Electeds To Perform At Queens College

BY JOE MARVILLI
Staff Writer

This Saturday, elected officials from Queens will be taking part in legislative acts, but not the kind you would expect.

Thirty members of Queens’ government, ranging from the City Council up to the House of Representatives, will appear onstage for Queens College’s fundraising event, “Legislative Acts.” Rather than showing their prowess in writing bills, the officials will be showing off their creative talents.

Queens College presents Legislative ActsThis is the first time Queens College will produce “Legislative Acts,” though the show was first held in 1994 at Queens Theatre in the Park.

“I wanted to create an event which would draw audiences, raise funds and celebrate the warmth and spirit of our Borough,” Jeffery Rosenstock, assistant vice president of External and Governmental Relations at Queens College, said.

Parodies of classical movies, television shows, Broadway productions and songs, will all be performed with a Queens twist. Taking place at LeFrak Concert Hall, the day will kick off with a cocktail reception, followed by the performance and a post-show dessert reception.

Funds raised will go to two Queens College programs meant to help underserved populations: Women at Work and Big Buddy.

The production is expected to star Councilmembers Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst), James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows), Peter Koo (D-Flushing), Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) and Ruben Wills (D-South Ozone Park).

Performers from the State Legislature include Assemblymembers Michael DenDekker (D-Jackson Heights), Phillip Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park), Ron Kim (D-Flushing), Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights), William Scarborough (D-Jamaica), Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and David Weprin (D-Little Neck) as well as State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing).

The show’s Washington stars are U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica), U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn). Other special guests include Borough Presidents past (Claire Shulman), present (Helen Marshall) and future (Melinda Katz). Councilman-elect Rory Lancman, Queens County Clerk Audrey Pheffer and former Speaker Peter Vallone Sr. will perform as well.

The performance will take place on Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $100 per person. For more information, call the box office at (718) 793-8080.

Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, jmarvilli@queenstribune.com, or @Joey788.