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Saturday, November 1, 2014

10 Groovy Things to Do in November starring David Burtka and Bradley Cooper

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) Patti LuPone in Far Away Places Part Two
November 3 - 15 at NYC's 54 Below
Two-time Tony Award winner and 54 Below favorite Patti LuPone returns with Part Two of Far Away Places, the show which she premiered to critical acclaim when 54 Below opened in June 2012. In this continuation of the show (which will include a few encores from the landmark Part One) she further explores her wanderlust, performing songs by an eclectic group of songwriters including Irving Caesar, Billy Joel, David Yazbek, Johnny Mercer and Kris Kristofferson.

2) New York Philharmonic presents Show Boat
November 5 - 8 at NYC's Avery Fisher Hall
An all-star cast - including Vanessa Williams, Norm Lewis, Julian Ovenden, Jane Alexander and Fred Willard - joins the Philharmonic in a semi-staged production of Show Boat, one of the greatest musicals of all time. It’s one showstopper after another, from “Ol’ Man River” to “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” — and that’s just the first act.

3) John Epperson in Lypsinka! The Trilogy
November 5 - January 3 at NYC's Connelly Theater
This triple dose of the legendary Lypsinka includes - in rotating rep - Lypsinka! The Boxed Set, The Passion of The Crawford and John Epperson: Show Trash.

4) The Band Wagon
November 6 - 16 at New York City Center
Based on the 1953 MGM film, The Band Wagon is the classic showbiz tale of a washed-up Hollywood star (Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell) who attempts to make a comeback by doing a Broadway show, and encounters an assortment of colorful characters: a British director who is a genius but has no business directing a musical (Tony Award nominee Tony Sheldon), a leading lady who's never done a show before (Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes), and a composer and a lyricist who are at each other’s throats (Academy Award nominee Michael McKean and seven-time Emmy Award winner Tracey Ullman). Five-time Tony nominee Douglas Carter Beane will use the original Comden and Green screenplay (including scenes never filmed) as a basis for this Encores! Special Event, which will be directed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall.

5) The Elephant Man
Broadway previews begin November 7. Opens December 7 at the Booth Theatre.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper (American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook) returns to Broadway in Bernard Pomerance’s Tony Award-winning classic, The Elephant Man. Directed by Tony nominee Scott Ellis, this extremely limited engagement also stars Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola.

6) Into the Woods Reunion
November 9 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA
This remarkable reunion event, part retrospective and part moderated panel, will feature conversations with composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim and author/director James Lapine, and will showcase musical performances from original Broadway cast members Bernadette Peters (The Witch), Joanna Gleason (The Baker's Wife), Chip Zien (The Baker), Robert Westenberg (Cinderella's Prince and Wolf), Kim Crosby (Cinderella), Danielle Ferland (Little Red Riding Hood) and Ben Wright (Jack).

7) Sally Mayes & Beckie Menzie in ITS SASS AGAIN!
November 15 at Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret in Chicago
Beckie Menzie and Sally Mayes are back, by popular demand, for one night only. Their SASS show, one of last season's best, was so loved by Chicago audiences that they have come back together to do ITS SASS AGAIN! The girls take a musical journey through the Sass, courage and heart it takes to be a woman in the world today, especially in show business. Don’t miss the chance to see this Chicago sweetheart and Broadway darling come together again for one wonderful night.

8) Honeymoon in Vegas
Broadway previews begin November 18. Opens January 15 at the Nederlander Theatre.
Stage and screen star Tony Danza (Who’s the Boss?, Taxi), Tony nominee Rob McClure (Chaplin), and Brynn O’Malley (Annie) star in this uproarious Broadway premiere with a book by Andrew Bergman (screenwriter of the hit film, Honeymoon in Vegas), music by Tony winner Jason Robert Brown (The Bridges of Madison County, Parade), direction by Gary Griffin (The Color Purple), and choreography by Denis Jones (Legally Blonde). Bet the house on this insanely funny new musical full of skydiving Elvises, sexy chorus girls, red-hot romance… and really cold feet.

9) Burtka, David
November 25 & 26 at NYC's 54 Below
David Burtka earned raves for his work in New York theater in both plays and musicals, including the role of Tulsa in the 2003 Broadway revival of Gypsy – but the call of the West Coast pulled him away for nearly a decade. Back and back for good, David is ready to leave a new impression on the New York scene! Director Neil Patrick Harris has taken the conventional cabaret structure and turned it upside down, creating a show unlike anything that has been seen before. Add the musical direction of Seth Rudetsky and you’re in for something special.

10) Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer 2014
November 29 - January 2 at Mary's Attic in Chicago
Break out your high heels and fishnets this holiday because Hell in a Handbag Productions is bringing back David Cerda's beloved parody of the classic children's television special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Now celebrating its 17th year, Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer is the longest-running holiday show featuring a transvestite reindeer in the history of Chicago - and quite possibly the world!

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