WP Presents Series

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, Graham Nash, Lucinda Williams, DMC, Los Lonely Boys, Wanda Sykes, Paula Poundstone, Dar Williams, David Bromberg, Roy Haynes, Arlo Guthrie, Johnny Ventura, The 5th Dimension, Judy Collins, Southside Johnny, John Sebastian, Jim Messina and Dark Star Orchestra have graced our stage.  We have presented works from national theatre tours of The Second City, Moscow Ballet, Aquila Theatre Company, American Place Theatre, TheaterWorks USA, 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 a variety of artists and theater companies. Many of our visiting artists conduct educational outreach programs, for both the community at large and the University.

Watch Highlights from the 2020-21
Performance Season

  • WP Presents!
    Floyd Nation - Experience Pink Floyd

    Sep 17, 2022 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Floyd Nation is a U.S.- based Pink Floyd Tribute Band that performs all of your favorite hits from the vast collection of Pink Floyd albums such as The Wall, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Division Bell. You’ll be immersed in sound, lights and lasers as they take you on an epic journey, bringing back your best memories of some of the most iconic music ever produced. Their precise tone and extreme accuracy show their deep respect to the music of one of the most incredible bands to ever take the world stage. Get ready to experience Pink Floyd the way true fans want it!

    Floyd Nation

    Admission: Gold Circle $55 •  Orch/Front Loge $45 • Rear Loge/Obstructed $40


     

  • WP Presents!
    The Bronx Wanderers
    The “Must See” Show from Las Vegas!

    Oct 07, 2022 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The Bronx Wanderers is a celebration of American rock and roll and the story of one musical family, told through their favorite songs (and yours) with plenty of laughs and memories along the way.

    For over a decade, the Adinolfi family has captured audiences of all ages from across the world. The Bronx Wanderers include former record producer and family patriarch Yo! Vinny, his two multi-talented sons, Vin A and Nicky Stixx, plus three of the most talented musician friends. Together, they take you on a musical, comedic and heartfelt journey through music’s biggest and most recognizable hit with great insider stories from Yo! Vinny’s 35-year career as a record producer, label executive and music publisher.

    The Bronx Wanderers show is high energy showmanship at its best, featuring non-stop hit after hit from artists such as Frankie Valli, Dion, Neil Diamond, Elvis, Billy Joel, Queen and Bruno Mars, just to name a few.

    Truly a show for everyone of all ages, The Bronx Wanderers have played over 1000 shows on the Las Vegas strip, have been awarded “Best of Las Vegas” 3 years in a row, and have always been in the top ten of 188 shows in Las Vegas.

    The Bronx Wanderers

    Admission:  Gold Circle $45 • Orchestra/Front Loge $40 • Rear Loge $38


     

  • WP Presents!
    Damien Escobar

    Nov 09, 2022 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Musician. Entrepreneur. Philanthropist. Humanitarian. Damien Escobar bears many titles and puts no limits on what more he can achieve, making him one of the most prolific figures hailing from Jamaica, Queens. The Emmy-winning, NAACP Image Award nominee, possesses a nearly two-decade-spanning resume that includes billboard chart-topping albums, sold-out global tours, collaborations with music legends, and more — an inspirational success story that started with Escobar playing his violin on NYC subways. Proving his hustle, drive, passion and unquestionable talent, are the pillars that hold up his ever-expanding brand. Damien’s energetic live performances feature a wide range of “cross-over” musical styles consisting of a mix of classical, jazz, pop, R&B, and hip hop. His eclectic use of genres creates a sound that embraces the traditions of jazz and classical music as much as it highlights his singular innovation as an artist, and his desire to explore beyond the boundaries of the sonically mainstream. There is something in Damien’s music for everyone, and it is truly best enjoyed live. 

    Damien Escobar

    Admission:  Gold Circle $55 • Orchestra/Front Loge $50 • Rear Loge $40 


     

  • WP Presents!
    The Guess Who - Live in Concert

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

    As the house lights fade down and the stage spots flair up, the sounds of rock and roll permeate the crowd. At first a familiar chord strikes everyone's attention, then comes a catchy chorus followed by a memorable solo or remarkable moment of improvisation. Such an ear-pleasing arsenal carries into a non-stop evening of precise performance taking fans on a roller coaster ride of electric instrumentation, timeless balladry, unpredictable jamming and the ultimate sing-a-long experience. The name is none other than The Guess Who, the band that became Canada’s first international rock music superstars, who over five decades in show business created more hits than members can count and record sales well into the multimillions.

    The group has connected with the masses through their fourteen exultant Top 40 hits, including "These Eyes," "Clap For the Wolfman," "Hand Me Down World," "No Time," "Star Baby" and "Share the Land." Add in fellow classics and double-sided singles like their #1 rock anthem "American Woman" and "No Sugar Tonight," plus "Laughing" and "Undun," and the Canadian bred stateside conquerors are amongst music's most indelible treasures who are eternally etched within the very fabric of pop culture history.

    "You're going to see an excellent version of the songs and hear exactly how they should sound or be played," verifies founding member and original drummer/songwriter Garry Peterson. "We're coming at a new generation of fans who are seeing how the band can execute with enthusiasm. And we're also making sure the respect level remains at an all-time high for how the music was initially recorded and remains at an all-time high for the fans who have been with the band from the beginning."

    Joining Peterson onstage are veteran musicians keyboard player/flutist Leonard Shaw, lead guitarist Will Evankovich, bass legend Rudy Sarzo, and lead vocalist/guitarist Derek Sharp. Together the quintet annually launches an ambitious North American tour to adoring audiences and selling out venues with their awe-inspiring execution, deft meticulousness and decades of radio penetrating smashes.

    The Guess Who

    Admission: Gold Circle $65 • Orchestra/Front Loge $60 • Rear Loge $45


     

  • WP Presents!
    Killer Queen - A Tribute to Queen

    Nov 16, 2022 @ 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

    Admission: Gold Circle $65 • Orchestra/Front Loge $55 • Rear Loge $45


     

  • WP Presents!
    The Linda Ronstadt Experience
    starring American Idol finalist Tristan McIntosh

    Nov 18, 2022 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    American Idol Star Tristan McIntosh creates a stunning portrayal of Linda Ronstadt in the prime of her career. Supported by a superb backing band, Tristan’s formidable vocal talent and stage presence will transport you to a time when Linda Ronstadt ruled the airwaves as one of the most popular female vocalists in music history. The Linda Ronstadt Experience takes you on a musical journey of chart-topping smash hits such as "You're No Good", "When Will I Be Loved", "That'll Be The Day", "Blue Bayou" and many more classic hits by Jackson Brown, Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Warren Zevon and Little Feat, to name a few! 

    The Linda Ronstadt Experience
    Tristan McIntosh

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


     

  • WP Presents!
    An Olde English Christmas with Herman’s Hermits
    Starring Peter Noone

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

    Universally regarded as one of Rock and Roll’s finest and most versatile entertainers, Peter Noone is second to none! Star of stage, screen and record, Noone’s performances are the stuff of legend, deftly delivering a broad palette of music, all gems that, through his voice, defined a generation. Rock’s premiere raconteur packs plenty of puns but pulls no punches with his music. Peter Noone is the real deal. Over 60 million records sold! 20 top 40 Hits including: “I’M HENRY VIII, I AM”, “MRS. BROWN YOU’VE GOT A LOVELY DAUGHTER”, “THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH”, “I’M INTO SOMETHING GOOD”, “SILHOUETTES”, “WONDERFUL WORLD”, “JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER”, “I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING”, “A MUST TO AVOID”, and “LISTEN PEOPLE.” In the spirit of the holiday season, the Hermits will perform holiday favorites as only they can. Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone is a must-see concert experience.

    Peter Noone
    Herman's Hermits

    Admission: Gold Circle $75 • Orchestra/Front Loge $65 • Rear Loge $45


     

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The WP Presents! 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.