WP Presents!

The Lightning Thief

Theatreworks USA presents

The Lightning Thief
Based on the popular book series
by Rick Riordan

Friday, October 10, 2014, 10:00 am*
*School-time Performance
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 2:00 pm**
**Pre-show creative activities begine at 1:15 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: *Friday (School Time Performance)-General Admission $8.00
**Saturday-Adults $12.00 • Children $10.00
Approximately one hour in length.
Appropriate for grades 2-8.
Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature, Music, Relationships and Family, Social Studies


Lately, mythological monsters and gods seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy Jackson’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them, in particular, Zeus, who believes Percy stole his master lightning bolt. Yikes! Join the troublesome Percy Jackson for a wild adventure that takes you deep into a child’s imagination.

Theatreworks USA
Daily News Review
Theatermania Review
NY Times Review





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The Capitol Steps

The Capitol Steps
We Put The “MOCK” in Democracy!

Friday, October 17, 2014, 8:00pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Orchestra $35.00 • Loge $30.00 • Discounts apply


Politics are a joke…literally! Over 30 years of political satire, The Capitol Steps are a group of former Capitol Hill staffers and talented performers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. Taking headlines of the day, the Steps create song parodies and skits that convey their special brand of satirical humor. Take a break from the tightly wound newscasts and exercise your right to laugh with The Capitol Steps!

The Capitol Steps


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Iris Perry & Daniel Mumm

Musical Salon Series presents

Iris Perry, Piano • Daniel Mumm, Cello

Sunday, October 19, 2:00 pm

Hobart Manor

$15.00 General Admission


This piano/cello duo will perform concert works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Saint-Saens in the first Salon concert of the season.

Iris Perry
Daniel Mumm


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Pirate School!

Pirate School!
Learn how to be a pirate!

Saturday October 25, 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
Appropriate for Pre-K and up
Show duration: 1 hour (no intermission)


Arrrgh!!!! This riotous, interactive pirate escapade will turn your kids into briny buccaneers of yore, and you’ll marvel as they become “good pirates,” swaggering out of the theater transformed by this heartwarming family show.

Kids and parents are invited to wear their Halloween costumes for a parade that will take place one hour prior to the show.



Welcome to Pirate School!


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The Secret Life of Bees

Young Audiences New York's Literature to Life®
Stage Presentation of

The Secret Life of Bees
By Sue Monk Kidd
Performed by Denise Wilbanks
Adapted and Directed by Wynn Handman

Tuesday, October 28, 10:30 am*

Shea Center for Performing Arts

$15.00 General Admission
Show duration: 1 hour plus 15 minute pre- and post-show interactive discussions.

Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature, Relationships and Family, Social Studies

*To reserve space for your school, please contact the University Performing Arts office: 973-720-3178 or email Lavene Gass-Youmans


In this New York Times bestseller set during the Civil Rights Movement, a young girl’s search for the truth about her mother leads her to three beekeeping sisters and the discovery of the real meaning of family.



Young Audiences New York's Literature to Life®

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John Sebastian

Onstage Café at Shea presents

John Sebastian

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 8:00 pm*
*For dinner ticketholders, please arrive by 6:30 p.m. to enjoy the full dinner service and open bar.

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: $60 onstage seat with dinner buffet and
open beer-and-wine bar • $32 show only


From his days with The Lovin Spoonful and hits like Darling Be Home Soon, Do You Believe in Magic, Nashville Cats, Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind and You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice to solo hits like the theme from Welcome Back Kotter, John Sebastian has pushed the envelope of folk music, and after 40 years, he is still out there spreading his gospel of American roots music.

John Sebastian


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Robert Krulwich

Distinguished Lecturer Series presents

Inside Science with Radiolab’s Robert Krulwich

Friday, November 14, 2014, 7:30 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

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


Robert Krulwich is co-host of Radiolab, WNYC's Peabody Award-winning program that examines big questions in science, philosophy and the human experience through compelling storytelling. Today, Radiolab is one of public radio's most popular shows – its podcasts are downloaded over 4 million times each month and the program is carried on 437 stations across the nation. In this multi-media talk, Krulwich dissects a series of Radiolab stories, early drafts, ideas that turned out to be mistakes, stories that worked wonderfully, and tales that got him and his radio partner into trouble.

Robert Krulwich on Radiolab


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Mutts Gone Nuts

Mutts Gone Nuts

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 2:00 pm*
*Pre-show creative activities begin at 1:15 p.m.

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Adults $15.00 • Children $12.00
Show duration: 1 hour


Disorderly duo, Scott and Joan Houghton and their hilarious pack of pooches have created a comedy dog thrill show like no other. Their nine amazing canine partners are all adopted from animal shelters and rescues.Mutts Gone Nuts is sure to unleash havoc and hilarity as the Houghtons attempt to match wits with their mischievous mutts in a family-friendly performance will leave you howling for more!

WP Presents encourages you to support local animal shelters. We especially thank our local partner, Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge, for their efforts in animal rescue and support of this event.



Mutts Gone Nuts


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Walking The Tightrope

24th Street Theatre presents

Walking the Tightrope
by Mike Kenny
Winner of L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award
for Best Production

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 10:30 am*
and 12:30 pm*

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: All Seats $8.00
Show duration: 1 hour (no intermission)
Curriculum Connections: History/Social Studies,
Language Arts, Science
Appropriate for grades 3 and up

*To reserve space for your school, please contact the University Performing Arts office: 973-720-3178 or email Lavene Gass-Youmans


Walking the Tightrope is a sweet and funny story of a grandfather who, while trying to tell his 5 year-old granddaughter that Grandma is gone, goes about building a beautiful new relationship with her. The production includes sophisticated video, sound design and original music to transport audiences from Grandad’s quaint English seaside cottage to the spectacular big top circus.



24th Street Theatre


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The Celts

Christmas with the Celts
As seen on PBS-TV

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 8:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Orchestra $25.00 • Loge $20.00 • Discounts apply


Christmas with The Celts will warm your heart with fiery, evocative Irish and Scottish Christmas Carols that go back as far as the 12th century, plus the carols we all love with a Celtic flavor. This inspirational performance will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it will make you want to dance. So forget your problems for a while, and let The Celts embrace you with their playful energy and incredible musicianship. Celebrate “Christmas with The Celts!”







The Celts


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Curious George

Theater for Children with Autism

Theatreworks USA presents

Curious George

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 10:00 am

Shea Center for Performing Arts

General Admission: $8.00
Appropriate for Pre K-3
Show duration: Approximately 50 minutes


Join the inquisitive, lovable little monkey Curious George, star of books, movies and the award winning PBS television show in this delightful new musical, 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 5th Dimension

Celebrate the Holidays with
Florence LaRue and The 5th Dimension

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 8:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Orchestra $45.00 • Loge $35.00 • Discounts apply


With such classic hits as Up, Up, and Away, Wedding Bell Blues, Stone Soul Picnic, Last Night I Didn’t Get To Sleep, and Aquarius, the 5th Dimension, led by founding member Florence LaRue, continues to grow with the times to appeal to audiences of all ages as they tour the globe.



The 5th Dimension


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Beethoven Bday Bash

Musical Salon Series presents

Beethoven Birthday Bash
featuring Piano, Cello, and Clarinet

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 2:00 pm

Shea 101 Recital Hall

$15.00 General Admission


It’s Ludwig’s 244th birthday, and you are invited to celebrate with a concert of gorgeous sonatas and a cake.

Ludwig Van Beethoven on Wikipedia!


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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
Hip-Hop Violin Duo

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


Here to make their mark in popular music, this classically trained violin duo introduces 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. Black Violin is made up of the South Florida twosome of Wilner "Wil B" Baptiste and Kevin "Kev Marcus" Sylvester. The pair has played 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).

"It's something everyone can enjoy, whether you're an 80-year-old grandmother or a kid in kindergarten…it's classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, pop…just good music." - Wil B of Black Violin

"We're the biggest independent group that no one has ever heard of." - Kev Marcus of Black Violin





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 onstage seat with dinner and dessert buffet plus open beer-and-wine bar* • $32 show only
*For dinner ticketholders, please arrive by 6:30 p.m. to enjoy the full dinner service and open bar.


Grammy Award winning vocalist Catherine Russell is a native New Yorker, and a graduate of American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Ms. Russell has toured the world, performing and recording with David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, and Rosanne Cash. Since the 2006 release of her debut album, Cat, on Harmonia Mundi's World Village label, Catherine has been making new fans and friends. Four acclaimed and chart topping albums have followed, including Strictly Romancin’, awarded Prix du Jazz Vocal 2012 (Vocal Album of The Year) by the Jazz Academy in France and a Bistro Award for Outstanding Recording, followed by Bring It Back in 2014. In addition, Catherine won the Grammy for featured artist on the HBO Boardwalk Empire soundtrack. Simply put, as written by Will Friedwald of The Wall Street Journal, Catherine Russell is “one of the outstanding singers of our time.”

Catherine Russell



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Greg Kennedy

Greg Kennedy
Innovative Juggler from Cirque Du Soleil

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


Two-time International Juggling Champion Greg Kennedy and his very talented cast of circus artists, Theorem, will stun you with jaw-dropping moments that bring the art of juggling to a new high! The group makes visual spectacles out of everyday objects in a show that includes Greg's largest structure pieces, aerial acrobatics, 5-person choreography, 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


Eaglemania isn't just some Eagles cover band, they are "THE" tribute band, faithfully recreating heartfelt ballads and famous guitar and vocal harmonies that made the Eagles so great. This ensemble of veteran musicians perform all of the Eagles' monster hits including Hotel California, Desperado, Tequila Sunrise, I Can't Tell You Why, In The City, and more, as well as songs from Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh’s solo albums. Playing all the songs that we love to hear, Eaglemania is fully committed to giving their audience a perfect show every time they take the stage. Their attention to detail and ability to reproduce the Eagles exactly creates a concert experience that fans won't soon forget.





Eaglemania



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ArcAttack

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

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

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Adults $15.00 • Children $12.00


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

Les Yeux Noirs: Gypsy Klezmer

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 8:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: TBA


Dynamic Paris-based sextet led by two fiddling brothers fuses klezmer, Yiddish music, manouche gypsy jazz, and rock’n’roll with uniquely French panache.
“Exuberant joy that had the crowd on its feet, sharing one big smile.” Maui News



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

The Thrill of Victory, The Agony of the Rest:
The Good, Bad and Ugly of America's
Obsession with Sports

Presented by Author, Philanthropist, and
Sports Reporter Mitch Albom

Friday, March 27, 2015, 7:30 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

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


Mitch Albom is a bestselling author, nationally acclaimed newspaper columnist for The Detroit Free Press , host of two popular radio shows and a television commentator who regularly appears on ESPN’s Sports Reporters and ABC. His ten books include Tuesdays with Morrie ,The Five People You Meet in Heaven, For One More Day, and The Time Keeper. Albom is an inspiration around the world through his writing, philanthropy, and coverage of sports. He's founded seven charities, which service the Detroit area in family health, homeless shelters, and impoverished children and infants. As a sports reporter, Albom has been named the #1 Sports Columnist in the Nation by the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) 13 times. In June 2010 he received the APSE Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement, the biggest prize in sports journalism, and in June 2013, he was inducted into the Sportswriters Hall of Fame. During this presentation, Mitch Albom takes audiences 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. Sports is a metaphor for everything you face in life, and in this talk, Albom explains why it’s something we’ll 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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Sneak Peek Spring 2015 Events!

February 22

Musical Salon Series


March 31-April 18

NJPC's Winner of the 11th Annual Musical Series
Micro Shrimp, a new musical by Marcus Yi


April 10

Onstage Café at Shea
Amy Helm and The Handsome Strangers
Opening act features Yarn


April 11

The Doo Wop Project
Featuring stars from Broadway's Jersey Boys, Beautiful and Motown the Musical


April 12

Bugs and Balloons presents
The Lizard of Oz


April 15 and 16

The Music Department presents
Opera Workshop


April 17

Theater for Children with Autism
Theatreworks USA's Skippyjon Jones


April 26

The Music Department presents
University Choir and Chamber Singers


May 9

Glen Burtnick's Summer of Love Concert


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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