The WEEK AHEAD: Jan. 22-28

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: Jan. 22-28
Now that you’ve gotten past “Blue Monday,” it’s all uphill from here, this WEEK AHEAD!

NYC kicks-off a "week" of good food and good shows for a good price!....Mamet heads to Springfield… Lewis and Clark explore Gershwin… and some uptown classics get a downtown makeover.

Saturday, January 22
Cathy Belton, Marty Rea, Lindsay Duncan and Fiona ShawGO? Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw and Lindsay Duncan star in Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman, reimagined here by Frank McGuinness. On a personal note, one of the most moving and all-consuming moments I’ve ever had in the theatre was watching Shaw at the Kennedy Center’s production of Medea in 2002, and she’s no less thrilling here. Coupled with Rickman, this production falls under the “don’t miss” category. (Through Feb. 6, BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St., btwn. Ashland & Rockwell Pls., info/tickets)

Sunday, January 23
WATCH? Some of Broadway’s most notable names (including Stephen Sondheim, James Earl Jones and Harvey Fierstein) have found themselves in Springfield with America’s favorite four-fingered family, The Simpsons. Now, it’s David Mamet’s turn. Mamet will play himself in Sunday night’s episode of “The Simpsons” (apparently even dropping some of his notorious sure-to-be-bleeped expletives) in an episode also featuring "Inside the Actor's Studio" host James Lipton. (8 PM/7c on FOX, info)

Monday, January 24
Jersey Boys' Josh Franklin, Joseph Leo Bwarie, Matt Bailey and Steve GouveiaGO? New York City kicks off its first Broadway Week featuring 2-for-1 tickets to hit shows like Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys, La Cage aux Folles, The Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera. Broadway Week will correlate with New York’s Restaurant Week, featuring lunch and dinner specials in some of the city’s most popular restaurants. (Through Feb. 10, info/tickets)

Tuesday, January 25
Kelli O'HaraGO? Victor Garber, Kelli O’Hara, Christopher Fitzgerald and David Garrison star in a concert version of Kurt Weill's 1938 political musical comedy Knickerbocker Holiday, which features the hit tune “September Song.” (Through Jan. 26, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, tickets start at $25, info/tickets)

Wednesday, January 26

George (left) and Ira GershwinGO? Lewis and Clark explore the world of Gershwin! Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series continues with a tribute to George and Ira Gershwin, sung by Tony winner Victoria Clark and Broadway favorite, Norm Lewis. Other great “explorers” of this year’s American Songbook include Kate Baldwin, Raul Esparza and Barbara Cook. (Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 33 W. 60th St., btwn. Columbus & Broadway, info/tickets)

Thursday, January 27
Ben SteinfeldGO? Fiasco Theater Company’s unencumbered and untangled version of Shakespeare’s notoriously complicated play Cymbeline has been getting great notices (perhaps it's due to the theatre's proximity to the ever-tangled Spider-Man, as noted in the New York Times). This fresh version of Cymbeline comes from and is starring Ben Steinfeld (last seen on Broadway in Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson) and Noah Brody. (Through Jan. 30, New Victory Theater, 229 W. 42nd St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves., info/tickets)

Friday, January 28
The national tour company of A Chorus Line.GO? Broadway’s finest hoofers Charlotte d'Amboise (A Chorus Line), Mary Ann Lamb (Curtains) and Mary MacLeod (Fosse) teach a two-day dance intensive focusing on the choreography of Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse, and Michael Bennett. (10 AM-3 PM, Red Bean Studios, 320 W. 37th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves., $125, info/tickets)

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