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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

10 Groovy Things to Do in July starring Billy Magnussen and Anna Gunn



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) Cheyenne Jackson
July 4, 5 & 6 at Provincetown's Art House
The handsome star of TV (30 Rock, Glee) and Broadway (Xanadu, Finian's Rainbow) makes his Art House debut with SiriusXM radio star Seth Rudetsky joining him as pianist and host.



2) The First Wives Club Benefit Reading
July 7 at the Mainstage Theater at NYC's Playwrights Horizons
Robert Harling’s screenplay to the 1996 film will come alive for a one night-only benefit reading directed by Trip Cullman and starring Audra McDonald, Sherie Rene Scott and Lili Taylor as three friends who seek revenge after their husbands leave them for younger women. All proceeds will benefit The Actors Fund’s Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, which provides "a safety net and a place to turn when women in the creative community are faced with critical health concerns."

3) Sex with Strangers
Off-Broadway previews begin July 8. Opens July 30 at Second Stage Theatre.
Billy Magnussen and Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) star in Laura Eason's play about a sex-advice blogger who falls for a novelist. David Schwimmer (Friends) is the director.

4) Charles Busch
July 9 - 12 at NYC's 54 Below
The acclaimed actor, playwright and drag legend returns to 54 Below with a show full of outrageous personal stories, original characters and classic songs - all performed with his own unique form of glamour. Charles Busch continues to delight and re-define his craft as a master humorist, entertainer and camp icon, and he is joined by his longtime Musical Director Tom Judson. Expect laughter, music, tears and sequins.



5) It Could Be Worse – Season 2 Launch Concert
July 15 at NYC's 54 Below
Broadway vets Wesley Taylor (The Addams Family, Rock of Ages) and Mitchell Jarvis (Rock of Ages, Fiddler on the Roof) celebrate Season Two of their critically-acclaimed web series, It Could Be Worse, which begins July 17 on Hulu. Exclusive scenes from the new season will be shown along with performances by the cast and special guest stars, including Taylor, Jarvis, Megan Hilty (Smash, Wicked), Adam Chanler-Berat (Peter and the Starcatcher, Next to Normal), Stephanie J. Block (Wicked, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes) and Marc Shaiman (Catch Me If You Can, Hairspray).



6) Encores! Off-Center: Pump Boys and Dinettes
July 16 - 19 at NYC's City Center
A hybrid of country, rock and pop music, Pump Boys and Dinettes is the story of four gas station attendants and two waitresses at a small-town dinette in North Carolina. This Encores! production stars Jordan Dean, Hunter Foster, Mamie Parris, Randy Redd, Katie Thompson and Lorenzo Wolff. Below you can watch Debra Monk and the original Broadway cast of Pump Boys and Dinettes perform on the 1982 Tony Awards.



7) Andrea Marcovicci in No Strings
July 16 - 20 at Davenport's Piano Bar in Chicago
Marcovicci takes the audience on a wonderful journey about life on the road – a warm, funny, heartfelt and candid tale of her time spent traveling from city to city and what that bittersweet time has meant to her as a singer, an actress, a wife and mother. Songs include "Sunday in New York", "Two For the Road", "How are Things in Glocca Morra?", "Under Paris Skies", "A Foggy Day" and "These Foolish Things".



8) Free Shakespeare in the Park: King Lear
July 22 - August 17 at The Delacorte Theater in NYC's Central Park
Revenge, rage, grief and delusion thunder upon the Delacorte as Tony and Emmy Award winner John Lithgow takes the stage as one of theater’s great tragic heroes, King Lear. Tony winner Daniel Sullivan directs Shakespeare’s classic drama, and Annette Bening - in her first New York stage appearance in 20 years - plays Goneril, one of the king’s scheming daughters. Below you can watch Jonathan Groff explain how to get free tickets to the production.



9) Finding Neverland
July 23 - September 28 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA
Based on the 2004 film, this new musical follows the real-life relationship between playwright J. M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, one of the most beloved stories of all time. Staged by A.R.T. Artistic Director and Tony winner Diane Paulus (Pippin) with music by U.K. pop sensation Gary Barlow (Take That) and choreography by Emmy Award-winner Mia Michaels (So You Think You Can Dance), Finding Neverland stars Jeremy Jordan as Barrie, Laura Michelle Kelly and Carolee Carmello.

10) The Visit
July 31 - August 17 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, MA
In her Festival debut, Broadway legend Chita Rivera embodies Claire Zachanassian, the oft-widowed richest woman in the world, who returns to the hardship-stricken town of her birth. The locals pray that her wealth will bring them a new lease on life, but the carefully plotted renewal she offers carries a dreadful price. Helmed by Tony Award-winning director John Doyle, this incendiary musical is one of the last collaborations between John Kander and Fred Ebb, with a book by Tony Award winner Terrence McNally and choreography by the legendary Graciela Daniele. Below you can watch Rivera perform in the 2008 Signature Theatre production of The Visit.

4 comments:

joel65913 said...

Some cool stuff. Interesting to see Billy Magnussen, who I first became familiar with as Casey on As the World Turns, working his way up. If Into the Woods hits big it should push him forward further still.

That said he's awfully young and good looking to have the amount of airbrushing blasted onto him that is in the above picture.

Marc Harshbarger said...

Hey, Joel, I'm hoping that Into the Woods is a hit (and a good movie). As for the pic, I agree with you - he is too young and attractive for airbrushing - but it's what Second Stage is using to promote the show.

Steve said...

Got my season tickets for Finding Neverland in Cambridge

Marc Harshbarger said...

I look forward to your review, Steve!