Ease On Into the Holidays with The Wiz Live! and School of Rock: What Not to Miss This Week!

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The Know: Don't miss out on this week's must-see shows and events, Nov. 26-Dec. 6!

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Dec. 2: Blending African beats and a world pop score, Second Stage presents the new Diane Paulus-helmed musical Invisible Thread. The story follows the life-changing journey of a young New Yorker who volunteers for an aid project in Uganda. 

Dec. 4: Oscar winner Al Pacino co-stars alongside Christopher Denham in David Mamet's two-hander, China Doll. Pacino plays a billionaire on the verge of retirement, ready to buy his young, new fiance a jetplane and settle into the good life. One phone call changes it all. See photos from the production here

Dec. 6: Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock — The Musical bounds onto Broadway starring Alex Brightman as music teacher Dewey Finn, the role made famous in the film by Jack Black. Read Playbill.com's exclusive interview with the leading man in which he talks about his unlikely casting, gaining weight and being Lloyd Webber's "homie." Joining Brightman in the rock musical are Sierra Boggess, Spencer Moses, Mamie Parris and more.  LAST CHANCE

Nov. 29: Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Harold Pinter's Old Times closes on Broadway starring Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Clive Owen, Kelly Reilly and Tony nominee Eve Best. Read Playbill.com's interview with Owen in which he discusses making his Broadway debut.  

Nov. 29: Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o concludes her run in the Broadway-bound Eclipsed at the Public Theater Off-Broadway. The talented star will reprise her role when Danai Gurira's harrowing play transfers to the Great White Way next year. Read Playbill.com's interview with Nyong'o in which she opens up about her demanding new role and finding "normalcy" after her Academy Award win.

Pascale Armand, Saycon Sengbloh, and Lupita Nyong’o
Pascale Armand, Saycon Sengbloh, and Lupita Nyong’o

Dec. 6: Emmy winner Holland Taylor and Marylouise Burke battle it out for a final time in Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire's world-premiere comedy Ripcord at Manhattan Theatre Club. Set in a nursing home, his newest play sees two elderly women in a hilarious, no-holds-barred battle of the wills. You won't believe the lengths they'll go to.

Dec. 6: Critics have raved about Roundabout Theatre's Off-Broadway offering Ugly Lies The Bone, which wraps up next month. "The Good Wife" star Mamie Gummer plays a discharged soldier from Afghanistan who is left scarred both physically and emotionally in Lindsey Ferrentino's play. Read Playbill.com's interview with the leading lady as she discusses getting down, dirty and ugly in the world-premiere production.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Nov. 26: The 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which is broadcast live on NBC at 9 AM ET, features performances from Broadway's Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Neverland, The King and I, On Your Feet! and Something Rotten!, along with cast members from The Wiz Live!

Nov. 26: Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Morrison join First Lady Michelle Obama in hosting "Broadway at the White House," a Thanksgiving TV special on the TLC network aimed at encouraging youth to pursue a career in theatre. 

Nov. 27: Screen star Martin Sheen makes a one-night-only appearance singing in Man of La Mancha in the title role. The event is a fundraiser for Our Lady of Malibu School in California. 

Dec. 3: The countdown is finally over for the anticipated NBC broadcast of The Wiz Live! The star-studded cast is headed by Shanice Williams as Dorothy, Queen Latifah as The Wiz, Mary J. Blige as Evillene, David Alan Grier as Cowardly Lion, Uzo Aduba as Glinda, Amber Riley as Addaperle, Stephanie Mills as Auntie Em, Elijah Kelley as Scarecrow, Common as Bouncer and Ne-Yo as Tin Man. Check out these dazzling costumed shots of the leading players on Playbill.com

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