NYC Best: Nathan Lane’s Gay Burlesque, Pink, Oktophonie

Nathan Lane plays gay burlesque in “The Nance,” Pink rocks Madison Square Garden and Stockhausen’s other-worldly “Oktophonie” takes over the Park Avenue Armory this weekend.


Nathan Lane is back onstage as a gay burlesque performer in “The Nance,” a new play by Douglas Carter Beane directed by the estimable Jack O’Brien. In previews at the Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St., for an April 15 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200;

“The Assembled Parties,” playwright Richard Greenberg’s second Broadway show of the season (the other is “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”), concerns a Jewish family on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. In previews at the Samuel J. Freedman, 246 W. 47th St., for an April 17 opening. Information: +1-212-239-6200;

The cult devoted to “The Last Five Years,” Jason Robert Brown’s dazzling, intimate song cycle about the crash-and-burn of a youthful marriage, is likely to expand with this revival. In previews at Second Stage Theatre, 305 W. 43rd St., for an April 2 opening. Information: +1-212-246-4422;


Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly and The National’s Bryce Dessner get together in “Planetarium” to celebrate our solar system in front of a giant morphing orb. Runs through March 24 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave. Information: +1-718-636-4150;

Prolific pop artist Pink appears at Madison Square Garden Friday night on her “Truth About Love” world tour, rocking those signature high-energy pyrotechnics. MSG, 4 Penn Plaza. Information: +1-212-465-6741;

Check out bass wizard Stanley Clarke and keyboard legend George Duke as they perform at Manhattan’s Blue Note jazz club. Duke will also get behind the mike and show off his vocal chops. Through March 24 at 131 W. 3rd St. Information: +1-212-475-8592 or


Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson’s latest project, a nine-channel video, “The Visitors,” is a single-take, 53-minute piece showing the artist and his friends making music -- each one in a separate room of a huge old estate. Kjartansson plays guitar in a bathtub. Runs through March 23 at Luhring Augustine gallery, 531 West 24th St. Information: +1-206-9100;

See the art and artifacts of prehistoric Malta, including bosomy female figurines, stone amulets and clay vessels. “Temple and Tomb: Prehistoric Malta, 3600-2500 BCE” runs through July 7 at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University, 15 E. 84th St. Information: +1-212-992-7800;

Stephen Burrows, who dressed everyone from Cher and Liza Minnelli to Henri Bendel fashionistas, has a retrospective at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave, running through July 28. Information: +1-212-534-1672;


Listen to the outer space electronica of Karlheinz Stockhausen as “Oktophonie” is performed by his original collaborator Kathinka Pasveer and staged by Rirkrit Tiravanija. Runs through March 27 at the Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave. Information: +1-212-616-3930;

Diana Damrau dazzles as Violetta in Willie Decker’s sensational production of “La Traviata,” with Saimir Pirgu singing her lover Alfredo and Placido Domingo taking on the baritone role of his disapproving dad. Yannick Nezet-Seguin is on the podium. Runs through April 6 at the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center. Information: +1-212-362-6000;


Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone have opened a new Italian-American restaurant -- Carbone -- in the old Rocco’s space, serving lobster fra diavolo and $50 veal parm. At 181 Thompson St. Information: +1-212-254-3000 or

New watering hole “The Dead Rabbit,” named after the notorious 19th century street gang, serves a sharp Sixpoint Crisp Pilsner in the taproom while in the Parlor you can sample 72 cocktails inspired by that era. At 30 Water Street. Information: 646-422-7906;


“The Act of Killing,” director Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary about Indonesia’s anti-Communist slaughter during the 1960s, will be shown in two versions as part of the Lincoln Center/MoMa New Directors/New Films series. A Saturday screening (6 p.m. at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St.) is the theatrical version; Sunday’s showing (2 p.m. at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th St.) is the director’s cut. Information: +1-212-875-5600;

Also in the ND/NF series, “The Color of the Chameleon” is Bulgarian director Emil Christov’s dark comedy about a police informant’s adventures during the fall of Communism. Saturday, March 23, 9 p.m. at MoMA. Information: +1-212 875 5600;

(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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