Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 10/31/2007

Below is BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 10/30/2007. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit BroadwayWorld.com's Event Calendar.

Hamlet - 10/31/2007

The Public Theater will open its 2007-2008 season with The Wooster Group's Hamlet, a wildly inventive take on Shakespeare's best-known tragedy. Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte, Hamlet marks the debut of the Wooster Group at The Public Theater, building upon The Public's role as a home for independent and experimental artists. The Wooster Group's Hamlet will run October 9 to November 18; opening on Wednesday, October 31.

Hamlet features Scott Shepherd as Hamlet; Kate Valk as Gertrude and Ophelia; Ari Fliakos as Claudius; and Dominique Bousquet, Alessandro Magania, Daniel Pettrow, Bill Raymond, Casey Spooner and Judson Williams in a variety of roles.

The performance schedule is Tuesdays at 7 PM; Wednesdays thru Saturdays at 8 PM; and Sundays at 4 PM. The performance on Tuesday, November 6th will be at 8 PM instead of 7 PM.

The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street. Tickets are $50-$60 with student rush tickets available for $25 (1 per ID). There are a limited number of Rush Tickets sold an hour before curtain at every performance (Two per person, $20 each, cash only). To purchase tickets, please call (212) 967-7555.

For general information, please call (212) 539-8750 or visit www.publictheater.org or www.thewoostergroup.org.

Masquerade Ball - 10/31/2007

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.

Masquerade Ball Wednesday, October 31 at 8:30PM No cover, no minimum The Laurie Beechman Theatre is pleased to announce our first ever Masquerade Ball. In celebration of Halloween, come dressed to the hilt or dress as you, yourself and I for an evening of fun and frivolity. Hosted by The After Party's Brandon Cutrell, there is no cover and no minimum for this event, and you might even win something for best costume. Come and sing something scary (or something from a "scary" musical), as the mic is always open, or sit back and haunt the folks at your table. The scary shots flow freely. Special guests to be announced soon.

The Phantom of the Opera @ Chicago - 10/31/2007

Cameron Mackintosh/Really Useful Theatre Company, Inc. production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Harold Prince, returning to Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph St.) for a limited ten-week holiday engagement running Wednesday, October 31 through Saturday, January 5, 2008.

Tickets range in price from $28 - $85 and are available at Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (151 W. Randolph St., 24 W. Randolph St. and 18 W. Monroe St.), by calling Ticketmaster at (312) 902-1400, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

John Cudia heads the 36-member company as The Phantom. Sara Jean Ford, a former original cast member from the Chicago company of Wicked, plays the young soprano, Christine, with Greg Mills as Raoul. Also featured are Kim Stengel as Carlotta Giudicelli, Chicago-native D.C. Anderson as Monsieur André, Bruce Winant as Monsieur Firmin, Rebecca Judd as Madame Giry, John Whitney as Ubaldo Piangi and Polly Baird as Meg. At certain performances, Sarah Lawrence plays the role of Christine.

Tickets for The Phantom of the Opera range in price from $28 to $85 and are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (151 W. Randolph St., 24 W. Randolph St. and 18 W. Monroe St.), by calling Ticketmaster at (312) 902-1400, online at www.ticketmaster.com, and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Carson Pirie Scott stores, Hot Tix, select Coconuts and fye stores). Groups of 20 or more may receive a discount by calling (312) 977-1710.

For more information, log onto www.broadwayinchicago.com or visit the official The Phantom of the Opera website at www.thephantomoftheopera.com.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas - 11/1/2007

The critically acclaimed, record-breaking production Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical back to Broadway this holiday season.

The Grinch returns to the heart of Broadway in the St. James Theatre, 246 West 44th Street. Performances are scheduled to begin November 1st, 2007 and shows will run through January 6th, 2008. Ticket prices range from $25.00 - $111.50 with Premium seating also available. Group tickets on sale now (Group Sales Box Office, 800.223.7565, www.BestofBroadway.com). Tickets will go on sale to the general public in September.

Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical features the hit songs "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas" from the original animated series. "Max the Dog narrates this classic holiday tale as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is "two sizes too small", decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, an endlessly cheerful bunch bursting with holiday spirit. The Grinch is a natural at thieving, even lying to little Cindy-Lou Who about his intentions as he stuffs the family tree, up the chimney, as well as the 'roast beast' feast and every last present up the chimney. When the Whos still insist on celebrating Christmas as if the thievery had never occurred, they melt the old miser's heart and, in the end, the Grinch learns that the holidays are not about accumulating presents but about love and togetherness," state press notes.

For additional information, please contact Running Subway Productions at 212.556.4705

Cymbeline - 11/1/2007

Lincoln Center Theater has announced its 2007 Fall season. A new production of William Shakespeare's Cymbeline, directed by Mark Lamos, will begin performances in the Vivian Beaumont Theater on Thursday, November 1 and open on Sunday, December 2.

The cast of 26 will include (as pictured): Jonathan Cake, Michael Cerveris, John Cullum, Martha Plimpton and Phylicia Rashad.

William Shakespeare's romance Cymbeline, one of the final plays of the playwright's career, will be directed by Mark Lamos, who also directed LCT's production of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure in the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Lamos' most recent LCT productions include Edward Albee's Seascape, Sheridan's The Rivals and A. R. Gurney's Big Bill.

Frankenstein - 11/1/2007

Frankenstein, a new musical inspired by Mary Shelley's novel, will begin performances off-Broadway at 37 Arts (450 West 37th Street) on Wednesday, October 10th. Opening night is Thursday, November 1st. Hunter Foster stars as Victor Frankenstein.

"Frankenstein tells the epic story of the rebel doctor who challenges the laws of nature and morality when he breathes life into his inanimate creature. Faced with intolerance and adversity, the doctor's creation also learns to rebel against world around him, ultimately destroying the very man who gave him life," state press notes.

Frankenstein begins performances at 37 Arts (450 West 37th Street) Wednesday, October 10th. Opening night is Thursday, November 1st. Performances are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8PM; Wednesday and Sunday at 3 PM; and Saturdays at 2 PM. Tickets go on sale Monday, August 6, 2007 and $20.00 student rush tickets are available at all performances 20 minutes prior to curtain with valid student ID. Call TicketMaster.com at 212-307-4100. Visit www.FrankensteinTheMusical.com.

Cyrano de Bergerac - 11/1/2007

Academy Award and Tony Award winner Kevin Kline and Golden Globe winner Jennifer Garner will star in a new production of Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmond Rostand's 1897 romantic classic, with a translation and adaptation by Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange). Tony Award nominee Daniel Sunjata will also star. Directed by 5-time Tony Award Nominee, David Leveaux, the production will play a strictly limited 10-week engagement at the Richard Rodgers Theater, 226 W. 46th Street. Previews begin on Friday, October 12, 2007 and opening night is set for Thursday, November 1, 2007.

"Based on a true story, Cyrano de Bergerac is a classic tale of romance and tragedy. The soulful poet/philosopher and brilliant swordsman Cyrano (Kline), a cadet in the French Army, falls for the beautiful, strong-willed Roxane (Garner), but is too ashamed of his large nose to tell her. Instead, when he learns that she loves the handsome Christian de Neuvillette (Sunjata), his dim-witted comrade, he pens poetry and love letters to Roxane on Christian's behalf. After many years, the truth is revealed. Will love or beauty conquer all?," state press notes.

Richard III - 11/1/2007

Classic Stage Company will present Obie Award winner Michael Cumpsty in the title role in Shakespeare's Richard III beginning performances Thursday, November 1 at CSC (136 East 13th Street). The production kicks of CSC's 40th anniversary season.

Co-directed by Kulick and Cumpsty, Richard III will play a limited engagement from Thursday, November 1 through Sunday, December 9. The official opening night is Tuesday, November 13 at 7PM.

Joining Cumpsty in the cast of Richard III are Craig Baldwin, Steven Boyer, Philip Goodwin, Chad Hoeppner, Paul Lazar, Roberta Maxwell, KK Moggie, Michael Potts, Maria Tucci and Graham Winton. Richard III will feature sets by Mark Wendland, lighting by Brian Scott and costumes by Oana Ban-Botez.

Richard III will be performed Tuesday through Fridays at 8PM; Saturdays at 2PM & 8PM and Sundays at 3PM, with additional Sunday performances at 7:30PM on November 4, November 18, and December 2. For tickets and information, visit www.classicstage.org or call 866-811-4111, or 212-352-3101, or visit the theater box-office at 136 East 13th Street, Monday through Friday 12PM – 6PM

Memberships to Classic Stage Company productions are available at various price levels, including the flexible Masterpass membership, which in addition to prime seats, entitles members to participate in CSC special series, including their sold out Open Rehearsal events. For more information on Classic Stage Company visit the theater's website at www.classicstage.org.

Grumpy Old Men - Reading - 11/1/2007

Producer Jeff Gardner announces a reading of his upcoming Broadway production, Grumpy Old Men: The Musical, November 1 & 2 at a studio in the Theatre District.

Three-time Emmy winner, movie star, and Broadway veteran, Christopher Lloyd will join Emmy and Tony Award winner George Hearn as the two grumpy neighbors originally played by Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in the 1993 Warner Bros. motion picture. The role of Ariel (Ann-Margret in the movie) will be read by star of stage and screen Adrienne Barbeau.

Academy Award nominee and Emmy Winner Carol Kane, will play the role of Punky, a role created specifically for this musical adaptation of the piece.

Emmy award nominee Garrett Morris will play the role of Chuck, and Conrad John Schuck will portray Grandpa Gustafson.

The remaining roles will be played by a number of highly respected Broadway veterans including: Janet Metz, Jordan Leeds, Rita Harvey, Bjorn Johnson, Carter Calvert, David Beach, Timothy Shew, Joy Hermalyn, and Jerold Goldstein.

Grumpy Old Men: The Musical is a stage adaptation of the popular 1993 Warner Bros. motion picture Grumpy Old Men. Veteran director Glenn Casale, who has been previously represented on Broadway by the Tony nominated revival of Peter Pan, is helming the production. The creative team consists of composer Neil Berg, lyricist Nick Meglin, and playwright Dan Remmes. The 1993 film, written by Mark Steven Johnson (Daredevil, Simon Birch, Ghostrider) was presented by Warner Bros.

"The basic plot of Grumpy Old Men: The Musical is the story of two aging men, Max and John, neighbors, who have been feuding for most of their lives. The two men are re-united in friendship through the love and compassion of their new neighbor across the street, the beautiful, and eccentric, Ariel," explain press notes.

Visit www.GrumpyOldMenTheMusical.com for detailed biographies of the creative and production teams, and track the progress of the creation of the show.

Arpeggio - 11/1/2007

World premiere production of Arpeggio, directed by Cristina Alicea. Arpeggio will play a 3-week limited engagement at the 45th Street Theatre (358 West 45th Street, 2nd Fl.). Performances begin Thursday, November 1 and continue through Sunday, November 18. Opening Night is Saturday, November 3 at 8PM.

"Zeb, the personal assistant and best friend to fading pop superstar, Cindy Hall, is consumed by loneliness so he decides to take on a new roommate, Gerry. Zeb and Gerry become fast friends. He confides in her about the uncertainty of his relationship with his new illegal immigrant boyfriend, Ricardo‹although they feel greatly for each other, they are wary of a future together. Gerry confides in Zeb that she has a secret - a passionate affair with rock sensation Tobin Grey. The story reveals more secrets, which devastate their illusions and lives, spotlighting America's obsession with celebrity, and its tragic effects," explain press notes. David Stallings' Arpeggio is performed with an onstage rock band showcasing the talents of composer Alec Bridges and the musical arrangements of Sarah Chaney.

Arpeggio plays the following regular schedule through Sunday, November 18: Thursdays at 8PM; Fridays at 8PM; Saturdays at 2PM & 8PM; Sundays at 7PM

Tickets are $20-25 and are now available online at www.theatermania.com or by calling 212-352-3101 or 866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased in-person one hour prior to show time at the theater box office.

Acts of Love - 11/1/2007

Dangerous Arrangement, Inc. presents Acts of Love by Kathryn Chetkovich, Off Broadway at The Kirk Theatre (Theatre Row), 410 West 42nd Street. Previews begin on Thursday, November 1 and the opening is Tuesday, November 6 at 8PM for the limited Off Broadway engagement.

"Acts of Love is a new play about the things we never get over, the things we do for love and the damage we do to others in the process. Rob brings his new girlfriend home to meet his parents, Ed and Sheila who have been happily married for 20 years. Now, the door the family has managed to keep closed for 20 years is finally forced open. Every happy family has its secrets--the ones we keep from each other and the ones we keep from ourselves; and sometimes we get the chance to make the same mistakes twice," explain press notes.

Performances of the limited engagement of Acts Of Love through November 18 are: Tuesday – Saturday at 8PM and matinees on Wednesday at 2PM; Saturday at 2PM and on Sunday at 3PM.

Tickets are $45; available through Ticket Central: 212-279-4200 or www.ticketcentral.com

Based on a Totally True Story - 11/2/2007

The New Conservatory Theatre Center has announced a diverse array of productions for Pride Season 2007-08.

Season subscriptions for Pride Season 2007-08 range from $140 to $280. This year, NCTC introduces a New Audience Flex Pass for ages 18-25, which includes all nine Pride Season productions for only $75, with a valid ID. Returning subscribers may purchase subscriptions for Pride Season 2007-2008 beginning April 2, and subscriptions will be available for new subscribers starting May 7.

Single tickets are $20-$40 and go on sale July 5, 2006. Season samplers (three-show subscriptions) range from $50-100. Single tickets and subscription packages are available through the NCTC Box Office at 415-861-8972 Wednesday through Saturday, 1:30-7PM, and Sunday through Tuesday, Noon-3PM. Tickets and subscriptions may also be purchased online at www.nctcsf.org. Student rush tickets may be purchased for $15 with a valid student ID at the NCTC box office two hours before the performance.

The New Conservatory Theatre Center is located at 25 Van Ness Avenue, near Market Street.

Based on a Totally True Story November 2 – December 16, 2007 Urban Comedy/Drama By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Walker Theatre

Ethan Keene is a young, talented playwright and comic book writer on the verge of making it big. When a veteran Hollywood producer decides she wants to turn one of his plays into a horror movie, the frenzy that follows forces him to deal with the real drama in his life – his relationship with his family and his boyfriend.

Argonautika - 11/2/2007

Argonautika – West Coast Premiere Berkeley Rep - Roda Theatre Conceived and directed by Mary Zimmerman November 2 – December 16, 2007 (Press Night: Wednesday, November 7)

Next, in November, Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman makes another mythic trek to the Roda Theatre for the West Coast premiere of Argonautika. Each time the MacArthur genius brings a show to Berkeley Rep, audiences embrace it: Journey to the West, Metamorphoses, and The Secret in the Wings all made their West Coast debuts here, and The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci also opened to acclaim. This time, Zimmerman joins Jason on his ancient quest for the Golden Fleece – an epic journey of love and loss, hubris and honor, danger and adventure. Jason confronts giants, kings, sirens, nymphs, centaurs, sea monsters, and one treacherously heartsick sorceress. In her latest perilous voyage, Zimmerman shows us that love is the bane of all mankind – and yet it's all that we know of heaven on this earth. Visually spectacular and theatrically dazzling, Argonautika led the Chicago Tribune's list of the Top 10 Plays of the Year.

Anita Baker @ Golden Gate Theatre - 11/2/2007

Anita Baker – celebrated singer, multiple Grammy Award winner, composer, producer – known as the woman who gave birth to "fireside love songs" and such classic gems as "Giving You The Best That I Got," "Just Because," and "Fairy Tales" with an unmistakable soulful alto voice. Baker has been heralded as one of the great song stylists of our time and is the recipient of 8 Grammy awards plus the Soul Train, NAACP Image, Billboard and Rolling Stone Awards. She's given us the best that she's got for almost two decades now, and just when other singers would be coasting on their legacy, Anita Baker returns to give us her all.

This is the inaugural concert of the newly formed relationship between SHN and Pacific Arts Presents to present a wide range of concerts by popular recording artists in SHN's premier theatrical venues. The concert will be November 2 at 8PM at The Golden Gate Theatre (1 Golden Gate Avenue at Taylor).

Beginning September 29, tickets for Anita Baker Concert ranging in price from $78 to $128 will be available for purchase online at shnsf.com, through Ticketmaster by calling 415-512-7770, at www.ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and the Orpheum Theatre Box Office (1192 Market at 8th St., M-S, 10AM – 6PM). To learn more about SHN and Pacific Arts Presents Concerts and all other SHN shows, please visit www.shnsf.com

The Little Mermaid - 11/3/2007

THE LITTLE MERMAID is based on the Academy Award®-winning film and the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, the king of the sea, escape the clutches of an evil sea witch and convince a prince that she's the girl with the perfect voice.

With a score composed by eight-time Academy Award-winner Alan Menken and his late partner Howard Ashman, THE LITTLE MERMAID will feature the classic songs "Part of Your World," "Kiss the Girl" and the Academy Award®-winning Best Original Song, "Under the Sea," as well as nine new songs by Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater. The book for the new musical is by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning playwright Doug Wright.

Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID visionary team of artists include Francesca Zambello (director), Stephen Mear (choreographer), George Tsypin (scenic design), Tatiana Noginova (costume design) and Tony Award®-winner Natasha Katz (lighting design).

THE LITTLE MERMAID will receive its pre-Broadway engagement at the Denver Center Attractions at Ellie Caulkins Opera House beginning July 26, 2007.

The production will then begin previews on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street) on November 3, 2007 and open officially on December 6, 2007.

His Eyes, Her Eyes - 11/3/2007

His Eyes, Her Eyes is an exciting evening of classic songs from Broadway and beyond, interpreted by two of Broadway's brightest young stars and Tony-nominees: Melissa Errico and Brian D'Arcy James.

She has been called "the voice of enchantment" by The New York Times while he has been called "charming" by Variety with a "dazzling" big voice. The evening celebrates Broadway music - featuring such great songs and duets from My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Sweet Smell of Success and Carousel. The eternal songs of Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter and Michel Legrand as well as modern arrangements of favorites by James Taylor, Billy Joel and Duke Ellington, will be part of this gala evening.

At the Jeanne Rimsky Theater at Landmark on Main Street - www.landmarkonmainstreet.org. Email gala@landmarkonmainstreet.org for more information.

Rock 'n' Roll - 11/4/2007

Rock 'n' Roll, a new play by Tom Stoppard, will open on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45th Street) on November 4, 2007. Previews will begin on October 19, 2007.

Directed by Trevor Nunn, members of the original London company, including Brian Cox, Sinead Cusack and Rufus Sewell, along with Nicole Ansari and Alice Eve, will appear in the Broadway production of Rock 'n' Roll.

The production received its world premiere at the Royal Court as part of their 50th Anniversary celebration and subsequently transferred to the Duke of York's Theatre for a sold-out run.

The play "spans the years from 1968 -1990 from the double perspective of Prague, where a rock 'n' roll band comes to symbolize resistance to the Communist regime –and of Cambridge, where the verities of love and death are shaping the lives of three generations in the family of a Marxist philosopher," state press materials.

Holding the Man - Closing - 11/4/2007

The New Conservatory Theatre Center has announced a diverse array of productions for Pride Season 2007-08.

Season subscriptions for Pride Season 2007-08 range from $140 to $280. This year, NCTC introduces a New Audience Flex Pass for ages 18-25, which includes all nine Pride Season productions for only $75, with a valid ID. Returning subscribers may purchase subscriptions for Pride Season 2007-2008 beginning April 2, and subscriptions will be available for new subscribers starting May 7.

Single tickets are $20-$40 and go on sale July 5, 2006. Season samplers (three-show subscriptions) range from $50-100. Single tickets and subscription packages are available through the NCTC Box Office at 415-861-8972 Wednesday through Saturday, 1:30-7PM, and Sunday through Tuesday, Noon-3PM. Tickets and subscriptions may also be purchased online at www.nctcsf.org. Student rush tickets may be purchased for $15 with a valid student ID at the NCTC box office two hours before the performance.

The New Conservatory Theatre Center is located at 25 Van Ness Avenue, near Market Street.

Holding the Man September 21 – November 4, 2007 A Love Story US Premiere from Australia Adapted by Tommy Murphy from the memoir by Timothy Conigrave Decker Theatre

Tommy Murphy's adaptation of Timothy Conigrave's award-winning memoir chronicles Conigrave's fifteen-year relationship with John Caleo that started at an all-boys Catholic school and weathered disapproval, separation, temptation and, ultimately, death. This work tells a breathtakingly honest, achingly funny, and completely heart-wrenching story that speaks across generations, sexual preferences, and cultures.

Oh, Lady! Lady!! - 11/4/2007

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.

Oh, Lady! Lady!! Music by Jerome Kern Lyrics by P.G. Wodehouse Book by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse November 23 – December 16, 2007 Opening Night: November 24

"The legendary Princess Theatre shows revolutionized American musical theatre, and Oh, Lady! Lady!! Is one of the best of them. The typically madcap Bolton-Wodehouse story finds a young man's wedding plans derailed by a vampy former flame and a jewel thief out for one last spree."

The Great American Trailer Park Musical - 11/4/2007

October 12 - November 4 Spotlighters Theatre 817 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 www.spotlighters.org or 410-752-1225 $18 Adults/$15 Students, Seniors and BTA members

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - 11/4/2007

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

The Runner Stumbles - 11/4/2007

The Actors Company Theatre presents The Runner Stumbles, by Milan Stitt, directed by Scott Alan Evans; beginning previews October 28, officially opening November 4 with performances through November 24 at the Beckett Theatre.

"Repressed passions flare. Could the anguish he suffers over his illicit passion for Sister Rita, a young nun, have caused Father Rivard to commit the ultimate sin of murder? The truth, when revealed, is nowhere near as simple. Set in rural Michigan at the turn of the last century, The Runner Stumbles is based on a true story," explain press notes.

Show times are Monday, Thursday and Friday at 7:30PM; Saturday at 2PM & 8PM and Sunday at 3PM. Added performances Wednesday, October 31 at 7:30PM and Tuesday, November 20 at 7:30PM. There is no performance November 23.

The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street. Tickets are $20 available at Ticket Central by phone 212-279-4200 or online at www.tactnyc.org

The Glorious Ones - 11/5/2007

Lincoln Center Theater has announced its 2007 Fall season. In the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, The Glorious Ones, a new musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, based on the novel by Francine Prose, directed and choreographed by Graciela Daniele, will begin performances on Thursday, October 11 and open on Monday, November 5.

Writer Lynn Ahrens, composer Stephen Flaherty and director/choreographer Graciela Daniele return to LCT with "The Glorious Ones, a backstage musical about the lives, loves, ambitions, and art of the performers in a 16th-century commedia dell'arte troupe in Italy of the late Renaissance. Based on the novel by Francine Prose, the musical tells how the troupe came to be and how it captured the public's adoration with its bawdy comedy and raunchiness, before changing artistic fashion altered its way of life. Its seven archetypal characters are – the charismatic leading man (Marc Kudisch), the sly harlequin, the quack "dottore", the old miser, the earthy maidservant, the devoted dwarf and the beautiful maiden," state press notes.

The cast of seven will feature Natalie Venetia Belcon, Erin Davie, John Kassir, David Patrick Kelly, Marc Kudisch, Julyana Soelistyo and Jeremy Webb.

The musical will be performed Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3 pm. (There is no Saturday matinee on Saturday, October 13.) Tickets priced at $70 to $75 will be available beginning Sunday, September 23, at the Lincoln Center Theater box office (150 West 65 Street), by calling Tele-Charge at (212) 239-6200 or on-line by visiting www.lct.org.

Andrea Burns @ Joe's Pub - 11/5/2007

Andréa Burns – "A Deeper Shade of Red" CD Release November 5 at 9:30PM, $25. Andréa celebrates the release of her debut solo album "A Deeper Shade of Red". The album marries two of her great musical inspirations: Broadway show tunes and the female singer/songwriters of the 1970s. Weaving the evening together with hilarious stories from her childhood, Andréa shares tales of being raised in a Latin-Jewish household, the humiliations of motherhood, and other growing pains.

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

Tickets ($25) are available by calling 212-967-7555 or online at www.joespub.com. You can also visit the box-office at The Public Theater from 1pm to 6pm and at Joe's Pub from 6pm to 10pm (both located at 425 Lafayette St.)

Two's Company - Stephen Schwartz & Alan Menken - 11/5/2007

Los Angeles City College Theatre Alumni & Associates (LACCTAA) will present "Two's Company – An All-Star Event Celebrating The Songs of Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz," a fund-raising event benefiting LACCTAA and the Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy.

Under the direction and executive produced by Bruce Kimmel, hosted by Cindy Williams, produced by Cason Murphy, with choreography by Adam Cates and musical direction by Richard Berent, the show will feature an All-Star Cast. The event will be presented at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91203 on Monday, November 5 at 7:30PM.

The All-Star Cast will include: Matthew Ashford, Christina Saffran Ashford, David Burnham, Patrick Cassidy, Kirsten Benton Chandler, Kevin Earley, Gregory Jbara, Chad Kimball, Vicki Lewis, Beth Malone, Michelle Nicastro, Valarie Pettiford, Linda Purl, Alice Ripley, Julie Reiber and Emily Rozek, Sara Rue, Rex Smith, Kevin Spirtas, Alet Taylor, Andy Taylor, Terry Trotter, Bruce Vilanch, Jennifer Leigh Warren and exciting surprise appearances! Adam Conger will appear as a Soloist Newsboy in the show. The cast is subject to change.

The show will feature songs from musicals written by composers Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, including: Wicked, Godspell, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Pippin, The Magic Show, Rags, Newsies, Pocahontas, Little Shop of Horrors, Aladdin and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Tickets range from $250 to $20 per person. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.alextheatre.org. For further information, please visit the Alex Theatre website at www.alextheatre.org and LACCTAA's website at www.lacctaa.org.

"Two's Company" performs at Alex Theatre (216 N. Brand Boulevard, Glendale, CA) on Monday, November 5. The Show begins at 7:30PM; the Silent Auction begins at 6:30PM.

My Fair Lady - National Tour - 11/6/2007

Wouldn't It Be Lover-ly? November 6 - 18 Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center www.france-merrickpac.com

Rosie O'Donnell Live at Lincoln Center - 11/6/2007

Rosie Live at Lincoln Center Tuesday, November 06, 2007 8:00 PM Avery Fisher Hall

The one and only Rosie O'Donnell will perform at the 4th Annual New York Comedy Festival with a night of comedy and music and surprise special guests. All the fun will help support Rosie's Broadway Kids, which is dedicated to enriching the lives of children through arts education.

New York Comedy Festival - 11/6/2007

The New York Comedy Festival (NYCF) announced today that Rosie O'Donnell is joining the roster of stars taking the stage for the ultimate comedy festival the week of November 6-11, 2007 at top venues throughout the city.

O'Donnell will perform on the NYCF's opening night Tuesday, November 6 at 8:00 pm at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. She will be joined by a number of special guests. Rosie's performance will benefit her organization Rosie's Broadway Kids, an education organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children through the arts.

The Fourth Annual NYCF's roster also includes celebrated comics Sarah Silverman performing at Carnegie Hall on November 7; Denis Leary at the Beacon Theatre on November 8; Louis CK at Town Hall on November 8; Artie Lange at Town Hall on November 9; Damon Wayans at the Beacon Theatre on November 9; Bill Maher at the Beacon Theatre on November 10 and Seth MacFarlane at Avery Fisher Hall on November 11.

The 2007 NYCF is presented by Caroline's on Broadway and The Alliance Agency, American Express, exclusive broadcast partners WNYW/Fox 5 and WWOR/My9 New York, internet media sponsor MySpace.com, The New York Post and Time Out New York.

For more information on the Festival and to purchase tickets, please visit www.nycomedyfestival.com.

Joy Behar @ Zipper - 11/6/2007

The Zipper Factory is proud to present award-winning comedian, actress, author and talk-show host Joy Behar in "Bitchin' With Behar," a comedy workshop that will benefit God's Love We Deliver.

"Bitchin' With Behar" will be presented at The Zipper Factory (336 West 37th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues) on alternate Tuesdays this fall: October 9, October 23, November 6 and November 20. All show times are at 8PM.

Tickets, which are priced at $25 are available now by calling Ovation tickets at 212-352-3101; or online at www.thezipperfactory.com.

Political Idol - 11/6/2007

Political Idol, a hilarious spoof of the upcoming Primary Elections lambastes its way to Off-Broadway's Triad Theatre opening Tuesday, November 6 at 9PM for an eight week run. Produced by the Freedom Toast Company, preview performances begin Tuesday, October 30 at 9PM.

Political Idol is based on the parodies of Marc Emory, muse and founder of The Freedom Toast, who originated the idea at a Renaissance Weekend gathering (the annual retreat for innovative leaders from diverse fields) where he was encouraged to record some of his twisted takes on popular songs.

"Armed with irreverence, wit, and spot-on impressions of Hillary, Obama, Giuliani, and George W., a quartet of seasoned entertainers turn familiar songs into show-stopping political parodies. Directed by Julie Blanciak the company features: Lara Buck, Enga Davis, Joseph DiSalle and Robert Yarnall," explain press notes. At every performance, audience members will cast their vote for their favorite candidate.

Political Idol will play Tuesdays at 9 PM through December 18 at The Triad Theatre (158 West 72nd Street, between Broadway & Columbus Avenue). There is a 2 drink minimum and a $25 music charge. For tickets and reservations call TheaterMania at 212-352-3101 or online www.theatermania.com

Queens Boulevard - 11/6/2007

Signature Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Queens Boulevard (the musical) by 2007-2008 Playwright-in-Residence Charles Mee. Directed by Davis McCallum and choreographed by Peter Pucci, Queens Boulevard (the musical) begins performances on Tuesday, November 6 at Signature Theatre Company's Peter Norton Space, located at 555 West 42nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues). Opening Night is Monday, December 3.

On his wedding day, a new husband is determined to find the perfect gift for his bride. While she waits at home, he searches for the mythical Flower of Heaven and is thrown into a series of colorful adventures on the streets of his neighborhood in Queens, New York. Inspired by a classical Indian dance drama, Queens Boulevard (the musical) celebrates love, community and life.

Through The Signature Ticket Initiative, which seeks to make great theatre accessible to the broadest possible audience, all regularly-priced single tickets ($65) are available for $20 during the regular runs of each production for the entire season and continues through Signature's 20th Anniversary Season (2010-2011). The Signature Ticket Initiative is made possible by the lead sponsorship of Time Warner, Inc. Generous support for The Signature Ticket Initiative is provided by Margot Adams, in memory of Mason Adams.

The performance schedule for Queens Boulevard (the musical) is Tuesday at 7PM, Wednesday through Friday at 8PM, Saturday at 2PM and 8PM, and Sunday at 2PM and 7PM. Tickets are available beginning October 2 at 12 noon by phone (212) 244-PLAY (7529), online at www.signaturetheatre.org, and in person at the Box Office (555 West 42nd Street).

The Brothers Size - 11/6/2007

The Public Theater will continue its fall season with the world premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney's new play The Brothers Size, directed by Tea Alagic, and produced in association with The Foundry Theatre who brought The Brothers Size to The Public's 2007 Under the Radar Festival earlier this year where it was the breakout hit of the festival. It will have a full production at The Public Theater October 23 to December 23 with an official press opening on Tuesday, November 6 at 7 PM.

"Playing fast and loose with West African myths, The Brothers Size brings contemporary rhythms together with traditions of ceremonial presentation to tell the modern-day story of the Size brothers – Ogun, an auto mechanic, and Oshoosi, a recent parolee. This imaginatively fresh new drama asks its audience to be at once the community, the witness, and the judge," explain press notes.

The Brothers Size features Brian Tyree Henry as Oshoosi, Gilbert Owuor as Ogun, and Elliot Villar as Elegba. Percussion/Additional Composition provided by Jonathan M. Pratt with original composition by Vincent Oliveri.

The Brothers Size will began previews on Tuesday, October 23 and will run through Sunday, December 23 with an official press opening on Tuesday, November 6 at 7 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesdays at 7 PM; Wednesdays thru Fridays at 8 PM; Saturdays at 2 PM and 8 PM; and Sundays at 3 PM and 7 PM.

The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street. Tickets are $50. Student rush tickets are available in advance, at the box office only, for $25 (1 per ID). There are a limited number of Rush Tickets sold an hour before curtain at every performance available to the general public (Two per person, $20 each, cash only). To purchase tickets, please call (212) 967-7555 or visit www.publictheater.org.

Damn Yankees at LA Reprise! - 11/6/2007

Jason Alexander, new artistic director of Reprise! Broadway's Best, announced that Cleavant Derricks, Meg Gillentine, Amelia McQueen, Ken Page, Ty Taylor, Lillias White and Jackee Harry would head up the cast of Damn Yankees, the company's second production of its 2007-2008 season.

Damn Yankees will perform Tuesday, November 6 through Sunday, November 25 (opening November 7) at UCLA's Freud Playhouse, playing an additional week of performances after subscription. For tickets, please call the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310-825-2101 or visit www.reprise.org.

Victoria Clark - Live at Lincoln - 11/6/2007

 

"Voices of Broadway" is the theme of three consecutive evenings of the Barnes & Noble popular "Live at Lincoln" program celebrating the simultaneous release of three solo albums from PS Classics.

Tuesday, November 6 at 5:30PM 2005 Tony Award-winner Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza) whose other credits include Cabaret, Urinetown, and Titanic, performs Broadway standards and more from "Fifteen Seconds of Grace." Veteran guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli and acclaimed composer Ricky Ian Gordon (My Life With Albertine) join her at this special presentation.

The vocalists and their guests will perform for 30 minutes followed by a CD signing at these free events. They all take place in the unique event space on the third floor of Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Triangle, on Broadway at 66th Street.





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