WP Presents

  • 38th Distinguished Lecturer Series Featuring A Talk with Civil and Women's Rights Activist Anita Hill Reimagining Equality: Inclusive Communities in Post-Obama America
    Feb 24, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    In 1993, Anita Hill made sexual harassment in the workplace a national issue when she testified that Supreme Court Justice nominee Clarence Thomas had committed sexual harassment against her. Her story inspired the 2014 documentary Anita: Speaking Truth to Power by Oscar-winning director Freida Lee Mock. Today, Hill continues to push the envelope in pursuit of women's and civil rights in an effort to create a better society in America. 

    Her talk will examine the recent presidential election, and how it necessitates new ways of thinking about how we address questions of equity, including sexual harassment and assault, and gender and racial economic gaps.

    Admission: $25 General Seating • WP Students admitted free with ID

    Anita Hill on Wikipedia


  • Jim Messina
    Feb 25, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    As one half of Loggins & Messina, co-founder of the country-rock band Poco, member and key contributor to Buffalo Springfield, Jim Messina has left an indelible footprint on popular music.  With hits like Angry Eyes, Your Mama Don’t Dance, Danny’s Song, and Vahevala, he has sold sold over 20 million albums.

    Admission: $60 VIP (includes Gold Circle seat and meet-and-greet) • $45 Gold Circle • $35 Rear Orchestra/Front Loge • $30 Rear Loge

    Jim Messina


  • Musical Salon presents
    The Hobart Trio

    Feb 26, 2017 @ 1:00 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    Featuring works by Haydn, Piazzolla and Brahms, the Hobart Trio returns to the Shea Center for an afternoon of beautiful chamber music.

    Admission: $15 General Seating

    Iris Perry

    Kathleen Butler-Hopkins

    Joseph Kimura


  • Jeff Boyer’s Bubble Trouble
    Feb 26, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    A bubble volcano. Bubble roller coaster. A kid in a bubble? Jeff Boyer takes bubbles to the max in this one-man bubble extravaganza. It’s the craziest, most creative bubble show around.  Mixing comedy, music and interactive bubble-magic, he engages and delights audiences of all ages.

    Admission:  $15 Adults •  $12 Children

    Jeff Boyer's Bubble Trouble


  • Tony Kenny’s Irish Celebration
    Mar 05, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Tony Kenny is one of Ireland’s most beloved artists, having sung in countless musical productions such as Joseph, starred in the world famous Jurys Irish Cabaret for more than 20 years with the legendary comedian, Hal Roach – Ireland’s King of Blarney, and won many awards for his work over the course of decades.  Kenny has entertained millions of people in Ireland, and across the U.S. in dozens of coast to coast tours, including Carnegie Hall.

    Admission:  $30 Gold Circle • $25 Rear Orchestra/Loge

    Tony Kenny's Irish Celebration


  • TUSK: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Experience
    Mar 10, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    TUSK takes its audience members on a sweet ride down memory lane, leaving no stone unturned in replicating the sounds of one of the world's best-loved and top-selling bands. TUSK covers all the chart-topping hits of Fleetwood Mac such as Landslide, Rhiannon, Go Your Own Way, Don’t Stop, Dreams, Say You Love Me, Hold Me and many others.

    Admission: Orchestra $35 • Loge $30

    Tusk:  The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Experience


  • Big Nazo Creature Show
    Mar 11, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The friendliest creatures you’ll ever meet!

    BIG NAZO is an international performance group of visual artists, puppet performers, and masked musicians who unite to create bizarre and hilarious larger-than-life sized characters.

    Their innovative mask & puppetry techniques combine stand-up comedy, Sci-Fi, Go-Go dancing, daredevil stunts, soap opera hysterics and professional wrestling with live rock & funk music and audience-interactive improvisation.

    Join Dr. Crumblebottom as he introduces a galaxy of strange but friendly creatures, in this audience-improvised intergalactic dance party, that teaches tolerance and celebrates diversity.

    Admission:  $15 Adults •  $12 Children

    Big Nazo


  • Motown: A Temptations Revue with Bo Henderson
    Mar 18, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Former lead singer of the Temptations and Grammy Award winner Barrington “Bo” Henderson brings more than a decade of chart-topping Temptations classics to the Shea Center, including "My Girl," "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," "Get Ready," "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," "Just My Imagination," and so many more!

    Admission:  $38 Orchestra • $33 Loge

    A Temptations Revue featuring Barrington "Bo" Henderson


  • Theater for Children with Autism presents
    The Monster Who Ate My Peas

    Mar 22, 2017 @ 10:30 AM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Based on the multi-award winning book written by Danny Schnitzlein and illustrated by Matthew Faulkner, ArtsPower’s sensory-friendly musical tells the funny and poignant story of a young boy who doesn’t want to eat his peas.  Children and adults alike will be entertained and engaged by this wonderfully written tale about the value of will power.

    Admission:  $8 General Seating

    Please note this performance is only open to classes and families with children with autism. 
    Please call 973-720-3178 for ticket reservations and information



  • A History of Hip Hop
    Rennie Harris Awe-inspiring Works Dance Company

    Mar 23, 2017 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    This lecture/demonstration by dancers of RHAW illustrates how Hip Hop has its roots in African tradition and culture throughout the Diasporas and includes not only African American, but Afro-Brazilian, Afro Cuban and Puerto Rican cultures from the early sixties throughout today.

    Admission:  $8 Non-WP students • WP Students admitted free with ID

    Schools Call 973-720-3178 for reservations and information

    Rennie Harris Awe-Inspiring Works


  • Graeme of Thrones
    Mar 23, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    A Wacky and Wicked Parody on Game of Thrones

    Starring Michael Condron, who appeared in seasons 5 and 6 of Game of Thrones as Bowen Marsh

    In this critically-acclaimed theatrical journey through the Seven Kingdoms, direct from sold out shows in London’s West End and Australia, avid ‘Thrones’ fan Graeme just wants to recreate his favorite fantasy saga on stage - aided and abetted by his best friend Paul and the girl he used to fancy at school - Bryony. He doesn’t quite have the same budget as the TV show, or as many cast members, or the performance skill required, but he’s sure George RR Martin would approve – and that’s what matters. But when news reaches them that an influential theatrical producer is in the building, Graeme decides that this could be his big break - as long as nothing goes wrong ...

    Created by a team of some of the UK’s top comedy writers, Graeme of Thrones is a wacky and wicked parody on the international phenomenon that is Game Of Thrones.

    Admission:  $30 Orchestra • $25 Loge

    Graeme of Thrones


  • I Want My ‘80s: The Best of MTV’s Early Years
    Mar 24, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Featuring special guests Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC and original MTV VJ Mark Goodman.
    Music Director: Grammy Award winner (with Lady Gaga) and WP alumnus Rob Fusari.

    Experience the 1980s in this tribute to the Ronald Reagan-era of MTV, featuring performances by WP Music Department students, along with McDaniels and Fusari. You’ll re-live the music of Whitney Houston, Prince, Toto, Bruce Springsteen, Journey, Tina Turner, Pat Benatar, and many more in this fundraiser for Music Department scholarships.  This will be the ultimate ‘80s tribute!

    Admission:  $25 General Admission • $20 WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens • $10 All Students

    Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC

    MTV VJ Mark Goodman on Facebook

    Rob Fusari


  • Onstage Café at Shea
    Girls, Guns and Glory - Country Rock

    Mar 25, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    “Imagine Lyle Lovett and Chris Isaak paying tribute to classic American rock n’ roll from Elvis, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison,” says The Boston Globe, in describing the country rock group Girls, Guns and Glory.

    The group’s love for early rock ’n’ roll, true country, raw blues and pretty much any kind of authentic American music makes for an electrifying evening.

    Admission:  $50 Onstage seating features a sumptuous dinner and dessert buffet, plus open beer-and-wine bar.  Dinner ticket holders should arrive at 6:30 p.m. • $20 show only

    Girls, Guns and Glory


  • N.J. Theatre Alliance 19th Annual Stages Festival
    Stone Soup and Other Stories
    A Sensory Friendly performance

    Mar 26, 2017 @ 12:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    A charming, well-seasoned blend of folk tales from around the world!

    Dynamic, participatory and filled with zesty entertainment, “Stone Soup…” is on the gourmet “not to be missed” list for young viewers!

    Admission:  $10 Adults • Children: Free!

    Pushcart Players' Stone Soup and Other Stories


  • The Machine
    America’s Top Pink Floyd Show!

    Apr 21, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The Machine has forged a 25-year reputation of excellence, extending the legacy of Pink Floyd, while creating another legacy all their own. The New York-based band focuses on making every show an authentic Floydian experience for fans. Performing a diverse mix of Floyd’s extensive 16-album repertoire, The Machine’s stellar musicianship, dramatic lighting and visuals, and passionate delivery sets them above and beyond the rest.

    Admission: $45 Orchestra • $37 Loge

    The Machine


  • Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes
    Apr 22, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    With their classic blend of hard-core R&B and street-level rock, molten grooves, soulful guitar licks and blistering horn section, Johnny and his Jukes continue to put their unique stamp on the Jersey Shore sound, while recalling the glory years of Otis Redding and similar Stax Records titans.

    Admission:  $42 Gold Circle • $35 Rear Orchestra/Front Loge • $30 Rear Loge

    Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes


  • Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix
    Comedy Dog Show

    Apr 23, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Sit! Stay! Get ready to howl! Johnny Peers and his personality-plus canines present a show for the whole family, and the dog lover in all of us. Staring mostly dogs rescued from shelters, these Animal Planet Pet Star Winners have appeared on David Letterman, Disneyland, the Big Apple Circus, and at the White House.

    Admission: $15 Adults • $12 Children

    Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix


About WP Presents!

WP Presents! strives to bring to campus high caliber touring artists across a range of disciplines including acoustic and world music, contemporary folk music, theatre, dance, family programming and other eclectic fare. The series is built on a foundation of excellence and continuously seeks innovative programming to serve the campus, and the community.

A multitude of artists including David Crosby, Lucinda Williams, DMC, Los Lonely Boys, The Last Poets, Dar Williams, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Roy Haynes, Wynton Marsalis, Johnny Ventura, The Fab Faux and Dark Star Orchestra have graced our stage. We have presented works from national theatre tours of Aquila Theatre Company, American Place Theatre, El Repertorio Espanol, Vital Theatre, and the National Theatre of the Deaf. Family Performances have included participation in New Jersey Theatre Alliance's Stages Festival, and sensory friendly productions presented by Theatreworks USA, as part of our Theater for Children with Autism series. Many of our visiting artists conduct educational outreach programs, for both the community at large and the University.

The events are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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