The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra is comprised of some of the country’s finest musicians. We are proud to have Jacques Lacombe as its Music Director and Neeme Järvi as our Conductor Laureate. Artistic excellence, innovative programming and community engagement are hallmarks of our mission.
Winner of the JerseyArts.com 2009 People's Choice Award for favorite Professional Theater, Paper Mill Playhouse has been opening the curtain on top-quality musical theater and plays since its debut in 1938. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a Tony Award-winning musical comedy, follows the travails of a group of young students participating in their countywide spell off. With hilarious tunes and frequent fourth wall demolition, the musical expertly tickles audience funny femurs while filling their ears with the harmonious euphony of the Tony-nominated score. Groupon buyers will leave the theater with a Paper Mill Playhouse cup (a $5 value), allowing patrons of the arts to signal their theater affiliation to rival gangs of symphony and museum cup holders.
Gatherings blossom into full-blown galas under the ministrations of Fun-4-All Entertainment’s party accoutrements, such as balloon artists, live bands, and cotton-candy machines. The party supply service’s portable miniature golf courses let putters perfect their strokes anywhere, and its vast inflatable screens hook up to DVD-players or gaming consoles to furnish outdoor movie nights or gaming tournaments. Further party accessories nestle in Fun-4-All’s supply shop, which includes a range of items from noisemakers and rainbow-hued hats to sunglasses ideal for the best party activity of all, safely staring into your favorite lamp.
Art of the Stand-Up Comic brings together a quintet of gut-busting talents who elicit laughter in one evening of tag-team hilarity. Carole Montgomery shows off the wickedly deadpan sarcasm that has won her gigs on Comedy Central, ABC, and MTV, whereas the author of The Idiot's Guide to Comedy Writing, Jim Mendrinos, tickles ribs with wry observational rants. Voice actor extraordinaire Brian Scott McFadden has lent his talents to such films as Ice Age II and Robots and interlaces high-energy monologues with hilarious impressions and characters. Also taking the stage, the youngest female comic to ever perform on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, Liz Miele, mixes self-deprecating sarcasm with cutting insight, and Lori Sommer shows off the improvisational powers that led her to cofound the renowned Red Tie Mafia Improv Troupe.
Dubbed “the punk ballerina” for her audacity, ambition, and pure raw talent, Karole Armitage exploded onto the dance scene in 1981 with her groundbreaking work Drastic-Classicism. Since then, the artist has held numerous directorial positions at companies around the world and created genre-bending works inspired by such topics as theoretical physics, 16th-century Florence, and dance. Specializing in an aesthetic as precise as it seems improvised, Armitage and her daring company strive to challenge the preconceived notions of both audiences and the dance establishment.
The majestic opera house of The Hammerstein erupts in an aural fireworks and visual bombast as beloved indie dance-punk duo Matt and Kim rings in the New Year with a exhilarating set of high-energy party anthems. With Kim’s frenetic drum pounding and Matt’s propulsive keyboarding, the continually skyrocketing DIY architects of pop have scored a devoted following and their own line of sneakers with hits such as the gold single “Daylight” and the MTV Breakthrough Award–winning track “Lessons Learned,” which taught countless people not to leave mayonnaise in the sun. With a brisk sound that sends hip-hop through art school and makes twee pop do pushups, along with dazzling lights and costume changes, Matt and Kim’s athletic set starts the New Year off better than coffee brewed in a disco ball. Starting the show, fellow party instigators Super Mash Bros. blend the hits of the ‘90s with modern rap anthems into sonic smoothies, and psychedelic electronic magicians Body Language get crowds moving with bundles of boogie-inducing dynamite.