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NJPAC and Madison Marquette Partner- More Performances and Events Coming to Convention Hall and the

Asbury Park, NJ—Two of the most iconic performance venues in Asbury are about to host new live performances, educational programs and community events courtesy of a partnership with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and developer Madison Marquette.

NJPAC has announced a partnership with Madison Marquette, the real estate developer that has played a significant, although a sometimes controversial role in the cultural, artistic and architectural renaissance of Asbury Park. According to a recent news release, NJPAC with produce live performances, educational programs, and community outreach events in Asbury at the two historic theaters. The landmarks were built by famed New York architects Warren & Wetmore in 1927, the 1660-seat theater and over 3000 seat hall have been host to famous comedians, singers, and musicians throughout the decades. NJPAC will be serving as a consultant on growing the operational capacity of both venues.

The first event by NJPAC and Madison Marquette will be "The Search for Life in the Universe," an evening with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City.

The event is at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, in Convention Hall. Other performances will include the New York Kings of Comedy with Capone, Talent, Rob Stapleton, comedian Paula Poundstone and Let it Be: A Celebration of the Music of the Beatles. According to a statement by NJPAC, president and CEO John Schreiber said, “making the arts an integral part of the cultural landscape and neighborhoods of Asbury Park is an opportunity we find irresistible.

“Finding common ground among the city’s many populations through artistry, and providing captivating experiences for those audiences, is built into NJPAC’s DNA. Our vision with Madison Marquette is to make clear the diverse opportunities for entertainment 12 months a year.” Schreiber said.

He added, “Asbury Park is the birthplace of many rock ’n’ roll ‘firsts,’ and the Arts Center is proud to help forward that tradition by bringing a wide diversity of top-name artists to its legendary venues and arts-related programs into its schools and community.”

NJPAC’s Department of Arts Education, which currently presents assembly programs in Asbury schools, is planning on increasing its relationship and programming within the school district. NJPAC is also developing its community outreach initiatives and bringing them to Asbury Park.

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