The New Jersey Performing Arts Center will play host to the national touring company of the landmark Leonard Bernstein musical West Side Story, Jan. 20-25, and the two-woman show Having Our Say, Jan. 23-25.
Other shows slated for the center include Grease!, April 28-May 3; and Annie, June 9-14.
The arts center, a $180 million glass-shelled structure, opened in Newark, NJ, last Oct. 18 to cheers and standing ovations from a black-tie audience -- and is drawing audiences from the tri-state area to downtown Newark for the first time in decades.
West Side Story, Grease! and Annie will be presented in the center's 2,750-seat Prudential Hall -- which is also home to the New Jersey Symphony.
The center's smaller performing space, the Victoria Theatre, which seats 514, will house Having Our Say, based on the memoir of two sisters, Sarah and Bessie Delany, penned when they were 101- and 103-years-old, respectively. The show, adapated from the Delany sisters' book by Emily Mann, played on Broadway a few seasons back (in a production directed by Mann) and was nominated for three Tony Awards. The current production stars Amentha Dymally and Sharon Hope, and is directed by Jaye Austin-Williams. In addition, the Canadian puppet troupe Theatre Sans Fil will return to the Victoria Theatre (back by popular demand following a visit last fall) on Feb. 6 and 8 with the Scottish epic The Crown of Destiny.
For information about NJPAC, call (888) 466-5722.
-- By Rebecca Paller