THE WEEK AHEAD, Aug. 11-17: Book of Mormon Hits the Road; L.A.'s Red and NYC's Soul Doctor Open

By Blake Ross
11 Aug 2012

Gavin Creel
photo by Robert Mannis

Tuesday, August 14

GO→ The much-anticipated national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical Book of Mormon hits the road starring Gavin Creel and Jared Gertner as two young, idealistic Mormon missionaries who make a pilgrimage to Uganda to spread the gospel. There, they encounter warlords, rampant illness, hunger and "magical" frogs used for unseemly acts that I can't type here. The tour kicks off in Denver before spreading the gospel of musical comedy to a city near you. It's from the creators of "South Park," Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and the Tony Award-winning Avenue Q songwriter, Robert Lopez. (Through Sept. 2, Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Info/tickets.)

Wednesday, August 15
GO→ Deana Martin pays homage to her legendary father Dean in the nightclub act Deana Sings Dino. Expect classic songs like "Memories Are Made of This," "That's Amore" and "Everybody Loves Somebody," interspersed among home movies, photos and other personal effects from the Martin family. (Through Aug. 18, Feinstein's at Loews Regency, 540 Park Ave., at 61st St. Info/tickets.)

Thursday, August 16
GO (FREE)→ Lincoln Center's summer Target Free Thursdays continues with a presentation of the Henry James' ghost story The Turn of the Screw. The story, originally written in 1898, tells the tale of a governess and the two young orphans in her care who are holed up in a Hamptons estate that is haunted by an evil spirit. (7:30 PM, David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 62nd St., btwn. Broadway and Columbus. Info.)

Friday, August 17
GO→ "Sparkle," the music-filled film starring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston, hits theatres nationwide. A revamped remake of the 1973 film of the same name, the story is loosely based on the rise to fame of the Supremes. The 2012 version features new music by R. Kelly and a Broadway musical based on the new property is in the works! (Info.)

Blake Ross is the editor of Playbill magazine. Follow her on Twitter @PlaybillBlake.

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