NJPAC announces action-packed 2018-19 season

NJPAC season

Dianne Reeves performs at NJPAC in Newark, Nov. 8.

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center has announced its 2018-19 season — more than 150 events, with others to be added regularly in the weeks to come. Tickets to many of the shows will go on sale May 18 at 10 a.m.

Offerings include shows in NJPAC’s Thursday night Sounds of the City series; in the seventh annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival (including a double bill of Gregory Porter and Dianne Reeves and a salute to Latin Jazz featuring Sheila E., Eddie Palmieri, Tito Nieves and others); and in the four-day Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival (a biennial event that is North America’s largest poetry festival).

The Speakers Series will feature James Comey, Jeb Bush, Gloria Steinem, Jay Leno and others, Michael Feinstein and Laura Osnes will be among the performers in the American Song Series.

Here is the schedule. Asterisks (*) denote shows that will go on sale May 18 at 10 a.m. Visit NJPAC.org.

JULY

12: Felix Hernandez’s “Rhythm Revue Dance Party” at Chambers Plaza. Part of free Sounds of the City series.
14: Dan & Phil at Prudential Hall.
19: EPMD, Universal Hip Hop Museum at Chambers Plaza. Part of free Sounds of the City series.
20: “Bring It! Live” at Prudential Hall.
22: Monsta X at Prudential Hall.
26: Tank and the Bangas at Chambers Plaza. Part of free Sounds of the City series.
28: Shaan at Prudential Hall.

AUGUST

2: Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra at Chambers Plaza. Part of free Sounds of the City series.
9: Maceo Parker at Chambers Plaza. Part of free Sounds of the City series.
10: Beres Hammond, Chronixx at Prudential Hall.
16: Frankie Negrón at Chambers Plaza. Part of free Sounds of the City series.
23: Rah Digga at Chambers Plaza. Part of free Sounds of the City series.
30: Jon B. at Chambers Plaza. Part of free Sounds of the City series.

TREVOR NOAH

SEPTEMBER

7-8: Trevor Noah at Prudential Hall.
13-14: Jo Koy at Prudential Hall. Sept. * (Sept. 14 show already on sale, Sept. 13 goes on sale May 18)
15: “Laura Osnes Hosts the Broadway Princess Party” with Susan Egan and Courtney Reed at Victoria Theater. *
22: Oscar D’León, with Tony Vega and Los Hermanos Moreno at Prudential Hall.
23: The Gipsy Kings, featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo, at Prudential Hall.
25: Café Tacvba, Ruen Brothers at Prudential Hall.

OCTOBER

4: James Comey at Prudential Hall. Part of New Jersey Speakers Series.
9: “Whose Live Anyway?” with Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis and Joel Murray at Prudential Hall.
13: “Lotus Land: The American Rush Tribute” at Victoria Theater.
13: “Baby, Dream Your Dream: Great Women Writers of the American Songbook” with Margo Seibert, Emily Skinner, Karen Ziemba and others, at Chase Room. *
18-21: Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival with Elizabeth Alexander, Sandra Cisneros, Claudia Rankine, Sapphire, Juan Felipe Herrera, Eileen Myles, Ntozake Shange; Gregory Pardlo, Krista Tippett, others.
25: Doris Kearns Goodwin at Prudential Hall. Part of New Jersey Speakers Series.
27: “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Live in Concert” with live music by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall.
27: “Too Marvelous for Words: Christine Ebersole and Robert Kimball Celebrate Johnny Mercer” at Chase Room. *
28: Michael Feinstein, “Celebrating the Crooners – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Bing Crosby and More” at Prudential Hall. *

NOVEMBER

1: “Jersey Moves! Festival of Dance,” Nimbus Dance Works at Victoria Theater.
2: Sebastian Yatra and Manuel Turizo at Prudential Hall. *
3: The Mariinsky Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev, with Denis Matsuev, piano. Program includes Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 at Prudential Hall. *

KATHLEEN MADIGAN

3: Kathleen Madigan at Victoria Theater.
3: Bethany Vespers: Roy Hargrove Quartet at Bethany Baptist Church, Newark. Part of TD James Moody Jazz Festival.
7: Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Aché at Gateway II, Newark. Part of TD James Moody Jazz Festival.
8: Gregory Porter and Dianne Reeves at Prudential Hall. Part of TD James Moody Jazz Festival. *
8: Antonio Sánchez: “BiRDMAN LiVE” at Victoria Theater. Part of TD James Moody Jazz Festival. *
9: “Congas y Canto: An Evening of Latin Jazz” with Sheila E., Eddie Palmieri and Tito Nieves with the Christian McBride Big Band at Prudential Hall. Part of TD James Moody Jazz Festival. *
9: “Guitar Passions” with Sharon Isbin, Stanley Jordan & Romero Lubambo at Victoria Theater. Part of TD James Moody Jazz Festival. *
10: Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, Yellowjackets with Luciano Souza at Prudential Hall. Part of TD James Moody Jazz Festival. *
10: “WBGO Children’s Concert: Oran Etkin” at Victoria Theater. Part of TD James Moody Jazz Festival.
10: “Look for the Silver Lining: A Tribute to Jerome Kern” with Daryl Sherman at
Parsonnet Room. Part of TD James Moody Jazz Festival. *
13: “Sarah ‘Sassy’ Vaughan: The Life and Legacy of Newark’s Own” at Newark History Society. Part of the TD James Moody Jazz Festival.
15: Jazz Jam Session at Clement’s Place, Newark. Part of TD James Moody Jazz Festival.
16: Steve Martin and Martin Short, “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life” with The Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko, at Prudential Hall.
16: Cécile McLorin Salvant at Victoria Theater. Part of TD James Moody Jazz Festival. *
16: NJMEA All-State Jazz Band & Honors Choir Concert at Chase Room. Part of TD James Moody Jazz Festival. *
18: Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition: The SASSY Awards at Victoria Theater. Part of TD James Moody Jazz Festival. *
18: Dorthaan’s Place: Eric Alexander Quartet at NICO Kitchen + Bar. Part of TD James Moody Jazz Festival. *
24: “Star Wars: A New Hope” with live music by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall.
29: Gloria Steinem. Part of New Jersey Speakers Series.

DECEMBER

1: “A Chanticleer Christmas” at Victoria Theater. *
5: Neil deGrasse Tyson, “Cosmic Collisions” at Prudential Hall.

JERRY SEINFELD

7: Jerry Seinfeld at Prudential Hall.
8-9: “PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue” at Prudential Hall.
9: “Scott, Garner, Gray, Says Jimmy Baldwin,” presented by Trilogy: An Opera Company at Victoria Theater.
14: “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” featuring Kurtis Blow at Prudential Hall. *
15: “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Live in Concert” with live music by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
15: Forces of Nature Dance Theatre with Sweet Honey in the Rock at Victoria Theater. *
16: “The Nutcracker,” presented by State Ballet Theatre of Russia at Prudential Hall. *
26-27: “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” at Prudential Hall.

JANUARY

5: “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” with live music by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall.
19-20: MOMIX, “The Best of MOMIX” at Victoria Theater. *
31: Jeb Bush. Part of New Jersey Speakers Series.

FEBRUARY

2-3: Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, “Year of the Pig” at Victoria Theater. *
8-9: Vic DiBitetto at Victoria Theater.
16: “National Geographic: Symphony for Our World” at Prudential Hall.
28: Ian Bremmer at Prudential Hall. Part of New Jersey Speakers Series.

MARCH

2: Rennie Harris and Puremovement, “Lifted” at Victoria Theater. *
8: NJPAC Stage Exchange at Chase Room.
9: Ryan Hamilton at Victoria Theater.
15: The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, with Jan Lisiecki, piano at Prudential Hall. Program includes Haydn’s Overture to L’isola disabitata; Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1; and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C (“The Great”). *

LINDA

16: Linda Eder at Victoria Theater. *
28: Bryan Stevenson at Prudential Hall. Part of New Jersey Speakers Series.
30: Mandy Gonzalez at Chase Room. *

APRIL

5: NJPAC Stage Exchange at Chase Room.
6: Jersey Moves! Festival of Dance: Carolyn Dorfman Dance at Victoria Theater. *
13: “The Rainbow Fish,” presented by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, at Victoria Theater. *
25: Jay Leno at Prudential Hall. Part of New Jersey Speakers Series.
26-28 and May 2-4: Shen Yun at Prudential Hall.
27: Zakir Hussain’s Masters of Percussion at Victoria Theater. *

MAY

3: NJPAC Stage Exchange at Chase Room.
5: The Bell Trio, featuring Joshua Bell (violin), Jeremy Denk (piano) and Steven Isserlis (cello) at Prudential Hall. *
31: “The Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare,” co-produced with George Street Playhouse at Victoria Theater.*

JUNE

1: “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Live in Concert” with live music by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, at Prudential Hall. *
14: “Jersey New Moves! Emerging Choreographers” at Victoria Theater. *

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