WP Presents!

Doktor Kaboom

Doktor Kaboom
The Science of Santa
No holiday icons will be harmed during the making of this show!

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 2:00 pm*
*Pre-show creative activities begin at 1:15 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Adults $12.00 • Children $10.00
Show duration: 1 hour


Back by popular demand, Dr. Kaboom arrives at the Shea Center with a new holiday show that brings cheer to kids and adults alike as he attempts to learn the secrets behind making reindeer fly, getting down tight chimneys, and knowing who’s been bad or good. Join Dr. K in solving the magical mysteries of the man in red.

Doktor Kaboom


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Black Violin

Black Violin
Classical Meets Hip-Hop, Rock, and R&B

Thursday, February 5, 2015,
12:30 pm* & 7:30 pm**

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: *School-time performance-All tickets $10.00 •
**General public performance-Orchestra $25.00 • Loge $20.00


Black Violin, two classically trained string players (Wil B and Kev Marcus), introduce a groundbreaking blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and even bluegrass music that melds highbrow and pop culture into a single genre-busting act. The pair has toured and collaborated with the likes of P. Diddy, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, and The Eagles, to name a few. Live, they are accompanied by their potent band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJTK (Dwayne Dayal), drummer Beatdown (Jermaine McQueen), and cellist Joe Cello (Joseph Valbrun).





Black Violin's Triumph Video
Black Violin's A Flat Video
Black Violin's Web Site



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Catherine Russell

OnStage Café at Shea presents

A Valentine’s Day Celebration
Jazz and Blues Singer Catherine Russell

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 8:00 pm*

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: $60.00 onstage seat with dinner and dessert buffet plus open beer-and-wine bar* • $25.00 show only
*For dinner ticketholders, please arrive by 6:30 p.m. to enjoy the full dinner service and open bar.


Grammy-award winner Catherine Russell was born into jazz royalty – her father, Luis Russell, was Louis Armstrong’s musical director, and mother, Carline Ray was a well-known bassist and vocalist. Catherine has toured the world and recorded and performed with Steely Dan, David Bowie, Paul Simon, Cyndi Lauper, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, Levon Helm, and Rosanne Cash. She’s considered one of the greatest interpreters of the American Songbook. Most recently, she won a Grammy as a featured artist on the soundtrack for HBO’s hit series Boardwalk Empire. Catherine brings her amazing voice to the Shea Center in a romantic Valentine’s celebration.

"The best blues and jazz singer going today” - Wall Street Journal

Catherine Russell



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Halcyon Trio

Musical Salon Series presents

Halcyon Trio

Sunday, February 22, 2:00 pm

Hobart Manor

$15.00 General Admission


Brett Deubner, Violin • Andy Lamy, Clarinet • Gary Kirkpatrick, Piano
With special guest Jerry O’ Sullivan, Irish Uilleann Pipes

Halcyon Trio


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Greg Kennedy

Direct from Cirque du Soleil
Extreme Juggler Greg Kennedy
Theorem!

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 2:00 pm*
*Pre-show creative activities begin at 1:15 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Adults $12.00 • Children $10.00


Following world tours with Cirque du Soleil, Greg Kennedy and the very talented Theorem cast playfully explore the process of invention, making visual spectacles out of everyday objects. The show features Greg's largest structure pieces, aerial acrobatics, 5-person choreography, extreme juggling, and an interactive lobby installation.





Greg Kennedy



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Eaglemania

Blue Raven Entertainment presents

Eaglemania
The World's Greatest Eagles Tribute Band!

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 8:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Front Orchestra $29 • Rear Orchestra/Front Loge $25 • Loge $20


This premier Eagles tribute band faithfully recreates the heartfelt ballads and famous guitar and vocal harmonies that have become the soundtrack of so many peoples’ lives. Hear all The Eagles’ monster hits: Hotel California, New Kid in Town, Tequila Sunrise, Desperado, One of These Nights, Lyin' Eyes, Take It to the Limit, Heartache Tonight, I Can't Tell You Why, The Long Run, and more, as well as songs from Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh’s solo albums.





Eaglemania



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ArcAttack

As seen on NBC's America's Got Talent
ArcAttack – Tesla Coil Music

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 10:00 am* 2:00 pm**
**Preshow activities start at 1:15 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Adults $15.00 • Children $12.00
*School-time performance-all tickets $8.00


The crew of ArcAttack deploy their wizardry to generate a truly 'electrifying' performance through the use of homemade, high-tech instruments like their custom build "singing" Tesla coils which have been modified to play musical notes, and more traditional instruments such as guitar and bass. Part rock concert, part science experiment…the creators of ArcAttack take us behind the spectacle as one brave stunt man displays the wonderment of their musical machines, and further explore concepts such as electricity, voltage and current, magnetism, robotics, and lightning in a show that's both entertaining and engaging.



ArcAttack



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Les Yeux Noirs

Direct from Paris
Les Yeux Noirs: Gypsy Klezmer Music

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 3:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Orchestra $25.00 • Loge $20.00


Les Yeux Noirs – this Paris-based sextet offers an irresistible invitation to participate in some of the most rhythmic and emotional sounds emanating from any part of the world. Part gypsy, part klezmer, this is the music that has moved people to sing and dance around the world for centuries. With each frenetic stroke of their bows they take the listener further into a dizzying vortex of Central European sounds and images.



Les Yeux Noirs 2013 from Olivier Slabiak on Vimeo.



On stage with Les Yeux Noirs from Olivier Slabiak on Vimeo.



Les Yeux Noirs



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Mitch Albom

Distinguished Lecturer Series presents

Mitch Albom
Author, Sports Reporter, and Philanthropist
The Thrill of Victory, The Agony of the Rest:
The Good, Bad and Ugly of America's Obsession with Sports

Friday, March 27, 2015, 7:30 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

$25.00 General Admission • There are no discounts for this program.


Join best-selling author of Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom, as he takes us through his 35 years of covering sports, from the biggest names in sports to the dangers of fandom. He explores the money, corruption, racial tensions, as well as the pride, thrills, and excitement of the games that have shaped our nation. As a sports reporter, Albom has been named the #1 Sports Columnist in the Nation by the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) 13 times and appears regularly on ESPN’s Sports Reporters. Most recently, he received the biggest prizes in sports journalism, the APSE Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement and an induction into the Sportswriters Hall of Fame. Sports is a metaphor for everything we face in life, and in this talk, Albom explains why it us something we will never outgrow.

Mitch Albom


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Southside Johnny

Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 8:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Gold Circle $42.00 • Orchestra/Front Loge $35.00 • Rear Loge $30.00
Discounts apply for WP faculty, staff, students, and senior citizens.


Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes first achieved prominence in the mid-1970's, emerging from the same New Jersey Shore music scene as his now legendary contemporary and friend Bruce Springsteen. With their classic blend of hard-core R&B and street-level rock, molten grooves, soulful guitar licks and blistering horn section, Johnny and the Jukes continue to put their unique stamp on the Jersey Shore sound.



Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes



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Amy Helm & Yarn

OnStage Café at Shea presents

Amy Helm and The Handsome Strangers
plus Yarn

Friday, April 10, 2015, 8:00 pm*

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: $55.00 onstage seat with dinner and dessert buffet plus open beer-and-wine bar* • $30.00 show only
*For dinner ticketholders, please arrive by 6:30 p.m. to enjoy the full dinner service and open bar.


Amy Helm’s deep musical roots were enriched by a lifetime of exposure to the finest expressions of American musical tradition. The daughter of music legend Levon Helm, she wields a powerful voice that can both stir and soothe, whether she is singing traditional gospel, blues standards or her own heartfelt compositions.
The Grammy-nominated roots band, Yarn, will open the evening.

Amy Helm
Yarn



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Doo Wop Project

The Doo Wop Project
Featuring Stars from Jersey Boys
and Motown the Musical

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 8:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Orchestra $30.00 • Loge $25.00


Featuring current and former stars of Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, The Doo Wop Project traces the evolution of the music from the groups like the Crests, the Belmonts, and Flamingos, through their influences on the sounds of Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, and the Four Seasons, all the way to Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse.



The Doo Wop Project



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The Lizard of Oz

Bugs and Balloons presents

The Lizard of Oz

Sunday, April 12, 2015, 1:00 pm*
*Pre-show creative activities begin at 12:15 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Adults $12.00 • Children $10.00


Journey to see The Lizard of Oz – an interactive land of balloon creations and sculptural costumes – with the singing/dancing Tornado, Yellow Brick Road, the Witch's Castle and, of course, the great and powerful Lizard of Oz!

Bugs and Balloons


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Skippyjon Jones

Theater for Children with Autism

Theatreworks USA presents

Skippyjon Jones
Based on the book by Judy Schachner

Friday, April 17, 2015, 10:30 am

Shea Center for Performing Arts

General Admission: $8.00
Appropriate for Pre K-4


Skippyjon Jones is a little kitten with big ears and even bigger dreams, who pretends to be anything BUT a Siamese cat! This is enchanting musical is about unleashing your powerful imagination and following your dreams. This production is adapted specifically and exclusively 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


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The Tryon Trio

Musical Salon Series presents

The Tryon Trio

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 2:00 pm

Hobart Manor

$15.00 General Admission


Katsumi Ferguson, Violin • Andrew Emmons, French Horn • Vlada Yaneva, Piano

This lyrical group will perform the Brahms Horn Trio, among other beautiful compositions, in a spring chamber concert to welcome the season.

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Summer of Love Concert

Glen Burtnik’s Summer of Love Concert
The Music of the Woodstock Generation

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 8:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Gold Circle $35.00 • Rear Orchestra/Front Loge $30.00 • Rear Loge $25.00


The Summer of Love Concert, a tribute to the music of the Woodstock Generation, returns to the Shea Center along with the famous Pig Light Show. Whether this is your third year with us or your first, you'll hear songs that you have never heard before, as well as some of your Summer of Love favorites commemorating the musical landscape between 1967 and 1969. Hear the greatest hits from The Doors, Donovan, The Rolling Stones, The Hollies, Country Joe and The Fish, Cream, The Beach Boys, Otis Redding, The Byrds, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Beatles, and more, led by the brilliant music direction of Glen Burtnik and played by an ensemble of gifted, local talent!



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 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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