Summer arts lineup: local events to watch out for

Princeton Summer Theater

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The Princeton Summer Theater will be offering several plays throughout the summer, including Assassins and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

The theater commonly showcases the talent of students and young professionals. This season, the theater will explore explore the hidden aspects of an individual’s life and present what might not have been revealed about that individual intuitively.

Assassins, playing on June 16–18 and 23–25 at 8:00 p.m. and June 18–19 and 25–26 at 2:00 p.m., is a dark-humored, multiple Tony Award-winning musical that follows the lives of individuals like John Wilkes Booth, who attempted to assassinate an American president. The musical adds another dimension to the lives of Americans known for their violent actions in history.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, playing on July 14–16, 21–23, and 28–30 at 8:00 p.m. and July 16–17, 23–24, and 30–31 at 2:00 p.m., is a play that goes behind the scenes of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two once minor characters in Hamlet, go on misadventures and argue about free will versus predestination, ultimately discovering their inevitable fate. The play reveals truths of characters normally overlooked in classical literature.

For adults, an evening show ticket is $29.50 and a matinee ticket is $24.50. For students, all performances are $24.50 and will  be held in the Murray-Dodge Hall at Princeton University.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, playing on July 14–16, 21–23, and 28–30 at 8:00 p.m. and July 16–17, 23–24, and 30–31 at 2:00 p.m., is a play that goes behind the scenes of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two once minor characters in Hamlet, go on misadventures and argue about free will versus predestination, ultimately discovering their inevitable fate. The play reveals truths of characters normally overlooked in classical literature.

For adults, an evening show ticket is $29.50 and a matinee is $24.50. For students, all performances are $24.50 and will be held in the Murray-Dodge Hall at Princeton University.

 

The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra has a fresh approach toward what is considered to be “classical music.” It aims to maintain a strong connection with popular culture on an international level.

The Philadelphia Orchestra will be performing the entire score of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on June 23 at 7:30 p.m. at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to not only listen to the entire orchestral score live but also watch the Harry Potter film in high definition on a giant screen at the same time.

This world-renowned orchestra will be playing songs like “Hedwig’s Theme” and “Harry’s Wondrous World.” Ticket prices range from $25 to $55.

The orchestra will also be hosting a Free Neighborhood Concert on July 1 at 8:00 p.m. in the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. This performance will honor the United States’ 240th birthday by playing a compilation of patriotic songs, followed by a fireworks display.

 

New York City

Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series is targeting those who enjoy trendy pop and country music. Every Friday until September 2, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m, chart-topping musicians will be performing for free in Central Park.

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graphic: Nina Zhong

Artists like Keith Urban, Sia, X Ambassadors, and Jason Derulo will be on stage for fans to enjoy music from the musicians’ most recent albums, including Sia’s This is Acting and Derulo’s Everything is 4.

Similarly, The Today Show’s free concert series will include popular song artists like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Celine Dion, and DNCE. It is suggested that concertgoers arrive to the TODAY plaza by 5:00 a.m.

Broadway in Bryant Park is a series of performances put on by the cast of the most popular shows on and off Broadway. This summer, musicals like Hamilton, known for their captivating and innovative songs, will be featured. This performance series gives those who cannot afford to spend time or money to see an entire Broadway show the opportunity to get a taste of the actual production.

From July 7 to August 11, every Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., a different Broadway show will be put on in front of a live audience. Admission is free for everyone.

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