The WEEK AHEAD: April 30-May 6

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: April 30-May 6
 
Out with April showers and in with May flowers this WEEK AHEAD!


La Cage bids Broadway “adieu”… A star-studded nod to Bob Hope… Memphis takes a trip to the movies… and iHo, iHo, it's off to the Public we go.

Blake
Saturday, April 30
LAST CHANCE? Lonette McKee ends her nearly monthlong run at the Oak Room of the Algonquin with Can’t Help Lovin’, a nod to her acclaimed Tony-nominated turn as Julie in the 1983 revival of Show Boat (she also played it in Hal Prince's 1994 revision). Broadway power duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman served as consultants for McKee’s return to cabaret which includes a song list of standards and Broadway tunes like “How Long Has This Been Going On?,” “Them There Eyes,” “When a Woman Loves a Man,” and the signature Show Boat torch song “Bill.” (Algonquin Hotel, 59 W.44th St., btwn. 5th & 6th Aves., call 212-419-9331 or email bmcgurn@algonquinhotel.com for reservations)

Sunday, May 1
Yurel Echezarreta, Logan Keslar, Karl Warden, Christopher Sieber, Harvey Fierstein, Terry Lavell, Matt Anctil and Sean Patrick DoyleLAST CHANCE? The Tony-winning revival of La Cage aux Folles plays its last evening at the Longacre Theatre. This acclaimed production currently stars the show’s Tony-winning librettist Harvey Fierstein and Tony nominee Christopher Sieber as a gay couple running a drag club in St. Tropez. Featuring classic Jerry Herman tunes like “The Best of Times,” “Look Over There” and “I Am What I Am.” (Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Charles Busch and Julie Halston in The Divine SisterLAST CHANCE? Acclaimed playwright and actor Charles Busch’s nod to the Hollywood nuns of the Golden Age, The Divine Sister, ends its run at the SoHo Playhouse. Busch plays Mother Superior to a flock of fresh nuns in the late '60s. Busch told Playbill’s Robert Simonson that he thinks the show is “one of the funniest things I've written.” (SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St., btwn. Varick St. & 6th Ave., info/tickets)

Monday, May 2
Bob Hope Goes Where It's ForbiddenGO? The New York Pops celebrates its 28th birthday with a star-studded tribute to the late entertainer and humanitarian Bob Hope. Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly, Tom Wopat, Christine Ebersole, Aaron Lazar, Tony DeSare, Michele Lee and Jamie Barton have all signed on for the gala at Carnegie Hall. Also expected to wow are the uber-talented kids from Camp Broadway! (7 PM, Carnegie Hall, 7th Ave. at 57th St., $60-$90 concert-only tickets, info/tickets)

Tuesday, May 3
Chad Kimball and Montego Glover in a regional production of MemphisLAST CHANCE? Memphis goes to the movies! The 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Musical makes a limited-release debut on the Big Screen (in HD) playing over 500 movie theatres nationwide. Memphis the movie was filmed over a four-day period in front of a live audience at the show’s Broadway home, the Shubert Theatre. (Info on current theatres near you)

Leslie KritzerLAST CHANCE? Funny lady Leslie Kritzer brings her booming belt to Joe’s Pub for Beautiful Disaster, a show featuring a mélange of music from Madonna to Sondheim. In true Kritzer style, singing pretty songs isn’t enough. Press notes for the show give the following premise: “The year is 1995, and Jersey girl Leslie Kritzer is a senior at Livingston High School. After the crushing blow of not landing the lead in her school's musical, and the dramatic events of her parents' telenovela-like divorce, Leslie abandons her good-girl persona and turns from Kritzer to Hyde, unleashing her teenage Jew-rican vengeance upon the town.” (9:30 PM, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St., $30, info/tickets)

Wednesday, May 4
Lillias White.GO? Tony winner Lillias White, Memphis star Montego Glover and Darius de Haas celebrate the music of Duke Ellington with I Got It Bad: A New Duke Ellington Revue. This talented trio will take on the tunes this jazz icon made famous like “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me,” and the title tune. This one-night-only performance is the final concert in a series curated by Michael Feinstein. (7:30 PM, The Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, 10 Columbus Circle, $75-$120, info/tickets)
Thursday, May 5
Michael Cristofer and Stephen SpinellaOPENING? Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures — given the diminutive handle iHo by its creator — makes its New York debut, with Michael Greif at the helm. Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Michael Cristofer leads the ensemble playing a former longshoreman who calls his family together to tell them he’s contemplating suicide. As is customary with any Kushner play (and is evident in this title), this set-up is used only as a jumping-off point to delve into deeper issues of politics, family values, homosexuality and economics. Also starring Linda Emond, Stephen Spinella, Michael Esper, K. Todd Freeman, Hettienne Park, Steven Pasquale, Molly Price, Matt Servitto, Danielle Skraastad and Brenda Wehle. (The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., info/tickets)

Friday, May 6

Kelechi EzieGO? A new musical by Daniel Beaty and the Oscar and Grammy-nominated songwriting team Jamal Joseph and Charles Mack, Tearing Down The Walls, premieres uptown featuring one of Playbill’s own staffers, the very talented Kelechi Ezie! Walls fuses music and spoken word to tell the story of several residents of a tight-knit Harlem community. (The Riverside Theatre, 91 Claremont Ave., $10-$25, info/tickets)


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