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) The Glass Menagerie
Broadway previews begin September 5. Opens September 26 at the Booth Theatre.
From director John Tiffany and the Tony Award-winning creative team behind Once comes this spellbinding new production of Tennessee Williams’s masterpiece. Amanda Wingfield (two-time Tony Award winner Cherry Jones) is a Southern belle past her prime, living with two grown children in a small apartment in St. Louis. Amanda dreams of a better life for her shy and crippled daughter Laura (two-time Tony Award nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger), and so she pushes her son, Tom (Zachary Quinto), to find a “gentleman caller” for the girl. However, the arrival of the gentleman caller (Brian J. Smith) sends shockwaves through the family and causes cracks to form in the delicate fantasies that have kept them going.
2) Tom Goss & Matt Alber's Midwest Tour
September 5 - 17
These two talented guys will be performing together in Minneapolis (Sept. 5), Des Moines (6), Kansas City (7), St. Louis (8), Indianapolis (11), Three Oaks, Michigan (12), Madison (15) and Detroit (17), and they will be at Jackhammer in Chicago on Sept. 14.
3) Sally Mayes and Beckie Menzie in SASS
September 6 at Davenport's in Chicago
These two lovely ladies will be getting their SASS on for one night only in their first duo show. Sally Mayes has appeared on Broadway in Welcome to the Club, She Loves Me (for which she received a 1994 Tony Award nomination) and Urban Cowboy, while Beckie Menzie is a three-time winner of Chicago's After Dark Award for Outstanding Cabaret Artist.
4) March on Springfield for Marriage Equality Benefit Concert
September 9 at Chicago's City Winery
Presented by Windy City Times and City Winery, this benefit concert will help pay for youth buses to Springfield for the Oct. 22 march and rally. Performers will include Windy City Gay Idol 2013 winner Maria Pahl and other Idol finalists as well as special guests De’Borah (a Top 20 finalist on NBC’s The Voice), Sami Grisafe (award-winning singer-songwriter and all-star World MVP quarterback), and TJ Chernick (Windy City Gay Idol 2011 and Chicago web TV host). Chicago comic and actor Scott Duff will host the show, which will also feature fun raffle prizes.
5) Fall Flashback: Reflections—China Beach 25 Years Later
September 13 at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills
Airing on ABC from 1988-1991, China Beach revolutionized episodic drama with its profound exploration of the emotional impact of the Vietnam War on the men and women who risked their lives “in-country.” On the occasion of the series' silver anniversary and its release on DVD, this special evening will feature a panel discussion with the cast and creative team, including Dana Delany, Marg Helgenberger, Robert Picardo, Troy Evans, Nancy Giles, Ricki Lake, Jeff Kober, Chloe Webb and co-creator/executive producer John Sacret Young.
6) Band Fags!
September 13 - October 13 at San Francisco's New Conservatory Theatre Center
Based on Frank Anthony Polito's award-winning novel, Band Fags! tells the story of best friends since seventh grade, Jack and Brad, as they come of age in suburban Detroit during the mid-1980s. With biting wit and pitch-perfect observations of coming of age, the play explores the friendships that define and sometimes confine us as we leave innocence and enter the thrilling world beyond band, and everything we know. Directed by Stephanie Temple, the production stars James Martin and Blake Dorris.
7) Miss Coco Peru at Chicago's Center on Halsted
September 20 & 21
The award-winning comedy/cabaret performance artist, storyteller and monologist is performing for the first time in Chicago at a benefit for the Center on Halsted. On screen, Miss Coco is best known for her roles in the 1999 film, Trick, and the 2003 comedy, Girls Will Be Girls.
8) Justin Vivian Bond is Mx America
September 20 - October 5 at Joe's Pub in New York City
Back by popular demand, "the trans-Atlantic cabaret messiah" Justin Vivian Bond returns to Joe’s Pub at The Public to offer a unique take on the American experience through the lens of a Miss America pageant. This multimedia performance includes video, spoken word and original songs from Mx Bond's critically acclaimed records, Dendrophile and Silver Wells.
9) 27th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction
September 22 in NYC's Shubert Alley and West 44th Street
Join Broadway Cares and thousands of other theatre fans as they find one-of-a-kind showbiz treasures, meet their favorite cast members and bid on exclusive backstage experiences. One of the most anticipated days of the year on Broadway, this annual event is free and open to the public. Specific items for sale at the flea market, details about the grand auction lots and stars who will appear at the Celebrity Autograph Table will be announced in September.
10) Honeymoon in Vegas
Previews begin September 26. Opens October 6 (through October 27) at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ
Based on the hit 1992 movie, this world-premiere Broadway-bound musical tells the tale of a guy with an extraordinary fear of marriage, his longtime girlfriend, and an unscrupulous gambler looking for another shot at love. It stars television, screen and stage icon Tony Danza (Who's the Boss?, Taxi), recent Tony Award nominee Rob McClure (Chaplin), Brynn O’Malley (Annie) and Tony nominee Nancy Opel (Urinetown) and features music and lyrics by Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years) and a book by Andrew Bergman (director and screenwriter of the original film).