Inaugural Season of "Jazz for Teens," New Jersey Center for the Performing Arts. Photo: Julie Lenberger
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
NJPAC has attracted more than a million visitors
since its October 1997 opening in Newark. Many performances have
been sold out, and their diversity is apparent from a sampling: the
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, violinist Itzhak Perlman, The Sound
of Music starring Richard Chamberlain, pop singer Sting, jazz great
Sonny Rollins, Nutcracker on Ice, the Flying Karamazov Brothers,
and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Nine out of ten New Jersey residents
call NJPAC one of the state's major accomplishments of the last
quarter century. The building of the facility resulted from a 1987
study of the present and future needs of New Jersey's performing
arts organizations. The study found that no existing facilities in
the state were adequate for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the
New Jersey State Opera, the various New Jersey dance and theater
companies, or national and international touring companies. The
decision to build a new complex rather than upgrade existing
buildings was based on the consultants' experience in the
performing arts, which confirmed the importance of "critical mass"
in attracting patrons and spurring the growth of a new cultural
district. This judgment proved correct; NJPAC has played a pivotal
role in returning nightlife to the state's largest urban
Originally submitted by: Donald M. Payne, Representative (10th District).
The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.