They weren’t talking drag queens or queens of England, they were talking the Borough of Queens, as the actors in the new show “Let’s Hear It for Queens” sang at its debut at the Free Synagogue of Flushing last Saturday.
The musical takes audience members on a historical trip from the beginning of Queens when the Dutch snatched land from the Native Americans who occupied the area, up to present times, pausing on notable moments with personal testimonies from people who grew up in the borough and musical numbers.
It’s a goofily enjoyable show that had some funny moments, such as a rap about the word “hello,” some touching moments that were slightly cheesy and lots of Queens facts. Although it ran long — over two hours — it kept smiles on most people’s faces, like watching an adorable YouTube video.
On opening night Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), borough president candidate Melinda Katz and her radio personality partner, Curtis Sliwa, Black Spectrum theater founder Carl Clay and Comptroller and mayoral candidate John Liu stopped by — though Liu, Sliwa and Katz didn’t stay until the end.
Overall “Let’s Hear It For Queens” was endearingly funny.
The show will run Saturday, May 11 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 12 at 3 p.m. at the Free Synagogue of Flushing, 41-60 Kissena Blvd. Tickets are $17 and $15 for children under 12 and seniors over 60.