The top 10 things we’re living for this week. Get into it.
10. MUSIC: A Christmas Story, The Musical - World Premiere Recording. The holiday classic you loved as a kid — and still watch yearly on TBS — is now a buzzworthy Broadway-bound musical by up-and-coming songwriter duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Preview the tunes here.
9. THEATRE: Burlesque-A-Pades. Now playing at the SoHo Playhouse, Burlesque-A-Pades, off-Broadway’s only burlesque-variety show this season stars Angie Pontani, The World Famous Pontani Sisters, Tigger!, and more. Shake whatcha mama gave ya.
8. MUSIC: The Haunted Man, Bat for Lashes. We’ve teased you with her tracks “All for Gold” and “Laura” — now get to know her intimately with the edgy Brit’s new album, The Haunted Man, which drops Oct. 22.
7. MUSIC: III, Shiny Toy Guns. The awesome L.A. alt-rockers return for their third album, III, out Oct. 22 — with returning former vocalist Carah Faye Charnow.
6. MOVIE: Cloud Atlas. Even after watching the trailer, you still won’t know what the what this star-studded Wachowski-Tykwer epic’s all about, but it looks like a total mindf*ck. We’ll be seeing Cloud Atlas in IMAX Oct. 26.
5. TV: The Houstons: On Our Own. Whitney Houston’s been resting pretty peacefully since her passing, but she’ll be a-rolling in her grave when her surviving family, including spotlight-hungry Bobbi Kristina, air their dirty laundry starting Oct. 24 on Lifetime.
4. BLU-RAY/DVD: Magic Mike. Led by a bethonged Matthew McConaughey as the club owner, Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer, and Joe Manganiello play male strippers in Magic Mike. Six words: “Hot New Fully Extended Dance Scenes!” Buy it Oct. 23.
2. TV: Mockingbird Lane. The Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane wasn’t picked up, but the must-see hourlong pilot will air Oct. 26 as a NBC Halloween special.
1. TV: Happy Endings. No joke, one of the funniest sitcoms on TV, Happy Endings returns Oct. 23 for a third season with its ingeniously skewed Friends format. Catch up with the new season 2 DVD. We don’t want to have to tell you twice.