On Stage at Kingsborough is bringing the fun this fall, thanks to a slew of talent that will star in a diverse collection of performances for audiences of all ages and tastes.
“We are opening the season at our beautiful Lighthouse venue overlooking the ocean, with Eddie Allen & His All-Star Ensemble in a tribute to Louis Armstrong,” said Anna Becker, executive director at On Stage at Kingsborough. “It’s a very special way to open the season because the Lighthouse is set up like a nightclub and we serve wine and cheese, giving the evening a very exciting, yet intimate feel.”
“3hree For Louis” will be performed on Friday, October 13 at 7 p.m.
Next up, dance lovers will rejoice as On Stage brings Broadway talent to Brooklyn with “American Dance Spectacular!”
“We’re excited to present the first show on the main stage with the choreography of Al Blackstone – best known for his Broadway choreography on ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ and a show that was created by Daniel C. Levine, whose ‘Broadway Backstage’ was met with extreme enthusiasm by our audience,” said Becker.
“This is a show that has music and dance and it brings together Broadway performers, including dancers, singers and musicians,” said Blackstone.
“It’s a Broadway team that is exploring and celebrating the evolution of dance in the United States from the early 1900s until today,” he explained. “It really explores how dance has changed in America and at the same time talks about how America itself has changed through the lens of dance and how Americans have always had a fascination and love for dance. It’s always been a huge part of our culture and history. I think ultimately that is the thing we realized as we made the show.”
Blackstone added that the highlight of the show will be the performers. “One of the dancers will have just finished a contract with ‘Cats’ on Broadway and will go directly into this show,” he said. “Another dancer is finishing up a contract with ‘Aladdin’ on Broadway.”
Singers from “Wicked” and “Groundhog Day” will also be on stage.
“The dancers we brought together are fabulous and I’m excited for the audience to see them,” Blackstone added. “It’s rare to have a dancer show off all the things they can do and these dancers are going to get to do it all. It will be challenging but exciting.”
He’s excited to perform for On Stage at Kingsborough.
“It’s such a beautiful community,” he said. “On Stage at Kingsborough in particular has a great variety of programming and they bring different arts to audiences that really appreciate it. To premiere the show there means a lot to me.”
“American Dance Spectacular” will be performed on Saturday, October 28 at 8 p.m.
Broadway will return to On Stage, Becker added, the following month. “We’ll be joined by more Broadway stars for ‘Two’s Company’ in a celebration of Broadway’s great duets,” she said. The show will be performed on Saturday, November 18 at 8 p.m.
“We’ll also meet Petra, the granddaughter of the fabled Peter from’ Peter and the Wolf’ in a stunning original production for children that features large-scale puppetry and original, live music,” added Becker. “Heading into the holidays, we’re thrilled to welcome back Yiddish Theatre star Daniella Rabbani, this time with the Israeli 12th Night Klezmer ensemble [in “Music Talks/Eight Days of Klezmer”], and also to welcome back the State Ballet Theatre of Russia in its enchanting production of ‘The Nutcracker.’ These shows and more means there’s a fair amount of excitement happening on our stage – with Broadway and international stars – throughout the fall!”
“Petra and The Wolf” will be performed on Sunday, November 5 at 2 p.m. and “The Nutcracker” on Sunday, December 17 at 3 p.m. “Music Talks/Eight Days of Klezmer” will be performed on Sunday, December 3, at 3 p.m.
The performances will take place at On Stage at Kingsbourgh, 2001 Oriental Boulevard. For more information on each performance and to purchase tickets, visit www.onstageatkingsborough.org.