THE WEEK AHEAD, Dec. 28-Jan. 3: Big Fish Swims Away; Chita Rivera, Kristin Chenoweth, Bernadette Peters and More Ring in the New Year

Inside Track   THE WEEK AHEAD, Dec. 28-Jan. 3: Big Fish Swims Away; Chita Rivera, Kristin Chenoweth, Bernadette Peters and More Ring in the New Year's weekly planner reminds you that if you're ringing in the New Year with some Broadway, we've got you covered on the irregular holiday playing schedule. Happy theatregoing, friends! Welcome a whole New Year this very first WEEK AHEAD of 2014!
Jennifer Holliday
Jennifer Holliday


Saturday, December 28
GO→ Ring in the "Holliday" with Broadway's original Dreamgirl, Jennifer Holliday. Expect this Tony winner's inimitable take on jazz and R&B classics mixed with songs off her first solo album in 23 years, "The Song Is You." (Through Dec. 29. 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Aves. Info/tickets.)

Sunday, December 29
LAST CHANCE→ Broadway's Big Fish takes its last swim at the Neil Simon Theatre. Five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman is at the helm of this family-friendly, coming-of-age story, starring two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz, Kate Baldwin and Bobby Steggart as the Family Bloom. Andrew Lippa penned the score for the musical based on the 2003 film of the same name. (Neil Simon Theatre. 250 W. 52nd St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

WATCH→ Glenn Close, Kathy Bates, Harry Belafonte, Tony Bennett, Terence Blanchard, Garth Brooks, Sutton Foster, Patina Miller, Karen Olivo, Snoop Lion (née Dogg), Justice Sonia Sotomayor and more join the Obamas for the annual Kennedy Center Honors. The 2013 honorees comprise opera singer Martina Arroyo, Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, Shirley MacLaine and Carlos Santana. (9 PM EST. Info.)

Monday, December 30
LAST CHANCE→ Get your last bit of Christmas cheer this season with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring Santa and his high-kicking gal pals, the world-famous Rockettes! (Radio City Music Hall. 1260 6th Ave., btwn. 50th & 51st Sts. Info/tickets.) Tuesday, December 31
Ring in the New Year with…

Chita Rivera
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NYC→ Chita Rivera at 54 Below. (Info.)

NYC→ Paulo Szot in Die Fledermaus at the Met. (Info.)

NYC→ Two New Year's extravaganzas from Sleep No More producer Randy Weiner: First, the opening of Queen of the Night at the refurbished Diamond Horseshoe — an extravagant new immersive show set at a lavish dinner gala (info). Then there's Sleep No More's "King's Winter Masquerade" party (info).

VERONA, NY→ Franki Valli & the Four Seasons at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino. (Info.)

VEGAS→ Kristin Chenoweth at the Smith Center. (Info.)

LA→ Sergio Mendes and Sheila E. at the Hollywood Bowl. (Info.)

SAN FRAN→ Michael Feinstein's at The Nikko. (Info.)

PALM BEACH→ Tommy Tune at the Colony Hotel. (Info.)

MIAMI→ The Midtown Men of Jersey Boys fame, including Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer, play the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. (Info.)

PARK CITY→ Bernadette Peters at the Park City Performing Arts Foundation. (Info.)

Wednesday, January 1
GO→ Spend the first day of 2014 with a marathon of words at the 40th Annual New Year's Day Marathon Reading Benefit at the Poetry Project. The 11-hour read-a-thon will feature a round-robin of readings from 140 acclaimed writers and artists, including Patti Smith, New York Times contributing arts critic Claudia La Rocco, dancers Yoshiko Chuma and Yvonne Rainer, composer Philip Glass, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, filmmaker Jonas Mekas and many more! (St. Marks Church. 131 E. 10th Street. Tickets from $15. Info/tickets.)

Thursday, January 2
GO→ Jeff Daniels — yes that Jeff Daniels, of "The Newsroom," God of Carnage and "Dumb and Dumber" fame — takes a decidedly different turn on a New York stage with an intimate evening of folk music at 54 Below. (Through Jan. 4. 254 W. 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Aves. Info/tickets.)

Friday, January 3
PREVIEWS→ "Will and Grace" and "Smash" star Debra Messing will grace Broadway with her smashing presence (see what I did there?!) in the world premiere of a new John Patrick Shanley play. In Outside Mullinger, Messing plays an Irish misfit who bonds with another outsider played by Tony winner Brían F. O'Byrne. Directed by Doug Hughes. Officially opens Jan. 23. (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. 261 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Aves. Info/tickets.)

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

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