The WEEK AHEAD: Sept. 4-9

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: Sept. 4-9
In this holiday edition of WEEK AHEAD: Clowns invade Brooklyn… Phantom gets a new(ish) "Angel"…Constantine brings Rock to America....and Sinatra takes one more for the road.

So, set 'em up Joe,

Saturday, September 4
GO? New York prepares to send in the clowns with the New York Clown Theatre Festival, featuring over a dozen attractions including street performances, cabarets, mainstage and kid-friendly shows. (Through Sept. 26, The Brick, 575 Metropolitan Ave., btwn. Union Ave. and Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, $10-$15 per show, info)

Sunday, September 5
Come Fly Away star Charlie Neshyba-HodgesBEFORE IT CLOSES? The songs of Sinatra and the moves of Tharp — is there anything sweeter? Come Fly Away features a bevy of talented (and gravity-defying) dancers including Tony nominee Karine Plantadit. Songs include “Fly Me to the Moon,” “One for My Baby,” “My Way” and “New York, New York.” (Marquis Theatre, 1535 Broadway, btwn. 45th and 46th Sts., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Monday, September 6
GO (FREE)? The Met: Live in HD summer outdoor festival closes with Richard Eyre’s acclaimed production of Bizet’s Carmen, starring El?na Garan?a and Roberto Alagna. (7:45 PM, Lincoln Center Plaza, btwn. 62nd and 65th Sts. and Columbus and Amsterdam Aves., info)

Tuesday, September 7
Hugh Panaro in The Phantom of the OperaGO? Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera welcomes a new "Christine" when Sara Jean Ford (who starred in the touring production of the show) steps into the role. Her "Angel of Music," Hugh Panaro, returns to the title role that he first played on Broadway in 1999. (Majestic Theatre, 245 W. 44th St., btwn. Broadway and 8th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Wednesday, September 8
Barbara CookGO? Barbara Cook, fresh off her Tony-nominated run in Broadway’s Sondheim on Sondheim, will join Michael Feinstein in the house that Feinstein built for their cabaret show Cheek to Cheek. Cook has been mum on the song list, but she did give Playbill’s cabaret reporter David Drake a hint at what is to come, saying audiences can expect plenty of show tunes but that she also wants to “mix it up” and that she’ll sing “one Sondheim song this time around.” (Through Oct. 2, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, 540 Park Ave, at 61st St., $50.08 - $278.72, info/tickets)

Thursday, September 9
Rock of Ages star Constantine MaroulisGO? Constantine Maroulis says farewell to Broadway, but not to the show that landed him a Tony nomination. Maroulis will star in the national tour of Rock of Ages that kicks off in Chicago on Sept. 21. Mitchell Jarvis, who originated the role of hilarious Jack Black-esque narrator “Lonny” will stay with the Broadway company, but will assume the role of rocker “Stacee Jaxx” earlier in the week. (Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway and 8th Aves., info/tickets)

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