THE WEEK AHEAD, July 27-Aug. 2: Assembled Parties and Here Lies Love Close, Avenue Q Turns Ten, and "Smash" Resurfaces

By Blake Ross
27 Jul 2013

Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone
Photo by Ethan Hill

Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Broadway welcomes new leading players for Vanya, Annie and the BoysThe Bridges of Madison County begins performances… Avenue Q crosses that "Fine, Fine Line" for its 10th year… and "Smash" gets a standing Ovation. The dog days of summer are upon us this August WEEK AHEAD! 

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Saturday, July 27
LAST CHANCE→ It's your last chance to catch Patti LuPone in Coulda Woulda Shoulda…(Played That Part) at 54 Below. This return engagement at "Broadway's Supper Club" features the two-time Tony winner singing songs from roles she never got to play. Check out Playbill.com's recap of the intimate evening. Patti will next offer Coulda onboard the Broadway on the High Seas 3 cruise departing Stockholm on Aug. 4. (8:30 PM and 11 PM, 54 Below, 245 W. 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.)

Sunday, July 28
LAST CHANCE→ Two Broadway leading ladies will exit popular shows on Sunday. The Tony-winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will bid their leading lady, Sigourney Weaver, a fond farewell before welcoming Julie White in her place July 30. (Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)



Over at the Palace, Lilla Crawford spends her last "Hard Knock" night as the title player in Annie. Taylor Richardson and Sadie Sink will split the role as of July 30. (Palace Theatre, 1564 Broadway, btwn. 46th & 47th Streets. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

LAST CHANCE→ Richard Greenberg's family drama The Assembled Parties, featuring Jessica Hecht and a Tony-winning Judith Light as sisters-in-law spanning two decades in a posh Central Park West apartment, closes on Broadway. (Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

LAST CHANCE→ The Public Theater's critically lauded (and much-extended) production of Here Lies Love — the dance club musical about the rise to fame of the shoe-loving first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos — ends its run. While a Broadway bow for the David Byrne-Fatboy Slim-Alex Timbers musical is being mulled over, don't miss your chance to see this inventive new musical in its world premiere starring Ruthie Ann Miles and Jose Llana. (Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. Info/tickets.)

Will Chase

Monday, July 29
GO→ Will Chase, Julia Murney, Jill Paice and N'Kenge will sing songs from Billy Joel as part of a new monthly Pop Show series — celebrating the best in pop music from the 80s and 90s — at Manhattan's Birdland Jazz Club. (7 PM, Birdland, 315 W. 44th St. btwn. 8th & 9th Aves. Info/tickets.)

Tuesday, July 30
CASTING→ Jersey Boys gets two new leading players following the return limited engagement of the Tony Award-winning original Frankie Valli, John Lloyd Young (who leaves July 28). Dominic Scaglione Jr., a Jersey Boys alum, and newbie Joseph Leo Bwarie will alternate the role in the Tony-winning musical. (August Wilson Theatre, 245 W. 52nd St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.)

Wednesday, July 31
GO→ Avenue Q celebrates its 10th birthday by offering $10 tickets to 100 lucky puppet lovers on what is officially being deemed "Avenue Q Day" by the City of New York! Wednesday will mark the Tony-winning musical's 4,143rd performance in New York. (Line for $10 tickets begins at 10 AM, 7 PM performance, New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St. Info.)

Thursday, August 1
PREVIEWS (MA)→ Tony winner Jason Robert Brown and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman's adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County makes its world premiere in a Williamstown Theatre Festival production directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher. Elena Shaddow stars as Francesca, an Italian woman who falls in love with worldly photographer Robert (Steven Pasquale) in picturesque Madison County, Iowa. The show is slated to begin a Broadway run in January. Officially opens Aug. 3. (Williamstown Theatre Festival Main Stage, 1000 Main St. — Route 2, Williamstown, MA. Info/tickets.)

Friday, August 2
WATCH→ Cable performing arts station Ovation will air seasons one and two of the now-canceled Broadway backstage drama "Smash" starring Megan Hilty, Christian Borle, Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston and Katharine McPhee. (Fridays, Ovation. Info.)

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

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