THE WEEK AHEAD, Aug. 17-23: Last Chance for Love's Labour's Lost; The Old Friends and Mr. Burns Begin Previews

Inside Track   THE WEEK AHEAD, Aug. 17-23: Last Chance for Love's Labour's Lost; The Old Friends and Mr. Burns Begin Previews's weekly planner reminds you can see the un-"doh"able future, according to "The Simpsons"… take a last look at the lovely, latest Love's Labour's Lost… watch Betty Buckley return to her Texan roots… and enjoy Taylor Dayne's "Memory," which brings her back to the theatre.
Taylor Dayne
Taylor Dayne

Saturday, August 17
GO→ Tori Scott brings her bodacious, booming belt to 54 Below with a new concert co-written by Playbill's own Adam Hetrick. Scott promises pop covers ranging from Cyndi Lauper to Britney Spears, to Bette Midler and Judy Garland. Take a look at Scott's rendition of "Zing Went the Strings of My Heart/The Trolley Song" here! (11 PM, 54 Below, 254 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Aves., info/tickets

Sunday, August 18
LAST CHANCE (FREE)→ The team from Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, songwriter Michael Friedman and director Alex Timbers, turn their musical comedy stylings to Shakespeare with the new rock rendition of Love's Labour's Lost. Daniel Breaker, Colin Donnell, Rachel Dratch, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Patti Murin and Bryce Pinkham star in the famous comedy about love, romance and sexual frustration. (The Public's Delacorte Theater, enter at 81st St. and Central Park West or 79th St. and 5th Ave, info

Monday, August 19
BUY→ Broadway Week will return to Manhattan next month, offering tons of great discounts on tickets to your favorite Broadway shows. Two-for-one Broadway Week tickets go on sale this Monday for 20 of Broadway's most popular shows, including Wicked, Spider-Man, Once, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys and more! (info/tickets

Tuesday, August 20
PREVIEWS→ Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote, Veanne Cox and Lois Smith star in the world premiere of Horton Foote's The Old Friends. Michael Wilson stages the drama about two Texas farming families with longstanding traditions that come under fire thanks to some alarming news. Officially opens Sept. 12. (The Pershing Square Signature Center, 489 W. 42nd St., btwn. 9th & 10th Aves., info/tickets

Wednesday, August 21
GO→ Eighties pop princess Taylor Dayne continues her quest of the legit stage with a revival of Cats at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse as part of the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. Dayne will star as Grizabella in the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical directed and choreographed by Cats alum Jacob Brent. (Through Sept. 11, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 6877 East Lake Road, Emerson Park, Auburn, info/ticketsThursday, August 22
GO→ Matthew Broderick, Jane Krakowski, Jennifer Tilly and more star in a one-night-only staged reading of Eugene Pack's The Whisper. The new comedy concerns a girl's night out that erupts into a comedy of errors. Proceeds benefit the Felix Organization, which is dedicated to enriching the lives of foster children. (8 PM, 158 Main St., East Hampton, $28-$75, info/tickets

Friday, August 23
PREVIEWS→ When an apocalypse descends upon earth, survivors turn to, of all things, "The Simpsons" for hopes of survival. That's right, the seminal cartoon serves as the anchor for Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, Anne Washburn's new dark comedy about the fall of society and pop culture shaping our future. Officially opens Sept. 15. (Playwrights Horizons, 416 W. 42nd St., btwn. 9th & 10th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets) 

Blake Ross is the editor of Playbill magazine. Follow her on Twitter @PlaybillBlake.

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