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Saturday, February 1, 2014

10 Groovy Things to Do in February starring Jonathan Groff and Andy Karl



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) Christopher Sieber in Minnesota Boy Does Well – Tales From Center and Backstage
February 4 & 11 at NYC's 54 Below
Join the handsome and hilarious Mr. Sieber for an evening of hilarious and heartwarming stories, favorite pop songs, and songs from his successful stage career in Broadway shows including Shrek, Spamalot, La Cage aux Folles, Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast, Triumph of Love and more.



2) Cady Huffman is Hungry and Horny!
February 5 at NYC's 54 Below
The Tony Award-winning actress (The Producers) returns by popular demand with her sexy new show about life, love and what she ate along the way. From her Gramma’s Pasta Fazool to her 10 seasons as a judge on Iron Chef America, Cady has eaten it all, loved it all and gone back for seconds. Joining longtime collaborators Eugene Gwozdz on the piano, Roger Cohen on drums and with direction by Will Nunziata, get ready to sing along to the foodie tunes of Hank Williams, Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, Kelis and many more.



3) Encores! Little Me
February 5 - 9 at NYC's City Center
Little Me, Neil Simon’s first musical, is a brash, fast and furious comedy about the glamorous Belle Poitrine and her six suitors. Tony Award winner and Smash star Christian Borle will take on the multiple roles of Belle’s husbands and lovers — an assortment of oddballs ranging from an innocent college boy to a lecherous octogenarian. Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's high-energy score includes "I've Got Your Number," "Real Live Girl" and "The Other Side of the Tracks". Also starring Robert Creighton, David Garrison, Harriet Harris, Judy Kaye, Lewis J. Stadlen, Lee Wilkof, Tony Yazbeck and Rachel York.



4) Gypsy
February 6 - March 23 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Boasting one show-stopping song after another — like “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and “Let Me Entertain You” — this classic musical is inspired by memoirs of the burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee, and it marks Associate Artistic Director Gary Griffin’s continued exploration of the Sondheim canon. Tony Award nominee Louise Pitre makes her Chicago Shakespeare debut as Rose, the most infamous of all stage mothers.



5) ROCKY
Broadway previews begin February 11. Opens March 13 at the Winter Garden Theatre.
Based on the Academy Award-winning film, this innovative new stage production is brought to extraordinary life by a five-time Tony Award-winning creative team, including director Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher), songwriting team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime), and book writers Thomas Meehan (The Producers) and actor Sylvester Stallone. The cast includes Andy Karl (Jersey Boys, 9 to 5) as Rocky Balboa and Margo Seibert (making her Broadway debut) as Adrian.




6) Joffrey Ballet's Contemporary Choreographers
February 12 - 23 at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre
The Joffrey Ballet revisits its contemporary roots with a mixed repertory program of three pieces by cutting-edge choreographers - Continuum by Christopher Wheeldon, Crossing Ashland by Brock Clawson, and Episode 31 by Alexander Ekman.


7) American Songbook: Jonathan Groff
February 15 at Lincoln Center's Allen Room in NYC
Tony-nominated for his breakout performance in the rock musical, Spring Awakening, Jonathan Groff has made a name for himself on stage and in television and film. The utterly charming triple-threat is joined by revered musical director Mary-Mitchell Campbell for an exciting concert of his favorite songs.



8) Beaches
February 18 - March 23 at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia
Composer David Austin has written a new score (with lyrics by Iris Rainer Dart) for this musical adaptation of Dart's beloved novel about two women’s 30-year friendship, which was turned into a popular 1988 movie. Mara Davi and Alysha Umphress will co-star as Bertie and Cee Cee (the roles originated on screen by Barbara Hershey and Bette Midler).


9) Mothers and Sons
Broadway previews begin February 23. Opens March 24 at the John Golden Theatre.
From one of America's most acclaimed playwrights, Terrence McNally (Master Class, Love! Valour! Compassion!) comes Mothers and Sons, a powerful new Broadway play that explores the truths of who we are and who we love. Starring Tyne Daly, Frederick Weller and Bobby Steggert, the play follows a mother who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son's partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as she revisits the past and begins to see the life her son might have led.

10) Debra Monk Birthday Bash
February 24 at NYC's Gerald W. Lynch Theatre at John Jay College
Beloved stage and screen star Debra Monk will be "totally hot and a little dirty" as she celebrates her 65th birthday in a free-wheeling rock 'n' roll concert produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Among the special guests scheduled to join Monk are Charlotte d'Amboise, Brandon Victor Dixon, Scott Ellis, Victor Garber, Andrea Martin and Ron Rifkin.

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