LAST CHANCE: What's Closing This Week
By Michael Gioia
Here's Playbill.com's weekly "Last Chance" reminder to catch Broadway, Off-Broadway and world-premiere productions before they take a final bow.
Concluding March 2
Manilow On Broadway (Broadway at the St. James Theatre). Grammy Award winner Barry Manilow plays the St. James Theatre in Manilow on Broadway. According to producers, "Manilow is returning to the place where it all began, his hometown, New York City, with a new concert series on Broadway — marking his return to The Great White Way for the first time in more than two decades." His hit songs include "Mandy," "It's a Miracle," "Could It Be Magic," "I Write the Songs," "Tryin' To Get the Feeling Again," "This One's For You," "Weekend in New England," "Looks Like We Made It," "Can't Smile Without You," "Even Now," and the Grammy Award-winning "Copacabana (At the Copa)." Visit ManilowOnBroadway.com.
Concluding March 3
Mary Poppins (Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre). The long-running musical Mary Poppins, a co-production by Disney Theatricals and Cameron Mackintosh, is based on P.L. Travers' stories and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film and was nominated for seven 2007 Tony Awards, taking home the award for Best Scenic Design (Bob Crowley). The score boasts the film's Academy Award-winning music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, with new songs by Olivier Award winners George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Steffanie Leigh stars as the production's final Mary Poppins. Visit MaryPoppins.com.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Broadway at the Booth Theater). The 2012 Broadway revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? first surfaced in late 2010 at Steppenwolf Theatre Company's home in Chicago. Tracy Letts and Amy Morton — playwright and star, respectively, of the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning hit August: Osage County — play the husband and wife, George and Martha, who share barbs and booze in the tensely entertaining 1962 drama. Here's how the producers characterize the modern classic: "On the campus of a small New England college, George and Martha invite a new professor and his wife home for a nightcap. As the cocktails flow, the young couple finds themselves caught in the crossfire of a savage marital war where the combatants attack the self-deceptions they forged for their own survival. Steppenwolf ensemble members Tracy Letts and Amy Morton face off as one of theatre's most notoriously dysfunctional couples in Albee's hilarious and harrowing masterpiece." Visit VirginiaWoolfBroadway.com.
The Other Place (Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre). The Broadway premiere of The Other Place, Sharr White's mysterious play about a medical researcher whose health, homelife and workplace are shaken, features Laurie Metcalf, reprising her earlier Off-Broadway performance, plus Bill Pullman (who replaced Daniel Stern, who left Feb. 3 due to a family matter in California), Zoe Perry and John Schiappa. In the play, which is billed as a thriller, Metcalf plays Juliana Smithton, "a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged," according to Manhattan Theatre Club. "Her husband (Pullman) has filed for divorce, her daughter (Perry) has eloped with a much older man (Schiappa) and her own health is in jeopardy. But in this brilliantly crafted work, nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface." Visit TheOtherPlaceBroadway.com.
The Vandal (Off-Broadway at the Flea Theater). The world premiere of Hamish Linklate's The Vandal, a new dark comedy, features a three-actor cast includes Deirdre O'Connell, Zach Grenier and Noah Robbins. Here's how the play is characterized: "Set in Kingston, New York, The Vandal is a startling, funny and dark new play about a woman and a boy who meet at a bus stop on a cold night and the stories they tell to keep each other warm." Visit TheFlea.org.
Hollywood Pinafore (Off-Broadway at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's). The York Theatre Company's production of Hollywood Pinafore — part of its Winter 2013 Musicals in Mufti Series — plays March 1-3 at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's. Directed by Mark Kaufmann with music direction by Beth Falcone, the cast features Susan Blommaert, Claybourne Elder, Jennifer Evans, Sara Jean Ford, Tom Galantich, Julie Kotarides, Dennis Parlato, Andrew Ragone, Kilty Reidy, Danny Rutigliano and Mary Stout. Hollywood Pinafore features book and lyrics by George S. Kaufman and music by Sir Arthur Sullivan. It was originally produced in 1945. Visit YorkTheatre.org.
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