Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center

Judy

NOW PLAYING

JUDY

DRAMA  |  PG-13

Thirty years after starring in "The Wizard of Oz," beloved actress and singer Judy Garland arrives in London to perform sold-out shows at the Talk of the Town nightclub.

Becoming Nobody

COMING SOON

BECOMING NOBODY

DOCUMENTARY

Ram Dass' teachings and life: whether as Dr. Richard Alpert, the eminent Harvard psychologist, or as Ram Dass who serves as a bridge between Eastern and Western philosophies,

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice

COMING SOON

LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE

DOCUMENTARY  |  PG-13

A musical biography of one of the most successful and versatile female singers of the 20th century

To Kill A Mockingbird with Fred Zilian

COMING SOON

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD WITH FRED ZILIAN

DRAMA

The Big Lebowski Presented by What's Up Newp & The JPT

COMING SOON

THE BIG LEBOWSKI PRESENTED BY WHAT'S UP NEWP & THE JPT

COMEDY  |  R

What's Up Newp and The JPT present Joel and Ethan Coen's classic 1998 American crime comedy with music pre-show

Harriet

COMING SOON

HARRIET

DRAMA

From her escape from slavery through the dangerous missions she led to liberate hundreds of slaves through the Underground Railroad, the story of heroic abolitionist Harriet Tubman is told.

  • Judy
  • Becoming Nobody
  • Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice
  • To Kill A Mockingbird with Fred Zilian
  • The Big Lebowski Presented by What's Up Newp & The JPT
  • Harriet

Jay Leno, supporters raise more than $30,000 for Newport firefighter battling cancer

Nearly five-hundred people woke up this morning still smiling and laughing after Jay Leno’s performance at the Jane Pickens Theater last night.

This one-night-only show, which sold out in less than ten minutes, benefited a veteran Newport firefighter who is currently battling cancer.

The event was organized and put on by The Firehouse Theater, Jane Pickens Theater, and What’sUpNewp.

Leno, who recently put down roots in Newport with the purchase of Seafair, heard of the firefighter’s story and wanted to host this show in his new part-time hometown to support the first responder.

The firefighter just began his third round of chemo and is focused on fighting this with everything he has. For the sake of being overwhelmed with messages and media requests, he has asked not to be identified to the media or general public at this time.

The firefighter, his family, and dozens of fellow Newport firefighters were able to be among the nearly five-hundred in attendance for the special night.

Leno had the crowd roaring in laughter for ninety minutes, many sharing after the show that they were laughing so hard that they were crying and their sides were hurting.

It wasn’t all laughs, Leno took a moment at the end of his routine to honor all of the firefighters, police officers, nurses, and first responders in the room. He asked those who serve to stand up and the audience gave these members a loud round of applause, as well as three loud yells of “Thank You” led by Leno.

Leno ultimately closed his set with some words about humanity, its innate goodness, and by reminding people to be good and decent. His message resonating and moving many.

Leno was met with a large round of applause and standing ovation at the beginning of the show, and an even louder and larger applause and standing ovation at the end of the night. Jane Pickens Theater will pass on the proceeds from ticket sales (after some small expenses) directly to the firefighter in the coming days.

“What a wonderful memorable evening! Many thanks to Jay Leno. for
helping us raise over $30,000 to help a local firefighter,” Kathy Staab, Owner of Jane Pickens Theater stated. “We enjoyed partnering with the Firehouse Theater & What’s Up Newp and hope to work together again soon.”

Just moments after finishing his ninety minute set, Leno made his way through the crowd to spend some time with the firefighter and his family, whom he’s had several phone calls with during the last few weeks.

“I’ll never forget this night and what Jay, what you guys, and what this community did for me,” the emotional firefighter shared with me before heading home to rest before heading back to the hospital for more appointments this morning.


SOURCE: Ryan Belmore - October 4, 2019, What's Up  Newp

 

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