THE WEEK AHEAD Oct. 25-31: Side Show Brings the Freaks Back to Broadway and Jeremy Jordan "Breaks Character" at 54 Below

Inside Track   THE WEEK AHEAD Oct. 25-31: Side Show Brings the Freaks Back to Broadway and Jeremy Jordan "Breaks Character" at 54 Below Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that the Jack(man) is back!... Sting sets sail on Broadway… "Dreamgirls'" Bill Condon has a dream for notorious flop Side Show… and Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal get Real for their Main Stem debuts.
Carey Mulligan
Carey Mulligan

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Saturday, October 25
GO→ A National Theatre Live one-two punch is in store this week! First, (beginning Oct. 23) check out David Hare's Skylight, starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, before it comes to Broadway in the spring. Next on offer is a Halloween encore screening of Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in Danny Boyle's hit production of Frankenstein (Oct. 27-29). (Multiple locations. Info/tickets.)

Sunday, October 26
OPENING→ Multi-Grammy-winning superstar Sting sets his sights on Broadway with the debut of his new musical, The Last Ship. Sting, as composer-lyricist, developed Ship — loosely based on his youth in the seafaring, rough-and-tumble town of Wallsend — with Tony winners John Logan and Brian Yorkey, Tony-nominated choreographer Steven Hoggett and Tony-winning director Joe Mantello. (Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Monday, October 27
GO→ Tony-nominated Broadway heartthrob Jeremy Jordan will make his solo concert debut singing songs from his budding stage and screen career, including highlights from Newsies, "The Last Five Years" and "Smash." (Through Nov. 13, 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.)

Emily Padgett and Erin Davie
Emily Padgett and Erin Davie Photo by Andrew Eccles

Tuesday, October 28
PREVIEWS→ Oscar winning director-writer Bill Condon debuts a revamped and almost redone Side Show for Broadway. Condon, along with writers Henry Krieger and Bill Russell, changed 60% of the cult classic musical from the original Broadway show, which lasted all of three months. Erin Davie and Emily Padgett star as conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton, infamous stars of the 1930s freak show circuit. Officially opens Nov. 17. (St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St., btwn 7th & 8th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) Wednesday, October 29
OPENING→ Terrence McNally's Lips Together, Teeth Apart makes its long-awaited New York return for the first time in over 20 years. McNally's dark comedy takes place in Fire Island over the 1990 Fourth of July holiday. Straight summering couples — played by Michael Chernus, Bad Jews' Tracee Chimo, "Ugly Betty" star America Ferrera and Austin Lysy — avoid the pool (and much of reality) due to the fear of AIDS. (Second Stage, 305 W. 43rd St. at 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Thursday, October 30
OPENING→ Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Cynthia Nixon and Josh Hamilton make up the complicated foursome in The Real Thing. Sam Gold directs the revival of Tom Stoppard's famous exploration of matrimony, fidelity and art imitating life. (American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves. Info/tickets.)

Friday, October 31
PREVIEWS→ Tony-winning razzle-dazzle man Hugh Jackman takes a very different turn for his Broadway return starring in Jez Butterworth's haunting drama, The River. Jackman plays a cabin-dwelling recluse who goes on a midnight fishing expedition only to mysteriously lose his companion. Officially opens Nov. 16. (Circle in the Square Theatre, 1633 Broadway at 50th St. Info/tickets.)

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