The WEEK AHEAD . . . Nov. 13-19

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD . . . Nov. 13-19
Do you hear that kids? That faint sound of jingle bells? The distant humming of carolers singing Silent Night? The sound of retailers cheering with holiday glee? That’s the sound of the holidays coming at you fast and furious!

This WEEK AHEAD boasts some big Broadway openings-- a Tony winning revival and to a new play with a none-too-subtle title. There’s also some grooving with your tots… Savion Glover…and a changing of the guards at God of Carnage.

Happy Hunting!

Friday, November 13
VISIT ? You have until 8pmET tonight to bid on some 30 groovy Broadway items like a Hugh Jackman experience at A Steady Rain, a backstage tour and 4 seats to Shrek, tickets to The Daily Show, a getaway to the Standard Hotel and more! Proceeds go to Only Make Believe, a non-profit that brings the healing power of theatre to chronically ill kids. Click here to bid.

GO? The description for a new Christmas show opening today reads as follows: "It’s time for the annual holiday production for a struggling gay theatre company in West Hollywood. Jim, the pot-smoking straight tech guy, offends M&M, the eclectic playwright, causing him to walk out and take his script with him. Now the crazy and drama-addicted team has just a few weeks to produce the 'gayest Christmas pageant ever.'" (and here's where we get the title of the show!)  Drama-addicted, you say? In a theatre company? With a playwright named M&M?  And a pageant?! Sounds about right.  Best. Name. Ever.=The Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever! (through January 3, The Actors' Playhouse, 100 Seventh Avenue South, At Grove St.,  tickets)

Saturday, November 14
GO? Saturday is a day of dance at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Masters from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will perform, as well as teach in various sessions throughout the day. Sign-up is encouraged and begins one hour before each event at the Visitor’s Information Desk. Click here for a full schedule of events. (Starts at 2pm, The Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street, between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway)

Sunday, November 15
OPENING? Following a much buzzed-about run at the Kennedy Center in DC, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens’ Tony Award winning musical Ragtime returns to Broadway this Sunday. (Neil Simon Theatre, 250 West 52nd Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenues, tickets)

GO? The Award-winning playwright, Sir Alan Ayckbourn makes a Stateside appearance this Sunday.  Ayckbourn will discuss, with moderator Howard Sherman from the American Theatre Wing, his long and esteemed career including his newest play My Wonderful Day, which Ayckbourn is also directing. (12:30pm, 59E59 Theatre at 59 East 59th Street, call (212) 279-4200 for tickets)

Monday, November 16
GO? Broadway Unplugged returns to Town Hall for its sixth year featuring some unique performances—unplugged and unparalleled. This year’s Unplugged roster includes 15+ stellar acts including Marc Kudisch (9 to 5) and Daniel Reichard (Jersey Boys). (8pm, The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues, info).

Tuesday, November 17
GO? The Tony Award winning play God of Carnage welcomes a new cast this Tuesday. Christine Lahti (“Chicago Hope”) and Annie Potts (“Designing Women”) step in as ‘Veronica” and‘Annette;’ Jimmy Smits (“The West Wing”) and Ken Stott (original cast member of the West End production of God of Carnage) take over as ‘Alan’ and ‘Michael’. (Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 West 45th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenues, tickets)

Wednesday, November 18
GO? Savion Glover, brings his unparalleled dancing mastery to the intimate Blue Note Jazz Club for a series of performances that pair him with jazz greats McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Eddie Palmieri and Jack Dejohnette (separate evenings). (8pm & 10:30pm, Through November 22, The Blue Note, 131 West 3rd Street, between 6th Avenue and MacDougal Street, tickets)

GO? The 92nd Street Y will host a one-night only tribute to Johnny Mercer, who would have turned 100 years old this Wednesday.  Billy Stritch, Barbara Carroll, KT Sullivan, Julie Wilson, Lucie Arnaz and others will perform. (8pm, 92nd street Y, at Lexington, tickets)

Thursday, November 19
GO? The play with the quirky name In the Next Room or the vibrator play opens this Thursday on Broadway starring Tony winner, Laura Benanti. This comedy, set in the 19th century, isn’t exactly what you think. It clearly doesn’t take itself too seriously (see title!), but it also has its poignant moments as it explores the evolution of women’s sexuality. (Lyceum Theatre box office, 149 West 45th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues, tickets)

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