By Pat Collins

Belasco Theater

Michael Moore who won an Academy Award for the documentary Bowling For Columbine makes his Broadway debut in a one-man show guaranteed to enrage Donald Trump. Mr. Moore, who describes the country like the United States of Insanity, skewers the current occupant of the Oval Office and those in his inner circle. The often controversial filmmaker and author took on the country’s health crisis in Sicko and looked under the hood of the car industry in Roger And Me. Stupid White Men and his seven other books made the bestseller list. The limited engagement begins July 28th.

The Delacorte Theater

“Men at some time are masters of their fates. The fault, dear Brutus is not in our stars but in ourselves that we are underlings, Cassius.” One of the many joys of spending summers in NYC is the Public Theater’s Shakespeare In The Park, an annual event which began 55 years ago. The production of Julius Caesar, directed by The Public’s Artistic Director Oskar Eustis runs through June 18th. Gregg Henry who has the titular role is joined on stage by Elizabeth Marvel (Antony), Corey Stoll (Marcus Brutus), and John Douglas Thompson (Caius Cassius). Free tickets (2 per person) are distributed at The Delacorte in Central Park beginning at noon on the day of each performance. To reach the Delacorte choose one of these routes: enter the park at 81st Street and Central Park West or 79th Street and Fifth Avenue. Before or after the performance raise a glass to toast Joe Papp, the Public Theater’s late founder who had the inspired idea to make the Bard’s plays accessible to all.

New World Stages

One of Donald Trump’s most controversial campaign promises to build a wall along the US-Mexican border inspired Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan to write a two person suspense thriller which examines the country’s political landscape and its future. This is not Mr. Schenkkan’s first play to focus on a sitting president. He authored the Tony Award-winning All The Way with Bryan Cranston as Lyndon Johnson; he won the Tony for best actor. Mr. Schenkkan’s also received an Oscar nomination for his Hacksaw Ridge screenplay. Building The Wall’s co-stars are James Badge Dale and Tamara Tunie. The production’s limited engagement ends July 9th.

Papermill Playhouse

The English nanny who changes the lives of Mr. Banks and his children is back on stage in a revival based on P. L. Travers books and the 1964 Walt Disney movie with Richard and Robert Sherman’s score and a book by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. Elena Shaddow, whose Broadway credits include Fiddler On The Roof and Les Miz has the titular role and Mark Evans, who appeared in the London productions of Wicked and Spamalot, is Bert. The original production received seven Tony nominations and two Olivier Awards. On the topic of accolades Papermill Playhouse (Millburn, New Jersey; 973-376-4343) won The Regional Theater Award at last year’s Tony ceremony.

Feinstein’s/54 Below

The New York Times described him as Broadway’s last leading man. He is also the recipient of two Tony Awards, a recent Theater Hall Of Fame inductee, and longtime Chairman Of The Board Of The Actors Fund. The star of Man Of La Mancha, Ragtime and Kiss Me, Kate—to name a few of his Broadway hits—makes his solo debut at Feinstein’s on West 54th Street on June 13th. It is the first of seven appearances. On Stokes’ song list are memorable show tunes, other standards and a selection of new material from his soon to be released new album Plays With Music. Performance dates include June 13th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 20th, 21st, 23rd, and 24th. He will be accompanied by a trio led by his long-time pianist and collaborator Tedd Firth.


The final curtain will come down for the following shows.

St. James Theater

Kevin Kline returned to Broadway after a 16-year absence in this Tony-nominated revival of Noel Coward’s witty 1939 comedy. Mr. Kline earned a nomination too as Garry Essendine, a self-absorbed actor experiencing a mid-life crisis. Final curtain is July 2nd.

Ethel Barrymore Theater

The Tony-nominated revival of John Guare’s play with Allison Janney, Benjamin Hickey and the show’s young co-star Corey Hawkins whose performances brought him a Tony nomination as well will close July 16th.

The Samuel J. Friedman Theater

Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon alternate playing the roles of Regina Giddens and Birdie Hubbard in this Manhattan Theater Club production’s celebrated revival. Final performance is July 2nd.

The Palace Theater

Make plans now to see Tony and Oscar winner Glenn Close’s matchless portrayal of Norma Desmond before her last curtain call on June 25th.

The New York Public Library for The Performing Arts

Helen Mirren’s Queen Elizabeth gown from The Audience; the original boots from Kinky Boots; the masks, and costumes from The Lion King; set models from Matilda The Musical; and all the top hats from A Chorus Line are among the unique items on display at the Library’s current exhibition. The event was co-curated by the Library and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of The Tonys and the 40th anniversary of the Olivier Awards. This must see event for theater lovers closes June 30th. Admission is free.