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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

10 Groovy Things to Do in May starring The Boys in the Band

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) The Boys in the Band
April 30 - August 11 at Broadway's Booth Theatre
Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, this 50th Anniversary production of Mart Crowley's fiercely funny and groundbreaking play stars Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer and Andrew Rannells, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesús, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington and Tuc Watkins.

2) Valley of the Dolls Film Screening and Book-Signing
May 2 at Chicago's Music Box Theatre
The 1967 camp classic returns to the Music Box for the first time since 2010. After the screening, Bill Jankowski will discuss his friendship with actress Patty Duke and sign copies of In the Presence of Greatness - My Sixty-Year Journey as an Actress (her new memoir that he and Duke co-authored). Chicago's Queer Film Society is a partial beneficiary of this event.

3) The Beast in the Jungle
May 4 - June 17 at NYC's Vineyard Theatre
From legendary composer John Kander (Cabaret, Chicago), Tony Award-nominated playwright David Thompson (Steel Pier) and five-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Contact), comes a stunningly original new work — fusing dance, drama and music. Inspired by Henry James’ classic 1903 novella, The Beast in the Jungle is the story of John Marcher, a man haunted by personal demons, whose great yet unfulfilled love affair with an unforgettable woman spans decades and continents. The cast includes Tony Award nominee Tony Yazbeck (On the Town), former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Irina Dvorovenko, Tony Award nominee Peter Friedman (Ragtime) and Teagle F. Bougere.

4) Jagged Little Pill
May 5 - July 15 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA
Jagged Little Pill tells an original story inspired by the themes and emotions laid bare in Alanis Morissette’s Grammy-winning 1995 album that introduced such beloved anthems as “Ironic,” “You Oughta Know” and “Hand In My Pocket.” Following a family grappling with uncomfortable truths about many of the urgent issues deeply affecting our communities and our world today, this world premiere musical is directed by Diane Paulus (Waitress, Pippin) and features a book by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno). The cast includes Elizabeth Stanley, Sean Allan Krill, Celia Gooding, Derek Klena, Lauren Patten and Antonio Cipriano.

5) Encores! Me and My Girl
May 9 - 13 at New York City Center
Two-time Tony Award-winner Christian Borle stars as Cockney everyman Bill Snibson, who wreaks havoc on high society after being unexpectedly elevated to the lofty position of Earl of Hareford. The other well-to-dos in town look down on Snibson’s Cockney girlfriend, Sally Smith, played by Laura Michelle Kelly. This Encores! production also features Bill Buell, Chuck Cooper, Suzzanne Douglas, Mark Evans, Harriet Harris, John Horton, Simon Jones, Lisa O’Hare and Don Stephenson.

6) Jackie Hoffman: Memoircita!
May 11 - 13 at the Los Angeles LGBT Center
Best known for her performance as "Mamacita" in Feud: Bette and Joan and fresh off her fifth Broadway musical, this self-loathing scene-stealer continues her downward spiral as she gives us the inside dish on Broadway, filming Feud, and all things Emmy.

7) Rob Lowe in Stories I Only Tell My Friends: LIVE!
May 19 at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre
Inspired by the success of his two best-selling memoirs, Stories I Only Tell My Friends and Love Life, Rob has created a one-man show, in which he discusses Hollywood, fame, fatherhood, marriage and a life lived at the forefront of culture for four decades. From the Brat Pack to The West Wing to Parks and Rec and beyond, Stories I Only Tell My Friends: LIVE! is packed with witty fun and one-of-a-kind insights spanning an iconic career.

8) Liz Callaway: A Hymn to Her
May 22 - 27 at NYC's Feinstein's/54 Below
In her all-new show, the Emmy winner and Tony nominee pays tribute to the women who have inspired her to become the woman she is, including Eydie Gormé, Barbara Cook, Carole King, Billie Jean King, Julia Child, Nora Ephron and more.

9) Kathleen Turner in Finding My Voice
May 22 - June 2 at NYC's Café Carlyle
The two-time Golden Globe Award winner (Romancing the Stone, Prizzi's Honor) makes her Café Carlyle debut, lending her trademark husky voice to classics from the Great American Songbook and sharing personal anecdotes and stories from her celebrated career.

10) This Is What 60 Looks Like, B*tches! Lea DeLaria's Birthday Concert
May 23 at NYC's Sony Hall
The out and proud queer icon is joined by some of her closest friends - Sandra Bernhard, Alan Cumming and Jesse Tyler Fergusson - to celebrate her 60th birthday.

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