THE WEEK AHEAD, April 7-13: Magic/Bird Opens on Broadway; Off-Broadway's Carrie Dies

Inside Track   THE WEEK AHEAD, April 7-13: Magic/Bird Opens on Broadway; Off-Broadway's Carrie Dies Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Lin-Manuel Miranda returns to his rap roots… Carrie dies her last death… Magic Johnson and Larry Bird go legit… and Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal are together again. It's a veritable smorgasbord of stars this WEEK AHEAD!
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda Photo by Corey Hayes

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Saturday, April 7
GO→ Freestyle Love Supreme, the hip-hop improv rap group fronted by Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda and directed by his In the Heights collaborator Thomas Kail, returns to the Gramercy Theatre. Other members of the troupe include the cast of PBS' "The Electric Company" Anthony Veneziale, Chris "Shockwave" Sullivan and James Iglehart and singer-songwriter Arthur Lewis. (7:30 PM, The Gramercy Theatre, 127 E. 23rd St., btwn. Irving Pl. & Park Ave., info/tickets.)

Sunday, April 8
LAST CHANCE→ Carrie, the reincarnated musical from the '80s featuring a score by Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford, will play its last performance Off-Broadway. The pop-horror musical is rooted in the gory Stephen King novel and subsequent film of the same name about a high school prom gone awry thanks to the telekinetic powers of the bullied titular character. In this new version directed by Stafford Arima, Marin Mazzie stars opposite Molly Ranson as the mother-daughter pair whose sheltered, religious ways wreak havoc on a small town. (Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St., btwn. Bleecker and Hudson. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Monday, April 9
GO→ Were you a fan of the short-lived, pop musical Lysistrata Jones? Jonesing for more from the spunky cast? Then the one-night-only Lysistrata Jones Reunion Concert, featuring composer Lewis Flinn and the cast and band of the musical, is right up your alley! Read about the Broadway life of Lysistrata Jones in the Playbill Vault, the internet's most comprehensive database of Broadway information. (7 PM & 9:30 PM, Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St., $15-$18, here.)

Tuesday, April 10
GO→ Kelli O'Hara, Victoria Clark, Christopher Fitzgerald, Chuck Cooper and Jason Danieley star in the Collegiate Chorale production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado. The classic operetta is set in a fictionalized Japanese town where the Mikado has decreed that flirting is a crime punishable by death. (6:30 PM, Carnegie Hall, 57th St. at 7th Ave., $12.50-$145, info/tickets.)

Tug Coker and Kevin Daniels
photo by Joan Marcus

Wednesday, April 11
OPENING→ The friendship and rivalry of basketball icons Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Larry Bird is depicted in Eric Simonson's latest sports-themed drama Magic/Bird. (Simonson, you'll remember, is the scribe of last season's football-themed Lombardi). Playing the title characters are Kevin Daniels as Magic and Tug Coker as Bird. Directed by Tony nominee Thomas Kail. (Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Thursday, April 12
PREVIEWS→ The NYMF breakout hit Fat Camp, about the exploits of a group of misfits at a weight-loss summer camp, begins performances at its new Off-Broadway home, the American Theatre of Actors. Members of the original NYMF cast, led by Carly Jibson (Cry-Baby, Hairspray), will return. You can thank powerful Jersey Boys producing company The Dodgers, as well as Rock of Ages producers Carl Levin and Michael Minarik, for the transfer. (The American Theatre of Actors, 314 W. 54th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves., info/tickets.)

Friday, April 13
GO→ Original Rent stars and frequent collaborators Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal team up for a new concert act Adam & Anthony Live. The duo promises solo selections (Pascal's unique takes on Broadway classics and Rapp's indie pop-rock tunes) as well as duets, most notably from Rent. (Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St., btwn. 9th & 10th Aves., $35-$100, info/tickets.)

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

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