Yeah, we know you’re bummed because summer is ending. But snap out of it! You’re missing out on a ton of great events happening in New York City, including Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane’s latest collaboration, James Monroe Igelhart’s game night, and Michael Cera talking Broadway with David Letterman. It’s all part of this week’s picks!
Play Games with the Genie
August 25 at Joe’s Pub
“Game night” conjures images of squabbling relatives and game boards overturned in fury. But a far more appealing option beckons: “Speechless,” the popular Silicon Valley-based game, heads to NYC. One of the participants is Aladdin’s James Monroe Iglehart, so watch your favorite Genie squirm as a virtual spinning wheel determines what corporate-tinged talk he’ll give—while a series of outrageous slides accompany his impromptu presentation. Eep! Click for tickets!
Spend the Night with Michael Cera
August 25, check TV listings
Visiting New York is slightly different for a talented actor. Most of us would see a Broadway show, head to the top of the Empire State Building, and endure that smell on the 1 train. But if you’re Michael Cera, the hilarious TV and movie star now headlining Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth, you wield barbs and share stories on The Late Show with David Letterman. Our day will come. Sigh.
You CAN Take It With You
Starts August 26 at the Longacre Theatre
Duos define Broadway. Think Rodgers and Hammerstein, and tourists and befuddlement. George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart rank right up there, so a revival of their madcap, Pulitzer Prize-winning 1936 comedy You Can’t Take It With You makes sense. And since the play, now in previews, stars heavyweights like James Earl Jones, Annaleigh Ashford, Elizabeth Ashley, and Rose Byrne in her Broadway debut, it makes more sense to see it right now. Click for tickets!
Rave on at Party Monster: The Musical
August 27 at 54 Below
A musical based on the 1996 murder of a drug-dealing club kid? This is Broadway, people. There have been musicals based on each of the seven deadly sins, and even a few dozen that haven’t been discovered yet. So slink on down to 54 Below, which will premiere songs from Party Monster: The Musical for one night only. Scheduled performers include Joey Calveri, Laura Beth Wells, and John Michael Dias. Don’t forget your glow sticks. Click for tickets!
Battle First Night Jitters at It’s Only a Play
Beginning August 28 at the Schoenfeld Theatre
Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick could blink at each other and we’d crack up, but It’s Only a Play even more great stuff going for it. The duo plays best friends awaiting the fate of Broderick’s play on opening night—along with F. Murray Abraham, Megan Mullally, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grint and newcomer Micah Stock—in Terrence McNally’s revamped comedy revival. Still not excited? You may be on the wrong site. Or dead. Click for tickets!