Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 12/12/2007

Below is BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 12/12/2007. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit BroadwayWorld.com's Event Calendar.

High School Musical LA Tour - 12/12/2007

A new touring stage version of High School Musical will play Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center for 16 performances only, December 12 to 23. Presented by Disney Theatrical Productions, the division responsible for such smash Broadway hits as The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Mary Poppins, High School Musical is based on the 2006 Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel Original Movie. Priority seating is available for groups of 15 or more by calling 1-888-DISNEY6 or 323-308-6333. Single tickets will go on sale October 20.

The musical will play Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center for 16 performances only from December 12 to 23. It plays Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm; Saturday matinees at 2 pm; and Sundays at 1 pm and 6:30 pm. There is a special Thursday matinee on December 13 at 2 pm.

Tickets range in price from $20 to $70. VIP Ticket Packages are also available. The package includes a souvenir program and parking and is priced at $125. Priority seating is available for groups of 15 or more by calling 1-888-DISNEY6 or 323-308-6333. Single tickets go on sale October 20. For more information, visit www.highschoolmusicalontour.com.

Kiki & Herb @ Carnegie Hall - 12/12/2007

Kiki & Herb take the stage once again at the legendary Carnegie Hall for a one night only appearance Kiki & Herb: The Second Coming – A Christmas Concert. This not-to-be-missed holiday spectacular will take Wednesday, December 12 at 8PM.

Kiki & Herb: The Second Coming – A Christmas Concert will take place Wednesday, December 12 at 8PM. Carnegie Hall is located at 154 West 57th Street. Doors open at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $29.50 - $85, with a limited number of VIP $175 premium tickets available (includes a stocking stocked with holiday gifts from Kiki & Herb: a limited-edition collectible tree ornament, a signed show poster, and more).

Tickets are available by phone at CarnegieCharge: (212) 247-7800 or online at www.carnegiehall.org. For more information, check out www.KikiAndHerb.com

Tony Kushner Documentary on PBS - 12/12/2007

POV presents Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner, a new documentary which reveals the man behind the fierce social critic, in a special PBS broadcast on Wednesday December 12. Oscar-winning Director Freida Lee Mock profiles the Playwright whose Angels in America shook-up 1990s America. Featured in the film are Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Mike Nichols and Maurice Sendak. Visit TonyKushnerTheMovie.com for more information.

The Devil's Disciple - 12/13/2007

The Irish Repertory Theatre's presents George Bernard Shaw's The Devil's Disciple, directed by Tony Walton. Performances begin Wednesday, December 5, 2007 and will perform through January 27, 2008. The official opening will be on Thursday, December 13, 2007. The Irish Repertory Theatre is located at 132 West 22nd St.

"The Devil's Disciple, Shaw's crackling comedy set in the middle of the American War of Independence, is the story of the rascal, Dick Dudgeon, a young revolutionary brought up in a harshly puritan home, who finds himself starved for a true religion. His passionate belief in the right to human happiness lands him smack in the middle of a masquerade which could result in dangerous, indeed, life-threatening consequences. Shaw's superb wit and wisdom send us reeling toward a series of delicious revelations in this timely play which could well have been ripped from tomorrow's newscast," explain press notes.

Performances of The Devil's Disciple are Wednesday - Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees are Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 3 PM.

Tickets are $60 and $55 and can be purchased by calling The Irish Repertory Theatre Box Office at (212) 727-2737. (For group discounts of 20 or more contact Jen Nelson at (212) 255-0270 x22.) For more information, call (212) 727-2737 or visit www.irishrep.org.

Vereen & Rubin-Vega on 'Law & Order' - 12/13/2007

Ben Vereen and Daphne Rubin-Vega will be featured in the midseason finale of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" on December 13.

The episode is entitled "Senseless," featuring performances by Chris Noth (Det. Mike Logan) and Alicia Witt (Det. Nola Falacci), who become emotionally involved in the pain of a disenfranchised community that must confront pointless murders.

"Co-starring Ben Vereen (as Rev. Jeremiah Morris), Daphne Rubin-Vega (as Carmen Mendoza) and Jesse Garcia (as Felix Aguilar) it's a ripped from the headlines story about a four African-American college freshmen, who pulling themselves out of the ghetto and into college, are senselessly shot on a playground in a racially charged case," explain press notes.

Original episodes of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" air Thursday evenings at 10PM (EST/PST).

Megan Mullally on The View - 12/13/2007

Young Frankenstein's Megan Mullally is scheduled to appear as the lead guest on The View, Thursday, December 13 at 11:00am ABC

Edward the Second - 12/15/2007

Red Bull Theater proudly announces the world premiere of Garland Wright's adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's Edward the Second, beginning performances December 11 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater (416 West 42nd Street), for a limited Off-Broadway engagement through January 13. Opening Night is set for December 15 and will be hosted by Mark Rylance.

Cast includes: Marc Vietor, Arthur Bartow, Rob Breckenridge, Wesley Broulik, Joseph Costa, William DeMerritt, Michael Gotch, Davis Hall, Lucas Hall, Randy Harrison, James Knight, Claire Lautier, Terence MacSweeny, Raum-Aron, Derrick LeMont Sanders, Raphael Nash Thompson and Patrick Vaill.

"In this intensely provocative play, King Edward the Second asserts his right to have the private life he desires, only to have his love, his life and his kingdom destroyed. Do those in power have the right to a personal life? Should personal needs be sacrificed for "the greater good?" Love at any cost? The greatest tragedy by Shakespeare's greatest peer comes to life in this entirely new version of Edward the Second," explain press notes.

Performances of Edward the Second begin December 11 and will be Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8PM, Saturday at 2PM and 8PM, Sunday at 3 PM (except December 16t which will be at 7 PM); no performances December 25, 26, 30, January 1 or 8

Tickets will be from $20 to $50: $40 Regular tickets; $50 Premium Seating; $30 Age 30 & Under (w/ID); and $20 Student (w/ID). To purchase tickets, visit ticketcentral.com or call 212/279-4200. For more information visit www.redbulltheater.com

Infinite Joy – the Songs of William Finn Benefit concert - 12/15/2007

For the Las Vegas Rape Crisis Center. Saturday, December 15th at 1:00 PM (with a possible second performance on the 16th) at Krave Las Vegas (attached to Planet Hollywood), the concert will feature the stars of the Broadway Las Vegas shows, including Harry Bouvy, Justin Brill, Reva Rice and Steven Strafford (all from Spamalot), Nadine Roden (Mamma Mia!), Daniel Herron and Jessica Sheridan (The Producers) and Tina Walsh (formerly of EFX and Mamma Mia!, Phantom in 2008). The event will be Stage Managed by the multi-talented Sharon del Pilar (Spamalot) and Directed by Adam Fitzgerald (Playhouse West's Managing Artistic Director) with Musical Direction by Robert Moffat (Spamalot).

Tickets are now on sale and are $35 for general admission, $100 for VIP front row seating and can be purchased at www.playhousewest.org or by calling toll free 866-811-4111.

The Lion in Winter - 12/16/2007

November 16 - December 16 Spotlighters Theatre 817 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 www.spotlighters.org or 410-752-1225 $18 Adults/$15 Students, Seniors and BTA members

Much Ado About Nothing - 12/16/2007

Everyman Theatre. Through December 16. $16-$35. www.everymantheatre.org

The Homecoming - 12/16/2007

The 40th Anniversary revival of Harold Pinter's Tony Award-winning masterpiece The Homecoming, starring Golden Globe Award-winner Ian McShane, two-time Tony-nominee Raúl Esparza and Academy Award-nominee Michael McKean, under the direction of Tony Award-winner Daniel Sullivan.

Performances begin on December 4. The production will open December 16 at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street) for a 20-week limited engagement thru Sunday, April 13th.

"Pinter's most sexually provocative work, The Homecoming is an edgy and compelling tale of lust, betrayal and seduction, telling the story of a dysfunctional family that welcomes the homecoming of its estranged brother and competes for the attention of his dangerously alluring wife," state press materials.

Beckett Shorts - 12/16/2007

New York Theatre Workshop announced that Beckett Shorts, an evening of four one-act plays written by Samuel Beckett and directed by JoAnne Akalaitis, will begin performances Wednesday, December 5 at 8PM at New York Theatre Workshop (79 East 4th Street, between Second Avenue and Bowery). Opening night is scheduled for Sunday, December 16 at 7PM.

Five-time OBIE award winning director JoAnne Akalaitis joins with Mikhail Baryshnikov and composer Philip Glass to bring four of Samuel Beckett's one-act plays – Act Without Words I, Act Without Words II, Eh Joe and Rough For Theatre I – to NYTW as Beckett Shorts. After a successful workshop this past spring, Akalaitis invited Bill Camp (currently Alcaste in The Misanthrope at NYTW), Karen Kandel, and David Neumann to work with her and Baryshnikov on these funny and fiercely physical plays.

Beckett Shorts plays at New York Theatre Workshop (79 East 4th Street, between Second Avenue and Bowery).

The regular performance schedule is Tuesday at 7PM, Wednesday through Friday at 8PM, Saturday at 3PM & 8PM, and Sunday at 2PM & 7PM. Beckett Shorts runs through Sunday, January 20. Tickets are $65 and may be purchased online at www.telecharge.com, 24 hours a day, seven days a week or by phoning Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200. For exact dates and times of performance, call Telecharge.com. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 2.

Sam Harris @ Birdland - 12/16/2007

Celebrated vocalist and award-winning musical comedian Sam Harris at 7PM on both Sunday, December 16 and Monday, December 17. A renowned star of stage, screen and stereo, with over two decades in the spotlight, Harris will bring his remarkable blend of powerhouse vocals, brilliant comedy chops and one-of-a-kind perspective, to perform a mix of standards and stage favorites, as well as songs from his new upcoming CD, "Free."

Tickets: $30.00 + $10.00 Food/Drink Minimum (Per Person). VIP tickets available for $50.00 + $10.00 Food/Drink Minimum (Per Person). Available online at www.BirdlandJazz.com or by Telephone: 212-581-3080.

Gypsy of the Year Competition - 12/17/2007

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is pleased to announce the 19th Annual Gypsy of the Year Competition will take place on Monday, December 17 (4:30 PM) and Tuesday, December 18 (2 PM) at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42nd Street). The Gypsy of the Year Competition, which will be hosted this year by Jackie Hoffman (Xanadu), Bob Saget (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Mary Testa (Xanadu) is produced by and benefits BC/EFA.

This year's Gypsy of the Year Competition will be one for the history books as BC/EFA will create a special opening number in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the original Broadway production of West Side Story.

The number, a medley of songs from the show, will feature two time Tony Award winner, Chita Rivera (Anita) and her originAl West Side Story co-stars including Mickey Callan (Riff), Carol Lawrence (Maria), Ken Leroy (Bernardo), Jamie Sanchez (Chino) and Reri Grist (Consuelo) who debuted the now classic ballad "Somewhere."

For tickets and information, visit: www.BroadwayCares.org

An Altar Boyz Christmas - Chicago - 12/17/2007

The Chicago cast of the hit musical Altar Boyz will host "An Altar Boyz Christmas," a one-night-only holiday concert, at 200 East on Chestnut, located in the landmark Seneca Hotel at 200 East Chestnut St. in Chicago Monday, December 17 at 7PM. This star-studded event will feature cast members from Jersey Boys and Wicked, with all proceeds benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Tickets for "An Altar Boyz Christmas," priced at $35 (limited view) and $50, include the cost of admission and two drink tickets. A small number of VIP tickets, priced at $100, include prime seating and raffle tickets for prizes from Altar Boyz and more. Seating is very limited. All tickets are tax deductible, with proceeds benefiting BC/EFA. To reserve tickets, or for more information, please email altarboyzcare@gmail.com.

Daniel Reichard @ Metropolitan Room - 12/17/2007

Daniel Reichard, who stars as Bob Gaudio in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Jersey Boys, will appear in his own concert entitled "Daniel Reichard: Christmas in Black and White" at The Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd St., between 5th & 6th Ave) on Monday, December 17 at 9:30 PM.

"Christmas in Black and White" brings us back to the unforgettable music of the Great American Songbook. Backed by a chamber band wearing only their finest black and white threads, Daniel will sing his favorite tunes by Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Johnny Mercer, Lerner and Loewe, Rodgers and Hart, and others! The show reflects on the feeling you would get from watching those classic black-and-white Christmas specials. As the evening progresses, the show turns to color, and a celebration of the holiday season will begin.

Tickets to "Christmas in Black and White" are $30.00 each plus a 2 beverage minimum. Reservations can be made by calling The Metropolitan Room at 212-206-0440.

Pygmalion - Reading - 12/17/2007

Gingold Theatrical Group's Project Shaw presents Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw on Monday December 17 at 7PM at New York's most legendary club, The Players (16 Gramercy Park South).

Tickets $15 are available December 1 at 212-352-3101 or online at www.ProjectShaw.com

"This robust comedy has become Shaw's most famous and iconographic play. In it, he takes on almost every major social and political issue. This reading is the 22nd of the four-year series, devoted to presenting every play ever written by Shaw. It is also the first of the plays in which producer/director David Staller will appear," explain press notes.

Eliza Doolittle will be played by Hannah Cabell, who is preparing to open in the title role of MTC's Pumpgirl. Marian Seldes will be playing Mrs. Higgins, Brian Murray is taking the role of Alfred Doolittle and Daniel Jenkins will be stepping into Pickering's shoes. Also cast are Broadway favorites Beth Fowler, Matt Cavenaugh and Jennifer Smith. Narrating will be Michael Riedel of the New York Post. The evening's host will be Time Out NY's David Cote.

Anthony Rapp @ Ars Nova - 12/17/2007

Ars Nova proudly presents Tony nominee Anthony Rapp's rock n' roll memoir "Without You: An Evening of Love, Loss and the Musical Rent" for one-night-only on Monday, December 17. Rapp will give two performances of his new show at 7 PM and 10 PM along with his band Albinokid. Ars Nova is located at 511 West 54th Street and tickets can be purchased for $20 at SmartTix at 212-868-4444 or www.SmartTix.com.

Broadway Sings for Toys - 12/17/2007

Karen Mason, Max von Essen, Jose Llana, and Alan Campbell join the previously announced roster of the 3rd Annual Broadway Sings for Toys Benefit on December the 17 at the Lucille Lortel Theater at 8PM.

Hosted by The Broadway Boys, the concert will feature performances by Stephanie J. Block, Lisa Howard, Lisa Brescia, Ashley Brown, Tituss Burgess, Antonique Smith, Lauren Kennedy, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Patina Miller, Chelsea Krombach, Geoff Packard, Marty Thomas, and Nikki M. James.

The concert will also feature performances from the casts of Legally Blonde, Altar Boyz, Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, Grease, A Chorus Line and Mamma Mia!

Audiences can expect to hear songs of the season and songs of hope and inspiration. The ticket tiers are $15 AND a new/unwrapped toy, $40 for priority seating, and $100 for VIP seating, including a cocktail reception with the performers at "Lima's Taste - across the street from the Lortel at 122 Christopher Street from 6:30 to 7:30PM.

All tickets can be purchased from Ticket Central at www.ticketcentral.com or over the phone at 212.279.4200. All toys collected will be donated to Toys for Tots and all proceeds will go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. For more information visit www.bcefa.org

Gypsy of the Year Competition - 12/18/2007

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is pleased to announce the 19th Annual Gypsy of the Year Competition will take place on Monday, December 17 (4:30 PM) and Tuesday, December 18 (2 PM) at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42nd Street). The Gypsy of the Year Competition, which will be hosted this year by Jackie Hoffman (Xanadu), Bob Saget (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Mary Testa (Xanadu) is produced by and benefits BC/EFA.

This year's Gypsy of the Year Competition will be one for the history books as BC/EFA will create a special opening number in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the original Broadway production of West Side Story.

The number, a medley of songs from the show, will feature two time Tony Award winner, Chita Rivera (Anita) and her originAl West Side Story co-stars including Mickey Callan (Riff), Carol Lawrence (Maria), Ken Leroy (Bernardo), Jamie Sanchez (Chino) and Reri Grist (Consuelo) who debuted the now classic ballad "Somewhere."

For tickets and information, visit: www.BroadwayCares.org

Melisa Errico @ Birdland - 12/18/2007

Celebrated vocalist & Tony Award-nominated actress Melissa Errico on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 with back-to-back shows at 8:30PM & 11PM.

Melissa Errico returns with a fresh new show, "Blue Skies and Lullabies", directed by acclaimed cabaret star Mary Cleere Haran, in which she will perform songs from her upcoming album "Lullabies and Wildflowers," to be released Mother's Day 2008 on the Velour/Universal Records label. Her new Birdland concert additionally will feature classics and standards from songwriters including Judy Collins, Gershwin, Sammy Kahn, her brother Mike Errico, and, exclusively this evening, a special emphasis on the legendary Irving Berlin.

Tickets: $30.00 + $10.00 Food/Drink Minimum (Per Person) can be purchased Online: www.BirdlandJazz.com; or by Telephone: 212.581.3080.

 



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