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Sunday, December 1, 2013

10 Groovy Things to Do in December starring Levi Kreis and Matt Smith

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) Christmas Eve with Christmas Eve
December 2 at NYC's XL Nightclub
For one night only, Broadway favorite Ann Harada is back as Christmas Eve, the beloved, opinionated, heavily accented therapist from Avenue Q, returning to make her holiday fantasies come true. This evening of song and comedy skewers and pays tribute to the great romantic duets and iconic moments of Broadway. No lyricist will be spared as Christmas Eve re-interprets the modern songbook with the help of some of Broadway’s most talented, hilarious and gorgeous leading men, including Aaron J. Albano, Adam Chanler-Berat, Santino Fontana, Jordan Gelber, Greg Hildreth, Jose Llana, Howard McGillin, Leslie Odom Jr., Clinton Sherwood, Howie Michael Smith, Wesley Taylor and Max von Essen.

2) American Psycho
Previews begin December 3. Opens December 12 and runs through January 25 at London's Almeida Theatre
Matt Smith (Doctor Who) stars as Patrick Bateman in the World Premiere of this 1980s-set rock musical thriller based on Bret Easton Ellis' 1991 novel about a 26-year-old Manhattan investment banker who moonlights as a serial killer. Rupert Goold directs the production featuring music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening).

3) The 3rd Annual Most Fabulous Santa Speedo Run
December 7 at Chicago's Sidetrack The Video Bar
Participants run one mile through the heart of Chicago's Boystown neighborhood wearing only a Santa hat and Speedo (and running shoes, of course). This festive holiday event will benefit Center on Halsted.

4) Chicago Gay Men's Chorus Making Spirits Bright
December 7 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie
Bringing to a close its 30th Anniversary Season, Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus reprises 10 of its most popular holiday moments, along with 10 new songs, PLUS 10 pieces created for the occasion by Artistic Director Patrick Sinozich. Come celebrate holiday traditions new and old with the singing and dancing Chicago’s Most Colorful Chorus! They will also perform at Chicago's Harris Theater on December 6.

5) Natalie Toro Just in Time for Christmas CD Release
December 8 at NYC's Birdland
Broadway veteran Natalie Toro (Les Misérables, A Tale of Two Cities) will bring her infectious energy and powerhouse vocals to this special concert, celebrating the release of her new holiday CD, Just in Time for Christmas, which features such classics as "Baby, Itʼs Cold Outside" (a duet with Ryan Kelly), "The Christmas Song", "Ave Maria/O Holy Night", and "Iʼll Be Home for Christmas" with two-time Grammy Award winner Jon Secada.

6) 25th Annual Gypsy of the Year
December 9 and 10 at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre
This annual event is the culminating celebration of six weeks of fundraising by Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies. For two magical afternoons, the best "gypsies" perform original skits, songs and dances. Awards are presented to the top fundraisers and for the best presentation during the two shows. Often called "the season's most dazzling talent show", the previous 24 editions have raised more than $52.9 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Below are highlights from last year's event.

7) Big Red and the Boys: A New Home for the Holidays!
December 13, 14 & 20, 21 at Chicago's Theater Wit
This non-traditional, intimate night of songs, stories and spirits is a delightful combination of beloved holiday jingles mixed with the sassy stories of some of Chicago's brightest stars. The ecclectic set list ranges from holiday classics, to pop, to folk, to blues and back again performed by Meghan "Big Red" Murphy, John Francisco, Patrick Andrews, and TJ Chernick.

8) An Evening with Levi Kreis
December 18 at Davenport's in Chicago
Join Tony Award winner Levi Kreis (Million Dollar Quartet) as he shares his most recognized songs from The Vampire Diaries, The Apprentice, Sons of Anarchy and more!

9) Auntie Mame
December 19 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood
In the words of Auntie Mame, "Live! Life's a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!" This annual holiday screening of the 1958 Rosalind Russell classic is co-presented by Outfest with a pre-screening reception sponsored by Absolut Vodka.

10) Karen Mason in Christmas, Christmas, Christmas!
December 20, 21 and 22 at Davenport's in Chicago
Karen Mason (Broadway's Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, Sunset Boulevard, Wonderland) returns to Davenport's with her critically-acclaimed holiday show, ushering in the sounds of the season with her trademark humor, warmth and blue star vocals (and the incredible Beckie Menzie at the piano).


Jeff said...

I hope American Psycho makes it over here. I love the book, sorta liked the movie and would love to see how it becomes a musical. I didn't know Matt Smith was starring, and that sounds intriguing--from The Doctor to Patrick Bateman is certainly a change of pace.

Marc said...

I'm curious about the American Psycho musical as well - let's hope it's a big hit over in London!