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Friday, November 1, 2013

10 Groovy Things to Do in November starring Justin Utley and Joan Collins

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's Lipstick & Lyrics: Sex Is in the Heel
November 2 at Chicago's Mayne Stage
With choreography by Chicago's top choreographers, fabulous costumes and some of the greatest hits of pop music, CGMC's very own fierce Drag Divas will move and entertain you with their live vocal performances.

2) Joan Collins in One Night With Joan
November 5 at NYC's B.B. King Blues Club
This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to spend an intimate evening in the company of a true Hollywood legend. Joan will take to the stage to share the ups and downs of her career and screen rare and often hilarious film footage from her life. It’s a chance to hear first hand about her screen test for Cleopatra and why she lost the role to Elizabeth Taylor, her on-set encounters with Bette Davis, Paul Newman, Richard Burton and many others; her legendary bitch-fights with Linda Evans in Dynasty; and, of course, her relationships! The evening also includes a question and answer session with the chance to ask Joan anything you’ve always wanted to know about her amazing life.

3) Joel Creasey in The Aussie Invasion
November 6 - 9 at NYC's Comic Strip Live
After taking the Australian comedy festival circuit by storm and even scoring his own TV standup comedy special, openly gay comic Joel Creasey - who has been described as Australia’s answer to Kathy Griffin - will make his US debut at the New York Comedy Festival headlining The Aussie Invasion, a triple bill of rising stars from Down Under (along with Neel Kolhatkar and Khaled Khalafalla).

4) Reeling 31: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival
November 7 - 14 at Chicago's Logan Theatre
Reeling, the second-oldest LGBT film festival in the world, returns with another slate of movies that showcase not only diversity within the queer community but also diversity in the range of possibilities within film itself. From the sweet and sassy opening night comedy, G.B.F., to the historical sweep of the biographical epic, Ludwig II, the 31st edition of Reeling has something to satisfy every cinephile - including a 31st anniversary screening of the 1982 musical camp classic, Victor/Victoria, hosted by comic legend Bruce Vilanch, who will provide hilarious running commentary.

5) UnTapped - An Acoustic Concert Series with Justin Utley and Stephen Leonard
November 10 at The SoFo Tap in Chicago
This intimate evening of live music will feature a full set from Justin Utley as well from UnTapped host and singer-songwriter, Stephen Leonard. The show is free, but donations to artists are always encouraged.

6) A BED AND A CHAIR: A New York Love Affair
November 13 - 17 at New York City Center
Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis compare musical notes on their shared passion for New York City in this original production from New York City Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Cyrille Aimée, Jeremy Jordan, Norm Lewis and Bernadette Peters headline the show, directed by frequent Sondheim collaborator John Doyle. A BED AND A CHAIR features more than two dozen Sondheim compositions, each piece newly re-imagined under the music direction of Marsalis and performed by Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

7) Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Broadway previews begin November 21. Opens January 12 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre
Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than Beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. The cast includes Jessie Mueller as King, Jake Epstein, Anika Larsen and Jarrod Spector.

8) About Face Theatre's WE THREE LIZAS
November 27 - January 5 at Chicago's Stage 773
With a revamped book and expanded score, last year’s sparkly, queer holiday hit is back and better than ever! The holidays bring three magical figures to a box maker's door – a trio of Liza Minnellis to escort him on a fabulous journey through what-was, what-could-be and what-the-f*?! It’s a quirky holiday musical spinning a tale of hope, transformation - and the power of Liza!

Directed by AFT Artistic Associate Scott Ferguson, WE THREE LIZAS features a book and lyrics by AFT Artistic Associate Scott Bradley, music and additional lyrics by Alan Schmuckler, and choreography by AFT Artistic Associate Patrick Andrews. This production will also feature many of the original cast members including Scott Duff, John Francisco, Sharriese Hamilton, Danielle Plisz, Dana Tretta and Andrew Swan in addition to newcomers Mark David Kaplan, James Nedrud and Bethany Thomas.

9) Hell in a Handbag Productions' Christmas Dearest
November 29 - December 29 at Mary's Attic in Chicago
Hell in a Handbag is proud to introduce Chicago to a new holiday show that is sure to be a camp classic for those who prefer a little something spicier in their Christmas stocking. Christmas Dearest tells the tale of Hollywood superstar Joan Crawford (played by David Cerda) and the important lessons she learns one Christmas Eve when she is visited by three spirits. Will they be able to convince Joan to see the error of her selfish ways in time for Christmas Day? (Photo by Rick Aguilar)

10) David Edelfelt: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
November 29 - December 1 at Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret in Chicago
Come celebrate the beginning of the holiday season as David returns to Davenport's in this special musical evening of holiday songs showcasing a variety of classics and some newer gems by Jason Robert Brown and Chicago composers Elizabeth Doyle and Carla Gordon.


Peter Tofalos said...

who's the cutie with the guitar?

Marc said...

Justin Utley.