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Welcome to Inside Track!  Here's what's going on this weekend in NYC.


Friday, July 17


GO? How much better would life be if we all just spontaneously erupted into song like they do in musicals? Imagine your days starting with a little ditty from your doorman: "Good morning…Good mooorning to you!"…And ending with: "So long, farewell…Auf Wiedersehen, adieu." The organizers of "Break Out in Song" agree. Check out the stunt they pulled in Belgium. This weekend, the troupe will take on NYC. Today, they'll be down at the South Street Seaport and will be popping up in locations all over the city. (5:45 PM, South Street Seaport, Fulton and Front Street, full schedule)


Saturday, July 18


GO? A star-studded concert in honor of former President of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Nelson Mandela will be held at Radio City. Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, Alicia Keys, Gloria Gaynor, Aretha Franklin, Cyndi Lauper, France's first lady, Carla Bruni, and Dave Stewart are set to perform. Whoopi Goldberg will host. A limited number of $40 tickets are still available. (8 PM, Radio City Music Hall,tickets)


Sunday, July 19


BEFORE IT CLOSES? The hit revival of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, featuring Christine Ebersole, Rupert Everett, Jayne Atkinson and Angela Lansbury in her Tony-winning turn as Madame Arcati, will close this Sunday. This is one not to miss! (Shubert Theater, 225 W. 44th St, tickets)


GO? The Underground Zero Festival takes off on Sunday. Tickets range in price from $5-15. Shows like The Ted Haggard Monologues and the Exploding Puppet Production of Die Hard: The Puppet Musical look especially intriguing. (Through August, full schedule)


Monday, July 20


GO (FREE)? The River-to-River festival will host an outdoor screening of "West Side Story" on the Elevated Acre at 55 Water Street. Great summer date idea! (8 PM, 55 Water Street, info)


Tuesday, July 21


GO? The Film Society of Lincoln Center will screen Roman Polanski's Macbeth as part of its "Bard Goes Global" Series. The series features some of the best (and oddest) screen adaptations of Shakespeare's classics including Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet,Henry V with Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles' Macbeth and Julie Taymor's Titus (July 15-26 at the Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street on the upper level, full schedule)


Wednesday, July 22


GO? As the New York Times proclaimed at the start of the summer, the Speakeasy trend has hit New York. Case in point: Speakeasy Nights at the Museum of the City of New York. It's all the mystique of a "secret" party without the homemade bathtub booze. Isn't fake prohibition fun?! (Wednesdays through Aug. 26, 6-9 PM, Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, at 103rd Street,info)


Thursday, July 23


GO? Baby Wants Candy, the famously funny improv show that invents an entirely new musical every night, has been creating musical madness for over a decade. If you haven't been or haven't been in a while, check them out at the Barrow Street Theatre. It is a guaranteed good time! (10:30 PM, Barrow St. Theatre, 27 Barrow Street at 7th Avenue, tickets)


 


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