The WEEK AHEAD: Dec. 18-24

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: Dec. 18-24
 
The countdown to Christmas (and, more importantly, Christmas vacation!) will begin this WEEK AHEAD.


Check out our Broadway Christmas Week Schedule to find out which shows will be running during the holiday break.

Blake

Saturday, December 18
WATCH? Carrie Fisher first aired her famous family’s dirty laundry onstage in 2006 with her autobiographical one-woman show Wishful Drinking. Since then, the author and actress has performed the show around the world, including a stop on Broadway. Now, it’s TV land’s turn to enjoy some Fisher-family dirt with an HBO special! (HBO, check your local listings, click here for more info)

Sunday, December 19
Matt LetscherBEFORE IT CLOSES? Mark Brokaw (After Miss Julie) directs the quirky comedy The Language Archive, by Julia Cho, a story of a linguist named George (played by Matt Letscher) who has made it his life’s work to save dead or dying languages. How ironic then that George can’t find the everyday words to aptly communicate to those who love him — namely his wife and pining assistant. (Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theater, 111 W. 46th St., btwn. 6th and 7th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Monday, December 20
Kelli O'HaraGO? Broadway continues to spread the holiday cheer with the 5th annual Broadway Sings for Toys benefit, featuring Kelli O'Hara, Lauren Kennedy, Julia Murney, Elizabeth Stanley, Kevin Chamberlin, Shoshana Bean, members of the cast of the recent Broadway revival of Hair, Liz Callaway, Matt Doyle and The Broadway Inspirational Voices. And don’t forget to bring a toy! (7 PM, Symphony Space's Thalia Theater, 2537 Broadway at 95th St., info/tickets)

Tuesday, December 21
Frank WildhornGO (FL)? Frank Wildhorn’s newest musical, Bonnie & Clyde, enjoyed its world premiere at Asolo Rep in Sarasota, FL. Now Wildhorn, along with his Bonnie & Clyde lyricist Jack Murphy and star Laura Osnes, will play a one-night-only gig at the theatre with a song list comprised of his most memorable tunes. Wildhorn, whose musicals include Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel and the upcoming Wonderland, will also be joined on stage by Broadway’s original Jekyll & Hyde star Robert Evan and classical singer Maryln Sanchez. (8 PM, 5555 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL, info/tickets)

Wednesday, December 22
GO? The Sound of Music gets a funky makeover courtesy of Peter Kiesewalter and the genre-bending band Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata (aka BRO). BRO infuses the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein score with influences from rock, jazz, hip-hop and R&B to make the hills really come alive. (7:30 PM, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette, $25, info/tickets)

Thursday, December 23
Stockard Channing, Stacy Keach, Thomas Sadoski, Elizabeth Marvel, Linda LavinGO? Golden Globe winner and Tony nominee Stacy Keach stars at the Mitzi Newhouse stage in Other Desert Cities. Keach plays the head of a straitlaced, Republican clan celebrating a not-so-merry Christmas in the wake of a family tragedy. Co-starring in the Jon Robin Baitz play are Tony-winners Stockard Channing and Linda Lavin, Elizabeth Marvel and Thomas Sadoski. Joe Mantello directs. (Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 150 W. 65th St., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Friday, December 24
Jackie HoffmanGO? 'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, cursing, and bitching, and laughing could be heard, thanks to the always hilarious Jackie Hoffman, who brings her Jackie-FIVE-0H concert back to Joe’s Pub. Hoffman is sure to spread something this holiday… but it’s likely not to be cheer. (7:30 PM & 9:30 PM, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St., $30, info/tickets)

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