“PURPLE RAIN” IS NEXT MOVIE TO PLAY THE THEATRICAL DRIVE-IN EXPERIENCE RADIAL PARK AT HALLETTS POINT PLAY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
BROADWAY AT THE DRIVE-IN CONTINUES!
THE ACADEMY AWARD WINNER® FOR ORIGINAL SONG SCORE,
IS NEXT MOVIE TO PLAY THE
THEATRICAL DRIVE-IN EXPERIENCE
RADIAL PARK AT HALLETTS POINT PLAY
FEATURING LIVE 8-PIECE BAND
AND PERFORMANCES FROM
“AMERICAN IDOL” SEMI-FINALIST
NICK RASHAD BURROUGHS
GRAMMY AWARD® NOMINEE
LENESHA “SISTER” RANDOLPH
BEGINNING THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10
AT 10:00 PM ET
AVAILABLE IN THE SAFETY OF INDIVIDUAL CARS AND
PICNIC TABLES SPACED APART FOR RESPONSIBLE SOCIAL DISTANCING
TICKETS NOW ON SALE!
New York, NY (October 06, 2020) – Radial Park at Halletts Point Play, on the heels of its premiere production of The Phantom of the Opera, is excited to announce the next movie to hit its big screen, 1984’s rock-musical drama and Academy Award winner for Original Song Score, Purple Rain, beginning this Saturday, October 10 at 10:00 PM, following a 7:00 PM final production of The Phantom of the Opera.
Radial Park’s Purple Rain: A Live Drive-In Experience will feature select songs from the talents of “American Idol” semi-finalist, Aaron Marcellus (“The Kid”), Broadway’s Nick Rashad Burroughs (“Morris”) and Grammy Award nominee Lenesha “Sister” Randolph (“Mother”).
Following Purple Rain’s Saturday, October 10th preview, performances will continue Thursday, October 15 through Sunday, October 18 and Thursday, October 22 through Sunday, October 25 at 7:00 PM nightly.
This one of a kind, simultaneously cinematic and theatrical performance, will include specially interwoven musical numbers from the hit-movie, including Let’s Go Crazy, Jungle Love, Take Me With U, The Beautiful Ones, Darling Nikki, Sex Shooter, The Bird, I Would Die For You, and Baby I’m A Star performed in-time with the movie, alongside a live 8-piece band.
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.
Purple Rain stars Nick Rashad Burroughs Aaron Marcellus Lenesha Randolph
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 features this first-of-its-kind drive-in that will include a variety of experiences including live performances from Broadway stars, movies on the big screen, movie-style concessions, food trucks and much more.
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 theatrical show from the safety of their own vehicles or via reserved picnic tables, with a retro boombox for audio, spaced appropriately for social distancing, are available for those who prefer biking, walking, or taking the ferry to Halletts Point Play.
Beverages and movie theater snacks will be available for purchase along with multiple food trucks for on-site dining options.
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.
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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AARON MARCELLUS (The Kid) was born and bred in Atlanta, GA and has been entertaining crowds across the world for 16 plus years. A singer, writer, musician, tap dancer, and an actor, Marcellus is a consummate entertainer with a signature sound. He’s shared the stage with Gospel and CCM greats like Israel Haughton, Salvador, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell, Toby Mac, Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Anointed, Ted & Sheri, Rachel Lampa, and Karen Clark-Sheard. In 2004 Marcellus ventured into Pop/Soul, taking a bold step to break into this new genre by auditioning for the world-renowned talent competition, “American Idol.” During Season 11 he rose to semi-finalist status, garnering a standing ovation during his televised performance in Hollywood. In the summer of 2012 Marcellus was a featured artist on the “Idols World Tour” sponsored by the US Armed Forces for American troops and was also one of the select Idol contestants featured on a tour through England, Italy, Holland, Germany, France, Korea, and Japan. Marcellus has been featured in a new pilot show for NBC, in a Chapstick commercial and at a tribute performance for R&B recording artist, Chrisette Michele. Marcellus can be found hosting a weekly musical act at NYC’s Duane Park and singing all over New York City – directing showcases, tap dancing, acting, serving as a vocal coach and directing The Marcellus Music Ensemble, a new and powerful collection of voices that help to comprise the Marcellus Orchestra!
NICK RASHAD BURROUGHS (Morris) is currently in the original Broadway cast of Tina the Tina Turner Musical. He has also been seen on Broadway in Kinky Boots, King Kong Alive and on the 1st National Tour of Something Rotten. He recorded the single “Ordinary Day” in Todrick Halls #1 pop album “Forbidden.” Nick received a Broadway World Award for his portrayal of Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. Other Favorite credits include James Brown in James Brown Live at the Apollo Music Cafe, Shrek the Musical (Donkey), Ragtime (Coalhouse) and Company (Robert).
LENESHA “SISTER” RANDOLPH (Mother) is an undeniable American Powerhouse R&B/soul singer and songwriter. She first came to attention working with the multi-talented Grammy award winner Lauryn Hill. Her 16-year journey is reflected in the depth she brings with astonishing spot-on lyrics. The way her infectious tone wraps itself around your heart and won’t let go, is what keeps her on top of the list. Her credits include touring, recording, and music making with Lauryn hill, Patti Labelle, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Carlos Santana, Tweet, Faith Evans, P Diddy , and many other top artists. She’s also sings as the female lead vocalist in Grammy and Emmy Award-winning band Robert Randolph and The Family Band, where her brother is front man and pedal steel guitar legend Robert Randolph.