The WEEK AHEAD: Feb. 12-18

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: Feb. 12-18
Valentine’s Day is almost here. For you shacked up Playbillians, that means that “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” For the single ones, it’s more like “Down with Love.” Either way, you'll always have the WEEK AHEAD...and we’ll “Always Love You.”

Check out Mrs. Brady at Joe’s Pub…catch an oldie but a goodie with Gable and Colbert…buy a Broadway bear for BC/EFA…and attend an open call for all Edna’s— we know you're out there, possums!

Dame Blake

Friday, February 12
Florence HendersonGO? Everyone’s favorite TV-mom Florence Henderson is heading downtown. Henderson will bring her show All The Lives Of Me, a retrospective of her half-century-long career (including songs from her City Center turn in Oklahoma! and Lincoln Center's South Pacific), to Joe’s Pub. (Though February 13, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, info/tickets)



Saturday, February 13
GO (KIDS)? Need something to do with the kiddies on Valentine’s Day? Head over to the Galli Theatre for a series of special love-themed plays including Snow White and Little Mermaid. There’s also a special costume party where kids are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite prince or princess. ($25 adults, $20 kids, Galli's Fairytale Theater, 38 West 38th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, 3rd Floor, info/tickets)

Sunday, February 14
WATCH? In honor of Valentine’s Day, BAM will be hosting a three-course dinner followed by a screening of the 1934 Frank Capra film, "It Happened One Night," starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. “Do you love her?” “ Yes, but don’t hold that against me!” Oh Gable, they don’t make ‘em like you anymore! (6pm or 8:15pm, BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street in Ft. Greene, $64/person with dinner, $12 screening only, info/tickets)

GO? Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' 13th Annual Broadway Bears benefit will be held on Saturday at B.B. King Blues Club. This year’s bears include a “cuddly chorus line of one-of-a-kind teddy bears” from shows such as A Steady Rain, Billy Elliot and Rent. (6pm, $35-$150, B.B. King’s Blues Club, 237 West 42nd Street, for tickets call 212.840.0770 ext. 229, to make a bid online click here)

GO? Tony winner and current Fela! star Lillias White belts the heck outta some jazz tunes this V-day.  This one-night-only show features the fierce Miz White and a six-piece band jamming out to songs about love —"the good, the bad and the ugly." (Midnight, The Iridium, 1650 Broadway, at 51st Street, $25, info/tickets)

Monday, February 15

GO? Ryan Reynolds, Mo Rocca, Brooke Shields, and John Leguizamo take on the juiciest tales from Hollywood and beyond in Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words. (7:30pm and 9:30pm, Triad Theatre, 158 W. 72nd Street, at Broadway, $35-$60, info/tickets)

Tuesday, February 16
OPENING? MCC’s The Pride starring Hugh Dancy opens this Tuesday. The Pride joins a host of great plays (like Next Fall and The Temperamentals) being produced right now that explore gay relationships throughout the ages.  Dancy, along with fellow Brits Andrea Risebourough and Ben Whishaw play lovers caught in a love triangle set in several different periods (from 1958 to present day). Directed by Tony-winning director Joe Mantello (Assassins, Wicked). (Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St, off Bleecker, info/tickets)

Wednesday, February 17
OPEN CALL? Calling all Ednas! In anticipation of the gigastar's return to Broadway, producers of All About Me have put out an APB for a violet-haired understudy. Auditionees should come dressed as Dame Edna and be prepared with a two-minute audition piece (either monologue, performance piece or dance selection) as well as 16 bars of a song. A tip: select something from the “The Great Australian songbook” for extra points! Judges include The Post's Michael Riedel, The Village Voice's Michael Musto and NY1 (and sometimes Playbill scribe) Frank DiLella. (10am-11:30am, Henry Miller’s Theatre, 124 West 43rd Street, between Broadway and 6th Avenue, info)

Thursday, February 18
ninasimoneGO (FREE)? Lincoln Center continues their Black History Month celebration with a series of performances by prominent African American artists. Thursday night is a celebration of the music of the late, great Nina Simone (one of my favorite singers of all time). Other performances throughout the month include shows from Tony winners Dee Dee Bridgewater and Leslie Uggams. (7pm, Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College?899 Tenth Avenue, full schedule of events)

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