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TONY AWARD-WINNER BILLY PORTER TAKES CENTER STAGE WITH SONGS FROM HIS BREAKOUT ROLE IN KINKY BOOTS AND MANY OTHER BROADWAY HITS AT QUEENSBOROUGH'S PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (QPAC)

March 6, 2017 Bayside, New York – Lauded Broadway star Billy Porter will lend his celebrated voice to the songs that highlight his full-range of talent when he makes his debut at QPAC on March 19, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

The Tony and Grammy Award-winning singer, composer, actor, playwright, and director is perhaps best known for his breakout role as Lola in the smash hit Broadway musical, Kinky Boots. His performance as Lola won him a 2013 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, and Outer Critics Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical. Porter just finished a successful run in Shuffle Along, where he performed with fellow Tony Award winners Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell. Porter's other Broadway credits include Miss Saigon, Five Guys Named Moe, Grease, Smokey Joe's Café, and Dreamgirls.

Having recently released his third CD, Billy's back on Broadway, his performance at QPAC will spotlight many songs from his memorable roles on Broadway and pay tribute to the artists and composers who have inspired him along the way.

Porter is a graduate of The Professional Program in Screenwriting at UCLA and an adjunct professor at his alma mater Carnegie Mellon University's School Of Drama, where he directed productions of Company and Letters from ‘Nam. He also received an honorary doctorate from Washington & Jefferson College.

For more information, please contact the QPAC Box Office at 718.631.6311. Tickets are available online at www.visitQPAC.org and don't forget to visit us on Facebook! Don't let the high cost of shows in Manhattan plus the added expense of parking your car stop you from seeing quality entertainment. QPAC's excellent location, diverse schedule of events, reasonable ticket prices, free parking, beautiful theatre, infrared listening devices and exceptional service make it an excellent choice for a memorable outing. Distinguished artists who have performed throughout the decades at QPAC include jazz legend Thelonius Monk; renowned dance choreographer Merce Cunningham; 60's folksinger Judy Collins; and more recently Dionne Warwick, Joel Grey, Robert Klein, Ben Vereen, Wayne Newton, Chita Rivera, Mandy Patinkin, Norm Lewis, Rob Schneider, Tommy Tune, Patti LuPone and Michael Bolton.

A FALLEN WOMAN FINDS REDEMPTION THROUGH SACRIFICE AND THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF LOVE IN TEATRO LIRICO D’EUROPA’S, LA TRAVIATA, COMING TO QPAC ON FEBRUARY 26

February 1, 2017, Bayside, NY— Ravishing melodies, gorgeous costumes, colorful sets, a powerhouse cast, and evocative orchestration abound in Teatro Lirico D’Europa’s, La Traviata, coming to the Queensborough’s Performing Arts Center (QPAC) on February 26, 2017 at 3:00p.m.

Giuseppe Verdi’s romantic and tragic opera, performed in Italian with English subtitles, animates the world of Violetta, the beautiful courtesan who must abandon her beloved Alfredo to save his family's honor.  The plot unfolds as the ill-fated lovers are torn apart by societal pressures, misunderstanding, and ultimately death. 

Powerfully moving, La Traviata features some of the most revered music in the soprano repertoire, especially the arias “Sempre Libera” and “Addio, del Passato.”

The critically acclaimed Teatro Lirico D’Europa has toured extensively throughout Europe and presented hundreds of full-scale opera productions at international festivals, as well as opera houses across the country.

“The intimate setting of the QPAC theatre will make this passionate opera feel as though it is being performed right in your own living room. Join us for this outstanding staging of one of the world’s ‘splendido’ operas,” said Susan Agin, Executive and Artistic Director of QPAC.

For more information, please contact the QPAC Box Office at 718.631.6311. Tickets are available online at www.visitQPAC.org and don't forget to visit us on Facebook! Don't let the high cost of shows in Manhattan plus the added expense of parking your car stop you from seeing quality entertainment. QPAC's excellent location, diverse schedule of events, reasonable ticket prices, free parking, beautiful theatre, infrared listening devices and exceptional service make it an excellent choice for a memorable outing. Distinguished artists who have performed throughout the decades at QPAC include jazz legend Thelonius Monk; renowned dance choreographer Merce Cunningham; 60's folksinger Judy Collins; and more recently Dionne Warwick, Joel Grey, Robert Klein, Ben Vereen, Wayne Newton, Chita Rivera, Mandy Patinkin, Norm Lewis, Rob Schneider, Tommy Tune, Patti LuPone and Michael Bolton.

FEELINGS OF ‘BAH HUMBUG’ WILL TRANSFORM INTO JOY WHEN THE NORTH COUNTRY CENTER FOR THE ARTS’ NATIONAL TOURING COMPANY PRODUCTION OF A CHRISTMAS CAROL COMES TO QPAC ON DECEMBER 9

November 30, 2016— Come join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they show the miserable and miserly Ebenezer Scrooge the path to redemption, reminding us all of the importance of kindness and bringing joy to the lives of those around us. From the moment the curtain rises, you will be transported to an enchanting world as the North Country Center for the Arts’ National Touring Company production of A Christmas Carol comes to QPAC on December 9 at 7:00PM.

With script adaptation, direction, and a splendid performance as Scrooge by award-winning 40-year theater veteran Scott H. Severance, this adaptation of Dickens’ ever popular classic fills the stage with first class professional actors, lush costumes, stunning sets and puppetry, song and dance, a heavy dose of humor, and a message of hope.  With the music of 26 beloved traditional carols of the season woven throughout this classic tale, A Christmas Carol is the perfect way to begin your holiday festivities.

“Treat the whole family to a holiday theater experience filled with haunting special effects, timeless music and heartfelt joy!” said Susan Agin, Executive and Artistic Director, QPAC.

For more information, please contact the QPAC Box Office at 718.631.6311. Tickets are available online at www.visitQPAC.org and don’t forget to visit us on Facebook! Don’t let the high cost of shows in Manhattan plus the added expense of parking your car stop you from seeing quality entertainment. QPAC’s excellent location, diverse schedule of events, reasonable ticket prices, free parking, beautiful theatre, infrared listening devices and exceptional service make it an excellent choice for a memorable outing. Distinguished artists who have performed throughout the decades at QPAC include jazz legend Thelonius Monk; renowned dance choreographer Merce Cunningham; 60’s folksinger Judy Collins; and more recently Dionne Warwick, Joel Grey, Robert Klein, Ben Vereen, Wayne Newton,  Chita Rivera, Mandy Patinkin, Norm Lewis, Rob Schneider, Tommy Tune, Patti LuPone and Michael Bolton.

THE TEXAS TENORS BRING THEIR BREATHTAKING VOCALS, HUMOR AND COWBOY CHARM TO THE QUEENSBOROUGH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
NOVEMBER 20 AT 3:00PM

November 2, 2016--With chart topping albums and their Emmy Award winning PBS special now airing across the country, it's easy to see why The Texas Tenors are America's favorite new tenors.

Since their whirlwind debut six years ago on NBC's America's Got Talent, the talented trio—Marcus Collins, John Hagen and JC Fisher—have accumulated a long list of awards and accolades. They have performed more than 1000 concerts around the world, treating audiences to a unique blend of country, classical, Broadway and current pop favorites from Bruno Mars to Puccini. They use breathtaking vocals, humor and a touch of cowboy charm to create an unforgettable live show.

The Texas Tenors proudly remain self-produced and self-managed with a commitment to quality, family entertainment for all ages. Whether it be stage, television, recording or multi-media projects, these “three friends with a dream" push the boundaries of current trends in music while never forgetting their roots.

The Texas Tenors have also used their talent beyond concert halls. They have been featured entertainers on NBC’s The Today Show, Hallmark’s Home and Family and The 28th Annual Cinematheque Awards honoring Matthew McConaughey, to name a few. They have also performed at NBA games, the PBR World Championships in Las Vegas and a variety of charity events. John, Marcus and JC are always ready to give back and promote awareness for organizations near and dear to their hearts including The Child Fund International, Homes for our Troops and The Mission Project.

“This will be an awe-inspiring show—a perfect trifecta of astonishing talent which will delight audiences of all ages!” said Susan Agin, Executive and Artistic Director of QPAC.

For more information, please contact the QPAC Box Office at 718.631.6311. Tickets are available online at www.visitQPAC.org and don’t forget to visit us on Facebook!  Don’t let the high cost of shows in Manhattan plus the added expense of parking your car stop you from seeing quality entertainment. QPAC’s excellent location, diverse schedule of events, reasonable ticket prices, free parking, beautiful theatre, infrared listening devices and exceptional service make it an excellent choice for a memorable outing. Distinguished artists who have performed throughout the decades at QPAC include jazz legend Thelonius Monk; renowned dance choreographer Merce Cunningham; 60’s folksinger Judy Collins; and more recently Dionne Warwick, Joel Grey, Robert Klein, Ben Vereen, Wayne Newton, Chita Rivera, Mandy Patinkin, Norm Lewis, Rob Schneider, Tommy Tune, Patti LuPone and Michael Bolton.

FOUNDERS OF THE DANCE REVOLUTION, KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND, TO APPEAR AT THE QUEENSBOROUGH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (QPAC) ON NOVEMBER 19

October 19, 2016 Bayside, Queens--KC and The Sunshine Band aims to serve a single purpose: to create happiness through music. For over 40 years the group has topped the charts with seven No. 1 singles, three triple-platinum albums, three Grammy Awards (including Album of the Year for the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack) and an American Music Award. They will take the stage at QPAC on November 19 at 8:00PM.

In 1976 the band became the first act since The Beatles to score four No. 1 pop singles in a 12-month period. KC and The Sunshine Band’s unique sound has been influencing listeners the world over, and getting them to boogie. In fact, the group’s upbeat vibe has had a memorable effect on countless ad campaigns, over 200 TV commercials, movie soundtracks, TV shows and even video games. The feel good sound of their music always gets people out of their seats and ready to celebrate. Songs you can expect to hear include That’s the Way I Like it, Get Down Tonight, Boogie Shoes, Keep it Comin’ Love, Please Don’t Go, I’m your Boogie Man, Give It Up, Shake Your Booty and many more.

Harry Wayne Casey, the founder and leader of KC and The Sunshine Band, is often referred to as the "Founder of the Dance Revolution."

“I remember that I always wanted to do something that would make people forget about their problems and be happy,” recalls KC. “I always loved music and I was fortunate enough to grow up in a multi-ethnic area that exposed me to a lot of different cultures and music...from Pop to Reggae to Latin. I experimented at trying to put all three types of music together and the Sunshine Sound was born. Why move from an area that not only do I love, but owe so much to?”

“This legendary band has blended disco and funk for a musical style that has brought joy to millions of people through the decades,” said Susan Agin, Executive and Artistic Director of QPAC.  “We’re going “old school” on November 19, when KC & The Sunshine Band bring their popular dance hits to Queens!”

For more information, please contact the QPAC Box Office at 718.631.6311. Tickets are available online at www.visitQPAC.org and don’t forget to visit us on Facebook!  Don’t let the high cost of shows in Manhattan plus the added expense of parking your car stop you from seeing quality entertainment. QPAC’s excellent location, diverse schedule of events, reasonable ticket prices, free parking, beautiful theatre, infrared listening devices and exceptional service make it an excellent choice for a memorable outing. Distinguished artists who have performed throughout the decades at QPAC include jazz legend Thelonius Monk; renowned dance choreographer Merce Cunningham; 60’s folksinger Judy Collins; and more recently Dionne Warwick, Joel Grey, Robert Klein, Ben Vereen, Wayne Newton,  Chita Rivera, Mandy Patinkin, Norm Lewis, Rob Schneider, Tommy Tune, Patti LuPone and Michael Bolton.