July Editor's Picks: 10 Shows to See This Month in NYC
July 1st, 2016
by Josh Ferri
The 10 shows making fireworks this July.
1. What’s hotter than a NYC subway platform in July? The Estefan musical On Your Feet!. You are going to have the time of your life lip-syncing along and chair-dancing like it’s an Olympic sport. It’s also your last chance to see dreamboat Josh Segarra rapping and rocking his short shorts before he departs for TV, and new dreamboat Ektor Rivera steps in on July 12. Running at the Marquis Theatre
2. Cats is back, bitches and it’s gonna be better than ever because Tony-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) is putting his stamp on the iconic Broadway musical. Also, pop diva Leona Lewis singing “Memory” will no doubt give us all chills for days. Previews begin July 14 at the Neil Simon Theatre
3. Maybe you were holding out returning to Something Rotten! for the full cast change up. Well, now it’s here. Beginning July 18, you get Rob McClure as Nick Bottom, Josh Grisetti as Nigel Bottom, Will Chase as Shakespeare, Leslie Kritzer as Bea Bottom and Catherine Brunell as Portia. Get ready to LOL like it’s the first time. Running at the St. James Theatre
4. The critically-acclaimed, sold-out production of Small Mouth Sounds returns to NYC this summer for a strictly-limited summer engagement, and everyone who saw it the first time lost their damned minds. The funny and moving play is about six runaways from city life who embark on a silent retreat in the woods. Previews begin July 3 at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center
5. Another hot ticket returning to town this summer is Bedlam’s OBIE-winning Sense & Sensibility. You’ve seriously never seen Jane Austen quite like this before. Running at The Gym at Judson through October 2
6. The super-popular, nearly-naked duo The Skivvies (Lauren Molina & Nick Cearley) join the hilarious (and face it, informative) off-Broadway comedy Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man for three weeks beginning July 16. Looking for a fun weekend activity? Do a big boozy late brunch with your best gal pals & gays and then buckle up for some crazy, LOL fun. Running at The 777 Theatre
7. Fans of the reality show Dance Moms want to check out the Vegas-like spectacle Trip of Love this month. Nia Sioux takes the stage in this high-voltage ‘60s extravaganza performing specialty dance solos, including "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'", "Moon River," and "Wipe Out. Running at Stage 42
8. If you’re feeling the July 4th spirit (and have young ones to entertain while school’s out) check out the historical new Liberty: A Monumental New Musical. The 80-minute show tells the story of a young French immigrant (Lady Liberty played by Abigail Shapiro) who arrives in New York Harbor in 1884 and becomes a lasting symbol of the young country. Running at 42West
9. Alice and Emily are back at Feinstein’s/54 Below July 12-25 for a return engagement of their sold-out concert Unattached! Then July 26-30, Jennifer Damiano makes her solo debut at the NYC hot spot in a new show written by Next to Normal’s Brian Yorkey.
10. The New York Musical Festival (NYMF) begins July 11, and there’s way too much to touch on here, but click this to see what original new musicals feature your favorite theatre actors and when/where they are playing.