THE WEEK AHEAD, Feb. 1-7: The Superbowl Sweeps New York and Bronx Bombers Swing Their Way to Broadway

By Blake Ross
February 1, 2014

Playbill.com reminds you that we have everything you need to know to gear up for Football Fever in Times Square... Liza launches a new tour... Cinderella and the pop star come to Broadway... there's new fare from David Henry Hwang and Sarah Ruhl... and the Yankees play ball on Broadway!



The Super Bowl takes over town this WEEK AHEAD!

Saturday, February 1
GO→ Kate Baldwin, Mary Testa, Sherry D. Boone, Marc Kudisch, Bryce Ryness, Emily Skinner and Andrew Samonsky sing the songs of five-time Tony nominated songwriter and librettist Michael John LaChiusa in the American Songbook concert, "Heartbreak Country." Mary-Mitchell Campbell music directs the evening of LaChiusa's songs from shows like Giant, The Wild Party, Queen of the Mist and more. (8:30 PM, The Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at W. 60th St. Info/tickets.) 

Sunday, February 2
CLICK→ Super Bowl madness has descended on New York City! Besides the big game, there's plenty to do (and great ticket deals to be had!) in Times Square and throughout the city. Check out our "Broadway Guide to Super Bowl XLVIII: Tickets, Dining, Schedules and More" for everything you need to know! (Click.) 

Monday, February 3
WATCH→ The Queen (as in Latifah) will meet our Queen (as in Liza) on the former's new daytime talk show. Liza Minnelli will discuss details about her 2014 tour, "Simply Liza" (which launches Feb. 16 in Florida) and the 40th anniversary of the film "Cabaret." (9 AM ET. Info.) 

 

Fran Drescher and Carly Rae Jepsen
photo by Carol Rosegg

Tuesday, February 4
GO→ Cinderella will welcome two new leading ladies and a new Prince Charming. Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen, of "Call Me Maybe" fame, will don the glamorous Stuart Weitzman glass slippers as the title character opposite "The Nanny" star, Fran Drescher, as the evil stepmother. Joe Carroll takes up a new job as Prince Charming — lovingly renamed Topher in this retooled version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. (Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway at W. 53rd St. Info/tickets.) 

GO→ Benjamin Walker's regular Find the Funny show is back at Joe's Pub, featuring performances by the Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson star and several up-and-coming comics and musicians. (9:30 PM, Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St., $10. Info/tickets.) 

PREVIEWS→ David Henry Hwang's latest drama, Kung Fu, follows a young Bruce Lee ("So You Think You Can Dance" star Cole Horibe) after leaving his native Hong Kong for Hollywood in search of stardom. Leigh Silverman directs. Officially opens Feb. 24. (Signature Theatre Irene Diamond Stage. Info/tickets.)

Wednesday, February 5
GO→ "The Office" star and writer B.J. Novak gathers a merry band of pals, including Anthony Rapp and "Girls" star Allison Williams, for a reading of Novak's new collection of stories, "One More Thing." (7:30 PM, Symphony Space. Info/tickets.) 

Thursday, February 6
OPENING→ Football isn't the only sport on New Yorkers' minds this Week Ahead. The Yankees-themed drama Bronx Bombers takes to Broadway starring Peter Scolari as Yogi Berra, Christopher Jackson as Derek Jeter, Bill Dawes as Mickey Mantle, Chris Henry Coffey as Joe DiMaggio and a host of others as an array of the greatest men to ever don the iconic pinstripes. (Circle in the Square, 235 W. 50th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.) 

Friday, February 7
PREVIEWS→ Sara Ruhl's newest work, Stage Kiss, makes its New York debut at Playwrights Horizons. Jessica Hecht, Clea Alsip, Michael Cyril Creighton, Dominic Fumusa, Emma Galvin, Patrick Kerr and musician Todd Almond star in the play about actors who "lose touch with reality when they are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama." Officially opens March 2. (Playwrights Horizons, 416 W. 42nd St., btwn. 9th & 10th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)