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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

10 Groovy Things to Do in January starring Carol Channing, Justin Vivian Bond & Kelli O'Hara



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) Thank You For Being a Friend
January 8 - February 12 at NYC's Laurie Beechman Theatre
After sold-out runs in 2009 and 2010, this unauthorized musical parody of the beloved 1985-92 sitcom, The Golden Girls, returns for a 6-week limited engagement. The show features a book by Nick Brennan (who also directs), music by Jeff Thomson, and lyrics by Luke Jones and Cisco Cardenas.


2) Will & Anthony Nunziata in Broadway, Our Way
January 9 at NYC's 54 Below
Hailed by The Wall Street Journal as being “blessed with strong voices and leading man looks,” Will & Anthony Nunziata make their 54 Below debut with a special one-night only concert, which includes fresh arrangements of some of the greatest songs ever written for the stage - "Once in a Lifetime", "Make Someone Happy", "Being Alive" and "Somewhere".
(photo credit: Stephen Sorokoff)




3) Pierre De La Roche in Salut Charles!
January 9 - 11 at NYC's Don't Tell Mama
The acclaimed French performer will make his American concert debut with his show, Salut Charles!, honoring the iconic entertainer Charles Aznavour. The evening features songs performed in French, English and German, including the hits Aznavour wrote like “Yesterday, When I Was Young”, “You’ve Let Yourself Go” and “What Makes A Man a Man,” in addition to such classics as “La Mer (Beyond the Sea)”, “Padam” and “Lili Marleen.”



4) The Children's Hour
January 9 - February 9 at Collaboraction’s Pentagon Theater in Chicago
Pride Films and Plays continues its 2013-14 season with Lillian Hellman’s classic story of love and lies. Written in 1934 and based on a true story, The Children’s Hour was originally banned in Chicago and not seen here until the 1950s.


5) Sam Harris in HAM: Slices of a Life
January 15 - 18 at NYC's 54 Below
Harris returns to 54 Below to celebrate the release of his brand new book, HAM: Slices of a Life, with a show that features book excerpts artfully interspersed with songs from his classic repertoire.



6) The Bridges of Madison County
Broadway previews begin January 17. Opens February 20 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
Four-time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara reunites with Bartlett Sher, the Tony-winning director of South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza, for a stunning new musical by the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning team of Marsha Norman and Jason Robert Brown. Based on the best-selling novel by Robert James Waller, it tells the story of a brief, four-day love affair between a photographer (Steven Pasquale) and an Italian-American housewife (O'Hara) in 1965 Iowa.



7) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: An Intimate Evening with Carol Channing and Justin Vivian Bond
January 20 at NYC's Town Hall
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Channing's most identified role, Dolly Gallagher Levi, in Hello, Dolly!, the three-time Tony Award-winner will join queer icon Justin Vivian Bond for this multimedia event featuring stories and clips from Channing's 70-plus years in show business.



8) Charles Busch in The Tribute Artist
Off-Broadway previews begin January 21 at Primary Stages at NYC's 59E59 Theaters
This new comedy written by and starring Mr. Busch is about an out-of-work female impersonator who, when his elderly landlady dies in her sleep, takes on her identity in order to hang on to her valuable Greenwich Village townhouse. This “perfect” plan goes awry and leads to a wild path of twists and reversals plotted by an eccentric rogues gallery of outrageous schemers. The play also stars Mary Bacon, Julie Halston, Cynthia Harris, Keira Keeley and Jonathan Walker.


9) Broadway Bares: Winter Burlesque
January 26 at NYC's XL Nightclub
Kicking off the 24th season of Broadway Bares, this year's Winter Burlesque show, dubbed Calendar Girl, will be based on last summer's Fire Island Pines sensation and inspired by 1999's Broadway Bares IX: Calendar Girl. More than two dozen of New York theatre's sexiest dancers will take the stage in a stimulating strip-a-month journey through the calendar. The evening is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.



10) Michele Lee
January 30, 31 & February 1 at NYC's 54 Below
This new show by the Emmy and Tony-nominated actress boasts an eclectic songbook, with classics she popularized as well as songs from those magical composers, lyricists and artists with whom she has worked and shared stages in every medium.

3 comments:

Jon said...

It would almost be worth paying for a transatlantic flight from London to Noo Yawk in order to see Carol Channing and Justin Vivian Bond! Jx

JEFF said...

this is a must see! if you haven't seen, it's on netflix. SOOOOOOOOO WONDERFUL!


http://www.carolchanningthemovie.com/

Marc said...

Hey, Jeff, I did see the film - and it is wonderful. Gotta love Carol!

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