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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Groovy List: 10 Things to Do in July

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) Broadway Barks
July 11 at NYC's Shubert Alley
Founded by Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters, this star-studded dog and cat adoption event benefiting New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies returns for a 17th year with co-hosts Peters and Andrew Rannells. Funds raised from a raffle, silent auction, signed memorabilia sales and donations will be distributed to the participating shelters and rescue groups and to the Picasso Veterinary Fund. Celebrities scheduled to appear include Carolee Carmello, Michael Cerveris, Veanne Cox, Gavin Creel, Harriet Harris, Glenne Headly, Jackie Hoffman, Dee Hoty, Andy Karl, Judy Kuhn, Howard McGillin, Bebe Neuwirth, Christopher Sieber, Max von Essen and many others.

2) Lea DeLaria
July 11 & 12 at Provincetown's Art House
The Orange is the New Black star performs two shows with Seth Rudetsky at the piano. Lea seems to have achieved overnight stardom with her stand-out role as Big Boo in the hit Netflix series, but the fact is, she has been a professional lesbian for over 30 years. Before that, she freelanced.

3) Armistead Maupin in Logical Family
July 12 & 18 at the Paramount Room of the Crown & Anchor in Provincetown
In this witty and poignant new stage presentation the legendary author of Tales of the City turns a keen eye on his own youthful (and stumbling) search for family, love and authenticity. It’s a tale that leads from a repressive boyhood in North Carolina to the Mekong Delta of Vietnam to a new life and sexual salvation in 1970’s San Francisco. Fierce, bawdy, wise and funny, Logical Family embodies the qualities that have already endeared Maupin to generations of readers. Books will available for sale, and Armistead will be signing after the show.

4) Charles Busch: That Girl/That Boy
July 14-17 & 23 at NYC's 54 Below
The inimitable Charles Busch returns with an all new show. The two-time MAC Award winner, Tony nominee and drag legend returns to 54 Below with an all new show featuring an eclectic program of songs both contemporary and from the past. Accompanied by his dashing longtime musical director, Tom Judson, Charles combines hilarious personal reminiscence, character sketches and superb storytelling through song into one glittering and glamorous evening in cabaret (photo credit: Michael Wakefield).

5) Encores! Off-Center: The Wild Party
July 15 - 18 at NYC's City Center
Andrew Lippa’s tragic Jazz Age love story The Wild Party follows 1920s party girl Queenie (two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster) over the course of one decadent, booze-soaked night as she encounters vaudevillians, hookers, and a handsome stranger who offers the hope of a less tawdry life. The cast also includes John Ellison Conlee, Brandon Victor Dixon, Joaquina Kalukango, Talene Monahon, Steven Pasquale and Miriam Shor.

6) Bent
July 15 - August 23 at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles
Martin Sherman’s profound love story takes audiences into the deepest, darkest moments of one man’s fight to survive gay persecution in 1930s Germany. In the first major U.S. revival since its Broadway premiere in 1979, Moisés Kaufman directs this startling and moving play that illustrates how love can transcend persecution, no matter the cost. The cast includes Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears (in his first professional acting role in a stage play), Andy Mientus (from NBC's Smash), Hugo Armstrong, Ray Baker, Tom Berklund, Matthew Carlson, Brionne Davis, Wyatt Fenner, Patrick Heusinger, Charlie Hofheimer, Brian Slaten and Jonathan B. Wright (Jake Shears photo credit: Craig Schwartz).

7) Bette, Live at the Continental Baths
July 17 - August 21 at Mary's Attic in Chicago
Hell in a Handbag Productions continues its 2015-16 season with this musical tribute to Bette Midler's legendary cabaret act at the Continental Bathhouse in New York City. Directed and choreographed by Christopher Pazdernik with music direction by Jeremy Ramey (as Barry Manilow), Handbag Diva Caitlin Jackson stars as the Divine Miss M in this musical extravaganza featuring fabulous songs, a live band, hot men in towels and lots of steam (photo credit: Rick Aguilar).

8) Bernadette Peters
July 19 at Provincetown's Town Hall Auditorium
Don’t miss Tony and Grammy Award winner Bernadette Peters make her Provincetown debut this summer for one performance only!

9) Jeremy Jordan in Breaking Character
July 27 - 28 at the Paramount Room of the Crown & Anchor in Provincetown
The Broadway heartthrob and Tony Award nominee makes his Provincetown debut for two performances only! The star of Newsies, Bonnie & Clyde and NBC's Smash will bring his new cabaret act to town, Breaking Character, which recounts iconic and deciding moments from his budding career with songs that have defined his swift rise to stardom.

10) Stanley in the Name of Love
July 30 - August 29 at The Den Theatre in Chicago
The New Colony continues its 2015 season with Mr. Margaret Svetlove's pop-infused world premiere musical comedy about a trailer park fairy who decides to become a porn star because he wants to fall in love. Stanley, his hag and a chorus of gay angels take off on the Road to Love and meet Rod Fullalove, a beguiling porn star with a deep hole to fill. The powers of love and meaninglessness collide in this absurdist gay porn dance pop musical with a cast that includes Christina Boucher, David Cerda, Luke Michael Grimes, Steve Love, Jeff Meyer, Michael Peters and Christopher Tuttle.

1 comment:

Jon said...

There are so many things here I'd love to see - if I were in America. Quite jealous, actually... Jx