Queens Theatre in the Park are starting their sixth season with a bang, leaping off from last year's banner year. Subscription sales are up 40 percent for the Flushing Meadows-based theatre.
The season kick-off begins Oct. 8, with a presentation of Sherlock's Secret Life by Ed. [sic] Lange -- a classic whodunit with a romantic twist.
Upcoming Q-TIP shows include:
Theodore Bikel in concert (Nov. 4-8)
Loni Ackerman & David Shire pair up on the revue, The Story Goes On - The Music of Maltby & Shire (Nov. 14-15).
Expectations, a comedy by Susan Barsky starring Dody Goodman and Mary Fogarty (Nov. 18-22) Comedian Red Buttons (Buttons On Broadway ) arrives, Dec. 19-20.
Waldo's Ragtime Revue: Shake That Thing!, a ragtime, blues and jazz musical revue with the music of Scott Joplin, Irving Berlin, and Jelly Roll Morton, directed by Hair director Tom O'Horgan (Jan. 23-31, 1999)
The recent Off-Broadway hit, Grace and Glorie, starring Pat Carroll and Bonnie Franklin (March 17-21, 1999)
Too Jewish Two! (March 24-28, 1999), Avi Hoffman's sequel to his Off-Broadway hit about Jewish humor and culture. The show played last season at OB's Jewish Repertory Theatre.
Will Rogers' USA , with James Whitmore as the legendary humorist (Apr. 10-11, 1999).
The Flying Karamazov Brothers (Apr. 17, 1999)
If You Ever Leave Me, I'm Going With You, an autobiographical comedy from Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna, of Bermuda Avenue Triangle fame (Apr. 28-May 2, 1999).
A recent entry in the "Forbidden Broadway" series, Forbidden Hollywood! will strike Q-Tip (May 15-16, 1999)
In the Studio Series:
"Days of Our Lives" star Vicki Stuart brings her Backstage Bistro award winning WW II musical revue - We'll Meet Again to the Queens (Oct 7-11, 1998)
A Glimpse of the Light, a musical about the birth of Israel comes in (Nov. 4-22, 1998).
The New York premiere of Max Sparber's Minstrel Show: The Lynching of William Brown starts off the studio's new year (Jan. 23-Feb. 7, 1999).
For tickets ($15-$19) and information on shows at Queens Theatre In The Park (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, near the Queens Museum), call (718) 760-0064.
-- By Sean McGrath