The WEEK AHEAD: March 19-25

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: March 19-25
Frank Sinatra flies on to Broadway…Chubby Checker twists again…Sondheim blows out the candles…sprinkles of Tennessee Wiliams…and Victor Garber bids Broadway adieu.

This is your testosterone-filled WEEK AHEAD!

Friday, March 19th
williams-1GO? The Unknown Williams brings us an interesting look into the mind of Tennessee Williams via 12 theatre artists who promise to "present new insight into one of America's greatest and most prolific playwrights," but most intriguingly, perform some of Williams' lesser-known works like The Purification. (Through March 27, Bushwick Starr, 207 Starr Street, Brooklyn, $12, info/tickets)

Saturday, March 20th
BEFORE IT CLOSES? Ethan Hawke assembles a stellar cast, including Laurie Metcalf, Keith Carradine and Marin Ireland, for his revival of Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind. The set is as beautifully dark, disturbed and chaotic as the relationships portrayed on the stage, and the original, live music by Gaines (played on different objects and handmade instruments) adds an eerie soundtrack to this fascinating look into some messed-up people. (The Acorn @ Theatre Row,?410 West 42nd, Street, between 9th & 10th Avenues, $61.25, info/tickets)

astaire and rogersGO? The 92StY celebrates the music that made them dance. The "them" was the most famous dancing duo in the world, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and the music came courtesy of Berlin, Porter, Gershwin and other masters of the Great American Songbook. Lyrics & Lyricists—Fred and Ginger in So Many Words: The Astaire-Rogers Songbook will be hosted by the series' artistic director Deborah Grace Winer and performed by Debby Boone, Billy Stritch, Karen Ziemba, James Naughton and David Elder. (8pm, 92stY's Kaufmann Concert Hall, Lexington and 92nd street, $25-$62, info/tickets)

Sunday, March 21st

BEFORE IT CLOSES? Victor Garber stars as the egomaniacal, philandering actor that every woman hates to love, Garry Essendine, in Noël Coward's Present Laughter. (American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)


GO? Stars from "All My Children," "One Life to Live" and "General Hospital" head to New York's Town Hall to get a taste of the "live" light for the 6th Annual ABC DAYTIME & SOAPnet SALUTE BROADWAY CARES. Soap star Cameron Mathison ("All My Children") will host with a performance from Sherri Shepherd of "The View." (Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues, info/tickets)

Monday, March 22nd
GO? After a blowout concert by the New York Philharmonic last week, Stephen Sondheim finally gets to blow out his 80 birthday candles at a gala thrown by the Roundabout. Longtime Sondheim collaborator, Paul Gemignani, heads up a tribute featuring new songs by young Broadway composers like Tom Kitt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Andrew Lippa and Duncan Sheik, who all, no doubt, pray at the altar of Sondheim. Bernadette Peters to perform. (Sheraton New York Hotel, 811 Seventh Avenue at 53rd Street, $136 performance-only tickets available, info/tickets)

.GO? Cast members from In the Heights perform at Cabaret Cares. Proceeds benefit Help in On the Way Today, an organization that helps teens dealing with HIV and AIDS. (9:30pm, Laurie Beechman Theatre at The West Bank Café, 407 W. 42nd Street, off 9th Avenue, $25 cover charge, call 212.695.6909 for reservations)

christine-ebersoleGO? The Collegiate Chorale will give John Steinbeck's epic "The Grapes of Wrath" its first concert version. The music, written by Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie, ranges from banjo ballads to arias and will be performed by Broadway's Victoria Clark, Christine Ebersole and Steven Pasquale, and opera stars Nathan Gunn and Andrew Wilkowske, among others. Ted Sperling conducts with Jane Fonda as narrator. (8pm, Carnegie Hall, 57th Street and 7th Avenue, $25-$160, info/tickets)

Tuesday, March 23rd
See full size imageGO (FREE)? Elaine Stritch hosts a screening of the 1950 classic "All About Eve," which stars Bette Davis as Margo Channing, an aging grande dame of the Broadway stage. The film also stars Anne Baxter, Celeste Holm, George Sanders and a young Marilyn Monroe. Part of Turner Classic Movies' Classic Film Festival. (Ziegfeld Theatre, 141 W. 54th Street, Click here to download your free ticket)

GO? The original twister, Chubby Checker, begins an exclusive one-week engagement at Feinstein's. (Through March 27, Feinstein's at Loews Regency, 540 Park Avenue, at 61st street, $50 general admission with $40 min food/beverage, call 212.339.4095 or click here for tickets)

Wednesday March 24th
OPENING? Last year's critically acclaimed revival of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie at New Haven's Long Wharf Theater makes the move to New York. Starring two-time Tony winner Judith Ivey and directed by Gordon Edelstein. (Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, 111 West 46th St. between 6th & 7th Aves., Call 212.719.1300 for tickets)

Thursday, March 25th
frank sinatratwyla_tharp_gap_ad_fall_2007_annie_liebovitz1OPENING? Twyla Tharp continues her decades-long professional love affair with Frank Sinatra with a new Broadway show, Come Fly Away. Featuring 15 dancers, the inimitable choreography of four-time Tony winner Tharp, and the legendary vocals of the Chairman himself. Come Fly Away tells the story of four couples who fall in (and out of) love in New York City. (The Marquis Theatre, 1535 Broadway, between 45th and 46th streets, Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

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