Tuesday, March 21, 2023

This Week - Mosaic Dance Company & Dirty Dozen Brass Band and More @ WPU!








MARCH 23, 7:00 PM


The award-winning Mosaic Dance Theater Company (MDTC), based in Glen Ridge, NJ, in collaboration with WP Presents!, celebrates Women’s History Month and women’s contributions to world culture by taking you on a journey through the ages, in Through Her Eyes: Women of the Near East Through the Ages, a joyous multimedia dance experience.  


Travel through millennia to meet two historical women of the ancient Middle East, who, despite struggles and repression, triumphed over cultural and religious obstacles to attain greatness in their respective lives and times. Be captivated by the exuberance and grace of engaging folkloric women’s dances of North Africa and the Middle East, as well as lavish costumes, virtuosic choreography, and sparkling storytelling. 


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Orchestra $30 • Loge $25 $10 students with ID (one ticket per student) 


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

15% discount for groups of 15 or more.







MARCH 25, 8:00 PM


Congratulations to the Dirty Dozen Brass Band on their 2023 Grammy Award for the Best American Roots Performance for “Stompin Ground!"


Celebrating over 45 years since their founding in 1977, New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated it into a blend of genres including Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul. This unique sound, described by the band as a ‘musical gumbo,’ has allowed the Dirty Dozen to tour across 5 continents and more than 30 countries, record 12 studio albums and collaborate with a range of artists from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic to Norah Jones. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world-famous music machine whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances. 


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Gold Circle $45 • Rear Orchestra/Front Loge $40 • 

Rear Loge $35*


*10% off for WP employees, students, alumni, and senior citizens by calling or visiting the box office. Tickets are an additional $5 on show day.









MARCH 29, 10:30 AM


By Junot Díaz

Adaptation and Direction: Elise Thoron

Performed by Kelvin Grullon


This thrilling adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel chronicles the life of Oscar, an overweight science-fiction enthusiast from Paterson, NJ who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien. Encapsulating magical realism and Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao presents audiences with an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere, and risk it all in the name of love.


This Literature to Life presentation features the delicately brutal words of Junot Díaz, detailing the life-long alienation of the love obsessed Oscar as narrated by his unlikely friend, Yunior. Through this 60 minute exploration of brotherhood, fantasy stories, and what it means to be a “Dominican man”, we come to understand the culture of fear and violence that resulted from Trujillo's 30+ years dictatorship of the Dominican Republic, and the importance of facing fear with love.


Appropriate for high school, college, and community audiences

Please note this title contains mature content and language.


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: FREE


Tickets are not required, but we strongly encourage audience members to register in advance.






MARCH 30, 7:00 PM


Come see the mesmerizing and dazzling New York Korean Performing Arts Center (NYKPAC), a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, cultivating, and disseminating traditional Korean culture in North America. Their beautifully crafted instruments and colorful costumes create a stunning production live on stage for all to enjoy! They play an integral role in promoting Korean culture and fostering intercultural dialogue in American society.


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

General Admission: $15 Free for William Paterson students and employees with show of ID (1 ticket per person).







MARCH 31, 8:00 PM


Over the course of crafting a 25-album catalog and architecting nearly 40 Billboard No. 1 singles as a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, Brian Culbertson has charted his own unique course in music. For this album and tour, Culbertson composed thirty songs that populate the three albums in “The Trilogy” that describes the three-part arc of a long-term relationship: the hot and steamy “falling in love” phase, the rocky middle when perhaps they even break up for a bit, and the couple reunites to live “happily ever after” phase. The Trilogy Tour will feature a mix of songs from The Trilogy Albums, as well as the greatest hits from Brian Culbertson’s catalog. Whether you’re listening to music from “The Trilogy” on record or live in concert, you’re hearing an eclectic, entertaining and engaging set from an artist at the peak of his power. 


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Gold Circle $69 • VIP Gold $149 • Orchestra $59 •

VIP Orchestra $139 • Front Loge $59 • Rear Loge $49


VIP package

-One (1) Ultimate Seat Location

-Invitation to Soundcheck Viewing

-One (1) Signed Tour Poster

-Crowd-Free Merch Access


WP employees, alumni, and senior citizens are eligible for a 10% discount by visiting the box office in person. No discounts apply to VIP tickets.



The VIP Package is sold by the Shea Center on behalf of 237Global. All inquiries regarding the package beyond your basic ticket should be addressed to Please read the below carefully. Address any questions to


All package elements will be rendered invalid if resold. Name changes will be issued at the sole discretion of 23/7 Global. VIP instructions will be sent via email no later than three days (3) prior to the concert. If you do not receive this email three days (3) prior please email All packages and contents are non-transferable; no refunds or exchanges; all sales are final. All VIP package items and experiences are subject to change. Please note that the information provided at the time of purchase (e-mail and mailing address) is the same information that will be utilized for individual contact requirements where applicable. 23/7 Global, the artist, tour, promoter, ticketing company, venue or any other affiliated parties are not responsible for outdated or inaccurate information provided by the consumer at the time of purchase. If you have any questions regarding your VIP package elements, or have not received your package information within three days (3) of the concert date, please email







APRIL 12, 7:00 PM


Daniel Kelly is an innovative composer, pianist and conceptualist who has been called “stunningly original” with “a visionary imagination.” He created Blind Visionaries because of his passion for the stunning images made by the blind and visually impaired photographers of The Seeing With Photography Collective at the Center for the Blind in Manhattan. Inspired by these incredible photos and the fascinating process of “light painting” used to create them, Kelly created musical compositions and films that are projected onto a screen, immersing the viewer and listener into the stunning visual world of The Seeing with Photography Collective. Each performance includes a participatory segment where patrons are chosen to come on stage to create a photo with members of The Seeing With Photography Collective. The images are later projected onto the screen during the performance. See the world in a new way!


Works from The Seeing with Photography Collective will be on display in the Shea Center lobby from March 1 – April 12. 


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

General Admission: $15

William Paterson students, employees, and alumni admitted free with ID.






This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. 







APRIL 14, 8:00 PM


John Acosta as Barry Gibb has performed in Bee Gees Tributes all over the world. His portrayal of lead singer Barry Gibb is with a zest for detail, like no other. From the look to the falsetto, you will close your eyes and say its Barry! John Acosta's Bee Gees Gold tribute is the ultimate salute, and experience of seeing the Bee Gees in their prime, LIVE ONCE AGAIN! With the detailed vocal stylings of John Acosta (Barry), Daryll Borges (Robin), Jeff Celentano (Maurice) as the brothers Gibb, there is a sensation that will make you say, "WOW!" Backed by a live band, the Vegas Bee Gees tribute recreates the look and sound of the Bee Gees from the 60's to the late 70's, with their unique falsettos that made them legends. Performing such early hits as "Massachusetts," "I Started a Joke," to the later Disco classics, "Stayin' Alive," you will be dancing the night away!


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Reserved Seating: Orchestra $50 • Loge $46







APRIL 16, 3:00 PM*


Five-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world. As a result of her breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Reeves received the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings – a Grammy first in any vocal category. Featured in George Clooney’s six-time Academy Award nominated Good Night, and Good Luck, Reeves won the Best Jazz Vocal Grammy for the film's soundtrack. Reeves was the first Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the first vocalist to ever perform at the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall. In 2018 the National Endowment for the Arts designated Reeves a Jazz Master — the highest honor the United States bestows on jazz artists.  


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Reserved Seating: Gold Circle $65 • Orchestra & Front Loge $55 •

Rear Loge $45


*This concert is preceded by a Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist session one hour prior to the performance. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.







APRIL 22, 8:00 PM


Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses are a boisterous, horn-driven, 10-piece New Orleans-style band known for their energetic performances that raise the roof and bring audiences to their feet. Their eclectic and rowdy style crosses several genres, from big band and swing to rock and blues, combining original music from their two albums with tail-shakin’ and foot stompin’ favorites from the five-decade career of Louis Prima Sr. With the band’s collective talents and diverse musical tastes, their shows have a sound that is unique while staying true to the vintage Prima style.


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Reserved Seating: Gold Circle $50 • Orchestra & Front Loge $45 • Rear Loge $37


WP employees, alumni, and senior citizens are eligible for a 10% discount by visiting the box office in person. 15% off for groups of 15 or more.






APRIL 30, 8:00 PM


Top Of The World is the world’s premier tribute to The Carpenters! Fronted by singer Debbie Taylor, her Karen Carpenter vocal resemblance is absolutely astonishing. She is backed by a seven piece band consisting of top-notch, professional industry musicians to recreate the incredibly complex arrangements created by Richard Carpenter. No doubt, you will be singing along as they perform hits like; “Close To You”, “We’ve Only Just Begun”, “Rainy Days And Mondays”, “Please Mr. Postman” and “Yesterday Once More”, to name a few. Sit back and enjoy as Debbie and her band take you on a nostalgic journey through the Carpenters greatest hits while sharing some of the backstories behind the music.


Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Orchestra $45 • Loge $40*


*10% off for WP employees, students, alumni, and senior citizens by calling or visiting the box office. Tickets are an additional $5 on show day.





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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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