THE WEEK AHEAD, Oct. 12-18: Soul Doctor Closes, After Midnight, Twelfth Night/Richard III Begin, The Winslow Boy Opens
By Blake Ross
Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Liza and Lorna reunite onstage for the first time in 20 years... Rylance is in Rep… Elizabeth Olsen tries her hand at Juliet… a new swinging Harlem comes to Broadway… and there's a Disaster! worth seeing. We're chock-a-block with homecomings this WEEK AHEAD!
Saturday, October 12
GO (CA)→ Hugh Jackman takes his song-and-dance show on the road with Hugh Jackman…One Night Only. The concert, a benefit for the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF), will feature the Tony winner’s famous Broadway razzle-dazzle in starry Hollywood. (8 PM, Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. Info/tickets.)
Sunday, October 13
LAST CHANCE→ The true-life friendship between a young Muhammad Ali and aging comedian Stepin Fetchit makes up Will Power’s new play Fetch Clay, Make Man. Ray Fisher, K. Todd Freeman and Tony winner Nikki M. James star and Des McAnuff directs the tale of two controversial and complicated African-American iconoclasts struggling with the racial tensions of the 1960s. (New York Theatre Workshop, 79 E. 4th St. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)
Monday, October 14
GO→ The sisters Garland — Liza Minnelli and Lorna Luft — reunite onstage for the first time in 20 years for the 2013 edition of the Actors Fund annual concert Nothing Like a Dame. Luft hosts the evening’s festivities, dubbed Lorna’s Pink Party, that also boasts appearances by fellow sister act Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway, Jim Caruso, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Phyllis Newman and Marcia Strassman. Proceeds benefit the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Dr. Philomena McAndrew Fund of Tower Cancer Research Foundation. (Repeat performance Oct. 21, Birdland, 315 W. 44th St., between 8th & 9th Aves. Info.)
GO (FREE)→ The stars of the latest stage incarnation of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years — Adam Kantor and Betsy Wolfe — perform songs from the cult musical’s new cast album. (4 PM, Barnes and Noble, 150 E. 86th St. Info.)
Tuesday, October 15
GO (FREE)→ Here’s your chance to catch a musical in the making for free! Nancy Opel, Steve Blanchard and Bryce Ryness are among those Broadway folks on hand for a free staged reading of the new musical comedy Bleeding Love. (LABA Theatre at the 14th Street Y, 314 E. 14th St., btwn. 1st & 2nd Aves., reservation required. Info.)
Wednesday, October 16
Thursday, October 17
Friday, October 18
WATCH→ The PBS Arts Fall Festival kicks off a seven-week culture marathon highlighting everything from Broadway to Babs! Host Anna Deavere Smith will begin the series this Friday with Julie Andrews, Audra McDonald, David Hyde Pierce, Josh Groban, Itzhak Perlman, Michael Bublé and others celebrating 40 years of "Great Performances." Continuing every Friday throughout October and November, viewers can expect a look at Stephen Sondheim’s Company with the New York Philharmonic, Moby-Dick from San Francisco Opera and a finale of all finales with the airing of Barbra Streisand's Back to Brooklyn concert! (9PM ET, check local listings. Info.)
Blake Ross is the editor of Playbill magazine. Follow her on Twitter @PlaybillBlake.
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