What’s going on in the Big Apple during the week of March 11? Forget your iCal—Broadway.com has your ultimate datebook for the best theater-tinted events in NYC (and one across the pond) this week. There’s a big Broadway opening for David Hyde Pierce and Sigourney Weaver, a starry gala, a Cabaret extravaganza and a ton of other fabulous things that you won’t want to miss!
MONDAY, MARCH 11
TONY WINNERS GO ROUND AND ROUND
A slew of all-star Broadway performers will be on hand to sing their faces off at the spring gala for the Roundabout Theatre Company at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Hosted by Alan Cumming, the evening will toast artistic director Todd Haimes and feature a ton of performances from the likes of Sutton Foster, Audra McDonald, Jane Krakowski, Kelli O’Hara, Laura Osnes, Laura Benanti, Stephanie J. Block and at least 55 other Broadway A-listers. Have you fainted yet!?
ALSO: Motown: The Musical starts groovin’ at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre; one-night-only Songs for a New World concert plays XL Cabaret; Chekhov-inspired drama Neva opens at the Public Theater; Christian Borle, Rachel Dratch and more perform in Spotlight on St. Jude's: Broadway's Tribute to the Kids at Pershing Square Signature Center.
TUESDAY, MARCH 12
IVY LYNN LIFTS OFF
Any fan of Broadway or Smash knows that Megan Hilty has a set of powerhouse vocal cords, and now you can listen to them whenever you want! Hilty’s debut solo album It Happens All the Time gets its much anticipated store release from Sony Masterworks, and from what she’s told us of the album, there will be plenty of musical surprises in store from our favorite blonde bombshell.
ALSO: Detroit ’67 opens at the Public; Breakfast at Tiffany’s star Emilia Clarke stops by The Late Show with David Letterman; Strike Up the Band begins performances on Theatre Row; Broadway-themed novel Staged hits bookstores; Condola Rashad’s solo show and Mike Daisey: Five Technical Rehearsals in India bow at Joe’s Pub.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13
LIFE’S A CABARET FOR LIZA & ALAN
Liza Minnelli and Alan Cumming have one major thing in common: Cabaret. The award-winning performers will join forces for a tour de force concert at Town Hall (with a second show on March 14) celebrating Minnelli’s 67th birthday. The duo will perform songs from the Kander and Ebb show, as well as original compositions by Cumming, plus banter that's sure to be memorable. Forget money—these two make the world go round!
ALSO: The Lying Lesson opens at Atlantic Theater Company; original cast members from See Rock City & Other Destinations celebrate the off-Broadway album release at 54 Below.
THURSDAY, MARCH 14
VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & OPENING
The title may be a mouthful, but Broadway is thrilled to welcome Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, as the hit off-Broadway comedy transfers to the Golden Theatre. Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce and Kristine Nielsen lead this farcical comedy by playwright Christopher Durang, a Chekhovian mashup that somehow includes the star of Alien decked out in a Snow White costume!
ALSO: Tony winner Charles Busch brings his drag-tastic act to 54 Below.
FRIDAY, MARCH 15
A NIGHT AT THE F#&KING THEATER
The Elektra Theatre plays host to the brand new musical F#%king Up Everything as this Brooklyn love story begins preview performances. Max Crumm (Grease), George Salazar (Godspell) and Jason Gotay (Bring It On) lead the off-Broadway cast of the indie rock comedy, which is decidedly not appropriate for anyone who doesn’t like a little f#%king vulgarity.
SATURDAY, MARCH 16
ONCE MOVES TO LONDON
The tender Tony-winning musical Once makes the anticipated leap across the Atlantic as the new London production makes its preview debut at the Phoenix Theatre. The West End cast is led by Broadway alum Declan Bennett and Croatian actress Zrinka Cvitesic, and before you ask, yes—there will be booze.
ALSO: Marilyn Maye plays her final performance at 54 Below; Justin Vivian Bond (the divine Mx America) makes a splash at Joe’s Pub.
SUNDAY, MARCH 17
BROADWAY’S KIDS GROW UP
The next generation of musical theater stars will be on hand at Times Square hotspot 54 Below to show off their talents before they take Broadway in the very near future. Kids from Annie, Newsies, The Lion King and more will take the stage and sing songs from shows like Avenue Q, Next to Normal and Into The Woods. Check out these talented youngsters, coming soon to a Tony Awards ceremony near you!
ALSO: Lanford Wilson’s The Mound Builders opens off-Broadway; Detroit ’67 ends its limited run at the Public Theater.