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Thursday, June 1, 2017

10 Groovy Things to Do in June featuring Broadway Bares and The Golden Girls

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):

June 4 - 16 at the Pride Arts Center in Chicago
Directed by David Zak, the double-bill BEDS pairs two gay one-act plays - Jerker, Robert Chesley's 1986 play about the relationship that develops between a veteran and a businessman in the early years of the AIDS epidemic, and Two Boys in a Bed on a Cold Winter's Night, James Edwin Parker's 1995 play about two men who have just finished their sexual tryst after meeting earlier that night. Both shows include full nudity.

2) Marvin's Room
Broadway previews begin June 8. Opens June 29 at the American Airlines Theatre.
Roundabout Theatre Company presents the Broadway premiere of Scott McPherson’s award-winning play about two sisters who are reunited when one is diagnosed with leukemia. The cast includes Lili Taylor, Janeane Garafalo and Celia Weston.

3) Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
June 8 - July 2 at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle
Two of the quirkiest and most endearing best friends in pop culture will make their musical theater debut in the World Premiere of this new musical based on the 1997 cult hit film. The show features a creative team that includes Rock of Ages' director Kristin Hanggi, a book by the film's screenwriter, Robin Schiff, and an all new '80s and '90s pop/rock-inspired score from Gwendolyn Sanford and Brandon Jay, composers of Orange Is the New Black.

4) PrideFest Milwaukee
June 9 - 11 in Milwaukee
The nation's largest LGBTQ festival, operated entirely by volunteers since 1987, will feature host Randy Rainbow and performances by Steve Grand, Todrick Hall, Betty Who and 10,000 Maniacs.

5) The Equality March for Unity & Pride
June 11 in Washington, D.C.
This grassroots movement will mobilize the diverse LGBTQ communities to peacefully and clearly address concerns about the current political landscapes and how it is contributing to the persecution and discrimination of LGBTQ individuals. Sister events around the world include Chicago (a rally at Andersonville Midsommarfest) and many other cities.

6) The Golden Girls - The Lost Episodes
June 14 - July 12 at Mary's Attic in Chicago
Hell in a Handbag Productions thanks you for being a friend this summer with its campy world premiere parody of one of TV's most beloved sitcoms, The Golden Girls — The Lost Episodes, by David Cerda and directed by Shade Murray. Enjoy never-before-seen episodes featuring Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, Sophia and all of the siblings, daughters, sons, characters and rare diseases that were mentioned once but never again. The production also features trivia and games to help fully embrace the Miami experience. The cast includes David Cerda as Dorothy, Ed Jones as Rose, AJ Wright as Blanche and Adrian Hadlock as Sophia (photo by Rick Aguilar Studios).

7) Chicago Pride Fest
June 17 & 18 in Chicago
Leading up to Chicago’s Pride Parade on June 25, this annual two-day street festival will feature entertainment on two stages, including Taylor Dayne, Thelma Houston, Vassy, David Hernandez, Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, Kristine W. and 16 Candles.

8) Broadway Bares
June 18 at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom in the Manhattan Center
Class will be in session this summer at the only college campus where clothing is optional and bodacious burlesque is always in the curriculum. This year’s theme for the 27th annual edition of Broadway Bares is Strip U, an unrivaled evening of seductive striptease production numbers with an academic twist. 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 26 editions of Broadway Bares have raised more than $15.8 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

9) Concert For America: Stand Up, Sing Out!
June 24 at The Curran in San Francisco
The sixth edition of this monthly concert series will feature Alan Cumming, Jane Lynch, Kate Flannery, Hal Sparks, Sharon Gless, Kevin Chamberlin, Faith Prince, Rory O'Malley, Marga Gomez and the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus. 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.

10) The Nance
June 29 – July 30 at the Pride Arts Center in Chicago
Pride Films and Plays presents the Chicago Premiere of Douglas Carter Beane’s Tony Award-nominated play, The Nance, which recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque’s heyday and tells the backstage story of a gay performer, Chauncey Miles. Directed for John Nasca, the show's cast includes Vincent Kracht (as Chauncey), Royen Kent, Patrick Rybarczyk, Britt-Marie Sivertson, Melissa Young and Steph Vondell.

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