Hey, you, staring longingly at your tropical island screen saver! There is no need to be depressed, not with all the great stuff this frigid (but still enchanting) city has to offer. So bundle up, stuff your pockets with tissues, and hit the town. We have a concert with Harry Connick Jr., new additions to Les Miz and Beautiful, and a solo show from a beloved Broadway gypsy. Here come this week’s picks! Enjoy On the Town at Home Available March 3 One of the many reasons why the revival of On the Town is such a hot ticket is its fabulous, brassy music. (You just hummed “New York, New York” didn’t you?) Now you can enjoy it anywhere, as a two-disc cast album finally gets released. Just don’t get so carried away that you try replicating the silky smooth choreography of Megan Fairchild and Tony Yazbeck. Your core will snap like a dry twig. View Comments See Les Miz’ Nouveau Additions Begins March 3 at the Imperial Theatre Les Miserables says bonjour to new leads galore. Ready? Here’s who is joining the revolution, so to speak: Tony and Olivier Award nominee Gavin Lee as Thenardier, ensemble member Chris McCarrell as Marius, Broadway vet Wallace Smith as Enjolras, Erika Henningsen as Fantine, Brennyn Lark as Eponine, and Rachel Izen as Madame Thenardier. And there are also new kiddo cast members! That’s another reason to use an exclamation point! Click for tickets! Welcome Back Harry Connick Jr. March 7 at Avery Fisher Hall Harry Connick Jr. is a busy guy, what with American Idol, acting, recording songs, and doing whatever is required to look foxy in middle-age. Seriously, the dude looks like he’s aging in reverse. So, the charismatic piano man doesn’t get to New York too often. When Connick Jr. does, he puts on a show. That makes attending this one-night-only concert—featuring numbers from his expansive musical repertoire— a priority. Click for tickets! Hail the New Carole King Begins March 7 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre All good things must come to an end. Fortunately, that means another good thing can start. Stage vet Chilina Kennedy, who played Mary Magdalene in the most recent revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, takes over for the departed, Tony-winning Jessie Mueller in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. We’ll miss you, Jessie, but if her “I Don’t Know How To Love HIm” is any indication, Chilina will be awesome too. Click for tickets! Settle Down with Kirsten Wyatt March 6 at 54 Below Spend any time on Broadway and you’ve probably seen Kirsten Wyatt in a show, mostly likely playing a tramp (High Fidelity, Annie), elf (Shrek, A Christmas Story), or some variation thereof. How does “a wee character woman with a squeaky voice” thrive amidst the shuffling and slim categorization? Instead of waiting for an incongruous revelation on Broadway Nosh, see Gypsies, Tramps, and Elves, her solo debut—with special guests!—at 54 Below. Click for tickets!
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