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Friday, February 1, 2019

10 Groovy Things to Do in February featuring Schitt's Creek, Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal

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) Sea Wall / A Life
February 1 - March 31 at NYC's Public Theater
Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Tony Award nominee Tom Sturridge make their Public Theater debuts in an unforgettable and incredibly intimate evening of theater. Directed by Carrie Cracknell, this heart-filled exploration of the meaning of life is a must-see evening of dramatic storytelling at its best. (Photo Credit: Joseph Marzullo/WENN)

2) All About Eve
London previews begin February 2. Opens February 12 at the Noël Coward Theatre.
Ivo van Hove directs Gillian Anderson (as Margo Channing) and Lily James (as Eve Harrington) in his new stage adaptation of the 1950 Oscar-winning film. The cast also includes Monica Dolan, Ian Drysdale, Tsion Habte, Jessie Mei Li, Julian Ovenden, Sheila Reid, Rhashan Stone, Stanley Townsend and Philip Voyzey.

3) Call Me Madam
February 6 - 10 at New York City Center
Encores! is reviving one of their own revivals - Call Me Madam, which starred Tyne Daly back in February 1995. Tony nominee Carmen Cusack will now play the charmingly unrefined Sally Adams, the “hostess with the mostess,” and ambassador to the fictional country of Lichtenburg. With beloved standards like “It’s a Lovely Day Today” and “Something to Dance About,” The New York Times praised the score as one of Irving Berlin’s most enchanting. The cast will also feature Ben Davis, Jason Gotay, Darrell Hammond, Adam Heller, Carol Kane, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Brad Oscar, Randy Rainbow, Michael Benjamin Washington and Lauren Worsham.

4) Broadway Center Stage: The Music Man
February 6 - 11 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC
Starring Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis (Porgy and Bess) as Harold Hill, Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful, Carousel) as Marian Paroo, and Broadway, film and television star Rosie O’Donnell as Mrs. Paroo, this is a semi-staged concert production of the American favorite and six-time Tony Award–winning musical.

5) THE GOLDEN GIRLS: The Lost Episodes – The Valentine Edition
February 8 - March 10 at Chicago's Stage 773
Chicago’s favorite drag seniors start 2019 with LOVE in Hell in a Handbag Productions’ beloved parody. This new Valentine Edition will feature Adrian Hadlock as Sophia, Ed Jones as Rose, Michael Rashid and David Cerda as Dorothy and Grant Drager as Blanche. The ensemble also includes Chazie Bly, Miles Brindley, Casey Coppess, Steve Kimbrough, Ryan Oates, Ryan Tang and Danne W. Taylor as various characters. (Photo Credit: Rick Aguilar Studios)

6) Be More Chill
Broadway previews begin February 13. Opens March 10 at the Lyceum Theatre.
Based on Ned Vizzini’s 2004 novel, this new musical adaptation tells the story of an average teenager who takes a pill purported to make people more chill. It features music and lyrics by Joe Iconis and a book by Joe Tracz.

7) Kiss Me, Kate
Broadway previews begin February 14. Opens March 14 at Studio 54.
In this Roundabout Theatre Company revival of the Tony Award-winning 1948 musical, Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase play two divorced and egocentric performers who find themselves starring opposite each other in a musical version of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.

8) An Inspector Calls
February 19 - March 10 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
The National Theatre of Great Britain’s award-winning thriller comes to Chicago for a limited engagement. An Inspector Calls has become the theatrical event of a generation, amassing Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk and Critics Circle awards. Director Stephen Daldry's vision of this suspenseful masterpiece finds a peaceful dinner party at the prosperous Birling home shattered when an inspector arrives to investigate a young woman’s death.

9) The Origin of Love: The Songs & Stories of Hedwig
February 22 at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre
John Cameron Mitchell, the double Tony Award-winning, Golden Globe-nominated co-creator of Hedwig & the Angry Inch, brings songs and stories from his history in a big, brash and bold rock spectacle, performing songs from his groundbreaking rock musical and regaling audiences with stories from 20 years of Hedwig. He will also preview songs from Anthem, his upcoming musical podcast starring himself, Glenn Close, Patti Lupone, Cynthia Erivo, Denis O’Hare, Laurie Anderson and Marion Cotillard. So put on some make-up, turn up the eight-track and pull the wig down from the shelf – for a night of post-punk, neo-glam rock – a collective quest for love, hope and identity.

10) Schitt's Creek: Up Close & Personal
February 24 at the Chicago Theatre
Join the cast of Schitt’s Creek as they hilariously discuss the production process, tell behind-the-scenes stories, and relive some of your favorite moments from the show, followed by a Q&A where they’ll answer audience questions. Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Dan Levy, Annie Murphy, Emily Hampshire and Noah Reid will all be there!

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