On the afternoon of Sunday, July 21, we will be traveling by bus to the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston to see a performance of the classic musical “Bye Bye Birdie.” It’s the story of a giant rock and roll star who gets inducted into the Army. If that reminds you of Elvis, you’re right; the musical was based on the hysteria surrounding Presley’s induction.
The original Broadway production opened in April 1960 and the cast included Dick Van Dyke, Chita Rivera and Paul Lynde. It was a smash hit and won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
In 1963, a film version was released with Dick Van Dyke reprising his role and co-starring Ann Margaret, whose character was featured heavily in the film, which helped launch her career.
The tickets and transportation are completely free, generously provided to us by The Josephine Foundation and The Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery.
The Friends of Maple Grove is committed to increasing public awareness and appreciation of the rich history of Maple Grove Cemetery, which is a beautiful place to visit. They have many programs that are fun and entertaining for the whole family.
And the Josephine Foundation was launched to honor and remember Josephine Koslosky, “a woman who believed that by using arts and sports programs, young people and adults can reach for their dreams regardless of their background and financial status.”
Together, these two organizations do a great job making life better for a lot of people. This past weekend, we were fortunate to be the beneficiaries of their good work.
Now, tickets are limited and going very fast, so if you are interested, please contact the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society at 718-805-2002 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your tickets now.
We do ask that if you reserve a space that you make every effort to attend. Because of demand, we sometimes have to turn people away, and we don’t want to do that and end up with empty seats.
Two years ago, the group produced “Broadway Blockbusters,” a compilation of the best musical numbers Broadway has to offer. Last year was a special treat for the little ones as they gave a spirited performance of “The Little Mermaid.” Afterward, we met and mingled with the cast and took pictures with them in costume.
The cast is young and extremely talented, the theater is beautiful and the production values are very high. Many thanks to Carl Ballenas (of the Friends of Maple Grove) and Andrew Joseph Koslosky, who often performs in the musicals, but this year is directing.
The first year we were gifted with 50 free tickets and a bus. The response was so positive that last year we doubled it to 100 free tickets and two buses. It was a tremendous exercise, seeing a hundred residents of Woodhaven packing the buses for the trip over.
So this year, we were given extra tickets and an additional bus, and we’re really excited to pack the theater with friends and neighbors for this great musical event.
But if you're busy on the 21st and would still like to support the Josephine Foundation by purchasing tickets to the musical, call them at 347-556-3325. General admission tickets are $25 (VIP Reserved Seating is $40) and you can add on bunch or dinner for an extra $30. Shows run from July 19th through July 27th.
The Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society is not holding any regularly scheduled meetings in July and August, but we’ll be having a few special events. Our very popular Penny Auction will be held at Emanuel United Church of Christ on Saturday, July 27 at 12 noon.
And we’ve got two movie nights scheduled in August, details to be announced.
You can get on our email list (or phone blast) by contacting us at 718-805-2002 or emailing us at email@example.com so that you’ll always be up to date on local free events.
We hope to see you at one of these events and hope that you’re enjoying your summer so far.