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Thursday, May 1, 2014

10 Groovy Things to Do in May starring Joshua Michael Brickman and Spencer Day

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) Jeremy Jordan, "Breaking Character"
May 1 - 4 at Feinstein's at The Nikko in San Francisco
Recounting iconic and deciding moments from his budding career, Tony Award-nominee Jeremy Jordan will perform the songs that have defined his swift rise to stardom. Selections include music from Broadway's Newsies, NBC's Smash and his upcoming film, The Last 5 Years, along with many of his own personal favorites. Often hidden behind the guise of his characters, Jordan makes his solo concert debut exclusively at Feinstein’s at the Nikko to tell us a bit of his own fascinating story.

2) The Lillias White Effect
May 1 - 3 at NYC's 54 Below
Tony Award winner Lillias White (The Life, Dreamgirls, Fela) makes her 54 Below solo concert debut, pulling back the show curtain to tell humorous, poignant and inspiring stories from both her personal and show business life that she has never shared before. Directed by Will Nunziata, this brand new concert will interweave songs that are career milestones for Lillias as well as songs from the soundtrack of her life, including music from Jerry Herman, Frank Loesser, Stephen Sondheim, Cy Coleman and more.

3) Too Much Sun
May 1 - June 22 at NYC's Vineyard Theatre
The Tony Award-winning Linda Lavin stars in this world premiere of Nicky Silver's play about a celebrated actress who, after unraveling while preparing for a new production of Medea, descends upon her married daughter for a summer by the sea.

4) Buyer & Cellar
May 6 - June 15 at Chicago's Broadway Playhouse
Michael Urie (TV's Ugly Betty) brings his Drama Desk Award-winning performance to Chicago in Jonathan Tolins' comedy about a struggling actor in L.A. who takes a job working in the mall in Barbra Streisand's Malibu basement. Buyer & Cellar is an outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs.

5) Encores! Irma La Douce
May 7 - 11 at NYC's City Center
Encores! breaks the mold with its first musical not written on American soil. Irma La Douce is the tale of a Parisian lady of the evening (played by Jennifer Bowles) and the law student who falls in love with her (Rob McClure). After a three-year run in Paris, an English-language version of the show enjoyed tremendous success first in London in 1958 and then on Broadway in 1960. Directed by John Doyle, this production also stars Sam Bolen, Ben Crawford, Stephen DeRosa, Malcolm Gets, Zachary James, Ken Krugman and Chris Sullivan.

6) Broadway Bares: Solo Strips
May 11 at NYC's BPM Nightclub
Featuring 11 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 performers include Callan Bergmann, Joshua Michael Brickman, Anthony Rooar DeCarlis, Todd Hanebrink, Vince Oddo, Julius Rubio, Ricky Schroeder, Michael Scirrotto, Dennis Stowe, Sheldon Tucker and Ryan Worsing. Hosting the evening will be Terren Wooten Clarke of Broadway's The Book of Mormon appearing as Kizha Carr.

7) Spencer Day
May 15 - 17 at Feinstein's at The Nikko in San Francisco
Spencer Day has been a perennial favorite in the San Francisco Bay Area since exploding on to the music scene as a performer at the 2007 San Francisco Jazz Festival. He will perform tracks off his recently-released album, The Mystery of You, as well as selections from his previous albums.

8) Chicago Gay Men's Chorus presents Bouncing Off The Walls: Broadway Our Way
May 17 at Skokie's North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
May 31 at Chicago's Harris Theater
Celebrating the most recent Broadway hits, CGMC reimagines selections from The Book of Mormon, Newsies, Kinky Boots and more. Catch all of your favorites of modern Broadway, but done as you’ve never seen them before!

9) Carrie: The Musical
May 29 – July 12 at Chicago's Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater
Bailiwick Chicago Theater presents the Chicago Premiere of this 1988 musical adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling novel. The show’s original authors have newly reworked and fully re-imagined the vision of this gripping tale about an awkward teenage girl with telekinetic powers. Carrie features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the 1976 film), music by Academy Award-winner Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment) and lyrics by Academy Award-winner Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose).

10) Caged Dames
May 29 - July 13 at Chicago's Theater Wit
Hell in a Handbag Productions opens its 12th season with Caged Dames, a deliriously campy musical about an innocent young housewife who - through a series of unfortunate events - finds herself in the Calumet City Women's Penitentiary at the mercy of a sadistic prison matron. The show is directed by AJ Wright, written by David Cerda and inspired by the noir prison films of the 1940s and '50s - especially Caged (1950) starring Eleanor Parker and Agnes Moorehead.

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