THE WEEK AHEAD, Feb. 15-21: Elaine Stritch Returns to NYC and a Sneak Peek at Sting's Musical
By Blake Ross
Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Elaine Stritch returns to the Big Apple… The Bridges of Madison County brings affairs of the heart to Broadway... Mark Rylance's final Broadway double bill (for now)... and Tarell Alvin McCraney brings Cleopatra's rule to Haiti.
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Saturday, February 15
Sunday, February 16
LAST CHANCE→ Two-time Tony winner Mark Rylance gives Broadway not one, but two, bravura performances in the outstanding Shakespeare double bill Twelfth Night and Richard III. These two masterpieces of revivals, direct from London's Globe Theatre, have been two of the best-reviewed shows of the fall season and some of the hardest tickets to nab. Richard's last performance is scheduled for Feb. 15, while Twelfth Night's is Feb. 16. (Belasco Theatre, 111 W. 44th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Info/tickets.)
Monday, February 17
Tuesday, February 18
Wednesday, February 19
Thursday, February 20
OPENING→ The Bridges of Madison County musical, starring Steven Pasquale and Kelli O'Hara as two lovers who embark on a brief but passionate love affair in 1965 Iowa, opens on Broadway. Jason Robert Brown provides the touching score with Bartlett Sher at the helm. (Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)
GO (FREE)→ The stars of last year's hit dark comedy Really Really — Zosia Mamet and Evan Jonigkeit — join playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo to discuss the play at a free chat at the Drama Book Shop. (6 PM, Drama Book Shop, 250 W. 40th St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves. Info.)
Friday, February 21
WATCH—> Catch Sting’s new musical, The Last Ship, (slated to come to Broadway in September!) on an episode of PBS' "Great Performances." This particular great performance was filmed at The Public Theater last year. (9 PM ET, PBS. Check local listings. Info.)
Blake Ross is the editor of Playbill magazine. Follow her on Twitter @PlaybillBlake.
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