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) Miss Coco Peru in She's Got Balls
February 7 - 10 at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Renberg Theatre
Miss Coco returns to the Renberg for the L.A. premiere of her all-new show, in which she reflects on her early childhood dreams of being a stripper, her crush on the Creature from the Black Lagoon, her love/hate relationship with Facebook, why she left her beloved hometown of New York City, and her summers spent on a nude beach with her husband, Rafael (he’s from Spain). Inspired by her mother Helen’s advice to have the balls to say whatever the hell she feels like saying, Coco is on a quest to do just that and, in the process, make the world just a little more beautiful.
2) Mildred Fierce
February 7 - March 17 at Boston's Machine
Watch all the glorious melodrama of Mildred Pierce explode on the stage as The Gold Dust Orphans bring you their brand new musical parody, Mildred Fierce, starring Varla Jean Merman as "Mildred", a single mother baking her way to the top. So get ready for big splashy songs, tap dancing pies, sumptuous costumes and more surprises than you can shake a rolling pin at!
3) Kristin Chenoweth
February 15 at Lincoln Center's Allen Room in NYC
The Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress (Glee, Pushing Daisies, GCB, Wicked, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) returns to Lincoln Center for this unusually intimate, only-in-New York special event.
4) Manhattan Concert Productions Presents: Ragtime
February 18 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in NYC
In honor of the 15th anniversary of the original Broadway production of Ragtime, the musical's award-winning score will be brought to life in this unique concert performance starring Lea Salonga (as Mother), Tyne Daly (as Emma Goldman), Norm Lewis (as Coalhouse Walker Jr.) and Howard McGillin (as Father).
Broadway previews begin February 18. Opens March 7 at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater.
This inspiring and hilarious new play brings us face to face with Ann Richards, the legendary Governor of Texas. Written and performed by Emmy Award winner Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men), ANN takes a revealing look at the impassioned woman who enriched the lives of her followers, friends and family.
6) HIT THE WALL
Off-Broadway previews begin February 19. Opens March 10 at the Barrow Street Theatre.
Go see the New York premiere of Ike Holter's rock-propelled drama about the birth of the gay rights movement outside New York City's Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969. I saw this play last summer in Chicago and loved it (click here to read my review).
7) Hands on a Hardbody
Broadway previews begin February 23. Opens March 21 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
Ten economically-strapped strangers fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it in this new musical, which features a book by Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife), lyrics by Amanda Green (Bring It On: The Musical) and music by Green and Trey Anastasio. It is based on the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name, and the cast includes Keith Carradine, Hunter Foster, Jim Newman and Mary Gordon Murray.
8) Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel
February 27 - March 2 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in NYC
Kelli O’Hara and Nathan Gunn will star as Julie Jordan and Billy Bigelow in the New York Philharmonic's staged production of the musical, which will also feature Stephanie Blythe as Nettie Fowler, Shuler Hensley as Jigger Craigin, Jason Danieley as Enoch Snow, Jessie Mueller as Carrie Pipperidge, Kate Burton as Mrs. Mullin and John Cullum as Starkeeper/Dr. Seldon. It will be filmed for broadcast on PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center on April 26.
9) Eric Himan & Tom Goss Live in DC
February 28 at The Dunes in Washington, DC
Here is a handsome two-for-one evening of entertainment that you cannot miss - the talented and openly gay singer/songwriters will share the same stage for one night only.
10) Mommie Dearest - A Parody Benefit
February 28 at Los Angeles' Sacred Fools Theater
This one night only staged reading of the infamous 1981 film is a benefit for Sean Abley's AIDS/Lifecycle 2013 fundraising efforts. The cast includes the fabulous Alexandra Billings as Joan and Drew Droege as Christina.