THE WEEK AHEAD April 26-May 2: Tony Nominations are Announced and Here Lies Love Returns to the Public

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26 Apr 2014

Nina Arianda
Nina Arianda
Photo by Joan Marcus

Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Tony n' Tina get married, again... Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman make a "Smash" at Carnegie Hall... BAM's nod to Ellen Burstyn... and Tony nominations are here!

May blossoms this WEEK AHEAD!

Saturday, April 26
GO→ David Ives' hit play Venus in Fur — a piece that propelled Nina Arianda to leading lady status, and got her a Tony Award to boot — gets a film makeover courtesy of Roman Polanski. Ives collaborated with Polanski on the screenplay (based on the erotic 19th-century Austrian novel) that spins a typical theatre audition into something far more dangerous, bizarre and kinky. (7 PM, Tribeca Film Festival screening at AMC Loews Village, 66 3rd Ave., at 11th St. Info.) 

Sunday, April 27
LAST CHANCE→ And speaking of Nina Arianda: It's your last chance to catch the Tony winner along with Tony nominee Kathleen Chalfant in Tales from Red Vienna. Arianda plays a widowed war bride who turns to prostitution to pay the bills following her husband's death in World War I. (New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

Monday, April 28
GO→ Patti LuPone, Christian Borle, Jane Krakowski, Andrea Martin, Laura Bell Bundy, Linda Hart, Megan Hilty, Capathia Jenkins, Ricki Lake, Katharine McPhee and Martin Short celebrate Hairspray, "Smash," and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory scribes, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, at the 31st annual New York Pops spring gala. (7 PM, Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave., at 57th St. Info/tickets.) 



GO→ And over on the other side of Carnegie Hall, Hal Prince, Phyllis Newman, Barbara Cook and others will shares stories of musical maestro Leonard Bernstein in Remembering Lenny, a benefit for the New York Festival of Song. Singing the songs of the West Side Story and On the Town composer will be Judy Kaye, Kurt Ollmann, Julia Bullock and Lauren Worsham. (6:30 PM, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave., at 57th St. Info/tickets.) 

OPENING→ The long-running Tony n' Tina's Wedding, one of the first popular interactive theatre experiences in New York, returns to the city with a 25th Anniversary engagement. The show begins with the "wedding" at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, and ends at the "reception" of dinner and dancing at Guy's American Kitchen and Bar. (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, 120 W. 46th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

Jonathan Groff
photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Tuesday, April 29
CLICK→ Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu announce the nominations for the 68th Annual Tony Awards. The first few categories will air live on "CBS This Morning," with the full telecast airing on NY1 and Tonyawards.com. Playbill.com will post a full list of nominees as soon as they are announced! (8:30 AM EST. Playbill.com.)

Wednesday, April 30
GO→ BAM pays homage to Ellen Burstyn with a retrospective screening series of the Tony, Emmy and Oscar winner's films including "The Exorcist" (April 30), "Resurrection" (May 1), "The Last Picture Show" (May 2), "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (May 3; Burstyn will be on hand for a Q&A following the 7:30 screening), "Providence" (May 4), "The King of Marvin Gardens" (May 4), "Requiem for a Dream" (May 5), "A Dream of Passion" (May 5) and "Same Time, Next Year" (May 6). (Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn. Info/tickets.) 

Thursday, May 1
OPENING→ Here Lies Love, the critically acclaimed, multi-extended hit from David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, returns to the Public for a commercial run. Director Alex Timbers takes an immersive, disco and rock-fueled look at the notorious and opulent reign of former Philippine first couple Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos. London will get a taste of this immersive musical come October when it opens at the National Theatre. (The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. Info/tickets.) 

GO→ One of London's greatest stage actors, Simon Russell Beale, teams up with Sam Mendes for the National Theatre's production of King Lear. You can check out this remarkable collaboration thanks to the "National Theatre Live" series, which airs live tapings of National productions across the U.S. (Click here for a list of theatres.) 

Friday, May 2
PREVIEWS→ The talented trio of Linda Lavin, playwright Nicky Silver and director Mark Brokaw — who had a knockout in 2012 with The Lyons on Broadway — are back at it again with Too Much Sun. Lavin plays an aging diva that takes up in the home of her married daughter (Jennifer Westfeldt) following a taxing (and breakdown-inducing) stint in Medea. Officially opens May 18. (Vineyard Theatre, 108 E. 15th St., btwn. Union Square E. and Irving Pl. Info/tickets.)