THE WEEK AHEAD, March 2-8: Breakfast at Tiffany's, Kinky Boots, Matilda Begin, Cinderella Opens, Poppins Takes Flight

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02 Mar 2013

Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow

Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical premieres on Broadway (over 50 years in the making!)… Breakfast at Tiffany's brings a huckleberry friend to Broadway… Cyndi Lauper kicks up her Kinky Boots… and Matilda casts her spell on the Great White Way! It may still be winter, but spring shows are starting to sprout this WEEK AHEAD!

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Saturday, March 2
LAST CHANCE→ Barry Manilow, the king of the Copa, plays his last night on Broadway. The Grammy-winning crooner famous for songs like "Mandy," "I Write the Songs" and "Copacabana" wraps up his Broadway concert, much to the dismay of Fanilows everywhere. (St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves. Info/tickets.)

Sunday, March 3
LAST CHANCE→ Steppenwolf's production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, directed by Clybourne Park's Pam MacKinnon, closes on Broadway. With stunning performances by Tracy Letts and Amy Morton as the gin-soaked, tortured lovers George and Martha, critics hailed this most recent revival of Edward Albee's landmark play as a masterpiece. (Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

LAST CHANCE→ Everyone's favorite British nanny takes her last flight on Broadway when the Disney-Cameron Mackintosh production of Mary Poppins closes at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The family-friendly favorite featuring well-known Sherman Brothers tunes "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Chim Chim Cheree" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" has been on the Great White Way since 2006. The musical continues to fly across the country on tour. (New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 W. 42nd St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves. Info/tickets.)

Laurie Metcalf in The Other Place.
photo by Joan Marcus



LAST CHANCE→ Laurie Metcalf stars as a woman in crisis in Sharr White's haunting new drama The Other Place. Julia Smithton (Metcalf) is a neuroscientist whose relationships with her doctor husband (Bill Pullman) and daughter (Zoe Perry) unravel as she battles the same disease she's dedicated her life to curing. Directed by Tony winner Joe Mantello. (Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

OPENING→ Rodgers and Hammerstein's take on the classic fairy tale Cinderella arrives on Broadway for the very first time. The show began as a 1957 TV film starring Julie Andrews. Its Broadway version has an updated book by Douglas Carter Beane, and stars Laura Osnes as the girl with the glass slipper who catches the eye of the charming Prince (Santino Fontana). Directed by Mark Brokaw and co-starring Tony winner Victoria Clark as the Fairy Godmother and Harriet Harris as Cinderella's evil stepmother. (Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway at 53rd St. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

PREVIEWS→ Kinky Boots, the Cyndi Lauper-Harvey Fierstein-penned musical about a shoemaker who leaves his fledgling business in the fashionable hands of a feisty drag queen, opens on Broadway. Stark Sands plays Charlie Price, a regular bloke from Northern England who inherits his family's shoemaking business (and all the problems that come with it) following his father's untimely death. An angel in the form of a drag performer (Billy Porter) saves the day, with help from a funny factory worker (Annaleigh Ashford) and a bevy of transvestite beauties. Directed by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell. Officially opens April 4. (Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 W. 45th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount previews tickets.)

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