WP Presents!

ABBA Tribute

The Music of ABBA: Arrival from Sweden

Friday, January 24, 2014, 8:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Orchestra $35 • Loge $30 • Discounts apply


The infectious global smash hit Mamma Mia, based on the music of super group ABBA, popularized songs like Dancing Queen and Honey, Honey around the world. Arrival from Sweden is the world’s greatest ABBA tribute show and the only tribute band to receive unreleased music from ABBA. This is the closest you will get to see the real thing!



The Music of ABBA


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Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey: An Insider’s View
with Jessica Fellowes,
niece of creator Lord Julian Fellowes

Friday, February 7, 2014, 7:30 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

General Admission $25 • There will be no discounts for this program


Downton Abbey, the critically acclaimed British period drama television series as seen on PBS™, has captivated viewers from both sides of the pond. A true Downton Abbey insider, Jessica Fellowes is the niece of the show’s creator, Lord Julian Fellowes, and is official speaker for the series, sharing stories, and new insights behind the drama. Get the behind-the-scenes scoop on one of the world’s most popular shows!

Jessica Fellowes


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WPU Symphony

Symphony for Young Audiences
Legends and Heroes
featuring the William Paterson Symphony

DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Adults $12 • Students and children $10 • William Paterson students admitted free with show of valid I.D.

Appropriate for Grades K – 8 with adult supervision. Children under 4 will not be admitted.


Great stories set to orchestral music for the entire family! You will hear William Tell Overture, Our Men and Women in Uniform, Samson and Dalila, Firebird, and other favorites. Kids get a chance to meet the instruments and conduct the orchestra. You can expect some surprises, too!







Lauren Fox

Onstage Café at Shea presents
a Valentine's Day Celebration

Love, Lust, Fear & Freedom:
The Songs Of Joni Mitchell & Leonard Cohen
starring the 2012 Nightlife Award Recipient for
Outstanding Cabaret Performer of the Year Lauren Fox

Friday, February 14, 2014, 8:00 pm
PLEASE NOTE-THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AS SCHEDULED - 2/14/14 AT 8PM IN SHEA CENTER

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: $50 onstage seating features a sumptuous dinner and dessert buffet and open bar.
$25 show only • There will be no discounts for this performance


The affair of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen was short-lived, but its resonance in their songs is far reaching. This intimately dramatic and sultry show is performed to perfection by the hottest star on New York City’s cabaret scene today –as Lauren Fox and her trio weave 16 songs into a spellbinding his-and-hers dialogue that brings new depth to Joni’s and Leonard’s body of work. Spice up your romance and entertain a loved one with this special Valentine’s Day concert at the Shea Center!



Lauren Fox


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Adams & Harris-Lee

Musical Salon Series presents

The Romance of Harp and Violin
Merynda Adams, Harp • Rebecca Harris-Lee, Violin

Sunday, February 16, 2014, 2:00 pm

Hobart Manor

Admission: $15 General Admission • Students and senior citizens $13 • Free admission for William Paterson students with show of valid I.D.


Harpist virtuoso Merynda Adams will be joined by Violinist Rebecca Harris-Lee in an eclectic offering of music from around the globe. Enjoy the beautiful and exciting sounds of harp and violin!

Merynda Adams
Rebecca Harris-Lee


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Doktor Kaboom

Doktor Kaboom! Lookout! Science is Coming!

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 2:00 pm
Pre-show activities begin at 1:15 p.m.

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Adults $12 • Children $10


In a one-man interactive variety show, Doktor Kaboom keeps crowds riveted with interest and rolling with laughter while creatively blending theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration. Join Doktor Kaboom for a sidesplitting journey of spectacular science experiments designed to engage, excite, educate and entertain.



Doktor Kaboom!


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Ellis Island

American Family Theater presents

Ellis Island: Gateway to a Dream

Monday, February 24, 2014, 10:00 am

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: General Admission $8 • There will be no discounts for this performance.
Appropriate for grades K-8.
Please call the University Performing Arts office at 973.720.3178 for ticket reservations and information.


Ellis Island is a high-spirited musical celebrating the multi-cultural threads woven together in our nation’s history and educates students on how a new generation of immigrants redefined the American dream. This fully staged musical is the perfect supplement to immigration classroom studies.

American Family Theater


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John Pizzarelli

John Pizzarelli

Saturday, March 1, 2014, 8:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Orchestra $42 • Loge $35


New Jersey’s own jazz superstar, John Pizzarelli, has established himself as one of the prime interpreters of the Great American Songbook and beyond. His cool flavor of brilliant guitar playing and singing are reminiscent of performers like Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Joao Gilberto, and the songs of composers Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin, and Antonio Carlos Jobim are his touchstones.

John Pizzarelli


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Alex Bad Day

New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s The Stages Festival presents

Surflight Theatre’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Book & Lyrics by Judith Viorst • Music by Shelly Markham

Saturday, March 8, 2014, 2:00 pm
Pre-show activities begin at 1:15 p.m.
Appropriate for Grades K - 5

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Free admission for children • Adults $12


?Alexander is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day from the minute he wakes right on through the time he goes to school. Alexander’s struggles with life’s daily dramas will not only entertain but educate young audiences as they identify with Alexander and the obstacles he encounters, encouraging them to share their feelings when problems arise.

Surflight-to-go
NJ Theatre Alliance The Stages Festival


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Paula Poundstone

Comedian Paula Poundstone
of NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me

Friday, March 14, 2014, 8:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Gold Circle $35 • Rear Orchestra/Loge $25


Emmy award-winning comedian Paula Poundstone is at the top of her game! For over 30 years, she has left audiences in stiches with her insightful, thought-provoking and spontaneous comedic act. On this night, the multi-talented author and TV panelist Paula Poundstone will fascinate audiences with her razor-sharp wit and on time delivery.

Paula Poundstone


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Amy Helm

Onstage Café at Shea presents

Amy Helm
and The Handsome Strangers

Saturday, March 15, 2014, 8:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

General $50 onstage seating features a sumptuous dinner and dessert buffet and open bar.
$25 show only


Singer/songwriter Amy Helm wields a powerful voice that can both stir and soothe, whether she is singing traditional gospel, blues standards or her own heartfelt compositions. Equally talented as a musician, Amy has absorbed the lessons from her father Levon and from many other accomplished artists of whom she has shared stages, including Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris, and Joan Osborne.

Amy Helm


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Indian Classical Dance

Cross Cultural Arts Festival: South Asia presents

An Evening of Indian Classical Dance

Saturday, March 22, 2014, 8:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Adults $15 • Students $12


From across India, the various forms of classical dance reflect religious, ethnic and cultural traditions. This spectacular performance, curated and produced by Sridir Shanmugam, who worked with the legendary dancer Chandralekha, brings the color, beauty and complexity of India to the Shea Center.

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Seussical

Theater for Children with Autism

Theatreworks USA presents

Seussical

Friday, March 28, 2014, 10:00 am

Shea Center for Performing Arts

General Admission: General Admission $8 • There will be no discounts for this performance.


Seussical is a whimsical literary explosion of some of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved characters. This sensory-friendly musical is adapted exclusively and specifically for children on the autism spectrum.

Please note: This performance is only open to classes and families with children with autism. Please call the University Performing Arts office at 973-720-3178 for ticket reservations and information.

Theatreworks USA


The Doo Wop Project

The Doo Wop Project
Featuring the lead stars of the Broadway show The Jersey Boys

Saturday, March 29, 2014, 8:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Orchestra $30 • Loge $25


Hear some of music’s most soulful songs as leading cast members from the Tony award-winning Broadway smash, Jersey Boys, perform a medley of pop hits. The performers share their personal upbringings and experiences in the music business, which led to the eventual conception of this group. As a way to pay homage to classic Doo Wop and the music that was inspired by that sound, the show features songs like Denise, Little Bitty Pretty One, and Since I Don’t Have You.

Special note: This show doesn’t feature Jersey Boys material and/or songs by Frankie Valli and/or The Four Seasons.



The Doo Wop Project


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Henry & Mudge

Theatreworks USA presents

Henry and Mudge
Based on the books by Cynthia Rylant

Sunday, March 30, 2014, 2:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

General Admission: Adults $12 • Children $10
Appropriate for grades Pre-K-5


After moving from the big city to the country, Henry has difficulty meeting new friends in his neighborhood. Luckily, he has Mudge, his canine companion. This fun-loving pair navigates through unchartered territory, while learning invaluable lessons on loyalty, responsibility and devotion.

TheatreWorks USA


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Robin Spielberg

The Musical Salon Series presents

Robin Spielberg, Piano

Sunday, March 30, 2014, 2:00 pm

Shea Center Room 101

Admission: General admission $15 • Students and senior citizens $13 • Discounts apply


Member of the prestigious Steinway Artist Roster, pianist and composer Robin Spielberg is one of America’s most popular contemporary female pianists and composers. Renown for her expressive and lyrical performances, Spielberg’s concerts always intertwine musical performance with stories that inspire, enlighten, and make us laugh.

Robin Spielberg


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Ramya Ramnarayan

Midday Artist Series presents

Music and Dance Traditions of India
featuring Ramya Ramnarayan

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 12:30 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: FREE and open to the public


Originating in Hindu temples more than 2,000 years ago, Indian dance combines movement, mime, and music. With driving rhythms, hypnotic live music, and dancers in gorgeous costumes, renowned performer Ramya Ramnarayan brings this mystic view of the universe to life.

Ramya Ramnarayan


Tim Hadler

Lonesome Highway – Hank Williams in Song and Story
Starring Tim Hadler

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 8:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Orchestra $20 • Loge $15


Hank Williams is regarded as the father of contemporary country music. This two-act play, Lonesome Highway – Hank Williams in Song and Story, is a head-bobbing, toe-tapping biographical musical that follows Williams’ life from his humble beginnings in Alabama to his triumphs on the Grand Ole Opry to his unfortunate self-destruction at twenty-nine. Come and take a ride on Hank Williams’ Lonesome Highway!

Tim Hadler


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Mack Brandon

Mack Brandon’s Spring Gospel Explosion

Saturday, April 12, 2014, 8:00 pm*
*DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. PLEASE CONTACT THE BOX OFFICE AT 973-720-2371 FOR MORE INFORMATION. WE ARE SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE. THANK YOU.

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Orchestra $20 • Loge $15 • Discounts Apply


As the spring flowers bloom, this premier vocal ensemble and performance will uplift your soul, exalting a joyful noise and spirit-filled compilation of gospel songs. The concert will feature some of the best voices in the state from the New Jersey African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Conference Choir and others.



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Collage!

WPU Music Department presents

Collage!

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7:30 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: $25 General Admission • $20 Seniors and William Paterson Community • $10 Students.


A benefit concert for the WPU scholarship fund, Collage! provides a dazzling showcase of the university's musical talents, from Jazz to Classical to Pop, as students and faculty produce a very special event.

Program Details for Collage!


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The Ugly Duckling

Lightwire Theater & Corbian Visual Arts and Dance presents

The Ugly Duckling (As seen on America’s Got Talent!)

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 2:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Adults $15 • Children $12


Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale, The Ugly Duckling, illuminates the stage with spectacular glow in the dark electro-luminescent wire puppetry that is a treat for children and adults alike. Incorporating fluid choreography against classical, jazz, and pop music, this hour-long production is described by Broadway.com as “an eye-popping display of storytelling that’s like nothing else you’ve ever seen.”



Lightwire Theater


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Harold Prince

Distinguished Lecturer Series presents

Broadway Icon Harold Prince

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 7:30 pm*
*PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE FOR THIS EVENT!
(FORMERLY ON 4/4/14)
WE ARE SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.
PLEASE CONTACT THE BOX OFFICE AT 973-720-2371 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: General admission $25 • There are no discounts for this program.


He’s the “Prince of Broadway!” Harold Prince’s illustrious career spans over six-decades; he’s garnered 21 Tony Awards - more than any other individual and has accomplished a long string of Broadway achievements – directing and producing over 50 plays, musicals and operas. Prince’s endless repertoire of theater productions include Cabaret, The Phantom of the Opera, Candide, West Side Story, Evita and Fiddler on the Roof, to name a few. Join us as this theater luminary discusses his long-standing career. Musical selections from his work will punctuate the evening.

Harold Prince on IMDB


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Summer of Love

Glen Burtnik’s
Summer of Love Woodstock Celebration
Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Woodstock!

Saturday, May 10, 2014, 8:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Gold Circle $35 • Rear Orchestra/Front Loge $30 • Rear Loge $25


Back by popular demand, last year’s concert was such a hit, Glen Burtnick’s Summer of Love Woodstock Celebration returns to Shea! Relive the memories and songs of the Woodstock generation with The Summer of Love concert experience. All arrangements are played live and note-for-note and feature the music of: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, The Beach Boys, Mamas and the Papas, Joe Cocker, Cream and more.



Summer of Love concert


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Crosby and Nash

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 Español, and the National Theatre of the Deaf. Family Performances have included participation in New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival, and full stage productions presented by American Family Theater and Vital Theatre companies. 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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