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Kim Cattrall, Foo Fighters, ABT, Muhly’s Mormons: N.Y. Weekend

Kim Cattrall
Kim Cattrall in "Private Lives," at the Music Box Theatre. Photographer: Nobby Clark/Boneau/Bryan-Brown via Bloomberg

“Private Lives” has Kim Cattrall as the tempestuous bride who discovers her ex-husband honeymooning at the same French hotel.

Amanda has been played by everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Maggie Smith in the countless revivals of Noel Coward’s funny romp. Paul Gross is the attractive ex, Elyot, who knows precisely which buttons to push.

The play was directed by the adroit Richard Eyre.

In previews at the Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St. for a Nov. 17 opening. Information: +1-239-6200;


Surrounded by weeping saints and wearing a red velvet crown, God opens his cloak to reveal his bleeding, crucified son.

The dramatic scene is depicted in an oil-on-spruce panel painted in Strasbourg, France, in 1479. It’s one of 22 medieval rarities now on show at Richard L. Feigen & Co. gallery, courtesy of London-based dealer Sam Fogg.

The works shock in their directness.

Through Jan. 27 at 34 E. 69th St. Information: +1-212-628-0700;

Stroll over to L’Absinthe for a glass of white Burgundy. Try the lobster club on brioche with mango, avocado and tomato or a thyme-scented Alsatian pizzette with onions and bacon.

At 227 E. 67th St. Information: +1-212-794-4950.

Suitably refreshed, head up to the Metropolitan Museum for a tour of Islamic treasures, ranging from the delicate Blue Qur’an to the dazzling Damascus Room, reconstructed from a private house in Syria.

The just-reopened, extravagantly-named “New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia” display about 1,200 works, one tenth of the Met’s great collection.

At 1000 Fifth Ave. at 82nd St. Information: +1-212-535-7710;

Saturday Night

Oh boy. I mean, we weren’t expecting dancing Mormonettes, but the new opera, “Dark Sisters,” by hotshot composer Nico Muhly is so amazingly ghastly you really might want to check it out for yourself.

Wailing onstage while looking solemnly aggrieved are five women married to the same Mormon creep. Their children have been taken from them in a police raid that is inspired by real events in Texas not so long ago.

One wife breaks free, but without moaning anything memorable; her pious daughter stays behind to marry an old guy.

You’d think the women might have come to some interesting insights into their lives and friendships.

But they just utter platitudes in playwright Stephen Karam’s inert libretto which Muhly has outfitted with yards of anodyne music.

The whole production came off like a sketch, though all the singers were good.

Through Nov. 19 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater, 524 W. 59th St. Information: +1-212-279-4200;

In a different key, the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, now in its fourth year, delivers two days of sweaty, squelching, knob-twiddling fun.

Headliners include dark dance chameleon Matthew Dear, solo sass machine Diamond Rings and beatmaster-humorist Reggie Watts.

Most venues run along Williamsburg’s North 6th Street, so grab a pass, carbo-load and prepare for 48 hours of shaking it.

Action starts at 8 p.m. and lasts into the wee hours. Information:


Treat your kids to the new DiMenna Children’s History Museum, where they can play detective to get up close and personal with the city’s past.

It’s part of the New York Historical Society’s newly renovated Central Park building, three years and $70 million in the making.

For adults there’s “Revolution,” an exhibition comparing the bids for political freedom made by America, France and Haiti. Plus there are paintings, sculpture, decorative arts and all manner of historical artifacts to explore, as well as cool tech enhancements throughout.

NYHS is at 170 Central Park West at 77th St. Information: +1-212-873-3400;

Sunday Matinee

Catch Alexei Ratmansky’s Scarlatti-inspired “Seven Sonatas” performed by the American Ballet Theatre.

The company is presenting its short fall season at a newly spiffed up City Center, shining in all its former glitzy Moorish beauty.

Also on the program, Paul Taylor’s “Black Tuesday,” set to the songs of the Great Depression, and Twyla Tharp’s exhilarating “In the Upper Room,” with music by Philip Glass.

At 131 W. 55th St. Information: +1-212-581-1212;

Sunday Night

The Foo Fighters, arguably the only cool mainstream rock band, rip the roof off Madison Square Garden tonight.

Even after 16 years, frontman Dave Grohl’s still got enough steam to power a hurricane. The band has pumped out hit over hit -- no rock radio station can go a day without pouring “Everlong” from the speakers -- and now they’re touring a new album, “Wasting Light.”

With openers Social Distortion and The Joy Formidable.

At 4 Pennsylvania Plaza. Information: +1-212-465-6225;

(With assistance from Manuela Hoelterhoff. Zinta Lundborg is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)

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