Outstanding Musicals 2016

After a couple of false starts, TimesLedger Newspapers is ready to crown the best of the borough’s Off-Off-Broadway scene for the 2015-2016 season.

The first round of nominees include two shows from the Secret Theatre and one from APAC.

Nominees for Best Musical are “Hair,” “Merrily We Roll Along” and “A Chorus Line.”

Winners will be announced in the June 3 edition of the papers.

Queens Kudos redux

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With the opening of Astoria Performing Arts Center’s production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” this week, it is time to talk Queens Kudos for the borough’s Off-Off Broadway companies.

To help focus attention on the professional and community theater groups we have split the Kudos into two versions.

The first winners in the Community Theater group were announced in March. For the next round, any production that ran between Jan. 1, 2015 and May 6, 2016 will be eligible for a nomination, provided it was an Equity Approved Showcase.

Nominees in Play and Musical categories will be announced over the next couple of days on this site.

The winners of the 3rd annual Queens Kudos will appear in the June 3 issues of TimesLedger Newspapers.

Show lights up the Secret’s stage

The "Fairies" are: Elliott Litherland, Shannon Whalen, Emily Jo Haenny, and (in front) Bethany Mitchell.  Photo courtesy Plum Stab

The “Fairies” are: Elliott Litherland, Shannon Whalen, Emily Jo Haenny, and (in front) Bethany Mitchell. Photo courtesy Plum Stab

Tommy Walker plays Jerry and Carolyn Gilliam portrays Euphoria in "420:The Musical." Photo courtesy Plum Stab

Tommy Walker plays Jerry and Carolyn Gilliam portrays Euphoria in “420:The Musical.” Photo courtesy Plum Stab

Jerry, an uptight stoner, takes a big ole toke on his favorite holiday and wakes up in the Land of 420.

Once there –presumably Jonesing for the family-size bag of Cheetos — he discovers the only way to get home is to locate the elusive Mighty High.

During his journey he finds out the true meaning of 420.

Oh, did we mention Jerry’s adventure is a musical?

Written by John Kehoe and Laura Lonski, the show rolls into the Secret Theatre next week.

“420: The Musical” hits the stage on Wednesday, April 20, for two performances at 7 pm and again at 9:30 pm.

Click here for tickets. 

 

A flower grows in LIC

A little bit of street art hangs on the corner of 44th Drive and 23rd Street in LIC.

A little bit of street art hangs on the corner of 44th Drive and 23rd Street in LIC.

After leaving the Sunday matinee of Ken Greller’s new play “Troll” at the Secret Theatre we noticed a couple of things along 23rd Street.

First were the signs taped to light poles announcing a no-parking zone because of the upcoming filming of “The Good Wife.”

Second was this sunflower painted on a green construction wall at the corner of 44th Drive.

Not sure what it’s all about, or who painted it.

A quick web search netted a couple dozen shots with the #inloveLIC posted since about the middle of March.

If you’re the artist, let us know who you are.

 

Curtain goes up on Queens World Film Festival

The crowd gears up for the first screening Tuesday at the Queens World Film Festival. Photo by Naeisha Rose

The crowd gears up for the first screening Tuesday at the Queens World Film Festival. Photo by Naeisha Rose

In March, the borough’s fancy turns to movies.

The 6th annual Queens World Film Festival opened Tuesday night with a special screening at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria.

More than 130 showings take place through Sunday at MoMI, the Secret Theatre., P.S. 69 and All Saints Episcopal Church.

The closing night ceremony, taking place Saturday evening, includes the awards ceremony and a special screening of Susan Seidelman’s 1982 movie “Smithereens.”

A Q & A with Seidelman and IndieCollects Executive Director Sandra Schulberg will follow the movie.

 

 

And the Kudos go to…..

"Seussical: The Musical," by the JC Players was named Best Musical.

“Seussical: The Musical,” by the JC Players was named Best Musical.

The wait is over.

Winners of 2016 Queens Kudos Awards for community theater, presented by TimesLedger Newspapers, have been published in our papers and on our website.

“Seussical: The Musical,” scored wins in six of the nine categories.

Other winners include, “Vanities,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Voting for Queens Kudos almost over

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The voting for TimesLedger’s third annual Queens Kudos ends Friday night at midnight.

And with only a few days left, some of the contests have proven to be pretty exciting. In a couple of cases only two votes separates First and Second place.

Vote for your picks in Best Play, Musical, Actress, Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Director, Sets and Costumes below.

The winners will be published in the March 4 editions of the TimesLedger Newspapers.

Then stay tuned for the next round of Kudos in May, which will honor the best of the borough’s Off-Off-Broadway productions.