'Priscilla Queen of the Desert,' 'Godspell,' 'Miss Abigail' & 'The Lyons'
As summer heats up, it’s time to say good-bye to eight crowd-pleasing Broadway and off-Broadway productions set to close in the next two weeks. Below, our quickie guide to what makes these plays and musicals must-sees. Choose one (or more) and get tickets now!
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Best Reason to See It: The heartfelt and hilarious performances of original stars Tony Sheldon, Will Swenson and Nick Adams, plus disco hits, drag queens and deliriously over-the-top costumes. Closes Sunday, June 24.
Best Reason to See It: Stephen Schwartz’s irresistible score, performed by a company of super-talented and energetic young Broadway pros. Sing it! “Day by day, day by day, oh dear Lord, three things I pray…” Closes Sunday, June 24.
Million Dollar Quartet
Best Reason to See It: The excitement of reliving rock ‘n’ roll history in a jam session with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash, now playing at the intimate New World Stages. Closes Sunday, June 24.
Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage
Best Reason to See It: Perfect girls’ night out as the irrepressible Christine Pedi dishes out relationship advice that’s only partially tongue-in-cheek. Closes Saturday, June 30.
Best Reason to See It: The touching chemistry (and belly laughs) generated by the pairing of Mary Louise Wilson as a feisty Greenwich Village grandmother and Gabriel Ebert as her grieving grandson. Closes Sunday, July 1.
Jesus Christ Superstar
Best Reason to See It: The thrill of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rip-roaring score sung by a trio of powerhouse vocalists (Paul Nolan as Jesus, Chilina Kennedy as Mary Magdalene and Tony nominee Josh Young as Judas). A must for every Baby Boomer! Closes Sunday, July 1.
Best Reason to See It: Linda Lavin’s Tony-nominated performance as a crumbling family’s shrewd matriarch, in which she nails every one of playwright Nicky Silver’s expertly crafted zingers. Closes Sunday, July 1.
Best Reason to See It: An entertaining election-year history lesson on the uses of power, plus a knockout, Tony-nominated performance from John Lithgow as Cold War-era columnist Joseph Alsop. Closes Sunday, July 8.