Eva Noblezada in ‘Selena’ at Radial Park. (Photo: Tricia Baron)
Start your engines — the cinemersive drive-in experience Radial Park at Halletts Point Play will return this Spring with the iconic fan-favorite film, The Blues Brothers beginning Thursday, May 27, 2021. Directed by Shira Milikowsky, the experience will feature a live band and performances timed in sync with the movie in a one-of-a-kind hybrid mashup.
Radial Park also announced a new creative team today, including two-time Tony Award and three-time Emmy Award winner Dale Badway, who will serve as Executive Producer and Creative Director along with Shira Milikowsky Creative Director and Producer, and Vanjah Boikai, Associate Producer.
“Our goal at Radial Park has been ensuring that ‘The show goes on!’ amid the ongoing COVID pandemic in a big – and safe – way,” said co-producers Jeremy Shepard and Marco Shalma. “We have been overwhelmed with the positive reception for our shows this Fall and look forward to a Spring full of performances and exciting, unique activities for New Yorkers of all ages.”
Radial Park’s cinemersive experience, dubbed “Broadway at the Drive-In,” officially opened October 1, 2020, with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera on the big screen along with live specially interwoven musical numbers from Broadway’s Derrick Davis and Ali Ewoldt alongside an 11-piece orchestra, then continued with Purple Rain featuring Aaron Marcellus, Nick Rashad Burroughs and Lenesha “Sister” Randolph and Selena, starring two-time Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada singing hits from the films in front of live bands.
Guests can enjoy the interactive, theatrical show from the safety of their own vehicles or via reserved picnic tables spaced appropriately for social distancing for those who prefer biking, walking, or taking the ferry to Halletts Point Play.
Beverages and movie theater-style snacks are available for purchase, along with multiple food trucks providing a selection of on-site dining options.
Following government and health officials’ requirements, Radial Park will continue to implement strict health and safety protocols, including temperature checks upon arrival via an infrared, touchless thermometer, color-coded wristbands for social distancing and more.
In addition to their marquee program, “Broadway at the Drive-In,” Radial Park will present additional programming including “Sound Up New York,” a music festival series bringing together established and up-and-coming artists; “Sunday-Funday,” a partnership with Masc Hospitality to curate an open-air foodie experience celebrating New York’s finest brews & grub with live entertainment and activities; and “The Big Screen,” a collaboration with studios and film festivals from the Tri-state area to bring back lush, theatrical releases and to support the local filmmaking community.