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, 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 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.

BillCharlapfor88KeysIn an effort to provide the tools necessary for student success in the music program and for the University to continue to provide outstanding public performances, The WP 88 Keys Campaign is being launched to generate support for the purchase of a new Steinway piano for the Shea Center for the Performing Arts. You are invited to join in this campaign with a purchase of a piano key. If you are interested, please contact Maureen O’Connor at oconnorm24@wpunj.edu or 973.720.3990. General support of the campaign is welcome by visiting wpunj.edu/giving, click on the giving form, and choose WP 88 Keys Campaign as your gift designation.

Watch Highlights from the 2018-19
Performance Season

  • WP Presents! Virtual Wednesdays
    The Bronx Wanderers and Sinatra Forever
    (Two 30-Minute Videos) Vegas Night!

    Oct 28, 2020 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Online!

    Winner of “Best in Las Vegas” honors for 3 years running, The Bronx Wanderers is a celebration of American rock and roll and the story of one musical family, told through their favorite songs from artists such as Frankie Valli, Dion, Neil Diamond, Elvis, Billy Joel, Queen and Bruno Mars. For the Sinatra fans in your community, watch a global livestream event celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s concert in Rio de Janeiro. “Sinatra Forever” stars Rick Michel, who Variety calls “The closest thing to Sinatra we have ever heard”.  Close your eyes when you watch Rick performing “Ol’ Blue Eyes” standards and you’ll swear that it’s the Chairman of the Board crooning away.

    The Bronx Wanderers
    Sinatra Forever-Rick Michel

    Admission: Free!
    To register for The Bronx Wanderers, please click here.
    To register for Sinatra Forever, please click here.
    Register for both and watch on the same night. You will receive two separate URLs for each concert.


     

  • WP Presents! Virtual Wednesdays
    The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra

    Nov 04, 2020 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Online!

    The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra (WSO) is a thrilling 11-piece salsa group that plays dynamic, dura arrangements of indie rock tunes we love. This innovative, astonishing brand of music takes the classic form of salsa and infuses it with a completely modern identity. Their explosive arrangements include songs by Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and more. WSO is becoming a groundbreaking force in music attracting classic salsa lovers and new audiences all over the world.

    The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra

    Admission: Pay What You Choose (Starting at $5)
    Please click the "buy tickets" button below to register and receive the URL for the concert.


     

  • WP Presents! A Virtual Concert
    The Brit Pack
    The Most Authentic British Invasion on this Side of the Atlantic

    Nov 05, 2020 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Online!

    The Brit Pack take their audience on a journey through a dynamic blend of British classics known and loved by all, including The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Queen, David Bowie, Elton John, The Who, Oasis, Radiohead, The Police, Amy Winehouse and many more. A supergroup of sorts, band members of The Brit Pack have performed with artists such as Paul McCartney, Elton John, Britney Spears, Chet Faker, Tom Rush and Mark Hudson, among many others. The Brit Pack delivers a show full of music from major names across the pond that is familiar enough to make you feel right at home and high-energy enough to get you on your feet.

    The Brit Pack

    Admission: Pay What You Choose (Starting at $10)
    Please click the "buy tickets" button below to register and receive your URL.

    NEAlogoCARESWebThis project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts:
    Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.


     

  • WP Presents! Virtual Wednesdays
    The Greatest Piano Men
    A Live Rock & Roll Celebration of the Greatest Piano Icons in Music

    Nov 11, 2020 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Online!

    This electrifying production from Jeff Davis, Executive Producer of Broadway’s ‘Rock of Ages,’ celebrates the world’s greatest pianists and showmen – from Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles to Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Billy Joel! The show features storytelling, video, female backup singers, a great band and 25 hit songs including “Good Golly Miss Molly”, “Georgia on My Mind”, “Great Balls of Fire”, “Superstition”, “Rocket Man”, “Tiny Dancer”, “New York State of Mind”, and more.

    The Greatest Piano Men

    Admission: Free!
    Please click the "buy tickets" button below to register and receive the URL for the concert.


     

  • WP Presents!
    Rock This Town Orchestra's Christmas Spectacular
    A Tribute to the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Stray Cats, and More!

    Nov 14, 2020 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Come celebrate the holiday season with Rock This Town Orchestra’s Holiday Spectacular… It's a holiday show that is highly energetic and visually stunning like no other…. playing hits from the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Stray Cats as well as many of your favorites from 50’s Rock N Roll, as well as adding in many of your favorite Holiday classics in a big band swing style. This is the ultimate holiday show of the season….

    Playing hits such as Jump Jive & Wail, Sleepwalk, In The Mood, Mack The Knife, Jingle Bells, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, White Christmas and many more.. This show will have you dancing in your seats all night long... Touring both Nationally and Internationally, Rock This Town Orchestra has become the ultimate Big Band Swing band to catch live throughout the US and many other countries.

    Rock This Town Orchestra

    Admission: $30 Orchestra • $25 Loge (Extremely Limited Availability)

    Admittance will be first-come, first-serve. Patrons are required to adhere to the following protocols. All individuals are required to participate in a self-administered health screening, including a temperature check prior to arrival, wear a mask, provide contact information, and social distance. Patrons without a University affiliation must use the CDC's Self-Checker found here. WP employees and students must complete a daily health screening at https://wpconnect.wpunj.edu. Please click here to learn more about our enhanced cleaning protocols and for additional details on WP’s Reopening Plan. 

    NEAlogoCARESWebThis project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts:
    Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.


     

  • WP Presents! Virtual Event
    Rock This Town Orchestra's Christmas Spectacular
    A Tribute to the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Stray Cats, and More!

    Dec 12, 2020 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Online

    Recorded Live in the Shea Center!

    Come celebrate the holiday season with Rock This Town Orchestra’s Holiday Spectacular… It's a holiday show that is highly energetic and visually stunning like no other…. playing hits from the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Stray Cats as well as many of your favorites from 50’s Rock N Roll, as well as adding in many of your favorite Holiday classics in a big band swing style. This is the ultimate holiday show of the season….

    Playing hits such as Jump Jive & Wail, Sleepwalk, In The Mood, Mack The Knife, Jingle Bells, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, White Christmas and many more.. This show will have you dancing in your seats all night long... Touring both Nationally and Internationally, Rock This Town Orchestra has become the ultimate Big Band Swing band to catch live throughout the US and many other countries.

    Rock This Town Orchestra

    Admission: Pay What You Choose (Starting at $10)

    NEAlogoCARESWebThis project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts:
    Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.


     

  • WP Presents! Virtual Event
    Rock This Town Orchestra's Christmas Spectacular
    A Tribute to the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Stray Cats, and More!

    Dec 20, 2020 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Online

    Recorded Live in the Shea Center!

    Come celebrate the holiday season with Rock This Town Orchestra’s Holiday Spectacular… It's a holiday show that is highly energetic and visually stunning like no other…. playing hits from the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Stray Cats as well as many of your favorites from 50’s Rock N Roll, as well as adding in many of your favorite Holiday classics in a big band swing style. This is the ultimate holiday show of the season….

    Playing hits such as Jump Jive & Wail, Sleepwalk, In The Mood, Mack The Knife, Jingle Bells, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, White Christmas and many more.. This show will have you dancing in your seats all night long... Touring both Nationally and Internationally, Rock This Town Orchestra has become the ultimate Big Band Swing band to catch live throughout the US and many other countries.

    Rock This Town Orchestra

    Admission: Pay What You Choose (Starting at $10)

    NEAlogoCARESWebThis project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts:
    Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.


     

  • WP Presents!
    Destination Motown featuring The Sensational Soul Cruisers

    Feb 13, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Back by popular demand!

    “Destination Motown” is a multi-media show performed by New Jersey’s own, The Sensational Soul Cruisers, delivering the greatest hits by the Temptations, the Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops and so many others. This incredible live band brings a “WOW” show, time after time. They will have you singing and dancing along to all your favorite Motown hits.

    The Sensational Soul Cruisers are described as a cross between Kool and the Gang, Chicago and the Temptations. If you remember a movie called “Eddie and the Cruisers,” you would be interested to know that the Soul Cruisers rhythm section was the band behind Eddie Testa, as Eddie and the Cruisers. That band and its name inspired the movie of the same name. So many National Artists have been guests at Soul Cruisers shows, including Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemons, John Eddie, Southside Johnny, and so many more.

    We are closely monitoring State regulations and guidelines and following developments in the coronavirus pandemic to determine how we can present programs in a safe manner. Stay tuned for more information.

    Destination Motown


     

  • WP Presents!
    Southern Charms
    A Tribute to Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves

    Mar 13, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts


    It takes all kinds of kinds...Southern Charms is a seven-piece tribute celebrating the music of: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves, the three women who have dominated country music in the past decade. The show, featuring Jenny Leigh Miller is in three parts, with wardrobe and hair changes, taking the audience on a journey that highlights the mega-hits of each of these Current Top Leading Ladies of Country. 

    We are closely monitoring State regulations and guidelines and following developments in the coronavirus pandemic to determine how we can present programs in a safe manner. Stay tuned for more information.

    Jenny Leigh Miller


     

  • WP Presents!
    Rock of Jersey: A Multimedia Event

    Mar 26, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Featuring The B-Street Band: A Tribute to the Boss and
    Slippery When Wet (NJ): The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute Band

    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.

    We are closely monitoring State regulations and guidelines and following developments in the coronavirus pandemic to determine how we can present programs in a safe manner. Stay tuned for more information.

    The B-Street Band
    Slippery When Wet (NJ)


     

  • WP Presents!
    The Machine Performs Pink Floyd

    Apr 24, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts


    The Machine, America's top Pink Floyd show, has forged a 30-year reputation of excellence, extending the legacy of Pink Floyd, while creating another legacy all their own. The band focuses on making every show an authentic Floydian experience for their fans. Known for performing a diverse mix of The Floyd's extensive 16-album repertoire, The Machine's stellar musicianship, dramatic lighting and video, and their passionate delivery sets them above and beyond the rest. 

    In the classic tradition, The Machine explores collective improvisation paralleling early 1970's Pink Floyd. Their use of theatrical elements and elaborate stage displays continues in the spirit of the later Floyd lineups of the 1980's. The band is also known for recreating entire albums as a part of their show, accepting requests from fans, and for taking an A to Z approach in which one song is played for every letter of the alphabet. Additionally, the quartet has been sharing the stage with full symphony orchestras, including the Buffalo, Charlotte, Atlanta, Detroit, Pittsburgh and San Diego Symphonies.

    The members of The Machine include founding members Joe Pascarell (guitar, vocals) and Tahrah Cohen (drums), long time stagemate Scott Chasolen (keys, vocals), and the newest addition to the band, Dylan Kelehan (bass, vocals). 

    We are closely monitoring State regulations and guidelines and following developments in the coronavirus pandemic to determine how we can present programs in a safe manner. Stay tuned for more information.

    The Machine


     

  • WP Presents!
    Best of the Eagles
    The Ultimate Eagles Experience

    May 15, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts


    Best of the Eagles is the most exact interpretation of the music of the Eagles in America, bar none! Each member mirrors his counterpart in the Eagles instrumentally and vocally. This group of excellent musicians expertly and authentically re-create the songs, the music, the vocals and the magical aura of one of America’s greatest rock bands. Enjoy a great night of Eagles hits.

    We are closely monitoring State regulations and guidelines and following developments in the coronavirus pandemic to determine how we can present programs in a safe manner. Stay tuned for more information.

    Best of the Eagles