The WEEK AHEAD (Valentine's Edition!): Feb. 12-18

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD (Valentine's Edition!): Feb. 12-18
 
Love fills the air in this special Valentine’s edition of the WEEK AHEAD


Jeffrey Tambor and Harvey Fierstein prove they’re a match made in Broadway heaven… “Love is the Answer” for Barbra Streisand… and Ben Vereen’s Got a lot of livin’ (and lovin’) to do.

Will you be my Valentine?
Blake

Saturday, February 12
Donna McKechnieGO (FL)? Tony winner Donna McKechnie brings her acclaimed one-woman autobiographical cabaret show, My Musical Comedy Life, to South Florida. Expect the classics — as only McKechnie can deliver them —  from the Sondheim, Coleman, Rodgers & Hammerstein and Hamlisch songbooks. (Through February 19, Playground Theatre, 9806 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores, Florida, $50-$100, info/tickets)

Burton Lane (at keyboard) and "Yip" Harburg (front) at an ASCAP party celebrating Yip's newly-published volume of light verse in  December 1976 (Jule Styne and Jay Gorney standing in back).

GO? Heidi Blickenstaff, Liz Callaway, James Clow, Joshua Henry, Michele Ragusa and John Cullum sing the songs of Burton Lane as a part of the 92Y’s “Lyrics & Lyricists” series. Expect songs from Lane classics like Finian’s Rainbow and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. (8 PM, 92nd St. Y at Lexington Ave., $25-$62, info/tickets)

Sunday, February 13

GO? The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards promises a bevy of star-laden performances including a tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, featuring Yolanda Adams, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride, and Florence Welch. Pop stars Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Katy Perry and rapper Eminem are also on the performance roster. Barbra Streisand, will take the Grammy stage, a day after the Grammy Foundation, MusicCares, honors the eight-time Grammy winner with their Person of the Year award. (8 PM ET/PT on CBS, info)

Oscar winner Susan Sarandon

BEFORE IT ENDS? BAM ends its week-long celebration of the films of Susan Sarandon with a screening of the classic bosom-buddies adventure “Thelma & Louise”. Sarandon will join the group post-screening for a discussion with actor Bob Balaban. (7 PM, Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, info/tickets)

Monday, February 14
GO? Whether solo, paired up or with a bunch of pals, check out these exciting events on the day for lovers.

Domingo

? Perhaps the most famous tenor in the world, Plácido Domingo, plays a romantic Valentine’s Day concert with the New York Philharmonic. (8 PM, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, the corner of Columbus Ave. and 65th St., info/tickets)

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? If you want to add a little spice to your Valentine’s Day, check out Amor Y Tango, a seductive dinner show featuring award-winning dancers like Segura and the Strictly Tango Dance Company, Carlos Costes & Amanda Michels, Walter & Marilynne Kane, Medianoche Burlesque, and live music by the JP Jofre Tango Quartet. (7 PM, Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St., btwn. 9th & 10th Aves., $15-$30, info/tickets)

Kate Reinders

? For you West Coast Playbillians, check out Wicked vets Jenna Leigh Green and Kate Reinders in their show For the Record: Baz Lurhmann featuring the songs of Lurhmann's films like "Strictly Ballroom," "Romeo + Juliet" and "Moulin Rouge." (9 PM, Show at Barre, 1714 N. Vermont,?Los Angeles, CA, $20, info/tickets)

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick.? Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, James Gandolfini, Warren Leight, Fisher Stevens and Marisa Tomei will spend their Valentine’s Day celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Off-Broadway theatre company Naked Angels. Tony-winning director Joe Mantello will present, One Big Ball, featuring original songs by Amanda Green & Tom Kitt. (7 PM, Roseland Ballroom, 239 West 52nd St., info/tickets or call 212.343.7394)

Tuesday, February 15

CAST CHANGE? Jeffrey Tambor and Harvey Fierstein join the cast of the hit revival of La Cage aux Folles. Fierstein, as you probably know, is a four-time Tony Award winner, winning one in 1984 for his libretto for the aforementioned show. Fierstein and Tambor follow Douglas Hodge and Kelsey Grammer who depart the show Feb. 13. (Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St. btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Wednesday, February 16
GO? Driving Miss Daisy continues their celebration of Black History Month with Wednesday talkbacks featuring prominent scholars, politicians and journalists. This Wednesday, former U.S. Congressman Harold Ford, Jr., will join the lineup along with NYU Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, Jennifer Morgan. Daisy producer Jed Burnstein has been moderating the month-long talks. The final talk next week (Feb. 23) will include the author of the best-selling novel The Help, Kathryn Stockett. (Talk-backs occur post-show, Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Thursday, February 17
GJim Caruso's Cast Party at BirdlandO? Jim Caruso moves his long-running Cast Party one block south of its regular Birdland home, for a special performance to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Caruso’s cast joining his always-swinging party include Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, Christopher Sieber, Sally Mayes and Marilyn Maye. (8 PM, Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves., $25-$75, info/tickets)

Friday, February 18
Ben Vereen photo courtesy of The Cooper CompanyGO? Tony Award-winning legend Ben Vereen will play New York’s Town Hall in Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen. Expect hits from the showman’s newly released album of the same name, including Vereen’s take on such Broadway classics as “Corner Of the Sky” from Pippin and “Defying Gravity” from Wicked. The evening will also include a special tribute to Sammy Davis, Jr. and Frank Sinatra. (8PM, 123 W. 43rd St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves., $45-$50, info/tickets)

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