Broadway fans, get your calendars ready: This week, you can watch a new musical under the stars, eat popsicles with the Rockettes, get funky with a rockin’ rabbi, take fashion advice from Kristin Chenoweth and tons more. Read below for our picks of the most exciting theater-related events going on in New York City all week long.
MONDAY, AUGUST 12
A WHOLE LOTTA LOVE IN CENTRAL PARK
Broadway faves Daniel Breaker, Colin Donnell, Rebecca Naomi Jones and more are taking their talents to Central Park's Delacorte Theatre in the new musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost. The Public Theater’s final summer offering (from the creators of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) is a contemporary retelling of the Bard’s early comedy about a King and his three friends who swear off of women for three years.
ALSO: Motown The Musical star Ariana DeBose rocks Joe’s Pub; Julie Halston headlines Classical Julie at Birdland; Tales of Joni returns to 54 Below; Spider-Man holds an open call for Peter Parker in Los Angeles.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13
BEAT THE HEAT WITH THE ROCKETTES
The Rockettes don’t kick off the Radio City Christmas Spectacular until November, but you can meet the stars and even eat a free sweet treat with them this morning. Head to Radio City Music Hall to hang out with Santa, see a giant ice sculpture and sample a “Rox Pop,” a new cranberry apple-flavored ice pop created by People’s Pops and inspired by the high-kicking ladies.
ALSO: A Little Night Music film soundtrack available on CD for the first time ever; Larisa Dolina begins performances in Chicago; 50 Shades! The Musical cast album available; Girls season two, starring Broadway vets Adam Driver and Andrew Rannells, now on DVD.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14
NPH GIVES AN INCH ON ELLEN
Neil Patrick Harris is probably stopping by the Ellen studio to plug the final season of TV's How I Met Your Mother, but we know DeGeneres won’t let him go without a chat about his upcoming Broadway turn in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. On Conan, he talked about tucking and taping his “angry inch,” so we can’t wait to find out what he’ll say next about playing the German transgender rock singer!
ALSO: Ute Lemper brings her talents to 54 Below; Kinky Boots star Lena Hall rocks Arlene’s Grocery.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 15
BROADWAY SAYS HELLO TO RABBI SHLOMO
What do you get when you mix a rockin’ rabbi with a dash of Nina Simone? Soul Doctor, a new musical opening at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre. Based on the true story of Shlomo Carlebach, a rabbi who rose to fame as a folk singer, Soul Doctor stars Eric Anderson in the title role and Amber Iman as Nina Simone.
ALSO: Alfie Boe plays at Joe’s Pub; Broadway vet Jim Parsons takes a seat on the Letterman couch.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 16
KRISTIN CHENOWETH SAYS “I DO”…SORTA
Well, it’s finally happened: Kristin Chenoweth is a reality TV star. The Tony winner will appear on the season premiere of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, where she’ll convince her assistant and bestie to pump up the glam on her wedding day. And if you’ve seen Wicked, you know what happens when Chenoweth decides “someone needs a makeover.” (Uh, she “simply has to take over.”) Tune in to TLC at 9PM ET.
ALSO: The Fantasticks celebrates its seventh anniversary at off-Broadway’s Snapple Center; The Trip to Bountiful star Cuba Gooding Jr. chats with Kelly & Michael; Jobs biopic, starring Josh Gad, hits movie theaters.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17
CHEATERS GET STEAMY IN SAVANNAH
The sultry murder mystery The Cheaters Club is bringing a taste of Savannah, Georgia, to NYC this summer. Featuring an ensemble cast of 26, the world premiere production tells the story of three siblings who visit the haunted Chaney Inn to exorcise their sexual demons—no spouses allowed. The new production by the Amoralists will play through September 21 at the Abrons Art Center.
ALSO: Last chance to see How to Be a New Yorker before it relocates to Planet Hollywood in Times Square on September 20.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 18
LAST CALL FOR THE PRINCE OF SALSA
Well, we have good news and bad news: The bad news is it’s time to say farewell to Forever Tango guest soloist Luis Enrique. The good news? Make way for new soloist Luis Fonsi on August 20! It’s also the last tango for Dancing with the Stars favorites Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff after the second extension. Forever Tango’s engagement continues through September 15 at the Walter Kerr Theatre.
ALSO: Last chance to catch Love’s Labour’s Lost in Central Park.