The Rodgers and Hammerstein ensemble musical Allegro debuted in 1947. Innovative for its lack of a set, the storied playwrights opted to chronicle Joseph Taylor Jr.’s life in a series of vignettes and musical sequences that dazzle in their simplicity. A Midwestern “everyman,” Taylor has an uneventful childhood, marriage and career before trading his hometown’s tranquility for hectic, big city life at age 35. When he loses sight of his goals, he struggles to avoid compromising his principles. On May 1st, the Astoria Performing Arts Center will perform Allegro with an all-star cast and an emotional touch, as it will be the last production by APAC’s artistic director, Tom Wojtunik.
Details: Allegro, Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent Street, Astoria, May 1st through May 17, Thursdays and Fridays at 8 pm; Saturdays at 2 pm and 8 pm. $18/$12 for seniors and students.
Photos: Paul Fox