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Monday, June 1, 2015

10 Groovy Things to Do in June

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) On Your Feet! The Musical
June 2 - July 5 at Chicago's Oriental Theatre
This new Broadway-bound musical tells the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan - two people who believed in their talent, their music and each other and became an international sensation. The show features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter century, including “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” “Conga,” “Get on Your Feet,” “Don’t Want to Lose You,” “1-2-3,” and “Coming Out of the Dark,” and the Broadway musical boasts a creative team to match its incomparable song list. Two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots) directs the cast of 30, with an original book by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman). On Your Feet! begins Broadway previews at the Marquis Theatre on October 5.

2) Abraham Lincoln Was a F*gg*t
June 5 - July 5 at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center
About Face Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of Abraham Lincoln Was a F*gg*t, Bixby Elliot's clever, touching and unapologetically gay comedy about history, truth and what it means to be a hero…then and now. The past and present collide in this time-hopping, pop music-infused quest as 17-year-old Cal sets out to uncover the colorful truth about his favorite president.

3) Shows for Days
Off-Broadway previews begin June 6. Opens June 29 at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.
Four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks directs Douglas Carter Beane’s semi-autobiographical play about his fond remembrance of his immersion into a life in the theater. Patti LuPone stars as a headstrong community theatre diva, while Michael Urie will play Beane's impressionable and wide-eyed alter ego.

4) Re-Designing Women
June 10 - 21 at NYC's Baruch Performing Arts Center
BevNap Productions presents the New York premiere of Jamie Morris' unauthorized original comedy parody that celebrates one of the most beloved sitcoms of the 1980s.

5) Broadway Bares: Top Bottoms of Burlesque
June 21 at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom in the Manhattan Center
Broadway Bares, the unrivaled evening of sexy striptease, will celebrate its 25th spectacular edition with a show inspired by the golden age of Broadway. More than 150 of the hottest male and female dancers in New York City will take to the stage for two sensational shows at 9:30 pm and midnight. To date, the 24 editions of Broadway Bares have raised more than $12.6 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

6) Men on the Verge of a His-panic Breakdown
June 23 - July 26 at Chicago's Apollo Studio Theater
Pride Films and Plays presents a 20th anniversary production of Guillermo Reyes'’ classic one-man show, Men on the Verge of a His-panic Breakdown. Directed by Sandra Marquez, this hilarious collection of monologues features PFP Artistic Associate Nelson Rodriguez.

7) Jonathan Groff in A New Brain
June 24 - 27 at New York City Center
This autobiographical 1998 musical from Tony Award winner William Finn is a medical tragedy as seen through the iris of a Looney Tunes short. After struggling composer Gordon Michael Schwinn (Groff) collapses face-first into a plate of spaghetti, he is diagnosed with a brain tumor and is forced to come to terms with his creative ambitions and the people in his life: an overbearing mother (Ana Gasteyer), a ruthless kiddie-show host (Dan Fogler), and a boyfriend who’d “rather be sailing” (Aaron Lazar). A New Brain is part of the 2015 Encores! Off-Center season.

8) Beaches
June 24 - August 16 at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Wicked star Shoshana Bean and The Bridges of Madison County's Whitney Bashor will co-star in the pre-Broadway engagement of Beaches, the new musical based on the 1985 novel by Iris Rainer Dart. Directed by Eric Schaeffer, Beaches follows two extraordinary friends - the vivacious and outlandish Cee Cee and the beautiful and privileged Bertie - through 30 years of camaraderie, laughter and sorrow.

9) Pride Lakefront Party and 5K Run
June 25 near Chicago's Lakefront at Fullerton and Lake Shore Drive
Grab your boa and beads and head to the second annual Pride Lakefront Party. This outdoor bash, which benefits Center on Halsted, will feature DJs Matthew Harvat and Adam LeBlanc (from the band, 16 Candles), drinks and go-go dancers, following a 5K fun run (or walk) along the lakefront path.

10) Well-Strung in Summer Lovin'
July 1 - September 12 at Provincetown's Art House (PLEASE NOTE: The show was originally scheduled to begin on June 30)
This hunky male singing string quartet returns to Provincetown with a brand new show directed by Richard Jay-Alexander. Putting their own spin on classical and pop music, the Well-Strung foursome are 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."

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