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Thursday, October 1, 2015

10 Groovy Things to Do in October



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) Sylvia
Broadway previews begin October 2. Opens October 27 at the Cort Theatre.
From Tony Award-winning director Daniel Sullivan and two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee A. R. Gurney, Sylvia is about what happens when a smart, sassy, captivating canine befriends a New Yorker in Central Park and changes his life — and his wife’s life forever. The cast includes two-time Tony winner Matthew Broderick (The Producers, How To Succeed…), Tony winner Julie White (The Little Dog Laughed), Drama Desk Award-winner Robert Sella (Stuff Happens), and fresh from her 2015 Tony-winning performance in You Can’t Take It With You, Annaleigh Ashford as Broadway’s friskiest new heroine.



2) On Your Feet!
Broadway previews begin October 5. Opens November 5 at the Marquis Theatre.
This new Broadway musical about Emilio and Gloria Estefan boasts a creative team that includes Tony Award-winning director Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman).



3) First Daughter Suite
Off-Broadway previews begin October 6. Opens October 20 at The Public's Anspacher Theater.
Tony nominee Michael John LaChiusa imagines the inner lives and dreams of America's best-known daughters with a funny and moving follow-up to his 1993 Public musical, First Lady Suite. A historical fantasia in four parts, First Daughter Suite follows Pat Nixon and daughters Tricia and Julie, Rosalynn and Amy Carter, Betty and Susan Ford, Patti Davis and mom Nancy Reagan, and Barbara Bush and daughter-in-law Laura as they strive to live meaningful lives in the public eye. Directed by Kirsten Sanderson, this world premiere musical stars Alison Fraser, Rachel Bay Jones, Caissie Levy, Theresa McCarthy, Betsy Morgan, Isabel Santiago, Carly Tamer, Mary Testa and Barbara Walsh.

4) The 26th New York Cabaret Convention
October 13 - 16 at The Town Hall
The four-night event will feature tributes to the melodies of Marvin Hamlisch and Vernon Duke, the songs of John Kander & Fred Ebb, and “A Sentimental Journey” through the music and lyrics that sustained America through World War II. Scheduled performers include Karen Akers, Brent Barrett, Klea Blackhurst, Ann Hampton Callaway, Tovah Feldshuh, Penny Fuller, Anita Gillette, Jeff Harnar, Andrea Marcovicci, Karen Mason, Marilyn Maye, Sally Mayes and KT Sullivan.


And if you live in Chicago and love cabaret, check out:

The Chicago Cabaret Professionals' 2015 Gala Benefit
October 18 at the Park West
CCP presents “Celebrating a Century of Song" saluting musicians born a century ago - Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn, Edith Piaf, Frank Sinatra and many more. This special evening will honor Chicago entertainer Ron Hawking and Acts Of Kindness Cabaret, and it will feature performances by Anne Burnell, Mark Burnell, Cynthia Clarey, Joan Curto, Jeff Dean, David Edelfelt, Laura Freeman, Cathy Glickman, Carla Gordon, Scott Gryder, Kimberly Lawson, Beckie Menzie, Tom Michael, Bob Moreen, Daryl Nitz, Suzanne Petri, Johnny Rodgers, Cheryl Szucsits, With a Twist (Kevin Bishop, Steven Kimbrough, Paul Motondo, Nick Sula) and Say You Love Me (Dan Riley, Scott Simon, Nick Sula, Melissa Young).

5) Charm
October 14 - November 8 at Steppenwolf's Garage Theatre in Chicago
Northlight Theatre presents the world premiere of Philip Dawkins' play about the colorful inner workings of an etiquette class taught by Mama Darleena Andrews, an African-American transgender woman, in an LGBTQ organization known as The Center.

6) Dada Woof Papa Hot
Off-Broadway previews begin October 15. Opens November 9 at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.
Directed by Scott Ellis, Peter Parnell's new play follows Alan and Rob, an older married couple with a three-year-old daughter and a life they fought decades to be allowed to lead. But Alan has begun to feel an attraction to a younger gay dad; his closest straight friend’s marriage is disintegrating; and his daughter Nicola seems to prefer Rob. The cast includes Tammy Blanchard, Patrick Breen, John Benjamin Hickey, Alex Hurt, Kellie Overbey, John Pankow and Stephen Plunkett.

7) Design for Living
October 22 - November 22 at Chicago's Rivendell Theater
Pride Films & Plays presents a new production of Noël Coward's Design for Living, which will be directed by PFP Artistic Associate Derek Bertelsen. From 1930’s bohemian Paris to the dizzying heights of Manhattan society, a tempestuous love triangle unravels between a vivacious interior designer, Gilda, playwright Leo and artist Otto – three people unashamedly and passionately in love with each other. The cast includes Carmen Molina, Kevin Webb, Matthew Gall and Edward Fraim.


8) Misery
Broadway previews begin October 22. Opens November 15 at the Broadhurst Theatre.
Two-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Bruce Willis makes his Broadway debut alongside three-time Emmy Award winner Laurie Metcalf in this edge-of-your-seat suspense thriller about a world-famous novelist and his Number One Fan. Based on the classic Stephen King novel, the play has been adapted for the Broadway stage by two-time Academy Award winner William Goldman.



9) Christine Ebersole: Big Noise from Winnetka
October 24 at Skokie's North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
Chicago North Shore native and two-time Tony award winner Christine Ebersole performs a concert that will feature Broadway songs - "Something Good" from The Sound of Music and "Will You?" and "The Revolutionary Costume for Today" from Grey Gardens - and a collection of popular tunes, including Joni Mitchell’s "Woodstock", Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” and "Songbird", and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”



10) Season of Celebration: An Evening of Song
October 26 at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre
Season of Concern celebrates the legacy of two beloved Chicago theatre artists, Tommy Biscotto and J. Pat Miller, who have inspired 30 years of service to the community through the Biscotto-Miller Fund. Hosted by E. Faye Butler and featuring musical performances by Bethany Thomas, Rob Lindley, Anne Smith, Allison Bazarko, Christine Mild and a host of Chicago theatre favorites, the festivities also include the 2015 Larry Sloan Awards honoring Board Member Emeritus and Transparent cast member Alexandra Billings (Heritage Award), actor/comedian Mitchell Fain (Advocate Award), and the companies of Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol (Partnership Award). A special Legacy Award will be presented to the organizers of "Arts Against AIDS", commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the benefit performance that lead to the founding of Season of Concern.

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