The WEEK AHEAD: Sept. 18-24

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: Sept. 18-24
A "Glee"-ful WEEK AHEAD awaits you!

Wynton Marsalis swings… West Side Story gets a new girl named Maria… Demetri Martin brings important things to Town Hall… and “Glee” returns to prime time.

Don't Stop Believin'!

Saturday, September 18
GO? Cabaret legend (and Tony-nominated actress) Karen Akers returns to the iconic Oak Room at the Algonquin with her show Dancing on the Ceiling, featuring the songs of Rodgers and Hart. Expect the classics like “Where or When,” “Isn’t It Romantic,” and of course, “Dancing on the Ceiling.” (Algonquin Hotel, 59 W. 44th St., btwn. 5th and 6th Aves., $60-$65+food/beverage min., for reservations call 212.419.9331)

Sunday, September 19
Josefina Scaglione and Jeremy JordanLAST CHANCE? Josefina Scaglione, the Tony-nominated soprano playing Maria in West Side Story, will depart the hit revival of the show. Newcomer Sarah Amengual will make her Broadway debut as Maria starting Sept. 21. (The Palace Theatre, 1564 Broadway, at 47th St., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Monday, September 20
 James Earl JonesGO?Two-time Tony Award winner James Earl Jones sits down with Patrick Healy of the New York Times to discuss his upcoming role in Driving Miss Daisy, starring opposite Vanessa Redgrave. (6:30 PM, The Times Center, 242 W. 41st St., btwn. 7th and 8th Aves., $30, info/tickets)

GO? Children of the '80s rejoice! Shannen Doherty ("Brenda" Walsh in “Beverly Hills 90210” and one of the "Heather"s in "Heathers") and Ralph Macchio ("Daniel-son" in “The Karate Kid”) join funny-man Mario Cantone for a reading of Charles Messina’s comedy A Room of My Own. Messina will direct. (8 PM, Bleecker Street Theater, 45 Bleecker St., btwn. Mulberry St. and Mott St., for info call 212.260.8250)

Tuesday, September 21
WATCH? It’s the moment all you gleeks have been waiting for! “Glee” returns for its second season. There has been lots of buzz on this upcoming season’s guest stars — John Stamos, Britney Spears, Susan Boyle and Oscar winner Javier Bardem. There is also a Rocky Horror Picture Show episode said to be airing in October featuring Meat Loaf and Barry Bostwick. (8/7C on FOX, info)

Wednesday, September 22
GO? Jazz at Lincoln Center’s famed artistic director Wynton Marsalis will premiere a new work called Swing Symphony. The New York Philharmonic’s Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct. (7:30 PM, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center Plaza at the corner of Columbus Ave. and 65th St., $73-$249, info/tickets)

OPENING? The queen of all drag queens, Charles Busch, dons a habit for his comedy The Divine Sister. Busch plays a Mother Superior—in true Busch fashion, she isn't your run-of-the-mill nun—modeled after the golden goddesses of Hollywood nuns including Ingrid Bergman in “The Bells of St. Mary’s” and Rosalind Russell in “The Trouble with Angels.” Longtime Busch collaborator Julie Halston also stars. (SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St., btwn. 6th Ave. and Varick St., info/tickets)

Thursday, September 23

GO (FREE)? Everyone’s favorite sassy gal, Christine Ebersole, will debut her new album “Christine Ebersole Sings Noel Coward” at Barnes & Noble near Lincoln Center. The disc contains classic Coward tunes including “Someday I’ll Find You,” and “Room with a View” (a duet with former Phantom of the Opera star Howard McGillin). (7:30 PM, Barnes and Noble Lincoln Triangle, 1972 Broadway, btwn. 66th and 67th Sts., info)

Friday, September 24
GO? The always-funny Demetri Martin will bring his quirky humor (and probably his big drawing board, guitar, and other assorted toys) to New York’s Town Hall. Martin is best known for his TV show “Important Things with Demetri Martin” and for his co-starring role (alongside Jonathan Groff)  in the film “Woodstock.” (Through Sept. 25, 7:30 PM, Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd Street, btwn. 6th and 7th Aves., $39.75, info/tickets)

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