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The Color Purple at Paper Mill Playhouse is an Inspirational Tour de Force!

Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel comes to life to begin the new season at Paper Mill Playhouse.


The bright lights of Broadway always shine a little brighter when Paper Mill Playhouse begins its new season each fall. Located in Millburn, NJ, Paper Mill Playhouse events draw talent from the New York stages, both onstage and behind-the-scenes, to entertain and inspire patrons of regional theatre. And this year, the 2016 Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple will open the 2018-2019 season in soul-raising fashion!

If you’re a lover of the Alice Walker bestseller, you’ll never forget this powerful production of The Color Purple at Paper Mill Playhouse. Not only does it stay loyal to its inspirational source material, it recreates the award-winning reimagining that John Doyle staged on the Great White Way to universal acclaim. He returns to serve as director of this production making this a can’t miss event for any theater lover!

If you are new to this epic saga, depicting forty-years in the life of a family in rural Georgia at the turn of the century (and we mean the twentieth century), you’ll be in for quite an emotional roller coaster ride. This stirring musical follows the life of the inspirational Celie as she journeys through the innocence of youth to find hope, despair, and joy before finally discovering her voice and inner strength. If you want to see a show at Paper Mill Playhouse that extols not only the power of love, but the love of living life, this is the production for you!

The Color Purple arrives on September 26 and runs through October 21.

If you’re coming to Millburn for any Paper Mill Playhouse production, book a room with us at The Wilshire Grand NJ. Only a few miles away from the theater, the comfortable accommodations of The Wilshire Grand will ensure your own theatrical journey is truly standing ovation worthy!

3 Reasons to Say “I Do” to Fall Weddings at The Wilshire Grand

Every season is wedding season at The Wilshire Grand, but discover the distinct benefits of saying “I Do” with us in the fall!


When pumpkin spice becomes all the rage, you know that the fall season has begun! Even though the temperatures drop, fall weddings are on the rise in popularity. There are a multitude of reasons for this ever-growing trend and we here at The Wilshire Grand NJ have composed a list of the 3 top reasons you should consider doing your wedding planning with the fall season in mind!

Weddings at The Wilshire Grand can be indoor or outdoor affairs!

Depending on the size of your ceremony, Wilshire Grand weddings can be officiated in a variety of indoor and outdoor locations. No matter which type of ceremony you decide, the picturesque fall foliage surrounding our West Orange property paints the perfect natural backdrop. This earth tone theme, mimicking the changing colors of the trees, can be incorporated into your indoor ceremony and reception, providing the perfect autumn blend of modern yet rustic luxury. The aforementioned chillier weather also caters to more diverse fashion options, ensuring that your Wilshire Grand wedding can be the ceremony you have always dreamed of.

The summer wedding season, and all of your guests’ personal vacations, are behind you!

Fall weddings at The Wilshire Grand fall perfectly on the calendar. Guests have most likely already spent some time vacationing during the warmer weather months. Your RSVP list will see an uptick in confirmations (especially as we can provide you with a block of rooms to accommodate out-of-town attendees).

Every season is wedding season at The Wilshire Grand!

Our team of wedding specialists is dedicated to making your dreams come true no matter the season. From catered menus to floral arrangements and all other “little” details that make a ceremony unique, we will ensure that your fall wedding is the perfect start for your personal “happily ever after”!

Experience the Sights and Sounds of Game of Thrones at Prudential Center

Winter is coming early this year when the critically acclaimed Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience brings the world of Westeros to the Garden State!


If the anticipation for Season 8 of the groundbreaking HBO series Game of Thrones (GOT) is as frustrating as watching King Joffrey rule from the Iron Throne, The Wilshire Grand has the ideal solution! Take a trip into the world of Westeros yourself and take part in a live concert experience that needs to be seen to be believed! Coming off an original successful tour of North America in 2017 and a smash hit run of Europe earlier this year, Ramin Djawadi is bringing his evocative score – and the HBO adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s fantasy world from his A Song of Ice and Fire series – to life with the all-new Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience!

Experiencing Game of Thrones at Prudential Center is a must for any superfan!

This updated Game of Thrones 2018 “greatest hits” compilation, being altered from its original staging to feature the most recent season of the series, comes to the Prudential Center on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 (show starts at 8:00 PM). Along with the famed composer, a full orchestra will take you on a journey through the highlights and lowlights that are still etched in your memory. Yet instead of watching your beloved “Dragon Lady” Daenerys command her army of scaly flying creatures from the comfort of your living room, you are thrown into the action, complete with the requisite pyrotechnics and fire to ensure you feel a part of the fantasy around you.

No longer is winter coming, music is coming

and The Wilshire Grand NJ is waiting to be your Casterly Rock for this one-of-a-kind experience. Located just a short ten-mile dragon ride away, the luxurious comfort of our accommodations will keep you feeling as if you truly took a trip to the Known World, if only for one night.

It’s Time to Celebrate Labor Day in NJ!

Monday, September 3rd, brings the unofficial end of summer and with it a variety of ways to celebrate Labor Day 2018!


The unofficial end of summer is upon us as Monday, September 3 is Labor Day in NJ. Unlike other holidays, Labor Day celebrations don’t have specific rituals to follow. No tree to decorate. No candy to trick-or-treat for. Labor Day 2018 is just a day to honor the creation of the labor movement in the US… by not working!! Labor Day Weekend in NJ promises to be chock full of regional events to enjoy. The Wilshire Grand NJ has a few suggestions that will help you celebrate the non-traditional aspects of this beloved holiday!

Looking to celebrate Labor Day in NJ throughout the entire weekend? There a few destinations you should consider that are hosting weekend-long events. The 2018 Boonton Fire Department Labor Day Carnival starts on Thursday, August 30 and runs all the way to Sunday night. This annual event features rides, games, live entertainment, a parade on Saturday, and a grand finale of fireworks on Sunday night. Another popular choice is The Feast of Saint Joseph in Lodi, NJ (Friday through Monday). This family event is full of rides, games, live entertainment and a big helping of great Italian food.

If you are just planning a one-day affair, the Labor Day Paddle on the Passaic River is always a top choice for families. Located at the Essex County Environmental Center (Roseland), you’ll be able to enjoy the relaxing ambiance of floating down the river. Or maybe check out the more traditional Rutherford Labor Day Street Fair, the largest and longest running in the entire Garden State!

No matter your choice, end your summer in memorable fashion by booking a room with us at The Wilshire Grand. Celebrate the spirit of Labor Day with all the comforts of home, but without any of the work!

Summers Are Cooler at the Family Fun Nights at Turtle Back Zoo

Uncage your wild side and enjoy this annual summer series of events at the Turtle Back Zoo!


Anyone who has grown up in the Garden State surely has memories of family fun at the Turtle Back Zoo. Not as renowned as its nearby Bronx cousin, this small space in West Orange, NJ holds just as much animal amusements and childlike wonderment. One such example is the beloved series of Turtle Back Zoo events that have just returned for 2018. Every Wednesday and Thursday in July and August, the Zoo extends its hours of operation to 8:00 PM. These Family Fun Nights at Turtle Back Zoo allow you to visit and experience the wild wonders of the animal kingdom when the summer temperatures are cooler.

There are special events at the Turtle Back Zoo that coincide with these extended hours! Not only do you get a chance to see all of the exhibits that have captivated families for years, such as the beloved Prairie Dogs and majestic Black Bears, depending on the day of the week, there’ll be even more amazing animal action to enjoy.

Wednesdays become a trip to the “Zoo-vies”!

Enjoy family-friendly (and animal-inspired) movies on the rooftop of the parking deck. Paddington 2 and Deep have already lit up the screen, but don’t miss out on Kong: Skull Island and The Jungle Book!

Thursdays are a true behind-the-scenes affair!

Not only are you in the Zoo after hours, on Thursdays, the trainers give you even more access to your favorite exhibits. Tour behind the scenes at the Shores of Africa or take in a special night version of the beloved Sea Lion Show!

Only a short distance away, The Wilshire Grand is ready to cap off your night in truly memorable fashion. The comfortable accommodations of The Wilshire Grand NJ will help you refresh and recharge after your walk on the wild side.

Don’t Miss the Freestyle Fun of Wild N' Out Live!

Nick Cannon is set to bring a live version of his “all that” MTV show to the Prudential Center!

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Who knew what started as a summer replacement show on MTV in 2005 would go on to span twelve seasons of sketch comedy greatness! And now, Nick Cannon’s Wild N’ Out is taking their brand of hilarious competitions and “ill improv” on the road! Wild N’ Out Live is not only the first full-length tour of this hit television series; it promises to be one of the top comedic can’t-miss Prudential Center events of the year!

What can you expect from this star-studded end to summer events in NJ?

Just like when watching from the comfort of your home, Wild N’ Out in NJ will feature a comedy lineup of the show’s regular cast members. From the comedy stylings of Chico Bean and Hitman Holla to the musical mastery of Fabolous and YFN Lucci, the action at the Prudential Center on Saturday, August 25, 2018, will be wild and out of this world in terms of stand-up savagery!

Yet what’s the best thing about attending the Wild N’ Out NJ stop on the tour? It has to be the chance to participate in some of the most popular games from the show with the cast. Can you imagine getting the chance to engage in a little “Talking’ Spit” in front of the PruCenter crowd with Nick Cannon himself? Or what about being chosen to come up on stage and assist with “Tore Up From The Floor Up”? These once-in-a-lifetime moments are only possible if you are there when the show kicks off at 8:00 PM!

The Wilshire Grand NJ is ready to get “wild” with you!

Being located less than 10 miles away from the Prudential Center NJ, The Wilshire Grand is the perfect luxurious haven to ensure your freestylin’ fun doesn’t have to end after the last punchline is thrown!

Frontiers Will Be Broken By Alejandro Fernandez at Prudential Center

The highly-anticipated kick off of the “Rompiendo Fronteras” (Breaking Frontiers) tour will bring a unique Latin flair to the Prudential Center!


His name may not light up the domestic charts like Taylor Swift or Drake, but pop/ranchero star Alejandro Fernandez has sold over 30 million albums over the course of his 30-year career. Nicknamed El Potrillo by his adoring fans (as he is the son of the “King of Ranchero Music”), this “colt” is kicking off his 20 city “Rompiendo Fronteras” (Breaking Frontiers) tour at the Prudential Center on Thursday, August 23. Making this concert tour, which is in support of his 19th and latest album, even more legendary is the inclusion of the influential norteño group Los Tigres Del Norte.

These two juggernauts have differing musical styles, but after a massive fan campaign, their 2018 collaboration “Para Sacarte De Mi Vida" was born. You can be sure that during the Alejandro Fernandez 2018 tour, this collaborative effort will be unveiled for the first time on the live stage. That fact alone makes this one of the most anticipated summer events in NJ. Fans can expect these two legendary acts to live up to their solid reputations for bringing their stellar musicianship to the live stage in full force. Will Alejandro Fernandez continue his set-list of ranchera openings and stripped down pop tunes to send the crowd home happy? Or will this new pairing with Los Tigres Del Norte alter his tried and true formula for singles success?

When visiting the area for any Prudential Center Events, The Wilshire Grand is the perfect home base to ensure your experience is truly unforgettable. Located less than 10 miles away, let the luxurious comfort of The Wilshire Grand NJ be the ideal complement to your “frontier breaking” night! There are only a few summer concerts in NJ left for the season! Don’t miss out on this one-night-only event in the Garden State!

Don’t Miss Out on the Summer Nights at SOPAC!

This series of summer events at SOPAC ensures that Wednesday is no longer the most dreaded day on your weekly calendar!

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Every week, the dreaded Wednesday “Hump Day” blues sink in. This sentiment may increase to truly feeling like a “Slump Day” when the summer months roll around. The kids are out of school! The weather’s warm! The nights are longer! But the work week is still only halfway through!  The Wilshire Grand wishes to ensure you no longer feel wary of Wednesday by recommending this returning and highly-anticipated series of summer events in NJ: South Orange Summer Nights!

The SO Summer Nights are weekly Wednesday night programs jointly produced by the South Orange Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs and SOPAC. Three separate programs blend together to form these fun summer nights at SOPAC:

Art in the Park – Let your artistic soul shine at the remaining 2018 events taking place at Floods Hill in Meadowland Park from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (adults and children age 6 and older is recommended).

Concerts in the Park – Arrive early to Floods Hill to sample the delicious delights from the food trucks and get your prime spot on the lawn before this concert series pumps up the jams at 7:30 PM (approximately 2 hours in duration). These four musical South Orange events will ensure you aren’t singing the Wednesday blues!

Moonlit Movies – Rounding out this season of SO Summer Nights are the three movie screenings at Floods Hill. Starting at 8:00 PM, a trio of 2017 family favorites (Coco, Jumanji, and Despicable Me 3) will light up the park.

Floods Hill is the place to be to wash away your case of the Wednesdays. The perfect complement to these South Orange events is booking a room with us at The Wilshire Grand NJ. Approximately five miles away, the luxurious comfort of our accommodations will guarantee your Wednesday is no longer weary and woeful, but wonderful, winsome, and worthwhile!

All Roads Lead to Family Fun at the Dover SummerFest!

Get your motor running and head out on the highway to the SummerFest in Dover, NJ!


The motors will be revving! The grills will be sizzling! And the family fun will be unforgettable when Dover SummerFest 2018 cruises its way to the top of the can’t miss local NJ events. On Saturday, July 28, Crescent Field in Dover, New Jersey will be taken over by Hot Rods and Harleys with a heaping side dish of the top local BBQ fare! Last year was the inaugural edition of this event, even though the SummerFest in Dover was being billed as the “First Annual Dover Car Show”. Yet after the success of that festival, this free day of family fun was rechristened as the Dover SummerFest, as it became so much more than just a car show!

This year, the event, running from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, promises to be bigger and better than last year’s test drive! It will be a day full of live music, kids’ activities, great food, and of course, a heavy dose of automotive adoration. There will even be different classes of trophies being awarded to many of the registered roadsters and their beloved wheels. Yet for most, the fun-filled event will be all about enjoying the local live tunes on the main stage and the classic BBQ eats from the grills of the many local food vendors. This community event promises to provide an endless supply of Americana charm and local summer fun.

After a day out in the sun, rev up your engine and take a short drive over to The Wilshire Grand. Our comfortable accommodations are the perfect version of a luxury rest stop after the checkered flag has flown, ending the fun at the Morris County SummerFest. The Wilshire Grand NJ will ensure that your day of summer motor madness wins the first place trophy for fun!

See The “Irresponsible” Kevin Hart at the Prudential Center This Summer!

The highly-anticipated return of Kevin Hart to the Garden State is only a few weeks away!

How will the Grown Little Man follow up his banner year in 2017? Last year, his international comedy tour “WHAT NOW” sold out some of the largest venues across the globe, making him the first comedian to officially “sell out” an NFL stadium! That is quite a feat to top, but the Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour 2018 is making a serious attempt at reaching that sky-high goal!

Already setting records for selling over one million tickets worldwide in a little less than six months, the Irresponsible Tour 2018 needed to add more dates to its lengthy schedule to meet the demand of this comedic tour-de-force’s rabid fanbase. One such added stop on his trek across the globe is coming to New Jersey on Saturday, July 28th. Only a few weeks away, this is the perfect time to see Kevin Hart at the Prudential Center (show starts at 7:00 PM). Being one of the most easily accessible arenas in the country, no matter how many members of his legion of fans turn out, the Prudential Center is the ideal venue to catch this five-foot-four but larger than life comedian in his natural habitat… live on stage!

After all of the laughs, let The Wilshire Grand be the perfect encore to ensure your night of comedy does not take a turn toward a Shakespearian-styled tragedy. Less than 10 miles away from the Prudential Center, The Wilshire Grand NJ is the perfect blend of convenience and luxury. No matter if you wish to continue the laughs into the night or crash and get a good night’s restfully sated from the humorous event on stage, our well-appointed accommodations will ensure that Kevin Hart is the only “irresponsible” aspect of your night.