Charles Mee travels 'Queens Boulevard'
By MICHAEL KUCHWARA, AP Drama Writer
It's quite a switch from adapting Greek tragedy to a musical set on the streets of the New York borough of Queens.
But Charles Mee, who is being celebrated this season at the Signature Theatre Company, has written "Queens Boulevard (the musical)," the next show at the company's Peter Norton Space. It follows his "Iphigenia 2.0," a freewheeling, modern-dress version of Euripides' classic tragedy.
"Queens Boulevard (the musical)," based on an Indian dance drama, follows the adventures of soon-to-be-wed man searching the borough for the perfect gift for his bride. Amir Arison plays Vijay, the groom; Michi Barall is Shizuko, the bride. The director is Davis McCallum and the choreographer Peter Pucci.
The musical begins preview performances Nov. 6 and opens Dec. 3 for a run through Dec. 30. Specially priced $20 tickets are available, but check the theater for availability. For tickets, call 212-244-PLAY, go online at www.signaturetheatre.org or visit the theater's box office, 555 W. 42nd St.
Off Broadway musical based on Kathakali dance drama