5 Must-See NJPAC Shows This February


The month of love is upon us, and by love, we mean you’re going to love what NJPAC has to offer all month long—we’re talking full-on heart-eyes emoji. This February, New Jersey Performing Arts Center is bringing you and the fam shows that will make you laugh out loud for hours, a few cultural experiences that will transport you to another place in time and musical performances that will touch your soul. Be in awe of the magical sounds by DRUM TAO, travel to a galaxy far, far away at Star Wars: Return of the Jedi In Concert, laugh until you cry at the Valentine’s All-Star Comedy Show or get into a romantic mood at Patrizio Buanne’s Valentine’s Day Special Show.

DRUM TAO, February 8

The entire fam won’t want to miss this powerful performance by the Japanese percussionists of DRUM TAO, a show that combines athleticism and artistry to the pulse-pounding beats of highly physical, large scale drumming. You’ll be mesmerized by the detailed choreography, gorgeous costumes, and the dramatic stage design, all part of this celebrated performance that’s now traveled to 26 countries for a total audience of 8 million.
Victory Theater

PHILADANCO!, February 8

Join in an evening of celebration and creative dance at the kick-off to the 50th anniversary of PHILADANCO!, an award-winning dance company that combines electrifying dance with themes of social justice. You’ll be fascinated by the exquisite dancers and acclaimed choreography that puts a contemporary spin on traditional African-American dances. Through the art of dance, the performers bring awareness to a wide range of civil rights movements and issues facing our times, sending a message of hope to all.
Victory Theater

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi In Concert, February 8

Bring the little Star Wars lover in your life (and don’t forget the big one too) to this spectacular performance of the climactic sixth episode of the Star Wars saga, Return of the Jedi. Performed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, let this other-worldly performance transport you to the realm of Luke, Leia, and C-3PO as you watch the complete film unfold on the big screen.
Prudential Hall

Valentine’s All-Star Comedy Show, February 15

Grab your love, whether it’s your S.O. or your bestie gal pal, and laugh your night away at this Valentine’s All-Star Comedy Show featuring a star-studded lineup of comics including Newark’s very own Bill Bellamy, Luenell from Borat and A Star Is Born, pro-athlete, Don. “D.C” Curry, and Sheryl Underwood, co-host of The Talk. Between their humor and diverse personalities, this V-Day performance will surely be one to remember (and put you in a good mood all weekend long).
Prudential Hall

Patrizio Buanne, The Special Valentine’s Day Show, February 15

That’s amore: Make your V-day weekend extra romantic and channel la dolce vita with a performance by the Neapolitan crooner and multi-platinum album performer, Patrizio Buanne. Buanne brings an old-school European elegance and a silky-smooth baritone to the stage with traditional Italian ballads, Italian-American pop classics, and contemporary originals, all guaranteed to make you fall in love with this global ambassador of Italian song.
Prudential Hall
Cost: $20-80

For a full list of shows, please visit NJPAC on Instagram or at njpac.org.

Be sure to tag your photos with #NJMOM and @njmom at all of the awesome events you’re attending in NJ this month.

This content is sponsored by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, where there’s literally something for everyone.


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Athena is a former nursery school teacher turned marketing wizard at NJMOM, who lives for fashion and globetrotting. As an aunt to 9 little humans, she loves finding cool new activities to do together that will keep everyone smiling. On any given weekend day, you can find Athena eating all the Greek food at her fave local NJ restaurant, Local Greek, in Princeton. Which, not so ironically, is owned by her big fat Greek family.