“Million Dollar Quartet”
Opens 6:30 p.m. July 6 at New Theatre Restaurant
With inflation, maybe this should be called the “Billion Dollar Quartet.” Inspired by a 1956 recording session involving Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins at Sun Records in Memphis, the musical takes the audience inside the recording studio for a night of rock ’n’ roll. The hits include “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Hound Dog” and many more. Runs through Sept. 24. 913-649-7469. newtheatre.com. $36-$61.
Opens 7:30 p.m. July 8 at White Recital Hall
It’s safe to say that the four-weekend Summerfest is the premier classical music event of the summer in Kansas City. The celebration of chamber music, which presents concerts each Saturday evening at White Recital Hall and each Sunday afternoon at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, will kick off with “Czech Us Out!” featuring works from Czech composers. The festival’s third week will include performances at the Fringe Festival. Also, 3 p.m. July 9 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church; runs through July 30. 816-895-2920. summerfestkc.org. $10-$22.
“An American in Paris”
Opens 8 p.m. July 11 at Starlight Theatre
George and Ira Gershwin wrote the music and lyrics for the Oscar-winning 1951 movie starring Gene Kelly, but the story of a young American soldier and a beautiful French girl wasn’t adapted for Broadway until 2015. It won a bundle of Tony Awards and now is touring North America. The score includes “I Got Rhythm,” “ ’S Wonderful” and “They Can’t Take That Away.” Runs through July 16. 816-363-7827. kcstarlight.com. $14-$142.
Royals vs. Detroit
7:15 p.m. July 17-20 at Kauffman Stadium
The Royals have overtaken the Tigers in the American League Central standings, but with mediocrity running amok in the division, all five teams are still in the race. This four-game series, falling in the middle of a 10-game homestand, could be a chance for the Royals to separate themselves from at least one of the other contenders. 800-676-9257. kansascity.royals.mlb.com. $10-$139.
8 p.m. July 20 at Starlight Theatre
If you like your comedy filled with four-letter words and sex references, Jim Gaffigan is definitely not your man. His humor focuses largely on his five-child family and fat references (to himself). He has written two books, “Dad Is Fat” and “Food: A Love Story,” to complement his work in movies, albums and TV. “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” his sitcom about a couple raising five kids in a two-bedroom New York apartment, aired on TV Land in 2015-16. 816-363-7827. kcstarlight.com. $35-$85.
KC Fringe Festival
July 20-30 at multiple venues
Offbeat artists and performances will abound at the 13th annual event for experimental theater and much more. Film, comedy, burlesque, music, storytelling, visual arts and puppetry are among the other art forms that will be represented at the festival, which attracts individuals and groups from across the nation and around the world. Last year’s festival featured more than 400 performances at more than 20 venues. 816-359-9195. kcfringe.org. Prices vary.
Steve Martin and Martin Short
7:30 p.m. July 21 at Starlight Theatre
The two veteran comics must be hoping the show lives up to its title: “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Lives.” After all, they performed it less than 10 months ago at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. Memorable or not, the show will no doubt be funny as Steve Martin and Martin Short exchange barbs and memories. Martin will also play banjo, joining the bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers. 816-363-7827. kcstarlight.com. $45.95-$198.95.
Kansas City’s Big Picnic
4-8 p.m. July 23 at Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park and Theis Park
You can pack your own meal or buy dinner at one of the food trucks when you take part in what is likely the region’s largest picnic of the year. The huge space in front of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will be the site of many activities in addition to the casual dining, including musical performances, the StoneLion Puppet Theatre, lawn games and bubbles-based entertainment by Grateful Bubbles. kcparks.org. Free.
Digital Ally Open
7 a.m. July 27-30 at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate
The Web.com Tour, the top minor league of the PGA Tour, will bring professional golfers from around the world to Overland Park. This will be the fifth year for the Digital Ally Open, which will have a field of 156 players competing for a purse of $650,000. Wesley Bryan of Columbia, S.C., won last year’s tournament in a three-way playoff and earned a spot on the PGA Tour. Also, pro-ams July 24 and 26 and practice rounds July 25. digitalallyopen.org. Daily $10, week pass $25.
Sporting Kansas City vs. Chicago
7 p.m. July 29 at Children’s Mercy Park
This could be a playoff preview for Sporting, which entered July in first place in the MLS Western Conference and is undefeated at home. The Fire, which had won its previous four matches and was 8-0-2 in its previous 10, had a better record than Sporting but was in second place in the Eastern Conference. 913-387-3400. sportingkc.com. $39-$61.