The WEEK AHEAD: March 26-April 1

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: March 26-April 1
 
Don’t be an April fool — catch one of these great shows this WEEK AHEAD!


Robin Williams’ Rialto roar… play a song or two on The Shirelles’ Broadway jukebox... and Daniel Radcliffe trades his magic wand for a magic book

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Saturday, March 26

The Pasadena "Shirelles" of Baby It's You!: Erica Ash, Paulette Ivory, Berlando Drake and Crystal Starr Knighton.

PREVIEW? Tony winner Beth Leavel stars as Florence Greenberg, a New Jersey housewife turned music mogul in Baby It’s You! Featuring the music of the Shirelles and other ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll classics like “Dedicated To The One I Love," "Duke Of Earl," "He's So Fine," "I Say a Little Prayer," "It's My Party," "Louie Louie," "Mama Said," "Shout," "Sixteen Candles," "Stop in the Name of Love," and "Twist and Shout." (Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets. Officially opens April 27.)

Sunday, March 27
Daniel RadcliffeOPENING? Rob Ashford directs the colorful 50th Anniversary revival of Frank Loesser’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Daniel Radcliffe stars as a window washer yearning to climb the corporate ladder of J.B. Biggley’s (John Larroquette) World Wide Wicket Company. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper lends his voice to narrate the titular book. (Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 246 W. 44th, btwn. 8th & 9th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Monday, March 28
Laurie MetcalfOPENING? Laurie Metcalf stars in the drama-thriller The Other Place, directed by Tony winner Joe Mantello. Metcalf plays Juliana Smithton, an uptight medical researcher whose brilliant mind betrays her, leaving her vulnerable to the horrors of her past mistakes. A haunting image of a girl in a yellow bikini triggers a mental break that Metcalf plays with an extraordinary mix of force and fragility. Dennis Boutsikaris co-stars as a frightened husband who must endure the brunt of the breakdown. (Through April 24, The Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St., btwn. Hudson & Bleecker St., info/tickets)

Tuesday, March 29
GO? Grammy-winning baritone Nathan Gunn will make his Cafe Carlyle debut alongside his wife, pianist and musical director Julie Gunn. The duo will take on Broadway classics, cabaret standards and original songs from Gunn’s solo album “Just Before Sunrise.” (Through April 16, Café Carlyle at the Carlyle Hotel, 35 E. 76th St., at Madison Ave., info/tickets)

Wednesday, March 30
Slideshow Image 3GO? The Museum of the City of New York pays homage to one of Manhattan’s most renowned cultural hotspots, the Apollo Theater, with “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing”. This collection of memorabilia traces the roots of the theatre from its early days as a burlesque hall to its current place as the epicenter of African American entertainment. (Through May 1, Museum of the City of New York, 1220 5th Ave., at 103rd St., info)

Thursday, March 31
Bengal-Tiger-Baghdad-Zoo-Playbill-03-11OPENING? Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo features Robin Williams as a smart-mouthed tiger from the beyond roaming war-torn Iraq. Director Moises Kaufman directs the dark comedy about two American Marines seeking meaning, redemption and a toilet seat made of gold among the chaos. (Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Playbill cover for Born Yesterday Cort TheatrePreviews? Robert Sean Leonard and Jim Belushi star in the revival of Garson Kanin's comedy Born Yesterday. Much buzzed-about newcomer Nina Arianda plays blonde bombshell Billie Dawn, who learns the errors of her corrupt boyfriend’s ways while being tutored by a straightlaced journalist. (Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount previews tickets. Officially Opens April 24.)

Friday, April 1
PREVIEWS? Two-time Tony Award winner Donna Murphy stars in People in the Picture, a musical about three generations of women and their ties to European Yiddish theatre. People features music by Mike Stoller and a book by “Beaches” writer Iris Rainer Dart. The show is a family affair in more ways than one — featuring a performance by Alexander Gemignani and musical direction by his father, Paul Gemignani. (Through June 19, Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount previews tickets. Officially opens April 28.)

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