Sunday, June 16, 2024

An Evening with Santino Fontana Anchors the 2024 Princeton Festival


WHEN: Saturday, June 22, at 7pm
: Festival Performance Pavilion at Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ.
TICKETS: start at $35 (children 5-17 accompanied by an adult receive a 50% discount)
For tickets: or 609-497-0020
Digital programs, wheelchair accessible.
Additional accommodations or services can be arranged with two weeks’ notice—contact
2024 Princeton Festival tickets: range in price from $10 - $135.
For dates, times, program information, and tickets, visit

Tony Award-winning actor and television star Santino Fontana takes over the Princeton Festival stage in the performance pavilion at Morven Museum & Garden. According to New York Stage, Fontana possesses “the relaxed, accessible charm of the guy next door who happens to be smart, handsome, and talented.” 

He brings all that charm and a great onstage presence to his cabaret performances. He engages audiences with clever banter, and even lets them choose his songs for the evening. He and the accomplished pianist Cody Owen Stine are ready for an upbeat evening of spontaneous fun with Festival attendees. An Evening with Santino Fontana is the final performance of this year’s Princeton Festival.

Santino Fontana
received the Tony Award, two Drama Desks, an Outer Critics Circle, a Lortel, an Obie, and the Clarence Derwent Award for his work in both plays and musicals. Most recently seen on Broadway in his virtuosic Tony-winning turn as “Michael Dorsey / Dorothy Michaels” in Tootsie. The NY Times wrote, “Santino Fontana [is] one of the most promising actors to emerge in the New York theater.” New York Magazine heralded him as an “indispensable stage star.” He is widely known for lending his voice to the villainous ‘Prince Hans’ in Disney’s Academy Award winning animated feature, Frozen. On TV, Santino was seen on the Emmy winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. He starred on CW’s comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend as fan favorite, Greg and NBC’s drama Shades of Blue, opposite Jennifer Lopez, simultaneously. A critically acclaimed narrator of dozens of audiobooks, he was the original voice of ‘Joe’ in Caroline Kepnes’s cult hit You and all its sequels. He received the Audie award for Stephen King’s The Institute and was chosen to read Suzanne Collin’s Hunger Games prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. (Photo by Nathan Johnson)

Cody Owen Stine
is a New York City-based songwriter, music director, and multi-instrumentalist. He is currently the music director of the 9-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Hadestown. Other Broadway credits: Moulin Rouge, Spongebob Squarepants, Bandstand, and Finding Neverland. Cast Albums: Miss You Like Hell, The Robber Bridegroom, The Jonathan Larson Project, and The Liz Swados Project. Off B-way: Murder Ballad and Eager To Lose. As composer/lyricist, he is a 2019 Jonathan Larson Grant finalist, a 2019 commissioned writer at Williamstown Theatre Festival, and a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Advanced Workshop.

About The Princeton Festival
Founded in 2004, the Princeton Festival quickly established a reputation for artistic excellence and innovative programming in the performing arts. Every year in June, thousands of people from the mid-Atlantic region and beyond come to the Festival to enjoy the quality and variety of its programs. Offerings include opera, musical theater, dance, and a constantly evolving selection of other genres, including jazz, world music, orchestral pops, choral concerts, country music, chamber recitals, and an annual piano competition. The Festival has long-standing partnerships with public libraries and local churches, and promotes life-long learning in the arts through free educational lectures presented to a wide and diverse community.

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is a cultural centerpiece of the Princeton community and one of New Jersey’s finest music organizations, a position established through performances of beloved masterworks, innovative music by living composers, and an extensive network of educational programs offered to area students free of charge. Led by Edward T. Cone Music Director Rossen Milanov, the PSO presents orchestral, pops, and chamber music programs of the highest artistic quality, supported by lectures and related events that supplement the concert experience. Its flagship summer program the Princeton Festival brings an array of performing arts and artists to Princeton during multiple weeks in June. Through PSO BRAVO!, the orchestra produces wide-reaching and impactful education programs in partnership with local schools and arts organizations that culminate in students attending a live orchestral performance. The PSO receives considerable support from the Princeton community and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, regularly garnering NJSCA’s highest honor. Recognition of engaging residencies and concerts has come from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the PSO’s commitment to new music has been acknowledged with an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and a Copland Fund Award. The only independent, professional orchestra to make its home in Princeton, the PSO performs at historic Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University.

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Health and Safety
The Princeton Symphony Orchestra is closely monitoring and adhering to the New Jersey Department of Health’s COVID-19 Requirements. Princeton Festival attendees will receive information regarding safety procedures, entry, seating directions, etc. in advance of their selected live performance(s).

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra is committed to ensuring all programming is accessible for everyone, working with venues such as Morven Museum & Garden and Trinity Church to provide needed services. Contact ADA Coordinator Mika Godbole for questions about available services at or (609) 905-0931. Note: some services require at least two weeks’ notice to arrange.

Programs, artists, dates, and times are subject to change