The WEEK AHEAD: Aug. 20-26

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: Aug. 20-26
 
Your summertime WEEK AHEAD continues!


Jerusalem moves back to London… Paulo Szot takes a shot overseas… Lainie Kazan and Nikki Blonsky attend a Big Gay Italian Wedding in Jersey… and Julie Taymor in the Musical That Killed Everybody!

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Saturday, August 20
RPG_Promotion_9824-Edit.jpg_resizedGO (KIDS FREE)? “Jam on DUMBO” hosts an all-day family fest under the Manhattan Bridge. Expect music from Bonga!, the Mini Max Players, Itty Biddies, Rolie Polie Guacamole and Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band. along with family-friendly activities like yoga, face painting and arts & crafts. (10 AM-5 PM, The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge, 50 Adams St., Brooklyn, NY, info)

Sunday, August 21
LAST CHANCE? JerusalemJez Butterworth’s new play about a backwoods pied piper named Rooster who supplies a gaggle of troubled teens with booze, drugs and his unique brand of bizarre wisdom — ends its Broadway run and returns to London for a 14-week engagement at the Apollo Theatre. In the role of Rooster is Mark Rylance, who scored his second Tony Award for his all-consuming acting in this biting dark comedy. Rylance is truly a marvel, and his performance in this exciting, if not eccentric, new play is not to be missed. (Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Steve Gouveia, Joseph Leo Bwarie, Josh Franklin and Matt Bailey in Jersey BoysGO? Private eyes will be watching you if you attend a special Hall and Oates cover night sung by the cast of Jersey Boys. Broadway’s Boys will put their own special spin on songs made famous by the legendary ’80s duo, including "Maneater," "Private Eyes," "Kiss On My List" and "Rich Girl.” Proceeds benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. (9 PM, The Living Room, 154 Ludlow St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington Sts., $20, info/tickets)

Monday, August 22
GO? A free concert series at the Brooklyn restaurant Bubby’s, featuring some of today’s hardest working Broadway actors, closes out with a reunion of players from the Broadway production of Spring Awakening, including Emma Hunton, Alexandra Socha, Remy Zaken and Lilli Cooper. The ladies promise songs from the Tony Award-winning show as well as covers of songs made famous by The Jackson 5, Ashford & Simpson, Aretha Franklin and Sara Bareilles. Because nothing goes better with a slice of Bubby’s famous pie than a side of teen angst. (9 PM, Bubby’s, One Main St., Brooklyn, info)

Tuesday, August 23
OPENING (UK)? Paulo Szot reprises his Tony-winning performance in Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific at London's Barbican Theatre. Szot will share his Emile de Becque duties with Welsh National Opera singer Jason Howard. Both men will alternate their enchanted evenings with Samantha Womack’s Nellie Forbush. Another LCT cast member, Loretta Ables Sayre, will also join the London production, reprising her Tony-nominated performance of Bloody Mary. (Through October 1, Barbican Theatre, London, info/tickets)

Wednesday, August 24
GO? Original Avenue Q cast member Jennifer Barnhart plays the title role in The Legend of Julie Taymor, or The Musical That Killed Everybody!, a new musical comedy premiering at the New York International Fringe Festival. The musical by newcomers Dave Ogrin and Playbill’s own Travis Ferguson, musicalizes those famous behind-the-scenes scandals that have plagued Taymor’s Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark. Songs in the production include "Broadway's Burning," "Boy Falls From The Rafters," "65 Million!" "Julie, Julie, Why Did You Hurt Me?," "Tweet, Tweet, Tweet!" and "Julie's Turn." (7 PM, Bleecker Theatre, 45 Bleecker St., at Lafayette St., info/tickets)

Thursday, August 25
GO? Win a chance to meet the very talented (and very handsome) star of Catch Me If You Can, Aaron Tveit, after the Thursday night performance of the show. If you have tickets for that evening’s performance, simply show your ticket at the box office, and fill out a ballot for a chance to win. Aaron will draw three winners at 6 PM. (Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Friday, August 26
GO?The comedy My Big Gay Italian Wedding will open at the Hilton Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City starring Tony nominee Lainie Kazan and Nikki Blonsky. The show, about the coming together of two gay men and their crazy families for a raucous wedding, ends its Off-Broadway run at St. Luke’s Theatre on Aug. 20. (Hilton Hotel & Casino, the Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ, info/tickets)

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