Concluding Aug. 16
Atomic (Off-Broadway at The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row). Atomic, a new musical based on the creation of the atomic bomb, is directed by Damien Gray and choreographed by Greg Graham. The cast features Sara Gettelfinger, Jeremy Kushnier, Euan Morton and Randy Harrison with David Abeles, Alexis Fishman, Jonathan Hammond, James David Larson and Grace Stockdale. The new musical, according to press notes, "blasts open the doors of The Manhattan Project, a government funded program of top scientists with the task of creating the world’s first atomic bomb. Leo Szilard is the mastermind behind atomic power, but his heart has reservations. Ethics, scientific progress, and true love are tested as Leo discovers exactly what he’s capable of when someone believes in him." Visit AtomicTheMusical.com.
Puppet Titus Andronicus (Off-Broadway at Theatre Row's Beckett Theatre). The Puppet Shakespeare Players and STT Productions present the world premiere of Puppet Titus Andronicus – a new comedic take on Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus performed in the style of Avenue Q. Directed by Ryan Rinkel, Puppet Titus Andronicus features Adam Weppler, Sarah Villegas, Christopher Gebauer, Alex Offenkrantz, Tom Foran, Drew Torkelson, Shane Snider, A.J. Cote, Mindy Leanse, Ryan Rinkel, Ross Hamman and Abby Judd. Visit PuppetShakespeare.org.
Concluding Aug. 17
Rocky (Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre). The new Broadway musical Rocky, based on the Academy Award-winning 1976 Sylvester Stallone film of the same title, stars Tony Award nominee Andy Karl as boxer Rocky Balboa opposite Margo Seibert as Adrian. Here's how it's billed: "Rocky brings to life the iconic and inspiring story of struggling small time Philly boxer, Rocky Balboa, who gets a once-in-a-lifetime shot to go the distance against heavyweight champ Apollo Creed. Both an adrenaline-infused spectacle and a surprising story of blossoming romance between two lonely outsiders, Rocky is a heart-stopping and viscerally theatrical new musical for everyone brave enough to follow their dream." Visit RockyBroadway.com. King Lear (Off-Broadway at the Delacorte Theater). The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of King Lear stars Tony Award winner John Lithgow as King Lear and Academy Award nominee Annette Bening as Goneril under the direction of Tony winner Daniel Sullivan. The cast also features Jessica Collins (Cordelia), Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht (Regan), Jeremy Bobb (Oswald), Steven Boyer (Fool), Glenn Fleshler (Cornwall), Slate Holmgren (King of France), Christopher Innvar (Albany), Chukwudi Iwuji (Edgar), Clarke Peters (Gloucester), Dale Place (Old Man, Curan), Jay O. Sanders (Kent), Eric Sheffer Stevens (Edmund), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Andrew Burnap, Christopher Ghaffari, Ryan-James Hatanaka, Matt Helm, Dave Klasko and Phillip Shinn. Visit PublicTheater.org.