What do you get when you combine musical theater, comedy, local politics, and philanthropy? While it may sound like the most random combination of elements, put them all together and you end up with a benefit performance called “Legislative Acts.” The musical comedy stars local politicians in an effort to creatively support some of Queens College’s charitable initiatives.
The event is being hosted by the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College, and will be divided into three “acts.” Act I is a pre-performance cocktail reception at the Arts Center. Act II will consist of the performance of “Legislative Acts.” Finally, Act III will feature a post-show dessert reception with the performers, as a chance to mingle with local politicians. Queens College bills the show as “a rollicking fundraising event not to be missed,” and regardless of the theatrical talents of its performers, the show is for a good cause.
“Legislative Acts” will be directed by Kevin Free, and produced by Jeffrey Rosenstock of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts, with local sponsorship from Carl Mattone of the Queens-based Mattone Group, Queens Center, and others. Some of the elected officials-turned theater stars include Joe and Elizabeth Crowley, Francisco Moya, Audrey Pheffer, William Scarborough, Julissa Ferreras, and many more. “Legislative Acts” will showcase the singing, acting, dance, and comedic talents of the local politicians, who will perform parodies of classic movies, Broadway shows, and popular songs, according to the playbill.
At $100 a ticket the price of entry is steep, but after all, the proceeds will benefit the charitable organizations Big Buddy as well as Women and Work. It’s pretty incredible that so many local politicians are willing to step out of their comfort zone to support their community in a creative way. Learn more about “Legislative Acts” here.