State Theatre Pride events are very popular

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State Ttheatre in New Brunswick marque entrance
State Ttheatre in New Brunswick marque entrance

The State Theatre in New Brunswick is expanding its outreach to include more community groups to enjoy their programming, and on May 19 the State Theater held a LGBT Pride Event followed by a performance of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Future programming will include summer movies, family-friendly events, events honoring veterans and more LGBT Pride events. The events, with media sponsor Out In Jersey magazine, will encourage the LGBT communities and their allies to come together for a pre-show social mixer with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar presented in their second-floor event space.

Spotted OUT at the State Theatre on LGBT Pride night
Spotted Out at the State Theatre on LGBT Pride night

Speaking with a few event planners, we discovered that public relations and press representatives sought other ways to reach out to communities that may not be inclined to come to events. This Pride Event was modeled upon the successful Pride Nights, which have been held at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre. We had a retired Air Force major in our group, and he was assured that there would be more veterans’ events in the future. The previous veterans’ event was a hit.

After the Pride Event welcome, the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch began. This is the same production recently seen in Philadelphia. It was a welcome return for this touring production to the area.

Once again, Euan Morton played Hedwig. He gave an outstanding performance, explosive and brash one minute, tender and heartfelt when called for later. It’s hard to believe that last season he appeared at the Bucks County Playhouse in Cake Off, where he played a mild-mannered dad whose dream was to win a baking contest. That is why, dear readers, they call it acting. Once again, Hannah Corneau was Yitzhak, Hedwig’s former transvestite husband. Ms. Corneau was an outstanding singer and actor. The four musicians, an integral part of the story as the band The Angry Inch, were unbeatable.

Food and an open bar upstairs followed the musical. The room was packed with LGBT and gender-fluid people, and their many allies.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the final musical of the season. To subscribe to next season visit statetheatrenj.org