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Upon entering the Count Basie Theatre, guests may feel as though they?ve slipped through a crack in time and ended up in the early 1900s. Opulent marble staircases and gold details grab the eyes of visitors, recalling the decadence of Hollywood?s history and gently pulling them to the auditorium. There, the acoustically pleasing construction wins out as sound spreads and funnels through a sunburst dome embellished with a dangling chandelier. Since opening in 1926, the Count Basie has earned numerous accolades, including a nod from Pollstar magazine, which listed it as one of the Top 100 Worldwide Theatre Venues.

99 Monmouth St.
Red Bank,
NJ
US

  • 16: how many hours it takes to set up The Greatest Show On Earth
  • 10: how many hours it takes to tear it down
  • 2,500: average pounds of popcorn consumed in between
  • 85: the number of animals, which include Asian elephants, tigers, lions, leopards, and llamas; all receive superlative animal care
  • 61: the number of cars in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus train that carries the show from city to city; that?s more than a mile long
  • 20,000: the number of miles that train will cover in one year
  • 3: the miles the train master walks each day as he tends to the animals (all seated at the front of the train for the smoothest ride) and gives them regular water and exercise stops

81 Hamilton Avenue
Trenton,
NJ
US

The Union County Performing Arts Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation operating in the historic Rahway Theatre. Enjoying a prime location in Union County, UC PAC is dedicated to making this landmark theatre your choice for the performing arts and entertainment. With 1,300 seats, the Union County PAC is one of the

1601 Irving Street
Rahway,
NJ
US

Warm in winter, cool in summer, and filled with amazing acts in every season, the Big Apple Circus's pair of Italian-made big tops contains the best of several generations' worth of circus traditions. A look at any show's cast finds a complex network of venerable European circus families passing the arts of juggling and trapeze artistry down through the years, while the tents' motors and seating make for a comfortably modern spectator experience.

You might never guess that the troupe started small in 1974, when American circus artists Paul Binder and Michael Christensen joined forces as a juggling act on the streets of Europe. They moved from streetlights to spotlights in a hurry, appearing on the stage of the Nouveau Cirque de Paris, before returning to the U.S. and creating their own not-for-profit circus in 1976 and raising their first tent in New York's Battery Park.

1 Metrotech Ctr
Brooklyn,
NY
US

Inside Bee N? Crafty?s kid-friendly studio, shelves of unpainted items await the painterly inspiration of brush-wielding guests. The customizable collection includes decorative pieces, such as figurines and coin banks, as well as functional items, including drinking and wine glasses. When they aren?t adding life to these scores of plaster pieces, guests can sharpen their creative instincts with beading projects, woodcrafts, and acrylic painting on canvas, or attend one of the monthly craft workshops. No matter the chosen medium, the studio accommodates both small groups and large parties, and welcomes guests to bring their own refreshments.

30 Olcott Sq
Bernardsville,
NJ
US

Situated in Greenwich Village, the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is one of the city’s most prominent cultural beacons. Since its inception in 2003, this center has hosted a plethora of cultural and performing arts events for the viewing pleasure of Manhattan urbanites. The establishment is lauded for its comfortable seating, well-tuned acoustics, and excellent view of the stage. The Skirball Center is also celebrated for its proactive involvement in the local community, scouting out local talent and helping them to hone their skills on stage. The main theater lobby has hosted many a social event in tandem with theatrical openings, visiting troupes, and seasonal holidays.

566 Laguardia Pl
New York,
NY
US