Did you eat too much on July 4? Did you make questionable decisions involving fireworks? Don’t worry. As always, Broadway.com is here for you. Forget about last week's regrets, because there's just too much cool stuff to do this week, including a Chicago star’s 54 Below debut, Greta Gerwig’s last trip on The Village Bike, and Sex with Strangers. (The play. Not, uh, you know.) It’s all in this week’s must-see list!
See Hits of the Future at NYMF
July 7 through July 27, various locations
The 11th annual New York Musical Theatre Festival has finally arrived! For three weeks at a variety of venues, enjoy buzzed-about potential hits, including Frank D. Gilroy’s The Gig, Bayonets of Angst (a bluegrass musical comedy about Abraham Lincoln, obviously), and Oprahfication (guess who that’s about?). Plus, if something takes off, you can say, “Oooh, I saw that months ago,” just like Jackie O. Click for tickets!
Have Sex with Strangers
Beginning July 8, Second Stage Theatre
Directed by David Schwimmer, Laura Eason’s intense, knotty drama has sex blogger Ethan (Tony nominee Billy Magnussen) tracking down his hero, novelist Olivia (Anna Gunn of Breaking Bad fame). Attraction turns to sex, but there’s a downside: namely ambition and the difficulty of reinvention when your past is plastered on the Internet. The play raises many insightful questions...although probably not whether sex blogging has a good 401K plan. Click for tickets!
Catch Bianca Marroquin…as Herself
July 9, 54 Below
Bianca Marroquin takes time off from playing Roxie Hart in Chicago to make her overdue debut at 54 Below. The Mexican native will perform songs from her debut album, El Mundo Era Mio, as well as songs from the musicals she’s appeared in over the years. The show also promises “diva moves,” which sounds like Cher’s unpublished memoir and, to be honest, flat-out awesome. Click for tickets!
Procure a Pup from a Broadway Star
July 12, Shubert Alley
Broadway’s best! Adorable dogs and cute cats! In the same location! No, it’s not heaven, or a weird sequel to Cats, but the 16th annual Broadway Barks. Starting at 3:30 p.m., a galaxy of stars—including Bebe Neuwirth, Audra McDonald, and Andy Karl—will present lovable, furry creatures available for adoption. Hosted by event founders Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters, Broadway Barks benefits New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies.
Watch The Village Bike Pedal Off
July 13, the Lucille Lortel Theatre
You know what’s better than watching indie film darling Greta Gerwig be charmingly awkward in Frances Ha and Greenberg? Seeing her do it live. Here’s your last chance as MCC Theatre’s The Village Bike concludes tonight. Penelope Skinner’s awesome dark comedy stars Gerwig as a neglected, pregnant wife who buys a bike and embarks on quite the adventure. Come back soon, Greta, OK? And bring Noah Baumbach with you! Click for tickets!