Why do South Orange and Maplewood attract so many performing artists who call these neighborhoods home? Sure every suburban town has its share of famous residents, but I am talking about a significant percentage of well known, hugely talented performing artists in music, film, television and theatre. The attraction of living in South Orange and Maplewood by Broadway and off Broadway actors is so well known that the New York Times recently called it the place “where Broadway comes home to sleep.” The New York Times actually said it– so it must be true read it here.
As residents, we can be proud to live alongside such luminaries as:
Andre Braugher – Star of Fox’s smash hit sit com Brooklyn Nine Nine. He was previously the co star of the television series “Men of a Certain Age with Ray Romano and star of “Homicide” a long time cop drama in the 1990’s.
Norbert Leo Butz – one of only 9 actors to ever win 2 Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Musical. Last year he starred in “Big Fish” on Broadway and the year prior he starred next to Katie Homes in the Broadway show “Dead Accounts.”
These are just a few, but the list goes on to include Jazz soloist Sarah Partridge, actor James Rebhorn who played Claire Danes’ father on the super hit series Homeland (recently deceased), Grammy Award winner Lauryn Hill and so on. In fact, there are so many seasoned Broadway and off Broadway actors and writers in residence, in 2010 they got together and formed a repertory theater titled Midtown Direct Rep. It is a platform to try out new material in the form of stage readings by these experienced actors. The series takes place in The Loft at the South Orange Performing Arts Theater. The next show is this Sunday, January 25th and you can get tickets here.
So what’s the draw for such incredible talent to call South Orange and Maplewood home? Of course the towns are ideally located close to Manhattan which is a huge convenience for working Broadway actors with families. And, most importantly they offer urban suburbs where artists can enjoy the two town’s many cultural activities.
Thinking of making a move to South Orange or Maplewood view the current homes for sale in each town by price:
Luxury Homes for Sale in South Orange
Homes for Sale in South Orange $500,000-$700,000
Homes for Sale South Orange $300,000 – $500,000
If you would like assistance finding your dream home please email Amy Harris today or call/text her at (917) 327-0701.