On The Quays to Host THE #HOWABOUTLOVE? TOUR LONG ISLAND at Backstage Nite Club
On The Quays, a NYC-based international Production Company will present "The #howaboutlove? Tour: LONG ISLAND", a benefit concert in their series of "Hometown Concerts - the How About Love Tour" at Backstage at Woodmere Lanes on Saturday, October 7th at 3:00 p.m.
The benefit concert will celebrate the Long Islanders of On The Quays: Michael Quadrino (East Rockway), Matt Engle (Deer Park), and Joseph Spinelli (Kings Park). The benefit will also feature speical guests James Crichton and Spencer Glass (Merrick). Quadrino is organizing the concert with music director Keiji Ishiguri. Quadrino grew up in East Rockaway and graduated from East Rockaway High School in 2006. A former elite figure skater, and now an actor and producer, he co-founded On The Quays with Ishiguri, Engle, and Nicola Murphy.
On The Quays' production of RENT will be presented at the national theater of Aruba--the Cas Di Cultura--this fall. This marks the first time RENT will have been performed in Aruba and the first major professional production at the Cas Di Cultura. This past September, Aruba joined only a handful of Caribbean countries to offer legal same-sex civil unions. The evening is a benefit for On The Quays, their future events, and the production headed to Aruba.
Backstage at Woodmere Lanes has been a Long Island staple since the 1950s. Part of what makes the Hometown Concert series special for On The Quays is celebrating the different places the company members have come from. Quadrino's parents bowled on a league for many years at Woodmere Lanes.
On The Quays was founded in September 2016 by Nicola Murphy, Michael Quadrino, Keiji Ishiguri, Matt Engle, & Jenna Tanzola. The collective is inspired to tell relevant and engaging stories and is committed to sharing perspectives that promote equality, empathy, and understanding. In March 2017, On The Quays produced The Last Days of Cleopatra by Laoisa Sexton,at The New Theatre, Dublin; their first international production. On The Quays is also co-producing FLOAT - A Short Film which was recently accepted to the Albuquerque Film & Music Festival, and the Women's Independent Film Festival.
On The Quays' production of RENT previously played a sold-out, critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. "RENT for a new generation with a faultless cast, exquisite performances, and vocals that move the soul." ScotsGay Magazine said of the production. Anthony Rapp from the original Broadway cast of RENT called the cast "dynamic, authentic, and extraordinarily talented.". Rapp also acted as artistic consultant on the original Edinburgh production. The production will be featured in a new book - RENT FAQ by Tom Rowan - coming out October 2017. The book chronicles the history of the musical, its legacy, and significant productions it has given rise to worldwide.