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New Brunswick Theater Guide

There’s nothing quite like the bright lights of Broadway—until you’ve been to New Brunswick. New Brunswick, New Jersey’s, burgeoning theater community is giving Broadway a run for its money through beloved, historic theaters, as well as up-and-coming theater groups. Trendy restaurants, a hip college scene, and modern accommodation options all make for a compelling night on the town. 

Though the State Theater has been a long-time theater favorite, it’s not the only place to go for New Brunswick theater events. The State Theater is a go-to for everything from touring Broadway shows to magic and comedy spectacles. Located just down the road near Rutgers University, the George Street Playhouse is the place to be if you want to be on theater’s cutting edge. See heartwarming and hilarious plays before they really make it big. 

New Brunswick’s theater scene is also ever-growing. The newly opened New Brunswick Performing Arts Center combines a state-of-the-art facility with an impressive array of musical, dance, and theatrical performances. Their 2019-20 season is already stacked with everything from beloved plays to intriguing music festivals.

While in New Brunswick, treat yourself to a night on the town. You just might discover a new favorite play, musical, comedian or more. 

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State Theater

The State Theater opened in 1921 as a vaudeville/silent film house when these performance styles were in their heyday. Just as the State Theater was on trend in 1921, it remains a leader in New Brunswick's theater community. Broadway's touring shows frequently make stops at the State Theater, but you'll see more than musicals take the stage. Touring artists, comedians on the road, and even magicians make their way to the State Theater.

If you're considering a visit to New Brunswick, plan it around one of the theater's illustrious shows. You'll be glad you added a little bit of magic to your New Jersey vacation. After all, local theater goers know that it wouldn't be a night out without the State Theater.

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George Street Playhouse

Founded in 1974, the George Street Playhouse has existed in many iterations. Originally the brainchild of a Rutgers faculty member, it found its first home in an old supermarket. Since its founding, the George Street Playhouse has hosted both on- and off-Broaday productions. 

The George Street Playhouse begins its newest chapter this year as a member of the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center. As part of the NWPAC, the playhouse will continue to bring intellectually and emotionally exciting performances to the city, from must-see musicals to hilarious plays. 

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New Brunswick Performing Arts Center

Don't miss the most exciting new installment in New Brunswick’s Downtown Cultural Arts District. Designed to be the most compelling performing arts center in the region, the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC) brings beloved playhouses together with new rehearsal studios and collaborative work spaces. 

Through the NBPAC, New Brunswick says in with the new, and their intriguing calendar of events reflects that. Head out for a night at the symphony, an afternoon play, or even appearances from world-renowned authors and scholars. 

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Crossroads Theatre Company

Crossroads Theatre Company is the premiere African American theatre company in the United States, and has a long history of lifting up African American stories and talents. So much so that they were awarded the 1999 Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theater in the United States. 

Crossroads Theatre operates on the belief that theater can change a society's way of thinking, which is why they host diverse performances. Enjoy thought provoking plays and beloved classics all on the same stage. 

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Your Night on the Town

If you're in New Brunswick, your night out doesn't have to end. Treat yourself to not just a show at New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, but dinner and a stay in downtown New Brunswick.

Dig into a three course meal and overnight accommodations with late checkout, all part of our Dinner, Show & Stay package.

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