Queens is starting to look a lot like Broadway.

Five different theatrical productions — two musicals, a comedy, a children’s show, and a dance extravaganza — are alive and kicking at various venues in the borough as of this week, and one will last until mid-December.

On Nov. 3, the Astoria Performing Arts Center launched “Evensong,” a play about a gay Mexican-American man with big dreams who ends up homeless in New York City. With musical scores and witty lines, the Texas native deals with loneliness and survival as he lives a surprisingly normal life. He works as a bank teller, goes on online dates, and gets entwined in the shelter system. (Shows are Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. until Nov. 19 at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Astoria.)

Tonight (Nov. 4), “The History of Salsa” opens at Thalía Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside. With 24 dancers in varying colorful costumes, the troupe Cali Salsa Pal’ Mundo takes the audience back to the musical genre’s African-Cuban origins and grooves forward through its Puerto Rican, Nuyorican, Colombian, Panamanian and other influences. (Back by popular demand, the show runs until Dec. 11 with shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m.)

Three local productions have Nov. 5 start dates.

Royal Star Theatre, a community troupe, presents “Spamalot” at the Immaculate Conception Auditorium in Jamaica Estates until Nov. 13. This musical comedy is an irreverant parody of King Arthur and the 1975 movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” The hilarity starts before the curtain even rises with a recording telling the audience to “let your cellphones and pagers ring willy-nilly.” (Shows are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.)

Bayside’s Theatre by the Bay, which strives to have inter-generational casts open to people with disabilities, puts on “My Fair Lady” until Nov. 20. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s 1912 play “Pygmalion,” this musical follows Henry Higgins, a distinguished British professor, as he tries to “civilize” the uneducated, ill-mannered flower vendor Eliza Doolittle, who has a hard time shedding her lower class accent. (Times are Nov. 5 and 12 at 8 p.m., Nov. 6 and 13 at 3 p.m., and Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.)

Meanwhile over in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens Theatre hosts “Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical” at 3 p.m. and on Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. This family-friendly production depicts eight-year-old Lily Polkadot, who has just moved to a small town where she’s having problems fitting in at school. She meets a shy boy whose curiosity for her unique polka dot skin propels an unexpected friendship.

Top photo: Polkadots; bottom photo: Thalía Spanish Theatre


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