April 9 (Bloomberg) -- Neil Patrick Harris stars as the lonely, middle-aged birthday boy in Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.” He’s surrounded by stars ranging from Patti LuPone to Stephen Colbert.
Five married couples display various facets of intimacy, including a burning desire for divorce. Don’t expect heartwarming sentiment, though: Sondheim characterized this as the first musical whose defining quality is irony.
Paul Gemignani conducts the New York Philharmonic in this staged revival.
Through April 9th at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-875-5656; http://nyphil.org.
Head to Bar Boulud for post-concert steak tartare and a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. It may just be warm enough to sit outside.
1900 Broadway. Information: +1-212-595-0303.
Shopping for a rare map or hard-to-find first edition? Try the 51st Annual NY Antiquarian Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory.
Everyone from Abeceda Antiquariat to Irving Zucker Art Books, more than 100 international book dealers in all, are hawking their wares under the capacious drill hall roof.
Just looking is fine, too, but beware: As one enthusiast attests, “After love, book collecting is the most exhilarating sport of all.”
643 Park Ave. at 67th St. Information: +1-212-255-8240; http://www.sanfordsmith.com.
Check out the 10-foot tall chrome Andy Warhol lighting up Union Square. Dressed in preppie blazer and jeans, Polaroid camera slung around his neck, the Pop king carries a Bloomingdale’s shopping bag.
Rob Pruitt’s “The Andy Monument” stands on Broadway and 17th St. within sight of two buildings once inhabited by Warhol’s Factory.
Andy will be joining George Washington and Mahatma Gandhi until October 2nd.
Information: +1-212-223-7800; http://www.publicartfund.org.
Ben Stiller is back onstage in a revival of John Guare’s “The House of Blue Leaves.” He’s Artie, zookeeper and aspiring songwriter, caught between his literally crazy wife Bananas, played by Edie Falco, and his mistress, Bunny Flingus, the redoubtable Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Stiller made his professional debut as son Ronnie in the 1986 production, and in this show he makes his first return to Broadway in the role of the dad. Tempus fugit.
In previews at the Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W. 48th St., opening April 25. Information: +1-212-239-6200; http://www.houseofblueleaves.com.
Two musical giants are getting together for some intense play: Eric Clapton joins Wynton Marsalis for a tour of the blues.
They’ll amble through New Orleans and the Delta before heading to Chicago, on the way invoking Howlin’ Wolf, Ma Rainey, Fats Waller, and, of course, Louis Armstrong.
By the way, Clapton selected the entire playlist.
Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th St. Information: +1-212-258-9800; http://www.jazzatlincolncenter.org.
Catch handsome baritone Nathan Gunn at the Cafe Carlyle, singing classic songs, including “If Ever I Would Leave You,” and “My Funny Valentine.”
He brings operatic intensity to the Depression-era “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime,” which resonates somewhat ironically in the posh supper club.
Julie Jordan Gunn, who created the lively arrangements, accompanies her husband on the piano.
35 E. 76th St. Information: +1-212-744-1600; http://www.thecarlyle.com.
A girl sits on her bed, bare arm extended, sewing something filmy in her lap. With her back to the viewer, she’s framed by the window, a poignant picture of isolation.
This is Edward Hopper’s “New York Interior” (c. 1921), one of the works on display in the smart show at the Whitney. You’ll see him in the company of such contemporaries as Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand and Shahn over the course of four decades.
“Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time” is well worth seeing, but you have to hustle: It closes today!
945 Madison Ave. Information: +1-212-570-3600; http://whitney.org.
For a musical thrill ride, head over to Carnegie Hall, where Evgeny Kissin plays Chopin’s First Piano Concerto with the splendid Met Orchestra, conducted by James Levine.
A musical prodigy who began playing the piano by ear at the age of two, Kissin rocketed to international fame performing Chopin with the Moscow State Philharmonic -- he was twelve.
Schoenberg and Brahms round out the program.
881 7th Ave. at 57th St. Information: +1-212-247-7800; http://www.carnegiehall.org.
Despite an early association with the fake-but-now-all-too-real “Chillwave” genre, Toro Y Moi crafts some serious dance floor fillers.
Riding high off a successful tour of South by Southwest and a killer second album, “Underneath the Pine,” the South Carolina native appears at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
His subtle hand creates imaginative, woozy pop layered with wiggly synths, electronic beeps and strong funk break-downs.
Isn’t Sunday night when you really need transporting sonic uplift?
66 N. 6th St. Information: +1-718-486-5400; http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com.
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