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Monday, April 1, 2019

10 Groovy Things to Do in April starring Sally, Tootsie, Romy & Michele

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) BEETLEJUICE The Musical
Broadway previews begin March 28. Opens April 25 at the Winter Garden Theatre.
Directed by Alex Timbers (Moulin Rouge! The Musical), this musical version of Tim Burton's 1988 film stars Sophia Anne Caruso as Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose new house is haunted by Barbara and Adam Maitland (Kerry Butler, Rob McClure), a recently deceased couple, and Beetlejuice (Alex Brightman), a delightful demon with a real zest for life.

2) TOOTSIE: The Comedy Musical
Broadway previews begin March 29. Opens April 23 at the Marquis Theatre.
Featuring a score by Tony winner David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), this musical version of the 1982 film stars Santino Fontana as Michael Dorsey, an out-of-work actor willing to do anything for a job.

3) All My Sons
Broadway previews begin April 4. Opens April 22 at the American Airlines Theatre.
Annette Bening and Tracy Letts return to Broadway in this revival of Arthur Miller's 1947 drama.

4) Ebertfest 2019: 21st Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival
April 10 - 13 at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, Illinois
This year's slate of films and attendees include Amazing Grace (2018) with director Alan Elliott, Cœur fidèle (The Faithful Heart) (1923) with film critic Michael Phillips, Rachel Getting Married (2008), Bound (1996) with stars Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon, Cold War (2018), Cane River (1982) with actress Tommye Myrick, A Year of the Quiet Sun (1984) with actress Maja Komorowska, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997) with director David Mirkin, Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016) with co-director Rita Coburn, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018) with director Morgan Neville, Almost Famous (2000) with film critic Richard Roeper, and Sideways (2004) with Roeper and actress Virginia Madsen.

5) TCM Classic Film Festival 2019
April 11 - 14 in Hollywood
Turner Classic Movies will kick off its 10th annual film festival with a 30th anniversary screening of the 1989 romantic comedy, When Harry Met Sally…, with stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan and director/producer Rob Reiner in attendance. And Crystal will be honored with a hand and footprint ceremony at the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX.

Other featured films include The Bad Seed (1956) with star Patty McCormack in attendance, Cold Turkey (1971) with director Norman Lear in attendance, Day for Night (1973) with star Jacqueline Bisset in attendance, Escape from New York (1981) with director John Carpenter and star Kurt Russell in attendance, Nashville (1975) with stars Ronee Blakley, Keith Carradine, Jeff Goldblum and Lily Tomlin and writer Joan Tewkesbury in attendance, Ocean's 11 (1960) and The Killers (1964) with star Angie Dickinson in attendance, Steel Magnolias (1989) with star Shirley MacLaine and writer Robert Harling in attendance, A Woman Under the Influence (1974) with star Gena Rowlands in attendance, When Worlds Collide (1951) with star Barbara Rush in attendance, and Yours, Mine and Ours (1968) with stars Kevin Burchett, Tracy Nelson and Mitch Vogel in attendance (they played Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda's children).

6) All My Sons
London previews begin April 13. Opens April 23 at the Old Vic Theatre.
Sally Field and Bill Pullman make their London stage debuts in this revival of Arthur Miller's 1947 drama.

7) 33rd Annual Easter Bonnet Competition
April 22 & 23 at NYC's Minskoff Theatre
This highly anticipated annual event features performers from Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies sharing original skits, songs and dances as well as their elaborately designed bonnets. Last year's competition and fundraising campaign raised $5.7 million for Broadway Cares.

8) Leslie Jordan in Exposed
April 24 - 27 at Chicago Theater Works
The Emmy Award-winning actor and comedian's latest solo performance invites audiences behind-the-scenes of his childhood and career, offering a charming and hilarious look at his life experience as a flamboyant Tennessee youth raised as a Southern Baptist. He’ll also share "unbelievable real-life stories" and treasured anecdotes from his renowned stage and television performances.

9) THE GOLDEN GIRLS: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 3
April 25 - August 31 at Mary's Attic in Chicago
Hell in a Handbag Productions presents the latest installment of its hit sitcom parody featuring the first-ever musical episode - so be prepared for songs like "Back in St. Olaf," "You're a Tramp, Blanche" and many more. (Photo Credit: Rick Aguilar Studios)

10) Sherie Rene Scott & Norbert Leo Butz
April 26 - May 2 at NYC's Feinstein's/54 Below
After sharing the stage in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Rent and The Last Five Years, Sherie and Norbert reunite once again for an investigation of their 20+ year creative partnership in musical theatre.

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