“Escaping Queens” (Musical) By Joe Ortiz
September 13 to 20
Producers’ Club Theaters, 358 West 44th Street.
As part of the Theater for the New City Sets Its Sixth Dream Up Festival
Box office: SMARTTIX (212) 868-4444. – Other info: TNC (212) 254-1109.
This musical memoir is the funny, edgy, ultimately hopeful story of an Italian/Puerto Rican immigrant family that struggles to stick together as they escape Queens for Califirnia. The music, all original songs by Joe Ortiz (music, lyrics, co-librettist), embodies a variety of styles: Latin beats, Sicilian ballads, bluesy riffs, jazz numbers, radio hits of the 1950s and doo wop numbers. The show was a hit at Cabrillo Stage in Aptos, California; this is its New York premiere. Cast of nine. Greg Fritsch is director and co-librettist.
Complete info: http://www.jsnyc.com/season/dreamup_2015/escapint.htm