The Official Blues Brothers Revue bursts onto the stage at QPAC for a one-of-a-kind stage show that faithfully recreates the magic of the Blues Brothers including the music, comic antics and affectionate character quirks that made blues fans out of millions of rockers in the 1970’s and 80’s on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 8pm.
It almost seems like yesterday that brothers Jake and Elwood Blues – played by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd – invited the world to join them on their ‘mission from God’. The hit movie The Blues Brothers was a loveable tale of redemption about a pair of over-age juvenile delinquents who set out to save their Catholic orphanage from the tax man. In the film, they re-form their rhythm and blues band, The Blues Brothers, and organize a benefit concert to pay off the debt.
After auditioning more than 400 performers, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi’s widow, Judith, hand-picked veteran blues artists Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty to play Jake and Elwood Blues. The show boasts Blues Brothers staples like She Caught The Katy, Shake A Tail Feather, Minnie The Moocher, Sweet Home Chicago, Messin’ With The Kid, Rubber Biscuit, Soul Man, I Can’t Turn You Loose and a host of other tunes from the five popular albums recorded by Belushi and Aykroyd. A band of crack blues musicians and singers from the U.S. and Canada perform the music with all the soul, skill and playfulness of the original Blues Brother Band while Catania and Lafferty command center stage as Jake and Elwood. The show, officially sanctioned by Dan Aykroyd and the John Belushi Estate, is currently on a 60-city, coast-to-coast national itinerary.
Wayne Catania, who plays the eccentric Jake Blues, began his entertainment career in the mid 1970’s as a drummer and vocalist, touring with rock and R&B bands. He is also a successful movie soundtrack writer and actor who appears in the films Relic Hunter, Doc and 15 Minute Death. Kieron Lafferty plays the harmonica virtuoso, Elwood Blues. As a kid, this Toronto musician/singer/songwriter sneaked into his father’s nightclub and witnessed great groups like Sam & Dave, CCR and the Doors and spent his youth playing the blues, R&B and jazz circuits. He has released several CDs, including the critically praised Sensible Religion and Seven Sisters. He has also performed in independent art films such as the Sci-Fi musical Synchronicity and in A&E’s Lost in Las Vegas.
“We’ve never presented anything quite like this. This show combines great music, great theatre and great fun rolled into one evening’s entertainment,” says Susan Agin, Executive and Artistic Director. For more information about this event, call the QPAC Box Office at 718-631-6311; tickets are available online at www.visitqpac.org.
Don’t let the high costs of shows in Manhattan plus the cost of parking your car stop you from seeing the very best in entertainment. QPAC’s excellent location, diverse schedule of events, reasonable ticket prices, free parking, theatre style seating, infrared listening devices and exceptional service make it an excellent choice for a memorable outing. Distinguished artists who have performed throughout the decades at QPAC include jazz legend Thelonius Monk; renowned dance choreographer Merce Cunningham; 60’s folksinger Judy Collins; and more recently Joel Grey, Tommy Tune, Chita Rivera, Marvin Hamlisch, Mandy Patinkin, and Ben Vereen.
Queensborough Community College, established in 1960, is located on a lush 37-acre campus in Bayside, New York. The College offers a rich liberal arts and science curriculum as well as career and pre-professional courses. Comprising one of the most diverse populations of any college in the U.S., nearly 15,000 students pursue Associate degrees or Certificate programs and another 10,000 students of all ages attend continuing education programs. The College boasts Dual/Joint Degree programs in Biotechnology, Criminal Justice and Education with its sister CUNY institutions York College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Queens College, respectively. Over half of the faculty holds doctorates, compared with 21% of faculty in other community colleges nationwide.
In the fall of 2009, Queensborough launched the Freshman Academies to all first-time full-time students. While other colleges have similar programs, Queensborough is the only community college to launch the initiative institution-wide. Queensborough also has the distinction of being named one of 12 colleges nationwide to lead the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) project—funded by Met Life—to support and expand effective student success strategies at community colleges. The College’s prized cultural beacons, The Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives; QCC Art Gallery; and Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC) continue to bring renowned world-class exhibits, fine art and performances to the entire community and beyond. Please visit our website at www.qcc.cuny.edu.