THE WEEK AHEAD, Nov. 2-8: After Midnight Opens, Awesome 80s Prom Closes and Murder For Two Takes Midtown

By Blake Ross
November 2, 2013

Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Julie Taymor's new Dream is opening... Check out the swingin' sounds of After Midnight... Jeff Goldblum and Laurie Metcalf start some trouble at the Mitzi... While Il Divo brings Broadway some romance… and we bid a fond farewell to New York's Prom. It's a new November this WEEK AHEAD!

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Saturday, November 2
OPENING→ Julie Taymor's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream opens at Theatre for a New Audience's beautiful new Brooklyn home. (Click here to get an insider's look at the new $69 million complex.) (Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Pl., Brooklyn. Info/tickets

LAST CHANCE→ After nearly a decade, the interactive show/party The Awesome 80s Prom will dance its last dance in NYC. The Prom has become a hotspot for birthdays, Sweet Sixteen celebrations and bachelorette parties. Expect songs like "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" — along with plenty of neon, pop rocks, breakdancing and Aqua Net! (The Wall, 251 W. 30th St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

Sunday, November 3 
GO→ Fantasia Barrino, Tony winner Adriane Lenox and Dule Hill star in the swingin' new revue After Midnight. Director-choreographer Warren Carlyle, Jazz at Lincoln Center head Wynton Marsalis and fashion duo Isabel and Ruben Toledo lovingly update the sounds and look of the Harlem renaissance epicenter — the famed Cotton Club. Following Barrino's stint in the tuner, the show will shuffle in star attractions like k.d. lang (Feb. 11-March 9) and Toni Braxton with "Babyface" (March 18-30). (Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets

Monday, November 4
OPENING→ Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park author Bruce Norris' newest button-pushing show Domesticated officially opens at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre. Laurie Metcalf and Jeff Goldblum star in this Lincoln Center Theatre commission about a couple consumed by a political sex scandal. Directed by August: Osage County's Tony-winning director Anna D. Shapiro. (Mitzi E. Newhouse, 150 W. 65th St., btwn. Broadway & Amsterdam. Info/tickets

OPENING→ Boogie on down to Disaster!, a new musical comedy homage to disco music and 70s disaster films. Songs like "Hot Stuff," "Don't Bring Me Down," "I Am Woman," "Alone Again (Naturally)," "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," "Knock on Wood," and "Daybreak" are strung together by Playbill's own Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick to tell the story of a floating disco under attack by killer bees, tidal waves and general tomfoolery! (St. Luke's Theatre, 308 W. 46th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Tuesday, November 5 
PREVIEWS→ Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson stars as August Wilson in the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's autobiographical show How I Learned What I Learned. Turns out this is not a misnomer: We learn quite a lot about the formative years of the man who would later bring us landmark plays like Fences, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and The Piano Lesson. Officially opens Nov. 24. (The Pershing Square Signature Center,
480 W. 42nd St., btwn. 9th & 10th Aves. Info/tickets

Wednesday, November 6
OPENING→ The hit murder mystery comedy caper Murder for Two gets a new life at New World Stages. Jeff Blumenkrantz plays numerous suspects wanted in connection to a murder being investigated by a hardnosed cop (Brett Ryback). The talented duo accompany themselves on the piano in Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair's critical hit transfer from Second Stage. (New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

Thursday, November 7
OPENING→ International opera-pop quartet Il Divo comes to Broadway for a limited-engagement concert featuring Tony winner Heather Headley. The group promises songs from Broadway shows like Carousel, West Side Story, Phantom and more! (Through Nov. 13, Marquis Theatre, 1535 Broadway, btwn. 45th & 46th Sts. Info/tickets

Friday, November 8
GO→ Musical comedy heroine Christine Ebersole takes the stage at 54 Below. The two-time Tony-winning star of Grey Gardens, Blithe Spirit, 42nd Street and Playbill's own Broadway on the High Seas joins the Aaron Weinstein Trio for the classics from Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer and George Gershwin. (Nov. 6-8, 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets

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