The Know: Your Essential Ticket-Buying Planner, May 7-17

News   The Know: Your Essential Ticket-Buying Planner, May 7-17
 
Don't miss out on this week's must-see shows and events!

LAST CHANCE

May 10: The City Center Encores! concert series presents the classic musical Zorba! with "Big Lebowski" star John Turturro in the title role. Helmed by the Tony-winning director of Chicago, Walter Bobbie, the production runs through May 10.

May 10: Based on Boris Pasternak’s Nobel Prize-winning 20th-century Russian masterpiece, the Doctor Zhivago musical, which began previews March 27, features direction by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff, a book by Academy Award nominee Michael Weller, music by two-time Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Lucy Simon, lyrics by Tony Award nominee Michael Korie and Emmy Award nominee Amy Powers and choreography by Tony Award nominee Kelly Devine. The cast is headed by Tam Mutu, Kelli Barrett, Tony Award nominee Tom Hewitt and Lora Lee Gayer.

OPENING

May 17: Off-Broadway's acclaimed Signature Theatre presents resident playwright's A.R Gurney's coming-of-age story What I Did Last Summer. The play follows 14-year-old Charlie and his mother Grace as they attempt to enjoy their vacation at their lake house in the summer of 1945. This is its third New York revival. PREVIEWS:

May 7: Four-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons, star of the CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory," returns to Broadway to play God in the new comedy An Act of God. David Javerbaum, a 13-time Emmy winner for his work as head writer of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," is the man behind the script. 

May 12: Ghostly drama The Other Thing has its world premiere Off-Broadway, penned by Emily Schwend. Set outside a haunted barn, the play follows journalist Kim on her assignment to cover a team of ghost hunters in rural Virginia.

May 14: Elevator Repair Service's acclaimed show, The Sound and the Furyreturns Off-Broadway to the Public Theater following its premiere at New York Theatre Workshop in 2008. The show, which recently announced a two-week extension through June 27, is a staging of William Faulkner's seminal novel of the same name. The innovative production features split-screen staging, video projections and an original sound score.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

May 9: Bobby Cannavale, Hope Davis and Parker Posey perform moving and comical stories as part of Selected Shorts at the Brooklyn Academy of Music for one night only. This long-running live performance series presents Broadway and Hollywood actors reading short fiction.

May 10: Broadway's supper club 54 Below presents A Very Broadway Mother's Day for two performances on Sunday evening, 7 PM and 9:30 PM. The concert will feature leading ladies from The Great White Way, as they share the stage with their children and their own mothers to sing about family, friendship and love.

May 15: The anticipated movie sequel "Pitch Perfect 2" is released in theatres nationwide. Starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Elizabeth Banks and Brittany Snow, the musical film about competing college singing troupes has garnered much buzz. Watch the trailer on Playbill.com here.

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