The WEEK AHEAD: May 7-13

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: May 7-13
Awards season is in full bloom this WEEK AHEAD!

Hugh Jackman leaves his heart (albeit temporarily) in San Francisco… Shakespeare gets all “Hollywood”… Carey Mulligan in Bergman 2.0… and Spider-Man “AT” is back on Broadway.

Are we flying yet?

Saturday, May 7
Hugh JackmanGO (CA)? Tony winner Hugh Jackman takes his heart (and amazing vocal chops) to San Francisco for a two-week engagement at the Curran Theatre. Jackman will take on his favorite songs from both Broadway and film scores in an evening directed by Warren Carlyle (Finian’s Rainbow). (Through May 15, Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102, $40-$200, info/tickets)

Sunday, May 8
Tony KushnerGO? Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner joins Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis for a conversation as part of the theatre’s ongoing “Public Forum” series. The talk, hosted by Tony winner Cynthia Nixon, will tackle many of the social and political issues touched upon in Kushner’s newest play, The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. (8 PM, Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., $25, info/tickets)

Monday, May 9
Kenneth BranaghGO? The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles will present a star-studded reading of the Bard’s The Merry Wives of Windsor featuring readers Kenneth Branagh, Faith Hill, Eric Idle, Christina Applegate, William Shatner, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Arte Johnson, Eugene Levy, Tim McGraw, Martin Short and Tracey Ullman. Reba McEntire will provide music for the evening. Proceeds will benefit the Center’s educational initiatives in lower income schools throughout Los Angeles. (UCLA’s Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Westwood, CA 90095, $95-$175, info/tickets)

Daniel Radcliffe

GO? Broadway’s newest song and dance man Daniel Radcliffe will chat about his transition from muggle to hoofer when he joins Jujamcyn president Jordan Roth for Roth’s ongoing talkback series at the Y. (8 PM, 92Y, 92nd St. & Lexington Ave., $35, info/tickets)


Tuesday, May 10
GO? The MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) Awards celebrates its silver anniversary gala with funny lady Christine Pedi tapped as host. This year’s awards ceremony also boasts appearances by Jane Monheit, Johnny Rodgers, Helen Baldassare, Julie Gold, Uptown Express, Rick Jensen, Ritt Henn and Sharon McNight. (7:30 PM, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves., $50-$160, info/tickets)

Wednesday, May 11
OPENING?Patti LuPone will make her New York City Ballet debut in the sung ballet Seven Deadly Sins, which centers around a woman named Anna who suffers from a split personality disorder — portrayed by both a dancer and a singer (guess which one Patti is). Featuring the music of Kurt Weill and new choreography by Lynne Taylor-Corbett. (David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, Columbus Ave. & 63rd St., info/tickets)

Linda EderGO (Boston)? The 2011 Boston Pops Spring season kicks off with an evening of music made famous by the late Judy Garland. Broadway’s Linda Eder will do the honors of singing such Garland classics as Billy Rose and Dave Dreyer’s “Me and My Shadow,” “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart” (from the film "Listen, Darling") and the signature Garland tune “Over the Rainbow.” The season will continue with a tribute to Audrey Hepburn and a concert by Michael Feinstein featuring the songs of Frank Sinatra. (Through May 13, 8 PM, Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA 02115, $21-$91, info/tickets)

Thursday, May 12
Playbill cover for Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark Foxwoods TheatreGO? The new (and improved?) big-budget musical Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark returns to the Great White Way after a three-week “makeover hiatus”. The AT (“After Taymor”) creative team tasked with fixing the musical includes director Philip William McKinley, playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and choreographer Chase Brock. Bono and The Edge will also add some new songs to their score. (Foxwoods Theatre, 213 W. 42nd St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount previews tickets. Officially opens June 14.)

Friday, May 13
Carey MulliganPreviews? Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan will star in Jenny Worton's stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning Ingmar Bergman film from 1962, Through a Glass Darkly. This new interpretation of Darkly also stars Jason Butler Harner, Ben Rosenfield and Chris Sarandon. (New York Theatre Workshop, 79 E. 4th St., info/tickets)

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