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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

10 Groovy Things to Do in March starring Bette Midler, Patti LuPone & 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) War Paint
Broadway previews begin March 7. Opens April 6 at the Nederlander Theatre.
Two-time Tony Award-winning legends Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole join forces to portray the trailblazing cosmetic icons and fierce rivals, Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, who built empires in a business world ruled by men. Directed by Michael Grief, the musical features a book by Doug Wright and music and lyrics by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie.

2) Gently Down the Stream
March 14 - May 14 at NYC's Public Theater
Tony winner Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy, Hairspray) takes the stage in a world premiere by playwright and Tony nominee Martin Sherman (Bent, The Boy from Oz). Fierstein plays Beau, a pianist expat living in London, who meets Rufus, an eccentric young lawyer, at the dawn of the internet dating revolution. And what Beau assumes will be just another fling grows into one of the most surprising and defining relationships of his life. Sean Mathias directs this remarkably moving, brilliantly funny love story.

3) Hello, Dolly!
Broadway previews begin March 15. Opens April 20 at the Shubert Theatre.
Bette Midler returns to Broadway as matchmaker Dolly Levi in this revival of the Jerry Herman musical directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks. The cast also includes David Hyde Pierce as Horace Vandergelder, Kate Baldwin as Irene Molloy, Gavin Creel as Cornelius Hackl, Taylor Trensch as Barnaby Tucker, Beanie Feldstein as Minnie Fay, and Jennifer Simard as Ernestina Money.

4) Groundhog Day
Broadway previews begin March 16. Opens April 17 at the August Wilson Theatre.
Based on the 1993 Bill Murray film, this new musical comedy is reimagined by the award-winning creators of Matilda The Musical — including director Matthew Warchus and songwriter Tim Minchin — with a book by original screenwriter Danny Rubin. Two-time Tony Award nominee Andy Karl stars as Phil Connors, a cynical Pittsburgh TV weatherman who finds himself reliving the same day over and over and over again.

5) PaleyFest LA 2017
March 17 - 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles
During its 34th annual celebration of great television, PaleyFest will feature panels with the following series:

The Walking Dead (March 17) with Andrew Lincoln, Lauren Cohan, Melissa McBride, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Alanna Masterson, Ross Marquand, Tom Payne, Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert.

This Is Us (March 18) with Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan and Ron Cephas Jones.

Westworld (March 25) with Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton, Jimmi Simpson, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.

American Horror Story: Roanoke (March 26) with Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Cheyenne Jackson and Sarah Paulson.

Other series include Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC's Legends of Tomorrow (March 18), Grey's Anatomy (March 19), NCIS: Los Angeles (March 21), The Late Late Show with James Corden (March 22), Orphan Black (March 23), Bob's Burgers (March 24), Pretty Little Liars (March 25) and Scandal (March 26).

6) Concert For America
March 20 at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre
SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and his husband, Broadway producer James Wesley, created this monthly concert series to help support five national organizations working to protect human rights - Planned Parenthood, NAACP, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center, and the Sierra Club Foundation. The Chicago concert will feature Broadway legend Chita Rivera, pop star Melissa Manchester, Emmy winner Sharon Gless, Tony winner Alice Ripley, SiriusXM’s Christine Pedi, blues singer Lynne Jordan, actors Ana Gasteyer and Marya Grandy, and cast members from Chicago’s Hamilton.

7) Daniel's Husband
March 22 - April 28 at NYC's Cherry Lane Theatre
In Michael McKeever's compelling new play, Daniel and Mitchell are the perfect couple except for one thing — one wants to get married and the other does not. Directed by Joe Brancato, the production stars Anna Holbrook, Lou Liberatore, Matthew Montelongo, Ryan Spahn and Leland Wheeler.

8) Tales of the City
March 27 at Broadway's Music Box Theatre
The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center presents the New York City premiere of the musical version of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, which follows a community of friends, lovers and others who reside at the mythical address of 28 Barbary Lane in 1976 San Francisco. The cast includes Justin Vivian Bond as Anna Madrigal, Betsy Wolfe as Mary Ann Singleton, and Wesley Taylor as Michael Tolliver with Armistead Maupin, Jose Llana, Mary Birdsong, Josh Breckenridge, Jeffrey Carlson, Kathleen Monteleone and Dianne J. Findlay. The show features a score by Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears and John Garden and a book by Jeff Whitty. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and The Trevor Project (the videos below are from the 2011 production at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater).

9) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Broadway previews begin March 28. Opens April 23 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
Roald Dahl's most treasured tale comes to Broadway starring two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle (Something Rotten!, Peter and the Starcatcher) as the magical maestro Willy Wonka himself. Directed by Jack O'Brien, the musical features the beloved songs from the original film, including "Pure Imagination" and "The Candy Man", alongside a brand new score from the Grammy and Tony-winning songwriters of Hairspray, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and book from acclaimed playwright David Greig.

10) Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes
Broadway previews begin March 29. Opens April 19 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
Three-time Tony Award nominee Laura Linney and Tony winner Cynthia Nixon will alternate playing the roles of ruthless Southern belle Regina Giddens and her sister-in-law Birdie in Lillian Hellman’s legendary play about greed and ambition. Directed by Daniel Sullivan, the cast also includes Darren Goldstein, Michael McKean, Richard Thomas, David Alford, Michael Benz, Caroline Stefanie Clay and Charles Turner.

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