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Prudential Hall

1 Center Street, Newark, NJ, USA
Seats (approximate)


The New Jersey Performing Arts Center has garnered national attention in its first eight seasons, serving as a model for its programming and audience diversity, education initiatives, and the catalytic role it has played in returning nightlife and economic activity to New Jersey's largest urban community. On its Opening Night, NJPAC became the sixth largest performing arts center in the United States (based on annual operating budget). A major component of NJPAC's multi-faceted mission is to develop into a world-class cultural complex, showcasing the best artists of national and international acclaim. Since the grand opening, centerstage in NJPAC's two halls -- the 2,750-seat Prudential Hall and the 514-seat Victoria Theater -- has been filled by renowned artists, cultural icons, and some of the world's most cherished orchestral, dance, theater, and instrumental works, as well as the best performers from New Jersey's outstanding array of artists and performing companies. Included among the artists appearing on NJPAC stages in its first eight seasons are the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Yo-Yo Ma; Bob Dylan; Ballet Nacional de Cuba; Lauryn Hill; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Twyla Tharp Dance; Dance Theatre of Harlem; Israel Philharmonic; Nancy Wilson and Ramsey Lewis; the Berlin State Opera Orchestra; the Royal Danish Ballet; Hilary Hahn; Bill T. Jones; Itzhak Perlman; the Vienna Choir Boys; Midori; Sarah Brightman; Sting; Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo; Elvis Costello; National Song & Dance Company of Mozambique; Don Henley; the Afro-Cuban All-Stars; Audra McDonald; Buena Vista Social Club; Melissa Etheridge; the Czech Philharmonic; Bette Midler; The Chieftains; Herbie Hancock; Sweet Honey in the Rock; and Diana Krall. NJPAC has also played host to acclaimed tours of such popular Broadway musicals as Evita; The Sound of Music; Grease; Annie; Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk; Fame; Fosse, Sunset Boulevard; Peter Pan; Les Miserables; The Full Monty; Fiddler on the Roof; and Blast! NJPAC has attracted over 3.5 million patrons (including 700,000 children) since its October 18, 1997 Opening Night. 26% (1 in 4) of all NJPAC ticket buyers are other-than-Caucasian, including 17% African-American. NJPAC has been cited in many major media outlets, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Miami Herald, The Baltimore Sun, Crain's New York Business, Travel & Leisure, Forbes and others, as a motivating catalyst in the renewed interest in the City of Newark by developers, investors and tenants. In additon, NJPAC's Prudential Hall has been named one of the "world's greatest concert halls" by former New York Times music critic Hans Fantel, and "the nation's most glamorous theater" by Clive Barnes.
The Illusionists
May 20, 2018 - May 20, 2018
Music by Evan Jolly
Special Original Magic
West Side Story
May 01, 2012 - May 06, 2012
Music by Leonard Bernstein; Book by Arthur Laurents; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Musical Revival Drama
South Pacific
Jan 25, 2011 - Jan 30, 2011
Musical Revival Drama
Legally Blonde
Jun 01, 2010 - Jun 06, 2010
Music by Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin; Book by Heather Hach; Based upon the film by MGM; Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin
Musical Original Comedy
The Color Purple
Dec 15, 2009 - Dec 27, 2009
Musical Original Drama
Fiddler On The Roof
Mar 10, 2009 - Mar 15, 2009
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Musical Revival ComedyDrama
Rent - Mark
Feb 10, 2009 - Feb 15, 2009
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Musical Original Drama
Mar 28, 2006 - Apr 02, 2006
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Comedy
Evita - 2004
Dec 20, 2005 - Dec 25, 2005
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
The King and I - 2004
Nov 08, 2005 - Nov 13, 2005
Musical Revival ComedyDrama
Musical Original Drama
Some Like It Hot
Feb 03, 2003 - Feb 09, 2003
Music by Jule Styne; Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Musical Original Comedy
Fiddler on the Roof
May 21, 2002 - May 26, 2002
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Musical Revival ComedyDrama
Feb 12, 2002 - Feb 17, 2002
Musical Original Revue Dance
Guys and Dolls
Nov 06, 2001 - Nov 11, 2001
Music by Frank Loesser; Book by Abe Burrows, Jo Swerling; Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Musical Revival Comedy
May 29, 2001 - Jun 03, 2001
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Musical Original Drama
Apr 10, 2001 - Apr 15, 2001
Music by Steve Margoshes; Book by José Fernandez; Lyrics by Jacques Levy
Musical Original
The Sound of Music
Feb 08, 2000 - Feb 13, 2000
Musical Revival Drama
Sunset Boulevard
Feb 02, 1999 - Feb 07, 1999
Musical Original
Evita - 1998
Jan 26, 1999 - Jan 31, 1999
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
Jun 10, 1998 - Jun 14, 1998
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Musical Revival Comedy