Looking for cool entertainment in the dog days of August? Some of the most exciting plays and musicals on and off Broadway are giving their final performances in the next few weeks. Check out our quickie guide to what makes these shows must-sees, then get tickets for one (or more) before it’s too late!
Best Reason to See It: A musical like no other, Fela! rocks to the jazzy Afrobeat rhythms of Nigerian musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti, with fabulous dancing and a fascinating history lesson to boot. Closes Saturday, August 4.
Best Reason to See It: Adam Pascal and Montego Glover are thrilling in this Tony-winning musical about forbidden love in the Beale Street blues clubs of 1950s Memphis. Great score, great story, great performances: Go! Closes Sunday, August 5.
Best Reason to See It: Emmy winner Jim Parsons gives an utterly charming star performance as Elwood P. Dowd, the ever-upbeat companion of an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit, in this irresistible revival of the classic comedy. Closes Sunday, August 5.
Best Reason to See It: This thoughtful family drama boasts nuanced performances from Zeljko Ivanek as a reclusive uncle and Sarah Steele as his troubled niece. Bonus: the awesome rooftop view from Lincoln Center’s new Claire Tow Theater. Closes Sunday, August 5.
Best Reason to See It: A dinosaur who grows a penis? Why the heck not? Fans of over-the-top parody musicals won't want to miss this crazy off-Broadway comedy. Closes Sunday, August 5.
Best Reason to See It: Dazzling sets and how’d-they-do-that visual effects will have you talking, but the heartfelt message of the 1990 film remains intact, and Caissie Levy and Richard Fleeshman’s chemistry lights up the stage. Closes Saturday, August 18.
Best Reason to See It: Charting the unlikely romance between a mousy waitress and a callow young Marine headed for Vietnam in 1963, this new chamber musical is both touching and thought-provoking. Closes Sunday, August 19.
Best Reason to See It: The whole family will adore this funny, tuneful romp in which Raven-Symone shows off her star power as disco diva Deloris Van Cartier. Dancing nuns in sequined habits? Yessss! Closes Sunday, August 26.