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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

10 Groovy Things to Do in January starring Bryan Batt, Laura Osnes & Santino Fontana

Since there are so many groovy plays, musicals, concerts and events, this is my monthly list to help promote a few of them (click on a title for more information or to purchase tickets):

1) Donna McKechnie in Same Place: Another Time
January 2 - 6 at NYC's 54 Below
Tony-winner Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line, Company) graces the stage of 54 Below in a musical déjà vu celebrating the scintillating 70's in New York City – the heyday of Studio 54. She will salute this remarkable era via the music of Jim Croce, Peter Allen, Marvin Hamlisch, Billy Strayhorn and Stephen Sondheim with arrangements and music direction by John McDaniel. Be sure to mention or use the code "menevent10" to receive a Special BoysNight Ticket Offer of only $30 (reg. $40) for Main Dining Room seating - and it includes a complimentary drink.

2) Sandra Bernhard in I Love Being Me, Don't You?
January 4 & 5 at Chicago's City Winery
Since she first stepped on stage at the Comedy Store in the ‘70s, Sandra Bernhard has been challenging fans and critics with her outrageous humor, keen satire and rollicking one-woman shows, including Without You I'm Nothing (which was released as a feature film in 1990).

3) Southern Baptist Sissies
January 9 - 11 and 19 & 20 at West Hollywood's Macha Theatre
This 2000 GLAAD Award-winning play by Del Shores (the creator of Sordid Lives) tells the story of four boys who grew up in the Southern Baptist church and the different journey each one takes in coming to terms with their own homosexuality. And now it is being filmed with a cast that includes Bobbie Eakes, Ann Walker and Leslie Jordan. Tickets are available for the four dress rehearsals and the four live filmed performances.

4) 50 Shades! The Musical
January 11 & 12 at NYC's Gramercy Theatre
Based on the best-selling Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, this original parody, which has been seen in Chicago and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, is now coming to New York for the first time. Created by Baby Wants Candy, a Chicago-based improv ensemble, the sexy, hilarious romp features 11 original songs - including "I Don't Make Love, I Fuck" and "There's a Hole Inside of Me" - and a live band (click here to read my rave review).

5) Bryan Batt in Batt on a Hot Tin Roof
January 14 at NYC's 54 Below
Television audiences know him from his performance as Salvatore Romano on TV's Mad Men, but New York audiences have been delighting in Bryan's stage performances for decades, including his work in Jeffrey (and in the 1995 film), Saturday Night Fever, Cats, Starlight Express and Beauty and the Beast as well as his hilarious long run in Forbidden Broadway. Now Bryan tackles the cabaret stage for one special performance only. Be sure to mention or use the code "menevent10" to receive a Special BoysNight Ticket Offer of only $25 (reg. $35) for Main Dining Room seating - and it includes a complimentary drink.

6) The 11th Annual Nightlife Awards
January 14 at NYC's Town Hall
Hosted by Bruce Vilanch, this award show - in which the winners perform to show why they were chosen - will feature Marilyn Maye (Nightlife Legend Winner), Emily Bergl (Outstanding Musical Comedy Performer), Jason Graae and Faith Prince (Outstanding Musical Comedy Duo), Julie Halston (Outstanding Comedy Performer) and many others.

7) Howard McGillin & Rebecca Luker in Broadway Romance
January 15 - 26 at NYC's Café Carlyle
McGillin and Luker, who appeared together in the 1991-93 Broadway production of The Secret Garden, will kick off the Carlyle's spring season. His other stage credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes, The Phantom of the Opera and Kiss of the Spider Woman, while she has appeared in Show Boat, The Sound of Music, The Music Man and Mary Poppins.

8) Sweet Charity
January 22 - March 31 at Writers' Theatre in Glencoe, Illinois
Directed by Michael Halberstam, this production of the 1966 musical features Tiffany Topol as Charity Hope Valentine in, and Musical Director Doug Peck re-imagines the Cy Coleman/Dorothy Fields score for a live jazz combo.

9) Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella
Broadway previews begin January 25. Opens March 3 at the Broadway Theatre.
The 1957 television musical is coming to Broadway for the first time with a new book by Douglas Carter Beane (Xanadu, The Little Dog Laughed) and a cast that includes Laura Osnes (Bonnie & Clyde) as Cinderella, Santino Fontana (Billy Elliot) as the Prince, Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie, TV's Desperate Housewives) as Cinderella's Stepmother, and Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza, Sister Act) as her Fairy Godmother.

10) Fiorello!
January 30 - February 3 at NYC's City Center
The 20th Anniversary season of New York City Center Encores! opens with this Tony Award-winning 1959 show about New York City mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia (it was the first Encores! production back in 1994).

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