Darren Criss in Concert and Audra McDonald Returns to Broadway

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The Know: What not to miss this week, March 10-20.
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PREVIEWS

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Audra McDonald

March 15: In May 1921, Shuffle Along, a new musical conceived by Flournoy Miller and Aubrey Lyles, with music and lyrics by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle, became the unlikeliest of hits, significantly altering the face of Broadway. The 2016 production, Shuffle Along, or, The Making of the Musical Sensastion of 1921 and All That Followed, starring multi-Tony winner Audra McDonald, presents both the original show, as well as details of how the landmark work came to be.

March 15: Performances begin for the Public Theater production of Head of Passes, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s new drama inspired by the Book of Job. The Off-Broadway premiere stars Tony winner Phylicia Rashad.

March 16: The York Theatre Company’s production of Cagney, which played a sold-out run last year, transfers Off-Broadway for an open-ended run. The musical chronicles the life of legendary movie and dance star James Cagney.


OPENING

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March 10: In Blackbird, Michelle Williams plays Una, a young woman who seeks out and confronts the much older man who sexually abused her when she was 12 years old, played by Jeff Daniels.

“I’m recovering,” Daniels told Playbill. “It’s a show from which someone needs to recover.” Read the full interview here.


March 13: Based on Kate Davis’ 2001 Sundance Award-winning documentary, Southern Comfort tells the true story of a group of transgender friends living life on their own terms in the back hills of rural Georgia. The folk and bluegrass musical officially opens Off-Broadway at the Public Theater.

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Steven Pasquale and Alex Timbers Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

March 13: Roundabout brings Alfred Uhry and Robert Waldman's rarely-seen musical comedy, The Robber Bridegroom, back to the New York stage. The Off-Broadway revival, directed by Alex Timbers, stars Steven Pasquale.

Read Playbill's interview with the talented duo, in which they discuss injecting grit and guts into the 40-year old bluegrass musical.

March 17: Laura Benanti is back on Broadway in the charming revival of She Loves Me. In this classic musical comedy, the Tony winner stars as a salesgirl in a perfume shop who becomes entangled in an unlikely romance. The star-studded cast also includes Jane Krakowski, Gavin Creel and Zachary Levi, among others.

LAST CHANCE

March 13: Michael Frayn’s star-studded farce, Noises Off, concludes its acclaimed Broadway run. Forgotten cues, backstage romances and drunken cast members are just a few of the antics that cause havoc in this show.


SPECIAL EVENTS

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March 11: Darren Criss and Betsy Wolfe join the New York Pops for a concert at Carnegie Hall. The evening, titled 42nd on 57th: Broadway Today, celebrates a variety of musical theatre hits.

March 12: McDonald's history-making performance as Billie Holiday in the Broadway hit Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill makes its debut on HBO.

March 18: Catch cast members from the critically acclaimed revival of Fiddler on the Roof performing from and signing the show’s cast recording at the Barnes & Noble on the Upper East Side.

March 20: Stage and screen star Tyler Perry narrates and hosts Fox-TV’s The Passion, an original musical about the final hours of Jesus Christ. Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Seal is among the cast.

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