THE WEEK AHEAD, Oct. 6-12: Cyrano and Running on Empty Open on Broadway; Barbra Streisand Is Back
By Blake Ross
Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Jessica brings a new Heir to Broadway… Brooklyn and Babs reunite… Anthony LaPaglia is Nixon… Lewis Black is Running on Empty… and Shuler Hensley is the 600-pound man in The Whale. So the weekend is finally here… it's WEEK AHEAD time!
Saturday, October 6
LAST CHANCE→ Mike Bartlett's exciting new drama Cock, about a gay man who questions his sexuality, ends its celebrated New York debut. Cory Michael Smith stars as John, a man in a committed relationship with another man (known as M), played with wounded ferocity by Jason Butler Harner. When M and John split, John finds himself falling in love with a woman (known as W), played by Amanda Quaid. As the 80-minute play progresses, the three find themselves in a cockfight of the title, almost literally, as the set is staged to resemble an arena. (The Duke Theatre, 229 West 42nd St. between 7th & 8th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)
Sunday, October 7
Monday, October 8
GO→ Barbra Streisand kicks off a limited concert tour at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center before returning to her hometown of Brooklyn for a series of sold-out Back to Brooklyn concerts on Oct. 11 and 13. The iconic performer will then play Montreal (Oct. 17), Ottawa (Oct. 20), Toronto (Oct. 23), Chicago (Oct. 26), Las Vegas (Nov. 2), San Jose (Nov. 5) and Los Angeles (Nov. 9). Trumpeter Chris Botti and the singing group Il Volo will join Streisand as special guests. (8 PM, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA. Info/tickets.)
Tuesday, October 9 PREVIEWS→ Writer and actor Colman Domingo stars in his play Wild With Happy. The Tony nominee shares the stage with Korey Jackson, Maurice McRae and Sharon Washington to tell the story of a man tasked with scattering his mother's ashes in the happiest place on earth — Disneyland. Directed by Robert O'Hara. Officially opens Oct. 23. (Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. Info/tickets.)
OPENS→ Grammy-winning comedian Lewis Black will bring his patented brand of fuming humor to the Great White Way with his standup show Running on Empty. The "Daily Show" regular (and Playbill Broadway on the High Seas performer!) will talk, what else?, politics as we creep ever closer to Election Day. (Through Oct. 20, Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.)
Wednesday, October 10
Thursday, October 11
GO→ The hit musical Wicked hosts an anti-bulling post-show talkback on National Coming Out Day with syndicated columnist Dan Savage (co-founder of the It Gets Better Project) and rugby star Ben Cohen (founder of the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation). Savage and Cohen will be joined by Wicked cast member Kyle Dean Massey and EW editor Jess Cagle. A portion of the ticket price will be donated to both of the above organizations. (Gershwin Theatre, 222 W. 51st St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.)
Friday, October 12
PREVIEWS→ Tony winner Shuler Hensley bulks up for the New York premiere of Samuel D. Hunter's The Whale. Hensley plays a 600-pound recluse hoping to reconnect with his estranged daughter before eating himself to death. Official opens Nov. 5. (The Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 416 W. 42nd St., btwn. 9th & 10th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)
Blake Ross is the editor of Playbill magazine. Follow her on Twitter @PlaybillBlake.
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