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

The Hunts

Oct 26

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.

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UB40 – Postponed

Nov 3

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

UB40 – Postponed

We are extremely disappointed to announce that UB40 has postponed their tour until August of 2019. We are waiting for the band to determine a new concert date in early August. In the meantime, if you would like a refund please contact the box office at 732.263.6889.

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The Weeklings

Nov 8

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.

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Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird

Nov 13

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Jewish Cultural Studies

Performing Arts Series

Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird

Detroit-born, Berlin-based singer/songwriter, polyglot poet, translator and activist Daniel Kahn concocts furious, tender, electrifying and revolutionary Alienation Klezmer. With the Painted Bird, he presents a variety of passionate songs inspired in part by the struggles of Jewish revolutionaries at the turn of the century, and in part by his own intense desire for a better world. The Painted Bird has brought “Yiddish Punk Cabaret” to rock clubs, festivals and shtetls, from Berlin to Boston, Leningrad to Louisiana. The band has been referred to as “The Yiddish Pogues,” and Kahn was once described as “someone between Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Tom Waits – but yiddish.” Fittingly, his Yiddish cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah – coincidentally released a few days before the passing of the great musician – has gone viral, with over
700,000 views. Kahn also leads The Brothers Nazaroff, which revives the lost repertoire of Nathan “Prince” Nazaroff, the master tumbler of the 50s in whose mad howl can be heard the alleys of Odessa, the cacophony of Coney Island, and the mountain air of the Catskills. With access to the Smithsonian Folkways vault, The Brothers Nazaroff have restored a piece of a cultural heritage thought lost to the world.

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Mystic India

Nov 17

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.

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Kiss the Sky

Oct 13 2018

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Kiss the Sky

Kiss The Sky- The World’s Greatest Jimi Hendrix Show plays Monmouth University Center for The Arts Pollak Theatre with special guests Heavy Cream’s salute to Cream. This night will be a trip back in Rock n Roll history as it recreates some of the most iconic music of 1968 produced by the two artists who famously turned a rivalry into friendship and mutual admiration for each other.
Favorites from Hendrix’s landmark 1968 album “Electric Ladyland” and Cream’s powerhouse “Wheels of Fire” will highlight the evening.

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MIKE SUPER – MAGIC & ILLUSION

Oct 11 2018

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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The American Soldier

Oct 5 2018

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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Catapult

Sep 28 2018

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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Catapult – Children’s Show

Sep 28 2018

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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David Crosby & Friends, Sky Trails Tour 2018

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.

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Kids on Keys & Dueling Pianos

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!

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Roger McGuinn

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.

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Doo Wop Explosion III “A Celebration of Acapella Harmony”

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

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EmiSunshine – CANCELLED

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.

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