THE WEEK AHEAD, Nov. 24-30: Cyrano Closes, Dead Accounts Opens and Broadway Sings for Sandy Relief

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24 Nov 2012

Johanna Day
Johanna Day
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Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Douglas Hodge dons The Nose one last time… Misery loves theatrical company… Broadway bands together for Sandy relief… and Katie Holmes returns to Broadway via Theresa Rebeck. Get a wake up call from your tryptophan coma with these WEEK AHEAD happenings.

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Saturday, November 24
OPENING→ The world premiere of the play based on Stephen King's "Misery" debuts at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA. The adaptation by Oscar winner William Goldman (who also penned the 1990 film starring Kathy Bates) stars Tony nominee Johanna Day as a psychotic nurse who holds a writer (Daniel Gerroll) captive in her remote home after he's stranded in a car accident. (Through Dec. 8, Bucks County Playhouse, 70 South Main Street, New Hope, PA. Info/tickets.)

Sunday, November 25
LAST CHANCE→ Tony winner Douglas Hodge stars in Broadway's latest revival of Cyrano De Bergerac. Hodge plays the title character whose affection for the fair Roxanne (Clémence Poésy) is as big as his nose. But alas, Roxanne is in love with another, more comely suitor (Kyle Soller) who doesn't possess Cyrano's proficiency for poetry. (American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

GO→ Rebecca Naomi Jones, Tony Award winner Karen Olivo and Tony nominees Will Swenson and John Ellison Conlee star in the world-premiere of Murder Ballad, a new musical by songwriter Juliana Nash and playwright Julia Jordan. Trip Cullman directs the foursome as they navigate a tricky love saga gone wrong. (Through Dec. 16, Manhattan Theatre Club's Stage II, 131 W 55th St, btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Info/tickets.)

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Monday, November 26
GO→ Broadway stars band together to support those affected by Superstorm Sandy with City of Hope: Broadway Blows Back. Expect performances and appearances by David Hyde Pierce, Patrick Wilson, Julia Murney, Christopher Sieber, Jessie Mueller and others. And you can give back too! Log on to broadwayblowsback.com and click "get involved." Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City in support of hurricane relief efforts and the Tunnel To Towers Foundation. (7:30 PM, Gershwin Theatre, 222 W. 51st St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.)

LAST CHANCE→ Tony Award winner Len Cariou plays the last of three cabaret dates at 54 Below, sharing stories and songs from a wide-ranging career that took him from his roots in Winnipeg to the Stratford Festival to Broadway, where he won the Best Actor Tony for playing Sweeney Todd in 1979. Our spy (namely, Playbill's Kenneth Jones) says the suite of Sondheim songs created by music director Mark Janas is breathtaking. In it, Cariou sings "Now" and "You Must Meet My Wife" (from A Little Night Music) bleeding into "The Barber and His Wife" and "Pretty Women" from Sweeney. (7 PM, 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.)

Tuesday, November 27
GO→ Laura Osnes sings the songs of Maury Yeston (Nine, Titanic, Grand Hotel and Death Takes a Holiday) in a special engagement at 54 Below. The Tony nominee, bound for Broadway's Cinderella in January, will sing songs from Yeston's song cycle December Songs. (Through Dec. 1, 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.)

Wednesday, November 28
GO→ The late acclaimed author Chaim Potok's My Name Is Asher Lev will be seen in theatrical form thanks to Potok's collaborator and adaptor Aaron Posner. The story of a boy who challenges his strict Hassidic upbringing in order to embrace his love of painting stars Ari Brand in the title role. Potok's daughter, Naama Potok, serves as understudy to the role of Rivkeh, Asher's mother. Gordon Edelstein directs. (Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St., btwn. 9th & 10th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Thursday, November 29
OPENING→ Katie Holmes and Norbert Leo Butz star in Theresa Rebeck's latest dark comedy Dead Accounts. Tony winner Jack O'Brien directs the pair; they play a sister and brother who reunite under mysterious circumstances involving millions of dollars. Joining in on the reunion is their mother (Jane Houdyshell), a childhood friend (Josh Hamilton) and a much-despised wife (Judy Greer). (Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Friday, November 30
OPENING (Connecticut)→ Two-time Pulitzer finalist and Tony nominee Sarah Ruhl debuts her latest play, Dear Elizabeth, at Yale Repertory Theatre. The two-hander casts Tony winner Jefferson Mays and Mary Beth Fisher as the 20th-century poets Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop, respectively. The pair had a moving and often complicated friendship that spanned three decades and was mostly played out through intercontinental correspondences. Ruhl adapted the play from Lowell's and Bishop's actual letters. (Through Dec. 22, Yale Repertory Theatre, 1120 Chapel St., New Haven, CT. Info/tickets.)

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

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