The Wiz Cast Hits SoHo, Bruce Willis on Broadway and Diane Paulus Helms a New Musical: What Not to Miss This Week!

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The Know: Don't miss out on this week's must-see shows and events, Oct. 22-Nov. 1! 

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PREVIEWS

Oct. 22: Emmy Award winners Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf lead the cast of the new Broadway suspense thriller Misery, based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. What better way to kick off your Halloween celebrations than with this edge-of-your-seat production? 

Oct. 31: Blending African beats and a world pop score, Second Stage presents the new Diane Paulus-helmed musical Invisible Thread. The story follows the life-changing journey of a young New Yorker who volunteers for an aid project in Uganda. 

  OPENING

Oct. 22: Broadway welcomes the premiere of tap-happy musical Dames at Sea, the Off-Broadway hit that helped launch the career of Tony winner Bernadette Peters. The cast features John Bolton, Mara Davi, Danny Gardner, Eloise Kropp, Cary Tedder and Lesli Margherita. We gave Margherita's happy feet a rest this week and asked her to fill out our questionnaire - read her hilarious answers here!  

Oct. 25: Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam brings his new comedy-drama The Humans to Off-Broadway's Roundabout's Theatre, helmed by Wicked Tony winner Joe Mantello. Taking place at a Thanksgiving dinner in Manhattan, the cast features Tony nominee Jayne Houdyshell, Cassie Beck, Reed Birney and Sarah Steele

Oct. 27: A.R. Gurney's canine comedy Sylvia returns to Broadway with a cast that includes Tony winners Matthew Broderick, Julie White and Annaleigh Ashford, the latter in the title role of the pup. See photos from the Broadway revival here

Oct. 29: Academy and Golden Globe nominee Keira Knightley makes her Broadway debut starring as the title character in the Roundabout Theatre revival of Thérèse Raquin, a new adaptation of the classic Émily Zola novel. The "Love Actually" actress is joined by Tony winner Gabriel Ebert and two-time Tony winner Judith Light. Read Playbill.com's interview with Knightley in which she describes it as "the story of caged animals."  

Nov. 1: Impatient to see what kind of King, Prince Charles will make? Will he ever get the chance? Straight from an acclaimed London run, the Olivier Award-winning King Charles III arrives on Broadway. The play imagines a future in which Britain's current Queen Elizabeth II has passed away and her son, the current Prince Charles, has assumed the throne. 

 

LAST CHANCE

Oct. 25: New Broadway musical Amazing Grace plays its final performance at the Nederlander Theatre. The show tells the story of the tumultuous life of the man who composed the hymn "Amazing Grace." 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Oct. 22: New Yorkers have the chance to meet the cast of The Wiz Live! at the Apple Store in SoHo at 8 PM. Get to know the cast of The Wiz Live!  with our favorite pictures and videos

Oct. 22: Hamilton's leading lady Phillipa Soo makes her Feinstein's/54 Below debut. Be in the room when this happens. Tickets from $40; 11:30 PM.

Oct. 23: Tune in to PBS at 9 PM for its broadcast of the special celebration performance from London's West End of Billy Elliot the Musical. Read more about upcoming theatrical broadcasts on PBS here

Oct. 23: Meryl Streep and 2015 Tony nominee Carey Mulligan play early 20th century campaigners for women's right to vote in the new film "Suffragette," released in cinemas in the U.S. Watch the trailer here

Oct. 26: Betty Buckley, Tony nominee Norm Lewis, Alysha Umphress and Sally Wilfert are among the stars slated to interpret the works of Tony-winning composer-lyricist William Finn as part of Broadway Close Up, presented at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center. 

Oct. 27: London's Royal Albert Hall relives the magic of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" with a special screening celebrating the film's 40th Anniversary. A highlight of the evening is a pre-film Q&A with Susan Sarandon and fellow cast members Patricia Quinn and Nell Campbell

Oct. 30: New York Restoration Project (NYRP) kicks off the weekend of Halloween celebrations with Bette Midler's madcap masquerade gala, Hulaween. The Waldorf Astoria is transformed into Hell Night on Hulaween Island, with benefits going to support Midler's vision for a "cleaner, greener NYC." 

Oct. 31: Check out Playbill.com's top 10 scream-inducing Halloween theatrical attractions in New York City.

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