Welcome to NJPAC’s 2018-19 season!

NJPAC unveils its 20th anniversary 2017-18 season with an initial launch of more than 150 performances and special events, all wrapped into a festive new reimagining of the Arts Center’s brand identity.

The refreshed brand lends a festival-like ambiance to an ambitious season highlighted by the sixth annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival; an appearance by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble; a four-day engagement of the hit Broadway musical Ain’t Misbehavin’; spark-igniting duets from classical violinists Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman, sharing the Prudential Hall stage; and a conversation with former President Bill Clinton. Other internationally renowned artists include Audra McDonald, Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band, Erykah Badu, the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba and the return of Kurtis Blow and The Hip Hop Nutcracker.

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 19 at 10am. You can order online, call 1-888-GO-NJPAC (466-5722) or visit the box office at One Center Street in downtown Newark.

We invite you to celebrate NJPAC’s 20th anniversary with $20 tickets to 20 events! Click here for details on the “20 for 20” promotion and a list of eligible shows.

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2017-18 Season

Rock & Pop

Eric Johnson: Ah Via Musicom Tour

You’ll be in guitar heaven when GRAMMY-winning rock legend Eric Johnson and his original band perform their landmark 1990 album, Ah Via Musicom, live and in its entirety.

Oct 20 , 2018
R&B

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary Tour

Multiple GRAMMY® Award winner and NJ’s own Ms. Lauryn Hill celebrates 20 years of her anthemic debut solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, with this exciting new world tour.

Oct 22 , 2018
Conversations

Doris Kearns Goodwin - Speakers Series

Spend an evening of conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin as part of the New Jersey Speakers Series, seven powerful and enlightening programs presented by Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Oct 25 , 2018
Family

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Live in Concert

Don’t miss the fourth installment of Harry Potter in Concert when NJPAC hosts the full-length film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, projected in high-definition on a giant screen, with Oscar-nominated composer Patrick Doyle’s masterful score performed live by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

Oct 27 , 2018
American Song

Too Marvelous for Words: Christine Ebersole and Robert Kimball Celebrate Johnny Mercer

Two-time Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole (War Paint and Grey Gardens) arrives with musical theater historian Robert Kimball and a cabaret performance devoted to the work of Johnny Mercer.

Oct 27 , 2018
Dance

Jersey Moves! Festival of Dance: Nimbus Dance Works

The Jersey City-based Nimbus Dance Works has been called "gorgeous (and) exquisite" by Broadway World, and was included among the “Best Dance Performances of 2016" by The Huffington Post.

Nov 1 , 2018
World Music

Sebastián Yatra and Manuel Turizo: U.S. Tour 2018

Two of the hottest new voices in contemporary Latin pop share an evening of reggaetón, trap music and more when they bring their 2018 U.S. Tour to NJPAC.

Nov 2 , 2018
Comedy

Kathleen Madigan: Boxed Wine & Bigfoot

New Show Added!

Nov 3 , 2018
Classical

The Mariinsky Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev

A volcanic force of sound erupts at NJPAC whenever Valery Gergiev takes the stage with the magnificent Mariinsky Orchestra.

Nov 3 , 2018
Jazz

Django Festival Allstars with special guest Edmar Castañeda

NJPAC’s TD James Moody Jazz Festival hosts an afternoon of virtuosic, high-energy jazz with the Gypsy stylings of the Django Festival Allstars, performing here with internationally renowned harpist Edmar Castañeda.

Nov 4 , 2018
Free

Newark: The Next 50

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka and former U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman join a wide-ranging panel of activists and experts for Newark: The Next 50, a free public dialogue on the challenges of unprecedented economic and demographic change confronting the city – a half-century after the 1967 Newark Rebellion.

Nov 7 , 2018
Jazz

Antonio Sanchez: BiRDMAN LiVE

Experience Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Oscar-winning film like you never seen it before – at this special screening featuring the acclaimed score performed live by its composer, jazz drummer Antonio Sánchez.

Nov 8 , 2018
Jazz

Dianne Reeves & Gregory Porter

This concert will feature two of the greatest vocalists in jazz: GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter Gregory Porter, whose latest LP is the acclaimed Nat King Cole & Me, and 5-time GRAMMY winner and 2018 NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves.

Nov 8 , 2018
Jazz

Guitar Passions, with Sharon Isbin, Romero Lubambo and Stanley Jordan

An evening that combines jazz, classical, rock and Brazilian styles, featuring three brilliant instrumentalists Guitar World says “were meant to play together … like a love triangle of soulmates who finish each other's sentences."

Nov 9 , 2018
Jazz

Look For The Silver Lining Tribute To Jerome Kern

Following an astonishing 14-year run at the Waldorf-Astoria, vocalist-pianist Daryl Sherman makes her NJPAC debut with an afternoon devoted to Jerome Kern, the father of modern American musical theater.

Nov 10 , 2018
Jazz

Jazz Vinyl Revisited: Joni Mitchell’s Mingus & Terri Lyne Carrington’s Money Jungle

Jazz Vinyl Revisited double bill! 3 top vocalists rendezvous with Mingus – Joni Mitchell’s tribute album to the great jazz bassist – and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington performs Money Jungle, her exciting take on Mingus’ 1962 classic collaboration with Duke Ellington and Max Roach.

Nov 11 , 2018
World Music

Los Temerarios

For over three decades now, Los Temerarios has been a regular on the Billboard Latin music charts, known for a distinctly romantic sound that seasons lush pop balladry with elements of traditional Mexican ranchera, mariachi and more.

Nov 11 , 2018
Variety

Double Dare Live!

Experience all the crazy stunts and messy fun of Nickelodeon’s iconic television game show Double Dare at this outrageous live stage event featuring the program’s legendary original host, Marc Summers, along with his beloved sidekick, Robin Russo.

Nov 14 - 15 , 2018
Jazz

The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra™ with Kurt Elling, Jon Faddis, Stefon Harris & Catherine Russell

NJPAC’s TD James Moody Jazz Festival presents an evening of unforgettable Swing Era jazz with The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, directed by Scotty Barnhart, and acclaimed special guests: vocalists Catherine Russell and Kurt Elling, trumpeter Jon Faddis, and vibraphonist Stefon Harris.

Nov 15 , 2018
Comedy

Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life

Back by popular demand, these big-screen funnymen and SNL co-stars reunite for an unforgettable evening that includes stand-up, film clips, musical numbers and more!

Nov 16 , 2018
Jazz

Cécile McLorin Salvant: Ogresse

One of the jazz world’s brightest new stars – powerhouse vocalist, songwriter, and two-time GRAMMY winner Cécile McLorin Salvant – arrives with Ogresse, her new song cycle.

Nov 16 , 2018
Classical

Bravo Beethoven!

Nov 17 , 2018
Comedy

Maz Jobrani

An evening of hysterical stand-up comedy with busy Iranian-American writer-performer Maz Jobrani, known for his Immigrant special on Netflix, and for his role as Fawz on the CBS sitcom, Superior Donuts.

Nov 17 , 2018
Comedy

Amy Schumer

Due to a scheduling conflict, the Amy Schumer performance originally slated for September 20 at 7pm at NJPAC is rescheduled. The new date is Saturday, November 17 at 8pm.

Nov 17 , 2018
Jazz

Dorthaan's Place: Eric Alexander Quartet

Tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, known for his incredible agility with both hard bop and post-bop jazz, will perform with his all-star quartet, featuring pianist Harold Mabern, bassist John Webber and drummer Joe Farnsworth.

Nov 18 , 2018
Jazz

Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition: SASSY Awards

Discover the jazz greats of tomorrow today at this exciting afternoon of performances by the five finalists in this seventh annual event, initiated in 2012 by NJPAC and WBGO in honor of Newark’s “divine” jazz icon.

Nov 18 , 2018
R&B

Maze with Frankie Beverly and special guest Raheem DeVaughn

Classic R&B with longtime hitmakers Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, an electrifying unit known for “Joy and Pain,” “Southern Girl,” “Running Away,” and many more, plus special guest Raheem DeVaughn, the 3-time GRAMMY-nominated, neo-soul singer-songwriter.

Nov 25 , 2018
Conversations

Gloria Steinem - Speakers Series

Spend an evening of conversation with Ms. magazine co-founder Gloria Steinem as part of the New Jersey Speakers Series, seven powerful and enlightening programs presented by Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Nov 29 , 2018
Classical

A Chanticleer Christmas

This GRAMMY-winning, 12-man vocal ensemble makes its NJPAC debut with a holiday program as festive as it is eclectic, ranging from Gregorian chant to rousing American spirituals.

Dec 1 , 2018
Comedy

An Evening with Stephen Colbert & Meryl Streep

Stephen Colbert, the host of CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, welcomes 3-time Academy Award® winner and New Jersey’s own Meryl Streep for what’s sure to be an entertaining, provocative and comedic event.

Dec 1 , 2018
American Song

Something Wonderful: Celebrating the Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein

Todd S. Purdum, author of Something Wonderful, shares fascinating stories with R&H authority Ted Chapin about American theater’s greatest and most beloved songwriting team. Jessica Molaskey and special guest John Pizzarelli, a pair of brilliant Songbook interpreters, provide the musical illustration.

Dec 4 , 2018
Conversations

An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Famed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses Cosmic Collisions: all the things that go bump in the night (and in the day). Yes, the universe wants to kill you.

Dec 5 , 2018
Comedy

Jerry Seinfeld

Since his first appearance on The Tonight Show in 1981, comic mastermind Jerry Seinfeld has become an entertainment icon, the co-creator of Seinfeld – arguably the most successful comedy series in the history of television – and one of the most distinctive stand-up performers in the world.

Dec 7 , 2018
Family

PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue”

Ryder and the heroic rescue pups of Nick Jr.’s hit animated series PAW Patrol return by popular demand with their rollicking, action-packed live tour!

Dec 8 - 9 , 2018
Dance

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Celebrate the holiday season with NJPAC’s very own holiday smash – an urban dance retelling of the timeless fairy tale, featuring rap legend Kurtis Blow as special guest MC.

Dec 14 , 2018
Dance

Forces of Nature Dance Theatre with special guest Sweet Honey In The Rock

Celebrate Kwanzaa with this dazzling dance company, which joins the powerful musical collective Sweet Honey In The Rock to create a world premiere commissioned by NJPAC.

Dec 15 , 2018
Family

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in Concert Live to Film

NJPAC’s Prudential Hall will transform into Halloween Town for this very special screening of Disney’s timeless holiday classic, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, with Danny Elfman’s score performed live by the NJSO.

Dec 15 , 2018
Dance

The Nutcracker: National Ballet Theatre of Odessa

This sumptuous company arrives with its traditional staging of the holiday classic, complete with sparkling sets, enchanting costumes, and a company of over 55 expert performers who bring Tchaikovsky's beloved score to life.

Dec 16 , 2018
Family

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the 2018 holiday season with its popular and electrifying stage spectacular!

Dec 26 - 27 , 2018
Variety

CeCe Winans, Anthony Brown &
JJ Hairston: An MLK Weekend Celebration

Be inspired by the life and legacy of Dr. King at NJPAC’s annual tribute, an all-star gospel celebration featuring CeCe Winans, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, and JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise.

Jan 18 , 2019
Dance

MOMIX: Best of MOMIX

Combining illusion, beauty, magic, fun and inventiveness, Best of MOMIX features everything that MOMIX is known for.

Jan 19 - 20 , 2019
Family

PBS KIDS Live! Really BIG tiny Adventure

PBS KIDS Live! Really BIG tiny Adventure, presented by Zappos adaptive, is more than a show. Fun, learning and exploration begin as soon as you arrive with an in-lobby experience for the entire family!

Jan 24 , 2019
Conversations

Jeb Bush - Speakers Series

Spend an evening of conversation with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as part of the New Jersey Speakers Series, seven powerful and enlightening programs presented by Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Jan 31 , 2019
World Music

An Evening with Gilberto Santa Rosa

Known around the world as “El Caballero de la Salsa” (The Gentleman of Salsa), this legendary, GRAMMY-winning vocalist and bandleader was crowned “Tropical Music Artist of the Decade” by Billboard.

Feb 1 , 2019
Family

Year of the Pig/Nai Ni Chen Dance Company

Colorful costumes, twirling ribbons, dancing dragons – they’re all here in the Year of the Pig, a spellbinding dance and music celebration of the Chinese New Year, courtesy of N.J.’s acclaimed Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company.

Feb 2 - 3 , 2019
R&B

Patti LaBelle with special guest Freddie Jackson

Spend a soulful, romantic Valentine’s weekend with GRAMMY-winning diva Patti LaBelle, an undisputed queen of rock, pop and soul, along with her special guest, longtime R&B hitmaker Freddie Jackson.

Feb 15 , 2019
Dance

Maurice Hines is Tappin' Thru Life with The DIVA Jazz Orchestra

Broadway legend Maurice Hines, accompanied by The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, taps us through his incredible career in this jazzy, song-and-dance celebration that pays tribute to his brother, Gregory Hines, and other performers who inspired him, from Frank Sinatra to Lena Horne.

Feb 16 , 2019
Variety

NJMEA Concert Band

Feb 23 , 2019
Comedy

Tom Papa in Concert

Hysterical stand-up with New Jersey’s own Tom Papa, currently the head writer and a regular performer on Live from Here.

Feb 23 , 2019
Conversations

Ian Bremmer - Speakers Series

Ian Bremmer, regularly seen on CNN and the BBC, is founder of the global political risk research firm Eurasia Group.

Feb 28 , 2019
Variety

Je'Caryous Johnson & Snoop Dogg present Redemption of a Dogg

Award-winning writer, director and producer Je'Caryous Johnson comes to NJPAC with his new stage play, Redemption of a Dogg, starring hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg and R&B hitmaker Tamar Braxton (of WE TV’s Braxton Family Values).

Mar 1 , 2019
Dance

Rennie Harris Puremovement: Lifted

Rennie Harris and his exhilarating Puremovement dance company – pioneers in a new genre of hip-hop/street dance – bring their latest, evening-length work, set to house and gospel music.

Mar 2 , 2019
Classical

Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto

Presented by New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Mar 2 - 3 , 2019
Classical

Debussy Masterworks

Presented by New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Mar 7 - 8 , 2019
Comedy

Ryan Hamilton

If you like stand-up comedy, don’t miss the NJPAC debut of Ryan Hamilton, one of the country’s fastest-rising entertainers, recently classified by Rolling Stone as one of “Five Comics to Watch.”

Mar 9 , 2019
Classical

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Fabulous Philadelphians in Schubert’s great and noble Ninth Symphony, and young pianist Jan Lisiecki plays Mendelssohn.

Mar 15 , 2019
American Song

An Evening with Linda Eder

An unforgettable night of Broadway, American standards, pop and more with one of the most powerful vocalists of our time.

Mar 16 , 2019
Conversations

Bryan Stevenson - Speakers Series

Spend an evening of conversation with Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson as part of the New Jersey Speakers Series, seven powerful and enlightening programs presented by Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Mar 28 , 2019
Rock & Pop

Experience Hendrix

Celebrate the music and legacy of guitar great Jimi Hendrix as the Experience Hendrix tour heads out on the road!

Mar 29 , 2019
American Song

Mandy Gonzalez - Fearless!

One of Broadway’s most powerful, versatile leading ladies, currently starring as Angelica in the smash hit Hamilton, makes her NJPAC cabaret debut.

Mar 30 , 2019
Family

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir LIVE!

Based on the popular animated series, a hit on both Nickelodeon and Netflix, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir LIVE! is a live-action musical spectacular that transports young audiences to Paris, where Ladybug and Cat Noir join forces to battle Hawk Moth and his team of supervillains.

Mar 31 , 2019
Dance

Jersey Moves! Festival of Dance: Carolyn Dorfman Dance

The stunning dancers of NJ-based choreographer Carolyn Dorfman’s multi-ethnic company are known for high-energy, technically demanding dance and powerful storytelling.

Apr 6 , 2019
Comedy

Paula Poundstone

Spend a hysterical evening with Paula Poundstone, a regular panelist on NPR's popular Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me! and a long-reigning queen of the stand-up stage, known for her smart, observational humor and spontaneous wit.

Apr 12 , 2019
Jazz

Chick Corea Trilogy with Christian McBride & Brian Blade
Special guest Joey Alexander

Acclaimed keyboardist Chick Corea, bass powerhouse Christian McBride, and drum master Brian Blade gather to form this stellar trio, which earned two GRAMMY Awards for the 2014 3-CD set Trilogy, an astonishing live recording that combines original compositions with standards like “The Song is You,” “How Deep is the Ocean?” and “My Foolish Heart.” Pianist Joey Alexander opens as special guest.

Apr 12 , 2019
Family

The Rainbow Fish

The enchanting Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia returns with its latest production, The Rainbow Fish – a one-of-a-kind, puppet-filled adaptation of the popular book by Marcus Pfister.

Apr 13 , 2019
Rock & Pop

KASHMIR: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute

Experience all the electricity and artistry of a live Led Zeppelin concert with KASHMIR: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute, a performance that transports audiences back to the glory days of one of the most iconic rock units of all time, hitting every stop and every classic Zeppelin hit along the way.

Apr 13 , 2019
Conversations

Jay Leno - Speakers Series

Spend an evening of conversation with comedian and television host Jay Leno as part of the New Jersey Speakers Series, seven powerful and enlightening programs presented by Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Apr 25 , 2019
Dance

Shen Yun

The spectacular Shen Yun – the world's premier classical Chinese dance and music company – returns to NJPAC with its latest epic production.

Apr 26 - May 4 , 2019
World Music

Zakir Hussain's Masters of Percussion

Two-time GRAMMY-winning tabla virtuoso and composer Zakir Hussain, widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest percussionists, returns with his handpicked ensemble of master musicians and dancers.

Apr 27 , 2019
Classical

Bell, Denk, Isserlis

Violinist Joshua Bell. Pianist Jeremy Denk. Cellist Steven Isserlis. Three of music’s finest artists play four of music’s most profound Piano Trios.

May 5 , 2019
Dance

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: 60th Anniversary

An occasion like this comes once in a lifetime! The Ailey company marks six decades of achievement and celebrating the human spirit with the N.J. premiere of Rennie Harris’ Lazarus – based on the life and legacy of Alvin Ailey – and a Timeless Ailey program. The iconic Revelations concludes each performance.

May 10 - 12 , 2019
Classical

The Sound of Stories

Presented by New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

May 11 , 2019
Family

The Magic Treehouse: Showtime with Shakespeare

Treat the entire family to this lively, new hip-hop musical based on the Magic Tree House adventure Stage Fright on a Summer Night by New York Times best-selling author Mary Pope Osborne.

May 31 , 2019
Family

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Live in Concert

NJPAC welcomes the fifth installment of Harry Potter in Concert with the full-length film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, projected in high-definition on a giant screen, with GRAMMY-nominated composer Nicholas Hooper’s spellbinding score performed live by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

Jun 1 , 2019
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Dance

Jersey (New) Moves: Emerging Choreographers

This fifth edition of NJPAC’s annual contemporary dance series will showcase new works by six of NJ’s very best emerging choreographers.

Jun 14 , 2019
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