Broadway.com is spreading the news all season long, spotlighting tons of must-see events! From welcoming The Bridges of Madison County to Tovah Feldshuh's final swing on the Pippin trapeze to a star-studded cabaret at 54 Below—what more could your calendar hold? Read on for this week’s top picks.
MONDAY, JANUARY 13
LAUREN MOLINA & JASON TAM GET MARRY-ED
Savor little-known Sondheim gems with Lauren Molina and If/Then's Jason Tam at a performance and CD signing of Marry Me a Little, which won raves last fall at off-Broadway's Keen Company. This two-hand revue features songs cut from other Sondheim musicals, and the album includes a revised set list beautifully sung by Molina and Tam. Head to Barnes & Noble on the Upper East Side with someone you love!
ALSO: The American National Theatre hosts The ANT, Made & Played in America at the Algonquin Hotel, featuring Tony winner Christian Borle and Kathleen Chalfant; say you'll be there at 54 Below for Broadway Loves the Spice Girls, featuring a slew of standout singers; Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kandi Burruss joins off-Broadway's NEWSical the Musical; Tony nominee Harry Connick Jr. previews the new season of American Idol on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 14
BEBE NEUWIRTH IS CHICAGO'S CLASSIEST MAMA
Ask any of the chickies in the pen, and they'll tell you that Bebe Neuwirth is the biggest mother hen of them all! The Broadway favorite, who won a Tony for her performance as murderess Velma Kelly in 1996 and played Roxie Hart in 2006, returns to the long-running revival of Chicago as Matron "Mama" Morton for a limited engagement. When you're good to Bebe, Bebe's good to you!
ALSO: Tony-winning Violet star Sutton Foster opens the winter season at Cafe Carlyle; Tony winner Cady Huffman goes solo at 54 Below; Wally Watthead and His Lost Glow lights up for one night only at New World Stages; Thomas Bradshaw’s Intimacy starts at the Acorn Theatre, produced by the New Group; Debra Messing talks up her Broadway debut in Outside Mullingar on Live with Kelly and Michael; the exquisite Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love is available on DVD; A Chorus Line gets the Blu-Ray treatment; Murder For Two's music goes digital.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15
CLAP IF YOU LIKE SAM AND HIS HAM
Sam Harris, a Tony nominee for his performance in The Life, returns to 54 Below. The Star Search champion/TV star/author is presenting an eclectic mix of music (Broadway and pop classics) and witty excerpts from his book, Ham: Slices of a Life. We've already ranked Harris' show as one of the top 10 at 54 Below this January, so "use what you got" and go see him!
ALSO: The new Busby Berkeley-esque extravaganza Stop Hitting Yourself starts at off-Broadway’s Claire Tow Theater; Tony winner Joel Grey guest stars on CBS' CSI; Jackie Hoffman return to Joe's Pub with Hebe for the Holidays; Williamstown Theatre Festival kicks off its WTF Cabaret Series at 54 Below.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 16
REBECCA HALL BRINGS A KILLER TO LIFE
Machinal, Sophie Treadwell’s 1928 drama based on the story of real-life husband killer Ruth Snyder, opens at Roundabout Theatre Company's American Airlines Theatre. British-born rising star Rebecca Hall, fresh off her turn as a brilliant biologist in Iron Man 3, makes her Broadway debut in the role inspired by Snyder, the unfulfilled wife and mother who was tried, convicted and executed for murder.
ALSO: Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth swings by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to preview her episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now?.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 17
CROSS OVER TO THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
Kelli O'Hara, Steven Pasquale, Hunter Foster, Derek Klena and more will light up the stage at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre when the Broadway premiere of Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman's The Bridges of Madison County starts previews. If the ridiculously talented cast is any indication, you’d better pack tissues for this romantic musical drama. Heck, bring the whole box.
ALSO: Tony winner Pam MacKinnon's revival of Donald Margulies' Dinner with Friends, starring Tony nominee Jeremy Shamos and Marin Hinkle, begins preview performances at Roundabout Theatre Company's Laura Pels Theatre.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 18
SWINGIN' GRANNY & WISH-GRANTIN' FAIRY BID ADIEU
It feels like it's been "no time at all" or at least only "ten minutes ago" that Tony nominees Tovah Feldshuh and Rebecca Luker joined the magical casts of Pippin and Cinderella, respectively. However, this is your last weekend to see Feldshuh brave the circus trapeze as the feistry grandma Berthe and Luker as Marie, the beggar lady-turned-fairy godmother. The Music Box and Broadway Theatres await your arrival.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 19
JONATHAN GROFF GOES LOOKING FOR LOVE
HBO's new dramedy Looking—starring Spring Awakening and Glee alum Jonathan Groff as a single gay man living in the tech-savvy world of San Francisco—focuses on the slice-of-life aspect of gay dating culture. That's not to say the show is shying away from PDA and sexual frankness—this is HBO, after all. Touted as a gay version of Lena Dunham's Girls, the series co-stars Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett.
ALSO: The acclaimed off-Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 closes at Kazino; Tony winners LaChanze and Alice Ripley, Julia Murney and Tony nominees Kerry Butler and Vanessa Williams perform in Living for Today at Joe's Pub; 54 Below celebrates the works of Rodgers & Hammerstein with The Sound of Their Music.