The WEEK AHEAD: April 23-29

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: April 23-29
This WEEK AHEAD we say “goodbye” to the 2009-2010 Broadway season and “hello” to a new batch of new Broadway productions!

Promises, Promises “says a little prayer” this time around…Denzel Washington climbs Fences…Linda Lavin tells some Stories of friendship and betrayal…courtroom drama of Enron proportions ...and rapturous Rapture from Sherie Rene Scott.

Parting is such sweet sorrow,

Friday, April 23
Mario CantoneGO? Mario Cantone has become famous for his hilarious outbursts and (as my mother says) “kvetching.” Cantone (Broadway's The Violet House, Assassins, Love! Valor! Compassion! and Laugh Whore) returns to stand-up at Carolines on Broadway this weekend. (Carolines on Broadway, 1626 Broadway, call 212.757.4100 for tickets)


Saturday, April 24
GO? Garrison Keillor brings his A Prairie Home Companion live-broadcast radio variety show to New York’s Town Hall. Featuring the sketches and music that have kept this crew going since their first live broadcast in 1974. (Saturdays, through May 8th, 5:45pm, The Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., btwn. 6th and 7th Aves., $57-$63, info/tickets)

Sunday, April 25
Sean Hayes and Kristin ChenowethOPENING? Promises, Promises returns to Broadway, bringing Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes along for the ride. Expect the classics from the Burt Bacharach/Hal David original score (like “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” and “Turkey Lurkey Time”) as well as the hits “Say a Little Prayer” and “A House Is Not a Home,” added for the revival. Featuring the classic book by Neil Simon and a runaway performance by Katie Finneran (Noises Off). (Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway, btwn. W. 52nd and 53rd Sts., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

GO? What do you do for fun if you have one of the most successful bands in the past 20 years and you just opened up a new show on Broadway? Well, if you're Green Day, you form yet another successful side band called the Foxboro Hot Tubs and you rock-out the lower east side post-curtain!   (11pm, Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery, near 2nd St., first come, first serve, $20, info)

GO? Iranian activist and former child star, Mary Apick, sheds a revealing light on the women of the Middle East in her acclaimed show Beneath the Veil. Apick explores what life is really like behind the traditional headscarf for ten very different women. One heartbreaking tale tells the story of Zahra Kazemi, a Canadian journalist who was tortured and killed in 2003 for taking photographs of a prison in Tehran. (7:30pm, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, 1941 Broadway, on 65th St. btwn. Broadway & Amsterdam, $50-$200, info/tickets)

Monday, April 26
Denzel WashingtonOPENING? Tony winners Denzel Washington and Viola Davis star in the revival of the August Wilson Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Fences. The original 1987 production scored Tonys for both James Earl Jones and Mary Alice as well as the award for Best Play. Kenny Leon directs. (Through July 11, The Cort Theatre, 138 West 48th Street, btwn. Broadway and 8th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

GO? The 24th Annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition returns to the Minskoff featuring performances by the who's who of Broadway. The all-star lineup of hosts includes: Dylan Baker (God of Carnage), Corbin Bleu (In The Heights), Colman Domingo (Passing Strange), Chad Kimball (Memphis), Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages), Jan Maxwell (Lend Me A Tenor), Michael Mulheren (Looped), Michael Urie (The Temperamentals), Laura Osnes and Loretta Ables Sayre (South Pacific). (Mon. at 4:30pm, Tues. at 2pm, Minskoff Theatre, 200 W. 45th btwn. Broadway and 8th Aves., $20-$350, call 212.840.0770 ext 268 for tickets)

Tuesday, April 27
OPENING? There was no bigger courtroom drama in the mid-aughts than the real-life trials of Enron. The new play/multimedia spectacle of the same name deals with the corporate greed, corruption and dirty politics that led to the fall of a once great titan of industry. Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) stars. (Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St. btwn. Broadway and 8th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

alan cummingGO? The man of a thousand faces just get a look at his website! Alan Cumming, brings his versatility to the intimate stage at Feinstein’s at the Loews Regency for a one-man show based on his debut album “I Bought a Blue Car Today.” (Through May 1, then June 22-26, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, 540 Park Ave., at 61st St., $50.08 - $88.19, info/tickets)

Wednesday, April 28
Linda Lavin will star in the Broadway premiere of Donald Margulies' Collected Stories.OPENING? The second of Donald Margulies’ one-two punch on Broadway this season (following Time Stands Still) opens in the form of Collected Stories. This drama stars Tony winner Linda Lavin as a respected author and mentor to a go-getter protégé, played by Sarah Paulson. Over the course of six tumultuous years, the relationship between these two dynamic women disintegrates while exposing some darker demons. (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 West 47th St., btwn. Broadway and 8th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Thursday, April 29
OPENING? Broadway’s Sherie Rene Scott is a brassy, sassy, diva of extraordinary proportions…or so her show Everyday Rapture, now on Broadway, would like you to believe. This “true-ish” show-set-in-a-concert is described as a “psycho-sexual-spiritual journey,” and features a song list that ranges from U2 to The Supremes to Judy Garland to Mister Rogers. (Through July 11, American Airlines, 227 West 42nd Street, btwn. 7th and 8th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

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