The Week Ahead: Oct 22-28

Inside Track   The Week Ahead: Oct 22-28
The Jackman is back... Professor Snape teaches a master class on Broadway... Adam Pascal utters his first “Hockadoo!”... and “Dancing With the Stars” goes legit!


 Saturday, October 22

 Audra McDonaldGO?Four-time Tony winner Audra McDonald (set to appear in the Broadway revival of Porgy & Bess next month) will make a stop at New York City’s Carnegie Hall as a part of her 17-city solo concert tour. McDonald will be backed by a Broadway-sized orchestra and promises a “trademark mix of show tunes, classic songs from movies, and pieces written expressly for [McDonald] by leading contemporary composers.” I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a little taste of McDonald’s Bess to cap-off what is sure to be a great evening of music. (8 PM, Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave., at 57th St., $37-$108, info/tickets 

Sunday, October 23

Angela BassettGO?The Mountaintop star Angela Bassett will sit down with Jujamcyn president Jordan Roth for his ongoing Broadway Talks series at the 92nd Street Y. Bassett’s Mountaintop co-star, Samuel L. Jackson, will appear a day later (Oct. 24) as part of another special public interview, this one hosted by the New York Times for the ongoing Times Talk series. (7:30 PM, 92 Street Y, 92nd St. and Lexington Ave., $29, student ticket prices available, info/tickets)

 Monday, October 24

Kristin ChenowethWATCH?“Dancing With The Stars” celebrates Broadway Week! Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth will perform on the broadcast, as will the cast of Broadway’s Sister Act. The six remaining mirror-ball trophy contenders — J.R. Martinez, Ricki Lake, Hope Solo, Rob Kardashian, David Arquette, Nancy Grace and Chaz Bono — will be two-stepping to Broadway show tunes. (8 PM ET on ABC, info)

Tuesday, October 25

Hugh Jackman PREVIEWS? Everyone's favorite show man, Hugh Jackman, returns to the Great White Way with his solo concert Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway. The Tony winner will be backed by an 18-piece orchestra and promises selections from his favorite Broadway shows (including The Boy from Oz) as well as contemporary tunes. (Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. info/tickets. Officially opens November 10.)


Adam PascalGO?Hockadoo! Tony nominated Rent star Adam Pascal joins the cast of Memphis as Huey Calhoun, a white radio DJ in 1950s Tennessee who falls in love with soul music and, in turn, a black singer. Pascal takes over for Chad Kimball (who plays his last performance on Oct. 23). (Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Wednesday, October 26

Luke Murphy and Careena Melia GO? The hit interactive show Sleep No More — which retells the murderous tale of Shakespeare’s Macbeth set in a Victorian-style hotel straight out of a Hitchcock film — kicks off a week-long series of masquerade events leading up to Halloween. As a part of this Halloween promotion, the show promises unique post-performance acts and special one-night-only shows. (McKittrick Hotel, 530 W. 27th St., btwn. 10th & 11th Aves., info/tickets)


Thursday, October 27

Alan RickmanPREVIEWS?Tony nominee Alan Rickman stars in Theresa Rebeck's biting new comedy, Seminar, as a famous author who teaches a master class to eager writing students (Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater, Hettienne Park and Jerry O’Connell). Rickman’s character Leonard stirs the pot by pitting his students against one another and favoring his teacher’s pets. (Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., info/tickets) 

PREVIEWS? Direct from the National Theatre comes the political thriller Blood and Gifts which spans ten years and three political hotspots — Washington, DC, Pakistan and Afghanistan — to tell the story of a secret spy war of the 1980s that helped set the stage for today's Mid-East problems. (Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, 150 W. 65th St., btwn. Broadway & Amsterdam Ave., info/tickets 

Friday, October 28

Vanessa Redgrave stars in The Year of Magical Thinking.GO?Tony winner Vanessa Redgrave and West End actor Rhys Ifans star in the Roland Emmerich film thriller "Anonymous,” a piece of speculative fiction with the tag-line of “Was Shakespeare a fraud?” Ifans plays the 17th Earl of Oxford who claims to be the true author of William Shakespeare’s classics. Redgrave plays his incestuous lover, Queen Elizabeth I. (Info)  

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