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.
“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.
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
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!
The Sound of Music
Fri, December 22, 2017 at 8pm
Sat, December 23, 2017 at 2pm & 8pm
Sun, December 24, 3017 at 11am
Fri, February 9, 2018 at 7:30pm
Sat, February 10, 2018 at 2pm & 7:30pm
Motown the Musical
Fri, March 23, 2018 at 8pm
Sat, March 24, 2018 at 2pm & 8pm
Sun, March 25, 2018 at 2pm
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Fri, April 6, 2018 at 8pm
Sat, April 7, 2018 at 2pm & 8pm
The Wizard of Oz
Fri, May 4, 2018 at 7:30pm
Sat, May 5, 2018 at 2pm & 7:30pm
Fri, May 18, 2018 at 8pm
Sat, May 19, 2018 at 2pm & 8pm
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.
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
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
Festival of South African Dance
Sat, October 7, 2017 at 8pm
“Carmen” and Other Works featuring American Repertory Ballet
Thu, October 12, 2017 at 8pm
Tango Buenos Aires
Fri, October 20, 2017 at 8pm
Sat, October 21, 2017 at 8pm
Dublin Irish Dance
Sat, March 17, 2018 at 8pm
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.
Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Sun, October 22, 2017 at 1pm & 4pm
Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, People’s Republic of China
Fri, November 17, 2017 at 8pm
Sat, November 18, 2017 at 2pm & 8pm
TAO: Drum Heart
Thu, February 15, 2018 at 8pm
Fri, February 16, 2018 at 8pm
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.
Sat, October 28, 2017 at 7pm
Featuring Jay and The Americans; Paul Revere's Raiders; Lou Christie; The Vogues; and Manhattan Skyline.
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.
The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show
Immersion World Tour 2017
Fri, November 10, 2017 at 8pm
The Fab Faux
Apple to the Core - The Beatles on Apple Records 1968-1970
Sat, November 11, 2017 at 8pm
Get The Led Out
The American Led Zeppelin
Wed, November 22, 2017 at 8pm
Thu, February 22, 2018 at 8pm
Thu, April 12, 2018 at 7pm
Sat, September 30, 2017 at 8pm
Brad Garrett and Rita Rudner
Sun, October 29, 2017 at 7pm
Brain Candy Live!
Starring Adam Savage and Michael Stevens
Wed, November 15, 2017 at7pm
Wed, January 24, 2018 at 8pm
Thu, January 25, 2018 at 8pm
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Tue, November 28, 2017 at 7pm
The Irish Tenors
Ronan Tynan, Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns
Fri, December 1, 2017 at 8pm
Vienna Boys Choir
Sun, December 10, 2017 at 3pm
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.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Mon, December 18, 2017 at 3pm & 6pm
Salute to Vienna – New Year’s Eve Concert
Sun, December 31, 2017 at 6pm
2017-18 SEASON PERFORMANCES THAT ARE ON SALE NOW
Sat, July 15, 2017 at 8pm
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).
An Evening with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
Thu, August 10, 2017 at 8pm
Thu, August 11, 2017 at 8pm
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Fri, August 25, 2017 at 8pm
Sat, September 23, 2017 at 8pm
Fri, November 3, 2017 at 8pm
Radio Hits Live: Music of ABBA, Simon & Garfunkel, Chicago & More
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Stuart Chafetz, conductor
Sun, November 26, 2017 at 3pm
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
Hot Latin Nights with the Mambo Kings
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Sun, February 18, 2018 at 3pm
Jason Alexander: The Broadway Boy
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Andy Einhorn, conductor
Sun, April 15, 2018 at 3pm
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Live with the NJSO
Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor
Sun, June 3, 2018 at 3pm
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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