Romantic concert featuring real-life Broadway couples comes to Queens Theatre

Romantic concert featuring real-life Broadway couples comes to Queens Theatre
Courtesy of Brandon Uranowitz and Zachary Prince
By Tammy Scileppi

If you happen to be a total sap and a hopeless romantic, you’re probably thinking, “Even though Valentine’s Day has passed, it doesn’t mean it can’t be Valentine’s Day every day!”

The truth is, Cupid never takes a break.

So, if you’re in the mood for love, why not show your romantic side and bring that special someone to Queens Theatre Saturday, as you celebrate spring Queens-style?

Get swept off your feet, forget your troubles and escape reality with “Broadway Valentine,” a magical concert-style revue produced and hosted by Stephen DeAngelis, and created exclusively for Queens Theatre.

Hum or sing along with a stellar cast, which includes three real-life couples who are Broadway actors, as they perform some of Broadway’s most memorable love songs, peppered with humorous and heartfelt personal stories, and followed by a lively question and answer session with the audience. After a water main break forced its cancellation in March, the show was been rescheduled for April 14 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are still available to see the talented Broadway couples, including: Tony Award-nominee Erin Dilly (“A Christmas Story,” “Into the Woods,” “Follies”) and Stephen Buntrock (“Beauty and the Beast,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables”); Zachary Prince (“Honeymoon in Vegas,” “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” “Baby It’s You!”) and two-time Tony and Drama Desk nominee Brandon Uranowitz (“Falsettos,” “An American in Paris,” “Prince of Broadway”); Alysha Umphress (“On the Town,” “American Idiot,” “Bring It On”) and Cody Williams (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “On the Town,” “Cinderella”).

Brooklynites Uranowitz and Prince, who have been together for seven years, are replacing original cast members Kyle Dean Massey and Taylor Frey after Massey was offered a Broadway role and had to drop out for rehearsals. Uranowitz and Prince met doing the Broadway show “Baby It’s You!,” and said they’re both looking forward to singing selections from shows and roles they’ve done on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in cabarets in the city.

“We get to perform together so rarely that any opportunity is always a joy,” said Prince, who co-parents two goldendoodle dogs — Bessie and Winnie — with his partner. “It’s very special to get to connect with the person you love most, doing what you both love and sharing that with an audience. We are excited to perform at the Queens Theatre because Queens is such an integral part of the city, with so many of our best Broadway performers living there, and the theater is an institution that has provided arts and entertainment to the community for decades. We are thrilled to collaborate with them and bring some more attention to the important work they do there.”

According to both actors, working with the other Broadway couples “has been a dream.”

“Alysha and Cody are two of our dearest friends, so it’s always a pleasure to perform with them,” Prince said. “They’re immensely respected in the industry, not to mention a total hoot.”

And talking about friends, it turns out that Prince and his partner have many actor friends living here in Queens.

Both performers agree that “Stephen (DeAngelis) put together the perfect group!” and that the Broadway Valentine concerts will be just as fun for the audience as they are for them.

Tickets are still available for $20 and can be purchased by visiting queenstheatre.org or by calling (718) 760-0064.