Photo Coverage: 'Queens Boulevard' Opening Night Party

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Signature Theatre Company opened their world premiere production of Queens Boulevard (the musical) on Monday, December 3 at The Peter Norton Space (555 West 42nd Street, between 10th & 11th Aves), and has also announced a one-week extension of the production, to now run through January 6.  Queens Boulevard (the musical) is by Playwright-in-Residence Charles Mee, directed by Davis McCallum, and choreographed by Peter Pucci.

"On his wedding day, a new husband is determined to find the perfect gift for his bride.  While she waits at home, he searches for the mythical Flower of Heaven and is thrown into a series of colorful adventures on the streets of his neighborhood in Queens, New York.  Inspired by a classical Indian dance drama, Queens Boulevard (the musical) celebrates love, community and life," explain press notes.

The cast of Queens Boulevard (the musical) includes Amir Arison, Michi Barall, Satya Bhabha, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Bill Buell, Demosthenes Chrysan, Geeta Citygirl, Emily Donahoe, William Jackson Harper, Jodi Lin, Arian Moayed, Debargo Sanyal, Jon Norman Schneider, and Ruth Zhang.

Through The Signature Ticket Initiative, all regularly-priced tickets ($65) are available for $20 through December 30. Tickets for the extension week (January 2-6) will be $65. The $20 ticket initiative applies to the initial 8-week run of each production for the entire season and continues through Signature's 20th Anniversary Season (2010-2011). The Signature Ticket Initiative, which seeks to make great theatre accessible to the broadest possible audience, is made possible by the lead sponsorship of Time Warner, Inc.  Generous support for The Signature Ticket Initiative is provided by Margot Adams, in memory of Mason Adams.

Queens Boulevard (the musical) features musical supervision and arrangements by Michael Friedman, music direction by Matt Castle, scenic design by Mimi Lien, costume design by Christal Weatherly, lighting design by Marcus Doshi, sound design by Ken Travis and video design by Joseph Spirito.

The performance schedule for Queens Boulevard (the musical) is Tuesday at 7PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM, matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2PM.  There are additional performances on Sunday, December 9, December 30 and January 6 at 7PM.  There are no performances on December 5, or December 25.  The Open Captioned performance is December 15 at 2PM. Tickets are available by phone (212) 244-PLAY (7529), online at www.signaturetheatre.org, and in person at the Box Office (555 West 42nd Street). 

Photos by Ben Strothmann


Romulus Linney and Paul Coffey


Bill Buell and Peter Pucci (Choreographer)


Bill Buell and Peter Pucci (Choreographer)


Jonathan Silverstein and Christal Weatherly (Costume Designer)


Tina Landau, Kate Mulgrew and Anita Yavich


Charles Weldon (Artistic Director, Negro Ensemble) and guest


Demosthenes Chrysan, Arian Moayed, Amir Arison and Satya Bhabha


William Jackson Harper, Demosthenes Chrysan, Geeta Citygirl, Debargo Sanyal, Jon Norman Schneider and Jodi Lin


James Houghton (Founding Artistic Director of Signature Theatre Company) and Geeta Citygirl


Bill Buell, Geeta Citygirl, Davis McCallum, Ruth Zhang, and Charles Mee


Davis McCallum, Michi Barall, Charles Mee and Louis Castro


Davis McCallum and Charles Mee

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery (heartgallerynyc.org) and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See www.benstrothmann.com for more info.


 
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