LAST CHANCE: What's Closing This Week
By Michael Gioia
Here's Playbill.com's weekly "Last Chance" reminder to catch Broadway, Off-Broadway and world-premiere productions before they take a final bow.
Concluding May 5
The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream (Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre). The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream, a new concert event written by guitarist Steven Van Zandt, features music and lyrics by Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati. Here's how the experience is billed: "A hybrid of a rock 'n' roll concert and a Broadway show, The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream marks the first time The Rascals, America's classic blue-eyed soul band, have played together since 1970. Original band members Felix Cavaliere (keyboard & vocals), Eddie Brigati (vocals), Dino Danelli (drums) and Gene Cornish (guitar) will present a complete concert performance including songs that captured the spirit of America in the 1960s — their smash hits 'Good Lovin',' 'Lonely Too Long,' 'It's a Beautiful Morning,' 'How Can I Be Sure' and 'Groovin'.' The production will also feature the history of the iconic group told through archival footage, narration, and dramatic film segments viewed on the latest LED screen technology." Following Broadway, The Rascals will embark on a North American tour beginning May 24. Visit RascalsBway.com.
The Testament of Mary (Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre). The Testament of Mary, starring Tony Award nominee and four-time Olivier Award-winning actress Fiona Shaw as the mother of Christ, is authored by Irish novelist Colm Tóibín. The stage production is based on Tóibín's 96-page novel, which imagines a new account of Christ, one in which his mother questions her son's death, his divinity and the followers who called him the son of God. It was released in 2012. Visit TestamentOnBroadway.com.
The Madrid (Off-Broadway at City Center Stage I). The world premiere of Liz Flahive's The Madrid, with original music by Tom Kitt, features Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Edie Falco. According to Manhattan Theatre Club, "Falco stars as Martha, a kindergarten teacher with a life many would want: a loving husband (Conlee), a devoted daughter (Strole). But when she leaves it all behind, it's up to her daughter Sarah to pick up the pieces. Two-time Obie winner, Leigh Silverman directs this hilarious and heartbreaking story about motherhood, freedom, and trying to see the people in your family as they really are." Visit ManhattanTheatreClub.com.
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