THE WEEK AHEAD, April 20-26: Macbeth, Testament of Mary, Bountiful, I'll Eat You Last and Pippin Open on Broadway

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20 Apr 2013

Rita Wilson
Rita Wilson
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that solo shows from Alan Cumming, Bette Midler and Fiona Shaw surface on Broadway… Pippin's got new "Magic to Do"… Cicely Tyson searches for Bountiful… Awards season kicks off with nomination announcements from the Drama League and Drama Desk awards… and it's Broadway's Easter at the 27th Annual BC/EFA Easter Bonnet Competition! It's the last official week of the 2012-13 Broadway season this WEEK AHEAD!

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Saturday, April 20
LAST CHANCE→ Rita Wilson is taking full advantage of her time in New York City. While her hubby Tom Hanks is over on 44th Street starring in the acclaimed production of Lucky Guy, Wilson can be found ten blocks north singing songs from her first studio album "AM/FM" in her 54 Below debut. Singing soft rock hits from the '60s and '70s — like the Everly Brothers' "All I Have to Do is Dream" and Joni Mitchell's "The River" —Wilson isn’t a complete newbie to New York City nightlife — she made her Broadway bow in Chicago in 1996. (8:30 PM, 54 Below, 254 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.)

Sunday, April 21
LAST CHANCE→ Richard Greenberg's adaptation of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's has its last meal on Broadway. Starring "Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke as the iconic good-time girl Holly Golightly and Cory Michael Smith as her confidante and the story's narrator, Greenberg's Breakfast takes a decidedly darker turn than the famous 1961 film version starring (like you don't already know) Audrey Hepburn. George Wendt (as bartender Joe), Kate Cullen Roberts (as Holly’s onetime comrade Mag Wildwood), Suzanne Bertish (as a kooky neighbor) and a series of feline friends round out the supporting characters in Holly’s glamorous New York City life. (Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

OPENING→ Lots of "toil and trouble" are brewing over at the Barrymore for the opening of Alan Cumming’s one-man adaptation of Macbeth. Cumming, under the direction of Once's Tony-winning director John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg, plays over 15 characters in Shakespeare's famous "Scottish Play" set here in a mental ward with closed-circuit cameras displaying the bloody scene in startlingly high definition. (Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)



LAST CHANCE→ Edie Falco is a mother on the run in Manhattan Theatre Club's production of Liz Flahive's The Madrid. Falco plays Martha, a kindergarten teacher who abandons her routine family life to move to the grimy apartment complex of the title. Martha's family, especially her young daughter (Phoebe Strole), struggle to keep things copacetic in the wake of Martha’s abrupt departure. Directed by Leigh Silverman with original music by Tom Kitt. (New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Monday, April 22
OPENING→ Fiona Shaw, one of the finest actors of her generation, returns to Broadway for the first time since her stunning, Tony-nominated performance in Medea. This time, Shaw plays another legendary lady, the Virgin Mary, in Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary. Director Deborah Warner, who also helmed Medea, reunites with Shaw (for the 13th time!) to bring this controversial one-woman retelling of the crucifixion of Jesus — from his mother’s perspective — to the stage. (Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W. 48th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Fiona Shaw
photo by Paul Kolnik

GO→ The 27th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition comes to Broadway's Minskoff Theatre with a starry cast in tow. The annual event that raises millions of dollars for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS promises appearances and performances by some of this season’s biggest stars, including, Tom Hanks, Cyndi Lauper, Harvey Fierstein, Nathan Lane, Andrea Martin, Deborah Cox, Constantine Maroulis, Holland Taylor, Katie Finneran and much more! (Through April 23, Minskoff Theatre, 200 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.)

Tuesday, April 23
OPENING→ Oscar-nominated actress Cicely Tyson makes her first Broadway appearance in 30 years in the revival of Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful. Tyson plays Carrie Watts, an elderly widow who defies her over-protective son and daughter-in-law (Cuba Gooding Jr. and Vanessa Williams) and escapes to her childhood home, the fabled Bountiful of the title. Directed by Michael Wilson. (Stephen Sondheim Theatre, 124 West 43rd St., btwn. 6th & 7th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

OPENING→ The opulent life of shoe-loving former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos, is on trial in the dance-club musical by Talking Heads founding member David Byrne, DJ Fatboy Slim and Tony-nominated director Alex Timbers. The non-traditional play bills itself as a "wholly immersive theatrical event" that engages the standing audience throughout its 90-minutes with pulsating music, multi-media installations and an expansive score covering four decades. (Through May 19, The Public Theatre, 425 Lafayette St. Info/tickets.)

CLICK→ Michael Urie and Patina Miller will announce the nominees for the 2013 Drama League Awards live from famed Broadway hangout Sardi's. Check Playbill.com for a complete list of nominees. (11 AM ET)

Wednesday, April 24
OPENING→ Bette Midler returns to a Broadway stage for the first time since her 1979 concert Bette! Divine Madness in a decidedly different turn in I'll Eat You Last. In this one-woman John Logan play, Midler plays the late Hollywood agent Sue Mengers, who represented Hollywood's A-listers like Barbra Streisand and Cher through the 1970s. She was a brassy broad who enjoyed smoking pot, throwing power mixers and telling people what she really thought of them. Joe Mantello directs. (Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Thursday, April 25
OPENING→ Diane Paulus' inventive new staging of Stephen Schwartz's beloved musical Pippin opens on Broadway. Patina Miller leads a troupe of performers in the telling of the coming-of-age story of Pippin (Matthew James Thomas), the princely son of Charlemagne. One of Pippin's original Broadway company members, Chet Walker, has been charged with re-introducing the classic Fosse choreography that bounces off inventive new acrobatics and circus elements from former Cirque du Soleil performer Gypsy Snider. Pippin also stars Tony winner Andrea Martin as Pippin's grandmother Berthe, Terrence Man as King Charles (Charlemagne), and Charlotte d'Amboise as Fastrada. Features the well-known tunes “Magic to Do,” “Corner of the Sky” and “Simple Joys.” (Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Blake Ross is the editor of Playbill magazine. Follow her on Twitter @PlaybillBlake.

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