The Week Ahead . . . Oct. 2-8

Inside Track   The Week Ahead . . . Oct. 2-8
A Dane, a Dish and a [former] Drunk land on Broadway this Week Ahead. Plus…Eyes to the skies tonight as the Empire State Building changes color for a theater institution... Cabaret “Krakowski style” and the Times teams with Broadway to entertain your tots.

To me, the play is always the thing,

Friday, October 2
SEE? New York City’s Empire State Building will shine blue and white tonight in commemoration of the 125th Anniversary of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Lauren Bacall will flip-the-switch today at Noon.


Jane Krakowski (L) and Christine Ebersole at the 2003 Outer Critics Circle Awards at Sardi's restaurant on West 44th St.



Saturday, October 3
GO? Tony Award winner and 30 Rock funny-lady, Jane Krakowski, performs at the Kennedy Center this Saturday. The theatre cabaret show is part of a series curated by Barbara Cook. Other delicacies up Miz Cook’s sleeve include evenings with Christine Ebersole, Karen Akers and others. (7:30[sold out] and 9:30pm, The Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC, call 1-800-444-1324 for tickets or click here)


Sunday, October 4
OPENING? Carrie Fisher takes a sobering look at her life of excess, booze, pills, lovers, mental hospitals and that infamous hair-do in her one-woman show Wishful Drinking. In true Fisher fashion she approaches it all with a wicked sense of humor and biting wit. (Through January 3, Studio 54, 245 W. 54th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenues, tickets)

GO? The New York Times' “Great Children’s Read” will take place on Sunday. No, Frank Rich will not be reciting passages from his most recent op-ed…instead, they’ve enlisted the help of some of Broadway’s best to read beloved children’s classics like Winnie- the-Pooh. The lineup of readers includes Bernadette Peters (who will also perform), Constantine Maroulis, Linda Eder, Cheyenne Jackson, Matt Cavenaugh and others. (10am-5pm, Columbia University, Broadway & 116th Street, info)

Monday, October 5
Julie Andrews in CinderellaGO? Legendary film/stage/tv star, Julie Andrews, will discuss her accomplished body of television work at the Paley Center for Media on Monday evening including the 1957 classic Cinderella and her variety specials with Carol Burnett. (6:30pm, The Paley Center for Media, 25 W 52nd St, between 5th and 6th Avenues, tickets)




Tuesday, October 6
OPENING? The cast of Hamlet makes the transfer to Broadway this Tuesday. Jude Law gives a phenomenal performance as the stormy, doomed, (yet painfully good-looking) Prince of darkness. (Through December 6, Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenues)

GO? The New York Musical Theatre Festival will celebrate its 200th premiere with a trifecta of performances—Academy, F#@king Up Everything, and The Happy Embalmer. Check out the full schedule for the month here)

Wednesday, October 7
GO? The scary spooks behind this summer’s A Midsummer Nightmare will open their haunted bag of tricks again for a Halloween version of the Haunted House. Note--you have to walk through alone! Enter if you dare (mwa ha ha ha) (Through Halloween, The Vortex Theatre, 164 Eleventh Avenue, info)


Thursday, October 8
OPENING? Rosemary Harris will climb the The Royal Family tree and assume the role of matriarch of the Cavendish clan, a fictional poke at the real-life Barrymores, in a revival of Kaufman and Farber’s The Royal Family. John Glover, Jan Maxwell, Reg Rogers and SNL/Wicked alumnus, Ana Gasteyer also star. (Through November 29, Samuel J Friedman Theatre, ?261 West 47th Street, tickets)

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