Dee Dee Bridgewater in “The Wiz”.
Forty years after it won seven Tony Awards, “The Wiz” is having a moment — a couple of them, in fact.
You’ll have to wait until Dec. 3 for NBC’s “The Wiz Live!” For a more immediate fix, though, SummerStage presents a free celebration of the show next week. Hit songs like “Home,” “No Bad News” and “Ease on Down the Road” will fill the night air in the show guided by Tony-winning choreographer George Faison.
Some original cast members will be on hand. Phylicia Rashad, who played a Munchkin, cohosts. Andre De Shields (the Wiz) reprises his role. Dee Dee Bridgewater, who won a Tony as Glinda, will take part Wednesday. She understands the evergreen appeal of “The Wiz.”
“It’s a story about a girl coming of age and coming into her own,” Bridgewater says. “It’s about the beauty of bonding together. That never gets old.”
“The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance and Music” Wednesday. at 8 p.m. at Rumsey Playfield and Thur. and Fri. in Marcus Garvey Park at 7 p.m. More info at cityparksfoundation.org. — Joe Dziemianowicz
KCON in Los Angeles.
“Gangnam Style” is still the most viewed YouTube video of all time. But there’s a lot more to Korean pop than Psy and his horse dance.
This weekend Big Apple audiences will get a taste of KCON , a giant K-Pop concert and convention coming east for the first time after four years in Los Angeles.
“Once you tap into the K-Pop community, the fan base is so passionate,” says KCON project manager Angela Killoren. “We hope this is the fuse that lights the fire.”
KCON is Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Tickets range from $ 50 to $ 220. See kconusa.com for details. — Justin Rocket Silverman
Burt’s Bees Baby’s hand-painted watercolor collection for Whole Foods was inspired by natural herbs.
Baby, it’s for you.
You can’t start too young when it comes to wrapping yourself in cozy, natural comfort. So Burt’s Bees Baby has designed an exclusive hand-painted watercolor collection for Whole Foods Market that launches Saturday.
The assortment, adorned with lavender and rosemary motifs, comes in sizes 0 to 12 months. Clothes are 100% organic cotton. Key items include a reversible velour dress, thermal coverall and embroidered-applique bodysuit sets.
The in-store collection is priced at $ 22.95 to $ 29.95 . Go to wholefoodsmarket.com for locations and burtsbeesbaby.com for more info. — J.D.
DUMBO Family Fest in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
A spree grows in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy takes note of recent developments in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Saturday at DUMBO Family Fest .
“This is the perfect time to celebrate the latest additions,” says Regina Myer, president of Brooklyn Bridge Park, a co-sponsor with One John Street residence development.
The party “is the first of many wonderful programs the Conservancy will bring to these spaces in the coming months,” she adds. “We look forward to their completion later this summer.”
On deck at the free event: kid-friendly games and activities, a puppet production, music and giveaways.
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enter at John St. and Jay St. — J.D.
(From left) John Behlmann as the Chief, Richard Thieriot as Quint and Daniel Loeser as Richard Dreyfuss in “This is Not J.A.W.S.” playing Mondays at Dixon Place.
THE DEEP END
Just when you thought it was safe to mark the 40th anniversary of “Jaws.”
Aerialists and actors John Behlmann and Daniel Loeser have collaborated on a hilarious parody of Steven Spielberg’s menacing melodrama titled, “This is Not J.A.W.S.”
In this sometimes-verbatim retelling, the great white shark is not the only one chewing up the scenery. Actors portraying the familiar “Jaws” characters chomp at their parts.
“Anything so iconic like ‘Jaws’ is so ripe for parody,” says Behlmann, who plays the Amity Island police chief. “The performances — and the emotion of terror — in the movie are so big that it lends itself so readily for a theatrical event.”
Behlmann said he’s not worried about any copyright trouble.
“It’s so clearly a sendup,” he says. “I mean, we name the Richard Dreyfuss character ‘Richard Dreyfuss.’”
“This is Not J.A.W.S.” at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St. (212) 219-0736, runs Mondays in August, 7:30 p.m. $ 18. For info, visit www.fightorflighttheater.com. — Gersh Kuntzman
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