THE WEEK AHEAD Jan. 25-31: Broadway Bares Takes the Stage and "American Idol" Alum Hit 54 Below

By Blake Ross
January 25, 2014

Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Broadway Bares brings the heat to chilly NYC... Patrick Page relishes being the bad guy... Duncan Sheik adds some music to Brecht... and Patina Miller makes her cabaret debut!



Looking for some hot stuff this cold WEEK AHEAD?

Saturday, January 25
GO→ Broadway Week in New York is underway, offering two-for-one ticket deals on Broadway's best like The Lion King, Cinderella, Kinky Boots, Jersey Boys, Chicago, Beautiful, Once, Motown, Wicked and more. (Through Feb. 6. Info/tickets.) 

Sunday, January 26
GO→ The good folks at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS kick off a season's worth of scantily clad beauties stripping for the cause in Broadway Bares: Winter Burlesque. The event promises "two dozen of New York theatre's sexiest dancers... in a stimulating strip-a-month journey through the calendar." Two-time Tony nominee Christopher Sieber will be on hand to kick off the season of naughtiness! (8 & 10 PM, XL Nightclub, 512 W. 42nd St. Info/tickets.) 

Monday, January 27
GO→ Grammy-winning Beninoise soul songstress and activist Angelique Kidjo takes to the stage at BAM to share songs and stories as a part of the release of her memoir "Spirit Rising," which features a preface from archbishop Desmond Tutu and a foreword by Alicia Keys. (7:30 PM, BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Pl., Brooklyn, $20. Info/tickets.) 

Patrick Page

Tuesday, January 28
GO→ Broadway's favorite bad guy, Patrick Page — who made a mark playing the characters everyone loves to hate like The Green Goblin in Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, Scar in The Lion King and The Grinch in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! — takes to the stage at 54 Below for Good to be Bad. Along for the ride on songs of "theatrical villainy" is Tony nominee Isabel Keating. (9:30 PM, 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.) 

Wednesday, January 29
GO→ Following Page's evening of evil is a night of "American Idol" alums. First, season one finalist Justin Guarini will join a host of other Broadway performers to sing the songs of Drew Gasparini (7 PM). That same night, newlyweds Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young perform songs from the new concept album "Samson & Delilah." (9:30 PM, 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.) 

Thursday, January 30
OPENING→ Justin Vivian Bond stars in a new production of Bertolt Brecht's play A Man's A Man, featuring music by Tony-winning Spring Awakening composer Duncan Sheik. Brecht's updated play concerns an innocent dockworker that is turned into the ultimate fighting machine. (Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St., btwn. 3rd & 4th Aves. Info/tickets.) 

Friday, January 31
GO→ 2013's Tony Award winner for Best Actress in a Musical, Patina Miller, makes her post-Pippin concert debut as a part of Lincoln Center's American Songbook series. Other Broadway stars featured throughout the ASB run (through April 5), include Ann Harada (Feb. 22) and Tony nominees Jonathan Groff (Feb. 15) and Norm Lewis (March 8). (Allen Room, tickets from $35. Info/tickets.)