THE WEEK AHEAD July 12-18: Stars Come Out For Broadway Barks and #Klendez Plays 54

By Blake Ross
12 Jul 2014

Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore
Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Broadway Barks returns to Times Square to help you find your next pet!... James Franco tries his hand at a life behind the footlights… Greta Gerwig takes her last ride on The Village Bike… and Pump Boys and Dinettes brings the honk back to New York!

It's raining cats and dogs (literally) this WEEK AHEAD!

Saturday, July 12
GO (FREE)→ Audra McDonald, Lena Hall, James Monroe Iglehart, Zach Braff, Bebe Neuwirth, Andy Karl and more join Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore for their annual dog and cat adopt-a-thon, Broadway Barks. (3-6 PM, Shubert Alley, btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. and W. 44th & 45th Sts. Info.) 

Sunday, July 13
LAST CHANCE→ Golden Globe Award nominee Greta Gerwig ("Frances Ha") makes her stage debut in Penelope Skinner's The Village Bike. Scott Shepherd and Jason Butler Harner play husband and lover to Gerwig's character Becky, a newly pregnant schoolteacher who sets out on a life-altering journey courtesy of the eponymous two-wheeler of the title. (Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St. Info/tickets.) 



OPENING→ Ally Sheedy and Scott Haze star in Robert Boswell's The Long Shrift. The drama about a convicted rapist who comes face-to-face with his accuser after serving nine years in jail marks James Franco's stage directorial debut. (Through Aug. 23, Rattlestick Theatre, 224 Waverly Pl., btwn. W. 11th & Perry Sts. Info/tickets.) 

Monday, July 14
LAST CHANCE→ Frequent costars (and adorable BFFs) Lindsay Mendez and Derek Klena are a match made in millennial heaven. The young, belty duo of Dogfight and Wicked come together again in #Klendez, a collection of songs that run the pop-culture and Broadway gamut. (7 PM, 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.) 

Tuesday, July 15
GO→ The water-loving dance troupe De La Guarda (of Fuerza Bruta fame) make another splash in New York City with their latest aerial spectacle, Wayra. (Daryl Roth Theatre, 101 E. 15th St., btwn. Union Square and Irving Pl. Info/tickets.) 

Wednesday, July 16
WATCH→ Jordan Dean, Hunter Foster, Mamie Parris, Randy Redd and Katie Thompson star in the Encores! Off-Center production of Pump Boys and Dinettes. The rock-a-billy tuner about gas station workers and waitresses was in the running for Best New Musical when it first premiered on Broadway in 1982. The original Pump Boys creators/performers — Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Foley, John Schimmel and Jim Wann — will talk about the show's conception during a live, free pre-show talkback July 16. (Through July 19, New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Info/tickets.) 

Thursday, July 17
GO (FREE)→ Cast members from the Broadway companies of Pippin, Chicago and Les Misérables and the Off-Broadway company of Atomic serenade the outdoor lunch set during the summertime favorite Broadway in Bryant Park series. (12:30 PM, Bryant Park, 6th Ave., btwn. 40th & 42nd Sts. Info.) 

Friday, July 18
GO→ Newly-minted Broadway star Zach Braff's latest film, "Wish I Was Here" comes to a theatre near you. Tony winner Mandy Patinkin, The Book of Mormon Tony nominee Josh Gad and Kate Hudson co-star in the coming-of-middle-age story of a young father trying to find his purpose in life. (Info.)