Events Calendar

Kol Esperanza: A New Year Celebration

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 2pm (note earlier start time)

To ring in the Jewish New Year, the Israeli based vocal group is back by popular demand! Having made their New York debut at QPAC, and subsequently touring Israel, Germany and Central America, the group promises an electrifying concert, performing American standards, Jewish classics, Israeli favorites and Broadway showstoppers! Five classically trained world-class vocalists, backed by a live band, sing it all! A unique, new concert experience, where Classical and Pop music blend. More than just a concert, Kol Esperanza is an international phenomenon. Come hear the music that celebrates the fusion of the best pop songs of the past century, with some of the greatest Jewish and classical music ever written.

$50, $45, $40

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Lonesome Traveler: The Concert - The Roots of American Folk Music with special guest star & folk legend Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary!

Sunday, September 30, 2018, 3pm

Folk legend Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary

Experience the enduring power and popularity of American folk music, with the acclaimed musical that tells the story of an ever changing America.  With special guest Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul & Mary), the show that the New York Times calls “illuminating, revelatory and beautiful,” celebrates the music of Woody Guthrie, The Limeliters, Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Crosby Stills and Nash, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, and Simon & Garfunkel, with a special tribute to Leonard Cohen.  Charismatic singers and instrumentalists return us to a time when music brought us together.  This unforgettable concert event, with multi-media projections, take us from the 1920’s to the 1970’s and features songs such as If I Had A Hammer, This Land Is Your Land, This Little Light of Mine, Blowin In The Wind, Turn, Turn, Turn and Hallelujah.  An inspiring afternoon of great music, Lonesome Traveler presents a revealing perspective of the roots forever embedded in our culture.

$42, $39, $35

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Ballroom With A Twist:
Starring Anna Trebunskaya and Tristan MacManus

Sunday, October 7, 2018, 3pm

America's favorite touring dance show comes to QPAC. Take your obsession with the talent-based hit reality shows Dancing With the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance? and American Idol to the next level. Now's your chance to see some of your favorite reality TV stars perform live at QPAC! The glitzy, high-energy touring show Ballroom With a Twist mambos into town for one afternoon of glam-pop entertainment. The show features sizzling choreography from Dancing With The Stars, performed by some of the show's cast members (including Anna Trebunskaya and Tristan MacManus), as well as musical performances by American Idol finalists. The high-energy dance numbers feature many different styles of dance, including the hot moves of the Samba, Waltz, Jive and Quickstep. This is an unbeatable afternoon of dancing by the beloved stars of Dancing With The Stars, alongside finalists from So You Think You Can Dance, and featuring live vocals provided by powerhouse American Idol finalists.

$50, $45, $40

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Marilyn Maye: A Piece A Cake!

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 3pm

At 90, Marilyn Maye has reached her Peak. A highly praised singer, actress, director, arranger, educator, Grammy nominated recording artist and American musical treasure, Marilyn is a dynamo. Her entire life has been committed to the art of song and performance. The award-winning Ms. Maye appeared 76 times on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson - the record for a singer. After one of her show-stopping appearances, Johnny turned to his audience of millions, and said, "and that, young singers, is the way it's done." Marilyn Maye is one of the remaining iconic geniuses of the golden age of show business. Ella Fitzgerald praised Marilyn as being one of her absolute favorite singers. Join us as Marilyn celebrates her milestone birthday, and the American Songbook. Her powerhouse delivery and chatty rapport with the audience, will electrify the afternoon. This will be a performance you do not want to miss! Opening the show is TV & screen actor/comedian Chris Monty.

$48, $42, $35

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The Capitol Steps: Make America Grin Again!

Sunday, October 21, 2018, 3pm

It's amazing, it's huge, it's fabulous! It has nothing to do with Russia, Putin, or the election that the Democrats "should have won." Hear from Donald Trump and Melania, James Comey, Vladimir Putin, Elizabeth Warren and even Hillary Clinton, as they make comedy great again! Come see The Capitol Steps perform live, as they dig into the headlines of the day. The 2018 midterm season elections are upon us, and the results will shape the American political landscape for a great many years to come. Join us, as the cast sets out to spoof the people and places that dominate the news, with fresh song parodies and skits which convey a special brand of satirical humor!

$40, $35, $30

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Sinatra By Request: Mid-Autumn Show & Dance Social

Sunday, November 4, 2018, 2pm (Social Hour at 2pm, show at 3pm)

Join us for a musical afternoon, as we pay tribute to the legendary Frank Sinatra. Accompanied by a live band, showman Steven Maglio croons Sinatra's timeless roster of hits. You will hear dozens of your favorites including, That's Life, Nice ‘n' Easy, You Make Me Feel So Young, Fly Me To The Moon, Come Fly With Me, My Way, and many, many others. This is one party you won't want to miss! The afternoon kicks off with an hour of passed hors d'oeuvres, and a cash bar. Then, take a seat and watch the show, or claim your spot on the dance floor! Be there as we celebrate Sinatra's second century! What a fantastic way to spend an afternoon! This program will take place at the elegant Towers on the Green at North Shore Towers. Valet Parking. Limited seating.

$51 All Tickets

(See Dining and Show Events for additional details. This event may not be included in a subscription).

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Mystic India: A Bollywood Dance Spectacular!

Sunday, November 18, 2018, 3pm

This internationally-acclaimed Bollywood dance spectacular tells the story of ancient India's transition into modern India, through a series of dance performances. The extravagant showcase features a mix of traditional dance, as well as modern song-dance "Bollywood" routines - a term derived from the blending of the names of two cities: Bombay (now Mumbai), and Hollywood, the center of the American film industry. The dances represent the experiences of Indian-Americans who have found a delicate balance in fusing Indian classical and folk dance with Western disciplines. Having received international acclaim worldwide, Mystic India is an explosion of colors and energy and a stunning visual display that fuses dance, theater, and spectacular special effects. This production has sold out venues throughout four continents, and has been seen by over 300,000 audience members in the past year alone. Mystic India: The World Tour was voted "The Must-See Show of the Season" by City and Shore magazine.

$48, $42, $35

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A Christmas Carol – A QPAC Tradition!

Friday, November 23, 2018, 7:30pm (note time)

Back by popular demand. All the splendor, magic and joy of the holiday season is here! It's the North Country Center for the Arts' National Touring Company production of Charles Dicken's classic tale A Christmas Carol. Bursting on stage in spectacular fashion, this fabulous Christmas gift of a show is overflowing with music, laughter, a couple of really scary ghosts and one extremely grumpy old man. Gather the whole family together and come join Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley and Mr. Humbug himself, Ebenezer Scrooge, for an amazing theater experience you will never forget. Celebrate the true spirit of Christmas with this brand new, original production filled with haunting special effects and heartfelt sentiments.

$40, $35 (50% of the purchase price will be donated to the QCC Fund, Inc. to benefit QPAC).

The Showroom at QPAC
Saturday Night Stand-Up!
with Mike Marino, Richie Byrne, Gary DeLena

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 8pm

An exciting mix of today's funniest comedians! Mike Marino, known as New Jersey's bad boy, has appeared in over 200 national television commercials. His stand up material ranges from cutting edge observations, to his Italian family roots. His credits include appearances on The Tonight Show, and on Byron Allen's Comics Unleashed, which earned him over 7 million views (and counting). Richie Byrne is the warm-up comic for The Dr. Oz Show. He is an accomplished actor & singer with TV credits that include Sex & The City, The Sopranos, and Law & Order. He stars in his own musical variety series, The Richie Byrne Show, which can be seen at the Gotham Comedy Club in NY. Gary DeLena is a singing impressionist, an accomplished musician and one of the funniest comedians to play Catch a Rising Star, The Comic Strip, The Comedy Cellar, Carolines, The Laugh Factory, and others. A regular at The Borgota in Atlantic City, DeLena will have you cheering his parodies of rock songs and pop singers. Non-stop laugher, limited seating.

$50 All Seats

(Due to the high demand for tickets for this event, this show may be presented on QPAC's mainstage).

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Sunday, January 27, 2019, 7pm (note time)

The Havana Cuba All-Stars

Back by popular demand, this high-energy group is a joyous celebration of Cuban music and dance. The Havana Cuba All-Stars are composed of Cuba's most acclaimed musicians. With rhythms and melodies from the cha cha to the rumba and the salsa, the All-Stars showcase a wide variety of authentic Cuban beats. With infectious melodies, wailing trumpets, masterful guitars and amazing vocals, the group presents the entire tapestry of Cuban music. This year, the All-Stars are accompanied by three of Cuba's finest dancing couples. With the greatest dancers and musicians of Cuba working in tandem, the American encore of the Havana Cuba All-Stars tour, will be a spirited spectacle of song and dance, exemplifying Cuba's greatest musical traditions.

$48, $42, $35

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The Showroom at QPAC
Kim Russo – The Happy Medium

Saturday, March 2, 2019, 8pm

Kim Russo, also known as "Kim The Happy Medium," has been able to see the world of spirit since the young age of nine. Growing up, Kim often saw random spirits in her bedroom and sometimes felt their presence, walking home with her from school. At that young age, not knowing what they wanted, she was frightened. Now, she is comforted by their presence, speaking to them more than she speaks to the living on some days. Kim now refers to that world as the Spirit World or (SW) for short. After growing up, pursuing a career in real estate, marrying and giving birth to three children, she soon realized that communicating with these entities would become her new "job." Kim has appeared on Dr. Oz, and A & E's hit TV shows, Paranormal State and Psychic Kids. She has also appeared on The Biography Channel's Celebrity Ghost Stories featuring the Country Legend Music Star, Loretta Lynn, and was the host of the series The Haunting Of... on The LMN channel. Join us for a special evening with Kim as she shares with us special messages from family and friends in spirit. Limited Seating.

$48 all seats

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The views and opinions expressed by Kim Russo, The Happy Medium, do not reflect the opinions or views of the Queensborough Performing Arts Center or its related entities. For entertainment purposes only.

Friday Night Stand-Up! Dinner, Dancing and Comedy at Verdi's Restaurant in Whitestone

Friday, March 8, 2019, 7pm

Everything you need for a super fun night out! You don't always need to go into Manhattan to have a good time, but you do need your appetite and dancing shoes for this special event! All the food, drink and fun that New York has to offer! Feast on Verdi's sumptuous Italian buffet, recognized as the most outstanding cuisine on the Queens North Shore, and dance to a DJ playing today's top dance and party songs! And if that weren't enough, enjoy a performance of It's Your Line Now! Veteran comedians Al Isaacs, Scott Baker and Vinnie Mark bring the laughs, with some extra help from the audience. At this show, the punch lines are unpredictable, but you can count on the laughs! As seen at The Borgata, Tropicana, Foxwoods and The Mohegan Sun, these guys are the "quickest thinkers in show biz." Limited seating. Valet Parking.

$69 All Tickets

(See Dining and Show Events for additional details. This event may not be included in a subscription).

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The Rat Pack of Opera: From Venice to Vegas

Sunday, March 17, 2019, 3pm

The number one selling UK trio, Tenors Unlimited, returns to the US with their show From Venice to Vegas, an exciting program of classical and popular music. Also known as The Rat Pack of Opera, the tenors will take you on a fantastic musical journey that will move you and make you laugh, in equal measure! Celebrating 15 years together, Scott Ciscon, Jem Sharples and Paul Martin have assembled an eclectic selection of songs, including some of the best-loved melodies from the worlds of opera, musical theatre, and popular music. Using talents honed in their previous solo careers, the tenors set out to bring their own unique blend of wit, charm and vocal arrangements to the classical crossover genre.

$48, $42, $35

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Rock and Roll Royalty!

Sunday, March 24, 2019, 3pm

Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, the identical twin sons of Ricky Nelson, and Bobby Brooks Wilson, son of Jackie Wilson, come together to pay tribute to their legendary fathers. This unique multi-media entertainment event, features all of the billboard hits recorded by both Ricky Nelson and Jackie Wilson that kept a generation of rock and roll fans on the dance floor! Each tribute is unique in its own right. The Nelson brothers share rare video footage of the Nelson family, and perform the hits Hello Mary Lou, Travelin Man, Garden Party among others. Bobby Brooks Wilson brings the crowd to its feet, in an unprecedented tribute to his father. Exhibiting the moves and singing style identical to that of Jackie Wilson himself, Bobby performs the classics Lonely Teardrops, That's Why, I'll Be Satisfied, Baby Workout, and Higher and Higher. The legacy continues!

$48, $42, $35

Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, the identical twin sons of Ricky Nelson pay tribute to their legendary father

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The Platters with Special Guest Bradd Marquis

Sunday, March 31, 2019, 3pm

One of the most successful vocal groups of all time, The Platters are as popular today as they were when they first burst onto the world stage 50 years ago. With 40 singles making an appearance on the Billboard Hot 100, they were the most successful vocal group in the world, between 1955 and 1967. At present, their songs continue to be featured in today's motion picture and television soundtracks: My Prayer in the film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Twilight Time on Fox's The X Files, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes to market Honda's Odyssey, and, most recently The Great Pretender on Fox's Emmy Award winning series Empire. Along with these songs, you'll hear You've Got The Magic Touch, Only You, and a myriad of popular songs from both then and now. Special guest Bradd Marquis presents a special tribute performance to the great Sam Cooke. Backed by a live band, Bradd performs a selection of Cooke's songs including You Send Me, Twistin' The Night Away, Another Saturday Night, Bring It On Home To Me, Having a Party and others. These artists made great records. That was the secret to their success.

$48, $42, $35

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Hollywood Confidential:
Lainie Kazan, Renée Taylor, Connie Stevens

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 3pm

They did what? The most scandalous details and intimate truths about film and television icons, Lainie Kazan, Renée Taylor and Connie Stevens, told in their own words! Fans will delight in hearing the details of these celebrities behaving badly. From inspirational to tragic, and elegant to trashy, the one thing that connects these showbiz legends, is their superstar, super-entertaining memoirs. This very special event brings long-time friends together for a peek behind the scenes (and behind closed doors), as true life confessions and intimate details are revealed about lovers, friends and co-stars. You'll hear stories about Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin, just to name a few. Film clips, private photos, and a Q&A with the audience. Hear all the juicy details, surprising scandals, and Hollywood controversies. An entertaining glimpse into the lifestyles of the rich and famous.

Warning: For Adults Only!

$50, $45, $40

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The Barricade Boys

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 3pm

This is the only New York appearance for this musical super group, featuring the finest male voices from London's West End. British Broadcasting radio describes the group as "Il Divo meets Michael Bublé, with a touch of West End charm." The common thread that brought these performers together is that each artist appeared in the musical phenomenon, Les Misèrables, on the West End, and in the musical drama film starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway. Making their NY debut, the "boys" will perform some notable show tunes, and celebrate music recorded by some of the most iconic names in the music industry. Powerful ballads, beautiful arias and some of the best pop, rock and swing numbers of all time. First, Prince Harry married Meghan Markle, and now The Barricade Boys take on New York!

$42, $39, $35

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Rita Rudner with special guest Sal Richards

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 3pm

Comedian, writer and actress Rita Rudner, holds the title for the "Longest Running Solo Comedy Show in Las Vegas history." Rudner stared her career as a dancer, performing in the original Broadway productions of Follies, Mack and Mabel and Annie. After a total of 10 years as a dancer, Rudner started exploring the comedy clubs of Manhattan and became interested in doing stand-up, after she realized how few female comedians there were. Her observational and non-obscene style not only worked, but propelled her to stardom. She recorded several comedy specials and appeared on TV shows including Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show. Comedian, impersonator, entertainer Sal Richards was voted the "Entertainment Industry's Hottest Comic" by the New York Friars Club. The New York Daily News calls Sal Richards, "One of The Funniest Guys in Show Biz!" Sal is immediately likeable, and his characterizations of famous singers are hilarious!

$50, $45, $40

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Norm Lewis & Friends!

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 3pm

Versatile leading man Norm Lewis has lent his powerful baritone to leading roles as varied as Javert in Les Miserables (on Broadway and in London), Billy Flynn in Chicago and King Triton in The Little Mermaid. A year after being featured in the starry Broadway ensemble of Sondheim on Sondheim, he was tapped to play the title hero opposite Audra McDonald in Broadway's Porgy and Bess, for which he received a Tony nomination. Lewis made musical theatre history, as the first African American actor to perform in the title role in Broadway's long-running production of Phantom of the Opera. On television, he appeared with Vanessa Williams in the PBS Live From Lincoln Center production of Showboat, and most recently, as Caiaphas in NBC's live, televised production of Jesus Christ Superstar. This special engagement guarantees an afternoon full of surprises and stellar performances. This concert is being brought to you in association with Chapman Roberts and The Black Stars of the Great White Way.

$48, $42, $35

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Notes on this season:

  • By now, you may have noticed that some of our programs take place off-site. This is because, in the very near future, QPAC will be getting a long-awaited makeover. You can expect a revamp to the performing arts center, in order to address structural limitations, and accommodate patrons with disabilities. And that's not all. Changes to the theater's seating, concession, box office, lighting and sound will also be noticeable. As promised, we are evolving to become an even more dynamic community cultural arts center. This season is the perfect opportunity for you to look down new paths and enjoy more of the diverse basket of opportunities that QPAC has to offer. If planned renovations commence during the current performance season, events may be relocated to other local performance venues, no more than 8 (eight) miles from our location in Bayside. Venues will be accessible, have ample parking, and be able to support the technical needs of our programs.
  • Tickets (including subscriptions), will not be refunded in the event we are required to relocate a program.
  • Tickets purchased in specific locations (front orch., mezz., etc.), will be accommodated to the best of our ability.
  • Due to the remodeling of the theater, and likelihood that some events may be relocated, management was unable to book a ballet or full-scale opera this season. These programs will be reinstated upon the completion of the renovation to our theater.

All programs, artists and dates subject to change!