THE WEEK AHEAD Dec. 13-19: Go Backstage With Disney and Travel Into the Woods

Inside Track   THE WEEK AHEAD Dec. 13-19: Go Backstage With Disney and Travel Into the Woods's weekly planner reminds you that Monty Python does Christmas for the Naughty… Kelli O'Hara and Matthew Morrison are Merry and Bright… Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Darren Criss add a dash of Mickey to your holiday… and Justin Vivian Bond rings in a wicked new year.

Holiday offerings of all kind are on offer this WEEK AHEAD!

Saturday, December 13

Nicole Scherzinger
Nicole Scherzinger Photo by Alessandro Pinna

OPENING→ Pussy Cat Doll and "X Factor" judge Nicole Scherzinger stars as fading feline Grizabella in the London revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats. The show's original director Trevor Nunn is once again at the helm of the famous musical about junkyard cats. (Palladium Theatre, Argyll St., London. Info/tickets.)

LAST CHANCE→ Tony-winning Once director John Tiffany joins forces with singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane for The Ambassador, a musical exploration of Los Angeles from its Golden Age to a not-so-bright apocalyptic future. (BAM's Harvey Theatre, 651 Fulton St, Brooklyn. Info/tickets.)

Sunday, December 14
LAST CHANCE→ The star-studded Broadway revival of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters will write its last note with Candice Bergen and Alan Alda playing star-crossed pen pals. (Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) WATCH→ Jesse Tyler Ferguson hosts ABC's salute to Disney Theatricals, "Backstage with Disney on Broadway." The TV special takes a look at the blockbuster musicals Disney has created over the past 20 years, including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Newsies and Aladdin. Featuring special performances by Darren Criss and Elton John. (7 PM, ABC, check local listings. Info.)

Monday, December 15
GO→ Monty Python's Eric Idle and John Du Prez offer-up some cheeky holiday cheer in Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy). Victoria Clark, Marc Kudisch and Lauren Worsham join Idle onstage for the comic oratorio based on the Monty Python movie "The Life of Brian." (8 PM, Through Dec. 16, Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave., at 57th St. Info/tickets.)

Tuesday, December 16

Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN


PREVIEWS→ Jake Gyllenhaal creates a big buzz with his Broadway debut in Nick Payne's Constellations. The Oscar nominee plays a beekeeper that finds love with a quantum physicist, played by Ruth Wilson. Officially opens Jan. 13. (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W 47th St. btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Wednesday, December 17
GO→ Kiki & Herb's glam goddess Justin Vivian Bond returns to Joe's Pub for Star Of Light: An Evening of Bi-Polar Witchy Wonder. Mx Bond promises holiday hijinks that are sure to land you on Santa's naughty list. (Through Dec. 23, Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Ave. Info/tickets.)

Thursday, December 18
PREVIEWS→ It's the year of the Woods! Rob Marshall's star-studded film production of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods hits theatres Christmas Day. The Roundabout Theatre Company, who bestowed on Sondheim the ultimate honor by naming their Broadway home after him, will present McCarter Theatre Center/Fiasco Theater's acclaimed re-imagining of the fairytale musical at their Off-Broadway home. Officially opens Jan. 22. (Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Info/tickets.)

Friday, December 19
GO→ And speaking of Into the Woods, Tony nominee Billy Magnussen, who plays the prince in Marshall's film, will join his band Reserved For Rondee for a holiday show benefitting Rosario Dawson's charity, Studio One Eighty Nine Fashion Rising. (7 PM, Slake, 251 W. 30th St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves., tickets start at $20. Info/tickets.)

GO→ South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza co-stars Kelli O'Hara and Matthew Morrison reunite for a holiday concert entitled Home for the Holidays. Consider this a musical prelude to next year's Broadway bows in The King and I and Finding Neverland, respectively. (8 PM, Through Dec. 20, Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave., at 57th St. Info/tickets.)

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