The WEEK AHEAD . . . Nov. 20-26

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD . . . Nov. 20-26
This WEEK AHEAD features enough action to gear you up for your post-Thanksgiving tryptophan coma. Start off with a visit from the unofficial mayor of Broadway, Brian Stokes Mitchell…a concert featuring the legendary Michel Legrand… the bombastic Broadway opening of Fela!...the Marvelous Wonderettes…and lots more to wonder at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

Friday, November 20
Lights on BroadwayGO? Tony Award winning star and Playbill buddy Brian Stokes Mitchell visits Barnes & Nobel today to celebrate the release of a new young adults book he contributed to entitled Lights on Broadway: A Theatrical Tour of Broadway from A to Z. The book features words of wisdom from Stokes and some of his Broadway buddies like Chita Rivera, Cheyenne Jackson and Patti LuPone as well as a CD with a special ode-to-Broadway courtesy of Stokes and Steven Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. (5pm, Lincoln Triangle, 1972 Broadway, near 66th Street, to purchase the book click here, portion of the proceeds go to The Actors Fund)

GO? Songstress Ann Hampton Callaway and the Camp Broadway Kids join The New York Pops for an evening of Johnny Mercer classics in honor of what would be the late composer’s 100th birthday. (8pm, Carnegie Hall, 154 West 57th, at 7th Avenue, tickets are $33-$104, call 212-247-7800 or click here)

Saturday, November 21
GO? Legendary Oscar winning composer Michel Legrand makes a rare visit to New York in a special one-night-only performance alongside Dionne Warwick. Legrand is perhaps best known for his long-time collaboration with Marilyn and Alan Bergman on songs like "What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life?" and "The Windmills of Your Mind”. His songs have been performed by some of the best voices in the world, including Barbra Streisand, for whom he penned the Oscar winning score of Yentl. (8pm, Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Columbus Avenue at 65th St., tickets)

Sunday, November 22
BEFORE IT CLOSES ? The Off-Broadway show Broke-ology, will close this Sunday. Written by young up-and-coming playwright Nathan Lewis Jackson, Broke-ology tells the poignant story of the King family led by an ill father who must now rely on his sons to take care of him. (Mitzi E, Newhouse Theatre at Lincoln Center, 150 W. 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave., info/tickets)

Monday, November 23
OPENING? Fela!, the new Broadway show about the life and music of Nigerian Afro-Funk pioneer Fela Kuti opens this Monday transforming the O’Neill into the musician’s own Shrine Club. Director/Choreographer and co-conceiver, Tony winner Bill T. Jones, has created a masterpiece with this one and I have no doubt this show (with the help of producers Jay-Z and Will and Jada Smith) will help solidify Kuti’s legacy for decades to come. (Eugene O'Neill Theatre, 230 West 49th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenues, for Playbill Club discount tickets, click here, more information visit

LISTEN? American Idol’s Adam Lambert’s first solo album, For Your Entertainment, hits this Monday. Click here to listen to some tracks.

GO?Rosie’s Broadway Kids will honor Queen Latifah in a one-night-only benefit performance featuring Nikki Blonsky, Gavin Creel, Montego Glover, Norm Lewis and Melinda Doolittle. (7:30pm, The Palace Theatre, 1564 Broadway at 47th Street, tickets)

Tuesday, November 24
GO? The Tony Award winning revival of South Pacific sets up shop in Chicago this Tuesday. (Through November 29, the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road?Rosemont, Illinois 60018, tickets/info)

Wednesday, November 25
GO? The pop musical the Marvelous Wonderettes celebrates its 500th show this Wednesday. This “cotton-candy colored musical blast from the past” features tunes from the ‘50s and ‘60s including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick on Your Collar,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” “It’s My Party,” and “It’s In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)”. (Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues, info/tickets)

Thursday, November 26
WATCH? For the first time in 83 years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will take a detour off of Broadway and on to 7th Avenue—but that doesn’t mean Broadway will be absent from the festivities. Some of the Great White Way’s greatest will be on hand including (on CBS) Reba McEntire and the casts of West Side Story, Dreamgirls; and (on NBC) Alan Cumming, Cyndi Lauper, Jane Krakowski with performances by the casts of Bye Bye Birdie, Hair, Billy Elliot and Shrek. (For parade info, click here)

GO? The show must go on—even during the holidays. Check out’s Thanksgiving week calendar for a schedule of Broadway performances for the holiday week.

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