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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

10 Groovy Things to Do in June starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole

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) Hairspray: In Concert
June 2 at Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD
June 3 - 5 at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, MD
"You can’t stop the beat" in this encore performance of a semi-staged concert production featuring the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and director John Waters as the narrator. Relive 2013's sold-out performances of this quirky classic through your favorite songs from the musical that follows a young girl's dream to star in a dance show as she ends up changing the world. The cast includes Laura Marie Rondinella as Tracy Turnblad, Paul Vogt as Edna Turnblad, George Wendt as Wilbur Turnblad and Beth Leavel as Velma von Tussle.

2) The Divine Sister
June 4 - July 10 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Chicago
Hell in a Handbag Productions presents the Chicago premiere of The Divine Sister, the hilarious comic homage to nearly every Hollywood nun movie ever made, by the divine high priestess of camp Charles Busch and directed by Shade Murray. Lifting from films like The Song of Bernadette, The Bells of St. Mary's, The Singing Nun and Agnes of God, The Divine Sister tells the story of St. Veronica's indomitable Mother Superior (David Cerda) who is determined to build a new school for her Pittsburgh convent (photo by Rick Aguilar Studios).

3) An Intimate Evening with Tom Goss
June 9 at Stage 773 in Chicago
The singer/songwriter will also be performing at OUTSpoken, Chicago's free LGBTQ storytelling night, on June 7 at Sidetrack, and his Midwest tour then continues to Minneapolis (June 12) and Columbus, Ohio (June 18). Go to for more information.

4) Company
June 15 - July 17 at Writers Theatre in Glencoe, IL
Directed by William Brown, Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's witty, sophisticated and deeply honest look at contemporary relationships will be the first musical presented in Writers' new home. The cast includes Thom Miller (as Bobby), Bernard Balbot, Jess Godwin, Allison Hendrix, James Earl Jones II, Patrick Martin, Christine Mild, Chelsea Morgan, Lia Mortensen, Blair Robertson, Alexis J. Rogers, Gabriel Ruiz, Patrick Sarb and Tiffany Scott.

5) Jane Lynch in See Jane Sing!
June 17 & 18 at Chicago's Civic Opera House
Returning to Chicago with her new musical-comedy cabaret show, the Emmy-winning actress (and Second City alum) takes the stage with The Office’s Kate Flannery and Glee’s vocal coordinator Tim Davis for a musical journey through Broadway and American songbook standards.

6) Broadway Bares: On Demand
June 19 at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom in the Manhattan Center
The 26th annual edition of Broadway Bares, the unrivaled evening of sexy striptease, will feature everything you love about television with a brand "nude" look. 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 25 editions of Broadway Bares have raised more than $14.3 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

7) An Evening with Kristin Chenoweth and Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
June 20 at Chicago Symphony Center
The Emmy and Tony Award-winning singer and actress joins Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for a concert featuring her greatest Broadway hits and iconic songs of past and present. This one-night-only event is a fundraiser for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

8) Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole in War Paint
June 28 - August 14 at Chicago's Goodman Theatre
Two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole star in this World Premiere musical about the infamous rivalry between cosmetics-industry titans Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. The show's creative team includes librettist Doug Wright (Grey Gardens, I Am My Own Wife, The Little Mermaid), composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie (Grey Gardens, Far From Heaven), and director Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal, If/Then and Grey Gardens).

9) Spencer Day
June 30 at Feinstein's/54 Below in NYC
Mr. Day’s new show, Lovefool, will explore love gone right, love gone wrong and, of course, love that's fit for song. This versatile and unique show will feature classic standards, original compositions off of Day’s upcoming album, Angel City, and interesting takes on new standards from the Cardigans and Michael Jackson as well as classics like Cole Porter and Burt Bacharach. Lovefool is sure to get even the most cynical romantics in the mood.

10) Well-Strung in Strings Attached
June 30 - September 10 at Provincetown's Art House
This hunky male singing string quartet returns to Provincetown with a brand new show directed by Jeffery Roberson. Fusing classical music with the pop music of today, the Well-Strung foursome are Edmund Bagnell (first violin), Christopher Marchant (second violin), Daniel Shevlin (cello) and Trevor Wadleigh (viola).

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