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) Sing-A-Long Xanadu
November 3 at Chicago's Music Box Theatre
For one magical night only, the classic 1980 Olivia Newton-John film will be presented in a theater filled with leg-warmers, drag queens and screaming fans belting out "Magic", "All Over the World" and, of course, the groovy title tune. This hilarious extravaganza will be hosted by Dick O’Day and the Camp Midnight Players.
2) Musical Comedy Whore
November 5 at North Hollywood's Noho Arts Center
This casual yet intimate reading of a new one-man musical by actor/writer David Pevsner (Old Dogs & New Tricks, Role/Play) will benefit the ongoing tour of the I AM Love Campaign, an anti-bullying movement designed to promote religious, spiritual and civil equality for LGBT men and women.
3) Liz Callaway
November 7 - 11 at NYC's 54 Below
Tony nominee Liz Callaway, who has appeared on Broadway in Merrily We Roll Along, Baby, Cats and Miss Saigon, performs her new concert act, Comin' Around Again, featuring songs by Stephen Sondheim, Carly Simon, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bacharach and David, Adam Guettel, Marvin Hamlisch and more. Use the code "LIZ10" to receive $10 off the cover charge.
4) An Evening with Amy Sedaris
November 8 at Madame Walker Theatre Center in Indianapolis
As part of the 2012 Spirit & Place Festival, actress, author and comedian Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy) chats with WFYI's Art of the Matter co-host Travis DiNicola. This event is presented by NoExit Performance, the Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival (which runs November 9-11) and Indy Pride.
5) Forever Natalie Wood
November 9 - 11 at San Francisco's Castro Theatre
This 3-day celebration of the films and life of the beloved actress will feature screenings of Rebel Without a Cause, This Property Is Condemned, Gypsy, Love with the Proper Stranger, Splendor in the Grass, West Side Story, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and Inside Daisy Clover. Her sister Lana Wood will also sit down for a rare on-stage interview on November 10.
6) The Anarchist
Broadway previews begin November 13. Opens December 2 at the Golden Theatre
Two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone and three-time Academy Award nominee Debra Winger (in her Broadway debut) star in this new drama written and directed by David Mamet. The play is about an inmate (LuPone) pleading for parole from a prison warden (Winger).
7) Golden Age
Off-Broadway previews begin November 13. Opens December 4 at City Center Stage I
Bebe Neuwirth, Lorenzo Pisoni and Lee Pace (TV's Pushing Daisies) star in the New York premiere of Terrence McNally's backstage-at-the-opera drama about the opening night of Vincenzo Bellini's final work, I puritani, in 1935 Paris. Tony winner Walter Bobbie directs the production.
8) James Gavin's STORMY WEATHER: The Lena Horne Project
November 17 at Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville, Illinois
This narrated concert production stars Mary Wilson (of the original Supremes) and features rare multi-media images and footage of singer Lena Horne narrated by James Gavin (author of the 2009 biography, Stormy Weather). Wilson will perform thrilling new arrangements of such songs as "Stormy Weather", "Honeysuckle Rose", "Yesterday When I Was Young" and many others made popular by Horne. Click here for other upcoming performances in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Texas.
Off-Broadway previews begin November 19. Opens December 9 at New World Stages
Directed by Stafford Arima, this contemporary rock musical follows a group of teens wrestling with issues of identity, sexuality and religion at a co-ed Catholic boarding school as they attempt to navigate the complex road from adolescence to adulthood. The production features music by Damon Intrabartolo, book and lyrics by Jon Hartmere and choreography by Travis Wall.
10) The Killing of Sister George
November 28 - December 23 at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut
Tony and Academy Award-nominee Kathleen Turner (Serial Mom, Peggy Sue Got Married) stars in and directs Jeffrey Hatcher's new adaptation of Frank Marcus' 1964 comedy about an actress who learns that her character on a BBC radio show is to be killed off.