THE WEEK AHEAD April 19-25: Hedwig and Violet Open and Life is a Cabaret, Old Chum

Inside Track   THE WEEK AHEAD April 19-25: Hedwig and Violet Open and Life is a Cabaret, Old Chum's weekly planner reminds you that nominations for the Drama Desk and Drama League Awards are announced… Billy Crystal and William Shatner have some stories to tell you… a return of Reefer Madness… Daniel Radcliffe, Neil Patrick Harris, Sutton Foster and Stephen Spinella return to Broadway… and Cabaret closes out the season.
Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal Photo by Carol Rosegg

The 2013-14 Broadway season officially ends this WEEK AHEAD! On to awards season!

Saturday, April 19
WATCH→ Billy Crystal's 2004 autobiographical Tony-winning one-man show 700 Sundays — which enjoyed a handsome Broadway and touring reprise last season — debuts on HBO. (9 PM ET, HBO. Info.) 

GO→ Reefer Madness, the zany 2001 musical that takes a cheeky look at getting high, returns to New York in a late-night, one-night only concert featuring Alan Cumming (who starred in the 2005 movie version), Constantine Maroulis, Telly Leung and Lea DeLaria. Proceeds benefit the Baby Quest Foundation. (11:59 PM, New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves. Info/tickets.) 

Sunday, April 20
OPENING→ Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster trades in her tap shoes and good-girl persona for a darker kind of girl in the poignant musical Violet. In Jeanine Tesori's first musical written in 1997, Foster plays a facially scarred woman who takes a bus trip across the country in hopes of finding a cure for her disfigurement. Leigh Silverman directs. (American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

OPENING→ Dark comedy master Martin McDonagh's latest play to come to Broadway, The Cripple of Inishmaan, brings Daniel Radcliffe back to these shores in an unexpected role. The Michael Grandage-helmed Inishmaan, which was a huge smash in London, follows a sleepy town in Ireland that gets invaded by Hollywood types. Radcliffe plays the title character, whose physical infirmaries don't hinder his Hollywood aspirations. (Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)  Monday, April 21
OPENING→ Oscar winner Estelle Parsons and two-time Tony winner Stephen Spinella team up for Eric Coble's The Velocity of Autumn, direct from a critically acclaimed run at Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage. Spinella plays son to Parsons — holed up in her Brooklyn brownstone armed with Molotov cocktails — who has taken issue with her family's plans to send her to a rest home. (Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

Neil Patrick Harris
photo by Joan Marcus

Tuesday, April 22
OPENING→ Erstwhile Tonys host Neil Patrick Harris takes a decidedly different turn as flashy East German transgender rocker Hedwig in the Broadway debut of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Michael Mayer is at the helm of this cult-classic John Cameron Mitchell rock-punk musical that first debuted downtown in 1998 with Mitchell in the title role. (Belasco Theatre, 111 W. 44th St., btwn. Broadway & 6th Ave. Info/tickets.) 

Wednesday, April 23
OPENING→ Harvey Fierstein's first new Broadway play in almost 30 years has the multi-Tony Award winner exploring the true story of a group of white-collar professionals in the 1960s who spent their weekends trading suits for skirts. Tony winner Joe Mantello directs the touching portrait of the quirky and sometimes troubled inhabitants of 1960s Casa Valentina — inspired by the real-life Casa Susanna. (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

CLICK→ Judith Light and Christopher Sieber announce the 2014 Drama League Awards nominations. The May 16 ceremony will be hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson. (11 AM. Check for a complete list of the nominees.)

Thursday, April 24
OPENING→ Life is, yet again, a cabaret, old chums, with the Studio 54 return of that famous musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb. 2014's Cabaret welcomes back old chums like Alan Cumming (in his Tony-winning turn as the Emcee) and co-directors Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall — along with new friends like Broadway newbie, Michelle Williams. (Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.) 

GO→ Audiences will get a chance to see William Shatner and his autobiographical one-man show Shatner's World: We Just Live In It, which played Broadway's Music Box Theatre in 2012, in movie theatres around the country. (Check local screenings.) 

Friday, April 25
CLICK→ Fran Drescher will join Tony and recent Oscar winners Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez to announce the 2014 Drama Desk nominations! Tony winner Laura Benanti is slated to host the June 1 ceremony at Town Hall. (11 AM. Check for a complete list of the nominees.)

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