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Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 10/23/2007

Below is BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 10/23/2007. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit BroadwayWorld.com's Event Calendar.

Christopher Durang @ 92Y - 10/24/2007

The 92nd Street Y announces a wide-variety of theatre-events this fall. The 92nd Street Y is located at 1395 Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street. For tickets and information call 212-415-5500 or visit www.92Y.org.

Afternoon Night Table: Christopher Durang Wednesday, October 24 at 1PM Tickets: $20

"OBIE Award-winner Christopher Durang, author of more than 30 plays, including Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You, Baby with the Bathwater and Miss Witherspoon, joins award-winning journalist Roger Rosenblatt at the Y's Afternoon Night Table. In this series of intimate afternoon discussions, writers talk about their work, their passions and the books on their night tables."

Carols for a Cure CD Release - 10/24/2007

"Broadway's Greatest Gifts: Carols for a Cure, Volume 9," holiday music from the Broadway stars of the 2007 season, will be on sale October 24. Produced by Lynn Pinto for Rock-It Science Records, the annual holiday CD benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA). Since its inception in 1999, the "Carols for a Cure" series of recordings have raised over $2.5 million for BC/EFA, providing support and care for those suffering with AIDS, as well as lending support to women's health issues.

Featuring performers from virtually every show from the 2007 Broadway season, the two-disc set offers 30 original and traditional holiday songs recorded especially for this benefit CD. Notable performers include Tony Award winners David Hyde Pierce, Shuler Hensley, Christian Hoff, and Karen Ziemba; plus Ashley Brown, Mara Davi, Edward Hibbert, Andy Karl, Michael Longoria, Orfeh, Laura Osnes and Max Crumm, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer, Max von Essen, Kerry Butler, Howard McGillin, Julia Murney, and many others. Also performing on this year's CD are Rosie's Broadway Kids, young students in the performing arts program founded by Rosie O'Donnell.

"Broadway's Greatest Gifts: Carols for a Cure, Volume 9" can be ordered for only $20 through BC/EFA at BroadwayCares.org or by calling 212-840-0770 x250 Monday-Friday, 10AM-5PM EST.

Fuerzabruta - 10/24/2007

Fuerzabruta will officially open on Wednesday, October 24. The engagement is scheduled to run for 18 weeks only, through February 17, 2008.

"Breaking free from the confines of spoken language and theatrical convention, Fuerzabruta is an event where worlds collide and reality takes a back seat. Immersed in an environment where imagination soars, performers run through moving walls, race to connect from opposite sides of a whirling sail and frolic in a watery world suspended just above the audience," explain press notes.

Fuerzabruta will play at the Daryl Roth Theatre (20 Union Square East at 15th Street) on the following schedule: Tuesday through Thursday at 8PM, Friday at 8PM & 10:30PM, Saturday at 7PM & 10PM, and Sunday at 7PM. For preview performances through October 23, tickets are specially priced at $35.00. For all regular performances, tickets are $70.

Tickets may be purchased online at Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200, or at the box office of the Daryl Roth Theatre. Group tickets maybe be purchased by calling 1-800-BROADWAY. For all performances, a limited quantity of $25 rush tickets (cash only) will be made available at the box office 2 hours before show time. For more information, please visit www.fuerzabruta.net.

Rosie Perez on Tyra Banks Show - 10/24/2007

Rosie Perez, of Roundabout Theatre Company's The Ritz, will be a featured on "The Tyra Banks Show" tomorrow Wednesday, October 24 between 12-1PM on channel 9.

Bingo with the Indians - 10/25/2007

After directing the critically acclaimed production of Julian Shepard's Los Angeles at The Flea last season, Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner Adam Rapp will return to the famed Tribeca institution with the World Premiere of Bingo with the Indians. Written and directed by Rapp, previews for the play begin October 25 with opening night set for November 9.

"In Bingo with the Indians, a disgruntled East Village theater company with more on their minds then playing Bingo descends upon a small New England town," state press notes.

Bingo with the Indians runs October 25 - December 22, Tuesday - Saturday at 9pm with 7pm shows December 2, 9 & 16. The Flea Theater is located at 41 White Street (between Broadway & Church Streets). Tickets are $20 - $30, available at 212-352-3101 or www.theflea.org.

A Bronx Tale - 10/25/2007

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 Gossip Factory @ Beechman - 10/25/2007

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.

The Gossip Factory Thursday, October 25 at 9:30PM $12 cover Reminiscent of a "Saved by the Bell" episode gone horribly awry, the Gossip Factory invites you on an adventurous journey through a typical day for Halliburton Middle School students. An outrageous ensemble cast presents these angst-ridden teens as they face the tribulations of middle class bourgeois life and struggle with the American dream of today's youth. This original Gossip Factory creation whisks audiences back to the glorious days of book reports and bus rides, hall passes and history, puberty and PE.

JUMP on CBS Early Show - 10/25/2007

The high flying, internationally acclaimed cast of New York's newest stage hit, JUMP, will make their U.S. television debut on CBS' "The Early Show" this Thursday morning, October 25. The cast will perform a routine from the acclaimed show live on the plaza during the 8AM hour. "The Early Show" airs nationally 7 – 9AM.

This first North American production of JUMP, the nonverbal Korean extravaganza of martial arts, acrobatics and slapstick, opened Off Broadway to rave reviews at the Union Square Theatre (100 East 17th Street) on Sunday, October 7, 2007.

Claire Moore & Simon Hale: Back 2 Back - 10/25/2007

Making their US performing debuts at Weill Recital Hall on Thursday, October 25 at 8pm are the acclaimEd English soprano singer/actress Claire Moore and 'Spring Awakening's' Simon Hale in "Claire Moore and Simon Hale: Back 2 Back in Concert," presented by Josephine Buchan.

"Claire Moore and Simon Hale: Back 2 Back" will be presented at Weill Recital Hall (881 Seventh Avenue) on Thursday, October 25 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $35 by calling the Carnegie Hall box office at 212-247-7800 or visit www.carnegiehall.org.

Meet Me in St. Louis - Chicago - 10/25/2007

Oak Brook, IL – The charming musical classic Meet Me in St. Louis previews October 18, opens October 25 and runs through December 16 at Drury Lane Oakbrook, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL. Meet Me in St. Louis is an utterly entertaining experience that the whole family will enjoy.

Travel back to the turn of the century St. Louis, where the World's Fair is coming soon - and so is a world of changes for the Smith family. While older sisters Rose and Esther dream of happily-ever-after with their handsome beaus, the younger girls, Agnes and Tootie, spend their hours dreaming up mischief. When their father announces the family is moving to New York, will all those dreams become one big nightmare? Featuring show-stopping dance numbers and a treasured score, Meet Me in St. Louis includes the beloved songs "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "The Boy Next Door," and "The Trolley Song.

Meet Me in St. Louis at Drury Lane Oakbrook stars Jessie Mueller as "Esther", Michael Gerhart as "Mr. Smith", Cory Goodrich as "Mrs. Smith", David Kortemeier as "Grandpa", Stephen Schellhardt as "Lon", Rae Gray as "Agnes", Kamilah Lay as "Tootie", Susan Hart as "Katie" and Jill Kelly as "Rose". The performance schedule is as follows: Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m., Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Fridays at 8:30 p.m., Saturdays at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 6 p.m. Show prices range from $25 to $50 (depending on the day of the week); Lunch or Dinner and Theatre Packages are available. Inquire at box office or website for details and prices. For reservations, phone (630) 530-0111 or call TicketMaster at 312-599-1212. You may also visit www.ticketmaster.com or www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.

Hearts - 10/26/2007

CENTERSTAGE. In the Head Theatre. Through December 2. $10 - $60. www.centerstage.org

The Last Five Years - 10/26/2007

A musical by Jason Robert Brown. Through November 25. Vagabond Players. 806 S. Broadway Baltimore, MD 21231 www.vagabondplayers.com or 410-563-9135.

A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum - 10/26/2007

Dundalk Community Theatre K Building Theatre at CCBC - Dundalk. Through November 4. www.ccbcmd.edu/performingarts or 410-780-6369

Bob Saget on 'The View' - 10/26/2007

Actor and comedian Bob Saget, who made his Broadway debut as "Man in Chair" in the Tony Award winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone on Friday, will sit down with the ladies of "The View" on Friday, October 26 in the 11AM half hour.

Marcus Simeone @ Beechman - 10/26/2007

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.

Marcus Simeone: At Last Fridays, October 26 at 8PM $15 cover Miranda Music is proud to announce the release of "At Last," the debut CD of widely acclaimed vocalist Marcus Simeone. "At Last" is an introspective, imaginative collection of soaring ballads, pop songs and American classics brilliantly arranged by musical director Barry Levitt and his quartet featuring Chip Jackson on bass, Brian Gryce on percussion and Kenny Brescia on electric guitar. The performance on October 12 will benefit Seamen's Society For Children and Families (www.roots-wings.org) on Staten Island.

The Baker's Wife - York - 10/26/2007

The York Theatre Company presents The Baker's Wife, the fourth and final show in the Fall 2007 Musicals in Mufti Series – the York's acclaimed series of musical theatre gems in staged concert performances. This Series celebrates the work of playwright Joseph Stein.

The Baker's Wife will play October 26, 27 & 28 at the Theatre at Saint Peters. Tickets are $35. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.yorktheatre.org or call York's Box Office at 212-935-5820.

The Baker's Wife (book by Joseph Stein, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz) will feature: Lenny Wolpe, Max von Essen, Kevin Cahoon and Gay Marshall. The cast also includes Wendi Bergamini, Jacque Carnahan, Joy Franz, Laurent Giroux, Mitchell Greenberg, Michael Medeiros, John O'Creagh, Richard Pruitt, Maureen Silliman and Clinton Zugel.

"The Baker's Wife is a love story set in the French town of Concorde, where the people have been without a baker for six weeks and are filled with anticipation at the arrival of master baker Aimable Castagnie. The baker and his wife arrive, but when Aimable's wife runs off with a young villager, Aimable cannot accept the truth. At first the villagers make fun of the baker's situation until his goodness forces them to open their hearts and try to help him," explain press notes.

Performances are October 26 at 8PM; October 27 at 2:30PM & 8PM; and October 28 at 2:30PM & 7:30PM. Audience discussions follow both matinees. Tickets are $35 and are now on sale. For ticket information visit www.yorktheatre.org or call 212-935-5820. The York Theatre Company in Saint Peter's Theatre (54th Street Just East of Lexington).

The Tosca Project - 10/26/2007

American Conservatory Theater (ACT) kicks off its "First Look" new works series for the 2007–08 season with The Tosca Project, created by ACT Artistic Director Carey Perloff and choreographer Val Caniparoli. The piece, scheduled for a workshop presentation at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum October 26–28, will feature the talents of internationally renowned dancers and actors, many of them associated with San Francisco Ballet and ACT.

"The Tosca Project is a groundbreaking blend of theater, movement, and music inspired by the rich history of Tosca Café, the famed nightspot located in San Francisco's North Beach district that has been a favorite of opera singers, Beat poets, Russian émigrés, and other eclectic characters since the 1920s," explain press notes.

The ensemble includes Sabina Alleman, Peter Anderson Kara Davis, Muriel Maffre, Pascal Molat, Marc Morozumi, Jekyns Pelaez, Stephanie Saunders, James Simonse, Ching Valdes-Aran and Gregory Wallace.

The creative team features Douglas W. Schmidt (sets), Robert de la Rose (costumes), James F. Ingalls (lights), Darron L West (sound).

Performances are Friday October 26 at 8PM; Saturday October 27 at 8PM; and Sunday October 28 at 2PM & 7PM.

Tickets are $24 regular, $15 seniors & students, $20 A.C.T. subscribers and YBCA members. Tickets are available at the YBCA website (www.ybca.org), or by contacting the YBCA Box Office at 415-978-ARTS (2787).

One Touch of Venus - 10/27/2007

42nd Street Moon Theatre celebrates their 15th year of producing uncommon musicals with another grand line-up of productions for the 2007-08 season! All 42nd Street Moon performances are held at the Eureka Theatre located at 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco (between Battery and Front in the Gateway Plaza). For subscriptions of single tickets call the box office at 415-255-8207 or visit www.42ndstmoon.org.

One Touch of Venus Music by Kurt Weill Lyrics by Ogden Nash Book by S.J. Perelman and Ogden Nash October 25 – November 11, 2007 Opening Night: October 27

"A highly unconventional musical, One Touch of Venus dazzled audiences in 1943 with its sweetly sexy book and beguiling score. Comic confusion runs rampant when a long-lost statue of Venus of Anatolia is accidentally brought to life, and falls in love with a mild-manneRed Barber."

And Then There Were None - 10/27/2007

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.

Joy Luck Club - 10/28/2007

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre launches their 31st season with a new production of The Joy Luck Club, a play by Susan Kim based on the acclaimed novel by Amy Tan.

Directed by Tisa Chang, The Joy Luck Club runs October 28th – November 25th at the Julia Miles Theatre (424 W. 55 th Street between 9 th & 10th Aves). Opening night is Wednesday, November 7th at 7:00pm.

"Set in San Francisco in the 80's, The Joy Luck Club follows four Mahjong playing mothers from different provinces in China and their relationships with their American born daughters," state press notes.

Performances are Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30pm with matinees on Sunday at 3:00pm Tickets are $50. www.Telecharge.com, (212) 239-6200.

Visit www.PanAsianRep.org for more information.

Crossing Brooklyn - 10/28/2007

Transport Group, the winner of a special 2007 Drama Desk Award and a 2007 Obie Award, will present Crossing Brooklyn, a world premiere musical, with music by Jenny Giering and book and lyrics by Laura Harrington, and directed by Artistic Director Jack Cummings III (a Drama Desk nominee for Transport Group's The Audience) beginning performances Friday, October 19, at the Connelly Theatre, 220 East 4th Street, between Avenues A and B. The opening has been scheduled for Sunday, October 28.

"A modern musical that deals with the emotional aftermath of September 11 in New York, Crossing Brooklyn tells the story of Des and AJ, a young, idealistic couple—both public school teachers bent on changing the world, one kid at a time. Life is full of promise and endless possibility until Des begins to unravel under the weight of her fears, ignited from that fateful September day. Splitting apart from the pressure, they struggle to find their way back to each other. The lessons they learn will change them forever," explain press notes. With music by a Jonathan Larson Award-winning composer and book and lyrics by an Emmy Award winner.

Crossing Brooklyn plays Wednesday through Saturday and Monday at 8PM, Saturday at 2PM, and Sunday at 3PM through Sunday, November 18, at the Connelly Theatre, 220 East 4th Street, between Avenues A & B (6 to Astor Place, W/N to 8th Street or F/V to Second Avenue). There is only one performance on Saturday, October 20 at 4PM. The evening performance on Saturday, October 27 is at 7PM. The running time is 95 minutes.

Tickets are $38 and are available at www.transportgroup.org or by phoning TheaterMania at (212) 352-3101. For more information about Transport Group and Crossing Brooklyn, visit www.transportgroup.org.

A Night in Gotham - Bullets Over Off-Broadway - 10/28/2007

Gotham Stage Company's second annual benefit event at Ars Nova. New York themed songs by company members and friends as well as classic NY Movie scenes, rewritten by Randall David Cook and performed by Gotham's resident acting troupe. Jason Eagan Directs. Performers include Lisa Howard, Catherine Brunell, Anne Tolpegin, Zach Shaffer, Bridget Everett, Katie Dietz, Caesar Samayoa, Julia Haubner and many more! Www.gothamstage.org for tix

Old Springs Pike @ Joe's Pub - 10/29/2007

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

Cabaret Cares - 10/29/2007

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.

Cabaret Cares Monday, October 8 at 7PM; Mondays, October 22 & 29 at 9:30PM $25 cover This ongoing series benefits Help is on the Way Today, a not-for-profit organization which helps children living with HIV/AIDS. October 8: The Lovely Ladies of Cabaret - an evening featuring some of the most talented ladies in cabaret, including JeAnne MacDonald, Sue Matsuki, Cynthia Crane, Leslie Orofino, Aryn Faith, Liz McKendry, Erin Shields and others. October 22: Sue Matsuki in Ella's Greatest Hits - Sue Matsuki brings back her hit tribute to the great Ella Fitzgerald. October 29: The cast of A Chorus Line – featuring Heather Parcells, Will Taylor, Nick Adams and more from the cast of the hit Broadway revival A Chorus Line.

Lucy - 10/29/2007

Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation proudly announce the US premiere of Damien Atkins's new play Lucy. Performances begin October 24, for an October 29 opening. This limited engagement runs through November 18 only. Ensemble Studio Theatre is located at 549 West 52nd Street (between 10th & 11th Ave)

"Vivian is an anthropologist at the top of her field. She craves solitude -- motherhood was never an option. But when forced to care for her estranged teenage daughter, Lucy, her life is turned upside down. Lucy is autistic...and might be the next step in Vivian's evolution," explain press notes.

Tickets for Lucy are $20 during previews (October 24 – 28); regular tickets (October 29 through November 18) will be $30 with Senior and Student tickets $15 for all performances, which are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday at 7PM, Friday and Saturday at 8PM with matinees Saturday at 2PM and Sunday at 3PM. Special performance Sunday November 4 at 5 PM.

Tickets available through Theatermania.com at 212-352-3101. Visit EST online at www.ensemblestudiotheatre.org

Speech & Debate - 10/29/2007

Roundabout Theatre Company presents Speech & Debate, a black comedy by Stephen Karam, directed by Tony Award nominee Jason Moore, featuring Susan Blackwell as "Teacher/Reporter," Jason Fuchs as "Solomon," Gideon Glick as "Howie" and Sarah Steele as "Diwata."

Speech & Debate will open officially on Monday, October 29, at The Black Box Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street). This is a limited engagement through December 16, 2007.

"In Speech & Debate, three teenage misfits in Salem, Oregon reluctantly form their school's first speech and debate team after discovering they are all linked by a sex scandal that's rocked their town. Secrets become currency, blogs are belted and "bathing suit areas" exposed in this black comedy about what, if anything, it means to be an adult.

All tickets ($20) for Speech & Debate will be issued as general admission passes for first-come, first-served seating on the show date. Available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at 212-719-1300, online at www.roundaboutunderground.com or at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre box office (111 West 46th Street).

Speech & Debate will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30PM and Sunday evenings at 7:00PM. www.roundaboutunderground.com

An Intimate Salon BC/EFA - 10/29/2007

On Monday, October 29 at 7PM, comedienne Joy Behar (ABC's "The View") and Tony nominee Christopher Sieber (Spamalot) will co-host the second yearly edition of "An Intimate Salon" a private benefit event for Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA).

"An Intimate Salon" recalls the days of Cole Porter when being invited to an Elsa Maxwell party meant hobnobbing with the newest, brightest and best. This year's BC/EFA 'Salon' will offer partygoers the opportunity to rub elbows some of Broadway, TV, and the recording industry's brightest and fastest rising stars. Scheduled to mix, mingle, dish and perform are: TV and Broadway Legend Lucie Arnaz, Emmy nominated actress and singer Bobbie Eakes (ABC's 'All My Children'), Norm Lewis (Disney's The Little Mermaid), Jose Llana (Spelling Bee), rising TV star Julian Ovenden (ABC's 'Cashmere Mafia'), and Broadway's favorite piano man and raconteur Seth Rudetsky (The Ritz).

A limited number of tickets to this once in a lifetime event will be available to the general public at the $500 and $1,000 levels.

These can be purchased through the Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS website www.broadwaycares.org or by calling – 212.840.0770 x268

The Rainmaker - ACT - 10/30/2007

The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco has announced its 2007-2008 season. Visit www.act-sf.org for more information:

Directed by Mark Rucker, N. Richard Nash's The Rainmaker will be presented from October 30th through November 25th. "The Rainmaker centers on the charismatic huckster Starbuck, who travels the heartland selling snake-oil and other dubious miracle cures. At the drought-stricken Curry farm, Starbuck promises to make it rain-for a price, of course. But when he and Lizzie, the lone daughter of the family, discover a genuine chemistry, they begin to consider the possibility of a real miracle."

Hairspray - UK - 10/30/2007

The West End transfer of the Broadway hit Hairspray will begin previews on October 11th and open on October 30th at the Shaftesbury Theater.

In Hairspray, "it's 1962—the '50s are out and change is in the air. Baltimore's Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion—to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance program, "The Corny Collins Show" and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can a plus-size trendsetter in dance and fashion vanquish the program's reigning princess, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television show without denting her 'do?," as the show is described in press materials.

For more information about Hairspray, please visit the Hairspray website at www.hairsprayonbroadway.com.

The Receptionist - 10/30/2007

The Manhattan Theatre Club presents the world premiere of The Receptionist by Adam Bock, directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello.

Starring Josh Charles (Dead Poets Society) as Mr. Dart; Robert Foxworth (Judgment at Nuremberg) as Mr. Raymond; and Kendra Kassebaum (Wicked) as Lorraine; joined by previously announced Tony Award-nominee Jayne Houdyshell (Well) as Beverly. Featuring a scenic design by David Korins, costumes by Jane Greenwood, lighting by Brian MacDevitt and sound by Darron L. West.

The Receptionist begins previews at Stage I on Friday, October 12 with an opening night on Tuesday, October 30, 2007.

As described by press notes, "Beverly takes pride in her work as the receptionist at a busy Northeast office. Whether coaching her co-worker Lorraine through romantic troubles, fielding calls for their boss Mr. Raymond or carefully monitoring the flow of office supplies, Beverly keeps her domain shipshape. But when handsome Mr. Dart arrives unexpectedly from the central office, Beverly is charmed, Lorraine is smitten and Mr. Raymond is caught completely off guard."

Manhattan Theatre Club is helmed by Lynne Meadow (artistic director), Barry Grove (executive producer) and Daniel Sullivan (acting artistic director 2007-08). All performances are at the New York City Center (131 West 55th Street).

Subscribe to MTC by calling 212-399-3030, M-F 12-8PM with a major credit card. Subscriptions are also available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com. Single tickets for all Manhattan Theatre Club productions at New York City Center will be available beginning Monday, September 10 by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212.

A Hard Heart - 10/30/2007

Epic Theatre Ensemble (formerly Epic Theatre Center) announced that celebrated actor and activist Kathleen Chalfant will play the lead role of 'Riddler' in the New York premiere of A Hard Heart, a play by Howard Barker, directed by Will Pomerantz (Great Expectations; Culture Project Director-in-Residence). Kicking off the newly re-christened company's seventh season, performances of this provocative and timely work begin on October 30, 2007, at the Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street) and run through December 2, 2007. Opening night is November 11, 2007.

"Written long before 9/11, the Patriot Act, the new Pope and the current immigration debate, A Hard Heart is a prescient and electrifying play exploring the ways we protect our political and human borders. Barker's prophetic drama imagines a country facing invasion. 'Praxis' the Queen enlists the Genius 'Riddler' to devise a strategy to protect their threatened culture, but is the sacrifice too much? Epic Theatre Ensemble is proud to finally bring this chilling tale to our own city under siege. In conjunction with A Hard Heart, Epic has announced that Post-Show forums will follow every performance," as described in press notes.

Tickets are $50.00 and will be available as of August 23, 2007 through TicketCentral by calling (212) 279-4200 or visiting www.ticketcentral.com.

The Seafarer - 10/30/2007

The National Theatre's production of The Seafarer by Conor McPherson makes its Broadway transfer beginning Tuesday, October 30 for a Thursday, November 15 opening at the Booth Theatre. The American premiere, directed by McPherson, will star Ciarán Hinds, Conleth Hill, David Morse, Richie Coster, and Jim Norton.

"It's Christmas Eve and Sharky (Morse) has returned to Dublin to look after his irascible, aging brother (Norton) who's recently gone blind," describes press notes, "Old drinking buddies Ivan (Hill) and Nicky (Coster) are holed up at the house too, hoping to play some cards. But with the arrival of a stranger (Hinds) from the distant past, the stakes are raised ever higher. In fact, Sharky may be playing for his very soul."

Previews for The Seafarer begin Tuesday, October 30; opening night is Thursday, November 15. Tickets ($96.50 - $76.50), on-sale soon, are available via Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or www.telecharge.com.

Performances:

* October 30 – November 17: Monday – Saturdays at 8PM with Saturday matinees at 2PM. * November 19 –November 25: Tuesday & Wednesday at 8PM; Friday & Saturday at 8PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Friday & Saturday at 2PM; Sunday at 3PM. * From November 27 onward: Tuesday – Saturday at 8PM. Matinees on Wednesday & Saturday at 2PM; Sunday at 3PM.

August: Osage County - 10/30/2007

Tracy Letts' acclaimed play August: Osage County, previously a hit at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, will open at the Imperial Theatre on November 20th after beginning previews on October 30th.

"Clocking in at three hours and 20 minutes, Letts' drama follows a family reuniting in rural Oklahoma after the disappearance of their patriarch," states the article. The play, by the author of Bug and Killer Joe, features a cast of 13 as well as "a three-story house that fills the stage."

Spain - 10/30/2007

MCC Theater presents Jim Knable's romantic comedy Spain, directed by Jeremy Dobrish. Previews begin October 10 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) with performances scheduled through November 17; opening October 30.

"Reeling from an acrimonious divorce, Barbara finds solace in her overactive imagination. After conjuring her dream lover — a sexy Conquistador decked out in a full suit of armor! — the two embark on a fantastical journey which prompts her to give in to her darkest desires. Jim Knable's seductive modern-day fairy tale mixes romance and whimsy in its exploration of one woman's quest for self-acceptance, contentment and the willingness to love again," describe press notes.

Performances are Tuesday and Wednesday at 7PM, Thursday and Friday at 8PM, Saturday at 2PM & 8PM, and Sunday at 3PM. Individual tickets are $60 and are currently available through www.ticketcentral.com or by calling (212) 279-4200.

Lynda Carter @ Feinsteins - 10/30/2007

Scott Stander and Associates proudly presents TV's one and only "Wonder Woman," Lynda Carter, in her NY cabaret debut, by popular demand at Feinstein's at the Loews Regency. Performances are October 30 through November 3.

"Performing an array of jazz classics and standards with a six-piece ensemble, includes 'Put the Blame on Mame,' 'Blues In the Night' and 'As Time Goes By,' under the musical direction of Johnny Harris, who has worked with such legendary stars as Shirley Bassey, Paul Anka and Tom Jones," states press notes.

Feinstein's at the Regency is located at 540 Park Avenue at 61st Street. Performances are Tuesday, October 30 through Saturday, November 3 at 8:30PM; plus late shows on Friday and Saturday at 11PM.

Tickets are $75 Cover / $40 Minimum, available by calling 212-339-4095 or visit www.ticketweb.com

The Piano Teacher - 10/30/2007

Opening the Tony Award-winning Vineyard Theatre's 2007-08 Season will be the Off-Broadway premiere of The Piano Teacher, a new play by Julia Cho, author of Durango, with previews to begin October 30, prior to its official press opening November 18 at The Vineyard Theatre (108 East 15th Street). Kate Whoriskey directs. Elizabeth Franz stars.

In The Piano Teacher, Franz portrays Mrs. K, a retired piano teacher who seeks out her former students, curious why they suddenly stopped taking lessons years before.

Performances of The Piano Teacher, run October 30 through December 9; Tuesdays at 7pm; Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8pm; with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are $55. For reservations, call The Vineyard box office at 212-353-0303 or log onto www.vineyardtheatre.org.

Make Me A Song - 10/30/2007

Make Me A Song: The Music of William Finn is coming off Broadway and will open at the New World Stages on Monday, November 12 with previews commencing on Tuesday, October 30.

"Make Me A Song: The Music of William Finn is a theatrical revue featuring the songs of one of the most acclaimed composer/lyricists currently writing for the musical theatre. The theatrical revue features classics from Finn's well-known shows in addition with rarely heard selections from Romance in Hard Times, Elegies, and the yet to be produced The Royal Family."

Show times are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 8 PM , Friday at 9 PM, Saturday at 5 PM and 9 PM and Sunday at 3 PM and 7 PM.

Tickets are: $61.50 for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday at 7PM; $71.50 for Friday, Saturday at 5PM & 9PM and Sunday at 3PM. Limited number of mezzanine seats are available at $25.00. Tickets are available through www.Telecharge.com and 212-239-6200. Visit MakeMeASongTheMusical.com

 


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