THE WEEK AHEAD, June 29-July 5: Ann, I'll Eat You Last, Lucky Guy Close; Broadway Celebrates "A Capitol Fourth"
By Blake Ross
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!
Saturday, June 29
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→ 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→ 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.)
Tuesday, July 2
Wednesday, July 3
Thursday, July 4
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
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