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The Exterminating Angel (Encore)

Dec 3

The Exterminating Angel (Encore) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

The Exterminating Angel has its Met premiere this season, conducted by the composer, Thomas Adès. The 2016 opera, co-commissioned by the Met and sung in English, is based on the screenplay by Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza for the acclaimed 1962 Buñuel film. Directed by the librettist Tom Cairns, the ensemble cast features Audrey Luna as Leticia Maynar; Amanda Echalaz as Lucia de Nobile; Sally Matthews as Silvia de Ávila and Sophie Bevan as Beatriz, both in Met debuts; Alice Coote as Leonora Palma; Christine Rice as Blanca Delgado; Iestyn Davies as Francisco de Ávila; Joseph Kaiser as Edundo de Nobile; Frédéric Antoun in his Met debut as Raúl Yebenes; David Portillo as Edmundo; David Adam Moore in his Met debut as Col. Álvaro Gómez; Rod Gilfry as Alberto Roc; Kevin Burdette as Señor Russell; Christian Van Horn as Julio; and John Tomlinson as Dr Carlos Conde. The Exterminating Angel is a co-commission and co-production with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Royal Danish Theatre; and Salzburg Festival, where the production premiered in 2016.

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Winter Dance Showcase

Dec 5

Winter Dance Showcase 

Lauren K. Woods Theatre - 7:30 PM

Join us for an evening of Dance performed by the dance program students, the University Dance Team, and candidates for the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Students will perform original works by faculty members and distinguished students.

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Follies

Dec 7

Follies 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

Tickets available soon. Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas. New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors). Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.


Suicide Prevention Benefit Concert The Lords of 52nd Street LEGENDS OF THE BILLY JOEL BAND WITH SPECIAL GUEST Matt McAndrew

Dec 8

Suicide Prevention Benefit Concert The Lords of 52nd Street LEGENDS OF THE BILLY JOEL BAND WITH SPECIAL GUEST Matt McAndrew 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

The Lords of 52nd Street are Billy Joel’s original band, including Liberty DeVitto on drums, Russell Javors on rhythm guitar, and Richie Cannata on saxophone and keyboards. The band recorded and toured with Joel for over a decade performing alongside the Piano Man at famous arenas including Wembley Stadium, Sydney Opera House, Madison Square Garden, and the LA Forum. The band members (along with Doug Stegmeyer – bass guitar) recorded the Turnstiles album, and then teamed up with legendary producer Phil Ramone to record The Stranger. The album was a commercial success, it holds a RIAA diamond certification (10x platinum), and several #1 singles including, Only The Good Die Young and Just The Way You Are. They continued to create many other successful albums including 52nd Street, Glass Houses, The Nylon Curtain. In 2014, Javors, Cannata, and DeVitto (with Stegmeyer, posthumously) were inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. At that time, they decided to reunite after a 30-year separation and began performing in front of live audiences together. Fans declared that The Lords’ live performances sound just like the original recordings with Billy Joel, if not better and they continue to awe fans from around the world! The show will open with a performance by Matt McAndrew, singer songwriter, from season seven of The Voice. Matt is a New Jersey native who creates sincere, guitar-driven music. Matt’s original single from The Voice, Wasted Love, dominated the charts and hearts of fans worldwide. The proceeds from this concert will benefit the newly formed, SRF Suicide Prevention Research and Training Project at Monmouth University’s School of Social Work.

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The Taming of The Shrew

Dec 10

The Taming of The Shrew 

Pollak Theatre - 3 PM

Baptista struggles to marry off his tempestuous daughter Katharina, a shrew who denies that any man could possibly be her match. However when she meets Petruchio, who is as ill-tempered as she, the two forces of nature ignite an unexpected and explosive encounter. Acclaimed choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot brings out the wit, fast- paced athleticism and vibrancy from the Bolshoi Ballet dancers in Shakespeare’s rowdy comedy. Principals Ekaterina Krysanova and Vladislav Lantratov clash, challenge and eventually give themselves to one another in a wonderfully entertaining production that can only be seen at the Bolshoi!

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Oceanids: Joseph Coscia Jr.

Jan 16-Mar 11

Oceanids: Joseph Coscia Jr. 

Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall - 10 AM

Oceanids are some 3000 nymphs in Greek mythology who watch over fresh water: rain, clouds, lakes, springs and rivers, as well as pastures, breezes and flowers. They are the daughters of Oceanus and Tethys. Coscia, the Chief Photographer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has spent countless hours with classical sculptures, photographing them in various settings and seasons. He focuses on the qualities of light on sculpture in changing conditions, and the shifting effects of natural light on stone surfaces. His photographs of museum pieces explore elements of the art outside the context of the museum setting. His recent work draws on Man Ray’s solarization techniques. This effect reverses the shadow areas and transforms the sense of weight and volume of the objects, so that they appear suspended in air or water. The forms are evocative of earthly creatures or fossils; photographing and printing them using recreated old photographic techniques removes time specificity, so that they also are suspended in time. Coscia, Jr. received his MFA from Hunter College in 1989 and his BFA from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 1982. His photographs have appeared in numerous publications and museum books, most notably Light on Stone, a photographic essay published by Yale Press in 2004. Opening Reception: Friday, January 26 from 7 – 9 pm

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Maunderings by Tonya Lee

Jan 16-Mar 23

Maunderings by Tonya Lee 

Rotary Ice House Gallery - 10 AM

In this exhibition, artist and Monmouth University Art and Design faculty member, Tonya D. Lee presents a collection of multi-discipline work that explores the abstraction of nature and environment through the combination shapes, patterns, moments and pauses that are derived from passive spaces, fleeting thoughts and changing winds. Location and process are in a conversation about ephemeral moments of beauty. Using a multi-disciplinary process of combining painting, drawing, collage, construction, and digital media, the obsessions with materiality explore form and color as an echo of the present overlapping past presents -- form and color negotiating to exist as object and subject. Opening Reception: Friday, February 2 from 7 - 9 p.m.

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Rare Wildlife Revealed: The James Fiorentino Traveling Art Exhibition

Jan 16-Feb 28

Rare Wildlife Revealed: The James Fiorentino Traveling Art Exhibition 

Pollak Gallery - 9 AM

Artist James Fiorentino of Hunterdon County, NJ, has won national acclaim for his ability to create uncanny likenesses of people. The youngest artist ever inducted into the prestigious New York Society of Illustrators, James uses his self-taught watercolor expression to paint some of the most recognized faces in the world, from sports icons and presidents to Nobel Prize winners and CEOs. His award-winning art is showcased in museums, galleries, and private collections across the globe, and his story has been told on national television and in the pages of magazines and newspapers.

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World Cinema Series: Even the Rain

Jan 25

World Cinema Series: Even the Rain 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

Spanish director Sebastián, his executive producer Costa and all his crew are in Bolivia, in the Cochabamba area, to shoot a motion picture about Christopher Columbus, his first explorations and the way the Spaniards treated the Indians at the time. Costa has chosen this place because the budget of the film is tight and here he can hire supernumeraries, local actors and extras on the cheap. Things go more or less smoothly until a conflict erupts over the privatization of the water supply. The trouble is that one of the local actors is a leading activist in the protest movement. Not Rated (103 minutes)

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Tosca

Jan 27

Tosca 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

James Levine will conduct the Met’s new production of Puccini’s Tosca next season, replacing Andris Nelsons, who has withdrawn. Mr. Levine, who now holds the title of Music Director Emeritus, has a long history of conducting Tosca at the Met, including his very first Met performance in June 1971, when he led a cast of Grace Bumbry as Tosca and Franco Corelli as Cavaradossi. He conducted performances of Tosca with Bumbry, Plácido Domingo, and Tito Gobbi in the Met’s 1971-72 season, and more recently, Levine conducted the premiere of Luc Bondy's staging of the opera in September 2009, which the new production will replace. In addition to leading the new David McVicar production of Tosca, Levine will conduct performances of Die Zauberflöte, Il Trovatore, Luisa Miller, and Verdi’s Requiem during the upcoming 2017-18 Met season. The new staging of Tosca opens on December 31, starring Sonya Yoncheva as Tosca, Vittorio Grigolo as Cavaradossi, and Bryn Terfel as Scarpia. The January 27 matinee will be transmitted live as part of the Met’s Live in HD series, which reaches more than 2,000 movie theaters in 73 countries around the world. For further information, including casting by date, please visit www.metopera.org.

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Romeo and Juliet

Jan 28

Romeo and Juliet 

Pollak Theatre - 3 PM

In Verona, Romeo and Juliet fall madly in love while their respective families, the Montagues and the Capulets, are caught in a bitter rivalry ending in heart-wrenching tragedy… Alexei Ratmansky, former artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, stages the company’s premiere of his production with dramatic urgency and a fresh re- telling of Shakespeare’s beloved classic. His brilliant and detailed adaptation set to Prokofiev’s romantic and cinematic score, reignites the story of literature’s most celebrated star-crossed lovers like no other classical ballet choreographer today.

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Young Marx

Feb 1

Young Marx 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors. 1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy. Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.

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CSNsongs - Celebrating the music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Feb 3

CSNsongs - Celebrating the music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Returning to Monmouth by popular renowned for an encore engagement, CSNsongs is an ensemble of accomplished musicians who pay homage to the folk/rock legends that revolutionized music in the 1960's and 70's. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's compositions are perfectly and respectfully reproduced as they were originally written and recorded. Relive these historical musical moments with CSN Songs impeccable recreations of Suite Judy Blue Eyes, Ohio, Love the One Your With, Just a Song Before I Go, Southern Man and many other CSN&Y treasures.

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TUESDAY NIGHT RECORD CLUB: Prince, Purple Rain

Feb 6

TUESDAY NIGHT RECORD CLUB: Prince, Purple Rain 

Lauren K. Woods Theatre - 7:30 PM

It’s just like book club but with albums! With new advances in technology, the way we consume music through our devices, apps and on demand streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and iTunes is making the idea of the “album” as an art form extinct. Get together with other music enthusiasts on Tuesday nights in Woods Theatre to discuss some of the greatest records of all-time! Listen to the album beforehand and then come prepared to discuss… there will be special guest moderators and panelists at each event! This discussion will feature Prince Purple Rain. This event is free but registration is required.

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L.A. Theatre Work’s The Mountaintop

Feb 8

L.A. Theatre Work’s The Mountaintop 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

On the evening of April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside room 306 of The Lorraine Motel in Memphis. What happened inside room 306 the night before the killing is a mystery. In her internationally acclaimed play, The Mountaintop, playwright Katori Hall fantasizes what may have transpired in the overnight hours between the legendary civil rights leader and a seemingly inconsequential hotel maid. Winner of the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Play, The Mountaintop is rife with humor and political jabs, while giving us a glimpse at the human side of Martin Luther King Jr. Hours after his famed final speech, punctuated by the immortal line, "I've been to the mountaintop," the celebrated Reverend reveals his hopes, regrets, and fears, creating a masterful bridge between mortality and immortality. In 2018, America and the world marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., yet, struggles to resolve racial tension remain a challenge for communities everywhere. The Mountaintop premiered in London in 2009 and subsequently ran on Broadway starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson. The Mountaintop contains some mature language.

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