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

Annual Holiday Concert:  Season’s Greetings

Dec 12

7:30 PM
Wilson Hall

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

Annual Holiday Concert: Season’s Greetings

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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Gemini

Mar 4 Mar 12

3/4 at 8 PM 3/5 at 8 PM 3/6 at 8 PM 3/7 at 8 PM 3/8 at 3 PM 3/11 at 8 PM 3/12 at 8 PM
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

Gemini

The play is set in the backyard of two adjoining houses in the working class neighborhood of South Philadelphia. They are about to celebrate the 21st birthday of Francis Geminiani, a Harvard student, when two classmate friends from Harvard and Yale, Judith and Randy, show up unexpectedly. Since there isn’t a spare bedroom in either house they pitch a tent in the backyard. Francis’ classmates, the wealthy Judith seeks romance with Francis not realizing that her brother Randy is the object of Francis’ unexpressed affection. Each of the characters in the play are dysfunctional to some degree and their celebration of Francis’ birthday brings out the best of comedy and drama. The birthday party is a series of comic incidents that provide laughter and serious realizations that lead up to the final joyous ending. The crazy fast moving celebration leaves each character a bit wiser and happier having celebrated Francis’ 21st birthday. 

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Songwriters By The Sea

Mar 28

8 PM
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

Songwriters By The Sea

Joe D’Urso and Joe Rapolla return with their Songwriters by the Sea series for an evening of intimate, relaxed and inspired round-robins. This is a rare opportunity to see and hear a unique collection of very special guest artists that in the past has included, Marshall Crenshaw, Allison Moorer, Garland Jeffreys, Joe Grushecky, John Eddie, Willie Nile and many others, in an intimate and interactive forum. What started out as a coffee shop show for area songwriters to casually perform with other writers and is now a main feature of the Light of Day Festival in Asbury Park has quickly evolved into an international series featuring some of the top songwriters in music today. The show will also feature Monmouth University student openers. The net proceeds will support Monmouth University’s Music Industry Endowed Scholarship.

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Apr 16 Apr 20

4/16 at 8 PM 4/17 at 8 PM 4/18 at 8 PM 4/19 at 3 PM
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

A Celebration of Sondheim’s 90th Birthday

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

MU Players present their sixth annual student produced musical, featuring a celebration of student performers, directors, choreographers, and designers. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright, Plautus, with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.

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5678 DANCE CLUB 9TH ANNUAL RECITAL

Apr 18

7 PM
Pollak Theatre

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

5678 DANCE CLUB 9TH ANNUAL RECITAL

Come see 5678 Dance Club’s 9th Annual Recital. Ranging in all different styles, this student produced recital will be exciting to all that come and watch! 5678 Dance Club is the university’s low-stress high-fun dance club, where they produce and dance in several productions a year. All proceeds will go to supporting the student-run club, and create many more opportunities for students to create and perform! This performance will be held April 18th at 7:00 pm in Pollak Theater. Tickets for MU Students will be Free and $8 for the rest of the public. The performance is completely student produced, designed, lighting designed, choreographed, performed, and even costumed by the students in the club! Check out our website below from past recitals!

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Spring Choral Concert: A Night at the Opera

Apr 23

7:30 PM
Wilson Hall

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

Spring Choral Concert: A Night at the Opera

Enjoy an evening of opera favorites by Monmouth University Choirs and soloists, in the magisterial space of Wilson Hall, Monmouth University. Come join us for a celebration of this rich tapestry of great opera choruses and arias

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Winter Dance Concert

Dec 6 2019

7 PM
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

Winter Dance Concert

Winter brings us the joy and the wonder of the holiday season. Join us to celebrate the power of young artists’ imagination and their faculty’s interpretation of winter rhythms of the magical music of the season. Let the magic of dance be part of your holidays! The concert is created by our talented faculty, staff and students.

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COMPANY

Nov 15 Nov 24 2019

11/15 at 8 PM 11/17 at 1 AM 11/17 at 8 PM 11/21 at 1 AM 11/22 at 1 AM 11/24 at 1 AM 11/24 at 8 PM
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

A Celebration of Sondheim’s 90th Birthday

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

COMPANY

Sondheim’s game-changing musical is a sophisticated and honest look at modern adult relationships. From musical theatre’s most renowned composer, Company is largely regarded as a trailblazer of the dark-comedy, modern-musical genre and the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Lyrics and Best Book.

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Star Wars Live Ballet

Oct 25 2019

7 PM
Wilson Auditorium

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

Star Wars Live Ballet

Come see Monmouth’s 5678 Dance Club perform an original Star Wars Inspired Production. Ranging in different styles, this student produced production will be exciting to all that come and watch! 5678 Dance Club is the university’s low-stress high-fun dance club, where they produce and dance in several productions a year. All proceeds will go to supporting the student-run club, and create many more opportunities for students to create and perform! This performance will be held October 25th at 7:00 pm in Wilson Hall Auditorium. Tickets for MU Students will be $5 and $8 for the rest of the public. We hope to see you there and may the force be with you.

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My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra presented by Shadow Lawn Stage

Jul 18 Jul 28 2019

7/18 at 8 PM 7/20 at 12 AM 7/20 at 6 PM 7/21 at 12 AM 7/21 at 7 PM 7/26 at 12 AM 7/27 at 12 AM 7/27 at 6 PM 7/28 at 12 AM 7/28 at 7 PM
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

Shadow Lawn Series

My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra presented by Shadow Lawn Stage

A swinging tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes, My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra relives Sinatra’s legendary career as four actors take you on a musical revue spanning the breadth of his career from his early beginnings as a crooner in New York, to the bright lights of Las Vegas with the Rat Pack, to his final performances. Conceived by David Grapes and Todd Olson, My Way invites its audience to take a trip down memory lane while reliving Sinatra’s remarkable five-decade career the 1950s to the1990s. From a songbook of over 1300 tunes, My Way chooses fifty-four of Sinatra’s songs that include “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Chicago,” “New York, New York,” and “That’s Life.” It’s a celebration just as Ol’ Blue Eyes would have wanted it – a few stories, a few drinks, and plenty of knockout tunes.

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Spring Choral Concert
Free and Open to the Public

Apr 25 2019

7:30 PM
Wilson Hall

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

Spring Choral Concert

Enjoy an evening of music performances, by Monmouth University Choirs and soloists, in the magisterial space of Wilson Hall, Monmouth University. Come join us for a celebration of the rich tapestry of choral music in all its magnificence.

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5678 Dance Club Recital

Apr 20 2019

7 PM
Pollak Theatre

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

5678 Dance Club Recital

Come out and see 5678 dance club’s wonderful spring recital for all ages on Easter weekend.

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Spring Dance Concert: The Dance Has Many Faces
Free and Open to the Public

Apr 17 2019

7:30 PM
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

Spring Dance Concert: The Dance Has Many Faces

Feel inspired and touched as artists produce a dance worth trending. Discover many forms of dance in collaboration with Student Scholarship Week. Artists from the spring dance classes and dance teams of our Monmouth University will present their understanding of the diverse world of dancing. Performances will feature the choreographic exploration of the students and the faculty

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Classical Fun
Free and Open to the Public

Apr 16 2019

7:30 PM
Wilson Auditorium

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

Classical Fun

A joyous program of music by some of the greatest composers of all time –
Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Wagner, and others.
The MU Chamber Orchestra, comprised of students, faculty, staff, and administrators, performs a variety of compositions from the classical repertory. This spring concert also features music for chamber ensembles from within the orchestra-solos, duos, trios, quintets.

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American Idiot

Apr 12 Apr 15 2019

4/12 at 8 PM 4/14 at 12 AM 4/14 at 7 PM 4/16 at 12 AM
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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