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The Great White Way’s magic will float across the East River and — with even more wizardry — become affordable this weekend.

Queens Theatre will present Broadway Kids at 3 p.m. on both Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25. Tickets run from $15 to $20.

Straight-from-Broadway stars will take the audience on a family-friendly adventure with toe-tapping tunes, side-splitting lyrics, and captivating characters. The main organizer, Stephen DeAngelis, doesn’t want to release the names, but the scheduled songs come from stage versions of animated films and adaptations of musicals.

The five-person cast will offer some ditties in traditional styles, but they’ll do others in different forms and via mashups or medleys. Consisting of four adults and one child prodigy with distinctive voices and vocal styles, the group has more than 20 different Broadway credits combined. Here’s more information.

  • Sarah Jean Ford: “Cats,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” “A Little Night Music,” and “Finian’s Rainbow.”
  • Bret Shuford: “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” and Cirque du Soleil’s “Paramour.”
  • McKayla Twiggs: “Anastasia,” “Les Miserables,” and “Once the Musical.”
  • Alton Fitzgerald White: “The Lion King,” “The Color Purple,” “Ragtime,” “Smokey Joe’s Café,” “Miss Saigon,” and “The Who’s Tommy.”
  • Teal Wicks: “Finding Neverland” and “Jekyll and Hyde.”

Piano man Joshua Stephen Kartes — a prolific composer, orchestrator, arranger, musical director, vocal coach, and vocalist — will provide accompaniment.

And halfway through Act II, the performers will participate in a Q&A session during which they will share behind-the-scenes anecdotes and details of their personal lives.

DeAngelis, who has produced more than 250 of these shows across the United States, has indicated that his mission is to introduce young audiences to the wonders of musical theater and shared-family experiences. Queens Theatre Executive Director Taryn Sacramone agrees.

“I believe it is important to introduce the magic of theater to kids early. It appeals to their natural creativity. It inspires them and sparks their imaginations. And that’s what Broadway Kids is all about,” she said.

“Every theater lover I know personally developed their passion for the performing arts as a child,” she added.

Editor’s note: Please understand that Broadway Kids is not the same as Broadway Valentine. The latter show, which features romantic love songs by three talented real-life couples, was originally scheduled for Queens Theatre on Feb. 17 and Feb. 18. It was postponed due to a water main break and re-scheduled for April 14.

Images: Kevin Zimmerman/Queens Theatre


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