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Monday, May 1, 2017

10 Groovy Things to Do in May starring Tom & Patti & Nick & Nora

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) Nick & Nora Reunion Concert
May 2 at NYC's Feinstein’s/54 Below
Original cast members of the short-lived 1991 Broadway musical, Nick & Nora, will reunite for a special “radio play” presentation of the musical featuring songs from the original cast recording as well as numbers cut in workshops and previews. Barry Bostwick and Joanna Gleason will reprise their roles as Nick and Nora Charles, and they will be joined by original co-stars Timothy Connell, Yvette Lawrence and Chris Sarandon as well as Cady Huffman, Christine Pedi, Carly Sakolove, Marcus Choi, Daniel Walsted and Lianne Marie Dobbs.

2) Queer Film Society's CINEMA QVI
May 5, 12 and 19 at the Chicago Cultural Center
The LGBTQ film series, CINEMA Q, is back for a sixth edition with three FREE screenings. This year the focus is on queer activism with V for Vendetta (2005) on May 5, How to Survive a Plague (2012) on May 12, and Milk (2008) on May 19.

3) Tom Judson: Mostly From the Movies
May 8 at NYC's Pangea
Tom presents a rare solo evening of cabaret drawn from his encyclopedic knowledge of classic films and film music. He has assembled a playlist of standard, lesser-known and positively obscure songs, all of which were introduced in films, both musical and dramatic. So "Moon River" will be heard alongside a pair of Judy Garland numbers, and an Al Jolson tune will be followed by the theme from In Like Flint. The audience can also expect a cameo appearance by Tom's special guest Charles Busch as they premiere a duet of Henry Mancini's "Two for the Road".

4) Well-Strung
May 11 at House of Blues Chicago
This hunky male singing string quartet returns to Chicago with special guest Thorgy Thor.

5) Deconstructing Patti, An Evening of Broadway Songs and Stories with Patti LuPone and Seth Rudetsky
May 14 at NYC's Nederlander Theatre
For the first time in New York City, two-time Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award winner Patti LuPone will revisit some of the iconic roles of her illustrious career and Seth Rudetsky, the wildly popular host of Seth’s Big Fat Broadway on SiriusXM, will deconstruct them as only he can do. This unscripted evening - and benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS - will include stories Patti hasn’t talked about anywhere else and would share only at the prompting of Seth.

6) Karen Mason It's About Time CD Release
May 17 - 20 at Davenport's Piano Bar in Chicago
Karen's new album includes timeless standards (“I Can’t Give You Anything But Love", “Just in Time”, “Our Love Is Here to Stay”) and theater classics (“Everything’s Coming Up Roses”, “Somewhere/The Impossible Dream”) as well as original songs by the album’s producer - and the evening's special guest - Paul Rolnick (“It’s About Time” which honors our national victory for marriage equality). She also pays tribute to the legendary Judy Garland with selections such as “The Man That Got Away", “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart” and “Over the Rainbow".

7) Roman Holiday—The Cole Porter Musical
May 23 - June 18 at San Francisco's SHN Golden Gate Theatre
The world-premiere pre-Broadway engagement of Roman Holiday is based on the 1953 Academy Award-winning film and features such unforgettable Cole Porter songs as "Night and Day," "Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye," and "Easy to Love". The cast includes Stephanie Styles, Drew Gehling, Jarrod Spector, Sara Chase, Georgia Engel and Michael Mulheren.

8) Concert For America: Stand Up, Sing Out!
May 24 at Royce Hall (UCLA) in Los Angeles
The fifth edition of this monthly concert series will feature Chita Rivera, Cheyenne Jackson, Helen Reddy, Rachel Bloom, Barrett Foa, Wayne Brady, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Alec Mapa, Megan Hilty, Jane Lynch, Kate Flannery and Ricki Lake. SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and his husband, Broadway producer James Wesley, created Concert For America to help support five national organizations working to protect human rights - NAACP, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Sierra Club Foundation.

9) Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley: Broadway & Beyond
May 29 - June 1 at NYC's Feinstein’s/54 Below
“Broadway’s Golden Couple” present songs from both the Great White Way and the Great American Songbook. They will share songs they introduced on Broadway in such shows as Ragtime, Passion, The Full Monty, Curtains and The Visit. Also expect songs from roles they played in Broadway revivals like Kiss Me, Kate and popular standards from their many TV appearances, cabaret, concert hall and symphony performances around the world.

10) David Pevsner in Musical Comedy Whore
May 31 - June 4 at Pride Arts Center in Chicago
The out gay actor (Old Dogs & New Tricks) and Skokie native performs his latest one-man musical.

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