THE WEEK AHEAD, April 27-May 3: Tony Nominations Are Announced, New York Pops Turns 30 and Tyson Returns to NYC

By Blake Ross
April 27, 2013

Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Iron Mike brings back the Truth... Donna Murphy, Laura Benanti, Kelli O'Hara and more celebrate the Pops' 30th birthday… Lily Rabe inhabits Neil LaBute's Julie… and nominations for the 67th Annual Tony Awards are revealed! Tony season officially begins this WEEK AHEAD!



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Saturday, April 27
LAST CHANCE→ Jazz at Lincoln Center artistic director and trumpeter extraordinaire Wynton Marsalis, along with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, wraps up its Duke Ellington Festival with a concert featuring the best of the jazz pioneer's inimitable tunes. Features a free pre-concert festival and discussion prior to the show. (Festival begins at 6:30 PM, Concert at 8 PM, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th St. Info/tickets.)

Sunday, April 28
GO→ Didn't get a chance to see Iron Mike in his Broadway debut last summer? Fear not! The Spike Lee-helmed Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth tour makes a stop at New York's Beacon Theatre this week. In the one-man show, the former heavyweight champion of the world gives a no-holds-barred account of the trials and tribulations of his fascinating and troubled life — including his time in prison, his tumultuous relationship with ex-wife Robin Givens and the 2009 death of his then four-year-old daughter. Tyson’s tour continues throughout the U.S. making stops in Wilkes-Barre (PA), Philadelphia, Boston and Westbury. (8 PM, Beacon theatre, 2124 Broadway, at 75th St. Info/tickets.)

Monday, April 29
GO→ The New York Pops will celebrate its 30th anniversary with some of Broadway's best singing the music of Frank Loesser, Jule Styne and actor Danny Kaye (who would have been 100 this past January). Among the stars on the roster are Annie’s Anthony Warlow, Leslie Uggams, Laura Osnes, Donna Murphy, Laura Benanti, Kelli O'Hara, Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty, Will Chase and more! The performance will be hosted by Paula Zahn and under the baton of Steven Reineke. (7 PM, Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave., at 57th St. Info/tickets.)

Sutton Foster
photo by Laura Marie Duncan

Tuesday, April 30
CLICK→ The nominees for the 2013 Tony Awards will be announced live on CBS at 8:30 AM ET. Sutton Foster (a two-time Tony winner herself) and "Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson will announce the nominees culled from the 2012-13 season on Broadway. This season was star-studded (i.e. Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Alec Baldwin, Al Pacino), with some big commercial successes (i.e. Matilda, Motown), moments of artistic brilliance (i.e. Pippin, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), some critical and commercial disappointments (i.e. Scandalous, Dead Accounts), and lots of unique solo stints (Mike Tyson, Bette Midler, Alan Cumming, Fiona Shaw). Check Playbill.com for a full and complete list of nominees and their reactions to being recognized by Broadway's biggest honor. (8:30 AM ET. Playbill.com.)

Wednesday, May 1
OPENING (L.A.)→ Neil LaBute's adaptation of August Strindberg's Miss Julie opens at the Geffen Playhouse starring Tony nominee Lily Rabe in the classic title role of a wealthy seductress who engages in a battle of power and sex with a couple (Laura Heisler and Logan Marshall-Green) working at her father's posh estate. LaBute sets the action in glamorous 1920s Long Island right before the stock market crash that would eventually cause the Great Depression. (Through June 2, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles. Info/tickets.)

Thursday, May 2
GO→ Broadway legend Barbara Cook continues her limited engagement at 54 Below singing, as she puts it, "blues songs and jazz songs and torch songs and God knows what." Read Playbill's report from the show's premiere last week here. (Through May 4, 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.)

Friday, May 3
PREVIEWS→ Christopher Lloyd stars in the Classic Stage Company's revival of Bertolt Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle. The epic tale begins at the end of World War II in a war-torn Soviet Union, where a young Russian maid (Tony nominee Elizabeth A. Davis, of Once) finds herself the caretaker of an abandoned infant and on the run through the Caucasus Mountains, where a singing raconteur and his band of musicians (Lloyd) tells us of the years-long fate that awaits our heroine and the lost child. Also stars Mary Testa, Jason Babinsky and Alex Hurt. Officially opens May 30. (Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St., off 3rd Ave. Info/tickets.)

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

Laura Osnes, Betsy Wolfe, Will Chase, Anthony Warlow, Nick Adams and Max Von Essen celebrate the NY Pops 30th anniversary: