New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark

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Theater · Concert / Show
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) is the artistic, cultural, educational, and civic center of New Jersey. Within and outside its walls, great performances and events transform lives every day. As the largest venue for performing arts in its home state, each season NJPAC presents more than 400 concerts, plays, recitals, spoken-word performances, and many other cultural experiences.

Located in vibrant downtown Newark, NJPAC has been widely credited as a catalyst in the revitalization of New Jersey’s largest city, attracting more than 7 million visitors since its opening in 1997.

The mainstage in Prudential Hall has been crossed by the world’s leading artists, from Tony Bennett, Diana Ross and Louis C.K. to Paul Simon, LL Cool J and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. NJPAC’s curatorial leadership in jazz generated the annual TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival, an expansive series of all-star performances and related events. Successfully and newly established at NJPAC, the biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival draws aficionados of the written and spoken word from 34 states and several foreign countries. NJPAC’s free outdoor music series, Horizon Foundation Sounds of the City, is a highly anticipated mainstay of Newark’s community nightlife. Up to 6,000 people are drawn to the three-acre Theater Square on Thursdays during the summer months.

NJPAC takes bold direction in its classical music programming and has brought such talents as Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra to its stage. The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra has designated NJPAC as its flagship venue.

More than a million children statewide have participated in NJPAC’s arts education programs, including the innovative Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens, The Star-Ledger Scholarship for the Performing Arts, The Young Artist Institute, and the Passport to Culture SchoolTime Series of performances. In-school residencies also are offered in dance, theater, music, and the literary arts.

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  • I enjoy a cabaret venue and this was excellent, great lighting and sound. we enjoyed everything about the evening. Thanks so much  more »
  • Terrific venue for hosting large groups in the Foyer. Round tables set, buffet breakfast, excellent staff and sufficient bathrooms with sanitized hand wash. Minimal parking for attendees was a nice...  more »
  • Great venue for the Performing Arts in NJ. Easy to get to with ample parking on premises or within a short walk. Beautiful modern architecture that is well-maintained and clean. Everyone that works there is very friendly and service oriented. The acoustics of the theater allow for a truly enjoyable experience. Their own restaurant, Nico, is very good or you can go over a few blocks to the Ironbound section of Newark with its multitude of highly rated Spanish/Portuguese restaurants. Overall, a great place to spend an afternoon/evening.
  • Easily accessible from NYC via the NJT train. The venue is a few blocks from the train would probably make for a nice stroll on the summer months. Small than some venues I’ve been to but I didn’t feel like we were sitting on top of each other and you could easily see the stage from whichever section you were located in.
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