It’s Thanksgiving weekend, and what better gift to be thankful for than a week of great theater? This week’s Countrywide Guide spotlights Smash star Megan Hilty performing Sinatra in DC, Broadway dance wiz Tony Yazbeck singing and dancing in the rain, the farewell L.A. performance of The Book of Mormon and more!
OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL
Tony Yazbeck Says Good Morning to Singin’ in the Rain
Broadway dancer extraordinaire Tony Yazbeck (A Chorus Line, Gypsy) follows in the tap shoes of Gene Kelly as Don Lockwood in a Chicago area production of the classic Hollywood musical Singin’ in the Rain. (Yazbeck stepped in after fellow Broadway vet Sean Palmer was injured during rehearsal.) Featuring Bonnie & Clyde scene-stealer Melissa Van Der Schyff as Lina Lamont, the show will run November 21 through January 13 at Drury Lane Theatre.
Megan Hilty and Aaron Lazar Take on the Rat Pack, Etta James & More
The National Symphony Orchestra hosts Smash bombshell Megan Hilty and dashing Broadway leading man Aaron Lazar for their concert Luck Be a Lady: Megan Hilty Sings Sinatra and More. The musical evening features Hilty and Lazar putting their signature touches on songs originated by Frank Sinatra, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald and the Rat Pack and written by Cole Porter, Harold Arlen and more. Conducted by Steven Reineke, Luck Be a Lady will be performed at the Kennedy Center on November 23 and 24.
A Fresh, New The Nutcracker Dances Into Beantown
See the classic holiday ballet with fresh eyes! Boston Ballet artistic director Mikko Nissinen teams up with costume and set designer Robert Perdziola to create a brand new production of The Nutcracker, featuring the beloved music of Tchaikovsky. Kick off the holiday season with Clara, the Nutcracker and the Sugar Plum Fairy in this lush production at the Boston Opera House, running November 23 through December 30.
A Thanksgiving Feast & Show for Military Families
Arena Stage invites wounded service men and women and their families to a complimentary Thanksgiving dinner and performance of Molly Smith's acclaimed production of Lerner & Loewe's My Fair Lady on November 23. First seen at Canada's Shaw Festival, this My Fair Lady revival stars Benedict Campbell as Henry Higgins and Manna Nichols as Eliza Doolittle, and will run at the Mead Center for American Theater through January 6.
LOS ANGELES, CA
Say “'Hello!’ Goodbye” to The Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon is gearing up to leave the City of Angels and continue on its mission around the USA. The national tour finishes up its L.A. run at the Pantages Theatre on November 25, and while the show will go on, this could be one of your last chances to see Tony nominee Gavin Creel and Jared Gertner in the lead roles before they head to London. Hasa Diga Eebowai to that!