Some of this weekend’s top picks for live shows around New York City include the musical sending of a retro thriller, the grand finale of an invigorating pop-up festival, and the inventive overhaul of a classic.
The stranger sings! The parody musical, who originally performed two sold-out concerts at Feinstein’s / 54 Below, is now making his Off-Broadway debut at The Players Theater, 115 MacDougal Street, with an official opening night on Wednesday, August 11. A take off on Netflix hit series Strange things, the original book and score by Jonathan Hogue take audiences on a retro journey to Hawkins, Indiana, in 1983, when “times were simpler, hair bigger, and children being torn out by unsupervised children. interdimensional creatures ”. The campy and irreverent adventure is filled with hilarious dancing monsters and pop culture references, heavy synths and cheap effects, bad parents, pubescent angst and convoluted love triangles.
Nick Flatto directs the cast of Jalen Bunch, Jason Daniel Chacon, Dean Cestari, Patrick Howard, Caroline Huerta, Katelyn Lauria, Savannah-Lee Mumford, Ariana Perlson, Garrett Poladian, Adele Simms and Glory Yepassis-Zembrou, with musical direction and orchestrations by Michael Kaish, choreography by Ashley Marinelli, set design by James Ortiz, costumes by Cassandra McCall Endicott, lighting by Jesse Scott and sound by Megan ‘Deets’ Cully.
The strictly limited engagement runs until Sunday, September 5, with performances Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. for tickets, come on in line. A limited number of urgent tickets at $ 11 will be available for each performance (subject to availability). Participants can enter the lottery in person at the Players Theater 90 minutes before curtain time, with a maximum of one entry per person and two tickets per winner; names will be drawn at random 60 minutes before the start of the show. Premium tickets are available for $ 79 and include a free beer or wine and a limited edition pin.
After 300 live performances employing 634 artists over a 25-week period, Pop-Up NY – a live festival designed to invigorate NY by celebrating the performing arts – concludes its series of statewide pop-up events on Saturday, August 7 at 4:00 p.m., at Pier 76 in Hudson River Park, located at West 38e Street and 12e Street.
The free finale, featuring the all-star roster of stage and screen favorites Amber Iman (Mix along; High maintenance), Winner of Tony Gavin Creel (Hello Dolly!), Obie winner Whitney White (Our dear dead drug lord), Hoofer Ayodele Casel Award winner, Sasha Allen (Hair) and Jo Lampert (Orange is the new black), is open in person to the public and will also be broadcast live on the festival site Instagram page. You can register here to receive notifications and reminders before the show.
On Sunday August 8 at 5:00 p.m. (rain or shine), Brooklyn’s Dzieci Theater brings its critically acclaimed original version to life Makbet in an outdoor touring production through Prospect Park. Initiated at the entrance to the Grand Army Plaza (at the junction of Flatbush Avenue and Eastern Parkway), the free show promises to be unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
Upon arrival, a tumultuous clan from The Old Country will greet you with libations and divinations, before embarking on a wild ritual journey through the timeless history of greed, wrongdoing, and inevitable omens. Using haunting Eastern European folk songs and chants as well as poetic verses by Shakespeare, the classic story is brought to life by a handful of actors who spontaneously switch roles, literally in the blink of an eye.
Entrance is free, but donations are welcome to support Dzieci’s work and spiritual development mission through theater.