Monmouth University

Center for the Arts

Performing Arts Series

The series presents a diverse array of music, dance, theatre, and special attraction events to the community each year. Designed to reflect the cultural diversity of the region, the series encompasses a wide variety of styles performed by world-renowned artists. Entertainers are selected according to whose work goes beyond mere entertainment to address many issues and facets of today’s society.

Performances are often placed in a wider context through educational activities such as pre-performance lectures, master classes, demonstrations, and open rehearsals that expand the overall experience and understanding of the arts. Programs such as these deepen the University’s relationship with its community.

Upcoming Events

SOLD OUT – A Bronx Tale starring Chazz Palminteri

May 4

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

SOLD OUT – A Bronx Tale starring Chazz Palminteri

This is event is SOLD OUT. If you would like to be put on the wait list for tickets please call the box office at 732.263.6889. Academy Award® nominated actor Chazz Palminteri returns to the stage in an unforgettable performance after a successful run on Broadway, where it was praised by the critics and adored by the public. In A Bronx Tale, the celebrated one man show on which he based the legendary movie, Palminteri vividly depicts a young boy’s rough childhood in the 1960s-era Bronx and the unforgettable people he encountered. A classic coming-of-age story reaching ones true potential and trusting one’s heart, A Bronx Tale is directed by four-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks.

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UB40 – NEW DATE!!

Aug 10

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

UB40 – NEW DATE!!

World-famous reggae stars UB40 are set to mark their 40th anniversary with a US tour in support of their first album release in over four years. The band will play many of their seventeen Top 10 hit singles, including Kingston Town, Food For Thought, One In Ten, I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You, Don’t Break My Heart and Sing Our Own Song and, of course, Red, Red Wine. The concert will feature five of UB40’s six founding members, Robin Campbell, Brian Travers, Jimmy Brown, Earl Falconer and Norman Hassan, and long-time members Duncan Campbell, Martin Meredith, Lawrence Parry and Tony Mullings.

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CANCELLED – Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats

Apr 13 2019

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

CANCELLED – Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats

Lee Rocker and the Stray Cats sold more than 10 million records, garnered an astounding 23 gold and platinum records worldwide, and were music video pioneers of the MTV. The Stray Cat’s worldwide mega hits “Stray Cat Strut”, “Sexy and Seventeen” and “Rock this Town” have become a part of the fabric of rock and roll. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has included “Rock this Town” as one of the 500 most important songs in rock.

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CANCELED: Bridgman Packer Dance’s Voyeur and Other Works

Apr 6 2019

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

CANCELED: Bridgman Packer Dance’s Voyeur and Other Works

DUE TO AN ARTIST INJURY THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. If you need a refund or have any additional questions please call the box office at 732.263.6889
Bridgman|Packer Dance will present Voyeur, their highly acclaimed work that received a 2017 New York Dance and Performance Award (The Bessies). Featuring choreographer/performers Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer’s innovative work in “Video Partnering”—the integration of live performance and video technology— Voyeur is inspired by artist Edward Hopper’s world of color, light, perspective, and under-the-surface eroticism. Fragmented moments of private lives are witnessed through windows and doorways. As the performers merge and collide with the video imagery, the presence of a seen or unseen viewer lies at the heart of Voyeur. Voyeur will be paired with other work from Bridgman|Packer Dance’s repertory.
Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, collaborators in choreography and performance and Co-Artistic Directors of Bridgman|Packer Dance, are known for their work integrating live performance and video technology. They were awarded a 2017 New York and Performance Award for Outstanding Production (The Bessies). In New York City they have been presented by Lincoln Center, City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts), Central Park Summerstage, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and The Sheen Center.

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Songs & Stories featuring James Dalton & Friends

Mar 29 2019

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Songs & Stories featuring James Dalton & Friends

James Dalton gathers together a cast of wonderful singer songwriters and musicians, focusing heavily on local and independent, to take the “in the round” model up a notch. Audiences will not only get an intimate portrait of the artists and stories behind the songs themselves, but they will experience onstage collaboration and interplay as the whole cast supports, accompanies and jams with each other. Artists will include: James Dalton, Steven Delopoulos, Michael Ronstadt, Steve Reilly, April Centrone, Andy Keenan, Tara Dente, Karlee Bloom and more to be announced soon!!

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PostSecret LIVE with Frank Warren

Mar 26 2019

7:30 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

PostSecret LIVE with Frank Warren

Frank Warren is the most trusted stranger in America. He is the creator of The PostSecret Project – a collection of 1,000,000+ artful secrets that have been mailed to his home on postcards, anonymously. The PostSecret website has become a phenomenon in itself, earning over 700 million views, and making it the world’s largest advertisement-free blog. For this event, Frank will join us for a lively lecture based on the topic of #MeToo. Hear the inspiring stories behind the secrets. Listen to some of Frank’s favorite secrets…and share your own.

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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Asperger’s Are Us

Mar 23 2019

7 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Special Event

Asperger’s Are Us

An absurdist comedy troupe who happen to be the first troupe of people with Asperger’s Syndrome. They were featured in the Duplass Brothers Productions documentary “Asperger’s Are Us” now on Netflix. They have performed over 100 original absurdist sketch shows in nine countries since 2010.

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Lonesome Traveler with special guest Peter Yarrow

Mar 9 2019

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Lonesome Traveler with special guest Peter Yarrow

The roots of American folk music with special guest star & folk legend Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary!
The story of folk music is truly the story of an ever-changing America.
Experience the enduring power and popularity of American folk music with Lonesome Traveler, the stirring concert version of the acclaimed Off-Broadway musical that the New York Times called “illuminating…revelatory…achingly beautiful.” The show celebrates the music of great folk artists including Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Pete Seeger and the Weavers, The Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Crosby Stills & Nash and more, plus a special tribute to Leonard Cohen.

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Improvedy

Mar 8 2019

9 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Improvedy

Join us for a fun improv show! A cast of five will use: your suggestions, props, “Cards Against Humanity”, music, something you throw at them and miss, and actually YOU on stage! Their quick-wits and dangerous minds to keep you entertained for AT LEAST AN HOUR!

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Matt O’Ree Band

Feb 9 2019

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Matt O’Ree Band

Over the past few years, The Matt O’Ree Band has done what most area bands do. They’ve played their shows, developed their sound, released their records and very quietly built a massive fan base in the process.
What makes this band different from all the others is that their local fan base includes Bruce Springsteen, David Bryan and Steve Cropper, all of whom have volunteered to perform on the band’s latest album, “Brotherhood”.
Prior to Brotherhood’s release, Matt’s talent was recognized globally when he got the nod to join rock legends Bon Jovi as their guitarist/backing vocalist on their 2015 stadium tour of the Far East.

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Wynonna & The Big Noise

Dec 8 2018

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Wynonna & The Big Noise

Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and undeniable talent, Wynonna’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30-million albums worldwide spanning her remarkable 34-year career. As one-half of the legendary mother/daughter duo “The Judds,” Wynonna was once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.” This iconic performer has received over 60 industry awards, with countless charting singles, including 20 No.1 hits such as “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not me,” and “Grandpa, (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Ole Days).”

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Orchestra of St Peter

Dec 7 2018

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Orchestra of St Peter

This event is SOLD OUT! Please call the box office at 732.263.6889 to be put on the waiting list. An annual holiday tradition, the ever lovable and charismatic Father Alphonse Stevenson returns to conduct the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea for their 28th concert of carols and seasonal favorites. There’s simply no better way to start the holiday season than to spend a special evening with Father Alphonse, his 42-piece orchestra and distinguished vocalists as he provides humorous and personal anecdotes amidst a program of holiday classics and carols.

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