Friday, March 1, 2013
10 Groovy Things to Do in March starring Liza Minnelli, Alan Cumming & Nathan Lane
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) PaleyFest 2013
March 1 - 15 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills
During its 30th annual celebration of great television, PaleyFest will feature panels with the following series during its two-week run:
Once Upon A Time (March 3) with Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Colin O'Donoghue and Emile de Ravin.
The New Normal (March 6) with Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha, Ellen Barkin, Georgia King, Bebe Wood, NeNe Leakes and Jayson Blair.
Nashville (March 9) with Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere.
Dallas (March 10) with Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, Jesse Metcalfe, Josh Henderson, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo and Brenda Strong.
American Horror Story: Asylum (March 15) with Frances Conroy, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe and James Cromwell.
Other series include Revolution (March 2), The Newsroom (March 3), Community (March 5), Parenthood (March 7), The Mindy Project (March 8), Arrow (March 9), New Girl (March 11) and 2 Broke Girls (March 14). The Walking Dead (March 1) and The Big Bang Theory (March 13) are sold out, but you can still see these panels in a movie theater - watch the video for more information.
2) Chicago Takes Off: Neo Noir 2013
March 2 at Chicago's Park West
Now in its seventh year, Chicago Takes Off returns for two shows only, and this year’s theme, Neo Noir, is darker, steamier and sultrier than ever. This annual burlesque revue-style show, which supports TPAN’s HIV/AIDS programs and services, features talented male and female dancers who strut their stuff and engage audiences in a sexy celebration of life.
3) Beckie Menzie's "Celebrate Me Home" 25th Anniversary Concert
March 3 at Chicago's Mayne Stage
Since moving to Chicago on March 1, 1988, cabaret singer/keyboardist/songwriter Beckie Menzie has called this city and the music scene her home. And now 25 years later she presents a concert called "Celebrate Me Home", which will showcase many new arrangements as well as audience favorites.
4) Killing Kittens
March 8 - 30 at Theatre on the Square in Indianapolis
Mark A. Ridge's new play is a dark comedy about a lonely gay man (who suffers from a borderline personality disorder), a fag hag (who truly loves him) and the hustler from upstairs (in need of an escape from an abusive relationship) who come together on an unforgettable New Year's Eve. Killing Kittens contains strong adult content, language and nudity.
5) Liza Minnelli & Alan Cumming
March 13 & 14 at NYC's Town Hall (the March 13th show is already sold out)
Nightlife impresario Daniel Nardicio is bringing Liza Minnelli and Alan Cumming to the Manhattan stage to celebrate Liza's 67th Birthday (on March 12). This concert is a transfer of their two sold-out shows last summer in Fire Island's historic Ice Palace nightclub. Nardicio says: "It had always surprised me that no producer had thought to put these two long time friends on stage together - considering their consummate performing skills, their history with Cabaret and their friendship. It's a no-brainer. That's what people saw on the stage on Fire Island - two good friends having fun. I dare say that this show is a celebration of friendship in general."
6) Broadway Backwards
March 18 at Broadway's Palace Theatre
Produced by Broadway Cares, this annual celebration - in which gays and lesbians see their stories told through the great songs of musical theatre - returns for a star-studded, one-night only event, featuring Estelle Parsons, Jan Maxwell, Victor Garber, Doris Roberts, Judy Kaye, Len Cariou, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Karen Ziemba, Bruce Vilanch, Malcom Gets, Anita Gillette, Stephanie J. Block, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Kyle Dean Massey, Eve Plumb and many others.
7) The Assembled Parties
Broadway previews begin March 19. Opens April 17 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater
Directed by Lynne Meadow, Richard Greenberg's new play welcomes us to the world of the Bascovs, an Upper West Side Jewish family in 1980. In a sprawling Central Park West apartment, former movie star Julie Bascov (Jessica Hecht) and her sister-in-law Faye (Tony and Emmy winner Judith Light) bring their families together for their traditional holiday dinner, during which a house guest unwittingly — or perhaps by design — insinuates himself into the family drama. Twenty years later, as 2001 approaches, the Bascovs' seemingly picture-perfect life may be about to crumble.
8) It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman
March 20 - 24 at NYC's City Center
Originally produced on Broadway in 1966, this pop art–flavored sendup of the comic book world tells the story of the caped hero’s efforts to protect Metropolis from an array of villains, including a mad scientist, a megalomaniacal gossip columnist and a mysterious clan of under-employed acrobats. Directed by John Rando, this Encores! production will star Will Swenson, Alli Mauzey, Erich Bergen, David Pittu and Jenny Powers as Lois Lane and Edward Watts as Superman.
9) The Nance
Broadway previews begin March 21. Opens April 15 at the Lyceum Theatre
Two-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane stars in the world premiere of Douglas Carter Beane’s new play. The title of the work refers to the burlesque character of a stereotypically camp homosexual man, most times played by a straight actor. Beane brings audiences into the world of 1930's New York burlesque and introduces Chauncey Miles (Lane), a headline “nance” performer who, unlike his counterparts, is actually a gay man living in secrecy and fear. Directed by Tony winner Jack O’Brien, The Nance co-stars Tony winner Cady Huffman, Andréa Burns, Lewis J. Stadlen, Jonny Orsini and Jenni Barber.
10) Under A Rainbow Flag
March 21 - April 21 at Chicago's Main Stage
Pride Films and Plays presents the world premiere of this new musical by Leo Schwartz. Based on the real-life story of a WWII naval corpsman Jon Philips (who still lives in Evanston, Illinois), Under A Rainbow Flag is an high-energy work about a group of soldiers who meet on a transport train heading west from Chicago and about the choices they make during and after the war.