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Is it May already? This month, concert festivals really kick it into high gear, and many artists launch their summer tours. The NBA Playoffs are under way, and now that the weather is nicer, it's time for the The Players Championship.

Although no new Broadway shows are opening this month, many will likely flock to see the productions recently nominated for Tony Awards, including Pippin and I'll Eat You Last. Plus, there are plenty of touring shows around the country. So in addition to some May flowers, here are the month's upcoming events in concerts, sports, and theater:

Concerts

The Package Tour: Can't get enough of boy bands? Thankfully, you don't have to, as New Kids on the Block, 98 Degress, and Boyz II Men launch their tour May 28.

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Brad Paisley's Beat This Summer Tour: The first leg of this tour kicks off May 9 in St. Louis, Mo. From there, it will hit more than 29 cities in the U.S. and Canada.

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Warped Tour: Part-music fest, part-extreme sports fest, Warped Tour starts May 28 and runs all through August 4.

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Other Concerts in May:

  • Tim McGraw’s Two Lanes of Freedom Tour begins May 2.
  • Jackson Browne begins a tour Thursday May 2.
  • Soundgarden's tour starts May 3.
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers begins their 2013 Tour on Thurs, May 16.
  • Dave Matthews Band begins their Summer Tour on Fri, May 17.
  • Pitbull & Kesha begin on Thurs, May 23.
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers begins their 2013 Tour on Thurs, May 16.
  • Sting begins on Thurs, May 30.

Other Festivals in May:

  • Electric Daisy Carnival in NY May 17-18 and IL May 24-26.
  • Hangout Music Festival is May 17-19.
  • Sasquatch Festival is May 24-27.
  • Bayou Country Superfest is May 25-26.

Sports

The Players Championship: Catch Tiger Woods and other golf greats May 9-12 at, TPC Sawgrass, in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

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NBA Playoffs: The NBA playoffs are under way, with Miami and San Antonio as the latest teams to advance to the semifinals.

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UFC 160: It's a rematch between Cain Velasquez and Antonio Silva that's simply being called "Velasquez vs. Bigfoot." Junior Dos Santos fights Mark Hunt, May 25, MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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Other Sports Events in May:

  • NHL Playoffs.
  • MLB Season continues.

Theater

Pippin: Although it's only been open for five days, Pippin was among the most prolific when the Tony nominations were announced earlier today. Because of that, this reprisal, which shares the tale of the first Holy Roman Emperor to the tune of pop-rock music, will likely draw a big crowd.

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I'll Eat You Last: Bette Midler has received rave reviews for her portrayal of Hollywood Agent Sue Mengers in I'll Eat You Last.

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Memphis: Currently on tour across the U.S., Memphis – The Musical – makes stops in Wilmington, DE; Miami, FL; and Orlando, FL during the month of May. The musical centers on the relationship between DJ Huey Calhoun and the aspiring singer Felicia Farrell as both characters struggle to build careers and fight racial discrimination in 1950s Memphis.

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Other Theater Events in May:

  • Big Fish wraps up May 5 in Chicago to prepare for its September Broadway debut.
  • The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream ends May 5.
  • Kinky Boots, The Trip to Bountiful, Macbeth, and The Testament of Mary, all of which opened in late April, continue their Broadway runs in NYC.
  • Million Dollar Quartet, Billy Elliot, Fela!, and Anything Goes continue their tours across the U.S. (For a full list of Broadway shows on the road productions, check out the tour page.)

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