THE WEEK AHEAD, Nov. 19-25: Seminar and An Evening Open on Broadway; Stephen Sondheim's "Hat" Is Published

Inside Track   THE WEEK AHEAD, Nov. 19-25: Seminar and An Evening Open on Broadway; Stephen Sondheim's "Hat" Is Published Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Liza's at Birdland… Patti and Mandy officially open on Broadway… Stephen Sondheim finishes his "Hat"… and John Malkovich is a musical serial killer…? Celebrate your turkey day with a side of theatre this WEEK AHEAD!
Alan Rickman in Seminar.
Alan Rickman in Seminar. Photo by Jeremy Daniel

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Saturday, November 19
GO→ The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer, a part of BAM’s Next Wave Festival, stars Academy Award winner John Malkovich as Jack, the killer in question. Two sopranos and the Austrian ensemble Orchester Wiener Akademie set Jack’s story about murdering women to beautiful music (quite the contradiction, wouldn't you say?). The fest continues with John Hurt in Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape (Dec. 6-18) and Merce Cunningham: The Legacy Tour (Dec. 7-10), among various forums and music shows. (Brooklyn Academy of Music's Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, info/tickets.)

Sunday, November 20
OPENING→ Four aspiring writers (played by Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater, Jerry O'Connell and
Hettienne Park) look to an esteemed writer (Alan Rickman) to help them with their craft in the biting new comedy Seminar. But their teacher isn't going to make learning easy for them. Written by Theresa Rebeck and directed by Sam Gold. (Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave, Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

GO→ Liza Minnelli returns to the intimate stage at Birdland with her longtime friend, Tony nominee Sam Harris (The Producers, The Life) by her side in Schmoolie & Minnooli. At the piano is music director Billy Stritch. (Through Nov. 21, 7 PM, 315 W. 44th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves., info/tickets.)

Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin
photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Monday, November 21
OPENING→ An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin officially opens on Broadway. The pair, who haven’t performed on a Broadway stage together since their Tony-winning turns in Evita, come back to Broadway, oddly enough, in the same season as the revival of that Andrew Lloyd Webber classic. More than just your run-of-the-mill concert engagement, An Evening finds LuPone and Patinkin caught in a narrative traversing a myriad of special relationships sprinkled with favorites from Sondheim, Berlin, Rodgers & Hammerstein and, of course, a revisiting of the songs of Eva Perón and Che. (Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) GO→ Anne Hathaway hosts "Does Culture Make Us Who We Are?," a discussion as part of the Public Theater’s Public Forum series. Jeremy McCarter will moderate the conversation between an esteemed panel of thinkers and artists, including writer David Brooks; Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, the dean of the Tisch School of the Arts; Tony winner Bill Irwin; and Damian Woetzel, former principal dancer at New York City Ballet. (8 PM, Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., $20-$25, info/tickets.)

Tuesday, November 22
READ→ The legendary composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim follows-up last year’s New York Times bestseller "Finishing the Hat" (which chronicled the beginning of Sondheim's career and his collected lyrics from 1954-81) with "Look, I Made a Hat," which has its official publication date today. It takes a look at Sondheim's later works starting with Sunday in the Park with George through what eventually became Road Show. Littered throughout the book are personal stories and songs that never made it to the stage (or as Sondheim puts it in the book’s subtitle: "Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany"). ($34.95, purchase through the playbillstore.com.)

Wednesday, November 23
OPENING→ Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams and Tony winner Eddie Redmayne star in a new Adrian Hodges film "My Week With Marilyn," the story of a young filmmaker (Redmayne) who enjoys a private week with Marilyn Monroe (Williams) on vacation from filming the 1957 film "The Prince and the Show Girl." Other stage stars featured in the film include Judi Dench, Dominic Cooper, Kenneth Branagh, Zoe Wanamaker and Derek Jacobi. (Info here.)

Daniel Radcliffe

Thursday, November 24
WATCH→ Spend your Thanksgiving with those you love — set to the music of Broadway! As is tradition, the famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, celebrating its 85th anniversary, relies on show people for some musical power. This year's Broadway performers include the cast of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying led by Daniel Radcliffe, the shiny gals of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the singing nuns of Sister Act and the team at Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark. Also performing will be The Radio City Rockettes and stars-in-training from Camp Broadway and Stagedoor Manor. (9 AM to noon on NBC, info.)

Friday, November 25
RETURNING→ Sutton Foster returns to the role that nabbed her a second Tony Award — the brassy, God-loving nightclub singer Reno Sweeney — in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Anything Goes. After a three-week hiatus to film a television pilot, Foster returns to the transatlantic liner setting, currently anchored at the Sondheim Theatre, alongside Joel Grey (also back after a minor leave to nurse an injured ankle), Colin Donnell, and Tony nominee Adam Godley. (Stephen Sondheim Theatre, 124 W. 43rd St., btwn. 6th & 7th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

PREVIEWS→ Jim Brochu stars as the ultimate houseguest from hell in the first revival of Moss Hart and George Kaufman's The Man Who Came for Dinner to hit New York City in over a decade. Also starring Tony winner Cady Huffman. (Theatre at St. Clement's, 423 W. 46th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves., info/tickets. Officially opens Dec. 4.)

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

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