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The Understudy - Oct 14 - Nov 2, 2014

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The show must go on—even when everything seems to be going hilariously wrong. It’s the understudy rehearsal for a hit new Broadway play, but the set technician is high, the cocky movie star doesn’t understand the script, and the understudy is surprised to find that the stage manager is his jilted ex-fiancée. Backstage friction takes center stage in a biting comedy about art, celebrity, and the things we do for the business we love. Just another day in the life of an understudy!

Kyle Abraham - October 21-22, 2014
Kyle Abraham and company, Abraham.In.Motion, was invited to inaugurate a new program of dance presentations in the Berlind Theatre with a performance of Pavement. Based on John Singleton’s 1991 film Boyz N the Hood and the writings of W.E.B.DuBois, Pavement uses dance to probe violence, paying comedic homage to the backward jeans and high top fade era in Hip-Hop while reflecting on the growth and loss of Pittsburgh’s historically black neighborhoods. Abraham’s choreography is mesmerizing and articulate in an unclassifiable way.

Cécile McLorin Salvant - October 26, 2014
The sellout sensation of last year’s jazz season, Cécile McLorin Salvant, returns to the Berlind, so here’s another chance to be blown away by the jazz prodigy already hailed as the “next big thing.” Cecile’s landmark year saw the release of her debut CD, WomanChild, plus a Grammy nomination, and critical acclaim exceeding mere hyperbole. She puts original, idiosyncratic, and virtuosic force on old repertory, some of it from the high era of the Great American Songbook, some of it older than jazz itself.

Simone Dinnerstein, piano - October 22, 2014
Named one of Billboard’s best-selling instrumentalists, Simone’s interpretations of Bach have remained at the core of her musical life. She has become an utterly distinctive voice in the forest of Bach interpreters, probing each variation as if it were something completely new. In 2014 she and Bach hit it big again with her release of his Inventions and Sinfonias, which also spent several weeks at No.1 on the charts.

McCarter Theatre Center Located in beautiful historic Princeton , NJ , Tony Award-winning McCarter Theater Center is recognized as one of the nation’s leading regional theatre companies. The Center is home to two distinctive auditoriums, allowing McCarter to both present and produce a wide range of performances. From Theater, Classical Music and Jazz, to Dance, Pop, and World events, McCarter has it all.


The Matthews Theatre Auditorium

The magnificent 1100 seat Matthews Theatre , located in the main building, was recently renovated thanks to the generosity of Princeton University . The new handcrafted imported lighting fixtures, rich velvet covered seats, new carpeting, and a welcoming color scheme, maintain the original dignity and charm of the 75 year old house. The auditorium, which includes Premium Orchestra, Front and Rear Orchestra, Front and Rear Balcony, and Box/Grand Tier sections, has superb acoustics and sightlines from any seat and boasts state-of-the-art computerized sound and lighting systems. Some of the greatest performers in the world have graced this stage including such artists as James Stewart, George Balanchine, Lucille Ball, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., The Grateful Dead, Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Dustin Hoffman, Bruce Springsteen, Arthur Miller, and Luciano Pavarotti, just to name a few.


The Berlind Theatre Auditorium

This dynamic new contemporary 360-seat performance space, which opened for McCarter’s 2003-2004 season, was designed by award-winning architect Hugh Hardy. The auditorium features stepped stadium seating that allows excellent visibility of the stage from all seats for an intimate and unique theatrical experience. Rows are lettered A through Q, so every location is equivalent to sitting in the front orchestra in the Matthews theater, and are numbered in the same way as the Matthews. There are 4 entrances on two levels and two center aisles with handrails to ease the flow of patrons locating their seats. 


The Room in the Berlind

The Berlind Theatre also houses a large rehearsal hall that doubles as a 75-seat flexible performance space. New, experimental, and works in process are presented during the course of the season in this theater-within-a-theater. These readings and small productions are open to the general public free or at a nominal ticket price.

The lockwood and west lobbies

The Matthews Theatre has two beautiful and spacious lobbies that can accommodate groups wishing to host a fundraiser, reception, or celebration in conjunction with a theater performance. Please refer to the GROUP SERVICES section of the website for more details.

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McCarter is grateful for the support of our corporate impresarios.
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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