THE WEEK AHEAD, Sept. 21-27: Broadway Goes to the Flea Market; Neil Patrick Harris Hosts the Emmys

Inside Track   THE WEEK AHEAD, Sept. 21-27: Broadway Goes to the Flea Market; Neil Patrick Harris Hosts the Emmys's weekly planner reminds you that Constantine Maroulis mines the '80s… Neil Patrick Harris is back as MC… Andrea Martin flies out of Pippin… Woody Allen and Sting share some musical passions… and Broadway shares the free concert love with lower Manhattan. Fall into fall this WEEK AHEAD!
Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris


Saturday, September 21
GO→ Tony-nominated Rock of Ages star Constantine Maroulis will return to his hair-band roots when he joins the ’80s cover band Jessie’s Girl for a series of performances at the Canal room. Expect Maroulis’ take on classic 80s covers from the likes of Bon Jovi, Prince, Journey, Madonna and more. (Saturdays through Oct. 26, 8 PM and 11:30 PM, Canal Room, 285 W. Broadway, at Canal St. Info/tickets.)

Sunday, September 22
WATCH→ Taking a page from the Tony Awards, the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards tap Neil Patrick Harris as their host! Stage folk up for screen honors include Mandy Patinkin (for “Homeland”), Jane Lynch (for “Glee”), Jessica Lange (for “American Horror Story”), Jeff Daniels (for “Newsroom”), Jim Parsons (for “The Big Bang Theory”), Jane Krakowski (for “30 Rock”) and Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (for “Smash”). And speaking of the Tonys, the broadcast for the 66th Annual Tony Awards, held in June 2012, already took home four Creative Arts Emmys. (8 PM ET/5 PM PT, CBS. Info/check local listings.)

GO (FREE)→ Broadway cleans house at the 27th Annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Flea Market and Grand Auction! Hundreds of items from set and costume pieces, to show memorabilia and props, to vintage Playbills and posters, to show tickets and more will be dolled out at vendors during the "flea market" portion of this annual affair. The favorite celeb autograph table will be chockablock with stars, including Bernadette Peters, Len Cariou, Judith Light, Bebe Neuwirth, Jeremy Jordan, Santino Fontana, Cherry Jones, Patrick Wilson and many more! The "Auction" part of the day promises one-of-a-kind Broadway experiences including walk-on roles in some of Broadway's best shows like Kinky Boots and The Lion King; signed memorabilia from the likes of Hugh Jackman, Ethel Merman and Liza Minnelli; and backstage meet-and-greets. (10AM-7PM, West 44th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, and Shubert Alley. Info.)

Andrea Martin
photo by Joan Marcus

LAST CHANCE→ It’s the last chance to catch Andrea Martin in the Tony-winning role of Berthe in Diane Paulus’ acclaimed revival of Pippin. Permanently taking over the role starting Tuesday is Tovah Feldshuh, who previously filled in for Martin while she was on vacation. (Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club deals.) Monday, September 23
GO→ Monday nights at the Café Carlyle mean a rare chance to catch Woody Allen at his “night time gig” — clarinet player alongside the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band. (Mondays through Dec. 16, 8:45 PM, Café Carlyle, 35 E. 76th St., at Madison Ave. Info/tickets.)

Tuesday, September 24
OPENING→ The latest from the acclaimed experimental theatre troupe Elevator Repair Service comes to the Public Theater. Arguendo theatricalizes a 1991 Supreme Court case that found a group of exotic dancers challenging a ban on public nudity. (Through Oct. 13, Public Theatre, 425 Lafayette St. Info/tickets.)

Wednesday, September 25
GO→ Multi-award-winning songwriter and rock legend Sting will perform songs from his forthcoming new musical, The Last Ship, in a series of intimate concerts benefiting The Public Theater. A limited number of free tickets will be distributed the day of each performance. (Through Oct. 9, The Public Theatre, 425 Lafayette St. Info/tickets.)

Thursday, September 26
GO→ Broadway heavy-hitters will deliver the songs of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty in a succession of concerts entitled Nice Fighting You: A 30th Anniversary Celebration. Brian Stokes Mitchell, Andrea Martin, Audra McDonald, Stephanie J. Block, LaChanze, Liz Callaway, Lilla Crawford, Marin Mazzie, Julie Halston, Annaleigh Ashford, Jeremy Jordan, Rebecca Luker and more will perform from the Ahrens and Flaherty songbook, including songs from Once On This Island, Ragtime, My Favorite Year and the forthcoming Rocky. (Through Sept. 28, rotating cast, 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.)

Friday, September 27
GO (FREE)→ Broadway takes to lower Manhattan for a free outdoor concert! Expect performances from the casts of Pippin, Cinderella, Annie, Newsies, The Phantom of the Opera, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, Rock of Ages and more. (12:30-2 PM, Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza is located at 220 Vesey St. Info.)

Blake Ross is the editor of Playbill magazine. Follow her on Twitter @PlaybillBlake.

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