THE WEEK AHEAD Feb. 7-13: Kristin Chenoweth Boards the Broadway Train, and The Last Five Years Hits Screens

Inside Track   THE WEEK AHEAD Feb. 7-13: Kristin Chenoweth Boards the Broadway Train, and The Last Five Years Hits Screens
 
Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that The Iceman Cometh (from Chicago)… Norm Lewis takes off the mask… Hugh Jackman fillets his last fish… Kristin Chenoweth boards the Broadway train… and Anna Kendrick spends Five Years divorcing Jeremy Jordan. 
Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane Photo by Liz Lauren

It's your WEEK AHEAD, hot off the presses!

Saturday, February 7
GO→ Tony Award winners Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy return to Eugene O'Neill's masterwork The Iceman Cometh following the 2012 Goodman Theatre production helmed by Robert Falls. (Through March 15, BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St., Brooklyn. Info/tickets.)

Sunday, February 8
LAST CHANCE→ Broadway box-office-buster Hugh Jackman trades in his tap shoes for a paring knife in Jez Butterworth's haunting thriller, The River. Jackman plays a mysterious fisherman who coaxes women to his creepy cabin in the woods. Laura Donnelly and Cush Jumbo play the disparate women entranced by Jackman. The audience is seemingly equally as entranced, mostly by the site of Jackman's bulging biceps. (Circle in the Square, 1633 Broadway, at 50th St. Info/tickets.)

Monday, February 9
CASTING→ Earlier this WEEK AHEAD (Feb. 7), Norm Lewis takes a final bow in his history-making turn as the first African-American to don the mask of the titular opera ghost in Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera. Picking up the baton on Monday as the 15th actor to bring the "Music of the Night" to Broadway's Majestic Theatre is James Barbour. (Majestic Theatre, 245 W 44th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Avenues. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Kate Baldwin
Kate Baldwin Photo by Joseph Moran

Tuesday, February 10
PREVIEWS→ Andrew Lippa's 1995 two hander John & Jen gets a revival with Conor Ryan and Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin starring as the titular family members who go through various stages of growing pains in the formative decades between 1950 and 1990. Officially opens Feb. 26. (Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd St., btwn. 9th and 10th Ave. Info/tickets.) Wednesday, February 11
OPENING→ Following a critically acclaimed debut this past summer, Stephen Adly Girgis' Between Riverside and Crazy made a bonafide star out of Stephen McKinley Henderson, who has built a career supporting star turns of Hollywood giants like Denzel Washington and Daniel Day-Lewis. Riverside puts McKinley Henderson in the spotlight as a widowed ex-cop looking to hold on to his rent-stabilized apartment. (Second Stage, 305 W. 43rd St, at 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Thursday, February 12
GO→ The Café Carlyle is getting "Hot, Hot, Hot" when Buster Poindexter (aka the pompadoured crooning alter ego of rocker David Johansen) hits the stage at the legendary, uptown haunt for a return engagement. (Through Feb. 21, Café Carlyle, 35 E. 76th St., at Madison Ave. Info/tickets.)

Friday, February 13
PREVIEWS→ Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth returns to Broadway in On the Twentieth Century, the classic madcap comedy from Cy Coleman, Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Chenoweth plays the temperamental Hollywood starlet Lily Garland being wooed by a smarmy theatre producer, played by Peter Gallagher. Onboard the musical crazy train are Andy Karl, Mark Linn-Baker, Michael McGrath and the hilarious Mary Louise Wilson. Officially opens March 12. (American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

GO→ Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick star in the musical film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's cult-hit musical The Last Five Years. Director Richard LaGravenese brings Brown's heartbreakingly bittersweet story of the unraveling of a marriage between an up-and-coming writer and a fledgling actress to the big screen. (In select theatres. Info.)

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