Footlights

The perfect Broadway musical for Valentine’s Day, a football hero struts his stuff onstage—in heels, and kids have their special night on the Great White Way: Who says February is a cold month for theatergoers in New York?

 

Andy Karl and Samantha Barks in “Pretty Woman: The Musical.” (Matthew Murphy, 2018)

 

STEAM HEAT

Winter’s in full blast, but the temperature’s on the rise at “Pretty Woman: The Musical,” where the onstage chemistry between co-stars Andy Karl and Samantha Barks is red-hot. Theirs is no mere Valentine’s Day fling, but an eight-performance-a-week lovefest. Karl plays a hard-nosed businessman who hires Barks’ character, a Hollywood streetwalker  with a heart of gold and a mind of her own, as an escort. One thing leads to another, and, in time-honored fairy-tale tradition, they fall head over heels, finding redemption in each other. But do they live happily ever after? The title of the show’s final song leaves no doubt as to the answer to that question: “Together Forever.” Speaking of enduring relationships, Karl has been married since January 2001 to singer/actress Orfeh, who just happens to be in “Pretty Woman: The Musical,” too. Kismet!

Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St., 877.250.2929, prettywomanthemusical.com

Tiki Barber stands tall in “Kinky Boots.” (Matthew Murphy)

GRIDIRON GREAT

After a 10-year career as a running back with the New York Football Giants, retiring in 2007 as the team’s all-time leading rusher and all-purpose yardage leader, what’s next for Tiki Barber to conquer? Broadway, of course. For 5-foot-10-inch Barber, wearing the 6-inch heels in the musical “Kinky Boots”, thru March 3, is empowering. “You know me, I’m short,” he recently told his former teammate Michael Strahan on ABC News’ “Good Morning America.” “In the locker room, I was always the shortest guy. I’m taller than everybody now. I love this!”

Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 W. 45th St., 877.250.2929, kinkybootsthemusical.com

Kids’ Night on Broadway (Jeremy Daniel)

SHOWTIME FOR KIDS

Kids’ Night on Broadway (kidsnightonbroadway.com)—when children 18 and under can see a Broadway show for free when accompanied by an adult paying full price for his/her ticket—is Feb. 26. It’s a steal of a deal, but that doesn’t mean junior theatergoersaren’t welcome to the Great White Way at other times. Not when there are so many shows with kid-appeal currently on the boards, like Disney’s “The Lion King,” “Aladdin” and “Frozen.” Potterheads can apparate at “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” “King Kong” has visual spectacle to spare. “Wicked,” too. And check out the boys in the photo above: They’re ready for Instagram after a night at the opera—“The Phantom of the Opera,” that is.

Kids’ Night on Broadway, kidsnightonbroadway.com