Get 2-for-1 Tickets to Broadway Shows + More NYC Events Jan. 12–18

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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.

See half-priced Broadway shows.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—again. With holiday tourism behind us and winter weather in full effect, the month of January is a particularly tough one for Broadway. But producers’ losses are your gain because Broadway Week, taking place Jan. 16–Feb. 4, is back with two-for-one ticket offerings to tons of Broadway shows. Catch up on some of the season’s new offerings like “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Once on This Island,” or revisit some favorites like “Wicked” or “Chicago.” (Ticket prices vary depending on the show)

Join other performing arts professionals for the APAP conference.
The Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) will once again present its annual conference, held this year at both the New York Hilton Midtown and the Sheraton New York Times Square. With more than 3,600 performing arts professionals expected, the events will take place Jan. 12 –16 and will feature panel discussions with industry luminaries including Oskar Eustis, Jason Moran, and Bassem Youssef. (Registration rates vary depending on the selected package; pricing begins at $125)

Pay respects to living legend LaChanze.
Join LaChanze, who won a Tony for her role as Celie in the original Broadway production of “The Color Purple,” for an intimate evening at the Highline Ballroom on Jan. 15. The songstress, who recently played the title role in the out of town tryout for Broadway’s incoming Donna Summer musical, will sing tunes from her illustrious career, as well as standards. (Tickets start at $35)

A new star steps into “Bright Colors and Bold Patterns.”
Drew Droege’s Off-Broadway hit “Bright Colors and Bold Patterns” has had runs in L.A. and New York, but it is about to undergo perhaps its most drastic transformation yet: a new lead. Droege, who wrote the one-man tour de force, will be replaced by stage stalwart Jeff Hiller beginning Jan. 17. The show, directed by Michael Urie, is running at the Soho Playhouse through Feb. 25. (Tickets start at $59)

Celebrate a cult classic.
“Thug Passion Presents,” a table reading series and comedic interpretation of classic black cult cinema, will send up the 1998 crime drama “Belly.” Taking place Jan. 14 at Union Hall in Williamsburg, the event will feature Nore Davis of “2 Dope Queens,” “SNL” writer Sam Jay, and others. (Tickets: $10)

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