THE WEEK AHEAD, Jan. 19-25: Glengarry, Starcatcher and Golden Boy End Broadway Runs; Manilow Opens

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19 Jan 2013

Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow

Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Glengarry lives up to its "Always Be Closing" catchphrase on Broadway… Peter and the Starcatcher flies North for the winter… Ford's Theatre celebrates Our Town's 75th birthday… and Barry Manilow hopes the St. James will be "the hottest spot North of Havana." It's your last chance to see some of Broadway's best shows as limited engagements end to make way for new spring shows this WEEK AHEAD.

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Saturday, January 19
GO→ One of my favorite gals, Christine Ebersole, will roll out a concert and speaking engagement tour starting at Manhattan's Town Hall. This first concert will feature the two-time Tony Award winner along with the a cappella group, the Yale Whiffenpoofs, for an evening of song to raise funds for pediatric AIDS/HIV research and advocacy. January will also find Ebersole teaching a master class at Harvard and then performing at the Sanders Theatre in Boston. (8 PM, Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., btwn 6th & 7th Aves. Info/tickets.)

Sunday, January 20
LAST CHANCE→ The adage "Always Be Closing" comes to fruition this weekend when the Al Pacino-led revival of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross closes on Broadway. Bobby Cannavale co-stars as young gun salesman Ricky Roma (a role that earned Pacino an Oscar nomination in the 1992 film version) while Pacino graduates to the role of elder statesman Shelly "The Machine" Levene, a senior salesman past his prime and desperate for the leads that'll help him break a bad streak. (Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St., btwn Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.)

LAST CHANCE→ The delightfully offbeat play with music Peter and the Starcatcher has its last performance on Broadway before re-opening at Off-Broadway's New World Stages this spring. This imaginative prequel to Peter Pan follows a nameless orphan and a wicked pirate before they became the immortal characters Peter Pan and Captain Hook. (Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St., btwn Broadway and 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)



LAST CHANCE→ Lincoln Center Theater's celebrated revival of Clifford Odets' Golden Boy packs its last punch on Broadway. The gritty revival stars Seth Numrich as Joe Bonaparte — a young violinist who seeks fortune and fame in the tough world of prize fighting. Joe's father (Tony Shalhoub), his trainer (Danny Burstein), his girl (Yvonne Strahovski) and his manager (Danny Mastrogiorgio) have disparate views on Joe's future, sending the impressionable boxer into a tailspin. Bartlett Sher directs the first of two Odets classics we'll see on Broadway this season (the second being The Big Knife, coming this spring, by Roundabout). (Belasco Theatre, 111 W. 44th St., btwn 6th & 7th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

LAST CHANCE→ The latest play to take Off-Broadway by storm, Tribes, closes after several extensions and a recoupment. The David Cromer-directed drama about a deaf man's journey away from his close-knit but often meddling family stars a brilliant Russell Harvard in the central role. The play by Nina Raine took home several awards when it debuted last year, including a Drama Desk Award for Best New Play, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play and the Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Play. It also received an Olivier Award nomination for its 2010 London debut. (Barrow Street Theatre, 27 Barrow St., at 7th Ave. Info/tickets.)

LAST CHANCE (Massachusetts)→ The pre-Broadway run of Pippin wraps up at Cambridge's American Repertory Theatre. Diane Paulus (responsible for the Broadway reboots of both Porgy and Bess and Hair) directs the revival of one of Stephen Schwartz's most beloved musicals, with the original Bob Fosse choreography restored and circus elements added in. Matthew James Thomas leads the ensemble as the title player with Tony nominee Patina Miller as the Leading Player and Tony winner Andrea Martin as Berthe. The show will come to Broadway's Music Box Theatre in March. (Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA. Info/tickets.)

Monday, January 21
GO→ Theatre legends Barbara Cook, Joel Grey, Sheldon Harnick and Mary Rodgers will discuss their lives on stage in a new series at the 92nd Street Y called "Relevant Octogenarians." The candid discussion will be moderated by distinguished septuagenarian WNYC's Leonard Lopate. The talk will also include former New York City mayor Ed Koch and Dr. Dennis S. Charney. (7:30 PM, 92nd Street Y, 92nd St. and Lexington Ave., tickets start at $29. Info/tickets.)

Tuesday, January 22
GO→ Broadway Week begins offering two-for-one discounts to some of Broadway's hottest shows including Annie, Chicago, Cinderella, The Heiress, Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Mary Poppins, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Newsies, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Once, The Other Place, The Phantom of the Opera, Picnic, Rock of Ages, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Wicked. (Through Feb. 7. Info/tickets.)

Wednesday, January 23
PREVIEWS→ The 20th anniversary revival of David Ives' All in the Timing begins at Off-Broadway's Primary Stages. Tony winner John Rando directs the evening of six one-act comedies — which includes the celebrated Sure Thing and The Universal Language — starring Carson Elrod, Matthew Saldivar, Eric Clem, Liv Rooth and Silence! The Musical's Jenn Harris. Officially opens Feb. 12. (59E59 Theaters, 59 E. 59th St., btwn Park & Madison Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount previews tickets.)

Thursday, January 24
OPENING→ Iconic crooner Barry Manilow returns to Broadway for the first time since 1989 with a new concert, Manilow on Broadway. The already-extended limited run will feature the Grammy winner singing his greatest hits, including: "Mandy," "It's a Miracle," "Could It Be Magic," "I Write the Songs," "Tryin' To Get the Feeling Again," "This One's For You," "Weekend in New England," "Looks Like We Made It," "Can't Smile Without You," "Even Now," and the Grammy Award-winning "Copacabana (At the Copa)." (Through Feb. 23, St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St., btwn 7th & 8th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Friday, January 25
GO (Washington, DC)→ The Ford's Theatre will host a diverse, multiracial cast for its celebration of the Thornton Wilder epic Our Town in celebration of the play's 75th anniversary. Portia (Ruined) leads the cast as the Stage Manager. Other denizens of Grover's Corner include Michael Bunce, Erin Driscoll, Alyssa Gagarin, Kellee Knighten Hough, Joey Ibanez, James Konicek, John Lescault, Susan Lynskey, Kevin McAllister, Tony Nam, Jon Hudson Odom, Tom Story, Kimberly Schraf, Frederick Strother, Brynn Tucker, Nickolas Vaughan, Jenn Walker, Craig Wallace and Christopher Wilson. (Through Feb. 24, Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St., NW, Washington, DC. Info/tickets.)

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

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