The WEEK AHEAD: May 28-June 2

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: May 28-June 2
 
This special Memorial Day Weekend edition of the WEEK AHEAD features music from Broadway and beyond!


Gleeks invade Manhattan…Broadway’s favorites live from the Capitol… Michael McKean gives up Donuts…and Neil LaBute talks filthy to us.

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Friday, May 28

GO? Glee Live stops in New York City this week. Gleeks from every corner of Manhattan will be there to catch the loveable kids from McKinley High including Rachel (aka Lea Michele), Finn (aka Cory Monteith), Kurt (aka Chris Colfer) and Artie (aka Kevin McHale). Expect your favorite Glee-afied hits like Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin,” “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Funny Girl and Queen’s “Somebody to Love.” (Through May 29, Radio City Music Hall, $39.50-$$89.50, info/tickets)
 Joel GreyGO? Tony/Oscar/Golden Globe-winning performer Joel Grey can add photographer to his esteemed resume with his newest exhibit, "Joel Grey: 1.3: New Color Images," a collection of photographs taken on his Nokia 6133 cell phone. His first collection of cell phone art was turned into the book "1.3: Images from My Phone." (Through July 10, Steven Kasher Gallery, 521 W. 23rd St., btwn 10th & 11th Aves., info)

Eisa Davis

GO? Passing Strange’s Eisa Davis brings her eclectic mix of pop/rock/soul music back to Joe’s Pub. (9:30pm, 425 Lafayette Street, $15, info/tickets)

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Saturday, May 29
GO (FREE)? The Lower East Side Festival of the Arts celebrates 15 years of providing a whirlwind of free activities to the LES courtesy of the Theater for the New City. Events include theatre, poetry, cabaret, youth performances, comedy, music and more. (Friday 6pm through Sunday night, click here for a full schedule of events)
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GO? Kick off this sunny Memorial Day weekend at Water Taxi Beach South Street Seaport with Melting Pot Global, a daylong mixture of music and dancing. DJs playing funk, disco, soul and house music will be spinning all day long with live performances starting in the evening. (Beach opens at 4pm, events start at 6pm, $5 before 8pm, $10 after 8pm, info)

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Sunday, May 30
Kelli O'HaraWATCH? PBS’ 2010 Memorial Day Concert, broadcast live outside of the Capitol, will feature an all-star list of talent paying homage to the veterans and their families. Performers include Tony-nominated actress Kelli O’Hara, Dennis Haysbert (who will be joining the cast of Race on June 21) and Grammy winners Lionel Richie and Brad Paisley. Tony winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy winner Gary Sinise will host. (8pm EST on PBS, check your local listings, info)
Monday, May 31
GO (FREE)? This weekend is the unofficial start of summer. And summer in New York means lots of free outdoor concerts! The New York Philharmonic hosts its annual free Memorial Day concert at Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine with a live stream at the adjacent Pulpit Green. (8pm, St. John the Divine , 1047 Amsterdam Ave., at 112th St., tickets are first come, first serve, info)

Debbie Gravitte

GO? Tony winner Debbie Gravitte (Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Les Miz) plays a special cabaret performance at Feinstein’s to benefit the Actors Fund. (Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, 540 Park Ave., at 61st St., $50.08-$71.86, info/tickets)

Tuesday, June 1

GO? The IRT Theatre’s Deaf Emerging Artists Festival (D.E.A.F.) kicks off its annual weeklong series of collaborative performances by Deaf and hearing artists. Shows include: UNcontentED LOVE a show featuring snapshots of famous Shakespearean love scenes recreated using movement, sign language and VGC (Visual Gestural Communication); and a special presentation from the New York Deaf Theatre. (Through June 6, IRT Theatre, 154 Christopher St., #3B, $9.99/show and workshops, click here for a full schedule of events/tickets)
Wednesday, June 2
Michael McKeanGO? Michael McKean, last seen on Broadway in Superior Donuts, will take over the role of Stage Manager in the critically acclaimed, Off-Broadway revival of Our Town, directed by David Cromer. This Barrow Street Theatre production recently claimed the title of longest-running version of the famous Thornton Wilder play in its 72-year history. (Barrow Street Theatre, 27 Barrow Street, at 7th Ave., South of Christopher St., $45-$95, info/tickets)

Thursday, June 3
Bobby CannavaleGO? MCC Theater presents a series of never-before-seen Neil LaBute shorts called Filthy Talk for Troubled Times: Scenes of Intolerance. Bobby Cannavale (Mauritius), Julia Stiles (Oleanna), Josh Hamilton (A Lie of the Mind), Justin Long (“He’s Just Not That Into You”), Alice Eve (Rock ‘n’ Roll), T.R. Knight (“Grey’s Anatomy) and Johnny Galecki (“Roseanne”) star. (Through June 5, Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street, $39-$99, info/tickets)

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