The WEEK AHEAD: Oct.30-Nov.5

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: Oct.30-Nov.5
Halloween hits Broadway!...Kander & Ebb bringing minstrelsy back to the boards…Women have a musical breakdown…and For Colored Girls’ starry makeover.


Saturday, October 30
LAST CHANCE? The National Symphony Orchestra opens its 2010-2011 Pops season with Tony winner Idina Menzel in A Date with Idina Menzel under the baton of Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch. (The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC, info/tickets)

LAST CHANCE? Stage and screen star Julia Stiles (Oleanna, “Bourne Identity”) stars in Persephone, a Greek mythology-based music theatre work by Tony winner and Pulitzer Prize nominee Warren Leight (Side Man). Part of the 2010 Next Wave Festival. (Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theatre, 651 Fulton St., Brooklyn, info/tickets)

Sunday, October 31
GO? Looking for a place to trick-or-treat this Sunday? Try Broadway! For the first time, select Broadway houses will be hosting trick-or-treaters after matinee performances as part of a special Kids’ Night on Broadway event (which includes a pre-theatre costume party at Madame Tussauds). Click here for more information on which theatres will be participating.

OPENING? One of Kander & Ebb’s final collaborations, The Scottsboro Boys, comes to Broadway. Scottsboro tells the story of the infamous 1930s trial in the Jim Crow South where a group of young black men (most of them teens) were wrongly accused and convicted of horrible crimes. Directed and choreographed by Tony winner Susan Stroman, the production uses the frame of a minstrel show (reimagined to underscore the social-justice themes) to tell the true tale. (Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St, btwn. 6th & 7th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets).

Monday, November 1

OPENING? Tony nominee Marin Ireland stars in In The Wake by Lisa Kron (Well, 2.5 MinuteRide). The story chronicles how the politics of the "Bush Years" effect the personal life of a young woman (Ireland) and those close to her. In addition to Ireland, In the Wake also features Michael Chernus, Miriam F. Glover, Jenny Bacon, Deirdre O'Connell, Susan Pourfar and Danielle Skraastad. Leigh Silverman directs. (Through November 21, The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., info/tickets)

Tuesday, November 2
GO? One of my favorite authors, David Sedaris, will appear at the legendary Apollo Theater to read from his newest book "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk," a collection of short stories about animals whose neurosis bare a striking resemblance to us humans. (8 PM, The Apollo Theatre, 253 W. 125th St., info/tickets)

Wednesday, November 3
GO (FREE)? Tony nominee Neil LaBute will participate in a free reading series as part of MCC Theater’s 25th anniversary celebration. LaBute's newest work for MCC, Break of Noon, is currently playing at the Lucille Lortel Theatre starring David Duchovny and Amanda Peet. Other playwrights participating in the series include Michael Weller (Loose Ends, Moonchildren and Fifty Words) and Sharr White, whose The Other Place will debut in March with Tony-winning director Joe Mantello at the helm and Laurie Metcalf starring. (6 PM, Drama Book Shop, 250 W. 40th St., btwn. 7th and 8th Aves., info)

Thursday, November 4
OPENING? Pedro Almodóvar’s cotton candy-colored 1988 film “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” gets a Broadway makeover and a star-studded cast including Patti LuPone, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Benanti, Sherie Rene Scott, Mary Beth Peil and “American Idol” alumn Justin Guarini. Lincoln Center Theater’s resident director Bartlett Sher directs, with music by Jeffrey Lane and David Yazbek. (Belasco Theatre, 111 W. 44th St., btwn. 6th and 7th Aves., info/tickets)
Friday, November 5
SEE? Ntozake Shange’s Tony-nominated 1975 play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf will receive a star-studded film adaptation courtesy of film impresario Tyler Perry. Thandie Newton, Tony winner Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Janet Jackson, Tony winner Phylicia Rashad and Tony winner Whoopi Goldberg star. (info)

GO? Rosie O'Donnell will perform at New York’s Town Hall in a show produced by the New York Comedy Festival. The Broadway-alum (Grease!, Seussical, Fiddler on the Roof) will return to her stand-up roots for the one-night-only engagement. (Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., btwn 6th and 7th Aves., info/tickets)

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