The WEEK AHEAD: Nov. 6-12

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: Nov. 6-12
Pull up a Chairry this WEEK AHEAD!

Pee-wee finds a new playhouse…Colin Quinn gives Broadway a history lesson…Kristin Chenoweth sings for Julie Andrews…and Santa comes early to Broadway.

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Saturday, November 6
GO? World renowned soprano Anna Netrebko returns to The Metropolitan Opera in Don Pasquale. Netrebko will reprise her performance as Norina in the Gaetano Donizetti opera that helped introduce her to superstardom in the States. (The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center, info/tickets)
Sunday, November 7
OPENING? After a critically acclaimed run at the Delacorte as a part of the Public’s famed Shakespeare in the Park series, The Merchant of Venice opens on Broadway. Oscar and Two-time Tony Award winner Al Pacino stars as Shylock with Tony-winning director Daniel Sullivan (Proof) at the helm. While the cast will still have an opening night gala on Nov. 7, expect delays for press reviews. Star Lily Rabe, who plays Portia, has missed several performances due to a family emergency. A new press opening has not yet been announced. (Through January 9, Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th Street. btwn Broadway and 8th Aves., info/tickets)

Monday, November 8
GO? Oscar winner Julie Andrews will receive honors by VH1’s Save the Music Foundation in a gala in New York City. Kristin Chenoweth will pay tribute to the 45th Anniversary of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” with a special performance, and Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson will serve as the evening’s emcee. The ASCAP Foundation and Grammy winners John Mayer and John Legend are also among the evening’s honorees. (Cipriani Wall Street, 55 Wall St., click here for gala tickets or call 212-846-7416)
GO? The Sonnet Repertory Theatre honors Tony Award-winning director Jack O’Brien with the help of some very famous faces. Tony winner Jerry Mitchell hosts with performances by Michael Cerveris, Victor Garber, Ethan Hawke, Andrew Lippa, Duncan Sheik and others. (6 PM, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St., info/tickets)

Tuesday, November 9
Colin Quinn and Jerry SeinfeldOPENING? Broadway receives a hilarious history lesson with Colin Quinn’s Long Story Short. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld directs the one-man show that promises a “history of the world in 75 minutes.” (Through January 8, Helen Hayes Theatre, 240 W. 44th St., btwn. Broadway and 8th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Wednesday, November 10
Sebastian ArcelusOPENING? A new musical by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer) brings holiday cheer to the boards. Elf, based on the 2003 Will Ferrell movie of the same name, features Sebastian Arcelus (Jersey Boys, Wicked) as Buddy with “Cheers” star George Wendt playing Santa Claus. (Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 W. 45th St., btwn. 8th and 9th Aves., Click here for Paybill Club discount tickets)
John GuareGO (FREE)? Lincoln Center Theatre hosts a free discussion in anticipation of the opening of A Free Man of Color. Tony Award-winning playwright John Guare (Six Degrees of Separation, House of Blue Leaves) will join director and fellow Tony winner George C. Wolfe (Angels in America; Caroline, or Change) to talk about Free Man, which LCT bills as “a comedy of grand scale” set in the boisterous city of New Orleans in 1801, around the time of the Louisiana Purchase. (6 PM, lobby of the Beaumont Theatre, 150 W. 65th St., info)

Thursday, November 11
Paul Reubens as Pee-wee HermanOPENING? Pee-wee Herman gets a new playhouse—of the Broadway variety. After a sold-out run in Los Angeles, Paul Ruebens’ famous bow-tie clad alter ego brings the whole playhouse crew—Miss Yvonne, Cowboy Curtis, Pterri the Pterodactyl, Jambi the Genie, and Chairry— with him to the Great White Way in The Pee-wee Herman Show. (Stephen Sondheim Theatre, 124 W. 43rd St., btwn. 6th and 7th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Friday, November 12
GO? The New York Musical Improv Festival celebrates its second annual event with appearances by Tony winner Cady Huffman (The Producers), Jeff Hiller (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Orfeh (Legally Blonde) and Lisa Jolley (Hairspray). (Shows will be held at the Magnet Theater, 254 W. 29th St., corner of 8th Ave., with special events happening at select locations throughout Manhattan, click here for a full schedule of events)

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