The WEEK AHEAD: March 5-12

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: March 5-12
We’re Marching to the beat of our own drum this WEEK AHEAD!

Kathy Griffin trades the D list for the B (for Broadway) list… Kiefer Sutherland leads an all-champ roster… Colin Quinn departs the Great White Way… and the Stage Door Canteen opens its doors once more.


Saturday, March 5

Colin QuinnCLOSING? Colin Quinn’s Jerry Seinfeld-helmed Long Story Short features the history of the world in a neatly packaged, very funny 75-minute rant. (Helen Hayes Theatre, 240 West 44th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Aves., info/tickets)


Sunday, March 6
Brian Cox, Jason Patric, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Noth and Kiefer SutherlandOPENING? Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Chris Noth, Jim Gaffigan and Brian Cox head-up an all-champ roster for the Broadway revival of the Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play That Championship Season. Written by Patric’s late father, Jason Miller, Championship revisits a former high school basketball team far from the glory days. (Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount previews tickets)

GO/BID? Teddy gets a Broadway makeover thanks to our friends at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS with their annual Broadway Bears grand auction. Bryan Batt will host the live auction which features dozens of cuddly teddy bears dressed up in miniature costumes from your favorite Broadway shows (including a Spidey Bear from Spider-Man, a Bloody Bear from Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and a not-really-a-bear Bear from Cats). (6 PM, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves., Check out the auction items here of call 212-840-0770 for info on the full 2011 collection)

Monday, March 7
GO (FREE)? The New Black Fest and 651 Arts have joined forces to present The American Slavery Project, a monthly reading series celebrating African-American playwrights who tell diverse stories from the slavery and Civil War era. This series of plays (which includes Judy Tate’s Fast Blood, a story about a couple in the late 19th century who discover a hanged man who miraculously survives, and Michael Bradford’s Living the Wind, a story of two former lovers who are forced apart by slavery) will coincide with the Civil War sesquicentennial. (Performances run through June at multiple venues around NYC, info/tickets)

Tuesday, March 8
GO? Broadway is blooming (literally) over at the New York Botantical Gardens with The Orchid Show: On Broadway. The show, designed by Tony-winning set designer Scott Pask and SpotCo’s theatrical imagemaker Drew Hodges, features thousands of orchids gathered together to suggest the grandeur of old Broadway. Areas of the exhibit feature a recreation of Broadway houses (like the New Amsterdam and the Walter Kerr) fashioned almost exclusively from flowers (over 5,000 of them!) and a tribute to Al Hirschfeld. (Through April 25, New York Botanical Gardens, Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road, $8-$30 entry fee, info/tickets)

Wednesday, March 9
Kate Baldwin in Finian's Rainbow GO? Tony nominee Kate Baldwin celebrates the music of Sheldon Harnick with a new cabaret show She Loves Him. The legendary lyricist himself will appear alongside Baldwin to tell the stories behind some of his most well-known work including Fiddler on the Roof, Fiorello! and (of course) She Loves Me. (Through March 12, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, 540 Park Ave., at 61st St., $51-$72 plus food/beverage minimum, info/tickets)

Thursday, March 10
Sutton FosterPREVIEWS? Tony winners Sutton Foster and Joel Grey hop aboard Broadway’s original love boat in the revival of Cole Porter’s classic musical Anything Goes. Directed by Tony winner Kathleen Marshall. Officially opens April 7. (Stephen Sondheim Theatre, 124 West 43rd St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount previews tickets)

Friday, March 11
Kathy GriffinOPENING? Self-proclaimed “D-lister” Kathy Griffin makes a very A-list career move taking her hilarious, no holds barred act to Broadway. Griffin makes no qualms about the fact that she is a self-deprecating self promoter, which makes the title of her Broadway show, Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony, very fitting. (Through March 19, Belasco Theatre, 111 West 44th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves., info/tickets)

Robin WilliamsPREVIEWS? Playwright Rajiv Joseph makes a splashy Broadway debut with Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. Oscar winner Robin Williams plays the titular cat roaming the war-stricken country in the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play directed by Moisés Kaufman. Officially opens March 31. (Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount previews tickets)

Playbill cover for Catch Me If You Can Neil Simon TheatrePREVIEWS? Tony winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman give a big, splashy musicalized makeover to Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film Catch Me If You Can. Aaron Tveit stars as charming teen con artist Frank Abagnale, Jr., with Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz as the man leading the chase, FBI Agent Carl Hanratty. Officially opens April 10. (Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 53nd St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount previews tickets)

Saturday, March 12
Stage Door Canteen DVD CoverGO? The 92nd St. Y’s Lyrics & Lyricists series continues with Stage Door Canteen: Broadway Responds to WWII. Tony winner Debra Monk, Anderson Davis, Jeffry Denman, Brandon Victor Dixon and Betsy Wolfe will perform selections from the songbooks of some of the 20th century’s biggest musical theatre giants including Irving Berlin and Frank Loesser. The title of this edition of Lyrics & Lyricists, written and hosted by Rodgers & Hammerstein's  Ted Chapin, comes from the famous Broadway watering hole where GIs would go during the war to be entertained for free and hobnob with stars like Helen Hayes and Bette Davis. (Through March 14, 92nd St. Y at Lexington Ave., $25-$62, info/tickets)

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