Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 1/14/2007

Below is BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 1/14/2007. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit BroadwayWorld.com's Event Calendar.

The Dirty Talk - 1/14/2007

Spare Change Productions will present LAByrinth Theater Company member Michael Puzzo's contemporary comedy "The Dirty Talk," directed by Padraic Lillis, at midtown's Center Stage, NY (48 West 21 Street, 4th Floor, between 5th and 6th Avenues). Performances will begin on January 11, and the official opening night will be Sunday, January 14 at 8:00 p.m. Performances will run through Sunday, February 4.

In the play, "Lino (Kevin Cristaldi) and Mitch (Sidney Williams) find themselves stranded in a hunting cabin—in the mountains of New Jersey—during a ferocious storm. Unable to leave (the phone's dead, the car's engine is flooded—its windshield wipers are gone) we find out these men are not here merely by happenstance but rather by a purposefully misguided Internet chat room connection. During their tumultuous day together the two explore what defines being a man and the value of intimacy," state press materials.

The play was originally developed as part of LAByrinth Theater Company's Barn Series and was first presented as part of FringeNYC 2005, the 2005 New York International Fringe Festival. Subsequently The Dirty Talk has been published in Plays and Playwrights 2006 by The New York Theatre Experience, Inc. Actors Cristaldi and Williams are returning to recreate their interpretations of Lino and Mitch.

The set design will be by Rob Monaco, the lighting design by Sarah Sidman, the costume design by Lea Umberger, and the sound design by Elizabeth Rhodes. The production stage manager will be Jen O'Byrne.

The complete performance schedule (January 11 through February 4) for will be: Thursdays through Sundays at 8:00 p.m. The opening performance will be Sunday, January 14 at 8:00 p.m. All tickets will be $18.00. The box office number for reservations is 212-352-3101 or www.theatermania.com.

Reggie Watts @ Comix - 1/14/2007

Andy Kaufman AWARD WINNER REGGIE WATTS AT COMIX

NEW YORK, NY – Fresh from his win of the third annual Andy Kaufman Award, Reggie Watts brings his off the wall and entertaining musical comedy stylings to Comix! "Amazing and unlike anything you have ever seen, unless you have seen a comedic stream of conscious operatic beat-boxing marvel. Then it's like that." said Eugene Mirman.

Reggie is an internationally renowned vocalist/beatboxer/musician/comedian/improviser and founding member of the band Maktub and continues to work with the live electronic group SynthClub. He made his name playing and singing in various bands in the Seattle music scene through the 90's to now but has made shifts to comedic leanings in the last few years.

His comedic experience includes the New York/L.A. alternative comedy scenes, the Montreal, Cape Town and Edinburgh Comedy Festivals plus several BBC live radio events. His brand of comedy is self-coined as "dissinformationist". In addition to the Andy Kaufman Award, he is winner of the 2005 Malcolm Hardee "Oye Oye" Award.

Sunday, January 14th – 7:30 PM - $15 Comix 353 W. 14th Street New York, NY To purchase tickets call 212.524.2500 or go to www.comixny.com.

COMIX is New York's hottest new comedy nightclub featuring headline comedians and established New York-area comics, the best of cutting edge alternative comedy, improv and sketch comedy as well as music and variety programming. Comix is an elegant space with comfortable seating, unobstructed stage views, the purest sound and superior food. Comix is located at 353 W. 14th Street, New York, NY 10014. Visit www.comixny.com or call 212.524.2500 for tickets and more.

Kiki and Herb @ Joe's Pub - 1/14/2007

The duo of Kiki and Herb will be performing at Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette St.) in January. They will perform on Sundays, January 7th, January 14th, January 21st and January 28th. All shows will be performed at 11:30 PM.

"Having reached the heights of Broadway this past summer, Justin Bond and Kenny Mellman bring their characters Kiki and Herb back downtown for a series of late-night shows at Joe's Pub where people can drink, eat and quite possibly have Kiki walk across their table. Who knows? 'Dare to Suck and let the magic happen!,' Kiki always says...," state Joe's Pub notes.

Past Kiki & Herb shows include their Broadway debut, Kiki & Herb Alive on Broadway, as well as Kiki & Herb Will Die For You at Carnegie Hall, Kiki & Herb: The Resurrection Tour, Kiki & Herb: Coup de Theatre, Jesus Wept and There's a Stranger in the Manger!. They released the film Kiki & Herb: Reloaded in 2005, while Kiki & Herb Will Die For You is available on a 2-disc CD.

Tickets are $20. Call 212-967-7555 or visit www.joespub.com for tickets.

Butley - Closing Show - 1/14/2007

Butley, starring Nathan Lane, begins its final week of performances tonight and ends its limited Broadway engagement at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street) on Sunday January 14th after 21 previews and 94 performances. Directed by Nicholas Martin, the 14-week limited run began previews on October 5 and opened on October 25. The producers recently announced that the production had recouped its capitalization

an oak tree - Closing Show - 1/14/2007

Tim Crouch's play, an oak tree, directed by Tim Crouch, Karl James and a smith, will close on January 14, 2007. It will have run 86 performances at the Barrow Street Theatre.

The show is presented by the Perry Street Theatre, Rosalie Beer, A.J. Epstein, Richard Jordan Productions in association with Barrow Street Theatre. Performances began on October 27, and opened on Saturday, November 4 at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street).

The final guest stars will be: Maryann Plunkett (Friday, Jan. 12 at 9:30), George Demas (Friday, Jan. 12 at 9:30), Christopher Durang (Saturday, Jan. 14 at 9:30), Judith Ivey (Sunday, Jan. 14 at 5), and Jim Dale (Sunday, Jan. 14 at 8).

Jason Graae @ Birdland - 1/15/2007

Award-winning Broadway and cabaret star Jason Graae will debut his new show "Graae's Anatomy" at Birdland (315 West 44th Street) on Monday, January 15 at 7 PM. He will be joined by Musical director Alex Rybeck and some surprise guests.

Graae won the 2006 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and the 2006 New York Nightlife Award for his solo show "Coup de Graae." He also won the Bistro Award for 'Best Major Engagement' and was named one of Time Out New York's 10 Best Cabaret Shows Of 2004.

According to press materials, "'Graae's Anatomy' is a show where Jason sings from the heart, breathes through his nose, touches a nerve, and tickles the funny bone. It includes Jason's somewhat twisted and sometimes even humorous take on songs by Bucchino, Sondheim, Mercer and more. Come see the man who the New York Times said is 'in the twilight of his potential as a Broadway juvenille lead!'

Best-known to theatre audiences for his Broadway appearances in A Grand Night for Singing, Falsettos, Stardust, Snoopy and Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, and as one of the original Plaids in Forever Plaid, Graae received a Drama Desk nomination for Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh. He has been seen on HBO's "Six Feet Under," and Showtime's "Rude Awakening" with Lynn Redgrave, among others. He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in Everlast and sang with the Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera and the Boston Pops; and can be seen in several PBS specials. In LA, he played Houdini in Ragtime and won the Ovation Award for Forbideen Broadway Y2KLA!. In addition to being heard on over 35 original cast albums and studio CDs, he has recorded two solo CDs: "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" and "Jason Graae: Live at the Cinegrill." He also recently played Frosch in the San Francisco Opera production of Die Fledermaus.

Immediately prior to his January 15th appearance at Birdland, Graae and Tony Award-nominee Liz Callaway will appear in concert on Dec 28-31 at 7:30 pm at the Samueli Theatre in the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, CA (www.ocpac.org). The two performers made their off-Broadway debuts together in Godspell at Equity Library Theatre, and have remained close friends ever eince. Cover is $25 with a $10 food/drink minimum. For reservations call (212) 581-3080 or go to www.birdlandjazz.com.

Daphne Rubin-Vega @ Joe's Pub - 1/15/2007

On Monday, January 15, Les Miserables star Daphne Rubin-Vega will perform at Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette St.).

"Daphne Rubin-Vega returns to Joe's Pub to rock out her melodic, driving and sexy tunes, playing music from her forthcoming CD. Her long awaited album, 'Redemption Songs,' is a vibrant and sophisticated collection of pop, reggae-tinged, rock and Latin folk songs that are soulful, passionate and from her heart," press notes state.

The actress is currently playing Fantine in the Broadway revival of Les Miserables. She is also preparing for the upcoming Jack Goes Boating at The Public Theater. Rubin-Vega appeared Broadway with her debut as Mimi in the original cast of Rent, for which she won the Theater World Award, and the Tony and Drama Desk nominations as best actress in a musical, and continued on in such diverse productions as The Rocky Horror Show, Anna in the Tropics (another Tony nomination), and most recently, motherhood. A self-described "club kid", her career got an early start when she began singing with a girl group called, Pajama Party, and then went on to record her own underground club music on Maxi records.

The show is at 9:30pm. Tickets are $20. Visit www.daphnerubin-vega.com for more on the performer. Visit www.joespub.com for more information.

At Least It's Pink - 1/16/2007

Ars Nova will present At Least It's Pink, a "trashy little show" about New York City life through the eyes of a girl from Manhattan, Kansas, who's never afraid to tell it like it is.

Written by songwriter Bridget Everett, Michael Patrick King and Kenny Mellman with original music by Mellman and Everett and directed by King, the show will begin previews on Tuesday, January 16 with an official press opening on Thursday, January 25 at Ars Nova (511 West 54th Street). Everett's previous performing credits include Neal Medlyn Plus Kenny Mellman Equals R. Kelly, the video for "New York, New York," the new single from Moby and Debbie Harry, The Murray Hill Show at Mo Pitkins, and host of Ars Nova's Automatic Vaudeville, as well as performances with the Isotoners, Jim Andralis and Larry Krone. She has performed at Ars Nova, Joe's Pub and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Mellman's work with Justin Bond in Kiki and Herb has earned him an Obie, a Bessie, a GLAAD Media Award, an HX Award and a Helen Hayes Award nomination. Their off-Broadway show, Kiki and Herb, Coup de Theatre, was directed by Scott Elliot at the Cherry Lane Theater, and they recently completed their Broadway debut in Kiki and Herb Alive on Broadway, directed by themselves. Kiki and Herb have performed at Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall London, the Sydney Opera House, the Bonn Bienalle, the Bowery Ballroom and Knitting Factory, among many other venues. He has performed his solo show, Kenny Mellman Is Grace Jones, in New York, Portland and London, and his show with Neal Medlyn, Kenny Mellman Plus Neal Medlyn Equals R Kelly, in New York and Portland, as part of the TBA Festival at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art. Kiki and Herb will be touring the United States and the UK in 2007. King is best known as writer/director/executive producer of the Golden Globe and Emmy-winning HBO series "Sex and the City." For his work on that show, he has received the Emmy Award for best director as well as numerous nominations from the Writer's Guild and the Director's Guild. King started his career in NYC as a playwright and standup comic. His short plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles and at the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival. He was the artistic director of arcade... a performance space, which he founded in LA, dedicated to launching new and exciting work. Most recently he was the co-creator, writer, director and Executive Producer of the Emmy nominated HBO series "The Comeback," starring Lisa Kudrow. He is currently developing a new musical with composer/lyricist Nancy Shayne and writing the Sex and The City movie. Tickets are $20 for performances from January 16 to January 24 and $25 for performances after January 25 (visit www.arsnovanyc.com for performance schedule). To purchase, call SmartTix at 212-868-4444 or go to www.SmartTix.com. Ars Nova is located at 511 West 54th Street.

The Monument - 1/16/2007

The Monument, "a story of hatred and forgiveness which emerges from the realities of brutal genocidal war," directed by Beverly Brumm, will be presented at the beginning of next year.

Presented by The Clockwork, The Monument will play a two-week limited engagement at Off-Broadway's Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street). Performances begin Friday, January 12 and continue through Sunday, January 28. Opening Night is Tuesday, January 16th at 8 pm.

Written by Colleen Wagner (Sands, Eclipsed), The Monument was the winner of the 1996 Governor General's Award for Drama and tells the story of Stetko, a young soldier convicted of war crimes. "Moments before his execution, a mysterious woman named Mejra appears and offers him a choice: he must either agree to do everything she says for the rest of his life, or face the consequence of death for his actions. Compelling, political, and dark, The Monument explores morality in the shadow of genocide," press notes state.

The Monument premiered at the Canadian Stage Company in a co-production with Necessary Angel Theatre and the Manitoba Theatre Centre 1995, directed by Richard Rose. It has been performed across Canada and internationally, including at La Mama in Melbourne, in Berlin, and Beijing China; and has been translated into three languages.

The production will star Ramona Floyd (Medea) and Jay Rohloff (The Grapes of Wrath). The production features scenic design by Efran Delgadillo Jr, costume design by Roxie Zeek, lighting design by Benjamin C. Tevelow, and sound design by Reid Hall.

The show will play Tuesday through Saturday at 8 pm with a Saturday matinee at 2 pm through Sunday, January 28. There are added performances on Sunday, January 14th at 7 p.m., Sunday, January 21st at 2 pm and 7 pm and Sunday, January 28th at 2 pm.

The show is 90 minutes with no intermission, and tickets cost $25 and are now available online at www.TicketCentral.com or by calling 212-279-4200. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Theatre Row Box Office, 11 am to 8 pm daily.

Gutenberg! The Musical! - 1/16/2007

Due to critical acclaim and popular demand, Gutenberg! The Musical!, the musical comedy by Scott Brown and Anthony King directed by Obie Award winner Alex Timbers, will transfer to The Actors' Playhouse (100 Seventh Avenue South in Greenwich Village) for a 10-week limited engagement.

Gutenberg! The Musical!, starring Christopher Fitzgerald and Jeremy Shamos, will begin performances at The Actors' Playhouse on Tuesday, January 16, 2007. The opening is Sunday, January 21 at 7:00 P.M.

The production follows its previous critically acclaimed limited engagement at 59E59 Theaters, where it played from November 21 – December 31, 2006 (opened on Sunday, December 3).

"In this two-man musical spoof, a pair of aspiring playwrights, Bud Davenport (Fitzgerald) and Doug Simon (Shamos), perform a backers' audition for their new project - a big, splashy musical about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg. With an unending supply of enthusiasm, Bud and Doug sing all the songs and play all the parts in their crass historical epic, with the hope that one of the producers in attendance will give them a Broadway contract - fulfilling their ill-advised dreams," press notes state.

Gutenberg! The Musical! is presented Off-Broadway by Trevor Brown, Ron Kastner, Terry Allen Kramer and Joseph Smith in association with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

Gutenberg! The Musical! marks the first Off-Broadway transfer for the acclaimed Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, where it was originally developed in 2003. UCBT showcased an excerpt of the musical at the 2005 New York Musical Theatre Festival as part of the NYMF Comedy Series. Gutenberg! The Musical! had its world premiere in a critically acclaimed production at The Jermyn Street Theatre in London in January 2006. All of these presentations and productions were devised and performed by the authors, Scott Brown and Anthony King.

The U.S. premiere of Gutenberg! The Musical!, starring Christopher Fitzgerald and Jeremy Shamos, was presented in September 2006 as part of the third annual New York Musical Theatre Festival, where it received three NYMF Awards – one for Excellence in Musical Theatre Writing (Book) for Scott Brown and Anthony King, and two for Outstanding Individual Performances for both Christopher Fitzgerald and Jeremy Shamos.

The company also includes Ryan Karels. Gutenberg! The Musical! has musical direction and arrangements by T.O. Sterrett. The musical has lighting design by Tyler Micoleau and costume design by Emily Rebholz.

The performance schedule for Gutenberg! The Musical! is as follows: Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 P.M., Saturday at 7:00 and 10:00 P.M., and Sunday at 3:00 and 7:00 P.M..

For more information and tickets, please visit www.gutenbergthemusical.com.

Rita Moreno @ Cafe Carlyle - 1/16/2007

The Carlyle Hotel (James McBride, Managing Director) opens the Café Carlyle 2007 Winter/Spring season with Rita Moreno "LITTLE TRIBUTES." The four-week debut engagement begins Tuesday, January 16, 2007 and plays through Saturday, February 10, 2007. The Café Carlyle is located in The Carlyle Hotel ­ 35 East 76th Street at Madison Avenue.

Rita Moreno "LITTLE TRIBUTES" plays Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:45PMwith additional late shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 10:45PM. There is a $65 music charge for shows Tuesday ­ Thursday and a $70 music charge for all Friday and Saturday performances. Dinner is served from 6:30PM. Every Monday night at 8:45PM (beginning January 15), Woody Allen appears with thE Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band. There is an $90 music charge. For reservations please call 212-744-1600. For additional information visit www.thecarlyle.com.

Rita Moreno is one of a select group of performers to have won all four of the most prestigious show business awards: The Oscar, The Emmy, The Tony and The Grammy. The Oscar was for her performance as Anita in the 1962 motion picture West Side Story. The two Emmys were for a 1977 variety appearance on "The Muppet Show" and a 1978 dramatic guest appearance on "The Rockford Files." The Tony was for her 1973 triumph on Broadway as Googie Gomez in The Ritz. The Grammy was for her 1972 performance on The Electric Company Album for children, which was based on the long-running television show of the same name

Hamell On Trial @ Comix - 1/17/2007

HIGHLY ACCLAIMED SINGER/ SONGWRITER: HAMMEL ON TRIAL COMES TO COMIX

NEW YORK, NY – Comix is proud to present Bad ass singer/songwriter, joke-telling Hamell On Trial for one night only. Hamell On Trial defies all musical categories. The terms "Punk acoustic" and "anti-folk" come close to describing his musical style. If you're looking for cum-bye-yah by some soft-strumming, tearful folkie, Hamell On Trial is going to offend you. On stage his raw, bold energy has Rolling Stone magazine calling him a "homicidal Otto Preminger." Prior to a debilitating car accident in May 2000, Hamell On Trial toured consistently, impressing audiences from New York to Los Angeles, and logging more than 250 one-night performances each year. Now fully recovered from his head and spine injuries, Hamell is back on the road and recently completed a sold-out East Coast tour with Ani DiFranco Choochtown his first record on his own recording label; Such a Punch Media received a 5-star review in Uncut magazine ("Absolutely brilliant!"), and Hamell?s first European tour met with sold-out shows in London and Ireland. Since then, the ever-energetic Hamell has mastered and released on his Such-A-Punch label a live record entitled Ed?s Not Dead--Hamell Comes Alive, recorded while on tour with Ani DiFranco. With his battered 1937 small-body Gibson, Hamell checks the pulse of the nation and gives it to us straight. And we're glad he does. Wednesday, January 17th – 8:00 PM - $15 Comix 353 W. 14th Street New York, NY To purchase tickets call 212.524.2500 or go to www.comixny.com.

ABOUT COMIX COMIX is New York's hottest new comedy nightclub featuring headline comedians and established New York-area comics, the best of cutting edge alternative comedy, improv and sketch comedy as well as music and variety programming. Comix is an elegant space with comfortable seating, unobstructed stage views, the purest sound and superior food. Comix is located at 353 W. 14th Street, New York, NY 10014. Visit www.comixny.com or call 212.524.2500 for tickets and more.

The Gazillion Bubble Show - 1/17/2007

Fan Yang will perform "The Gazillion Bubble Show" for the first time in New York beginning Wednesday, January 17th. He will perform at New World Stages Theatre (340 West 50th Street) for two limited engagements.

"Hailed by David Letterman of 'The Late Show' as 'The Greatest Bubble Artist in the World,' Fan Yang has created many unbelievable one of a kind creations with bubbles. He holds the Guinness World record for biggest bubble ever blown, the largest bubble wall ever created (a staggering 156 feet!), most bubbles within a bubble, and in May 2006, was able to encapsulate 22 people inside a single soap bubble on live television in Madrid," press notes state.

"Fan Yang has been performing for the past two decades, and has explored the fragile and mysterious world of soap bubbles and emerged with a completely New Medium, blending art and science to dazzle audiences around the globe...Take the journey of a lifetime and step into the 'unbubblelievable' magical kingdom of Fan Yang in 'The Gazillion Bubble Show.' The first and only, interactive stage production of its kind, complete with fantastic light effects, lasers, and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry, this unforgettable extravaganza is not to be missed."

The show will be performed: Wed., Jan. 17 - Fri., Jan. 19 at 7:30pm; Saturday, Jan. 20 at 12:00 and 7:00pm, Sunday, Jan 21 at 12:00 and 5:00pm; Monday, Jan. 22 at 7:30pm; and Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7:30pm. "The Gazillion Bubble Show" will return to New World Stages: February 15 - March 30, 2007, Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm, and Sundays at 3pm and 7pm.

For tickets to Fan Yang's "The Gazillion Bubble Show," call Telecharge at 1-212-239-6200. Tickets are $34.95 to $45.

The Marijuana-Logues @ Comix - 1/18/2007

New York, NY -- THE MARIJUANA-LOGUES is a "hit" unlike anything you have ever seen. Catch the buzz as the original trio of writers and performers Arj Barker, Doug Benson and Tony Camin riff on the rites and rituals of pot and regale the crowd with the highs and lows of marijuana. Well, at least everything they could remember.

Told from all points of view from hazy to highbrow, The Marijuana-Logues never loses the pot...er point, demonstrating that the stories surrounding the bud are as varied as those who indulge. The Marijuana-Logues sets herb center stage, delving into fact and fiction, myths and misnomers alike. Not since the 60s has there been such an exploration of this oft-taboo but totally titillating topic.

Tickets to see The Marijuana-Logues at Comix can be purchased online at www.comixny.com or by calling 212.524.2500. Prices and show times are as follows: Thursday, January 18th – 8:00 PM - $20 Friday, January 19th – 8:00 and 10:30 PM - $25 Saturday, January 20th – 8:00 and 10:30 PM - $25

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS: Arj Barker began touring nationally by the age of 22, and in September of 1994, he was a runner-up in the prestigious Seattle Comedy Competition. In 1997, he took his show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it played to sold-out crowds, and he won the coveted Perrier Best Newcomer Award. Since then, Arj has been seen on The Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Doug Benson is a writer/stand-up comic/actor. He is a regular panelist on VH1's Best Week Ever and has his own ? hour stand up special on Comedy Central. As a writer he has a sitcom script in development at FOX and makes regular contributions to the Mr. Show website, bobanddavid.com. As a stand-up comedian he has appeared on numerous television shows, including The Late Show With Craig Kilborn and Premium Blend. As an actor you may have seen him on Friends and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Tony Camin is a San Francisco native who has performed for audiences all over the world. Tony has appeared at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Premium Blend, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Tough Crowd with Collin Quinn. He has also written for several shows on Comedy Central and NBC.

ABOUT COMIX Comix is the Meatpacking District's first live-entertainment venue and restaurant featuring headlining comedians and established New York-area comics. In addition, Comix will present the best of cutting edge alternative, improv and sketch comedy as well as music and variety programming. Comix draws upon the rich experience of going to the theater uptown and brings with it a decidedly downtown attitude.

Perfectly situated at 353 West 14th Street (just east of Ninth Avenue), Comix is an elegant space with comfortable seating, unobstructed stage views, the purest sound, superior food, and NO MINIMUMS. Visit www.comixny.com for coming attractions and much more.

Sandra Bernhard: Everything Bad and Beautiful - Philadelphia - 1/18/2007

With her ferocious energy, sexy strut, and jammin' rock band, comedian and singer Sandra Bernhard has been a style-setter since the 1980's. Now, this pioneer of female attitude and sardonic humor brings her latest hit show, Sandra Bernhard: Everything Bad And Beautiful, to Philadelphia for 5 performances at the Prince Music Theater, January 18 –21, 2007. Directed by David Brind, Musical Direction by LaFrae Sci. Featuring the Rebellious Jezebels.

Anhedonia Road - 1/18/2007

Anhedonia Road, billed as "a story told at the intersection of Don Quixote, The Wizard of Oz, Huckleberry Finn, and 'The Twilight Zone,'" will play from January 18th through 28th at the Metropolitan Playhouse (220 E. 4th St. NYC btw. Avenues A and B).

"From the creative team who served up the critically-acclaimed solo comedy, Some Kind of Pink Breakfast, comes this everyman's uncommon adventure to get the one thing we all want. Take a joyride with a cast of colorful characters through an alternate-reality heartland where no GPS can help you. Are you on the right road?," according to press materials. Chris Harcum plays 12 characters in this "monologue cavalcade."

Anhedonia Road plays Jan. 18th at 7pm, Jan. 21st at 4pm, Jan. 24th at 7pm, and Jan. 28th at 7pm .

For reservations, call 212-995-5302 or visit connect@metropolitanplayhouse.org. More information is available at www.chrisharcum.com or www.metropolitanplayhouse.org

Kristin Chenooweth: Live at the Met - 1/19/2007

In her first public performance at the Metropolitan Opera, Tony Award-winning vocalist Kristin Chenoweth will grace the Met's stage for "Kristin Chenoweth: Live at the Met."

Renowned for her performances in the hit Broadway shows Wicked and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, as well as for her other stage, television and film appearances, Chenoweth will perform a solo concert of signature songs, new selections, and opera arias, supported by dancers and a 12-piece orchestra. Directed by Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall (The Pajama Game) and music direction by Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), "Kristin Chenoweth: Live at the Met" begins at 8:00 pm on Friday, January 19.

Tickets are available beginning Friday, October 20, and range from $50 to $200. Information is provided online at www.metopera.org or by calling Met Ticket Service at (212) 362-6000.

Weimar New York @ Joe's Pub - 1/19/2007

Broadway, cabaret and contemporary music will come together in "Weimar New York," a show featuring Michel Cerveris and Justin Bond, among others. It will be presented at Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette St.) on January 19th at 11:30 PM.

Featuring Tony Award-winner Cerveris (upcoming LoveMusik, Sweeney Todd, Assassins), with such performers as Julie Atlas Muz, Adam Dugas, Rachelle Garniez, Helen Stratford, Tigger!, Daniel Eisengart and The Pixie Harlots, the evening will be emceed by Bond (of Kiki and Herb fame).

Joe's Pub notes state that Weiman New York is "a theatrical cabaret that juxtaposes the aesthetic and music of Weimar-era Berlin with that of the contemporary downtown performance scene in New York City. Performers come to the show from a variety of backgrounds: from classically trained singers and musicians to performance artists and burlesque acts. The evening celebrates the spirit of creative resistance that thrives in response to conservative political forces be they the rising tides of Nazism in Weimar Germany or fundamentalist Christianity taking root in the contemporary United States."

"Weimar New York" was previously seen at Joe's Pub last year, and also played an engagement at New York's Spiegeltent early this fall.

Visit www.joespub.com for tickets and more information. Visit www.weimarnewyork.com for more on the show.

Katrina: A Whole Lotta Water - 1/19/2007

KATRINA: A WHOLE LOTTA WATER OPENS JANUARY 19, 2007 IN BALTIMORE

Hip Hop Musical exploring the emotional, psychological, race, human rights, gender and class issues affecting the hurricane Katrina survivors. shows Fri and Sat at 8pm, Sat at 1pm Youth Show and Sun Dinner show 4pm. Tic $20-$50 www.theatermania.com 866 811-4111 Groups and survivors call 917 716-6635

Ashley Parker Angel Joins Hairspray - 1/19/2007

The producers of Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards® including Best Musical, have announced that teen idol Ashley Parker Angel will make his Broadway debut as dreamy Link Larkin on Friday, January 19 at the Neil Simon Theatre.

The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber - 1/20/2007

The San Gabriel Valley Music Theatre (SGVMT), a newly formed not-for-profit producing organization which launched its first Broadway season with The Sound of Music during November, 2006 at the San Gabriel Valley Civic Auditorium (Mission Playhouse), will present "The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber." The show, featuring Broadway musical theatre stars Christina Saffran Ashford, Michael G. Hawkins, Dale Kristien, Norman Large and Robert Torti, will be presented on January 20, 2007 for one night only.

"After a five year absence of any Broadway series at the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium and almost two years of fund raising by The San Gabriel Valley Music Theatre, "The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber" is a perfect follow-up to our success with The Sound of Music," said John Peters, Executive Producer of the SGVMT. "Our creative team for this production includes Artistic Director Bill Shaw, Choreographer Rikki Lugo and Musical Director Ed Martel. Additionally, we are proud to maintain an extraordinary Board of Directors headed by President Mary Cammarano, former Mayor of San Gabriel," Peters went on to say.

Mary Cammarano added "Collectively, we cannot begin to thank residents of the San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley and the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area for supporting the San Gabriel Valley Music Theatre in bringing Broadway back to the historic and exquisitely beautiful San Gabriel Civic Auditorium. We are honored to be recognized and, more importantly, we are grateful to be so graciously rewarded by our patrons."

The evening will feature selections from such timeless musicals as Evita, The Phantom of the Opera, Cats and many more.

The San Gabriel Civic Auditorium (Mission Playhouse) is located at 320 South Mission Drive, San Gabriel, CA. Ticket prices follow: terrace boxes: $60; orchestra I: $40; orchestra II: $30; orchestra III and balcony: $20.

Call 626-282-1440 or 626-308-2865 Ext. 350, and 626-308-2868, or visit www.Seatadvisor.com for tickets. Visit www.sgvmusictheatre.org for more information.

Toxic Audio - 1/20/2007

Returning to New York for a limited engagement, the a cappella sensations Toxic Audio will perform at New World Stages (340 50th Street) January 20 & 21.

Toxic Audio picked up a 2004 Drama Desk Award for "Outstanding Unique Theatrical Experience" for their extended Off-Broadway run where their show was rated Number One in the WALL STREET JOURNAL/ZAGAT THEATER SURVEY surpassing Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. Toxic Audio's critically acclaimed show has been seen around the world. Their most recent album, Word of Mouth, is available on DRG Records.

The six members of Toxic Audio (René Ruiz, Michelle Mailhot-Valines, Jeremy James, ShaLisa James, Paul Sperrazza, and sound man John A. Valines III) merge their considerable talents for an explosion of vocal acrobatics, unstoppable rhythm and improve comedy in a show which takes the audience on an unforgettable musical journey which defies definition. They use no instruments other than their own voices to create complex.

Toxic Audio: January 20-21, 2007 Saturday, January 20 at 2:30pm and 9pm, Sunday, January 21 at 7:30pm Running time is 75 minute show New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th St Tickets are $34.95 available at Telecharge.com at(212) 239-6200/ www.telecharge.com.

For more information on Toxic Audio please visit www.toxicaudio.com

Movin' Out Tour - Final Show - 1/21/2007

The national tour of Movin' Out, the Tony Award-winning new musical conceived, choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp and based on 24 classic songs by Billy Joel, will play its final performance on Sunday, January 21, 2007 in Birmingham, Alabama, after 1,111 performances and three years of touring North America and Japan.

Franc D'Ambrosio at Triad - 1/21/2007

Actor/singer Franc D'Ambrosio, known as "the world's longest-running Phantom," will take the stage at the Triad Theatre for one performance only, on Sunday, January 21st at 9:30 PM.

The performer returns to New York with "Franc D'Ambosio's Broadway," direct from 3 sold out weeks at the New Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, a sold out performance at Joe's Pub in April, and and his 3-year national tour.

The show is written and directed by Abe Reybold with Musical Direction by John Boswell, as well as arrangements by Reybold and Boswell.

D'Ambrosio has played the title role in The Phantom of the Opera almost 3,000 times; he has appeared in the show in its national tour and in San Francisco. The actor, who made his Broadway debut in the the first revival of Sweeney Todd, has also appeared in The Godfather III (in which he sang the trilogy's famed theme). In 2005, he received a "Grammy Consideration for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album" for "Franc D'Ambrosio's Broadway."

In the spring, D'Ambrosio will take to the road again, with his new show, "Franc D'Ambrosio's Hollywood," this time celebrating the music of the movies, with the same creative team of himself, Abe Reybold and John Boswell.

The Triad Theatre is located at 158 West 72nd Street (between Amst. and Col.). Admission is $25 cover/2 drink minimum. Call (212) 362-2590 or visit www.triadtheatre.com for tickets. Visit www.francdambrosio.com for more information.

Kiki and Herb @ Joe's Pub - 1/21/2007

The duo of Kiki and Herb will be performing at Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette St.) in January. They will perform on Sundays, January 7th, January 14th, January 21st and January 28th. All shows will be performed at 11:30 PM.

"Having reached the heights of Broadway this past summer, Justin Bond and Kenny Mellman bring their characters Kiki and Herb back downtown for a series of late-night shows at Joe's Pub where people can drink, eat and quite possibly have Kiki walk across their table. Who knows? 'Dare to Suck and let the magic happen!,' Kiki always says...," state Joe's Pub notes.

Past Kiki & Herb shows include their Broadway debut, Kiki & Herb Alive on Broadway, as well as Kiki & Herb Will Die For You at Carnegie Hall, Kiki & Herb: The Resurrection Tour, Kiki & Herb: Coup de Theatre, Jesus Wept and There's a Stranger in the Manger!. They released the film Kiki & Herb: Reloaded in 2005, while Kiki & Herb Will Die For You is available on a 2-disc CD.

Tickets are $20. Call 212-967-7555 or visit www.joespub.com for tickets.

Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen - 1/21/2007

Women's Project will present a world premiere comedy, a tale of beauty and the geeks, by Women's Project Playwrights Lab member Kathryn Walat, entitled Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen. Directed by Loretta Greco, Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen begins previews Friday, January 12, at 8pm for an opening Sunday, January 21, at 7pm at the Julia Miles Theater (424 West 55th Street).

"Vickie Martin is uber-popular. She's also wicked smart. Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen demonstrates that chaos theory rules when the third most popular sophomore is roped into joining the all-male, all-nerd Longwood High School math team, upsetting the axis of symmetry of boys becoming men. Will Vickie Martin invert the curve or become the coefficient for her team winning the state math championship? Can this goddess of Pi possibly become The Common denominator that makes the mathletes victorious? Totally," as press notes describe the show.

Performances begin January 12 for a run through February 11 at the Julia Miles Theater (424 West 55th Street, just west of 9th Avenue). Tickets, which are on sale now, are $40; rush tickets $10 (for students under 25 with valid student ID, cash only, on day of performance at the box office only). Click www.telecharge.com or 212.239.6200.

Toxic Audio - 1/21/2007

Returning to New York for a limited engagement, the a cappella sensations Toxic Audio will perform at New World Stages (340 50th Street) January 20 & 21.

Toxic Audio picked up a 2004 Drama Desk Award for "Outstanding Unique Theatrical Experience" for their extended Off-Broadway run where their show was rated Number One in the WALL STREET JOURNAL/ZAGAT THEATER SURVEY surpassing Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. Toxic Audio's critically acclaimed show has been seen around the world. Their most recent album, Word of Mouth, is available on DRG Records.

The six members of Toxic Audio (René Ruiz, Michelle Mailhot-Valines, Jeremy James, ShaLisa James, Paul Sperrazza, and sound man John A. Valines III) merge their considerable talents for an explosion of vocal acrobatics, unstoppable rhythm and improve comedy in a show which takes the audience on an unforgettable musical journey which defies definition. They use no instruments other than their own voices to create complex.

Toxic Audio: January 20-21, 2007 Saturday, January 20 at 2:30pm and 9pm, Sunday, January 21 at 7:30pm Running time is 75 minute show New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th St Tickets are $34.95 available at Telecharge.com at(212) 239-6200/ www.telecharge.com.

For more information on Toxic Audio please visit www.toxicaudio.com

Bland's Double Bill - 1/21/2007

Old Kent Road Theatre debuts two stories about love in all the strange places with the double bill The Bad Bruise of Billy MacBean and The Gringo of the Deli Acapulco, by Eric Bland (Das Brat). The play will open at Under St. Marks on January 21st.

"The Bad Bruise of Billy MacBean wittily deconstructs a relationship with verbal sparring, poetic interludes and contemplative vignettes. Billy and Klare like each other very much, that much is clear, but he simply won't leave his basement. A former child chess prodigy, Billy has become agoraphobic since the death of his father and no amount of coaxing can extract him from his home. This tender new play is a beautiful allegory for the power of communication. The cast includes Charlie Hewson and Kaytie Morris," press notes state.

"The Gringo of the Deli Acapulco is a euphemism for outsiders. An insane tramp and a social worker fall instantly in love after locking eyes at an all-night deli in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. This magical moment, as it turns out, is just that as something more supernatural is in play. The entrance of Olivia's sister's ghost and the sudden appearance of a revolver from under a tablecloth pull the lovers into a deadly contest where identity, mortality, and even objective reality are questioned and blurred." The cast includes Reema Zaman and Scott Eckert.

The Bad Bruise of Billy MacBean and The Gringo of the Deli Acapulco play at Under St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place btwn. 1st Ave and Ave A) January 21st- February 13th, Sundays – Tuesdays at 8 PM. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased by calling Smarttix at 212.868.4444 or by going to www.smarttix.com. For more information, please visit www.oldkentroadtheater.com.

Gutenberg! The Musical! - 1/21/2007

Due to critical acclaim and popular demand, Gutenberg! The Musical!, the musical comedy by Scott Brown and Anthony King directed by Obie Award winner Alex Timbers, will transfer to The Actors' Playhouse (100 Seventh Avenue South in Greenwich Village) for a 10-week limited engagement.

Gutenberg! The Musical!, starring Christopher Fitzgerald and Jeremy Shamos, will begin performances at The Actors' Playhouse on Tuesday, January 16, 2007. The opening is Sunday, January 21 at 7:00 P.M.

The production follows its previous critically acclaimed limited engagement at 59E59 Theaters, where it played from November 21 – December 31, 2006 (opened on Sunday, December 3).

"In this two-man musical spoof, a pair of aspiring playwrights, Bud Davenport (Fitzgerald) and Doug Simon (Shamos), perform a backers' audition for their new project - a big, splashy musical about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg. With an unending supply of enthusiasm, Bud and Doug sing all the songs and play all the parts in their crass historical epic, with the hope that one of the producers in attendance will give them a Broadway contract - fulfilling their ill-advised dreams," press notes state.

Gutenberg! The Musical! is presented Off-Broadway by Trevor Brown, Ron Kastner, Terry Allen Kramer and Joseph Smith in association with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

Gutenberg! The Musical! marks the first Off-Broadway transfer for the acclaimed Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, where it was originally developed in 2003. UCBT showcased an excerpt of the musical at the 2005 New York Musical Theatre Festival as part of the NYMF Comedy Series. Gutenberg! The Musical! had its world premiere in a critically acclaimed production at The Jermyn Street Theatre in London in January 2006. All of these presentations and productions were devised and performed by the authors, Scott Brown and Anthony King.

The U.S. premiere of Gutenberg! The Musical!, starring Christopher Fitzgerald and Jeremy Shamos, was presented in September 2006 as part of the third annual New York Musical Theatre Festival, where it received three NYMF Awards – one for Excellence in Musical Theatre Writing (Book) for Scott Brown and Anthony King, and two for Outstanding Individual Performances for both

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Eugene Lovendusky graduated summa cum laude from SFSU with a BA in Writing for Electronic Media and a minor in Drama. Raised in the SF (read more...)