Hey, we know you’re sad that summer is officially over. But chin up, plucky theatergoers! There’s tons of cool stuff to make you forget the ice cream truck’s imminent demise. There’s Andrea Martin’s return to Pippin, a musical Shakespeare experience in Central Park, and bubbly Broadway star Annaleigh Ashford on your TV. It’s all part of this week’s picks!
Get Chatty with Annaleigh Ashford
September 1, check local listings
Just because it’s the end of summer—noooo!—doesn’t mean you can’t end it on a high note. Tony nominee Annaleigh Ashford, now appearing in You Can’t Take It with You, stops by The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. We’re not sure what she’ll talk about: Her role on Masters of Sex, working with James Earl Jones, coal mining... So you’ll just have to have to watch! You can catch up on your sleep Tuesday.
Enter the World of Normal
September 2 at 54 Below
You’ve seen Adam B. Shapiro in the The Normal Heart—now he’s spilling all the juicy details in person at New York theater hotspot 54 Below. His new solo show Nothing Normal, featuring special guest Danielle Ferland, is an “eclectic mix of songs and stories celebrating the hilarious and precarious sides of life” and anecdotes from the movie. Click for tickets!
Catch Andrea Martin’s Return to Pippin
Beginning September 2 at the Music Box Theatre
Pippin has become a reunion-fest in recent months—not that we’re complaining. Look who’s come back! First, it was original Pippin star John Rubinstein. Then, Broadway vet Priscilla Lopez. Now it’s Andrea Martin, who won a Tony for originating Berthe in the acclaimed revival, returning to the hilarious role through September 21. Which former alumnus will return to the beloved musical next? Can we vote on that? Seriously. Click for tickets!
Rock Out with Hedwig’s Inch
September 4 at the Mercury Lounge
Take a three-hour nap, mainline caffeine, and be ready to party at midnight. After their regular gig as the latter half of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the band Tits of Clay heads to the Mercury Lounge for a late night, straight-up rock show with special guests. Last time, it was Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall. If Andrew Rannells or John Cameron Mitchell want to stop by this time, we’re not complaining. Click for tickets!
Sing a Song of Shakespeare
Beginning September 5 at the Delacorte Theater
You know how a group of seemingly clashing elements can create something wonderful? Come watch The Odd Couple theory at work as Broadway stars (Lindsay Mendez, Christopher Fitzgerald), community members, and special guests (stars from Sesame Street and the New York Theatre Ballet) come together for Public Works’ musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Good news: It’s free. Bad news: It only runs through September 7. So geteth goingeth. Click for tickets!