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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

10 Groovy Things to Do in January featuring Chita, BLEACH and Best in 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):

January 4 - March 10 at Tyler’s Basement in Bushwick, Brooklyn
Spin Cycle presents the US Premiere of this award-winning UK underground hit in an intimate, immersive production performed for an audience of 10. Directed by Zack Carey, the site-specific production stars Eamon Yates and Brendan George (pictured above), who share the role of Tyler, a young man trying to find his way while paying the rent in NYC.

2) Chita Rivera
January 9 - 19 at NYC's Feinstein’s/54 Below
Back by popular demand, the one and only Chita Rivera returns with her unique solo concert event. The incomparable Broadway legend and two-time Tony Award winner will recreate signature moments from her illustrious career, including numbers from West Side Story, Sweet Charity, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink and The Visit.

3) The 18th Annual SF Sketchfest
January 10 - 27 at San Francisco's Castro Theatre and other venues
This comedy festival returns with tributes to Margaret Cho (January 10), Carol Burnett in conversation with actress Wendie Malick (January 14) and Neil Patrick Harris (January 27). And on January 19, there will be a 20th anniversary screening of Best in Show as well as an onstage conversation with some of the cast, including Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge and director Christopher Guest.

4) Dada Woof Papa Hot
January 10 - February 16 at Chicago's Theater Wit
About Face Theatre presents the Chicago Premiere of Peter Parnell's funny and sexy play, which introduces two gay couples and their circle of friends who have ventured into the world of modern day parenting.

5) BroadwayCon 2019
January 11 - 13 at the New York Hilton Midtown
Join fellow fans and your favorite Broadway stars and creators as they come together to perform, discuss, debate and celebrate at the fourth BroadwayCon, which brings you through the stage door to see and experience what goes on both on stage and behind the scenes. Featured guests include Laura Benanti, Alex Brightman, Danny Burstein, Jenn Colella, Tina Fey, Joe Iconis, Andrew Rannells and many others.

6) Jessie Mueller with Seth Rudetsky
January 12 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale
Seth Rudetsky (Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s On Broadway) sits down with the Tony Award winner (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) for an intimate evening of incredible music and hilarious conversation.

7) Broadway @ The Town Hall: Kelli O'Hara
January 14 at NYC's Town Hall
Music director and host Seth Rudetsky welcomes the Tony Award winner (The King and I) for an up-close and personal performance and conversation.

8) Night of the Living Dead! The Musical!
January 16 - February 8 at the Kirk Theatre on NYC's Theatre Row
Following a sold-out concert run at Don't Tell Mama over Halloween, this rock-and-roll send-up of the 1968 zombie film stars Jaime Cepero (TV's Smash) and Meg Lanzarone and features book, music and lyrics by Jordan Wolfe.

9) Lyrics & Lyricists: We’ll Have Manhattan: Rodgers & Hart in New York
January 26 - 28 at NYC's 92nd Street Y
Created by and featuring Tony nominee Santino Fontana (Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Tootsie), this show celebrates 100 years of Rodgers & Hart with their gems (“Where or When,” “My Romance”) and their quintessential valentines to New York City (“Manhattan,” “I’ve Got to Get Back to New York”).

10) American Songbook: Tony Yazbeck
January 30 at Lincoln Center's Appel Room in NYC
In his one-man show, the Tony nominee (On the Town) invites the audience to join him on an honest, emotional journey along life’s ups and downs as told through the lyrics of classic show tunes and new standards from today’s biggest pop stars. The Appel Room’s intimate stage provides the perfect setting for this debonair lead whose fresh approach to song and dance ensures that his star will keep on rising.

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