Queens, N.Y., residents -- Alert! Wanna see a free show? Come to the Players Theatre on MacDougal St. in Manhattan for the first preview, June 9, of a new comedy called "Queens Blvd." Just show proof of Queens residency (such as a utility bill, driver's license or "a thick Queens accent") and you and a guest get to see the show for free. (Or, as a Queens resident would say, "zilch, nada, zip.") Tickets for the rest of the run are $20-$35.
Vincent J. Cardinal directs this nutty gay comedy, about a male couple in a tiny Queens apartment trying to figure out their hunky new roommate. "How can they keep him in their gilded birdcage," the press release asks, "after he's seen Fire Island?"
Russell Leib, Steve Hayes and Tony Meindl comprise the Queens Blvd. cast. Leib appeared on Broadway in Amadeus and Big River; Hayes is a Backstage Bistro Award-winner for his cabaret work, and Meindl appeared Off-Broadway in Party.
Author Paul Corrigan is the director of PBS-TV's "Theatre Talk" program and has served as a resident writer for Off-Off-Broadway's La MaMa ETC. Director Cardinal wrote the play, The Colorado Catechism, which was staged at the now-defunct Circle Repertory in Manhattan.
Designing Queens Blvd. are Bill Clarke (set), Brian Aldous (lighting) and Mary Myers (costumes). For information about the show, which opens June 23, call (212) 239 6200.
--By David Lefkowitz