Inside Track: The Week Ahead, June 1-7

Special Features   Inside Track: The Week Ahead, June 1-7
Only six more days until Tony time! Do you know where your Tony viewing party is? Do you have your Tony pool ready? Do you have the rules to your Tony drinking game set? I am partial to every time someone says "musical," you drink. If you have not started planning, you better get crackin'…Tonys are just six days away!


Monday, June: 1

GO→ Norm Lewis will perform for the final night of The Actors Fund series at Feinstein's. All proceeds go directly to The Actors Fund—a fantastic organization that helps everyone in the arts community by providing essentials like housing, healthcare services, training, etc. Go to for info. (8:30 PM @ Feinstein's at the Regency, Park Avenue and 61st Street. For reservations call 212-339-4095).

Tuesday, June: 2

GO→ The unsinkable Debbie Reynolds will begin her month-long stint at the Café Carlyle on Tuesday (through June 27 @ The Carlyle Hotel, 35 East 76th Street at Madison Avenue. For reservations call 212-744-1600).

GO→ Holy odd pairing, Batman! Michael Feinstein and Cheyenne Jackson have joined forces for a two-week stint at (where else?)…Feinstein's. I asked Cheyenne a while ago about how the two came together, and he told me they bonded over Christmas. So, I guess we'll have to see what kind of wonderful these two whipped up over some eggnog (through June 12; for reservations call 212-339-4095). Wednesday, June 3:

GO (FREE)→ To hear Brian Stokes Mitchell sing live is like pouring liquid gold straight into your ear canal. I've been lucky to hear Stokes perform many times — from inside a tiny recording studio to the hallowed halls of Carnegie — and I am always left slack jawed. Do not miss this chance to see him live and for free (7 PM at Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City: enter at Riverside Terrace and Warren Streets).

Thursday, June 4:

GO→ I have always thought that some of New York City's most talented individuals were found underground. There is the guy who plays the saw at the 42nd Street/Times Square stop, or the violinist on the 4/5/6 platform in Union Station, or the mariachi band that frequents the 1. It was only a matter of time before a show would "open" on a subway platform. A Mysterious Way, by Steven Walters, will have its opening night on Thursday at 8 PM on the downtown J/M platform at Chambers street. The cost? A swipe of your metro card (8 PM; go to for more info).

Friday, June 5:

EAT→ Ok, so this has nothing to do with theatre, but I had to share. Friday is National Doughnut Day. Who knew? Who really cares? However, know this…Krispy Kreme is giving out free donuts on Friday. It's a National Doughnut Day miracle!

Saturday, June 6:

WATCH→ A new documentary celebrating the enormous career of producer/director Hal Prince will premiere Saturday on Ovation TV. Friends like Carol Burnett, Stephen Sondheim, Joel Grey, Chita Rivera and, of course, Mr. Prince himself, are all featured (8 PM; go to and click on the "find ovation tv" tab in the upper right-hand corner to find what channel it's on near you).

Sunday, June 7:

WATCH→ TONYS!! Playbill will be covering every inch of Radio City and all surrounding areas to give you all the behind-the-scenes action at this year's Tony Awards. I'll be Tweeting from the show — follow me at Andrew Gans will be blogging live on

BEFORE IT CLOSES→Three great Off-Broadway plays will close on Sunday. Be sure to catch them before they do. They include:

-Ethan Coen's, Offices: Atlantic Theater Company's Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street)

-Sleepwalk with Me: The Bleecker Street Theatre (45 Bleecker Street, just east of Lafayette)

-Happiness: Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center, 150 West 65th Street (Between Broadway and Amsterdam)


Blake Ross is the editor of Playbill Magazine.

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