David Bowie, Wayne Brady and Billy Porter's Kinky Exit: What Not to Miss This Week!

News   David Bowie, Wayne Brady and Billy Porter's Kinky Exit: What Not to Miss This Week! The Know: Don't miss out on this week's must-see shows and events, Nov. 12-22! 

PREVIEWS

Nov. 18: Performances begin for the highly anticipated world-premiere musical Lazarus by Tony-winning playwright Enda Walsh with music by David Bowie. The story is inspired by Walter Tevis' best-selling 1963 novel "The Man Who Fell to Earth," about a human-looking alien who comes to Earth. Hedwig star Michael C. Hall plays the extraterrestrial in the New York Theatre Workshop production, a role that Bowie himself played in the 1976 film adaptation. 

Nov. 19: The Illusionists – Live On Broadway, which played a hit run in 2014, returns for a limited holiday engagement on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre. The show features spectacular magic and death-defying stunts. 

Nov. 20: These Paper Bullets!, a modish musical rip-off of Much Ado About Nothing, kicks off its New York City premiere at the Atlantic Theater Company. The show is written by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Emmy Award-nominated writer Rolin Jones ("Friday Night Lights") with songs by Grammy Award winner Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong

Michael C. Hall will star in <i>Lazarus</i>
Michael C. Hall will star in Lazarus

  OPENING:

Nov. 12: Visionary director Ivo van Hove makes his Broadway debut with the transfer of his Olivier Award-winning production of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge. The Young Vic staging received critical acclaim in the U.K. and immediately sold out its initial engagement. 

Nov. 15: Emmy Award winners Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf lead the cast of the new Broadway suspense thriller Misery, based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. Read Playbill.com's interview with Hollywood heavyweights Bruce Willis, Keira Knightley and Clive Owen, all making their Broadway debuts this fall.

Nov. 18: Emmy and Tony winner Cynthia Nixon returns to directing to helm the world premiere of Mark Gerrard’s Steve, a new comedy starring Malcolm Gets, Mario Cantone and Matt McGrath. The story follows a failed Broadway chorus boy turned stay-at-home dad as he navigates yet another birthday and all the fear and uncertainty that comes with it. 

 

LAST CHANCE:

Nov. 15: The Labyrinth Theater Company's extended world premiere of Empanada Loca, the captivating new Sweeney Todd-inspired show starring Tony nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent) and written and directed by Aaron Mark, ends its run. Read Playbill.com's interview with Rubin-Vega in which she talks about the new role and takes a trip down memory lane to look back on Rent

Nov. 20: Billy Porter concludes his Tony-winning run as glamorous drag performer Lola in Kinky Boots, handing over the reins to "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" star Wayne Brady. Porter created the role and has strutted in the sparkling boots over 800 times. He exits to star in the 2016 mounting of Shuffle Along… starring Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell.

Billy Porter in <i>Kinky Boots</i>
Billy Porter in Kinky Boots Photo by Matthew Murphy

 

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Nov. 13: The annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular returns to Radio City Music Hall, featuring the world-famous Rockettes. 

Nov. 13: The acclaimed 2014 Lincoln Center Theater production of Act One, based on the memoir of Broadway playwright, director and lyricist Moss Hart, airs on PBS. The production stars Santino Fontana, Tony Shalhoub and Andrea Martin

Nov. 13: New York Pops' fall season programming at Carnegie Hall continues with Sophisticated Ladies, a celebration of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and more groundbreaking female artists, featuring Tony nominee Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins and Sy Smith.

Nov. 16: Primary Stages' annual gala celebrates Tony and Grammy-winning songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman with an evening that features presenters and performers like Bridget Everett, Ana Gasteyer, Annie Golden, emcee Jackie Hoffman and Tony winner Nathan Lane

Nov. 21: Wayne Brady, Emmy winner and star of the hit TV series "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," returns to the Broadway stage to step into the high-heeled shoes of Lola in Kinky BootsTake a look at Brady in Playbill's scintillating first photos of the new Lola. 

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