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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

10 Groovy Things to Do in April starring Daniel Radcliffe and the Ladies of Hot in Cleveland

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) Casa Valentina
Broadway previews begin April 1. Opens April 23 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
From four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein comes his first play in almost 30 years and his first-ever collaboration with Manhattan Theatre Club. Two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello directs this funny, fascinating 1960s-era portrait of a Catskills vacation resort where heterosexual men would dress up and act as women. The cast includes Reed Birney, John Cullum, Gabriel Ebert, Lisa Emery, Tom McGowan, Patrick Page, Larry Pine, Nick Westrate and Mare Winningham.

2) Kander & Ebb's THE ACT
April 3 & 4 at NYC's 54 Below
This concert version of John Kander and Fred Ebb's THE ACT - which originally played Broadway in 1977 with Liza Minnelli - will feature Tony Award winner Cady Huffman, Emmy Award nominee Anna Chlumsky, Tony Award winner Randy Graff, Julia Murney and Karen Mason. Backed by a three-piece swinging band and helmed by director Will Nunziata, the all-star cast will sing some of the most joyful and gorgeous songs that Kander and Ebb ever wrote, including "The Money Tree", "Arthur in the Afternoon", "City Lights", "Shine It On", "It's the Strangest Thing" – and even songs that were cut out of town and will be making their NYC premiere! Proceeds will benefit The Actor’s Fund.

3) Beckie Menzie & Tom Michael in Music - As Seen on TV
Every Saturday in April (5, 12, 19 & 26) at Davenport's Cabaret in Chicago
In their brand new show, the award-winning duo explore how the television has delivered some of the most memorable musical moments right into our homes. From variety and talk shows, celebrity TV specials, American Bandstand to American Idol and more, Music - As Seen on TV promises to be “a really big show!”

4) TCM Classic Film Festival
April 10 - 13 in Hollywood
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 2014 edition of its film festival with the world premiere of a brand new restoration of the 1955 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, Oklahoma!, with a live appearance by star Shirley Jones. Other featured films and special events include:

Jerry Lewis will have his hand and footprints enshrined in concrete at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX, and he will attend a screening of his 1963 film, The Nutty Professor.

The festival will also pay tribute to Quincy Jones, who will appear at a 50th anniversary screening of the 1964 Sidney Lumet film, The Pawnbroker (which marked Jones' debut as a film composer), and actor Richard Dreyfuss with screenings of his films, The Goodbye Girl (1977) and Mr. Holland's Opus (1995).

Mel Brooks will appear at a 40th anniversary screening of his 1974 comedy classic, Blazing Saddles.

And Bo Hopkins, Candy Clark and Paul Le Mat will reunite at a screening of their 1973 film, American Graffiti.

5) The Cripple of Inishmaan
Broadway previews begin April 12. Opens April 20 at the Cort Theatre.
Direct from a smash hit London run, Daniel Radcliffe takes on his most critically acclaimed role yet in this biting comedy by the master of vicious fun, Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (The Pillowman, In Bruges), and directed by Tony Award winner Michael Grandage (Red, Frost/Nixon).

6) 54 Sings Applause
April 13 at NYC's 54 Below
Fasten Your Seat Belts! It’ll be a bumpy night indeed when 54 Below reunites three of the original stars of the Tony Award-winning 1970 musical - Len Cariou, Penny Fuller and Lee Roy Reams - who will reminisce and re-live the Charles Strouse/Lee Adams score. Special Guest "Margo Channing's" will include Dee Hoty, Cady Huffman, Karen Mason and Judy McLane.

7) Sibling Revelry with Ann Hampton Callaway & Liz Callaway
April 15 - 19 at NYC's 54 Below
The Tony-nominated Callaway sisters are bringing Sibling Revelry back to 54 Below by popular demand. Their award-winning show returned to New York for the first time in over 15 years for a sold-out engagement last summer and received rave reviews.

8) The 28th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition
April 21 & 22 at NYC's Minskoff Theatre
This highly anticipated annual event features the companies of Broadway, Off-Broadway and touring productions offering skits, songs and dances as well as elaborately designed and themed bonnets created specially for the event. Since 1987, the Easter Bonnet Competition has raised more than $53 million for Broadway Cares.

9) BITCHES Staged Reading
April 23 at the Cavern Club Theater at L.A.'s Casita Del Campo
Sean Abley and Matt Mishkoff are hosting another hilarious staged reading benefit for their AIDS/LifeCycle 2014 fundraising, and this time the show will be Abley's award-winning comedy, BITCHES. With 13 female characters all played by men, BITCHES transports the audience to Tubbville, IL, where evil cheerleader Sindee Sandstone has concocted a plan to kill her most hated rival, the delightful Angelatina Vindechi. Add overbearing mothers and a talk show host willing to do anything for higher ratings, and the BITCHES are ready to roll! The cast will include Drew Droege, Sam Pancake, Matt Valle, Jim Blanchette, Thomas Colby-Dog, Michael Shepperd, David Razowsky, Brad Griffith and Danny Casillas.

10) The Vibrant Voice Awards
April 26 at CBS Studio Center in Studio City, CA
This annual benefit event for Celebration Theatre will feature Betty White and her Hot in Cleveland co-stars, Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick, doing a reading of a Golden Girls episode, a special appearance by Sean Hayes, and Vibrant Voice honorees Malick and Robert Forster.

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