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Fansters rejoice: In defiance of winter’s blast, there are drama festivals galore, a convention like no other (and it’s custom-made just for you), ticket offers to snap up and a flamboyant pop star making his Broadway debut.

 

THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR DANCING

Jake Shears, of the pop group Scissor Sisters, steps into “Kinky Boots” Jan. 8. “My feet are so big,“ he says, “I’ve never seen a pair of stilettos that would fit me.” Until now. 

Kinky Boots,” Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 W. 45th St., 877.250.2929

FOR BROADWAY GEEKS

No self-respecting theater buff will want to miss BroadwayCon (broadwaycon.com), Jan. 26–28. Three days of acting, singing, dancing workshops; meet and greets with Tony Award-winning stars and creatives; previews of upcoming shows; performances; and more. It’s an exhaustive behind-the-scenes expo. Timing is everything in live theater, so check out this concurrent offer: two-for-one tickets to many shows on the Great White Way during NYC Broadway Week (nycgo.com/broadway-week), Jan. 16–Feb. 4. Tickets go on sale Jan. 5—and go fast.

A MONTH OF FESTIVALS

These three feasts of the dramatic arts will satisfy your hunger for live theater: 

• For its 14th annual Under the Radar Festival, The Public Theater presents works as diverse as director Wang Chong’s reinvention of an early 20th-century Chinese drama, “Thunderstorm 2.0;” and “The Hendrix Project” (below, left), which focuses on the audience at Jimi Hendrix’s legendary Dec. 31, 1969, concert at NYC’s Fillmore East. |  undertheradarfestival.com, Jan. 4–15

The Exponential Festival, now in its third year, celebrates New York-based artists performing in increasingly important Brooklyn venues. A highlight is “Spaceman” (below, right), a character-driven, immersive play about a female astronaut and her mission to be the first human to land on Mars.  |  theexponentialfestival.org, Jan. 4–31

• With a lineup of rarely staged plays by David Henry Hwang and Enda Walsh, new works, conversations with directors Anne Bogart and George C. Wolfe, and book signings, The Drama League’s citywide DirectorFest aims to answer the question:“What does a director really do?”  |  directorfest.org, Jan. 13–22