Annaleigh Ashford, Keira Knightley and Bob Saget Take Their Final Bows: What Not to Miss This Week!

News   Annaleigh Ashford, Keira Knightley and Bob Saget Take Their Final Bows: What Not to Miss This Week! The Know: Don't miss out on this week's must-see shows and events, Dec. 22-Jan. 3, 2016!

PREVIEWS

Dec. 26: Kicking off its 12th "season of scandal," Red Bull Theater Company presents a revival of The Changeling, Thomas Middleton and William Rowley’s classic play. The Off-Broadway production is at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in downtown Manhattan.

Dec. 28: Performances begin for Manhattan Theatre Club's premiere staging of Our Mother's Brief Affair, penned by Tony-winning playwright Richard Greenberg. Tony winner Linda Lavin heads the cast as family matriarch Anna in this new Broadway play about love and secrets. 

Linda Lavin
Linda Lavin

OPENING

Dec. 28: The Broadway-bound Gotta Dance officially opens in Chicago following previews that began Dec. 13. Directed and choreographed by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell, the new musical is based on the acclaimed 2008 documentary of the same name and is set for an opening on Broadway in fall 2016.  LAST CHANCE

Jan. 3, 2016: Say farewell to your favorite foul-mouthed puppet Tyrone when Broadway's Hand to God takes its final bow. The current cast of the Tony-winning play by Robert Askins features "Full House" star Bob Saget in the role of Pastor Greg. Who's dirtier – Saget or Tyrone? Read Playbill's interview with the comedian here.  

Jan. 3: The Broadway debut of the tap-happy musical comedy Dames at Sea concludes its run on the Great White Way. The show famously helped launch the career of Tony winner Bernadette Peters when it played Off-Broadway; the revival stars Lesli Margherita, John Bolton and Eloise Kropp, among others. 

Jan. 3: Keira Knightley, who made her Broadway debut this season in Thérèse Raquin, takes her final bow in the acclaimed Roundabout Theatre Company revival. In the tense period drama, Knightley plays a restless woman stuck in a loveless marriage, cornered by her selfish husband (Tony Award winner Gabriel Ebert) and her controlling mother-in-law (two-time Tony Award winner Judith Light). 

Jan. 3: The return engagement of The Illusionists performs its final magic trick on Broadway. The fast-paced show features seven of the world's greatest magicians performing death-defying stunts and breathtaking displays. 

Jan. 3: Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford barks for a final time as the curtains close on the adorable revival of A.R. Gurney's Sylvia – a must-see for all dog lovers. See Ashford's transformation into the lovable pooch here

Jan. 3: Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games concludes its limited New York engagement on Broadway. The show features Irish dance mixed with holographs, special effects lighting, dancing robots and world-champion acrobats. 

Jan. 3: American Dance Machine for The 21st Century (ADM21) makes its final leap at the Joyce Theater. The dance showcase, helmed by Wicked's Wayne Cilento, features 22 dancers and eight musicians. 

Jan. 3: Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam's new comedy-drama The Humans finishes up Off-Broadway before its Broadway transfer next year. The Joe Mantello-helmed play, which takes place during a family Thanksgiving dinner in Chinatown, Manhattan, sees tensions mount and secrets unveiled. 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Now through Dec. 24: Tony nominee Norm Lewis, who was the first African-American to play the title role in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, takes the stage at Feinstein's/54 Below with his special holiday concert, Norm Wishes You a Swingin' Christmas

Norm Lewis
Norm Lewis

Dec. 29: Don't miss CBS' broadcast of the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors ceremony. Stephen Colbert, host of the CBS talk show "The Late Show," emceed the Dec. 6 event, saluting singer-songwriter Carole King, actresses Cicely Tyson and Rita Moreno, filmmaker George Lucas, conductor Seiji Ozawa and rock group the Eagles. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Karen Olivo, Viola Davis and Sara Bareilles were among the performers. 

Dec. 31: Feinstein's/54 Below rings in the new year with two stellar shows. In the earlier slot, three-time Tony nominee Marin Mazzie takes to the stage, followed by Annaleigh Ashford's midnight concert. If her acclaimed Lost in the Stars show is anything to go by, it's sure to be a fun evening of performances, laughter and magic. 

Dec. 31: Two-time Tony winner Nathan Lane joins New York Philharmonic’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration, La Vie Parisienne, at David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center. The celebrated actor is narrating Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, a piece commissioned by the Philharmonic in which each animal is a New York archetype. 

Jan. 1: PBS continues its special New Year's Eve broadcasts with the best entertainment from around the world, including "From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2016," with returning host Julie Andrews

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