THE WEEK AHEAD, Nov. 26-Dec. 2: Chita Rivera and John Cullum Visit Broadway; Playbill Hosts Gay Marriage Special

Inside Track   THE WEEK AHEAD, Nov. 26-Dec. 2: Chita Rivera and John Cullum Visit Broadway; Playbill Hosts Gay Marriage Special's weekly planner reminds you that Bebe says "bye bye" to Feinstein's, Frank Langella meets his end as Gregor Antonescu, Charles Busch is Kate the Great, Chita Rivera stars in The Visit, and "30 for $30" makes a return.
Bebe Neuwirth
Bebe Neuwirth


Saturday, Nov 26
LAST CHANCE→ Bebe Neuwirth wraps up Stories with Piano #3, her nightclub act currently playing Feinstein's. In Stories, the Emmy and Tony Award winner interprets songs by Stephen Sondheim, Edith Piaf, Tom Waits, Irving Berlin and Kander & Ebb. (8 PM & 10:30 PM, Feinstein's at Loews Regency, 540 Park Avenue, at 61 St., info/tickets.)

Sunday, November 27
LAST CHANCE→ Three-time Tony winner Frank Langella wraps up his engagement at the American Airlines Theatre in the revival of Terence Rattigan's Man and Boy. Langella plays Gregor Antonescu, a ruthless financier caught up in a Madoff-sized scheme of the Depression era. In an attempt to cover up his tracks, Antonescu calls upon his estranged son (Adam Driver) to help pull off one last company-saving deal. (American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42 St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Monday, November 28
GO→ Charles Busch slips into the sensible shoes of aging star Katharine Hepburn for a benefit reading of Matthew Lombardo's one-woman biographical show, Tea at Five, about the late-career Kate musing on life and love in her Connecticut home in the 1980s. The evening, directed by Rob Ruggiero (High), benefits The Ali Forney Center. Daryl Roth and Carl Siciliano will introduce the event. (Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street, Greenwich Village, info/tickets.)

Audra McDonald
photo by Michael Wilson

Tuesday, November 29
GO (TOUR)→ You'll shoot your eye out! A Christmas Story, The Musical! continues to spread the holiday cheer on a national tour, stopping on Tuesday in Raleigh, NC (through Dec. 4) before heading to Chicago at the end of December for a three-week stint. A Christmas Story sets to music the classic 1983 film of the same name about the exploits of a young boy named Ralphie who is in hot pursuit of a Red Ryder 200 Shot Carbine Action Air Rifle for Christmas. (Click here for info/tickets.) LAST CHANGE→ Four-time Tony winner Audra McDonald wraps up her 15-city concert tour with an evening of song at Penn State. McDonald will then return to New York City to rehearse for the Broadway revival of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, which begins previews Dec. 17. (7:30 PM, Eisenhower Auditorium, corner of Shortlidge and Eisenhower Rds., 
Penn State's University Park campus, $22-$55, info/tickets.)

Wednesday, November 30
GO→ In an effort to introduce a new generation of theatregoers to the power of politically and socially potent theatre (that's also affordable!), Playbill has once again partnered with NY1 for an evening at Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, as a part of the ongoing "30 for $30" series. This one-night-only discount offers $30 tickets to those born in 1980 or after. The play, a collection of shorts from such esteemed playwrights like Moisés Kaufman, Neil LaBute, Paul Rudnick and Doug Wright, tackles the issues and personalities surrounding marriage equality. A post-show discussion open to all will include cast members Craig Bierko, Mark Consuelos, Polly Draper, Harriet Harris, Beth Leavel and Richard Thomas, along with some special guests, and will be hosted by yours truly and NY1 theatre producer Frank DiLella. (Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane, just West of 6th Ave., info.)

GO→ Chita Rivera and John Cullum star in a one-night-only concert performance of Kander & Ebb's The Visit, a musical adaptation of the classic Friedrich Dürrenmatt play featuring a book by Terence McNally. The evening, directed by Carl Andress and choreographed by Ann Reinking, will benefit the Actors Fund and the Vinyeard Theatre. (7:30 PM, Ambassador Theatre, 219 W. 49th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., info/tickets.)

Jeremy Jordan and Laura Osnes in the Asolo Repertory Theatre production
photo by Frank Atura

Thursday, December 1
OPENING→ Frank Wildhorn's musical adaptation of the rise and fall of two of America's most notorious and romanticized criminals, Bonnie & Clyde, officially opens on Broadway. Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan play the titular pair on the run from the law. This production bills itself as one of the most truthful accounts of the exploits of the teen gangsters, including how their childhoods led them to a life of crime, set to Wildhorn's rockabilly and blues score (the lyrics are by Sunset Boulevard Tony winner Don Black). (Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 West 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

GO (FREE)→ In celebration of the release of the cast album of Broadway's revival of Follies, the cast — including stars Bernadette Peters, Jan Maxwell, Danny Burstein, Ron Raines and Elaine Paige — will join composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim at a special CD signing at Barnes & Noble. (4-5:30 PM, Barnes & Noble, 150 E. 86th St., btwn. Lexington and 3rd Aves., info.)

Friday, December 2
GO→ Michael Feinstein kicks off the holiday season at his eponymous nightclub with a series of shows. Throughout the month of December, Feinstein will host several evenings, starting with his solo act (Dec. 1-3, Dec. 26), followed by a series of shows with Barbara Cook (where the pair will party like it's 1999, meaning prices will revert back to reflect what they were when the club first opened in '99), and ending with a New Year's Eve show with Kelli O'Hara. (Feinstein's at Loews Regency, 540 Park Ave., at 61st St., info/tickets.)

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

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