The Weekend and Week Ahead

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Looking for something fun to do this (cross your fingers) rain-free weekend? Try some of these theatre-related picks!


Friday, July 31:

GO? Guys and Dolls in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl opens tonight! The show is directed by Playbill friend, Richard Jay-Alexander and is choreographed by Tony winner, Donna McKechnie.  The all-star cast includes Jessica Biel as Sarah Brown, Brian Stokes Mitchell as Sky Masterson, Scott Bakula as Nathan Detroit and Ellen Greene as Miss Adelaide. If you’re in Cali, this is one not to miss.  Catch it before it’s gone on Sunday. (8:30pm, Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Ave., tickets and info)

WATCH? The rockin' cast of Rock of Ages will take over Friday’s The View! (11am EST, WABC-7 in New York)


Saturday, August 1:

WATCH? Jake Wilson’s hilarious online web series, The Battery’s Down, will have a few special (Tony winning) guests on Saturday—Whoopi Goldberg and Sutton Foster!  (watch)

Sunday, August 2:

BEFORE IT CLOSES? New York International Fringe Festival graduate Krapp, 39 will finish its current Off-Broadway run at the SoHo Playhouse this Sunday.  This one-man show (which draws inspiration from Beckett's Krapp’s Last Tape) is brilliantly performed by its writer, Michael Laurence. (3pm, SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St., tickets)

Monday, August 3:

WATCH?  With the passing of dance legend, Merce Cunningham, the Company’s Monday’s with Merce webcasts become all the more treasured.  Watch episodes of the master himself teaching technique and conducting rehearsals at the famed dance studio that bears his name.  (watch)mcdc-promo-nearly-ninety

Tuesday, August 4:

GO?  The fabulously ferocious funny-lady, Joan Rivers, is back in New York starting Tuesday!  Love her and can't wait to see her roast on Comedy Central! (9pm, Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42 st., Tuesday and Wednesday performances through Aug. 20, info)

Wednesday, August 5:

GO (FREE)?  Lincoln Center kicks off three weeks of free outdoor performances aptly named “Out of Doors".  Performing on Wednesday is the Asphalt Orchestra, a 12-piece band that plays songs from “every corner of the music world” including arrangements by Bjork and Stew. Also performing that evening is Iraqi-American trumpeter Amir ElSaffar and his “jazz-cum-Arabic” music ensemble along with pianist Dave Brubeck and his quartet.  (Asphalt Orchestra will perform at 7pm on the Broadway Plaza--in front of Alice Tully Hall.  Amir ElSaffar and The Dave Brubeck Quartet will perform at 7:30pm at Damrosch Park-- southwest corner of Lincoln Center Plaza at 62nd St. btwn Columbus and Amsterdam. Full schedule, trough August 23)

Thursday, August 6:

GO (FREE)? As a part of the 35th annual Harlem Week, The Harlem Summer Shakespeare Project is presenting A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will tour all around Harlem throughout August. (through Aug. 29th, full performance schedule and locations). 

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RETURNING TO NYC?  Risqué (to say the least) show, Puppetry of the Penis, returns to New York at the Bleecker Street Theatre.  Oh, and this is fun! If you’re an origami enthusiast with a low threshold for pain, the Puppetry gang is looking for new “puppeteers”... or as they put it “blokes with a total lack of shame”.   A little bit of advice, see the show before auditioning.  You’ll thank me later.  (8pm, 45 Bleecker Street, east of Lafayette, tickets).

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