VIDEO: 40 years of memories


By Gina Marie Rodriguez,

originally published: 03/12/2022

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s timeless classic “CATS” is coming to New Jersey State Theater From March 18 to 20 for four performances of its 40th anniversary tour. This magnificent revival show is sure to create magical memories for audiences new and old. Gina Marie chats with cast members about returning to live theater, why more people should be “CATS” fans, and the incredible power and importance of swings and one-liners.

Directed by Trevor Nunn, the production features the original score by Webber and original set and costume design by John Napier (“Les Miserables”), with all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (“Aladdin”), a new sound design by Mick Potter, and new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler of “Hamilton” (based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne).

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About the Author: Gina Marie Rodriguez is an award-winning writer, director and actress based in NY/NJ. Her foray into acting began at a young age as a way to avoid public speaking in school. From there, he grew into a love of telling stories and creating new worlds. Rose and Pearl Entertainment was born soon after, producing films about life, love and everything in between. Her work centers on female comedy with a healthy mix of humility, humor and heart. She won a Bronze at Worldfest Houston, Best Director at the Cosmic Film Festival, and Best Actress in a Comedy at the Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival, as well as nominations at the Golden Door International Film Festival, the Official Film Festival, and Latin arts. and Los Angeles Cinefest among others. Gina is also a founder and festival director. In 2013, she founded the Westfield International Film Festival (formerly the Rahway IFF) whose mission is to bring attention to and encourage the artistic endeavors of women and minorities, whose work is often overlooked, and that doing so, to fully uphold equality. Giving his fellow filmmakers a safe space in which to showcase their art to the public and celebrate their hard work and passion has been one of the highlights of his life. Under the non-profit umbrella of Big Dreams & Silver Screens, the organization also hosts New Jersey’s first and only film festival dedicated to films by and for artists 18 and under – Big Dreams Youth Film Festival.

Content provided by Discover Jersey Artsa project of the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.



Sunday March 13, 2022 at 3 p.m.
New Jersey State Theater
15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
category: theater

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Adelphi Orchestra – A celebration of the romantics

Sunday March 13, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Fair Lawn Community Center
10-10 20th Street, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
category: music

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Dee Dee Bridgewater and Bill Charlap

Sunday March 13, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Orange Sud Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ 07079
category: music

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Madison County Bridges, The Musical

Sunday March 13, 2022 at 3 p.m.
Axelrod Performing Arts Center
100 Grant Avenue, Deal Park, NJ 07723
category: theater

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The National Dance Company of Ireland: Rhythm of the Dance

Sunday March 13, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.
Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC)
100 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
category: dance

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