The WEEK AHEAD: Oct. 24-29

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: Oct. 24-29
Spectacles of all kind come alive this WEEK AHEAD!

Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones drive back to Broadway…More Beatlemania for the Main Stem…Angels in America returns to New York…and Playbill plays dead

Sunday, October 24
Jan MaxwellOPENING? Tony nominee Jan Maxwell stars in the revival of Arthur Kopit’s 1978 Tony-nominated play Wings, a story of a woman wingwalker in the ‘20s sidelined by a debilitating stroke. Tony winner John Doyle directs. (Second Stage Theatre, 305 W. 43rd St., corner of 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Monday, October 25
Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl JonesOPENING? Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Driving Miss Daisy, drives into the Golden Theatre with Tony winners Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones and Boyd Gaines starring. Ulhry’s story of a southern Jewish widow’s multi-year relationship with her black chauffer in the segregated South debuted Off-Broadway 23-years ago with Dana Ivey and Morgan Freeman starring. Freemen then went on to star in the film version (to Oscar winning effect). Hard to believe, but this production will mark the play’s Broadway debut. (Through January 29, John Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway and 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Tuesday, October 26
Joe Bithorn and Steve LandesOPENING? The grandest of all Beatles tributes, Rain—A Tribute to The Beatles on Broadway, finds its way to Broadway after an extensive U.S. tour. Features over 200 of the Fab Four’s biggest hits including "I Want To Hold Your Hand," "Hard Day's Night," "Yesterday," "Twist and Shout," "With A Little Help From My friends," "Eleanor Rigby," "Strawberry Fields," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "Hey Jude," "When I’m 64," "I Am The Walrus," "Revolution" and "Come Together." (Through Jan. 9, Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Jeremy SistoOPENING? Jeremy Sisto ("Law & Order," "Six Feet Under") stars in Spirit Control, a story of an air traffic controller who has to talk down a plane after its pilot suffers a heart attack. (NY City Center, 131 W. 55th St., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Wednesday, October 27
OPENING? The New York City Opera presents a newly imagined version of Leonard Bernstein’s American opera A Quiet Place.  This psychological drama, set in suburban America in the '50s and '80s, is a sequel to the popular one-act Bernstein opera Trouble in Tahiti. (Through Nov. 21, David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center, btwn. W. 62nd and 65th Sts. and Columbus and Amsterdam Aves., info/tickets)

Thursday, October 28
TellerGO? Playbill Presents a special evening with Play Dead, the new Off-Broadway scare-fest courtesy of Todd Robbins and Teller (of Penn & Teller fame). This one-night-only spectacular features a special Playbill Club discount ticket price of only $10 (plus taxes and fees) and a talkback with the famous illusionist who, while notoriously non-verbal when performing in his famous Penn & Teller magic show, will finally talk! (The Players Theatre,?115 MacDougal St., at Minetta Lane, Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Robin Weigert and Christian Borle in Part One, <i>Millennium Approaches</i>OPENING? Tony Kushner’s epic saga Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes opens the Signature Theatre Company’s 20th Anniversary Season. This will mark the first New York City revival of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning series played in two heart wrenching parts (Millennium Approaches and Perestroika). (Through February 20, Signature Theatre Company, 555 West 42nd St., btwn. 10th & 11th Aves., info/tickets)

Friday, October 29
Julie AndrewsWATCH? Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer celebrate the 45th Anniversary of “The Sound of Music” with a special appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Joining their Maria and Captain Von Trapp will be all the (now grown-up) Von Trapp children! (check your local listings, info)

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