THE WEEK AHEAD Sept. 27-Oct. 3: The Last Ship Sets Sail and Garry Marshall Explores His Darker Side

Inside Track   THE WEEK AHEAD Sept. 27-Oct. 3: The Last Ship Sets Sail and Garry Marshall Explores His Darker Side's weekly planner reminds you that James Earl Jones is a grandpa… Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ewan McGregor have an affair to remember… Gretchen Mol and Josh Radnor attend the dinner party from hell… Blythe Danner spends a weekend in the country… and Sting's Ship sends him sailing to the Main Stem.
Josh Radnor
Josh Radnor Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Big names fill 'bills all around Broadway this Week Ahead!

Saturday, September 27
PREVIEWS→ Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Disgraced makes its way to Broadway. London leading man Hari Dhillon plays Amir, a successful Upper East Side lawyer struggling with his Muslim roots and his American Dream. This comes to a boil thanks to a dinner party turned very wrong. In attendance to witness this breakdown are Gretchen Mol, Karen Pittman and "How I Met Your Mother" star Josh Radnor. Officially opens Oct. 23. (Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Info/tickets.)

Sunday, September 28
OPENING→ James Earl Jones leads a cast of comedy pros, including Rose Byrne, Elizabeth Ashley, Kristine Nielsen, Reg Rogers and Julie Halston, in the revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, You Can't Take It With You. This Kaufman and Hart classic follows the Sycamores and the Kirbys, two very different families brought together by their children's engagement. (Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Monday, September 29
PREVIEWS→ Grammy-winning superstar Sting tries his hand at Broadway with The Last Ship, a folksy-scored tale that pulls from Sting's childhood growing up in a working-class English seafaring town. Sting, who penned the score, enlisted a Tony-winning trio to help mold the musical — director Joe Mantello, choreographer Steven Hoggett and writers John Logan and Brian Yorkey. Officially opens Oct. 26. (Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St. btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Rosemary Harris and Bhavesh Patel in <i>Indian Ink</i>
Rosemary Harris and Bhavesh Patel in Indian Ink Photo by Joan Marcus

GO→ Esteemed New Yorker critic and author John Lahr discusses his monumental new biography of Tennessee Williams, "Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh" (15 years in the making) with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner. (8 PM, 92nd Street Y, 92nd St. & Lexington Ave. Info/tickets.) Tuesday, September 30
OPENING→ Roundabout Theatre Company's first Tom Stoppard offering of the season, Indian Ink, makes its New York debut with Rosemary Harris in the starring role. The time-traveling show examines the eccentric life and legacy of an English poet living in India and how history will remember her. (Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Wednesday, October 1
OPENING→ "Saturday Night Live" alum Rachel Dratch stars in Mario Correa's comedy Tail! Spin!, which takes on notorious political sex scandals. Here's looking at you, Anthony Weiner, Mark Sanford, Mark Foley and Larry Craig! (Lynn Redgrave Theater, 45 Bleecker St. Info/tickets.)

Thursday, October 2
OPENING→ Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies returns to Broadway with The Country House. Blythe Danner stars as an aging actress who gathers her family in their Berkshires home during the famed Williamstown Theater Festival. (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

PREVIEWS→ Ewan McGregor, Cynthia Nixon, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Josh Hamilton take on the two couples at the center of The Real Thing, Tom Stoppard's memorable examination of marriage and fidelity. Nixon first appeared in the play over 30 years ago, making a big splash on the scene as she made the unprecedented move of starring in two Broadway shows at the same time. Watch Nixon relive her trip between the two theatres here! Sam Gold directs this most recent revival officially opening Oct. 30. (American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves. Info/tickets.)

Friday, October 3
PREVIEWS→ "Beaches" and "Pretty Woman" director Garry Marshall returns to the New York theatre with Billy & Ray. This comedy by Mike Bencivenga examines the thorny relationship between writer-director Billy Wilder ("Mad Men" star Vincent Kartheiser) and novelist Raymond Chandler (Larry Pine) as they create "Double Indemnity" — the film credited with launching film noir. Officially opens Oct. 20. (Vineyard Theatre, 108 E 15th St., btwn. Union Square E. & Irving Place. Info/tickets.)

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