A Look Ahead at the Arts in 2017

By Maddie Orton
Arts Correspondent

From Hamilton, to Lemonade, to Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize, the arts made major headlines in 2016 and the Garden State contributed its fair share.

This year, Paper Mill Playhouse took home the Regional Theatre Tony Award.

“We are enjoying an incredible renaissance now because a group of talented, dedicated people believed that Paper Mill could reinvent itself and find its glory again,” Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee said in his Tony acceptance speech.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra welcomed their new Music Director, Xian Zhang, and the city of Newark became home to the largest mural on the east coast. The finished product, which runs along Route 21 and is nearly a mile and a half long.

As season announcements continue to roll out for the next calendar year, the arts offerings keep looking more and more exciting.

Montclair Art Museum will open a new exhibit in February: Matisse and American Art.

“His use of color and form and the sort of flatness and great decorative quality of his work still resonates with artists today,” said Montclair Art Museum Director Lora Urbanelli.

Nineteen works by the neo-impressionist painter will be shown alongside pieces by the likes of Lichtenstein, Prendergast and Warhol.

Like Brigadoon, GlassWeekend will return to WheatonArts in June per its every other year rotation. Glass lovers from all over are no doubt already planning their pilgrimage.

“This is the one time when we’re all, as many of us as can get here, will be all in one place at the same time,” said now Honorary Board Member Stan Epstein back in 2013

“It’s summer camp for glass lovers. Every hotel on the premises is sold out immediately,” said Board Member Henry Wasserstein in 2013. “The other hotels in the area get the overflow, and they’re generally booked as well.”

Bon Jovi will launch their latest tour. Meanwhile, Beethoven’s only opera — Fidelio — will be performed at The Princeton Festival.

And one of my favorite new plays, Bad Jews, will make its New Jersey debut at George Street Playhouse after a critically-acclaimed premiere production at Roundabout Theatre Company in New York.

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