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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

10 Groovy Things to Do in October starring Hugh Jackman and Jeremy Jordan

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) The Real Thing
Broadway previews begin October 2. Opens October 30 at the American Airlines Theatre.
Ewan McGregor makes his Broadway debut in this Roundabout Theatre Company production of Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play, which also stars Cynthia Nixon, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Josh Hamilton.

2) The Chicago International Film Festival
October 9 - 23 at AMC River East 21
The film festival celebrates its 50th anniversary with screenings of Miss Julie (at the Harris Theater with director Liv Ullmann), The Last 5 Years (with director Richard LaGravenese), St. Vincent, The Imitation Game and Wild as well as An Evening with Kathleen Turner, in which the actress will discuss her craft and career.

3) Music Box of Horrors 2014
October 11 - 12 at Chicago's Music Box Theatre
The 2014 Music Box of Horrors celebrates 10 years of marathons at the Music Box Theatre, with 24 hours of terror, film and fun. This year's lineup includes director John McNaughton (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer) presenting his 1991 sci-fi horror film, The Borrower, a new 35mm print of The Phantom Carriage, a sneak peek at Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead, a 15th anniversary screening of the controversial Audition, and Oliver Reed in the 1961 film, The Curse of the Werewolf.

4) A Delicate Balance
Broadway previews begin October 20. Opens November 20 at the John Golden Theatre.
Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning play returns to Broadway with an extraordinary cast. Glenn Close and John Lithgow play Agnes and Tobias, a long-married couple who - over the course of a weekend - welcome home their daughter (Martha Plimpton) after the collapse of her fourth marriage and give shelter to their best friends (Bob Balaban and Clare Higgins), all the while tolerating Agnes’ alcoholic sister Claire (Lindsay Duncan).

5) The 25th New York Cabaret Convention
October 20 - 23 at NYC's Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater
The four-night event will feature a celebration of Julie Wilson's 90th birthday as well as tributes to the music of Burton Lane, the lyrics of Yip Harburg and the songs of Irving Berlin. Scheduled performers include Karen Akers, Brent Barrett, Klea Blackhurst, Jason Robert Brown, Ann Hampton Callaway, Barbara Carroll, Jim Caruso, Anita Gillette, Jeff Harnar, Andrea Marcovicci, Karen Mason, Marilyn Maye, Sally Mayes, Anthony Nunziata, Spider Saloff, Billy Stritch and KT Sullivan.

And if you live in Chicago and love cabaret, check out:

The Chicago Cabaret Professionals Gala Benefit 2014
October 12 at the Park West
CCP presents "The Song's the Thing" honoring Stephen Wallem (Showtime's Nurse Jackie) and Denise McGowan Tracy. This special evening will also feature performances by Cheri Coons, Joan Curto, Jeff Dean, Elizabeth Doyle, David Edelfelt, Hilary Feldman, Laura Freeman, Foiled Again (Alison Bazarko, Rob Lindley, Anne Smith), Carla Gordon, Scott Gryder, George Howe, KT McCammond, Beckie Menzie, Tom Michael, Bob Moreen, Paul Motondo, Daryl Nitz, Marianne Murphy Orland, Suzanne Petri, Johnny Rodgers, Nick Sula and Melissa Young.

6) Donna McKechnie in Simply Sensational: Legends
October 20 at Chicago's Stage 773
Tony Award winner and Broadway legend Donna McKechnie headlines Pride Films and Plays annual fall benefit, Simply Sensational: Legends, with WGN’s Emmy Award-winning entertainment reporter Dean Richards as the emcee. The evening also includes excerpts from PFP's upcoming productions of Jeff Talbott's The Submission (which runs October 12 through November 25 at the Apollo Studio Theater) and Topher Payne's Angry Fags as well as the first number from the world premiere of composer Leo Schwartz' new musical, The Book of Merman, featuring Libby Lane as Ethel Merman.

7) Jeremy Jordan in Breaking Character
October 27 - November 1 at NYC's 54 Below
Jeremy Jordan makes his 54 Below and New York City solo concert debut. Recounting iconic and deciding moments from his budding career, he performs the songs that have defined his swift rise to stardom, including music from Broadway’s Newsies, NBC’s Smash and his upcoming film, The Last 5 Years. Often more comfortable on stage as a character than himself, this bright young artist steps into the solo spotlight for the very first time to tell us a bit of his own fascinating story.

8) Side Show
Broadway previews begin October 28. Opens November 17 at the St. James Theatre.
Directed by Academy Award-winner Bill Condon (Chicago, Dreamgirls, Gods and Monsters) making his Broadway debut, this exciting new staging of Side Show includes new music by Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls) and book and lyrics by Bill Russell (with additional book material by Condon). Erin Davie and Emily Padgett star as conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton in the musical, which follows their heartwarming search for first love and acceptance amidst the spectacle of fame and scrutiny under the spotlight.

9) Bewildered, a Bewitching Parody in Two Acts
October 28 & 29 at Chicago's Berger Park Coach House
The fabulous Hell in a Handbag Theatre Company presents a staged reading of the musical, Bewildered, with book and lyrics by Ron Weaver and music by Zack Wright and Joseph Brewer, complete with songs, costumes and magic (stagehands). The show tells the story of the last day in the life of Gladys Kravitz, and the cast includes Caitlin Rose as Gladys, Ed Jones as Samantha, AJ Wright as Gay Darrin, Grant Drager as Straight Darrin, Steve Love as Tabitha, Charles Schoenherr as Uncle Arthur, Kristen Metcalfe as Abner, Michael Miller as Richard Tumer, Robert Rodi as Larry, Honey West as the Narrator and David Cerda as Endora.

10) The River
Broadway previews begin October 31. Opens November 16 at Circle in the Square.
Hugh Jackman returns to Broadway in this gripping new drama by playwright Jez Butterworth that thrilled and mesmerized audiences during a sold-out London run.


T Patrick Ryan said...

Have River Bench seating for Hugh Can't wait to see. Have Sideshow tickets and saw The Real Thing

Marc Harshbarger said...

I'm so jealous, Patrick! Say hi to Hugh!