MPAC plans 25th anniversary season

Morristown. Mayor Performing Arts Center to present a full lineup of events to commemorate the anniversary.

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Mayo Performing Arts Center presents a full lineup of events for its 25th Anniversary season, ranging from world renowned headliners such as Tony Bennett and Audra McDonald to touring Broadway productions including RENT to the best in dance, comedy, classical, world music and family shows .

Tickets went on sale to the public on Monday, June 10 at 10 a.m.

"Our 25th season celebrates the power of the performing arts to inspire, entertain and bring people together," said Allison Larena, President and CEO of MPAC. "Our 25th season will feature a diverse lineup of artists, including many of the most popular acts to perform at MPAC over the years, crowd favorites, incredible touring Broadway shows and diverse emerging artists."

MPAC's official opening night is Friday, Sept. 13 and features a performance by former American Idol Katharine McPhee.

Touring Broadway shows coming to MPAC include RENT, Finding Neverland and Bandstand.

Superstar singers include Broadway's Audra McDonald, Darlene Love, Paul Anka, Tony Bennett and Engelbert Humperdinck.

Contemporary music fans can enjoy the likes of Gavin DeGraw, Daughtry, Tesla, Orleans and Poco and a unique concert called "It Was Fifty Years Ago Today" a tribute to the Beatles White Album performed by Todd Rundgren, Christopher Cross, Micky Dolenz and others.

For those open to taking a cultural dare, there's the classical music meets American roots sound of The Westerlies, Harlem 100, a celebration of the Harlem Renaissance, the visual art-themed DaVinci & Michelangelo and the Colombian salsa artists Grupo Niche.

Families can expect the return of the annual Nutcracker by New Jersey Ballet, as well as popular fares including Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour, Peppa Pig, and many others.

New to MPAC's lineup are a series of films with one of the stars present to speak about it, including William Shatner and a screening of Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan and Kathy Najimy and a screening of Hocus Pocus.

Another highlight is a lecture by Dr. Temple Grandin on autism.

"MPAC has been at the heart of arts and entertainment in the region for a quarter century," Ms. Larena said. "This season will deliver on that promise as we present more shows, create more memorable moments and offer more opportunities for people to engage in the arts."

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