Inside Track: The Week Ahead, June 8-14

Special Features   Inside Track: The Week Ahead, June 8-14
 
Today is Tony recovery day here at Playbill. It was a great night…and now back to reality! Only 364 days 'til next year's Tony Awards. This week, two big Broadway productions, Joe Turner's Come and Gone and Exit the King, will be closing. Make sure you see them if you haven't already. Here is your week ahead.

Blake

Monday, June 8

OFF AND RUNNING→ "Grey's Anatomy" fans flock to the Ambassador to check out Chandra Wilson (aka Dr. Bailey, or as I like to remember her, Tom Hanks' friend in "Philadelphia" — it's totally her!) She'll be playing the role of Matron "Mama" Morton in Chicago until July 5 (Ambassador Theatre, 215 West 48th Street at Broadway, Tickets).

Tuesday, June 9

OFF AND RUNNING→ Pulitzer Prize finalist, Theresa Rebeck, brings her comedy about reality vs. reality TV, Our House, to New York. If you've been a viewer of "I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here" (apparently, there are 6.4 million of you!), you're bound to appreciate Rebeck's take on the bizarro world of "reality" television (Playwrights Horizons, 416 West 42nd Street, playwrightshorizons.org).

OFF AND RUNNING→ I had to ask my younger cousin who exactly Drew Seeley was, which was a huge mistake, because I have now lost all cool cred with said cousin. Apparently, Drew Seeley, is the "…totally hot guy from 'Another Cinderella Story'. Duh!" Anyway, he's now Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid. He is there until Aug. 30. So, if you have kids in that all-too-delightful tween demo, you better take them to see him while he's still in the show. You've been warned! (Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 West 46th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue, Tickets.) Wednesday, June 10

GO→ Twenty years ago, the hilarious, silver-tongued Sandra Bernhard debuted her one-woman show Without You I'm Nothing. Wednesday, she'll bring the show back to New York's Town Hall for one night only (8 PM at Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, between 6th and Broadway, livenation.com, 212-840-2824).

Thursday, June 11

GO (FREE)→ The cast of the Broadway revival of West Side Story will perform and sign copies of their new cast album (4:30 PM at Barnes & Noble, 1972 Broadway at 66th Street).

Friday, June12

OFF AND RUNNING→ The Tin Pan Alley Rag, the story of two of America's greatest composers, Scott Joplin and Irving Berlin, makes its New York debut (Through Sept. 6 at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, 111 West 46th Street, between 6th & 7th Aves, 212-719-1300, roundabouttheatre.org).

GO→ The famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater pays tribute to their late founder with a succession of performances at BAM starting Friday (Through June 14, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 718-636-4100, bam.org).

GO→ The 2008-2009 season was an especially rich season for plays, both on and Off-Broadway. The Drama Desk will host a panel/luncheon at Sardi's discussing just that. Among the panelists will be Geoffrey Rush (Exit the King), Marcia Gay Harden (God of Carnage), playwright Annie Baker (Body Awareness), Condola Rashad (Ruined), Pablo Schreiber (Desire Under the Elms) and director Bartlett Sher (Joe Turner's Come and Gone) (1 PM at Sardi's, 234 West 44th Street; email pjrjs@aol.com for reservations).

Saturday, June 13

GO→ 92YTribeca celebrates Gay Pride Month with a series of screenings. On Saturday, they'll host a sing-along screening of John Cameron Mitchell's "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." Drinks will clearly be served (11 PM at 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson Street).

Sunday, June 14

BEFORE IT CLOSES→ Bartlett Sher's masterful version of the August Wilson classic, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, will close on Sunday (Belasco Theatre, 111 West 44th Street between Broadway & 6th Avenue, (Tickets).

BEFORE IT CLOSES→ Another Broadway heavyweight, Exit the King, will also close on Sunday (Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 West 47th Street, (Tickets).

BEFORE IT CLOSES→ Sherie Rene Scott's knock-out show, Everyday Rapture, will close at Second Stage Theatre. (212) 246-4422. (Tickets)

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