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Sunday, July 1, 2018

10 Groovy Things to Do in July starring Tom Goss and Steve Grand

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) Straight White Men
Broadway previews begin June 30. Opens July 23 at the Hayes Theatre.
Set in a white, middle-class family home on Christmas Eve, Young Jean Lee's play takes a hilariously ruthless look at the classic American father-son drama. The cast includes Denis Arndt (who replaced Tom Skerritt), Kate Bornstein, Josh Charles, Ty Defoe, Armie Hammer and Paul Schneider. And Young Jean Lee is making history as the first Asian-American woman playwright produced on Broadway.

2) Tovah Is Leona!
July 5 - 7 at NYC's Feinstein's/54 Below
Tovah Feldshuh, the Tony and Emmy Award-nominated star of The Walking Dead and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below in a new show featuring highlights from Queen of Mean, the new Broadway-bound musical about American businesswoman Leona Helmsley. Tovah’s Leona is proud to be below Studio 54 whose owners ALSO served time for the crime of tax evasion.

3) Steve Grand
July 5 - September 7 at The Art House in Provincetown
With over 10 million views on YouTube and a #3 Album on the Billboard Independent Albums Chart, singer/songwriter Steve Grand returns to Provincetown this summer. Click here to pre-order his new album, not the end of me, which will be released on July 6.

4) Moulin Rouge! The Musical
July 10 - August 19 at Boston's Emerson Colonial Theatre
This pre-Broadway World Premiere musical based on Baz Luhrmann’s Academy Award-winning 2001 film features many of the iconic songs from the movie as well as new hits released since its premiere. The cast includes Aaron Tveit (as Christian), Karen Olivo (as Satine) and Danny Burstein (as Harold Zidler).

5) Tom Goss: Confessions of a Pocket Cub
July 11 & 12 at the Crown & Anchor in Provincetown
The increasingly cubalicious Tom Goss - a big bear fan and Bear Week favorite - returns to the Crown & Anchor with a brand new show. One of the country's most beloved gay singer-songwriters, Tom's fun and dynamic live show mixes tender love songs, energetic folk-pop and hilarious stories.

6) Dave
July 13 - August 19 at Arena Stage's Kreeger Theater in Washington, D.C.
Inspired by the 1993 film starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver, this World Premiere musical comedy features direction by Tony nominee Tina Landau (SpongeBob SquarePants), a book by three-time Tony winner Thomas Meehan (Hairspray, The Producers, Annie) and Tony nominee Nell Benjamin (Mean Girls, Legally Blonde), music by Pulitzer Prize and two-time Tony winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, If/Then), and lyrics by Benjamin. The cast includes Drew Gehling (as Dave Kovic/President Bill Mitchell), Mamie Parris (First Lady Ellen Mitchell) and Douglas Sills (as Chief of Staff Bob Alexander).

7) Broadway Barks
July 14 in NYC's Shubert Alley
Founded by Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters in 1998, this star-studded dog and cat adoption event benefiting New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies returns for a 20th year with co-hosts Peters and her Hello, Dolly! co-star, Victor Garber. The event is free and open to the public. Funds raised from a raffle, silent auction, signed memorabilia sales and donations are distributed to the participating shelters and rescue groups.

8) Love! Valour! Compassion!
July 16 - August 30 at the Provincetown Theater
Obie Award-winning playwright David Drake (The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me), who took over as artistic director of the theater last year, directs Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning play about a group of gay men who spend a summer together in an upstate New York farmhouse. The cast includes Mark Boucher, Scott Cunningham, Peter Gregus, Justin D. Quackenbush, Adam Ross and Tommy Walsh.

9) Pretty Woman: The Musical
Broadway previews begin July 20. Opens August 16 at the Nederlander Theatre.
This 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), Andy Karl (as Edward Lewis), Orfeh (as Kit), Eric Anderson (as Mr. Thompson), Jason Danieley (as Philip Stuckey) and Kingsley Leggs (as James Morse).

10) Annie
July 27 - 29 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles
The Bowl and director Michael Arden revisit the 1977 Tony Award winner for Best Musical. The cast includes Ana Gasteyer (as Miss Hannigan), David Alan Grier (as Daddy Warbucks), Megan Hilty (as Lily St. Regis), Lea Salonga (as Grace Farrell) and Steven Weber (as Franklin D. Roosevelt). Below you can watch composers Martin Charnin and Charles Strouse and four of the Broadway stars of Annie - Allison Smith, Sarah Jessica Parker, Shelley Bruce and Andrea McArdle - in the 1982 PBS special, Broadway Plays Washington: Kennedy Center Tonight.

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