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 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.

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Watch Highlights from the 2018-19
Performance Season

  • The Center for Chinese Art
    China Oriental Performing Arts Group

    Dec 11, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The performance of “National Beauty” by the Chinese Oriental Song and Dance Troupe, represents the most prestigious nationally recognized music and dance performance in China.  The spectacular presentation of oriental songs and dances created by famous Chinese artists epitomizes the deep love of culture, music and dance delivered in the folk-art style unique to China. 

    Admission: $35 Adult • $20 Children • $20 WP Alumni
    WP Faculty, Staff and Students - FREE!


     

  • WP Presents! & Bright Star Touring Theatre present
    Holidays Around the World

    Dec 14, 2019 @ 1:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Tis the season for hilarity! When the tour guides for Worldwide Tours get separated at holiday time, a worldwide adventure awaits. As they travel around the world in search of each other, these guides share what they learn about the season from a wide variety of places and cultures. Celebrate holidays from all over the globe – the Lohri Festival, St. Lucia Day, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and more!

    Pre-show creative activities begin at 12:15 p.m.
    Appropriate for Grades K to 8

    Admission: Adults $10 • Children $8

    Bright Star Touring Theatre


     

  • WP Presents!
    Blue Suede Christmas with Scot Bruce

    Dec 14, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Scot Bruce, recognized as the country’s preeminent Elvis performer, and his amazing rockin’ band, meticulously and respectfully recreate the high-energy musical and visual excitement of Elvis’ pre-Vegas career, right down to the vintage instruments and grease in the hair. This riveting and ROCKIN’ holiday tribute concert features the wonderful Christmas songs recorded by Elvis Presley - such as ‘Santa Bring My Baby Back,’ ‘Blue Christmas’, and more! A show guaranteed to have you ALL SHOOK UP!  

    Because of his uncanny resemblance to the young “King” (and his ability to sing, strum a guitar, and swivel his hips), Scot Bruce’s live show has taken him from his roots in the Pacific Northwest to across the U.S. and all over the world. As Elvis, he has appeared in music videos with Faith Hill and Sheryl Crow, and has been heard as the “Resident Elvis” on the highly rated “Mark and Brian” Los Angeles morning radio show. Recently, he had the honor of performing with the legendary Jordanaires (Elvis’ original backup singers). He also played Elvis in the recreation scenes from E! Entertainment Network’s True Hollywood Story: Elvis in Hollywood. He appeared at Disneyland in California on a regular basis.

    “The closest they can get to Elvis in the flesh is Scot Bruce!” – CNN    

    Admission: Orchestra $35 • Loge $30

    Blue Suede Christmas with Scot Bruce
    Scot Bruce


     

  • Jazz Room Series & WP Presents! present
    John Pizzarelli and Catherine Russell:
    Nat King Cole and The Ladies of Song

    Dec 15, 2019 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    With the inspiration that Nat King Cole’s TV show brought to the American public which included so many amazingly talented singers such as Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Carmen McRae and many others, John Pizzarelli and Catherine Russell pay homage to Nat King Cole and these iconic singers. This new show is timely for John Pizzarelli who recently released a Nat King Cole tribute album. He also shares a deep connection to William Paterson with his father and historic jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli. Catherine Russell returns by popular demand. Together, they bring Nat King Cole’s most memorable hits such as Route 66, Straighten Up and Fly Right, and Paper Moon along with the timeless works from Billie Holiday and the Ladies of Song.

    Admission: $45 Orchestra • $40 Loge • $10 WP students*
    *20% off for WP employees, alumni, and senior citizens by calling (973-720-2371) or visiting the box office in Shea Center lobby.

    John Pizzarelli
    Catherine Russell


     

  • WP Presents!
    Destination Motown featuring The Sensational Soul Cruisers

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

    “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.

    Admission: $35 Orchestra • $30 Loge • Standard WP discounts apply

    Destination Motown


     

  • WP Presents!
    San Jose Taiko’s Rhythm Journey

    Feb 22, 2020 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    San Jose Taiko’s distinct performance style blends traditional rhythms of Japanese drumming with the beat of world rhythms, including African, Brazilian, Filipino, Latin and Jazz. Known for synchronized choreography, eclectic musicality, and joyful spirit, the group has captivated audiences worldwide with the empowering sounds of taiko and connecting people through cultural understanding, creative expression, and rhythmic heartbeat.

    San Jose Taiko is acknowledged as one of the premier taiko ensembles in the world, whose artistry, philosophy, and unique organizational structure are studied and emulated by many arts groups throughout the U.S. and Japan. Recognized for its artistic and managerial excellence, San Jose Taiko has received both Advancement and Challenge Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Chevron Award for Excellence. Most recently, in 2010, the Foreign Minister’s office of the Japanese government awarded San Jose Taiko the Foreign Minister’s Commendation of Achievement in recognition of the group’s (then) 38-year history and contributions to the taiko art form. San Jose Taiko is only the second North American taiko group to receive that honor.

    Admission: $25 Orchestra • $20 Loge • Standard WP discounts apply

    San Jose Taiko


     

  • WP Presents!
    Plaza Theatricals’ Cinderella

    Feb 23, 2020 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The most classic of all fairy tales springs to life in this fast-paced musical production featuring ragged Cinderella and the handsome prince looking for a bride.

    Admission: $12 Adults • $10 Children •  $1 off Group discount for 10 or more tickets in the same order.

    Plaza Theatrical


     

  • WP Presents!
    Literature to Life Stage Presentation of
    If Beale Street Could Talk

    Mar 04, 2020 @ 10:30 AM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Literature to Life Stage Presentation
    Based on the Novel If Beale Street Could Talk
    by James Baldwin, ©
    1974
    Adapted and Directed by Elise Thoron
    Performed by Channie Waites

    James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk is a story of abiding love in the face of injustice. Young lovers, Tish and Fonny, discover they are going to have a baby after Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Racing against time and injustice, their families come together to bring Fonny home before the baby is born. This story of one family's fight for justice in a society where institutional discrimination has the power to destroy lives will resonate with audiences from all walks of life.

    This fifty-minute solo performance is told through Tish's point of view as well as Fonny's. The whole story describes the strength and courage of the Rivers family and how they stuck together until the end. The tone of the story is both sad and sweet. The content is very explicit with mature scenes.

    Admission: $8.00

    Literature to Life


     

  • WP Presents!
    Virginia Repertory Theatre’s
    Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

    Mar 11, 2020 @ 10:30 AM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Virginia Repertory Theatre’s
    Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

    Book and Lyrics by Douglas Jones
    Music by Ron Barnett

    This stirring drama with music shares in the joys, sorrows, and challenges Harriet Tubman faced while courageously freeing herself and hundreds of others from the bonds of slavery. As Harriet and her friend, Sarah Bradford, narrate her adventurous life, we get a closer look at this brave woman whose determination changed the world.

    Admission:  $8.00

    Virginia Repertory Theatre


     

  • WP Presents!
    The Machine Performs Pink Floyd

    Mar 14, 2020 @ 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). 

    Admission: $40 Orchestra • $30 Loge • Standard WP discounts apply

    The Machine


     

  • WP Presents! & Midday Concert Series
    Sons of Mystro

    Mar 26, 2020 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Sons of Mystro is the violin duo of two brothers, Malcolm and Umoja. These brothers use their violins to interpret reggae classics, American pop songs and their own creations accompanied by a DJ & a drummer. They are winners of the Best Emerging Artist under 21 Award at the International Reggae and World Music Awards. 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

    Admission:  $10 • WP students admitted free with ID.

    Sons of Mystro


     

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

    Mar 28, 2020 @ 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.

    Admission: $40 Orchestra • $35 Loge • Standard WP discounts apply

    Best of the Eagles


     

  • WP Presents!
    Plaza Theatricals’ The Wizard of Oz

    Apr 04, 2020 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Join Dorothy the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion as they come to life in an adaptation featuring the music of the MGM movie.

    Admission: $12 Adults • $10 Children • $1 off Group discount for 10 or more tickets in the same order.

    Plaza Theatrical


     

  • WP Presents!
    Graham Parker

    Apr 04, 2020 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    For nearly 30 years, Graham Parker has been slinging his signature sound, earning a spot in the pantheon of influential rock ‘n’ roll figures. Since his early days with The Rumour, Parker has coupled punk’s energy with his deeply rooted love of American R&B, country, and soul music. With a snotty barroom brawler’s rasp, a soul man’s swagger, and an indelible ear for hooks and songcraft, you will find that Parker is still at the absolute top of his game.

    Graham Parker emerged from England’s vibrant mid-70s pub rock music scene, and was promptly tagged the quintessential angry young man. His musical style informed the likes of Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson, as well as earning raves from rock critics worldwide. His recordings with The Rumour are legendary, earning two spots in Rolling Stone’s “Top 100 Albums of All Time.”

    Graham Parker