A Toast to Tennessee, a collage of scenes and quotes celebrating Tennessee Williams' great artistry as a playwright and the centennial of his birth, will kick off the month June 1 at 7 PM and June 8 at 9:30 PM. There is a $5 cover.
Summer & Eve, starring Nadia Quinn (Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson), Emily Tarver, Rebecca Kaasa and Aaron Quinn, will play June 3 at 9:30 PM. The group, according to press notes, "specialize in a hyper-articulate, nerdy, post-modern sort of musical comedy about love, deceptive boyfriends, Macaulay Culkin and... how to make a bong." There is a $10 cover.
Frank Galgano (Brigadoon) and Trevor Southworth will appear in Becca Southworth: Add a Dash of Diva June 7 at 9:30 PM. Southworth will celebrate her favorite women of song. There is a $15 cover.
Eric Michael Gillett (The Frogs, Sweet Smell of Success, Kiss Me, Kate) will appear in his show Cast of Thousands on June 10, June 22 and June 29 at 7 PM. The concert, according to press notes, "weaves a rich tapestry of song, as Gillett enacts the lives of the thousands of people with whom we interact every day, but may never come to know." There is a $20 cover.
Drama Desk winner Doreen Montalvo (In the Heights) will perform with Ilene Kristen (Grease), Kimberly Dunbar and Jene Hernandez in Ladies Night Three June 13 at 9:30 PM to benefit Help is On the Way Today, a charity for children affected by HIV/AIDS. There is a $20 cover. Tony Award nominee Joan Rivers (Sally Marr… and her escorst) brings her stand-up act to the Laurie Beechman Theatre June 14 at 9 PM. Rivers will present "an evening of her newest and most outrageous riffs on 'The Celebrity Apprentice,' Hollywood, pop culture, celebrities, reality TV and award show fashion." Tickets for the event are $40 and can be purchased at www.spincyclenyc.com or by calling (212) 352-3101. Proceeds will benefit God's Love We Deliver and Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Alison Arngrim, best known for playing obnoxious Nellie Oleson on the TV series "Little House on the Prarie," will bring her one-woman show Confessions of a Prairie Bitch to the Laurie Beechman Theatre June 17 and 18 at 7:30 PM. Arngrim presents "an uproarious evening of storytelling and stand-up about life as everyone's favorite toxic pre-teen brat, complete with petticoats and ringlets," according to press notes. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.spincyclenyc.com or by calling (212) 352-3101.
Broadway performers will be on hand for Unsung Alan Menken June 19 at 7 PM to sing the lesser-known songs from the catalogue of theatre and film composer Alan Menken. There is a $15 cover.
Michael Zahler (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee national tour) will team up with music director Will Van Dyke (Wicked, The Addams Family) for his cabaret debut Michael Zahler: Here I Go June 20 at 9:30 PM. There is a $10 cover.
Sondheim Unplugged, featuring an array of Broadway and cabaret’s most dynamic performers, will celebrate the work of Sondheim accompanied by piano only June 27 at 7 PM. There is a $20 cover.
Anthony Rapp (Rent), Annie Golden (The Full Monty, On the Town) Molly Hager, Morgan James (Wonderland, The Addams Family), Eric Morris (Mamma Mia!), Brandon Uranowitz (Baby, It's You!), Lorinda Lisitza, Joelle Lurie and Jason Williams are set for Good Clean Music: Another Michael R. Jackson Song Thing June 27 at 9:30 PM. The concert is described as "an appropriate, fun, mostly white, non-confrontational evening of song that even your avid theatergoing, 'Dancing-With-The-Stars'-loving, right wing Republican mother could love." There is a $12 cover.
Emily Bergl (A Touch of the Poet, The Rivals, The Lion in the Winter) will wrap up the month of June in her show Kidding on the Square June 28 at 9:30 PM. Bergl will "create a cabaret world that blends classic Fats Waller and Cole Porter hits with vintage takes on modern favorites from Roy Orbison to Madonna." There is a $20 cover.
At each performance there will be a $15 food and/or beverage minimum.
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