After the immigrant saga, Coming Through, ends Jan. 25, Queens Theatre in the Park will bring in the stars, including concert performances by Rita Moreno and Barbara Cook, and plays starring Lois Nettleton and Lee Meriwether.
Princess Grace And The Fazzaris (Feb. 11-22), stars Nettleton, and it's about an Italian family whose daughter is getting married on the same day as Princess Grace. Nettleton played Blanche DuBois on Broadway but is probably best known for her TV appearances and roles in such films as The Man in The Glass Booth and Dirty Dingus Magee. In September she appeared in a staged reading of Patrick Hamilton's thriller, Gaslight at by California Artists Repertory Theatre. (CART).
The title of Marc Alan Zagoren's comedy refers to the nuptials of Rosemary Fazzari, who's getting married on the same day as Grace Kelly. Princess Grace may have had a fairy tale wedding, but Fazzari's fete is in a frenzy. Peter Bennett directs the show, which is targeting an Off Broadway run.
Fires In The Mirror (Feb. 27-March 2), is Anna Deavere Smith's look at the Crown Heights riots, courtesy of Rhode Island's Trinity Repertory.
Chicago City Limits will play one show, March 7, and Barbara Cook arrives March 13. Just announced is a 30th anniversary tour production of Neil Simon's Plaza Suite, featuring Lee Meriwether in connected one-act comedies all taking place at a New York hotel. Speculation is that after the Suite tour, Meriwether may turn up in the Off-Broadway company of Grandma Sylvia's Funeral (assuming the show's advertising of "final weeks" isn't really true.)
The Barry Sisters, based on the real-life Yiddish singing group. The remaining Barry Sister is working on the book for this musical, due April 1-5.
Rita Moreno arrives for two concert performances, April 25, and the Off Broadway company of Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back appears May 2-3. Also scheduled for Q-TIP is cabaret legend Earth Kitt (April 25).
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 David Lefkowitz