THE WEEK AHEAD, June 29-July 5: Ann, I'll Eat You Last, Lucky Guy Close; Broadway Celebrates "A Capitol Fourth"

By Blake Ross
June 29, 2013

Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Holland Taylor spends her last night as a Lone Star… Tom Hanks concludes his Broadway beat… Bette Midler says goodbye to the other Divine Ms. M… and America turns 237 years old! We're proud to be an American this Independent WEEK AHEAD!



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Saturday, June 29
LAST CHANCE→ Neil LaBute's latest, Reasons to be Happy, revisits the cast of misfits at the center of his last Broadway show, 2009's Reasons to be Pretty. Now, it's Leslie Bibb, Jenna Fischer, Josh Hamilton and Fred Weller's turn to play Carly, Steph, Greg and Kent — the quarreling quartet of lovers, former lovers and friends caught in a massive romantic rectangle. (Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St., off Hudson St. Info/tickets.)

GO (CA)→ Tony winner Bernadette Peters swaps coasts for a one-night-only concert that is part of Michael Feinstein's Summer Songbook Series with the Pasadena Pops. Following Peters on July 13 will be a concert of classic film tunes sung by Tony winner Christine Ebersole and Tony nominee Ron Raines, with Feinstein conducting. (7:30 PM, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA. Info/tickets.)

Sunday, June 30
LAST CHANCE→ Ann, Holland Taylor's critically acclaimed show about the feisty former Governor of Texas, Ann Richards, ends its run on Broadway. Taylor also penned the one-woman show that earned her a Tony nod for Best Actress in a Play. (Vivian Beaumont Theater, 150 W. 65th St., btwn. Broadway & Amsterdam, Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

LAST CHANCE→ After a 30-year absence from Broadway, Bette Midler returns to the stage as the late Sue Mengers, the legendary superagent who ruled much of Hollywood during the 1960s, 70s and early 80s. I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers checks in with Mengers after a series of devastating professional blows — chief among them being fired by Barbra Streisand. Directed by Joe Mantello. (Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.)

LAST CHANCE (FREE)→ Shakespeare in the Park alums Hamish Linklater and Jesse Tyler Ferguson reunite for Dan Sullivan's 1940s-set The Comedy of Errors. Linklater and Ferguson star as Dromio and Antipholus and their long-lost twins (also named Dromio and Antipholus) in this 90-minute caper about mistaken identities. (Delacorte Theater, Central Park, enter at 81st St. & Central Park West or at 79th St. and 5th Ave. Info.)

Monday, July 1
GO→ If you're in NYC for your July 4 vacation and you want to catch a Broadway show, be sure to stay on top of the irregular, holiday schedule! (Performance schedule.)

GO→ The Tonys for the junior sect, the National High School Musical Theater Awards, comes to New York City! Hundreds of the most talented high schoolers from across the country come to town for workshops with theatre professionals and a chance to compete for the coveted award — dubbed "The Jimmy" for legendary Broadway theatre owner and producer James M. Nederlander. It all culminates in this amazing ceremony complete with performances from the future of Broadway! (7:30 PM, Minskoff Theatre, 200 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., $49-$175. Info/tickets.)

Chuck Cooper

Tuesday, July 2
OPENING→ Choir Boy, Tarell Alvin McCraney's play with music about the gospel choir at the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys, opens Off-Broadway. Jeremy Pope, Nicholas L. Ashe, Kyle Beltran, Grantham Coleman, Tony winner Chuck Cooper, Austin Pendleton and Wallace Smith star in the new work that follows a choir in a prep school dedicated to the creation of strong, ethical black men. (Through July 21, MTC Stage II at City Center, 131 W. 55th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Info/tickets.)

Wednesday, July 3
LAST CHANCE→ Tom Hanks makes his Broadway debut as Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York City tabloid journalist Mike McAlary in Lucky Guy. In this Tony-nominated play — Nora Ephron's last — Hanks plays the late McAlary, who ruled NYC tabloids in the ’80s with a mighty pen and a gruff attitude. Also starring Courtney B. Vance in a Tony-winning performance as McAlary's editor and Maura Tierney as McAlary's wife. Directed by George C. Wolfe. (Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.)

Thursday, July 4
WATCH→ PBS celebrates America's 237th birthday with its annual "A Capitol Fourth" special. The July 4th program will feature live performances from outside the US Capitol by some of Broadway's best, including the cast of Motown: The Musical, Barry Manilow, Megan Hilty, Darren Criss and the National Symphony Orchestra. (8 PM ET, PBS, check your local listings. Info.)

WATCH→ Macy's celebrates Independence Day with its annual fireworks spectacle from Manhattan's Hudson River. If you're in NYC, catch the show live on the West Side between 24th and 57th Streets (click here.) here for viewing options).The fireworks and a live concert featuring Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and more will air on NBC. (NBC, 8 PM ET, Info.)

Friday, July 5
GO→ Colin Quinn's newest solo show, Unconstitutional, finds the acerbic comedian musing on 226 years of American history — from the founding fathers to predator drones to the Kardashians and everything in between! (Through July 23, Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce St., west of 7th Ave. Info/tickets.)

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

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