This week ahead: make sure to catch the Queens vacate their Broadway throne for a prince, break out your ponchos and love beads for Woodstock’s 40th Anniversary and brace yourself for the next Idol wave to hit the theatre scene.
Friday, August 14
GO? The 2009 New York Fringe Festival will kick off this Friday. With over 200 shows crammed into a two-week period, you’d be hard pressed not to find at least one show that catches your eye. Check out their full schedule here.
SEE? Ang Lee’s new film Taking Woodstock will hit theatres just in time for the 40th Anniversary of the famed festival that helped shape a generation. Tony Award Nominee Jonathan Groff will co-star in the flick alongside Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Demetri Martin and Emile Hirsch. (opens in theatres everywhere on Friday)
Saturday, August 15
BEFORE IT CLOSES? The Off-Broadway show Slipping has enjoyed a successful sold-out run at the Rattlestick. The show will close this Saturday. (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place, info)
Sunday, August 16
BEFORE IT CLOSES? The revival of the critically acclaimed show Mary Stuart, will end its run this Sunday to make way for royalty of another kind. In September, Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, will take up the thrown at the Broadhurst left vacant by Queens Elizabeth and Mary. (Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th Street, tickets)
SEE? Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff of Dancing with the Stars fame will end their short run in Broadway’s Burn the Floor. Another pair of reality-TV stunners, Anya Garnis and Pasha Kovalev (of So You Think You Can Dance? notoriety), will fill their dancing shoes for the remainder of the run. (Through October 18, Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th st, btwn. Broadway and 8th Aves, tickets)
Monday, August 17
GO? You may assume that all theatres in NYC are “dark” on Mondays, but you’d be wrong! There are plenty of shows both On- and Off- Broadway playing on Monday nights. Check out my roundup of shows that will help make your Mondays a little less manic.
Tuesday, August 18
GO (FREE)? Break out the cosmos and Manolos. The Central Park Film Festival starts with the ultimate chick-flick, Sex and the City. And if the fab four don't float your boat, not to worry, the Festival lineup also includes Oceans 11, Twightlight and the private dick that's a sex machine to all the chicks(...Shaft!) Can you dig it? (8pm, info)
Wednesday, August 19
OPENS? A revival of the 1930’s Lennox Robinson comedy, Is Life Worth Living? will premiere at the Mint Theater on Wednesday. In 1933, Variety called the show “a cheerful comedy for gloomy times.” Sound familiar? (Mint Theatre, 311 W. 43rd St., 3rd floor, tickets)
Thursday, August 20
GO? It seems you can’t swing a PLAYBILL in this town without hitting an Idol! American Idol alums Constantine Moralous, Frenchie Davis, Tamyra Gray, Fantasia Barino and Taylor Hicks have all found their way onto a New York Stage. Season 3’s Diana DeGarmo must have loved her experience in Hairspray so much that she's willing to make another go of it. This time, DeGarmo will try Off-Broadway as she assumes the role of Sarah in the musical, The Toxic Avenger. (New World Stages, 340 West 50th St., tickets)