First, the 40th anniversary of Monty Python’s Flying Circus brings us a new documentary and stage production sure to fill the void left by the departure of Spamalot.
Another anniversary is marked by a theatrical event of global proportions. A new piece by the original Laramie Project team, Moisés Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project, marks the 11th Anniversary of the murder of Matthew Shepard.
"At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Friday, October 9
GO? The New York Pops returns to Carnegie Hall on Friday with special guest Wayne Brady. The show is entitled Sammy and Sam and celebrates the music of Sammy Davis Jr. and Sam Cooke. (8pm, Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, 881 7th Avenue, between 56th and 57th streets, tickets)
Saturday, October 10
GO? It was forty years ago that a herd of Brits rode into our lives on imaginary horses. If this year’s departure of Spamalot from the Main Stage has left you hankering for some more Python, head over to Town Hall this Saturday for An Evening Without Monty Python. As the title subtly suggests, the original Pythons do not make an appearance, but Eric Idle is co-director and the sketches are from the original 70’s television show. And if An Evening Without… doesn’t do the trick, head over to the Ziegfeld on October 15th for an evening with. Original troupe members will reunite for a special screening of the new documentary Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut). (An Evening Without Monty Python is at Town Hall through Saturday, 123 West 43rd Street, for tickets call 212- 307-4100).
Sunday, October 11
OPENING? The first of this season’s Mamet double-header hits Broadway this Sunday. Oleanna stars Julia Stiles and Bill Pullman and is coming to the Main Stage fresh off its successful West Coast run earlier this year. (The Golden Theatre, 252 West 45th Street,between Broadway & 8th Ave, tickets)
Monday, October 12
GO? Creators of The Laramie Project revisit the harrowing Matthew Shepard murder with an 80-minute epilogue entitled The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later. The show will be given its debut in dozens of theatres around the world simultaneously including Lincoln Center in an evening hosted by Glenn Close. The debut marks the 11th anniversary of the senseless hate-crime against the gay 21-year old Shepard. (Alice Tully Hall, 65th street between Broadway & Amsterdam, tickets)
GO? Award-winning director Spike Lee (Passing Strange: The Movie) lends his genius to the theatre world yet again as a producer of County of Kings, a one-man show featuring the talented Lemon Anderson. Anderson, an original member of Def Poetry Jam, gives a poignant account of his life growing up on the tough streets of Brooklyn. (6 week engagement, The Public Theatre, 425 Lafayette Street, tickets)
Tuesday, October 13
GO? New mom Kelly O’Hara returns to South Pacific as Nellie Forbush, the role that garnered O’Hara her third Tony nomination. (Lincoln Center, 150 West 65th Street, tickets)
Wednesday, October 14
Thursday, October 15
GO? The long-awaited revival of Bye Bye Birdie will open this Thursday at the new Henry Miller’s theatre. (Henry Miller’s Theatre, 124 West 43rd Street, tickets)