THE WEEK AHEAD May 17-23: Patti LuPone Rocks the Cradle and Bridges Bids Broadway Goodbye

By Blake Ross
17 May 2014

John Tartaglia
John Tartaglia
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Playbill.com's week planner reminds you that Michael Shannon is on the hunt for a Killer... Diane Paulus takes her act to the Cirque-us... Free music from Tony winners in the Alley... and cross The Bridges of Madison County one last time. 

Take on these WEEK AHEAD happenings. 'Cause there's "No Day But Today!"

Saturday, May 17
PREVIEWS→ A serial killer is on the loose in Romanian avant-garde pioneer Eugène Ionesco's 1959 drama, aptly titled The Killer. In this Theatre for a New Audience production, Oscar nominee Michael Shannon plays Berenger (also of Ionesco's Exit the King), a man on the search the eponymous killer. (Theatre for a New Audience, 262 Ashland Pl., Brooklyn. Info/tickets.) 

GO→ Interactive jukebox tuner The Awesome 80s Prom, which made a splash with bachelorette and birthday parties for nine years before shuttering returns to the Big Apple for five shows only. (42West in The Out Hotel, 514 W. 42nd Street, between 10th and 11th Aves. Info/tickets.) 



GO→ Tony nominee John Tartaglia joins The Little Orchestra Society for their final Happy Kids Concert of the season. The Peabody Award-winning series gives kids the chance to enjoy art and music with their families. Tartaglia will narrate from the children's mystery book "The Composer is Dead," by famed YA author, Lemony Snicket (nee Daniel Handler). Music will be provided by Brooklyn composer Kenji Bunch and will "celebrate the theme of family." Download the study guide here! (11 AM & 1 PM, Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza. Suitable for children over 5. Info/tickets.) 

Sunday May 18
LAST CHANCE→ Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale star in Jason Robert Brown's Broadway revamp of the classic tearjerker The Bridges of Madison County. Bartlett Sher directs the musical about an Iowa housewife who has a torrid love affair with a National Geographic photographer. (Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

LAST CHANCE→ It's your last chance to catch Tony winner Diane Paulus' Cirque du Soleil show, Amaluna. The aerobatic Cirque show celebrates the women of the famed circus troupe. The show continues on tour to Boston (May 29), Washington, DC (July 31) and Atlanta. (Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Queens. Info/tickets.) 

Lin-Manuel Miranda
photo by Corey Hayes

GO→ Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda continues his celebration of Washington Heights' historic United Palace theatre with the fifth in his "Sunday Movies at the Palace" series. This Sunday, the theatre will screen the 1979 cult classic "The Warriors." Tony-winning Def Comedy Jam member Lemon Andersen will join Miranda to introduce the flick. (5 PM, United Palace, 4140 Broadway, at W. 175th St., doors open at 4 PM. Info/tickets.) 

Monday, May 19
GO→ Two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone returns to her roots for a one-night-only performance of Marc Blitzstein's famous pro-labor musical The Cradle Will Rock, a benefit for The Acting Company. LuPone is a founding member of the traveling theatre troupe and first performed in Cradle with the company back in 1983. LuPone's son, Joshua Johnston, who joined The Acting Company on tour this past season, will perform with his mom onstage for the historic concert, directed by Lonny Price. Read Playbill.com's interview with LuPone and Johnston here! (7 PM, Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.) 

Tuesday, May 20
GO→ Neil Patrick Harris will join Hedwig and the Angry Inch creators John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask to talk about the groundbreaking rock musical and its debut on Broadway. (6:30 PM, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave., btwn. 34th & 35th Sts. Info/tickets.) 

Wednesday, May 21
GO (FREE)→ Tony nominee (and current groundbreaking Phantom) Norm Lewis hosts, Stars in the Alley, a free, outdoor concert taking place in Broadway's famed Shubert Alley. On the bill of performers are Tony winners LaChanze and Nikki M. James, 2014 Tony nominees Kelli O'Hara and Andy Karl, Sierra Boggess, Justin Guarini and cast members from After Midnight, Beautiful, The Lion King and other hit shows. (11 AM, Shubert Alley, btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. and 44th & 45th Sts., Enter on 44th St. Info.) 

Thursday, May 22
OPENING→ Ari Graynor and Jerry O'Connell star as Quiznos-like "sandwich artists" in Bess Wohl's American Hero, the tale of mall workers who get hit hard by the recession. Directed by Leigh Silverman. (McGinn/Cazale Theatre, 2162 Broadway, at 76th St. Info/tickets.) 

Friday, May 23
GO (FREE)→ Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale perform selections from The Bridges of Madison County and will later join Bridges' Tony-winning scribe Jason Robert Brown for a CD signing to commemorate their original cast recording. (5 PM, Barnes & Noble, 150 E. 86th St., at Lexington Ave. Info.)