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Andrew Polec to Perform at Two River Theater's 30th Anniversary Gala

originally published: 04/23/2024

Andrew Polec to Perform at Two River Theater

(RED BANK, NJ) -- Guests of Two River Theater's 30th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, May 4, 2024, can expect an unforgettable night featuring an electric performance from Andrew Polec (Hair, The Beautiful Lady – Taghim for Bat Out Of Hell) who recently starred in Two River's production of the American Love-Rock Musical Hair, as the rebellious and rambunctious Berger. TheaterMania exclaimed, "Andrew Polec's Berger captures the wild spirit of the era..."

“Andrew Polec is a true superstar and a great good friend of Two River Theater,” says Artistic Director Justin Waldman.  “Andrew’s indelible performance as Berger in Hair last fall still echoes throughout the building.  His infectious energy and astounding vocals will surely blow the roof off the Rechnitz Stage yet again!”

Polec’s set list of iconic songs jumps from the stage to the radio waves, featuring songs from Rent, The Greatest Showman, Bat Out of Hell, Bon Jovi, Queen, Meat Loaf, his own original work, and more. It’s sure to be a night of plenty of rock, a good bit of roll, and plenty of soul.

"We are thrilled to be celebrating the 30th Anniversary season with Two River Theater's supporters and friends,” says Brian Leddin, co-chair of the Gala Committee and member of the Two River Board of Trustees. “This party will give us all a chance to reflect on the past achievements and cast our eyes towards the bright future of bringing theater to Red Bank.”

The theme of the evening is everything futuristic, and the party attire is Creative Black Tie or Futuristic Fashion. "Guests are encouraged to draw inspiration from novel materials, technologies, or patterns," says Marilyn Broege, co-chair of the Gala Committee and Co-Vice President of the Two River Board of Trustees. "We want everyone to unleash their creativity!"

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In addition to Polec’s performance, guests will experience a cocktail reception beginning at 6:00pm, followed by dinner on the Joan and Robert M. Rechnitz Theater stage, a live auction, and post dinner dancing with the beloved Moroccan Sheepherders.

TICKET AND SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION - Gala sponsor packages range from $1,000 to $50,000. A limited number of dinner tickets are available for $450 a ticket and include one ticket to the Anniversary Gala dinner and performance with complimentary valet. Tickets are available for purchase online.

All proceeds of this event will benefit the programs and services of Two River Theater. Valet parking will be available for added convenience. For more information on tickets and sponsorship packages, please contact Thomas Dougherty at or 732.345.1400 x 1806.

Two River Theater produces a theatrical season that includes American and world classics, new plays and musicals, programs for young people, and festivals of new work. Each year, they also offer 40+ events that reflect our diverse community of Red Bank, New Jersey. Two River produces work on two stages—the 350-seat Rechnitz Theater, and the flexible 110-seat Marion Huber Theater. The theater’s recently opened Center for New Work, Education and Design is a three-story facility that includes two rehearsal studios, artist labs, classrooms, expanded shops and centrally located offices. Two River Theater has commissioned and premiered original projects including Be More Chill by Tony Award nominee Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz (the theater’s first Broadway production) and Hurricane Diane by former Playwright-in-Residence Madeleine George (which won an Obie Award for its Off-Broadway run). In June 2019, Two River was nationally recognized by USA TODAY as one of “10 great places to see a play” across the U.S. Two River serves thousands of students and community members through arts and humanities programs at the theater, in schools and throughout its region. Two River Theater is led by Artistic Director Justin Waldman and Managing Director Nora DeVeau-Rosen. 

Two River Theater’s 2023/24 Season Sponsor is Hackensack Meridian Riverview Medical Center.

Two River Theater is supported in part by public support through the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Private support includes the Achelis & Bodman Foundation, Citizens Philanthropic Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Helen Clay Frick Foundation, The Merrill G. and Emita E. Hastings Foundation, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Investors Foundation, The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Manasquan Bank, Monmouth University, OceanFirst Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Springpoint Senior Living Foundation, Stolfe Zeigler New Jersey Family Law Group, The Stone Foundation of New Jersey, UMAMI Girl, Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey Home and Hospice Care, Zynergy Retirement Planning, and many other generous foundations, corporations and individuals.

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