State Theatre Announces Hub City Carnivale Winter Festival For Families And Kids

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NEW BRUNSWICK—New Brunswick’s State Theatre will present the 6th annual Hub City Carnivale, a four-week winter festival, from Friday, Jan. 27 through Friday, Feb. 24, with performances ranging from The Temptations and The Four Tops to kids’ band Dan Zanes & Friends to the beloved musical Fiddler on the Roof. Also featured this month are an assortment of fun social events, including “Motown Karaoke” and chocolate tastings by Thomas Sweet of New Brunswick. For a complete list of events and prices, visit

“The Carnivale brings a colorful variety of first class performing arts and entertainment to the community and helps propel us through the winter,” said President & CEO Mark W. Jones.

Hub City Carnivale kicks off with an explosive performance by the Tony® Award-winning show BLAST! (1/27/12). With 35 brass, percussion, and other performers, BLAST! features electrifying showmanship punctuated with the pageantry of music and theater.

The festival’s other performances include Sing-A-Long Sound of Music (1/29/12) on the theater’s 46’ HD screen; OYSTER, a magical and mysterious work combining the dreamlike qualities of Fellini and the keen intellect of Pina Bausch by Israel’s Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company (2/1/12); an HD screening of The Royal Opera’s production of Puccini’s Il Trittico, captured live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London (2/2/12); a double bill featuring two of Motown’s best, The Temptations and The Four Tops (2/3/12); and One Man Lord of the Rings™ (2/4/12), an energetic one-man recreation of the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, performed by Charles Ross, the mastermind behind the world-wide smash hit show One-Man Star Wars.

The legendary rock group, The Yardbirds, which once included the likes of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, perform in a double bill with rock-metal band, Vanilla Fudge (2/9/12). To get audiences in the mood for Valentine’s Day, the theater is showing Woody Allen’s Golden Globe-nominated film, Midnight in Paris (2/10/12) starring Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers) and Rachel McAdams (The Notebook). In keeping with the evening’s romantic theme, there is a pre-movie chocolate tasting (free with purchase of movie ticket) by Thomas Sweet. Glen Burtnik & Friends return to the State Theatre with a tribute to classic rock bands of the explosive 60s—including The Kinks and The Rolling Stones—in The British Invasion Concert (2/11/12).

Other performances during the festival include a concert by Tschaikowski St. Petersburg State Orchestra (2/12/12) with Music Director Roman Leontiev and piano soloist Alexandre Pirojenko; the Tony® Award-winning musical Fiddler on the Roof (2/17-2/18/12); a captured-live HD screening of the Bolshoi Ballet’s performance of Coppélia (2/22/12) starring Viacheslav Lopatin and Natalia Osipova; and a spectacular rock concert complete with 200,000 watts of light, by The Pink Floyd Experience (2/24/12).

Continuing a Hub City Carnivale tradition, Presidents Day (2/20/12) is Family Day at the State Theatre. Families can spend the school-day holiday enjoying dozens of performances, workshops, and hands-on activities—many of them free—plus costumed characters, the Philadelphia Zoo’s Zoo on Wheels, face painting, balloon animals, a live DJ, food, and more. The festival, which runs from 10am to 4pm, encompasses multiple venues: the State Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Crossroads Theatre, United Methodist Church, and the popular Hub City Big Top, an enormous tent set up in front of the State Theatre. The mainstage events for Family Day are The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and Dan Zanes & Friends.

Many Hub City Carnivale events have discounted tickets available as part of the State Theatre’s “Take5”campaign. For tickets or more information, on Hub City Carnivale visit

The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10am to 6pm; Wednesday 11am to 7pm; Saturday 1pm to 5pm; and at least one hour prior to curtain on performance dates. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 517.

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