The WEEK AHEAD: March 12-16

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: March 12-16
Dancing, Dames, Disney and Drinking-While-Dubbing are on the docket this WEEK AHEAD.

Riverdance dances its last dance in New York…Valerie Harper gets a little loopy…Disney spills some dirty little secrets...and a purple haired Dame named Edna brings her big, sassy mouth back to Broadway with Michael Feinstein.


Friday, March 12th
GO? Lea Salonga (tiny lady, BIG voice) makes her New York cabaret debut at the Café Carlyle with her show The Journey So Far. Salonga, who rose to fame during her Tony-winning run in Miss Saigon, will perform the songs she’s most known for including “On My Own” from Les Miz and “A Whole New World” from Aladdin, as well as some songs from her native Philippines. (Through March 27, The Café Carlyle, 35 East 76th Street at Madison Avenue, $75-$85 plus drink minimum, For reservations calls 212.744.1600)


Saturday, March 13th
BEFORE IT CLOSES? The second year of the transatlantic theatre collaboration that is “The Bridge Project,” comes to a close with the final performance of the Sam Mendes directed Shakespeare classic The Tempest. (Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theatre, 651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, $35-95, info/tickets)

GO? The flower children of the stage, the cast of Hair, perform at the 21st annual GLAAD Media Awards, honoring those outlets and reporters who have fairly covered the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Tony winner Alan Cumming hosts with Sigourney Weaver, Bryan Batt, John Tartaglia and Sandra Bernhard among the attendees. Honorees include Tony winner Cynthia Nixon and Joy Behar. (4pm coctails and auction, 6pm awards show and dinner, call 212-219-0111 for ticket availability)

Sunday, March 14th
OPENING? Looped, starring the infinitely talented Valerie Harper, chronicles a day in the life of Hollywood star (and original wild child) Tallulah Bankhead. Set in a recording studio during a dubbing (or looping) session for Bankhead’s last film “Die! Die! My Darling!” Looped illustrates the “looped” star’s fast wit, wicked sense of humor and joie de vivre (and de booze). (Lyceum Theatre, 149 West 45th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues, Click Here For Playbill Club Discount Tickets)


Monday, March 15th
GO? The NY Philharmonic sets off a plethora of Sondheim tributes, celebrating the icon’s 80th birthday and the release of Sondheim on Sondheim (his third show currently on the Broadway boards), with Sondheim: The Birthday Concert featuring a roster of big stars including David Hyde Pierce, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Elaine Stritch, Mandy Pitinkin, and Bernadette Peters. Performances Monday and Tuesday. (7:30pm, Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, West 65th street and Broadway, Info/tickets)

GO? Craig Bierko, Hunter Bell, Tovah Feldshuh, Martha Plimpton and others join the Queen of all Drag Queens, Charles Busch for an all-star reading of the screenplay of the 1966 film "Valley of the Dolls" (which starred Sharon Tate and Patty Duke), based on the  enormously popular Jacqueline Susann novel. Proceeds go to The Actors Fund. (7:30pm, Gerald W. Lynch Theatre at John Jay College, 899 Tenth Avenue, between 58th and 59th streets, $100-$150, info/tickets)

Tuesday, March 16th
GO (SNEEK PEEK)? The documentary “Waking Sleeping Beauty” chronicles the pivotal time in Disney’s history between 1984-1994 when the company became reanimated. It was the time when gems like "The Lion King," "The Little Mermaid," "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?," and "Aladdin" were born. It was also the time when infighting between Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Roy Disney became so heated that it nearly destroyed the company’s beloved animation department. Included in the in-depth interviews (conducted by NY1’s theatre reporter Patrick Pacheco) are vintage clips of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman creating the songs that would one day become cinematic (and later stage) treasures. A pre-release screening will be held at the Directors Guild of America (hosted by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS) with a post-show Q&A with Pacheco and film creators Don Hahn and Peter Schneider. Opens in theatres on March 26. (7:30pm, The Directors Guild of America, 110 West 57th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues, Click here to reserve your free seats to the BC/EFA screening)

Wednesday, March 17th
RiverdanceBEFORE IT CLOSES? It was the show that would make Michael Flatley an international star. Since its American premiere 15 years ago, Riverdance has become a cultural phenomena bringing Celtic dance and song to the masses. The show will play its final “farewell performances” this month at Radio City Music Hall before dancing off into the sunset. (Through March 21, Radio City Music Hall, 1260 6th Avenue, between W. 50th St. and W. 51st St., $39.50-$129.50, info/tickets)

Thursday, March 18th
OPENING? Talk about an odd couple! Tony Award-winning gigastar Dame Edna returns to Broadway alongside Michael Feinstein for All About Me, a musical review featuring the purple-haired Australian Dame and the multi-platinum selling recording artist. (Henry Miller's Theatre, 124 West 43rd Street, between 6th and 7th avenues, Click here for Playbill Club Discount Tickets)

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