10 Summer Theatre Picks 🎶💃🎭

Tired of the summer heat and already done your time staying out of the sun at the Met, The Guggenheim, and the Whitney?

Return to the stage (and enjoy stellar AC) while you take in some of the hottest theatre in town.


A Bronx Tale


Based on the famous 1993 coming of age classic, this acclaimed musical is finishing up its 700th performance and almost two-year run on the great white way this Sunday, August 5th.

The show features a score by veterans Alan Menken and Glenn Slater and explores issues of class, race, and crime as it follows protagonist Calogero Anello through his fraught Italian-American upbringing. Legally Blonde’s Richard H. Blake stars as faithful father Lorenzo and Chazz Palmintieri, writer of both screen and stage scripts, reprises his film role as hard-hitting mafia boss Sonny.

 The Boys In The Band


50 years after its groundbreaking off-Broadway premiere, Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band has finally made it to Broadway. 

Veteran director Joe Mantello leads a star-studded cast including Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parson, Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto, and White Collar’s Matt Bomer in an intense evening of theatre that illuminates the devastating impact of internalized homophobia in its depiction of a festive gathering of gay friends that takes a sour turn when poisonous insecurities rear their heads. Catch it before August 11th!

In and Of Itself


In the mood for something magical?

This solo show from award-winning magician Derek DelGaudio Off-Broadway at the Daryl Roth theatre in Union Square blends classic stage illusions like card tricks with a meta-theatrical exploration of the nature of performance and identity and poignant personal narrative.

Grab your tickets now, because you only have until August 19th until this hit disappears!

Hello Dolly!


This Tony-winning revival of the 1964 Jerry Herman hit stars Bette Midler in the title role of spunky matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi, who ends up meeting a match of her own in stubborn, miserly Horace Vandergelder, played by Curtains Tony winner David Hyde Pierce. Say hello to this timeless classic before this production says goodbye on August 25th!

Sweeney Todd


Head off-Broadway and join the Barrow Street Theatre for an immersive production of one of Sondheim’s best!

This dark tale follows the titular murderous barber’s all-consuming quest for revenge, with an intimate staging that might have you worried you’ll end up among his casualties. You can enhance your experience even further by booking a pre-show meal of pie and mash prepared by former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses; but once you learn just how far in-show pie maker Mrs. Lovett goes to keep her customers coming, you may not have much of an appetite!


Mary Page Marlowe


This new play by August Osage County writer Tracy Letts, which opened off-Broadway on July 12, features 6 different actresses as the title character across 11 scrambled scenes.
The snippets blend to create a haunting portrait of Mary's troubled life as she finds her way from the wreckage of neglectful parents and ruined marriages to an unexpected serenity in her later years.

You only have until August 19th to check it out!

Fiddler On The Roof

Maybe you’ve seen the movie, or caught the 2015 revival, but here’s the chance to see Fiddler on The Roof like you’ve never seen it before— in Yiddish!

The Museum of Jewish Heritage hosts this production by the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene, featuring Steven Skybell as harried patriarch Tevye and Broadway veteran Jackie Hoffman as headstrong matchmaker “Yente”. 

Follow along with English and Russian supertitles as you listen to this timeless story in a language that gets closer than ever to the show’s Jewish heart. The show opened this July 5th and closes up on August 26th!

Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller


If you’re ready for a rock and roll down memory lane, you’re in luck!

It's high time for a revival of this musical revue that first made waves in 1995 and showcases 39 standard favorites penned by this unstoppable pop duo, among them Charlie Brown, Hound Dog, Spanish Harlem, and There Goes My Baby. A talented cast, exciting new choreography, and ageless tunes make this night at the theatre an unforgettable one.

Fire In Dreamland


This new play by Rinne Groff investigates arts, dreams, and the darker side of love in this bittersweet Coney Island tale.

Rebecca Naomi Jones (Passing Strange, American Idiot) stars as a bureaucrat struggling to help the area redevelop after Hurricane Sandy who falls under the spell of romantic but impractical and manipulative film student Enver Gjokaj (Dollhouse, Agent Carter), who seeks to immortalize the amusement park’s thorny past.

The play opened on July 16, and you have until this Sunday, August 5th to catch it!

 Pretty Woman


Based on the 1990 Julia Roberts rom-com tale of a prostitute whose professional engagement as an escort for a wealthy businessman develops into a bona fide romance, this new musical began previews on July 20 with an official opening scheduled for August 16.

The show features music by Canadian pop star Bryan Adams, and an out of town tryout in Chicago garnered promising reviews, particularly for British lead actress Samantha Barks as savvy protagonist Vivian and Legally Blonde’s Orfeh as her spunky BFF Kit.

We hope that something on this list inspires you to get out on the town and into your theatre-going best— if you catch a show mentioned on the list, let us know how it was on facebook. 

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