As a kid growing up in East Brunswick, we had many things close by that made life near-perfect. EB is equidistant from the city and the shore. It is the home of several diners that made late night snacking easy. It's a 20 minute ride to at least 3 malls (you didn't think I would get deep here, did you?) It's next to New Brunswick, and therefore Rutgers University, the famed Grease Trucks, (may they rest in peace) and of course, the historic State Theater.
The State Theater has been around since the 1920's where it originally played silent films and was one of the most modern and lavish theaters of its time. In the 1930's, Hollywood's stars regularly made guest appearances at the State Theater, earning the theater a reputation of prestige and glamour.
The theater largely lost its luster by the 60's and by the 70's, it was basically in ruins. New Jersey's own Johnson & Johnson (also out of New Brunswick) saved the theater and it underwent an extensive renovation in late 2003 turning it into the state of the art production theater that it is today. Now, the State Theater brings Broadway shows, galas, kids' theater productions, and community events to life. They offer programs such as Autism and special needs-friendly performances, educational services, and community programs.
I did mention Broadway shows didn't I? The State Theater has shows like Something Rotten, Chicago, Rent, and more each season -- local celebrities still join the show. The upcoming production of Wizard of Oz is easily one of the most iconic stories of all time, and definitely one to see!
"There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful Wizard of Oz, twists its way into New Brunswick!The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto, and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, and Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography, and classic songs. A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, The Wizard of Oz will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling Oz, complete with munchkins and flying monkeys. Don’t miss the chance to travel "Over the Rainbow" and experience this national treasure on stage." - The State Theater
To learn more about this show or to purchase tickets, visit their www.stnj.org
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