Fall Fun in the Garden State

State Theatre

Saturday, September 29

Alan Cumming

Legal Immigrant

State Theatre 8:00 pm

The idiosyncratic star of stage, TV, and film—including Cabaret, The Good Wife and X-Men—comes to New Brunswick with a collection of musings on his 10 years as a U.S. citizen and a mash-up of Broadway performances.


Sunday, September 30

Bobby Brown, Brandy & Friends

Circle of Sisters R&B Live

Prudential Center 7:00 pm

An extraordinary lineup of entertainment icons takes the stage at The Rock for an evening of classic R&B and hip-hop. The concert honors women and the music women love.


Atlantic Records

Monday, October 1

Tuesday, October 2

Bruno Mars

24K Magic World Tour

Prudential Center 8:00 pm

The 24K Magic World Tour has been on the road since 2017, with millions of fans gobbling up tickets to see the 11-time Grammy winner. 24K Magic is Bruno Mars’s third studio album and won Album of the Year at the Grammys.


September 26 to October 21

The Color Purple: The Musical

Paper Mill Playhouse (See web site for showtimes)

Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer-winning novel and the 1985 Steven Spielberg film, this musical features a book by Marsha Norman and a Grammy-winning score infused with jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues.


State Theatre

Thursday, October 4

Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood

The Scared Scriptless Tour

State Theatre 8:00 pm

The beloved stars of Who’s Line Is It Anyway? Bring their irreverent, madcap humor to an unforgettable two-man show that features lots of high-wire comic improv.


Thursday, October 4

Romeo Santos

Golden Tour

Prudential Center 8:00 pm

Bachata legend Romeo Santos stops in Newark with a catalog of #1 songs from his days fronting for Aventura and as a solo act. Did you know that he voiced Early Bird in The Angry Birds Movie in 2016?


Prudential Center

Saturday, October 6

Maroon 5

Red Pill Blues Tour

Prudential Center 8:00 pm

Grammy-winning multi-platinum band Maroon 5 rolls into The Rock with special guest Julia Michaels. The tour coincides with Maroon 5’s 2018 release of Red Pill Blues and the hit single “What Lovers Do,” featuring local star SZA. Michaels earned Grammy nominations in 2017 as Best New Artist and Song of the Year for “Issues.”


Saturday, October 6

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Zhang Conducts Beethoven 9

State Theatre 8:00 pm

The title says it all: Conductor Xian Zhang leads the NJSO in Beethoven’s 9th, as well as the U.S. premiere of Kate Whitley’s stirring, poignant “Speak Out”—inspired by Malala Yousafzai’s legendary speech to the United Nations.



Sunday, October 7

Nicki Minaj & Future


Prudential Center 7:30 pm

Hip-hop icons Nicki Minaj and Future are touring together for the first time in a high-energy show of chart-topping hits. Minaj’s unique, free-flowing rapping style has earned her countless awards, including MTV Music Awards for Best Video in 2011, 2012 and 2015. Future, one of rap’s most prolific artists, has debuted five songs at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, with two (including HNDRXX) in the same week.


Tuesday, October 9

Ryan Stiles, Jeff Davis, Joel Murray & Greg Proops

Whose Live Is It Anyway?

NJPAC 7:30 pm

The current cast of the hit TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? hits the Prudential Hall stage for an evening of wild improv humor.


Tuesday, October 9

Lord of the Dance

Dangerous Games

State Theatre 8:00 pm

Next month’s EDGE cover girl, Annie Wersching (spoiler alert!) got her start in Irish step dance, and Lord of the Dance has been taking its show on the road for two decades. Michael Flatley’s new production is the biggest and best ever.


Friday, October 12

Welcome To Night Vale

Live on Stage

NJPAC 8:00 pm

The Victoria Theater plays host to the all-new stage version of the beloved podcast, with special guest Mal Blum.



Friday, October 12


An Evening with the Eagles

Prudential Center 8:00 pm

Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit team with Vince Gill and Deacon Frey for an evening of classic rock hits from one of history’s best-selling and most beloved bands. The group was among the inaugural inductees in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and received Kennedy Center Honors in 2016.


Verve Records

Friday, October 12

Diana Krall

Turn Up the Quiet

State Theatre 8:00 pm

Chanteuse Diana Krall stops in New Brunswick on a world tour to support her newest album, Turn Up the Quiet, which has earned rave reviews. Krall has had a record eight jazz albums debut at #1 on the Billboard charts.


Saturday, October 13

Margo Seibert, Karen Ziemba & Emily Skinner

Baby, Dream Your Dream

NJPAC 6:00 & 8:30 pm

A trio of Broadway stars performs the work of great women writers of the American Songbook in two shows at the intimate Chase Room.




November 1-4

Mickey’s Search Party

Disney on Ice

Prudential Center

(See web site for showtimes)

Follow a trail of clues laid down by Tinker Bell, visit the spirit realm with Miguel, sail the ocean with Moana and belt out a frosty tune with Elsa. No idea what we’re talking about? Ask your kids and you’ll get an earful!


Saturday, November 10

Oran Etkin

WBGO Children’s Concert

NJPAC 1:30 pm

World music star Oran Etkin takes young audience members on an interactive musical journey as part of the James Moody Jazz Festival in NJPAC’s Victoria Theater.



October 18-21

The Geraldine R. DodgePoetry Festival

Newark Downtown Arts District

(See NJPAC web site for schedule)

NJPAC serves as the epicenter for the 17th Dodge Poetry Festival—the country’s oldest and most prestigious. The four-day event has been called the Woodstock of the spoken word.



Thursday, November 1

Nimbus Dance Works

Jersey Moves!

NJPAC 7:00 pm

The celebrated dance company presents works choreographed by artistic

director Samuel Pott and commissions by leading international dancemakers.


Saturday, October 13

Phil Collins

Not Dead Yet Live!

Prudential Center

8:00 pm

A very special performance by former Genesis frontman—and solo sensation—Phil Collins features Daryl Stuermer, Brad Cole, Leland Sklar, Luis Conte and teenaged son Nicolas Collins on drums.


Phil Konstantin

Saturday, October 20

Don Felder

In Concert

State Theatre 8:00 pm

The former Eagles guitarist left his indelible mark on a string of huge hits, including “Hotel California” and “Those Shoes.”


Friday, October 26

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

In Concert

UCPAC 8:00 pm

Do you love rock & roll? Hall of Famer Joan Jett—aka the Godmother of Punk—takes the stage in Rahway for a night of hardcore hits. Jett, whose guitar work earner her a place on Rolling Stone’s Top 100 list, is also the subject of the documentary Bad Reputation, which debuts in September.


Saturday, October 27

Christine Ebersole

Too Marvelous for Words

NJPAC 3:00 pm

Tony winner Christine Ebersole shares the Chase Room stage with musical theater historian Robert Kimball in a celebration of the work of Johnny Mercer.


Saturday, October 27

The Whispers

Live On Stage

Newark Symphony Hall

8:00 pm

Will Downing joins The Whispers for an evening of classic R&B. The group has been spinning out hits for nearly a half-century and are members of the Soul Music Hall of Fame and R&B Music Hall of Fame. Their 1979 self-titled album topped the R&B charts and went platinum—as did their 1987 release Just Gets Better with Time.


Sunday, October 28

Michael Feinstein

Celebrating the Crooners

NJPAC 3:00 pm

Michael Feinstein captures the magic of some of history’s greatest singers, including Bing Crosby and Rat Pack members Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr.


Tuesday, October 30

Aida Cuevas

Totalmente Juan Gabriel

State Theatre 8:00 pm

The queen of Ranchera music pays tribute to the late singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel, Mexico’s best-selling musical artist of all time.


State Theatre

Thursday, November 1

Brian Wilson

Greatest Hits Live

State Theatre 8:00 pm

Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chapman join Brian Wilson for an evening of classic hits.


Friday, November 2

Sebastian Yatra & Manuel Turizo

U.S. Tour 2018

NJPAC 8:00 pm

Colombian stars Sebastian Yatra and Manuel Turizo (aka MYZ) come to Newark for a special evening of World Music.


Saturday, November 3

Rita Rudner

Live On Stage

UCPAC 8:00 pm

RMC is one of the sponsors of witty Rita Rudner, one of the country’s most beloved standup comics. Her Rahway appearance is one of the rare dates she’ll play outside Las Vegas, where she’s been packing them in for nearly two decades. 


Tuesday, November 13


40 Trips Around the Sun

State Theatre 8:00 pm

Toto celebrates four decades in the business with a stop in New Brunswick to perform “Rosanna,” “Africa” and other timeless hits. The band has sold more than 40 million albums.


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Steve Martin & Martin Short

An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life

NJPAC 7:00 pm

Comedy amigos Steve Martin and Martin Short ham it up for an unforgettable forgettable evening in Prudential Hall.


State Theatre

Friday, November 16

Whoopi Goldberg

Live on Stage

State Theatre 8:00 pm

Whoopi Goldberg has something to say about everything. She comes to the State Theatre with both barrels loaded for an evening of unique observations on the state of the world.


Editor’s Note: This is the farewell performance of our Entertainment guide Rachel Stewart, who is moving on to the Iowa Writers Workshop two-year graduate writing program. We expect to see her soon at the Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival! For more info on these listings log onto the following web sites:
Paper Mill Playhouse • papermill.org
State Theatre • stnj.org
Newark Symphony Hall • newarksymphonyhall.org
NJPAC • njpac.org
Prudential Center • prucenter.com
Union Country Performing Arts Center & Hamilton Stage • ucpac.org