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

Matt O’Ree Band

Feb 9

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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Lonesome Traveler with special guest Peter Yarrow

Mar 9

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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Songs & Stories featuring James Dalton & Friends

Mar 29

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Songs & Stories featuring James Dalton & Friends

Tickets on sale to Center for the Arts donors on 11/28 at noon and to the general public on 11/30 at noon. 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, Steve Delopolous, Michael Ronstadt, Steve Reilly, April Centrone, Andy Keenan, Tara Dente and more to be announced soon!!

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Bridgman Packer Dance’s Voyeur and Other Works

Apr 6

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Bridgman Packer Dance’s Voyeur and Other Works

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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The Stray Cat Lee Rocker

Apr 13

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

The Stray Cat Lee Rocker

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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A Bronx Tale starring Chazz Palminteri

May 4

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

A Bronx Tale starring Chazz Palminteri

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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Past Events

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).”

Past Event

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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Life, Death, Life Again: Children Sentenced to Die in Prison

Dec 5 2018

6:15 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Life, Death, Life Again: Children Sentenced to Die in Prison

Life, Death, Life Again: Children Sentenced to Die in Prison is a verbatim theater piece by Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg, that shares the stories of four people sentenced to die in prison for violent crimes committed as children, and a victim’s grandson who chose to lead with forgiveness. Each performance will be followed by a facilitated discussion on the themes discussed in the play – radical forgiveness and how we can create a more humane criminal justice system.

Past Event

Marvelous Night: The Music of Van Morrison

Dec 1 2018

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Marvelous Night: The Music of Van Morrison

Legendary front man Rob Paparozzi (Original Blues Brothers Band, Blood Sweat ‘n Tears) and master song stylist Pat Guadagno (BobFest, The Candle Brothers) lead an all-star band on a musical journey through the lifework of one of the most influential and unusual artists of our time. Last year’s capacity crowd was mesmerized by an eclectic selection of Morrison’s mystical compositions, performed by an ensemble of Jersey musical nobility including: Steven Delopoulos (Burlap to Cashmere), Michael Ghegan (Michael Jackson, Cirque de Soleil), John Korba (Hall & Oates, Phoebe Snow, Rosanne Cash), Tom Labella (Bruce Springsteen), and Joe Bellia (Dave Mason, Allman Brothers). The whole crew is back for a transcendental evening of genre defying music. You will be healed!
Presented by Nearmor Productions

Past Event

The Doo Wop Project Holiday Show

Nov 29 2018

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

The Doo Wop Project Holiday Show

From bop to pop…for the holidays! 3 parts Jersey Boys, 2 parts Motown: The Musical and “not your grandma’s doo wop”, these five charismatic, handsome, triple threat Broadway stars – with their hot 5-piece band — tear it up, with musicality, dancing and showmanship not found with any other group in the world! They “re-doo” classic Doo Wop songs from the 50’s and 60’s and make ‘em sound fresh and new…they “doo” doo wop versions of contemporary pop hits by stars like Jason Mraz, Amy Winehouse, Adele and Maroon 5, them….and in -between they sprinkle in some “doowopified” Christmas classics. A perfect way to ring in the holidays!

Past Event

Mystic India

Nov 17 2018

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Mystic India

Created by Director Amit Shah and featuring the AATMA Performing Arts dance company, Mystic India: The World Tour is an internationally acclaimed Bollywood dance spectacular based on the concept of ancient India’s transition into modern India. The colorful costumes and elaborate sets have been custom designed by Amit Shahand handmade in India’s film capital by a team of 40 designers and workers over the course of four years. The team of diverse, impeccably trained dancers from the AATMA Performing Arts dance company combines authentic Indian and modern techniques bringing the streets Mumbai and New York into perfect harmony.

Past Event

CANCELLED – Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird

Nov 13 2018

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Jewish Cultural Studies

Performing Arts Series

CANCELLED – Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird

Please note that the concert with DANIEL KAHN & THE PAINTED BIRD on 11/13 has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience and will be refunding all tickets. If you have any questions please call the box office at 732.263.6889.

Past Event

The Weeklings

Nov 8 2018

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Grammy Museum Affiliation

Performing Arts Series

The Weeklings

THE WEEKLINGS plus Horns & Strings – The Music of The Beatles and more, featuring, for this show, selections from The Beatles legendary White Album performed with live horns and strings as well as many of your Weeklings favorites! This is part of The Beatles’ THE WHITE ALBUM: An International Symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of the record.

Past Event

The Hunts

Oct 26 2018

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

The Hunts

Known for their harmony-laced take on alt-folk, The Hunts are a Chesapeake, Virginia-based band of seven siblings who’ve been playing music together almost their entire lives. Twin sisters Jessi and Jenni and five brothers Josh, Jonathan, Jordan, Justin, and Jamison, now ranging in age from 26 down to 17, learned to sing and play violin as young kids and spent much of their childhood performing in their community. After widening their following and playing at theaters, festivals and universities around the country—and teaching themselves to play instruments like mandolin, piano, ukulele, banjo, and drums — The Hunts started experimenting with songwriting and soon brought to life a batch of songs that reveal their sophisticated sense of melody and undeniably dreamy innocence.

Past Event

Terry Ilous – Cancelled

Oct 19 2018

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Terry Ilous – Cancelled

Please note that this event has been cancelled. Please call the box office at 732.263.6889 for a refund.

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