The WEEK AHEAD: June 11-17

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: June 11-17
 
Welcome to your Tony Awards WEEK AHEAD!


Broadway's biggest night of the year arrives... Elvis and Jerry Lee get some new digs... and Bono and The Edge sit down to talk Spider-Man.

Happy Tony Watching!
Blake

Saturday, June 11
Katie Boren, Lindsay Chambers, Patti Murin, LaQuet Sharnell and Kat NejatGO? Tony nominee Douglas Carter Beane (Sister Act) teams up with composer Lewis Flinn for the new pop musical Lysistrata Jones. Based on a classic Aristophanes comedy, Lysistrata is set on the basketball court of a Greenwich Village church’s gym and follows a group of college cheerleaders withholding sex until their boyfriends win a game. Talk about a full-court press! (Through June 24, Judson Memorial Church Gymnasium, 43 Thompson Street at Washington Square S., info/tickets)

Sunday, June 12
2011 Tony Awards PlaybillWATCH/CLICK? Broadway’s biggest night is finally here! The 65th Annual Tony Awards will air live on CBS with the fabulous Neil Patrick Harris returning as Master of Ceremonies. Playbill.com has you covered with everything you need to know to prepare for the big night, including: information on all the nominees, video of performances from the night’s top contenders; the skinny on all the best Tony parties around the country; exclusive interviews and commentary and more!

BEFORE IT CLOSES? Broadway’s loss is New World Stage’s gain! Million Dollar Quartet — featuring the music of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley — follows in the footsteps of Avenue Q and The 39 Steps and heads to Off-Broadway after almost two years on the Main Stem. The show will shutter at the Nederlander Theatre on June 12 and re-open Off-Broadway in July. Not in NYC? Not to worry. The show will also launch a national tour in October. (Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

AUDITION? Broadway’s 2012 revival of Annie has put out an APB to all curly haired, red-headed kids who can sing (or at least ones who own a wig). Casting agency Telsey & Co. will hold open auditions for girls ages 6-12 and will be casting for the title role as well as all of Annie’s orphan friends. Applicants should come prepared with a non-Annie song (a cappella) and bring sheet music as well. Break legs all you hopeful future Broadway stars! (10 AM-4 PM, 200 E. 87th St., info)

Monday, June 13
Bono, The Edge and Reeve CarneyGO? The famous music men behind Broadway’s Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark Bono and The Edge — will be the latest to sit in Jujamcyn President Jordon Roth’s hot seat for his ongoing series at the 92 Street Y. (8 PM, 92 Street Y, at 92nd St. & Lexington Ave., $35, info/tickets)

Tuesday, June 14
PREVIEWS? Tyne Daly is the latest dame of Broadway to take on the grandest dame of the opera world, Maria Callas, in Terrence McNally’s Master Class. The Tony winner will hold court at the Friedman alongside Sierra Boggess, Jeremy Cohen, Clinton Brandhagen, Alexandra Silber and Garrett Sorenson. (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount previews ticket. Officially opens July 7.)

Wednesday, June 15
GO? If you were not a part of the lucky few who were able to catch the blink-and-you’ve-missed-it live performance of Stephen Sondheim’s Company at Avery Fisher Hall, you’re in luck! A film version of the New York Philharmonic’s starry concert — featuring Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Katie Finneran, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Hendricks, Jan Maxwell, Aaron Lazar, Patti LuPone, Jill Paice, Martha Plimpton and Anika Noni Rose — will play select theatres June 15, 16, 19 and 21. (Click here for info. on a theatre near you)

Thursday, June 16
Cast member Nick WestratePREVIEWS? Harvard University’s skeletons come out of the closet in Unnatural Acts. This new play, conceived and directed by Tony Speciale, takes on the venerable institution’s real-life “Secret Court” of the 1920s, which was designed to expose and eliminate the University’s underground gay culture. (Through July 10, Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th S., off of 3rd Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount preview tickets. Officially opens June 23.)

Friday, June 17
GO? Colin Quinn’s Broadway solo show, Long Story Short, directed by Jerry Seinfeld, will hit the road for a multi-city tour this summer. The first stop will be East Hampton, NY (through June 26) and then the production will travel to Philadelphia and Montreal before settling in Chicago in late August. (Click here for tour info/tickets)

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