Lea Salonga Exits as Forest Whitaker Arrives on Broadway: 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, Feb. 4-14!

PREVIEWS

Feb. 4: Paper Mill Playhouse presents the world premiere stage adaptation of A Bronx Tale: The Musical, co-directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks. Set against the backdrop of racial strife and organized crime in the 1960's, the new musical features an all-star creative team including playwright Chazz Palminteri, composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater

Feb. 5: David Harrower's award-winning Blackbird makes its Broadway debut with a cast headed by Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams. The Joe Mantello-helmed play tells the story of Una and Ray, reunited after 15 years. 

Feb. 8: Oscar and Golden Globe winner Forest Whitaker makes his Broadway debut in the revival of Eugene O'Neill's Hughie. Starring alongside Tony winner Frank Wood, the two take on this emotionally charged one-act set in New York City in 1928. 

Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker

Feb. 9: Performances begin for Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick's musical Disaster!, a parody of 1970's disaster movies. Expect to hear all your favorite 70's rock, pop and disco hits including "Hot Stuff," "I Am Woman," and "Knock On Wood." The cast features Roger Bart, Kerry Butler, Kevin Chamberlin and Adam Pascal

 

OPENING

Feb. 7: Following two previously acclaimed and sold-out engagements, the return Off-Broadway run of The Woodsman opens at New World Stages. The musical, which features original music and puppetry, recounts the untold story of Oz's Tinman and the woman he loved before he lost his heart. 

Feb. 9: The world premiere of Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley's Prodigal Son officially opens at Manhattan Theatre Club. The cast is led by Timothée Chalamet, who played young Tom in the Oscar-winning film "Interstellar" and Finn in the hit TV series "Homeland." In the new work, he plays a troubled teen from the Bronx, suddenly thrown into the world of a New Hampshire private school. 

 

LAST CHANCE

Feb. 14: Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung and Katie Rose Clarke take their final bows as Allegiance closes on Broadway. The new American musical is inspired by the life of actor and activist Takei, and his family's resilience in the face of being stripped of their rights and freedom. 

Feb. 14: Broadway's new suspense thriller Misery frightens audiences for a final time as the limited engagement concludes its run. Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf star in the premiere piece based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Feb. 5: Filmmaker siblings the Coen brothers release their latest movie project, "Hail Caesar," a 1950's-set ode to old Hollywood. The film features singing and dancing, as well as music by Carter Burwell.

Feb. 6: Lincoln Center's American Songbook Series continues its slate of intimate concert events with real-life married couple and comedic duo Jerry Dixon and Mario Cantone

Feb. 8: Tony winner Alan Cumming plays Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium with Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs with Friends, celebrating the release of his latest CD. Among his guest performing "friends" is fellow Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth

Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming

Feb. 8: Lincoln Center offers a free first look at Some Lovers, the new musical from Tony Award winner Steven Sater and Grammy Award winner Burt Bacharach. The presentation, which is also being live-streamed at lincolncenter.org/lc-live, is part of the LC Originals: First Look series. The cast features Will Swenson, Jenni Barber, Jessica Phillips and Andrew Mueller. 

Feb. 9: Sandy Duncan, who was Tony-nominated for her performance in the 1979 revival of Peter Pan, returns the famous fantasy world as Madame du Maurier in Broadway's Finding Neverland. She succeeds original cast member Carolee Carmello

Feb. 9: Select shows offer children under 18 a free ticket when accompanied by a paying adult as part of the annual Kids' Night on Broadway

Feb. 10-14: Tony winners Chuck Cooper and LaChanze, along with Broadway favorite Norm Lewis, star in the City Center Encores! staging of the Vernon Duke-John Latouche musical Cabin in the Sky. Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago‐Hudson directs the 1940 musical that celebrates African‐American music and dance traditions. 

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