The Week Ahead . . . Oct. 30-Nov. 5

Inside Track   The Week Ahead . . . Oct. 30-Nov. 5
This Week Ahead is filled with a lot more treats than tricks. Start with a rocking concert at MSG…get spooked with a haunted tour through some of Broadway’s notoriously ghost ridden theatres…cheer on Kate Shindle as she runs for equality at the NYC Marathon…and close with a star-studded tribute to one of America’s most prolific playwrights.

Witches and Ozzy and Ghosts, oh my!

Friday, October 30
GO? Wicked celebrates six years of defying gravity (and a recession) with a series of events that prove this tuner is still on top of its game. The cast will perform today at Barnes & Nobel in Lincoln Square and sign copies of their new pop-up book. For info on other “Wicked Day” events, visit

GO? The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concerts conclude tonight at Madison Square Garden with a star-studded line-up including Aretha Franklin, Annie Lennox, Lou Reed, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, U2, Lenny Kravitz and the Jeff Beck Band (7:30pm, MSG, tickets)

Saturday, October 31
GO? Want to do Halloween Broadway-style? (As if dressing up in costume wasn’t “Broadway” enough.) Take the “Haunted Broadway” walking tour on Halloween night and search for the ghosts of Marquees past. (8:30pm, meet at Shubert Alley, 44-45th streets between Broadway and Eighth Avenues, info/tickets)

GO? Toxic Avenger closes out their “Halloweek” with a big (slimy) bang this Saturday. Dress up as your favorite ghoul and party at the New World Stages/Time Out New York lounge before the show. Come in costume (or be Canadian) and get a special prize. In honor of the show’s Toronto launch, all Canucks will get a “toxic treat”. Happy Halloween indeed, aye?!     (TA’s “Halloweek” party is from 6-7pm, New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues, info)

Sunday, November 1
SUPPORT? Broadway’s Kate Shindle will be among the 40,000 people running in this year’s New York City Marathon. Shindle is running in support of Broadway Impact and the ongoing fight for marriage equality in this country. Celebrities are often drawn to the NYC Marathon, especially when it involves running for a great cause. Other do-good celebs-in-training include Edward Norton and Alanis Morissette, both supporting the Maasi Wilderness Conservation Trust. (To support Shindle’s charity marathon run, visit runshindlerun)

Monday, November 2
GO (FREE)? The New York Post’s theatre columnist, Michael Riedel, will host a tribute to the late Clive Barnes, former theatre and dance critic for the New York Times and later the Post, who died last year after a battle with cancer. Edward Albee, John Simon, Anna Kisselgoff, Alastair Macaulay and others will join Riedel to discuss the life and work of a true gentleman of New York theatre. (3pm, Walter Reade Theatre, Lincoln Center, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, near 65th and Amsterdam)

GO? Meryl Streep will join her friend Kevin Kline in a performance of Shakespearean works (conceived by Kline) for a benefit for The Acting Company. The Acting Company, celebrating its 37th season, boasts an impressive alumni roster that includes Patti LuPone, Rainn Wilson and Jesse L. Martin. (7pm, Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, call 212.307.4100 for tickets and for tickets+dinner with the cast, call 212.258.3111)

Tuesday, November 3
LISTEN? “Gleeks” everywhere will be thrilled to know that now you don’t have to wait until Wednesday to get “Gleed”. Glee: The Music, Volume 1 will be available on starting November 3rd. (info)

OPENING? Tony and Oscar nominee, Lynn Redgrave, stars in Nightingale, a fictionalized memoir of her little-known maternal grandmother. Read all about Redgrave's amazing career, her role in one of the greatest acting dynasties in theatre and her triumph over breast cancer, in a wonderful interview conducted by Playbill’s Mervyn Rothstein in the November issue. (NY City Center, 131 W. 55th Street, tickets)

Wednesday, November 4
GO? Have you ever found yourselves flipping through the pages of the latest weekly tabloid (come on, you know you do it), and think to yourself—“Britney’s off the wagon again? Jon is stealing from Kate? Levi Johnson is going to show his you-know-what where?! Boy, this would make a fascinating night of theatre!” Well, Celebrity Autobiography has just read your mind! Enjoy a night of lifestyles of the rich and famous read by some of New York City’s funny and famous, including Scott Adsit, Craig Bierko, Rachel Dratch, Carol Kane, Eugene Pack, Dayle Reyfel, Steve Schirripa, Sherri Shepherd, Michael Urie and Alan Zweibel. (7:30pm, Carolines on Broadway, 1626 Broadway, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, tickets)

Thursday, November 5
GO (FREE)? Vanessa Redgrave, Marian Seldes, Olympia Dukakis, John Patrick Shanley, Eli Wallach, Ann Jackson and others come together this Thursday to celebrate the life and work of the late Tennessee Williams. Thursday’s tribute will be followed by an unveiling of a commemorative stone at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Nov. 8 which will mark the induction of Williams into the Cathedral's esteemed Poets’ Corner (7pm, The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue and 112th Street, information call 212.316.7540 or click here)

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