THE WEEK AHEAD, Feb. 18-24: Merrily Stops Rolling Along; PBS' "Great Performances" Airs Memphis

Inside Track   THE WEEK AHEAD, Feb. 18-24: Merrily Stops Rolling Along; PBS' "Great Performances" Airs Memphis's weekly planner reminds you that Merrily stops rolling… Jim Caruso throws the ultimate PartyMemphis hits TV screens… and Broadway spends the day on the Hudson River. Winter means longer nights, which means you'll need some stuff to do! Here are our WEEK AHEAD suggestions.
Chad Kimball
Chad Kimball


Saturday, February 18
LAST CHANCE→ The legendary Little Anthony and the Imperials return to Feinstein's at Loews Regency — the same place that, last April, brought the quartet back to the nightclub circuit after 35 years. The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers share their classics, including "Tears on My Pillow," "Goin' Out of My Head" and "Hurt So Bad." (8:30 PM & 10:30 PM, Feinstein's at Loews Regency, 540 Park Ave., at 60th St. Info/tickets.)

Sunday, February 19
LAST CHANCE→ The celebrated return of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, courtesy of Encores!, takes one last bow. Celia Keenan-Bolger, Colin Donnell and Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda comprise the "Old Friends" at the center of this time-traveling musical which features some of Sondheim's most treasured and deliciously complex songs, including "Not a Day Goes By," "Opening Doors," "Good Thing Going," "Now You Know" and "It's a Hit!" (New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Monday, February 20
GO→ Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry is spending his Monday off from The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess to perform at the Triad Theater in Soul Weakness. Henry's solo show promises an eclectic mix of songs from the likes of John Kander and Jill Scott, as well as a selection of original compositions. (9:30 PM, The Triad Theater, 158 W. 72nd St. Info/tickets.)

Tuesday, February 21
GO (KIDS)→ Tuesday is being deemed "Broadway Day" onboard the U.S.S. Intrepid as part of the museum-ship's Kids Week series of events. Kids Week's "Broadway Day" will feature interactive displays, performances and character appearances from shows like Mary Poppins, Anything Goes, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Sister Act, Godspell, How to Succeed in Business, Spider-Man and Million Dollar Quartet. (10 AM-2:45 PM, $8-$22, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, W. 46th St and 12th Ave. Info/tickets.) Wednesday, February 22
GO→ The next generation of Broadway talent will gather for Behind the Music-al. Nick Blaemire (Godspell) and songwriting teams Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk (The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown), and Kyle Ewalt and Michael Walker (Bromance: the Dudesical), will join Steve Flickinger (VP of creative development for Disney Theatrical) to explore how young songwriters are impacting the future of musical theatre. Come hear songs that could possibly become the show-tune hits of tomorrow! (8 PM, 92Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson St., at Canal St., $10. Info/tickets.)

Thursday, February 23
GO→ A bevy of Broadway talent — including Stephanie J. Block, Laura Osnes, Julia Murney, Tony winners Linda Lavin and Paulo Szot, and composers Frank Wildhorn and John Bucchino — will join nightclub fixture Jim Caruso for a special edition of his famous Cast Party musical soirees. The Best of Jim Caruso's Cast Party will serve as a benefit for The Actors Fund. (Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves., $25-$75. here.)

Friday, February 24
WATCH→ PBS' "Great Performances" will air a live (taped) version of the 2009 Tony-winning musical Memphis. The performance features the original cast led by Tony nominees Montego Glover (currently in the show) and Chad Kimball (who was succeeded by Adam Pascal this past October). The PBS series continues next month with the 25th anniversary performance of The Phantom of the Opera taped at London's Royal Albert Hall. (PBS. Info/local listings.)

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

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