THE BUZZ: On Stage at Kingsborough provides entertainment for everyone

October 9, 2012 Denise Romano
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Southwest Brooklyn’s best kept secret may be the performance series presented by On Stage at Kingsborough.

“It’s world class professional entertainment for the entire community, not just for students,” explained Anna Becker, executive director of On Stage. “The performers are at the top of their game from all over the world, but the prices are affordable.”

Becker explained that the shows take place all year long. From September through May, they take place on the main stage at Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center, located on the campus of Kingsborough Community College. During the summer, the concerts are outdoors at the bandshell and free.

On Stage offers a variety of entertainment. There is a Cabaret Series that kicks off on October 13 with a performance by two-time Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole, who starred in “Grey Gardens” and “42nd Street,” as well as the television series “Sullivan and Sons” and “Royal Pains.”

Ebersole’s show, “The End of the World as We Know It Cabaret,” features songs as well as personal stories and jokes, “woven together,” explained Becker. The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are just $30.

“The entire evening she remains in character. The songs highlight the show,” Becker said. “She sings a wide range of songs that show off her voice.”

This spring, Ebersole will star in a movie, “The Big Wedding,” with Robert DeNiro, Robin Williams, Diane Keaton and Susan Sarandon.

“Almost every single show is a Brooklyn exclusive – you can’t see it anywhere else in the borough,” Becker said.

On Stage also showcases a Dance Series, featuring the Moscow Festival Ballet in “Swan Lake,” on April 20, 2013; tap dancer, choreographer and director Tommy Tune in “Steps in Time,” on May 4, 2013 and “Say Goodnight Gracie,” a one man show about the life of George Burns, on May 19, 2013, which closes out the season.

There is also a Family Series, featuring the Hudson Vagabond Puppets in “Caps for Sale” and “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” on Saturday, October 27 and Circo Comedia on Sunday, December 9.

On November 16, the Doo Wop Project will perform all of your favorite golden oldies.

“They are current and former cast members of the Jersey Boys,” Becker said. “Jarrod Spector will be playing Frankie Valli. It’s a classic doo wop and they take some contemporary songs, [such as those by] Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse and doo wop-ify them. It’s very interesting for a wide age group.”

Becker said that these types of performances have been going on since the 1960s, but interest in them has been growing.

“People are buying tickets earlier in the season. They are making a commitment to being part of the theater-going community,” she said. “We really have something for everyone. You can pay three to 10 times as much for the same experience in Manhattan. Kingsborough is easy to get to and has free parking. It’s a hidden jewel.”

For a full schedule of shows or to purchase tickets, visit; call 718-368-5596 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays; or go to the Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center in person from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays or one hour before show times.

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