Broadway Gets a New Evan Hansen + More NYC Events Feb. 2–8

Photo Source: Matthew Murphy

New York is the city that never sleeps, and with so many events and activities each week across all five boroughs, it can be hard to know what’s actually worthwhile. Here are the events New York City actors should have on their radars this week.

Wave hello to your new Evan Hansen.
Taylor Trensch will be found. The performer (who just wrapped his acclaimed run in “Hello, Dolly!”) steps into the striped t-shirt and khakis of the titular “Dear Evan Hansen” on Broadway beginning Feb. 6. He follows Noah Galvin, who took over the monstrous role immediately after the show’s Tony-winning star, Ben Platt, departed the Pasek and Paul tuner in November. Trensch's run is open-ended. (Tickets start at $119)

Judy Blume celebrates her birthday—with adults.
In honor of her 80th birthday, Judy Blume herself will make a rare appearance at New York Symphony Space on Feb. 4 for Judy Blumesday, an evening celebrating the storied author and the many indelible—and grown-up—stories that inspired so many writers after her. On hand to fete the author will be Chloë Sevigny, Molly Ringwald, Jenna Ushkowitz, Tavi Gevinson, Julie Klausner, Samantha Bee, and others. (Tickets start at $26)

A film legend is celebrated at the Forum.
Beginning Feb. 7, the Film Forum on Houston will present Ingmar Bergman, a five-week, 47-feature film festival celebrating the 100th anniversary of the filmmaker’s birth. The retrospective is part of a larger global celebration of the cinema giant, described by the Swedish Film Institute as “the largest jubilee of a single filmmaker.” The festival is ongoing through March 15 and will include screenings of “Smiles of a Summer Night,” “Virgin Springs,” “The Seventh Seal,” and others. (Tickets: $15)

Mary-Louise Parker gets intimate in conversation.
Emmy, Tony, and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Mary-Louise Parker will join Bob Roth for an intimate conversation at the 92Y on Feb. 7. Held at the Buttenwieser Hall, the talk will cover Parker’s career as well as Roth’s book on the science of meditation, “Strength in Stillness.” (Tickets: $35)

Shakespeare gets a jazz-infused twist.
The Green Room 42 has announced a return engagement of “The Shakespearean Jazz Show,” this time around starring “Fun Home” Tony nominee Emily Skeggs. The show, which will have performances on both Feb. 2 and 9, is conceived as a re-contextualization of the work of Shakespeare and features the Nine Worthies jazz ensemble. (Tickets start at $25)

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