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

Sep 28

10 AM
Pollak Theatre

Children's Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Catapult – Children’s Show

A season 8 finalist on America’s Got Talent, Catapult captivates audiences with its shadow dancing and the ability of the troupe’s dancers to transform their bodies into seemingly impossible images. Not only is the show packed with hundreds of shape transformations, but it is full of humor, emotion and engaging stories. The Catapult dancers work behind a screen to create dancing shadow silhouettes of shapes from the natural and built world. Be amazed as you watch their bodies transform into a mountain, an elephant, a dragon, even a helicopter!

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Sep 28

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Catapult

An America’s Got Talent finalist from Season 8, Catapult is a features incredible dancers who work behind a screen to create magical shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us. Be amazed as you watch their bodies transform into a mountain, an elephant, a dragon, even a helicopter! You’ll never figure out how they do it, and you won’t know what they will create next – you’ll be surprised and delighted again and again. Packed with hundreds of shape transformation, the show is full of humor, emotion and engaging stories.

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Oct 5

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

The American Soldier

Douglas Taurel (“Nurse Jackie,” “Blue Bloods”) is the creator and star of the Off-Broadway Award-nominated solo play, “The American Soldier,” based on true events and documentary letters written by veterans and their family members from the American Revolution through current-day Afghanistan. It honors the experiences of veterans and their families and explores the internal struggles they face when returning home from combat. “The American Soldier” has been nominated for the Amnesty International Award for theatre excellence The American Soldier has been nominated for the Amnesty International Award, received 4 stars internationally, and has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Washington Post and Time Out.

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Oct 11

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

MIKE SUPER – MAGIC & ILLUSION

Mystifier Mike Super has been hailed by critics as the “DANE COOK” of MAGIC! Criss Angel himself praised Mike on LIVE Network Television in front of millions! Ellen DeGeneres brought Mike on her show to make her appear from nothing but shadows, and after he actually did it, she proclaimed… “I haven’t come out like that since the cover of TIME magazine!” Mike was named Entertainer of the Year for two years consecutive and as the winner of NBC’s Phenomenon, Super is the ONLY magician in history to win a live magic competition on Primetime Network Television! Mike was also a top Finalist on NBC’s #1 rated summer series America’s Got Talent and featured on Penn & Teller’s ‘Fool Us’! Imagine mind blowing illusions combined with the hilarity of a headline comedian. Enjoy this family-friendly performance and join the journey of emotions from laughter, intrigue, danger, fear, wonder, anticipation, tears and sentimentality that only Mike Super delivers. He creates a totally interactive magic experience where you won’t just watch the magic; you’ll become part of it! You may have a chance to take part in making your dream vehicle appear on stage in which every audience member has a chance to win!!!

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Oct 13

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Kiss the Sky

Presenting the world’s most historically authentic Jimi Hendrix tribute show ever! Featuring meticulous detailed re-productions in every aspect of look and sound with replica 60’s wardrobe and retro 60’s instruments, this show accurately re-creates Jimi Hendrix’s most classic concerts & stage performances, from the Experience at Monterey Pop to the Band of Gypsys and more.
Kiss The Sky features virtuoso guitarist and former Columbia recording artist, Jimy Bleu. Bleu is the longest running Hendrix tribute artist in the world. He boasts Jimi’s landmark left handed, behind his back playing virtuoso guitar skills, and tours with former Hendrix Bassist, Billy Cox and his Band of Gypsys Experience.He is backed by a cast of world-class touring musicians who have recorded and performed with major music stars including Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, John Mayall, Lady Gaga, Pearl Jam, Teddy Pendergrass, James Cotton, and more.

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Oct 19

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Terry Ilous (Lead Vocalist of Great White) & The Vagabonds

Imagine the Gipsy Kings performing Classic Rock songs with the same authenticity with which they play their Spanish Flamenco and Gypsy Rhapsodies….and you have TerryIlous & the Vagabonds. Terry Ilous, the founder of melodic metal band XYZ and former lead singer of the multi-platinum band Great White, has put together a stellar ensemble of well-known Flamenco and Latin musicians who have created fresh new acoustic interpretations of favorite classic and hard rock hits…all with an innovative Latin rhythm and sound.

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Past Events

Jun 7 2018

8 PM

Performing Arts Series

David Crosby & Friends, Sky Trails Tour 2018

Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby is heading out on tour! Joining him will be five musical friends, James Raymond on keys, Mai Agan on bass, Steve DiStanislao on drums, Jeff Pevar on guitar and Michelle Willis on keys and vocals. Crosby is in the midst of an incredibly creative and powerful period, showcasing his skills as the brilliant songwriter that he is and on this tour, he will be performing music from his new album Sky Trails alongside some of his best loved songs and greatest hits.

Past Event

May 5 2018

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Kids on Keys & Dueling Pianos

In this concert showcasing the very best of piano music, a cast of young all-star piano prodigies including: TAKSH GUPTA, ELIZABETH WILLIAMS and ANDY MILSTEN will showcase their incredible talent. Their collective credits include winning Steinway competitions and Golden Key Awards, appearing at the Merkin Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, and at the Musikverein with renowned pianist Lang Lang. The show will also feature STORMIN’ NORMAN SELDIN. In his nearly 50 year music career, singer/songwriter keyboardist Seldin has performed at almost every live performance venue out there and is also credited as one of the originators of the Sound of Asbury Park. He will perform solo & with VANCE VILLASTRIGO on DUELING PIANOS. SPECIAL GUEST Tim McLoone will be joining them on stage! Finally, see the amazing Steinway & Sons “Spirio” Grand Piano on stage!  The Steinway & Sons Spirio is the world’s finest high resolution player piano. A masterpiece of artistry and engineering Spirio will play pieces from Vladimir Horowitz, Lang Lang, and George Gershwin live to the audience!

Past Event

Apr 25 2018

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Roger McGuinn

Mr. Tambourine Man not only lived history, he made history with his fearless sense of experimentation. As the leader of the influential 60s group, The Byrds, he was on the leading edge, combining the rock beat of the Beatles with the folk sensibilities of Bob Dylan, to create the genre known as “folk-rock.” Roger’s solo career began in 1973 and has yielded 10 albums, a Grammy nomination, and extensive touring and performing for enthralled audiences ever since.

Past Event

Apr 21 2018

7 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Doo Wop Explosion III “A Celebration of Acapella Harmony”

For the third year in a row, our celebration of doo wop acapella harmony returns to Monmouth University’s Pollak Theatre. Born on the street corners of urban America, rhythm & blues and doo wop singing reached its peak in the 1950’s, and still has a strong following today. While doo wop singing began as an African American art form, by the late 1950’s it was enjoyed by singers of all races. Doo wop harmony in its purist form is acapella (without instruments or musical tracks).

Gold Circle seats will include Preshow Meet & Greet Reception

Past Event

Mar 30 2018

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

EmiSunshine – CANCELLED

It is with tremendous excitement we are pleased to announce Emi received recent notification of her confirmed appearance on a national television show. It is with great disappointment that the television taping schedule directly conflicts with Emi’s scheduled appearance at Monmouth University For the Arts; regrettably making it necessary to cancel her show in West Long Branch.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Emi’s booking and management team is working diligently to reschedule her appearance in your area in the coming months. We hope you will join us in extending well wishes to Emi for a successful national TV debut.

Past Event

Mar 24 2018

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Rockin’ Road to Dublin

Rockin’ Road to Dublin returns to Pollak Theatre in 2018 by popular demand! Created by the 2009 World Champion of Irish Dance Scott Doherty (Riverdance & Lord of the Dance) and worldwide touring Irish musician Chris Smith, Rockin’
Road is the new generation of Irish music and dance. RRTD is a breathtaking display of classic Irish tunes accented by rock ‘n’ roll riffs, electrifying dancers and a dynamic light show. Enjoy the thrilling sights and sounds as daring performers execute rapid-fire leaps, twirls and footwork, and nimble fiddlers square off with driving electric guitar chords and pulse-pounding drum beats. Fans say, “Rockin’ Road to Dublin not only combines Riverdance and Lord of the Dance perfectly, but actually surpasses them!”

Past Event

Mar 1 2018

7:30 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Danú

Hailing from Waterford, Dublin, Donegal and Cork, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. Their standing room only concerts throughout Ireland are true events featuring high-energy performances and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire. For over two decades, Danú’s virtuosi players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki, and vocals (Irish and English), have performed around the globe and recorded seven critically acclaimed albums. Their live DVD, One Night Stand, was filmed at Vicar St. Dublin.

Past Event

Feb 25 2018

4 PM
Pollak Theatre

Artful Explorations of Activism

Jewish Cultural Studies

Performing Arts Series

CAROLYN DORFMAN DANCE: The Legacy Project: A Dance Of Hope

Acclaimed choreographer and storyteller Carolyn Dorfman has created an exultant “dance-theatre” trilogy that connects us through our common human experience. Told through the lens of a child of a Holocaust survivor, the choreography
illustrates the devastation, yet inspires hope as immigrants journey to a new land that promises new beginnings! Our deepest desires for peace, freedom and family are illuminated in this triumphant work that will make you cry, laugh, think and celebrate the capacity of the human
spirit to rise above all circumstance. Described by critics as “ingenious” (The Star-Ledger) and “emotionally resonant” (The New York Times),
the dance in the Legacy Project brings together Dorfman’s family stories, Jewish history and a universal struggle for identity. This event is part of
the Jewish Cultural Studies Program.

Past Event

Feb 17 2018

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Wailin’ Jennys

The Wailin’ Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse – three distinct voices that together
make an achingly perfect vocal sound. Starting as a happy accident of solo singer/songwriters getting
together for a one-time-only performance at a tiny guitar shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, The Wailin’
Jennys have grown over the years into one of today’s most beloved international folk acts.

Past Event

Feb 8 2018

7:30 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

L.A. Theatre Work’s The Mountaintop

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.

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