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

Rita Moreno
Monday, March 4
PREVIEWS→ Truman Capote's famous novella Breakfast at Tiffany's arrives on Broadway in a play adapted by Tony winner Richard Greenberg. "Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke stars as Holly Golightly, the role immortalized on screen by Audrey Hepburn. The other denizens of Capote's classic New York include Cory Michael Smith as one of Golightly's comely suitors and George Wendt as Holly's protector, bartender Joe Bell. Directed by Sean Mathias. Officially opens March 20. (Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount previews tickets.)

PREVIEWS→ The London hit musical Matilda arrives on Broadway. This musicalized version of Roald Dahl's beloved fable centers on a gifted girl who discovers she possesses extraordinary powers and uses them to battle her school's evil headmistress, Miss Trunchbull (played by Broadway newbie Bertie Carvel in an Olivier Award-winning performance). Directed by Tony winner Matthew Warchus. Officially opens April 11. (Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount previews tickets.)

Tuesday, March 5
GO (FREE)→ Tony winning In The Heights creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will sit down with Tony and Oscar-winning legend Rita Moreno for a discussion about her newly released memoir. (7 PM, Barnes and Noble, 86th St. and Lexington Ave. Info.)

Wednesday, March 6
GO→ Michael John LaChiusa's Marie Christine, a vehicle that originally starred multiple Tony winner Audra McDonald, returns to New York in a rare staging by Columbia Stages — a program of Columbia University School of the Arts. The LaChiusa musical that sets Euripides' Medea in New Orleans hasn't been seen in New York since its short-lived Lincoln Center Theater debut in 1999. (Through March 9, 3DL, 80 Greenwich St. Info/tickets.)

Thursday, March 7
PREVIEWS→ New York City will receive another rare treat, Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years, in a new Off-Broadway production helmed by Brown himself. The two-hander, inspired by Brown's own experiences, has become a favorite among millennial theatre geeks thanks to the 2002 production and cast album featuring Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz. The 2013 revival features Betsy Wolfe and Adam Kantor as the couple at the center of this time-bending emotional rollercoaster. Officially opens April 21. (Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theatre, 305 W. 43rd St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves. Info/tickets.)

Friday, March 8
GO→ "Smash" TV star and Broadway favorite Megan Hilty joins the New York Pops for Megan Hilty Sings Sinatra and More. The "and more" in this case includes songs from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Hilty recently starred in the Encores! revival) and original numbers from the NBC musical drama series. Ryan Silverman, currently playing Giorgio in CSC's Passion, will accompany Hilty to sing the swingin' songs of the Rat Pack era. (8 PM, Carnegie Hall, 157 W. 57th St., at 7th Ave. Info/tickets.)

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

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