Broadway at the Drive-In kicks off Sept. 26 in QueensBy Jamie Rollo
Sep. 23 2020, Published 2:52 p.m. ET
Starting September 26, New Yorkers will be able to enjoy all the glory of Broadway in a drive-in movie theater setting. The drive-in theater is located at Halletts Point Playin Astoria’s Radial Park. The waterfront venue will screen movie adaptations of musicals with live renditions of the songs performed by Broadway actors.
Perfectly dubbed Broadway at the Drive-In, the concert series will begin this Saturday at 8 pm est with a screening of The Phantom the Opera, specially the 25th-anniversary production at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Prior to the showing, Derrick Davis and Ali Ewolt will perform songs from the Andrew Lloyd Webber original score accompanied by a live 11-piece orchestra. Davis played the title role during the show’s national tour and Ewolt starred as Christine Daaé on Broadway.
The Phantom of the Operaalong with its aforementioned accompanying live performances will also take place the following night on September 27 and then every Wednesday through Sunday from October 1 to October 11. Starting on October 1, the screening will be accompanied by a late night show starting with an 11:30 pm screening of Purple Rain (1984). The live performances have yet to be announced.
Broadway at the Drive-In guests have the choice of watching the program from the comfort of their cars or they can reserve picnic tables that seat up to four people, each fitted with proper audio equipment for the best watching experience. Food and drinks will be served onsite. To keep in line with COVID-19 safety protocols, guests will have their temperature checked upon arrival. Wristbands will also be provided to ensure social distancing.
Tickets for the September “previews” at the drive-in are priced at $75 to $100 per vehicle or picnic table. Starting October 1, those prices will be $100 to $150. You can find a full programming schedule and purchase tickets on Radial Park’s website. Radial Park is super easy to get to via the NYC ferry or subway.