The insanity of spring's flurry of Broadway opening nights is behind us, which can only mean one thing: it's almost time for the insanity of Tony Awards season! Don't worry, there's still plenty of great Broadway stuff to see and do before things get too crazy. From a star-studded birthday party to a bedtime visit from Andy Karl (yep, that's right), our calendar is jam-packed. Check out our picks of the week!
Get It Poppin' with Patti LuPone
April 28 at Carnegie Hall
The New York Pops is throwing one hell of a birthday party! The guests of honor are Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and the list of performers is seriously star studded. We're talking Patti LuPone, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Jane Krakowski, Ricki Lake, Katharine McPhee, Martin Short and Aaron Tveit, to name a few. Did we mention honorary co-chairs Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker and Debra Messing? Click for tickets!
Wake Up with Jonathan Groff
April 29 on CBS and TonyAwards.com
They're heeeeeere! The time has finally come for Broadway lovers everywhere watch Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu announce the nominees for this year's Tony Awards! The big news will break at 8:30AM ET, live from the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel. Set those coffee makers, and let the countdown to June 8 (and Hugh Jackman!) begin.
Stay Up Past Bedtime with Rocky
May 1 on The Late Show with David Letterman
Things are going to get swinging on CBS when the cast of Rocky stops by to perform on late night TV! Is it weird that we're a little worried about Paul Shaffer's safety? And Dave, if you need a little help, we've already got a top ten list of reasons to love Andy Karl going riiiiiiight here. You're welcome.
See Tragedy Live!
Beginning May 1 at select theaters
If you haven't made it across the pond yet this year, the National Theatre is doing you a solid. Sam Mendes (Cabaret) has helmed one hell of a production of King Lear in London, starring Simon Russell Beale in the tragic title role. On May 1, it's going to be streamed live to movie theaters worldwide! Compared to transatlantic airfare, this is a steal. Just watch out for the eye gouging in HD. Yech. Click for tickets!
Cheer on Cheno's Return!
May 3, Carnegie Hall
Oh Kristin, how we've missed you! For one night only, Kristin Chenoweth returns to the New York stage, where she oh-so-rightly-belongs, with her brand new concert The Evolution of a Soprano! In addition to new works and standards, Chenoweth will be taking a trip down her musical memory lane with songs from her early operatic and classical training to—hooray!—her Broadway and film roles. Those all sound great, but let's be real: You had us at Kristin. Click for tickets!