WP Presents

  • Distinguished Lecturer Series • Author, Journalist, and Social Observer Fran Lebowitz
    Feb 22, 2023 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    In a cultural landscape filled with endless pundits and talking heads, Fran Lebowitz stands out as one of our most insightful social commentators. Her essays and interviews offer her acerbic views on current events and the media – as well as pet peeves including tourists, baggage-claim areas, after-shave lotion, adults who roller skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan. The New York Times Book Review calls Lebowitz an "important humorist in the classic tradition." Purveyor of urban cool, Lebowitz is a cultural satirist whom many call the heir to Dorothy Parker. The off-the-cuff writer’s thoughts are pointed, taut and economical, yet equally forthright, irascible, and unapologetically opinionated.  

    Lebowitz’s big break came when she was hired by Andy Warhol as a columnist for Interview. That was followed by a stint at Mademoiselle. Her first book, a collection of essays titled Metropolitan Life, was a bestseller, as was a second collection, Social Studies. By turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic, wry, wisecracking, and waggish, Lebowitz’s prose is wickedly entertaining. Lebowitz is also the author of the children’s book, Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet the Pandas.  

    Between 2001 to 2007, Lebowitz had a recurring role as Judge Janice Goldberg on the television drama Law & Order. She also had a part in the Martin Scorsese-directed film, The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). A raconteur if ever there was one, Lebowitz has long been a regular on various talk shows including those hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Conan O'Brien, and Bill Maher.  

    In 2010 Martin Scorsese directed a documentary about Lebowitz for HBO titled Public Speaking. A limited documentary series, Pretend It's a City, also directed by Martin Scorsese, premiered on Netflix in 2021, and was nominated for the 2021 Emmys in the Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series category. In 2021 she was given the Forte dei Marmi Festival della Satira Lifetime Achievement Award and was a 2021 Foreign Press Honorary Awardee – an award given by the Foreign Press Correspondents Association & Club USA. 

    Lebowitz was named to Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 2008. She remains a style icon. Lebowitz lives in New York City, as she does not believe that she would be allowed to live anywhere else. 

    Fran Lebowitz

    Reserved Seating: Gold Circle $50 • Orchestra and Front Loge $40 • Rear Loge $25
    WP students admitted free with ID on day of event (1 ticket per student).  
    WP employees and alumni can receive a 20% discount on all seats if tickets are purchased after December 15.
    10% off all seats for senior citizens. Discounts cannot be doubled.


     

  • WP Presents! • Step Afrika!
    Feb 23, 2023 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Founded in 1994 by C. Brian Williams, Step Afrika! is the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Under Mr. Williams’ leadership, stepping has evolved into one of America’s cultural exports, touring more than 50 countries across the globe. Step Afrika! now ranks as one of the top ten African American dance companies in the United States. 

    Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities; traditional West and Southern African dances; and an array of contemporary dance and art forms into a cohesive, compelling artistic experience. Performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor, and audience participation. The blend of technique, agility, and pure energy makes each performance unique and leaves the audience with their hearts pounding. 

    Step Afrika! promotes stepping as an educational tool for young people, focusing on teamwork, academic achievement, and cross-cultural understanding. The Company reaches tens of thousands of Americans each year through a 50-city tour of colleges and theatres and performs globally as Washington, DC’s one and only Cultural Ambassador. Step Afrika! has earned Mayor’s Arts Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education (2005); Innovation in the Arts (2008); and Excellence in an Artistic Discipline (2012); and performed at the White House for President Barack Obama and the First Lady. 

    Step Afrika! is featured prominently at the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History & Culture with the world’s first stepping interactive. In 2017, Step Afrika! made its Off-Broadway debut with the critically acclaimed production, The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence. 

    Step Afrika!

    All tickets $5 


     

  • WP Presents! • Forever Ray
    Paying Homage to the Music of Ray Charles

    Feb 25, 2023 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Forever Ray has been performing to sell-out audiences throughout the New York Metropolitan area. They perform the exciting and uplifting music of Ray Charles, which includes a wonderful blend of musical styles ranging from Jazz and Blues to Country and R&B. Members of Forever Ray have performed with Ray Charles, Alicia Keys, Warren Haynes, Lettuce, Rod Stewart, The Blues Brothers, Stevie Wonder, the Harlem Gospel Choir, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, and The Temptations! The band features Whitley Shulton (lead vocals), Angela Workman (vocals), Chyna Grant (vocals), Samantha Joy (vocals), Mitchell Endick (baritone saxophone), Baron Raymonde (alto saxophone), Tim Ouimette (trumpet), John Farnsworth (tenor saxophone), Yayoi Ikawa (keyboards), Bobby Deitch (drums/Musical Director), and Joe Macaro (bass).

    Ray Charles, an American musician, was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, jazz, and country music. He helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success. Frank Sinatra called Ray Charles “the only true genius in show business.”

    Forever Ray

    Reserved Seating:  Gold Circle $40 • Orchestra $35 • Loge $35 • Rear Loge $30
    Senior and WP Community a 10% discount is available, please visit the box office.


     

  • WP Presents!
    Omnium Circus presents I’m Possible

    Mar 05, 2023 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    “I’m Possible” tells the story of Johnny,a young boy who dreams of joining the circus. Audiences follow Johnny’s inspirational journey as he enters a world of beautiful aerial artistry, flying hula hoops, free standing ladder, the daring wheel of destiny, contortion, comedy and much more jampacked into a one-hour show! Omnium Circus, which The New York Times calls, “genuinely extraordinary,” celebrates diversity and creates joy, laughter and positive experiences for audiences of all abilities. This uplifting production features an extraordinary cast of multi-talented and multi-abled performers who inspire audiences with their extraordinary feats of human accomplishment and the astounding potential of the human spirit. Fun for the whole family, and inclusive to everyone of all abilities to share the joyful experience of circus together.

     Omnium Circus is leading the way towards an active, inclusive culture as a force of change, pioneering an accessible circus experience for all while ensuring representation of disabled and BIPOC artists on a world class stage. The show is a fully accessible, multi-sensory experience both virtually and live so all can experience the wonder of the Circus. American Sign Language is fully integrated into every show. Relaxed seating option at every performance- express your joy the way you feel best! Extra space, movement and vocalization are welcome. Audio description available at every performance.

    Omnium Circus

    Reserved Seating: $45 Gold Circle • $40 Rear Orchestra and Loge

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  • WP Presents!
    Killer Queen - A Tribute to Queen
    featuring Patrick Myers as Freddie Mercury

    Mar 10, 2023 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Killer Queen formed back in June 1993 and played their first public shows at London University, following in the footsteps of the real Queen who had played their first shows there 21 years earlier. By 1995 Killer Queen's UK popularity had grown to such an extent they secured a residency in London's Strand Theatre attracting nationwide BBC coverage - the first tribute to have a show in the West End. The band's reputation continued to grow both in the UK and abroad. Now traveling on world tours, they have been crowned “Worldwide Best Tribute Band” and named “2019 Concert of the Year” by DigitalJournal.com.

    Killer Queen

    Reserved Seating: Gold Circle $65 • Orchestra/Front Loge $55 • Rear Loge $45
    WP Community and Seniors 10% Discount
    Tickets are an additional $5 on show day


     

  • Mosaic Dance Theater Company presents • Through Her Eyes: Women of the Near East Through the Ages
    Mar 23, 2023 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The award-winning Mosaic Dance Theater Company (MDTC), based in Glen Ridge, NJ, in collaboration with WP Presents!, celebrates Women’s History Month and women’s contributions to world culture by taking you on a journey through the ages, in Through Her Eyes: Women of the Near East Through the Ages, a joyous multimedia dance experience.  

    Travel through millennia to meet two historical women of the ancient Middle East, who, despite struggles and repression, triumphed over cultural and religious obstacles to attain greatness in their respective lives and times. Enheduanna, the poet/priestess of Mesopotamia, and the first non-anonymous author in history, and Hatshepsut, the female Pharaoh/King of Ancient Egypt. Their stories, told in MDTC’s signature style of dance/story theater, embody the majestic power and resilience of the human spirit, providing an illuminating look at women's achievements in ancient times.  

    Enter a world “beyond the image.” Painters of the 19th century art academies of Europe were fascinated by the landscapes and the people of the Near East, and most especially, the culture and way of life in these lands. A selection of paintings of the Orientalist genre are brought to life through traditional styles of Middle Eastern dance. 

     Be captivated by the exuberance and grace of engaging folkloric women’s dances of North Africa and the Middle East. Lavish costumes, virtuosic choreography, and sparkling storytelling make Through Her Eyes one event you won’t want to miss. 

    Reserved Seating: $30 orchestra, $25 loge, $10 students with ID (one ticket per student) 
    10% discount for WP faculty, staff, alumni  
    15% discount for groups of 15 or more 


     

  • WP Presents! and Jazz Room Series • The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
    Mar 25, 2023 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Celebrating over 45 years since their founding in 1977, New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated it into a blend of genres including Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul. This unique sound, described by the band as a ‘musical gumbo,’ has allowed the Dirty Dozen to tour across 5 continents and more than 30 countries, record 12 studio albums and collaborate with a range of artists from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic to Norah Jones. Forty-five-plus years later, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world-famous music machine whose name is synonymous with genrebending romps and high-octane performances. 
     
    Members include: Roger Lewis - Baritone Sax/Vocals Kevin Harris - Tenor Sax/Vocals Gregory Davis - Trumpet/Vocals Kirk Joseph - Sousaphone TJ Norris - Trombone/Vocals Julian Addison - Drums Takeshi Shimmura - Guitar 
     
    In 1977, The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in New Orleans began showcasing a traditional Crescent City brass band. It was a joining of two proud, but antiquated, traditions at the time: social and pleasure clubs dated back over a century to a time when black southerners could rarely afford life insurance, and the clubs would provide proper funeral arrangements. Brass bands, early predecessors of jazz as we know it, would often follow the funeral procession playing somber dirges, then once the family of the deceased was out of earshot, burst into jubilant dance tunes as casual onlookers danced in the streets. By the late '70s, few of either existed. The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club decided to assemble this group as a house band, and over the course of these early gigs, the seven-member ensemble adopted the venue's name: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.


    Reserved Seating: Gold Circle $45 • Orchestra/Front Loge $40 • Rear Loge $35


     

  • WP Asian Cultural Celebration Sounds of Korea
    Mar 30, 2023 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The mesmerizing “Fan Dance” and “Drums of Ecstasy” are among the dazzling and engaging repertoire of Sounds of Korea. Under the direction of Sue Yeon Park, noted master artist and recent recipient of the NEA National Fellowship Heritage Award, Sounds of Korea specializes in a repertoire which spans a vast range of styles and settings, from classical court music and dance traditions to theatrical masked dances and solo instrumental folk genres. Using a wide variety of percussion and wind instruments, including the prominent kayagum, Sounds of Korea’s beautifully crafted instruments and colorful costumes play an integral role in their stunning productions. 

    General Admission: $15 
    No discounts apply. 




     

  • WP Presents! • Brian Culbertson – The Trilogy Tour 
    Mar 31, 2023 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Over the course of crafting a 25-album catalog and architecting nearly 40 Billboard No. 1 singles as a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, Brian Culbertson has charted his own unique course in music. Label him jazz and he makes a funk record. Call him an R&B artist and he drops an acoustic jazz trio collection. Brand him pop and he creates a 32-minute New Age opus. And you’d be hard pressed to name another instrumentalist of his ilk who can mount an elaborately designed concert production that will keep him on the road for three consecutive months.  

    Culbertson burst onto the scene in 1994 with a chart-topping album that he recorded in his college apartment featuring keyboard-led contemporary jazz tracks. “Long Night Out” landed him a lengthy record deal and signaled that a star was born.  

    Flash forward to present day, Culbertson composed thirty songs that populate the three albums in “The Trilogy” that describes the three-part arc of a long-term relationship: the hot and steamy “falling in love” phase, the rocky middle when perhaps they even break up for a bit, and the couple reunites to live “happily ever after” phase.  The Trilogy Tour will feature a mix of songs from The Trilogy Albums, as well as the greatest hits from Brian Culbertson’s catalog.  

    “Hearing the three albums in a row provides the context.  All the songs on ‘Red’ (October 2021) were clearly about passion and love.  ‘Blue’ (January 2022) is melancholy and sad songs, breakup songs and ‘losing people’ songs.  Once you get to part three, ‘White’ (May 2022) is all about songs that have an uplifting feel to them.  Stylistically, they all feel similar even though they are emotionally broad” said Culbertson.  

    Possessing style, panache and a savvy business mind capable of moving the needle in music and beyond, Culbertson founded and curates the annual Napa Valley and Chicago Jazz Getaways, which have attracted guests from all over the globe to experience his premier events.  

    Whether you’re listening to music from “The Trilogy” on record or live in concert, you’re hearing an eclectic, entertaining and engaging set from an artist at the peak of his power.  

    Reserved Seating: Gold Circle $69 • VIP Gold $149 • Orchestra $59 • VIP Orchestra $139 • Front Loge $59 • Rear Loge $49 • Senior citizens and WP employees and alumni are eligible for a 10% discount by visiting the box office in person. No discounts will apply to VIP tickets.

     Description of VIP package:

    -One (1) Ultimate Seat Location

    -Invitation to Soundcheck Viewing

    -One (1) Signed Tour Poster

    -Crowd-Free Merch Access

     The VIP Package is sold by the Shea Center on behalf of 237Global. All inquiries regarding the package beyond your basic ticket should be addressed to info@237global.com. Please read the below carefully. Address any questions to info@237global.com

    All package elements will be rendered invalid if resold. Name changes will be issued at the sole discretion of 23/7 Global. VIP instructions will be sent via email no later than three days (3) prior to the concert. If you do not receive this email three days (3) prior please email info@237global.com. All packages and contents are non-transferable; no refunds or exchanges; all sales are final. All VIP package items and experiences are subject to change. Please note that the information provided at the time of purchase (e-mail and mailing address) is the same information that will be utilized for individual contact requirements where applicable. 23/7 Global, the artist, tour, promoter, ticketing company, venue or any other affiliated parties are not responsible for outdated or inaccurate information provided by the consumer at the time of purchase. If you have any questions regarding your VIP package elements, or have not received your package information within three days (3) of the concert date, please email info@237global.com.


     

  • Sun Concerts presents Bee Gees Gold Direct from Las Vegas
    Apr 14, 2023 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    John Acosta as Barry Gibb has performed in Bee Gees Tributes all over the world. His portrayal of lead singer Barry Gibb is with a zest for detail, like no other. From the look to the falsetto, you will close your eyes and say its Barry! John Acosta's Bee Gees Gold tribute Is the ultimate salute, and experience of seeing the Bee Gees in their prime, LIVE ONCE AGAIN! With the detailed vocal stylings of John Acosta (Barry) , Daryll Borges (Robin) , Jeff Celentano (Maurice) as the brothers Gibb, there is a sensation that will make you blurt out , Wow.. I just seen and heard the Bee Gees! Backed by a live band, the Vegas Bee Gees tribute recreates the look and sound of the Bee Gees from the 60's to the late 70's, with their unique falsettos that made them legends.

     Performing such early hits as "Massachusetts," "I Started a Joke," to the later Disco classics , "Stayin' Alive," you will be dancing the night away! 

    Reserved Seating: Orchestra $50 • Loge $46


     

  • WP Presents! & Jazz Room Series
    Dianne Reeves with Romero Lubambo

    Apr 16, 2023 @ 3:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Five-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world. As a result of her breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Reeves received the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings – a Grammy first in any vocal category.

    Featured in George Clooney’s six-time Academy Award nominated Good Night, and Good Luck, Reeves won the Best Jazz Vocal Grammy for the film's soundtrack. Reeves has recorded and performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. She has also recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim and was a featured soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. Reeves was the first Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the first vocalist to ever perform at the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall.

    Reeves worked with legendary producer Arif Mardin (Norah Jones, Aretha Franklin) on the Grammy winning A Little Moonlight, an intimate collection of standards featuring her touring trio. When Reeves’ holiday collection Christmas Time is Here was released, Ben Ratliff of The New York Times raved, “Ms. Reeves, a jazz singer of frequently astonishing skill, takes the assignment seriously; this is one of the best jazz Christmas CD's I've heard.”

    In recent years Reeves has toured the world in a variety of contexts including “Sing the Truth,” a musical celebration of Nina Simone which also featured Lizz Wright and Angelique Kidjo. She performed at the White House on multiple occasions including President Obama's State Dinner for the President of China as well as the Governors’ Ball.

    Reeves’ most recent release Beautiful Life, features Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway and Esperanza Spalding. Produced by Terri Lyne Carrington, Beautiful Life won the 2015 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. Reeves is the recipient of honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and the Juilliard School.  In 2018 the National Endowment for the Arts designated Reeves a Jazz Master — the highest honor the United States bestows on jazz artists. 

    Dianne Reeves
    Romero Lubambo

    Reserved Seating: Gold Circle $65 • Orchestra and Front Loge $55 • Rear Loge $45

    This concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance in Shea Recital Hall 101.
    Free to all ticket holders.  Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.

     

  • WP Presents! • Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses
    Apr 22, 2023 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses are a boisterous, horn-driven, 10-piece New Orleans-style band known for their energetic performances that raise the roof and bring audiences to their feet. Their eclectic and rowdy style crosses several genres, from big band and swing to rock and blues, combining original music from their two albums with tail-shakin’ and foot stompin’ favorites from the five-decade career of Louis Prima Sr. With the band’s collective talents and diverse musical tastes, their shows have a sound that is unique while staying true to the vintage Prima style.

    Music critics have described Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses as “changing the face of ‘big band’ music by combining facets of swing, rock and soul and packing it into one giant punch,” “unafraid to breach the vast divide between the golden age of jazz and big band music and hard-hitting rock and roll” and taking “the robust, swinging jump-blues style of his father and [driving] it up a notch with a contemporary energy of his own.”

    Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses bring new energy and a current attitude to audiences with what has been called “the wildest show this side of the 60s.” The powerhouse band have recorded two albums, with a third one due out in 2022. “Return of the Wildest!” (2012) and “Blow” (2014) were both produced on the Warrior Records label and distributed by Universal Music Group. “Return of the Wildest!” features Prima Jr. and the band performing 10 Louis Prima Sr. classics with a razor-sharp rock-and-roll edge. “Blow” captures the energy and wild fun of a live show with 11 tracks including eight original songs written by Prima Jr. In its first week, “Blow,” which was recorded at Capitol Records, was the most-added album on American jazz radio and debuted in the CMJ Jazz Chart’s Top 25 and the iTunes’ Top 15 jazz.

    Prima Jr. is the son of legendary entertainer Louis Prima, known for his New Orleans-flavored music and lively performances. Prima had a career that spanned five decades and included record-breaking contracts to perform in Las Vegas where legends such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Louis Armstrong would regularly jump on stage with the entertainer and his band. His popularity was so great at one point that he was asked to perform at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. His classic “Sing, Sing, Sing” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, he won the first ever Music Group Grammy for “That Old Black Magic” and his classic “Jump, Jive ‘an Wail” went on to start a swing revolution in the 90s.

    “Louis Prima Jr. ... [has] serious swing chops and dynamite entertainment value, just like his old man, without a doubt.... a New Orleans jazz-soaked trumpeter like his dad... Louis Jr. takes the Prima family lineage into the 21st century.” - The Philadelphia Inquirer

    “A rip-roaring, jump-jiving time....... The… swingster is more than just an entertainer. He plays a mean trumpet, as well as piano and drums, and emulates his father to a tee.” - NJ.com

    “This guy leads a band that makes the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy band sound like Kenny G in comparison.” - Jazz Weekly

    Louis Prima Jr.

    Reserved Seating: Gold Circle $50 • Orchestra and Front Loge $45 • Rear Loge $37


     

  • WP Presents! • Top Of The World: A Carpenters Tribute
    featuring DebbyTaylor

    Apr 30, 2023 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Top Of The World is the world’s premier tribute to The Carpenters! Fronted by singer Debbie Taylor, her Karen Carpenter vocal resemblance is absolutely astonishing. She is backed by a seven piece band consisting of top-notch, professional industry musicians who have had amazing careers in their own right. The band members are all multi-instrumentalists and at times use 3 keyboards to recreate the incredibly complex arrangements created by Richard Carpenter. The attention to detail paired with saxophone, trumpet, flute and many more instruments complete every song to perfection!

    Top Of The World brings the most authentic versions of the Carpenters music to the stage. No doubt, you will be singing along as they perform hits like; “Close To You”, “We’ve Only Just Begun”, “Rainy Days And Mondays”, “Please Mr. Postman” and “Yesterday Once More”, to name a few. Debbie captures the warm tones and contralto range that made Karen’s voice so unique. Sit back and enjoy as Debbie and her band take you on a nostalgic journey through the Carpenters greatest hits while sharing some of the backstories behind the music.

    Top of the World

    Reserved Seating: Orchestra $45 • Loge $40
    Senior and WP Community a 10% discount is available, please visit the box office.


     

  • WP Voice • Flying Spring Choir Concert
    May 05, 2023 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    WP Choirs including Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and Voxtet