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South Orange Performing Arts Center

South Orange Performing Arts Center
One Sopac Way
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About Us:

The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is a state-of-the-art performing arts center in South Orange, New Jersey featuring Singer-Songwriters, Blues, Jazz, Comedy, Theatre, Dance, and so much more.

SOPAC is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that delivers artistic, educational, and innovative experiences within an intimate, inviting environment, and promotes regional involvement in the arts, serving as a catalyst for economic development and continued revitalization of South Orange’s downtown business district. The SOPAC facility consists of an intimate 415-seat performance hall in addition to the spectacular SOPAC Loft which hosts a variety of live performances, community events and education programs. The 5 movie theaters at SOPAC are operated by Bow-Tie Cinemas.  

SOPAC is home of Seton Hall University Arts Council performances, including the Classical Concert Series, Jazz in the Hall performances and Seton Hall Theatre productions. SOPAC partners with the Juilliard School of Music to present the Juilliard @ SOPAC series featuring upcoming musicians from the acclaimed conservatory. SOPAC presents performances by its theatre company in residence, Midtown Direct Rep, and its dance company in residence, Lydia Johnson Dance.


Upcoming Events at South Orange Performing Arts Center

Live Music - Cherish the Ladies

Sunday, Dec 11, 2022 at 7:30pm
South Orange, NJ
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Live Music - Naturally 7

Sunday, Mar 5, 2023 at 7:30pm
South Orange, NJ
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Recent News

7 Holiday Shows at SOPAC This December

The most wonderful time of the year is almost here! Enjoy songs of the season all December long at the South Orange Performing Arts Center. Experience a raucous, razzle dazzle celebration with the Hot Sardines…

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Meet the Lineup: November 2 Laughs in the Loft at SOPAC

On Wednesday, November 2, four comics take the stage in the SOPAC Loft. SOPAC has a cure for the midweek slump—laughter! It is the best medicine, after all. On every first Wednesday of the month, settle in for an evening of laugh-out-loud…

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Broadway’s Ginna Claire Mason and Mark Evans Headline SOPAC’s New Cabaret in the Loft Series

Ginna Claire Mason and Mark Evans Liza Minnelli playing Sally Bowles said it best: What good is sitting/Alone in your room?/Come hear the music play/Life is a cabaret, old chum/Come to the cabaret Two Broadway stars and New Jersey residents…

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SOPAC Announces 2022 Gala

Join the arts organization at the Orange Lawn Tennis Club for a night of Broadway entertainment, a live auction and more in support of arts education. Patrons, community leaders and artists will gather at the Orange Lawn Tennis Club for the South…

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Meet the Lineup: October 5 Laughs in the Loft at SOPAC

On Wednesday, October 5, four comics take the stage in the SOPAC Loft. Need something to look forward to on Hump Day? Head to SOPAC for Laughs in the Loft (https://www.sopacnow.org/events/laughs-in-the-loft/) , a stand-up series that Baristanet…

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12 Shows Coming Up This Fall at SOPAC

Fall means crisp weather, beautiful foliage and an eclectic lineup of entertainment at SOPAC. Spend October and November at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (https://www.sopacnow.org/events/) , where you’ll see an SNL veteran, the High…

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SOPAC Announces Stephen Beaudoin as New Executive Director

The South Orange Performing Arts Center (https://www.sopacnow.org/) has named Stephen Beaudoin—a community-focused, inclusivity-driven performing arts executive—as the organization's new Executive Director. Beaudoin will usher in SOPAC's…

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September 7 Laughs in the Loft at SOPAC

What’s so special about September 7? Yes, sadly, it is the unofficial end of summer, but it’s also the first Laughs in the Loft (https://www.sopacnow.org/events/laughs-in-the-loft/) show of the SOPAC 2022-2023 Season. And, the passing of…

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Singer-Songwriters Coming to SOPAC

Americana, Folk, Bluegrass, Country and more—the South Orange Performing Arts Center’s lineup of Singer-Songwriters (https://www.sopacnow.org/series/singer-songwriters/) includes compelling Grammy winners and skilled acoustic…

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Comedy Shows Coming Up at SOPAC

See Ryan Hamilton, Maria Bamford, Kevin Nealon and Paul Reiser this fall. Ryan Hamilton, Maria Bamford, Kevin Nealon and Paul Reiser A clean comedian, “the funniest woman in the world,” an SNL veteran and a 90s sitcom star walk…

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SOPAC Announces 2022-2023 Season

A legendary voice of love, “the funniest woman in the world,” a forefather of Funk, an SNL veteran, the High Priestess of R&B, and the king and queen of the banjo—these are just a few of the 40 highly anticipated acts in the…

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SOPAC Announces New Board Leadership and Governors

On July 1, 2022, the South Orange Performing Arts Center’s Board of Governors installed Douglas Newman as Board Chair and Marc Chalom as Board Vice Chair. In addition, Katherine Tooley, James Davis, III, Esq. and Dean Kameros recently joined…

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SOPAC Spring Appeal Raises $65,000

The South Orange Performing Arts Center’s Spring Appeal for fiscal year 2022 raised $65,000. That sum includes $40,000 in donations and a $25,000 match from Edrington. "We are eternally grateful to Edrington for their ongoing generosity and…

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SOPAC Celebrates Volunteers at 2022 Awards Ceremony

Organization honors 50-person volunteer team—“the superpower of SOPAC.” On Wednesday, June 29, the South Orange Performing Arts Center honored its 50-person team of volunteers with a tropical-themed party and awards ceremony. …

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Meet the Lineup: July 6 Laughs in the Loft at SOPAC

Four comics take the stage in the SOPAC Loft. On the first Wednesday of every month, SOPAC's Loft turns into a comedy club during this New York City-style stand-up showcase. Get to know the lineup: Jason Salmon…

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7 Shows Coming Up in June at SOPAC

The South Orange Performing Arts Center (https://www.sopacnow.org/) rounds out its 16th season with seven mainstage shows in June. See many genres of live entertainment, including Comedy, Jazz, Rock/Pop, Country and more. Visit SOPACnow.org for more…

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SOPAC is SO Back! Ribbon-Cutting Celebrates Hurricane Ida Renovation Completion

Leadership reflects on the past and looks towards the future during ceremony. On Wednesday, May 25, the South Orange Performing Arts Center (https://www.sopacnow.org/), Cinema Lab (https://sopac.cinemalab.com/), the township of South Orange…

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9 Singer-Songwriter Shows Coming Up at SOPAC

Gifted guitarists, legendary songwriters and soulful vocalists—SOPAC’s Singer-Songwriters (https://www.sopacnow.org/events/?search_type=event_class&s=&mc_series=singer-songwriters) lineup includes many talented artists from…

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SOPAC Receives Grant from Investors Foundation for Arts Education Programs

The South Orange Performing Arts Center recently received a $5,000 grant from the Investors Foundation. The grant will help further SOPAC's Arts Education Programs, which invest in students and future artists by providing arts instruction in…

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12 Shows Coming Up in May and June at SOPAC

Spend spring and summer at the South Orange Performing Arts Center, where you’ll see “the most exacting of the Zeppelin tribute bands in existence,” the 85-year-old Madman of Salsa, “the poet laureate of Louisiana’s…

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Meet the Lineup: May 4 Laughs in the Loft at SOPAC

Cackle, giggle, snicker, chuckle—however you like to laugh, these comedians will have you cracking up. Settle in for an evening of side-splitting comedy during SOPAC’s monthly Laughs in the Loft…

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Join SOPAC For Laughs in the Loft...on the Mainstage!

Laughs in the Loft is a monthly series hosted by South Orange-based comedian Joe Larson. Each show features several stand-up comedians. SOPAC will celebrate the one-year anniversary of this series with a special show on the SOPAC main stage. "On…

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9 Singer-Songwriter Shows Coming Up at SOPAC

Kick off springtime with SOPAC’s eclectic Singer-Songwriters lineup. Experience artists that run the musical gamut including Country, Folk, Bluegrass, Americana, Blues, Soul, Surf-Rock, Indie-Folk, Folk-Pop and more. Marc Broussard APRIL 1…

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13 Shows Coming Up in April at SOPAC

Live shows are in full bloom at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (https://www.sopacnow.org/calendar/?exclude=&month=April+2022) ! With more than a dozen performances on the docket this April, see everything from a Ukrainian quartet…

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The Moth Mainstage presents the best of Storytelling and Connection at SOPAC

Global storytelling nonprofit The Moth, in collaboration with the South Orange Performing Arts Center, presents a special Mainstage show. The theme for the evening’s five storytellers is Walk the Line. Hailed as “New York’s…

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Meet the Lineup for April 6 Laughs in the Loft at SOPAC

Four hilarious comics take the stage in the SOPAC Loft. SOPAC has a cure for the midweek slump—laughter! SOPAC’s monthly Laughs in the Loft (https://www.sopacnow.org/events/laughs-in-the-loft/) stand-up series is hosted by local…

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Anders Osborne, Jackie Greene and Nick Lowe Coming Soon to SOPAC

Anders Osborne, Jackie Greene and Nick Lowe Coming Soon to SOPAC Plus, more Singer-Songwriter greats at the South Orange Performing Arts Center. This spring and summer, SOPAC’s Singer-Songwriters…

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13 Shows Coming Up in March at SOPAC

It's March Madness (https://www.sopacnow.org/calendar/?exclude=&month=March+2022) at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (https://www.sopacnow.org/)! With more than a dozen shows on the docket, see everything from a hip-hop violinist…

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7 Rock and Pop Concerts Coming Up at SOPAC

Experience high-energy artists as they turn up the volume and belt out familiar lyrics at SOPAC. These Rock and Pop shows feature much-loved singer-songwriters plus groups that authentically replicate the sounds of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led…

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Experience the Music of Ukraine, India and More at SOPAC

Travel the world without leaving New Jersey. From Ukrainian Folk to North Indian Bhangra and Spanish Flamenco, experience the sounds of various cultures and countries (https://www.sopacnow.org/series/world/) at SOPAC. Red Baraat Festival of…

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SOPAC Laughs in the Loft Lineup Announced for March 2 Show

Four hilarious comics take the stage in the SOPAC Loft. Need something to look forward to on Hump Day? Head to SOPAC for the monthly Laughs in the Loft (https://www.sopacnow.org/events/laughs-in-the-loft/) stand-up series that Baristanet calls,…

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11 Singer-Songwriter Shows Coming Up at SOPAC

Americana, Folk, Bluegrass, Country and more - our lineup of Singer-Songwriters (https://www.sopacnow.org/events/?search_type=event_class&s=&mc_series=singer-songwriters) includes compelling Grammy winners and skilled acoustic…

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See More than 40 Mainstage Shows across Various Genres

The South Orange Performing Arts Center (https://www.sopacnow.org/) is thrilled to once again be hosting events in The Jennifer & Tony Leitner Performance Hall. In 2022, SOPAC is offering more than 40 mainstage shows across various genres.…

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3 Comedy Shows to See at SOPAC in February Keep Laughing All Month Long

From renowned comics to local stand-up sensations, fill your February (https://www.sopacnow.org/events/?search_type=event_class&s=&mc_series=comedy) with fun at SOPAC. On February 2, the monthly stand-up series Laughs in the Loft…

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SOPAC to Receive $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

The Funding will Support the SOPAC Music Residency Program The South Orange Performing Arts Center has been approved for a $10,000 Challenge America award to support SOPAC’s music residency program. SOPAC’s music residency program…

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SOPAC’s December 1 Laughs in the Loft Lineup Announced

On December 1, four hilarious comics take the stage in the SOPAC Loft. Catch a comedy show with your friends! SOPAC is back with another installment of Laughs in the Loft, a monthly stand-up comedy series. Hosted by Joe Larson, each show features…

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Iris Gallery 10th Anniversary Fundraiser and Exhibition Celebrates Family Legacy

L’Dor V’Dor: Carrying the Torch represents art’s profound ability to connect people across generations. The Herb + Milly Iris Gallery at celebrates its 10th anniversary with a special fundraiser and exhibition. L’Dor…

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SOPAC Presents Nefesh Mountain Hanukkah Concert at Temple Sharey Tefilo

Montclair-based Nefesh Mountain has been hailed as a boundary pushing Bluegrass Americana band. They're among the first to give voice and openly represent Jewish-American culture, traditions, values and spirituality in the world of American Roots…

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SOPAC’s Next Laughs in the Loft Lineup Announced

Four hilarious comics will bring their stand-up shticks to the SOPAC Loft stage. As the saying goes—"laughter is the best medicine." Leave the stress of the last year and a half behind for a night at Laughs in the Loft…

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SOPAC Gala To Be Presented Virtually And In-Person At Drew University

Guests will enjoy a dazzling night of gourmet food and drinks, a silent auction, plus a performance by Great American Songbook ambassador Michael Feinstein. The SOPAC Gala brings together patrons, community leaders and artists to celebrate the…

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SOPAC To Be Closed For 11 More Weeks Due To Hurricane Ida Damage

As the venue recovers, its lobby and mainstage theatre are projected to be closed to the public through December 7. The Loft and Gallery will remain open. Just days before the South Orange Performing Arts Center was poised to roll out its…

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Laugh Out Loud During Upcoming Comedy Shows At SOPAC

We could all use a good laugh. Throughout SOPAC’s 2021-2022 season, there are several opportunities for audiences of all ages to experience side-splitting comedy shows. Laughs in the Loft, a hilarious stand-up series featuring a changing…

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SOPAC Announces Dee Billia As New Executive Director

Dee Billia, an established arts leader in New Jersey, takes the helm of South Orange’s premier performing arts center. This summer, the South Orange Performing Arts Center ( https://www.sopacnow.org/) named arts visionary Dee Billia as…

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Mixed-Media Artist Comments on Covid-19 and Social Justice in New Exhibit

Curtis Grayson, III’s evocative works convey resiliency during trying times. "This is my voice during isolation, Covid-19 and civil unrest," he says. This solo exhibition at The Herb + Milly Iris Gallery…

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Welcome Legendary Actor Ian Mckellen into Your Living Room

For a limited time, watch "Ian McKellen on Stage (https://www.sopacnow.org/events/ian-mckellen-on-stage/)," an epic one-man performance by the stage and screen icon. International acting treasure Ian McKellen brings his wildly popular one-man…

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Guitar Great Tommy Emmanuel Is Coming To SOPAC

Beginning September 13, tickets go on sale for Tommy Emmanuel, who is considered “the greatest acoustic guitarist alive.” Tommy Emmanuel, CGP, or Certified Guitar Player—a title held by only four other guitarists in the…

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9 Singer-Songwriters To See At SOPAC

Experience familiar and new artists during SOPAC’s diverse Singer-Songwriter series. South Orange, NJ -- SOPAC’s 2021-2022 season offers a full slate of talented Singer-Songwriters (https://www.sopacnow.org/series/singer-songwriters/)…

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13 Jazz and Blues Shows To See at SOPAC

SOPAC transforms into a Jazz club when these stirring artists take the stage. South Orange, NJ -- The South Orange Performing Arts Center’s 2021-2022 season boasts thirteen Jazz and Rhythm and Blues shows. The lineup includes Grammy Award…

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South Orange Performing Arts Center Announces 2021-2022 Season

SOPAC’s new season boasts a diverse lineup of more than 50 live, in-person performances. All shows are on sale now. South Orange, NJ -- The wait is over. This fall, the South Orange Performing Arts Center fully reopens. SOPAC’s…

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