THE WEEK AHEAD March 8-14: MCC Brings a Hand to God and Rocky Opens on Broadway

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08 Mar 2014

Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
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Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Cicely Tyson searches for Bountiful TV… Norm Lewis asks "Who Am I?"... Denzel Washington looks for his place in the Sun… and a star-studded foursome tries to keep up with the Joneses.

Don't forget to spring ahead this WEEK AHEAD!

Saturday, March 8
PREVIEWS→ Denzel Washington, Sophie Okonedo, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, David Cromer and Stephen McKinley Henderson star in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. Tony-nominated director Kenny Leon is at the helm of this classic revival about three generations of African Americans hoping to get out of Chicago's Southside ghetto and live a better life. Officially opens April 3. (Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.) 

WATCH→ Cicely Tyson takes her Tony-winning turn in Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful to television in a TV film version of the award-winning play, co-starring her Broadway cohort, Vanessa Williams. Joining Tyson and Williams in the opus about an elderly lady who runs away to visit her childhood home are Blair Underwood and Keke Palmer. (8 PM ET, Lifetime. Info.) 

GO→ Vocal powerhouse Norm Lewis takes the stage at the breathtakingly beautiful Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center for "Who Am I?" Lewis and director Richard Jay-Alexander have cooked up quite a spectacle for the Tony nominee's American Songbook debut, promising an evening that weaves in some of Lewis' trademark tunes, from shows like Les Miserables and Porgy and Bess, with brand-new showstoppers like a gospel tuner and a classic Marvin Gaye song! (8:30 PM, The Allen Room, 10 Columbus Circle, at 60th St. and Broadway. Info/tickets.) 

Sunday, March 9
DON'T FORGET→ It's Daylight Saving Time! Set your clock forward one hour and bask in the extended bit of sunshine! (2 AM)

LAST CHANCE→ Grammy-winning jazz singer k.d. lang plays the final show in her Broadway-debuting stint in Wynton Marsalis and Warren Carlyle's musical love letter to the Harlem Renaissance, After Midnight. Joining the cast following lang's departure will be Toni Braxton and Babyface, beginning March 18. (Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.) 

Steven Boyer
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Monday, March 10
OPENING→ Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch, Geneva Carr, Michael Oberholtzer and Sarah Stiles join leading man Steven Boyer for the dark comedy Hand to God. The Robert Askins play pits a devilishly funny puppet against the good children of small-town Texas. (Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St. Info/tickets.) 

Tuesday, March 11
PREVIEWS--> Zach Braff, Marin Mazzie, Brooks Ashmanskas, Betsy Wolfe and Vincent Pastore star in the musical adaptation of Woody Allen's Academy Award-nominated film "Bullets Over Broadway," about a playwright whose first taste of success comes with mobsters and a domineering diva attached. Officially opens April 11. (St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St., btwn Broadway & 8th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Wednesday, March 12
PREVIEWS→ Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham and Tony nominees Laura Osnes and Mary Beth Peil star in the classic Bertolt Brecht-Kurt Weill musical The Threepenny Opera. Obie and Drama Desk-winning director-choreographer Martha Clarke is at the helm of the farce that follows a fast-talking rogue and his exploits in 19th-century London. Officially opens April 7. (Linda Gross Theater, 336 W. 20th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves. Info/tickets.) 

Thursday, March 13
OPENING→ Sylvester Stallone's famous story of boxer Rocky Balboa gets new life on Broadway in the Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty musical #Rocky. Andy Karl plays the well-known protagonist who, against all the odds, takes on heavyweight champ, Apollo Creed. Directed by Alex Timbers. (Winter Garden Theatre, 1634 Broadway at 50th St. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

PREVIEWS→ Michael C. Hall, Toni Collette, Marisa Tomei and Tracy Letts star in Will Eno's The Realistic Joneses. Sam Gold directs the comedy about two couples who traverse the trials and tribulations of suburbia together. Officially opens April 6. (Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Info/tickets.) 

Friday, March 14
GO→ The 92Y Soul Jazz Festival kicks off, featuring two nights of soulful music from the likes of funky organist Joey DeFrancesco, singer-brass player Brian Landrus and cellist-singer Esperanza Spalding — who famously won the 2011 Best New Artist Grammy right under Justin Bieber's nose! (92nd Street Y, at 92 St. and Lexington Ave. Info/tickets.) 

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Andy Karl
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