Broadway theaters always fill up around Easter, making reservations a must for holiday visitors. To call for tickets, phone Ticketron (T) at 212-246-0102 or Telecharge (TC) at 800-233-3123; in New York, 212-239-6200. It can be hard to get choice seats for Cats (Winter Garden, 1634 Broadway, TC), Les Miserables (Imperial, 249 W. 45 St., TC), Phantom of the Opera (Majestic, 247 W. 44 St., TC), and Miss Saigon (Broadway, 1681 Broadway, TC), in previews starting March 23. But seats are available for many others, ranging from big musicals to the one-person shows: Jackie Mason: Brand New (Neil Simon, 250 W. 52 St., T) and The Big Love with Tracey Ullman (Plymouth, 236 W. 45 St., TC).
SHADOWLANDS Brooks Atkinson, 256 W. 47 St., T
Nigel Hawthorne is brilliant as English intellectual C.S. Lewis, whose religious convictions crumble when his wife (Jane Alexander) gets cancer. Alexander could be brainier and, God knows, better dressed as Joy Davidman, the American poet who awakens the Oxford don’s lust for life, but that’s faint tarnish on William Nicholson’s poignant love story. A-