THE WEEK AHEAD, Feb. 11-17: Phantom Celebrates 10,000; Death of a Salesman and Shatner's World Begin on Broadway

Inside Track   THE WEEK AHEAD, Feb. 11-17: Phantom Celebrates 10,000; Death of a Salesman and Shatner's World Begin on Broadway's weekly planner reminds you that Phantom celebrates a milestone… Elaine Paige closes out the American Songbook Series… and the Signature Theatre Company's new multi-million-dollar home opens with an Athol Fugard classic. Here's to falling in love (with some theatre!) this Valentine's WEEK AHEAD.
Robert Creighton
Robert Creighton


Saturday, February 11
GO→ The Phantom of the Opera celebrates its 10,000th performance on Broadway with a special matinee to benefit The Actors Fund. Past Christines and Phantoms (including Rebecca Luker, Elizabeth Loyacano, Rebecca Pitcher, Tracey Shane and Cris Groenendaal) will be in attendance, as will other celeb guests. Expect a special curtain speech. (2 PM, Majestic Theatre, 245 W. 44th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Tickets for the benefit are available for $500, $250, $136.50, $96.50 and $76.50. Info/tickets or call 212-221-7300, ext. 133 or visit

Sunday, February 12
LAST CHANCE→ The first lady of British musical theatre, Elaine Paige, closes out Lincoln Center's 2012 American Songbook series. From Cats to Evita to Chess to Sunset Boulevard to Follies and beyond, Paige has proven herself to be a rare dynamo and a powerhouse performer. The chance to see her against the backdrop of the bustling city in Lincoln Center's stunning Allen Room is one not to pass up! (6:30 PM, Lincoln Center's Allen Room, 1941 Broadway at 65th St. Info/tickets.)

GO→ Robert Creighton (Anything Goes) gathers some mates from the S.S. American and beyond — including current and former Anything Goes stars Erin Mackey and Laura Osnes, Heidi Blickenstaff (The Addams Family), Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid) and Arbender Robinson (Hair) — to perform numbers off his debut album "Ain't We Got Fun." Expect songs from the early days of the American Songbook like George M. Cohan's classic love letter to the Rialto, "Give My Regards to Broadway." (Through Feb. 13, The Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22n St., btwn. 5th & 6th Aves., $20 cover with drink min., guest lineup changes between the two nights. Info/tickets.)

Monday, February 13
PREVIEWS→ Attention must be paid to the all-star roster director Mike Nichols has lined up for the new Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's American classic Death of a Salesman. Oscar winner and two-time Tony nominee Philip Seymour Hoffman plays the weary traveling salesman Willy Loman, with Tony nominee Linda Emond as his dutiful wife Linda. Film star and Hollywood's newest Spider-Man Andrew Garfield (also of "The Social Network") makes his Broadway debut as Biff, the apple of Willy's eye who never really lived up to his potential, with Tony winner John Glover as Ben, the older brother who reminds Willy of all the great things he could have accomplished in his life, but didn't. (Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club Discount Tickets. Officially opens March 15.) Tuesday, February 14
OPENING→ William Shatner's one-man show, Shatner's World: We Just Live in It, hits Broadway. If you've ever been interested in how this famous raconteur (who hasn't been on a Broadway stage since 1962) went from a Shakespearean actor to Captain Kirk to "Sh*t my Dad Says," this is the show for you! (Through March 4, Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club Discount Tickets.)

Wednesday, February 15
PREVIEWS→ Denis O'Hare and Stephen Spinella take turns exploring Homer's epic poem about the Trojan War in the one-man-show An Iliad. O'Hare, who adapted the piece along with director Lisa Peterson, will alternate the role with Spinella. With these two Tony-winning titans of the stage performing this epic work, how to decide which one to see? Answer: see it twice. (New York Theatre Workshop, 79 E. 4th St., btwn. 2nd Ave. & Bowery. Click here for Playbill Club Discount Tickets. Officially opens March 6 with O'Hare & March 7 with Spinella.)

Thursday, February 16
OPENING→ The revival of Athol Fugard's Tony-nominated play Blood Knot, starring Colman Domingo and Scott Shepherd as the biracial brothers from South Africa, inaugurates the Signature Theatre Company's new $66 million, Frank Gehry-designed home, The Pershing Square Signature Center. The show also kicks off Signature's season-long celebration of Fugard that includes a revival of My Children! My Africa! directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, and the New York premiere of a new play called The Train Driver, directed by Fugard himself. (Through March 11, Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St., btwn. 9th & 10th Aves. Info/tickets.)

Friday, February 17
WATCH→ Plenty of theatre folk are up for Friday night's NAACP Image Awards, including Vanessa Williams, Anika Noni Rose, Dulé Hill, Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Hudson and Samuel L. Jackson. The 43rd annual award ceremony that "celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film" will air live on NBC. (8 PM EST/7 C, on NBC. Info.)

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

Hugh Panaro and Trista Moldovan in <i>The Phantom of the Opera.</i>
Hugh Panaro and Trista Moldovan in The Phantom of the Opera. Photo by Joan Marcus
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