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Thursday, February 1, 2018

10 Groovy Things to Do in February starring Julian Ovenden and Justin Vivian Bond

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) Hey, Look Me Over!
February 7 - 11 at New York City Center
Kicking off Encores! at 25, this new musical is about Broadway gems that have yet to be revived on the Encores! stage. Bob Martin, as his beloved Man in Chair character from The Drowsy Chaperone, plays an opinionated Encores! subscriber who leads the audience on a guided (and sometimes mis-guided) tour of his favorite scenes and songs from musicals he’s always wanted to see at City Center - All American, George M!, Greenwillow, Jamaica, Mack & Mabel, Milk and Honey, Sail Away and Wildcat. Joining Martin is a cavalcade of stars, including Clyde Alves, Reed Birney, Carolee Carmello, Britney Coleman, Clifton Duncan, Marc Kudisch, Judy Kuhn, Tam Mutu, Bebe Neuwirth, Nancy Opel, Douglas Sills, Alexandra Socha and Vanessa Williams.

2) Aaron Tveit
February 9 at Lincoln Center's Appel Room in NYC
With lyrical insight and clever humor, the Broadway star (Next to Normal, Catch Me If You Can, Grease Live!) brings his high-energy club act to the Appel Room for a night of musical theater signatures, songbook standards, pop covers and more.

3) Thoroughly Modern Millie 15th Anniversary Reunion Concert
February 12 at NYC's Minskoff Theatre
This one-night-only concert of the 2002 Tony Award-winning Broadway production will star two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster, Tony Award winner Gavin Creel, Tony Award winner Harriet Harris, Marc Kudisch, Francis Jue, Megan McGinnis, Anne Nathan and Sheryl Lee Ralph. It will benefit The Actors Fund, the human services organization that helps everyone in entertainment and performing arts.

4) Justin Vivian Bond is Down on Creation: On Top of the World with the Carpenters
February 15 at Lincoln Center's Appel Room in NYC
One story that downtown cabaret star Justin Vivian Bond likes to tell involves Bond’s seven-year-old self singing the Carpenters’ “Superstar” at school during show-and-tell from behind the classroom TV set. Fast forward to the present and the performance artist and transgender trailblazer has finally transformed this lifelong passion for the Carpenters into a full-length show. For this special evening, Mx Bond explores the extensive catalog of gender outlaw and body dysmorphia poster-girl Karen Carpenter, bringing a thoughtful new context to the troubled life of the ’70s icon.

5) The Songs of Scott Frankel & Michael Korie
February 17 at Lincoln Center's Appel Room in NYC
Step into the big, bold musical world of composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie, the celebrated team behind the Broadway musicals Grey Gardens and War Paint. For this intimate evening of song and story, Frankel and Korie are joined by one of American theater’s favorite leading ladies, Kelli O’Hara, who starred in Frankel and Korie’s Playwrights Horizons production of Far From Heaven, and the celebrated English stage, television and film star Julian Ovenden (Downton Abbey).

6) Frozen
Broadway previews begin February 22. Opens March 22 at the St. James Theatre.
Based on the 2013 animated Disney film, this new stage production features a book by Jennifer Lee and a score by Oscar winners Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Directed by Michael Grandage, the musical stars Broadway veterans Caissie Levy as Elsa and Patti Murin as Anna as well as Greg Hildreth, Robert Creighton, John Riddle and Jelani Alladin.

7) Angels in America
Broadway previews begin February 23. Opens March 25 at the Neil Simon Theatre.
Marianne Elliott directs a spectacular new production of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning epic starring Nathan Lane, Andrew Garfield, Susan Brown, Denise Gough, Amanda Lawrence, James McArdle, Lee Pace and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett.

8) Subways Are for Sleeping
February 24 - March 4 at NYC's York Theatre Company
As part of the York Theatre Company's Musicals in Mufti Series, Stuart Ross directs this concert revival reading of this 1961 Broadway musical with a book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Jule Styne. The original cast included Sydney Chaplin, Carol Lawrence, Orson Bean, Gordon Connell, Grayson Hall and Phyllis Newman, who won a Tony Award for her performance.

9) Three Tall Women
Broadway previews begin February 27. Opens March 9 at the Golden Theatre.
Two-time Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson makes her long-awaited return to Broadway alongside three-time Emmy and Tony Award winner Laurie Metcalf and Tony nominee Alison Pill in the Broadway premiere of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello.

10) Carousel
Broadway previews begin February 28. Opens April 12 at the Imperial Theatre.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's timeless musical returns to Broadway in a new production directed by Jack O'Brien and starring Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry (Hamilton, Shuffle Along), Tony winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful, Waitress) and Renée Fleming in her first-ever appearance in a Broadway musical.

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