Theater for the New City (155 First Ave., Manhattan)
Saturday: 8pm, $15
Sunday: 3pm, pay-what-you-wish
BIKE SHOP tells the story of a Brooklyn bicycle store circa 1993 and its owner, Bobby, an exuberant bike mechanic who runs a shop that was first opened by her grandmother in 1936. Two years after a tragic bike accident, Bobby tries to get back on her bike and get her own life in gear.
As the sole performer in this musical, Elizabeth Barkan brings to life three generations of this bike-obsessed family, as she builds and fixes real bicycles onstage while backed up by a 4-piece “Bicycle Band”.
Anyone who has a passion for bicycles will love Bike Shop. Cyclists are encouraged to ride their bikes to the theater and park their bicycle on the stage so they can be part of the show.
Barkan is a former bike shop owner in Fort Greene Brooklyn and a former bicycle messenger. She currently teaches Spinning classes at Crunch Fitness. Like the main character of the show she is a former United States Cycling Foundation Bicycle racer.