THE WEEK AHEAD: The Snow Geese Flies Off Broadway, Kinky Boots Struts into Birdland and Jackie Hoffman Plays Joe's Pub

By Blake Ross
December 14, 2013's weekly planner reminds you to follow Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac to the end of the world... Let your True Colors shine through with Cyndi Lauper and the cast of Kinky Boots... Spread the Christmas cheer with Brian Stokes Mitchell... Hugh Jackman spends "Christmas in Washington"... and relish in holiday misery with the hilarious Jackie Hoffman. Celebrate the one month each year your hometown becomes its very own version of "tinsel town" with this sparkling-new WEEK AHEAD!

Saturday, December 14
GO→ Tony winner Mandy Patinkin, renowned performance artist Taylor Mac and Tony-winning director-choreographer Susan Stroman collaborate for a fully staged workshop presentation of The Last Two People On Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville. With a musical score that spans from Rodgers & Hammerstein to Queen, Patinkin and Mac explore a post-apocalyptic world where they are the last two men standing. (Through Dec. 31, Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St., btwn. 3rd & 4th Aves. Info/tickets.) 

Sunday, December 15
LAST CHANCE→ Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker stars in Sharr White's world-premiere drama The Snow Geese. Set during WWI, Parker plays a widow coming loose at the seams thanks to the early death of her beloved husband and the prospect of sending a son off to war. Directed by Daniel Sullivan. (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St., Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

LAST CHANCE→ It's your last chance to catch Stephanie J. Block, Will Swenson, Rory O'Malley and adorable newcomer Hannah Rose Nordberg in William Finn and James Lapine's musical version of the hit indie film Little Miss Sunshine. (Second Stage Theatre, 305 W. 43rd St, at 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

Monday, December 16
GO→ Patrick Wilson, Christian Borle, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Kristine Nielsen, Richard Kind, John Ellison Conlee and America Ferrera read Ethan Lipton's Western-set Tumacho. Tony-winning Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? director Pam MacKinnon helms the reading, a benefit for Clubbed Thumb theatre company. (7:30 PM, Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St., btwn. 3rd & 4th Aves. Info/tickets.) 

GO→ Birdland gets Kinky when the cast and creators of the Tony-winning Kinky Boots take to the stage for a special night benefitting Cyndi Lauper's LGBT non-profit, the True Colors Fund. Fellow Kinky Boots creators Harvey Fierstein and director Jerry Mitchell, as well as cast members Billy Porter, Stark Sands, Annaleigh Ashford and others will be on hand for an evening of songs celebrating Kinky Boots' message, "You change the world when you change your mind!" (7 PM , Birdland, 315 W. 44th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves. Info/tickets.) 

Tuesday, December 17
GO→ Birdland's got another hot act on its December calendar — the holiday concerts of Michael Feinstein. The Great American Songbook enthusiast makes his Birdland headline debut with his popular holiday concerts that formerly had a home at Feinstein's now-closed eponymous cabaret room. Expect swinging holiday fare sprinkled with standards. (Through Dec. 26, Birdland, 315 W. 44th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves. Info/tickets.) 

Tonya Pinkins
photo by Tess Steinkolk

Wednesday, December 18
GO→ And over at New York's newest cabaret haunt 54 Below, Tonya Pinkins, Laura Benanti, Norm Lewis, Chuck Cooper, Carolee Carmello, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Patrick Page, Stephanie J. Block and more sing the songs of Rupert Holmes. The evening of tunes from The Mystery of Edwin Drood scribe serves as a benefit for the NAACP. (7 PM, 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.) 

Thursday, December 19
OPENING (UK)→ Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest musical outing, Stephen Ward, officially opens in the West End. Stephen Ward is based on the notorious 1960s London Profumo scandal of a famous doctor on trial for seedy dealings with a politico and a showgirl. Alexander Hanson stars as the titular Dr. Ward under the helm of Richard Eyre. (Aldwych Theatre, 49 Aldwych, London. Info/tickets.) 

Friday, December 20
PREVIEWS→ Rebecca Hall makes her Broadway debut in the revival of Sophie Treadwell's Machinal. The 85-year-old play, co-starring Michael Cumpsty and Morgan Spector, follows a troubled woman through a torrid love affair and a salacious murder trial. Based on a true story; directed by Lyndsey Turner. Officially opens Jan. 16, 2014. (American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

GO→ Tony winner and Broadway's favorite leading man Brian Stokes Mitchell rings in the holiday season with A Broadway Christmas. Stokes will be joined by the lush sounds of the New York Philharmonic, under the baton of Tony winner Ted Sperling. Program highlights include "White Christmas," "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," Mame's "We Need a Little Christmas" and "The Little Drummer Boy." (Through Dec. 21, Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 64th St. & Columbus Ave. Info/tickets.) 

GO→ On the flip side of the holiday coin is everyone's favorite cantankerous funny lady Jackie Hoffman, whose annual Hanukah shows have been a popular feature for anyone looking to relish in holiday anti-cheer. Hoffman's newest show, Hebe for the Holidays, promises to "suck the joy our of your holiday season with an evening of anger and song," as only Hoffman can! (Though Dec. 24, Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St., $30. Info/tickets.) 

WATCH→ Tony winner Hugh Jackman hosts the 32nd annual holiday concert "Christmas in Washington," featuring performances by the Backstreet Boys, Sheryl Crow, Anna Kendrick, Janelle Monáe and Pat Monahan. (TNT, check local listings. Info.)  

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