The WEEK AHEAD: July 10-15

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: July 10-15
Summer time, and the livin’ is easy this sweltering WEEK AHEAD.

Start off with Bernadette Peters’ and Mary Tyler Moore’s favorite four-legged pals…Broadway spends its last night with Denzel…Sting goes symphonic…and The Big Easy gets a dose of Celebrity.

Fish are jumpin’…

Saturday, July 10
Friends and Broadway Barks! creators Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore with a canine friend.GO (FREE)? Broadway is going to the dogs (and cats!) this Saturday for Broadway Barks 12, the annual pet adopt-a-thon thrown by Broadway Barks’ founders Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore. Pets from citywide animal shelters will get the star treatment in the form of celebrity handlers like Corbin Bleu, Kristin Chenoweth, Kelsey Grammer, Sean Hayes, Jackie Hoffman, Katie Finneran, Jan Maxwell, Tony Shalhoub and Richard Thomas. Peters will sign her second children’s book, “Stella is a Star!” after the event in the lobby of the Schoenfeld Theatre. (3:30-6:30pm, Shubert Alley, 44th-45th Sts., btwn. Broadway and 8th Aves., info)
070210RCBaBEFORE IT CLOSES? The Rochester City Ballet visits Manhattan with a delightful evening of contemporary ballet classics choreographed by the group’s artistic director Jamey Leverett. (Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center, 3 Spruce Street 1 Pace Plaza, btwn Park Row and Gold St., $10-$30, info/tickets)

Sunday, July 11
6a00d8341c58f853ef01348028d1f2970c-250wiBEFORE IT CLOSES? August Wilson’s masterpiece, Fences, featuring the Tony-winning performances of Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, has been one of the hardest tickets to nab this season. If you can manage to find a seat at the Cort, do so before this exquisite production closes on Sunday. (Cort Theatre, 138 West 48th Street, btwn 6th and 7th Aves., info)
Everyday Rapture star-creator Sherie Rene Scott BEFORE IT CLOSES? Sherie Rene Scott stars in Everyday Rapture, a kinda true story, about a kinda big star, with a very big voice, and a huge amount of talent. Scott’s trusted backup girls, the Mennonettes, and the very funny Eamon Foley join her on stage for this cabaret-esque look at the life of this self-proclaimed “semi-star.” (American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)
Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words

GO? Ryan Reynolds, John Goodman, Anthony Mackie, Bryan Batt, Mario Cantone, Jennifer Coolidge and others will take the hit show Celebrity Autobiography to the Big Easy for a special performance to benefit the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund. (7pm and 9pm, Le Petit Théâtre?du Vieux Carré, 616 Saint Peter St., New Orleans, LA, $69-$99, info/tickets)

Monday, July 12
GO? Elaine Stritch stars in The Pretty Trap, a one-act precursor to The Glass Menagerie. The show is the first part of the three-part series Recipe for Life, proceeds of which benefit the theatre company Cause Célèbre. Marian Seldes, Tony Roberts and Danny Aiello have signed on to star in the series’ other offerings: A.R. Gurney's A Cheever Evening and Susan Charlotte’s The Shoemaker. (8pm, Acorn Theatre, 416 W.42nd St., btwn 9th and 10th Aves., info/tickets)

GO? Femi Kuti, son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti (the subject of the hit Broadway show Fela!) brings his father’s classic funk style of music mixed with his own contemporary beats and lyrics to Lincoln Center. Maija Garcia (associate choreographer of Fela!) will teach choreography from the musical an hour before the show begins. (7:30pm, Damrosch Park,?62nd St. btwn. Columbus and Amsterdam, $17, info/tickets)

Tuesday, July 13
GO? Sting will join the 45-piece Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra for a performance featuring symphonic reinterpretations of his songs, including Police hits like “Roxanne," "Everything Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” “Every Breath You Take” and Sting solo hits like “Desert Rose” and “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You.” (8pm, Through July 14, The Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, Broadway at 64th St., info/tickets, $20-$350)

Concerts in the ParksWednesday, July 14
GO (FREE)? Concerts in Central Park features an evening of music and fireworks courtesy of the New York Philharmonic. Selections include Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. (8pm, Central Park, The Great Lawn, info)

Thursday, July 15,
GO (FREE)? The Tony- and Grammy-winning musician behind Spring Awakening, Duncan Sheik, steps out of the wings and onto a stage in a free outdoor concert. The show is part of the Broadway2Battery series that includes screenings of Broadway-themed movies like "Broadway Danny Rose" (July 29), "Auntie Mame" (Aug. 5), "The Country Girl" (Aug. 12) and "The Muppets Take Manhattan" (Aug. 19). The Afrobeat band Antibalas, known best to Broadway audiences for their work on the hit show Fela!, is also set to perform as part of the series later this month. (7pm, Castle Clinton National Monument, State Street and Battery Place in Battery Park in Lower Manhattan, info)

GO? Can’t nab that very-hard-to-get ticket to Shakespeare in the Park? Don’t fret, there’s still free, outdoor Shakespeare to be seen, thanks to the drilling compaNY’s Shakespeare in the Parking Lot version of Love's Labour's Lost. The Company will take on Julius Caesar later this month. (8pm, The Parking Lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome, info)

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