TADA!, the nonprofit theatre that's gained an international reputation for its productions of original musicals written and performed by children, is currently presenting The Beloved Dearly, a dark comedy about a 12-year-old's booming pet funeral business -- and the employee who causes trouble by asking for a raise. The show runs through Mar. 29.
The Beloved Dearly, which won first place in a contest sponsored last year by the theatre, has a book and lyrics by Doug Cooney and music by Frank Schiro. The director is Michael Perreca.
All performances are followed by an open discussion with the audience, the writers, the director and the actors.
Remaining performances are Fri. at 7 PM and Sat. and Sun at 2 and 4:30 PM at TADA!, 120 West 28th St. For tickets, $12 ($6 for kids 16 and under), call (212) 627-1732.
-- By Rebecca Paller