Empire Records: The Musical

SEPTEMBER 6 - OCTOBER 6, 2024

Venue Berlind Theatre
American Sign Language Accessibility September 21, 2024 at 2PM. To select the best seats for ASL access, please contact Patron Services at 609-258-2787, Tuesday through Saturday, 12:00PM - 6:00PM.
Audio Described and Open Caption Accessibility September 22, 2024 at 2PM. To select the best seats for Open Caption access please contact Patron Services at 609-258-2787, Tuesday through Saturday, 12:00PM - 6:00PM.
Post Show Discussion September 15, 2024 and September 21, 2024

OVERVIEW

Damn the man, save the Empire!


Overflowing with optimism, ‘90s counterculture, rooftop dancing, and the spirit of punk rock, Empire Records tells the story of a band of idealist misfits fighting to save their beloved record store from a corporate takeover. With tactics ranging from desperate to dangerous, the team comes together during a visit by over the hill pop star Rex Manning to discover the true value of friendship, love, and music—all in one extraordinary, unforgettable day. 
 
With music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson Award-winner and Princeton native Zoe Sarnak and a book by original screenwriter Carol Heikkinen, Empire Records is directed by Trip Cullman (Broadway’s Choir Boy, Lobby Hero), choreographed by Ellenore Scott (Broadway’s Funny Girl), and produced by special arrangement with Bill Weiner, Hunter Arnold and Cody Lassen. See it at McCarter first.

  

  

What’s not to love? A cultural touchstone, an homage to an era—unselfconsciously optimistic and principled—Empire Records is ripe for a comeback

The Guardian

  

  

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SPECIAL EVENTS

MONDAY, APRIL 8 / 7:00PM

Empire Records Screening

In anticipation of McCarter Theatre Center's world premiere musical adaptation of Empire Records, we’re throwing it back to the 90’s. Celebrate Rex Manning Day with us by immersing yourself in the original cult classic on the big screen – and on the most iconic day itself!

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