THE WEEK AHEAD May 3-9: Wall to Wall Cabaret Sings and The Velocity of Autumn Shutters

By Blake Ross
03 May 2014

Kate Baldwin
Kate Baldwin

Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that it's time for an evening "at the ballet" for Kristen Bell... Chenoweth and Carnegie reunite... Autumn ends early for Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella... see the Spanish side of The Vagina Monologues... and bon jour, Rob McClure!

Come and meet those dancing feet this WEEK AHEAD!

Saturday, May 3
GO (FREE)→ Barbara Cook, BD Wong, Andrea McArdle, Kate Baldwin, Laura Osnes, James Naughton, Andrea Marcovicci and more serenade the city in Wall to Wall Cabaret. This free day-long festival celebrates the best of cabaret, comedy and nightclub acts. (3-11 PM, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St. Info.) 

GO→ Kristin Chenoweth returns to Carnegie Hall with The Evolution of a Soprano, her first solo show in a decade at the famed venue. The tiny Tony powerhouse explores her incredible range from her extensive classical repertoire to her legendary Broadway belt in this concert directed by Richard Jay-Alexander. (7:30 PM, Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave., at 57th St. Info/tickets.) 



Sunday, May 4
LAST CHANCE→ Despite receiving a Tony nomination for Lead Actress in a Play, the Estelle Parsons-headlined The Velocity of Autumn shutters on Broadway. Co-starring two-time Tony winner Stephen Spinella, this new Eric Coble two-hander concerns an elderly matriarch willing to go to explosive measures (literally and figuratively) to stay in her home. (Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

WORKSHOP→ Tiny tots everywhere looking to make it on Broadway gather together to learn from an "old pro," 13-year-old Lilla Crawford (of Annie and Billy Elliot fame), in an audition workshop co-hosted by vocal coach Philip Pelkington. (Noon-5 PM, $295. Email bwybound@gmail.com for more info.)

GO→ Tony winner Christian Borle joins Patrick Wilson for the inaugural chat of Wilson's eponymous series of live Q&A's for the Montclair Film Festival entitled "Patrick Wilson & Friends." (Noon, Montclair Art Museum, 3 S. Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ, $14. Info/tickets.) 

Monday, May 5
GO→ The Film Society of Lincoln Center screens Woody Allen's Oscar-nominated "Bullets Over Broadway" before meeting up with the team who overhauled the movie for the Main Stem: Director/choreographer Susan Stroman and producers Letty Aronson and Julian Schlossberg. (6:30 PM, Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th St., btwn. Broadway & Amsterdam. Info/tickets.) 

GO→ Celebrity Autobiography, the long-running standup show that has comedians reading from hilariously heinous autobiographies, gets a star-studded lineup. Mario Cantone, Blondie's Debbie Harry, Janeane Garofalo, Rachel Dratch and more will read from the books of literary "lions" like Suzanne Somers, Tommy Lee and Mike Tyson. (Triad Theatre, 158 W. 72nd St., at Broadway. Info/tickets.) 

Lewis Black

GO→ Grammy-winning comedian Lewis Black hosts an evening of standup and song to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Joining Black will be Jon Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Kathleen Madigan and Tony nominee Judy Kuhn. (7 PM, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 3 Columbus Circle, at 57th St. Info/tickets. Use promo code "LewisBlack" for 20% off.)
 

Tuesday, May 6
PREVIEWS→ Eve Ensler's celebrated Vagina Monologues returns to the Westside Theatre with Los Monólogos de la Vagina, a Spanish-language version starring Latina legends Miriam Colón, Kate del Castillo, Angélica María and Angélica Vale. Officially opens May 18. (Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St., btwn. 9th & 10th Aves. Info/tickets.) 

Wednesday, May 7
GO→ Rob McClure, Jennifer Bowles and Malcolm Gets star in John Doyle's Encores! staging of the Parisian musical comedy Irma La Douce. This Marguerite Monnot-Alexandre Breffort musical marks the first non-American musical to be staged by the famed concert series. (Through May 11, New York City Center, 131 W 55th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Info/tickets.) 

Thursday, May 8
GO→ The New York City Ballet celebrates spring with its annual gala, which includes selections from Carousel sung by "Frozen" star Kristen Bell. The gala's other highlights include George Balanchine's "Allegro Brilliante" and Stravinsky's "Fanfare for a New Theater." (David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, 63rd St. & Broadway. Info.) 

Friday, May 9
GO→ Obie winner Samuel D. Hunter's The Few, starring Gideon Glick, Michael Laurence and Tasha Lawrence, plays the Rattlestick Playhouse. The dramatic three-hander concerns Bryan, a man who returns to the newspaper he abandoned four years ago to find his beloved creation (and former relationships) are nothing like he left them. (Rattlestick Playhouse, 224 Waverly Pl., btw. 11th & Perry Sts. Info/tickets.)