With the many entertainment choices New York City has to offer, it can be difficult to make a choice. Look no further. “On Stage” host Frank DiLella has curated a list of “must-see” shows this week, directing you to the best of Broadway, off-Broadway and beyond.
On Tuesday night the Tony winning musical Spamalot returns to Broadway. Inspired by the classic film — Monty Python and the Holy Grail — Spamalot features a who’s who of musical comedy talent including Leslie Kritzer, Christopher Fitzgerald, James Monroe Iglehart and Michael Urie. Spamalot begins previews at The St. James Theatre on Oct. 31.
Switching to the off-Broadway scene — the highly anticipated Alicia Keys musical Hell’s Kitchen is now in previews at The Public Theater. Loosely based on Keys’ experience of growing up in Manhattan — the show stars Broadway regulars Brandon Victor Dixon and Shoshana Bean, and making her professional debut as the Keys’ inspired character Ali is Maleah Joi Moon. Expect to hear signature Keys tunes like “Empire State of Mind” and “If I Ain’t Got You." For information, go to PublicTheater.org.
“All The Devils Are Here: How Shakespeare Invented The Villain”
Tony nominee Patrick Page returns to the stage this season in his tour-de-force, All The Devils Are Here: How Shakespeare Invented The Villain. In this 90 minute solo performance, Page tackles some of The Bard’s most wicked creations. The show is playing at The DR2. For information, go to allthedevilsplay.com.
Tale as Old as Time: The Songs of Howard Ashman
This weekend at 92NY, don’t miss — Tale as Old as Time: The Songs of Howard Ashman. The event which is part of the Y’s Lyrics and Lyricists Series will shine a spotlight on the late Ashman who co-wrote “Little Shop of Horrors” plus Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin” and more. The event will play Oct. 28 to Oct. 30. For tickets, visit 92ny.org.
And finally, one of my favorite songstresses —- Tony nominee Melissa Errico returns to the cabaret scene at 54 Below this week with Melissa Errico: Broadway Baby- From Manhasset to Manhattan & Beyond. Errico is set to perform Sondheim, Cole Porter and even Taylor Swift. For information, check out 54below.org.