Well, it's summertime again and with the Tonys behind us, things are a little quieter in the New York theatre world, but they're still heating up around the country. Here are five Character Approved shows that are not to be missed!
The Producers was a SMASH hit on Broadway, and director choreographer Susan Stroman is directing it for the unique Hollywood Bowl Stage from July 27-29th. Richard Kind returns to the role of Max, with Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Leo and Rebecca Romijn making her singing debut as Ulla--we're there! [Image: Hollywood Bowl]
Chicago's FREE Grant Park Musical Festival, which takes place in July in Chicago’s Millennium Park, brings performers from around the world for concerts on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. Guess which one we’re looking forward to the most? Perfectly Frank: From Broadway to Hollywood, celebrating the music of Frank Loesser, on July 13 and 14. [Image: Grant Park Musical Festival]
Tony and Grammy winner Jennifer Holliday will reprise her legendary Broadway performance of Effie White in the St. Louis Muny's premiere production of Dreamgirls, July 16 - 22. Holliday will be making her Muny debut, on this, the 30th anniversary of the show's Broadway production. Watching the legendary performer reprise her greatest role in front of 11,000 people each night? A perfect summer treat. [Image: The Muny]
Here in New York, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s beloved musical Into The Woods will play Shakespeare in the (Central) Park with a star-studded cast. Previews begin on Monday, July 23 at the Delacorte Theater and continue for five weeks through Saturday, August 25. [Image: Shakespeare in the Park]
One more bit of NY excitement: Roundabout Theatre Company is presenting the new Broadway production of Mary Chase’s Harvey starring Jim Parsons as Elwood P. Dowd. The production opens on June 14 and runs through August 5 and will be one of this summer’s can’t miss shows on Broadway for sure! [Image: Joan Marcus]
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