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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

10 Groovy Things to Do in May starring Sutton Foster and John Waters

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) Chicago Gay Men's Chorus presents All You Need Is Love: The Music of the Beatles
May 3 & 4 at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre
May 11 at Skokie's North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
Featuring the music of the Fab Four, All You Need Is Love will take some of the most famous pop songs of all time and re-examine them through a gay lens.

2) Oklahoma!
May 4 - 19 at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1943 musical is presented in grand Lyric Opera style featuring John Cudia (Broadway's Phantom of the Opera) as Curly and Ashley Brown (Broadway's Mary Poppins) as Laurey.

3) Broadway Bares: Solo Strips
May 5 at NYC's XL Nightclub
Featuring 12 of the hottest men from Broadway Bares, this one-night-only evening of choreographed stripteases is a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. This year's Solo Strips dancers include Matt Anctil, Patrick Boyd, James Brown III, Timothy Hughes, John Paul LaPorte, Patrick McCollum, Peter Nelson, Daniel Robinson, Matthew Rossoff, Billy Steeves, Dennis Stowe and Sheldon Tucker.

4) The 10th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival
May 6 - 19 in Dublin, Ireland
This annual event was founded in 2004 to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Oscar Wilde in his native city. With an emphasis on new or recent international and Irish works with a broadly gay theme or relevance, the festival has grown to become the largest event of its type in the world. 2013 productions include Peter Scott-Presland's Strip Search, a drama about a male stripper who used to be a soldier in Iraq, and Greg Turner's Role Play, a drama about a gay relationship set against the backdrop of the sexual fetish world of S&M (it stars Max Rhyser from the web series, In Between Men).

5) Sutton Foster with Michael Rafter
May 8 - 12 at Feinstein's at The Nikko in San Francisco
Feinstein's at the Nikko kicks off its first season with the Tony Award-winning Sutton Foster, who has appeared in the Broadway productions of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Little Women, The Drowsy Chaperone, Young Frankenstein, Shrek the Musical and Anything Goes.

6) Far From Heaven
May 8 - June 30, 2013 at NYC's Playwrights Horizons
Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale star in this world premiere of Richard Greenberg, Scott Frankel and Michael Korie's musical based on the 2002 Todd Haynes film about a picture-perfect wife and mother in 1957 suburban Connecticut.

7) Mother's Day with Mommie Dearest
May 12 at Chicago's Music Box Theatre
Camp Midnight invites you to a special Mother's Day presentation of the 1981 camp classic, Mommie Dearest, starring Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford. The Joan-a-Palooza festivities begin at 2 pm with a pre-show featuring host Dick O’Day and the Hell in a Handbag Players AND a mother/daughter matching outfit contest. A screening of the film immediately follows with members of Camp Midnight providing hilarious running commentary. Audience members will receive an interactive audience guide, AND the first 100 attendees in their seats will receive their own commemorative wire hanger!

8) The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me 20th Anniversary Performance
May 20 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at NYC's John Jay College
For its 20th anniversary, The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me will be re-imagined from David Drake's original one-man show to one featuring an ensemble of talented actors, including Drake, Brandon Cordeiro, two-time Tony Award nominee Robin De Jesús, two-time Tony nominee André De Shields, Claybourne Elder, Tony nominee Rory O'Malley, Anthony Rapp, Chad Ryan, Donald C. Shorter, Jr., Wesley Taylor, Aaron Tone and Tony winner BD Wong. Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, this one-night-only performance benefits BC/EFA and Sero Project.

9) 7th Annual Broadway Beauty Pageant
May 20 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
This annual benefit of New York's Ali Forney Center features male cast members representing their respective Broadway shows as they compete for the title crown through talent, interview and swimsuit competitions. Tony nominated actress Tovah Feldshuh returns to host this year’s festivities while celebrity judges Andrea Martin (Pippin), Michael Urie (Buyer and Cellar) and Billy Porter (Kinky Boots) will ask burning questions of each contestant.

10) John Waters’ This Filthy World
May 21 at Chicago's Harris Theater
Filmmaker, author, actor and cult icon John Waters - who's made such memorable movies as Female Trouble, Hairspray and Serial Mom - returns to the Harris Theater to perform his critically acclaimed one-man show, This Filthy World, in which he regales the audience with his film career and joyously appalling taste. This hilarious evening will focus on his early negative influences, fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, extremes of the art world, Catholicism, sexual deviancy and his love of reading.

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