THE WEEK AHEAD APRIL 5-11: Bullets Over Broadway Opens and Honeymoon in Vegas Plays 54 Below

By Blake Ross
05 Apr 2014

Billie Joe Armstrong
Billie Joe Armstrong
Photo by Krissie Fullerton

Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Michael C. Hall, Toni Collette, Tracy Letts and Marisa Tomei keep up with the JonesesTony Danza and Rob McClure return to Jason Robert Brown's VegasBullets Over Broadway is on Broadway… and there's one final night of disco disasters from Disaster!

Saturday, April 5
LAST CHANCE→ The latest theatrical undertaking for Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has him writing the score to Rolin Jones' mod-revamp of Much Ado About Nothing. These Paper Bullets!, described as a rip-off of Shakespeare in the style of the Beatles, features arrangements by Armstrong's American Idiot partner, Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt. (The University Theatre, 222 York St., New Haven, CT. Info/tickets.) 

Sunday, April 6
OPENING→ An all-star, award-winning foursome — Golden Globe winner Michael C. Hall, Oscar and Tony nominee Toni Collette, Tony winner Tracy Letts and Oscar winner Marisa Tomei — inhabit Will Eno's hilarious and dark take on suburbia in The Realistic Joneses. Directed by Sam Gold. (Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

LAST CHANCE→ It's your last chance to catch Cheyenne Jackson and Shuler Hensley duke it out for Laura Benanti's heart in Frank Loesser's The Most Happy Fella. Tony winner Casey Nicholaw directs the Encores! staging, which features Loesser songs like "Somebody Somewhere," "My Heart Is So Full of You," "Big D" and "Standing on the Corner." (New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Info/tickets.) 



Monday, April 7
GO→ Broadway-bound tuner Honeymoon in Vegas — based on the 1992 Nicholas Cage film about a commitment-phobe who goes to Vegas to wed his longtime girlfriend only to have a rich gambler try to steal her away — plays a concert at 54 Below. Tony Danza, Rob McClure, Brynn O'Malley and Nancy Opel, who starred in the Paper Mill Playhouse premiere last year, will sing the Jason Robert Brown tunes. (7 PM & 9:45 PM, 54 Below, 254 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.) 

Annette Bening
photo by Krissie Fullerton

Tuesday, April 8
PREVIEWS (LA)→ Four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening stars in the world premiere of Ruth Draper's Monologues, a one-woman exploration of the real-life work of influential monologist and actress Ruth Draper. Officially opens April 16. (Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles, CA. Info/tickets.) 

Wednesday, April 9
OPENING→ David Ives' 18th century-set comedy, The Heir Apparent, starring Olivier winner Suzanne Bertish, Carson Elrod and Tony nominee Paxton Whitehead, opens at CSC in a staging by John Rando. (Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St., off Third Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

Thursday, April 10
OPENING→ Director-choreographer Susan Stroman puts her flamboyant flair to work on Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway, a musical adaptation of Allen's Academy Award-nominated film of the same name. "Scrubs" star Zach Braff plays a playwright whose burgeoning career on Broadway takes a dastardly turn thanks to a heavy-handed mobster and a domineering diva, played by Marin Mazzie. (St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

REOPENING→ A Night With Janis Joplin, which played Broadway's Lyceum this season, transfers to Off-Broadway's Gramercy Theatre. The remarkable and eerily Joplin-esque Mary Bridget Davies once again takes the stage as the enigmatic and magnetic Joplin, singing songs like "Me and Bobby McGee," "Piece of My Heart" and "Summertime." (Gramercy Theatre, 127 E. 23rd St., btwn. Park & Lexington Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

Friday, April 11
LAST CHANCE→ It's your last chance to catch Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick's hilarious new musical Disaster!, a spoof on disaster movies of the 1970s filled with the disco and rock anthems of the time. Think "The Poseidon Adventure" meets "I Am Woman"! (St. Luke's Theatre, 308 W. 46th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves. Info/tickets.)