Questlove, ‘Leona,’ and Airmen
Eleven years after her death in 2007 and more than 20 since she served 19 months in prison for tax evasion, few remember that in New York City real estate circles in the 1980s and 1990s, it was Leona Helmsley, not Donald Trump, who so famously personified tyrannical behavior.
Leona will come back to life in the person of Tovah Feldshuh, the six-time Tony and Emmy Award-nominated star, who will be at Guild Hall Saturday at 2 p.m. with highlights from the Broadway-bound musical “Queen of Mean.” In “Tovah Is Leona!” Ms. Feldshuh sings about everything from Leona’s rise from office temp to infamous hotelier to her real estate rival Mr. Trump.
Tickets to “Tovah Is Leona!” — which was created my James Bassi, Jeff Harnar, and Ms. Feldshuh — are $45 to $100, $43 to $95 for members.
On a different note, Questlove, the drummer, D.J., producer, culinary entrepreneur, author, and member of the Roots, will return to Guild Hall Sunday evening at 7 for a conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist, writer, and head of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, about their creative process, their next challenges, and the intersection of art and commerce in their lives.
Questlove’s July 29 conversation with Jerry Seinfeld was a sellout, and tickets for Sunday’s program, which range from $50 to $85, are going fast.
A staged reading of “Locura,” a play by Michael Marrero, will take place Tuesday at 8 p.m. Directed by James L. Larocca, the play is about Chumi and Octavio, two men linked to the Cuba that was lost to them and the Key West that gave them new life. Mr. Marrero is a Cuban-American artist who was born and raised in Key West and lives there today. Tickets are $15, $13 for members.
The Southampton African American Museum and the Eastville Community Historical Society will present “Black Angels Over Tuskegee,” Layon Gray’s award-winning play about the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots in the U.S. Army Air Forces, next Thursday at 7 p.m.
The play depicts the lives of the six men who fought both military and social wars during World War II, when the military was still racially segregated and Jim Crow laws were still in effect in many states.
A cocktail party honoring local Tuskegee Airmen will precede the performance from 5 to 6:30. Tickets are $35, $50 including the pre-show party, and are available at brownpapertickets.com.