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Thursday, March 1, 2018

10 Groovy Things to Do in March starring Chris Evans and Steve Kazee

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) Lobby Hero
Broadway previews begin March 1. Opens March 26 at The Hayes.
Michael Cera, Chris Evans (making his Broadway debut), Brian Tyree Henry and Bel Powley star in this revival of Oscar winner Kenneth Lonergan's 2001 play.

2) The Inheritance
March 2 - May 19 at the Young Vic in London
Tony winner Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot the Musical) directs this two-part World Premiere play by New York playwright Matthew Lopez. The cast includes Hugo Bolton, Robert Boulter, Andrew Burnap, Hubert Burton, John Benjamin Hickey, Paul Hilton, Samuel H. Levine, Syrus Lowe, Michael Marcus, Vanessa Redgrave, Kyle Soller, Luke Thallon and Michael Walters.

3) Mean Girls
Broadway previews begin March 12. Opens April 8 at the August Wilson Theatre.
The 2004 teen comedy is now a new musical from director Casey Nicholaw (Aladdin, The Book of Mormon), composer Jeff Richmond (30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), lyricist Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde) and book writer Tina Fey (30 Rock). The cast includes Erika Henningsen, Kerry Butler, Taylor Louderman, Barrett Wilbert Weed, Ashley Park, Kate Rockwell, Grey Henson, Kyle Selig, Cheech Manohar and Rick Younger.

4) Pretty Woman: The Musical
March 13 - April 15 at Chicago's Oriental Theatre
This pre-Broadway World Premiere stage production of the beloved 1990 romantic comedy features direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), an original score by Grammy winner Bryan Adams and his longtime songwriting partner Jim Vallance, and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J.F. Lawton. The cast includes Samantha Barks (as Vivian Ward), Steve Kazee (as Edward Lewis), Orfeh (as Kit), Eric Anderson (as Mr. Thompson), Jason Danieley (as Philip Stuckey) and Kingsley Leggs (as James Morse).

5) My Fair Lady
Broadway previews begin March 15. Opens April 19 at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater.
Directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific), this lavish new production of Lerner and Loewe's 1956 musical stars Lauren Ambrose as Eliza Doolittle, Harry Hadden-Paton as Henry Higgins, Norbert Leo Butz as Alfred P. Doolittle, Diana Rigg as Mrs. Higgins, Allan Corduner as Colonel Pickering, and Jordan Donica as Freddy Eynsford-Hill.

6) PaleyFest LA 2018
March 16 - 25 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles
During its 35th annual celebration of great television, PaleyFest will feature An Evening with Barbra Straisand (March 16), an unforgettable PaleyFest Icon conversation honoring her groundbreaking career in television. The evening will feature clips spanning her television career from her innovative specials, including My Name Is Barbra and Color Me Barbra, to rare guest appearances and concerts, to her most recent and acclaimed Netflix special, Barbra: The Music…The Mem’ries…The Magic!

There will also be panels with the following series - The Orville (March 17), Will & Grace (March 17), The Handmaid's Tale (March 18), Silicon Valley (March 18), Supernatural (March 20), The Big Bang Theory/Young Sheldon (March 21), The Good Doctor (March 22), Mom (March 24), Queen Sugar (March 24), Riverdale (March 25) and Stranger Things (March 25).

7) Grand Hotel, The Musical
March 21 - 25 at New York City Center
The second production of the 2018 Encores! season is this Tony Award-winning 1989 musical featuring music and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest, a book by Luther Davis, and additional music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. The cast includes Junior Cervila, John Clay III, Natascia Diaz, John Dossett, Irina Dvorvenko, Guadalupe Garcia, Nehal Joshi, James T. Lane, Jamie LaVerdiere, Eric Leviton, Robert Montano, Kevin Pariseau, William Ryall, James Snyder, Stephanie Styles, Brandon Uranowitz and Daniel Yearwood.

8) Children of a Lesser God
Broadway previews begin March 22. Opens April 11 at Studio 54.
Directed by Kenny Leon, this revival of Mark Medoff's Tony Award-winning 1980 play stars Joshua Jackson (Showtime's The Affair, Dawson's Creek), Lauren Ridloff (Wonderstruck) and Anthony Edwards (NBC's ER). Deaf activist – and America's Next Top Model and Dancing with the Stars winner – Nyle DiMarco is part of the show's producing team.

9) Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Broadway previews begin March 28. Opens April 23 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
The Tony Award-winning Des McAnuff (Big River, Tommy) directs this musical biography about the late iconic disco diva, using the songs she made famous, including "Hot Stuff", "On the Radio", "Bad Girls", "MacArthur Park" and "Love to Love You, Baby". The cast includes LaChanze, Ariana DeBose and Storm Lever.

10) The Sting
March 29 - April 29 at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ
Based on the 1973 Academy Award-winning film, this World Premiere musical stars Harry Connick Jr., Peter Benson, Janet Dacal, Christopher Gurr, J. Harrison Ghee, Tom Hewitt, Richard Kline, Kevyn Morrow, Kate Shindle and Robert Wuhl. The Tony Award-winning creative team includes director John Rando (On the Town), choreographer Warren Carlyle (Hello, Dolly!), bookwriter Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and an original score by composer/lyricist team Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis (Urinetown).

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