The WEEK AHEAD: May 7-14

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: May 7-14
Kids of all ages will enjoy this WEEK AHEAD.

A kid-tested, mother-approved version of Fela!...Christopher Sieber sings gay adoption in The KidAmerican Idiot rocks out for kids in Africa…and the coolest kids on Broadway throw a carnival party, Rock of Ages style.

I'm a big kid now!

Friday, May 7
GO?The Public kicks off its "New Work Now!" series featuring free readings by emerging theatre artists. Selections include Welcome Home, Dean Charbonneau by OBIE winner Adam Rapp, and Thomas Bradshaw's Mary, a dark drama set in the '80s, in which a young man brings his boyfriend to his conservative parents' home in Virginia. (Through May 23, Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., click here)

Saturday, May 8
Fela! star Sahr NgaujahGO? Call it Fela!-light. Educational rock band The Deedle Deedle Dees joins the cast of Fela! for a kid-friendly, interactive celebration of the music of Fela Kuti and other historical leaders like Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Susan B. Anthony. Brooklyn pre-schoolers will join the Dees to perform a special original Fela-style song. (11am, The Knitting Factory Brooklyn, 361 Metropolitan Ave., at Havemeyer St., $10-$20, info/tickets)

Sunday, May 9

GO? Do you enjoy a good view of the soaring New York City skyline...and of half-naked, beautiful men? Me too! Head over to Hudson Terrace for Broadway Bares: Rooftop Strip, a mini version of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ big summer bash of hedonism and body paint, Broadway Bares. Featuring cuties from Memphis, Step Up and West Side Story's Intl. tour. (8pm and 10pm, Hudson Terrace, 621 W. 46th St. btwn. 10th and 11th Aves., $5, info)

Monday, May 10
Christopher SeiberOPENING? Tony nominee Christopher Sieber (Spamalot, Shrek) stars in The Kid, a new musical based on sex columnist Dan Savage’s book about gay adoption called “The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant.” Susan Balckwell, Jill Eikenberry and Ann Harada also star. (Acorn Theatre, 410 W 42nd St., btwn 9th and 10th Aves., info)

John Gallagher, Jr.GO? Tony winner John Gallagher Jr., Declan Bennet, Chase Peacock, and other cast members from American Idiot rock out with their bands for an evening of music benefiting the Mary McGarry Children’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering education for underprivileged children in Central Africa. (8pm, $25-$30, Times Square Arts Center, NW corner of 42nd St. and 8th Ave., info/tickets)

GO? Tony, Oscar, Grammy and Emmy-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch will be honored at From Belarus to Broadway-Celebrating MUSIC! The evening will feature a discussion with Hamlisch and performances by jazz/cabaret singer Jacqui Dankworth and Golem (a self-described “gypsy-klezmer-rock band” that performs in Yiddish, English and Slavic). Proceeds benefit Music For All Seasons (MFAS). (6pm, The Russian Tea Room, 150 W. 57th St., btwn 6th and 7th Aves., $325-$500 includes cocktails/dinner/silent auction and performances, call 1.866.524.MFAS or click here)

GO? Broadway Musicals of 1990-2010 concludes the 10th Anniversary Season of Town Hall’s Broadway by the Year series. Expect songs from Falsettos (1992), Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993), Ragtime (1998), Wicked (2003), Jersey Boys (2005) and more. (8pm, Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St. btwn 6th and 7th Aves., $45-$55, info/tickets)

Tuesday, May 11
GO? Tony-winning songbird and “30 Rock” star Jane Krakowski takes on the standards from Cole Porter to Johnny Mercer in Jane Krakowski Appearing in Jane Krakowski Has Sold Out…Tickets Available. (Through May 15, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, 540 Park Ave., at 61st Street, $40-$75 cover depending on location and evening, call 212.339.4095 for more information)

Wednesday, May 12
Constantine Maroulis (center) and the companyGO? The cast of Rock of Ages celebrates its first year on Broadway with a big top, carnival-themed party equipped with live circus performers, carnival-style food and drink and boardwalk games. The entire cast will be there rocking it out! (6-9pm, Bowlmor Lanes, 110 University Place, btwn 12th St. and 13th St., $25, info)

Thursday, May 13
Actor-director David Cromer in the Off-Broadway transfer of Our Town.OPENING (CHI.)? David Cromer returns to Chicago’s Writers’ Theatre to direct the Tennessee Williams classic A Streetcar Named Desire. Featuring Natasha Lowe as Blanche and Matt Hawkins as Stanley. (Through July 11, Writers’ Theatre, 325 Tudor Court in Glencoe, IL., info/tickets)

Friday, May 14
Adam Riegler, Jackie Hoffman, Bebe Neuwirth, Nathan Lane, Kevin Chamberlin, Krysta Rodriguez and Zachary JamesGO? The cast of The Addams Family will join book writers Rick Elice, Marshall Brickman and composer-lyricist Andrew Lippa to discuss the transformation of Charles Addams’ classic New Yorker cartoons to the mega-musical currently running on Broadway. Tony nominee Kevin Chamberlin and other cast members to perform. (5pm, Borders Columbus Circle, 10 Columbus Circle, in the Time Warner Center, info)

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