BY JOE MARVILLI
The new season at Queensborough Performing Arts Center is ready to start.
Between Sept. 14, 2014 and May 9, 2015, 15 performers will come to entertain audiences in Queensborough Community College’s 875-seat venue.
“Our goal is fairly simple – to book exceptional, professional talent that all people of varying ages can find intriguing, enlightening and enjoyable,” Susan Agin, QPAC’s executive and artistic director, said.
This talented list begins with Broadway actress and singer, Patti LuPone in her new concert, “COULDA, WOULDA, SHOULDA… played that part.” On Sept. 14 at 3 p.m., the Tony Award-winner will sing famous numbers from “Hair,” “Evita,” “Gypsy” and more.
On Oct. 5 at 3 p.m., celebrate Broadway’s Jewish musical legacy with “Shalom Broadway.” Broadway veterans will perform songs by legends like Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin.
Another musical tribute will take place at 3 p.m. on Oct. 12 with “The Kings of Motown.” This Las Vegas show will display the skills and showmanship that made The Temptations famous.
If you are looking for laughs, check out “The Pirates of Penzance” on Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players will bring to the college this two-act comedic opera.
On Nov. 16 at 3 p.m., check out The VOCA People, an Israel-based vocal performance ensemble that creates an innovative sound with just vocals.
Next up, on Nov. 23 at 3 p.m., Renee Taylor will talk about her 60-plus years in show business.
The first show of 2015 at QPAC will be a performance of Tango Buenos Aires, one of Argentina’s cultural exports. It will take place on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m.
On March 21, author James Van Praagh will share an evening of messages from guides, family and friends in spirit. He will take the stage at 8 p.m.
The Russian National Ballet will perform “The Sleeping Beauty,” starting at 3 p.m. on March 29.
On April 12 at 3 p.m., master pianist/vocalist Kenny Brawner will transform himself into Ray Charles, playing hits like “What I’d Say” and “Georgia On My Mind.”
One week later, on April 19 at 3 p.m., “The Doo Wop Project” will show the evolution of the genre in a one-of-a-kind concert experience.
The American Jewish Symphony, a 50-piece ensemble that explores Jewish cultural heritage, will play at QPAC on April 26 at 3 p.m.
On April 30, QPAC will move out to Colbeh Mediterranean Grill in Great Neck for “Love Will Keep Us Together: Carole King, Neil Sedaka and the Music of The Brill Building.”
On May 3 at 3 p.m., see Chazz Palminteri perform his one-man stage version of the hit movie, “A Bronx Tale.”
The season will wrap up with “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.” The comedy starts at 8 p.m. on May 9.
For more information on all of this season’s shows, visit www.qcc.cuny.edu/qpac/shows.asp.
Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @JoeMarvilli.