THE WEEK AHEAD: Celebrate the Holidays and Take a Trip to "August: Osage County"

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21 Dec 2013

John Tartaglia
John Tartaglia
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that "A Charlie Brown Christmas" jumps out of the TV and onto the stage at Carnegie Hall... Barbra Streisand, Woody Allen and more remember Marvin Hamlisch... and Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts bring August to the big screen. Hark! The Tony winners sing this very merry WEEK AHEAD!

Don't forget! This WEEK AHEAD is an irregular performance schedule for most shows on Broadway! Click here to see what shows are playing when. 

Saturday, December 21
GO→ Tony nominee John Tartaglia narrates a live concert version of the family favorite "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at Carnegie Hall. The New York Pops, under the baton of music director Steven Reineke, will play Vince Guaraldi's iconic score along with help from the Essential Voices USA. Dancers from the New York Theatre Ballet and kids from the TADA! Youth Theater are slated to portray Charles M. Schulz's famous Peanuts characters. (2 PM, Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave., at 57th St. Info/tickets.) 

LAST CHANCE→ The Black Suits composer, Joe Iconis, celebrates the holidays with his 6th annual Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular. The regular "Smash" contributor brings his "merry band of musical theatre punks" — including Michael Cerveris, Susan Blackwell, Nick Blaemire, George Salazar and others — to 54 Below for a raucous good time full of cheer, booze, and (of course) music! (8 PM & 11 PM, 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.) 

Sunday, December 22
LAST CHANCE→ It's your last chance to catch Ed Harris and Bill Pullman in Pulitzer Prize winner Beth Henley's latest Southern thriller The Jacksonian. Set in Jackson, MS, in 1964, Harris plays a respectable family man whose current shenanigans find him involved in a murder mystery in a seedy motel he now calls home. Directed by Robert Falls. (Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd St., btwn. 9th & 10th Aves. Info/tickets.) 

Meryl Streep and Juliette Lewis
The Weinstein Company

Monday, December 23
GO (FREE)→ A limited number of seats are available for a special pre-screening of "August: Osage County," co-hosted by Playbill! See Friday's listing for details on the film's nationwide release! (6 PM, Paris Theatre, 4 W. 58th St., first come-first serve. Click here to RSVP.) 

Tuesday, December 24
GO→ Crooner Steve Tyrell is up to his old tricks at the Café Carlyle this season with his ninth holiday engagement at the famed cabaret haunt. In Wordsmiths: Lyricists of the Great American Song, Tyrell is back on the romance train with songs like "It's Magic," "Say A Little Prayer," and (of course) his signature, "The Way You Look Tonight." (Through Dec. 31, Café Carlyle, 35 E. 76th St. at Madison Ave. Info/tickets.) 

Wednesday, December 25
GO→ Want to spice up your Christmas? Birdland has not one, but two Christmas shows on its calendar that are sure to spread the cheer. First up is Birdland's resident Cast Party host with the most, Jim Caruso, joined by Birdland regulars Billy Stritch and Klea Blackhurst, for A Swinging Birdland Christmas (6 PM). Following that show, Michael Feinstein takes to the stage for his salute to the holidays and the Great American Songbook. (9 PM). (Birdland, 315 W 44th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves. Info/tickets.) 

Thursday, December 26
GO→ The always-outrageous Sandra Bernhard returns to Joe's Pub for her annual holiday gig featuring the comedienne's patented combination of quick wit and loud music. (Through Dec. 31, Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St. Info/tickets.) 

Friday, December 27
WATCH→ Barbra Streisand, Woody Allen, Tim Rice, Idina Menzel, Carole Bayer Sager, Kelli O'Hara, Ann-Margret and more remember the late, great Marvin Hamlisch in the PBS documentary "What He Did For Love." Terre Blair Hamlisch, Marvin's widow, is also featured in Dori Berinstein's sincere documentary about the iconic A Chorus Line, They're Playing Our Song and "The Way We Were" composer. (9 PM, PBS. Check local listings. Info.) 

GO→ The film adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning opus August: Osage County hits theatres with an all-star Hollywood cast. Meryl Streep plays a matriarch with the meanest of mean streaks, Violet Weston. Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Margo Martindale, Juliette Lewis, Julianne Nicholson, Abigail Breslin and Dermot Mulroney are among the recipients of Violet's wrath. (Info.) 

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Julianne Nicholson, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Julia Roberts and Margo Martindale
Photo by The Weinstein Company