Thursday, September 30, 2021

Kean Stage Celebrates Its Return to Indoor Performances This Fall 

Kean Stage is proud to announce its return to in-person, indoor performances this fall for its 12th season.

“Welcome Back! We are so excited to open our doors and invite you into our theatres for our 2021-2022 season.” stated Steve Cochran, Manager of Kean Stage. “No one could have expected the pandemic to derail our reopening as long as it did, but here we are, ready to provide you with world-class entertainment at Kean University. As we continue into the year additional artists will be announced. Be assured, we are being diligent in providing a safe environment for our patrons, staff and artists.”

An Evening with Jimmy Webb 

WHEN: Saturday, October 23, at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Enlow Recital Hall, 215 North Ave., Hillside

Singer, songwriter and composer Jimmy Webb is the only artist to receive Grammy Awards for music, lyrics and orchestration. Among his many timeless hits are The Worst That Could Happen; By the Time I Get to Phoenix; Wichita Lineman; Up, Up and Away and MacArthur Park.


Jimmy Webb. Photo Credit: Sasa Tkalcan

Selected Shorts: Tales After Dark

WHEN: Saturday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m.
Enlow Recital Hall, 215 North Ave., Hillside

Selected Shorts: Tales After Dark is an evening full of beguiling tales filled with cryptic characters, mysterious surroundings, and nail-biting intrigue. Master storytellers Ray Bradbury, Robertson Davies, and more conjure up gothic Frankencats, vengeful creatures, and a coven of vampires gathered for a family reunion. With performances by four-time Tony winner Boyd Gaines, Sonia Manzano (Sesame Street) and Anthony Rapp (Star Trek: Discovery). Actors are subject to change.

Norm Lewis

WHEN: Saturday, December 18, at 7:30 p.m.
Enlow Recital Hall, 215 North Ave., Hillside

Mr. Lewis will be returning to Broadway this fall starring in Chicken and Biscuits at the Circle In The Square Theatre. He recently appeared in the Broadway revival of Once on This Island and as Sweeney Todd in the Off-Broadway production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Barrow Street Theatre, receiving the AUDELCO Award for his performance. In May of 2014, he made history as The Phantom of the Opera’s first African American Phantom on Broadway.


Norm Lewis. Photo Credit: Peter Hurley

Branford Marsalis Quartet 

WHEN: Sunday, January 30, at 3:00 p.m.
Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave., Union

Saxophonist Branford Marsalis is one of the most influential and revered figures in contemporary music. After more than three decades of existence, the Branford Marsalis Quartet is revered for its uncompromising interpretation of a kaleidoscopic range of both original compositions and jazz and popular classics.


Branford Marsalis Quartet. Photo Credit: Eric Ryan Anderson.

To ensure the safety of all patrons, staff and artists, Kean Stage will be implementing specific safety protocols for all indoor performances. Masks will be required for audiences attending indoor performances, regardless of vaccination status. All seating will be sanitized between performances and hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the lobby. Touchless ticketing, as well as, printed and digital playbills, will be available for all patrons.

TICKETS: range from $28-$75 and can be purchased online at or by contacting the Box Office at (908)737-7469. The Box Office is currently open Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Kean Stage at Kean University educates, entertains and challenges audiences by presenting high-quality programs that reflect the diversity of the region and of the arts. These cultural offerings complement the intellectual life of the classroom for our students, increase opportunities for community engagement, and provide affordable access to the arts for New Jersey residents. Audiences of all ages are invited to enjoy a wide range of professional theatre, Broadway tours, dance performances, concerts, international films and family-friendly shows. In addition, Kean Stage encourages University students to attend events, and provides several opportunities to explore the performing arts through master classes, workshops, lectures, and employment opportunities as ushers, backstage technicians and box office staff. Visit