THE WEEK AHEAD, Jan. 5-11: Broadway Bids Adieu to War Horse, Grace, Chaplin, Elf and Dead Accounts
By Blake Ross
Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Broadway bids adieu to War Horse, Grace, Chaplin, Elf and Dead Accounts… Quiara Alegría Hudes finally brings the Pulitzer to New York… Laurie Metcalf returns to The Other Place… and Priscilla spreads the disco around the country! The first full WEEK AHEAD of 2013 is here!
Saturday, January 5
Sunday, January 6
LAST CHANCE→ Katie Holmes and Norbert Leo Butz star in Theresa Rebeck's latest dark comedy Dead Accounts. The Jack O'Brien-directed staging features Butz as a slick Manhattan banker who returns home to his modest home in Cincinnati with a secret. There to greet him are his dowdy sister (Holmes), his doting mother (Jayne Houdyshell), a wallflower best friend (Josh Hamilton) and a snooty Manhattanite ex-wife (Judy Greer). (Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)
LAST CHANCE→ Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon, Ed Asner and Kate Arrington star in Craig Wright's new play Grace. When a pious young couple (Rudd and Arrington) move to Florida with the hope of opening a chain of gospel-themed hotels, an irritable neighbor (Shannon) and a nosy exterminator (Asner) get in their way — to tragic consequences. (Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves., click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)
LAST CHANCE→ The life of screen legend Charlie Chaplin is explored in the new Warren Carlyle-helmed musical Chaplin. Through Thomas Meehan's book and Christopher Curtis' score, we see how Chaplin went from a poverty-stricken child living in the slums of London to one of Hollywood's most famous actors of all time. The show features a critically acclaimed breakout performance by Rob McClure in the title role. (Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)
LAST CHANCE→ The seasonal favorite Elf closes on Broadway. The peppy musical based on the 2003 film of the same name centers on the North Pole's Buddy, a man-child human sent raised among Santa's elves, who treks into the real world to find his birth father. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, it features a score by Wedding Singer scribes Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin and a book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin. Donning the red and white garb of jolly ol' St. Nick is "Seinfeld" star Wayne Knight. (Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 W. 45th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves., click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)
Monday, January 7
GO→ Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel will get a starry, one-night-only reading to benefit the global women's advocacy group Donor Direct Action. The reading of one of Nottage's first hits about an African American seamstress at the turn of 20th century Manhattan will feature Ari Graynor, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Joshua Henry, Tonya Pinkins, Condola Rashad and Morgan Spector. (Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St. btwn. 9th & 10th Aves., $40-$75, info/tickets.)
Tuesday, January 8
GO (TOUR)→ Get on the bus! The disco-pop musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert kicks off a national tour in Minneapolis! The sparkly play about three drag queens and their jaunt through the Australian desert features disco classics like "It's Raining Men," "I Will Survive" and "Say a Little Prayer." The 17-city tour follows its premiere engagement with stops in Cleveland and St. Louis this month. (Orpheum Theatre through Jan. 13, click here for a full schedule of tour dates/tickets.)
Wednesday, January 9
Thursday, January 10
Friday, January 11
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