THE WEEK AHEAD June 7-13: The Tony Awards Celebrate Broadway’s Biggest Night
By Blake Ross
June 7, 2014
Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that stars flock to Radio City Music Hall for the 68th Annual Tony Awards this Sunday. Be sure to stay with Playbill.com for all the behind-the-scenes happenings, red carpet glamour, winners' reactions and after party celebrations!
It's Christmas on Broadway this TONY AWARDS WEEK AHEAD! Happy Tony-ing, friends!
Saturday, June 7
LAST CHANCE→ "Smash" star Megan Hilty plays her final show at the swanky Café Carlyle. The baby-bumped blonde beauty's set list runs the gamut from standards like "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" (a nod to her alter egos, Ivy Lynn from "Smash" and Lorelei Lee from the 2012 Encores! presentation of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) to newer arrangements of "Second Hand White Baby Grand" and "You Don't Know Me." Click here to read more about Hilty's Carlyle show. (Café Carlyle, 35 E. 76th St., at Madison Ave. Info/tickets.)
Sunday, June 8
WATCH/CLICK→ Broadway's biggest and most glamorous night, the 68th Annual Tony Awards, are finally here and no one covers it like Playbill.com! Our wall-to-wall coverage begins at 6 PM EST, where we'll be reporting live from the press room. Then, we'll take it over to the red carpet for a live stream of the arrivals with co-hosts, 2013 Tony nominee Valisia LeKae and celebrity stylist George Brescia (begins at 6:30 ET). And then we'll be reporting live from inside Radio City, in the winners' circle, at the official Tony gala and at the show's after parties!
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LAST CHANCE→ Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen takes her last spin in those famous glass slippers as the title player in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella on Broadway. Paige Faure, who is slated to headline Cinderella's first national tour this fall, replaces the "Call Me Maybe" singer-songwriter (June 13). (Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway at 53rd St., at Broadway. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)
Monday, June 9
GO→ Topol, Andrea Martin, Jerry Zaks, Austin Pendleton and more headline the 50th anniversary celebration of Fiddler on the Roof. The starry celebration, co-chaired by original Fiddler producer Hal Prince, 2004 Broadway revival star Harvey Fierstein and former Times theatre critic Frank Rich, will serve as both a benefit for the National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene and a 90th birthday party for Fiddler's Tony-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick. (7:30 PM, Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Info/tickets.)
Tuesday, June 10
CASTING→ Grammy-winning R&B icon Patti LaBelle kicks off a parade of super-divas showing off their musical wares in After Midnight. LaBelle will lead the charge (June 10-29), followed by the "Empress of Soul" Gladys Knight (July 8-Aug. 3) and culminating with the "Unforgettable" Natalie Cole, in her Broadway debut (Aug. 5-31). Between the three of these legends, they have 22 platinum and gold records, 18 Grammy Awards and almost 300 million albums sold worldwide. Now that's some star power! (Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.)
Wednesday, June 11
OPENING→ Thornton Wilder's 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning classic Our Town gets a "deathly" revival in Brooklyn's sprawling Green-Wood Cemetery. The immersive production adds a "Brooklyn Edge" to Grover's Corners amid 478 rolling acres of green and 19th-century headstones. Midnight shows (beginning June 14) add another ghostly element to the play. (Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St. and 5th Ave., Brooklyn. Info/tickets.)
Thursday, June 12
GO (FREE)→ The Atlantic Theater Company kicks off its annual free Latino MixFest reading series with a play from Oscar-nominated screenwriter José Rivera. The two-week fest also boasts free readings of new works from the likes of John Leguizamo, Raúl Castillo and Diane Rodriguez. (Through June 27, Atlantic Stage 2, 330 W. 16th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves. Info.)
Friday, June 13
PREVIEWS (CHI)→ Golden Globe-winning "Grey's Anatomy" star Sandra Oh headlines Ariel Dorfman's political thriller Death and the Maiden. In Maiden, Oh plays Paulina (a role that memorably won Glenn Close a Tony Award in 1992) — a woman confronted with her brutal past when she thinks she sees the man who raped and tortured her while she was held in a military detention center. Officially opens June 20. (Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. Info/tickets.)