THE WEEK AHEAD Aug. 2-8: Hair Is in Hollywood, and an "American Idol" Returns to Broadway

Inside Track   THE WEEK AHEAD Aug. 2-8: Hair Is in Hollywood, and an "American Idol" Returns to Broadway's weekly planner reminds you that Hair goes Hollywood with Kristen Bell, Amber Riley and Benjamin Walker… Cate Blanchett returns to a New York stage… an "American Idol" alum returns to the '80s… and Fringe takes over NYC. The dog days of summer are here this WEEK AHEAD! Get out and enjoy yourselves with these not-to-miss happenings around town!
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Saturday, August 2
GO→ The Hollywood Bowl continues its tradition of bringing great musicals (with some Hollywood flair) to the stage. This year, the Bowl presents Gerome Ragni, James Rado and Galt MacDermot's famous rock musical Hair, starring Kristen Bell, "Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland, "Glee" actress Amber Riley, Hunter Parrish and Benjamin Walker. Click here for pictures of the team in rehearsal. (Through Aug. 3, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA, info/tickets.)

Sunday, August 3
GO→ They don't make jazz legends like Allen Toussaint anymore. Catch the iconic New Orleans composer, arranger, producer, pianist and singer on the intimate stage at Joe’s Pub. (Through Aug. 10, Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St., info/tickets.)

Monday, August 4
LAST CHANCE→ Heathers, a new musical comedy based on the wickedly dark 1988 film comedy about a clique of deadly and domineering high school girls, has "gotta motor" out of its debut home, New World Stages. (New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St., btwn. 8 & 9th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

CASTING→ Original Rock of Ages Tony-nominated front man Constantine Maroulis returns to the jukebox musical about a small town boy, livin' in a lonely world. Featuring hits from the 80s from hair bands like Styx, Bon Jovi, Journey, Poison and many more. (Helen Hayes Theatre, 240 W. 44th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.) Tuesday, August 5
GO→ Quirk, cute and talent collide with Nellie McKay's A Girl Named Bill, a collection of songs about Bill Tipton, a jazz musician, who, upon his death at the age of 74, was discovered to be a woman. (Through Aug. 9, 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., info/tickets.)

Wednesday, August 6
GO→ Oscar winner Cate Blanchett returns to New York for the Lincoln Center Festival’s production of The Maids. First developed at the Sydney Theatre Company, this multi-media adaptation of Jean Genet’s macabre thriller about servants who plot to kill their spoiled mistress, earned rave reviews in Australia and an already-extended run here in New York. (Through Aug. 16, New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St., btwn. 6th and 7th Aves., info/tickets.)

Thursday, August 7
GO (FREE)→ It's the second-to-last chance to spend your lunchtime jamming out to showtunes courtesy of Broadway in Bryant Park. This week's lineup includes performances by Jersey Boys, Cabaret and 50 Shades! The Musical. Click here to relive some great moments from Broadway in Bryant Park concerts past. (12:30 PM, Bryant Park, 6th Ave., btwn. 40th & 42nd Sts., info.)

Friday, August 8
GO→ The 18th annual New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) kicks off in Manhattan offering over 200 theatrical companies performing over 16 days in 20 venues around the city. There's a "track" for everyone in this affordable (sometimes free!) theatrical showcase — including programs for music lovers, families, comedy fans, cabaret connoisseurs and more. (Through Aug. 24, various NYC venues, info/schedule/tickets.)

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