The WEEK AHEAD: July 9-15

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: July 9-15
This summertime WEEK AHEAD proves that the livin’ really is easy!

Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore help find homes for some special four-legged pals … John Leguizamo Klowns around once more… The last Broadway beat for The Normal Heart… and make way for Rent 2.0!

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Saturday, July 9
Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters and canine friends.GO? Broadway’s pet-friendliest pair — Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore — come together once again (along with some famous pals) to help find homes for city-shelter animals. Celebrity pet “handlers” showing off the cute pooches that are up for adoption include Nick Adams, Nina Arianda, Heidi Blickenstaff, Kerry Butler, Norbert Leo Butz, Bobby Cannavale, Victoria Clark, Sutton Foster, Joel Grey, John Benjamin Hickey, Jackie Hoffman, Nikki M. James, John Larroquette, Beth Leavel, Joe Mantello, John McMartin, Patina Miller, Bebe Neuwirth, Andrew Rannells, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Annabella Sciorra, Alexandra Silber, Will Swenson, Aaron Tveit and Yul Vazquez. (3:30 PM-6:30 PM, Shubert Alley, 44th St. & 45th St. btwn. 8th Ave. & Broadway, info)

Sunday, July 10
Playbill cover for Ghetto Klown Lyceum TheatreLAST CHANCE? John Leguizamo recounts his days as an up-and-coming actor navigating his way through a toughHollywood system in his newest one-man show Ghetto Klown. The Tony-nominated funnyman uses the stage as a therapy session, airing his (and his family’s) dirty, but very funny, laundry. (Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

LAST CHANCE? After 26 years, Larry Kramer’s gut-wrenching semi-autobiographical play about the beginnings of the AIDS crisis, The Normal Heart, finally made it to Broadway earlier this year. With its all-star cast — including Joe Mantello, Lee Pace, Jim Parsons, John Benjamin Hickey and Ellen Barkin (who both received 2011 Tony Awards for their featured performances) — the show nabbed this year’s Tony Award for Best Revival. Directed by Joel Grey and George C. Wolfe. (Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., info/tickets)

Monday, July 11
The converted Armory is unveiled on June 30.GO? The Royal Shakespeare Company felt like spending the summer in New York, so they packed up their actors, crew, creatives and even their stage (!) and shipped it all to the Big Apple for a summer “vacation” at the Park Avenue Armory. Opening this week is Romeo and Juliet playing in rep with four other shows throughout the summer including As You Like It, The Winter's Tale, King Lear and Julius Caesar. (Through Aug. 14, Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave, btwn. 66th & 67th Sts., info/tickets)

Tuesday, July 12
GO? The 12th Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival kicks off its offering of 24 plays and five musicals from burgeoning theatre talent. Selections include: Richard L. Gaw’s domestic drama Ethan’s People; romantic comedy The Banana Monologues, about a man, a woman and his banana; Between the Bricks, a musical about what happens to Dorothy after she leaves Oz; Dirty Paki Lingerie, where author Aizzah Fatima explores the secret sex lives of six Pakistani-American women; and a revival of Tom Stoppard's Tony-winning absurdist comedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. (Through July 31, MITF theatres at 312 W. 36th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves., info/tickets)

Wednesday, July 13
Jeff Garlin: No Sugar TonightOPENING (CHICAGO)? Comedian and writer Jeff Garlin will spend July at the famed Steppenwolf Theatre in No Sugar Tonight. The Second City alum — known for his role as the hilarious and portly manger to Larry David in HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” — explores his life addicted to his drug of choice: sugar. (Through July 24, Steppenwolf’s Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted Street Chicago IL 60614, info/tickets)

Thursday, July 14
The cast of <i>Baby It's You!</i>GO? One of New York City’s favorite summertime traditions — Broadway in Bryant Park — has returned, offering free lunchtime performances from some of Broadway’s biggest stars in current hit shows. This Thursday includes performances from the casts of Chicago, Million Dollar Quartet, Catch Me If You Can and Off-Broadway’s Newsical. (Thursday afternoons through Aug. 11, Bryant Park, 40th and 42nd Sts. btwn. 5th & 6th Aves., info)

Friday, July 15
Playbill cover for the original cast of Rent. 1996 Nederlander TheatrePREVIEWS? Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer- and Tony-winning musical Rent returns to its Off-Broadway roots with a new production at New World Stages. Rent’s original team—director Michael Greif, producers Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum and Allan S. Gordon — are all on board for what is being billed not as a revival but rather a newly imagined Rent. (New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount previews tickets. Officially opens Aug. 11)

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