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Photo by Paul Kolnik
Photo by Paul Kolnik

Lincoln Center — which encompasses such internationally respected arts groups as Julliard School, Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet and the New York Philharmonic — is about to bring its greatest performances of the past two years to Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

With a remarkable rendition of George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” by the New York City Ballet, Queens Theatre will kick off a weekly series of free outdoor screenings of videotaped Lincoln Center performances in Festival Lawn (right behind Queens Theatre) on July 29.

The fun will continue on Friday, August 5, with a screening of “Show Boat” featuring the New York Philharmonic. This musical depicts the lives of performers, stagehands, and dock workers aboard a Mississippi River steamboat.

The next Friday, August 12, Grammy-winning soprano Renée Fleming and 2015 Richard Tucker Award-winning mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton share the stage with Italian crossover tenor Andrea Bocelli, bel canto tenor Lawrence Brownlee, and other great voices in an opera extravaganza.

The final movie of the series is a rendition of “Act One” on Friday, August 19. Starring Tony Shalhoub and Andrea Martin, this musical follows a poor kid from the Bronx who becomes a Broadway sensation.

With 8 p.m. showtimes, the selected performances will be projected on a 26-foot screen connected to 300-watt speakers. In case of rain, the films will show in Queens Theatre’s main stage.

Act One courtesy of Queens Theatre

Act One courtesy of Queens Theatre


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