7 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend

Our guide to plays and musicals coming to New York stages and a few last-chance picks of shows that are about to close. Our reviews of open shows are at nytimes.com/reviews/theater.

Previews & Openings

‘MOULIN ROUGE’ at the Al Hirschfeld Theater (previews start on June 28; opens on July 25). Raise a glass of absinthe to the Broadway adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 jukebox musical film. Directed by Alex Timbers, the show stars Karen Olivo, Aaron Tveit and Danny Burstein, with choreography by Sonya Tayeh. Reviewing the show’s Boston incarnation last summer, Ben Brantley called it a “smart, shameless and extravagantly entertaining production.”

[Read about the events that our other critics have chosen for the week ahead.]

Last Chance

‘ALL MY SONS’ at the American Airlines Theater (closes on June 30). Nominated for three Tony Awards, this wrenching revival of Arthur Miller’s tragedy of a corrupted American family ends its run. Jesse Green praised Annette Bening’s Kate, “the show’s emotional center and endless mystery,” though he felt that Jack O’Brien’s production “does not make a resonant case for the drama today.”
212-719-1300, roundabouttheatre.org

‘THE FERRYMAN’ at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (closes on July 7). The bunny, the goose and the four babies who perform in rotation are likely clearing out their dressing rooms as Jez Butterworth’s epic drama, which won the Tony Award for best play, ends its Broadway run. Ben Brantley wrote that Sam Mendes’s production, set in rural Ireland in 1981, possesses “a generosity of substance and spirit rarely seen on the stage anymore.”
212-239-6200, theferrymanbroadway.com

‘INK’ at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater (closes on July 7). James Graham’s play, which explores Rupert Murdoch’s early forays into tabloid journalism, makes its final headlines. According to Ben Brantley, this canny drama, brashly directed by Rupert Goold and starring a Tony Award-winning Bertie Carvel, “foretells the age of populist media in which we now live and squirm.”
212-239-6200, manhattantheatreclub.com

‘KISS ME, KATE’ at Studio 54 (closes on June 30). Cole Porter’s too-darn-hot musical, revived by Scott Ellis for the Roundabout Theater Company, cools down. While some had worried that the musical, Cole Porter’s riff on “The Taming of the Shrew,” and its sexual politics might be outdated, Jesse Green found the show, which stars Kelli O’Hara, “still speaking to us — or better yet, singing — from the not so buried past.”
212-719-1300, roundabouttheatre.org

‘MY FAIR LADY’ at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (closes on July 7). Have you grown accustomed to Bartlett Sher’s revival of this Lerner and Loewe musical? Only a handful of performances remain. As Jesse Green wrote, this production, which now stars Laura Benanti, makes use of our current cultural moment to “restore the show’s feminist argument” and “warm it up considerably.”
212-239-6200, lct.org

‘OCTET’ at the Pershing Square Signature Center (closes on June 30). Dave Malloy’s a cappella opera about people in the throes of internet addiction, which is pretty much all of us, logs off. Ben Brantley called this musical, directed by Annie Tippe, “the most original and topical” of the year, writing that “you’ll feel reassured, alarmed, enlightened and truly thrilled by what you hear.”
212-244-7529, signaturetheatre.org

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