THE WEEK AHEAD, July 28-Aug. 3: Undisputed Truth, Bring It On Open on Broadway; The Producers Plays Hollywood

By Blake Ross
July 28, 2012

Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that it's "Summertime for Hitler" and Hollywood… Jerry Lewis hopes to say "Hey, lady!" to Broadway… Bring It On's pep rally opens in Times Square… and Mike Tyson tells the Undisputed Truth. We usher in the not-so-sleepy days of August this WEEK AHEAD!



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Saturday, July 28
GO (Los Angeles)→ A star-studded cast has been lined up for the Hollywood Bowl's concert production of the record-breaking Tony-winning musical The Producers. Susan Stroman is once again at the helm as both director and choreographer. The cast is headed by Richard Kind as Max Bialystock, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Leo Bloom, Rebecca Romijn as Ulla and comedian Dane Cook as Franz Liebkind, with original Broadway cast members Roger Bart and Gary Beach reprising their roles as Carmen Ghia and Roger De Bris, respectively. (Through July 29, Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave, Hollywood, CA. Info/tickets.)

GO→ The Paley Center for Media spends An Afternoon With Sheldon Harnick, celebrating the TV work done by the Tony-winning lyricist and his Fiddler on the Roof writing partner, the late composer Jerry Bock. The Afternoon, a co-production with the New York Musical Theatre Festival, will feature screenings of the made-for-TV 1966 musical "The Canterville Ghost" (an adaptation of an Oscar Wilde story, featuring Michael Redgrave) and the televised version of "She Loves Me," which aired on the BBC in 1978. A Q&A with Harnick and Bill Rudman, the host of Sirius XM's "On the Aisle," follows. (2 PM, Paley Center for Media, 25 W. 52nd St., btwn. 5th & 6th Aves. Info or call 212-621-6800.)

Sunday, July 29
PREVIEWS (Nashville, TN)→ Jerry Lewis ushers in a musical version of his classic 1963 film, The Nutty Professor, kicking off at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville. The musicalized version, directed by Lewis, features a score by Marvin Hamlisch and Rupert Holmes (who also writes the book), and stars Michael Andrew as the nerdy scientist-turned-ladies'-man of the title. Although no plans have been announced, Lewis has remained steadfast and vocal in his hopes for a Broadway production. (James K. Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick Street
, Nashville. Info/tickets. Officially opens July 31.)

Monday, July 30
GO→ Tony nominee Jennifer Damiano, "Smash" star Leslie Odom, Jr. and Heidi Blickenstaff will join Tony-winning composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown at a one-night-only engagement at New York City's Birdland to celebrate the songwriter's work. Expect songs from Brown's musicals like The Last Five Years, Songs for a New World, Parade and 13, selections from his solo album, "Wearing Someone Else's Clothes," and new numbers. (6 PM & 8:30 PM, Birdland 315 W. 44th St., btwn, 8th & 9th Aves. Info/tickets.)

Tuesday, July 31
PREVIEWS→ Boxer Mike Tyson tells his life story, with a little help from director Spike Lee, in Broadway's Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth. The former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world — known outside the ring for some infamous tabloid scandals, including a tempestuous relationship with first wife Robin Givens, serving time in prison, the Holyfield ear bite, facial tattoos, and more — puts it all out there in this one-man show. (Through Aug. 12. Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Aves. Info/tickets. Officially opens Aug. 2.)

Wednesday, August 1
OPENING→ The world of competitive cheerleading gets the musical-theatre treatment with the summer Broadway import Bring It On: The Musical. Derived from the film of the same name, the story follows two rival high school cheerleading squads as they compete for domination at the national finals. Features a hip-hop and pop-flavored score from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Kitt and Amanda Green, a book by Avenue Q's Jeff Whitty and gymnastic-heavy direction and choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler. Look out for an enthusiastic frosh-heavy cast with 32 Broadway debuts! (Through Oct. 7. St. James Theatre. 246 W. 44th St, btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.)

Thursday, August 2
GO (Vermont)→ Tony winning "Taxi" star Judd Hirsch stars in the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and actor Michael Cristofer's The Whore and Mr. Moore (you'll perhaps recognize Cristofer's face, when it is not getting drinks thrown in it courtesy of Angelica Houston's character in NBC's "Smash"; he won the Pulitzer for his play The Shadow Box.) (Through Aug. 11. The Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Rd., Dorset, VT. Info/tickets.)

Friday, August 3
GO (FREE)→ Lincoln Center's free Out of Doors summer series continues with the U.S. premiere of Accordion Wrestling, a unique movement and music piece featuring accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen and ten wrestlers who move and dance on custom-made mats embedded with microphones (the grunts of the wrestlers play into the music) in an ode to the dormant Finnish tradition of accordion-accompanied wrestling matches. (Through Aug. 4. 8:30 PM, Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park Bandshell, 68th and Broadway. Info.)

Blake Ross is the editor of Playbill magazine. Follow her on Twitter @PlaybillBlake.

Mike Tyson and Spike Lee in rehearsals for Undisputed Truth: