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Friday, September 1, 2017

10 Groovy (and BEWILDERED) Things to Do in September starring WARHOLCAPOTE, Liberace & Lee

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) Jessie Mueller
September 3 at Provincetown's Town Hall
The Tony Award winner (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) appears in concert with Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host.

September 9 - October 13 at American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA
In the late 1970s, Truman Capote and Andy Warhol decided that they were destined to create a Broadway play together. Over the course of the next several months, they would sit down to record a series of intimate, wide-ranging conversations. The play never came to be, and the hours and hours of tape were lost to the ages. Until now. Rob Roth adapted WARHOLCAPOTE from never-before-heard conversations between these two icons of American art and literature (who are played by Stephen Spinella and Leslie Jordan). This world premiere production is staged by Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch).

3) Time and the Conways
Broadway previews begin September 14. Opens October 10 at American Airlines Theatre.
Roundabout Theatre Company and the Tony Award-winning director Rebecca Taichman (Indecent) revive J.B. Priestley's 1937 time-jumping drama showing the status and dreams of a wealthy British family in 1919 and in 1937. Downton Abbey's Elizabeth McGovern stars as the family matriarch.

4) Chita & Tune - Two for the Road
September 16 & 17 at Enlow Hall/Kean University in Union, NJ
This unique concert event pairs two of Broadway's most revered legends - Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune - who have collectively won 12 Tony Awards. Click here for other tour dates in Oklahoma, Texas, New York, Florida, Arizona and California.

5)  Reeling 2017: The 35th Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival
September 21 - 28
Reeling, the second-oldest LGBT film festival in the world, returns for its 35th edition. This year's selections include the Chicago premiere of Northwestern alum Tom Gustafson’s screen adaptation of the 1994 Off-Broadway musical, Hello Again (starring Cheyenne Jackson and Audra McDonald), the outrageous dramedy, Freak Show (starring Alex Lawther, Bette Midler and Laverne Cox), the romantic dramas, After Louie (with Alan Cumming) and The Pass (with Russell Tovey), and EastSiders 3: Go West, the third season of the Emmy-nominated web series starring Kit Williamson and Van Hansis.

6) 31st Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction
September 24 in NYC's Theatre District
Tens of thousands of Broadway fans will celebrate their love of all things theatre by bidding on and buying theatrical treasures including one-of-a-kind show props, tickets to opening night performances, autographed musical phrases, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and more. This event is free and open to the public.

7) Torch Song
Off-Broadway previews begin September 26. Opens October 19 at Second Stage Theater.
This revival of Harvey Fierstein’s groundbreaking Torch Song Trilogy, renamed simply Torch Song and staged by Moisés Kaufman, will star Michael Urie as Arnold Beckoff, a downtown drag queen looking for love, a reconciliation with his mother (played by Mercedes Ruehl) and possibly a new pair of bunny slippers.

September 27 - November 11 at Stage 773 in Chicago
Hell in a Handbag Productions presents the world premiere of this musical parody of the classic TV sitcom, Bewitched, told from the perspective of Gladys Kravitz, Samantha Stephens' nosy neighbor. Featuring a book by Ron Weaver, music and lyrics by Aaron Benham and Ron Weaver and direction and choreography by Brigitte Ditmars, BEWILDERED stars Caitlin Jackson as Gladys, Elizabeth Morgan as Samantha, David Cerda as Endora, Ed Jones as Uncle Arthur, AJ Wright as Darrin G., Scott Sawa as Darrin S., Robert Williams as Tabitha/Louise, Steve Kimbrough as Larry Tate, Matt Miles as Abner and Michael S. Miller as Mr. Tumer.

9) The Honeymooners
September 28 - October 29 at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ
Directed by the Tony Award-winning John Rando (Urinetown), this brand new musical comedy inspired by the classic 1955-56 Jackie Gleason sitcom stars Michael McGrath and Michael Mastro as Ralph Kramden and his buddy Ed Norton. The cast also includes Leslie Kritzer as Alice Kramden and Laura Bell Bundy as Trixie Norton.

10) Lee Squared: An Evening with Liberace and Miss Peggy Lee
September 30 at NYC's Metropolitan Room
In this funny and touching tribute, Liberace gets one last chance to sparkle as he tickles the ivories through his favorite songs, while Miss Peggy Lee is beyond description. New York City favorites David Maiocco and Chuck Sweeney will reprise their iconic performances as the music legends who defined four decades of music and pop culture.

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