THE WEEK AHEAD, Jan. 26-Feb. 1: Evita Leaves Broadway, Fiorello! Opens and Broadway Bares Heats Up Winter | Playbill

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Inside Track THE WEEK AHEAD, Jan. 26-Feb. 1: Evita Leaves Broadway, Fiorello! Opens and Broadway Bares Heats Up Winter's weekly planner reminds you that the truth is, the Evita revival will, in fact, leave you... BC/EFA heats up winter's cold nights with a Winter Burlesque... Encores! turns 20... "Cabaret" turns 40... and Lea Salonga kicks off the American Songbook series. Fall into February with these new WEEK AHEAD happenings.
Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin Photo by Richard Termine


Saturday, January 26
LAST CHANCE→ It's your last chance to see Ricky Martin, Michael Cerveris and Elena Roger inhabit Michael Grandage's lush "New Argentina" in the Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Evita. Martin, the main Star draw, plays a friendlier-than-usual Che, with Cerveris as a staunch Peron ruling Argentina with an authentic-sounding Eva, courtesy of Argentine actress Roger. (Marquis Theatre, 1535 Broadway, at 46th St. Info/tickets.)

Sunday, January 27
GO→ The folks at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS combat New York's dropping temperatures with a steamy winter version of their sexy summer Broadway Bares romp. Broadway Bares: Winter Burlesque features 25 scantily-clad Broadway dancers shaking their groove thing with Broadway funny lady and Bares favorite Jen Cody serving as host. (9 PM & 11 PM, XL Nightclub, 512 W. 42nd St. Info/tickets.)

Monday, January 28
GO→ Following Broadway Week (which kicked off last week and lasts through Feb. 7) is Off-Broadway Week, featuring two-for-one ticket discounts to some of Off-Broadway's hottest shows, including Avenue Q, The Awesome 80s Prom, Blue Man Group, Forbidden Broadway, Stomp, Silence! The Musical and more. (Through Feb. 10. Info/tickets.)

Tuesday, January 29
GO (Washington, DC)→ Singer Michelle Williams, of Destiny Child's fame, joins the national tour of Fela! for the show's Washington, DC run. The Tony-nominated musical, directed by Bill T. Jones, tells the story of Nigerian activist and Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Williams plays Sandra Isadore, a Black Panther activist who falls for Fela. Williams will take a brief hiatus (Feb. 1-3) to join fellow Destiny Child's members Beyonce and Kelly Rowland to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show. (Through Feb. 10, Shakespeare Theatre Company, 450 7th St., NW, Washington, DC. Info/tickets.) GO→ The New-York Historical Society presents a special screening of Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," featuring a talk-back with the film's screenwriter Tony Kushner. Praise and award nominations have been heaped on Kushner as of late. During Daniel Day Lewis' recent Golden Globe acceptance speech, he extolled the qualities of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright saying, "Tony Kushner. Everyday I have to live without the immeasurable wealth of your language, which reminds me every day of the impoverishment of my own." (6:30 PM, New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, 170 Central Park West, at 77th St., $35 for non-members. Info/tickets.)

Nathan Lane
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GO→ Nathan Lane hosts the New York Philharmonic's Symphonic Sondheim. Frequent Sondheim collaborator Paul Gemignani conducts the symphony as they take on melodies from Sunday in the Park with George, The Enclave, Pacific Overtures, Passion, Sweeney Todd and more. (7:30 PM, Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Broadway and W. 65th St. Info/tickets.)

Wednesday, January 30
OPENING→ The 20th anniversary season of Encores! kicks off with the Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnick musical that started it all, Fiorello! The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning 1959 show tells the story of Fiorello H. LaGuardia through his years taking on the crooked Tammany Hall organization and his election as mayor of New York City. Danny Rutigliano, in the title role, leads the cast featuring Kate Baldwin, Erin Dilly, Emily Skinner, Shuler Hensley, Jeremy Bobb and more. (Through Feb. 3, New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Info/tickets.)

GO→ Tony winner Lea Salonga kicks off Lincoln Center's American Songbook series with an intimate show set in Lincoln Center's luminous Allen Room. Other highlights of the celebrated Songbook series include appearances by Kristin Chenoweth; Alice Ripley, Brian d'Arcy James and Idina Menzel singing the songs of Next to Normal's Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey; gospel singer Mavis Staples; and indie singer Ingrid Michaelson. (The Allen Room, 3 Columbus Circle, at 57th St. Info/tickets.)

Thursday, January 31
GO (FREE)→ Turner Classic Movies (TCM) hosts a free screening of the Oscar-winning film "Cabaret" at the famed Ziegfeld Theatre (the very same theatre where it premiered 40 years ago). The film's stars, Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Michael York and Marisa Berenson, will be on hand to chat with TCM host Robert Osborn and introduce the film's anniversary restoration. (7 PM, Ziegfeld Theatre, 141 W. 54th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. RSVP for free passes.)

Friday, February 1
WATCH→ Former Rock of Ages stars Wesley Taylor (currently of "Smash") and Mitchell Jarvis debut their new web series, the comedy "It Could Be Worse." Other familiar Broadway faces that pop up throughout the series include Adam Chanler-Berat, two-time Tony nominee Alison Fraser, Gideon Glick, Tony nominee Nancy Opel and Richard Poe. (Info.)

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

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