NJPAC Announces Diverse New Shows Including Comedians Maz Jobrani, Mike Marino, Nai Ni Chen and Taj Express

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), known for bringing world-class entertainment close to home, announces diverse new shows.

Entertainment is more important than ever, and NJPAC features some of the hottest shows that audiences can’t wait to see. Catch Middle Eastern comedian Maz Jobrani’s new show, Live and Dry, on Saturday November 5th. Check out New Jersey’s Bad Boy comedy Mike Marino on Nov. 26. Respected dance company Nai-Ni Chen welcomes the arrival of spring 2023, the Year of the Black Water Rabbit. It’s a spectacular experience for all ages, combining traditional Chinese dance with a modern twist on Saturday (January 21) and Sunday (January 22), both performances at 2 p.m. Bollywood Jukebox takes audiences on a journey through contemporary Bollywood music and dance with production, Taj Express, experience the music of Bollywood hits with a mix of traditional, classic, modern, disco and retro songs on Saturday 23rd March at 3 PM and 8 p.m.

Tickets to see these exciting shows go on sale Friday, June 16 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased by visiting NJPAC.org or calling 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722) or visiting the NJPAC box office at One Center Street Newark, New Jersey 07102.


Saturday November 5, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
Victoria Theater
Maz Jobrani breaks down cultural barriers wherever he goes, bringing laughs to audiences from the Midwest to the Middle East. Come see the fearless and funny Iranian-American comic as he talks about politics, parenting and the immigrant experience. As seen on his Netflix special (Immigrant) or heard as a panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, or maybe you’ve spotted him on TV (Superior Donuts , Grey’s Anatomy, Curb Your Enthusiasm). Maz has also performed at the White House, given two TED talks with over 20 million views, co-founded Comedy Central’s Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, and wrote a bestselling book, I’m Not a Terrorist but I. ‘ve Played One on TV.


Saturday November 26, 2022 at 8 p.m.
$37.50 – $47.50
Victoria Theater
Bad Boy from New Jersey is back! Jersey City native Mike Marino returns to NJPAC with a more hysterical stand-up on the Italian-American experience.
Inspired by his family’s heritage and the absurdities of modern life, Mike’s wacky comedy has taken him from The Tonight Show to sitcoms in major comedy clubs, theaters and casinos from New York to Los Angeles and around the whole world.
Mike’s “If the President Was Italian” video has reached over 12 million views on YouTube. He was also one of the stars of the famous Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival for seven consecutive years. In 2008 Marino was inducted into the New Jersey Comedy Hall of Fame and in 2015 he received the USO Bob Hope Comedy Award for his regular performances for the United States Army.


Saturday January 21, 2023 at 2 p.m.
Sunday January 22, 2023 at 2 p.m.
$27 – $35
Victoria Theater
Celebrate the Lunar New Year! In January, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company welcomes the spring of 2023 with the Year of the Black Water Rabbit. It’s a spectacular experience for all ages, combining traditional Chinese dance with a modern twist. The Red Lions dance to a hip hop beat. The Golden Dragon brings luck and fortune for the coming year. Dancers, acrobats and musicians perform in dazzling red and gold costumes. Don’t miss this great Newark tradition that has been strong for two decades.
Proudly sponsored by M&T Bank Dance Series.


Saturday March 18, 2023 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
$69 – $79
Victoria Theater
Bollywood comes to life in this vibrant stage extravaganza! Taj Express – Bollywood Jukebox takes you on a journey through modern Bollywood music and dance, featuring Bollywood hits with a mix of traditional, classic, modern, disco and retro songs. The story revolves around a young songwriter named Shankar and his foray into the Bollywood film industry, but that’s just the beginning. You will be wowed by the talented performers, mesmerizing costumes, joyful choreography, heart-pounding music and explosive energy.

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, NJ, has the most diverse programming and audience of any performing arts center in the nation, and is the arts, cultural, educational center and Civics of New Jersey – where great shows and events enhance and transform everyday life. NJPAC brings together diverse communities, providing access for all and showcasing the best artists from across the state and around the world while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its hometown. Through its extensive arts education programs, NJPAC shapes the next generation of artists and art lovers. NJPAC has attracted more than 9 million visitors (including more than 1.7 million children and families) since its opening in 1997 and maintains meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its members. www.njpac.org @njpac

James C. Tibbs