This list of major arts events scheduled for New Jersey will be constantly updated throughout the year, as new events are announced.
Through Feb. 26: “A Comedy of Tenors,” Ken Ludwig’s very entertaining sequel to his popular “Lend Me a Tenor,” comes to the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn (after debuting at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton in 2015).
Through June 18: “Matisse and American Art” at the Montclair Art Museum. Nineteen works by Henri Matisse and 44 by various American artists (including Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Helen Frankenthaler, Romare Bearden and Robert Motherwell) will be part of this exhibition, billed “the first exhibition to examine this French master’s profound impact upon the development of American modern art from 1907 to the present.”
March 9-19: “Sarah Sings a Love Song” at Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick. This new musical, by Stephanie Berry, is based on the career of New Jersey’s greatest jazz singer, Newark native Sarah Vaughan (1924-1990), known as “The Divine One.”
March 14-April 2: One of Agatha Christie’s most popular mysteries, “Murder on the Orient Express” will be presented as a play at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton. The novel was made into a popular movie in 1974, has been adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig, whose past successes include “Lend Me a Tenor” and “Crazy for You,” and whose “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” was one of the highlights of the last McCarter season.
March 17: Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey have teamed up for a tour, titled (not exactly subtly) “All the Hits,” and are coming to the Prudential Center in Newark.
March 31-April 1: Flogging Molly, The Front Bottoms, Streetlight Manifesto will be among the bands playing at the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival at the Atlantic City Convention Center.
April 21-23: The Robert Glasper Experiment, Maceo Parker with the Ray Charles Orchestra, Michael Pedicin and Kenny Barron will be some of the main attractions at the Exit Zero Jazz Festival, taking place at various Cape May locations.
April 28: Brian Wilson presents “Pet Sounds: The Final Performances” at Prudential Hall at NJPAC in Newark.
April 28-May 7: The Montclair Film Festival brings a variety of screenings and conversations to various venues throughout the town.
May 2: Siblings Julianne and Derek Hough — known for their work on “Dancing With the Stars,” as well as their acting and other projects — bring their Move — Beyond Tour to the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank on this date, as well as the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown on May 3.
May 4: Country superstars (and spouses) Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are teaming up for a tour that is coming to the Prudential Center in Newark.
May 7: Hoboken Spring Arts and Music Festival. Artists TBA.
June 2-4: New Jersey’s 28th annual celebration of Louisiana music and food, The Crawfish Fest, takes place at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta. Performers will include Anders Osborne, Tab Benoit, the Rebirth Brass Band, Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience,
Charles Neville, Henry Butler’s Jambalaya Band, and Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie.
June 3: Chris Rock brings his first comedy tour in nine years to the Event Center at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.
June 3-25: “The Ballad of Little Jo,” at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, is a musical adaptation of the 1993 movie, based on a true story about a woman who lives as a man in an Idaho mining town in the late 1800s. Mike Reid, a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member who has written hits for Bonnie Raitt, Ronnie Milsap, Collin Raye and others, did the music.
June 16: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers bring their 40th Anniversary Tour to the Prudential Center in Newark, with Joe Walsh opening.
June 23-25: The fourth annual Rockland-Bergen Music Festival at German Masonic Park takes place just over the New Jersey state line in Tappan, N.Y., with artists TBA.
June 24-25: The Rock, Ribs and Ridges Festival takes place at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, with barbecue food and sets by Charlie Daniels, Blackberry Smoke, The Outlaws, The Marshall Tucker Band, Molly Hatchet, Butch Trucks and The Freight Train Band, and others.
June 25: Three Grateful Dead members, along with John Mayer and two other musicians, tour together as Dead & Company; they’ll perform at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden.
June 28-29: U2 brings its Joshua Tree Tour, featuring its hit 1987 album in its entirety, to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
July 14-16: Black Potatoe Music Festival at Red Mill Museum, Clinton. Artists TBA.
Aug. 1: Coldplay at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford.
Aug. 20: Morristown Jazz and Blues Festival, Morristown Green. Free, outdoor festival. Artists TBA.
Aug. 23-24: Justin Bieber at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford.
Sept. 1-3: The annual Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival takes place at the Salem County Fairgrounds in Woodstown, with the Del McCoury Band, Asleep at the Wheel, The Gibson Brothers, The Grascals, Blue Highway, April Verch and others.
Sept. 7: Roger Waters will offer “classic Pink Floyd, some new songs and solo work” on his Us + Them Tour, coming to the Prudential Center in Newark.
Sept. 26: Bruno Mars at Prudential Center, Newark.
Nov. 10-12: Exit Zero Jazz Festival in Cape May. Artists TBA.