THE WEEK AHEAD, March 24-30: Newsies Opens on Broadway; Cybourne Park, Starcatcher, Nice Work Begin

Inside Track   THE WEEK AHEAD, March 24-30: Newsies Opens on Broadway; Cybourne Park, Starcatcher, Nice Work Begin Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that the Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park (a riff on A Raisin in the Sun) moves to Broadway… Raven-Symoné slips into a Broadway habit… the Nothing Like a Dame benefit concert takes a cue from Playbill... and Newsies waves its banner. It might as well be spring in this edition of THE WEEK AHEAD!
Gavin Creel
Gavin Creel

Saturday, March 24
GO (FREE)→ Gavin Creel hosts a reading of Dustin Lance Black's 8 — the drama about the California federal court case to overturn the controversial Proposition 8 initiative to ban gay marriage — at New Jersey's Montclair State University. A post-show conversation moderated by Creel (a co-founder of Broadway Impact) will address New Jersey's efforts toward legalizing gay marriage. Most recently, Gov. Chris Christie vetoed the legislation in his state, citing his wishes for a public vote on the matter. (7:30 PM, Montclair State University's Memorial Auditorium, New Jersey. Info/tickets.)

Sunday, March 25
LAST CHANCE→ Nora and Delia Ephron's Off-Broadway memory play, Love, Loss and What I Wore — a chronicle of the milestones in women's lives via the clothes they wear — plays its last performance at the West Side Theatre. The last of its rotating cast includes Sierra Boggess (Love Never Dies), Joyce van Patten (The People in the Picture), Erica Watson ("Precious") and Ally Walker ("The Protector"). (West Side Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St., btwn. 9th & 10th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Monday, March 26
PREVIEWS→ Despite a well-publicized kerfuffle with producer Scott Rudin (that resulted in an 11th-hour save by Jujamcyn Theaters president Jordan Roth), Bruce Norris' 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Clybourne Park comes to Broadway, after all. Park, set in the Chicago suburb referenced in Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 classic A Raisin the Sun, shows the origin of a neighborhood's racial change and its second racial/social transformation 50 years later. The production's premiere cast from Playwrights Horizons, including Crystal A. Dickinson, Brendan Griffin, Damon Gupton, Christina Kirk, Annie Parisse, Jeremy Shamos and Tony winner Frank Wood, reunites for Broadway. Directed by Pam MacKinnon (A Moon for the Misbegotten). (Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W. 48th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Officially opens April 19. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Elaine Stritch
photo by Aubrey Reuben

GO→ The 17th annual Nothing Like a Dame concert, a benefit for the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative, got a little influence from Playbill! The theme of this year's concert will focus on the performers' favorite theatergoing experiences — the topic of Playbill.com's recurring column "Their Favorite Things." Performers include Elaine Stritch, Polly Bergen, Andréa Burns, Bobby Cannavale, Mario Cantone, Lauren Flanigan, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Jackie Hoffman, Bruce Vilanch and more. (Gerald Lynch Theatre, 524 W. 59th St., btwn. 10th and 11th Aves. here.)

GO→ Comedian Lewis Black hosts the annual MCC Miscast gala that boasts a star-studded roaster of entertainers singing songs from shows in which they'd never be cast. This year's lineup includes Josh Gad, Rory O'Malley, Norm Lewis, Jonathan Groff, Laura Benanti, Norbert Leo Butz, Nikki M. James, Steven Pasquale, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty and Jan Maxwell. (7:30 PM, Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Ave. Info/tickets.) GO→ The New York Philharmonic celebrates the life and legacy of Guys and Dolls and How to Succeed… composer-lyricist Frank Loesser with the concert Anywhere I Wander. Ted Sperling conducts the orchestra and singers Ann Hampton Callaway, Victoria Clark, Robert Morse, Mary Testa, Jason Danieley, Marc Kudisch and Bryn Terfel. (7:30 PM, Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Broadway and W. 65th St. Info/tickets.)

Tuesday, March 27
GO→ Raven-Symoné ("That's So Raven," "The Cosby Show") dons the habit of disco diva-turned-nun Deloris Van Cartier in the Alan Menken-Glenn Slater musical Sister Act. (Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway at 53rd St. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Adam Chanler-Berat and Christian Borle
Photo by Joan Marcus

Wednesday, March 28
PREVIEWS→ Peter and the Starcatcher, the bright and inventive stage show that became a darling of Off-Broadway last year, makes the leap to Broadway, bringing with it much of its original cast, including Adam Chanler-Berat (Boy), Christian Borle (Black Stache) and Celia Keenan-Bolger (Molly). Starcatcher is based on the best selling Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson prequel to "Peter Pan." (Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Officially opens April 15. Info/tickets.)

PREVIEWS→ Christina Ricci and Bebe Neuwirth star in Classic Stage Company's production of the Bard's romantic comedy-fantasy A Midsummer Night's Dream. Ricci will play Hermia to Neuwrith's Hippolyta/Titania, queen of the fairies. Performance artist Taylor Mac will play Puck. (CSC, 136 E. 13th St., btwn. 3rd & 4th Aves. Officially opens April 29. Info/tickets.)

GO→ The rarely seen Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Pipe Dream, gets the Encores! concert treatment. Laura Osnes, Will Chase, Tom Wopat and Leslie Uggams star in the 1950s California-set musical based on John Steinbeck's novel "Sweet Thursday." Songs include "All at Once You Love Her," "The Next Time It Happens" and "Everybody's Got a Home But Me." (Through April 1, New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Info/tickets.)

OPENING→ The team from [title of show]Hunter Bell, Susan Blackwell, Jeff Bowen and Heidi Blickenstaff — returns to their old stomping grounds, the Vinyeard Theatre, to musically overanalyze life and all its quirky dreams and realities in the funkily-punctuated Now. Here. This. (Vineyard Theatre, 108 E. 15th St., btwn. Union Square East and Irving Place. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Jeremy Jordan
photo by T. Charles Erickson

Thursday, March 29
OPENING→ The cult-classic musical film from the '90s, Newsies, gets a new life thanks to Broadway. The show about a bunch of striking newspaper boys in turn-of-the-20th-century New York City features the well-known Alan Menken-Jack Feldman tunes "Santa Fe," "Carrying the Banner," "King of New York" and "Seize the Day." Starring Jeremy Jordan (Bonnie & Clyde) as the leader of the pack, Jack Kelly (a role originated by Christian Bale on film). (Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves. Info/tickets.)

PREVIEWS→ Two-time Tony winner Matthew Broderick and Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara star in Nice Work If You Can Get It, featuring the songs of George and Ira Gershwin. The story about a wealthy bon vivant and a sassy bootlegger gets its inspiration from the Gershwins' Jazz Age musical Oh, Kay! Tony winner Judy Kaye and Oscar winner Estelle Parsons also star. Directed by three-time Tony winner Kathleen Marshall. (Imperial Theatre, 249 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Friday, March 30
PREVIEWS→ Don't Dress For Dinner, the sequel to Marc Camoletti's farce Boeing-Boeing, flies onto Broadway with Tony nominee Ben Daniels, Adam James, Jennifer Tilly, Tony Award nominee Spencer Kayden and Patricia Kalember signed on as the raucous group that navigates the exploits of the loveable characters Robert and Bernard. (American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves. Officially opens April 26. Info/tickets.)

Blake Ross is the editor of Playbill magazine. Follow her on Twitter @PlaybillBlake.

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