Michael Moore Makes His Broadway Debut + More NYC Events 7/28–8/03

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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.

Broadway is going on “Orange Alert.”
On first (or second, or third) thought, Michael Moore and Broadway aren’t exactly a match made in heaven, but the political provocateur has something to say and he’s going to be saying it eight times a week. “The Terms of My Surrender,” which will begin previews at the Belasco Theatre July 28, will see Moore in a self-penned, one-man Broadway debut, telling stories he hopes, in his words, will see the audience “leave with a sense that they’ve been moved in a profound way.” (Tickets start at $29)

Let your sonnets soar.
The New York City Poetry Festival returns to Governor’s Island for two days on July 29 and 30, filling the 172-acre piece of land with enough sonnets and limericks to satiate any poetry-loving heart. Hop on the ferry in the Financial District and float just across the river, where there’ll be dozens of readings of all sorts by both up-and-coming poets, as well as some of New York’s finest, held throughout both days. There will also be open mic opportunities if you’d like to share yourself. (Free)

Step into the Panorama.
Over on a different island, Randall’s, namely, Panorama Festival is back July 28–30, featuring headliners Solange, Frank Ocean, Nine Inch Nails, A Tribe Called Quest, DJ Shadow, MGMT, Tyler the Creator, and tons more artists across every genre. There will also be food and booze of all sorts available for purchase, in addition to an interactive “experience” called The Lab created by New York artists. (Day passes start at $99)

Get Rosie.
Encores! presents the third and final show in its Off-Center summer series, “Really Rosie,” Aug. 2–5 at City Center. The musical, which tells the story of a little girl in Brooklyn grappling with growing up and what that means for her larger-than-life dreams, features a score by Carole King (yes, that one), and will be directed by Leigh Silverman (“Sweet Charity”). (Tickets start at $25)

Scout the next Pasek and Paul.
It wasn’t too long ago that “Dear Evan Hansen” scribes Benj Pasek and Justin Paul were an emerging composing team with a distinct sound and fresh ideas. Beginning July 30, Feinstein’s/54 Below presents “New Writers at 54!,” a series of concerts showcasing the next generation of great musical theater creators. Ongoing throughout the entire month of August, audiences can expect to hear tunes spanning all genres of musical theater, performed by correspondingly burgeoning stars. Curated by Jennifer Ashley Tepper, think of it as a sneak peek at the 2027 Tony Awards telecast. (Tickets $25–$35)

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