Here Comes The Sun – The Music of the Beatles
Saturday, March 20 2021, 8pm
This Beatles tribute group does not impersonate the awesome foursome – they celebrate their music! Here Comes The Sun is five extraordinary vocalists and multi-instrumentalists that love to recreate the fun and excitement of the greatest Rock n' Roll experience ever! This 5-man band of college friends brings the popular hits and the “B-sides” of the most influential musical group ever – the Beatles. From Broadway, Lincoln Center, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, these performers combine their unique talents to create a fresh and vibrant concert experience. Audiences can't get enough – their vocals are perfection!
The Modern Gentlemen
Sunday, March 21, 2021, 3 p.m.
These four gentlemen have been the voices appearing alongside the legendary Frankie Valli for the last decade. Hand-picked to tour the world with the rock and roll legend, Valli knew instantly that the vocal blend of these four highly accomplished singers was uniquely beautiful in a dramatic and striking way. Not since the sounds of the Four Seasons or the Bee Gees has there been a group with this much vocal chemistry. Individually, Landon Beard, Todd Fournier and brothers Brian and Brandon Brigham have extensive Broadway, television and film credits. On stage together, they bring their charm, high energy and spot-on vocals, performing classic pop, rock and doo wop songs for a modern audience.
Presented at St. John's University, The Little Theater, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Jamaica, NY 11439
Melissa Manchester with special guest Billy Stritch
Sunday, April 11, 2021, 3 p.m.
Grammy Award winning artist Melissa Manchester graduated from the High School of Performing Arts, entered New York University and studied songwriting from none other than Paul Simon. While working as a solo singer/pianist in NY, she met Barry Manilow and Bette Midler. She became one of Bette Midler's backup singers and six months later had a recording contract. Her smash hit singles include: Midnight Blue, Through The Eyes Of Love and Don't Cry Out Loud to name a few. Her songs have been recorded by Barbra Streisand, Roberta Flack, Johnny Mathis, Cleo Laine and Barbara Cook, among many others. Melissa Manchester starred in Andrew Lloyd Weber's Song And Dance and Stephen Sondheim's Sweeny Todd, co-starred with Bette Midler in the film For The Boys, had a recurring role in the hit television series Blossom, composed for Disney and so much more.
Joining Melissa is award-winning composer, arranger, vocalist and jazz pianist of extraordinary range Billy Stritch. With a resume that reads like a who's who in show business, Billy has accompanied Mel Torme, Tony Bennett on the piano, arranged for Liza Minnelli, won a Grammy for the country song Does He Love You recorded by Reba McEntire, and appeared on Broadway in 42nd Street.
Be present for this special event when friends Melissa Manchester and Billy Stritch perform their hits, and dazzle us with classics from the Great American Songbook!
Motones vs. Jerseys
Sunday, April 18, 2021, 3pm
The ultimate 60's music sing-off! Who will reign supreme at the end of this amazing afternoon of music? Join the Motones and the Jerseys for an evening of song, dance and crowd interaction. This show features the music of the artists you love including: Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, Gladys Knight, The Beach Boys, Rick James, The Platters, and others. You'll be glad you got a seat, but you won' be in it! This isn't your typical theatrical experience. We encourage the audience to take pictures and share them on social media using the following hashtags #TeamMotones #TeamJerseys!
The Doo Wop Project
Sunday, April 25, 2021, 3pm
Love the classic sounds of Frankie Valli, The Drifters, The Del Vikings? Ever wonder what your favorite modern band would sound like, sung by five guys on a street corner? The Doo Wop Project takes you on a journey through the evolution of the doo-wop sound—starting with foundational tunes by the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos through the unforgettable songs of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and The Four Seasons all the way to “DooWopified” versions of modern musicians like Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Maroon 5. Featuring stars of Broadway's Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, The Doo Wop Project is a mashup of old-school style for a new generation.
Sunday, May 2, 2021, 3 p.m.
Luciano Pavarotti extended his presence far beyond the limits of Italian opera. Quickly establishing his trademark rich sound as the great male operatic voice of the 20th century, he expanded his reach to stadium concerts and pop collaborations which brought him fame beyond measure. While magic was created when Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras met onstage and became the Three Tenors, Pavarotti's fame hit new heights with his annual Pavarotti and Friends concerts, joining with prominent pop stars such as Liza Minnelli, Stevie Wonder, Bono, and others, to raise the profile of classical music. At this special concert, our tenors sing Nessun Dorma, O Sole Mio, Mamma, as well as popular American standards. Join us in celebrating the superstar tenor and his influence on the music world.
The Sensational Soul Cruisers
Saturday, May 8, 2021, 8 p.m.
Under the direction of legendary Jersey Shore sax player Screamin' Steve Barlotta, this 11 piece super group pays tribute to the very best of classic soul, R&B, Motown and Disco music. Working together for 20 years, the Soul Cruisers know how to deliver the sounds of the 60's, 70's and 80's, with the most iconic tunes made famous by Earth, Wind & Fire, The Trammps, The Spinners, The O'Jays, KC & The Sunshine Band, Michael Jackson, The Four Tops and The Temptations. This show is a “can't miss” tribute to these legends and their multi-platinum hits. The performance is an energy filled party making it hard to stay in your seats!
70 Years In The Promised Land
Sunday, May 23, 2021, 3 p.m.
From the Producers of the highly acclaimed operatic-pop crossover vocal group Kol Esperanza, comes 70 Years In The Promised Land, a blockbuster review celebrating Israel's 70th birthday. Musical Director and Producer Tomer Adaddi and an international cast that includes Revital Zalcman, Lital Gabai Kakon, Omer Shaish and Nir Sheaber, take us on a musical journey comprised of the sights and sounds of Israel! From the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, to the coast of Haifa, from the mountains of Galilee, to the Negev, join us as we celebrate this breathtaking country, rich in religious significance and cultural diversity.
Notes on this season:
- As you know, we are remodeling the performing arts center to accommodate patrons with disabilities. By revamping our venue, changes to the theater's seating, concession, box office, restrooms, lighting and sound will be noticeable.
- QPAC remains fully committed to pursuing the completion of our work in a safe, diligent and reasonable manner under the current circumstances. However, as with most construction projects throughout the City, we have encountered certain delays as a result of this pandemic. Additionally, due to these delays, we are now dealing with the cumulative effect on the project. The impacts include labor shortages, material shortages and significant delays in lead times as a result of factory closings across the globe. At this time, while it may not be possible to quantify the delay, I can assure you that we are evaluating all options to minimize and mitigate the impact to this special project.
- It is our hope, that we will open our new theater in the spring of 2021, and host our spring events in this miraculous space.
- Our spring shows will go on sale once we are sure of the location for each presentation. Restrictions on tickets, refunds and exchanges will remain in effect. Specific seats purchased will be reserved and honored at the location for each event. You will be seated in the seat you purchase on-line.
- Fear not, our beloved ballet and opera programs will resume, upon the completion of the renovation to our theater.
- We will continue to keep you informed. Your support is greatly appreciated as we work our way through this unprecedented challenge.