The best in the world of entertainment this January

The Dandelion Chandelier Luxury Entertainment Calendar highlights new films, plays, albums and podcasts in January 2019. It’s the best in the world of entertainment this January. For the rest of the Luxury Calendar, click here. And for a list of fantastic new books being published this month, click here.

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January is kick-off time for the Hollywood awards season. Cineastes will also be paying attention to the Sundance Film Festival. The must-see movies this month include Glass, Serenity and Girl.  Back on the East Coast, there are some cool plays and shows opening, like Songs for Nobodies and Home, I’m Darling. Legendary musical acts take the stage, including Elton John and Bernadette Peters. No one will be bored this month.


This year marks the 30th annual Palm Springs Film Festival.  Olivia Colman will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award this year – Jan 3 – 14

The New York Film Critics Circle will host its annual awards dinner at Tao.  The event is considered among the early smoke signals during movie awards seasonJan 7

NBC will air the 76th annual Golden Globes.  Jeff Bridges is set to receive the Cecil B. deMille Award; Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg host – Jan 7

The Upside is a heartfelt comedy about a recently paroled ex-convict (Kevin Hart) who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a paralyzed billionaire (Bryan Cranston).  The film also stars Nicole Kidman, Julianna Margulies and Aja Naomi King – Jan 11

The Upside, starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart

The Favourite leads this year’s Critics’ Choice Awards nominations with a total of 14, including best picture, best acting ensemble and best director.  The show will be aired on the CW and is historically the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominationsJan 13

Girl, a Belgian drama about a young trans ballet student, premieres on Netflix – Jan 18

Girl debuts on Netflix

Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals—2000’s Unbreakable and 2016’s Split — in a new comic-book thriller. Glass stars James McAvoy, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson – Jan 18

Glass by M. Night Shyamalan

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the NAACP Image Awards; LL Cool J hosts – Jan 19

The Producers Guild Awards take place at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills – Jan 19

Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey star in the suspense thriller Serenity; the cast also includes Djimon Hounsou and Diane Lane- Jan 25

Megan Mullally hosts the 25th annual SAG Awards.  The show will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS – Jan 27


An all-new Doctor Who New Year’s Day Special on BBC America rings in 2019 – Jan 1

E! Live from the Red Carpet: The 2019 Golden Globe Awards airs – Jan 6

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr. returns for its 5th season on PBS – Jan 8

Informer, a BBC thriller, debuts on Amazon. Raza, a young second-generation British-Pakistani man from London, is coerced by a counter-terrorism officer into informing – Jan 11

The BBC’s Informer comes to Amazon

Victoria returns on PBS for season 3Jan 13

Based on author Justin Cronin’s trilogy of the same name, The Passage on Fox follows Project Noah. It’s a secret medical facility where scientists experiment with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease – but could also potentially wipe out the human race – Jan 14

Netflix revives Carmen Sandiego, the beloved educational character from the 80’s and 90’s, for modern audiences – Jan 18

HBO’s Brexit goes behind the scenes of the United Kingdom’s 2016 referendum to leave the European Union. It probes the data-driven tactics of the “Vote Leave” campaign that brought home a political victory.  Starring Benedict Cumberbatch – Jan 19

Brexit on HBO stars Benedict Cumberbatch

Showtime premieres Black Monday, a comedy series about the worst day in Wall Street history. The 10-episode series stars Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall and is executive produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg – Jan 20

Black Monday’s Don Cheadle

Robert Redford’s Sundance Film Festival returns to Park City, Utah – Jan 24 – Feb 3

Chris Pine stars in the Patty Jenkins-directed TNT miniseries I am the Night Jan 28


Celebrating the music of five iconic divas – Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas – Songs For Nobodies transfers to the West End at Ambassadors Theatre – Previews Jan 7, Opens Jan 10

Bernadette Robinson in Songs for Nobodies. Photo Credit: Nicholas Brittain

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s epic and heart-breaking love story, Aspects of Love, opens at London’s Southwark Playhouse – Previews Jan 7, Opens Jan 10

About Alice at Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn was inspired by Calvin Trillin’s 2007 memoir of the same title. It’s a love letter to his wife Alice, who died in 2001 at the age of 63 due to complications from cancer. The play incorporates some of the couple’s actual words. But it goes beyond literal representation and expresses a universal story about a remarkable marriage and a woman who is a muse, mother, wife and part of the second wave of feminism – Jan 8

Following its triumphant Into the Woods, Roundabout’s company in residence, Fiasco Theater, re-imagines its next Stephen Sondheim creation, Merrily We Roll AlongPreviews Jan 12, Opens Feb 19

When we Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other:  Twelves Variations on Samuel Richardson’s “Pamela” is at the National Theatre and stars Cate Blanchett  and Stephen Dillane – Previews Jan 16, Opens Jan 23

Cate Blanchett Photo Courtesy Getty Images

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights is at the Sydney Opera House – Jan 16 – 20

Laura Wade’s new play, Home, I’m Darling, about a woman who aims to live an idealistic 1950’s life as a housewife, will transfer to the West End’s Duke of York Theatre this month – Previews Jan 26, Opens Feb 5

Laura Linney stars in My Name is Lucy Barton at London’s Bridge Theatre. Unsteady after an operation, Lucy wakes to find her mother sitting at the foot of her bed. She hasn’t seen her in years, and her visit brings her daughter back to her desperate rural childhood, and her escape to New York – Previews Jan 18, Opens Jan 25

Laura Linney stars in My Name is Lucy Barton

Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 the Musical opens at the West End’s Savoy Theatre – Jan 28

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s fast-paced, sly satire, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, will take you on a seventy-year journey through Vera’s life and the cultural climate that originally shaped her and continues today. At the Pershing Signature Theatre – Jan 29

Superhero at the Second Stage Theatre is a deeply human new musical about a fractured family, the mysterious stranger in apartment 4-B, and the unexpected hero who just might save the day – Jan 31

The Cast of Superhero at the Second Stage Theater

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Social media stars Jack & Jack are set to release their debut album, RiseJan 11

American rock band The Revivalists will be performing at the Beacon Theatre with American AuthorsJan 16 – 17

Grammy-nominated band Panic! At The Disco is bringing their Pray For The Wicked tour to Barclays Center – Jan 16

Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco. Photo Credit: Ron Elkman/USA TODAY NETWORK

The Tomorrow Never Knows festival gathers the best of rising local indie artists from around Chicago as well as acclaimed national acts, both musicians and comedians – Jan 16 – 20

Diplo headlines Igloofest in Montreal – Jan 17 – Feb 2

Diplo headlines Igloofest 2019 in Montreal

The alt rocker and musician behind the song “No Roots”, Alice Merton releases her debut album, MintJan 18

Having recently completed her run as the titular lead in Hello, Dolly!, Bernadette Peters performs at The Hollywood Bowl – Jan 22

Elton John brings his farewell tour to the Staples Center in LA for four nights – Jan 23 – 25 and 30

Billy Joel continues his residency at MSG – Jan 24

American pop legends The Backstreet Boys will release their first album in five years, DNA. They’re embarking on a world tour, with seventy shows around the globe – Jan 25

Treat Myself is American singer Meghan Trainor‘s third studio album; it includes the singles ‘No Excuses’, ‘Let You Be Right’ and ‘Can’t Dance’ – Jan 25

Meghan Trainor

On the heels of a new album, Snow Patrol returns for a gig at the 02 Arena – Jan 26

Justin Timberlake brings his Man of the Woods tour to MSG – Jan 31


Dr. Phil McGraw, star of CBS’s Dr. Phil, is partnering with E.W. Scripps’ Stitcher to launch new podcast Phil in the Blanks – Jan 8

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