The WEEK AHEAD: April 9-15

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: April 9-15
April showers us with exciting things this WEEK AHEAD!

James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave make one final Broadway drive… Chris Rock’s co-star is a hat… James Taylor, Bette Midler and Barbara Cook celebrate Carnegie Hall’s birthday… and a look at Joel Grey’s life in the Big Apple.

<em>Ready for May flowers

Saturday, April 9

Playbill cover for Driving Miss Daisy Golden Theatre  2010CLOSING? The acclaimed production of Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic Driving Miss Daisy featuring two-time Tony Award winner James Earl Jones, Tony and Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave and four-time Tony winner Boyd Gaines will close on Saturday. (Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Sunday, April 10
Stephen SchwartzGO? Stephen Schwartz, Adam Guettel, John Kander, David Henry Hwang, and Rufus Wainwright will come together to debate what exactly constitutes “musical theatre” and where opera fits in. Moderated by the New York City Opera’s General Manager and Artistic Director George Steel. (7:30 PM, Gershwin Theatre, 222 W. 51st St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., $25, info/tickets)

Monday, April 11
Playbill cover for The Motherf**ker With The Hat Gerald Schoenfeld TheatreOPENING? Stephen Adly Guirgis' star-filled, foul-mouthed comedy Motherf**ker with the Hat comes to Broadway, starring Bobby Cannavale as a recovering addict/parolee with a unique sponsor, played by Chris Rock. Both Rock and Cannavale’s characters are in volatile relationships with feisty women (played by Elizabeth Rodriguez and Annabella Sciorra). Both of which are tested by the appearance of a mysterious hat (presumably belonging to one shady motherf**ker). (Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Tuesday, April 12
Barbara CookGO? James Taylor heads an all-star line-up to celebrate the 120th Anniversary of Carnegie Hall. Taylor’s special guests for the concert include Bette Midler, Steve Martin, Kevin Pollak, Dianne Reeves, Sting and Tony winner Barbara Cook. (7 PM, Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave., at 57th St., $55-$136, info/tickets)

Wednesday, April 13
Aleh Sidorchyk in Being Harold PinterGO? Last December, the Belarus Free Theatre made headlines when several of its members were arrested because of their involvement in political protests. The Public Theater came to their rescue and made arrangements to bring the performers from their Eastern European home to New York to participate in the Theater’s Under the Radar Festival. The troupe will return to New York to take up artistic residency at LaMaMa’s downtown space. They'll play three acclaimed productions in rep.: Being Harold Pinter, Zone of Silence and Discover Love. (Through May 15, LaMaMa, 74A E. 4th St., btwn. 2nd Ave. and Bowery, info/tickets)

Thursday, April 14
Playbill cover for War Horse Lincoln Center Theatre at the Vivian BeaumontOPENING? The National Theatre’s hit show, War Horse, officially opens stateside with a most unusual leading star. Joey — an 80-pound, seven-foot-tall puppet horse — heads up the cast of this magical production that tells the story of young boy’s quest for his beloved steed during World War I. (Vivian Beaumont Theater, 150 W. 65th St., btwn. Broadway and Amsterdam, info/tickets)

Friday, April 15

 Joel GreyGO? Joel Grey is having a busy year. He’s currently hoofing it eight shows a week alongside Sutton Foster in the revival of Anything Goes, while simultaneously co-directing the Broadway revival of The Normal Heart, set to open later this month. Nothing new for the busy 79-year-old whose diverse career has landed him a Tony, an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and the affection of millions of fans around the world. Grey’s artistry doesn’t end on the stage, he is also an accomplished photographer. The Museum of the City of New York will pay homage to Grey with “Joel Grey/A New York Life,” an exhibit that will feature memorabilia from Grey’s hit shows like Cabaret, George M! and Goodtime Charley, as well as Grey’s photographic work and other artifacts from his storied career. (Through August 7, The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 5th Ave., at 103rd St, info)

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