HACPAC puts on performances ranging from improv and standup comedy to musicals, plays and concerts nearly every weekend throughout the year. Last weekend saw all three performances of In The Heights produced by Defining Moments Theatre Company sold out, and draw rave reviews from the Gotham Review.
“As ?a theater that is now only two years old, HACPAC will be around for a very long time if it continues to put forth great shows like this one. The performance last night could have easily played off Broadway . This talent level was off the charts for a community theater. Easily a Perry Award contender, In The Heights will be a benchmark as to what community theater should be,” said Gotham Review columnist Robert Massimi. Massimi’s complete review can be read online.
The third annual PAC the House series is set to begin next Saturday, and will see world-renowned performers gracing the 224 seat auditorium over the next seven months.
The series will begin with singer Valerie Simpson, best known for the duo Ashford and Simpson, performing on Saturday, September 28 at 8:00 p.m. Simpson is renowned for her collaborations with her late husband Nick Ashford, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “You’re All I Need to Get By,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” “I Don’t Need No Doctor,” and “Reach Out and Touch.”
Three-time Grammy Award-winner Donnie McClurkin is one of the best-selling Gospel recording artists in history with hits such as “Stand” and “We Fall Down.” He appears at HACPAC on Saturday, November 2, at 8:00 p.m.
Colombian singer, songwriter and accordionist Gregorio Uribe performs with his ensemble on January 11. He was recently named one of the “100 most successful Columbians Abroad.” Billboard Magazine named him a “Latin Artist on the Rise.”
The fourth concert in the series brings singer-songwriter James Maddock to the stage on March 28. His concerts are known to produce imaginative reinterpretations of his songs which keep them fresh both for himself and for his audience.
Jazz trumpeter and singer Bria Skonberg concludes the series with an appearance on April 18. Noted as a millennial “shaking up the jazz world,” Bria has received two JUNO Award nominations, winning in 2017.
“We are excited about the great talent HACPAC is attracting and see the facility as a centerpiece in the revitalization of Hackensack,” said Mayor John Labrosse. “Not only is the performing arts center attracting audiences from across Northern New Jersey, it is also bringing our many different communities together. With a dynamic art gallery and an active stage, HACPAC has brought new life to our downtown and its success will only continue.”
“Hackensack was once the jewel of Bergen County, and the rapid growth of HACPAC, and the lure it has for top-notch performers is helping put Hackensack back on the map as a cultural hub” said
Deputy Mayor Kathy Canestrino. “The Mayor and my coworkers on the City Council have been working to attract the right kind of development to downtown Hackensack that encourages walkability, and planning evenings around events happening here. HACPAC is a major part of that, and since the opening night concert in 2017, virtually all of the PAC the House shows have sold out. We encourage our audiences to get their tickets early and plan to enjoy one of Hackensack’s many restaurants before each show.”
The PAC the House Series is made possible thanks to sponsorship grants from Hekemian & Co. Inc., Inserra Supermarkets, the Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, Capodagli Property Company, and the Enburg Group.
HACPAC is located at 102 State Street in Hackensack and there is plenty of parking in the area. For more information about the PAC the House Series and other programs, visit www.hacpac.org or call 201-820-3007.