THE WEEK AHEAD Oct. 4-10: Broadway Gets Curious, Kristin Chenoweth Sings for Harvey Milk and Ramin Karimloo Has a Karaoke Close-Up

Inside Track   THE WEEK AHEAD Oct. 4-10: Broadway Gets Curious, Kristin Chenoweth Sings for Harvey Milk and Ramin Karimloo Has a Karaoke Close-Up's weekly planner reminds you that Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick open in Terrence McNally's It's Only a Play, while America Ferrera has a Fire Island four-hander in Lips Together, Teeth Apart, George Spelvin's On the Town gets the theatre season off to a start and Audra McDonald takes her final bow as Lady Day.
A scene from "Pride"
A scene from "Pride" Photo by Nicola Dove - © NDOVE

One-two-three-four, the WEEK AHEAD is here, who could ask for more!?

Saturday, October 4
GO→ Tony winner Matthew Warchus' new film "Pride" takes on the true story of gay and lesbian U.K. activists who team up with mineworkers to protest Margaret Thatcher's rigid mining policies during the contentious summer of 1984. Bill Nighy, Oscar nominee Imelda Staunton and Dominic West star in the British comedy that's already been rumored to be in talks to become a stage musical. Billy Elliot part two, anyone? (info here)

Sunday, October 5
LAST CHANCE→ It's your last chance to catch Audra McDonald's history-making, sixth Tony-winning performance in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill. Lonny Price directs this recreation of Billie Holiday's drug and alcohol-fueled final performance in a seedy Philadelphia bar. (Circle In the Square Theatre, 1633 Broadway, at 50th St., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

OPENING→ London's seven-time Olivier winner, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, makes its way to this side of the Atlantic. Recent Juilliard grad Alexander Sharp stars in the London hit about a 15-year-old math savant embroiled in an investigation following the killing of a neighbor's dog. (Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., info/tickets)

Monday, October 6
GO→ Ramin Karimloo, Justin Guarini, Wesley Taylor, and Tony winners Lena Hall and James Monroe Iglehart ready their best karaoke songs for Celebrity Karaoke. The event — a partnership with Playbill, Clear Channel and New York Comic Con — gives theatre fans the opportunity to perform alongside Broadway talent! (7 PM, Hard Rock Café, 1501 Broadway, at 43rd St., info/tickets) GO→ Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth and composer Andrew Lippa star in a concert version of Lippa's I Am Harvey Milk. The oratorio, which will be performed alongside the Orchestra of St. Luke's and the 120-member All Star Broadway Men's Chorus, celebrates the life and legacy of LGBT pioneer Harvey Milk. Proceeds will benefit the creation of the Harvey Milk Arts Fund at the Hetrick-Martin Institute. (7:30 PM, Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, at Broadway btwn. 63rd & 64th Sts., info/tickets)

America Ferrera
America Ferrera Photo by Monica Simoes

Tuesday, October 7
PREVIEWS→ America Ferrera, Michael Chernus, Tracee Chimo and Austin Lysy star in the first revival of Terrence McNally's Lips Together, Teeth Apart to come to New York in over 20 years. The long-awaited McNally four-hander concerns a party on Fire Island in 1991 and the avoidance of a swimming pool due to its previous tenant dying of AIDS. Officially opens Oct. 29. (Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theatre, 305 W. 43rd St., off 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Wednesday, October 8
GO→ The Spelvin Society, a new all-inclusive evening of theatre revived by Playbill from the legendary underground Spelvin Luncheons of the 60s-early aughts, returns for another season of theatre, the insider's way. The first Spelvin show of the 2014-2015 season is On the Town. Society members begin the evening with dinner at Chez Josephine, and then head over to the newly refurbished Lyric Theatre for the classic Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green musical. Immediately following the performance, the On the Town cast and creatives — including Elizabeth Stanley, Jackie Hoffman, choreographer Josh Bergasse and Tony-winning director John Rando — will join us for dessert, bubbly and a special performance at the iconic Broadway haunt, Sardi's. (Click here for tickets and info on joining the Society)

Thursday, October 9
OPENING→ Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick are back on the boards, lending their box-office Midas touch to It's Only A Play. Terrence McNally's reworked comedy about the dismal opening of a new Broadway show features the starriest Broadway cast of the fall, including F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grint and Megan Mullally. (Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., info/tickets)

PREVIEWS→ Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger stars in Sarah Ruhl's newest play, The Oldest Boy. Frequent Ruhl collaborator, Rebecca Taichman, is again at the helm of the mythically minded play about a toddler of an American woman (Keenan-Bolger) and a Tibetan man (Joel de la Fuente) believed to be the reincarnation of a high Buddhist teacher. Officially opens Nov. 3. (Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 150 W. 65th St., btwn. Amsterdam & Broadway, info/tickets)

Friday, October 10
GO→ Over the past 30 years Molly Ringwald has transformed from 80s teen queen to Broadway star to author to budding chanteuse. Last year, Ringwald debuted a jazz CD and a new nightclub career. This year, she debuts at the renowned Café Carlyle stage with songs off her album. (Oct. 7-17, Café Carlyle, 35 E. 76th St., at Madison Ave., info/tickets)

GO→ Relive Nathan Lane's Tony-nominated performance as burlesque ringleader Chauncey Miles in PBS's Live from Lincoln Center airing of Douglas Carter Beane's The Nance. (9 PM ET, Check local listings, info)

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