A Rodgers and Hart gala with 'Cake'
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and Hart: A Celebration," at Bay Terrace Jewish Center.
Why: When members of a Bayside temple wanted to form their own
theatrical troupe, they turned to Lawrence Bloom.
With 40 years of experience in theater, the last 20 in Queens, Bloom
has helped launch new groups before.
His latest endeavor, Theatre on the Bay, makes its debut with a revue
of songs by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, authors of musicals from
the '30s and early '40s such as "Pal Joey," "The Boys From Syracuse"
and "Babes in Arms." The cast, a mix of members of the Bay Terrace
Jewish Center and veterans of community theater, includes a total of 21
adults and children.
"We're reaching out not only to the tried
and true community theater member, but members of the community and the
temple families," Bloom said.
The show includes familiar
Rodgers and Hart tunes such as "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,"
"Blue Moon," "Ten Cents a Dance," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "Isn't It
Romantic?" "Mountain Greenery," "Lover," "There's a Small Hotel" and
"Manhattan." And it has some of the duo's lesser-known works, such as
"'Cause We Got Cake" and "Jupiter Forbid."
"It's the unknown songs I think are very interesting," Bloom said.
Bloom said he worked in theater for 20 years in Ohio before moving to
Queens. Since coming to New York, he has been involved in the Forest
Hills Players and his own company, LFB Productions.
"I still get a big kick out of it," he said.
When and where: Saturday, May 15, 8:30 p.m., May 16, 3 p.m., and May
23, 3 p.m., at Bay Terrace Jewish Center, 1300 209th St., Bayside.
How much: $14, $12 seniors.
Getting there: Take the Clearview Expressway north to Willets Point
Boulevard. Turn right on to Willets Point, then turn right on to 209th
More questions: Call 718-428-6363.