What to see in New York in June
Here's our top picks of New York theatre to check out in June 2021.
With New York capacity restrictions lifted statewide, indoor and outdoor venues are welcoming the public once more. But, if you don’t want to attend a live performance, theatre streaming options are plentiful, so there’s no need to worry about missing out on theatre.
The St James Theatre will also open, with Bruce Springsteen returning to Broadway with Springsteen on Broadway. The majority of theatres may not be reopening to September but New York theatre in June is still set to be an exciting month. Here’s our top theatre picks for June 2021.
In this new sketch show, comedians and actors are split into two teams, tasked with the simple ask to be funny. Pitted head-to-head against one another, it’s up to the judges to decide which team was the funniest. What do you get if you cross improv comedy with competition and the chance to see live theatre in June? Ultimate bragging rights status.
Players Theatre, from June 4. Bragging Rights tickets are on sale now on TodayTix.
For one week, audiences will step back in time for a night of joyful jazz. Wynton Marsalis leads Lincoln Center Orchestra’s big-band rendition of John Coltrane’s songbook. As well as “A Love Supreme”, the saxophonist’s be-bop has inspired a generation of musicians, all focusing on making music that celebrates “freedom”.
Online, from June 10. Jazz at Lincoln Center's Coltrane: A Love Supreme tickets are on sale now on TodayTix.
Each performance of Late Night Hump follows a similar structure. One character will travel through different dimensions, with universes tied together by the end of the show? But how? It’s down to audience suggestions. Weaving through time, space and reality in The Interdimensional, audiences decide where the cast will be visiting. Nowhere is off limits, so let your imagination run wild.
Players Theatre, from June 11. Late Night Hump tickets are on sale on TodayTix.
Manhattan Theatre Club present the virtual premiere of Eleanor Burgess’ The Niceties as part of their streaming series. First seen on stage in 2018, The Niceties follows a Black college student and her white professor, caught in a discussion about the American revolution. Educational conversations quickly spiral into racial and political debates, saying unforgettable comments. Lisa Banes and Jordan Boatman reprise their performances for the online adaptation, streaming for a fortnight.
Online, to June 13. The Niceties tickets are on sale on TodayTix.
Volpone, or the Fox
Hadestown’s Andre de Shields plays the title role in Red Bull Theater’s upcoming benefit reading. Ben Jonson’s comedy play follows Volpone, a nobleman that’s consumed by the idea of wealth equating to success. He’ll control anyone that comes his way, but will that leave Volpone to be manipulated himself? There’s also supporting performances from Hamish Linklater, Roberta Maxwell and Mary Testa.
Online, from June 14.
If you’ve been tuning into crime documentaries over the past year, see if you can solve an actual Agatha Christie murder mystery. Audiences meet detective Hercule Poirot at a golf course in France, which is littered with dead bodies. While trying to solve the crime, Poirot has to keep other suspicious detectives at bay. Can Poirot find the murderer and get a hole in one?
Players Theatre, from June 17. Agatha Christie's Murder on the Links tickets are on sale on TodayTix.
Juneteenth at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
As part of the Restart Stages program at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, there are two Juneteenth events honoring the emancipation holiday. In the morning, there’s a concert for kids that’s all about coming together in times of tragedy. In the evening, a variety of Broadway stars will share their dreams for a brighter future in I Dream a Dream That Dreams Back at Me.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, from June 19. Restart Stages lottery tickets are on sale on TodayTix.
Following a sold-out run in Miami last year, the Seven Deadly Sins come to New York. Throughout the 70-minute production, you’ll watch seven 10-minute plays all focusing on a specific wrongdoing. All the plays are written by acclaimed playwrights too, including Bess Wohl, Ngozi Anyanwu and Moisés Kaufman, who directs the show. You won’t even have to worry about being in a theatre either - each play takes place in a glass block with audiences listening in via headphones. An evening of sin awaits…
Meatpacking District, from June 22.
Seven Deadly Sins tickets are on sale now.
Forget "Born in the USA", it's now "Born on Broadway". Music legend Bruce Springsteen returns to Broadway this summer, presenting his autobiographical show Springsteen on Broadway at St James Theatre. He made his Broadway debut in 2017, with the initial engagement set for just eight weeks. But, thanks to audience hype, Springsteen on Broadway eventually ran for over a year at the Walter Kerr Theatre. The 20-time Grammy Award-winning artist is best known for hits including "Glory Days" and "Dancing in the Dark". Don't miss Bruce Springsteen on Broadway and see the first show to reopen the Great White Way.
St James Theatre, from June 26.
Springsteen on Broadway tickets are on sale soon.
Photo credit: Seven Deadly Sins in Miami (Photo by Ernesto Sempoll)