Boy, the couch looks comfortable, doesn’t it? And the A.C.! That frosty temptress is purring like Eartha Kitt. But whatever you do, don't succumb. There are too many fun things to do this week, such as the return of Shakespeare in the Park, the debut of a Tupac Shakur musical, and a movie event featuring two stage legends. It’s all part of this week’s must-see list!
Holler For Tupac on Broadway
Beginning June 2 at the Palace Theatre
It's finally happening: Tupac Shakur is getting the Broadway treatment. Holler if Ya Hear Me, which begins previews this week, uses the rap god’s poetic lyrics to tell a fictional story about two friends facing challenges in the inner city. Two rumors to squash: First, this musical is not about Shakur. Second, he’s not recording a posthumous album with Biggie Smalls and Amelia Earhart. That project wrapped up years ago. Click for tickets!
Fall in Love with Justin Guarini
June 2 at 54 Below
We can’t talk about our love lives without sobbing and reaching for the ice cream...but not Justin Guarini! In Lovesick, he willingly dishes on “all the horrifying places love has taken him”—American Idol hotel rooms?—alongside a seven-piece band and two back-up singers. Expect to hear heartfelt, funny tales from the Broadway star (Wicked, Romeo and Juliet) and songs ranging from Burt Bacharach to Beck. Click for tickets!
Sing Along with Idina Menzel
In stores June 3
Let’s be honest. As much as you love Frozen, you’re getting a little bored of singing “Let it Go” into your hairbrush every morning. Well, here’s your chance to update your Idina Menzel repertoire! The cast album for If/Then—the lyrical and lovely musical starring Menzel, Anthony Rapp, and LaChanze— hits stores. Warning: Don’t actually sing like Menzel without professional supervision. Trust us on this.
Get Fresh Air with Shakespeare
Beginning June 3 at the Delacorte Theater
Shakespeare in the Park is the NYC theatergoer’s ice cream truck: The start of summer’s good times—without the calories or sticky fingers. The cherished tradition begins with The Merchant of Venice alums Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe trading verbal blows in Much Ado About Nothing. Bonus: three-time Tony winner Jack O’Brien directs the talented pair. Super bonus: the show is, as always, free!
Eat Popcorn with Miss Daisy
June 4 through June 10, check listings
With unsupervised kids hopped up on soda and freedom, movie theaters can get scary. And those clip-on ties the ushers wear? Ugh. But tonight is different! The Australian stage production of Driving Miss Daisy starring stage and screen greats James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury opens in more than 500 theaters in the U.S and Canada. Two legends in a Pulitzer-winning classic? Get to the googolplex early, buy some Milk Duds, and bring tissues. Click for tickets!