Broadway goes to the Bronx to play with the Bombers… Brooke Shields meets her new family… Liza in Switzerland!... and some limited runs come to an end.
Saturday, June 25
LAST CHANCE? Ben Stiller, Edie Falco and Jennifer Jason Leigh star in the revival of John Guare’s tragicomedy The House of Blue Leaves. Falco plays Bananas, a mentally ill wife who is forced to come to terms with the end of her marriage to Artie (Stiller), a zookeeper with stars in his eyes and love in his heart for the neighbor (Leigh). (Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W. 48th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)
Sunday, June 26
LAST CHANCE ? The revival of Garson Kanin's Born Yesterday — starring Jim Belushi, Robert Sean Leonard and Nina Arianda — closes on Broadway. Arianda earned rave reviews (and a 2011 Tony nomination) for her portrayal of ditzy gangster’s moll Billie Dawn. Directed by Doug Hughes. (Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)
LAST CHANCE ? 2011 Tony nominee for Best Actor in a Play Brian Bedford stars as the formidable Lady Bracknell in the Broadway revival of Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest. We’ve had a lot of fun with the crew of Earnest through their seven-month stay at the American Airlines Theatre (see: Jersey Shore Gone Wilde and our photo recreation of the original 1895 production). We’ll miss you, Ernest (or, whatever your name is). (American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St., btwn. 7th & 8th Ave., info/tickets)
Monday, June 27
GO? Broadway and the Bombers (these are a few of my favorite things)! Billy Crudup, Edie Falco, Aaron Tveit, Tom Wopat, Mitch Jarvis, Gregory Jbara and Frank Wood join past heroes-in-pinstripes David Wells, Jeff Nelson, Cecil Fielder, Charlie Hayes, Mike Stanley, Jesse Barfield and Joe Pepitone at Yankee Stadium for the first annual Bombers Boomer Broadway Softball Classic. Proceeds from the celebrity ball game will benefit The Actors Fund and the Boomer Esiason Foundation Fighting Cystic Fibrosis. (10 AM, Yankee Stadium, One East 161st St., Bronx, $200, info/tickets)
Tuesday, June 28
GO? Brooke Shields returns to Broadway in The Addams Family, succeeding original star Bebe Neuwirth. Shields will play Morticia to Roger Rees’ Gomez Addams in the Andrew Lippa musical based on the classic Charles Addams New Yorker cartoons. (Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)
Wednesday, June 29
GO? The Williamstown Theatre Festival kicks off with a revival of Jon Robin Baitz’s Three Hotels starring Maura Tierney and Steven Weber as a couple who, after volunteering for the Peace Corps in their youth, spend their adulthood working the morally corrupt corporate system. The fest continues in July with She Stoops to Conquer, the 18th-century brash comedy starring the always hilarious Brooks Ashmanskas. And in August, Rodgers and Hart’s Ten Cents a Dance, starring Tony winner Donna McKechnie, takes to Williamstown’s Main Stage. The other side of the Williamstown coin is their smaller stage, the Nikos. Highlights on the Nikos stage include David Cromer’s take on A Streetcar Named Desire with Jessica Hecht and Sam Rockwell and a new play by comedian Lewis Black called One Slight Hitch. (Williamstown, MA, info/tickets and full schedule of summer performances)
Thursday, June 30
Previews? Comedienne Judy Gold continues mining her real-life experiences to make theatre gold with her latest autobiographical show The Judy Show: My Life as a Sitcom. This time, the Emmy winner visits her youth through the lens of classic TV sitcoms. (DR2 Theatre, 103 E. 15th St., at 20 Union Square East, Click here for Playbill Club discount previews tickets. Officially opens July 7).
Friday, July 1
GO (International)? Liza Minnelli, Ricky Martin and Sting are among the highlights of the 45th annual Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Other big name performers on the bill include: Paul Simon, Carlos Santana, John McLaughlin, Susan Tedeschi, B.B. King, George Benson, Diana Krall, Dr. John, Paolo Nutini, Arcade Fire, Esperanza Spalding, Seal, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, Wayne Shorter, Coolio, Naughty by Nature, Digital Underground, House of Pain and Deep Purple. (Through July 16, info/tickets)