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Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre

Oct 4

Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre 

Pollak Theatre - 3 PM

Experience Native American culture through authentic dance, music and ceremony when the Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre performs Ċokata Upō! Ċokata Upō! – Come to the Center is the story of the birth, death and rebirth of a nation. The performance represents an experience the New York Times describes as a “…great sense of theatricality…a visual treat…more than a spectacle…A ritual celebration that made dancing a ceremonial act.” This three-part work celebrates the culture of the Lakota people. Set against a backdrop of spectacular video imagery and accompanied by live traditional, sacred, and courting songs, narratives and creation stories are woven into the fabric of the performance. Under the direction of choreographer Henry Smith, the company includes some of the most highly acclaimed championship performers of the Sioux Nation.

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National Theatre Live: Hamlet (Broadcast in HD)

Oct 15

National Theatre Live: Hamlet (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live to cinemas. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

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MET OPERA: Otello (Broadcast in HD)

Oct 17

MET OPERA: Otello (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Tickets on sale Friday, July 24. Verdi’s masterful Otello matches Shakespeare’s play in tragic intensity. Director Bartlett Sher probes the Moor’s dramatic downfall with an outstanding cast: tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko plays the doomed Otello; new soprano star Sonya Yoncheva sings Desdemona, Otello’s innocent wife and victim; and baritone Željko Lučić plays the evil Iago, who masterminds Otello’s demise. Dynamic maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.

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MET OPERA: Il Trovatore (Encore)

Oct 18

MET OPERA: Il Trovatore (Encore) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Soprano Anna Netrebko’s dramatic and vocal skills are on full display in her next new role at the Met—Leonora, the Verdi heroine who sacrifices her own life for the love of the gypsy troubadour. Tenor Yonghoon Lee sings the ill-fated Manrico, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky is his rival, and mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick is the mysterious gypsy with the troubled past. Marco Armiliato conducts Sir David McVicar’s Goya-inspired production. Tickets on sale Friday, July 24

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A Marvelous Night: The Music of Van Morrison

Oct 24

A Marvelous Night: The Music of Van Morrison 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

New Jersey’s favorite entertainers take the stage to share the music of Van Morrison with their friends. Legendary front man Rob Paparozzi (Original Blues Brothers Band, BloodSweat ‘n Tears) and Master Song Stylist Pat Guadagno (BobFest, The Candle Brothers) will lead an all-star band on a musical journey through the lifework of one of the most influential and unusual artists of our time. Last year’s capacity crowd was mesmerized by an eclectic selection of Morrison’s mystical compositions, performed by an ensemble of Jersey musical nobility that included Pam McCoy, Steven Delopoulos (Burlap to Cashmere) Irish Tenor Steve Reilly, Michael Ghegan (Michael Jackson Cirque de Soleil), John Korba, (Hall & Oates, Phoebe Snow, Roseanne Cash) Tom Labella, Joe Bellia & Jillian Reyes McCoy (Jon Bon Jovi’s Kings of Suburbia). The memorable evening was highlighted by a surprise visit from ‘the worlds most recorded drummer’ Bernard “Pretty” Purdie. The whole crew is back for a transcendental evening of genre defying music presented by Charles Moran and Christopher Neary to benefit Autism Speaks on what is sure to be A Marvelous Night ....You will be healed!

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Bolshoi Ballet: Giselle

Oct 25

Bolshoi Ballet: Giselle 

Pollak Gallery - 3 PM

TICKETS ON SALE SOON. Music: Adolphe Adam Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich The young peasant girl Giselle dies when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against her own will, she joins the wilis, vengeful spirits who now turn against Albrecht and condemn him to dance until he dies of exhaustion. This treasure of romantic ballet is one of the oldest and greatest in classical repertoire, touching upon the great romantic themes: a doomed love affair ending in tragedy, a dive into fantasy and ultimate redemtion through the power of love. The Bolshoi is renowned for its intimate and emotionally intense interpretation of this beloved drama.

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MET OPERA: Tannhäuser (Broadcast in HD)

Oct 31

MET OPERA: Tannhäuser (Broadcast in HD) 

Pollak Theatre - 12 PM

Tickets on sale Friday, July 24. James Levine conducts Wagner’s early masterpiece in its first return to the Met stage in more than a decade. Today’s leading Wagnerian tenor Johan Botha takes on the daunting title role, opposite soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as Elisabeth, adding another Wagner heroine to her Met repertoire after her acclaimed Sieglinde in the Ring a few seasons ago. On the heels of his recent triumph in Parsifal, baritone Peter Mattei sings Wolfram, and mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung is the love goddess, Venus.


The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Nov 2

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe 

Pollak Theatre - 10 AM

This enchanting musical is based on C.S. Lewis' adventure story about four children of war-torn England, who accidentally enter the land of Narnia by climbing through a magic wardrobe. This strange and wondrous place is ruled by the cold-hearted White Witch, who makes the winter last year round. Although they seem unlikely saviors, the children fulfill an ancient prophecy by defeating the witch, thus restoring sunshine and peace to the spell-bound Narnia and returning the great Lion King Aslan to his throne.

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Anything Goes

Nov 4-15

Anything Goes 

Lauren K. Woods Theatre - 8 PM

In olden days, a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking, now, heaven knows, ANYTHING GOES!" The classic American musical by Cole Porter will be the first musical presented in the fall semester at historic Woods Theatre by Monmouth University's Department of Music and Theatre Arts. The show, which debuted in 1934, introduced such classic American standards as "You're the Top", "I Get A Kick Out of You", and the title tune, "Anything Goes". Proof of its popularity is the repeated revivals on Broadway, most recently in 2011 by the Roundabout Theatre Company in NYC.

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Broadway’s Next H!t Musical

Nov 6

Broadway’s Next H!t Musical 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Tickets on sale June 19. Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different. The hilarious Broadway’s Next H!T Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. The audience votes for its favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full-blown improvised musical - complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore. BNHM has been seen recently at The Triad, Tribeca Film Festival, and at the New York Musical Theater Festival, among many others.

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Indian Ink’s The Elephant Wrestler

Nov 7

Indian Ink’s The Elephant Wrestler 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

The contradictions of modern India with its iPhones and ancient gods come alive in this outrageously funny and heartbreakingly beautiful romantic thriller. A poor chaiwallah (tea seller) has his life changed forever when a young girl is abandoned at a busy railway station and brings the place to a standstill with the beauty of her singing. With a few well-chosen words, actor and playwright Jacob Rajan paints a rich visual tableaux full of arresting detail and displays a remarkable ability to dive into the emotional heart of an ever-changing parade of characters.

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MET OPERA: Otello (Encore)

Nov 8

MET OPERA: Otello (Encore) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Verdi’s masterful Otello matches Shakespeare’s play in tragic intensity. Director Bartlett Sher probes the Moor’s dramatic downfall with an outstanding cast: tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko plays the doomed Otello; new soprano star Sonya Yoncheva sings Desdemona, Otello’s innocent wife and victim; and baritone Željko Lučić plays the evil Iago, who masterminds Otello’s demise. Dynamic maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts. Tickets on sale Friday, July 24

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Madeleine Peyroux

Nov 13

Madeleine Peyroux 

Pollak Theatre - 8 AM

“The only thing that matters is the song,” says singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux. That conviction along with a ‘one of a kind’ voice, has carried the Jazz artist from busking on the streets of Paris, all the way to mainstream recognition. Through intensely distinctive renditions of old classics and modern tunes by the likes of Leonard Cohen and The Beatles, Peyroux has proved to be an uncannily insightful ‘interpreter’ with her consistently impeccable choice of material. Peyroux’s new album, The Blue Room, sees the genre-blending singer reworking some landmark musical gems, in a repeat collaboration with longtime Peyroux producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Walter Becker, Tracy Chapman, Herbie Hancock) The result is a sophisticated album that rather than just ‘crossing over’, seamlessly fuses musical styles together to create an entirely new sound. Peyroux has come a long way from the streets of Paris to the word’s grandest concert halls and collaborating with the some of the world’s finest musicians. Still, where other artists might rest on their laurels and bask in the glory of countless gushing reviews, Peyroux continues to fearlessly explore new territories.

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Hugh Masekela

Nov 14

Hugh Masekela 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela best known for his 1968 Grammy-nominated hit single, Grazing in the Grass has been a defining force in world music, the preservation of South Africa’s musical heritage, the safety and well-being of it’s poorest citizens as well as the struggle for freedom and human rights both in Africa, and around the world. Masekela was deeply affected by his life experiences growing up in South Africa in the harsh political climate of South Africa during the 1950s and 1960s and his music portrays the struggles and joys of living in South Africa, and voices protest against slavery and discrimination. Masekela has collaborated with numerous artists including Paul Simon, Miriam Makeba, Dizzy Gillespie, Harry Belafonte and Herb Alpert.

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MET OPERA: Tannhäuser (Encore)

Nov 15

MET OPERA: Tannhäuser (Encore) 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

James Levine conducts Wagner’s early masterpiece in its first return to the Met stage in more than a decade. Today’s leading Wagnerian tenor Johan Botha takes on the daunting title role, opposite soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as Elisabeth, adding another Wagner heroine to her Met repertoire after her acclaimed Sieglinde in the Ring a few seasons ago. On the heels of his recent triumph in Parsifal, baritone Peter Mattei sings Wolfram, and mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung is the love goddess, Venus. Tickets on sale Friday, July 24

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