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Wide variety of acts set for fall

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Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2010 12:00 am

Big-name entertainers, international dance troupes and several new musicals highlight the upcoming season at the borough’s professional performance venues.

Queens Theatre in the Park in Flushing Meadows Park has something for everyone this fall.

Perennial favorite Jackie Mason, a comedian whose career dates to the old Ed Sullivan Show and beyond, returns on Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 24 at 3 p.m.

Vocalist Adam Pascal, star of the Broadway and film versions of “Rent,” will appear in concert with pianist Larry Edoff. The Nov. 13 performance at 8 p.m. will feature new arrangements of hit songs from several musicals as well as original material from Pascal’s three solo CD’s.

A new musical will premiere this fall. “One Ride,” described as “a rip-roaring, spanking-new dance musical.” The show tells the timeless tale about the quest to find the champion in ourselves.Performances run from Oct. 29 through Nov. 7.

The dance series includes Lar Lubovitch, one of the most highly-acclaimed companies in the world, on Oct. 16 at 2 and 8 p.m. and Oct. 17 at 3 p.m.

The Queensborough Performing Arts Center on the Bayside campus also prides itself on offering a wide variety of shows.

First up is singer Mandy Patinkin on Sept. 26 at 3 p.m., offering a collection of traditional, classic and contemporary songs sung entirely in Yiddish. By special request, he will close his program with a few numbers from his popular Broadway songbook.All seats are $45.

Maintaining his allure as a musical icon for generations of fans, Davy Jones of the Monkees will perform many of the group’s hits, including “I’m a Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville,” on Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.Tickets are $45, $40 or $35.

Several musical productions are on tap, as well.A “new” Gershwin musical, “‘S Wonderful,” an all-singing, all-dancing revue inspired by events in the lives of the Gershwin brothers, will be presented on Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. All seats are $35.

The Capitol Steps, featuring performers who have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices, present their newest show,

“Obama Mia,” with satirical songs and sketches about the current political figures and events, on Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $39, $35 or $30.

One of the most popular musicals of recent years, “Forever Plaid” centers on four young male singers striving for one final chance at musical glory. All seats for the Nov. 21 performance at 3 p.m. are $35.

Those preferring their music more on the classical side should enjoy Teatro Lirico D’Europa’s “Madama Butterfly,” Puccini’s tragic opera that demonstrates the spellbinding effects of love.Presented in Italian with English supertitles on Oct. 17 at 3 p.m.Tickets are $42, $39 or $35.

Louis Prima Jr. and Ricci Martin, sons of Louis Prima and Dean Martin, respectively, carry on their fathers’ legacies in a tribute packed with music and memories on Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $40 or $35.

The 144-year-old landmarked Flushing Town Hall will come alive throughout a season of jazz, dance, classical and world music and theater.

Legendary jazz pianist and composer David Leonhardt and his quintet kick things off on Sept. 24, in a tribute to the music of George Gershwin. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $16 and $20 and $10 for students.

Jazz lovers should also revel in the Wycliffe Gordon Sextet, in a program devoted to the early roots of jazz, featuring music of the 1920’s and 30’s. Composers such as Jelly Roll Morton, “King Joe” Oliver and Papa Jack Laine will be represented. The show is on Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 and $32 and $20 for students.

The Song Hee Lee Dance Company, dedicated to exploring connections between East and West, ancient and modern, secular and sacred performs traditional Korean and contemporary dance in a double bill with one of the pioneering groups of electronic Korean music, Yien, on Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $16 and $10 for students.

The Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside bills itself as the only bilingual Hispanic theater in Queens, serving the city’s Latino population of over one million.

This year’s attractions include “Colombia: Passion & Soul,” a celebration in music and dance of Colombia’s bicentennial, featuring the Mestizo Dance Company and Harold Gutierrez’s Band. Performances run Friday through Sunday, Oct. 1 to Nov. 7.

Concerts of music by Spanish and Latin American composers will fill the bill Nov. 26, 27 and 28.

Music and dance programs are on tap in a big way at the York College Performing Arts Center, in Jamaica.

The upcoming JazzLive Series features performance by jazz great Bobby Sanabria (and his Quinteto Okobio) and special guest artist Candido Camero, considered the father of modern conga drumming and a jazz master.The date is Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.Tickets are $20, $10 students/seniors.

The series continues when Bronx-born Bill Jacobs and his ensemble take over the stage on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.Tickets are $20, $10 for students/seniors.

The Chamber Series opens with the Alturas Duo, in a concert of South American and classical music, featuring the unusual combination of viola, charango and guitar on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. Suggested donation is $10.

Classical Jam, a vibrant ensemble with a wide repertoire, performs on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. Suggested donation is $10.

The Special Events Series is highlighted by the Vissi Dance Theater on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. The evening will include the premiere of two brand-new works as well as dances from the company’s repertoire, blending modern, West African, Caribbean, jazz and ballet.Tickets are $20, $10 for students/seniors.

Kupferberg Center at Queens College presents the holiday attraction, “The Nutcracker,” performed by the Russian-American Ballet Company, at Colden Auditorium on Dec. 26. at 3 p.m.Fall programs have not yet been announced.

Also on the Queens College campus, at the LeFrak Concert Hall, one of Boston’s most promising classical music groups, A Far Cry, consisting of 12 young musicians will perform pieces by Handel, Bartok, Barber and Mendelssohn.The date is Nov. 7 at 2 p.m.Tickets are $36 or $34 for seniors.

A rare free cultural event takes place on the college’s outdoor Campus Quad in the second annual Festival of World Music and Dance from noon until 6 p.m. on Sept. 12. It will feature local musicians representing the borough’s cultural and ethnic communities, including the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, Ebony Hillbillies, Mar Sala, Moon Oak Joo Arts Center and more.

Some of the locations were still finalizing plans and not all information was available at press time.

Venues featured in this piece are listed below.

Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.; (718) 463-7700 ext. 222.

Kupferberg Center at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd. in Flushing; (718) 793-8080.

Queens Theatre in the Park, Flushing Meadows Park; (718) 760-0064.

Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave. in Bayside; (718) 631-6311.

Thalia Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave. in Sunnyside; (718) 729-3880.

York College Performing Arts Center, 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. in Jamaica; (718) 262-3750.

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