THE WEEK AHEAD June 28-July 4: Celebrate Pride and Independence Day with the Best of Broadway

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28 Jun 2014

Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Joan Marcus

Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that the end of June marks the end of (a federally recognized!!!) Pride Month. Cities around the globe — from San Francisco, to Chicago, to Houston, to Toronto, to London, to Barcelona, and of course, Manhattan — will proudly march through the streets in support for LGBT rights. Check out Playbill's celebration of all the theatrical community has done in the right for equality and acceptance in our 30 Days of Pride initiative.

Let Pride be your guide this WEEK AHEAD!

Saturday, June 28
LAST CHANCE→ It's your last chance to catch In the Heights stars Lin-Manuel Miranda and Karen Olivo on stage together again. The Tony-winning duo star with Leslie Odom, Jr., of "Smash" fame, in the Encores! Off-Center production of Jonathan Larson's autobiographical musical tick, tick... BOOM! (New York City Center, 130 W. 55th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Info/tickets.) 

Sunday, June 29
LAST CHANCE→ Bryan Cranston's Tony-winning turn as Lyndon Baines Johnson in All The Way plays its last show on Broadway. The "Breaking Bad" star portrays LBJ at the tumultuous outset of his presidency and the mercurial months that followed — from advances in Civil Rights legislation to America's looming involvement in the Vietnam War. (Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.) 

LAST CHANCE→ Four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein goes back to his playwriting roots with Casa Valentina, the funny, heartbreaking and prescient tale of a group of men who prefer to dress as women at the dawn of the sexual revolution. (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.) 



LAST CHANCE→ Warren Carlyle and Wynton Marsalis' song and dance-filled homage to the Golden Age of jazz at Harlem's Cotton Club, After Midnight, takes its last turn on the dance floor. Multi Grammy-winning songstress Patti LaBelle heads the cast as the featured performer. (Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Alec Baldwin
photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Monday, June 30
GO (FREE)→ Shakespeare in the Park celebrates the work of its namesake playwright with a free Public Forum event, "Shakespeare in America." James Earl Jones, Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening, Jessica Chastain, Colman Domingo, Brian Dennehy and other Park alumni will read passages from the Bard's famous canon. (8 PM, Delacorte Theatre, Central Park, enter at 81st St. & Central Park West or 79th St. and 5th Ave. Info/tickets.) 

Tuesday, July 1
GO→ Randy Newman makes a rare stage appearance in a one-night-only concert version of his 1993 musical Faust. Newman plays the devil in his rock-opera take on the classic tale of selling your soul to Satan. Sharing the stage with Newman are Michael Cerveris, Laura Osnes and the Broadway Inspirational Voices. (7:30 PM, New York City Center, 130 W. 55th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Info/tickets.)

Wednesday, July 2
GO→ Tony-winning Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk star Savion Glover brings a new dance to the Joyce with the world premiere of OM, a spiritual, jazz-filled dance conjuring the spirits of Gandhi, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Gregory Hines. (Through July 12, The Joyce Theater, 175 8th Ave. Info/tickets.) 

Thursday, July 3
GO→ Playbill staff writer Michael Gioia, a proud belting moonlighter, presents his favorite artists, including Tony nominee Robin De Jesus, The Book of Mormon's Matt Doyle and Motown's Ariana DeBose, in an evening of Bitching and Belting. (11:30 PM, 54 Below, 254 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., $20, Info/tickets.) 

Friday, July 4
WATCH→ Nick Cannon hosts Macy's annual Fourth of July fireworks spectacular, which takes place on Manhattan's east side this year. Enrique Inglesias, Ariana Grande and Lionel Richie are slated to perform. A special 200th anniversary rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner," sung by Idina Menzel and Billy Porter, will play as the fireworks rain over the East River! (8 PM EST, NBC. Info.) 

WATCH→ Ring in America's birthday in our nation's capital with PBS' annual "A Capital Fourth" celebration, broadcast live from the West Lawn of the Capitol. Kelli O'Hara, Frankie Valli, Patti LaBelle, Michael McDonald and Jordin Sparks are on the roster of performers along with the National Symphony Orchestra performing "The Star Spangled Banner." (8 PM, PBS, check local listings. Info.)