Saturday, October 22, 2022

Coming Up @ WPU: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson & More








OCTOBER 27, 7:30 PM


Based on his latest book Unequal: A Story of America, bestselling author, renowned professor, and riveting media personality Dr. Michael Eric Dyson examines how racial inequality permeates every facet of American society, through the lens of those pushing for meaningful change. The true story of racial inequality—and resistance to it—is the prologue to our present. Unequal presents a gripping account of the struggles that shaped America and the insidiousness of racism, and demonstrates how inequality persists today. The program highlights African American people who dared to fight for a more equal future and hopes to provide audience members with a framework for addressing racial injustice in their own lives. 


Book signing immediately follows the lecture.


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Public $25 • WP employees $5

WP students get (1) free ticket with ID at Box Office on day of show. WP alumni are entitled to (2) complimentary tickets by calling or visiting the Box Office. Please identify your alumni status to a box office associate.


10% discount for senior citizens.

All tickets are an additional $5 on day of show.






Book by Hugh Wheeler

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Based on an adaptation by Christopher Bond


Stage direction by Edward Matthews

Musical direction by Charity Wicks

Choral direction by Lauren Fowler-Calisto






Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, worldwide success since being awarded eight Tony's, (including Best Musical), for its Broadway premiere. Stephen Sondheim's and Hugh Wheeler's tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world.

Im an infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up... and the carnage has only just begun!


Featuring some of the most chilling music ever written for the stage, this masterpiece is sure both to thrill and delight audiences.


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Public $15 • WP alumni, employees, students, and senior citizens $10


Tickets are an additional $5 on show day.








The Emmy-winning, NAACP Image Award nominee, and world-renowned violinist Damien Escobar possesses a nearly two-decade-spanning resume that includes billboard chart-topping albums, sold-out global tours, collaborations with music legends, and more. Formerly of the group Nuttin but Stringz who catapulted to fame on America's Got Talent, Damien has embarked on a solo career with the mission to produce good music and spread positivity. Damien’s energetic live performances feature a wide range of “cross-over” musical styles consisting of a mix of classical, jazz, pop, R&B, and hip hop. His sound embraces the traditions of jazz and classical music and explores beyond the boundaries of the sonically mainstream. There is something in Damien’s music for everyone, and it is truly best enjoyed live. 


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Gold Circle $55 • Orchestra/Front Loge $50 • 

Rear Loge $40 • WP Students $10


10% off for WP employees, alumni, and senior citizens.

Tickets are an additional $5 on show day.






NOVEMBER 12, 8:00 PM


Canada's first international rock superstars, The Guess Who, have created more hits than members can count and record sales well into the multimillions. The group has connected with the masses through their fourteen exultant Top 40 hits, including "These Eyes," "Clap For the Wolfman," "Hand Me Down World," "No Time," "Star Baby" and "Share the Land." Add in fellow classics and double-sided singles like their #1 rock anthem "American Woman" and "No Sugar Tonight," plus "Laughing" and "Undun," and the Canadian bred rockers are amongst music's most indelible treasures who are eternally etched within the very fabric of pop culture history. Join us for a memorable evening of catchy choruses, electric instrumentation, timeless balladry, and the ultimate sing-along experience by one of rock and roll's greatest bands.


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Gold Circle $65 • Orchestra/Front Loge $60 • 

Rear Loge $45


10% off for WP employees, students, alumni, and senior citizens.

Tickets are an additional $5 on show day.





NOVEMBER 18, 8:00 PM


American Idol Star Tristan McIntosh creates a stunning portrayal of Linda Ronstadt in the prime of her career. Supported by a superb backing band, Tristan’s formidable vocal talent and stage presence will transport you to a time when Linda Ronstadt ruled the airwaves as one of the most popular female vocalists in music history. The Linda Ronstadt Experience takes you on a musical journey of chart-topping smash hits such as "You're No Good", "When Will I Be Loved", "That'll Be the Day", "Blue Bayou" and many more classic hits by Jackson Brown, Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Warren Zevon and Little Feat, to name a few! 


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

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

Rear Loge $25







NOVEMBER 22, 8:00 PM


Thanks to video footage from the vaults of the late Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, the legendary prog rock trio are reuniting in unique fashion for an upcoming tour. More than 50 years after their debut, Keith Emerson and Greg Lake rejoin Carl Palmer and his ELP Legacy band live on stage through the magic of specially edited concert footage and synched audio. Using previously unseen footage of the band at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1992, Carl Palmer will play with his departed bandmates once again — drumming live alongside those unearthed split-screen clips of Emerson and Lake. This rare footage is projected on state-of-the-art LED screens surrounding Palmer as the reunited trio performs "Welcome Back My Friends", "Lucky Man", "From the Beginning", "Knife-Edge" "Fanfare for The Common Man" and more. This tour has the full blessing of the Emerson and Lake estates and is part of an ongoing effort to revive the trio who were the embodiment of Progressive Rock and beloved by fans.


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Gold Circle $60 • Orchestra/Front Loge $50 • 

Rear Loge $55







Universally regarded as one of Rock and Roll’s finest and most versatile entertainers, Peter Noone is second to none! Star of stage, screen and record, Noone’s performances are the stuff of legend, deftly delivering a broad palette of music, all gems that, through his voice, defined a generation. Rock’s premiere raconteur packs plenty of puns but pulls no punches with his music. Peter Noone is the real deal. Over 60 million records sold! 20 top 40 Hits including: "I'm Henry VII, I Am," "Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter," "There's a Kind of Hush," "I'm Into Something Good," "Just a Little Bit Better," "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat," "Listen People," "Silhouettes," "I Can Take or Leave Your Loving," "No Milk Today," "A Must to Avoid," and so much more. In the spirit of the holiday season, the Hermits will perform holiday favorites as only they can.

 Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone is a must-see concert experience.


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Gold Circle $75 • Orchestra/Front Loge $65 • 

Rear Loge $45





MARCH 10, 8:00 PM


Killer Queen formed back in June 1993 and played their first public shows at London University, following in the footsteps of the real Queen who had played their first shows there 21 years earlier. By 1995 Killer Queen's UK popularity had grown to such an extent they secured a residency in London's Strand Theatre attracting nationwide BBC coverage - the first tribute to have a show in the West End. The band's reputation continued to grow both in the UK and abroad. Now traveling on world tours, they have been crowned “Worldwide Best Tribute Band” and named “2019 Concert of the Year” by


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Gold Circle $65 • Orchestra/Front Loge $55 • 

Rear Loge $45





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