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Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 1/21/2007

Below is BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 1/21/2007. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit BroadwayWorld.com's Event Calendar.

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 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.

The Taming of the Shrew - 1/21/2007

In this version of Shakespeare's "THE TAMING OF THE SHREW," directed by Andrew Grosso, seven actors play all twenty-three roles in a fast and furious ninety minute retelling of the classic play-within-a-play comic bonanza about the most terrifying woman in Italy, the man who wants to marry her, and of finding love in disguise. The lesson learned is that love strikes when you least expect it. Andrew Grosso is the Artistic Director of The Essentials, for which he wrote and directed Perfect Harmony, which premiered in FringeNYC 2006 this past August and returned as part of the Fringe NYC Encore Series in September. New York credits include: Wrong Way Up! with the rock band The Niagaras (The Belt Theatre), the NY Premier of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, (Ohio Theater/Chashama) which he adapted for the stage, Roberto-Aguirre Sacasa's The Play About Rosemary's Baby (Soho Rep), David Weiner's Purple Hearts (HB Playwright's White House Plays), Love Song of the Apocalypse, La Arana (both at HERE), Jason Grote's This Storm is What We Call Progress (Soho Rep Writer's Lab), and Waiting for Godot (the last play performed at the East River Amphitheater before it was torn down).

The cast for The Taming of the Shrew will include: B. Brian Argotsinger (C4: The Chekhov Project, West End Theatre; The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine, Flatiron Playhouse); Arthur Aulisi (original member of the Adobe Theatre Company, The Eight, Handless Maiden, etc.; Top Ten People of the Millennium Sing Their Favorite Schubert Lieder, New York and Chicago; Careless Love, Soho Rep); Tom Butler; Autumn Dornfeld (B'way: Elaine in The Graduate, also in the National Tour; Off-B'way: Homebody/Kabul, NYTW; The Parrot: A Musical, The Flea; Endpapers, Variety Arts); Jonathan Kells Phillips (the U.S. premieres of Caryl Churchill's Iraq.doc and Dan Rebellato's A Modest Adjustment, Ohio Theater; Like I Say, The Flea; Dracula, Urban Stages); Alex Smith (As I Lay Dying, Ohio Theatre; Regional: Tartuffe, La Jolla Playhouse); and Paul Whitthorne (B'way: The Tempest, dir. George C. Wolfe; Regional: Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C., Florida Stage, Long Wharf, Alabama Shakespeare Festival and New Harmony Theatre).

All tickets will be $18.00. The box office number to charge tickets is 212-352-3101 or www.theatermania.com. Reservations may also be made at 212-696-6699.

"THE TAMING OF THE SHREW" performs Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays at 8:00 pm; and Saturdays at 3:00 pm beginning Wednesday, January 17 and running through Saturday, February 10. The official Opening Performance for "THE TAMING OF THE SHREW" will be Sunday, January 21 at 8:00 pm.

DGUR in Concert 2007 - 1/21/2007

'DGUR' IN CONCERT! The all new Concert series produced and starring David Gurland The third Sunday of every month at 7 PM starting January 21st 2007 for six months!

Every show will have a different musical director with different musicians, and guest stars.

Each Sunday will be an all new show focusing on different music -- from songs from David's acclaimed first (and only) CD to show tunes to country music....maybe even a little acoustic Madonna/Neurotica...and much more.

Don't miss the January 21st show. ALL SHOWTUNE NIGHT! With special guests Christina Norrup (from the Broadway production and film of The Producers) and Rob Maitner (from the original Urinetown cast and Fringe Star Extraordinaire).

Other show dates:

at The Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe 407 W 42nd Street (@9th) www.westbankcafe.com $16 cover $15 food/drink minimum 212-695-6909 credit cards accepted

www.davidgurland.com

Spelling Bee - Adult Show - 1/21/2007

The cast of Broadway's THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE will present two adults only performances on Sunday, January 21st and Sunday, March 4th at 7:30 p.m. Due to the overwhelming success of last year's adult nights and the fact that the students of Putnam County can no longer be kept g-rated, the show will offer a much anticipated, completely rewritten and all-risqué version of the Tony Award-winning musical. Leave your children at home with the sitter and come get an education of your own from the kids who know how to spell "D-I-R-T-Y."

Kennedy/Kirshenbaum @ Duplex - 1/22/2007

On January 22nd, the acclaimed series, 'Monday Nights, New Voices,' will celebrate the start of its third year at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre. Produced by composer Scott Alan, the 7pm show will be hosted by Spamalot's Lauren Kennedy and will feature special guest composer David Kirshenbaum, who will accompany the 'New Voices' on selections from his songbook. The New Voices include Jessica Lanzetta, Mick Bleyer, Nick Dothee, Philip Drennen and Melanie Burg. The evening will be musically directed by Barbara Anselmi.

David Kirshenbaum wrote the score for the Off-Broadway musical Summer of '42 (book by Hunter Foster), which will be released later this fall as a two-CD set on Jay Records. His new show Party Come Here (book by Daniel Goldfarb) was recently seen at the 2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival. And Vanities – A New Musical, his adaptation of the long-running hit play (book by its original author Jack Heifner) will be making its appearance on a New York stage next season following its success at the NAMT Festival of New Musicals in October 2006.

Lauren Kennedy recently finished playing The Lady of the Lake in Broadway's Spamalot. Kennedy has covered the role of Daisy Hilton in the Broadway production of Side Show and also appeared in the New York companies of Sunset Boulevard and Les Misérables. She starred in The Rhythm Club and was also a part of the early incarnations of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years, playing the role that would be played Off-Broadway by Sherie Rene Scott, when Kennedy crossed the Atlantic to star in The National Theatre's revival of South Pacific. Kennedy also appeared in The Ten Commandments: The Spectacle Musical, and her debut solo CD is titled "The Songs of Jason Robert Brown."

Admission is $12, with a two drink minimum. To make online reservations, visit www.theduplex.com/webcalendar/reservations.php?cal_id=2345, or call 212.255.5438.

MTC Winter Benefit - 1/22/2007

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB will present its annual Winter Benefit, An Intimate Night, an evening of cocktails and dinner followed by a special one-night-only cabaret-style show featuring stage, film and television stars – and MTC alumni – Christine Baranski and Jesse L. Martin. An Intimate Night takes place Monday, January 22, 2007 at the Rainbow Room (30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor).

The evening begins with a 7pm cocktail reception, followed by dinner at 8pm and the show at 9:15pm. All monies raised from this annual event will benefit MTC's extensive educational outreach programs, as well as its musical theatre and play development activities.

Bethany Millard and Fiona Kirk are the Co-chairs.

Individual tickets for MTC's Winter Benefit, including cocktails, dinner and the show are available for $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000. Tables of ten are also available for $25,000, $15,000, and $10,000. For more information, call (212) 399-3000, ext. 146.

The Mammy Project - 1/22/2007

"THE MAMMY PROJECT" is written and performed by Michelle Matlock (developed by Joan Evans and Ms. Matlock), and directed by Amy Gordon. It weaves the untold history of Nancy Green, the first African-American woman hired to play the part of 'Aunt Jemima' at the 1893 World's Fair with African-American activists like Ida B. Wells, who struggled to have black women represented at the very same World's Fair. The Mammy Project uses original music, storytelling and historical speeches to transform an oppressive stereotype into a celebration of the power we gain from knowing and understanding our history. Michelle Matlock, a character actress and physical comedienne, digs deep into her own experience, imagination, and American history to deliver a personal, political and entertaining expose. Since 2001 The Mammy Project has helped schools kick off their diversity, black, and women's history month celebrations, exploring questions about stereotype, icon and myth in an educational, entertaining and inclusive manner.

All tickets will be $18.00. The box office number to charge tickets is 212-352-3101 or www.theatermania.com. Reservations may also be made at 212-696-6699.

"THE MAMMY PROJECT" performs Fridays at 10:30 pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 pm; and Mondays at 8:00 pm beginning Friday, January 19 and running through Friday, February 9. The official Opening Performance for "THE MAMMY PROJECT" will be Monday, January 22 at 8:00 pm.

Legally Blonde - SF - 1/23/2007

The producers of Legally Blonde, The Musical, based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture, announced today that the musical will officially open at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway) on Sunday, April 29, 2007. Previews begin on April 3, 2007 following the show's world premiere, pre-Broadway engagement January 23, 2007 through February 25, 2007 in San Francisco at The Orpheum Theatre.

Leading the creative team of Legally Blonde is Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hairspray), who will make his Broadway directorial debut and will also choreograph. Music and lyrics are by both Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe (Bat Boy alone, "The Mice," Sarah, Plain and Tall with Benjamin), and the book is by Heather (Freaky Friday remake). The production features scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by ACME Sound Partners.

"Sorority star Elle Woods doesn't take 'no' for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone more 'serious,' Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style," state press notes.

Legally Blonde is produced on Broadway by Hal Luftig, Fox Theatricals and Dori Berinstein, in association with MGM Onstage, Darcie Denkert and Dean Stolber.

John Pinette @ J&R Music - 1/23/2007

Actor and comedian John Pinette will make a special appearance at J&R Music and Computer World on Tuesday, January 23 at 12:30PM to sign copies of his latest DVD, "I'm Starvin,'" on the day of its release.

After finishing his run in the Broadway smash Hairspray, Pinette returned to his roots to tape this show at the Montreal Comedy Festival.

Adrift in Macao - 1/23/2007

Primary Stages will present the New York premiere of Adrift in Macao, a new musical with book and lyrics by Christopher Durang and music by Peter Melnick. Adrift in Macao begins performances Tuesday evening, January 23, 2007 for a limited engagement through Sunday afternoon, March 4, 2007 at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Opening night is Tuesday evening, February 13, 2007 at 7:00PM

Adrift in Macao is "a madcap musical parody of glamorous films noirs, in which the leading lady can always get a job singing in nightclubs no matter how she sings, and the leading man is always mysterious and can't go home for murky reasons he won¹t explain. From the opium dens of China to the lowlife bars of New York, Durang and composer Melnick take us on a hilarious tour through the post-WWII years complete with intrigue, silliness, and a playfully melodic score," according to production notes.

Adrift in Macao will play the following performance schedule: Tuesdays at 7PM, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8PM, with matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2PM and Sundays at 3PM. In place of the Wednesday matinees on February 14 & 28, Primary Stages is presenting 1pm shows of Macao to student groups at no charge, under the auspices of the Primary Stages NYC Public School Student Matinee program.

Additionally, following the public performances on February 15 and 22, there are special "Artist/Audience Talkbacks" for the attendees of the performances on those evenings. Single tickets for all performances are $70 and may be purchased by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, online at www.ticketcentral.com, or in person at the 59E59 Theaters Box Office. Group Tickets (15+) are $47.50 each, and are available by calling Primary Stages at (212) 840-9705.

Translations - 1/25/2007

Manhattan Theatre Club production of Brian Friel's Translations, which will begin previews at the Biltmore Theatre on January 4th and open on January 25th, 2007.

Translations will star Niall Buggy (Obie-winner for The Aristocrats) as Hugh, David Costabile (Caroline, or Change) as Manus, Alan Cox (Strange Interlude in the West End) as Owen, Dermot Crowley (Stuff Happens) as Jimmy Jack, Michael Fitzgerald (Irish Rep's Philadelphia, Here I Come!) as Doalty, Morgan Hallett (Long Day's Journey Into Night) as Sarah, Geraldine Hughes (Belfast Blues) as Bridget, Susan Lynch (films such as Casa de los Babys) as Maire, Graeme Malcolm (Aida) as Captain Lancey, and Chandler Williams (Rope) as Lieuteant Yolland.

The production will be directed by Tony Award-winner Garry Hynes (The Beauty Queen of Leenane). Translations is currently running at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ through October 29th.

Translations, which received its Off-Broadway American premiere at MTC in 1981, is a story of cultural conflict, as the residents of the fictional Irish county of Ballybeg shift languages from Gaelic to English in the 19th century. "Poignant and moving, Translations depicts the power of language to unite and divide people in a time of cultural imperialism," according to press notes.

Friel's other plays include Faith Healer, Dancing at Lughnasa and Philadelphia, Here I Come.

Francis O'Connor (sets and costumes), Davy Cunningham (lighting), and John Leonard (sound) will comprise the creative team for the show, which will feature original music by Sam Jackson.

Visit www.manhattantheatreclub.org for more information and tickets.

At Least It's Pink - 1/25/2007

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.

Nerds - PA - 1/25/2007

The Philadelphia Theatre Company will present the premiere of Nerds://A Musical Software Satire for 36 performances only at 1714 Delancey St., Philadelphia.

Directed by Philip Wm. McKinley (Broadway's The Boy from Oz), Nerds begins previews on Thursday, January 25, 2007 and continues through Sunday, February 25. Opening Night is Wednesday, January 31 at 7 p.m.

The show features book and lyrics Jordan Allen-Dutton and Erik Weiner (Off-Broadway's The Bomb-itty of Errors, TV's "Robot Chicken") and music by HAl Goldberg (The Children).

The musical "is an outrageous epic take on the parallel stories of technology pioneers Bill Gates and Steve Jobs as they blaze a path from garage inventors to warring titans of the computer revolution!," press notes state.

"From the invention of the floppy disk and the mouse to the present-day phenomenon of instant messaging and podcasting, Nerds hilariously celebrates the birth of computer technology and the two pop-culture icons that made it possible, with a rollicking original score featuring songs titles including 'Stroll Through the P.A.R.C.,' 'Think Different,' 'Let's Merge,' 'The Windows Rap' and more."

Philip Wm. McKinley directed the five-time Tony nominated Broadway musical The Boy from Oz, starring Hugh Jackman. This past season, at the New York City Opera, he directed the revival of Frank Loesser's The Most Happy Fella, starring Paul Sorvino. His other directing credits include Off-Broadway's Thwak and Zombie Prom.

With choreography by two-time Tony Award nominee Joey McKneely (Smokey Joe's Cafe, The Life), the show has scenic design by Tony Award winner David Gallo (The Drowsy Chaperone), costume design by Alejo Vietti (Off-Broadway's Tryst), lighting design by Tony Award nominee Mike Baldassari (Cabaret), sound design by Fitz Patton (Broadway's As Long As We Both Shall Laugh) and projection design by Zachary Borovay (Off-Broadway's A Safe Harbor for Elizabeth Bishop). It features orchestrations by Dan Lipton, musical supervision by Nadia DiGiallonardo and musical direction by Matt Doebler.

The musical stars Jim Poulos (Broadway's Rent, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer) as Bill Gates and Charlie Pollack (Broadway's Urinetown) as Steve Jobs, and features Andrew Cassese as Paul Allen, Aaron Cromie as Herbert, Joseph Dellger as IBM President Tom Watson, Michael Parish DuDell as Dustin, David Rossmer as Steve Wozniak, Chandra Lee Schwartz as Sally Engelbart, and Emily Shoolin as Myrtle.

Nerds was a featured selection in the 2005 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF).

Tickets are scaled at $36-$54 and are now available by calling 215-985-0420 (in the Philadelphia area) or 866-985-0420 (toll-free).

The regular performance schedule is Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., with Wednesday matinees at 1 p.m., Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Exceptions to the regular performance schedule are as follows:

Saturday, January 27 -- 8 p.m. performance only Wednesday, January 31 -- 7 p.m. performance only Friday, February 9 -- 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. performances Tuesday, February 20 -- 7 p.m. performance only Wednesday, February 21 -- 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances

Visit www.phillytheatreco.com for additional information, including seating charts, driving directions, group and student discounts, and more.

La Rondine - Dallas - 1/26/2007

LA RONDINE (Puccini's "The Swallow") From the composer who gave us La bohème and Madame Butterfly. Fall in love with the music that made "A Room with a View," performed by an all-star cast! ROMANTIC! Jan. 26, 28 (2:00 pm matinee), 31 & Feb. 3, 2007 For tickets call The Dallas Opera, 214-443-1000 or visit dallasopera.org

The Frugal Repast - 1/26/2007

Abingdon Theatre Company (312 West 36th Street) will present Ron Hirsen's The Frugal Repast, a new play about a Picasso print that sets off a lively debate within the art world, will open on February 7, 2007. Previews begin January 26. Joe Grifasi directs. "Two impoverished circus performers – unknowingly the subjects of Picasso's limited edition print – see a copy on display in a Paris gallery. Their outrage at the great artist's invasion of their privacy (and their personal desperation) leads them to steal it. The ransom note asks for a thousand francs – and fuels Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas and other real-life significant art-world figures to debate what, exactly, is art's true value. A lively and inspiring new play selected for the 2004 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights and Musical Theatre Conference," according to press notes. Playwright Ron Hirsen, whose early plays have had readings at Wisdom Bridge and the Goodman Theatre in his native Chicago, saw his play Elegy produced at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia in 2002. The Frugal Repast, developed at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center in 2004, was a finalist for the Bosakowski Award at Primary Stages and was featured in the New Stages Series at the Goodman Theatre. Director Joe Grifasi first helmed The Frugal Repast at the 2004 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference. His other credits at the O'Neill include The Importance of Being Orson by Jessica Cooke and The Electric Century by Andrew Case. As an actor he has performed on Broadway in Dinner at Eight, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Happy End, The Accidental Death of an Anarchist, and The 1940's Radio Hour. The cast of The Frugal Repast features Julie Boyd, Roberto DeFelice, Kyrian Friedenberg, Frank Liotti, Dawn Luebbe, Lizbeth MacKay, Kathleen McElfresh, Harold Todd, and David Wohl. Set design is by Ray Recht; Matthew McCarthy is the lighting designer; costumes are by Karin Beatty; and Graham Johnson is the sound designer. The Frugal Repast will run Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30PM; Saturday at 2PM and Sunday at 3PM in Abingdon Theatre Company's June Havoc Theatre (312 West 36th Street). Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by calling 212-868-4444 or online at www.Smarttix.com.

Gem of the Ocean - DC - 1/26/2007

Casting has been announced for the Washington D.C. premiere of August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean, presented by Arena Stage. The show will run January 26 - March 18 on the Fichandler Stage. The press opening night performance is Thursday, February 1 at 8:00 p.m.

"Like Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and The Piano Lesson before it, August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean is a powerful and evocative look at the culture and tradition of 20th century African-American life. In 1904, Citizen Barlow has come North in search for work and finds himself on a tumultuous spiritual journey guided by the wisdom of the mysterious and powerful matriarch, Aunt Ester. This Washington premiere of Gem of the Ocean, the ninth play in Wilson's historic, award-winning ten-part series, is presented as a tribute to Wilson, a giant of American theater who passed away in 2005," according to Arena.

Directed by Paulette Randall, the production will star Pascale Armand (Boom at Playwrights Horizons, Four at Manhattan Theatre Club) as Black Mary, Jimonn Cole (Off-Broadway: The Exonerated, Puddn'head Wilson) as Citizen Barlow, Leland Gantt (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom on Broadway, Killa Dilla Off-Broadway), Lynnie Godfrey (Drama Desk Nominee for Eubie!, "Ladies of Song") as Aunt Ester, Timmy Ray James (numerous plays at Arena Stage, Coriolanus at the Shakespeare Theatre) as Rutherford Selig, Clayton Lebouef (numerous plays at Arena Stage, "Homicide: Life on the Street") as Eli, and Joseph Marcell (productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre, etc.) as Solly Two Kings.

The creative team will include Scott Bradley (sets), Allen Lee Hughes (lighting), Ilona Smogyi (costumes), and Timothy M. Thompson (sound).

"August Wilson is an audience and artist favorite at Arena," said Artistic Director Molly Smith. "So it is special to me that we are able to premiere this play, one of his last. Wilson is Shakespeare for African-American performers; his 10-play cycle has a breadth and depth in character work that is thrilling. I welcome British director Paulette Randall, a Wilson expert in her home country, as we continue to forge relationships with directors outside America's borders. It will be fascinating to look at this American work through a different cultural lens."

Gem of the Ocean opened on Broadway in December 2004, starring Tony Award-winner Phylicia Rashad as the mythical matriarch Aunt Ester. It earned five Tony nominations and glowing reviews.

Playwright August Wilson (April 27, 1945 - October 2, 2005) authored Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Fences, Two Trains Running, Jitney, King Hedley II and Radio Golf. These works explore the heritage and experience of African-Americans, decade by decade, over the course of the 20th century.

Visit www.arenastage.org for tickets and more information.

As You Like It - 1/27/2007

COLUMBIA STAGES Presents

AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare Directed by PEDRO SALAZAR

January 24-27, 2007 Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM Saturday at 2PM

The Theatre of the Riverside Church 91 Claremont Avenue Between 120th and 121st Street

$15 General Admission $5 Seniors Free with Columbia University I.D. or other valid student I.D. (subject to availability) Tickets at www.ColumbiaStages.com

Sometimes life gets very rough: brothers fight…land is usurped…and the whole of society falls into a lack of trust from which we can only escape. We all travel far away to redeem what was lost; to the forest where everyone is equal. But nature is equally rough: there is time to spend…there are songs to be sung…there is the hope of love. Two brothers meet two sisters. A girl dressed as a boy turns a boy into a man. As You Like It asks, are we ready to return?

Performance Schedule:

Wednesday, January 24 at 8PM Thursday, January 25 at 8PM Friday, January 26 at 8PM Saturday, January 27 at 2PM & 8PM

For more information contact pr@columbiastages.com or visit www.ColumbiaStages.com

Julie Andrews - SAG Lifetime Achievement - 1/28/2007

Dame Julie Andrews, the beloved performer whose career has spanned over five decades, has been selected to receive the Screen Actors' Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award, according to BBC News.

Andrews will be presented with the award at the SAG Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on January 28th, 2007.

Andrews, who was dubbed a CBE in 2004, received Tony Award nominations for creating the roles of Eliza in My Fair Lady, Guinevere in Camelot and the title role(s) in Victor/Victoria (based on her hit film), as well as a Theatre World Award for her Broadway debut in The Boy Friend. She is perhaps best known to film audiences for her Oscar-winning turn in the title role of Mary Poppins, and her Oscar-nominated performance as Maria in The Sound of Music; she also received a nomination for Victor/Victoria.

Andrews has also been seen on stage in Putting It Together, and other films include The Americanization of Emily, Star!, Darling Lili, Thoroughly Modern Millie, 10, S.O.B. and Victor/Victoria, as well as the Princess Diaries films. She recently sang again in the second film of that series after having suffered severe vocal problems caused by a botched operation on her vocal chords. She is also a noted childrens' book author, and made her directorial debut with the Bay Street Theatre's production of The Boy Friend.

Kiki and Herb @ Joe's Pub - 1/28/2007

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.



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