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FIRST ANNUAL NJTV BENEFIT WILL FEATURE A PERFORMANCE BY THE MIDTOWN MEN TO BE TAPED FOR PUBLIC TELEVISION SPECIAL

Contacts:

Press inquiries: Deb Falk, NJTV 973.233.8862; Falkd@njtvonline.org

Benefit reservations/information: Elizabeth Bennett 908-322-1100; ebennett@evergreenpr.com

JUST ANNOUNCED: FIRST ANNUAL NJTV BENEFIT WILL FEATURE A PERFORMANCE BY THE MIDTOWN MEN TO BE TAPED FOR A PUBLIC TELEVISION SPECIAL

Steve Adubato, Jr., Sandra King and Verizon to be honored; Ralph Izzo and Josh Weston serve as co-chairs;

Concert special will air in the New York Metropolitan area starting in December

UPDATED MAY 19, 2014 – NEWARK – NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, will host its first major benefit event at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) on Wednesday, May 28, at 6:00 pm.  The benefit, co-chaired by Ralph Izzo (Chairman & CEO, PSE&G) and Josh Weston (Public Media NJ, Inc. chairman and former CEO, ADP) will honor two veteran producers,  Steve Adubato, Ph.D (Caucus New Jersey, One-On-One with Steve Adubato) and Sandra King (Due Process) and Verizon for their contributions to public television.  NJTV News’ Managing Editor Mike Schneider will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

“NJTV has made great strides in a very short period of time, and has grown to a point we’re proud to host this benefit celebration,” said Weston.  “Like public television itself, this will be an evening that will engage and entertain.”

“Steve Adubato and Sandra King are local icons with series that have been associated with New Jersey public television for decades,” said NJTV General Manager John Servidio.  “It’s fitting that their award-winning work in public affairs programming be recognized during NJTV’s special event.

“Verizon has been a cornerstone funder for us since our earliest days on the air,” added Servidio.  “We want to thank them for being a part of the critical support network that makes our local programming possible.”

Benefit guests will enjoy a pre-performance reception and dinner followed by the awards and performance of The Midtown Men, four stars from the original Broadway cast of Jersey Boys*.   The Midtown Men performance at NJPAC will be taped as a concert special for public television.  The 90-minute show, recorded in high-definition, will be offered to public television stations to broadcast nationwide.  The concert special will air in the NY Metropolitan area starting in December.

“The Midtown Men are a perfect match for public television,” said NJTV General Manager John Servidio.  “We’re excited to give their performance a life beyond the NJTV Benefit to entertain audiences across the country.”

After taking Broadway by storm in one of the biggest hits of all-time, the four original Jersey Boys cast members formed THE MIDTOWN MEN. Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer, now bring their unique style and sound to NJPAC in support of NJTV.

All are invited to join in the special evening as they celebrate music that defined the ’60s from The Beatles and The Rascals to Motown and The Four Seasons, performing chart-toppers like “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Up on the Roof,” “Let’s Hang On,” “Happy Together,” “California Dreamin’” and other nostalgic favorites.

Special reserved center orchestra seats for the Benefit are limited, so reservations are encouraged to be made promptly.

Performance-only tickets are available by calling 1-888-466-5722 (1-888-GO-NJPAC), at www.njpac.org, or at the Arts Center’s box office at One Center Street in Downtown Newark.

NJTV Benefit sponsorships, advertisement opportunities and tickets are available by calling Elizabeth Bennett at 908-322-1100 or email ebennett@evergreenpr.com.

Learn more about the NJTV Benefit and the Midtown Men performance here: http://www.njtvonline.org/programs/the-midtown-men/

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WHAT:     NJTV Benefit for New Jersey Public Television

WHERE:  New Jersey Performing Arts Center- One Center Street, Newark, NJ

WHEN:    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

 6:00 pm – Cocktail, Dinner and Dessert

 8:00 pm – Awards and Performance

DRESS:  Business Attire

* Not a performance of, not affiliated with the show Jersey Boys.

About NJTV

NJTV, New Jersey’s public television station, brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to New Jersey and its tri-state neighbors. NJTV presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, American Masters, Charlie Rose, and BBC World News America and a range of documentaries and children’s programs.  NJTV offers an array of local news and cultural offerings on air and online including Reporters Roundtable with Michael Aron, One-on-One with Steve Adubato, American Songbook at NJPAC and The Art Project with Maddie Orton.

The network’s flagship news broadcast, NJTV News with Mike Schneider, features stories from across the Garden State.   NJTV complements its growing news staff by partnering with state-wide media and higher education institutions. NJTV is also a leader in connecting with viewers on emerging platforms, including the NJTV website where users can stream PBS content for free and local educators can find free, classroom-ready, digital resources.

 

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