‘The Band’s Visit’ Takes First Broadway Bow + More NYC Events 10/6–10/12

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New York is the city that never sleeps, and with so many events and activities each week across all five boroughs, it can be hard to know what’s actually worthwhile. Here are the events New York City actors should have on their radars this week.

“The Band’s Visit” arrives on Broadway.
After a rapturously lauded run Off-Broadway last season, David Yazbek and Itamar Moses’ “The Band’s Visit” moves uptown and begins preview performances at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre Oct. 7. Led by three-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk, audiences would be wise to procure tickets early in the run, as the tuner is primed to be the season’s critical and awards darling. (Tickets start at $49)

Attend Coachella for musical theater kids.
Coachella and musical theater are in many ways oxymoronic, but the two meet at the undeniable sweet spot known as Elsie Fest, returning to Summerstage in Central Park Oct. 8. For the third year in a row, the outdoor music festival will tout performances by some of the biggest names in theater, which this year includes veterans of the New York stage like Darren Criss and Lea Michele, as well as newcomers including Ingrid Michaelson. (General admission: $59.99)

See a Mad Man in conversation.
Jon Hamm will sit down with The New Yorker’s Susan Morrison on Oct. 7 as part of the mag’s New Yorker Festival. The 90-minute chat, held at the Land Rover Theatre in Midtown, will discuss “Don and beyond,” referring to Hamm’s Emmy Award-winning performance as Don Draper on “Mad Men,” as well as his work as a producer and director. (Tickets: $69)

Mourn “The Great Comet” with “The Late Comet.”
Many will argue that Broadway’s late musical “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” brought down the final curtain criminally early when it closed last month. But the innovative piece’s legacy is alive and well: Feinstein’s/54 Below is currently presenting “The Late Comet,” featuring performances by members of the show’s cast. The concert series continues Oct. 6 with For You the Moon, a collaboration between cast member Cathryn Wake and musician Neil Reynolds. The performance will also feature special “Comet” guests Brittain Ashford and Billy Joe Kiessling (who used Backstage to get cast in the show!). (Tickets: $20)

A legend returns to Joe’s Pub.
Tony Award winner Betty Buckley returns to the stage of Joe’s Pub with “Story Songs #2,” the follow-up to her acclaimed first outing that pulls from the songbooks of pop, rock, theater, and beyond. For the four-night run, beginning Oct. 12, Buckley will be joined by her band, led by Grammy-nominated pianist and arranger, Christian Jacob. (Tickets start at $25)

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