The sold out screening for “The Greatest Showman” on April 10 was a full afternoon of entertainment and fun, beginning with teens from the Trenton Circus Squad performing and teaching acrobatics, juggling, and other big top tricks, followed by a pre-screening interview, and then the main event, the movie.

After filling the theatre, the audience enjoyed a lively conversation between two of today’s greatest showmen – United Palace friend, patron, and neighbor, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the incomparable actor behind the movie’s title character, Hugh Jackman. Mr. Jackman shared behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the movie and some of the most challenging performances, and also made sure to satisfy fans of his role as Marvel Comic’s Wolverine by striking the famous pose where the character bears his fearsome steel claws.

As Mr. Jackman left the stage to prepare for his matinee of “The Music Man,” Mr. Miranda delivered a final surprise for the audience, and dramatically whipped off a black sheet to reveal a keyboard standing stage left.

From behind the curtain appeared Alex Lacamoire, musical collaborator on the Broadway shows “In the Heights” and “Hamilton,” followed by actress and singer Mandy Gonzalez, who originated the character of Nina in “Heights” and currently stars as Angelica Schuyler in “Hamilton.”

Despite the circus performers, the high-wattage conversation between two stars of stage and screen, and the spectacle of watching “The Greatest Showman” on a 40-foot screen, for many, the most memorable moment was Ms. Gonzalez’s performance of the film’s song “Never Enough.” She so completely inhabited the song that when she reached the song’s crescendo, she was interrupted by the audience rising to its feet in applause, prompting Ms. Gonzalez to laughingly remind them she hadn’t finished the song yet.

It was an unforgettable afternoon of movie entertainment (and thanks to the Miranda Family Fund and AmEx it was free for the audience).

The next Movie at the United Palace is “Do the Right Thing” on May 15. Tickets will be available Monday, May 9. We’ll see what Mr. Miranda has in store to help make that movie come alive.

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Smokin’ Shrimp Fried Rice

Serving Size 6 to 8- Prep Time 5 minutes/ Cook Time 10 to 15 minutes / Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
1 pound medium-large fresh shrimp, cleaned (approximately 15-20 count shrimp)
1 cup frozen peas and diced carrots blend
1/2 cup frozen corn
3 tsp garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
4 cups day old rice
2 to 3 green onions, trimmed and sliced into thin rounds
3 to 4 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup Big Jr’s Smokin’ White Sauce
• To a large non-stick skillet or wok, add the sesame, canola or vegetable oil shrimp, and cook over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes, flipping halfway through. Cooking time will vary based on size of shrimp, don’t overcook. Remove shrimp with a slotted spoon (allow oils and cooking juices to remain in skillet) and place shrimp on a plate; set aside.
• Add the peas, carrots, corn to the skillet and cook for about 2 minutes, or until vegetables begin to soften, stir periodically.
• Add the garlic, ginger, and cook for 1 minute, stir periodically.
• Push vegetables to one side of the skillet, add the eggs to the other side, and cook to scramble, stirring as necessary.
• Add the shrimp, rice, green onions, evenly drizzle with soy sauce, evenly season with salt and pepper, and stir to combine. Cook for about 2 minutes, or until shrimp is reheated through. Incorporate the White Sauce into the dish. Recipe is best warm and fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months. Reheat gently as desired