4 Performance Theaters to Visit in the Tri-State
From glitzy musicals and uproarious standup routines to compelling theatrical dramas and intense rock concerts, you can choose from a colorful array of performances at these four theaters around the Tri-State region.
Shubert Theatre (Connecticut)
First established in 1914, the Shubert Theatre endures today as an essential home for the arts in New Haven. The Shubert was lovingly restored to its original ivory-and-gold-leaf beauty in the early 1980s, enabling the venue to thrive with a full calendar of musicals, plays, and classical concerts. This fall, you’ll have the opportunity to witness a wide variety of performances here, including the rich vocals of the Four Italian Tenors, the Tony Award-winning “Jersey Boys,” the hilarious “Play That Goes Wrong” and the beloved Broadway classic “Rent.”
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Since opening in 1997, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center has drawn nearly 9 million patrons through its doors. With a schedule that encompasses rock, jazz, R&B, classical, dance, musicals, comedy and kids’ theater, this spectacular venue in downtown Newark offers entertaining acts for every taste. In September and October alone, NJPAC will host such diverse events as a world-music performance by the Gipsy Kings, a visit from “Sesame Street Live,” a night of classic soul from the Four Tops and the Temptations, a talk by former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, a concert by the Munich Philharmonic and a live broadcast of NPR’s “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!”
Beacon Theatre (New York)
Dating from the late 1920s, the Beacon Theatre is one of New York City’s most iconic venues for concerts and other performances. Its 2009 restoration heightened the concertgoing experience even more by bringing the theater’s original art deco looks back into focus. Over the years, the Beacon has hosted many of popular music’s biggest acts, and that trend continues today. This fall’s schedule includes multinight stands by the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Joe Bonamassa and Steely Dan; a performance by the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson; and a concert by The Piano Guys. Comedy is included, too, with sets coming from Jerry Seinfeld and Nick Offerman.
Fulton Theatre (Pennsylvania)
One of the oldest theaters in the U.S., Lancaster’s Fulton Theatre dates from 1852 and is designated as a National Historic Landmark. In recent decades, the Fulton has undergone extensive restoration, transforming into a production company and a pillar of community theater that specializes in musicals, plays and other performances. For the theater’s 2019-2020 season, you can choose from performances in three different series. The Mainstage Series will begin the fall season with a production of the classic Broadway musical “Evita.” Just in time for Halloween, the Studio Series’ first offering will be the play “Wait Until Dark.” And later in the year, the Family Series will present performances of the new musical “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
For your next night on the town, check out the event calendars at these four Tri-State theaters. Whether your tastes run toward orchestral masterpieces, Broadway classics or family fare, you’re sure to find a performance that will enrich and entertain you.
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