2017 at 8pm

Tickets: $35-$65

 

Brad Garrett and Rita Rudner

Sun, October 29, 2017 at 7pm

Tickets: $35-$75

 

VARIETY

Brain Candy Live!

Starring Adam Savage and Michael Stevens

Wed, November 15, 2017 at7pm

Tickets: $35-$75

 

The Illusionists

Wed, January 24, 2018 at 8pm

Thu, January 25, 2018 at 8pm

Tickets: $35-$98

 

Circus 1903

Sat, February 3, 2018 at 2pm & 7:30pm

Tickets: $35-$98

 

HOLIDAY

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Tue, November 28, 2017 at 7pm

Tickets: $35-$55

 

The Irish Tenors

Ronan Tynan, Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns

Fri, December 1, 2017 at 8pm

Tickets: $45-$95

 

Vienna Boys Choir

Sun, December 10, 2017 at 3pm

Tickets: $25-$70

 

Nutcracker

American Repertory Ballet

Fri, December 15, 2017 at 7:30pm

Sat, December 16, 2017 at 2pm & 7pm

Sun, December 17, 2017 at 1pm & 5pm

The only American Repertory Ballet performances featuring a live orchestra and choir.

Tickets: $35-$75

 

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

Mon, December 18, 2017 at 3pm & 6pm

Tickets: $35-$55

 

Salute to Vienna – New Year’s Eve Concert

Sun, December 31, 2017 at 6pm

Tickets: $55-$125

 

2017-18 SEASON PERFORMANCES THAT ARE ON SALE NOW

Boz Scaggs

Sat, July 15, 2017 at 8pm

Tickets: $35-$95

 

Retro Futura Tour 2017

Wed, August 9, 2017 at 7pm

Featuring Howard Jones, English Beat, Men Without Hats, Modern English, Paul Young, and Katrina (ex-Katrina And The Waves).

Tickets: $35-$85

 

An Evening with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

Thu, August 10, 2017 at 8pm

Tickets: $35-$85

 

Neil Sedaka

Thu, August 11, 2017 at 8pm

Tickets: $35-$95

 

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

Fri, August 25, 2017 at 8pm

Tickets: $45-$85

 

Jim Breuer

Sat, September 23, 2017 at 8pm

Tickets: $35-$50

 

Kathy Griffin

Fri, November 3, 2017 at 8pm

Tickets: $35-$85

 

Radio Hits Live: Music of ABBA, Simon & Garfunkel, Chicago & More

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Sun, November 26, 2017 at 3pm

Tickets: $20-$72

 

Sci-Fi Spectacular: Music from “Star Wars,” “Star Trek,” & Beyond

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Marina Sirtis, host

Kristen Plumley, vocalist

Sun, January 7, 2018 at 3pm

Tickets: $20-$88

 

Hot Latin Nights with the Mambo Kings

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Wilkins, conductor

Sun, February 18, 2018 at 3pm

Tickets: $20-$72

 

Jason Alexander: The Broadway Boy

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Andy Einhorn, conductor

Sun, April 15, 2018 at 3pm

Tickets: $20-$95

 

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Live with the NJSO

Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor

Sun, June 3, 2018 at 3pm

Tickets: $20-$88

 

For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre New Jersey Ticket Office at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at StateTheatreNJ.org. The State Theatre New Jersey ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday through Friday from 10am  to 6pm; Saturday from 1pm to 5pm; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 536. Some additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

 

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