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Saturday, September 1, 2018

10 Groovy Things to Do in September featuring Stockard Channing and Tootsie

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 Nap
Broadway previews begin September 5. Opens September 27 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
By Richard Bean, the author of the award-winning Broadway comedy, One Man, Two Guvnors, The Nap is a very funny look at the world of snooker – the British version of pool. The cast includes Alexandra Billings, John Ellison Conlee, Johanna Day, Ahmed Aly Elsayed, Ethan Hova, Heather Lind, Max Gordon Moore, Bhavesh Patel, Thomas Jay Ryan and Ben Schnetzer.

2) The Heart of Rock & Roll
September 6 - October 21 at The Old Globe in San Diego
This world premiere musical comedy celebrates the classic songs of one of the most beloved and iconic acts in music history, Huey Lewis and the News. Matt Doyle (The Book of Mormon, War Horse) stars as Bobby, a former rocker who decides it’s "Hip to Be Square" and trades in his guitar to start "Workin' for a Livin'" in corporate America.

3) Tootsie
September 11 - October 14 at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre
Based on the 1982 film, this new comedy musical stars Tony nominee Santino Fontana (Cinderella, Frozen) and features a score by Tony winner David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit, The Full Monty) and direction by eight-time Tony nominee Scott Ellis (She Loves Me, On the Twentieth Century).

4) Ann Hampton Callaway: The Linda Ronstadt Songbook
September 19 - 22 at NYC's Feinstein's/54 Below
Ann Hampton Callaway, one of the leading pop/jazz singers of our time, has created an exciting night of songs and stories in celebration of one of America’s most beloved artists, Linda Ronstadt. This show celebrates the many faces of love in Ronstadt’s iconic songs from her Stone Poneys days ("Different Drum", "Long Long Time") to pop/rock classics ("You’re No Good", "Desperado") to unforgettable classics from her three Nelson Riddle albums ("What’s New?", "Am I Blue?") to her iconic duets (which Callaway will perform with her brilliant MD, Billy Stritch) (photo by Bill Westmoreland).

5)  Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival
September 20 - 30
Reeling, the second-oldest LGBTQ+ film festival in the world, returns for its 36th edition. This year's selections include the musical comedy, Still Waiting in the Wings, the romantic comedy, My Big Gay Italian Wedding, Mapplethorpe (the long awaited biopic of the artist starring Matt Smith), the black comedy, Wild Nights with Emily (starring Molly Shannon as the legendary poet Emily Dickinson), and the offbeat dramedy, Alaska Is a Drag (starring Margaret Cho and Matt Dallas).

6) The Lifespan of a Fact
Broadway previews begin September 20. Opens October 18 at Studio 54.
Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale go head-to-head in the high stakes world of magazine publishing in this new comedy of conflict.

7) The Artificial Jungle
September 23 - October 28 at Stage 773 in Chicago
Combining elements of Therese Raquin, Double Indemnity and even Little Shop of Horrors, The Artificial Jungle is a masterful mélange of styles that leave no doubt as to why the playwright, the late Charles Ludlam, is considered one of the creators of the Theatre of the Ridiculous. This Hell in a Handbag production stars David Cerda, Ed Jones, Sydney Genco and David Lipschutz (photo by Rick Aguilar Studios).

8) The Waverly Gallery
Broadway previews begin September 25. Opens October 25 at the Golden Theatre.
Kenneth Lonergan’s acclaimed memory play (and 2001 Pulitzer Prize finalist) has its Broadway premiere with a cast that includes Elaine May, Lucas Hedges, Joan Allen, Michael Cera and David Cromer.

9) Stockard Channing in Apologia
Off-Broadway previews begin September 27. Opens October 16 at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.
Direct from London, Alexi Kaye Campbell’s biting play makes its New York debut with Tony and Emmy Award winner Stockard Channing in a powerhouse performance as a woman facing the repercussions of her past. The cast also includes Hugh Dancy, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Talene Monahon and John Tillinger.

10) 32nd Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction
September 30 in NYC's Theatre District
Tens of thousands of Broadway fans will celebrate their love of all things theatre by bidding on and buying theatrical treasures including one-of-a-kind show props, tickets to opening night performances, autographed musical phrases, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and more. This event is free and open to the public.

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