The WEEK AHEAD: May 15-20

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A changing of the guards at Next to Normal…the OBIES…and it’s show time at the Apollo for Danny Glover, Chevy Chase and Roberta Flack.


Saturday, May 15 If anyone can follow Betty White’s hilarious hosting stint on last week’s “Saturday Night Live,” it’s Alec Baldwin. Baldwin has hosted the show a record-breaking 15 times (he shares the title with his Oscar co-host Steve Martin). Tom Petty joins as musical guest to help Baldwin close the show’s 35th season. (11:30pm/10:30c on NBC)

Sunday, May 16 Tony nominee J. Robert Spencer performs one last time in the hit Broadway show Next to Normal. Brian D’Arcy James, who originated the role Off-Broadway, will return to the cast to replace Spencer on Monday. (Booth Theatre, 222 West 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets) ? The Naked Angels company, fresh of its Broadway debut with Next Fall, presents a new play featuring Edie Falco and Alison Pill. This Wide Night tells the story of two former inmates who try to rebuild their lives after leaving jail. (Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, 416 W. 42nd St., info/tickets)

Monday, May 17
anikanoniroseheadshot200.jpg image by fizzylexGO? For the first time in its 55-year history, the Village Voice OBIE Awards will offer tickets to the general public, priced at just $25. This year’s awards will be co-hosted by Tony winners Anika Noni Rose and Michael Cerveris and will feature presenters Viola Davis, Linda Lavin, Sam Rockwell, Kerry Washington and a performance by the cast of Fela! Proceeds will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. (8pm, Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St., off 6th Ave., tickets to the 10pm after-party are also available, info/tickets) Mamma Mia! star Judy McLane brings together Bernadette Peters and Chita Rivera for Broadway Unleashed, an evening of performances to benefit the Sean Casey Animal Rescue in Brooklyn. The evening’s performances include songs from Beth Leavel, Malcom Gets, Norm Lewis, Dee Hoty, Howard McGillin and others. (Backstage at Trattoria DopoTeatro, 125 W. 44th St., btwn 6th and Broadway, $100-$200, info/tickets or call 877.849.5327) In the Heights star Corbin Bleu will MC Broadway Junior Student Share, an event that gives 400 students from 18 NYC-area schools the chance to make their dreams come true and perform on a Broadway stage! The event is made possible by the Shubert Foundation, Music Theatre International and the NYC D.O.E. (10:45am, Majestic Theatre, 245 West 44th St., btwn. Broadway and 8th Aves.) Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) and Memphis star James Monroe Iglehart will appear with Manuel’s muscial comedy rap group Freestyle Love Supreme. (10:30pm, Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, $20, info/tickets or call 212-505-FISH)

Promises, Promises stars Sean Hayes and Kristin ChenowethGO? Promises, Promises stars Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes join “Glee”’s Matthew Morrison at the Creative Alternatives for New York (CANY) Gala, hosted by Tony winner Cady Hoffman. Other celebs on the guest list includeNeil Simon, Jerry Stiller and Victor Garber. (6:30pm, Loeb Central Park Boathouse, 72 Central Park W., tickets start at $150, info/tickets or call 212.222.1969)

Tuesday, May 18
OPENING? British playwright Polly Stenham joins forces with the Manhattan Theatre Club for the dark comedy That Face, a story about a troubled family under the thumb of an abusive mother named Martha. Stenham debuted the piece in London in 2007 when she was just 20 years old and received rave reviews before making this transatlantic transfer. (Through June 27, New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St., btwn. 6th and 7th Aves., $75, info/tickets or call 212.581.1212)

Wednesday, May 19 Adam Rapp’s The Metal Children, a story of a New York writer and a small town who has banned one of his young adult novels, opens at the Vineyard starring Tony winner Billy Cudrup (The Coast of Utopia). (Through June 13, The Vineyard Theatre, 108 E. 15th St., info/tickets or call 212.353.0303)

Thursday, May 20 Chevy Chase, Danny Glover, and Michael Imperioli host A Great Night in Harlem, an evening of jazz music in honor of the music of Harlem and the musicians who keep it alive. Roberta Flack leads the pack of over 50 musicians performing at the Jazz Foundation of America concert. (8pm, Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125 St., btwn. 7th and 8th Aves., tickets start at $55, info/tickets of call 212.245.3999)

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