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 2020-21
Performance Season

  • WP Presents!
    Rock This Town’s Orchestra Holiday Spectacular
    A Tribute to the Brian Setzer Orchestra

    Dec 03, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Come celebrate the holiday season with a highly energetic and visually stunning holiday show like no other playing hits from the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Stray Cats, as well as your favorite Christmas classics. Hear your favorite hits such as Rock This Town, Jump Jive & Wail, Sleepwalk, In The Mood, Jingle Bells, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, and many more. This show will have you dancing in your seats all night long.

    Rock This Town

    Admission: Orchestra $35 • $30 Loge


     

  • WP Presents!
    Cherish the Ladies: Celtic Christmas

    Dec 04, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    One of the most engaging and successful ensembles in the history of Celtic music, Cherish The Ladies have shared timeless Irish traditions with audiences worldwide for over thirty years. In their Celtic Christmas program, the Ladies put their signature mark on classic carols such as “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Silent Night,” in arrangements that highlight the group’s unique Celtic instrumentation, beautiful harmonies, and spectacular step dancing. Hailed by The New York Times as “passionate, tender and rambunctious,” Cherish The Ladies have released three critically acclaimed holiday albums, On Christmas Night, A Star In The East, and 2015’s Christmas In Ireland.

     “It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,” says The Boston Globe of Cherish The Ladies, Grammy Award nominated Irish-American supergroup that formed in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a male-dominated Celtic music scene. Celebrating their 35th anniversary, Cherish The Ladies has shared timeless Irish traditions and good cheer with audiences worldwide. They’ve brought their signature blend of virtuosic instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, and stunning step dancing to the White House, the Olympics, and to PBS with their television special, An Irish Homecoming, which recently received an Emmy Award. The Washington Post praises the “astonishing array of virtuosity” that Cherish The Ladies bring to the stage on a regular basis. Their new album, Heart of the Home, embraces the gift of music passed down from generations. “It was the greatest gift they could give us,” says bandleader Joanie Madden. “We’re carrying on the music of our fathers.” As their reputation and admiration from both fans and critics alike continues to grow, Cherish The Ladies blazes forward into another decade of music making.

     Admission: Gold Circle $40 • Orchestra/Front Loge $35 • Rear Loge $30

    Cherish The Ladies


     

  • WP Presents! and Midday Artist Series
    Singer-songwriter Natalia Zukerman

    Dec 07, 2021 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Musician, painter and educator Natalia Zukerman grew up in New York City and began her songwriting career in Boston, and now resides, writes, plays, teaches and paints in the Hudson Valley. Having released eight independent albums on Weasel Records and her own label Talisman Records, Zukerman has toured internationally as a solo performer since 2005. Her music can be heard on the soundtrack of several seasons of The L Word and ABC Family's Chasing Life. She also created the score for The Arch of Titus, an independent film created for Yeshiva University and a Harvard online course called Poetry in America. In February, 2017, Natalia became a Cultural Diplomat for the US Department of State, playing concerts and conducting workshops with her trio, The Northern Lights throughout Africa. Natalia teaches private songwriting lessons and has taught at various programs and festivals throughout the US and in Canada. In May 2018, she was the artist in residence at the cell theatre in New York City where she developed her multimedia one woman show, The Women Who Rode Away. In March, 2020, Natalia co-produced an online music festival called Shut In & Sing which ran for 8 weeks and provided immediate financial relief to hundreds of independent musicians at the beginning of the lockdown. Since then, she has been performing livestream shows, teaching songwriting, coaching, among other endeavors.

    “Natalia’s voice could send an orchid into bloom while her guitar playing can open a beer bottle with its teeth.” –New Yorker

    “a wise mix of rootsy styles from torch blues to country swing. If you’re a fan of Madeleine Peyroux, Bonnie Raitt or even Amy Winehouse, you’ll find stuff to connect with here.” –Philadelphia Daily News

    Natalia Zukerman

    Admission:  Free


     

  • WP Presents!
    Jeff Boyer's Big Bubble Bonanza Holiday Party
    Sensory-Friendly Performance

    Dec 11, 2021 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    See the newest, funniest, zany holiday spectacular from world-famous, Guinness Book of World Records-holding, master bubble wrangler Jeff Boyer, as he takes bubbles to the max with big bubble flair. Jeff’s mastery of bubble-making features gigantic bubbles that blow their own bubbles, snow globe bubbles, and skiing bubbles! with people inside. Audience members making volcano bubbles! Audience members can participate in the action on stage by going inside huge holiday bubble rainbows, making volcano bubbles, and so much more. Mixing comedy, international holiday music, and interactive bubble-magic-with winter flair, Jeff engages and delights audiences of all ages. It’s a sensory-friendly bubble extravaganza for the whole family!

    Admission: $10 All Tickets

    Jeff Boyer's Big Bubble Bonanza


     

  • WP Presents!
    Frontiers of Love - The Ultimate Journey Tribute Band

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

    Frontiers is the world’s number one tribute to Journey. These five talented, skilled, renowned NYC area musicians recreate the music of Journey to perfection, note for note – every nuance, every iconic riff, all the feels. Frontiers covers all the greatest hits of Journey, taking you back to the late 70’s during Journey’s magical inception with Gregg Rolie and Neal Schon to their iconic rise in the 80’s with Steve Pery and Jonathan Cain. Frontiers performs all of Journey’s chart-topping hits such as Open Arms, Separate Ways, Send Her My Love, Faithfully, Stone in Love, Don’t Stop Believing, Who’s Crying Now, Anyway You Want It, and many more. When both Steve Perry and Neal Schon proclaimed to the world via Twitter that Frontiers is their favorite Journey tribute band, you know you’re in for an authentic, unmatched, amazing experience.  Bring your Valentine to hear all your favorite Journey love songs!

    “Hands down, Frontiers is my favorite tribute to Journey! Go check them out..@FrontiersJrny” – Steve Perry via Twitter
    “My favorite Journey tribute band FRONTIERS! @FrontiersJrny” – Neal Schon via Twitter

    Frontiers of Love

    Admission: Orchestra $30 • Loge $25


     

  • WP Presents!
    Yellow Brick Road - A Tribute to Elton John

    Feb 26, 2022 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    There is no other performer who looks and sounds so much like Elton John, nor any tribute act that provides the experience of being at an Elton John concert the way Gerald Brann and Yellow Brick Road do. Brann not only bears an uncanny resemblance to the international superstar – complete with gap-toothed smile and many of his mannerisms – but he recreates Elton John’s vocals and playing to a tee. Brann captures the essence of the piano man donning replica costumes and Elton’s trademark sunglasses. A trained jazz pianist, Brann has been a lifelong Elton John fan, and his admiration and love for the music comes shining through as he performs one hit after another with remarkable likeness to the pop icon. The band evokes audience participation throughout the show – whether singing along to “Rocket Man” and “Your Song,” swaying to “Candle in the Wind,” or hopping and bopping to “Crocodile Rock.” This is more than a tribute; this is a recreation of one of the most loved formers of any generation, Elton John.

    Yellow Brick Road

    Admission: Orchestra $40 • Loge $35