THE WEEK AHEAD, Dec. 31-Jan. 6: Private Lives, Addams Family, Hugh Jackman Close; Wit Is Exercised

Inside Track   THE WEEK AHEAD, Dec. 31-Jan. 6: Private Lives, Addams Family, Hugh Jackman Close; Wit Is Exercised's weekly planner reminds you that Hugh Jackman, Kim Cattrall, Brooke Shields and Daniel Radcliffe dance their last Broadway dance (for now)… Sleep No More holds a New Year's Eve celebration… and Lucie Arnaz explores her Latin Roots. We ring in a brand new year this WEEK AHEAD!
Paul Gross and Kim Cattrall in Private Lives.
Paul Gross and Kim Cattrall in Private Lives. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann


Saturday, December 31
LAST CHANCE→ Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross star as Amanda and Elyot, the glamorous, hot-blooded former lovers at the center of Noël Coward's Private Lives. While on honeymoon with their new spouses (Simon Paisley Day and Anna Madeley), Amanda and Elyot decide to play hooky from their boring new lives and find something more passionate — and more toxic. (Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

LAST CHANCE→ After almost two years, the creepy and kooky clan inhabiting Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre will be exorcised. The Addams Family, currently starring Brooke Shields as Morticia and Roger Rees as Gomez, combines Charles Addams' famous New Yorker cartoon characters with Andrew Lippa's pop-infused score. The show continues on the road with a revised script and score. (Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.)

GO→ Ring in 2012 at Macbeth's hipsterfied Chelsea pad (also known as the McKittrick Hotel, also known as the home of the hit Off-Broadway emersion theatre experience Sleep No More). Sleep No More combines movement, design and an audience scavenger hunt to tell the story of Shakespeare's Macbeth. As part of their New Year's Eve celebration, the production will host a pre-show banquet and post-show after-party. (McKittrick Hotel, 530 W. 27th St., btwn. 10th & 11th Aves. Click here to request an invitation).

GO→ The fabulous Sandra Bernhard returns to Joe's Pub for a series of holiday shows culminating in two New Year's Eve performances. Here, Bernhard combines the bawdy, outspoken humor that made her famous with music from the rock band she fronts, The Rebellious Jezebels. (9 PM & 11 PM, Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St. Info/tickets.)

Hugh Jackman
photo by Joan Macrus

Sunday, January 1
LAST CHANCE→ Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway has cemented the Tony winner's place in the pantheon of modern-day Broadway gods. Here we find Jackman — backed by an 18-piece orchestra and a gaggle of sparkly, high-kicking chorus girls — taking on Broadway tunes (from Oklahoma!, Carousel and The Boy From Oz), jazz favorites (like "Fever"), songs from his native Australia, and gems from the golden era of musical films ("Over the Rainbow" and "Singin' in the Rain"). (Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.)

LAST CHANCE→ Tony winner Joanna Gleason stars in Stephen Karam's newest dark comedy Sons of Prophet. The titular sons refer to a pair of brothers, Joseph and Charles (Santino Fontana and Chris Perfetti), whose father is accidentally killed by a prank gone awry. Gleason's character, a disgraced former book editor, decides the brothers' story and their distant connection to the famous Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran, is her ticket outta dodge (or, in this case, a blue-collar town in Pennsylvania). (Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Info/tickets.)

LAST CHANCE→ Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette will play their final performances as Finch and J.B. Biggley, respectively, in the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Succeeding the "Harry Potter" star will be Darren Criss (Jan. 3-22) and Nick Jonas (Jan. 24-July 1). And filling Larroquette's Tony Award-winning dance shoes is Beau Bridges (starting Jan. 3). (Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 W. 45th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves. Info/tickets.)

Monday, January 2
GO→ The Broadway at Birdland concert series continues with Godspell's Lindsay Mendez accompanied by musical director Marco Paguia. The pair promises a set filled with jazz-infused pop songs from the likes of Alicia Keys, Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley, Macy Gray, Martin Sexton, U2 and The Beatles. (7 PM, Birdland, 315 W. 44th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves., $25 with food/drink min. Info/tickets.)

Lillias White

Tuesday, January 3
GO→ The national tour of Love, Loss and What I WoreNora and Delia Ephron's production that uses clothing to trigger different personal stories told by an eclectic mix of women — kicks off in Scottsdale, AZ (through Jan. 8). The tour will continue on to Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale and Charlotte in January, and in Detroit in February and March. Love, Loss can also be seen at its Off-Broadway home featuring "Brady Brunch" star Eve Plumb, Tony winner Lillias White and Veanne Cox; or at its Chicago home at the Broadway Playhouse. (Tour info/tickets.)

Wednesday, January 4
GO→ The Public Theater's eighth annual Under the Radar festival promises to be chockablock with shows featuring new and emerging talent, starting with Goodbar, created by the glam-punk band Bambi and directed by Tony nominee Arian Moayed; and Sontag: Reborn, based on the journal writings of Susan Sontag. 15 productions will roll out at five different venues as part of the 12-day fest. (Though Jan. 15, multiple locations. Info/tickets.)

Thursday, January 5
PREVIEWS→ Tony winner Cynthia Nixon stars in the Broadway premiere of Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Wit. Nixon plays a firebrand poetry professor being treated for terminal ovarian cancer. (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Officially opens Jan. 26. Click here for Playbill Club preview tickets.)

Friday, January 6
GO→ Lucie Arnaz explores her famous Latin heritage (given to her by the Desi Arnaz side of the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz family) in the aptly titled Latin Roots. Arnaz promises American and south-of-the-border classics infused with Brazilian and bossa nova flavor. (Through Jan. 8, Feinstein's at Loews Regency, 540 Park Ave., at 61st St., $40-$50 with food/drink min. here.)

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

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