Well whaddya know? The weather actually resembles something close to spring! So bask in the sunshine and see what New York City has to offer before the next blizzard arrives. There is plenty to do this week: A new arrival to Rock of Ages, the return of Neil Patrick Harris (yes!) and Alan Cumming (double yes!), plus Shakespeare, ‘80s style. Here’s our must-see list!
Rock Out with a New Sherrie
Beginning April 21 at the Helen Hayes Theatre
There’s a new small-town girl on the midnight train! Carrie St. Louis will assume the role of Sherrie Christian in the ‘80s jukebox hit Rock of Ages—and she’s coming straight from Sin City! St. Louis has played Sherrie in the Las Vegas production since its January 2013 debut, and she also has the seal of approval from the jukebox heroes themselves: St. Louis sang with Foreigner when they played Vegas. Click for tickets!
Catch Lighting in a Benefit
April 21 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
Wanna be one of the first people ever to see The Lightning Thief? See a special one-night-only benefit concert of this new musical based on Percy Jackson children’s book series, starring stage and screen faves Constantine Maroulis, Kathleen Chalfant, Richard Kind, Terrence Mann, Charlotte d’Amboise and more. Best of all, ticket sales will help 15,000 kids see free theater this summer. Click for tickets!
Give NPH an Inch
Opening April 22 at the Belasco Theatre
Internationally ignored song stylist Hedwig Schmidt is back in New York City! Former child doctor, HIMYM favorite and Tony host extraordinaire Neil Patrick Harris is donning a wig, heels and fishnets in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the tale of a transgender rock goddess from communist East Berlin. NPH in a dress, spitting beer on unsuspecting theatergoers? In the words of Barney Stinson, this is gonna be legend—wait for it—dary. Click for tickets!
See Shakespeare in the Age of Alf
April 23 at 54 Below
Ready to take a trip back to 1985? Wait, keep reading! There’s a reason we’re traveling back to the era when sax solos in pop songs were completely acceptable: An adorable, John Hughes-flavored musical retelling of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, starring The Book of Mormon's Nic Rouleau, The Threepenny Opera star Laura Osnes and Glee and Spring Awakening favorite Jenna Ushkowitz. Besides, it's like, totally Shakespeare's 450th birthday! Still want us to gag you with a spoon? No? Radical! Click for tickets!
Come to the Cabaret, Old Chum
Opening April 24 at Studio 54
If you were living under a rock in 1998 and somehow missed the stellar Tony-winning revival of Cabaret, now is your chance! Sam Mendes’ haunting production is back and better than ever at 54 Below, starring Oscar nominee Michelle Williams as Sally Bowles and Alan Cumming reprising the Tony-winning role of the Emcee. Here, life is beautiful. Click for tickets!