The WEEK AHEAD: April 9-15

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Feed your soul, your ears and your stomach this WEEK AHEAD!


"Glee" (oh, how we've missed you)...Million Dollar Quartet brings the million dollar tunes of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins to the Main Stage…Jackie at the Bat…and fill up on some soul and food at "A Taste of Jazz."

Blake

Friday, April 9
diningGO? What does jazz taste like? “A Taste of Jazz” at the shops at Columbus Circle seeks to find the answer, inviting chefs from stellar metro restaurants such as A Voce, Porter House and Bar Masa to prepare dishes inspired by great jazz cities like New Orleans, San Fran and NYC. Jazz at Lincoln Center’s resident sax-man Walter Blanding will lead the band. (6:30pm, $85, Time Warner Center at 59th and Columbus Circle, 2nd floor)

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Saturday, April 10
jackie robinsonGO (KIDS)? Just in time for the start of baseball season, the Dallas Children’s Theater takes a trip up north with the kid-friendly show Most Valuable Player, the story of Jackie Robinson. A perfect show for baseball crazy parents hoping to instill the love of the game in their kids. (1:30pm, TRIBECA Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St., btwn. Greenwich St. and West Side Hwy., $25, for ages 9 and up. Call 212.220.1460 for tickets)

Sunday, April 11
OPENING (BROADWAY)? Oh, to be a fly on the wall inside Sun Studios in Memphis, TN, on Dec. 4, 1956. It was that day rock ‘n’ roll impresario Sam Phillips assembled four young musicians, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash, for an impromptu jam session. Of course, we now know these four would go on to become legends. Million Dollar Quartet recreates that musical Big Bang event using hit songs from the awesome foursome including “Great Balls of Fire,” “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Sixteen Tons,” as well as songs culled from that million dollar recording session. (Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

BEFORE IT CLOSES (BROADWAY)? The divine Valerie Harper stars as the outlandish “bad girl” of old Hollywood Tallulah Bankhead in Looped. (Lyceum Theatre, 149 West 45th St., btwn. 6th and 7th Aves, Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

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Monday, April 12
burt bacharachGO? Alan Cumming, Sandra Bernhard, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Judy Gold, Daphne Rubin–Vega and others join funny as all get-out comedienne Lea DeLaria for a night of Burt Bacharach songs, just in time for the Bacharach/Hal David musical Promises, Promises to return to the Great White Way. (8pm, Highland Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St., btwn. 9th and 10th Aves., $25, dinner menu available, info/tickets)

GO? Sisters are doing it for themselves! Good Housekeeping celebrates its 125th anniversary with a star-studded gala featuring Meryl Streep, Laura Benanti, Fran Drescher and Kelli O’Hara. Hosted by Brooke Shields with Aretha Franklin set to perform. Proceeds benefit the establishment of the National Women’s History Museum in Washington, DC. (8pm, NY City Center, 130 W. 56th St., btwn. 6th and 7th Aves., $45-$1,250, info/tickets)
Tuesday, April 13
Glee

WATCH? The show that made chorus nerds everywhere (myself included) stand-up and sing, "Glee" returns, starting the second half of its first season. (9:28ET/8:28CT on Fox)

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GO? The 25th Annual Bistro Awards honors Mitzi Gaynor, Elaine Stritch, David Hyde Pierce, Christine Ebersole, Alan Cumming, Tovah Feldshuh, Liz Callaway, Cheyenne JacksonMichael Feinstein and others. (6:30pm, Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd St., $45 General Admission, tickets)
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Wednesday, April 14
tuc-watkins-picGO? A 30-something bachelor scared of settling down with a nagging mother who desperately wants grandchildren?! Hmmm….wherever did White’s Lies get this storyline? Perhaps from every single 30-something man in New York City who ridiculously avoids commitment like it’s the plague?! (Stop editorializing, Blake, stop editorializing!) Anyhoo…White’s Lies stars my pal, the fabulous Tony-winner Betty Buckley, “Desperate Housewives” cutie Tuc Watkins and recent guest PlayBlogger Peter Scolari. (New World Stages, 340 West 50th St., btwn. 8th and 9th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Thursday, April 15
puppetGO? If Avenue Q has taught us anything, it’s that puppets can say almost anything and get away with it. Enter Brian Henson, son to the original puppet master and creator of “The Muppets,” Jim Henson. Henson junior and his company (the aptly titled Henson Alternative) explores the world of “adults-only” puppet improv with the new show Stuffed and Unstrung. (Union Square Theatre, 100 E. 17th St., btwn Irving and Union Square East, $35-$50, info/tickets)

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