THE WEEK AHEAD, April 14-20: Starcatcher, One Man and Clybourne Open; Godspell Welcomes New Jesus

Inside Track   THE WEEK AHEAD, April 14-20: Starcatcher, One Man and Clybourne Open; Godspell Welcomes New Jesus
 
Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that One Man brings British farce back to Broadway… Peter and the Starcatcher captures your inner child (you know, the one who would never grow up)… Godspell "Prepares Ye" for a new Jesus… and Clybourne Park parks itself on Broadway. Theatre: It does a body good this WEEK AHEAD.
Adam Chanler-Berat as Peter and Christian Borle as Black Stache in the Broadway production of Peter and the Starcatcher.
Adam Chanler-Berat as Peter and Christian Borle as Black Stache in the Broadway production of Peter and the Starcatcher. Photo by O&M Co.

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Saturday, April 14
GO→ The York Theatre Company continues its Musicals in Mufti series, this spring dedicated to the work of prolific librettist and lyricist Tom Jones, with the New York premiere of Harold and Maude, a musical adaptation of the popular 1971 film. Here Jones is pared with composer Joseph Thalken in a production directed by Carl Andress and featuring Matt Dengler as Harold and Cass Morgan as Maude. Musicals in Mufti: The Tom Jones Festival continues with Colette Collage (April 27-29), and The Game of Love (May 11-13). (Through April 15, Theatre at Saint Peter's, 619 Lexington Ave., at 54th St., info/tickets.)

Sunday, April 15
OPENING→ Peter and the Starcatcher, the imaginative prequel to "Peter Pan," flies into Broadway after a successful run at New York Theatre Workshop. The play with music, adapted from the popular Young Adult novel, follows the story of how a lost Boy and Black Stache would evolve into Peter Pan and Captain Hook. Starring original NYTW stars Adam Chanler-Berat as Boy, "Smash" star Christian Borle as Black Stache and Celia Keenan-Bolger as Molly. Featuring a script by Jersey Boys' Tony-winning scribe Rick Elice and co-direction by Alex Timbers and Roger Rees. (Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway and 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

LAST CHANCE→ Hunter Parrish will play his last performance as Jesus in the energetic Broadway revival of Stephen Schwartz's Godspell. Stepping into the role of The Son of God will be "High School Musical" and In the Heights star Corbin Bleu (starting April 17). (Circle in the Square Theatre, 1633 Broadway at 50th St., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Alec Baldwin
photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Monday, April 16
GO (FREE, Washington, DC)→ Tony nominee Alec Baldwin will deliver the 2012 Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy, which is a part of the annual Arts Advocacy Day of events in our nation's capital. (6:30 PM, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St., NW, Washington, DC, info.) Tuesday, April 17
GO→ Playwright David Ives, who has enjoyed recent Broadway success with Venus in Fur, joins New Yorker drama critic John Lahr to discuss the art of creating new works for the stage. (7 PM, 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson St., at Canal St., $15-$20, info/tickets.)

Wednesday, April 18
OPENING→ The British import One Man, Two Guvnors — based on the 1745 Carlo Goldoni classic The Servant of Two Masters — makes its way to Broadway. The Richard Bean adaptation is set in the swinging '60s where the befuddled "One Man" of the title, James Corden, is forced to serve "Two Guvnors" in order to feed his voracious appetite. Expect plenty of slapstick, "skiffle" music (England's rock 'n' roll hybrid), pratfalls — and even a few flying fish heads. (Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Thursday, April 19
OPENING→ Bruce Norris' Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park, an exploration of the inhabitants of the Chicago suburb made famous in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, opens on Broadway. The play starts in the 1950s as a white family prepares to make an epic sale of their home to the African-American Younger family of Raisin. The second act jumps ahead 50 years, and finds a very different Clybourne Park — the racial and economic changes are, well, dramatic. The original Playwrights Horizons cast, including Tony winner Frank Wood and Christina Kirk, along with director Pam MacKinnon, return. (Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W. 48th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Friday, April 20
GO→ Tony winner Barbara Cook returns to the New York cabaret scene and to Feinstein's with Let's Fall in Love. Cook conquers a new, more relaxed repertoire for her solo show, including her takes on "The House of the Rising Sun," "Georgia on My Mind" and "The Nearness of You." (Feinstein's at Loews Regency, 540 Park Ave., at 61st St., info/tickets.)

Blake Ross is the editor of Playbill magazine. Follow her on Twitter @PlaybillBlake.

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