2015-02-25 / Front Page

History Of Southeast Queens Honored In New Musical

BY JASON D. ANTOS

Some of the cast members in Mark Lord’s new musical Made in Southeast Queens. The play will take the audience on an exploration through several decades of local history, paying tribute to entertainment legends and former area residents, including Lena Horne, James Brown, and Jackie Robinson.Photo Jason D. AntosSome of the cast members in Mark Lord’s new musical Made in Southeast Queens. The play will take the audience on an exploration through several decades of local history, paying tribute to entertainment legends and former area residents, including Lena Horne, James Brown, and Jackie Robinson.Photo Jason D. AntosThe history of Southeast Queens will soon make its debut as an entertaining and informative play celebrating legendary figures and events that have made the area famous.


The musical, Made in Southeast Queens, will take the audience on an exploration through several decades of local history, paying tribute to entertainment legends and former area residents, including Lena Horne and James Brown, and baseball legend and Brooklyn Dodger, Jackie Robinson. It will also explore the effects of the Civil Rights era and the area’s struggle to rise above poverty and crime while exploring items of local interest like “Liberation Rock,” located at the intersection Farmers Boulevard and Liberty Avenue.


The musical, written and directed by Mark Lord, who taught for several years at August Martin H.S., with original music by Derek Galloway, will open this March at the Black Spectrum Theater.


“I want the play to take the audience on a fantasy tour of the southeast part of Queens as seen through the eyes of various characters in telling the story of that area,” said Lord.
According to the theater’s Founder/Director Carl Clay, the inspiration for this play came after he saw another musical written by Lord entitled, Let’s Hear It For Queens, about historic figures in the borough.


After meeting with Clay, Lord began his research and the result is an all-new play with new songs.


“This is an idea that we had for a long time,” said Clay.


“With this play, younger audiences will have their eyes opened to the rich history that their neighborhood has to offer,” said Lord.


Made in Southeast Queens will be shown March 7-8 and from March 13-15; Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Black Spectrum Theatre located in Roy Wilkins Park at Baisley Boulevard and 177th Street in Jamaica.


Tickets cost $12. The Friday, March 13 performance at 8 p.m. will be free of charge.
For more information, visit blackspectrum.com or 718-723-1800.


“We see the first production as just the beginning, a kind of preview, and hope to continue with this production into the future,” said Clay.

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