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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

10 Groovy Things to Do in March starring Cleopatra and Patrick Bateman

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) Matt Alber
March 5 at Sidetrack in Chicago
The Legacy Project - the world’s only outdoor LGBT History Museum, traveling installation and youth education initiative - welcomes acclaimed openly gay singer-songwriter Matt Alber back to Chicago for this benefit.

2) Raggedy And
March 10 - April 10 at Chicago's Rivendell Theater
Pride Films and Plays presents the World Premiere of David Valdes Greenwood’s comedy, Raggedy And, starring Delia Kropp, who will be the first transgender actress to portray a trans character for a major Chicago stage production. Directed by Cecilie D. Keenan, this fast-paced ultramodern comedy of manners is about poet Ondi Rivers who is selected to read at the impending inauguration of America’s first female president.

3) PaleyFest LA 2016
March 11 - 20 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles
During its 33rd annual celebration of great television, PaleyFest will feature panels with the following series:

Empire (March 11) with Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y. Gray, Trai Byers, Grace Gealey, Kaitlin Doubleday, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Serayah, Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Ilene Chaiken and Brian Grazer.

Scream Queens (March 12) with Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Skyler Samuels, Keke Palmer, Billie Lourd and Niecy Nash.

Scandal (March 15) with Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Guillermo Diaz, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Jeff Perry, Bellamy Young, Joshua Malina, Scott Foley, Portia de Rossi, Cornelius Smith Jr., Joe Morton, Betsy Beers and Shonda Rhimes.

American Horror Story: Hotel (March 15) with Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Wes Bentley, Denis O’Hare, Cheyenne Jackson, Finn Wittrock and Tim Minear.

Other series include Better Call Saul (March 12), Black-ish (March 13), Supergirl (March 13), The Big Bang Theory (March 16), Difficult People (March 18), Fear the Walking Dead (March 19) and An Evening with Dick Wolf featuring Law & Order: SVUChicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med (March 19)

4) Shuffle Along
Broadway previews begin March 15. Opens April 28 at the Music Box Theatre.
Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Brandon Victor Dixon and Joshua Henry star in Shuffle Along or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, a new production that presents both the 1921 musical itself, and additionally details the events that catalyzed the songwriting team of Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, and librettists F.E. Miller and Aubrey Lyles to create this ground-breaking work. It features a new book by director George C. Wolfe and choreography by Savion Glover, marking the first time that they have worked together since their 1996 hit, Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk.

5) Broadway Backwards
March 21 at Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theatre
Now in its 11th year, Broadway Backwards is a celebratory evening for the LGBT community to see their stories told through the great songs of musical theatre by celebrated Broadway performers. Without changing the pronouns, men sing songs originally written for women and vice versa, bringing new meaning to familiar Broadway show tunes. The evening is set to include performances by Broadway legend and two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera plus Broadway favorites Nick Adams, Stephanie J. Block, Danielle Brooks, Tituss Burgess, Len Cariou, Andre De Shields, Josh Grisetti, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Laura Michelle Kelly, Eddie Korbich, Beth Malone, Lesli Margherita, Karen Mason, Kenita R. Miller, Ken Page, Telly Leung, Brad Oscar, Krysta Rodriguez, Emily Skinner, Tony Sheldon, Ricky Ubeda, Treat Williams, Tony Yazbeck and Broadway trio Apollo Link.

6) American Psycho
Broadway previews begin March 24. Opens April 21 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.
This new musical based on Bret Easton Ellis's 2000 novel is set in the excess of 1980s Manhattan, where young and handsome Wall Street banker Patrick Bateman pursues his darkest American dreams. Benjamin Walker (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) leads a first-class cast, including Tony Award winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal), Heléne Yorke (Bullets Over Broadway), Tony nominee Jennifer Damiano (Next to Normal) and Drew Moerlein in his Broadway debut. It features a score by Duncan Sheik, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning composer of Spring Awakening, and a book by Marvel Comics and Glee writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

7) Charles Busch's Cleopatra
March 25 - April 17 at NYC's Theater for the New City
Following in the footsteps of Sarah Bernhardt, Tallulah Bankhead, Claudette Colbert, Vivien Leigh and Elizabeth Taylor, Charles Busch takes to the stage with his own original, outrageous, majestic and bawdy interpretation of the fabled Egyptian queen. Directed by Carl Andress, the show's cast also includes Tony nominee Tony Sheldon (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as Julius Caesar and Caesar’s wife Calpurnia and Joe Zaso as Marc Antony (Cleopatra photo credit: David Rodgers).

8) Waitress
Broadway previews begin March 25. Opens April 24 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 film, this uplifting new musical celebrates friendship, motherhood and the magic of a well-made pie. It features original music and lyrics by 5-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, a book by Jessie Nelson and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland). Tony winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful) stars as Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker in a small Southern town who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage.

9) Hazel, A Musical Maid in America
March 31 - May 29 at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
This world premiere musical comedy - based on the character created by Ted Key and the hit television series - asks the question: can a simple maid debone a turkey, save a marriage, uncover a matter of national security and lead a conga line? She can if she's Hazel! Directed by Joshua Bergasse, the musical stars Klea Blackhurst as the spunky maid Hazel Burke and features a book by Lissa Levin, music by Ron Abel and lyrics by Chuck Steffan.

10) Tuck Everlasting
Broadway previews begin March 31. Opens April 26 at the Broadhurst Theatre.
A young girl in a rural town stumbles upon a family that possesses a fountain of youth in this new musical featuring a book by Tony Award nominee Claudia Shear (Dirty Blonde) and Tim Federle (Better Nate Than Ever), music by Chris Miller, lyrics by Nathan Tysen, and direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (Something Rotten!, Aladdin, The Book of Mormon). The cast includes Broadway vets Carolee Carmello, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Michael Park and as the villain, original Les Miz baddie Terrence Mann.


Christoph said...

The most important questions about American Psycho is whether or not Benjamin Walker will be appearing in the buff as frequently and with as much gusto as Christian Bale.

Marc Harshbarger said...

Maybe the producers should be promoting that in their advertising! :)

Thanks for your comment, Christoph!