The WEEK AHEAD: Sept. 24-30

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: Sept. 24-30
Theatre treasure hunters: start your engines this WEEK AHEAD!

BC/EFA’s 25th Annual Flea Market & Grand Action… NYMF begins… Jonathan Groff submits… and one last meal of “liver with a nice Chianti” for Silence! The Musical


Saturday, September 24
Jenn Harris and Brent BarrettLAST CHANCE? Silence! The Musical, a parody of the 1991 Academy Award-winning film Silence of the Lambs, plays its final performance at Off-Broadway’s Theatre 80. A chorus of fluffy lambs helps tell the story of rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jenn Harris) who enlists the help of the notorious murderer “Hannibal the Cannibal” (Paul Michael Valley) to help her catch a serial killer before he strikes (or “skins”) again. Featuring a score by Jon and Al Kaplan and a book by Tony nominee Hunter Bell. (Theatre 80, 80 St. Marks Pl., btwn. 1st & 2nd Aves., info/tickets)

Sunday, September 25
GO? The Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Flea Market and Grand Auction celebrates its 25th year with a new footprint. Theatre lovers will now be able to treasure hunt into Times Square as the market wends its way into the pedestrian plaza and down 44th Street. One of the fall’s most anticipated events, the flea market and auction offers tons of memorabilia donated by the theatrical community, as well ample opportunity to meet and greet with Broadway’s biggest celebs. In anticipation of inclement weather, BC/EFA’s exec. director Tom Viola says: “Come sunshine or drizzle the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction will go on. Only heavy rains in the morning would knock us out. Please check the website, Facebook and Twitter for an update.” (10 AM-7 PM, Times Square and W. 44th St., info)

Monday, September 26
NYMF - New York Music Theatre FestivalGO? The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) kicks off its eighth year of exploring new and exciting musical theatre talent. Over 30 productions will be put on as a part of this year’s fest including: Gatsby: The Songs in Concert, featuring songs from the Hugh Wheeler, Lee Pockriss and Carolyn Leigh Broadway musical from the 1970s that never came to fruition; Greenwood, about a reunion of former performing arts campers, starring Andrea McArdle; Outlaws, about the real story of Billy the Kid; and Cyclops, a rock-scored adaptation of the Euripides’ play of the same name. (Through Oct. 16, multiple venues, Click here for a full schedule of performances/tickets)

Standing, L-R: Michael Berresse, Heidi Blickenstaff, Larry Pressgrove and Hunter Bell Seated: Susan Blackwell and Jeff BowenGO? The Bound for Broadway concert series hosted by Liz Callaway will feature previews from five new musicals slated for fall. Among the offerings is a new work from the [title of show] folks called Now. Here. This.; Room 16 about the relationship between G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt (the chief architects of the Watergate Hotel break-ins); The Boy Detective Fails, a murder mystery featuring Callaway; …And Then I Wrote a Song About It set in the early 1980s New York City; and a musical comedy (believe it or not) called The Suicide set in Stalin’s Soviet Union. (Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W. 67th St., btwn. Broadway & Amsterdam, info/tickets)

Tuesday, September 27
Jonathan GroffOPENING? In The SubmissionJonathan Groff stars as a burgeoning playwright named Danny Larsen who gets his first big break thanks to a stirring new play about growing up in the projects. Too bad Larsen’s real life bares no resemblance to that of Shaleeha G'ntamobi, his now-famous pen name. Written by Jeff Talbott, who earlier this year, took home the first-ever Laurents/Hatcher Award for the play. Directed by Walter Bobbie, also starring Will Rogers (When the Rain Stops Falling), Eddie Kaye Thomas (“American Pie”) and Rutina Wesley (HBO's "True Blood"). (Through Oct. 22, Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St., btwn. Bleecker & Hudson Sts., info/tickets)

John LithgowGO (FREE)? Tony Award winner John Lithgow (slated to return to Broadway this season in The Columnist) makes an in-store appearance in Manhattan to promote his memoir “Drama: An Actor’s Education.” (7 PM, Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St., btwn. Park Ave. and Broadway, info)

Wednesday, September 28
PREVIEWS? Stephen Karam’s newest dark comedy Sons of the Prophet stars Tony winner Joanna Gleason as a kooky former Manhattan book editor who believes she’s found her ticket outta Dodge (or in this case, Eastern Pennsylvania) in the tragedy that has beset Joseph Douaihy (Santino Fontana) and his family. (Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves., info/tickets)

Thursday, September 29
Main PhotographGO? Tony Bennett celebrates his 85th birthday with the sequel to his hit "Duets" album. The new disc features the famous crooner alongside some musicbiz heavyweights like Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin, Michael Bublé, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and the late Amy Winehouse. Photos from these recording sessions (taken by Kelsey Bennett and Josh Cheuse) make up a new exhibit  at Manhattan’s Morrison Hotel. (Morrison Hotel, 124 Prince St., btwn. Greene & Wooster Sts., info)

Friday, September 30
John C. Reilly, Jodie Foster and Christoph Waltz GO? Roman Polanski's cinematic take on Yasmina Reza's 2009 Tony-winning play God of Carnage opens the New York Film Festival. Polanski’s “Carnage” — which chronicles two couples that meet after a playground fight between their kids — drops the “God of” but gains an all-star cast in Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly. (Screening at 6:30 PM, 7 PM, 9 PM and 9:30 PM, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Walter Reade Theatre, 65th St., btwn. Broadway & Amsterdam, info/tickets)

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