The WEEK AHEAD. . . Dec. 11-17

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD. . . Dec. 11-17
 
Royalty is the theme of this week’s WEEK AHEAD! Start off with a visit from the newest Disney Princess…A classic revival courtesy of a Knighted Nunn…a Royal Family ends their reign on Broadway… and a former Queen (Elizabeth) takes on an American classic.


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Friday, Dec. 11
Daniel ReichardGO? Original Jersey Boy, Daniel Reichard, is pushing to end up on Santa’s nice list this year! His holiday concert (aptly titled Gettin' on the Good List), celebrates the holidays with a special concert featuring some of the biggest names on Broadway including: Karen Ziemba, J. Robert Spencer, Shoshana Bean, Tituss Burgess, Cass Morgan, Marc Kudisch, Nick Adams, Sara Schmidt, Betsy Wolfe with Robert Ousley as Santa Claus. Rachelle Rak and drag star Sweetie will alternate the role of Mrs. Claus. (Through December 14, The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre, $40-$80, 405 West 55th Street at 9th Avenue, info/tickets)

WATCH? Disney unveils its newest princess this Friday with The Princess and the Frog, voiced by Tony Winner, Anika Noni Rose. Other Broadway talents lending their voices to the animated flick include John Goodman (last seen in Waiting for Godot), Jennifer Cody (currently in Shrek) and Color Purple producer, Oprah Winfrey. Special engagements at Roseland in NY and Sound Stage 3 at Walt Disney Studios in LA feature an after-movie party for families equipped with Disney princesses from history on hand! (info)

Saturday, Dec. 12
Temporary Thumbnail For Placement OnlyGO? TV’s house-fixing fixture from Trading Spaces, Paige Davis (last seen on Broadway in Chicago) is heading West to San Diego to star alongside her husband Patrick Page in the Old Globe’s version of I DO! I DO! The show first premiered on Broadway in 1966 with Mary Martin and Robert Preston as the original couple in question. (Through December 20, The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101, info/tickets)

SUPPORT? The New York Philharmonic is kicking off its annual food drive with the Young People’s Concert and Kidzone Live!—an interactive event where kids can try out instruments and play musical games. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items as a part of The Food Bank For New York City's “NYC Goes Orange”. Food will be collected in the lobby and on the Grand Promenade of Avery Fisher Hall. (Kidzone starts at 12:45pm, followed by the concert at 2pm, Avery Fisher Hall,10 Lincoln Center Plaza, $11-$33, info/tickets)

Sunday, Dec 13
Angela Lansbury and Catherine Zeta-JonesOPENING? Five-time Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury and Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones will take on the six-time Tony Award Winning Classic, A Little Night Music, written by Oscar and nine-time Tony Award winner Stephen Sondheim and directed by three-time Tony winner Trevor Nunn---whew, send in the award polish! (Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W. 48th street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenues, info)

BEFORE IT CLOSES? Rosemary Harris and Jan Maxwell end their royal reign at the final curtain call of the Kaufman/Ferber classic A Royal Family this Sunday. Tony winner John Glover, SNL alum Ana Gasteyer and Tony nominees Tony Roberts and Reg Rogers round out the blue-blooded brood. (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 West 47th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenues, call (212) 239-6200 for tickets)

BEFORE IT CLOSES? Lynn Redgrave, a member of a real-life theatrical royal family, will end her engagement of Nightingale, a play she penned about her maternal grandmother, Beatrice Kempson. (Manhattan Theatre Club-Stage 1, 131 West 55th Street, For Playbill Club discount tickets click here)

Monday, Dec. 14
GO? This year’s “Broadway in South Africa Holiday Party” will feature performances from Wicked, The Lion King, In The Heights, Mamma Mia and Rock of Ages with a special appearance by Hairspray’s Nikki Blonsky and a live auction by our Playbill pal, Seth Rudetsky. (7-11pm, Minskoff Theatre, 200 W. 45th street, between Broadway and 8th Avenues, $30-$75, info/tickets)

GO? Director of BAM’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, Liv Ullmann will join The Paley Center on Monday for a discussion and screening of a documentary The Sealed Orders of Liv Ullmann. The film captures the director’s mentoring of young actors as they tackle the famous Tennessee Williams play. (6:30pm, $15-20, The Paley Center for Media, 25 West 52 Street, info/tickets)

GO? Avenue Q’s Ann Harada (Christmas Eve) is back with her holiday cabaret Christmas Eve With Christmas Eve. Broadway pals on hand to help Harada ring in the holidays include: Raul Esparza, Andy Karl, Christopher Sieber, John Tartaglia, Norm Lewis and others. Proceeds benefit BC/EFA. (Jerome L. Greene Performance Space @ WNYC, 44 Charlton Street at Varick, $50-$75, info/tickets)

WATCH? Our pal Nick Lachey is helping to fill the winter void left by Glee with a singing competition on NBC called The Sing-Off featuring a cappella groups from around the country competing for a recording contract. (8ET/7CT on NBC, info)

Tuesday, Dec. 15
GO? Tony/Emmy Award winner Kristin Chenoweth will join pop-sensation Il Divo for a special Christmas concert at the Beacon. The handsome quartet of divos will join the tiny diva along with the Opera Orchestra of New York on classics like “White Christmas” and “Silent Night”. (Through December 17, The Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway between West 74th and 75th streets, info/tickets)

Wednesday,Dec. 16
WATCH? Dance sensation Groovaloo (currently playing at the Union Square Theatre) will join American Idol (and current tabloid) sensation Adam Lambert for the season finale of the hit-show So You Think You Can Dance. (8ET/7CT, Fox, info)

Thursday, Dec. 17
OPENING? Part Two of the late Horton Foote’s three-part event, The Orphans’ Home Cycle (called The Story of a Marriage) opens on Thursday, with part three opening in January. Cycle, set around nine plays, is loosely based on the childhood of Foote’s father and the marriage of his parents. (Signature Theatre’s Peter Norton Space, 555 West 42nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues, info/tickets)

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