Just Across the River – Garden State Theatres Shine Bright 

Spending a day in New Jersey?  Top off your visit with a trip to the theatre. The Garden State has marvelous opportunities to enjoy the best in professional entertainment. Many of these theatres are served well by mass transit too. Check out some of our choices and discover some of your own!

Paper Mill Playhouse (Millburn) – This is the state’s largest producing playhouse and one of the nation’s premier venues where new American musical theater comes to life.

Vanguard Theater Company (Montclair) This recently renovated theater and event space has a line-up of professional shows that will suit all tastes and styles including dramas, comedies, and musicals.

NJPAC (Newark) – Celebrating 25 years, the renowned cultural center has world-class performances in music, dance, and so much more along with community events and free festival presentations. 

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (Madison) – The Theatre is New Jersey’s largest professional theatre company dedicated solely to the presentation of William Shakespeare’s canon and other classic masterpieces. In addition to their Main Stage productions, they also have an Outdoor Stage presentation in the summer. 

The Growing Stage, The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey (Netcong) The theatre is dedicated to producing children’s shows and family entertainment with entertaining new works, classics, and more.  

Centenary Stage Company (Hackettstown) Throughout their season, the Company offers professional plays, musical theatre, live music, and dance performances. 

George Street Playhouse (New Brunswick) – The Playhouse is a creative force that enriches the Metro community by offering world-class theatre that includes new works and re-imagined classics.  It is located in the state-of-the-art New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC). 

Crossroads Theatre Company (New Brunswick) Now in its 44th Season, this is a Tony-Award winning African American theater focused on celebrating the culture, artistry, and voices of the African Diaspora.  Crossroads Theatre Company is located at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC). 

McCarter Theatre Center (Princeton) Located just steps from the Princeton University campus, they have a line-up of shows that includes theatre, music, dance, and family presentations. 

New Jersey Repertory Company (Long Branch) The Company is approaching 25 years of bringing new works to their stage.  Shows that have had their world premieres at NJ Rep continue on to be produced around the globe.

Two River Theater (Red Bank) The Theater is well-known for producing modern American works, new plays, and free programs for the community. It is a thriving home for theatre artists.

To learn about each theatre’s current line-up, their history, community outreach, and education programs, visit their web sites. 

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Marina Kennedy began her writing career when her four children were grown and she returned to college to study in the humanities. She is delighted to be a contributor for Woman Around Town. The majority of her articles focus on the culinary scene, theatre, and travel. Marina and her husband Chuck enjoy the rich cultural experiences of the New York metro area and beyond. She hopes that readers like reading her articles as much as she enjoys writing them.