The repertory for the evening includes City (2010) set to Bach’s "Sonata for Violin and Piano #6 in G major," Wein (1995) set to Maurice Ravel’s “La Valse,” On Distant Shores (2011) set to Aaron Jay Kernis’s “On Distant Shores,” and Celestial Tides (2011) set to Bach’s "Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major."
This internationally acclaimed American modern dance company returns to Queens Theatre’s 2013-14 Dance Series with their captivating power and emotion. Exquisitely blending classical music and modern dance, they create a unique atmosphere unparalleled to other companies.
About the Company: RIOULT Dance NY
RIOULT Dance NY, celebrating its 20th Anniversary in the 2013-2014 Season, fast became an established name in modern dance with a reputation for bringing the sensual, articulate and musical dance works of Pascal Rioult to audiences worldwide. The twelve dancer company, based in New York City, is led by husband-and-wife team Artistic Director/Choreographer Pascal Rioult and Associate Artistic Director Joyce Herring - both former Martha Graham Dance Company principal dancers. With an established repertoire of over 40 dances that expands each year, RIOULT Dance NY presents an annual New York Season and tours nationally and abroad. In addition, in-school arts education and community outreach have been integral to the company since its inception, introducing students and families to the art of modern dance.
A Jew Grows in Brooklynis “funny, touching and beautiful …
you don’t have to be Jewish or Brooklynish … Jake Ehrenreich is Dazzling!”
A smash hit from the heart of the Broadway, where it played for more than a year and a half and returning to New York after a smash two year national tour, A Jew Grows in Brooklynis an “engaging, poignant and hilarious” (Palm Beach Post) comedy musical about the path to an identity. This highly acclaimed show chronicles the life of Jake Ehrenreich; a uniquely talented American born child of Holocaust survivors.
Through stories and comedy and music, performed with a live band and multi-media video and photos – including a classic Rock Medley (California Dreamin’, Secret Agent Man, Sunshine of Your Love), a multi-instrumental version of Louis Prima’s Sing, Sing, Sing, and even a selection of Yiddish songs – Jake mesmerizingly recreates his unforgettable journey of discovery and lessons learned.
From the stoops of Brooklyn to Rock n’ Roll days--this show “has a glow all its own” (Chicago Tribune) and is “one of the most touching, soulful, and laugh out loud shows you’ll ever see!” (Jazz FM 91). Anthony De Valle (Las Vegas Review-Journal) added…“Ehrenreich's likable stage presence and his belief in what he was doing gave the evening an electrical charge. He brought warmth to the room.”
A part of QTP’s Immigrant Voices Reading Series, Flipzoids is a funny and highly moving story about three Filipinos navigating through the shifting landscape of home, desire, and loneliness. Set on a deserted beach in southern California, the play examines what it means to be an outsider, to be Filipino and/or American; to be a hybrid. Flipzoids tests the great American axiom, "please melt in our pot" by showing three generations coping with ethnic and sexual confusion in the "promised land" of America. Flipzoids is about what we do, how we twist ourselves, to become what is expected of us - the New Americans. This performance is presented by the esteemed Ma Yi Theatre Company, a frequent QTP collaborator.
This reading of Flipzoids is part of Queens Theatre in the Park’s Immigrant Voices Project Reading Series, a New Play Development Program sponsored by ConEdison.
It’s the summer of 1964, and four inseparable friends form a girl group, win a talent contest, and make it to the top! Now, many years – and a few pounds later - "The Bikinis" reunite for a show filled with sun and fun, taking the audience on a giddy and delightful musical journey. Join these best friends as they relive the past with hits like "It’s in His Kiss," "Heat Wave," "Under The Boardwalk," "Mambo Italiano," "Ain’t No Mountain High Enough," and "I Will Survive!" A Miracle or 2 Production, The Bikinis is directed by Ray Roderick and created and written by Ray Roderick and James Hindman, with musical arrangements by Joseph Baker and additional music and lyrics by Joseph Baker and Ray Roderick.
Tony Award-nominee for “The Lion King,” and the voice of “Circle of Life,” Tsidii brings her dazzling vocal prowess to Queens Theatre in the Park! To the Rising Sun features the music of three legends - Odetta, the “Queen of American Folk music,” Nina Simone, the “High Priestess of Soul,” and “Mama Africa” herself, Miriam Makeba. The soaring, inspirational performance captivates the audience with the human potential for love, understanding, and hope. Join Tsidii as she takes audiences on an entrancing musical journey!
“Tsidii’s concerts are an earthy, enriching experience with a heartbeat of international flavors!” “Zoom Express “
The passionate and fiery star of the Broadway and film versions of RENT returns to Queens Theatre in the Park for one night only! With Edoff on piano and Pascal on vocals, bass and guitar, "Me & Larry" features hip, new arrangements of hit songs from "Chess," "Cabaret," "A Chorus Line," and "Rent", as well as original material from Adam’s three smash solo CDs. Exhilarating, aching, suave and gritty, Adam Pascal’s vocal range carries pop, rock and Broadway to new creative heights!
This performance of "meandlarry" is sponsored by Astoria Federal Savings.
A rip-roaring, spanking-new dance musical from the creators of “Swango!” One Ride’s powerful and passionate story is told through the songs of country legend Chris LeDoux and the breathtaking choreography of Robert Royston, the man behind QTP’s smash hit, “Swango!” Full of energy, dynamic movement and the live music of Chris’ band, Western Underground, “One Ride”is a timeless tale about the quest to find the “champion” in ourselves! Conceived, directed and choreographed by Robert Roysten.
In this wacky farce by Bob Canning, a woman from Queens has the worst Thanksgiving ever. Her plumbing has gone haywire, her mother won’t talk, her kid sister won’t stop talking, and her maid is being chased by an old man in a wheelchair. But things are about to get worse - a whole lot worse, when her ex-husband shows up in a dress! How could this happen to a nice Jewish woman from Sunnyside?
This reading of Dances with Dinosaurs is a part of Queens Theatre in the Park’s New Play Development Program, sponsored by ConEdison.
Don’t miss your chance to see comic legend Jackie Mason in action! Indisputably one of the greatest comedians of all time, Jackie Mason returns to Queens Theatre in the Park, where audiences can’t get enough of his outrageous, lay-em-in-the-aisles stand-up act. As always at QTP, Jackie Mason will be trying out new, no-holds-barred material - so get ready to be whipped with a Borscht Belt!
Now more popular than ever, Jackie Mason combines pungent political satire, insightful observations on the foibles of modern life and impeccable timing to create material that leaves audiences laughing until they cry and critics raving show after show.
In 167 Tongues, 11 playwrights and 29 actors bring to life one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the world - Jackson Heights! A panorama of characters are interwoven in this rich and rewarding tapestry of life in the streets, homes and shops of a section of a borough where 167 languages are spoken. A Nepali woman and a Mexican man, Ecuadoran and Bangladeshi girls, a Rwandan night nurse, a Dominican manicurist and her Jewish-Chinese boyfriend - all cross paths in this vibrant new play that explores the emotional geography of this rapidly-evolving community!
This performance is a part of Queens Theatre in the Park’s New Play Development Program, sponsored by ConEdison.
In this 20th Anniversary production cast members Mayes and Wintersteller along with original musical director Patrick Brady are reunited under the direction of Tony Award-winning director, Richard Maltby Jr. The production is also part of celebration of a month long celebration and series of events including honoring them at CAP 21’s annual gala on March 11th, the opening night gala of "Closer Than Ever" on April 16th , and the opening April 30th at the McCarter Center of their new musical "Take Flight".
With music by David Shire and lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr., Closer Than Ever is a theatrical revue filled with wise and witty “songs of experience,” that reflect on marriage, parents, children, and lasting friendships. As part of their ongoing efforts to update and keep the work relevant to a new generation of theatergoers Maltby and Shire are adding new material which includes a new song called “Dating Again” about the pitfalls and pleasures of being single again, as well as updating outdated lyrics and additional material.
In addition to the early casting including Ms. Mayes and Ms. Wintersteller, the production will also feature co-direction and choreography by J. Kurt Stamm, musical direction by Patrick Brady, scenery designed by Roman Tatarowicz, costumes designed by Thome Heyer and lighting designed by Ryan O’Gara.
"T’ain’t No Sin, A Ragtime and Jazz Party" is a high spirited celebration of the wonderful hot and blue music of the 20’s and 30’s. The show features Terry Waldo and his Gotham City Band, an ensemble of New York’s finest traditional jazz musicians, with singer and Broadway favorite Colleen Hawks.
Spend an evening with the man "The New York Times" called a "ragtime pianist nonpareil and eminent scholar of the form." Terry Waldo, world-famous performer of ragtime, stride and classic American popular music, has played at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Supreme Court (at the request of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor), and many of NYC’s historic jazz and cabaret venues like The Cookery, The Village Gate and The Bottom Line. Terry Waldo’s book This Is Ragtime was republished this year by Jazz at Lincoln Center Library Editions, with an introduction by Wynton Marsalis.
Waldo’s Gotham City Band includes Colleen Hawks (vocals), Joe Muranyi (clarinet and vocals), Peter Ecklund (cornet), Brian Nalepka (string bass and tuba), Arnie Kinsella (drums), Terry Waldo (piano and vocals).
After several walk-on parts in her parents' television series, The Lucy Show, Ms. Arnaz made her first acting appearance in a continuing role in the series Here's Lucy playing Kim, the daughter of the eponymous Lucy, who was played by Arnaz's real-life mother, Lucille Ball.
Ms. Arnaz branched out into television roles independent of her family from the mid-1970s. In 1975, she played infamous murder victim Elizabeth Short in a production of Who is the Black Dahlia? while in 1978, she appeared in an episode of Fantasy Islandas a woman desperately trying to save her marriage. She has continued to make appearances in a number of popular television series over the years, including Murder, She Wrote, Marcus Welby M.D., Sons and Daughters, andLaw & Order. Ms. Arnaz also briefly had a series of her own, The Lucie Arnaz Show, in 1985.
She has also had a lengthy career in musical theatre. In the summer of 1978, she played the title role in Annie Get Your Gun at the popular Jones Beach Theatre on Long island, NY. She made her Broadway debut in 1979 in the musical They're Playing Our Song. Arnaz won the Theatre World Award and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portray of Sonia Walsk in the show. In 1986, she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her tour with Tommy Tune in the international company of the musical My One and Only. She has numerous other theater and musical credits both in the United States and abroad, including roles in Seesaw, Annie Get Your Gun, Whose Life is it, Anyway?, The Guardsman, The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True, Sonia Flew, The Witches of Eastwick, Vanities, Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Terence McNally's Master Class.
Ms. Arnaz has also made some feature film appearances, the most prominent of which was 1980's The Jazz Singer, in which she co-starred with singer Neil Diamond and renowned actor Laurence Olivier. She earned a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe nomination for her work in the film. She won an Emmy Award in 1993 for her documentary Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie.
100 Years of Yiddish Theater Music – From shtetl to Klezmer Revival featuring special guest Daniella Rabbani, and the New Yiddish Chorale. Join one of the world’s most acclaimed authorities of Yiddish song in a musical journey that explores the wonderful legacy of Yiddish theater music and its influence on American popular culture. Mlotek, who is the Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene, and the co-creator of the musical hits “The Golden Land”, “Those Were the Days” and “On Second Avenue”, introduces and performs musical gems, as translations appear on a large screen.
Starring OBIE Award-winning actor JoJo Gonzales (“The Romance of Magno Rubio”, “Law & Order”), SWEET KARMA is a powerful and haunting new play, based on true events, about a complex and completely unique man who lived an extraordinary life – from a tragic past in a Cambodia ruled by the Khmer Rouge, to the glitter of Hollywood. This original play tells the tale of a Cambodian doctor who is gunned down outside his Los Angeles apartment after surviving the turbulent years following the Cambodian genocide. In death, he meets a mysterious woman who helps him confront choices he made and find peace. www.sweetkarma.org
Playwright Henry Ong will be attending the Opening Night performance. His next production is “Fabric”, about the Thai garment workers’ slavery case, at Company of Angels, Los Angeles in July, 2010. He is a 12-time recipient of the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department grant. His play, “Madame Mao’s Memories”, based on the life of the infamous Jiang Qing, has been produced nationally and internationally, including the Edinburgh Arts Festival, London’s Latchmere Theatre, TheatreWorks in Singapore, and the Old Globe Theatre, San Diego.
SWEET KARMA is directed by Marcy Arlin, ITP’s Founder and Artistic Director. Honoree at the 2009 American Immigration Council Conference, Arlin has directed at the Public, New York Theater Workshop, LaMama, HERE, National Theatre of Romania, Dublin Fringe, 59E59, Mazer Theatre, LPAC, among other venues. With ITP she has developed over 200 new plays nationally and internationally. She is an original member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, Theatre without Borders, No Passport, and is a Fulbright Scholar to Romania and the Czech Republic. “Director Marcy Arlin pulls maximum drama from each startling reversal…” Marko the Prince, backstage.com “Immigrants’ Theatre Project… celebrates the work and talents of New York City’s immigrant population.” Showbusiness.com
SWEET KARMA features a well-known and talented all-Asian New York cast: JoJo Gonzales*, Ali Ahn* (Chay Yew’s “Visible Cities”, Naples Theater Festival), Bonna Tek (Shakespeare Lab/Public Theater), Susan Hyon (Yara Arts, Kazakhstan) and Brian Hirono. (* denotes members of Actors’ Equity Association). The Design Team includes Robert Monaco (Sets), Christopher Weston (Lights), Anna-Alisa Belous (Costumes) Elizabeth Rhodes (Sound). Dramaturgy by Don Rebar. Stage Manager: Nicole Marconi. Line Producer: Steve Werner
From summer homes in the Berkshires, Coconut Grove, Florida and tours around the country, THE NEWS IN REVUE will be presented at Queens Theatre in the Park. THE NEWS IN REVUE features a troupe of singing satirists who perform topical parody and delight in musically skewering public events and figures from A-Rod to Zadari.
The sometimes antagonistic mother/daughter relationship has never been funnier. Unmarried New Yorker, Amy Loo decides to visit her mother in LA after losing her job. Even though mother and daughter are physically closer than ever, the gap between them widens as Rosa decides to find her daughter a husband. Amy digs in resisting her mother's overtures and the battle escalates. Tactics become more ruthless - and more uproarious: competing red dresses, a flying Peking duck and then the ultimate weapon ... What ensues is hilariously familiar to anyone who has experienced the generation gap, the culture gap, or just doesn't quite understand the relatives.
Written by Kitty Chen. Directed by Nancy Robillard. Set Design by Charlie Wittreich. Costume Design by Debra Otte. Electric Theatre Lighting Design by Jim Langdom. QTIP Lighting Design by Chris Davis. Sound Design by Connor McGuigan. Prop Design by Elizabeth Feller. Electric Theatre Stage Manager Marybeth Langdon. QTIP Stage Manager Cyrille Blackburn. Featuring Nadia Gan, Wai Ching Ho, Glenn Kubota, Jodi Lin, Matt Rashid. Presented in association with the Electric Theatre Company of Scranton.
ROSA LOSES HER FACE was originally presented as a developmental production by Luna Stage in Montclair, NJ in 1997.
"Rosa Parks" is about one of the Civil Rights Movement’s most respected heroines, brought to life through rich and beautiful songs. The musical depicts how an ordinary woman became renowned for an extraordinary, history-changing act of bravery. "Rosa Parks" is the winner of a Richard Rodgers Award for staged readings, administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Music by Scott Ethier. Book & Lyrics by Jeff Hughes. Directed by Daniella Topol, Musical Direction by Lisa DeSpain.
The cast includes Shannon Antalan ("Caroline", "Or Change"), Chauncey Allen Bellamy, Jason C. Brown, Ben Harney (Tony-Award winner as the original Curtis in "Dreamgirls", returning to the New York stage after two decades), Michael Genét (“Talk To Me,” "Lestat"), William Jackson Harper ("Ruined"), Herndon Lackey ("Lovemusik"), Libya V. Pugh, and C. Kelly Wright.
When a boat arrives on the tiny Greek island of Elia – for the first time in 20 years – some of the villagers’ long-held secrets come to the forefront, and they are left with only one choice...to face their hidden selves, celebrate life and just say OPA!
Nytheatre.com called Opa! The Musical a “joyful, feel-good musical about the people on a remote island off the coast of Greece.” The production received five awards from the 2008 Midtown International Theatre Festival. Opa! The Musical is part of the 2009 Greek Cultural Festival.
Opa! The Musical will be performed from October 8 – 25, 2009, with performances on Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm.
Book by Mari Carras & Laurel Ollstein. Music by Nicholas Carras, with additional songs by Elise Morris. Lyrics by Mari Carras & Donald Eugster. Greek Choreography by Anthoula Katsimatides. Directed by Sam Viverito.
AGAINST THE RISING SEA is the "On Golden Pond" of our times, starring Patricia Conolly and Tony Award winner Elizabeth Franz ("Death of a Salesman"). This funny and poignant play is set in Provincetown on Cape Cod. Goldie and Lina’s life together comes full circle when their path collides with a younger version of themselves. A story of relationships, an uncertain future and a troubled past. Directed by Joe Cacaci.