Motown and Broadway are among the best musical traditions created in the United States — and both genres are getting special treatment in Queens this month. More info on jump page.
This Sunday, the Queensborough Performing Arts Center hosts Shalom Broadway, a celebration of Jewish influence on music along the Great White Way. Along with a live band, four stage veterans — Mandy Gonzalez, Netanel Bellaishe, Jordan Leeds, and Tamara Tsoutsouris — perform works by Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Ira Gershwin, Queens College graduate Marvin Hamlisch, and others. They will explore how Synagogue melodies set the foundation for the music written for the Yiddish Theater, Tin Pan Alley, Hollywood, and of course, Broadway.
On October 12th, the same Bayside venue hosts The Las Vegas Tribute to the 5 Kings of Motown. Again as a live band jams, top-notch performers pay homage to the Temptations as they display fancy footwork, tight harmonies, sharp wardrobes, and general showmanship. Expect to hear such hits as “My Girl” and “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg.”
Details: Shalom Broadway, QPAC, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, October 5th, 3 pm, $35.
Bonus details: The Las Vegas Tribute to The 5 Kings of Motown, QPAC, October 12th, 3 pm, $42 and $35.