Things to do in Jersey – State Theatre NJ – Hub City Carnivale – January 27 – February 24 2012

by Donald Hanson • January 26, 2012 • EventsComments (0)1400

State Theatre presents the 6th Annual

Hub City Carnivale

A Winter Festival for Families and Kids

January 27 – February 24, 2012

Ticket Office: 732-246-SHOW (7469)


New Brunswick, NJ —New Brunswick’s State Theatre is proud to present the 6th annual Hub City Carnivale, a four-week winter festival, January 27 – February 24, 2012, 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’sInbal 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 concertcomplete 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.  Tickets are available for select shows listed below with the “Take5” pricing.




Fri, January 27 at 8pm – Carnivale Kickoff
Full price: $25-57 / Take5 price: $20-55

At 7:30pm, come early for the Jazz Big Band of the New Brunswick School District


Sing-A-Long Sound of Music

Sun, January 29 at 3pm

Price: $18-22

Fancy dress – Patrons are encouraged to dress up. Free goodie bag with ticket purchase.


Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company
Wed, February 1 at 8pm

Pre-Performance Insights at 7pm at the United Methodist Church

Full price: $32-52 / Take5 price: $20-40
Program: OYSTER (1999) 
A combination of ballet, contemporary, mime, and acrobatics.


Il Trittico in HD, The Royal Opera

Giacomo Puccini

Captured Live at the Royal Opera House

Thu, February 2 at 7pm

Pre-Performance Insights at 6:30pm in the theater.


Full price: $22 / Take5 price: $15-20

Presented in HD on the State Theatre’s 46’ screen.


The Temptations and The Four Tops
Fri, February 3 at 8pm
Full price: $25-80 / Take5 price: $20-80

At 7pm, come early for Motown karaoke with DJ Rob Porter.


One Man Lord of the Rings
Starring Charles Ross

Sat, February 4 at 3pm and 8pm
Full price: $15-35 / Take5 price: $10-35

Come early for some Lord of the Rings trivia.


The Yardbirds & Vanilla Fudge

Thu, February 9 at 8pm

Full price: $25-55 / Take5 price: $20-55


Midnight in Paris in HD                                                                                                                                                           

Written and Directed by Wood Allen

Fri, February 10 at 8pm

Price: $9

Presented in HD on the State Theatre’s 46’ screen. Rated: PG-13.

At 7pm, come early for the Thomas Sweet Chocolate Tasting.


Glen Burtnik & Friends
The British Invasion Concert

Sat, February 11 at 8pm
Full price: $20-45 / Take5 price: $20-45

At 7pm, come early for the Thomas Sweet Chocolate Tasting and a lobby concert by singer/guitarist Lisa Bouchelle.


Tschaikowski St. Petersburg State Orchestra

Roman Leontievmusic director and chief conductor
Alexandre Pirojenkopiano soloist 
Sun, February 12 at 3pm

Pre-Performance Insights at 2pm at the United Methodist Church.

Full price: $36-58 / Take5 price: $20-50

Program: Maurice Ravel, Daphnis et Chloe: Suite No. 2; Fryderyk Chopin, Concerto No. 2 in F minor for Piano & Orchestra, Op. 21; and Dmitri Shostakovich, Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65
At 2pm, come early for the Thomas Sweet Chocolate Tasting.


Fiddler on the Roof

Fri, February 17 at 8pm

Pre-Performance Insights at 7pm at the United Methodist Church
Sat, February 18 at 2pm and 8pm

Pre-Performance Insights at 1pm at the United Methodist Church

Full price: $32-67 / Take5 price: $25-67



Mon, February 20 – “FAMILY DAY on PRESIDENTS DAY”


On the State Theatre stage…

Dan Zanes & Friends

Mon, February 20 at 10:30am

Full price: $10-20 / Take5 price: $5-20


The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus

Mon, February 20 at 1pm and 3:30pm

Clowns, wire walking, a sword swallower, acrobatics, and live music. Hosted by Ringmistress Philomena.

Full price: $10-15 / Take5 price: $5-15


On the Crossroads Theatre stage…

10am (Mon, February 20)
New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble – FREE
Come and meet the dancing feet of these talented hoofers, in a high-energy, interactive program.


11am (Mon, February 20)
Princeton Symphony Orchestra “Meet the Percussion” – FREE
The Princeton Symphony Orchestra introduces the wide range of percussion instruments in their lively interactive program.

12pm (Mon, February 20)
Diane Macklin, storyteller
Celebrating the African American storytelling tradition, Diane’s folktales are interactive fun for the entire family.
1pm (Mon, February 20)
Princeton Symphony “Meet the Percussion”

(Mon, February 20)
New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble


3pm (Mon, February 20)
Diane Macklin, storyteller 


For information and a listing of Family Day workshops visit: Day


Coppélia in HD, Bolshoi Ballet

Captured Live at the Bolshoi Theatre

Wed, February 22 at 7pm

Pre-Performance Insights at 6:30 pm in the theater.

Full price: $22 / Take5 price: $15-20

Presented in HD on the State Theatre’s 46’ screen.


The Pink Floyd Experience

Fri, February 24 at 8pm
Full price: $22-52 / Take5: $20-50


Festival partners and event sponsors include The Landis Family, Jim and Liz Hance, Ann and Lou Asbaty, Omar and Madiha Boraie, Rutgers Student Life, Financial Resources Federal Credit Union, Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation, Dave and Carolyn Horn, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, J. Seward Johnson, Sr. Charitable Trusts; The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, RTS Unified Communications, Stewart Filmscreen Corporation, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Vornado Realty Trust, and Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures.


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.


Three Ways to Buy discounted Take5Tickets:
1. Buy online at Please sign in with promo code Take5 first, then select your seats and check out. You must be logged in with the promo code prior to ordering tickets to receive discount.
2. Call 732-246-SHOW (7469) and mention promo code “Take5”
3. Visit the Ticket Office at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901, mention promo code “Take5,” plus save $9 per order.


“Take5” tickets are available for select sections. Limited seating is available first come first serve. Discounts are not retroactive and cannot be combined with Rewards Club or any other discount offers. The “Take5” offer ends at 5pm on 3/5/12. Additional fees may apply. No refunds unless the show is cancelled.

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