Why APTCo Matters...


APTCo is all about building bonds.

Theater has been a common bond for human beings from the beginning of time. Theater allows us to express ourselves and communicate with others. Theater transcends religion, politics, ethnicity and sexual identity. When performers perform, they hold the power to educate, enlighten and enrich their audience. Through theater, we are finally joined in a common place. Not only in our seats but we are joined in our hearts, minds and souls.  APTCo is dedicated to bringing people and communities together through art.

Spending by Arts Audiences Sends $102.5 Billion to Local Businesses

Dinner and a show go hand-in-hand. The arts, unlike most industries, leverage significant amounts of event-related spending by their audiences—valuable income for local restaurants, parking garages, hotels, and retail stores. Based on the 212,691 audience surveys conducted for this study, the typical arts attendee spends $31.47 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission. Nationally, total event-related spending in 2015 was an estimated $102.5 billion. 

When a community offers arts and cultural events, it attracts cultural tourists.

One-third of the nation’s arts attendees are from outside the county in which the arts event took place (34.1 percent) and spent twice as much ($47.57 vs. $23.44) as their local counterparts. Two-thirds of nonlocal attendees (69 percent) indicated that the primary reason they were visiting was to attend that arts event. When local attendees were asked what they would have done if the arts event they were attending was not taking place, 41 percent said they would have traveled to a different community for a similar arts experience.

Arts and culture travelers...

  • spend more than other travelers 
  • are more likely to stay in a hotel or bed & breakfast
  • are more likely to spend $1,000 or more during their stay.
  • stay longer than other travelers.


“ As a banker, I have visited businesses in almost every city and town in my state. There is a visible difference in places with a vibrant arts community. I see people looking for places to park, stores staying open late, and restaurants packed with diners. The business day is extended and the cash registers are ringing.” — KEN FERGESON, Chairman, NBC Oklahoma; Past Chair, American Bankers Association

“Mayors understand the connection between the arts industry and city revenues. Arts activity creates thousands of direct and indirect jobs and generates billions in government and business revenues. The arts also make our cities destinations for tourists, help attract and retain businesses, and play an important role in the economic revitalization of cities and the vibrancy of our neighborhoods.” — Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, President, The United States Conference of Mayors

The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Study

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5) is Americans for the Arts’ fifth economic impact study of the nation’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences. By every measure, the results are impressive. Nationally, the nonprofit arts industry generated $166.3 billion of economic activity in 2015—$63.8 billion in spending by arts and cultural organizations and an additional $102.5 billion in event-related expenditures by their audiences. This activity supported 4.6 million jobs and generated $27.5 billion in revenue to local, state, and federal governments (a yield well beyond their collective $5 billion in arts allocations). AEP5 is the most comprehensive study of its kind ever conducted. It provides detailed economic impact findings on 341 study regions representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Data was gathered from 14,439 organizations and 212,691 audience spending surveys and our project economist customized input-output models for each and every study region to ensure reliable and actionable localized results.

The information above is taken directly from the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study. For more information click the link below to view more information about this important arts impact study.

Thanks sally, Jim, James Edward & Carter!!!

APTCo's first fundraiser, A LITTLE MUSICAL NIGHT was held on August 2nd at the Asbury Hotel. Hosted

A LITTLE MUSICAL NIGHT  was a benefit concert for APTCo hosted by Emmy and Golden Globe-winning TV, Film & Broadway Actress SALLY STRUTHERS featuring musical performances by Broadway's Carter Calvert, James Alexander and Jim Newman at The Asbury Hotel.  We had a blast and met many new friends! Check out the pictures in our gallery! Thanks for coming and if you didn't, we'll see you at our next event!!

Oh! What a night!


"A Little Musical Night" Cast BIOS

Sally Struthers


SALLY STRUTHERS is a two-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner for her performance in the groundbreaking TV series All in the Family. She starred in the Fox television series 9 to 5 and her own CBS series Gloria. She also recurred on the CBS comedy Still Standing and the CW network’s highly acclaimed Gilmore Girls. She joined the Gilmore cast for Netflix’s four movie limited revival, which premiered in the fall of 2016. She recently guest starred in the acclaimed IFC comedy series Maron.

Ms. Struthers’ TV movies include: A Gun in the House, And Your Name is Jonah, The Great Houdinis, Hey… I’m Alive, In The Best Interest of the Children, Deadly Silence, My Husband is Missing, and Intimate Strangers.

Sally co-starred in two legendary motion pictures in the 70’s: Five Easy Pieces with Jack Nicholson and The Getaway with Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw. 

Sally’s first two Broadway forays were in Wally’s Café with Rita Moreno and Jimmy Coco and Neil Simon’s female version of the Odd Couple with Brenda Vaccaro. For three years she starred as “Miss Mamie Lynch” on Broadway and on tour in the Tommy Tune production of Grease. In the 20th Anniversary National Tour of Annie, Sally played the coveted role of Miss Hannigan. Sally was named Best Actress by the Los Angeles Artistic Director Theatre Awards for her role as Louise Seger in the musical Always, Patsy Cline, a true story based on the relationship between Seger and Cline. 

She won the Ovation Award as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Agnes Gooch in the Los Angeles production of Mame, and won a second Ovation Award for Cinderella. She also won a plaque for “Best Actress” in her 7th Grade Class Play. Additional starring theatre roles include regional productions of Hello, Dolly!, Anything Goes, The Fifth of July, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, The Full Monty, Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago, All Shook Up, Drowsy Chaperone, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, 9 to 5, Legally Blonde, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Witches of Eastwick, Nice Work if You Can Get It and Grumpy Old Men: The Musical

For thirty years, Sally Struthers worked to help hungry children living in poverty. She visited these children in many developing countries, and filmed numerous public service announcements and documentaries on their behalf.

Carter Calvert



CARTER CALVERT is best known for originating her role in the Tony Award nominated Broadway musical It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues alongside Grammy Award winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter. The New York Times wrote, “Carter Calvert effervesces: her voice echoes chimes in the night” and “her smoldering grip on ‘Fever’ is positively dangerous.” She is featured on the cast recording and starred in the show’s National Tour.

Other tours include the title role in Always Patsy Cline opposite Emmy Award winning actress Sally Struthers, the featured role of Grizabella in the Broadway National Tour of Cats, the European Tour of Smokey Joe’s Café, and an International Tour of Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway. She’s received raves for her Off-Broadway work in Forbidden Broadway: Comes Out Swinging and appeared in The Thing About Men opposite Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch. She has originated world premiere roles in the musicals Forbidden Vegas, Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers and The Great American Trailer Park Musical.

Her regional credits include It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues at Denver Center Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Crossroads Theatre Company, New Victory Theatre and San Diego Repertory Theater; Annie Get Your Gun (Title Role) and Evita (Title Role) at Algonquin Arts Theatre; Sunday in the Park with George at Arena Stage; Unsung Cole (And Classics Too) and A Grand Night for Singing at Cleveland Playhouse; Honky Tonk Angels at Cincinnati Playhouse at the Park; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at Theatre By The Sea; Kiss Me Kate at Theatre Under The Stars; and Pump Boys and Dinettes in Branson, Missouri.

Carter has opened for iconic performers including Liza Minnelli, Marilyn McCoo, Chubby Checker and The Temptations. Her TV credits include The David Letterman Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, and The Today Show. She is an accomplished actress as well as a popular voice-over artist. She’s been featured in numerous national television and radio commercials. While still in high school, Downbeat Magazine named Carter “Best Female Jazz Vocalist” and Starsong Records hailed her as “Best Female Vocalist of the Year.”

Ms. Calvert has been touring the globe as a headliner on the prestigious Crystal Cruise line as well headlining in clubs and theaters across the country with her solo shows Viva La Diva, Natural Woman: A Carole King Celebration and Walkin’ After Midnight: A Tribute to Patsy Cline. As a recording artist, Carter Calvert & the Roger Cohen Trio debuted at number 13 on the CMJ jazz charts (beating out Paul McCartney!). Her CD It's A Man's World is climbing the charts, receiving rave reviews and extensive radio play. It is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon. Carter is proud mother of her beautiful 13-year-old daughter, Ella, and proud wife to her handsomely talented drummer-husband, Roger Cohen.

James Edward Alexander


JAMES EDWARD ALEXANDER is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. A recipient of the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Performance and a Helen Hayes Award Nominee, he has an expansive list of credentials that span the musical stage, cabaret, concerts, recordings, film and TV.

His TV and Film credits include James Culligan in the series The Switch directed by Emmanuel Sapolsky for FashionOne TV, Cop #1 in Leigh Scott’s film Witches Of Oz starring Christopher Lloyd and Billy Boyd, and appearances in Season 1 and 2 of the Tracy Morgan/Jordan Peele new comedy series, The Last O.G. James appeared in the Season 5 premier of the STARZ TV series Power and guest starred in Detective Chinatown 2.

His Theater credits include the Broadway National Tour of Little Shop of Horrors directed by Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall. He originated the role of Pastor Jasper Greenwood in the New York Classical Theater of Harlem’s original production of The First Noel: A World Premiere Musical which played at the world famous Apollo Theater. With the book, music & lyrics written by Lelund Durond Thompson and Jason Michael Webb, the show was directed by Steve H. Broadnax III, choreographed by Brian H. Brooks and featured musical direction by Andrew Lederman. James was also featured in the original cast of the world premiere musical Josephine Tonight at Metro Stage directed and choreographed by Maurice Hines, Jr. 

His Off- Broadway credits include A Brief History of White Music (original cast) directed and choreographed by Ken Roberson. Other stage credentials include starring roles in Five Guys Named Moe (Big Mo), The Wiz (Lion), Children of Eden (Father), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Ken) directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Marcus Lycus) starring Eddie Mekka, and Bubblin’ Brown Sugar (Checkers Clark) directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner George Faison to name a few. 

James has shared the concert stage with such notable talents as Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Linda Eder and Billy Preston. He has performed his one man show James Alexander Sings Johnny Mercer and Always Something There to Remind Me: A Tribute to the Legendary Burt Bacharach & Hal David in venues throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. 

His music recordings include “Every Day’s A Holiday” and “Meet The Beat” (Melody House Records), “A Life That Can Never Be” by songwriter William Whitefield (Jerome Records), and two recent independent single recordings: “All About Love” and “One Woman Man.” 

Jim Newman



JIM NEWMAN is best known for the award winning web-series Daddyhunt the Serial with over 15 million views worldwide. Other TV credits include the Emmy Award winning series After Forever on Amazon Prime, Hustling, Hope and Faith, The View, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, The Tony Awards on CBS (twice) and The Magic of Music on NBC.

His film credits include Hiding in Daylight that just premiered at Canes Film Festival, Daddyhunt the Movie, Love is Strange and The Big Gay Musical. He has appeared in numerous music videos and national commercials as well as live industrials and can proudly be seen for 10 seconds as a dancing can of Millers Beer in the David Letterman produced documentary, Bathtubs Over Broadway, currently on Netflix.

Jim has worked On and Off Broadway for the past 25 years. His Broadway debut was in The Who’s Tommy. Other Broadway credits include appearing in Sunset Boulevard, originating the role of Happy McGuire in Steel Pier opposite Kristen Chenoweth, duetting with Liza Minnelli in Minnelli on Minnelli, originating the role of Randy alongside David Hyde Pierce in Curtains and starring as the sleazy car dealer in Hands on a Hardbody. He starred as Josh Baskin in the 1st National Tour of BIG!, as Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me Kate and as Levi in Joseph and the Amazing Dreamcoat with Donny Osmond. 

Jim appeared Off-Broadway as Tom in the Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel nominated Murder Ballad, Lucky Guy with Varla Jean Mormon and Leslie Jordan, NEWSical, Almost Heaven, Both Barrels and Up Against It at the Public Theatre. 

Jim has worked regionally all over the USA from winning the Dramalogue Award as Best Actor in San Francisco’s Cole! to debuting Kander & Ebb’s Over and Over at the Signature Theatre in D.C. with Dorothy London and Bebe Neuwirth. He’s gone The Full Monty in California, Colorado and Florida and gone down the Big River in Niagara and Colorado.

For the past five years he toured the world as the Cowboy in the Internationally famous Disco Band Village People.

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Friday, August 2, 2019

"A Little Musical Night"

8:00 pm (Doors Open 7:00 pm)

Asbury Hotel, 210 5th Ave, Asbury Park, NJ

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Friday, August 2, 2019

"A Little Musical Night"

Don't miss our benefit concert for APTCo hosted by Emmy Award-winning TV, Film & Broadway Actress SALLY STRUTHERS featuring musical performances by Broadway's Carter Calvert, James Alexander and Jim Newman.

8:00 pm (Doors Open 7:00 pm)

Asbury Hotel, 210 5th Ave, Asbury Park, NJ

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