Mee's Queens Boulevard (the musical) Begins Previews Nov. 6

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The Signature Theatre Company's world premiere production of Charles Mee's Queens Boulevard (the musical) begins previews at the Peter Norton Space Nov. 6.
Michi Barall and Amir Arison in Queens Boulevard.
Michi Barall and Amir Arison in Queens Boulevard. Photo by Carol Rosegg

Directed by Davis McCallum with choreography by Peter Pucci, the production will officially open Dec. 3. The cast includes Amir Arison, Satya Bhabha, Michi Barall, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Bill Buell, Demosthenes Chrysan, Geeta Citygirl, Emily Donahoe, William Jackson Harper, Jodi Lin, Arian Moayed, Debargo Sanyal, Jon Norman Schneider and Ruth Zhang.

According to Signature, "On his wedding day, a new husband is determined to find the perfect gift for his bride. While she waits at home, he searches for the mythical Flower of Heaven and is thrown into a series of colorful adventures on the streets of his neighborhood in Queens, New York. Inspired by a classical Indian dance drama, Queens Boulevard (the musical) celebrates love, community and life."

Queens Boulevard is a real street that begins in Long Island City, Queens (across the East River from Manhattan), and winds for several miles through diverse neighborhoods. In recent years, it's been dubbed "the boulevard of death" due to the number of pedestrians killed by cars that speed along its route.

The production features musical supervision and arrangements by Michael Friedman, music direction by Matt Castle, scenic design by Mimi Lien, costume design by Christal Weatherly, lighting design by Marcus Doshi, sound design by Ken Travis and video design by Joseph Spirito.

Through The Signature Ticket Initiative, "which seeks to make great theatre accessible to the broadest possible audience," all regularly-priced single tickets ($65) are available for $20 during the regular runs of each production for the entire season and continues through Signature's 20th Anniversary Season (2010-11). The current Signature season boasts the work of 2007-08 playwright-in-residence Mee, and began in August with the New York premiere of Iphigenia 2.0. The performance schedule for Queens Boulevard (the musical) is Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM, and Wednesday Nov. 21 at 2 PM.

There are additional performances on Dec. 9 and Dec. 30 at 7 PM. There are no performances on Nov. 22, Dec. 5 or Dec. 25. The Open Captioned performance is Dec. 15 at 2 PM.

Tickets are available by phone at (212) 244-PLAY (7529), online at www.signaturetheatre.org, and in person at the box office (555 West 42nd Street).

(l.-r.) William Jackson Harper, Amir Arison and Demosthenes Chrysan in <i>Queens Boulevard</i>.
(l.-r.) William Jackson Harper, Amir Arison and Demosthenes Chrysan in Queens Boulevard. Photo by Carol Rosegg
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