New Jersey Stage logo
New Jersey Stage Menu

bergenPAC Reopens with Sold-out Shows as Performing Arts School Shines Onstage

originally published: 11/19/2022

bergenPAC Reopens with Sold-out Shows as Performing Arts School Shines Onstage

(ENGLEWOOD, NJ) -- Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) has welcomed thousands of patrons back to its newly renovated theater after reopening last month. Construction on the historic facility began in March, and the new season kicked off on October 12 with a packed auditorium for The Price is Right Live! tour. This month featured a string of sold-out shows when legendary crooners Johnny Mathis and Paul Anka returned to enchant patrons, followed by salsa icon Victor Manuelle, and rockers Air Supply and YES.

“We couldn’t wait to welcome our community back to their home for the best live entertainment, so the response so far has been truly gratifying,” Alexander Diaz, bergenPAC’s new executive director, said. “The theater restorations came out beautifully, and now we’re focusing on adding so many great headliners to our lineup.”

The new season has also included opportunities for current and former Performing Arts School at bergenPAC students to shine. The Show Choir added a special energy when it joined Mania: The Abba Tribute show for a few numbers on October 28. Then on November 6, Gianna Grosso, an alumna of the school’s summer musicals, sang a duet with Broadway star Linda Eder and performed a solo. The Show Choir also opened the show.

bergenPAC Reopens with Sold-out Shows as Performing Arts School Shines Onstage

The Show Choir is part of the Performing Art School’s Young Professionals Vocal Academy. Grosso returned to the Taub Stage at bergenPAC after starring as Belle in 2018’s Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and as Anita alongside movie star Rachel Zegler in 2017’s West Side Story. She was recently cast for a lead role in a Norwegian Cruise Line production of Six the Musical.

“Performing with Linda Eder was magical. I will hold that day in my heart forever,” Grosso said. “I am beyond grateful to Linda for all that she is and for how special she made it for me and am thrilled to have performed on the bergenPAC stage in the beautiful, newly renovated theater.”

bergenPAC Reopens with Sold-out Shows as Performing Arts School Shines Onstage

Advertise with New Jersey Stage for $50-$100 per month, click here for info

The Park Ridge native received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Montclair State University and teaches at the Performing Arts School at bergenPAC, in addition to performing professionally.

The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC offers programs throughout the year for all ages and expertise. Whether they aspire to perform professionally like Vocal Academy students Vince Ermita (Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway), and Felice Kakaletris and Sophie Knapp (NBC's Annie Live!), or just have dancing with their friends, there’s a place for everyone at The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC. 

Tickets for upcoming shows are available at: or call the Box Office (201) 227-1030.

Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) is located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey. Founded in 2003, the 1,367-seat bergenPAC is the area’s cultural mecca. Housed in a historic Art Deco-style theater boasting one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States, bergenPAC attracts a stellar roster of world-class entertainment. The jewel in our crown is The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC – the innovative, educational performing arts initiative that, through programs, classes, outreach, school shows, and main theater presented shows, reach more than 30,000 students and community youth annually. The Performing Arts School provides community youth, age 2 months to 21 years, with unique, “hands-on” training in music, dance and theater by industry professionals. It is through the ongoing generosity of sponsors, donors, members, and patrons that the not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation bergenPAC and The Performing Arts School are able to thrive and enrich our community.

PHOTOS: (TOP) courtesy of bergenPAC (OTHERS) courtesy of Love Imagery




Friday, February 23, 2024 @ 3:30pm
Monmouth University - Pozycki Hall Auditorium
400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ 07764
category: community

Click here for full description

Dr. Jeffrey Morton

Monday, February 26, 2024 @ 12:30pm
Grunin Center
1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754
category: community

Click here for full description

Healing Sounds in the Loft

Sunday, March 03, 2024 @ 8:00pm
The Loft @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ 07079
category: community

Click here for full description

Click here for more events

Listings are available for $10 and included with our banner ad packages.

Click here for more info.

Advertise with New Jersey Stage for $50-$100 per month, click here for info



RVCC Holocaust Institute Sets Webinar on Protecting Historical Artifacts, Cultural Preservation

(BRANCHBURG, NJ) -- The Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Raritan Valley Community College will present "Protecting Historical Artifacts and Cultural Preservation," an online webinar with distinguished scholar and ambassador-at-large Dr. Richard Kurin, on Friday, March 15, 2024 from 10:00am-11:00am.

SOPAC presents "An Evening of Wonders" with Vitaly

Historian Greg Caggiano to present "The Titanic: A Special Anniversary Presentation" at Ocean County Library

Sieminski Theater presents The Great DuBois

Click here for more event previews

New Jersey Stage

© 2024 by Wine Time Media, LLC
PO Box 811, Belmar, NJ 07719

Nobody covers the Arts
throughout the Garden State
like New Jersey Stage!

Images used on this site have been sent to us from publicists, artists, and PR firms. If there is a problem with the rights to any image, please contact us and we will look into the matter.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Threads, and on our RSS feed

Art | Comedy | Dance | Film | Music | Theatre | Ad Rates | About Us | Pitch a Story | Links | Radio Shows | Privacy Policy