WP Presents

  • WP Presents! and Midday Concert Series
    Sons of Mystro

    Feb 10, 2022 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Sons of Mystro is the violin duo of two brothers, Malcolm and Umoja, who use their instruments to interpret reggae classics, American pop songs and their own creations. They are winners of the Best Emerging Artist under 21 Award at the International Reggae and World Music Awards. Accompanied by a DJ and drummer, their music is a reflection of their Caribbean roots, American upbringing and classical music training.

    “Our protégés, Sons of Mystro are an innovative musical force that is ready to take the world by storm.” -Black Violin

    Sons of Mystro

    Admission: Free


     

  • WP Presents! • The Music of Sam Cooke
    A Change Is Gonna Come Starring Bradd Marquis

    Feb 11, 2022 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    This fantastic new show depicts the life and music of one of America’s most iconic and talented performers, the Legendary Sam Cooke, brought to you alongside a live and soulful big band. This world premiere concert features the greatest hits from the Legend of Soul including “You Send Me”, “Only Sixteen”, “Cupid”, “Chain Gang”, “Twistin the Night Away”, “A Change is Gonna Come”, “Wonderful World,” to name a few. Beginning with the gospel music that formed the foundation of Sam Cooke’s career, and spanning his success as a pop star, its pure magic from beginning to end. He is “Forever Mr. Soul”.

    Sam Cooke is the pioneer of what we have come to know as Soul Music. He was one of the most popular and beloved performers of his time bridging the gap between black and white audiences and crossed generations. His pioneering contributions to soul music led to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and popularized the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown.

    As a Musician, Actor, Producer, Educator & Social Activist Bradd Marquis performs the songs written and sung by Sam Cooke to curate and narrate a show that not only entertains, but informs his audience on a historical time loaded with lessons about life, self- empowerment and social change that are still relevant and necessary to this day. Bradd Marquis transports you back in time through the life of Sam Cooke a.k.a. Mr. Soul - from birth, to a preacher son in Clarksdale, Mississippi, to his recruitment into the number one Gospel Group, The Soul Stirrers in Chicago, to his secular music crossover, to his rise to a pop icon and his tragic death as he began to transform into a social activist. Graduating with a degree in African American Studies from the University of Cincinnati Marquis has worked for over a decade in social service and educational sectors, professionally and personally, volunteering his time to empower young people. Having a love and gift for music, Marquis pursued a career in entertainment hoping to inspire young people to over achieve. Breaking through national television and radio airwaves with his R&B hit singles, “Love Will Find A Way,” “Break Up” and “Free” Marquis has been booked on national tours and performed on stages with artists such as Jaheim, Tamia, India.Arie, Blue Magic, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Gordon Chambers, Teedra Moses, and Angela Winbush just to name a few. He has performed on television shows such as Showtime at the Apollo, Apollo Live and had multiple guest spots on BET’s 106 & Park where he was named Soul Singer of the Year.

    The Music of Sam Cooke
    Bradd Marquis on FaceBook

    Admission:  Orchestra $25 • Loge $20


     

  • WP Presents!
    Frontiers – The Ultimate Journey Tribute Band
    Valentine’s Day Weekend Special Event

    Feb 12, 2022 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    What better than to share Valentine's weekend with your loved one and the greatest love songs from Journey!!

    Frontiers is the world’s number one tribute to Journey. These five talented, skilled, renowned NYC area musicians recreate the music of Journey to perfection, note for note - every nuance, every iconic riff, all the feels. Frontiers covers all the greatest hits of Journey, taking you back to the late 70’s during Journey’s magical inception with Gregg Rolie and Neal Schon, and to the 80’s with Steve Perry and Jonathan Cain, when Journey’s timeless, chart topping hits such as Open Arms, Separate Ways, Send Her My Love, Faithfully, Stone in Love, Don’t Stop Believing, Who’s Crying Now, Anyway You Want It, and many others ruled the airwaves. When both Steve Perry and Neal Schon proclaim to the world via Twitter that Frontiers is their favorite Journey tribute band, you know you’re in for an authentic, unmatched, amazing experience.

    Hands down, Frontiers is my favorite tribute to Journey! Go check them out..@FrontiersJrny” – Steve Perry via Twitter
    “My favorite Journey tribute band FRONTIERS! @FrontiersJrny” – Neal Schon via Twitter

    Admission: Orchestra $30 • Loge $25


     

  • WP Presents!
    African Soul International
    A Live Experience of African and African American Music, Dance, Storytelling, and Songs

    Feb 25, 2022 @ 5:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    African Soul International brings the fire, passion, and energy of the rich African and African American experience in ways that exhilarate and educate audiences. Their presentation will incorporate live drumming, dancing, storytelling, and songs for all ages to enjoy. Once the energy hits you, you may just want to get out of your seat and dance too!

    African Soul International

    Admission:  Free


     

  • WP Presents!
    Yellow Brick Road - A Tribute to Elton John

    Feb 26, 2022 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    There is no other performer who looks and sounds so much like Elton John, nor any tribute act that provides the experience of being at an Elton John concert the way Gerald Brann and Yellow Brick Road do. Brann not only bears an uncanny resemblance to the international superstar – complete with gap-toothed smile and many of his mannerisms – but he recreates Elton John’s vocals and playing to a tee. Brann captures the essence of the piano man donning replica costumes and Elton’s trademark sunglasses. A trained jazz pianist, Brann has been a lifelong Elton John fan, and his admiration and love for the music comes shining through as he performs one hit after another with remarkable likeness to the pop icon. The band evokes audience participation throughout the show – whether singing along to “Rocket Man” and “Your Song,” swaying to “Candle in the Wind,” or hopping and bopping to “Crocodile Rock.” This is more than a tribute; this is a recreation of one of the most loved formers of any generation, Elton John.

    Yellow Brick Road

    Admission: Orchestra $40 • Loge $35


     

  • WP Presents!
    Mad River Theater Works presents Freedom Riders

    Mar 02, 2022 @ 10:30 AM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    This new play, with original songs and music, explores the valiant and courageous personalities behind one of the most critical chapters in the history of the Civil Rights movement. Freedom Riders demonstrates the importance of working together to affect change and specifically how non-violent protests were used to focus attention on the cruelties of segregation.

    Mad River Theater Works is an acclaimed touring ensemble that creates vibrant and evocative plays with music for families and young audiences based on American history and folklore. Founded in 1978, Mad River presents original productions that explore traditional stories and themes in a unique, innovative style.

    Mad River Theater Works

    Admission: Free

    Two Performances - March 2, 2022 at 10:30am & 5:15pm


     

  • WP Presents!
    Mad River Theater Works presents Freedom Riders

    Mar 02, 2022 @ 5:15 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    This new play, with original songs and music, explores the valiant and courageous personalities behind one of the most critical chapters in the history of the Civil Rights movement. Freedom Riders demonstrates the importance of working together to affect change and specifically how non-violent protests were used to focus attention on the cruelties of segregation.

    Mad River Theater Works is an acclaimed touring ensemble that creates vibrant and evocative plays with music for families and young audiences based on American history and folklore. Founded in 1978, Mad River presents original productions that explore traditional stories and themes in a unique, innovative style.

    Mad River Theater Works

    Admission: Free

    Two Performances - March 2, 2022 at 10:30am & 5:15pm


     

  • WP Presents! • Rock of Jersey: A Multimedia EventFeaturing The B-Street Band: A Tribute to the Boss and
    Slippery When Wet (NJ): The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute Band

    Mar 05, 2022 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Slippery When Wet (NJ) is a group of seasoned veterans of the New York and New Jersey music scene. Raised on the same mean streets and reared in many of the same bars and nightclubs as Jon and the band, these experienced rockers bring the same energy, enthusiasm, and New Jersey attitude to the stage as the early Bon Jovi, circa 1986! 

     From the heart of the Jersey Shore, the B-Street Band is the hardest working tribute band on the circuit, performing year round throughout the country. Loved by the musicians they honor, B-Street Band has had the honor and privilege of performing with several E-Street Band including Steve Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, the late great Clarence Clemons, Garry W. Tallent, and Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez. "The Boss" himself has made an appearance to see the B-Street Band. 

    These bands pay tribute to two of New Jersey's most popular artists and the sounds of Jersey Rock. 

    Slippery When Wet
    The B-Street Band

    Admission: Orchestra $35 • Loge $30


     

  • WP Presents!
    Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater

    Mar 26, 2022 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Under the artistic direction of Irma Suarez Ruiz and executive leadership of Jorge Perez, the Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater in residence at Northeastern University continues its mission of preservation, presentation and promotion of Spanish dance and culture which also includes the exploration of the country’s history in the; Flamenco, Folkloric, Classical and Escuela Bolera styles and identifies its influence on Latin American art and dance in both traditional and contemporary formats. For 46 years the company has been creating Spanish dance and performing as Chicago’s International Cultural Treasure and ambassador.

    The program will open with the critically acclaimed “Danza del Fuego” (Dance of the Fire) (1979) choreographed by the Ensemble’s founder, Dame Libby Komaiko, to the music of Ruiz de Luna in the Neo-Clasical (Flamenco and Classical) styles. The program also features the Flamenco full company work “No Me Olvides” (Do Not Forget Me) (2008) by artistic director, Irma Suarez Ruiz along with her full company classical work, “Baile de Luis Alonso” (Dance of Luis Alonso) to the music of Geronimo Gimenez. Other highlights of this program include “Al Golpe” (To the Beat) and “Ritmo de la Tierra” (Rhythm of the Earth) choreographed by Nino de los Reyes, the first dancer to ever win a Grammy.

    Other program works include “Horizonte” (2018) choreographed and performed by Company dancer Monica Saucedo; “Entre Dos Almas” (Between Two Souls) (1998), choreographed and performed by Ruiz and Perez and Solares (2018) Flamenco contemporary work, choreographed by Carlos Rodriguez and performed by Company dancer, Luis Beltran. Musical guest artists performing in the program include Flamenco singer/guitarist Paco Fonta (Jaen/Miami); singer, guitarist, and percussionist José Moreno (Madrid, Malaga, New York); Flamenco guitarist David Chiriboga (Ecuador/Chicago).

    Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater

    Admission: Orchestra $25 • Loge $20 • WP Community/Students/Children 50% Discount • WP Students Free (one per ID)

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  • WP Presents!
    Best of the Eagles

    Apr 02, 2022 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Best of the Eagles is one of the top Eagles tribute bands in the country, performing the band’s greatest hits from the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. What makes this tribute unique from other bands is that each member performs and sings the songs just as the original member does. Each member mirrors his counterpart in the Eagles instrumentally and vocally. This is no simple copy band or impersonator act but rather a group of excellent musicians who expertly and authentically re-create the songs, the music, the vocals and the magical aura of one of America’s greatest rock bands. It is the most authentic recreation next to seeing the Eagles live. If you love the music of the Eagles, you will not want to miss BOTE.

    Best of the Eagles

    Admission: $40 Orchestra • $35 Loge