THE WEEK AHEAD, Sept. 7-13: Evita Goes On Tour, Duncan Sheik Takes the Stage and Billie Holiday Sings the Blues

By Blake Ross
September 7, 2013

Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that sparkly new shows hit the touring circuit… Dee Dee Bridgewater is a lady singing the blues as Billie Holiday… An open call for more Motown players… and Mike Daisey returns to the Public. Cheer up from your post Labor-Day slump with these exciting WEEK AHEAD happenings!

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Saturday, September 7
GO (Boston)→ Tony winner Mary Zimmerman's theatrical take on Disney's The Jungle Book makes its way to Boston. The lavish, India-set musical follows a young "man-cub" (10-year-old Akash Chopra) who is raised by the animals of the jungle. Expect the beloved Sherman Brothers and Terry Gilkyson tunes from the 1967 animated film like "The Bare Necessities," a show-stopping "I Wanna Be Like You" (performed by André De Shields as King Louis) and "Trust in Me." (Through Oct. 13, Avenue of the Arts/BU Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston, info/tickets

Sunday, September 8

OPENING (TOUR)→ A new Argentina spreads across North America with the first national tour of the Michael Grandage-Rob Ashford helmed Evita. Caroline Bowman, Sean MacLaughlin and Tony nominee Josh Young star as the Perons and Che, respectively, in this Tony-nominated version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's famous rock musical. The tour kicks off at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Rhode Island before hitting the rest of the country throughout 2013-14. (Through Sept. 14, Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence, RI, info/tickets

Monday, September 9

GO→ Singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik takes to the stage at 54 Below for a solo show covering "a little bit of everything" from the Tony winner's songbook including tunes from Spring Awakening, The Nightingale and the forthcoming musical American Pyscho. Playbill recently caught up with Sheik to get a listen to his new show! (Through Sept. 14, 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., info/tickets

Danielle Wade

Tuesday, September 10
GO (TOUR)→ Andrew Lloyd Webber's new stage adaptation of The Wizard of Oz takes to Las Vegas to kick off its North American tour. Newcomer Danielle Wade, who was selected to play Dorothy following the Canadian reality show "Over The Rainbow," leads the cast. New songs from Lloyd Webber will be incorporated into the famous Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg score from the famous 1939 MGM film. (Through Sept. 15, The Smith Center, Las Vegas, info/tickets)

Wednesday, September 11
OPENS→ Mike Daisey returns to the Public Theater with All the Faces of the Moon, an "epic theatrical event" exploring the secret history of New York through 29 unique consecutive performances, each one building on the last. Daisey is back at the Public following last fall's American Utopias and 2011's controversial The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,which found the famous monologist had fabricated portions of his acclaimed show about critical working conditions in China. (Through Oct. 3, The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., info/tickets

Thursday, September 12
OPENING→ Tony winner Betty Buckley joins Tony nominees Lois Smith and Hallie Foote for the world premiere of Horton Foote's The Old Friends. Michael Wilson directs the late Pulitzer and Oscar-winning writer's play about a pair of Texas farming families facing a crisis. (Through Oct. 6, Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St., btwn. 9th & 10th Aves., info/tickets)

PREVIEWS→ Tony and multiple Grammy winner Dee Dee Bridgewater is Billie Holiday in the musical Lady Day. The life of the troubled, late jazz artist will be told through indelible renditions of songs like "Don't Explain," "Good Morning Heartache," "A Foggy Day (In London Town)," "Them There Eyes," "Strange Fruit," "My Man," "God Bless the Child" and "Mean to Me." Officially opens Sept. 26. (Little Shubert Theatre, 422 W. 42nd St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves., info/tickets

Friday, September 13
AUDITION→ The producers of Motown are turning their casting for the first national tour of the Broadway hit into a marketing opportunity with "Makin' It Motown." An open call audition for African-American actors hoping to portray characters like Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and a young Michael Jackson will take place at Motown's Broadway home, the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, before heading to Chicago, the tour's launch city. (Friday in NYC, 11 AM- 2PM, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St., btwn. 8th Ave. and Broadway, Saturday in CHI at the Oriental Theatre, info/details)