What to see in New York in July
Here's our top picks of New York theatre to check out in July 2021.
We can’t quite believe it either, but Broadway is now back in July 2021. Granted, you’ve only got one choice so far — Springsteen on Broadway. However, just the knowledge that the majority of Broadway theatres are reopening in a matter of weeks is enough to satisfy us for the time being.
There’s plenty of live options for theatre in New York in July 2021, with vaccinated audience members able to attend without wearing a mask. Dare we say it, it's nearly normal? From cinema to concerts, immersive theatre to interactive offerings, here’s our top theatre picks in New York in July 2021.
Even though Springsteen on Broadway rounded off our June selection of New York theatre, he still belongs in this month's top picks too. Bruce Springsteen being back on stage, now at St. James Theatre, is a monumental time for Broadway’s history. The 20-time Grammy Award-winning artist rocks the Broadway house down with his greatest hits including “Born to Run” and “Dancing in the Dark”. These “Glory Days” aren’t here to stay forever though, as Springsteen on Broadway runs to September 4.
If you can’t attend Springsteen on Broadway in person, why not watch Springsteen on Broadway on Netflix? Here’s our top Netflix picks for New York theatre.
St. James Theatre, from June 26.
Jackie Hoffman plays an aging community theatre star in the off-Broadway premiere of Fruma-Sarah (Waiting in the Wings). It’s inspired by Fiddler on the Roof, with Hoffman as Fruma-Sarah. She’s waiting for her scene. She’s all ready to go, but then she meets Margo, and the pair chat about acting and what it means to feel alive once more. A love letter to a lifetime on the stage, you won’t want to miss Fruma-Sarah.
the cell theatre, from July 1.
Restart Stages at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
As part of the Restart Stages program at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, there’s dozens of events taking place in July 2021. Highlights include Mighty Sparrow’s celebration of Calypso culture on July 6, three concerts from Tony-winning actor Brian Stokes Mitchell on July 21 - 23 and silent discos all summer long. If you’re looking to get out and experience NYC theatre once more, you’ll want to be at Restart Stages.
If alcohol be the food of Shakespeare, play on. Okay, so we’ve twisted the iconic line. But Drunk Shakespearerelies on one actor being inebriated with five shots of whiskey before attempting to perform a Shakespearean play. Anything can happen at Drunk Shakespeare, and you can be the decision maker. Drunk Shakespeare reopens in July, after being suspended due to the pandemic.
The Lounge at Roy Arias Stages, from July 2.
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Shakespeare in the Park returns for 2021, as Jocelyn Bioh adapts The Merry Wives of Windsor for a Harlem setting. The Nollywood Dreams writer now sets Shakespeare’s comedy in an immigrant community made up of West Africans. Saheem Ali will direct the cast made up entirely of people of colour, with outdoor performances to full capacity. Read more about The Merry Wives of Windsor here.
Delacorte Theater, from July 6.
Could you be the judge of a murder case? Try your hand at criminal decision making in Somewhere I Can Scream. An Olympic gold medallist kills his wife, Theora, in a drug-fueled argument that turns sour. Sure, being part of a man’s world has its struggles, but should Snook have been sent to death in the electric chair? It’s up to you to decide.
Players Theatre, from July 8.
The percussive rhythms of Stomp are back at the Orpheum Theatre. Inventing musical beats from miscellaneous items, Stomp is an electrifying experience that’s been running in New York for over 25 years. Smashing brooms, boxes and garbage cans together, anything can make music at Stomp, and you can be in the first audiences back.
Orpheum Theatre, from July 20.
As part of a series of summer concerts at Bryant Park, the Tony-nominated star of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Adrienne Warren, headlines an event on July 30. Warren will be joined by a line-up of special guests to be confirmed, but it’s sure to be “Simply The Best" concert in New York.
Bryant Park, July 30.
Photo credit: Stomp (Photo by Steve McNicholas)