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

Black Like Me: An Exploration of the “N”- word

Feb 8

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Black Like Me: An Exploration of the “N”- word

Black Like Me: An Exploration of the Word “N”-word is a multidisciplinary work that explores the reverb of a single word in a global community. It considers the effects of the word “N”-word , all its permutations, its history, and its casual use in Hip Hop culture. In collaboration with two of America’s leading Black media-design technologists and local activists, it asks if it is possible to redefine a word that was intended to belittle a people. Black Like Me combines physical, verbal, visual and sonic language to tell five narratives and perspectives in a unique way. This event is FREE and open to the public. Registration is appreciated but not required.

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Cherish the Ladies

Feb 28

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Cherish the Ladies

‘It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,’ says The Boston Globe of Cherish The Ladies, Grammy Award nominated Irish-American supergroup that formed in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a male-dominated Celtic music scene. Celebrating their 35th anniversary, Cherish The Ladies has shared timeless Irish traditions and good cheer with audiences worldwide. They’ve brought their signature blend of virtuosic instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, and stunning step dancing to the White House, the Olympics, and to PBS with their television special, An Irish Homecoming, which recently received an Emmy Award. The Washington Post praises the ‘astonishing array of virtuosity’ that Cherish The Ladies bring to the stage on a regular basis. Their new album, Heart of the Home, embraces the gift of music passed down from generations. ‘It was the greatest gift they could give us,’ says bandleader Joanie Madden. ‘We’re carrying on the music of our fathers.’ As their reputation and admiration from both fans and critics alike continues to grow, Cherish The Ladies blazes forward into another decade of music making.

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The Smithereens with Guest Vocalist Marshall Crenshaw

Mar 7

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

The Smithereens with Guest Vocalist Marshall Crenshaw

Special guest vocalist Marshall Crenshaw will be joining Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken and Mike Mesaros of The Smithereens. Known for their catchy 1960s-influenced power pop that inspired countless alternative rockers, The Smithereens gained popularity with “11” the album that spawned college campus favorites “A Girl Like You”, “Blood and Roses” & “Blue Period”. In April of 2011 Smithereens released “2011” their first album of new material in 12 years. Produced by Don Dixon (who helmed “Especially For You”, the group’s breakout debut), the seminal New Jersey rockers picked up right where they left off: with irresistibly catchy hooks and rapturously fuzzed-out guitars. Now they’re back on the road with their catalog of classic hits as well as new favorites. Following the sad passing of lead vocalist Pat DiNizio in 2017, original members Jim Babjak (guitar & vocals), Dennis Diken (drums & percussion) and Mike Mesaros on bass guitar carry on the Smithereens legacy.

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My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m In Therapy!

Mar 28

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Jewish Cultural Studies

Performing Arts Series

My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m In Therapy!

Starring the author and Broadway star of the show, Steve Solomon. This show has now become one of the longest running one-man comedies in history! The show just celebrated its four thousandth performance. In My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy! – using dialects, accents and sound effect, Steve brings to the stage dozens of wild characters we all relate to; all brought to life by Steve’s comedy magic. His four shows have had audiences in three countries guffawing since 2003. Almost one million people have seen his shows. The audience follows along on this wonderfully funny journey about growing up, mixed marriages, ex-wives, dogs, cats, dieting, and dozens of other side-splitting situations we can all relate to.

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Colin Hay

Apr 2

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Colin Hay

Singer-songwriter Colin Hay is most beloved for his intimate, confessional live shows but most widely known for being an influential and celebrated frontman of Men at Work, responsible for penning several pop hits of the early ’80s including (The Land) Down Under and Who Can it Be Now. After Men At Work, Hay embarked on a solo career, debuting in 1987 with Looking For Jack and continued to release critically acclaimed solo material throughout the 2000’s, Hay contributed I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You to the soundtrack of Garden State and has had roles in other cult movies and television shows. In 2017, Hay recorded and released his 13th solo album, Fierce Mercy.

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The Ladies of Laughter

Apr 4

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

The Ladies of Laughter

The Ladies of Laughter Funny & Fabulous Tour includes winners and the best talent from its national competition. What started out as an annual videotape comedy competition over 20 years ago in New York to honor a fellow women in comedy who helped so many women get their start, has established itself as the CAREERBUILDER FOR WOMEN IN COMEDY. Since its inaugural year when the contest went “live” in a YWCA in New Jersey, The Ladies of Laughter contest has visited legendary venues including legendary theaters, Caesars and even Madison Square Garden.  Past participants include Amy Schumer, Tammy Pescatelli and “Big Bang Theory” star, Melissa Rauch, among countless others.

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SOLD OUT – Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea

Dec 6 2019

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

SOLD OUT – Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea

This event is sold out, but if you would like to be put on the waitlist please call the box office at 732.263.6889. An annual holiday tradition, Father Alphonse Stephenson and the Orchestra of Saint Peter by the Sea return for their 29th concert of carols and seasonal favorites.

Past Event

On A Winter’s Night with Christine Lavin, John Gorka, Patty Larkin, Cheryl Wheeler and Cliff Eberhardt

Nov 16 2019

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

On A Winter’s Night with Christine Lavin, John Gorka, Patty Larkin, Cheryl Wheeler and Cliff Eberhardt

Presenting the 25th Anniversary concerts of “On A Winter’s Night” from veteran singer-songwriters Christine Lavin, John Gorka, Patty Larkin, Cheryl Wheeler and Cliff Eberhardt. These are among the brightest stars of the singer/songwriter movement for the past three decades. In 1994 Christine Lavin gathered them together, along with folk and Americana artists to showcase music of the Winter Season on the now classic On A Winter’s Night CD, followed by several years of touring collaborations. These artists have released dozens of recordings and toured steadily through the decades, with fond memories of their touring days together.

Past Event

BRIDGMAN | PACKER DANCE

Nov 15 2019

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

BRIDGMAN | PACKER DANCE

Dance meets film meets virtual reality: Bridgman|Packer Dance will present Voyeur, their highly acclaimed work that received a 2017 New York Dance and Performance Award. 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.

Past Event

William Close and the Earth Harp Collective

Nov 2 2019

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

William Close and the Earth Harp Collective

Concurrently primitive and futuristic, The Earth Harp incorporates sculpting, architecture and sound design, standing at the crossroads of music and art. The Earth Harp was built and developed by William Close, a New York native and alumni at the Art Institute of Chicago. William performs as part of The Earth Harp Collective – a team of musicians, dancers, aerialists and artists.

Past Event

The 5th Dimension

Oct 18 2019

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

The 5th Dimension

The legendary group, The 5th Dimension continues to awe sold out audiences with their amazing harmonies, immaculate showmanship, and exciting energy. With over 20 million records sold worldwide, 22 TOP 40 Hits, five No.1 hits and six Grammy’s, they’re truly accomplished. Their classic songs include: Up, Up, and Away, One Less Bell to Answer, Last Night I Didn’t Get to Sleep At All, Wedding Bell Blues, Stoned Soul Picnic, and the iconic Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In.

Past Event

An Evening with Melanie

Oct 4 2019

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

An Evening with Melanie

An Evening with Melanie is an unforgettable night of songs and stories from the incredible career of the artist who became known as “The Female Bob Dylan.” Accompanied by her son, Beau-Jarred, the show is a musical journey that starts with that momentous day in the summer of 1969, when Melanie first attracted national attention with her Woodstock performance.

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Woodstock – Director’s Cut

Oct 3 2019

7:30 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Woodstock – Director’s Cut

The three-day Woodstock music festival in 1969 was the pivotal event of the 1960s peace movement, and this landmark concert film is the definitive record of that milestone of rock & roll history. It’s more than a chronicle of the hippie movement, however; this is a film of genuine historical and social importance, capturing the spirit of America in transition, when the Vietnam War was at its peak and antiwar protest was fully expressed through the liberating music of the time. With a brilliant crew at his disposal (including a young editor named Martin Scorsese), director Michael Wadleigh worked with over 300 hours of footage to create his original 225-minute director’s cut, which was cut by 40 minutes for the film’s release in 1970. 

Past Event

AMERICAN GURU: Jimi Hendrix and The Spirit of a Generation Presented by Jimy Bleu, Eliott Landy and Leonard J. Eisenberg

Oct 2 2019

7:30 PM
Wilson Auditorium

Performing Arts Series

AMERICAN GURU: Jimi Hendrix and The Spirit of a Generation Presented by Jimy Bleu, Eliott Landy and Leonard J. Eisenberg

This three-part lecture-demonstration focuses on Jimi Hendrix and his contemporaries. Told through photographs and guitar technique demonstrations Jimy Bleu focuses on Hendrix’ rise to super-stardom, his tremendous impact on Popular and ‘serious music’, his indefinable musical style, his virtually unknown potential as a spiritual leader and his political awakening which coincided with the turbulent times of that era in the United States. Bleu’s research, documentation and musical illustrations stand alone in presenting the most comprehensive and at times unheard viewpoints and topics about this remarkable musician. Learn why almost 50 years after his death the iconic Jimi Hendrix is still incredibly relevant and named “The Greatest Guitarist of All Time”! 

Past Event

KISS THE SKY -The Jimi Hendrix RE-Experience

Sep 28 2019

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

KISS THE SKY -The Jimi Hendrix RE-Experience

Take a trip down memory lane an immerse yourself in the unforgettable, electrifying experience of seeing Jimi Hendrix in concert. Using wardrobe and set materials from the Hendrix tours of the 60s, this reproduction meticulously re-creates the look and sound of Jimi Hendrix’s most historic concerts. Truly, Kiss The Sky presents the world’s most historically accurate Jimi Hendrix tribute show.

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