Broadway.com is spreading the news all season long, spotlighting tons of must-see events! From welcoming Jane Lynch to Broadway's Annie to bidding adieu to The Last Five Years and The Memory Show to more awards season celebrations—what more could your calendar hold? Read on for this week’s top picks.
MONDAY, MAY 13
THE PHILHALLMONICS GET LUSTY AT LINCOLN CENTER
Lust is in the air! Composer Phil Hall is bringing his sexy and sassy songstresses, The PhilHallmonics, to Lincoln Center's Bruno Walter Auditorium for The Lusty Month of a May. The PhilHallmonics are celebrating the reawakening of sex, love and desire in a free concert, featuring tunes by songwriters Broadway faves like Stephen Sondheim, Harold Arden and Vernon Duke. Go awaken your inner flower child.
ALSO: Annie's Lilla Crawford perform in Little Theater, Big Dreams benefit concert at West Side YMCA; The Memory Show’s Leslie Kritzer returns to Joe’s Pub in Beautiful Disaster; Steve Kazee wraps up at 54 Below.
TUESDAY, MAY 14
TOM HANKS AND PIPPIN STAY UP LATE WITH LETTERMAN
It’s gonna be a circus! Tom Hanks will stop by The Late Show to visit with his old friend David Letterman, and, of course, talk about his recent Tony nomination for his performance in Lucky Guy. The high-flying, gravity-defying troupe of Pippin, led by Tony nominees Patina Miller and Andrea Martin, will also swing by the Ed Sullivan Theater to show off their awe-inspiring acrobatics and spectacular vocals.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15
JANE LYNCH JOINS THE ‘LITTLE GIRLS’ OF ANNIE
Sue Sylverster’s finally going from yelling at Glee-clubbers to ordering around a bunch of little girls! Emmy-winning Glee star Jane Lynch will make her Broadway debut as the tyrannical orphanage headmistress Miss Hannigan in the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning revival of Annie. Lynch is taking over the role from two-time Tony winner Katie Finneran, and will lead the company through July 14 at the Palace Theatre. If you don’t go, she’ll throw a slushie in your face!
ALSO: Tony nominees Benj Pasek and Justin Paul celebrate the new Dogfight CD with a special concert at Joe’s Pub; Somewhere Fun, starring Kate Mulgrew and Kathleen Chalfant, begins performances at the Vineyard Theatre; Three Kinds of Exile, starring John Guare, starts preview at the Atlantic; Broadway alum Jesse Tyler Ferguson stops by Live! with Kelly and Michael.
THURSDAY, MAY 16
DISCOVER ALL THE REASONS TO BE HAPPY OFF-BROADWAY
Looking for a reason to be happy this spring? The Office alum Jenna Fischer makes her stage debut in Neil LaBute’s new drama Reasons to Be Happy. Also starring Josh Hamilton, Leslie Bibb and Fred Weller, Happy is the sequel to LaBute’s Tony-nominated Reasons to Be Pretty, and is the story of a couple who wonders if they can make a fresh go of their relationship three years after a contentious break-up.
ALSO: Colin Quinn’s new solo show Unconstitutional plays the Barrow Street Theatre.
FRIDAY, MAY 17
DEBRA MESSING & DAVID HYDE PIERCE HOST DRAMA LEAGUE AWARDS
Obviously, the New York theater awards season officially began with the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards, but now it’s The Drama League’s turn. Emmy winner Debra Messing and Tony winner and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike nominee David Hyde Pierce will host the 79th Annual Drama League Awards ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Times Square.
SATURDAY, MAY 18
AARON TVEIT SAYS ‘GOODBYE’ TO 54 BELOW
Run away with Aaron Tveit! Ladies and gentleman, Aaronpocalypse has come to a close. The Broadway hunk made his solo show debut at 54 Below on May 3, and now he is playing his final performance at the underground hotspot. But don’t fret, the show will be released as a live studio album by Broadway Records, boasting a mix of songs from musical theater standards to top 40 hits.
ALSO: This is your last chance to see The Last Five Years, starring Betsy Wolfe and Adam Kantor, at Second Stage and The Memory Show at Duke at 42nd Street; Dojoji: The Man Inside the Bell begins performances at off-Broadway’s Clurman Theatre.
SUNDAY, MAY 19
WILL CHASE & JENN COLELLA REUNITE FOR HIGH FIDELITY
For two nights only, Edwin Drood Tony nominee Will Chase and former Broadway.com vlogger Jenn Colella, original cast members of the short-lived Broadway musical High Fidelity, reunite for a concert staging of the Tom Kitt-Amanda Green-scored musical at 54 Below. High Fidelity in Concert also features former Broadway.com vlogger Adam Chanler-Berat, Mario Cantone, Ana Gasteyer and The Indigo Girls.
ALSO: The Drama Desk Awards ceremony at Town Hall.