New Jersey Walk of Fame Unveiled at NJPAC on May 18th

Project Commissioned as Part of NJ TRANSIT's Public Arts Program, in

Conjunction With Community Partners

May 19, 2006, 01:00 ET from New Jersey Performing Arts Center

    NEWARK, N.J., May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- A Walk of Fame honoring the lives
 and achievements of extraordinary performing artists who are associated
 with the Garden State and/or its institutions was unveiled at a public
 ceremony on Thursday, May 18th at 5pm on the Symphony Lawn in front of the
 New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), adjacent to the new NJ TRANSIT
 light rail station.
     Thus far, those scheduled to take part in the ceremony are Secretary of
 State Nina Mitchell Wells, Carol Herbert, Chair of the New Jersey State
 Council of the Arts, representatives of the Women's Association of NJPAC
 and several of the Walk of Fame honorees or their representatives -- Savion
 Glover, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Maestro Neeme Jarvi, Broadway's
 Ben Vereen, Queen Latifah's mother, Rita Owens, and Omer Padillo
 representing the Estate of Celia Cruz.
     Thirty artists from an original list of over 125 candidates were
 selected to be represented in the inaugural installation of the New Jersey
 Walk of Fame. They are: Bud Abbott & Lou Costello, Tony Bennett, Celia
 Cruz, Danny DeVito, Savion Glover, Celeste Holm, Whitney Houston, New
 Jersey Symphony Orchestra Maestro Neeme Jarvi, Ernie Kovacs, Nathan Lane,
 Queen Latifah, Jerry Lewis, Eddie Murphy, Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon,
 Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Meryl Streep, John Travolta, Frankie
 Valli & The Four Seasons, Sarah Vaughan, Ben Vereen, Frederica Von Stade,
 and Dionne Warwick. A special plaque dedicated to major artists with
 longstanding affiliation with NJPAC will include Kathleen Battle, Judith
 Jamison, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis and Itzhak Perlman.
     The Walk of Fame Selection Committee included representatives from NJ
 TRANSIT, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Newark Historical
 Society, Newark Library, Newark Arts Council, The Newark Museum, The City
 of Newark, NJPAC, New Jersey Network, The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra,
 The Prudential Foundation, WBGO-FM, and Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade &
     The New Jersey Walk of Fame was commissioned by NJ TRANSIT with
 assistance from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, URS Corporation,
 Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc. and the Women's Association of
 NJPAC. Funding made possible by the Federal Transit Administration. "New
 Jersey Walk of Fame" Bronze, (C) 2005. Sculptors: Gregg LeFevre & Jennifer
 Andrews. Assisted by Jose Marti & Bill Mutter.

SOURCE New Jersey Performing Arts Center