The Public Celebrates 50 Years of ‘Hair’ + More NYC Events 10/20–26

Photo Source: The Public Theater

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.

Let the sun shine in.
It’s been 50 years since the rock musical “Hair” debuted and changed the face of American theater. To honor the half-centennial milestone and raise funds for the Public Theater (where “Hair” got its start), Diane Paulus will direct a benefit celebration. Featuring stage stars including Jonathan Groff, Caissie Levy, Will Swenson, Allison Case, and several more, the concert will be preceded by a cocktail reception and dinner at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. Tickets are unfortunately exorbitant, but you can expect video footage to arise. (Tickets start at $750)

Tony nominees will get in your face.
On Oct. 22, “CBS Sunday Morning” and NPR personality Mo Rocca will host the first of four episodes of “In Your Face,” a live performance podcast. Joining him at Merkin Concert Hall will be Tony nominee Judy Kuhn (“Fun Home”), in an evening of storytelling, wine-tasting, and live-music-playing. (Tickets: $25–$35)

Bow down to the Prince.
Manhattan Theatre Club’s fall benefit on Oct. 23 will feature a cocktail reception, dinner, and tribute to the one and only Harold Prince. The honoree is especially appropriate, as “Prince of Broadway,” a career retrospective revue musical of Prince’s work, is currently running at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The evening will feature appearances and performances by Jason Alexander, Norm Lewis, Laura Linney, Marin Mazzie, Joel Grey, Jeffrey Seller, and more, and will be held at 583 Park Avenue. (Tickets: $190)

Theater stars perform for a great cause.
Living for Today, the annual concert fundraiser created by theater director David Alpert (“If/Then”), returns to Joe’s Pub Oct. 23 with a slew of talent performing for an incredible cause: Gilana’s Fund, which goes towards educational programming promoting acceptance and understanding of communities. This year’s guests are as stellar as years’ prior and include Kate Mulgrew, Daisy Eagan, Max Crumm, Kathryn Gallagher, and more. (Tickets start at $15)

Experience the Broadway shows that never were.
After a successful run in March, “Broadway Bound: The Musicals That Never Came to Broadway” returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below for part two, offering a behind the scenes glimpse at musicals that were supposed to come to Broadway but for one reason or another never did. The two-show installment on Oct. 25 will run back to back (one show at 7 p.m. and one at 9:30 p.m.) and will feature performances by Alice Ripley, Kara Lindsay, Nic Rouleau, Jim Walton, and several others. (Tickets start at $35)

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