THE WEEK AHEAD March 29-April 4: Hedwig Struts to Broadway and If/Then and A Raisin in the Sun Open

By Blake Ross
March 29, 2014

Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Neil Patrick Harris takes his wig out of the box for Hedwig's Broadway debut... Idina Menzel flies back to Broadway after a decade... Harvey Fierstein explores Casa Valentina... and Denzel Washington finds his place in the Sun.



Here's to hoping April "showers" us with Broadway hits this WEEK AHEAD!

Saturday, March 29
PREVIEWS→ Neil Patrick Harris stars as East German transgender singer Hedwig in John Cameron Mitchell's cult musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Michael Mayer directs. Officially opens April 22. (Belasco Theatre, 111 W. 44th St., btwn. Broadway & 6th Ave. Info/tickets.) 

Sunday, March 30
OPENING→ From the Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning writers of Next to Normal comes If/Then, starring Tony winner Idina Menzel. Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey have crafted the rare truly original new musical about a woman who sets out to find a new life in New York City. Michael Greif directs the reality-bending drama co-starring Anthony Rapp and Tony winner LaChanze. (Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill discount tickets.) 

LAST CHANCE→ Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley star in the repertory productions of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and Harold Pinter's No Man's Land. The two plays received raves and an extension to their tenure at the Cort. The final performance will be of Godot. (Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Click here for Playbill discount tickets.) 

Monday, March 31
OPENING→ "Heathers," the 1989 cult-classic movie about a clique of popular girls (all named Heather) who terrorize an Ohio high school, gets a musical makeover from Kevin Murphy (of "Reefer Madness" fame) and Tony-nominated Legally Blonde composer Laurence O'Keefe. Take a look at Heathers: The Musical in rehearsal here! (New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves. Click here for Playbill discount tickets.)  

Tuesday, April 1
PREVIEWS→ Tony winner Harvey Fierstein returns to his playwriting roots with the debut of Casa Valentina. This Joe Mantello-helmed new play takes place in a Catskill Mountains bungalow colony that caters to a special clientele: Heterosexual men who enjoy dressing and acting as women. Officially opens April 23. (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

PREVIEWS→ Oscar winner Estelle Parsons and two-time Tony winner Stephen Spinella star in Eric Coble's two-hander The Velocity of Autumn. Parsons plays an aging woman whose family, led by her estranged hippie son (Spinella), is trying to force her out of her home. In retaliation, she barricades herself inside her Brooklyn brownstone with Molotov cocktails and a stinging wit. Officially opens April 21. (Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

Cheyenne Jackson
photo by Karl Simone

Wednesday, April 2
GO→ Cheyenne Jackson and Tony winners Laura Benanti and Shuler Hensley find themselves locked in a musical love triangle in the Encores! concert presentation of The Most Happy Fella. Tony winner Casey Nicholaw is at the helm of the Frank Loesser classic that also features Heidi Blickenstaff, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Jessica Molaskey. (Through April 6, New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Info/tickets.) 

Thursday, April 3
OPENING→ Tony and Oscar winner Denzel Washington leads the cast of Broadway's newest revival of Lorraine Hansberry's landmark 1959 drama A Raisin in the Sun. Sophie Okonedo, Tony winner Anika Noni Rose and LaTanya Richardson Jackson make up the rest of the Younger family, striving to survive on Chicago's tough South Side. Kenny Leon, who led Washington to Tony glory in 2010's Fences revival, directs. (Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Aves. Info/tickets.) 

GO→ Another Frank Loesser classic, Guys and Dolls, receives a concert performance, at Carnegie Hall. Nathan Lane returns to the show that gave him his very first Tony nomination (and also his stage name!) as the incorrigible craps-loving-gambler Nathan Detroit. Megan Mullally plays his lovelorn love interest Miss Adelaide, and Patrick Wilson and Sierra Boggess step into the roles of the mismatched pair, Sky Masterson and Sister Sarah Brown. Tony winner Len Cariou, Colman Domingo, Steve Schirripa, John Bolton and two-time Tony winner Judy Kaye also star in the one-night-only affair. (7:30 PM, Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave., at 57th St. Info/tickets.) 

Friday, April 4
GO→ Singer-songwriter Alexa Ray Joel (daughter to Billy Joel and supermodel-turned-Chicago star Christie Brinkley) takes up a two-week residency at the famed Café Carlyle. (Through April 12, Carlyle Hotel, 35 E. 76th St., at Madison Ave. Info/tickets.)