Lupita Nyong'o, Billy Porter and Clive Owen Take Their Final Bows: What Not to Miss This Week!

News   Lupita Nyong'o, Billy Porter and Clive Owen Take Their Final Bows: What Not to Miss This Week! The Know: Don't miss out on this week's must-see shows and events, Nov. 19-29!

PREVIEWS

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: Five-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein is Tevye in the 50th anniversary staging of Fiddler on the Roof. The classic American musical examines changing traditions in the Russian-Jewish village of Anatevka in the early 20th century.

Danny Burstein
Danny Burstein Photo by Allison Stock

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

Nov. 23: Performances begin for the Transport Group's innovative revival of the Tony-winning musical comedy Once Upon a Mattress. The Off-Broadway staging stars Jackie Hoffman as Princess Winnifred and John "Lypsinka" Epperson as the Queen.   

OPENING

Nov. 23: Manhattan Theatre Club's raucous new world premiere Important Hats of the Twentieth Century is penned by Emmy nominee and "Orange is the New Black" writer Nick Jones, who returns to the stage following sold-out runs of earlier works. The back-to-the-future-style comedy stars Peter and the Starcatcher's Carson Elrod.

 

LAST CHANCE

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 1,000 times. He exits to star in the 2016 mounting of Shuffle Along… starring Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell.

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 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 returns 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

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Nov. 21: Emmy winner Wayne Brady returns to the Broadway stage to step into the high-heeled shoes of Lola in Kinky Boots. Read Playbill.com's exclusive interview with the star – in which he talks dragging it up as Beyonce and his difficult relationship with his father – here

Nov. 21: Spring Awakening composer Duncan Sheik showcases his latest solo album, "Legerdemain," along with musical theatre favorites at a Carnegie Hall concert for one night only. 

Nov. 22: Screenings of the classic movie musical "West Side Story" are presented over two evenings at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan. Following both screenings, see George Chakiris, who played the role of Bernardo, take part in a Q&A. 

Nov. 23: "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star NeNe Leakes returns to Broadway for four weeks only in the role of Matron "Mama" Morton in Chicago

Nov. 23: The Broadway at Birdland concert series continues with Tony winner Christine Ebersole and Grammy winner Billy Stritch. The duo celebrate songs from their past recordings, with the promise of a few new tunes thrown in. 

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.

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