What’s happening in New York City this week? Lots! From galas to concerts to a double dose of Broadway opening night merriment, we've got all the scoop on the top events for Broadway fans. (Non-NYCers can look forward to some stage-perfect home entertainment.) Read on for your guest pass to the week's hottest events.
MONDAY, MARCH 18
STARS JOURNEY TO THE VINEYARD
Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre celebrates its 30th anniversary with a starry gala hosted by Tony nominee Colman Domingo. The evening will feature performances by a slew of Vineyard alumni including Mandy Gonzalez, Judy Kuhn and Broadway.com host Susan Blackwell, as well as a special reunion of the original cast of Avenue Q. Now’s your chance to get John Tartaglia to autograph your puppet!
ALSO: Peter and the Starcatcher springs back to life at New World Stages; Bebe Neuwirth vamps up 54 Below; Victor Garber, Jan Maxwell, Josh Young and more lend their talents to the BC/EFA benefit Broadway Backwards; Once celebrates its first birthday on Broadway.
TUESDAY, MARCH 19
RED AND BLACK (AND BLU-RAY)
You’ll be hearing the people sing from the comfort of your own revolution-less home when 2012’s blockbuster musical Les Miserables hits DVD and Blu-Ray. Relive all the exciting moments from the award-winning flick, including Fantine’s haircut, Valjean shopping for silver and Javert’s bungee jump gone wrong.
ALSO: See Rock City and Other Destinations gets a cast album release; Grace Gummer and Seth Rudetsky guest star on Smash; Debby Boone lights up our life at Café Carlyle.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20
IT’S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE, IT’S A MUSICAL!
Move over, Spidey! There’s another superhero taking the New York stage in the Encores! production of It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman, the 1966 musical adaptation of the comic book series. The Man of Steel will be played by Edward Watts with a starry supporting cast that’s positively super. (Catch it through March 24 at New York City Center.)
ALSO: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, starring Emilia Clarke as Holly Golightly, celebrates a swanky Broadway opening.
THURSDAY, MARCH 21
BROADWAY SHIFTS INTO FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE
Go truck yourself with the brand new American musical Hands on a Hardbody, opening on Broadway after a successful run at La Jolla Playhouse. Hunter Foster and Keith Carradine star in this Texas-set tuner about 10 people vying to win a Nissan pickup by keeping a hand on the prize at all times. Drive yourself to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre!
ALSO: The Assembled Parties assemble for previews at the Friedman Theatre; Nathan Lane returns to the stage in Douglas Carter Beane's The Nance, which begins previews at the Lyceum.
FRIDAY, MARCH 22
THE VANDAL BUZZES BACK TO THE FLEA
Actor slash playwright Hamish Linklater’s acclaimed drama The Vandal returns to its home at the Flea Theatre for a limited engagement. The mysterious one-act, which marks Linklater’s playwriting debut, premiered at the Flea earlier this year, but audiences couldn’t get enough! Check it out through March 31.
ALSO: The Big Knife, starring Bobby Cannavale, begins previews at the American Airlines Theatre.
SATURDAY, MARCH 23
MAGIC TO DO AT THE MUSIC BOX
The dazzling cast of Pippin flies high at the Music Box Theatre as a bold, new staging of Stephen Schwartz’s 1972 musical begins previews on Broadway. The production marks the first-ever revival of the show on the Great White Way, and if we know anything about leading players Patina Miller and Matthew James Thomas, this show will spread plenty of sunshine to Broadway!
SUNDAY, MARCH 24
KRISTIN SALUTES BROADWAY’S BROADS
Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth commanded the stage in an American Songbook concert last February, and now audiences can watch her show The Dames of Broadway… All of 'Em! on PBS. The special broadcast of Live From Lincoln Center will give you all the Chenoweth you could possibly want—in high-definition and with rewind capabilities!
ALSO: The Book of Mormon celebrates its two-year anniversary on Broadway; F#%king Up Everything opens at the Elektra Theatre; off-Broadway bids goodbye to Strike Up the Band, The North Pool and The Dance and the Railroad; Tony winner Tonya Pinkins performs at Joe’s Pub.