Kean Stage will be back indoors for 2021-22 season with Jimmy Webb, Norm Lewis, Branford Marsalis etc.

Kean Stage season 2021-22



Kean Stage, which has presented some outdoor shows during the pandemic, will be back inside its Kean University theaters — the Wilkins Theatre in Union and the smaller Enlow Recital Hall in Hillside — for its 2021-22 season, which will feature artists such as the legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb, jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis’ quartet, and Broadway star Norm Lewis.

Masks will be required of all attendees, even those who have been vaccinated.

Here are the currently confirmed shows, with more to be added later. For tickets, visit

Sept. 24, 7:30: Black Violin at the Wilkins Theatre. This duo, featuring Wil B. and Kev Marcus, blends elements of classical music with hip-hop, jazz, R&B and reggae.

Oct. 3, 2 p.m.: A cappella group Voctave at Enlow Recital Hall.

Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.: Jimmy Webb at Enlow Recital Hall. Best known as the writer of hits such as “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “MacArthur Park” and “The Worst That Could Happen,” Webb also has been releasing albums as a recording artist since the late ’60s.

Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.: “Selected Shorts: Tales After Dark” at Enlow Recital Hall. A live, Halloween-themed version of the public radio and podcast series “Selected Shorts.” The storytellers (subject to change) will be actors Boyd Gaines, Sonia Manzano and Anthony Rapp.

Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m.: Norm Lewis at Enlow Recital Hall. Lewis was nominated for a Tony for his work in “Porgy and Bess,” was the first African-American to play the title role of “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway, has a long list of other roles on stage and in film, and also has released two solo albums.

Jan 30, 3 p.m.: The Branford Marsalis Quartet at the Wilkins Theatre.


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