I met with Jeff Norman and Josh Balber to talk about what one might still consider to be Newark’s best kept secret: the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
“Pffft,” you say, “I’ve heard of NJPAC before.“ But, did you know that the center that has drawn over six million people to Newark since its open in 1997? Did you know that the Center counts Yo-Yo Ma, Bob Dylan, Lauryn Hill and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater among its performances? Or that deeply embedded into the DNA of the Performing Arts Center is a desire to catalyze the city’s renewal?
Or even that the Center’s Prudential Hall has been described by renowned critics as one of the “world’s greatest concert halls” and “the nation’s most glamorous theater”?
Jeff and Josh were kind enough to share some of the details about how the NJPAC was conceived and built by Lawrence Goldman, the Center’s arts programs and its ambitions for growth.[audio:https://dailynewarker.com/w/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/tdn-interview-njpac-081117.mp3%5D