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Sunday, June 1, 2014

10 Groovy Things to Do in June starring Jane Lynch and Well-Strung's Christopher Marchant

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) About Face Theatre's Pride Performance Series
June 2 - 17 in Chicago
About Face Theatre commemorates Pride Month with a spectacular line-up of readings, performances and special events celebrating the LGBTQIA experience. The series kicks off on June 2 with a reading of Jonathan Tolins’ comedy, The Last Sunday in June, starring real life couple Michael Urie (TV’s Ugly Betty) and his partner Ryan Spahn (Urie is currently starring in Tolins’ comedy, Buyer & Cellar, at Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse). On June 10, AFT Artistic Associate Paul Oakley Stovall leads a panel of Chicago artists through an exploration of Lesbians & Literature. Then on June 13 & 14, playwright Bixby Elliot unravels everything you’ve ever learned about our 16th President as AFT presents a reading of his hilarious play, Abraham Lincoln was a F*gg*t. Finally on June 17, Steven Strafford stars in a reading of Methtacular!, his own brutally honest and often comedic story of survival as a meth addict in Chicago.

2) The Last Ship
June 10 - July 13 at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre
The Last Ship is a new musical with an original score by 16-time Grammy Award winner Sting. Inspired by Sting’s own childhood experiences, this World Premiere production features direction by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Wicked), a book by Tony Award winner John Logan (Red) and Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal), and choreography by Olivier Award winner Steven Hoggett (Once). The Last Ship begins Broadway previews at the Neil Simon Theatre on September 29.

3) This Is Our Youth
June 10 - July 27 at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Set in New York in 1982, Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth follows 48 hours in the lives of three very lost young souls. This production - directed by Anna D. Shapiro and starring Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson - will open this fall at Broadway's Cort Theatre. The rehearsal photo is by Joel Moorman.

4) Side Show
June 14 - July 13 at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon (Chicago, Dreamgirls), this new Kennedy Center reimagining of the hit musical follows the story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton as they grow from circus attraction to famous stage performers.

5) Jane Lynch
June 18 - 21 at NYC's 54 Below
Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Jane Lynch comes to 54 Below for her solo concert debut. Fresh from her iconic portrayal of Sue Sylvester on Glee and her Broadway debut as Miss Hannigan in Annie, Jane will now provide audiences at 54 Below with four unforgettable June nights.

6) Broadway Bares: Rock Hard!
June 22 at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom in the Manhattan Center
The 24th annual edition of Broadway Bares will crank up the volume and strip away all inhibitions as it pays tribute to rock 'n' roll's iconic music and moments of the past 60 years. More than 150 of New York's sexiest and most talented dancers will shake, rattle and disrobe in an unforgettable burlesque spectacular. To date, the 23 editions of Broadway Bares have raised more than $11.3 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

7) Summerfest: The World's Largest Music Festival
June 25 - 29/July 1 - 6 in Milwaukee
Summerfest provides the backdrop for the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent and local favorites to create unforgettable live music experiences in a world-class festival setting. More than 800 acts will be performing on 11 stages, including Bruno Mars (June 25), Rick Springfield (June 25), Lady Gaga (June 26), Brad Paisley (June 27), Luke Bryan (June 28), REO Speedwagon (June 28), A Great Big World (June 28), Dave Matthews Band (July 2), Bonnie Raitt (July 2), Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (July 2), New Order (July 3), Kool and the Gang (July 4), Usher (July 6), Cheap Trick (July 6) and Melissa Etheridge (July 6).

8) Andrea Martin
June 28 & 29 at Provincetown's Art House
Broadway at The Art House presents the Emmy Award-winning comedy star from SCTV with Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host. Ms. Martin's film credits include My Big Fat Greek Wedding and both the original and the remake of Black Christmas. She has also received two Tony Awards for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for My Favorite Year (1993) and Pippin (2013).

9) Pageant: The Musical
Off-Broadway previews begin June 29 at the Davenport Theatre. Opens July 14 for a run through September 1.
This musical features six female contestants (all played by men) desperately vying for the title of Miss Glamouresse - and the audience gets to select the winner each night. Pageant, which originally premiered Off-Broadway in 1991, is written by two-time Tony nominee Bill Russell (Side Show) and Frank Kelly with music by Albert Evans. Directed by Matt Lenz, this production will feature Nick Cearley (The Skivvies), Frankie J. Grande (Mamma Mia!), Alex Ringler (West Side Story), Marty Thomas (Xanadu), Seth Tucker (Our Kiki) and Curtis Wiley (Motown).

10) Well-Strung in Popssical!
June 30 - September 20 at Provincetown's Art House
This hunky male singing string quartet returns to Provincetown with a brand new show as they put their own spin on the music the music of Beethoven, Ravel, Madonna, U2 and Miley Cyrus. Well-Strung stars Edmund Bagnell (first violin), Christopher Marchant (second violin), Daniel Shevlin (cello) and Trevor Wadleigh (viola), and they have been referred to as "the hottest thing with a bow since Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games."


Anonymous said...

Christopher Marchant has a hot ass

Marc Harshbarger said...

I will second that emotion, Anonymous! :)