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Monday, October 1, 2018

10 Groovy Things to Do in October starring King Kong, Ethel Merman and The Golden Girls

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) King Kong
Broadway previews begin October 5. Opens November 8 at the Broadway Theatre.
Directed and choreographed by Olivier winner Drew McOnie, this musical adaptation of the 1933 film features an electrifying new score by Marius de Vries (La La Land) and Eddie Perfect (Beetlejuice The Musical), and a book by Jack Thorne, the Tony and Olivier Award-winning writer of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The show stars Christiani Pitts as the ambitious young actress Ann Darrow and Eric William Morris as maverick filmmaker Carl Denham.

2) The Book of Merman
Off-Broadway previews begin October 5. Opens October 21 at St. Luke's Theatre.
It’s delightful! It’s delicious! It’s de-Merman! Two Mormon missionaries (Chad Burris, Kyle Ashe Wilkinson) ring the doorbell of Ethel Merman (Carly Sakolove) and hilarity ensues in this new musical comedy. The Book of Merman is a diva-driven journey featuring an original score by Leo Schwartz and a book by Schwartz and DC Cathro (click here to read my review of the 2015 Chicago production).

3) Torch Song
Broadway previews begin October 9. Opens November 1 at the Hayes Theater.
This critically acclaimed production of Harvey Fierstein's Tony Award-winning comedy stars Drama Desk Award winner Michael Urie (Ugly Betty, Buyer & Cellar) and Academy Award and Tony winner Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King, Lost in Yonkers) and is directed by Tony nominee Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project, I Am My Own Wife).

4) The 29th New York Cabaret Convention
October 9 - 12 at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater
The four-night event will feature tributes to Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Cook and Julie Wilson, Jerry Herman and Alan Jay Lerner. Scheduled performers include Karen Akers, Brent Barrett, Klea Blackhurst, Debby Boone, Penny Fuller, Anita Gillette, Debbie Gravitte, Jeff Harnar, Rebecca Luker, Andrea Marcovicci, Marilyn Maye, Sally Mayes, James Naughton, Christine Pedi, Linda Purl, Lee Roy Reams, Emily Skinner, Billy Stritch, KT Sullivan and Karen Ziemba.

And if you live in Chicago and love cabaret, check out:

Chicago Cabaret Professionals' 20th Anniversary Gala
October 21 at Park West
CCP presents “"Chicago Cabaret Goes Platinum! Celebrating Our Twentieth Anniversary" featuring performances by Anne & Mark Burnell, Jeff Dean, Elizabeth Doyle, David Edelfelt, Laura Freeman, Cathy Glickman, Carla Gordon, Nan Mason, KT McCammond, Beckie Menzie, Tom Michael, Bob Moreen, Daryl Nitz, Marianne Murphy Orland, Anna Palermo, Suzanne Petri, Johnny Rodgers, Spider Saloff, Denise Tomasello, Denise McGowan Tracy, AOK Cabaret (Hilary Feldman, Cynthia Clarey, Caryn Caffarelli) and Boomer Babes (Pam Peterson, Jan Slavin).

5) THE GOLDEN GIRLS: Bea Afraid! – The Halloween Edition
October 13 - November 3 at Chicago's Stage 773
Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia return for new wig-raising adventures in this very limited engagement of Handbag’s long-running parody of the classic TV sitcom. The cast includes David Cerda as Dorothy, Grant Drager as Blanche, Adrian Hadlock as Sophia and Ed Jones as Rose with Chazie Bly, Michael S. Miller, Michael Rashid, Danne Taylor and Robert Williams as various scary characters.

October 14 - November 18 at the National Theatre in Washington, DC
Directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (Moulin Rouge!, Peter and the Starcatcher), this stage musical adaptation of Tim Burton’s wonderfully demented film stars Tony Award nominee Alex Brightman (as Beetlejuice), two-time Lortel Award nominee Sophia Anne Caruso, Tony Award nominee Kerry Butler, Tony Award nominee Rob McClure, Obie Award winner Adam Dannheisser and two-time Drama Desk Award nominee Leslie Kritzer.

7) Daniel's Husband
Off-Broadway previews begin October 18. Opens October 28 at Westside Theatre.
After an acclaimed 2017 Primary Stages debut engagement at the Cherry Lane Theatre, Michael McKeever's new play returns Off-Broadway this fall in an open-ended run. It centers on two men, the personification of the perfect couple, who happen to have conflicting views of relationships. The cast includes Anna Holbrook, Lou Liberatore, Matthew Montelongo, Ryan Spahn and Leland Wheeler.

8) The Prom
Broadway previews begin October 23. Opens November 15 at the Longacre Theatre.
Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon), this new musical comedy features a book by Tony Award winner Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (Aladdin), music by Tony Award nominee Matthew Sklar (The Wedding Singer) and lyrics by Beguelin. The show stars Tony Award nominee Brooks Ashmanskas (Something Rotten!), Tony Award winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone) and two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Sieber (Shrek the Musical).

9) Betty Buckley in Hello, Dolly!
October 23 - November 17 at Chicago's Oriental Theatre
The Tony Award-winning Broadway legend takes on the title role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in the first national tour of 2017's Tony winner for Best Revival of a Musical.

10) Broadway Center Stage: Little Shop of Horrors
October 24 - 28 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC
With direction by Mark Brokaw, the tuneful and hilarious musical about a megalomaniacal R&B singing carnivorous plant will star Tony Award nominee Megan Hilty as Audrey, Josh Radnor as Seymour Krelborn, and Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart as Audrey II. Tony Award nominee Lee Wilkof, who played Seymour in the original 1982 production, returns to the shop as Mr. Mushnik.

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