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Thursday, November 1, 2018

10 Groovy Things to Do in November 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) The Cher Show
Broadway previews begin November 1. Opens December 3 at the Neil Simon Theatre.
The Cher Show is 35 smash hits, six decades of stardom, two rock-star husbands, a Grammy, an Oscar, an Emmy, and enough Bob Mackie gowns to cause a sequins shortage in New York City, all in one unabashedly fabulous new musical. The cast includes Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks, Micaela Diamond, Jarrod Spector, Michael Berresse and Emily Skinner.

2) To Kill a Mockingbird
Broadway previews begin November 1. Opens December 13 at the Shubert Theatre.
Emmy winner Jeff Daniels reunites with Aaron Sorkin as he headlines the writer’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Directed by Bartlett Sher, the production stars Daniels as Atticus Finch, Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger as Scout, Will Pullen as Jem, and Gideon Glick as Dill.

3) Karen Mason 20 Years Making Music at Davenport’s
November 7 - 11 at Davenport's in Chicago
Karen headlined this legendary club when it opened 20 years ago and now she’ll pay homage to the venue with a score of songs ranging from intimate ballads to epic showstoppers. Beckie Menzie joins on piano with staff member Dan Michel opening.

4) Network
Broadway previews begin November 10. Opens December 6 at the Belasco Theatre.
Tony, Olivier, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Bryan Cranston stars as news anchorman Howard Beale in Lee Hall and director Ivo Van Hove's new stage adaptation of the 1976 Academy Award-winning film. The cast also includes Tony Goldwyn (Scandal) and Emmy Award winner Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black).

5) The Rocky Horror Skivvies Show
November 11 at NYC's Joe's Pub
The Skivvies are Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley, award-winning NYC actor/musicians doing stripped down versions of eclectic covers and comedic, genre-hopping mashups. Not only are the arrangements stripped down - cello, ukulele, glockenspiel, melodica - but the Skivvies literally strip down to their underwear to perform. It's undie-rock at its finest. Their special guests will include Diana Huey, Mike Viruet, Marissa Rosen, Rob Morrison, Christina Bianco, Matt Doyle, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Will Swenson, Mitch Jarvis, Taylor Iman Jones and Travis Kent.

6) Broadway at The Town Hall: Audra McDonald
November 12 at NYC's Town Hall
Music director and host Seth Rudetsky welcomes Audra McDonald for an up-close and personal performance and conversation.

7) A Chorus Line
November 14 - 18 at New York City Center
The 2018 Annual Gala Presentation is a passionate tribute to dance and musical theater — two art forms that City Center has been bringing to New York audiences for 75 years. Directed by Bob Avian (co-choreographer of the original Broadway production) and choreographed by Baayork Lee (who originated the role of Connie on Broadway), the production will feature Jay Armstrong Johnson (Bobby), Tommy Bracco (Mike), Eddie Gutierrez (Paul), Robyn Hurder (Cassie), Tara Kostmayer (Diana), J. Elaine Marcos (Val), Tony Yazbeck (Zach) and Leigh Zimmerman (Sheila).

8) SnowGirls - The Musical
November 15 - December 30 at Mary's Attic in Chicago
Hell in a Handbag Productions rings in the holidays with the world premiere of this parody of the classic cult film Showgirls. Snowmi Malone is a rebel who dreams of becoming a dancer. Her quest leads her to the cold cruel world of the North Pole, where she’ll stop at nothing to fulfill her fantasy. SnowGirls explores what happens at the North Pole the other 364 days of the year – and it isn't always pretty.

9) Clueless, The Musical
November 20 - January 12 at NYC's The New Group
Amy Heckerling takes us back to 90s Beverly Hills with this musical version of her beloved film Clueless, a modern spin on Jane Austen’s Emma​. With her singular voice, she gives us a score that reimagines 90s hits into ingenious parodies and yearning monologues for her lovesick characters. Director Kristin Hanggi and choreographer Kelly Devine drive this fresh take on the story of Cher, a girl so psychotically optimistic she can’t see that her bungling attempts at playing Cupid disguise her own fashion-plated isolation.

10) The Manhattan Transfer
November 24 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie
The Manhattan Transfer remains a cornerstone for great pop and jazz hits, a legacy that the group has cemented since their first recording in 1975.

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