Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 10/2/2007

Below is BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 10/2/2007. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit BroadwayWorld.com's Event Calendar.

A Shayna Maidel - 10/3/2007

Rep Stage. Through November 14. $15-$25. Wed - Thurs at 7:30PM, Fri - Sat at 8PM, Sat - Sun at 2:30PM. www.repstage.org 410-772-4900

The Goldman Project - 10/3/2007

The Penguin Repertory will open their critically acclaimed production of "The Goldman Project" off-Broadway October 3 as a joint presentation with the noted Abingdon Theatre Company (312 West 36th Street).

Written by Staci Swedeen and directed by Joe Brancato, "The Goldman Project is a moving drama that explores the lingering legacy of the Holocaust as an aging survivor is forced to confront the shattering secrets of her long buried past, secrets that have kept her emotionally distant from her only child," explain press notes.

The cast of The Goldman Project includes a trio of Penguin Rep veterans: Sam Guncler, Anita Keal and Bernadette Quigley. The Goldman Project is designed by Ken Larson (set), Patricia E. Doherty (costumes), Matthew McCarthy (lights), and Dimitri Tisseyre (sound).

The production will start previews on September 28 and run through October 28 with the following schedule: Tuesday - Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM, with matinees on Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets are $35. For tickets to Abingdon Theatre Company productions, please call SmartTix at 212-868-4444 or go online to www.smarttix.com.

Maureen Kelley Stewart @ Beechman - 10/3/2007

The West Bank Café announces our October, 2007 line-up of live entertainment, to be presented in The Laurie Beechman Theatre. The West Bank Café is located at 407 West 42nd. St. (at Ninth Avenue). For reservations, please call 212-695-6909, between the hours of 12PM & 6PM.

Please note there is a $15 food and/or beverage minimum at each performance, with the exception of The After Party. All major credit cards are accepted.

Maureen Kelley Stewart Wednesday, October 3 at 7PM; Thursday, October 4 at 9:30PM $15 cover Following the sold out success of her September run of shows, Maureen returns for two special encore performances. Celebrating material by Charles Strouse, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Jason Patrick Brown, William Finn, Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer, Maltby & Shire, Laura Nyro, Amanda McBroom, Julie Gold, Dave Frishberg & others. Musical Director: Don Rebic; Direction by Eric Michael Gillett.

Disney's High School Musical - 10/4/2007

Winters Lane Productions. Q Theatre at CCBC - Catonsville. Through October 21. www.winterslane.com or 410-780-6369

A Bronx Tale - 10/4/2007

Academy Award nominated actor Chazz Palminteri will make his Broadway debut this fall when his acclaimed show A Bronx Tale plays a limited 18 week engagement at The Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street) directed by Tony Award-winner Jerry Zaks. Previews will begin on Thursday October 4, with opening night set for Thursday October 25. The engagement will run through February 10.

"A Bronx Tale was first mounted off Broadway in 1989 and helped establish Palminteri as a writer and actor with a distinct voice. In A Bronx Tale, Palminteri brings 18 characters to vivid life, depicting a rough childhood on Bronx streets populated by a cast of friends and enemies," state press materials. "Performing the show in Los Angeles and New York, Palminteri caught the attention of studios, producers and directors – all of whom wanted to make the film version – without him. Palminteri turned down a million dollar offer for the film rights, despite having $200 in his bank account at the time. Robert DeNiro came to see the show, and brought both it and Palminteri to the screen, making his directorial debut in the process."

The Children of Vonderly - 10/4/2007

Off-Broadway's Award-winning Ma-Yi Theater Company opens its 19th season with the world premiere of Lloyd Suh's new play, The Children of Vonderly, for a limited Off-Broadway engagement with previews beginning September 22, prior to an official press opening October 4 at The East 13th Street Theatre (136 East 13th Street) in Manhattan. Ralph B. Pena (world premiere of Kia Korthron's Savage Acts) directs.

"There's never a dull moment in the Vonderly household. Led by a headstrong Jewish matriarch, this unconventional multi-ethnic family of adopted and disabled children band together after a crisis threatens to rip them apart. Bound by his wheelchair and burdened by family obligations, oldest brother Jerry Vonderly looks for ways to balance his mother's outlandish expectations and his own dreams of a "normal" life outside the family's anything-but-traditional home in Indianapolis, Indiana," state press notes.

William Jackson Harper leads the cast of the production, which includes Lynn Cohen (who played Golda Meir in Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated film "Munich"), Jackie Chung, Graeme Gillis, Stephen Jutras (Danny Boy), Hoon Lee (Broadway revival of Pacific Overtures), Shawn Randall, and Maureen Sebastian.

Off-Broadway performances run September 22-October 21 at The East 13th Street Theatre (136 East 13th Street). Monday and Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm; Saturday and Sunday at 3pm, with the following exception: Opening Night, Thursday, October 4 at 7pm. Tickets are $20 during previews; $38 after October 3; students $20/$20; seniors $20/$34. Group discounts are available. For tickets, call TheaterMania.com at 212-352-3101 or online at www.ma-yitheatre.org.

Billy Elliot 1000th UK Performance - 10/4/2007

Elton John and Lee Hall's multi award-winning Billy Elliot the Musical, directed by Stephen Daldry, will celebrate its 1000th performance at the Victoria Palace Theatre on October 4, 2007 after opening in March 2005. Additionally, two new Billys will join the cast shortly: Sam Angell (13 years old from Glasgow) and Joshua Fedrick (13 years old from Saltash, Cornwall).

The Rise of Dorothy Hale - 10/4/2007

The Rise Of Dorothy Hale, a new play by Myra Bairstow premieres off-Broadway at St. Luke's Theater on September 19, opening October 4.

The open-ended run, directed by Penny Templeton, features Michael Badalucco, Sarita Choudhury, Greg Hansen, Laura Koffman, Mark LaMura and Sarah Wynter.

"History has recorded that Dorothy Hale, the widow of American muralist Gardner Hale, died in New York City on October 21, 1938 after plunging sixteen stories from her apartment window at the Hampshire House on Central Park South. She was thirty-three years old. Dorothy's death was ruled a suicideÂ…" describe press notes, "The story of Dorothy Hale has never really been thoroughly examined. Until now. The Rise Of Dorothy Hale explores the life and death of Dorothy Hale through the creative process of Frida Kahlo and enables the contradictions in history to stand face to face. Did the alleged suicide note that Clare Boothe Luce claims to have received even exist? Was Dorothy Hale's death a suicide or a murder made to look like a suicide?"

Performances will be Monday, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, with matinees Wednesday at 2PM and Saturday & Sunday at 3 PM at St Luke's Theatre (308 West 46th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues). For tickets call Telecharge.com at 212/239-6200. For additional information, visit www.dorothyhale.com

Mauritius - 10/4/2007

The Manhattan Theatre Club production of Theresa Rebeck's Mauritius will begin performances tonight, September 13 at the Biltmore Theatre (261 West 47th Street) for a Thursday, October 4 opening night. The production is directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt).

The production stars: Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus), Tony Award nominee Dylan Baker (Happiness), Emmy Award winner Bobby Cannavale ("Will & Grace"), Tony Award winner Katie Finneran (Noises Off), and Tony Award nominee Alison Pill (Blackbird).

"Jackie (Pill) and Mary (Finneran) are half-sisters whose mother's death leaves them in possession of a rare stamp collection. But which sister actually owns the stamps? Which of three men (Abraham, Baker, and Cannavale) can be trusted with their sale? Tightly woven and ever-surprising, this sinister comedy marks Theresa Rebeck's Broadway debut," explain press notes.

Show times: From Thursday, September 13 – Sunday, September 16: Tuesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 2 PM and 7 PM. From Tuesday, September 18 – Sunday, September 30: Tuesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM and Sunday at 7 PM. Starting Tuesday, October 2: Tuesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

Tickets to Mauritius are available by calling Telecharge.com at 212-239-6200 or 800-432-7250, online at www.Telecharge.com, and at the Biltmore Theatre box office (261 West 47th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Tickets range in price from $46.50-91.50. Student rush tickets are available the day of the performance at the Biltmore Theatre box office for $26.50. For more information visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

Iphigenia at Aulis - 10/4/2007

Poland's acclaimed Staniewski Center for Theatre Practices Gardzienice presents the World Premiere of its newest production, Iphigenia at Aulis, directed and adapted from the Euripides classic by the renowned theatre artist Wlodzimierz Staniewski. Previews start October 4; opening October 7 at La MaMa ETC (74A East 4th Street).

"Iphigenia at Aulis featuring original music by Zygmunt Konieczny, is a visual spectacle that examines how lives are affected by sacrifices made in the name of religion, politics and love. The production is performed in English, Polish and Ancient Greek, with scenes built on shadow and light, movement, gesture and music to tell Euripides' classic story of betrayal, deception, and sacrifice in a time of war," explain press notes.

Iphigenia at Aulis runs October 4 through 21 at La MaMa ETC (74A East 4th Street); Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30PM and Sundays at 2:30PM & 7:30PM. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling 212-475-7710. For additional information, visit www.lamama.org. For more on the Gardzienice Theatre, visit www.gardzienice.art.pl and www.PolishCulture-NYC.org

I Used to Write on Walls - 10/4/2007

Working Man's Clothes Productions is proud to present the World Premiere of Bekah Brunstetter's I Used To Write On Walls. Performances will run from October 4 to October 27; opening October 11 at The Gene Frankel Theatre Underground (24 Bond Street); directed by Diana Basmajian and Isaac Byrne.

"Diane, Georgia and Joanne are 3 modern women living very different lives…When a beautiful 11 year old girl named Anna, and Mona (a sexy, widowed astronaut) are thrown into the crosswinds of a diverse romantic affairs, hearts will be broken, loves will be lost, and youthful cries of hope, anger, and sadness will be written on walls. Mothers will try to guide their daughters from the promise and beauty of youth through the diminishing opportunities of aging. Daughters will go to the extremes of passion to hold on to their fantasies of love. One man will be in the middle of a romantic storm of graffiti, drugs, sexual asphyxiation, gunshots, explosions, and desire. And everyone will try to prove that they are that chosen, special someone – destined for true love and greatness," explain press notes.

Show times are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8PM. Tickets: $15 are availabe 212-868-4444 or visit www.SmartTix.com.

Alice Frazier @ Beechman - 10/4/2007

The West Bank Café announces our October, 2007 line-up of live entertainment, to be presented in The Laurie Beechman Theatre. The West Bank Café is located at 407 West 42nd. St. (at Ninth Avenue). For reservations, please call 212-695-6909, between the hours of 12PM & 6PM.

Please note there is a $15 food and/or beverage minimum at each performance, with the exception of The After Party. All major credit cards are accepted.

Alice Frazier: Broadway Without Boundaries Thursday, October 4 at 7PM $20 cover Featuring music by composers Leonard Bernstein, Irving Berlin, Stephen Sondheim, Frank Loesser, Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart, Bjorn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson, Rupert Holmes and much more, with renowned pianist and musical director, Don Rebic. "Alice Frazier is a class act - in dress, stage style, respect for her audience, and the songs she selects. Her charm, warmth and clear soprano were placed in the service of a program of theater songs that, for the most part, are rarely sung today but deserve to be kept in circuit - particularly as performed with the intelligence she brings to their lyrics." Peter Haas, Cabaret Scenes

NY Clown Theatre Festival Opening Day Celebration - 10/5/2007

On Friday, October 5th the NY Clown Theatre Festival will kick off with the 2nd annual opening day parade! Anyone and everyone is invited to join the city's finest clowns, jugglers, stilt-walkers, and more as they gather at Union Square at 4:30, departing by 5:30 via the "L" train for the Bedford Ave. stop. Everyone will then march to The Brick Theater for a massive public pie fight to be held at 7:45. Red noses and pies will be handed out. The pie fight will be followed by a Clown Cabaret previewing festival highlights at 10:30pm. All events are FREE. For the floowing three weeks we will present some of the finest clown theatre performances from around the world, master classes in clown, and outrageous events. For more information, please visit our website at www.bricktheater.com or our myspace page at myspace.com/nyclowntheatrefestival

Swimming with Sharks - UK - 10/5/2007

Christian Slater, who was seen in London last year in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, will return to the West End to star in Swimming with Sharks, reports Variety. Playing a limited fifteen-week run, the production will begin previews at the Vaudeville Theatre on October 5th and open on October 16th.

Adapted by Michael Lesslie from the 1994 film with Kevin Spacey, Swimming with Sharks is a thriller that "centers on a wannabe screenwriter who becomes the producer's assistant." Slater will play the ruthless film producer (the role played by Spacey).

Before I Disappear - 10/5/2007

An autobiography in story and song, transgendered actress/singer Alexandra Billings' tour de force is a hilarious, and sometimes harrowing, roller coaster journey through her complex life.

From boyhood to womanhood, she paints a Picasso-like portrait of herself through the eyes of those who knew her best, and least. Not for the faint of heart, this ride takes you from summer camping into the asphalt jungle and back alleys of Chicago and its counter culture and phoenix-like rise through the air to New York City and L.A.

Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, Michigan. Tickets are $30.00-$40.00 available at 1-269-756-3879

Broadway Idol - 10/5/2007

Broadway Idol, The New York Musical Theatre Festival's showtune-flavored answer to "American Idol," returns this September for its second season, looking for the next Broadway star! Performance nights are three consecutive Fridays at Stitch Bar & Lounge (247 West 37th Street) on September 21, September 28 & October 5. Contestants must be available to perform in all three shows.

"If you've got the voice and what it takes to be the next 'Broadway Idol,' you can't miss these auditions. How often do you have the opportunity to appear before Broadway celebrity judges? The winner will receive a concert produced by Ars Nova," state press notes.

The Wolves in the Wall - 10/5/2007

The New Victory Theatre presents The National Theatre of Scotland's The Wolves in the Wall, "a show for everyone over 6 who is not a scaredy cat…" for 16 performances only from October 5 to 21.

Adapted from the bestselling book by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, The Wolves in the Walls has been brought to the stage by The National Theatre of Scotland and was originally created with London's renowned Improbable theater company.

This 75-minute, multimedia "musical pandemonium" marks the auspicious New York debut of The National Theatre of Scotland. Named the Best Show for Children and Young People at the 2006 TMA Awards in the UK, The Wolves in the Walls was a sell-out in Glasgow, Scotland, and London, England, during its first national tour.

Performance schedule for The Wolves in the Walls at The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd St):

Friday October 5 at 7PM; Saturday October 6 at 2PM & 7PM; Sunday October 7 at 12PM & 5PM; Friday October 12 at 7PM; Saturday October 13 at 2PM & 7PM; Sunday October 14 at 12PM & 5PM; Thursday October 18 at 7PM; Friday October 19 at 7PM; Saturday October 20 at 2PM & 7PM; Sunday October 21 at 12PM & 5PM. This show is recommended for theatergoers ages 7 to adult.

Full-price tickets for The Wolves in the Walls are $12.50 (balcony), $25 (mezzanine) and $35 (orchestra/front mezzanine). Those who purchase tickets to this show and at least two other New Victory productions during the 2007-08 season save 30% on tickets to all New Victory shows for the entire season.

For tickets call 646-223-3010 or visit www.NewVictory.org, or visit the box office.

And Then There Were None - 10/5/2007

The Agatha Christie thriller! Laurel Mill Playhouse. October 5 - 27. Friday and Saturday at 8PM. Sunday matinees at 2PM on October 7 and 21, plus a special Thursday evening performance at 8PM on October 18. Go to www.laurelmillplayhouse.org or call 301-617-9906.

JC2K - NYMF Reading - 10/5/2007

The New York Musical Theatre Festival and Anthony Veneziale present a special reading of JC2K, a new musical comedy starring Matt Caplan (Rent) joining the cast with Kate Wetherhead (Legally Blonde), Jared Gertner (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), James Monroe Iglehart (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), plus Brian Farish and Allison Posner. Evan Cabnet directs this new piece written and composed by Brian Fountain.

"The US Army had a simple plan: Breed a battalion of Jesus Christ clones and turn them into elite super-soldiers. But something went wrong and one of the six million dollar messiahs escaped. Now, they must do the unthinkable: bring him home or take him down," describe press notes.

JC2K performances are Monday, October 1 at 4:30PM & 8PM; Friday, October 5 at 11PM at the 45th Street Theater located at 354 West 45th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenue). Tickets are $15 available at www.ovationtix.com or www.nymf.org.

Patti LuPone @ Strathmore - 10/5/2007

Broadway star Patti LuPone, a Tony and Olivier Award winner, comes to the Washington, D.C.-area to perform her hit concert, "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda," at the Music Center at Strathmore. On Friday, October 5 at 8PM, LuPone will perform songs from musicals she could have played, should have played, did play and will play-including Hair, Bye Bye Birdie, Funny Girl, West Side Story, Peter Pan, Evita and Anything Goes.

Tickets are $32, $44, $56, $72, $82. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org. Sponsored by Arlene and Bob Hillerson.

Jersey Boys - Chicago Tour - 10/6/2007

Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, premieres in Chicago at the LaSalle Bank Theatre (18 W. Monroe) October 6, 2007 through April 13, 2008. Due to popular demand, the show has already added an additional 14 weeks of performances prior to opening, extending its Chicago engagement to six months.

The musical will star Drew Gehling as Bob Gaudio, Michael Ingersoll as Nick Massi, Jeremy Kushnier as Tommy DeVito and Jarrod Spector as Frankie Valli.

The ensemble includes Lyndsey Cole, John Michael Coppola, John Michael Dias, Mike Erickson, Steven M. Goldsmith, John Hickman, Lauren Marshall, Wade McCollum, Rashad Naylor, Jenny Lee Ramos, Jake Speck, Kara Tremel, Ryan Quinn West with Eddie Driscoll and Craig Laurie.

Directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff, Jersey Boys won four 2006 Tony Awards including Best Musical and continues to break box office records at the August Wilson Theatre since opening in November 2005. The show is written by Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

Jersey Boys is "the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty," state press notes.

The musical will premiere in Chicago at the LaSalle Bank Theatre (18 W. Monroe), October 6, 2007 through April 13, 2008. The performance schedule is as follows: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. There WILL be a 7:30 p.m. performance on Sunday, October 7, Sunday, October 21, Sunday, December 30 and Sunday, February 10; and a 6:30 p.m. performance on Sunday, October 14. There will NOT be a 2 p.m. performance on Wednesday, October 10, Sunday, October 14 or Wednesday, February 6. There will NOT be a 7:30 p.m. performance on Tuesday, December 25.

Tickets range in price from $30 - $95 and are available at Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (18 W. Monroe, 24 W. Randolph St. and 151 W. Randolph St.), through the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (312) 902-1400, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Carson Pirie Scott stores, Hot Tix, select Coconuts and fye stores) or online at ticketmaster.com. Groups of 20 or more can receive a discount by calling (312) 977-1710. For more information, go to www.JerseyBoysInfo.com www.BroadwayInChicago.com

The Sensuous Woman - 10/6/2007

Margaret Cho will appear Off-Broadway in her new burlesque-style variety show The Sensuous Woman, set for a special limited four-week engagement beginning Wednesday, September 26 at The Zipper Factory (336 West 37th Street). Official Opening Night is set for Saturday, October 6.

In describing her inspiration for this show, Margaret Cho ("Notorious C.H.O.," "State of Emergency," "I'm the One That I Want") explains, "The Sensuous Woman is an evening of comedy, dance and music celebrating women's bodies. I have suffered from eating disorders and a horrendously distorted body image for my entire life, and I think the biggest reason is a lack of images of real women's bodies. Where are they? We don't see them in movies, on TV, in magazines. Instead, we are force-fed a steady diet of unattainable ideals, a tyranny of slenderness and youth, goals we can't even aspire to, they are so far out of reach. When we see dancers who enjoy their bodies, who are sexy and having fun, it gives us permission to enjoy our bodies and to enjoy ourselves in the process. We are presented with a new ideal, not one that is about dieting ourselves down to a smaller size, but expanding our notion of what is beautiful and to allow ourselves to be included there too."

Prior to the New York engagement, The Sensuous Woman will play in Chicago at the Lakeshore Theater from Wednesday, September 19 – Saturday, September 22. For more information, please visit www.MargaretCho.com.

The Sensuous Woman will play as follows: Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 PM, with late shows on Friday and Saturday at 11:00 PM. The Zipper Factory is located at 336 West 37th Street. Tickets are $45.00 (Wednesday & Thursday) and $55.00 (Friday & Saturday). Ticket fees may apply. To purchase tickets, visit www.thezipperfactory.com or call (212) 352-3101 or (866) 811-4111 (toll free). Visit www.margaretcho.com for more on Cho.

Good Heif - 10/6/2007

New Georges will present the world premiere of American playwright Maggie Smith's peculiar fable Good Heif, a full-length play, directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde. Good Heif will be presented in SoHo at the Ohio Theatre. Previews begin October 6, and the official Opening Night will be Monday, October 8 at 7PM. Performances will run through Saturday, October 27.

"The play, set in a hot, dry landscape, where life is nothing but 'diggin' and eatin' and prayin' and sleepin',' finds Lad who's astonished by the arrival of his manhood," explain press note, "The men of the town laugh at his questions, respond with useless remedies and outsize alarm, and his Pa's advice just won't do. He's forced to wonder whether the devil got into him or whether it's just the lure of what's "over thar?" Against a backdrop of entrenched fear and immobility, Smith's stimulating and provocative new drama has found a way to talk about the danger of ignorance, the necessity of change, and how instruments of community propriety hold fear in place and keep societies, even the smallest ones, in check." The Ohio Theatre is located at 66 Wooster Street (between Spring and Broome Streets). The complete performance schedule for Good Heif (October 6 through October 27) will be: Wednesdays through Mondays at 8PM (except Opening Night, Monday, October 8 at 7PM and Saturdays, October 20 & 27 at 7PM & 10PM). There will be another additional performance on Saturday, October 6 at 4PM.

Tickets will be $20. Students and seniors will be $15. Monday night performances are "pay-what-you-will" at the door only. TDF vouchers will be accepted. The box office for reservations is 212-868-4444 or www.smarttix.com. For more information and group rates call 646-336-8077 or visit www.newgeorges.com.

Saturday Night Underground @ Beechman - 10/6/2007

The West Bank Café announces our October, 2007 line-up of live entertainment, to be presented in The Laurie Beechman Theatre. The West Bank Café is located at 407 West 42nd. St. (at Ninth Avenue). For reservations, please call 212-695-6909, between the hours of 12PM & 6PM.

Please note there is a $15 food and/or beverage minimum at each performance, with the exception of The After Party. All major credit cards are accepted.

Saturday Night Underground Saturday, October 6 No cover, no minimum The Laurie Beechman Theatre is pleased to announce a new talk/variety evening, Saturday Night Underground: a casual variety show, featuring interviews and performances from some of New York's most intriguing personalities. And the fun doesn't stop there, audience members are encouraged to get up on stage and sing a song or tell a joke, recommend a great restaurant or complain about a bad date – so bring your sheet music or guitar, your funny stories and your axes to grind. From 11PM til 2AM, join host Ben Rimalower (director of The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero, Joy and Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches) for this new, regular event in the theatre district. Special guests on the include: At Least It's Pink's Bridget Everett, Singer/Songwriter Elizabeth Harper, LOGO New/Now/Next's Wendy Ho, Singer/Songwriter Lance Horne and from Les Miserables, Doug Kreeger and Haviland Stilwell.

Expedition 6 - Closing - 10/7/2007

Magic Theatre, the premiere home for new plays, announces its 2007-08 Season of six world premiere productions. Opening September 2007 and running through June 2008, the season brings together Magic Theatre veterans and Bay Area newcomers with a compelling mix of theatrical storytelling.

Subscriptions and pass memberships are available for Magic Theatre's 2007-2008 Season. Six-play subscriptions range from $120 to $240 with flexible six-ticket passes from $144 to $264. Under-30 theatregoers can take advantage of the 3/30<30 membership and see three plays for only $30. All subscriptions are on sale now at www.magictheatre.org and 415-441-8822.

Magic Theatre's 2007-08 Season presents:

Expedition 6 A World Premiere Theatre Event created and directed by Bill Pullman in association with Chabot Space & Science Center September 8 – October 7, 2007 Opening: September 15 at 8PM

This original and theatrical docu-drama explores the political and personal life-and-death crisis of two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut stranded on Expedition 6, the International Space Station, after the Columbia Shuttle disaster of 2003 during the build-up to the Invasion of Iraq. Creator and director Pullman uses a company of 8 actors and 5 low-flying trapezes in this imaginative, stylized new work.

Jump - 10/7/2007

JUMP, the high-flying, internationally acclaimed new martial arts theater event, will have its New York premiere this fall. This first U.S. production of the nonverbal Korean extravaganza of martial arts, acrobatics and slapstick will begin previews at the Union Square Theatre (100 East 17th Street) on Tuesday, September 25, with an official opening night set for Sunday, October 7, 2007 at 7PM.

Created by Korea's renowned YEGAM Theatre Company (Producer, Kyung-Hun Kim/Artistic Director, Chul-Ki Choi), JUMP premiered at the Woolim Theater of Seoul in 2003. The show comes to New York following wildly successful engagements in Israel, Hong Kong, Macao, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Madrid, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Tokyo, Osaka and London.

The show "brings the combination of slapstick comedy, acrobatics and martial arts to the stage, for the first time ever in live performance, in this highly unique theater spectacle that has been described as 'Jackie Chan meets Charlie Chaplin.' Set in the interior of a traditional Korean home, the show tells the story of an anything-but-typical family. Each member of the household, from the strict Grandfather to the pretty young daughter, enjoys nothing more than challenging the rest of the family to martial arts showdowns. When two burglars break into the house occupied by three generations of highly trained martial artists, the family turns their expertise on the unexpected guests. The hyperactive sitcom that ensues is the ideal forum for this troupe to show off their extensive training in martial arts, acrobatics, gymnastics and comic acting," as described in press notes.

JUMP is suitable for all ages. The show will play the following performance schedule: Tuesday through Friday at 8PM; Saturday at 2 & 8PM; and Sunday at 3 & 7PM. Tickets ($20 to $65) availble by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (212) 307-4100.

A Shayna Maidel - 10/7/2007

Rep Stage. Through November 14. $15-$25. Wed - Thurs at 7:30PM, Fri - Sat at 8PM, Sat - Sun at 2:30PM. www.repstage.org 410-772-4900

Sight Unseen - 10/7/2007

Starring Deborah Hazlett. Everyman Theatre. Through October 7. $16-$35. www.everymantheatre.org

It's Magic! - LA - 10/7/2007

Jason Alexander hosts It's Magic!, a highly-anticipated one night only extravaganza at The Kodak Theatre (6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles CA) on Sunday, October 7 at 7PM.

"Come one come all for hocus pocus hijinks and abracadabra antics as host Jason Alexander and special guests Neil Patrick Harris, Jay Johnson, Anthony Reed, Rick Thomas, Steve Valentine, The Amazing Jonathan, and many more present amazing feats of illusion," state press notes.

It's Magic! occurs on Sunday, October 7 at The Kodak Theatre 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028.

For tickets call Ticketmaster at 213-480-3232 or online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.kodaktheatre.com. Front row Orchestra $102, Orchestra $69.50, Mezzanine $54.50, Balcony $29.50. For further information, please visit www.itsmagic.org.

Murney & Kassebaum Leave Wicked - 10/7/2007

Wicked's Julia Murney and Kendra Kassebaum, who are currently playing the roles of Elphaba and Glinda, will play their final performance on Sunday, October 7.

Two new witches begin Tuesday, October 9: Stephanie J. Block as Elphaba and Annaleigh Ashford as Glinda.

They will lead a cast which also includes Carole Shelley as Madame Morrible, Lenny Wolpe as The Wizard, Sebastian Arcelus as Fiyero, Cristy Candler as Nessarose, Logan Lipton as Boq, and Steven Skybell as Dr. Dillamond.

Spaghetti & Matzo Balls - 10/7/2007

Rena Strober's hit show Spaghetti & Matzo Balls! returns to New York for a 5 week engagement. Performances will begin on Sunday, October 7 at The Triad, 158 West 72nd Street (between Broadway & Columbus Avenue).

"A nice Jewish Girl from New York finds herself singing at the famous Italian Restaurant Rao's, hosting the Ms. Italian-American pageant, dodging bullets, becoming a member of the exclusive Friar's Club, and torturing her eighty-nine year old grandma because she's still not married. Friars, Famiglia and a Yiddish 'My Way' (Mein Veg) – it's in there!" explain press notes.

Spaghetti & Matzo Balls! will begin performances on Sunday, October 7 and will continue through Sunday, November 11. The schedule will be Sundays and Thursdays at 7PM. The Triad is located at 158 West 72nd Street, between Broadway and Columbus Avenue. Tickets are $25. Reservations can be made by calling 212-352-3101. For more information about the show visit www.renastrober.com.

David Burnham @ Metropolitan Room - 10/7/2007

David Burnham returns to New York for the Gotham premiere of his new cabaret show celebrating the launch of his solo CD. The exclusive one-night only concert at The Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street) is on Sunday, October 7 at 9:30PM.

Directed by Ken Sawyer with Christopher Denny as musical director, Burnham's "CD Release Celebration" will highlight selections from his new solo CD, "David Burnham" on the LML Music label, as well as other contemporary theater music and standards.

The Metropolitan Room is located at 34 West 22nd Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues). There is a $20 cover charge and a two-drink minimum for David Burnham's concert. Call 212-206-0440 for reservations or visit www.metropolitanroom.com or www.davidburnham.com.

Sing for Your Sanity @ Beechman - 10/7/2007

The West Bank Café announces our October, 2007 line-up of live entertainment, to be presented in The Laurie Beechman Theatre. The West Bank Café is located at 407 West 42nd. St. (at Ninth Avenue). For reservations, please call 212-695-6909, between the hours of 12PM & 6PM.

Please note there is a $15 food and/or beverage minimum at each performance, with the exception of The After Party. All major credit cards are accepted.

Sing For Your Sanity Sunday, October 7 at 1PM $10 A musical revue that reminds us that sometimes being single is just as much fun as any relationship.

Brian McNight Joins Chicago - 10/8/2007

This fall, the record-breaking, razzle-dazzle Broadway smash Chicago welcomes Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum R&B superstar Brian McKnight to the company for a six-week limited engagement in the role of slickster criminal lawyer Billy Flynn from Tuesday, October 8 through Sunday, November 18. Chicago plays on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.).

Prior to Broadway, McKnight will perform the role in a two-week engagement at Washington DC's Warner Theatre with the Chicago national touring company, Tuesday, September 25 through Sunday, October 7.

Brian McKnight is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and multi-talented musician. He has released a total of ten R&B/pop albums in fifteen years, seven of which have gone platinum or multi-platinum. McKnight's hit singles include "One Last Cry," "You Should Be Mine," "The Way Love Goes," "Love Is" with Vanessa Williams, and "Back at One," which reached number one on the Billboard 100 charts in 2000. His most recent album, Ten, was released on Warner Bros. Records in 2006.

For more information, visit www.ChicagoTheMusical.com

Chicago plays on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.). The regular performance schedule through Sunday, September 9: Tuesdays & Sundays at 7PM; Wednesdays – Saturdays at 8PM; and Wednesdays & Saturdays at 2PM. Performances beginning Monday, September 10: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM; Tuesdays & Sundays at 7PM; and Saturdays & Sundays at 2PM.

Tickets ($59 - $111.50) and are available by calling Telecharge.com at 212-239-6200 or in-person at the Ambassador Theatre Box Office.

Old Springs Pike @ Joe's Pub - 10/8/2007

Joe's Pub at The Public Theatre announces Old Springs Pike, a band featuring Spring Awakening's John Gallagher Jr, on Monday, October 8 and Monday, October 29 at 11:30PM.

"Old Springs Pike blends the cricket chirp of a suburban slow-fade with the subway scream of metropolitan mayhem. Using four part harmony as a diving board, these early twenty-somethings find themselves in stylistic depths ranging from a fair-paced folk to a rarely restrained roots rock. With an energetic, spontaneous live act, Old Springs Pike proves that it's not just a concert, but an event. The group uses four-part harmony as a diving board for their indie-acoustic rock sound, adding country and folk stylings into the mix for a sound that's as original as it is exhilarating," describe press notes.

Joe's Pub is located at 425 Lafayette Street (between East 4th and Astor Place) NYC; adjacent to The Public Theater.

Tickets ($12) are available at 212-967-7555, at www.joespub.com, or at The Public Theatre box office from 1-6PM and at Joe's Pub from 6-10PM. Table reservations call 212-539-8778. Purchase of tickets does not guarantee a table reservation; you must call to reserve seats. Seating, as well as standing-room, is available only on a first-come, first-served basis for all shows without a dinner reservation. Two drink or $12 food minimum per person is standard.

For more information visit www.oldspringspike.com

Lea Michele @ Broadway Artists Alliance - 10/8/2007

Lea Michele of Broadway's Spring Awakening will kick off Broadway Artists Alliance's season of one-day master classes on Monday, October 8.

Broadway Artists Alliance is the dynamic not-for-profit educational organization that is gaining a reputation for ensuring the future of great Broadway talent by bringing together Broadway artists and promising young performers. They will open their master class season with a Spring Awakening-themed one-day intensive. Participants will get the benefit of audition training and feedback from a representative of Jim Carnahan Casting, and polish their favorite audition songs in Michele's "Musical Theatre Song Interpretation" class. Broadway Artists Alliance will prepare its young and talented students for all aspects of a professional audition experience with an emphasis on contemporary audition material in this class.

Space is limited for this master class which will take place on Monday, October 8 from 2PM-9PM and is open to returning and new students ages 13-21. Interested students still have one week to register at BroadwayArtistsAlliance.org/MasterClasses, where a list of all upcoming one-day master classes is available.

Tina Maddigan @ Duplex - 10/8/2007

The third season of the acclaimed Monday Nights, New Voices series continues October 8 at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre.



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