Ed Flynn, Francis Guinan & Rhea Perlman in 'Stella & Lou' and Jane Krakowski
Broadway.com is hitting the road! We’re traveling across the country to find the week’s most exciting theatrical events from coast to coast. This week’s star-studded Countrywide Guide features a Broadway diva’s return to the stage, a small screen favorite's return to the bar and a Sondheim-style birthday party.
RHEA PERLMAN HEADS BACK TO THE BAR
Cheers favorite Rhea Perlman is returning to a very familiar place in the world premiere of Stella & Lou at the Northlight Theatre—a bar! The stage and screen star will pull up a stool alongside Francis Guinan and Ed Flynn in the new play by Bruce Graham. Directed by BJ Jones, Stella & Lou tells the story of two kindred spirits who long for forgiveness and companionship, and it's playing through June 9. Make ours a double!
TOM HEWITT IS KING
You’ve seen him on Broadway as Biblical bad-guy Pilate, blood-sucking Dracula, dragalicious Frank ‘N’ Furter and dashing Billy Flynn—now catch Tony nominee Tom Hewitt as King Arthur in Spamalot, playing through May 26 at Theatre Under the Stars’ Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Join Hewitt, Janine DiVita, Brian Sears, Jeremy Webb and more on the quest for the holy grail.
A TONY EVENING WITH A TONY WINNER
Now that Jane Krakowski’s gig as Jenny Maroney on 30 Rock has officially ended, she’s heading south on May 18 to headline a starry benefit at the Alliance Theatre. The three-time Emmy nominee will perform at the gala, honoring Paul Bowers and Sesame Workshop. Can we put in a request for A Call From the Vatican, complete with upside-down high C, please?
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THE BOYS HEAD WEST
After a Tony-nominated Broadway run, Kander & Ebb's 2010 musical The Scottsboro Boys heads to the Ahmanson Theatre on May 21. Based on the chilling 1931 story of nine African-American men falsely accused of rape, The Scottsboro Boys isn’t your average tuner, and Susan Stroman will reprise her acclaimed minstrel show-inspired staging. See original Broadway cast members Joshua Henry, Christian Dante White and more.
IN COMES COMPANY
Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking 1970 musical comedy Company is bringing Bobby’s birthday party to Virginia’s Signature Theatre for the first time in 20 years from May 21 through June 30. Directed by Eric Schaeffer (Follies on Broadway), the revival stars Broadway alums Matthew Scott as Bobby, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Sandy Bainum and Bobby Smith. We’ll drink to that!