Ben Platt Will Sing at Feinstein’s/54 Below + More NYC Events 10/13–10/19

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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!

Ben Platt will relive performance trauma for charity.
Tony Award winners Ben Platt (“Dear Evan Hansen”) and Gavin Creel (“Hello, Dolly!”) will relive their most awful performances right in front of you, all for a good cause. Feinstein’s/54 Below presents “Let Me Try That Again” on Oct. 15, an evening hosted by Susan Blackwell that will see stars recall their worst onstage moments to benefit the Performing Arts Project. The concert, conceived by stage and screen star Steven Pasquale, will also feature similarly bleak performances from other to-be-announced stars. (Tickets start at $50)

Bill Murray makes his Carnegie Hall debut.
Bill Murray is perhaps not the first artist who comes to mind when you think of Carnegie Hall, but the actor will be making his way to the iconic venue on Oct. 16 for “New Worlds,” a one night only event that will combine music, literature, and acting. Teaming with German cellist Jan Vogler, Murray will play both singer and narrator, taking on the tunes of composers Foster, Gershwin, Bernstein, and more, as well as works from classic American authors. (Tickets start at $40)

Support new musicals.
The National Alliance of Musical Theatre presents the 29th annual Festival of New Musicals Oct. 19 and 20, featuring eight tuners selected from more than 240 submissions from around the world. Held at New World Stages, this year’s lineup includes “Darling Grenadine,” starring Adam Chanler-Berat, “Fall Springs,” starring “Dear Evan Hansen” standout Will Roland, and “Perspehone,” starring “Glee” actor Jenna Ushkowitz. (General festival pass is free, though registration is required—and donations to NAMT are encouraged)

Get a taste of Broadway—literally.
Broadway Taste returns for its second installment, appropriately hosted by bite-sized Broadway superstar, Kristin Chenoweth. Presented by Variety, the all-you-can-eat brunch event on Oct. 15 at Metropolitan West will feature world-renowned chefs, serving up dishes inspired by currently-running Broadway hits “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Come From Away,” “Wicked,” and several more. Additionally, you can also rub elbows with cast members from the aforementioned and other shows, who will be making appearances. ($175)

John Leguizamo will school you.
After a critically lauded run Off-Broadway in March, John Leguizamo moves his one-man show, “Latin History for Morons,” uptown to Broadway’s Studio 54. Beginning preview performances on Oct. 19, the 95-minute tour de force takes audiences through the “near total absence of Latinos in his son’s American history class,” and will be directed by Tony Taccone. (Tickets start at $55)

"Fergusson" begins performances.
Beginning Oct. 19 at the 30th Street Theatre, actor-director Jerry Dixon will helm “Ferguson,” written by Phelim McAleer. The world premiere production is based on the events that took place in the titular city in 2014, which are associated in large part with the conception of the Black Lives Matter movement. The cast will include Cedric Benjamin, Kim Brockington, Paul DeBoy, and others. (Tickets: $25 for preview performances; $40 beginning Oct. 23)

The theater will celebrate some of its brightest.
The second annual Samuel French Awards, celebrating theater artists and their indelible contributions to the artform, will laud a new batch of honorees on Oct. 16. This year’s ceremony will be held at the Time Hotel, with recognition going to Ken Ludwig, Dominique Morisseau, Chris Miller, and Nathan Tysen. (Private ceremony)

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