May 21, 2017

Astoria Finds: Astoria Performing Arts Center

One of the great aspects of the City of New York is the amount of culture and arts that are available here.  You can see a different Broadway show every day of the week.  Fortunately, you don't have to go all the way to Manhattan to enjoy the arts.  Right here in Astoria,
the Astoria Performing Arts Center is bringing amazing works of arts and talent to our local neighborhood.  Their mission is to bring high quality theater to Astoria, Queens and support local youth and senior citizens.  They produce premieres and revivals of plays and musicals and also develops new works through workshops and readings.  

I had the privilege of attending the revival of Raisin, the musical adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun.  The original won the 1974 Tony for Best Musical and won a Grammy for Best Score.  APAC's production is the first reproduction since its initial run on Broadway.  The cast is incredible and makes this reproduction a treat to the eyes and ears.  This show was tremendous and the most moving performance I have ever seen.  This performance was compelling and had me spellbound from the first moment it began.  I highly recommend seeing this before it is over.  This will be on only for one more week and everyone should definitely make this a priority.  I am so thankful that the Astoria Performing Arts Center is bringing such quality and talent to our neighborhood.  Click here to find tickets!

Raisin in the Sun APAC
Seated: Ebony Williams-Oliver (Lena Younger), Standing: Chinua B. Payne (Travis Younger) and Brandi Knox (Ruth Younger)

Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry
L-R: Ebony Marshall-Oliver (Lena Younger), Sarita Amani Nash (Beneatha Younger), Brandi Knox (Ruth Younger) and Warren Nolan Jr. (Walter Lee Younger)

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