The Arts

Maplewood and South Orange residents take much pride in our rich arts and entertainment community. Many celebrities started here, including singer Lauryn Hill and actors Zach Braff, Roy Scheider and Elizabeth and Andrew Shue. Tony Award-winner Christine Ebersole and Grammy Award-winner T.S. Monk currently call our two towns home.

The brand-new South Orange Performing Arts Center, a state-of-the-art facility that boasts a 415-seat theater, a cinema 5-plex and the Loft community space and the Burgdorff Cultural Center in Maplewood host over 100 events a year. Add in the 5-plex cinema in Maplewood and residents have an amazing choice of films. To complement our cultural venues, local theater companies offer residents the opportunity to sharpen their thespian skills. If that’s not enough to whet your theater appetite, the historic Paper Mill Playhouse, with its Broadway musical revivals and children’s shows, is in neighboring Millburn, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, one of the state’s leading performing arts venues, is just a short drive away. Want to see the latest Broadway production? Remember that South Orange/Maplewood is only a 29-minute NJT ride to Penn Station.

For the art lover, The Pierro Art Gallery of South Orange and 1978 Maplewood Arts Center are just two of the many galleries where artists can gather to learn, create, exhibit and sell unique works. Our annual Artists Studio Tour allows residents to visit the home studios and exhibition spaces of 50 local artists, while the nearby Newark Museum gives locals a chance to view world-class exhibits on a regular basis.

Music abounds in both towns.  In Maplewood, the free summer concerts begin with Maplewoodstock, a two-day arts and entertainment festival.  Arts Maplewood produces concerts for all ages throughout the year,  and don’t miss The Underground Concert Series at The Burgdorff.  South Orange is famous for its Giants of Jazz spectacular every October, Jazz at The Baird, and its high talent line-up at the outdoor summer concert series.  

Two Towns, One Community: What a convenient way to enjoy the arts!