Hot Tickets: New Kids On the Block, Smoking Popes, Echo and the Bunnymen, Saved


In case you were wondering what this year’s official summer jam might be, wonder no more: A few days ago, People unveiled a taste of New Kids On the Block’s comeback single, "Summertime," and as the title suggests, it is indeed all about the summertime, or, perhaps more accurately, meeting hot chicks in the summertime. Some of our favorite lines include, "I played it cool / The weather was hot / You had the beauty and the beach on lock" and "You wasn’t lookin’ for a man / When you saw me in the sand / But you fell for a boy from the city," and (here’s the best one) "I was like, ‘Hey girl, can i getch’ yo’ number?’" NKOTB plays the Meadowlands’ Izod Arena on Sept. 23. (Pre-sale is on now, public sale starts Monday.) [On Sale: Monday, May 12]

The Smoking Popes never hit it much bigger than having one great song ("Need You Around") on the soundtrack to Clueless. But as far as ’90s power pop bands go, it doesn’t get much better. They play The Blender Theater at Gramercy on July 5. [On Sale: Friday, May 9 at noon]

Sure, in the past few years you’ve already seen Morrissey, the Cure, New Order, the Pixies and a slew of other ’80s revival acts, perhaps more than you’d care to admit. But there is one more to check off your list: Echo and the Bunnymen, and lucky for you they’re playing Radio City Music Hall on Oct. 1. [Pre Sale: Friday, May 9 and 9 a.m.; On Sale: Saturday, May 10 at 10 a.m.]


Saved, a new musical based on the hilarious movie of the same name about a savory Christian and her potentially gay boyfriend, just started previews at Playwrights Horizons: "Good girl Mary and her domineering best friend Hilary Faye are starting their senior year at the top of the social food chain at American Eagle Christian High School — that is, until Mary’s boyfriend tells her he thinks he’s gay. When Jesus appears in a vision, and Mary heeds his message “to do everything she can to help him,” her good deeds are met with dire consequences, and Mary is forced to question everything she’s ever believed. Through it all, she finds faith in unexpected places and learns what it truly means to be saved." [On Sale Now]

Hot Tickets: New Kids On the Block, Smoking Popes, Echo and the Bunnymen, Saved