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):
Broadway previews begin October 1. Opens October 27 at the Barrymore Theatre.
Directed by Mike Nichols, this revival of Harold Pinter's play stars Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall. It tells the story of Emma (Weisz), who is married to Robert (Craig) and has long had an affair with Jerry (Spall), Robert’s best friend.
2) PaleyFest: Made in New York
October 2 - 6 at NYC's Paley Center for Media
The premier television festival in the country gives fans the opportunity to connect with leading creators of quality programming and content. Confirmed panel events include the casts of Orange Is the New Black, Person of Interest, Louie, The Americans, Elementary, The Outs, Nurse Jackie and Boardwalk Empire.
3) Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead
October 4 - November 10 at Chicago's Stage 773
Pride Films and Plays launches its 2013-14 Season with the world premiere of Martin Casella’s drama, the winner of PFP’s 2013 Great Gay Play Contest. In Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead, long-time friends take a vacation in England’s Lake Country after life-changing events. As past and present overlap and intersect, they examine the origins of their relationship and the limits of it. The play explores marriages and relationships, gender and sexuality, and the time-tested bonds of friendship. Directed by David Zak, the production features PFP Ensemble Members Patrick Rybarczyk and Nicholas Stockwell with Alanda Coon and Patrick Gannon.
4) Chita: A Legendary Celebration
October 7 at NYC's August Wilson Theatre
For one night only, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS presents theatrical icon Chita Rivera in a benefit concert in honor of her 80th birthday. She will be joined onstage by Tony winners Tommy Tune and Ben Vereen, and the performance will be directed by Graciela Daniele and written by Terrence McNally with music direction by Michael Croiter. Following the performance, there will be a gala reception for VIP ticket buyers at Blue Fin, one of Broadway’s premier restaurants.
5) The 24th New York Cabaret Convention
October 7 - 10 at NYC's Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater
The four-night event will feature tributes to the songs of Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen and Rodgers & Hart. Scheduled performers include Karen Akers, Klea Blackhurst, Charles Busch, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Barbara Carroll, Jack Jones, Andrea Marcovicci, Karen Mason, Marilyn Maye, Sally Mayes, Billy Stritch and KT Sullivan.
In an effort to expand cabaret horizons, the Mabel Mercer Foundation will also present "Cutting Edge" on October 11 (appropriately hosted by NYC's The Cutting Room). Hosted by KT Sullivan, this evening promises to be "not for the faint-hearted", and scheduled performers include Hedda Lettuce, Kim Smith, Baby Jane Dexter, Mauricio Bustamante, Ray Jessel, Christine Pedi, Phoebe Legere, Daniel Isengart, Ben Rimalower and Cookie Stark.
And if you live in Chicago and love cabaret, check out:
The Chicago Cabaret Professionals' 15th Anniversary Gala
October 20 at The Park West
CCP presents "Singing Our Own Song" honoring Daryl Nitz and Davenport’s Piano Bar and Cabaret (which is also celebrating its 15th anniversary). Hosted by Joan Curto with Music Direction by Beckie Menzie, this special evening will feature performances by Anne Burnell, Mark Burnell, Jeff Dean, Elizabeth Doyle, David Edelfelt, John Eskola, Hilary Feldman, Foiled Again (Rob Lindley, Anne Smith, Allison Bazarko), Laura Freeman, Scott Gryder, Ester Hana, Claudia Hommel, KT McCammond, Tom Michael, Roberta Miles, Bob Moreen, Audrey Morris, Marianne Murphy Orland, Suzanne Petri, Patricia Rusk, Nick Sula, Denise Tomasello, Carol Weston and Melissa Young.
6) Little Miss Sunshine
Off-Broadway previews begin October 15 at NYC's Second Stage Theatre
From the Tony Award-winning team of James Lapine and William Finn comes this new musical comedy about one modern family’s unexpected route to brighter days. When the coveted title of “Little Miss Sunshine” is unexpectedly within her reach, young Olive Hoover convinces her family to make the 800-mile trek to the pre-teen pageant of her dreams. Based on the 2006 film, the production stars Stephanie J. Block, Will Swenson, Hannah Nordberg, Rory O'Malley, Wesley Taylor, Logan Rowland and David Rasche.
7) Music Box of Horrors 2013
October 19 - 20 at Chicago's Music Box Theatre
Now in its 9th year, this 24-hour horror film festival returns with grindhouse director William Lustig presenting a new restoration of his 1990 cult hit, Maniac Cop 2, and director David Schmoeller presenting his demented 1986 killer Klaus Kinski flick, Crawlspace. Other films include The Black Room (1935), a 25th anniversary screening of Child's Play (1988), The Fall of the House of Usher (1928), Island of Lost Souls (1932), The Manitou (1978), Night Monster (1942), A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), the uncut European version of Possession (1981), The Slumber Party Massacre (1982), TerrorVision (1986), and an uncut print of Twitch of the Death Nerve (1971). A portion of the proceeds benefits Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Care – at the forefront of helping men, women and children impacted by HIV and AIDS build healthier lives for more than 20 years.
8) March on Springfield for Marriage Equality
October 22 at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield
The “March on Springfield” on October 22 - the scheduled first day of the fall veto session of the Illinois state legislature - is part of a broad grassroots strategy to secure final passage of Senate Bill 10, the “Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act,” already approved by the Illinois Senate. Once adopted, Illinois will become the 14th state, plus the District of Columbia, to treat all of its citizens equally under state marriage laws. The schedule includes entertainment featuring Steve Grand (Noon-1 PM), a rally (1-2:30 PM) and a march around the Capitol (2:30-3:30 PM).
9) The Commons of Pensacola
Off-Broadway previews begin October 22. Opens November 21 at New York City Center.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Blythe Danner will star in Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere of actress Amanda Peet's play. Judith (Danner) has been divested of her assets and forced to leave her luxurious New York life after her husband’s Wall Street scam became headline news. When her daughter Becca (Parker) and Becca’s filmmaker boyfriend pay Judith a visit to the one bedroom condo Judith now occupies in Pensacola, Florida, everyone’s motives are called into question. How will past and present circumstances inform how this family moves into the future?
10) The Normal Heart
October 26 - December 22 at Chicago's Stage 773
TimeLine Theatre Company’s production is the first Chicago staging of Larry Kramer's landmark play since its Tony-Award winning Broadway production in 2011. Set at the height of the public and private indifference to the AIDS plague in the early 1980s, this searing drama will feature acclaimed actor/director David Cromer in his return to the Chicago stage as Ned Weeks, a passionate activist leading the fight to awaken the world to the crisis. Along the way he, and the community he leads into the battle, must face the deeply held fears that led so many to remain silent for too long. The production also stars Mary Beth Fisher, Patrick Andrews, Marc Grapey, Stephen Cone, Joel Gross, Nik Kourtis, Stephen Rader and Alex Weisman.