- One ticket to Broadway Spectacular with the NJSO
- When: Saturday, May 30, at 8 p.m
- Where: Prudential Hall at New Jersey Performing Arts Center
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees.
- $30 for seating in the B section (up to $61 value)
- $38 for seating in the A section (up to $77 value)
- $45 for seating in the P section (up to $91 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart
Broadway Spectacular with the NJSO
The Great White Way has been illuminated by such classic shows as Annie, Monty Python’s Spamalot, 42nd Street, and On the Town. The man behind some of their magic? Music director Todd Ellison, who has lent his baton to those musicals and many more. Saluted by The New York Times as one of “Broadway’s electric conductors,” Ellison has directed ensembles on stages including Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. He also served as the music director for the legendary EGOT-winner Marvin Hamlisch—yet another feather in a very plumed hat.
Ellison takes the spotlight for a special performance at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center as he directs a new program of popular showtunes entitled Broadway Spectacular. The enchanting revue features favorites from most of the aforementioned musicals, as well as Carousel and Shrek the Musical, with each song elevated by a dream team of vocalists. The Broadway-sourced singers include Tony-winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone), two-time Tony nominee Christopher Sieber (who played Lord Farquad in Shrek the Musical), and acclaimed opera singer and Ellison collaborator Kathryn Guthie. Together, these performers allow onlookers to soak in the best of Manhattan without worrying about running into King Kong.
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
In 1922, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performed its first concert at the Montclair Art Museum. They weren't called by that name yet, and they only had 19 string players at the time, but it was a show that established the orchestra as an important organ in the artistic community. It also might have been the last time the group was largely unknown. The ensemble quickly swelled in size, talent, and popularity as it racked up one significant achievement after another. In 1968, Henry Lewis joined the company to become the first African-American music director of a major symphony. The orchestra reached new heights under his leadership, taking the stage at Carnegie Hall and at the Garden State Arts Center with Luciano Pavarotti—a guest who joined the musicians again in 1984 to perform the first-ever classical program at the humble speakeasy known as Madison Square Garden. The group's illustrious career continued into the late '80s, as it performed live on PBS and played a concert of Bernstein works that won the admiration of the man himself.
Today, the NJSO continues to confidently play into the 21st century. Under the current leadership of Music Director Xian Zhang, the ensemble shares seasons of classical, pops, and family programs, along with outdoor concerts, and educational projects. But the group has never forgotten its humble beginnings, maintaining a commitment to the community that caused The Wall Street Journal to call them “a vital, artistically significant musical organization."