Our lips aren’t sealed. With a Go-Go’s jukebox musical, a happy hooker, and free Shakespeare all on deck, summer theater is heating up. Not to mention star turns by Armie Hammer, Tatiana Maslany, Carey Mulligan and Bette Midler back where she belongs.
“Head Over Heels”
You’ve got the beat when co-producer Gwyneth Paltrow’s new musical woven with Go-Go’s hits like “Vacation” and “Our Lips Are Sealed” arrives. Previews begin June 23 at the Hudson Theatre.
“Straight White Men”
Armie Hammer and Josh Charles star in this drama about family, gender and privilege by Young Jean Lee, the first Asian woman playwright produced on Broadway. Previews begin June 29 at the Hayes Theatre.
Bette Midler in “Hello, Dolly!”
The Divine Miss Tony winner returns to the title role from July 17 to Aug. 25, when the show closes.
“Gettin’ the Band Back Together”
Mitch, an out-of-work investment banker, reboots his life by reassembling his high school rock group. Marilu Henner plays Mitch’s mom in the new musical. Previews begin July 19 at the Belasco Theatre.
“Pretty Woman: The Musical”
He’s rich. She’s a hooker. So it goes in this musical adaptation of the hit movie starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. Samantha Barks and three-time Tony nominee Andy Karl step into the lead roles. The music is by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. Previews begin July 20 at the Nederlander Theatre.
In Theresa Rebeck’s new comedy-drama, British Tony winner Janet McTeer plays legendary French stage actress Sarah Bernhardt as she takes on the title role in Shakespeare’s masterwork in 1899. Previews begin Sept. 1 at the American Airlines Theatre.
Rack ’em up! They do plenty of that in this new comedy that revolves around snooker — the British version of pool — family, gangsters and more. English playwright Richard Bean’s last Broadway outing, “One Man, Two Guvnors,” helped make James Corden a star. Previews begin Sept. 4 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
“Girls & Boys”
Oscar and Tony nominee Carey Mulligan stars in this one-woman play about a wife and mom whose life takes unsettling detours. Previews begin June 12 at the Minetta Lane Theatre.
“Mary Page Marlowe”
Tatiana Maslany is among the five actresses who play the seemingly woman-next-door in Pulitzer-winner Tracy Letts’ play. Previews begin June 19 at Second Stage Theater’s Kiser Theater.
“This Ain’t No Disco”
Dreamers drift through 1979 New York in this new musical. Previews begin June 29 at the Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater.
“Smokey Joe’s Cafe”
The Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller mid-’90s Tony-nominated revue returns with hits like “Stand By Me,” “Falling” and “Jailhouse Rock.” Previews begin July 6 at Stage 42.
“The House That Will Not Stand”
Author Marcus Gardley re-sets “The House of Bernarda Alba” in 1813 Louisiana. Previews begin July 11 at New York Theatre Workshop.
“Be More Chill”
A high school dork discovers a sci-fi-centric solution to being cool in this musical. Previews begin July 26 at Signature Center.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Love potions, mismatches and happy endings await in Smith Street Stage’s free staging of the classic rom-com. Dates and venues, both in Brooklyn are June 20 – July 1 in Carroll Park and July 11 – 15 at the Actors Fund.
“Othello” and “Twelfth Night”
Shakespeare in the Park serves up a double bill of drama and comedy with “Othello,” running May 29 to June 24, and “Twelfth Night,” on stage July 17 to Aug. 19. Both at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.
“King Lear” and “All’s Well That Ends Well”