THE WEEK AHEAD March 15-21: New Stars Light Up After Midnight and Once Celebrates the Luck of the Irish

By Blake Ross
15 Mar 2014

John Lloyd Young
John Lloyd Young
Photo by Larry Gomez

Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that John Lloyd Young brings Jersey to London… Elvis Stojko goes for a triple axel — Broadway style!... Toni Braxton and Babyface inhabit After Midnight… and Aladdin takes to the New Amsterdam

The luck of St. Patty is with you this WEEK AHEAD!

Saturday, March 15
CASTING (UK)→ Jersey Boys' Tony-winning original leading man, John Lloyd Young, joins the West End cast of the hit musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons prior to his starring in the big screen adaptation of the tuner, which is directed by Clint Eastwood and expected in theatres this June. (Through April 27, Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman St., London. Info/tickets.) 

Sunday, March 16
CLOSING→ Debra Messing makes her Broadway debut opposite Tony winner Brían F. O'Byrne in John Patrick Shanley's new Irish rom-com Outside Mullingar. Messing and O'Byrne play Anthony and Rosemary, two introverted misfits who live with their parents on neighboring farms in rural Ireland. (Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St., btwn Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 



GO→ The Dublin-set, Tony-winning musical Once celebrates St. Patrick's Day with a series of Irish folk songs performed during their regular pre-show jam-session. Sunday's show promises the songs "Lowlands of Holland," "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye" and "South Australia." (Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

Monday, March 17
CASTING→ Two-time Olympic silver medalist and three-time world champion figure skater Elvis Stojko makes his Broadway debut as Billy Flynn in the long-running revival of Chicago. (Through March 23, Ambassador Theatre, 219 W. 49th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

Tuesday, March 18
CASTING→ Grammy Award-winners Toni Braxton and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds join the cast of After Midnight. The pair sings a handful of songs as "featured guests" of the Wynton Marsalis revue that pays homage to the music of the Harlem Renaissance. Vanessa Williams is next up in the featured category, joining the cast in April. (Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

WATCH→ "Glee" airs its 100th episode. Gwyneth Paltrow and Kristin Chenoweth return for the two-part episode that will also feature a tribute to Cory Monteith. (8/7 C, Fox. Info.) 

James Franco
ABC

Wednesday, March 19
PREVIEWS→ James Franco, Chris O'Dowd and Leighton Meester leave behind the Hollywood glamour for the grittiness of John Steinbeck's California in the first Broadway revival of Of Mice and Men to come around in 40 years. August: Osage County's Tony-winning director Anna D. Shapiro is at the helm of this opus about two migrant field hands during the Great Depression. Officially opens April 16. (Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

Thursday, March 20
OPENING→ Disney's latest stage venture revisits the hit 1992 animated film "Aladdin." The musical story of a street urchin and a helpful genie was groundbreaking, raking in over $200 million domestically and earning a spot as one of the best movie musicals of all time. Original composer Alan Menken returns to the property to reinvent it for the stage, adding some tunes from the original score he wrote with both Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Chad Beguelin steps in to write some new lyrics with Tony-winning director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw tying it all together. (New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 W. 42nd St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves. Info/tickets.) 

PREVIEWS→ Tony-winning writer and director James Lapine adapts one of the theatre's essential autobiographical tomes, Moss Hart's "Act One" for the stage. Tony nominees Tony Shalhoub and Santino Fontana portray Hart during different periods of his life — from a poor kid in the Bronx to famed playwright and director. Lapine also directs. Officially opens April 17. (Vivian Beaumont Theater, 150 W. 65th St. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

Friday, March 21
GO→ Stephanie J. Block and Andrew Rannells join conductor Steven Reineke and the New York Pops for On Broadway, a collection of songs from shows like West Side Story, Carousel, Ragtime, The Book of Mormon, Wicked and more. (7:30 PM, Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave., at 57th St. Info/tickets.) 

PREVIEWS→ Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall bring back their acclaimed revival of Cabaret — and their Tony-winning leading man, Alan Cumming — to Studio 54. Oscar nominee Michelle Williams takes on the iconic role of Sally Bowles in this John Kander and Fred Ebb masterpiece. Officially opens April 24. (Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Aves. Info/tickets.)