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Sunday, March 1, 2015

10 Groovy Things to Do in March starring David Burtka and Robert Fairchild

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) PaleyFest LA 2015
March 6 - 15 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles
During its 32nd annual celebration of great television, PaleyFest will feature panels with the following series:

The Good Wife (March 7) with Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski and Matt Czuchry.

Girls (March 8) with Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Alex Karpovsky and Andrew Rannells.

Scandal (March 8) with Kerry Washington, Guillermo Diaz, Scott Foley, Tony Goldwyn, Katie Lowes, Joshua Malina, Jeff Perry, Darby Stanchfield, Bellamy Young, Joe Morton and moderator Jimmy Kimmel.

Arrow & The Flash (March 14) with Arrow cast members Colton Haynes, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Katie Cassidy, Willa Holland, David Ramsey and Paul Blackthorne and Flash cast members Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Candice Patton, Rick Cosnett, Danielle Panabaker and Carlos Valdes.

Jane the Virgin (March 15) with Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Jaime Camil, Ivonne Coll, Brett Dier, Justin Baldoni and Yael Grobglas.

American Horror Story: Freak Show (March 15) with Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Michael Chiklis, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, Denis O’Hare and Finn Wittrock.

Other series include Homeland (March 6), A Salute to Comedy Central featuring Broad City, Key & Peele, Kroll Show, Review and Workaholics (March 7), Teen Wolf (March 11), Outlander (March 12), Glee Farewell (March 13) and Modern Family (March 14).

2) Broadway Backwards
March 9 at Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theatre
This annual Broadway event custom-made for the gay and lesbian community, our friends and families, returns for a special 10th anniversary edition. This year’s show will include some of the biggest showstopping acts from previous editions of Broadway Backwards and will feature the return of many of the show’s most popular performers, including Len Cariou, Lena Hall, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Lillias White, Charles Busch, Mario Cantone, Robin de Jesús, Norm Lewis, Lee Roy Reams, Douglas Sills, Jim Brochu, Tituss Burgess, Jenn Colella, Harvey Evans, Shawna Hamic, Ann Harada, Florence Henderson, Aaron Lazar, Telly Leung, Maureen McGovern, Brian Charles Rooney, Jason Michael Snow, Micah Stock and Tony Yazbeck. Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award winner Lily Tomlin will make a special guest appearance, and Julie Halston and Rob McClure will share hosting duties.

3) Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I
Broadway previews begin March 12. Opens April 16 at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater.
Five-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O'Hara (The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific) and Academy Award nominee Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Inception) star in a magnificent new Broadway production of this beloved musical. Tony winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific) directs this classic tale of a British schoolteacher's unexpected relationship with the imperious King of Siam.

4) An American in Paris
Broadway previews begin March 13. Opens April 12 at the Palace Theatre.
The romantic story of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war, is the stuff of Broadway dreams. Highly acclaimed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon directs a remarkable cast of singers, actors and dancers as they bring the magic and romance of Paris and the timeless songs of George and Ira Gershwin into perfect harmony. The cast includes Robert Fairchild, Leanne Cope, Veanne Cox, Jill Paice, Brandon Uranowitz and Max von Essen.

5) It Shoulda Been You
Broadway previews begin March 17. Opens April 14 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
Emmy and Tony Award winner David Hyde Pierce directs an outstanding ensemble cast in this heartwarming and hilarious new musical comedy about what happens before happily ever after. Tony Award winners Tyne Daly and Harriet Harris star as the mothers of the bride (Sierra Boggess) and groom (David Burtka) and the matriarchs of two very different families.

6) Here's to the Lady: Elaine Stritch at 90
March 20 at the Skokie Theatre in Skokie, IL
On February 2, 2015, Broadway legend Elaine Stritch would have turned 90 years old. In honor of her life and legacy, a chronological career concert covering every show from her first musical (1947's Angel in the Wings) to her last (2010's A Little Night Music) will be presented. Music from Call Me Madam, Pal Joey, On Your Toes, Goldilocks, Sail Away, Mame, Gypsy, Company, Showboat and her solo tour-de-force, At Liberty - plus cabaret and concert favorites - will be performed.

Paying tribute to Miss Stritch's extraordinary larger-than-life personality are some of Chicago’s finest singing actresses - Cynthia Clarey, Joan Curto, Laura Freeman, KT McCammond, Ann McGregor, Suzanne Petri and Judy Rossignuolo-Rice - with musical direction by Johnny Rodgers and hosted by Daryl Nitz.

7) Something Rotten!
Broadway previews begin March 23. Opens April 22 at the St. James Theatre.
From the the director of Aladdin and co-director of The Book of Mormon – and the producer of Avenue Q and In the Heights – comes this world-premiere musical comedy about the musical comedy that started it all. It's the 1590s, and brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom (Brian d'Arcy James, John Cariani) are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar known as 'The Bard' (Christian Borle). When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical.

8) The Visit
Broadway previews begin March 26. Opens April 23 at the Lyceum Theatre.
When the world’s wealthiest woman returns home for the first time in decades, it’s the talk of the town. When that woman is portrayed by the legendary Chita Rivera, it’s Broadway history in the making. The sensational two-time Tony winner joins Tony Award winner Roger Rees in a stunning tale of young love, timeless seduction and sweet revenge. The Visit marks the historic final collaboration between the creators of the Tony award-winning Kiss of the Spider Woman - songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb and book writer Terrence McNally. This incredible triumvirate are joined by celebrated choreographer Graciela Daniele and the Tony Award-winning director John Doyle.

9) TCM Classic Film Festival
March 26 - 29 in Hollywood
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 2015 edition of its film festival with a 50th anniversary screening of the Oscar-winning classic, The Sound of Music. Legendary stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer will join TCM host Robert Osborne to introduce the beautifully restored film. Other featured films and special events include:

Ann-Margret will introduce a screening of Norman Jewison's The Cincinnati Kid (1965).

Actors William Daniels and Ken Howard and director Peter H. Hunt will attend a world premiere restoration of the historic musical, 1776 (1972).

Academy Award-winning actress Sophia Loren will be interviewed by Robert Osborne about her life and extraordinary career, and she will introduce a screening of Marriage Italian Style (1964).

Dustin Hoffman will be interviewed by Alec Baldwin after a screening of Lenny (1974).

And the festival will pay tribute to Shirley MacLaine on her 60th anniversary as a film actress with screenings of The Apartment (1960) and The Children's Hour (1961) and an in-depth interview about her storied career.

Broadway previews begin March 27. Opens April 19 at Circle in the Square.
Based on the best-selling graphic memoir by award-winning author Alison Bechdel and fresh from its sold-out run at the Public Theater, FUN HOME features music by 4-time Tony Award nominee Jeanine Tesori (Violet, Caroline, or Change), book and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Lisa Kron and direction by Sam Gold. The cast includes Michael Ceveris, Judy Kuhn, Sydney Lucas, Beth Malone, Emily Skeggs, Joel Perez, Roberta Colindrez, Zell Steele Morrow and Oscar Williams.

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