The WEEK AHEAD: Feb. 5-11

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: Feb. 5-11
 
The “short month” gets off to a big start this WEEK AHEAD!


Geoffrey Rush goes mad… Douglas Hodge is a man…. Idina Menzel sings for her supper…. And Kids take over Broadway!

Saturday, February 5
Idina MenzelGO? Idina Menzel reunites with composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch for an evening with the New York Philharmonic. Expect the expected songs from Menzel (i.e. hits from Rent and Wicked) as well as original tunes from the Tony winner’s solo album “I Stand.” This will mark Menzel’s Philharmonic debut and will benefit the New York Philharmonic. (8 PM, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, at the corner of Columbus Ave. and 65th St., $35-$175, info/tickets or call 212-875-5656)

Sunday, February 6
GO? Kids’ Night on Broadway kicks off its 15th year of offering free Broadway tickets to kids with a Fan Festival at the new Bowlmor Lanes in Times Square. Kids receive a free ticket to some of Broadway’s hottest shows (including Wicked, Billy Elliot, The Phantom of the Opera and The Lion King) when accompanied by a full-paying adult. Parking and restaurant discounts also available by visiting www.kidsnightonbroadway.com. (Tickets available for select shows Feb. 6-11, opening day Fan Festival from 10 AM-1 PM, Bowlmor Lanes Times Square, 222 W. 44th St., btwn. 7th & 8th Aves., featuring bowling with Broadway cast members and other Broadway activities)

GO (FREE)? Cirque du Soleil celebrates the Year of the Rabbit with a special performance in New York City’s Chinatown. Performers from Cirque’s Vegas extravaganza will perform in the 12th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade at around 2:30 PM at Sarah Roosevelt Park located near Grand & Forsyth streets. Other New Year's festivities take place from 11:30 PM- 4 PM with the parade starting at 1 PM. (info on all events)

Monday, February 7
Douglas HodgeGO? Douglas Hodge proved to theatregoers on both sides of the pond that he’s got the chops to carry a big musical in the hit revival of La Cage aux Folles (to Tony and Olivier Award-winning effect). Now, Hodge takes off the mascara and tiaras and dons a more conservative apparel for a solo show appropriately called Douglas Hodge As a Man. Hodge will play selections from his two albums (“Nightbus” and “Cowley Road Songs”) as well as songs from a new musical he penned called Meantime. (7 PM, Birdland, 315 W. 44th St., btwn 8th & 9th Aves., $25-$35 with drink min., info/tickets or call (212) 581-3080)

Tuesday, February 8
A.R. Gurney, Jr.OPENING? Black Tie, the latest comedy from playwright A.R. Gurney, features a nervous father (played by Tony nominee Gregg Edelman) struggling with the anxiety of having to make the perfect speech at his son’s wedding (and of course, all the family dramedy that comes along with a wedding… and a Gurney play). (Through March 20, 59E59 Theatres, 59 E. 59th St., btwn. Park & Madison Aves., info/tickets or call (212) 279-4200)

Wednesday, February 9
Mandy Patinkin and Hannah Cabell in the January Yale Rep run of Compulsion.GO? Tony winner Mandy Patinkin stars as Sid Silver, a man obsessed with sharing the story of Anne Frank with the world in Compulsion. The tale (told through the use of haunting marionettes) was inspired by writer Meyer Levin, who, after discovering a then relatively unknown relic from WWII — Anne Frank’s diary — became infatuated with adapting the account for the stage only to have the idea taken away from him by other writers. Directed by Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis and written by Rinne Groff. (Through March 13, Public Theater, 425 Lafayette, info/tickets)

Thursday, February 10
Thomas KailOPENING? Broadway’s newest wonder kid, Tony nominee Thomas Kail (Lombardi, In the Heights) is at the helm of When I Come to Die, a new play by Nathan Louis Jackson (Broke-ology) about a death row inmate who questions the path of his life after surviving a lethal injection. (The Duke on 42nd St., 229 W. 42nd St., btwn. 7th and 8th Aves., info/tickets)

Friday, February 11

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GO? Direct from Australia, Tony and Academy Award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush stars in his own adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's farcical short story Diary of a Madman. Directed by Exit the King’s Neil Armfield. (Through March 12, BAM, Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY, info/tickets)

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Bernadette PetersGO? Before two-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters finds herself at the Kennedy Center in the highly anticipated revival of Follies, she’ll tour the country with her solo show An Evening with Bernadette Peters. Premiering the show in Palm Desert, CA, the songstress will continue trekking the country with performances in Nevada, New York, Nebraska, Arizona and Texas.  (Click here for a full schedule and tickets)

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