THE WEEK AHEAD, March 10-16: Evita, Newsies and Ghost Begin on Broadway; Death of a Salesman Opens

Inside Track   THE WEEK AHEAD, March 10-16: Evita, Newsies and Ghost Begin on Broadway; Death of a Salesman Opens's weekly planner reminds you that a Ghost begins to haunt the Lunt-Fontanne… "Attention must be paid" to Philip Seymour Hoffman… and Broadway strikes up the newsboys and "Seizes the Day!" It's raining new Broadway shows this WEEK AHEAD!
Michael Cerveris, Elena Roger and Ricky Martin
Michael Cerveris, Elena Roger and Ricky Martin Photo by Frank Ockenfels


Saturday, March 10
GO (California)→ After a short stint on Broadway, William Shatner is taking his view of the World out on the road. Shatner's World: We Just Live in It — the Emmy winner's solo show about his life in the movies, on stage and, of course, on TV — will kick off a national tour in Los Angeles before moving on to San Francisco, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Denver, Dallas, Houston, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Detroit. (8 PM, Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. Info/tickets. Click here for complete tour listing.)

Sunday, March 11
GO→ Patti LuPone, Richard Thomas, Mary Beth Hurt, Jennifer Lim, Sab Shimono, Ann Harada and more will perform selections from works by Edward Albee, Kander & Ebb, Tony Kushner, Jeanine Tesori and renowned Japanese authors in Shinsai: Theatres for Japan. A highlight of the evening includes an updated section from Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Pacific Overtures, featuring an updated script reflecting the devastation to the region after last year's earthquake and tsunami. Proceeds will benefit Japanese theatre artists affected by the "shinsai" (great quake). Bartlett Sher directs. (3 PM & 8 PM, The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 3rd Ave at E. 7th St., $25-$250. Info/tickets.)

Monday, March 12
PREVIEWS→ The Broadway revival of Evita introduces New Yorkers to Argentine actress Elena Roger, who will play the title role following her run in the London revival. Joining the Olivier Award-winning actress in Broadway's version of Buenos Aires will be Ricky Martin as Che and Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris as Juan Perón. Expect classic numbers from the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice score — including "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Buenos Aires," "Rainbow High" and "High Flying Adored" — as well as "You Must Love Me," a song Webber penned for the 1996 movie adaptation. (Marquis Theatre, 1535 Broadway, btwn. 45th & 46th St. Info/tickets. Officially opens April 5.)

Patti LuPone
photo by Ethan Hill

GO→ The Acting Company pays tribute to two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone with Patti's Turn. Expect performances and appearances by Acting Company founding members Kevin Kline and David Schramm, as well as Kristin Chenoweth, Sutton Foster, Harvey Fierstein, Zoe Caldwell, Laura Benanti, Boyd Gaines, Michael Urie, Melissa Errico, Howard McGillin, Steven Pasquale, Anthony Dean Griffey, Manoel Feliciano, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. (7 PM, Kaye Playhouse, 68th St., btwn. Park & Lexington Ave. Info. Call 212-258-3111 for tickets.) Tuesday, March 13
GO→ Rosanne Cash, Once's Glen Hansard, Jackson Browne, Art Garfunkel, Marianne Faithfull, Ronnie Spector, Angelique Kidjo and more gather to perform the music of the Rolling Stones at New York's Carnegie Hall. The illustrious lineup will sing songs from the Stones' classic collection "Hot Rocks 1964-1971," celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Carnegie Hall's music education initiatives. (8 PM, Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave., at 57th St. Info. For tickets call 212-247-7800.)

Wednesday, March 14
RE-OPENING→ Gatz, the Elevator Repair Service's dramatic interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's American masterpiece "The Great Gatsby," returns to the Public Theater after a critically acclaimed New York debut last year. The entirety of Fitzgerald's most famous novel is read aloud during the six-and-a-half-hour production, with characters swirling in and out of the story. (Through May 6, The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. Info/tickets.)

Thursday March 15
OPENING→ Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's iconic commentary on American life, Death of a Salesman. Joining the troubled Loman family is Linda Emond as Linda, Hollywood's newest "Spider-Man" Andrew Garfield, in his Broadway debut, as Biff and Tony winner John Glover as Ben. (Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Kara Lindsay and Jeremy Jordan of Newsies.
Photo by T. Charles Erickson

PREVIEWS→ Newsies, the cult-classic Disney film from the '90s about a bunch of striking newsboys in turn-of-the-last-century New York, comes to Broadway after a hit run at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse. Jeremy Jordan (Bonnie & Clyde) leads the newsies in their fight against publishing giants Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst. Featuring well-known Alan Menken and Jack Feldman tunes like "Santa Fe," "King of New York" and "Seize the Day," it also features new songs and a new book by Harvey Fierstein. (Through June 10, Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves. Info/tickets.)

PREVIEWS→ Another new musical based on a film from the '90s materializes on Broadway this season. Ghost The Musical gets its story from the 1990 movie of the same name that starred Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore as lovers torn apart after Swayze turns into the apparition of the title. Whoopi Goldberg earned an Oscar for her portrayal of Oda Mae Brown, the kooky medium that helps ghosts communicate with their still-living loved ones. On Broadway, Caissie Levy (Hair) and newcomer Richard Fleeshman star as the star-crossed lovers, with another Broadway newbie, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, in the role of Oda Mae Brown. Expect a special-effects-rich show with rock-pop music from Dave Stewart (of the Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard. (Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount previews tickets. Officially opening April 23.)

Friday, March 16
GO→ Tony winner Betty Buckley returns to the New York cabaret scene with a one-night-only engagement at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. The Cats and Sunset Boulevard star's newest album, "Ghostlight," is produced by T Bone Burnett. (8 PM, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves. Info/tickets.)

GO (KIDS)→ The family-friendly musical Lucky Duck is the latest offering from songwriting team Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls, Side Show) and Bill Russell (Side Show). The pop musical catches up with the characters from the Hans Christian Anderson classic "The Ugly Duckling" after the duckling becomes a beautiful swan. (Through March 25, New Victory Theatre, 209 W. 42nd St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Aves. Info/tickets.)

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

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