THE WEEK AHEAD Nov. 1-7: A Starry Show Boat Sets Sail and Patti LuPone Returns to 54 Below

Inside Track   THE WEEK AHEAD Nov. 1-7: A Starry Show Boat Sets Sail and Patti LuPone Returns to 54 Below Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Osnes and Tracey Ullman jump on The Band Wagon… Vanessa Williams and Norm Lewis sail off on a Show Boat… Bradley Cooper is "not an animal!"… and Patti LuPone visits more Far Away Places.
Elizabeth A. Davis
Elizabeth A. Davis

The stars align to kick off a new month this WEEK AHEAD!

Saturday, November 1
PREVIEWS→ Tony nominee Elizabeth A. Davis, Claybourne Elder and Malcolm Gets star in John Doyle's adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Allegro. This rarely seen coming-of-age story will get the full "Doyle treatment": The Tony-winning director and creator will stage the musical with actors accompanying themselves on different instruments (as he has done with past acclaimed productions of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and Company). Officially opens Nov. 19. (Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St., btwn. 3rd & 4th Aves. Info/tickets.)

Sunday, November 2
GO→ The great Carol Burnett, currently starring in Love Letters on Broadway, sits down with Rosie O'Donnell to chat about her life both onstage and off. Ear tug! Click here to watch a live simulcast of the chat and to ask a question of Burnett. (7:30 PM, 92nd Street Y, Lexington Ave. & 92nd St. Info/tickets.)

Monday, November 3
OPENING→ The Oldest Boy, Sarah Ruhl's latest exploration into the complicated human condition, finds Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger in a struggle to keep her son after claims he is the reincarnation of a high Buddhist teacher. (Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, 150 W. 65th St., btwn. Broadway & Amsterdam. Info/tickets.)

Tuesday, November 4

Fred Willard in rehearsal
Fred Willard in rehearsal Photo by Monica Simoes

GO→ Here she is, boys! Here she is, world! Here's Patti! The one-and-only Patti LuPone, the newly minted artist-in-residence at 54 Below, returns to "Broadway's supper club" for a follow-up to her acclaimed Far Away Places. As with its predecessor, Far Away Places Part Two is conceived and directed by Scott Wittman and features an eclectic mix of songs that "explore her wanderlust." The set list promises the music of Irving Caesar, Billy Joel, David Yazbek, Johnny Mercer and Kris Kristofferson. (Nov. 3-15, 54 Below, 254 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.) Wednesday, November 5
GO→ Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's groundbreaking musical Show Boat pulls into New York for a concert production with the New York Philharmonic starring Vanessa Williams, Norm Lewis, Julian Ovenden, Christopher Fitzgerald and Fred Willard. The performance will also be recorded for PBS' "Live From Lincoln Center." (Through Nov. 8, Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Columbus Ave. at 65th St. Info/tickets.)

Thursday, November 6
GO→ Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Osnes, Tracey Ullman and Michael McKean star in the Encores! concert production of the 1953 musical comedy The Band Wagon. Kathleen Marshall helms the musicalization of the film featuring a score Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz and a book by Douglas Carter Beane (adapted from Betty Comden and Adolph Green's original screenplay). (Through Nov. 16, New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St., btwn. 6th and 7th Aves. Info/tickets.)

Friday, November 7
PREVIEWS→ Hollywood heartthrob Bradley Cooper takes a serious turn in Bernard Pomerance's classic The Elephant Man. Cooper dramatizes the life of John Merrick, the intensely disfigured man who toured the carnival freak circuit before passing away in his 20s. Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola co-star. Officially opens Dec. 7. (Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.)

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