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 Performance
    Legendary Lady Singers Holiday Show
    Starring Sherma Andrews

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

    Recording Live from the Shea Center!

    Sherma Andrews is a gifted singer, songwriter, recording artist and pianist. She has performed with the country’s biggest stars including, Britney Spears, Branford Marsalis, Donna Summer, and more. While touring with Enrique Iglesias, Sherma stood in for Whitney Houston singing their duet hit, “Could I Have This Kiss Forever”. She has performed on shows such as The American Music Awards and The Billboard Radio Music Awards, and written music heard on All My Children, The Sopranos, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless.

    Now, in her Legendary Lady Singers holiday show, Sherma celebrates the season with classic holiday tunes sprinkled in with a selection of great songs from some of the finest performers in music history including Whitney Houston, Etta James, Tina Turner, Natalie Cole, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Billie Holiday, more. 

    Sherma Andrews

    Admission: Pay What You Choose (Starting at $10)
    All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing system for this performance.

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


     

  • WP Presents! • Christmas Stream
    Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

    Dec 19, 2020 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Online

    Go back to a simpler time and celebrate this Christmas tradition with the whole family! See Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker from the best seat in the house--your living room! Take this opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones and experience the smash-hit Holiday tradition in this ground-breaking Video on Demand debut. Take a trip backstage with the cameras for a look at how the magic is made. Hear it first-hand from world-class artists, designers, and the creators of this cherished production. See the full performance as captured on stage plus an up-close look at the behind-the-scenes action. Make this Christmas special, and don't miss Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Christmas Stream!

    Admission: $24.99 Standalone Stream • $39.99 Gold Package (Stream and Meet-and-Greet) • $69.99 Platinum Package (Stream, Meet-and-Greet, and Nutcracker doll) • $39.99 Nutcracker doll add-on
    All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing systems for this performance

    Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker


     

  • WP Presents! Virtual Performance
    Legendary Lady Singers Holiday Show
    Starring Sherma Andrews

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

    Recording Live from the Shea Center!

    Sherma Andrews is a gifted singer, songwriter, recording artist and pianist. She has performed with the country’s biggest stars including, Britney Spears, Branford Marsalis, Donna Summer, and more. While touring with Enrique Iglesias, Sherma stood in for Whitney Houston singing their duet hit, “Could I Have This Kiss Forever”. She has performed on shows such as The American Music Awards and The Billboard Radio Music Awards, and written music heard on All My Children, The Sopranos, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless.

    Now, in her Legendary Lady Singers holiday show, Sherma celebrates the season with classic holiday tunes sprinkled in with a selection of great songs from some of the finest performers in music history including Whitney Houston, Etta James, Tina Turner, Natalie Cole, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Billie Holiday, more. 

    Sherma Andrews

    Admission: Pay What You Choose (Starting at $10)
    All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing system for this performance.

    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