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Inside Track THE WEEK AHEAD Aug. 9-15: See a Lion at Joe's Pub and Watch the Stars Under the Stars's weekly planner reminds you about free performances from Rosanne Cash, the casts of Motown and Matilda the Musical… Sutton Foster hops the bus out of Broadway… "Frozen" in summer… and Tony Yazbeck hits the town before On the Town.
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It's Friday, and it's time for some WEEK AHEAD!

Saturday, August 9
LAST CHANCE→ It's your last chance to enjoy Lincoln Center's Out of Doors festival. Rosanne Cash (Sat.) and a blues show from Bobby Patterson and soulman Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires (Sun.) will close out the annual free concert series. (Lincoln Center, Damrosch Park Bandshell, Amsterdam Ave. & W. 62nd St. Info.) 

Sunday, August 10
LAST CHANCE→ Tony winner Sutton Foster stars as the facially disfigured title character in the Roundabout revival of Jeanine Tesori's first musical, Violet. Upon a Greyhound bus bound for a "miracle cure" in Oklahoma is where Violet encounters some new love interests in the form of two Vietnam-bound soldiers (Colin Donnell and a Tony-nominated Joshua Henry). (American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) 

Monday, August 11
GO→ The Lion — a summer surprise charmer of a one-man show — introduced the theatre world to singer-songwriter Benjamin Scheuer. Scheuer, along with his band Escapist Papers, will play songs from the show and others off his second album "The Bridge" at Joe's Pub. (7:30 PM, Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St., $14. Info/tickets.) 

Tuesday, August 12
GO (FREE)→ For the first time in a decade, a 57,600-square-foot section of the iconic AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed in New York. Earlier this year, a portion of the quilt was displayed at the Golden Theatre, as a part of Terrence McNally's post AIDS-era play Mothers and Sons. The famous tribute is perhaps the most stunning reminder of all those lost to the AIDS crisis. (Aug. 11-12, Governors Island. Info/schedule.)  Wednesday, August 13
WATCH→ New York City celebrates summer with a ton of free, outdoor entertainment. Hit up these free screenings as part of a citywide night at the drive-in subway-in! "Midnight Cowboy" (Aug. 14, Tompkins Square Park); "Pitch Perfect" (Aug. 16, South Street Seaport), "West Side Story" (Aug. 17, Habana Outpost), "The Way We Were" (Aug. 20, Central Park), "Frozen" (Aug. 20, Hoboken's Pier A Park), "The Wizard of Oz" (Aug. 22, Pier 46) and many more! (Info/Schedule.) 

Thursday, August 14 LAST CHANCE (FREE) → Broadway in Bryant Park comes to a close with performances by Matilda the Musical, Mamma Mia!, Motown and a sneak peek of the upcoming Broadway revival of On The Town. (12:30 PM, Bryant Park, 6th Ave., btwn. 40th & 42nd Sts. Info.) 

Friday, August 15
GO→ Studio 54's cabaret under Cabaret (see what I did there?!) is practically the only game in town when it comes to a fully-booked cabaret schedule during the summer. In the sleepy dog days of August, 54 Below presents nearly two shows a night, seven nights a week! This week includes shows from Tony Yazbeck (Aug. 11), Tony winner Savion Glover (Aug. 12), Saycon Sengbloh (Aug. 13), the newsboys of Newsies (Aug. 14), The Book of Mormon's Matt Doyle (Aug. 15) and Pippin's Ariana DeBose (Aug. 15). (54 Below, 254 W. 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.

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