2017 marks the hundredth anniversary of the U.S. entry into the “War to End All Wars.” On May 20 and 21, the Gingerbread Players commemorate that historic event with Over There!, a cabaret combining food and drink of the era with a program of great popular songs inspired by the conflict.
The Forest Hills community was very active in the war effort, engaging in a variety of fundraising and war-relief efforts. "Over There!" recaptures the patriotic spirit of the time.
William Ryden, a Pulitzer-Prize-nominated composer and aficionado of the music of the era, has arranged a program of all-American songs ranging from flag-waving anthems to nostalgic ballads to heartbreaking laments/ Guest soloists Victoria Esposito (soprano), Olivia Smith (mezzo), Eric Alexieff (tenor) and Todd Wachsman (baritone) join a cast of Gingerbread Players stalwarts including David Friedman, Jim Chamberlain and Andrew Dinan to bring this fascinating era back to life. St. Luke’s Choir director William J. Stokes makes his GP debut as music director and accompanist, and pianist Ivy Adrian and dancer/choreographer Lisa Bondi lend their talents as well.
Over There! is presented for two performances only in the parish hall of the historic St. Luke’s Church, at 85 Greenway South in Forest Hills Gardens. The donation of $25/person for this unique musical soirée includes generous refreshments served at your table. Reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve individual seats or a table for four, call 718-268-7772, or visit www.gingerbreadplayers.org.
Performances: Saturday, May 20, at 7 pm., and Sunday, May 21, at 2:30 p.m. (Doors open at the announced time; the curtain will go up half an hour later to give guests time to settle in and enjoy their refreshments)