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 2017-18
Performance Season

  • National Ballet Theatre of Odessa presents
    The Sleeping Beauty

    Feb 07, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    National Ballet Theatre of Odessa presents
    The Sleeping Beauty
    A Fairytale Ballet in Two Acts

    Music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
    Choreography after Marius Petipa, Konstantin Sergeev and Fedor Lopukhov
    Staged by Maria Polyudova

    This full-scale production, choreographed by renowned choreographer Marius Petipa, is based on the Brothers Grimm's enchanting fairytale, where love restores life. This is the first time the legendary National Ballet Theatre of Odessa has visited the United States, with the most talented and brightest ballet stars. This production is sure to bring true love onto the stage and into your hearts.

    Admission: Gold Circle $70 • Rear Orchestra $60 • Loge $50 • Rear Loge $40

    National Ballet Theatre of Odessa


     

  • Black Violin: Classical Boom Tour
    Feb 14, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The duo of Wil Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester, Black Violin, perform a unique brand of music that blends classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass. Live, they are accompanied by their incredible band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJ SPS and a drummer. Their groundbreaking work has been heard around the world and led to collaborations with the likes of Kanye West, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, the Eagles, and many other popular artists.

    Paterson Music Project (PMP) is a co-sponsor of this event and the show will feature students from the PMP.
    This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

    PMPNEA

    Admission:  Orchestra $40 • Loge $32

    Black Violin


     

  • The Science of Art Series presents
    The Art of Citizen Science After Nature

    Feb 26, 2019 @ 6:00 PM
    Location: Science Hall West, Room 323

    How do we as citizens participate in the making of the sciences?  Join the ecological design team of SPURSE for a fascinating discussion of a critical topic.

    Admission:  Free

    SPURSE


     

  • WP Music Department presents
    Collage 2019: Scholarship Fundraiser

    Mar 01, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Featuring the “best of the best” of the WP music department: concert band, large and small ensembles, pop, jazz, percussion, and more! All proceeds benefit WP music scholarships.

    Admission: $25 General Admission • $20 WP employees, alumni, and senior citizens • $10 Students​


     

  • James D’Amico Productions presents
    The Outlaws with special guest Southern Steel

    Mar 16, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    For more than 40 years, the Southern Rock legends, The Outlaws, have remained one of the most influential and best-loved bands of the genre. Known for their triple-guitar rock attack and three-part country harmonies, they earned a formidable reputation as an incendiary live act. Today, The Outlaws return with new music and a new focus: a band of brothers bound together by history, harmony and the road.

    Admission: Orchestra $55 • Loge $45

    The Outlaws
    Southern Steel


     

  • The Weight Band
    featuring members of The Band and the Levon Helm Band

    Mar 22, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Inspired to carry on the legacy of the unforgettable rock group, The Weight Band has kept the spirit of Americana/Roots Rock music alive for today’s audiences. Their live set features Weight Band original songs as well as fan favorites from The Band’s treasured catalog, including “Up On Cripple Creek,” “The Weight,” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.”

    Admission: Orchestra $35 • Loge $28 • WP standard discounts apply.

    The Weight Band 


     

  • New Jersey Theatre Alliance Stages Festival presents
    Pushcart Players’ The Velveteen Rabbit

    Mar 23, 2019 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    A young boy’s love and a little nursery magic help transform the Velveteen Rabbit from a favorite plaything into a real rabbit. In this musical re-telling of one of America’s favorite storybooks, the Boy and Velveteen embark on exciting imaginary adventures, and together they learn the true meaning of friendship.

    Admission: Adults $10 • Free for children under 18

    Pushcart Players
    NJ Theatre Alliance
    The Stages Festival 


     

  • The 40th Annual Distinguished Lecturer Series presents
    Ghetto Nerd: An Evening with John Leguizamo

    Mar 26, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Actor, comedian and Tony Award-winning playwright John Leguizamo traces his life from growing up in Queens, through his avant-garde theater origins in the 1980s, to his feature film career and beyond—the lessons he’s learned, the characters he’s encountered, his passion for education, and his struggles against racism and poverty.

    Admission: $28 • WP Students admitted free

    John Leguizamo


     

  • The Science of Art Series presents
    Time Lapse Dance Ensemble’s Ice Cycle

    Apr 04, 2019 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Ice Cycle is a dance expressing the fragility and dynamism of the Arctic icescape using artistry to illustrate climate change. The piece is inspired by choreographer Jody Sperling’s experience dancing on Artic polar sea ice. For this performance, Time Lapse Dance Ensemble collaborates with composer Matthew Burtner, a pioneer in eco-acoustics, to include ice-inflected sounds to create stunningly beautiful music.

    Admission: General Public $5 • WP students admitted free with ID.

    Time Lapse Dance Ensemble


     

  • Amazing Magic!
    Starring Tommy Wind from Masters of Illusion

    Apr 06, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The youngest magician to ever perform in Las Vegas, Tommy Wind has starred on the last five seasons of the hit TV series Masters of Illusion. See why he was named “Magician of the Year” on the network TV special World Magic Awards, as his daring and dangerous illusions astound the whole family! 

    Admission: Orchestra $25 • Loge $22

    Tommy Wind


     

  • WP Presents! Theater for Children on the Autism Spectrum
    ArtsPower’s Madeline and The Bad Hat

    Apr 16, 2019 @ 10:30 AM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Recommended for grades Pre-K to 3

    This colorful musical captures the blithe yet touching spirit of Ludwig Bemelmans’ much loved Madeline series. Told with gentle humor, and featuring a beautiful musical score, this amusing tale traces the adventures of Madeline who – despite starting off on the wrong foot with a mischievous new neighbor – eventually learns that first impressions are not everything.

    Admission: $10

    Note: This performance is only open to classes and families with children on the autism spectrum. Call 973.720.3178 for reservations.

    ArtsPower


     

  • James D’Amico Production presents
    Best of the Eagles

    Apr 26, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Best of the Eagles is the most exact interpretation of the Eagles in America, performed by musicians with auspicious pedigrees and a passionate love of the Eagles music. Each member mirrors his counterpart in the Eagles instrumentally and vocally. They expertly and authentically re-create the songs, the music, the vocals and the magical aura of one of America’s greatest rock bands.

    Admission: Orchestra $40 • Loge $35

    Best of the Eagles


     

  • Virginia Repertory Theatre presents
    The Jungle Book

    Apr 27, 2019 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Virginia Repertory Theatre presents
    The Jungle Book
    Based on the classic tale by Rudyard Kipling
    Directed by Scott Wichman
    Music by Julie Fulcher

    Set in the jungles of southern India, Mowgli, a boy raised by a pack of wolves, has a life full of adventure and conflict. Joined by his best friends Baloo and Bagheera, Mowgli must confront the notorious tiger, Shere Khan. Kipling’s fantastic story teaches respect for life, both animal and human, and the idea of harmony amongst all living things.

    Admission: $10

    Virginia Repertory Theatre


     

  • James D’Amico Productions presents
    The Lettermen
    with special guest Let’s Hang On! America’s #1 Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons Tribute

    May 11, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Since 1958, The Lettermen have been entertaining audiences with their exquisite harmonies and soulful ballads. Go back in time with hits likeWhen I Fall in Love, Put Your Head On My Shoulder, Goin’ Out of My Head/Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Hurt So Badand so many more. For one night only, this special concert delivers songs by two of the most romantic singing group of the sixties. Fall in love with the music all over again.

    Admission: Orchestra $55 • Loge $45

    The Lettermen
    Let's Hang On!