The Sondheim/Laurents cult-classic Anyone Can Whistle finds its way to New York...Lend Me a Tenor makes an unexpected opera star out of Justin Bartha ...and Duh, nah, nah, nah — snap-snap, The Addams Family lands on Broadway.
Sunday, April 4
OPENING? Broadway newbie Justin Bartha joins vets Tony Shalhoub, Tony winner Anthony LaPaglia and Jan Maxwell for director Stanley Tucci's very funny revival of Ken Ludwig's Lend Me A Tenor. (Music Box Theatre, 239 W 45th St., between Broadway and 8th Avenue, Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)
BEFORE IT CLOSES?
? A View From the Bridge: Tony winner Liev Schreiber and B'way newcomer Scarlett Johansson star in this Arthur Miller classic that has become a critics (and box office) darling. (The Cort Theatre, 138 West 48th St., btwn. 6th and 7th Aves.)
? All About Me: Cabaret crooner Michael Feinstein and Tony winner Dame Edna share the bill to make up the oddest couple on Broadway this season. (The Henry Miller's Theatre, 124 West 43rd St., between 6th and 7th Avenues, Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)
? The Miracle Worker: Abigail Breslin and Alison Pill star in this famous William Gibson drama about one of America's most beloved real-life miracles. (Circle in the Square, 235 W. 50th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenues.)
Monday, April 5
GO? Theatre pioneer and genuine living legend Hal Prince is awarded the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's Monte Cristo Award. Kate Baldwin (who will star in Prince's newest musical Paradise Found at London's Menier Chocolate Factory this spring), Cheyenne Jackson, Kelli O'Hara and Len Cariou perform with Stephen Sondheim on hand to present his friend and collaborator with the award. (6:30pm, Bridgewaters, 11 Fulton Street, info)
Tuesday, April 6
GO (FREE)? Casts from two hit Broadway shows celebrate the release of their albums this week: First, the stars of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music (joined by Mr. Sondheim himself) will sign copies of the newest cast album outside their Broadway home, the Walter Kerr Theatre (2pm-3:30pm, 219 West 48th St., btwn Broadway and 8th Aves). Later that day, the cast of Memphis will perform selections from the musical at Barnes & Noble. (4pm, Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Triangle, 1972 Broadway, between 66th and 67th Street)
Wednesday, April 7
GO? Following in Avenue Q's footsteps, The 39 Steps has taken a step slightly west of its old Broadway home to Off-Broadway's New World Stages. Now in previews, this comic caper, based on the Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name, shares many of the same elements as its predecessor (the cast is new). The 39 Steps ran on Broadway (at the American Airlines, the Cort and the Helen Hayes) for over two years before making the jump to Off-Broadway. (New World Stages, 340 West 50th St., between 8th and 9th Avenues, Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)
Thursday, April 8
OPENING? The creepy and kooky cartoons of Charles Addams get a big, splashy Broadway musical makeover with The Addams Family. Tony winners Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth star as Gomez and Morticia with music (by Andrew Lippa) that makes you want to "snap-snap." (Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 West 46th St., between Broadway and 8th Avenue, info)
GO? Sutton Foster, Raúl Esparza and Donna Murphy star in the Encores! concert version of Stephen Sondheim's and Arthur Laurents' quirky, satirical musical Anyone Can Whistle. (Through April 11, NY City Center, 130 W. 56th St., btwn. 6th and 7th Aves., $25-$95, info/tickets)