Posted in Berry Gordy, Bette Midler, Cicely Tyson, Cinderella, Cuba Goodng Jr, Father's Day, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Sue Mengers, The trip to Bountful

What are you doing this weekend? A few select suggestions:

 See Bette Midler play Sue Mengers, or go see “Motown The Musical” or you could head home to Bountiful, TX…. 

Bette Midler is the perfect hostess in “I’ll Eat You Last,” as she invites the audience into her home, well, Sue Mengers’ home.  Click above for review and details, but there are only a few performances left, and honestly, you should not miss this one. Closing June 30th.

Love the music that came out of Detroit in the late ’50s and early ’60s? Come relive the era with “Motown The Musical.” Tickets aren’t discounted on the usual sites, but go ahead and treat yourself after you click on the links for our reviews, at any rate. (See also, Gordy Tells His Story on VP as well as the review on this site.)

There are discounts for “The Trip To Bountiful,” for which Cicely Tyson won the Tony. (For discounts check on BroadwayBox.com, among others.) Cuba Gooding, Jr. makes his stage debut in this lovely production.

Off-Broadway, there’s “Cornelius” by JB Priestley at 59E59 Theaters’ Brits Off Broadway. The play takes place during tough economic times during the 1930s, but you can relate, right? [Also closing on June 30th.]

Alan Cox and Col Farrell in J.B. Priestley’s “Cornelius,” directed by Sam Yates, part of Brits Off Broadway at 59E59 Theaters. Photo by Carol Rosegg.


It plays only on Wednesdays, but plan to attend a matinee or evening performance before July 31st:
“Unbroken Circle” (review) at the St Luke’s Theatre.
Photo by Bill Selby

Looking for romance and dancing? “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” can take you on a waltz-filled adventure. It won a Tony for the spectacular costumers, but it’s a genuinely enjoyable production.


Looking for something a bit … smaller? St Ann’s Warehouse in Dumbo is celebrating toy theater from June 14th to the 23rd. It’s the Tenth International ToyTheater Festival. Check it out. Photo below is courtesy

Great Small Works, and features Barbara Steinitz and Bjorn Kollin presenting “Schnurzpiepegal,” a picture book that comes alive. 



Another highlight of the festival is Janie Geiser’s “The Reptile Under the Flowers,” which incorporates mechanical objects, puppetry, small projections in twelve diorama scenes of a peepshow spectacle. Don’t know about you but “Toy Theater” appeals to my love of minatures.

Janie Geiser’s “The Reptile Under the Flowers,” courtesy Great Small Works

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