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What to see in New York in July

Here's our top picks of New York theatre to check out in July 2022.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

Beat the summer heat inside a theatre this July! If you need a break from beaches and barbecues, the theatre is the place to be. The venues are air-conditioned, but the shows there are hot, buzzy productions both on and off Broadway. In a rare ocurrence for midsummer, there are two big Broadway openings this month: a play based on a beloved novel and a star-studded revival of a Sondheim musical.

Elsewhere around the city are encore engagements of acclaimed shows, new world-premiere plays, and plenty of entertainment that the whole family will enjoy now that the kids are on summer break. Check out all the can't-miss shows in July below, and if you're looking for more theatre, read up on the top long-running shows to catch this summer, last-chance shows closing soon, and shows that won Tony Awards in June that you can still get tickets to.

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The Kite Runner The Kite Runner is flying onto Broadway this July, making it one of two highly anticipated Broadway openings of the month. This stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's bestselling 2003 novel previously played two acclaimed runs in London's West End and now debuts on Broadway. The beginning of the story centers on Amir and Hassan, two childhood friends living in Afghanistan. Decades after an incident that tears apart their friendship, Amir, now living in the States, makes a dangerous trip back to Afghanistan amid wartime when he gets an opportunity to make things right.

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Company You can only be in the company of Katrina Lenk, Tony winners Patti LuPone and Matt Doyle, and the cast of Company through July 31. Don't miss this five-time Tony-winning revival of Sondheim's classic musical, which replaces the bachelor Bobby with the bachelorette Bobbie (Lenk) at the center of the story. Surrounded by married friends and casual lovers, and freshly 35, Bobbie feels pressure to settle down but wonders whether she even wants to. This musical comedy contains iconic showtunes like "Being Alive," "The Ladies Who Lunch," and "Getting Married Today" — we'll drink to that.

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The Minutes The minutes are running out to see this Tony-nominated play, as the final town council meeting is in session on July 10. The Minutes is set in the fictional town of Big Cherry, where a local shows up to the council meeting asking what he missed the previous week. This seemingly innocent question turns out to be the wrong one, which leads to the reveal of closely guarded, sinister secrets from the town's history. Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts wrote and stars in the play alongside Jessie Mueller, Noah Reid, Blair Brown, and more.

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Into the Woods The other hot Broadway opening of the summer is Into the Woods, a limited revival based on the sold-out New York City Center production from May. Tony nominee Brian d'Arcy James and Grammy winner Sara Bareilles star as a baker and his wife, who must venture into the woods to reverse a years-old curse on their family and fulfill their wish of having a child. Along the way, they meet lots of classic fairy tale characters with quests and wishes of their own. The star-studded cast also includes Tony winners Patina Miller and Gavin Creel, Tony nominees Phillipa Soo and Joshua Henry, and more.

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Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Adaptation Into the Woods isn't the only show that lets you venture into the forest this summer. Join Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, and their friends in the Hundred Acre Wood at Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Adaptation, back for an encore engagement through July 31. This musical includes the Grammy-winning songs from the Winnie the Pooh movies, set to an original story where the friends discover the beauty of the four seasons. At one hour, Winnie the Pooh is suitable for even the youngest audiences, but the musical will delight everyone, our critic wrote in a five-star review: "This show feels as if it has been specifically designed so that audiences of all stimulation levels can comfortably attend."

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Between the Lines Are you the type of person to get lost in a book while sitting on the beach or by the pool? Then Between the Lines is the summer musical for you. Based on Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer's novel of the same name, Between the Lines centers on the teenage bookworm Delilah, who turns to her favorite book to make up for the lack of connection she feels with her family and peers. Everything changes when the prince from that book comes to life and befriends her for real — but is it all just a fantasy?

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Fat Ham You only have until July 17 to join the barbecue and feast your eyes on James Ijames's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Fat Ham is a modern retelling of Shakespeare's Hamlet, this time starring a queer, Black college student named Juicy. Much like Hamlet, Juicy's father's ghost visits him and urges him to kill his uncle as revenge for murdering him. But unlike Hamlet, Juicy isn't fully on board with resorting to violence at a family cookout, especially not as a person trying to prove to his family that his "soft" side is something worth celebrating. Fat Ham is ultimately a comedy, too, with plenty of laughs, good eats, and even disco.

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soft Another play that celebrates the softness of Black men is Donja R. Love's soft, which was just extended at MCC Theater through July 17. His play is set at a boys' correctional boarding school, where the teacher Mr. Isaiah is trying to nurture his students' "soft," expressive, artistic sides even when they're all told, Isaiah included, that they must always be hard and tough. When one of his students dies by suicide, however, the whole class is rocked, and he has to figure out how to uplift his class and make them believe in that lesson again.

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Heart His Dark Materials star Jade Anouka makes her playwriting debut with Heart, her world-premiere one-woman show. Anouka herself performs this semiautobiographical story about a woman who marries young and is divorced by age 28. The divorce forced her to confront her own insecurities, and by eventually overcoming them, she was able to open her heart to love again in an unexpected place. Heart is a heartfelt story of the strength that comes from sorrow and the beginnings that come from ends, running at the Minetta Lane Theatre from July 9 to August 14.

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Alex Edelman: Just for Us Since the show was met with acclaim and sold out its first two New York runs, Alex Edelman: Just for Us is back once more, just for us. Now at the Greenwich House Theater through August 26, Edelman's stand-up comedy show centers on how he, a Jewish man, infiltrated a neo-Nazi meeting after getting online hate from its attendees. The five-star New York Theatre Guide review reads that Edelman is "top-notch" as he presents a personal portrait of the Jewish experience and of how far empathy can go, while delivering laugh after gut-busting laugh.

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