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) 9th Annual Broadway Unplugged
December 3 at NYC's Town Hall
In what has become a Fall concert tradition in New York, some of the biggest and brightest Broadway stars of today sing show tunes the way they used to be - without microphones! Cheyenne Jackson headlines an all-star cast that includes Debbie Gravitte, Laura Osnes, Julia Murney, Barbara Walsh, Natalie Toro, Orfeh, Andy Karl and many others.
2) The 25th Anniversary staged reading of Steel Magnolias
December 3 at NYC's Lucille Lortel Theatre
This special one night only event of Robert Harling's 1987 play will benefit The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Directed by actress Judith Ivey, the reading will feature Blythe Danner (as Clairee), Annie Potts (as Truvy), Jan Maxwell (as M'Lynn), the original Truvy, Margo Martindale (as Ouiser), Celia Keenan-Bolger as Shelby and Sarah Stiles as Annelle.
3) 24th Annual Gypsy of the Year
December 3 and 4 at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre
The 24th edition of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' Gypsy of the Year will feature performances by more than 200 of New York's best actors, singers, dancers and musicians and will include a tribute to celebrated lyricist Freb Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago) featuring Tony Award winners David Hyde Pierce and Debra Monk. A limited number of tickets will be available for sale one hour before each performance in the theatre lobby. Below is last year's opening number featuring a reunion of the original Broadway cast of Grease.
December 5 - January 20 at American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Diane Paulus' bold new staging of the 1972 musical, Pippin, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. The cast includes Charlotte d'Amboise (as Fastrada), Terrence Mann (as King Charles), Andrea Martin (as Berthe), Patina Miller (as Leading Player) and Matthew James Thomas (as Pippin).
Karen Mason in Christmas, Christmas, Christmas!
December 12, 14, 15, 19, 22 and 23 at Davenport's in Chicago
Broadway's Karen Mason (Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, Sunset Boulevard, Wonderland) makes a special return appearance to her hometown for the holidays. Her show will feature a mixture of holiday standards, light seasonal fare to the more traditional Christmas songs performed in Mason's distinctive style that will even put Scrooge in the holiday spirit. She will also be performing at NYC's 54 Below on December 10 and 17 (click here for tickets and be sure to mention or use the code "menevent10" to receive a Special BoysNight Ticket Offer of only $25 for Main Dining Room seating - and it includes a complimentary drink).
Broadway previews begin December 14. Opens January 13 at the American Airlines Theatre
William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1953 play returns to Broadway in a striking new production helmed by acclaimed director Sam Gold. Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn stars alongside Reed Birney, Elizabeth Marvel, Maggie Grace (TV's LOST), Sebastian Stan (TV's Once Upon a Time and Political Animals) and Emmy Award winner Mare Winningham.
7) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Broadway previews begin December 18. Opens January 17 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre
Tony and Emmy winner Rob Ashford directs this new production of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning drama starring Ciarán Hinds, Benjamin Walker, Debra Monk and Scarlett Johansson as "Maggie the Cat".
8) Charles Busch
December 28 & 29 at NYC's 54 Below
Performance legend, camp icon and Tony-nominated playwright Charles Busch (Psycho Beach Party, Die, Mommie, Die!, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife) makes his 54 Below debut for two very special performances, joined by Musical Director Tom Judson. Expect laughter, music, tears and sequins - but no boas. Be sure to mention or use the code "menevent10" to receive a Special BoysNight Ticket Offer of only $30 (reg. $40) for Main Dining Room seating - and it includes a complimentary drink.
9) Patti LuPone
December 31 at NYC's 54 Below
Ring in the New Year with Broadway legend, two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone, who presents her celebrated show, Far Away Places. Backed by a five-piece orchestra, she will perform a mix of contemporary pop and Broadway tunes as well as a selection of Paris and Berlin cabaret classics from the 1930s and '40s. Cover charge is $300-400 for the two performances, which include a 3-course dinner and a champagne toast.
10) The Poseidon Adventure New Year's Eve Celebration
December 31 at Chicago's Music Box Theatre
On the 40th anniversary of The Poseidon Adventure, Camp Midnight and the Music Box Theatre resuscitate New Year’s Eve on the S.S. Poseidon, the annual campy celebration set against the backdrop of the beloved 1972 disaster epic. “Passengers” are invited to don their best ’70s cruisewear and grab their deck chairs at 11 pm for a pre-show hosted by Captain Dick O’Day and staffed by the hearty crew of Hell in a Handbag Productions. There will be a complimentary champagne toast, a costume competition with prizes, and the screening is timed so that theater patrons and their celluloid counterparts will celebrate midnight at the exact same moment. Audience members receive an interactive guide, while Camp Midnight provides hilarious running commentary throughout the film.