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Sunday, May 1, 2016

10 Groovy Things to Do in May starring Well-Strung

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) Marin Mazzie in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I
Beginning May 3 at NYC's Lincoln Center Theater
The Tony-nominated actress (Passion, Ragtime, Kiss Me, Kate) returns to the stage as Anna Leonowens in the musical revival, and Daniel Dae Kim (Lost, Hawaii Five-0) will make his Broadway debut opposite her as the King of Siam.

2) The Secretaries
May 6 - June 12 at Chicago's Theater Wit
About Face Theatre continues its 20th Anniversary Season with the Chicago premiere of the dark comedy, The Secretaries, by The Five Lesbian Brothers (aka Maureen Angelos, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey and Lisa Kron). Directed by Bonnie Metzgar, this campy (and bloody) comedy about a secretarial pool of chainsaw-wielding lumberjack killers is equal parts humor, horror and satire - it's Twin Peaks meets The Stepford Wives!

3) Encores! Do I Hear a Waltz?
May 11 - 15 at NYC's City Center
Tony Award nominee Melissa Errico (Amour) will play the searching-for-love Leona in this concert staging of the rarely produced 1965 musical (the only collaboration between composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Stephen Sondheim). The cast also includes Claybourne Elder, Sarah Hunt, Zachary Infante, Nancy Opel, Richard Poe, Michael Rosen, Sarah Stiles, Richard Troxell and Karen Ziemba.

Below you can listen to Elizabeth Allen sing "Do I Hear a Waltz?" from the original Broadway cast recording, and you can watch an April 1965 interview with Arthur Laurents (who wrote the book), Stephen Sondheim and set/costume designer Beni Montresor on the CBS series, Camera Three.

4) Live Read New York: Hannah and Her Sisters
May 13 at NYC's TheTimesCenter
Guest director Olivia Wilde assembles an all-star cast of performers for a live table read of Woody Allen's 1986 classic, Hannah and Her Sisters. The top-flight cast will be announced via Twitter in the days leading up to the event.

5) Sarah Siddons Society Actor of the Year Award: Brian d'Arcy James & Sutton Foster
May 16 at Northwestern's Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Evanston, IL
The annual award will be presented to Mr. James and Ms. Foster. The celebration will also include special guest appearances from Jeanine Tesori, Barbara Whitman, Kate Baldwin, Andrew Lippa (from New York), Dean Barbara O’Keefe, David H. Bell, Devin De Santis, Christine Mild, Dominic Missimi, Bill Zwecker and students of the Northwestern Music Theatre Program. DEEP DISH readers can use the special coupon code INDUSTRY to purchase $50 discounted tickets online for what's sure to be a wonderful evening.

6) Carol Burnett: An Evening Of Laughter And Reflection
May 17, 18 & 20 at The Chicago Theatre
The award-winning actress will take questions from the audience in a format that harkens back to the legendary openings of The Carol Burnett Show, in which her studio audience had an unfiltered opportunity to engage Carol with questions and receive spontaneous answers.

7) The Boys Upstairs
May 19 - July 2 at Mary’s Attic in Chicago
Pride Films and Plays presents the Chicago premiere of Jason Mitchell’s zesty comedy, The Boys Upstairs, which The Village Voice called ‘Sex in the City meets Boys in the Band.’ PFP Executive Director David Zak directs a cast that includes Nelson Rodriguez, Gary Henderson, Tristien Winffree, Shaun Baer and Luke Meierdiercks.

8) Chicago Gay Men's Chorus presents My Kind of Town
May 20 at Chicago's Harris Theater for Music and Dance
May 21 at Skokie's North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
May 22 at Chicago's Beverly Arts Center
CGMC’s annual spring production presents a tuneful tribute to Chicago. This Toddlin’ Town experience will whip you across musical genres from Madrigal to Motown - with music from Bessie Smith, Goldrich and Heisler, Louis Armstrong and many more!

9) A Well-Strung Fleet Week
May 24 - 28 at NYC's Feinstein’s/54 Below
The all-male string quartet - Edmund Bagnell, Chris Marchant, Daniel Shevlin and Trevor Wadleigh - bring their brand new show to 54 Below for Fleet Week! The group derives their unique blend of vocals and strings by fusing classical music with the pop music of today.

10) Will & Anthony Nunziata in Oh, Brother!
May 26 at NYC's Feinstein’s/54 Below
Experience a funny and heartwarming exploration of family, music and the unique relationship between twin brothers where DNA is the only thing identical about them. Enjoy Will and Anthony’s captivating and memorable musical arrangements of popular songs from pop standards, classic rock and show tunes to contemporary music, Motown and classical crossover.

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