The WEEK AHEAD . . . Jan. 22-28

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD . . . Jan. 22-28
 
Helping others is big on this WEEK AHEAD’s agenda. We kick-off with a massive telethon to help the victims of the Haiti Earthquake. For information on how to donate your time, money or give blood, go to www.redcross.org, www.unicefusa.org or text YELE to 501501 to donate $5, or text HAITI to donate $10.


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Friday, January 22

WATCH? Dozens of channels will broadcast “Hope for Haiti,” a telethon to benefit the victims of the Haiti earthquake. All donations will go directly to Oxfam, The Red Cross, UNICEF, the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Foundation. George Clooney and Anderson Cooper join Haitian-born Jean as co-hosts. Artists such as Fela! Producer Jay-Z, Bono and The Edge (composers of the upcoming Spider-Man:Turn Off the Dark), Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Hudson, Madonna, and a host of others are lined-up to perform. (8pmET, airs on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, CW, BET, CMT, HBO, MTV, VH1, Oxygen, Style, Comedy Central, Bravo, Showtime, PBS, TNT and National Geographic channels. Also streaming on http://www.youtube.com/hopeforhaitinow)

BEFORE IT CLOSES? After two-and-a-half years, Off-Broadway’s My First Time will play its last time at New World Stages this Friday. As the cheeky title suggests, this play (which pulls from real-life stories acquired from the site myfirsttime.com) explores the awkward, absurd, and sometime ridiculous stories of loosing one’s virginity. (New World Stages, Stage 5, 340 W. 50th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, tickets/info)

Saturday, January 23

GO?Tony-winner Sutton Foster performs songs from her debut solo album Wish at Joe’s Pub this Saturday. (11:30pm, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, $30, info/tickets)

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WATCH? The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards airs. Stars set to present and attend include the biggest names from both screen and stage, including Alec Baldwin, Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci, Anthony Mackie, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Huffman and others. (8pm ET/PT, TBS)

Sunday, January 24

OPENING? The revival of Arthur Miller’s 1955 drama, A View from the Bridge, starring Tony winner Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson opens this Sunday. (Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th Street, between Eighth Ave. and Broadway, For Playbill Club discount tickets click here)

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BEFORE IT CLOSES? Broadway will get its last taste of Sweet Apple as it says “bye bye” to Bye Bye Birdie on Sunday. The first Broadway revival of the classic musical stars John Stamos, Gina Gershon and Tony-winner Bill Irwin. (Henry Miller’s Theatre, 124 West 43rd Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, For Playbill Club discount tickets click here)

Monday, January 25
GO? Funnyman Bruce Vilanch (last seen on Broadway in Hairspray) hosts the Eighth Annual Nightlife Awards, which honors the best of New York cabaret, comedy and jazz. This year's winners include Christine Ebersole, Michael Feinstein, Cheyenne Jackson, Baby Jane Dexter, and Louis CK. Honorees perform in lieu of acceptance speeches. Other performers include Tovah Feldshuh and Nellie McKay. (7pm, The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, $25-$75, info/tickets)

Tuesday, January 26
GO? Tony-winner Tyne Daly, most recently seen in Off-Broadway’s Love, Loss and What I Wore, takes up residency at Feinstein’s with her show Second Time Around, featuring Broadway standards from Jerry Herman and Irving Berlin as well as popular songs made famous by Al Jolson and Bessie Smith. (Through January 30, Feinstein’s at the Loews Regency, 540 Park Avenue at 61st street, call 212.339.2095 or click here for tickets)

Wednesday, January 27
GO? Media mogul Tyler Perry brings his popular alter-ego Madea to New York as part the national tour of Madea’s Big Happy Family. The tour will make multiple stops in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, etc. (Through January 31, Madison Square Garden, $59.50-$129.50, 4 Penn Plaza, entrance on Seventh Avenue, tickets/info, full tour details)

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GO? Lincoln Center's American Songbook series continues with performances by Rufus Wainwright, Bill Frisell, Van Dyke Parks and others exploring the contributions of Jewish songwriters like Berlin and Gershwin.  Conceived by producer Hal Willner, the show promises "mash-ups" of well known songs from the American songbook that "challenge, shock and inspire." (8:30pm, The Allen Room at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th street, 6th floor, tickets/info)

Thursday, January 28
GO? Time Stands Still, a new play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies, opens this Thursday on Broadway. Starring frequent Margulies collaborator Laura Linney, Alicia Silverstone, Brian D’Arcy James and Eric Bogosian, Time centers around a photographer (played by Linney) facing the realities of her stateside life after being wounded covering a war abroad. Also returning to work with Margulies is Tony-winning director Daniel Sullivan. (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 West 47th Street, For Playbill Club discount tickets click here)

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