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The Music Lovers’ Guide to Summer in New York City

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|by Mark Robinson |

From outdoor concerts to unique Broadway shows and beyond

From outdoor concerts to unique Broadway shows and beyond

The stars of the Tony-winning musical, ‘Ain’t Too Proud’: Derrick Baskin, Jeremy Pope, Jawan M. Jackson, Ephraim Sykes and James Harkness (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

The stars of the Tony-winning musical, ‘Ain’t Too Proud’: Derrick Baskin, Jeremy Pope, Jawan M. Jackson, Ephraim Sykes and James Harkness (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Classical Music: Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival 
Lincoln Center can always be counted upon to provide a wide range of musical presentations featuring some of the world’s greatest musicians. This summer, Lincoln Center continues its “Mostly Mozart” Festival, guaranteed to entice the classical music fan. Throughout July and August, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra will be performing at the David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, as well as other venues around the city.

Rhythm and Blues: Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations 
Fans of Rhythm and Blues need to look no further than the Tony-winning Broadway musical Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations to immerse themselves in the sounds of ‘60s and ‘70s Motown. The musical tells the story of the popular music group The Temptations, utilizing their extensive catalogue of hits to outfit the musical’s score. Of special interest will be the musical’s dynamic choreography staged by Sergio Trujillo who brought home a Tony Award for his efforts. Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations is playing at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre.

Iconic Pop: Barry Manilow - Manilow on Broadway
Where pop music is concerned, who could be more iconic than the great Barry Manilow, known for such chart-busting hits as “Mandy,” “Copacabana,” “It Looks Like We Made It,” “I Write the Songs” and “I Can’t Smile Without You”? Manilow will be taking to the NYC stage again with Manilow on Broadway, an intimate experience with the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter. Playing at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, the limited engagement runs from July 26 to August 18.

Swing: Midsummer Night Swing
Classical isn’t the only music Lincoln Center is offering this summer. Midsummer Night Swing is a glorious series of concerts dedicated to the big band era and that pulse-elevating musical style of swing. Throughout June and July, a plethora of concerts and panel discussions will set your toes-a-tappin’, with some events even offering instruction in swing dancing. There are even opportunities that are catered to kids, so bring the whole family.

Hip Hop: MajorStage Presents: Live Hip Hop @ The Delancey
Mark your calendars for Friday, July 5, 2019 as MajorStage Presents: Live Hip Hop @ The Delancey. Spend an evening dancing and enjoying a live-hip hop celebration at 168 Delancey Street, exploring the musical phenomenon that pairs perfectly with the summer heat. MajorStage Presents offers additional experiences in hop-hop (and other music genres) at a variety of venues throughout the city.

Jazz: 92Y Jazz in July Festival 
What guide for music lovers would be complete without jazz? Fortunately, NYC is one of the great cities of the world for experiencing jazz in all of its glory. The 92Y Jazz in July Festival is providing ten days of the genre, with highlights including a salute to the American songbook, a celebration of legend Clifford Brown, the music of Burton Lane and several musicians collaborating with the great Bill Charlap. The 92nd Street Y can be found at 1395 Lexington Avenue.

Broadway Showtunes: Broadway in Bryant Park
And New York City happens to be the hub of musical theater, with Broadway and Off-Broadway just brimming with experiences in both the classic and contemporary showtune. For those who love a musical, the Broadway in Bryant Park concert series will be right up their ally. The casts of some of Broadway and Off-Broadway’s current musicals performing highlights from their respective shows live in Bryant Park. The 2019 concert schedule will be announced soon, so stay tuned to ShowTickets for the roster of participating shows.

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at

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