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.
Chill out with the “Be More Chill” cast.
Long before it arrives on Broadway this spring, audiences can get up close and personal with the cast of viral sensation “Be More Chill.” To celebrate the cast recording’s vinyl release, George Salazar, Stephani Hsu, and other members of the original cast will head to Barnes & Noble on Dec. 6 for a record signing as well as performance. Priority seating will be offered to those who purchase the LP in-store. (Free)
Laugh your way into the holiday spirit.
Obviously, the holidays aren’t for everyone. But improv group Clip Show wants to make the transition into the so-called most wonderful time of the year a bit easier with a special holiday edition of their usual show. Head to the PIT on Dec. 1 for a raucous evening in which audiences can expect a live nativity scene, a caroling Eulogist, and the man himself, Santa. ($11)
Take in a Spike Lee joint—with a bonus Q&A.
Any chance to catch a Spike Lee feature on the big screen is one that shouldn’t be overlooked. If you head to Metrograph on Dec. 5, you can do just that; the movie house will screen the ’70s delirium “Summer of Sam,” followed by a Q&A with the film’s co-writers Victor Colicchio and Michael Imperioli. ($15)
Find the true meaning of the holidays.
Also for those who are yuletide-averse, head to Joe’s Pub on Dec. 2 for Tori Scott’s outlandish holiday show “Vodka Is the Reason for the Season” (clearly, she minces no words). Scott will take audiences on a booze-soaked journey through her childhood to her time as a singing elf for an old folks’ home to her present-day solution for getting through the holidays—and she’ll do it all with a killer vocal range. ($25)
Get up close and personal with Michael C. Hall.
If you haven’t gotten around to it yet, it’s your last chance to catch six-time Emmy nominee and “Dexter” star Michael C. Hall in his one-man theater tour de force “Thom Pain (based on nothing).” After being extended, the show must close on Dec. 9, which means you’ve got less than two weeks to get yourself to Signature Theatre Center for one of the remaining performances. (Tickets start at $35)
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