This summer, why not plan a trip to the theater and enjoy some live entertainment? Whether you’re looking for comedy, drama or romance, New York City has many great opportunities for summer entertainment – both indoor and outdoor. From Broadway to Central Park, there’s a show for you and your family.

(credit: Bring It On The Musical/Joan Marcus)

“Bring It On! – The Musical”
St. James Theater
246 W 44th Str
New York, NY 10036
(212) 944-0708

Dates: Jul 12 through October 7

You’ve seen the movie (don’t worry, we won’t tell), and now here’s the musical. To be even more upbeat and cheer-ific than the movie, this Broadway show opens for the first time on July 12 with previews running all week. “Bring It On” follows the story of two cheerleading squads competing for the high school championship. A comedy and musical that is sure to leave audiences roaring with laughter, “Bring It On” will be the perfect theater event to bring the whole family to this summer.


Shakespeare in the Park – “Into The Woods”
Delacorte Theater
Central Park at 81st St
New York, NY 10024

Dates: July 23 through August 25

Celebrating its 50th year, Shakespeare in the Park is hosting two shows this summer at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater. Although you’ve missed the first one performed in June, “As You Like It,” you still have time to grab tickets for “Into the Woods,” showing through most of August. In this show, a baker and his wife must embark on a quest to find four items to relieve them of a witch’s curse. Stephen Sondheim’s music will leave you captivated this summer. The best part about these annual performances is the price tag: free to all attendees. The only catch is, you must have a ticket, which you can get either in person or online. Plan ahead, because tickets go fast.

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Cirque du Soleil – “Zarkana”
Radio City Music Hall
1260 6th Ave
New York, NY 10020
(800) 745-3000

Dates: June 6 through September 2

Back for its final year in New York City, “Zarkana” will take over Madison Square Garden this summer. “Zarkana” is a show sure to enthrall the entire family with stunning acrobatic feats. Leaps from heights that would take your breath away, twists and turns on the trapeze, balancing acts and more are the brilliant trademarks of this show. Combine that with slapdash clowns, beautiful costumes and entrancing set designs, and you have a hit. This is one fantastical production that you don’t want to miss.


New York International Fringe Festival
Various locations

Dates: August 10 through August 26

FringeNYC “is the largest multi-arts festival in North America, with more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 venues.” This annual theater event provides many with an opportunity to try out theatrical productions of all genres. Dramas, improv comedy, musicals, performance art and even magic shows are in the lineup this year. Over 5,000 artists perform for over 75,000 audience members every year, and Fringe, now in its 16th year, is quickly gaining popularity. See the website for more information on specific performances.


Gazillion Bubble Show
New World Stages
340 W 50th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 239-6200

Dates: Now through December 30

If musical theater isn’t really your thing, take the kids to the Gazillion Bubble Show, a theater event that involves a little bit of science and lots of entertainment. Performed by a family of bubble scientists, the show involves laser lights, bubble transformations and what looks like a little bit of magic. See fantastic feats like a person inside a bubble, smoking bubbles, a rainbow of bubbles and more. Choose a weekend that works for you and enjoy one of the most unique theatrical events you will ever get the chance to see.

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Jennifer Eberhart is currently an art history/museum studies graduate student at The City College in New York. She is an avid art enthusiast, and visits as many museums and galleries as she can in her free time. Her work can be found at