THE WEEK AHEAD, Jan. 18-24: Outside Mullingar Opens and Sutton Foster Returns to the Café Carlyle

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18 Jan 2014

Jonathan Groff
Jonathan Groff
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Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that BAM honors MLK day with song… Playbill hits the road with JTF… Jonathan Groff is “Looking” for love in San Fran… Carol Channing looks back at 50 years with Dolly… and Debra Messing "Graces" Broadway for the first time.

The country pays homage to a brilliant and groundbreaking leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this special WEEK AHEAD.

Saturday, January 18
READ→ Playbill hits the road with the Junior Theater Festival this weekend! We will be covering all the highlights from the annual fest that brings together over 4,500 young theatre fans from 26 states! Tony Award-nominated A Christmas Story scribes Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, [title of show] star Heidi Blickenstaff, Broadway's original Mary Poppins Ashley Brown and young adult author Tim Federle will be on hand imparting their Broadway wisdom to these talented tots. And joining Playbill on the reporting beat will be our pal, Newsies star Andrew Keenan-Bolger! (Keep up on all the fun happenings in Atlanta!) 

LAST CHANCE→ The critically-acclaimed theatrical magic show Nothing to Hide, starring magicians Derek DelGaudio and Helder Guimarães and directed by Neil Patrick Harris, ends its extended (and recouped!) run in NYC. (Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St., btwn. 9th & 10th Aves. Info/tickets.) 

Sunday, January 19
WATCH→ Tony nominee Jonathan Groff stars in the new HBO series "Looking." The Spring Awakening and "Glee" hunk takes center stage in this new drama about a group of three thirty-something gay men trying to make life, love and careers happen in San Francisco. (10:30 PM ET. Watch a trailer here.) 

Monday, January 20
GO (FREE)→ The Brooklyn Academy of Music throws its annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. featuring myriad performers, authors, activists and speakers. Keynote speaker Angela Davis will be joined by musical performances from José James and the BCCC Singers of the Brooklyn Christian Cultural Center. (10:30 AM, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. Free tickets are first come-first serve. Info.) 

Charles Busch



GO→ Tony-winning icon Carol Channing will join Tony-nominated Kiki & Herb star Justin Vivian Bond for a chat at Town Hall. Channing, the original Dolly in the legendary Jerry Herman musical Hello, Dolly!, will talk about her vast history with that musical's 50 years, as well as her own milestone — turning 93 next week! You can ask Channing questions of your own by submitting a one-minute video to daniel@dworld.us. (123 W. 43rd St., btwn 6th & 7th Aves. Info/tickets.) 

Tuesday, January 21
PREVIEWS→ Acclaimed writer and actor Charles Busch is back at it with a new play that finds him amongst familiar company. The Tribute Artist reunites Busch with frequent collaborators, actress Julie Halston and director Carl Andress, for the new comedy about an out-of-work female impersonator who assumes a new identity. Officially opens Feb. 9. (59E59 Theaters, 59 E. 59th St., btwn. Park & Madison Aves. Info/tickets.) 

Wednesday, January 22
GO→ Two-time Tony-winning stunner Sutton Foster returns to the Café Carlyle for another evening of song. Preceding her Broadway return in Violet (opening later this season), Foster takes to the intimate Carlyle stage in a return engagement of her beautiful exploration of heartbreak and love with music director Michael Rafter. Read about Foster's show here. (Jan. 14-24, Café Carlyle, 35 E. 76 St., at Madison Ave. Info/tickets.) 

Thursday, January 23
OPENING→ Debra Messing and Tony winner Brían F. O'Byrne star in John Patrick Shanley's newest play Outside Mullingar. The new rom-com features Messing and O'Byrne as two oddballs fighting for love and a piece of land in rural Ireland. Shanley reunites here with his Tony-winning Doubt director, Doug Hughes. (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

Friday, January 24
GO→ Bebe Neuwirth, who took home a Tony Award for her acclaimed portrayal of jazz-age killer Velma Kelly in the hit revival of Chicago and returned ten years later as merry murderess Roxie Hart, has stepped into the role of Matron "Mama" Morton for an eight-week limited run. Click here to see pics of this one hot Mama! (Through March 9, Ambassador Theatre, 219 W. 49th St, btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)