BROADWAY AT THE DRIVE-IN! “RADIAL PARK AT HALLETTS POINT PLAY” BEGINS THIS SATURDAY, 9.26
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
THE SHOW GOES ON!
STARK PRODUCTION GROUP
ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF
RADIAL PARK AT HALLETTS POINT PLAY
AN INTERACTIVE, THEATRICAL DRIVE-IN EXPERIENCE
BEGINNING THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2020
FEATURING LIVE 11-PIECE ORCHESTRA AND
PERFORMANCES FROM BROADWAY STARS INCLUDING
DERRICK DAVIS, ALI EWOLDT, AND MORE
AVAILABLE IN THE SAFETY OF INDIVIDUAL CARS & PICNIC TABLES SPACED APART FOR RESPONSIBLE SOCIAL DISTANCING
OFFICIAL OPENING SET FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1
TICKETS NOW ON SALE!
New York, NY (September 22, 2020) – Friends of Halletts Point and Stark Production Group will keep the show going when they introduce Radial Park, a specially created Broadway-centric drive-in movie experience featuring live performances at Halletts Point Play, a 50,000 square-foot open-air space in Astoria, Queens, located along the waterfront, with views of the East River and the Manhattan skyline. The first-of-its-kind drive-in will feature a variety of experiences including live performances from Broadway stars, movies on the big screen, karaoke with Bluetooth speakers, movie-style concessions, and much more.
The new live drive-in experience will begin previews this Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 8:00 PM with the longest running show on Broadway, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera kicked-off by a special pre-show concert from stars Derrick Davis (The Phantom of the Opera National Tour, The Lion King National Tour) and Ali Ewoldt (Les Miserables National Tour and Broadway, The Phantom of the Opera Broadway and The King and I Regional Tour and Broadway), who will bring this all-time fan favorite to life alongside a live 11-piece orchestra.
The line-up at Radial Park will continue with multiple shows each week. Tickets ($75 – $150 per group) are now on sale and can be purchased online at RadialPark.com/tickets, where a complete schedule of events can also be found.
An official opening night celebration will be held on Thursday, October 1 with two musical favorites in a double-feature show: The Phantom of the Opera at 8:00 PM followed by Purple Rain at 11:30 PM. The cast for Purple Rain will be announced shortly.
Halletts Point Play is steps away from Citi Bike and NYC Ferry with direct connections from the Upper East Side, Midtown, Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Roosevelt Island and is just a short walk from the subway.
Guests will be able to enjoy the interactive, theatrical show from the safety of their own vehicles or via reserved picnic tables, which come with a retro boombox for audio. Reserved tables, spaced appropriately for social distancing, are available for those who prefer biking, walking, or taking the ferry to Halletts Point Play.
Ice-cold beverages and movie theater snacks will be available on-site for purchase.
“The Durst Organization is thrilled to host such a creative concept from Stark Productions,” said Helena Rose Durst, Principal at The Durst Organization. “Radial Park will provide a unique live entertainment experience that we are all craving during these difficult times, but in a safe and responsible way.”
“As the saying goes, ‘The show must go on!’,” added Jeremy Shepard, Stark Production Group Founder and President. “We are thrilled to be able to be presenting Broadway at the drive-in and are grateful to our partners, Friends of Halletts Point and the Durst Organization, for making it all possible. I chose Broadway because it has been a part of my life for the last 10 years. It seems a shame it is shut down when we all need it the most. Can’t wait to see you at Broadway at the drive-in!”.
Following the requirements of government and health officials, Radial Park will implement strict health and safety protocols including temperature checks upon arrival via an infrared, touchless thermometer; color-coded wristbands for social distancing; “lifeguards” on duty who will be ready to blow the whistle to enforce strict social distancing; and more.
The Durst Organization will underwrite 20 tickets (per showing) for the Astoria Houses residents. A portion of the proceeds from tickets sales will benefit Friends of Halletts Point, a community non-profit organization that enhances the infrastructure, transportation connections, community programming and beautification of the Halletts Point peninsula.
“The residents of the Astoria Houses are delighted to welcome this exciting drive-in experience to Halletts Point,” said Claudia Coger, president of the Astoria Houses Residents’ Association. “We thank The Durst Organization for their ongoing partnership and contribution of tickets to our residents.”
Halletts Point Play is a new cultural, recreational and events venue on the Astoria Waterfront. The space showcases the emerging arts and cultural district in Astoria and provides dramatic views of the Manhattan Skyline and the East River. Steps from the Astoria Ferry Stop, the destination opened summer of 2019 and hosts artistic and family-friendly events.
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DERRICK DAVIS is a dynamic and passionate performer who most recently starred as The Phantom in the 25th Anniversary North American Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom Of The Opera. In his exciting career, Derrick has starred as Mufasa in the US Tour of Disney’s The Lion King, covered both Scar and Mufasa on Broadway in The Lion King, covered Billy Bigelow on Broadway in Carousel, starred as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Douglas Tappin’s new work I Dream and starred as Curtis Taylor Jr. in Dreamgirls at the Tony award winning Dallas Theater Center. He has been seen on the “Daytime Emmy Awards,” “Live with Regis and Kelly,” “Dancing With the Stars,” as well as on the big screen in such movies as Can a Song Save Your Life and A Christmas Story. Davis played the role of Derek with Rufus Sewell and Katie Holmes in ABC’s Dangerous Liaisons by Richard LaGravenese and can be seen in the Hallmark channel’s 2020 holiday season along with Laura Osnes, Aaron Tveit, and Victoria Clark in “A Royal Holiday” by Julie Sherman Wolfe. Derrick’s concert career has taken him Internationally to Scotland, Wales, England, Italy, South Korea, Canada and back home to the United States. These shows include sold out performances of Rogers and Hammerstein works with the Las Vegas Philharmonic as well as several solo concerts featuring varied classical and contemporary repertoire as well as his original works and holiday favorites. Mr. Davis is a member of Actors Equity Association, The Screen Actors Guild and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. He cherishes a degree with honors in Voice from LIU C.W. Post Campus and is proud to be a virtual faculty member at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music at Cincinnati University.
ALI EWOLDT has appeared as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway (30th Anniversary Cast), Cosette in Les Miserables (Broadway, National Tour), The King and I (Broadway, Tour, Lyric Opera of Chicago), Maria in West Side Story (National Tour, International Tour, PCLO, The Muny, MTWichita) and Luisa in The Fantasticks (Off-Broadway). Regionally, she has played Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (The Muny), Fan/Mrs. Bonds in A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre), Martha Jefferson in 1776 (The Muny) and Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls (Sacramento Music Circus). Ali’s concert/symphony work includes: Feinstein’s/54 Below, Alice Tully Hall, The Town Hall, Canyon Ranch, NY Pops at Carnegie Hall, American Pops Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Kaohsiung Symphony and The Boston Pops with Maestro Keith Lockhart. Her TV/Film credits include The Michael J. Fox Show, Yield, and the short films Mia and The Cactus. Ali has a BA in psychology from Yale University and is a proud Filipina-American. @aliewoldt