THE WEEK AHEAD, July 20-26: Love's Labour's Lost Begins, Let It Be Opens and Patti LuPone Hits 54 Below

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20 Jul 2013

Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone
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Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that The Beatles return to Broadway… Tony Award winners take the mic for karaoke... Off-Broadway trades one Murder for another… and Love's Labour's Lost takes shape in the Park. Whisper words of wisdom this WEEK AHEAD! 

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Saturday, July 20
GO→ Patti LuPone returns to 54 Below with her acclaimed show Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda…(Played That Part), which features the two-time Tony Award winner singing famous show tunes she never got to perform on Broadway. Expect songs from Hair, Bye Bye Birdie, Funny Girl, West Side Story, Kiss Me, Kate, Peter Pan and more. Up next for LuPone is a stint on Playbill's Broadway On the High Seas cruise and a featured role on "American Horror Story." (Through July 27, 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.)

Sunday, July 21
LAST CHANCE→ Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash's Murder Ballad, about a love triangle gone horribly awry, closes at the Union Square Theatre. John Ellison Conlee, Will Swenson and Caissie Levy star in the rock musical that pits an uptown literary professor (Conlee) against a downtown bartender (Swenson) for the affections of a lovelorn young mother (Levy). Rebecca Naomi Jones serves as the singing narrator; it's directed by Trip Cullman. (Union Square Theatre, 100 E. 17th St., btwn. Irving and Park Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Monday, July 22
GO→ Do you think you have the singing chops to go up against some of Broadway's best belters? Then try your hand at Broadway for a Broader Way, a benefit karaoke session with stars like Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs, Megan Hilty, Matthew Morrison, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp, LaChanze and more! Whoopi Goldberg hosts. Proceeds benefit A Broader Way Foundation, Menzel and Diggs' charity that supports arts programs for young girls in underserved communities. (6:30 PM, The Cutting Room, 44 E. 32nd St., btwn. Park & Madison Aves. Info/tickets.)



WATCH→ Broadway invades "LIVE with Kelly and Michael" for another Broadway Week on the popular daytime TV program. Expect performances and backstage interviews with the casts of Pippin, Motown, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, Kinky Boots and Matilda. (9 AM, check local listings. Info.)

Patti Murin

Tuesday, July 23
PREVIEWS (FREE)→ The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park musical adaptation of Love's Labour's Lost, from the Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson team, Michael Friedman (score) and Alex Timbers (direction), starts performances at the Delacorte Theater. This will mark the first new Shakespeare-based musical to debut at the Delacorte since the Tony-winning Two Gentlemen of Verona first performed there in 1971. Rachel Dratch, Daniel Breaker, Kevin Del Aguila, Colin Donnell, Rebecca Naomi Jones and Patti Murin star. Officially opens Aug. 12. (The Delacorte Theatre, Central Park, enter at 81st St. and Central Park West or at 79th St. and 5th Ave. Info.)

Wednesday, July 24
OPENING→ Let It Be, a new jukebox musical featuring the songs of the Beatles, officially opens on Broadway. Expect the Fab Four's greatest hits like "Twist and Shout," "She Loves You," "Drive My Car," "Yesterday," "Hey Jude," "Come Together" and, of course, "Let It Be." (246 W. 44th St. btwn. Broadway and 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

GO→ The final presentation in the new Encores! Off-Center series — celebrating lost Off-Broadway gems — will be the Kathleen Marshall-helmed I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road, a 1970s musical from Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford. Renee Elise Goldsberry stars as a former pop singer attempting a comeback. Jason Rabinowitz, Christina Sajous, Jennifer Sanchez and Frederick Weller also star. (Through July 27, New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St., btwn. 5th & 6th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Thursday, July 25
OPENING→ The New York premiere of the musical comedy Murder for Two comes to Second Stage Theatre as a part of its Uptown Series. Jeff Blumenkrantz and Brett Ryback star in the whodunit madcap mystery. Scott Schwartz directs. (Through Aug. 17, McGinn/Cazale Theatre, 2162 Broadway, at 76th St. Info/tickets.)

Friday, July 26
GO→ Michael Mayer directs a concert reading of a new musical titled A Musical Inspired by the Brooklyn Hero Supply Company, featuring a book by Simon Rich and music and lyrics by Peter Lerman. Matt Doyle stars as an idealistic young Brooklynite who dreams of being a superhero in this developmental new Powerhouse Theater production. (Through July 28, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film at Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY. Info/tickets.)

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Watch highlights of Off-Broadway's Murder Ballad: