Wednesday, December 15, 2021

JUST ADDED: The Music of Sam Cooke & More @ WPU





The Music of Sam Cooke starring Bradd Marquis

A Change Is Gonna Come

FEBRUARY 11, 8:00 PM


This fantastic new show depicts the life and music of one of America’s most iconic and talented performers, the Legendary Sam Cooke, brought to you alongside a live and soulful big band. This world premiere concert features the greatest hits from the Legend of Soul including “You Send Me,” “Only Sixteen,” “Cupid,” “Chain Gang,” “Twistin the Night Away,” “A Change is Gonna Come,” “Wonderful World,” to name a few. Beginning with the gospel music that formed the foundation of Sam Cooke’s career, and spanning his success as a pop star, its pure magic from beginning to end.


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Orchestra $25 • Loge $20


The Music of Sam Cooke at Shea Center - Wayne, NJ 2/11/22









FEBRUARY 12, 8:00 PM


Frontiers is the world’s number one tribute to Journey. These five talented, 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 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. 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


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Orchestra $30 • Loge $25






FEBRUARY 26, 8:00 PM


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 captures the essence of the piano man donning replica costumes and trademark sunglasses playing hit after hit 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 performers, Elton John.


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Orchestra $40 • Loge $35






FEBRUARY 25, 5:00 PM

African Soul International

A Live Experience of African and African American Music, Dance, Storytelling, & Songs


MARCH 2, 10:30 AM & 5:15 PM

Mad River Theater presents

Freedom Riders

A New Play Based on True Events in American History and the Civil Rights Movement


MARCH 5, 8:00 PM

Rock of Jersey

Featuring The B-Street Band: A Tribute to the Boss and

Slippery When Wet: The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute Band


MARCH 26, 8:00 PM

 Ensemble EspaƱol Spanish Dance Theater

Flamenco Passion


APRIL 2, 8:00 PM

Best of the Eagles





These events are being sold at full capacity. Please take your personal comfort level into consideration prior to purchasing tickets. Click here for our latest COVID-19 health and safety protocols. We strongly encourage buying tickets in advance online or by calling the box office.



In 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 this campaign with a purchase of a piano key.


If you are interested, please contact Maureen O’Connor at or 973.720.3990. For general support of the campaign, click the donate button and choose WP 88 Keys Campaign as your gift designation.





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