The WEEK AHEAD: July 16-22

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: July 16-22
July heats up this WEEK AHEAD!

After 14-years, Death (finally) Takes a Holiday… A Motherf**king Broadway farewell for Chris Rock… Jim Henson remembered… and Shakespeare returns to the Parking Lot.

Stay cool!

Saturday, July 16
OPENING? A special exhibit featuring the puppetry genius of Jim Henson opens at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, NY. The exhibition features drawings, props, puppets and photos from Henson’s iconic children’s programs including "The Muppet Show," "Fraggle Rock" and "Sesame Street". (Through January 16, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave.,?Astoria, info)

Sunday, July 17
Bobby Cannavale and Chris RockCLOSING? Chris Rock, Bobby Cannavale, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Annabella Sciorra, and Yul Vazquez star in Stephen Adly Guirgis' dark comedy about two men trying to navigate sobriety and friendship in The Motherf**ker with the Hat. (Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., info/tickets)

Marc KudischGO? One of Broadway’s favorite leading men, Marc Kudisch, displays his considerable talents on the intimate stage at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency in What Makes Me Tick. In Tick, the Tony nominee (making his Feinstein’s debut) runs the gammut from Broadway standards to country to folk to jazz. (Through July 18, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, 540 Park Ave., at 61st St., info/tickets)

Monday, July 18
Patina MillerGO? Sister Act’s Tony nominated star Patina Miller, Julia Murney, Heidi Blickenstaff, Kyle Dean Massey, Matt Doyle, Anderson Davis and Jeremy Jordan will sing the music of recent Jonathan Larson grant recipients Michael Kooman and Chris Dimond in a one-night-only performance. The show celebrates the pair’s debut CD, “Out Of Our Heads,” which features the above as well as Kerry Butler and Christopher Sieber. (7 PM, Birdland, 315 W. 44th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves., info/tickets)

Tuesday, July 19
Shirley Alston ReevesGO? Shirley Alston Reeves, the original lead singer of the Shirelles, will join the cast of Baby It’s You for five post-show concerts. The jukebox musical tells the story of the rise of the famed girl group through the eyes of Florence Greenberg, a house wife-turned-music mogul who discovered the talented quartet singing in a school yard. (Though July 22, Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Met Summer SeriesGO (FREE)? The Met’s annual free outdoor summer concert series continues with a free concert in Crotona Park in the Bronx featuring soprano Layla Claire with Renée Tatum and?Ryan Speedo Green accompaniment by pianist Bradley Moore. The series continues throughout July hopping to different parks in Staten Island, Queens and Manhattan. (7 PM, info)

Karen MasonGO?Broadway’s Karen Mason, fresh from Wonderland, brings her one-woman show Karen Mason: Show Queen to New York. Mason promises some songs from the short-lived Wildhorn musical as well as tunes from the likes of other great composers like Barry Kleinbort, Kander and Ebb, Charles Strouse and others. (7 PM, The Iridium, 1650 Broadway at 51st., $25, info/tickets)

Wednesday, July 20
GO? Lower Manhattan has become a happening place over the past couple of summers in no small part to the ever-growing River to River Festival. This Wednesday, the fest will screen "Desperately Seeking Susan," the quintessential '80s movie starring Madonna and Rosanna Arquette. The film part of the fest continues throughout the summer with screenings of The Godfather Part II, Judy Dennis’ The Dancer Films and The Brother From Another Planet. Theatre, dance and music happenings are also a big part of the fest, including an outdoor production of Henry V that recreates King Henry’s journey from “England” (or, in this case, Battery Park) across the “English Channel” (New York Harbor) by “boat” (Cruise ship) to “France” (Governors Island) to recreate the Battle of Agincourt. (Click here to view entire River to River Festival program)

Thursday, July 21
Julian Ovenden and Jill PaiceOPENING? The latest from Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist Maury Yeston and Tony-winning librettists Thomas Meehan and the late Peter Stone, Death Takes a Holiday, opens at the Roundabout. Death finds a charming grim reaper on a mission to find out why people on Earth cling to life. After falling in love in Italy, the dark one realizes that death isn’t all he thought it was cracked up to be. Based on the 1928 Alberto Casella play of the same name. (Through September 4, Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Friday, July 22
GO (FREE)? Shakespeare in the Park’s downtown, hipster cousin—Shakespeare in the Parking Lot—continues its 20 year tradition of bring more free Shakespeare to New York City with this year’s offerings: The Comedy of Errors (through July 23) and Hamlet (July 28-Aug. 13). Be sure to bring your own chair! (Thurs.-Sat., 8 PM, Municipal Parking Lot, corner of Ludlow & Broome Sts., info)

Anthony RappGO (VA)?  Free to Dream: New Songs for the American Journey features performances by Darlene Love, Julia Murney, Anthony Rapp, Elise Morris and a special recording from NBC’s beloved “birthday boy” Willard Scott set in historic Colonial Williamsburg. The songs — which range from country to rock to swing to blues — were compiled from the songbooks of Grammy-winning composer Doug Katsaros and two-time Emmy-nominated lyricist William Schermerhorn. (8 PM and July 23 at 2/8 PM, Kimball Theatre, 428 West Duke of Gloucester St., Williamsburg, VA 23185, info/tickets)

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