By Adam Hetrick
30 Aug 2011
Concluding Sept. 3
George Lee Andrews in The Phantom of the Opera (On Broadway at the Majestic Theatre). After spending 23 years as playing both opera managers Firmin and André (separately, of course!) in the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Andrews exits the production with a Guinness World Record in tow as the longest-running actor in the same Broadway show. Also departing the company that date is David Cryer, who played Firmin more than any other actor in the U.S. with over 7,000 performances under his belt. Visit Telecharge.
Concluding Sept. 4
Catch Me If You Can (On Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre). Tony Award-winning Hairspray songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman collaborated with Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally on the swinging musical based on the life of suave con-man Frank Abagnale, Jr. Aaron Tveit, Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz and Kerry Butler star. Visit Ticketmaster.
Master Class (On Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre). Tony Award winner Tyne Daly stars as opera diva Maria Callas in the revival of Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning drama about "La Divina" and her work with Juilliard students. Visit Telecharge.
Baby It's You (On Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre). Tony Award winner Beth Leavel stars as Florence Greenberg, a New Jersey housewife who created the black girl group The Shirelles, in the jukebox musical by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott. Visit Telecharge.
Olive and the Bitter Herbs (Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters). Marcia Jean Kurtz, Julie Halston and Dan Butler star in the comedy by Tony nominee Charles Busch about a woman contacted from "beyond" and from the apartment next door. Visit primarystages.org.
Death Takes a Holiday (Off-Broadway at the Laura Pels Theatre). The Roundabout Theatre presents the new musical by Tony-winning composer Maury Yeston and Tony-winning librettist Thomas Meehan that swirls about the Grim Reaper who takes on human form in Italy to see what all the fuss is about this thing called life. Visit RoundaboutTheatre.
ImaginOcean (Off-Broadway at New World Stages). Tony Award nominee John Tartaglia co-created and produces the puppet theatre piece that traces the underwater adventures of Tank, Bubbles, and Dorsel. Visit Telecharge.