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Monday, February 1, 2016

10 Groovy Things to Do in February starring Andy Karl, Orfeh & the cast of Disaster!

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) Alice Ripley & Emily Skinner: Unattached!
February 3 - 6 at NYC's Feinstein's/54 Below
Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner, who co-starred in the 1997 Broadway musical, Side Show, will perform together in NYC for the first time in nearly nine years, singing both new material and some of their old favorites.

2) Far From Heaven
February 5 - March 13 at Stage 773 in Chicago
Porchlight Music Theatre presents the critically acclaimed new musical based on the 2002 film starring Julianne Moore. Featuring a lush score from Tony Award-nominated songwriters Scott Frankel and Michael Korie (Grey Gardens) and a book by Tony Award-winner Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out) that is both jazz-inflected and hauntingly lyrical, Far From Heaven is a powerful story of romance, betrayal and intolerance as a woman grapples with her identity in a society on the verge of upheaval.

3) American Songbook: Jerry Dixon & Mario Cantone
February 6 at Lincoln Center's Appel Room in NYC
The last time Jerry Dixon (If/Then, Once on This Island) and Mario Cantone (Sex in the City) teamed up, they gave us Laugh Whore, Cantone’s Tony–nominated one-man show turned Showtime special. Now, fresh off their critically acclaimed performances in Mark Gerrard’s Off-Broadway play, Steve, one of the New York theater world’s favorite married couples comes together on stage for a delicious evening of stories, songs and laughs.

4) Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs with Friends
February 8 at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium in NYC
Tony winner Alan Cumming (Cabaret) will be joined by Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss, Ricki Lake and The New York City Gay Men's Chorus.

5) Disaster! A Musical
Broadway previews begin February 9. Opens March 8 at the Nederlander Theatre.
Directed by Jack Plotnick and co-written by Plotnick and Seth Rudetsky, this new musical comedy delivers earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos and some of the most unforgettable songs of the 1970's, including "Knock on Wood," "Hooked on a Feeling," "Sky High," "I Am Woman", "Daybreak" and "Hot Stuff". In addition to Rudetsky, the Broadway cast includes Roger Bart, Faith Prince, Kerry Butler, Kevin Chamberlin, Adam Pascal, Rachel York, Seth Rudetsky, Jennifer Simard, Max Crumm, Lacretta Nicole and Baylee Littrell.

6) Encores! Cabin in the Sky
February 10 - 14 at NYC's City Center
Cabin in the Sky - the opening production of the 2016 Encores! season - tells the story of “Little Joe” Jackson (Michael Potts), a charming ne’er-do-well who dies in a saloon brawl and is given six months on earth to prove his worth to the Lord’s General (Norm Lewis) and the Devil’s Head Man (Chuck Cooper) - all while struggling to remain true to his loving wife Petunia (LaChanze) and resist the wiles of temptress Georgia Brown (Carly Hughes). The score of this 1940 musical includes “Taking a Chance on Love” and “Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe”.

7) She Loves Me
Broadway previews begin February 19. Opens March 17 at Studio 54.
In celebration of Roundabout Theatre Company’s 50th anniversary, She Loves Me returns to Broadway for the first time since it triumphantly launched Roundabout’s musical theatre initiative over 20 years ago. Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi play squabbling coworkers who don’t realize that they are also each other’s anonymous romantic pen pals. The cast also includes Gavin Creel, Byron Jennings, Michael McGrath and Jane Krakowski.

8) American Songbook: Andy Karl & Orfeh
February 20 at Lincoln Center's Appel Room in NYC
She has a “powerhouse voice” (New York Times). He is “a theater world heartthrob” (New York Times). And together Orfeh and Andy Karl have had an impressively long run as one of Broadway’s best couples. Although they met while doing the Broadway production of Saturday Night Fever, their irrepressible chemistry became the stuff of legend when they co-starred in Legally Blonde, which garnered Orfeh a Tony nomination. Karl earned his own Tony nods for his performances in Rocky and On the Twentieth Century.

9) Smokefall
Off-Broadway previews begin February 4. Opens February 22 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
The Twins swap philosophy while awaiting their birth, Beauty eats dirt and doesn't speak, Father is about to drive away and never return, and a man named Footnote acts as our guide. A collision of magical realism and manic vaudeville, Noah Haidle's work comes to MCC Theater following a celebrated run at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. The cast includes Jon DeVries, Brian Hutchison, Zachary Quinto, Taylor Richardson and Robin Tunney.

10) American Songbook: Charles Busch: The Lady at the Mic
February 26 at Lincoln Center's Appel Room in NYC
In his brand new show, Tony nominee Charles Busch, along with his longtime musical director Tom Judson, pays tribute through song and personal reminiscence to five extraordinary and much missed women - Elaine Stritch, Polly Bergen, Mary Cleere Haran, Julie Wilson and Joan Rivers.

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