Entertainment

New York City offers a veritable revolving door of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows to enjoy. Of course, each season welcomes new larger-than-life musicals, thought-provoking plays and outrageous comedies. However, there are several shows that have been a mainstay of the New York City Theater scene for years that are definitely worth a closer look, including Blue Man Group.

Head north to Yonkers for games at Empire City Casino and live horse racing at Yonkers Raceway.

Seeing the long-running percussion show STOMP is definitely one thing every resident and visitor to New York City should do. And now, after seeing the Off-Broadway performance a few weeks ago in its East Village home at the Orpheum Theater, I can finally check it off of my list.

Ever wanted to be surrounded by thousands of sparkling, soapy bubbles? Look no further than the Gazillion Bubble Show. A few weeks ago, I headed to a performance of this Off-Broadway spectacular where a bubble artist creates amazing special effects out of bubbles, lasers and a fog machine.

America’s Got Talent finalist iLuminate comes to Off-Broadway with iLuminate: Artist of Light, a dance show that also features the group’s signature light-up suits. While I was initially hesitant about watching an hour-long performance that doesn’t include dialogue, iLuminate proved you don’t need words to entertain and even told a story of good versus evil all through dance.

If you want to see artists from the city’s top record labels battle it out for the ultimate street cred this summer, check out W Hotels of New York’s Sunday summer music series ‘W Gangs of NY.’ Inspired by the cult classic New York film The Warriors, the summer music series invites the city’s finest and most credible record labels to compete against each other through a mixture of live music and DJ sets to determine who is the ultimate (musical) gang of New York.

Luis Bravo’s Forever Tango returned to Broadway this month with a star-studded production. The show includes group dances and duets, as well as performances by the accordion-and-string orchestra and five-time Grammy Award winning singer Gilberto Santa Rosa.

I recently saw Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike—the dark comedy that nabbed the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play of the Year. The story follows Vanya (David Hyde Pierce) and his two sisters: the self-doubting Sonia (Kristine Nielsen) and the movie star Masha (Sigourney Weaver) over the span of a few days spent at their childhood home in Pennsylvania.

One of the best things about summer in New York is the wide range of free outdoor activities. Prospect Park Bandshell is host to Celebrate Brooklyn!, a concert series that includes plenty of free shows by well-known musical acts. This year a variety of musicians from different genres—like bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles, ballet company Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal and hip-hop artist Shaggy —are all scheduled to perform.

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