The WEEK AHEAD Jan. 11-17: The Yankees Come to Broadway, Machinal and Beautiful Open and Bridges Begins Previews

By Blake Ross
January 11, 2014

Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that the Yankees play ball on Broadway… Carole King reigns supreme… Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale spark another onstage affair… and Isabella Rossellini seduces the animal kingdom. Like a little polar vortex was going to keep you away from these theatrical WEEK AHEAD happenings?! We don't think so!

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Saturday, January 11
PREVIEWS→ Playwright and now director Eric Simonson (brother of Playbill's own Robert Simonson) has made a career of dramatizing the dramatic world of sports (see Broadway's Lombardi and Magic Bird). Now, it's the Yankees' turn with Bronx Bombers. The storied franchise and its star players — like Yogi Berra (Peter Scolari), Joe DiMaggio (Chris Henry Coffey), Mickey Mantle (Bill Dawes), Lou Gehrig (John Wernke), Reggie Jackson (Francois Battiste) and Derek Jeter (Christopher Jackson) — fall under Simonson's theatrical microscope. Officially opens Feb. 6. (Circle in the Square Theatre, 1633 Broadway, at 50th St. Info/tickets.) 

Sunday, January 12
OPENING→ Tony nominee Jessie Mueller stars as the original "Natural Woman" in the bio-musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Beautiful charts King's rise from budding Brill Building tunesmith to famed singer-songwriter — and all the trials and tribulations that went with it. (Stephen Sondheim Theatre, 124 W. 43rd St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Info/tickets.) 

LAST CHANCE→ Ethan Hawke, Anne-Marie Duff, Brian d'Arcy James, Daniel Sunjata, Malcom Gets and John Glover star in Lincoln Center Theater's Macbeth. In this Jack O'Brien-helmed production, the Scottish Play is set in a dramatic goth world replete with haute couture costumes (by Catherine Zuber), iron-clad sets (by Scott Pask) and eerie music (Mark Bennett). (Vivian Beaumont Theater, 150 W. 65th St. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

Monday, January 13
GO→ Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda brings his merry band of rapping comics back to Joe's Pub in another series of Freestyle Love Supreme shows. In the Heights' Tony-nominated director Thomas Kail directs Miranda and fellow Freestyle wizzes Chris "Shockwave" Sullivan, Utkarsh Ambudkar, 
Arthur Lewis,
 Bill Sherman 
(also of Heights), Daveed Diggs and 
Andrew Bancroft, in the improv fun fest that is a FLS show! (9:30 and 11:30 PM, Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St. Info/tickets.) 

Tuesday, January 14
PREVIEWS→ David Anzuelo, Austin Cauldwell, Ella Dershowitz, Laura Esterman, Daniel Gerroll, Déa Julien and Keith Randolph Smith star in The New Group's world premiere of Thomas Bradshaw's Intimacy. Scott Elliot directs. Officially opens Jan. 29. (Theatre Row: Acorn Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

Wednesday, January 15
VOTE→ It's the final day to vote for the Playbill Community Service Award. Short videos featuring the finalists and their service projects can be watched exclusively at Playbill.com. The winner will be announced live at the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, GA, over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend! (Watch and vote.) 

Rebecca Hall
photo by Jeff Vespa

Thursday, January 16
OPENING→ Rebecca Hall makes her Broadway debut in Sophie Treadwell's expressionistic play Machinal. Inspired by the 1928 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, whose Sing Sing execution was infamously captured on the cover of the Daily News, Machincal costars Tony nominee Michael Cumpsty, Morgan Spector and Suzanne Bertish. Directed by Lyndsey Turner. (American Airlines Theatre, 227 W 42nd St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

OPENING→ Isabella Rossellini explores the bizarre (and "surprising kinky") mating rituals of insects and marine life in the one-woman show Green Porno. Based on her peculiarly entertaining Sundance Channel series of the same name, Rossellini explores the sexual proclivities of the animal kingdom complete with day-glow costumes, oversized paper puppets and a host of other oddities. (BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn. Info/tickets.) 

Friday, January 17
PREVIEWS→ Jason Robert Brown's musicalization of the hit book-turned-film The Bridges of Madison County comes to Broadway. The new musical reunites Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale (former onstage mates in Far From Heaven) and tells the story of an unlikely love affair between an Iowa housewife and a National Geographic photographer. Officially opens Feb. 20. (Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

PREVIEWS→ Heather Burns, Marin Hinkle, Darren Pettie and Tony nominee Jeremy Shamos star in a revival of Donald Margulies' Pulitzer Prize–winning Dinner With Friends about the unraveling of marriages and friendships. The production is directed by Pam MacKinnon, who, after winning last year's Tony for her direction of the gritty revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, is all too familiar with a nasty foursome. Officially opens Feb. 13. (Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Info/tickets.)