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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

10 Groovy Things to Do in August starring Steve Grand, Sutton Foster & Naked Hamlet

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) Prince of Broadway
Broadway previews begin August 3. Opens August 24 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
This new musical revue features highlights from the career of acclaimed Broadway director and producer Harold Prince, including West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Evita, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and The Phantom of the Opera. The show features a book by two-time Tony nominee David Thompson (Chicago), co-direction and choreography by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman (The Producers), direction by Prince himself, and new songs by three-time Tony winner Jason Robert Brown (The Bridges of Madison County). The cast includes Chuck Cooper, Janet Dacal, Bryonha Marie Parham, Emily Skinner, Brandon Uranowitz, Kaley Ann Voorhees, Michael Xavier, Tony Yazbeck and Karen Ziemba.

2) TREVOR the musical
August 9 - September 17 at Writers Theatre in Glencoe, IL
Based on the story that inspired the Academy Award-winning 1994 short film and the charity, The Trevor Project, TREVOR the musical is a coming-of-age story about identity, emerging sexuality and the struggles of growing up in a world that may not be ready for you. This world premiere musical is directed by Marc Bruni, who helmed the Tony Award-winning production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

3) Torn Out Theater's Hamlet
August 10 - 13 at Prospect Park's Music Pagoda in Brooklyn
After making headlines with last summer’s all-nude, all-female production of Shakespeare's The Tempest, Torn Out Theater returns with a naked all-male staging of Hamlet that will ask tough questions about how the male body is perceived in America today. Tickets are free and seating is first-come, first-served.

4) Company
August 10 - September 2 at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA
Aaron Tveit (Broadway's Catch Me If You Can, Fox's Grease: Live, CBS's BrainDead) stars as the perennially single Bobby in Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking musical.

5) The 36th Annual Northalsted Market Days
August 12 & 13 in Chicago
Northalsted Market Days is the largest outdoor street festival in the Midwest! Famous for its vast array of national talent, unique vendors, arts, crafts, food and drink, Northalsted Market Days gathers crowds from across the globe to celebrate on Chicago's Halsted Street. This year's entertainment includes Linda Clifford, Jody Watley, Steve Grand, Tiffany, Maxine Nightingale, Chicago Gay Men's Chorus, 10,000 Maniacs, 16 Candles and Frenchie Davis.

6) Sutton Foster
August 13 at Provincetown's Town Hall
The two-time Tony Award winner and star of TV Land's Younger appears in concert with Michael Rafter at the piano.

7) Frozen
August 17 - October 1 at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Inspired by the award-winning 2013 Disney film, this new Broadway-bound musical features a cast that includes Caissie Levy (Elsa), Patti Murin (Anna), Jelani Alladin (Kristoff), Greg Hildreth (Olaf), John Riddle (Hans), Robert Creighton (Duke of Weselton), Kevin Del Aguila (Oaken), Timothy Hughes (Pabbie) and Andrew Pirozzi (Sven).

8) 26th Annual Dance for Life Chicago
August 19 at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre
Now in its 26th year, Dance for Life Chicago returns with a program featuring Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, Jessica Miller Tomlinson Choreography and Visceral Dance Chicago. The program also includes a three-part collaborative piece with Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater and Trinity Irish Dance Company. Funds raised assist The Dancers’ Fund and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.

9) Follies
Previews begin August 22. Opens September 6 at London's National Theatre.
Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre. The cast includes Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee, Philip Quast and Imelda Staunton.

10) Concert For America: Stand Up, Sing Out!
August 28 at Ferst Center for the Arts in Atlanta
The eighth edition of this monthly concert series will feature Jessie Mueller, Randy Rainbow, Keala Settle, Melissa Manchester, Nora Schell, Sharon Gless, Kim Fields, Royce Mann, Ryann Redmond and Christopher L. Morgan. 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.

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