Tuesday, February 8, 2022

WP Presents! Winter/Spring 2022 Events Announcement






Sons of Mystro

FEBRUARY 10, 12:30 PM


Sons of Mystro is the violin duo of two brothers, Malcolm and Umoja, who use their instruments to interpret reggae classics and American pop songs to create their own sound. They are winners of the Best Emerging Artist under 21 Award at the International Reggae and World Music Awards. Accompanied by a DJ and a drummer, their music is a reflection of their Caribbean roots, American upbringing and classical music training.


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Also livestreaming on the WP Presents YouTube channel.


Admission: Free and open to the public

No ticket or registration required.




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,” and “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, it's pure magic from beginning to end.


Click here to read's show preview and interview with New Jersey native and singer-songwriter Bradd Marquis.

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. What better than to share Valentine's weekend with your loved one and the greatest love songs from Journey!


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Orchestra $30 • Loge $25





African Soul International

FEBRUARY 25, 5:00 PM


African Soul International brings the fire, passion, and energy of the rich African and African American experience in ways that exhilarate and educate audiences. Their presentation will incorporate live drumming, dancing, storytelling, and songs for all ages to enjoy. Once the energy hits you, you may just want to get out of your seat and dance too!


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Free and open to the public

No ticket or registration required.





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, and playing hit after hit with remarkable likeness to the pop icon. The band invites 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 a beloved performer, Elton John.


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Orchestra $40 • Loge $35





Mad River Theater Works presents

Freedom Riders

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


This new play, with original songs and music, explores the valiant and courageous personalities behind one of the most critical chapters in the history of the civil rights movement. Freedom Riders demonstrates the importance of working together to affect change and specifically how non-violent protests were used to focus attention on the cruelties of segregation. Mad River Theater Works is an acclaimed touring ensemble that creates vibrant and evocative plays with music for families and young audiences based on American history and folklore. 


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Free and open to the public

No ticket or registration required.




Rock of Jersey

A Tribute to the Boss and Bon Jovi featuring

The B-Street Band and Slippery When Wet (NJ)

MARCH 5, 8:00 PM


This show pays tribute to two of New Jersey's most popular artists and the sounds of Jersey Rock. Slippery When Wet (NJ) is a group of seasoned veterans of the New York and New Jersey music scene. Raised on the same mean streets and reared in many of the same bars and nightclubs as Jon and the band, these experienced rockers bring the same energy, enthusiasm, and New Jersey attitude to the stage as the early Bon Jovi! From the heart of the Jersey Shore, the B-Street Band is the hardest working tribute band on the circuit. Loved by the musicians they honor, B-Street Band has had the privilege of performing with several E-Street Band members including Steve Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, the late great Clarence Clemons, Garry W. Tallent, and Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez.


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Orchestra $35 • Loge $30





Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater

MARCH 26, 8:00 PM


Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, in residence at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, is the premier Spanish dance company and center in the United States. For 46 years the Ensemble has continued its mission of preservation, presentation, and promotion of Spanish dance and culture. They explore the country’s history in the flamenco, folkloric, classical, and escuela bolera styles and identifies its influence on Latin American art and dance in both traditional and contemporary formats. Experience the immense virtuosity of an internationally renowned cultural treasure that is accessible and close to home.


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Orchestra $25 • Loge $20


50% off for WP community, Non-WP students, and children (Under 18) by calling or visiting the box office. Discount not available online. Free for WP students (one ticket per ID)





APRIL 2, 8:00 PM


Best of the Eagles is one of the top Eagles tribute bands in the country, performing the band’s greatest hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and beyond. What makes this tribute unique from other bands is that each member performs and sings the songs just as the original member does, mirroring his counterpart in the Eagles instrumentally and vocally. This group of excellent musicians expertly and authentically re-create the songs, music, vocals, and magical aura of one of America’s greatest rock bands. It is the most authentic recreation next to seeing the Eagles live. If you love the music of the Eagles, you will love Best of the Eagles.


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Orchestra $40 • Loge $35






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 designed to support the purchase and maintenance of a new Steinway piano for the Shea Center for the Performing Arts. To learn more, please click here to visit The WP 88 Keys Campaign website.


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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Shea Center Box Office

Temporary Hours of Operation

Monday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


No refunds or exchanges. All sales are final. All programs, artists, dates, policies, prices, and times are subject to change.





WP Presents! programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.




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