School is back in session, but that’s no excuse to go to bed early this week! The Broadway.com Datebook is packed with fun events in the next seven days. From Zachary Quinto’s buzzed-about Broadway debut to a Great White Way trivia night, read below to find out what’s happening in New York City.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
TEST YOUR BROADWAY KNOW-HOW
Do you crush the theater category on Jeopardy? Can you rattle off the 1986 Tony winner for Best Musical, the number of roles Chita Rivera originated and how many costume changes Elphaba has in the same breath? Can you name the costume designer for Cabaret (the original, not the revival)? If so, head to 54 Below on Labor Day for Broadway Trivia Night with quizmaster Jennifer Ashley Tepper—you’ll be in good company alongside tons of fellow theater nerds. Quick, which 2008 musical opened and closed on the same day?
ALSO: Christopher Sieber sings at Birdland.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
CRAIG BIERKO & JILL PAICE INVADE CRUNCHEM HALL
Tony nominee Craig Bierko and Broadway favorite Jill Paice are joining the ranks of Crunchem Hall in Broadway’s Matilda. Bierko begins performances as horrifying headmistress Miss Trunchbull, while Paice takes on the role of lovable Miss Honey, succeeding Tony nominees Bertie Carvel and Lauren Ward, respectively. Get to know the two new faculty members at the Shubert Theatre.
ALSO: Julian & Romero begins performances at Theater for the New City; Martin De Leon croons as the Forever Tango guest vocalist.
WEDNESDSAY, SEPTEMBER 4
ZACHARY QUINTO DOES IT LIVE
How does Zachary Quinto prepare for his Broadway debut in the beloved Tennessee Williams drama The Glass Menagerie? Chatting it up with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, of course! The Star Trek Into Darkness hunk will stop by Live with Kelly and Michael to chat about his first experience on the Great White Way before he steps onstage for the first time September 5. Tune in on ABC!
ALSO: Brendan at the Chelsea begins off-Broadway performances; Christine Andreas sings at 54 Below; Tony nominee Christina Applegate stops by The Tonight Show; Broadway alums Jane Lynch and Jerry O’Connell chat on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
BIG FISH CASTS ITS LINE ON BROADWAY
At long last, Big Fish is arriving on Broadway, starring Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz and Tony nominees Kate Baldwin and Bobby Steggert in the whimsical new musical about a father who tells larger-than-life tall tales. Based on the novel of the same name and directed and choreographed by Tony winner Susan Stroman, catch Big Fish at the Neil Simon Theatre, opening officially on October 6.
ALSO: The Glass Menagerie begins Broadway performances; Brian d’Arcy James sings at 54 Below, All the Faces On the Moon begins at the Public Theater; Lin Manuel Miranda’s Freestyle Love Supreme brings the beats back to Joe’s Pub.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
REBECCA LUKER CASTS A SPELL
Three-time Tony nominee Rebecca Luker is back on the boards, playing the very magical Marie (a.k.a. Ella’s fairy godmother) in Broadway’s Cinderella. Luker succeeds original star Victoria Clark, who is departing the production to star in The Snow Geese alongside one of Luker’s very close pals…her husband, Danny Burstein! Don’t miss Luker sprinkling her fairy dust at the Broadway Theatre.
ALSO: Scandal season two (starring Broadway alums Kerry Washington, Jeff Perry, Tony Goldwyn and more) available on DVD; Laura Benanti’s Live at 54 Below album released digitally; Lin Manuel Miranda’s Freestyle Love Supreme at Joe’s Pub.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
ADAM PASCAL GOES BELOW
Can you believe it’s been almost 10 years since Adam Pascal glittered up his nipples to star in Cabaret at Studio 54? A decade later, he’s singing a few of his favorite tunes right next door (and down a flight of steps!) at Broadway hotspot 54 Below. Pascal will play some original music, plus a few hits from his Broadway repertoire. Can we put in a request for “One Song Glory?”
ALSO: Last chance to see two-time Tony nominee Brian d’Arcy James at 54 Below.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
SIGNATURE THEATRE GOES HIGH-TECH
The Signature Theatre Company is renowned for bringing world premieres by lauded playwrights to the off-Broadway stage, and Regina Taylor’s play stop. reset. is the newest offering to hit the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre. The new work tells the story of Alex Ames (played by Carl Lumbly), a book publisher who is struggling to bring his business into the digital age. See the new production through September 29.
AlSO: Telly Leung and John Tartaglia sing back-to-back shows at 54 Below; last chance to see Wanda’s Monster at the Vineyard Theater.