The WEEK AHEAD: Feb. 5-11

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: Feb. 5-11
 
This is a royal WEEK AHEAD. Start off with the kings of the Great American Songbook…continue with an all-star nod to the queen of the stage, Angela Lansbury…finally, join Wynton Marsalis as he pays homage to the Count.


All hail!
Blake

Friday, February 5
GO (FREE)? The New York Opera Society presents a free concert featuring the works of great American composers including Gershwin, Joplin and Davis. (12:30pm and 7pm, World Financial Center Wintergarden, 200 Vessey Street, info)

GO? Eve Ensler's new book, "I'm an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World," will get a star-studded reading by Ensler along with Cynthia Nixon, Kyra Sedgwich and Kevin Bacon, with Rosario Dawson directing. The evening will benefit V-day, Ensler's charity that raises funds to fight violence against women around the globe. (7:30pm, Urban Zen Center at Stephan Weiss Studio, 711 Greenwich Street at Charles, $100-$5000, info/tickets)

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Saturday, February 6
GO? "High School Musical" star Corbin Bleu shows off his rapping chops when he takes as Usnavi in the Tony Award Winning musical In The Heights. (Bleu will play through April 25, Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 West 46th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenues, For Playbill Club Discount Tickets click here)

GO? Placido Domingo (singing in the baritone title role) joins the Met for the classic Italian opera Simon Boccanegra. Met titles are in English, German and Spanish.  The Met will also broadcast the performance on movie theatre screens nationwide as part of their The Met: Live in HD progam. (1pm, The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center Plaza, info/tickets)

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Sunday, February 7

GO? Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken (8 times over!) joins the Broadway Playhouse for a celebration of his music which includes the songs from Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Little Shop of Horrors and the upcoming Sister Act. (11am, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center 129 West 67th Street, at Broadway, info/tickets)

GO? The stage version of Fanny featuring the original score by Harold Rome, marks the 50th production of the New York City Encores! series. Elena Shaddow (The Woman in White), James Snyder (Cry-Baby) and George Hearn (Sunset Boulevard, La Cage aux Folles) are the players caught in a love triangle set in a French seaport. (NY City Center, West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues, $25-$95, For Playbill Club Discount Tickets click here)

GO? The hippies of Broadway's Hair will perform at a benefit for the Capital Building Campaign of Brooklyn Free School before they take off for London. (10pm, The Laurie Beechman Theatre at West Bank Cafe, 407 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Aves, $45 adults, $35 students, +$10 food/drink min., info/tickets)

Monday , February 8
GO? The Drama League honors five-time Tony winner Angela Lansbury at its annual benefit gala, A Musical Celebration of Broadway. Signed up to pay homage to the great Lansbury is her A Little Night Music co-star Catherine Zeta-Jones, Edie Falco, Len Cariou, Dee Hoty, T.R. Knight, Audra McDonald, Bernadette Peters, Cheyenne Jackson, Chita Rivera and more. (7pm cocktails, 8pm dinner followed by a performance, $200 performance-only tickets, The Pierre New York, 2 East 61st Street at 5th Avenue, info/tickets)

Tuesday, February 9
OPENING? Lucinda Coxton’s new play Happy Now? starring Mary Bacon opens Off-Broadway. Bacon plays Kitty, a frustrated woman questioning her happiness with her marriage, her family, her job and life in general. Coxton’s asks a serious question in a darkly comical way. (Through March 6, Primary Stages, 59 East 59th street, between Park and Madison, For Playbill Club Discount Tickets click here)

Wednesday, February 10
GO (FREE)? The poet Jim Carroll (best known as the author of The Basketball Diaries), who passed away this past September, will be remembered with a memorial reading by his famous friends from the Poetry Project including Patti Smith and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo. (8pm, St. Mark’s Church, 131 E. 10th Street, info)

Thursday, February 11
GO? As a part of Lincoln Center’s celebration of Black History Month, nine-time Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winner, Wynton Marsalis, will join the Lincoln Center Orchestra, vocalist Gregory Porter and pianist Cyrus Chestnut for a tribute to blues legend Count Basie. Featuring a free pre-concert discussion an hour before performance. (Through February 13, 8pm, Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center, 33 West 60th street, 11th floor, $30-$120, info/tickets)

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