The WEEK AHEAD: July 2-8

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: July 2-8
It’s a patriotic WEEK AHEAD!

The ghost of Maria Callas haunts Tyne Daly… Mamma Mia, free ice cream!... Robin Williams roars once more… and celebrate America’s birthday with Josh Groban, Kelli O’Hara, Anika Noni Rose and Steve Martin!

God Bless America!

Saturday, July 2
Joanna Monro, Jane Gurnett  and Linzi Hateley in London's Mamma Mia!EAT? How can you expect to be a “Dancing Queen” when it’s 100+ degrees out!? Well, the folks over at Mamma Mia! have solved that quandary with “Ice Cream Summer Saturdays.” Mister Softee will be offering free ice cream to anyone holding a same-day ticket stub to the ABBA musical on most Saturdays all summer long. (12:30-1:30 PM July 9, and Sunday July 10, July 23 & July 31, outside the Winter Garden Theatre, 1634 Broadway at 50th St., Click here for Playbill Club Discount tickets)

Sunday, July 3
Brad Fleischer, Robin Williams and Arian MoayedLAST CHANCE? Robin Williams stars as the ghost of a long-forgotten tiger roaming a war-torn Iraqi village in the dark comedy Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. Williams’ co-star Arian Moayed earned a Tony nomination for his role as a local translator haunted by a troubled past. (Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Monday, July 4
WATCH? Jimmy Smits hosts the 30th anniversary of PBS’s “A Capitol Fourth” which airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Featuring performances by Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Josh Groban, Matthew Morrison, Jordin Sparks, Little Richard with the cast of Million Dollar Quartet, Kelli O'Hara and the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of pops conductor Jack Everly. (8 PM-9:30 PM ET on PBS, check local listings)

BeyonceWATCH? Over at NBC, Nick Lachey hosts the 35th Annual "Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks" in New York City. Featuring performances by Beyonce and Brad Paisely with Tony winners Anika Noni Rose and Karen Olivo performing an original composition called "Gift of Light." The spectacular will also include a salute to the 125th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. (9 PM ET on NBC or watch live on the West Side of New York City)

Tuesday, July 5
Playbill cover for Hair Al Hirschfeld Theatre  2009PREVIEWS? The sun shines in on Broadway once more with a homecoming for the 2009 Tony winner for Best Revival of a Musical: Hair. After taking the Al Hirschfeld Theatre by storm in 2009-2010, the show shuttered to go on a national tour. It returns to Broadway, now at the St. James, for a limited engagement before going back out on the road. Featuring music by Galt MacDermot and book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado; includes the classic tunes “Aquarius," "Let the Sun Shine In," "Good Morning, Starshine" and the title tune. (St. James Theatre, 246 W.44th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount preview tickets. Officially opens July 13. Through September 10.)

Wednesday, July 6
GO? Lincoln Center’s summer-time favorite — Midsummer Night Swing — features a twangy twist with the music of Hot Club of Cowtown. Dancers John Knapp and Meredith Stead will teach the crowd the Texas Two-Step to the sounds of Cowtown’s “hot jazz” and “western swing.” (6 PM, Damrosch Park, 62nd btwn. Columbus & Amsterdam, $17, info/tickets)

Thursday, July 7
Master Class star Tyne DalyOPENING? The golden years of opera great Maria Callas are chronicled in Terrence McNally’s Tony-winning play Master Class. Tony winner Tyne Daly plays the master at the head of the Class with Olivier Award nominee Sierra Boggess, Alexandra Silber and Garrett Sorenson as the students who endure Callas’ quick wit and sharp tongue during her legendary voice master classes. (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Friday, July 8
Justin BarthaPreviews? Justin Bartha stars in “Scrubs” and Garden State star Zach Braff’s newest ode to his home state of New Jersey, All New People. Bartha plays Charlie, a guy in his mid-30s who, fresh from heartbreak, heads to Long Island Beach in the dead of winter to lick his wounds. While there, he encounters a unique group of people including a local fireman tasked with guarding the abandoned summer town (David Wilson Barnes), a “working” gal (Anna Camp) and an uppity Brit looking for her green card (Krysten Ritter). Directed by Peter DuBois, who directed Braff in his Second Stage debut last season in Trust. (Second Stage, 305 W. 43rd St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount previews tickets. Officially opens July 25.)

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