THE WEEK AHEAD, Dec. 7-13: "Smash" Hits 54 Below and HBO Presents "Six By Sondheim"

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07 Dec 2013

Condola Rashad and Orlando Bloom
Condola Rashad and Orlando Bloom
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Orlando Bloom exits the stage... "Smash" lives again! (sorta)... Six essential Sondheim songs get the HBO treatment... and Gypsies invade Times Square thanks to BC/EFA! Attention, attention, Clubers! Your WEEK AHEAD is here!

Saturday, December 7
GO→ Spring Awakening and "Glee" star Jonathan Groff will make his Ravinia Festival debut with a concert featuring Mary-Mitchell Campbell on piano. Click here to read what Groff has to say about the upcoming gig. (Bennett Gordon Hall, southwest corner of Ravinia Park, 418 Sheridian Road, Highland Park, IL, tickets start at $10. Info/tickets.)

Sunday, December 8
LAST CHANCE→ It’s your last chance to catch Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad in Romeo and Juliet. David Leveaux’s fiery, modern-day version pits a black Capulet family headed by Tony winner Chuck Cooper against the white Montague house led by Michael Rudko. (Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.) 

LAST CHANCE (DC)→ D.C.-based Playbill Clubers get their last look at If/Then, the new musical starring Tony winner Idina Menzel, before it comes to Broadway in March. Michael Greif directs the new Tom Kitt-Brian Yorkey musical about a woman rebuilding her life in bustling New York City. Tony winner LaChanze, Anthony Rapp and Jenn Colella co-star. (National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC. Info/tickets.) 

GO→ Do you miss NBC’s now-cancelled "Smash" — a dramatized look at the drama-filled process of creating a Broadway musical? Well, 54 Below has you covered with a live concert version of Hit List, an original musical featured on the show. "Smash" alumni Jeremy Jordan, Andy Mientus and Krysta Rodriguez sing the rock musical penned by a number of songwriters including Drew Gasparini, Joe Iconis, Andrew McMahon, Lucie Silvas, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. (Through Dec. 9, 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info.) 



Monday, December 9
GO→ The 25th Annual Gypsy of the Year Competition will take to the Minskoff Theatre featuring some of Broadway’s best talent — including Tyne Daly, Cherry Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Ian McKellen, Zachary Quinto, Mark Rylance, Brandon Victor Dixon, Roger Rees, Patrick Stewart and more — raising money for its premiere charity, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS! Playbill’s own Seth Rudetsky hosts the annual affair that last year raked in over $3.9 million for this amazing organization! (Dec. 9 at 4:30PM, Dec. 10 at 2 PM, Minskoff Theatre, 1515 Broadway. Info/tickets.) 

Stephen Sondheim
photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

WATCH→ Writer-turned-producer Frank Rich and director James Lapine explore the life and work of Stephen Sondheim in "Six By Sondheim," a new HBO documentary featuring the legendary songwriter and an in-depth look at his career through famous tunes like "Being Alive," "Send In The Clowns" and "Something’s Coming." Audra McDonald, Jeremy Jordan, Darren Criss and America Ferrera are among the performers singing these classic songs (not to mention Sondheim himself sings a ditty or two!). (9 PM, HBO. Info.) 

Tuesday, December 10
GO→ Cynthia Nixon and Sam Waterston star in a reading of Thornton Wilder’s The Long Christmas Dinner, a part of the Public Theater’s Public Forum series. Wilder’s nephew and literary executor, Tappan Wilder, will be on hand for the reading and discussion, as will Obie-winning playwright Lisa Kron. (7 PM, Joe’s Pub, $40. Info/tickets.) 

Wednesday, December 11
GO→ The Tony-nominated musical A Christmas Story, based on the cult favorite Jean Shepherd tale, takes to Madison Square Garden for a holiday engagement. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul earned a Tony nomination for Best Original Score for the musical comedy that follows a young boy named Ralphie and his quest for an official Red Ryder Carbine-Actions 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle! (Through Dec. 29, Theatre at MSG, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, at 7th Ave. Info/tickets.) 

Thursday, December 12
OPENING→ The Donmar Warehouse’s critically acclaimed production of Conor McPherson's The Night Alive makes its American premiere. Jim Norton and Ciarán Hinds star in the story about a middle-aged recluse living in a dingy room in his uncle’s home. (Through Jan. 26, Atlantic Theater’s Linda Gross Theater, 336 W. 20th St., Click here for Playbill Club discounts.) 

Friday, December 13
GO→ Tom Hanks stars as Walt Disney in "Saving Mr. Banks." The new film traces the 20 years it took to adapt the Disney classic film "Mary Poppins" from the children’s book by P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson). (Limited release Dec. 13, everywhere Dec. 20. Info.)