THE WEEK AHEAD, Feb. 16-22: Ann Takes Center Stage, Ragtime Resurfaces and Really Really Opens

By Blake Ross
February 16, 2013

Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Michael Musto is a le freak c'est chic at his '70s disco party… it's time to revisit the Stonewall Riots of 1969… John Lloyd Young returns to the Valli era… Holland Taylor is a 1980s Lone Star… and Tyne Daly, Patina Miller and Lea Salonga "Journey On" to the time of Ragtime. We're time traveling this WEEK AHEAD!



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Saturday, February 16
GO→ With Breakfast at Tiffany's coming to the Great White Way, experience Truman Capote's New York at the Black, White and Evergreen Ball. The winter masquerade, inspired by Capote's famous 1966 Black and White Ball, encourages guests to come dressed in black and white garb evocative of the 1960s. (6 PM, Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Palm House, 1000 Washington Ave., Brooklyn. Info/tickets.)

Sunday, February 17
GO→ Celebrated Village Voice columnist, Michael Musto, hosts a 70s Disco Extravaganza — housed in the cellar of what used to be the epicenter for disco dancin', Studio 54. Shaking their groove thing alongside Musto will be his "glittery sidekicks" Snooky and Tish, disco cover band The Elektrik Company, Randy Jones of The Village People (who promises to lead the disco anthem "Y.M.C.A") and Broadway belter Orfeh! (9:30 PM, 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Aves. Info/tickets.)

GO→ Tony winner Ben Vereen, André De Shields and Tony nominees Norm Lewis and Keith David are among the big Broadway names on the roster for Black Stars of the Great White Way, a Black History Month musical celebration. The evening promises show stoppers from Sophisticated Ladies, Les Miz, Ain't Misbehavin', Smokey Joe's Café, Dreamgirls and Porgy and Bess sung by some of the theatre's most talented men. (3 PM, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Ave., $35, Bayside, Queens. Info/tickets.)

Monday, February 18
PREVIEWS→ Emmy winner Holland Taylor stars in Ann, based on the life of Texas politician Ann Richards. Taylor conceived and wrote the one-woman show that takes a look at the feisty firebrand who rose through the tough, Southern political ranks to become the second woman Governor of the Lone Star State. Officially opens March 7. (Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont Theater, 150 W. 65th St., btwn. Columbus Ave. & Broadway. Click here for Playbill Club discount previews tickets.)

GO→ A star-studded concert version of Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Terrence McNally's Ragtime comes to Lincoln Center in celebration of the Tony-winning show's 15th anniversary. Director Stafford Arima brings together more than 100 singers from around the world to put on the one-night-only concert that boasts a cast including Tyne Daly, Lea Salonga, Dick Latessa, Patina Miller, Kerry Butler, Phillip Boykin, Jarrod Emick, Lilla Crawford, Michael Arden, Matt Cavenaugh, Howard McGillin and Jose Llana. (8 PM, Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, 64th St., btwn. Columbus & Amsterdam Aves. Tickets start at $50. Info/tickets.)

Tuesday, February 19
OPENING→ "Friday Night Lights" star Matt Lauria and "Girls" star (and David Mamet progeny) Zosia Mamet stars in the David Cromer-directed Really Really. The first full-length play by 27-year-old writer Paul Downs Colaizzo also stars High's Evan Jonigkeit and centers around a group of classmates at a prestigious university recovering from a big party (where some big mistakes were made). MCC Theater produces. (Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

PREVIEWS→ A block away from where the famous 1969 Stonewall Riots propelled the gay rights movement into a new era comes the first New York production of Ike Holter's Hit the Wall, a rock-fueled dramatization of that infamous June night. The show's premiere at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre earned raves, with Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune calling it "gutsy, beautiful and riveting." Officially opens March 10. (Barrow Street Theatre, 27 Barrow St., off 7th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount previews tickets.)

Wednesday, February 20
PREVIEWS→ Oscar nominee Carol Kane and Mickey Sumner star in the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony nominee Craig Lucas' new comic thriller The Lying Lesson. The Pam MacKinnon-directed play follows a legendary actress (who may or may not be Bette Davis) as she makes her way to a small seaside village to purchase a home. Officially opens March 13. (Atlantic Theater Company's Linda Gross Theater, 336 W. 20th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves. Info/tickets.)

Thursday, February 21
GO→ Tony-winning songwriter Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza) makes a rare nightclub appearance to debut songs from five new shows he's working on. Steven Pasquale and Whitney Bashor join Guettel for the seven-performance stint at 54 Below. (Through Feb. 23, 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.)

Friday, February 22
GO→ Original Jersey Boys star John Lloyd Young makes his Café Carlyle debut with My Turn. The Tony winner, plus a seven-piece band, takes on hits from the 1950s and '60s like "Hurt So Bad," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," "Unchained Melody" and "Hey There Lonely Girl." (Through Feb. 23, Café Carlyle, 35 E. 76th St., at Madison Ave. Info/tickets.)

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