By: Ellen Cans
New York City is back, and at its best.
Tourists are happy to be back in the Big Apple, famed for its Broadway and musical theatrical shows. Mask mandates are over, for the most part, and there is a wide variety of talent and adventure to delight any palate. Locals and out-of-towners alike should take advantage of the opportunity and enjoy a show.
Among the city’s must-see shows, the following have been selected by the lifestyle & culture editor of Bloomberg, Chris Rozvar, as part of his Top Ten to see this summer. First on the list is, “Into the Woods”, playing at St. James Broadway theater at 246 West 44th Street. Based on the book by James Lapine and featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this Tony Award-winning triumph is playing through August 21st. The renowned Sara Bareilles stars as the Baker’s Wife, along with a cast full of stars including Phillipa Soo, Brian d’Arcy James, Joshua Henry, Gavin Creel, and Patina Miller. “A glorious revival with a wonderful cast who deliver rich and very human performances. I listened. I am still listening. You should, too,” raves a review by the NY Times.
Also, on the top of Bloomberg’s list is “A Strange Loop”. This Tony Award®-winning Best Musical is playing at the Lyceum Theatre at 149 West 45th Street in the theater district. It features the book, music and lyrics by Michael R. Jackson. It tells the stirring story of a black, queer writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical. Another winner is “Six”, playing at Brooks Atkinson Theatre at 256 West 47th Street. This joyously and energetic pop concert is about the six wives of King Henry VIII, who all sing about their tragicomic stories as his wife and how they rise above.
Another, on the list is “As You Like It”, which will be playing as part of Shakespeare at the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park from August 10 – September 11. A pastoral comedy by William Shakespeare, it features lyrics by Shaina Taub, and a cast that includes professional as well as amateur actors. “Wired by Kinetic Light”, playing at The Shed from Aug. 25-27th is another hit. It features an ensemble of dancers in wheelchairs who transcend expectations by flying through the air and spinning across the floor, encircled with light and barbed wire.
“Little Shop of Horrors” at Westside Theater at 407W 43rd St made Bloomberg’s top 10 list. The off-Broadway production, based on the famed book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, is elevated by a cast including Christian Borle and Tammy Blanchard. Last on the list is “Come From Away” playing at Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, at 236 W 45th St, through October 2nd. This Canadian musical is a crowd-pleaser, based on actual events that took place on September 11, 2001, it includes shanty songs and messages of tolerance, generosity, hope, and faith.