The WEEK AHEAD: June 25-July 1

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: June 25-July 1
 
We’re going back in time this WEEK AHEAD!


back_to_the_future_part_ii_ver1Sting and the sounds of love in the 1800s... Let the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein transport you to the ’50s...and spend one more night in the rocking ’60s with the cast of Hair...


Warm up the DeLorean, McFly!
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Friday, June 25
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GO? Ever wonder what it would be like to hear Mae West sing Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” or the hip-hop tune “Blame it on the Alcohol?” Well, the closest you’ll get is by going to see Lady Rizo, in all her sparkly and massive-eyelashed splendor, at Joe’s Pub. (Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette, $15-$18, info/tickets)

Saturday, June 26
Mario Cantone

GO? Celebrity Autobiography enlists a roster of famous celebrities (Mario Cantone, Cheyenne Jackson, Kristin Johnston, John Cameron Mitchell, B.D. Wong and Bruce Vilanch) to explore the trials and tribulations of other (more infamous) celebrities. This month, the troupe will celebrate Gay Pride Week with a slew of stories from the pen of some of the world’s greatest gay icons: Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Diana Ross and good ol’ Britney Spears. Oops! They did it again. (7:30pm, Gramercy Theatre, 127 e. 23rd st., $25-$125, info/tickets)

Kate WalshBEFORE IT CLOSES? Stephen Belber’s Dusk Rings a Bell, starring Kate Walsh (of “Grey’s Anatomy” fame) and Paul Sparks (Hedda Gabler), explores the relationship between Molly and Ray, two former flames who run into each other after 25 years. Molly is a chatty, perky career gal and Ray (who lives with his mother and holds a deep, dark secret) is, well, not. Of course, we wouldn’t have a play if everything were as it seemed, and the reunion brings out different sides of each character. Directed by Sam Gold, who won much acclaim for his productions of The Aliens and Circle Mirror Transformation. (Atlantic Stage 2, 330 W. 16th St., btwn. 8th and 9th Aves., info/tickets)

Mike NicholsWATCH? Mike Nichols, the man who brought us Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, the original Odd Couple, Annie, Hurlyburly, The Seagull, Spamalot and many other Broadway greats (scooping up eight Tony Awards along the way), also has a pretty successful film career…and by pretty, I mean, pretty extraordinary (see "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," "The Graduate," "Silkwood," "Working Girl," "The Birdcage," "Closer," HBO’s "Angels in America," etc.). He’s also one of only 12 EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winners in the world. AFI (American Film Institute) honored Nichols at a gala recently that included tributes from Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Kevin Spacey, Robin Williams, Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Nora Ephron and others. (Airs 9pm ET/PT on TV Land, info)

Sunday, June 27

BEFORE IT CLOSES? The sun will shine in one more time on the Tony-winning Broadway revival of Hair. The current cast of the '60s hit musical features "American Idol" alums Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo. (Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 W. 45th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

BEFORE IT CLOSES? Another big Tony winner will end its Broadway run this week. Six-time Tony-winning play Red, featuring the superb Alfred Molina and newly minted Tony winner Eddie Redmayne, explores the brilliant and troubled mind of the famous abstract impressionist painter, Mark Rothko. (Golden Theater, 252 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway and 8th Aves., info/tickets)
Barbara Cook

BEFORE IT CLOSES? Get an intimate look into the life of musical theatre legend Stephen Sondheim in Sondheim on Sondheim. Sondheim himself appears through a series of videotaped interviews projected on giant, moving screens. Of course, the story of Sondheim wouldn’t be complete without the music, performed by Tony-winning legend Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams and Norm Lewis. (Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St., btwn. Broadway and 8th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Monday, June 28
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GO (FREE)? Talk about a romantic evening! Grab your blanket and your honey, and head over to Bryant Park for movie night where they’ll be screening one of the most romantic movie musicals of all time, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s "Carousel," starring Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae. (5pm, the lawn at Bryan Park, enter at 6th Ave. btwn. 41st and 42nd Sts., info)
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GO? Kathie Lee Gifford hosts The National High School Theatre Awards. The big prize, known as The Jimmy (named after Jimmy Nederlander) will be awarded to Best Actor and Best Actress. Tommy Tune, Wesley Taylor and others will be among the presenters, with the cast of Come Fly Away performing. Go, future Tony winners of tomorrow! (7:30pm, Marquis Theatre, 1535 Broadway, btwn Broadway and 8th Aves., $35-$60, group and student discounts available by calling 212-840-3890, info/tickets)
Tuesday, June 29

GO? Lincoln Center welcomes back the popular summertime attraction, Midsummer Night Swing, with a musical East Coast vs. West Coast swing-off! Count Basie disciple George Gee and his orchestra will take on the L.A.-based Bill Elliot Swing Orchestra. Dust off your dancing shoes with swing lessons an hour before the set. (Dance lessons start at 6:30pm, live music at 7:30pm, Damrosch Park, 62nd St. btwn Columbus and Amsterdam, info/tickets)

Wednesday, June 30
Sting

GO? Sting and his wife Trudie Styler will join violinist Joshua Bell for an intimate celebration of the music of 19th-century classical composer Robert Schumann. Sting and Styler will portray the tragic love story between Schumann and his wife Clara. (7:30pm, The Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office 33 W. 60th St, at Broadway, $125, info/tickets)

Thursday, July 1

Mary TestaGO? Everyone’s favorite Broadway firecracker, Mary Testa (Xanadu, On the Town) stars in a new musical of the “devilish” variety. I’ll Be Damned pits Satan against a nerdy comic book lover named Louis in a battle for his soul. Testa plays his hilariously odd mother. Also starring Kenita R. Miller and Kurt Robbins and written by newcomers Rob Broadhurst and Brent Black. (Through July 18, Vineyard Theatre, 108 E. 15th St., Between 4th Ave. and Irving Place, $18, info/tickets)



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