THE WEEK AHEAD Oct. 18-24: Glenn Close is Back on the Boards and The Public Theater Builds a Fortress of Solitude

Inside Track   THE WEEK AHEAD Oct. 18-24: Glenn Close is Back on the Boards and The Public Theater Builds a Fortress of Solitude
 
Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Michael Keaton makes his Broadway debut (well, kinda)… It's a RETURN for Glenn Close… Tony Bennett goes gaga for Lady Gaga… Holly Hunter shacks up Off-Broadway with Bill Pullman… and a Pulitzer prizefight makes its way to Broadway.
Joely Richardson
Joely Richardson Photo by Carol Rosegg

Your WEEK AHEAD, chock full of Broadway goodness, has arrived!

Saturday, October 18
GO→ Michael Keaton stars as a washed-up action star looking to revive his career by starring in a Broadway show in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's new film, "Birdman." Cabaret's upcoming Sally, Emma Stone co-stars, along with Tony nominee Jeremy Shamos, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton and Zach Galifianakis. (Info)

Sunday, October 19
OPENING→ Joely Richardson stars as Emily Dickinson in the New York return of William Luce's one-woman show, The Belle of Amherst. The original 1976 Broadway production earned Julie Harris a Tony in the role of the famously reclusive poet. Don Gregory, the play's original producer, is once again on top of the bill to bring the rarely-seen work back to NYC. (Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St., btwn. 9th and 10th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Monday, October 20
PREVIEWS→ Glenn Close returns to Broadway after a two-decade absence in the revival of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance. Close plays Agnes, a well-to-do woman keeping the "delicate balance" of her unusual household, which includes her husband (John Lithgow), alcoholic sister (Lindsay Duncan), serial divorcee daughter (Martha Plimpton) and paranoid friends (Bob Balaban and Clare Higgins). Officially opens Nov. 20. (John Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Tuesday, October 21

Adam Chanler-Berat
Adam Chanler-Berat

PREVIEWS→ Holly Hunter, Bill Pullman and Richard Chamberlain star in the revival of David Rabe's Sticks and Bones, the 1972 Tony-winning dark comedy about a family welcoming their son home from the Vietnam War. Officially opens Nov. 6. (The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St., btwn. 9th & 10th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) Wednesday, October 22
OPENING→ Adam Chanler-Berat, Rebecca Naomi Jones and two-time Tony nominee André de Shields star in a new musical from Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and Daniel Aukin (Bad Jews). Fortress of Solitude pulls from Jonathan Lethem's semi-autobiographical novel about the melting pot that was Brooklyn from the 1970s-90s. (Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. Info/tickets.)

Thursday, October 23
OPENING→ Ayad Akhtar's 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Disgraced brings the dinner party from hell to Broadway. Hari Dhillon and Gretchen Mol play Amir and Emily, a mixed-race couple that invites their friends, another mixed-race couple (played by Karen Pittman and "How I Met Your Mother" star Josh Radnor) to dinner. Polite conversation turns into relationship-crumbling war when race, religion and political correctness enter the conversation. (Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Friday, October 24
WATCH→ The Lady goes legit! Lady Gaga teams up with Tony Bennett for a PBS "Great Performances" concert in celebration of the new album "Cheek to Cheek." The famous crooner and pop star take on the classics like "Anything Goes," "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" and "Sophisticated Lady." (9 PM, PBS. Info.)

GO→ The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) kicks off its 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals. The two-day fest promises showcases from emerging theatre talent. Broadway names involved in the development process include David Henry Hwang, Beautiful director Marc Bruni, Tony winner Lonny Price, Tony nominee Annaleigh Ashford, Mary Testa and Heidi Blickenstaff. (Oct. 23-24, New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves. Info.)

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