A jam-packed season at Queens Theatre
by Lisa A. Fraser
Nov 16, 2011 | 21255 views | 0 0 comments | 2114 2114 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Paula Poundstone will be at Queens Theatre on December 3.
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If you thought Queens was off the map when it comes to entertainment, and if you never gave a second thought about Queens when it came to matters of theatre — then you’re mistaken because the Queens Theatre in the Park has an incredible Winter/Spring season lined up for theatre aficionados and novices alike.

Located at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the premier performing arts venue has lots in store this season, with big names like Paula Poundstone, Melissa Manchester (who is playing this weekend, see the calendar section) and Parsons Dance.

The lineup of entertainment is all part of the Theatre’s biggest season yet.

Queens Theatre’s mission is to provide quality and diverse performing arts activities that are easily accessible -- economically and geographically -- to the 2.2 million diverse residents of Queens. To foster greater cultural awareness and appreciation, the Theatre presents and produces programs that reflect this diversity and features international, national and local artists, according to their website.

Paula Poundstone will perform on Saturday, December 3. The Emmy Award-winning comedian comes to Queens Theatre for two side-splitting performances featuring her trademark brand of witty and spontaneous comedy.

The thirteen-member Latin jazz ensemble Spanish Harlem Orchestra is set to perform on Sunday, December 4.

The internationally renowned company under the artistic direction of dancer/choreographer David Parsons, Parsons Dance will perform on December 10 and 11.

And just in time for Christmas, on December 14-18 and December 20-24, a production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” will run. Five actors bring George Bailey, Mary, the angel Clarence and the townspeople of Bedford Falls to life, playing dozens of characters and performing all the sound effects, just as they did during the golden age of radio.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats will ring in the new year from December 27-30 with a special New Year’s Eve performance on December 31.

In the spring (from February 23 to March 4), visitors can enjoy the production, “Ella,” an exhilarating new musical about “The First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald. Set on the night of a big concert, Ella reflects on her life, jams with Louis Armstrong and performs more than a dozen of her most famous hits, including “A Tisket, A Tasket,” “How High the Moon,” and “That Old Black Magic.”

And Tom Wopat, the star of stage (“Annie Get Your Gun”, “Guys and Dolls”) and television (Dukes of Hazzard, Cybill) will perform a concert of Broadway hits and standards of the 40s and 50s on March 24.

So if your impression of Queens was some out-of-the-way suburban terrain with no style, substance or culture — think again.

Queens Theatre is placing the most diverse borough on New York’s stage, demanding that it receive a standing ovation.

For more information on upcoming shows, including times and fees, visit queenstheatre.org.

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