bergenPAC SHOWS ON SALE, Friday, October 19 at 11am Queen Extravaganza Tuesday, January 15th at 8PM
By Mel Fabrikant Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 05:49 PM EDT
Bergen Performing Arts Center presents two spectacular shows on sale FridayOctober 19th at 11AM, See Queen Extravaganza, on Tuesday, January 15th at 8PM, this nine-member tribute troupe not only sanctioned by Queen but assembled and produced by drummer Roger Taylor and this is the first time the tour has it the U.S. Then on Saturday, February 2nd Rrazz Productions in association with bergenPAC present Jay Black and Gary Puckett and the Union Gap at 8pm. Both shows go on sale October 19th at 11:00am. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or bergenPAC.org or by calling the box office at 201 227 1030.
Queen Extravaganza, a nine-member tribute troupe not only sanctioned by Queen but assembled and produced by drummer Roger Taylor
$59, $49, $29 $19
bergenPAC in Association with Rrazz Productions present:
Jay Black with special guest Gary Puckett and the Union Gap
Saturday, February 2nd at 8pm
$65, $55, $45
Tickets available at: www.ticketmaster.com or www.bergenpac.org or call (201) 227 1030
During the 22 years since Freddie Mercury's death, the Queen camp has carefully and at times creatively perpetuated the group's catalog and legacy. Reissues. A hit theater musical ("We Will Rock You"). Now comes the Queen Extravaganza, a nine-member tribute troupe not only sanctioned by Queen but assembled and produced by drummer Roger Taylor. Is THIS the real life, or is it just fantasy?
The Extravaganza -- which made its U.S. debut on May 31, 2012 at Detroit's Fox Theatre after a three-show Canadian run –has now made its way to Bergen Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, January 15, 2013.. It's obviously not a Queen concert, nor is it a plot-driven spectacle like "We Will Rock You." Instead it's a deep-digging 32-song, two-act homage, a kind of Queen concert that never was in that it surveys the group's entire 15-album catalog and, thanks to a facilecast in which everybody sings, is able to replicate even epic choral opusessuch as "March of the Black Queen," the two-part "In the Lap of the Gods" and, of course, "Bohemian Rhapsody" with satisfying accuracy and in a manner the four-piece Queen itself was never able to accomplish.
The players are, in fact, the best thing the Extravaganza has going for it -- on top of a wealth of formidable songs, of course. The four lead vocalists parse up the set list equitably, with veteran journeyman Jeff Scott Soto (Journey, Yngwie Malmsteen) handling metal-edge fare such as "Tie Your Mother Down," "Dragon Attack" and "Stone Cold Crazy" and Montrealeans Yvan Pedneault and Marc Martel -- the down here front man who bears a striking resemblance to Mercury -- holding down the more melodic end. Jennifer Espinoza, the Extravaganza's lone female, is somewhat under-utilized but still made her mark with "March of the Black Queen," "You're My Best Friend" and an emotive "Who Wants to Live Forever." This is a show not to be missed!
The Queen Extravaganza set list includes:
Act 1 -- "We Will Rock You (fast version)," "Tie Your Mother Down," "Now I'm Here," "Killer Queen," "Love Of My Life," "I Want It All," "Bicycle Race," "I Want To Break Free," "March Of The Black Queen," "Dragon Attack," "You Take My Breath Away," "Save Me," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon," "I'm In Love With My Car," "Bohemian Rhapsody"
Act 2 -- "One Vision," "A Kind Of Magic," "Don't Stop Me Now," "Under Pressure," "Who Wants To Live Forever," "Another One Bites The Dust," "You're My Best Friend," "In the Lap of the Gods"/"In the Lap of the Gods...Revisited," [Drum Solo] "Stone Cold Crazy," "The Show Must Go On," "Radio GaGa," "Fat Bottomed Girls," "Somebody To Love"
Encores -- "We Will Rock You," "We Are The Champions
JAY BLACK PERFORMS WITH GUEST STAR GARY PUCKETT
Jay Black performs with special guest star Gary Puckett. Jay Black is the original voice of “Cara Mia,” “Come a Little Bit Closer” and “This Magic Moment.” Gary Puckett is known for “Woman, Woman,” “Young Girl” and “Over You.”
Teaming up to sing their chart topping hits, Jay Black, former lead singer of Jay and The Americans, and Gary Puckett, former lead singer of the 60’s rock group, The Union Gap, come to The St. George Theatre on Saturday, February 18th.
With Jay Black as leadsinger, Jay and The Americans charted a string of hits including This Magic Moment, Walkin’ In The Rain, Cara Mia, Only in America, Come a Little Bit Closer and Sunday and Me, the first hit written by Neil Diamond. It was singer-songwriter Black's magnificent voice that gave the group the distinctive sound that allowed it to turn out 21 chart singles.
At the peak of their success, Jay and the Americans made numerous appearances on the hottest television programs of the day, from Johnny Carson to Mike Douglas to Merv Griffin and more. The band was even featured in the movie Wild, Wild Winter in which they sang Two of a Kind. When The Beatles made their first appearance in the United States, it was Jay and the Americans who opened for them. Black and his band also opened for the Rolling Stones, among other superstars.
During the late '60s, a period forever distinguished as rock's most radical, innovative, and far-reaching, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap forged a series of massive chart ballads. Their best known songs included "Woman, Woman", "Young Girl", "Lady Willpower", and "Over You". Puckett went solo in 1970 and charted with "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself" and "Keep The Customer Satisfied."
About Bergen Performance Arts Center (bergenPAC)
Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) is a 501(c)(3) organization has been part of Englewood’s cultural landscape since 1926. This 1367- seat theater is a landmark, and remains one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States. The legendary Tony Bennett and Canadian crooner k.d. lang recorded their 2003 Grammy award-winning CD live on bergenPAC’s own stage through a broadband fiber-optic connection linked to its adjacent Bennett Studios. bergenPAC is the home of a media and show production system that is unparalleled, upholding its reputation as a venue for outstanding music, dance and theater. In addition, The Performing Arts School @ bergenPAC has helped enrich the lives of thousands of children from underprivileged backgrounds by introducing them, for the first time, to theater, dance, music and the arts. As a true public-private partnership, bergenPAC relies on support from all sectors of the community, from individuals to corporations, foundations and government entities. For more information regarding shows, rental options or to make a donation visit www.bergenpac.org