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It’s a world premiere, and it’s out of this world!

The bilingual LGBTQ musical “Reinas de la Noche” (or “Queens of the Night”) will make its first-ever run at Thalía Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside from tonight, Feb. 2, through Sunday, Feb. 25.

With colorful costumes, sparkly sequins, plenty of feathers, and high heels galore, high-energy performers sing, dance, strut their stuff, and lip sync in a Queens cabaret where drag queens and other gender-bending acts ham it up. The cabaret is expecting a visit from a New York Times critic that could make or break many of the performers’ careers.

Hilarity ensues — and music by Mexican crooner Juan Gabriel, Spanish singer/actress Rocío Durcal, and Puerto Rican salsera Olga Tañón blast — but the characters also reveal their painful struggles against violence and societal scorn.

In spite of it all, the musical ends in a celebration of inclusion.

Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance ($45 at the door) and $37 for students and seniors ($42 at the door). Thalía, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is located at 41-17 Greenpoint Ave.

The score is the brainchild of Txemi Parra, a comedian from Spain. He has written and acted in various TV series and plays, and he recently released his first novel, “The Dead Don’t Eat Yogurt.” Pedro de Llano, who hails from Venezuela, is the director. The casts includes Soledad López, William Saquicela, Franco Galecio, Inma Heredia, Yloy Ybarra, Anissa Gathers, Harold Puente, and ballet dancer Jonathan Méndez.

Images: Thalía Spanish Theatre


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