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Friday, June 1, 2018

10 Groovy Things to Do in June featuring The Cher Show

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) Half Time
May 31 - July 1 at Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, NJ
From Jerry Mitchell, the director/choreographer of Kinky Boots, comes this incredible true story of ten ordinary senior citizens who audition to dance at halftime for a major basketball team. The cast includes André De Shields, Georgia Engel, Donna McKechnie and Lillias White.

2) Skintight
May 31 - August 26 at NYC's Laura Pels Theatre
Roundabout Theatre Company reunites writer Joshua Harmon and director Daniel Aukin for this scorching examination of beauty, youth and sex. Reeling from her ex-husband’s engagement to a much younger woman, Jodi (Idina Menzel) turns for support to her famous fashion-designer dad who is involved with Trey who’s 20 and not necessarily gay but probably an adult film star - at least, according to Jodi’s son, who's also 20 and definitely gay.

3) Log Cabin
June 1 - July 15 at NYC's Playwrights Horizons
Directed by Pam McKinnon, Jordan Harrison’s pointed comedy is about a tight-knit circle of married gays and lesbians in 2015. The cast includes Phillip James Brannon, Cindy Cheung, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ian Harvie, Talene Monahon and Dolly Wells.

4) How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
June 6 - 10 a the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
This Broadway Center Stage production of Frank Loesser's Tony Award-winning musical stars Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect) as J. Pierrepont, Betsy Wolfe (Waitress, Falsettos) as Rosemary Pilkington, Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) as Bud Frump, John Michael Higgins (Pitch Perfect, Best in Show) as Biggley, and Becki Newton (Ugly Betty) as Hedy La Rue.

5) ATX Television Festival
June 7 - 10 in Austin, Texas
The seventh annual festival will feature a thirtysomething reunion with creators Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick and cast members Ken Olin, Tim Busfield, Patricia Wettig, Peter Horton, Melanie Mayron, Polly Draper and David Clennon; a 20th anniversary reunion of Felicity with cast members Keri Russell, Scott Speedman, Scott Foley, Tangi Miller, Amanda Foreman, Ian Gomez, Greg Grunberg and Rob Benedict; and panels/screenings of such current series as TNT's Claws (with cast members Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston, Judy Reyes and Dean Norris), NBC's Trial and Error (with cast members Kristin Chenoweth and Nicholas D’Agosto) and TV Land's Younger (with cast members Sutton Foster, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor, Nico Tortorella, Peter Hermann and Charles Michael Davis).

6) The Cher Show
June 12 - July 15 at Chicago's Oriental Theatre
This fully authorized Broadway-bound musical celebrates the life, works and times of the iconoclastic cultural phenomenon. The show is packed with so much Cher that it takes three women to play her at various stages in her life - Teal Wicks, Micaela Diamond and Stephanie J. Block. The cast also includes Emily Skinner (as Cher’s mother Georgia Holt), Jarrod Spector and Matthew Hydzik (as her husbands, Sonny Bono and Gregg Allman), and Michael Berresse (as fashion and costume designer Bob Mackie).

7) Chicago Pride Fest
June 16 & 17
Leading up to Chicago’s Pride Parade on June 24, this annual two-day street festival will feature entertainment on three stages, including LGBT ally and Go-Go’s founder Belinda Carlisle, Blake Lewis, Brian Justin Crumb, Mya, La Bouche, Chicago native Carlito Olivero, Frenchie Davis, Kim English, Jessica Sanchez, Cat Fight, One Night Band, Abba Salute, Boy Band Review and 16 Candles.

8) Broadway Bares: Game Night
June 17 at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom in the Manhattan Center
Broadway’s sexiest striptease returns as a friendly game night where the only type of poker to play is strip, where the lead pipe in the library is more flirty than fatal and where playtime is for more than just the games. This year’s theme for the 28th annual edition of Broadway Bares is Game Night, featuring more than 150 of the hottest male and female dancers in New York City who will take to the stage for two sensational shows at 9:30 pm and midnight. To date, the 27 editions of Broadway Bares have raised more than $17.4 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

9) The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 2
June 19 - September 7 at Mary's Attic in Chicago
Following last year’s sold-out, seven-month run of its parody of the beloved TV sitcom, Hell in a Handbag Productions brings back Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia for all new adventures written by Artistic Director David Cerda and directed by Becca Holloway. The cast includes Cerda as Dorothy, Grant Drager as Blanche, Adrian Hadlock as Sophia and Ed Jones as Rose with Chazie Bly, Michael Rashid and Michael S. Miller as various silly characters (photo by Rick Aguilar Studios).

10) Head Over Heels
Broadway previews begin June 23. Opens July 26 at the Hudson Theatre.
This new musical comedy from The Go-Go’s and director Michael Mayer is an unpredictable Elizabethan romp about a royal family that must prevent an oracle’s prophecy of doom. It's set to the iconic pop music of The Go-Go’s, including such hits as "We Got The Beat," "Our Lips Are Sealed," "Vacation," "Heaven is a Place on Earth" and many more. The cast includes Jeremy Kushnier and Rachel York.

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