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MPAC begins its 24th season in September. We are excited to present a wide variety of concerts and events ranging from national headliners, touring Broadway productions, innovative artists from around the world and the best in family programming. It all kicks off with a concert by Vanessa Williams on September 14. Come join us for what promises to be another memorable season!

Opening Night Dynamic performer Vanessa Williams

opens MPAC’s 24th season on Friday, September 14 at 8 pm. Tickets are $49-$99. Williams has conquered the musical charts, Broadway, music videos, television and motion pictures. In the process, she has earned Grammy, Tony, Oscar and Emmy nominations. This versatile performer is an accomplished cabaret and Broadway singer, and has charted several hits over her career, including “Save the Best For Last,” “Dreamin’,” and the Academy Award-winning single “Colors of the Wind,” from Disney’s Pocahontas. In 1994, Vanessa took Broadway by storm when she replaced Chita Rivera in Kiss of the Spider Woman. In 2002, she garnered rave reviews and was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance as “The Witch” in the revival of Into the Woods. She’s also known for such films as Eraser, Soul Food, Dance With Me, Shaft, Johnson Family Vacation, and on TV for Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives. Vanessa and her mother landed on the New York Times Best Seller list with their acclaimed memoir You Have No Idea: A Famous Daughter, Her No-Nonsense Mother and How They Survived Pageants, Hollywood, Love, Loss (and Each Other). Enjoy a night of elegant entertainment with Vanessa Williams on September 14. See the rest of our exciting fall schedule on page 7.

OUR MISSION: Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit performing arts organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey.



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Free Summer Arts in the Community Concerts a Smash Hit

MPAC and Morris Arts presented four world music and dance lunchtime concerts at the Morristown Green. Pictured: Balam Dance Theatre

Summer may have been hot, humid and rainy,

but that didn’t stop us from presenting some amazing events in the community. MPAC’s Arts in the Community connects our diverse region through a variety of arts experiences, from outdoor cultural events to fun family movies. Over 5,000 people took advantage of these free summer programs. From our 9th annual Music Beyond Borders world music concert series in conjunction with Morris Arts, to new programs, such as Concerts at Vail and at 70 South Gallery, MPAC offered 17 free community events from June-August.

70 South Gallery hosted a variety of artists from hip-hop to local folk, pop and rock groups to events by documentary filmmakers and a veterans group. Pictured: Sane/Insane

project Grand Slam

Bad weather may have moved a few of them indoors, but that didn’t prevent people from coming out and having a blast. Most notably, Salsa Under the Stars drew about 250 people dressed to the nines to dance the night away at St. Peter’s Parish Hall, the rain site for the outdoor event.

The summer Arts in the Community season culminated with a free outdoor concert by Mama D and the Vexations followed by a free indoor concert by Project Grand Slam. The event also featured many local vendors.

A new twist to our free movies this summer was a relaxed showing of Sing! for families with children on the autism spectrum and other special needs.

Mama D & The Vexations

MPAC Arts in the Community will continue with additional events to be announced throughout this season. iMPACt

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Member News Starlight Ball a Winning Bet!

MPAC Board Chairman Joseph M. Goryeb to be honored at Casino Royale-themed gala Get set for an elegant and fun evening at The Mayo Performing Arts Center’s 20th annual Casino Royale themed Starlight Ball Gala on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 6 pm at The Park Savoy Estate in Florham Park, NJ. Each year, philanthropists and lovers of the arts eagerly await MPAC’s largest fundraising event of the year, always with a fresh theme, featuring a fabulous silent auction, dancing to the Tom Costello Orchestra, and live performances by a special guest artist along with MPAC’s very own talented Performing Arts Company — a teen troupe of aspiring artists between the ages of 12–18. This year, the Bond-esque “Casino Royale” begins with a “Casino Cocktail Hour,” including bountiful

hors d’oeuvres, signature cocktails and open bar, Roulette, Craps and Black Jack tables, and is followed by a seated dinner and thrilling live auction. MPAC will honor Joseph M. Goryeb, Chairman of the Board, with the Starlight Award at this 20th Starlight Ball, for his longstanding service to and generous support of our organization. Joe’s philanthropic efforts, vision and leadership skills have helped transform MPAC into one of the premier and most successful arts organizations in the country.

The Starlight Ball is an event you do not want to miss. Co-Chair and Trustee at MPAC Marylyn McLaughlin said, “It’s amazing that we have been celebrating the MPAC for 20 years with the annual Starlight Ball! Since we opened our doors as a performing arts center in Morristown, MPAC has become the foundation for a renaissance in our area. From the world class artists we have brought to our stage, to the community outreach, to the performing arts education, to the economic impact on our town…we all have great reason to celebrate! So please buy your tickets early, consider sponsoring a table or purchasing an ad in the Ad Journal. It will be a night to remember as we honor Joe Goryeb who has ‘shaken and stirred’ our path for many of these years.”

left: A highlight of each Starlight Ball is the performance staged by MPAC’s teen Performing Arts Company. page 5 photos: 2017 honoree Private Advisor Group Starlight Ball attendees enjoy an evening of dinner and dance.



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MPAC ’s Business Circle — Where Business and the Arts Come Together!

Membership brings

you “Closer than you think” to the heart of MPAC’s mission — closer to world-class artists who grace our stage and closer to other enthusiastic patrons who share your love of the arts. Members enjoy early access to tickets and other exclusive perks available at various support levels created to engage all members of our community. Membership gifts strengthen MPAC’s performances, allowing for performing arts genres of all kinds to be presented in Morristown. They also support MPAC’s fine arts education programs and stimulate the local economy.

To buy tickets, purchase a Sponsorship or place a congratulatory ad in the Starlight Ball Commemorative Ad Journal, or if you have any questions regarding the event, please

Did you know that businesses can become MPAC members, enjoying all the perks of standard Starlight Membership and even more? This special membership circle, starting at just $1,500, can serve as a valuable resource for companies, small businesses or departments within larger companies, all while supporting MPAC’s mission and priceless contributions to the quality of life of our town and region. In addition to having pre-sale ticket privileges, Business Circle members receive special visibility among MPAC’s large

network of diverse patrons and are invited to free events such as Business Breakfasts where they can learn about business-related topics and network with other Business Circle members. Business Circle Member Kristy Braunschweiger Smith, President of Braunschweiger Jewelers, said, “We have been part of the Morristown Business community for over 50 years, and we believe the MPAC adds that extra element of culture and excitement that this historic town hoped for and needed for many years. We are proud to be Business Circle members, and we know that our customers, staff, family and friends are equally happy to have an iconic anchor like MPAC to grace this town with an ever-entertaining mix of great talent, music and theater.” If you want to entertain c lients, reward employees, network with MPAC’s patrons, gain access to MPAC’s VIP lounge, and receive visibility for your philanthropic support, then we recommend you join the Business Circle. For more information, please contact Christina Wolfe at or 973.539.0345 ext. 6504.

click here or contact the Development Department at or 973-539-0345 X 6504.


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Business Circle members are invited to Business breakfasts on a variety of topics of interest to local businesses.

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MPAC News and Notes MPAC “Closer Than You Think” Awareness Campaign Launches

Concerts featuring some of the world’s top entertainers. An acclaimed arts education program. Free programs in the community that make the arts accessible for all. All of these wonderful opportunities offered by the theatre are encapsulated in a new MPAC awareness campaign called “Closer Than You Think.”

Innovative Programs like The Miracle Project New Jersey are highlighted in MPAC’s Closer Than You Think Campaign

MPAC a Top 30 Venue Sold out concerts such as the June 30 Sarah McLachlan performance helped to make MPAC a top 30 concert venue in the country.

“We want to make the public aware of the depth and breadth of the programs we offer here at MPAC and in the community, and that enjoying, experiencing and participating in the arts is closer than you think,” says Allison Larena, President and CEO, MPAC. Additionally, it will help to amplify and remind the public that MPAC is

a non-profit organization that provides many programs for the public, often at no cost. “Our campaign helps to elevate the MPAC brand in a way we haven’t explored before, and we’re thrilled to expand the understanding and appreciation for MPAC and all that we offer to our community, from great concerts to wonderful education programs to free community events,” Larena added. The campaign will feature bold imagery and language to help to bring the MPAC brand to life in a way that accentuates the exciting entertainment, education programs and experiences MPAC delivers to its patrons and the entire community.

MPAC honored

MPAC is being recognized by Employment Horizons as its Employer of the Year. MPAC is being honored for its proactive support of diversity in the workplace for people with special needs and other barriers to employment. Employment Horizons noted that MPAC “values Employment Horizons clients, collaborates on ways to help them succeed without judgement and welcome the opportunity to help them on their career path.” The award will be presented at its annual dinner on October 18.

MPAC has been ranked as the 27th most successful midsized performing arts center in Pollstar Magazine’s 2018 worldwide ticket sales mid-year rankings. This is the highest ranking MPAC has ever achieved. Thank you for your continued support of our concert lineup to help us to our best showing yet!



MPAC’s Operations team of Mike Del Vecchio, Erin Pach, and Lee Kaloidis (pictured left), with Walter Urban (MPAC Maintenance) Nick Davis (MPAC parking crew), Harold Quintana and Jessica Panagos (Employment Horizons job coaches), and Pat Gallagher and Tyler Friedman (MPAC Parking Crew)

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Coming Soon

The Beach Boys — Reason for the Season Christmas Tour

New events recently added to our schedule


So You Think You Can Dance Live! 2018

The Psychedelic Furs




Wednesday, October 3

Thursday, October 18

Saturday, December 1 $64-$104

Thursday, November 1

Show Spotlight

In Dreams — Roy Orbison in Concert Monday, November 12

Roy Orbison may have passed away in 1988, but he’s back — and live on stage — sort of. Rock and Roll legend Roy Orbison returns to the stage to perform his greatest hits in this first-of-its-kind hologram concert! Through cutting-edge digital and laser technology and extraordinary theatrical stagecraft, this unprecedented live concert sees Orbison brought to life on stage some 30 years after his passing to perform his classic songs such as “Pretty Woman” and “Only the Lonely” accompanied by a full live orchestra. $69-$109


9/14 O  pening Night! An Evening with Vanessa Williams 9/20 Celtic Thunder X 9/21 Felix Cavaliere and Gene Cornish’s Rascals 9/27 Enchanted India! DHOAD Gypsies of Rajasthan 9/28 An Evening with Pat Metheny 9/29 Bobby Collins

For a full list of events, go to iMPACt


10/3 Paula Abdul: STRAIGHT UP PAULA! 10/4 Anka Sings Sinatra — His Songs, My Songs, My Way 10/5 An Evening with Melissa Etheridge — Yes I Am 25th Anniversary Tour 10/9 The Greatest Love of All — The Whitney Houston Show 10/10 Diana Krall: Turn Up The Quiet World Tour 2018 10/11 The Price is Right Live! 10/13 Three Dog Night 10/17 The Tenors: Fan Favorites Tour 10/18 So You Think You Can Dance Live! 10/20 The Music of Cream 50th Anniversary Tour 10/24 Gaelic Storm 10/25 Friends! The Musical Parody 10/26 An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth 10/27 The Temptations and The Four Tops 10/28 The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

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11/1 The Psychedelic Furs 11/2–3 The Wizard of Oz 11/6 The Wood Brothers 11/7 Boz Scaggs: Out of the Blues Tour 2018 11/9 Howie Mandel 11/11 Duty, Honor, Country — A Salute to Service: A Hanover Wind Symphony Veterans Day Concert 11/12 In Dreams — Roy Orbison in Concert 11/14 Puddles Pity Party 11/15 Toto: 40 Trips Around the Sun Tour 11/17 Ballet Folklórico de Mexico 11/18 Elf the Musical 11/23 Manhattan Comedy Night 11/24 The Wizards of Winter 11/25 A Charlie Brown Christmas 11/26 Canadian Brass Holiday Concert 11/28 Celtic Woman: The Best of Christmas Tour

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iMPACt Newsletter: Fall 2018  
iMPACt Newsletter: Fall 2018