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Friday, March 1, 2019

10 Groovy Things to Do in March featuring Afterglow, Falsettos and POSEIDON! An Upside Down Musical



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) Broadway @ The Town Hall: Jeremy Jordan
March 11 at NYC's Town Hall
Music director and host Seth Rudetsky welcomes the Tony Award nominee (Newsies) for an up-close and personal performance and conversation.




2) Broadway Backwards
March 11 at NYC's New Amsterdam Theatre
The Broadway community comes together once again for this star-studded evening of quintessential Broadway tunes with a twist - men sing songs originally intended for women, and vice versa. Hosted by Tony Award nominee Jenn Colella (Come From Away), the one-night-only event will include performances by Len Cariou, Gavin Creel, Darren Criss, Lea DeLaria, Rosemary Harris, Caissie Levy, Donna McKechnie, Bebe Neuwirth, Andrew Rannells, Alice Ripley, Jarrod Spector, Kathleen Turner and many others. In its 13 editions, Broadway Backwards has raised more than $4.1 million for Broadway Cares and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City.



3) Falsettos
March 12 - 17 at Broadway Sacramento
The 2016 Broadway revival of William Finn and James Lapine’s groundbreaking musical launches its 2019 National Tour with a cast that includes Nick Adams as Whizzer, Eden Espinosa as Trina, and Max von Essen as Marvin. Other tour dates include San Francisco (March 19 - April 14), Los Angeles (April 16 - May 19), Chicago (May 28 - June 9), Washington, DC (June 11 - 23) and Charlotte, NC (June 25 - 30).




4) PaleyFest LA 2019
March 15 - 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles
During its 36th annual celebration of great television, PaleyFest will feature panels with the following series - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (March 15), Grace and Frankie (March 16), RuPaul's Drag Race (March 17), 9-1-1 (March 17), Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (March 20), The Walking Dead (March 22), Hawaii Five-0, MacGyver and Magnum P.I. (March 23), Pose (March 23), Star Trek: Discovery and The Twilight Zone (March 24) and This Is Us (March 24). An Evening with Stephen Colbert (March 16) and Parks and Recreation Reunion (March 21) are already sold out.



5) POSEIDON! An Upside Down Musical
March 15 - April 28 at Chicago's Edge Theater
Hell in a Handbag Productions launches its 2019 season with a revival of POSEIDON! An Upside Down Musical, a musical parody and a loving homage to the classic 1972 disaster film, The Poseidon Adventure. Below you can watch videos of Handbag's 2002 and 2009 POSEIDON! productions (and click here to read my rave review of the 2009 show).




6) Burn This
Broadway previews begin March 15. Opens April 16 at the Hudson Theatre.
Academy Award nominee Adam Driver and Golden Globe winner Keri Russell star in this revival of Lanford Wilson's acclaimed 1987 drama. Directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer, and co-starring Tony nominees David Furr and Brandon Uranowitz, Burn This is a smoldering story of love and raw attraction by one of the most vital playwrights of the modern era. Below you can watch Wilson and the 1987 production team of Burn This on the American Theatre Wing's Working in the Theatre series.



7) Hillary and Clinton
Broadway previews begin March 16. Opens April 18 at the Golden Theatre.
Directed by Joe Mantello, Lucas Hnath's play stars Laurie Metcalf as Hillary, a former First Lady, who is at odds with her husband Bill (played by John Lithgow) and her campaign manager Mark as she attempts to salvage her bid for President of the United States during the 2008 primaries.



8) Oklahoma!
Broadway previews begin March 19. Opens April 7 at Circle in the Square.
Daniel Fish directs this radical reimagining of the 1943 musical classic.




9) I Married An Angel
March 20 - 24 at New York City Center
The second production of the 2019 Encores! season is this 1938 musical comedy featuring a heavenly Rodgers and Hart score. The cast includes Phillip Attmore, Max Baker, Mark Evans, Ann Harada, Nikki M. James, Sara Mearns, Hayley Podschun and Tom Robbins. Below you can listen to a 1938 recording of the title song by Larry Clinton and his Orchestra (with vocal refrain by Bea Wain).



10) Afterglow
March 22 - May 5 at Pride Arts Center in Chicago
S. Asher Gelman's raw 90-minute play explores the emotional, intellectual and physical connections between three men and the broader implications within their relationships. David Zak directs a cast that includes Jacob Barnes, Rich Holton and Jesse Montoya.

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