Fans of ephemeral theater happenings will have a hard time picking between tonight's offerings of two readings and a musical retrospective — that's assuming, of course, that you're not coming to the second round of The L's Literary Upstart series, which is a rather presumptuous assumption. In case you prefer your literature spoken by actors rather than writers, though, Aladdin Ullah's semi-autobiographical comedy Alladin, about American Dreaming and Bangladeshi realism, will be tonight's reading in the Public Theater's (425 Lafayette St) Emerging Writers Group Spotlight Series (begins at 7pm, free, reservations recommended).
Broadway musicals and George Bernard Shaw details after the jump.
At Gramercy's The Players (16 Gramercy Park South), the Gingold Theatrical Group continue their epic quest to perform every single George Bernard Shaw (pictured typing away furiously at right) play, an endeavor they've dubbed Project Shaw. Tonight's shows will be The Glimpse of Reality, about a dashing Count dashing through the Italian countryside, and The Man of Destiny, about a young military man you may have heard of named Napoleon (begins at 7pm, $20, click here for details).
Finally, if musical theater is your bag, the Triad Theater (158 W 72nd St) is hosting a retrospective performance of songs by composer Charles Bloom (which repeats next Monday, too). Bloom wrote music and lyrics for many recent productions (including Calamity Jane, Character Breakdown, Insomnia and Pablo), and tonight Broadway performers (from shows like West Side Story, Impressionism, Spamalot and The Producers) give a little something back (begins at 7pm, $10 with 2 drink minimum, reservations recommended).