THE WEEK AHEAD, April 12-18: Lady Day, Of Mice and Men and Act One Open; Oliviers and Pulitzer Awarded

By Blake Ross
12 Apr 2014

Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe
Photo by Johan Persson

Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Audra McDonald sings the blues… Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally shack up (again)… Daniel Radcliffe and Martin McDonagh team up… Steven Soderbergh goes 4D… and James Franco starts his Broadway career. Awards season begins this WEEK AHEAD!

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Saturday, April 12
PREVIEWS→ The latest actor to enter the quirky underbelly of dark comedy that is a Martin McDonagh play is none other than Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe. In The Cripple of Inishmaan, Radcliffe plays the handicapped man of the title, who, despite his maladies, wants to star in a Hollywood film. Michael Grandage directs Inishmaan, imported from a sold-out West End run. Officially opens April 20. (Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th Street, btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Sunday, April 13
OPENING→ Audra McDonald — surely gunning for a record-breaking sixth Tony Award — is back on Broadway carrying a heavy load in a nearly one-woman show. In Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, McDonald plays a troubled Billie Holliday on the evening of one of her final performances before her untimely death from cirrhosis of the liver, caused by years of alcohol and narcotics abuse. (Circle in the Square Theatre, 235 W. 50th Street, btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)



PREVIEWS→ Real-life husband and wife, Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, scale the emotional heights of Sharr White's new play Annapurna, about a divorcee who returns to the trailer of her ex after 20 years to find he's in dire straights. Officially opens April 22. (Acorn Theatre, 410 W. 42nd Street, btwn. 9th & 10th Aves. Info/tickets.)

CLICK→ The Olivier Awards are upon us, honoring the best in West End theatre. Bernadette Peters will perform backed by the BBC Orchestra. Competing for Best New Musical, and also performing during the telecast, are the West End companies of The Book of Mormon, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Once and The Scottsboro Boys. ABBA's Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus will reunite at the ceremony to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Mamma Mia! Playbill.com will post all the winners following the ceremony. (Playbill.com.)

Monday, April 14
PREVIEWS→ Last year's hit Off-Broadway experience Here Lies Love returns to The Public Theater. The David Byrne-Fatboy Slim musical uses disco and dance club influences to tell the story of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos. Jose Llana and Ruthie Ann Miles reprise their roles as the first couple of the Philippines whose corrupt rule and notorious extravagance led to exile. Alex Timbers directs the immersive theatre experience that has its audience moving and dancing around the nightclub/theatre. Officially opens May 1. (Public Theatre, 425 Lafayette Street. Info/tickets.)

CLICK→ Winners and finalists for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize will be awarded. Click here to read about the history of the coveted Pulitzer Prize for Drama. (3 PM ET, Playbill.com.)

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Tuesday, April 15
OPENING→ Chloë Grace Moretz
, Jennifer Westfeldt and Tamara Tunie star in The Library, Scott Z. Burns' drama about a deadly school shooting. Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh is at the helm. (Through April 27, Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street. Info/tickets.)

Wednesday, April 16
OPENING→ James Franco and Chris O'Dowd make their Broadway debuts as George and Lennie in Of Mice and Men. This Anna D. Shapiro-helmed revival of John Steinbeck's classic about the exploits of two field hands during the Great Depression also marks the stage debut of "Gossip Girl" star Leighton Meester. (Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th Street, btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Thursday, April 17
OPENING→ Santino Fontana and Tony Shalhoub play two sides of Moss Hart in the autobiographical Act One. James Lapine adapts the quintessential theatrical tome about the life of one of theatre's most prolific scribes. (Vivian Beaumont Theater, 150 W. 65th Street. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Friday, April 18
GO→ Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway bring their critically acclaimed sister act Sibling Revelry back to New York. In Revelry — which was a hit when it debuted in the '90s before being revived last year at 54 Below — the sisters Callaway take their unique (and humorous) spin on jazz and Broadway classics (along with a little AHC-penned "Nanny" theme song in there for fun!) (April 15-19, 54 Below, 254 54th Street, btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.)

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

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