Get Your Tickets Now: SOPAC Has Something for Everyone this Winter & Spring


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From the South Orange Performing Arts Center:

Jan 12: The Phantom Tollbooth (Kids ‘N Family Performance)

Milo unexpectedly receives a phantom toll booth one afternoon and drives his toy car through it. He is transported to a magical land where he learns valuable lessons in life and discovers a love of learning. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 2pm.Tickets: $20. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/phantom-tollbooth

Jan 12: Aaron Neville Duo

New Orleans-born Aaron Neville brings his unmistakable sound, heard in classic ballads like “Tell It Like It Is” and “Don’t Know Much” – his hit duo with Linda Ronstadt – to the intimate SOPAC stage in an evening of sublime artistry.  Slipping easily from Funky to R&B and Soul, Aaron Neville is surely one of the most distinctive vocal stylists of all time. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 8pm. $58-$78. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/aaron-neville

Jan 13: Juilliard @ SOPAC: Trio Umami

Three of the greatest composers of the Romantic period will be featured in this concert by Trio Umami.  Acclaimed young artists Tal First (violin), Tomsen Su (cello) and Ilya Laskin (piano) will bring to brilliant life works by Ludwig von Beethoven, Cesar Franck and Robert Schumann. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 3pm.Tickets: $20. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/trio-umami

Jan 20: Jazz in the Loft: MPack

MPack is a band, a brand, and a musical production enterprise, consisting of multiple elements in an ever evolving flow. MPack is the musical brainchild of bassist, guitarist, keyboardist, drummer and vocalist Clarence ‘Groove Master’ Conover. He’s the founder, leader, and vocalist of the Clarence Conover Project, the MPack Band and the founder and CEO of M-Pack Music productions whose motto is “Life Changing Sounds’.  This cross-genre musician, Clarence “M-Pack” Conover is creatively talented and has gathered other likeminded musicians and vocalists-Joe Scarpitto {bassist), Chris “Baby Funk” Meagher (guitarist & vocalist), Gordon Lane (drummer) and Patricia Walton (vocalist) to create this musical phenomenon known as MPack. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 7pm.Tickets: $20. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/MPack

Jan 24-Feb 3: American Theater Group’s Tell Them I’m Still Young

Two-time Emmy Award winner Andre Braugher and Tony Award winner Michele Pawk star in this compelling world premiere drama. A professor and a poet’s marriage is shaken when tragedy strikes. As they grapple with the aftermath, a lover from the past and an ambitious graduate student enter their lives. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. Tickets: $35-$39. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/still-young.

Jan 27: Blues in the Loft: King Solomon Hicks

At the age of 13 Solomon started playing with the Cotton Club 17-piece band as Lead Guitarist and still continues to perform there. Along with being called “Lil’ B.B.” he played the KISS Kruise V, 2017 Joe Bonamassa Blues Cruise, Spain [Festival Blues De Be Bar-Blues CAZORLA-San Javier], Jazz Marciac in France, and the Tokyo Cotton Club. Solomon has performed with Tony Bennett, The Destroyers (George Thorogood), Neal Evans (Soulive), Jimmy Vivino (Bandleader for Conan O’Brien), Sam Moore, Marcus King, Stax Songwriter William Bell, John Nemeth, Blind Boy Paxton, Roger Earl (Foghat), Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown), Davey Knowles, Ne-Yo, Jon Hendricks, Mike Stern and Lee Ritenour.
South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 7pm.Tickets: $20. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/King-Solomon-Hicks

La Cinematheque: Chinese Film Series
This new film series will explore four important films from China. Each film will discuss the cultural, and political aspect of the country, but most importantly the artistic and human content. Discussion follows the screening in the Loft at SOPAC.  2pm. $60 for all four screenings. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/chinese-film-series

  • Feb 3: A Simple Life (directed by Anna Hui, 2011)
    A film producer helps care for his family’s lifelong servant after she suffers a stroke and must move into a nursing home. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange.
  • Mar 3: The King of Masks (directed by Tian-Ming Wu, China 1996)
    In 1930s China, aging street performer Wang yearns for a male heir to inherit the secrets of his renowned magical act. Though he refuses an offer to join the opera, he heeds the advice of female-impersonating opera star Liang to find an heir. Wang soon buys an 8-year-old orphan named Doggie. When his new heir reveals a desperate secret, Wang must choose between following the structures of society and the fatherly love he feels for his new protégé.
  • Apr 7: Farewell My Concubine (directed by Kaige Chen, 1993)
    In 1924, young Cheng Dieyi begins training at the Beijing Opera House at the same time as Duan Xiaolou. Cheng specializes in playing female parts, often against Duan’s commanding male leads. While pretending to be in love with Duan onstage, Cheng begins to develop actual romantic feelings for his co-star, which are not reciprocated. Over the next 50 years, the two men maintain a complicated friendship as China undergoes turbulent changes.
  • May 5: In The Mood For Love (directed by Kar Wai Wong, 2000)
    In 1962, journalist Chow Mo-wan and his wife move into a Hong Kong apartment, but Chow’s spouse is often away on business. Before long, the lonely Chow makes the acquaintance of the alluring Su Li-zhen, whose own significant other also seems preoccupied with work. As the two friends realize their respective partners are cheating on them, they begin to fall for one another; however, neither wants to stoop to the level of the unfaithful spouses.

Feb 10: Amber Brown is Not A Crayon! (Kids ‘N Family Performance)

Amber Brown is having what may be the worst year of her life. She and Justin Daniels were the perfect team: they laughed at each other’s jokes, sat next to each other in class, and stayed best friends when Justin’s dad had to move away. But now things are different. Now, Justin’s house has been sold and he is going to Alabama; that’s too far from New Jersey to think about. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 2pm. $18. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/amber-brown

Feb 15: Janeane Garofalo

Actress and comedian Janeane Garofalo, seen in movies like The Truth About Cats and Dogs and Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion is known and respected around the world for her standup, unique movie roles and outspoken activism. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 8pm. $38. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/janeane-garofalo

Feb 17: Jazz in the Loft: Greg Buford presents a Tribute to Billie Holiday

Greg Bufford has worked as a professional drummer on the international level with such names as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Randy Weston, Freda Payne, Dakota Staton, Leslie Uggams, Steve Nelson, Sonny Stitt, Little Jimmy Scott, Sun Ra, Barney Kessel, Mor Thiam Drums of Fire (father of Akon), Vaughan Mason and Crew (The Prince/Rick James Tour). Musical productions he has been a part of include Ain’t Misbehavin, Stormy Weather, The Ella Fitzgerald Story, Eubie, Rollin on the T.O.B.A., Hallelujah Baby, Portraits of Ray and All That Jazz, and The Wiz. As a composer/producer, Greg Bufford has written music for film and for television including Roll Bounce, Sesame Street, The Bernie Mack Show, Martin Lawrence, and South Central. He is also credited for the 1979 Classic Gold Recording “Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll.”South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 7pm.Tickets: $20. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/greg-bufford

Feb 22: Mardi Gras 2019 Featuring Dirty Dozen Brass Band & Cha-Wa!

Don’t miss this feel-good Mardi Gras Celebration featuring two world famous music machines! The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances. New Orleans brass band-meets-Mardi Gras Indian outfit, Cha Wa radiates the fiery energy of the best features of the city’s street culture.
South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 8pm. $28-$42. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/dirty-dozen.

Feb 23: The Little Mermen

The Little Mermen are New York City’s favorite live Disney party band. Playing Rock covers of all your favorite Disney tunes (in costume), the band is just what you need for a nostalgia-fueled night out. Little Mermen play all the Disney hits, from The Jungle Book to The Lion King, and even Frozen.  South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 8pm. $20. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/little-mermen

Feb 24: Juilliard @ SOPAC: Juilliard Jazz Duke Ellington Ensemble

The famed conservatory turns its attention to classic Jazz. These rising young Jazz artists, under the leadership of Wynton Marsalis, play music from the entire Jazz continuum in various concerts throughout the year, with an emphasis on the vibrant work of Duke Ellington! South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 3pm. $20. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/Juilliard-jazz

Feb 24: Blues in the Loft: Black Lace Blues + The Outcrops

Black Lace Blues-originally formed in 2006 by drummer Bruce Tyler, and reformed in 2009, Black Lace Blues is a cross genre, cross generation Blues Rock and Reggae band, incorporating original material with contributions from everyone, as well as select quality covers that span a range of musical styles.
The Outcrops- The Outcrops are a four-piece rock ‘n roll band from Northern New Jersey that was writes and collaborates on original music, pays homage to prominent bands and artists of American roots music, and delves into improvisational jams. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 7pm.Tickets: $20. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/black-lace-blues

Feb 28: James Maddock in the Loft

James Maddock has earned the respect of masterful writers such as Bruce Springsteen and Willie Nile with his exhilaratingly soulful and vulnerable songwriting and a voice like a honeyed rasp. As front man for the group Wood, many of his songs were prominently featured on the popular television series Dawson’s Creek. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 7:30pm.Tickets: $20. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/James-Maddock

Mar 2: Beauty & the Beast (Kids ‘N Family Performance)

A dying rose, a clock, a candlestick and a teapot who talks. All these ingredients, and more bring the story of Beauty and the Beast to magical life! South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. 2 PM Tickets: $20. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/beauty-the-beast

Mar 3: The High Kings

The High Kings are four extraordinary Irish singers who celebrate the joy of traditional Celtic ballads and also bring to brilliant life their own original songs, making them a worldwide sensation. Charting a new course for traditional ballad music, the High Kings are marking a new era of Irish Folk music. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. 7:30 PM Tickets: $25 – $35. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/high-kings

Mar 6: Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent and a show so hot it carries its own health warning. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers’ achievements have reached incredible heights with their groundbreaking fusion of traditional Scottish music and Rock/Pop anthems which they proudly call “Bag-Rock.” South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. 7:30 PM Tickets: $38-$48. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/red-hot-chilli-pipers

Mar 7:  the Subdudes

Dive in to the musical gumbo of The Subdudes this Mardi Gras carnival season. This native New Orleans Roots Rock group serves up an irresistible blend of Folk, swamp Pop, New Orleans Rhythm & Blues, Louisiana Blues, Country, Cajun/Zydeco, Funk, Soul and Gospel with harmonies that always deliver. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. 7:30pm Tickets: $35-$45. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/the-subdudes

Mar 15: Alexis Morrast

Alexis Morrast is a 17-year-old musical phenomenon. She’s a two-time winner of Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY and has already performed with top-flight musicians on stages around the world. Says the Coltrane Jazz Festival, “The voice, the song list, the stage presence are all astonishing.” Since she began singing at the age of three she’s performed on many major stages including at the U.S. OPEN, NJPAC with Christian McBride and Dizzy’s Coca-Cola Club with Jazz legend Barry Harris. Her beautiful tone has been heard on the Millennium Stage of The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, abroad in Cape Town South Africa and Austria. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. 8pm. Tickets: $20-25. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/alexis-morrast

Mar 17: Juilliard @ SOPAC: Ansonia Quartet

This acclaimed ensemble will play Dvorak’s “American,” Webern’s “Langsamer Satz,” Caroline Shaw’s “Entr’acte” and a Quartet from Beethoven’s Op. 18. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. 3pm. Tickets: $20. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/ansonia-quartet

Mar 17: Jazz in the Loft: Abelita Mateus

A native of Brazil, singer-songwriter and pianist Abelita Mateus is in the vanguard of 21st century Brazilian music. Soulful, sexy and hypnotic, the next wave of Brazil’s contribution to great music is poised to launch in the artistic hands of Abelita Mateus. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. 7pm. Tickets: $20. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/abelita-mateus

Mar 20: Del McCoury & David Grisman- “Del & Dawg”

Through the years Del McCoury and David Grisman have shared the stage at venues and festivals across the country and in 2012 released Hardcore Bluegrass, a unique collection of Bluegrass classics, made at two Dawg studio jam sessions in the 1990s, Del & Dawg celebrates the nearly 50-year Bluegrass friendship that these two legendary musicians have shared. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. 7:30pm. Tickets: $68-$88. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/del-mccoury-and-david-grisman

Mar 23: Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat (Kids ‘N Family Performance)

The Cat in the Hat will certainly charm your little ones, in this classic Dr. Seuss tale. The most mischievous cat ever leaps to life from the page to the stage. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. 2 PM Tickets: $18. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/cat-in-the-hat

Mar 23: Ellis Paul in the Loft

Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. It’s a rare artist who can do both, telling their own story through songs that also encapsulate the essence of people and places who have helped define their era overall. Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer-songwriters. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. 8pm Tickets: $25. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/ellis-paul

Mar 24: Blues in the Loft: Lynette Sheard

Lynette Sheard is a gifted versatile vocalist with a five octave range. She is an actor, producer and director. She is the unseated “West Orange Idol”. Her performances have been acknowledged in numerous publications including the New York TimesThe Record and the ChronicleThe Star Ledger proclaims that “Her voice reaches deep into one’s soul and finds a soft spot” She performs Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Soul and Pop music throughout the tri-state area. Theater credits include principal roles in: Dream GirlsSmokey Joes CaféRagtimeSwingAida, and an encore performance as Lena Younger Mama in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. 7pm Tickets: $20. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/lynette-sheard

Mar 29: Nimbus Danceworks

Named among “Best Dance Performances of 2016” by The Huffington Post and called “gorgeous [and] exquisite” by Broadway World, Nimbus Dance Works brings its unique brand of exquisitely rendered, highly physical, and emotionally accessible dance to SOPAC. The program includes a much-anticipated world premiere collaboration between Nimbus Dance Works Artistic Director Samuel Pott and Grammy-nominated Timothy Eriksen (Cold Mountain, Academy Awards) who was called “one of the best singers in music” by T-Bone Burnette. Eriksen’s distinctive sound is grounded in the roots tradition of sacred harp singing and early Appalachian Folk – earthy, incessant, and guttural. Eriksen’s hypnotic sound underscores Pott’s virtuosic and high-energy choreography, which rides on top of as if propelled by the meditative vibrations of Eriksen’s vocalizations. The performance also includes two works from the company’s repertory of commissions by leading international dancemakers, including Pedro Ruiz’s Danzon (Cuba) and Huang Yi’s Shadow of Sound (Taiwan). South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. 8pm Tickets: $15-$20. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/nimbus

Mar 30: Los Lobos

Melding Rock, Blues, Tex-Mex, Mexican Folk and more Los Lobos scored their first hit with Ritchie Valens iconic “La Bamba.” Los Lobos soon became the defining sound of Latino Rock andcontinue to win over legions of fans with their signature high energy tunes. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. 8pm Tickets: $59-$79 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/los-lobos

Mar 31: Cyrille Aimee: A Sondheim Adventure

Cyrille Aimée, a dazzling new vocal presence in the Jazz world, takes on the Sondheim songbook in her latest project A Sondheim Adventure. She brings a jazzy fresh take to the lovely complexities of the legendary composer’s musical theatre masterpieces, and makes them sparkle anew. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. 7:30pm. Tickets: $25-$36. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/cyrille-aimee

Apr 5: Coco Montoya & Tinsley Ellis

It’s hard to imagine a Blues double bill with two more celebrated masters than Coco Montoya and Tinsley Ellis. Fiery guitar licks and passionate vocals are the hallmarks of these musical wizards. They will leave you breathless with this once-in-a-lifetime experience. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. 8pm. Tickets: $30-$38. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/coco-montoya-and-tinsley-ellis

Apr 6: Max Weinberg’s Jukebox

Fresh off the hugely successful The River Tour 2016-2017 of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, Rock-and-Roll Hall Of Fame Drummer and South Orange native Max Weinberg once again brings his new performance concept to SOPAC — Max Weinberg’s Jukebox. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. 7pm. Tickets: $48-$58 ($115 for meet-and-greet) 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/max-weinberg

Apr 7: The Jungle Book (Kids ‘N Family Performance)

Join young Mowgli as he learns the ‘Laws’ of the jungle in this time-honored adventure. Rudyard Kipling’s tale of the Jungle Book will delight the young, and the young at heart. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. 2pm. Tickets: $18.973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/jungle-book

April 11: Roger McGuinn

As the founder of The Byrds, Roger McGuinn is firmly established as an indisputable industry icon. From his signature 12-string Rickenbacker sound, to his instantly recognizable vocals on hits like “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “Eight Miles High” and “Mr. Tambourine Man,” Roger McGuinn didn’t just make music; he made history. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. 7:30pm. Tickets: $33-$45. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/roger-mcguinn

April 12: Adrian Belew

Progressive Rock’s King Crimson was famously fronted by Adrian Belew for over 30 years, and he served as its songwriter and guitarist, leaving an indelible stamp on its sound and discography. Discipline, Adrian Belew’s first record with King Crimson, is listed among the most important Rock records ever made. His signature tones, unique use of effects and whammy bar remains completely different, and his techniques continue to be a huge influence on today’s guitarists. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. 8pm. Tickets: $33-$43. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/adrian-belew

Apr 13: John Pizzarelli- A Centennial Celebration of Nat King Cole

World-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has been hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing Jazz.” The Toronto Star pegged him as “the genial genius of the guitar,” and the Seattle Times saluted him as “a rare entertainer of the old school.” South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange.  8pm Tickets: $46-$60. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/john-pizzarelli

Apr 14: Jazz in the Loft: Bob DeVos Quartet

With long, blues-drenched lines; a warm, fat sound; and a horn-like, melodic approach, Bob DeVos has been proclaimed a living Jazz legend. The masterful guitarist has an enthusiastic following for his innovative work, first with a who’s who of Jazz greats in and outside of the Hammond B3 organ genre-including Richard “Groove” Holmes/Sonny Stitt, Jimmy McGriff/Hank Crawford, and Charles Earland–and for the past 20 years as a leader. A brilliant improviser, DeVos thrills audiences worldwide with tight-knit performances of Jazz standards, Rhythm & Blues, ballads, and his own hip compositions and modern arrangements. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 7pm Tickets: $20. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/bob-devos

Apr 28: Blues in the Loft: Mike Griot & the Blues People

Blues bassist/impresario Mike Griot debuts Blues People for the first time at SOPAC. This “blues mega-band” features some of the most talented tour veterans you’ll ever see… all together on one stage to present stories and standards like you’ve never experienced! South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 7pm Tickets: $20. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/mike-griot

May 15: Graham Parker (Solo)

In 1975 Graham Parker, with backing band The Rumour, burst on to the music scene with Howlin’ Wind, garnering them international recognition. Sold out concerts and world tours followed, and Graham Parker’s legendary Rock career was born.   South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 7:30pm Tickets: $25-$32. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/graham-parker

May 17: Oleta Adams

Since the runaway success of her 1990 debut album Circle of One (which went Platinum), and the impassioned hit single “Get Here” (which became an unofficial anthem of the 1991 Gulf War) Oleta Adams has inspired a growing legion of fans around the world with journeys of the heart via songs that draw deeply from her roots in Gospel, while crossing effortlessly into the realms of Soul, R&B, Urban, and popular music. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 8pm Tickets: $38-$58 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/oleta-adams

May 31: U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins

Billy Collins is an American phenomenon. No poet since Robert Frost has managed to combine high critical acclaim with such broad popular appeal. His work has appeared in a variety of periodicals including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The American Scholar, he is a Guggenheim fellow and a New York Public Library “Literary Lion.” South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 8pm. Tickets: $38-$58. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/billy-collins

Jun 1: Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir

Their song and dance extravaganza will feature fully-staged production numbers from popular Broadway shows including NewsiesFrozenHairsprayThe Wiz, Rent, Spring Awakening, Jersey Boys, Annie, Sister Act, and more. The program will also feature pop favorites from James Taylor, Lady Gaga, Otis Redding, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and Pentatonix. The Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir is an audition-based, exhibition Show Choir that stems from Paper Mill Playhouse’s award-winning Arts Education and Outreach programs. The choir consists of 70 singer/ dancers between the ages of 15 and 22. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 8pm. Tickets: $25. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/broadway-show-choir

Jun 7: Don McLean

Since first hitting the charts in 1971, Don McLean has amassed over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide and in 2004 was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. “American Pie” was voted number 5 in a poll of the 365 “Songs of the Century” compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. His second single,“Vincent,” was another massive hit for Don McLean and solidified his status as an iconic singer-songwriter. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 8pm. Tickets: $68-$95. 973.313.2787. SOPACnow.org/don-mcclean