THE WEEK AHEAD May 10-16: Celebrate Mother's Day With Broadway and Norm Lewis Makes Phantom History

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10 May 2014

Betty Buckley
Betty Buckley
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Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Moms gather at Mothers and SonsNorm Lewis makes Phantom history... Jim Dale is anything by Just... and A Gentleman's Guide to making it on Broadway!

Whether you call her mum, madre, mama, matka, mère or just mom — celebrate your mother this Mother's Day edition of the WEEK AHEAD!

Saturday, May 10
Saturday, May 10 GO (LA)→ Debby Boone, Jason Gould, Mitzi Gaynor, Betty Buckley and more headline "S.T.A.G.E. Goes to the Movies" concert, benefitting the AIDS Project Los Angeles. (7:30 PM, Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA., tickets start at $75. Info/tickets.) 

Sunday, May 11 *Mother's Day!
GO→ This year's top Tony contender, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, will gather to discuss the "little show that could" and its 10-year journey to the Great White Way. Time Out New York critic David Cote moderates a panel of freshly Tony-nominated Gents — including stars Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham and creators Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak — and gals, Lauren Worsham and Lisa O'Hare. (8 PM, 92nd Street Y, 92nd St. & Lexington Ave. Info/tickets.)

LAST CHANCE→ The critically acclaimed John Rando staging of David Ives' The Heir Apparent plays its last performance at Classic Stage Company. Olivier Award winner Suzanne Bertish, of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Carson Elrod and Tony nominees David Pittu and Paxton Whitehead lead the cast of this bawdy comedy about familial fortunes. (Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St., btwn. 3rd & 4th Aves. Info/tickets.) 



LAST CHANCE→ Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham and Tony nominees Mary Beth Peil and Laura Osnes lead the cast of Atlantic Theater Company's staging of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's classic satire, The Threepenny Opera. Osnes earned a 2014 Drama Desk nomination for her performance. (Linda Gross Theater, 336 W. 20th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves. Info/tickets.) 

Monday, May 12
CASTING→ Norm Lewis makes history when he steps into the title role in Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera — marking the first time an African-American will play the role on Broadway in the show's record-setting 26 years. Lewis' Christine will be played by his Little Mermaid co-star, Sierra Boggess. (Majestic Theatre, 247 W. 44th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

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Tuesday, May 13
GO→ Fantasia Barrino returns to After Midnight as the featured player, succeeding Vanessa Williams, who will play her final performance May 11. Following Barrino's stint in the seven-time Tony nominated revue will be a trio of living legends, Patti LaBelle (June 10-29), Gladys Knight (July 8-Aug. 3) and Natalie Cole (Aug. 5-31). (Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.) 

Wednesday, May 14
GO→ Terrence McNally's latest exploration on gay themes and the human condition, Mothers and Sons, is up for a Tony for Best New Play, as is its leading lady, Tyne Daly. The show continues its Wednesday talkback series with a visit from Jane Clementi of the Tyler Clementi Foundation. Jane is the mother of Tyler, who took his own life after being bullied for being gay. The talkback series continues with Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry (May 21) and Mothers from the Names Project/AIDS Quilt (May 28). (Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.) 

Thursday, May 15
GO→ Tony nominee Kate Baldwin, the redheaded, golden-voiced star of Big Fish and Finian's Rainbow, returns to the cabaret circuit for the first time in three years with Sing Pretty, Don't Fall Down. (Through May 17, 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.) 

Friday, May 16
PREVIEWS→ Tony winner Jim Dale recounts his impressive decades–long career both on the stage and on screen in the autobiographical Just Jim Dale. Tony winner Richard Maltby, Jr. directs the Barnum, Candide and Threepenny Opera star (not to mention, the voice of the Harry Potter novels!) in a song-filled one-man show recounting his life in show business. Officially opens June 12. (Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

CLICK→ The 2014 winners of the Drama League awards will be announced at their annual luncheon hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Check Playbill.com for the winners! (11:30 AM, Playbill.com.)