Monmouth University

Center for the Arts

Department of Music and Theatre Arts

In addition to its academic curriculum, the Department of Music and Theatre Arts holds lively events and creative productions for public audiences. Each year the department presents a drama, a holiday concert and a musical along with other events.

Upcoming Events

Steel Magnolias

Mar 14 2019

8 PM
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

Steel Magnolias

The spring production of the Department of Music and Theatre is Steel Magnolias, the touching comedy-drama by Robert Harling, directed by Dr. John Burke. The play visits six Louisiana women delicate as magnolia flowers, but tough as steel when they must be – as they gather in their small-town beauty parlor to gossip, complain, and share the joys and sorrows they face in their lives. Despite differences in age, backgrounds, and attitudes, their camaraderie and sense of humor help them grow through good times and bad.

Past Event

Songwriters by the Sea

Mar 30

8 PM
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

Songwriters by the Sea

Distinguished NJ Songwriters Joe Rapolla and Joe D’Urso are back this year hosting the celebrated Songwriters by the Sea series at the Lauren K. Woods Theatre. What once started in a small coffee shop as an area for local songwriters has now grown into a series that features some of the top songwriters in the country. This year, the show features special guest artists Jeffery Gaines and ERYN with an intro set by Mark Geary. The show will also feature Monmouth University student openers: Max Adolf and others TBD.

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American Idiot

Apr 12 Apr 15

4/12 at 8 PM 4/13 at 8 PM 4/14 at 3 PM 4/15 at 8 PM
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

American Idiot

MU Players present their fifth annual student produced musical, featuring a celebration of student performers, directors, choreographers, and designers.
Green Day’s powerhouse album is brought to life in this electric-rock musical of youthful disillusion.
The two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical Green Day’s American Idiot, based on the Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. This high-octane show includes every song from Green Day’s album, American Idiot, as well as several songs from its follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown.

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American Idiot

Apr 13

8 PM
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

American Idiot

MU Players present their fifth annual student produced musical, featuring a celebration of student performers, directors, choreographers, and designers.
Green Day’s powerhouse album is brought to life in this electric-rock musical of youthful disillusion.
The two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical Green Day’s American Idiot, based on the Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. This high-octane show includes every song from Green Day’s album, American Idiot, as well as several songs from its follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown.

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American Idiot

Apr 14

3 PM
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

American Idiot

MU Players present their fifth annual student produced musical, featuring a celebration of student performers, directors, choreographers, and designers.
Green Day’s powerhouse album is brought to life in this electric-rock musical of youthful disillusion.
The two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical Green Day’s American Idiot, based on the Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. This high-octane show includes every song from Green Day’s album, American Idiot, as well as several songs from its follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown.

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American Idiot

Apr 15

8 PM
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

American Idiot

MU Players present their fifth annual student produced musical, featuring a celebration of student performers, directors, choreographers, and designers.
Green Day’s powerhouse album is brought to life in this electric-rock musical of youthful disillusion.
The two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical Green Day’s American Idiot, based on the Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. This high-octane show includes every song from Green Day’s album, American Idiot, as well as several songs from its follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown.

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Past Events

Steel Magnolias

Mar 14 2019

8 PM
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

Steel Magnolias

The spring production of the Department of Music and Theatre is Steel Magnolias, the touching comedy-drama by Robert Harling, directed by Dr. John Burke. The play visits six Louisiana women delicate as magnolia flowers, but tough as steel when they must be – as they gather in their small-town beauty parlor to gossip, complain, and share the joys and sorrows they face in their lives. Despite differences in age, backgrounds, and attitudes, their camaraderie and sense of humor help them grow through good times and bad.

Past Event

Steel Magnolias

Mar 13 2019

8 PM
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

Steel Magnolias

The spring production of the Department of Music and Theatre is Steel Magnolias, the touching comedy-drama by Robert Harling, directed by Dr. John Burke. The play visits six Louisiana women delicate as magnolia flowers, but tough as steel when they must be – as they gather in their small-town beauty parlor to gossip, complain, and share the joys and sorrows they face in their lives. Despite differences in age, backgrounds, and attitudes, their camaraderie and sense of humor help them grow through good times and bad.

Past Event

Steel Magnolias

Mar 12 2019

8 PM
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

Steel Magnolias

The spring production of the Department of Music and Theatre is Steel Magnolias, the touching comedy-drama by Robert Harling, directed by Dr. John Burke. The play visits six Louisiana women delicate as magnolia flowers, but tough as steel when they must be – as they gather in their small-town beauty parlor to gossip, complain, and share the joys and sorrows they face in their lives. Despite differences in age, backgrounds, and attitudes, their camaraderie and sense of humor help them grow through good times and bad.

Past Event

Steel Magnolias

Mar 10 2019

3 PM
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

Steel Magnolias

The spring production of the Department of Music and Theatre is Steel Magnolias, the touching comedy-drama by Robert Harling, directed by Dr. John Burke. The play visits six Louisiana women delicate as magnolia flowers, but tough as steel when they must be – as they gather in their small-town beauty parlor to gossip, complain, and share the joys and sorrows they face in their lives. Despite differences in age, backgrounds, and attitudes, their camaraderie and sense of humor help them grow through good times and bad.

Past Event

Steel Magnolias

Mar 9 2019

8 PM
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

Steel Magnolias

The spring production of the Department of Music and Theatre is Steel Magnolias, the touching comedy-drama by Robert Harling, directed by Dr. John Burke. The play visits six Louisiana women delicate as magnolia flowers, but tough as steel when they must be – as they gather in their small-town beauty parlor to gossip, complain, and share the joys and sorrows they face in their lives. Despite differences in age, backgrounds, and attitudes, their camaraderie and sense of humor help them grow through good times and bad.

Past Event

Steel Magnolias

Mar 8 2019

8 PM
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

Steel Magnolias

The spring production of the Department of Music and Theatre is Steel Magnolias, the touching comedy-drama by Robert Harling, directed by Dr. John Burke. The play visits six Louisiana women delicate as magnolia flowers, but tough as steel when they must be – as they gather in their small-town beauty parlor to gossip, complain, and share the joys and sorrows they face in their lives. Despite differences in age, backgrounds, and attitudes, their camaraderie and sense of humor help them grow through good times and bad.

Past Event

Steel Magnolias

Mar 7 2019

8 PM
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

Steel Magnolias

The spring production of the Department of Music and Theatre is Steel Magnolias, the touching comedy-drama by Robert Harling, directed by Dr. John Burke. The play visits six Louisiana women delicate as magnolia flowers, but tough as steel when they must be – as they gather in their small-town beauty parlor to gossip, complain, and share the joys and sorrows they face in their lives. Despite differences in age, backgrounds, and attitudes, their camaraderie and sense of humor help them grow through good times and bad.

Past Event

Steel Magnolias

Mar 6 Mar 14 2019

3/6 at 8 PM 3/7 at 8 PM 3/8 at 8 PM 3/9 at 8 PM 3/10 at 3 PM 3/12 at 8 PM 3/13 at 8 PM 3/14 at 8 PM
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

Steel Magnolias

The spring production of the Department of Music and Theatre is Steel Magnolias, the touching comedy-drama by Robert Harling, directed by Dr. John Burke. The play visits six Louisiana women delicate as magnolia flowers, but tough as steel when they must be – as they gather in their small-town beauty parlor to gossip, complain, and share the joys and sorrows they face in their lives. Despite differences in age, backgrounds, and attitudes, their camaraderie and sense of humor help them grow through good times and bad.

Past Event

From Rock and Roll to Recovery and Everything In Between with Ricky Byrd

Feb 21 2019

7:30 PM
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

From Rock and Roll to Recovery and Everything In Between with Ricky Byrd

Ricky Byrd is first and foremost – a man living in long term recovery. He also happens to be part of rock ‘n roll royalty. He is a well-recognized musician who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the lead guitarist and former original member of Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. Ricky played with Joan from 1981-1992, and has also recorded or toured with Roger Daltrey, Ian Hunter, Southside Johnny and many other talented musicians since that time. He presents on the benefits of a sober lifestyle and likes talking to youth, who are at that age, where pressures and experimenting can often lead them down a crooked and deadly path. Ricky takes pride in also educating those individuals in our communities that are somehow unaware and uninformed of the deadly drug and alcohol pandemic we are facing in this country.

Ricky most recently has been combining his love for music with his passion and mission to help carry the torch of change surrounding the stigma of drug and alcohol use. He hopes to break down the barriers and spread the message of hope, education, awareness and addiction resources to his audiences. Using the healing powers of music as a touchstone, Ricky likes to motivate those early in recovery or still struggling, along with their family members. Whether it’s through his various speaking appearances, concert events, music outreach sessions, small recovery music groups, or prevention programs, Ricky is dedicated to inspiring change.

Past Event

Wilson Hall Holiday Concert

Dec 6 2018

7:30 PM
Wilson Hall

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

Wilson Hall Holiday Concert

Please note that advance tickets to this event are SOLD OUT! A limited amount of STANDING ROOM only tickets will be available the evening of the event by CASH ONLY. MU Students can also attend in the STANDING ROOM Section for free with their ID. A cavalcade of Holiday favorites featuring the Monmouth University Chamber Orchestra, The Jazz Hawks, The Concert Choir, the Chamber Choir, soloists, and a special appearance by the Colts Neck Reformed Church Exultation Ringers, all in the magisterial setting of Wilson Hall.

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