Your apartment has shade, comfortable chairs, and a questionably stocked fridge. Forget all that (especially the old slice of pepperoni that’s more green than red). There’s too much fun stuff going on this week, including a Fiddler on the Roof benefit, the release of a cast album that’s the cat’s pajamas, and a cabaret extravaganza starring a certain royal Broadway.com video blogger. It’s all part of this week’s must-see list!
Celebrate Fiddler’s 50th
June 9 at Town Hall
Your cousin Rodney, whose performance as Tevye was the toast of Middlebury High in 1997, will not appear at this gala celebrating the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof. But more than 40 vets—including Topol (who basically is Tevye) Jerry Zaks and Andrea Martin—will perform numbers from the beloved musical. The concert benefits The National Yiddish Theatre–Folksbiene. Click for tickets!
Jazz It Up with Patti LaBelle
June 10 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Fantastic cook. Friend of Oprah. A force of personality who can say a phrase like “homie don’t play that” and sound totally legit. It seems silly to further deify Patti LaBelle, whose resume was coated in gold after she belted “Lady Marmalade” 40 years ago. So instead of reviewing her credentials, catch the R&B legend’s debut as the special guest performer in After Midnight. Click for tickets!
Bring the Roaring '20s to Your iPod
Hits store shelves June 10
Don’t speak…but sing along with classic songs from the 1920s! The cast album for Woody Allen’s musical comedy Bullets Over Broadway, featuring the vocal talents of Zach Braff and Marin Mazzie, is officially here. To get in the mood befitting the show’s era, we suggest whipping up some bathtub gin, learning to Charleston, and losing a fortune in the stock market. (Um, maybe you should skip the last one.)
Stay up Late with Lesli Margherita
June 13 and 14 at 54 Below
Sure, you’ve seen every delightfully wacky episode of Looks Not Books, but you haven’t truly witnessed the nuclear bundle of energy that is Lesli Margherita until you’ve seen her live. That’s why we’re so excited—and maybe a little scared—about her cabaret show, All Hail the Queen, which features 70 minutes of singing, dancing, and stories from Mrs. Wormwood herself. Stories? Please, please, please tell us they involve cooter slams and Whispers in Pajamas. Click for tickets!
See the Sun Set on Raisin
Through June 15 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre
It’s been a wonderful run for the revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking drama, which garnered five Tony nominations and reminded us what a stellar stage actor Denzel Washington is. (What can we do to convince you to stay, Denzel? Import L.A.’s weather? Tell us!) But it’s time for the Younger family to move on. Take comfort, folks: They shouldn’t be gone too long. Legendary plays are like blue jeans—they’re forever in style. Click for tickets!