Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 1/28/2007

Below is BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 1/28/2007. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit BroadwayWorld.com's Event Calendar.

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.

Marla Mindelle @ Triad - 1/28/2007

Marla Mindelle, the most well known unknown, or Pocahontas Girl to some, brings her hilarious comedy song cabaret to the Triad on West 72nd Street and Broadway on January 28, at 8:30 p.m. For reservations and more info, click on "News" at marlamindelle.com. For show previews of her zaniness and fabulous belting, go to Youtube and search Marla Mindelle.

Assassins - Chicago - 1/28/2007

Porchlight Music Theatre, Chicago's inventive musical theatre company, continues its 2006–2007 season themed around 'The American Experience—Set to Music', with Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's disturbing and alarmingly funny musical, Assassins. The production previews January 20 and runs through March 11 at Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont. The press opening is January 28 at 2:30pm.

Assassins explores the history and fascination of presidential assassination in America. From John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald to Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme and John Hinckley, Jr., this strikingly provocative work looks at the lives, loves and lunacy of nine American assassins. The winner of five 2004 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, Assassins gives new meaning to the phrase killer musical.

Through a disjointed series of songs and vignettes, Assassins explores the individual motivations of the nine American assassins, and how the actions of these "historical footnotes" fit into the bigger picture of American identity. Assassins is a thrilling musical featuring a brilliant, melodic score which follows American music throughout the ages, from folk to ragtime to 1970s soft rock.

Assassins features Sara Sevigny as Sara Jane Moore, Brandon Dahlquist as Leon Czolgosz, Daniel Allar as Samuel Byck, Jeremy Rill as John Wilkes Booth, Maggie Portman as Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, Kevin Bensley as John Hinckley, Michael Mahler as Balladeer, Bradford Lund as Lee Harvey Oswald, Ben Kickie as Proprietor, Jeremy Trager as Giuseppe Zangara, StEve Best as Charles Guiteau, Andy Robinson as President Gerald Ford, Jarrod Zimmerman as President James Garfield and David Herold, Sam Schumacher as Billy and Elizabeth Tanner as Emma Goldman.

Assassins will be directed by Michael Weber. Rounding out the creative team are Doug Peck (music director), Tammy Mader (choreographer), Kevin Depinet (scenic design) Jessie Klug (lighting design) and Carol J. Blanchard (costume design).

Ticket Information

Porchlight Music Theatre will present Assassins at the Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 West Belmont (at Racine), from January 20 through March 11. The performance schedule is: Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 2:30 p.m. Tickets, which range in price from $25 to $32, are currently on sale, and can be purchased in person at The Theatre Building Chicago box office (773-327-5252) or any Ticketmaster Ticket Center (312-902-1500), and online at www.ticketmaster.com. Discounted tickets are available for students, seniors and groups. For group tickets, call 312-423-6612.

About Porchlight Music Theatre

Porchlight Music Theatre, originally founded in 1995 as Porchlight Theatre, has made a name for itself by producing engaging musicals with a focus on new works and inventive adaptations. A professional, not-for-profit organization, the company has staged 28 shows including four World Premieres and seven Chicago Premieres. The rapidly growing mid-sized theatre company has received 5 Jeff Awards as well as 13 Jeff Award nominations, 29 Joseph Jefferson Citation nominations, 11 Jeff Citations, and 20 After Dark Awards.

The Porchlight Music Theatre continues with world-premiere vaudeville, The Teapot Scandals opening Feb. 4. 'The American Experience—Set to Music Season' concludes with a jewel box production of the epic musical Ragtime, opening April 9.

Porchlight Music Theatre is partially supported by generous contributions from: Alaron, William Blair & Company Foundation, City Arts Program 2 Grant/Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, Holland & Company CPA, the Illinois Arts Council – a state agency, the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, and Peoples Energy.

Theater Hall of Fame Awards - 1/29/2007

The 2006 Theater Hall of Fame Inductees have been announced. The ceremony will take place at the Gershwin Theatre on January 29th, 2007.

Actors Patti LuPone, George Hearn and Elizabeth Wilson, playwright Brian Friel, costume designer Willa Kim and scenic designer Eugene Lee will be inducted this year, as will late playwrights August Wilson and Wendy Wasserstein.

Sills/Murray/Wilfert @ The Center - 1/29/2007

The Center has announced its new 'In Concert' series celebrating the artistry of Broadway's most distinguished performers.

Douglas Sills, Todd Murray and Sally Wilfert – on Monday, January 29, 2007 at 7:00PM

"Three best friends – Broadway heart-throb Douglas Sills (Little Shop of Horrors, Tony-nominee for The Scarlet Pimpernel), veteran crooner Todd Murray and wildly talented Sally Wilfert (Broadway's Tom Sawyer and Assassins) – come together for an evening of varying musical styles and humor.

Tickets are $20, $35, $75 and $150 – with a cocktail reception for the high-tier prices. Discount subscriptions are also available.

"Tony Award-nominee Sherie Rene Scott is best known for her starring roles in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, AIDA and The Last Five Years, and as a recording artist on Sh-K-Boom Records. In the midst of what she describes as a 'surprisingly fragile state for such a robust young woman,' Sherie Rene Scott will sing, chat and prove to herself and the audience that we're not in Kansas anymore," as press materials describe.

'In Concert' is produced by Jayson Raitt and Daniel Whitman.

Established in 1983, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center is the largest LGBT community center organization on the East Coast. More than 6,000 people visit the Center weekly.

To purchase tickets, visit www.gaycenter.org or call 212.620.7310, ext. 274. Individual tickets and season subscriptions available. The Center is located at 208 West 13th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

Rockers on Broadway - 1/29/2007

Donnie Kehr, Cori Gardner and Good To Go Entertainment have announced the latest "Rockers On Broadway: Jersey Style" to take place on Monday January 29, 2007 at 8:00pm at BB King Blues Club & Grill (237 West 42nd Street). "It is our mission to bring together the worlds of Rock 'n' Roll and Broadway in a unique way, while supporting inspirational charities including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids and Wingspan Arts, Inc.," says creator Donnie Kehr.

"Rockers On Broadway" was founded by Donnie Kehr in 1993 during the Broadway run of The Who's Tommy, in which he appeared. Inspired by an idea from Pete Townshend, he wanted to give musical theatre performers the opportunity to experience the feeling of singing with a rock band in a concert style venue, so they could understand and transfer the rawness of that edge to the stage.

The evening is sponsored by Sara Lee, Macy's and The Frye Company, and will be hosted by actress/comedian, Caroline Rhea, star of "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" and NBC's hit series "The Biggest Loser."

Headlining this edition of Rockers are the 4 leads from Broadway's smash hit, Jersey BoysDaniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer and 2006 Tony winners John Lloyd Young and Christian Hoff, along with country star Larry Gatlin, singer songwriter Kate Taylor and '60s favorites, The Tokens with their smash hit "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". Broadway artists scheduled to appear at press time include:

Kathy Brier (Hairspray, ABC's "One Life To Live") Will Chase (High Fidelity, Lennon) Jarrod Emick (Boy From Oz, Damn Yankees /1994 TONY Winner) Donnie Kehr (Jersey Boys, The Who's Tommy) Michael Lanning (The Civil War, Trans Siberian Orchestra) Norm Lewis (Les Miserables-2006 Revival, Chicago) Billy Porter (Smokey Joe's Café, Grease) Daphne Rubin-Vega (Les Miserables, Rent) Greg Reuter (Spamalot) Sara Schmidt (Jersey Boys, Brooklyn) Jeremy Schonfeld (Drift) Sherie René Scott (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Aida) Matt Stocke (The Wedding Singer, Titanic) Patrick Wilson (Currently starring with Kate Winslet in New Line Cinema's Little Children; The Full Monty, Barefoot in the Park)

(Additional performers to be added. All performances subject to change due to availability.)

All proceeds from the event will go to support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Wingspan Arts, Inc. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids gives assistance nationwide to persons living with HIV/AIDS and Breast Cancer: www.broadwaycares.org . Wingspan Arts provides In-school, Afterschool, and Conservatory arts education programs to Tri-state area children: www.wingspanarts.org

Rockers on Broadway will take place on Monday January 29, 2007 at 8:00pm at BB King Blues Club & Grill 237 West 42nd Street. Tickets are on sale now at BB King's Box Office or on www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are $100/Premier Seating, $50/Reserved Seating, $35/General Admission. For more information contact RockersOnBroadway@gmail.com or visit: www.rockersonbroadway.com.

Cady Huffman @ Birdland - 1/29/2007

Broadway at Birdland, a series of Monday night concerts featuring top theater and nightclub stars and songwriters, has announced the January/February schedule. Presented by Jim Caruso's Cast Party and TheaterMania.com, the series is an outgrowth of Cast Party, a weekly open-mic night catering to the Broadway, cabaret and jazz crowds.

The schedule follows:

January 29 at 7pm - $25 - Cady Huffman's Birthday Bash

"Tony-winner (The Producers) Cady Huffman is having a birthday, so she's gonna tell it like it is! From her aspirations of being an operatic soprano to making her Broadway debut as a drag queen...from Tin Pan Alley to rock and roll; Townsend to Sondheim, Cady will give you what you want and a lot more than you expect."

There is a $10 food/drink minimum for each show. Visit www.InstantSeats.com/Birdland for tickets and www.birdlandjazz.com for more information.

Joe Iconis @ Joe's Pub - 1/29/2007

"Things to Ruin: the Songs of Joe Iconis" will play Joe's Pub on January 29th at 7:30pm.

The evening will be presented by Temporary Theatre Company and directed by John Simpkins.

"'Things to Ruin' is an evening of incendiary songs about porn stars, panic attacks, drug runs and true love featuring Joe's unique collision of musical theater and unadulterated rock. Performed by a cast of viciously talented young singers and a highly flammable four-piece band led by Joe himself, 'Things to Ruin' will rock your world with an occasionally profane and always heartfelt explosion of music and high drama," state press materials on the show, which was previously seen at Ars Nova and NYMF.

The cast includes Michael Kadin Craig (60's Project at Goodspeed's Norma Terrace Theatre), Katrina Rose Dideriksen (Tracy in original Vegas cast of Hairspray), Badia Farha (Sister Act The Musical), Matt Hinkley (tick, tick...BOOM! regional), Lance Rubin (The Opposite of Sex, Williamstown Theatre Festival), Jason Williams (Beware of Dog, Istanbul International Theatre Festival), and Dana Zihlman Harshaw (Hairspray, Northshore)

Iconis, who received his MFA from the NYU/Tisch Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program, is the recipient of a 2006 Jonathan Larson Award and a 2006 Daryl Roth Award. His garage-band rock musical The Black Suits, for which he wrote music, lyrics, and co-wrote the book with Robert Maddock, will be seen next year at MCC.

Joe's Pub at The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette St. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by phone at (212) 967-7555, on line at www.joespub.com, or in person at the Public Theater Box Office (from 1pm to 6pm), or Joe's Pub (from 6pm to 10pm.) Table reservations (strongly recommended) can be made by calling (212) 539-8778.

For more information on Iconis, visit www.mrjoeiconis.com. Visit www.temporarytheatre.org for more on the Temporary Theatre Company

The 2007 Nightlife Awards - 1/29/2007

The 2007 Nightlife Awards, celebrating the best cabaret, jazz, and comedy in the city, will be held at New York's Town Hall on January 29th.

Produced by Scott Siegel ("Broadway Unplugged" and "Broadway By the Year"), the annual Nightlife Award ceremony is the only "all-performance" awards show. Celebrity presenters introduce the winners who then perform in-lieu of acceptance speeches.

Critics and experts vote on the best performances they saw this past year in the clubs of New York City. Some of the award categories are: Outstanding Cabaret Female Vocalist, Outstanding Male Vocalist, Outstanding Cabaret Revue/ Group/ Variety Performance, Unique Cabaret Performance, Outstanding Female Stand-up Comedian, Outstanding Male Stand-up Comedian, Outstanding Jazz Soloist, Outstanding Jazz Combo Performance.

Past winners include Brian Stokes Mitchell, Elaine Stritch, Joy Behar, Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway, Patti LuPone, Andrea McArdle, Alice Ripley, and Bruce Vilanch. Eartha Kitt was presented with a lifetime achievement award at the 2006 ceremony.

Tickets are $25 and $75 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4100 or on-line at www.ticketmaster.com. Town Hall is loctaed at 123 West 43rd Street in Manhattan.

Steven Lutvak @ Beechman - 1/29/2007

"The Laurie Beechman Theatre has a rich tradition of presenting cutting-edge work, which has played a role in shaping American theatre and live performance. Since the 80's, the theatre has staged numerous plays and hosted a myriad of live performance events," as press materials describe the venue.

Steven Lutvak Monday, January 29 at 7pm $25 cover

"Award-winning singer/songwriter Steven Lutvak returns to our stage to perform songs from his upcoming projects, as well as classics we've all come to love throughout the years. Steven is the recent recipient of the Fred Ebb Award for composing. For tickets, contact Smarttix: 212 868 4444 or www.smarttix.com."

Please note there is a $15 food and/or beverage minimum at each performance, with the exception of The After Party. All major credit cards are accepted. The West Bank Café is located at 407 West 42nd. St., at Ninth Avenue. For reservations, please call 212.695.6909, between the hours of 12pm and 8pm.

The Fever - 1/29/2007

The New Group is currently presenting the first revival of Wallace Shawn's The Fever, playing January 9 – March 3 at The New Group at Theatre Row (The Acorn Theater / 410 West 42nd Street). The official opening is set for Wednesday, January 29 at 7:00 PM.

"An anonymous narrator wakes up in a war-torn country with a terrible fever, unable to reconcile the privilege he has enjoyed with his current surroundings. Shawn's The Fever examines the links between the affluence many Americans take for granted and the horrors of poverty and suffering that haunt the lives of millions," state production notes on the show, which will be helmed by New Group artistic director Scott Elliott.

The Fever will feature set design by Derek McLane, lighting design by Jennifer Tipton, sound design by Bruce Odland and costume design by Eric Becker.

The Fever will play as follows at The New Group at Theatre Row (The Acorn Theater / 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue): Monday–Saturday at 8:00 PM, with matinees on Saturday at 2:00 PM. Tickets may be arranged through Ticket Central at www.ticketcentral.com or (212) 279-4200, or at the Theatre Row Box Office (12:00–8:00 PM daily). Tickets are $51.25. For more information, visit www.thenewgroup.org.

Vinyard Theatre 25th Anniversary Gala - 1/29/2007

THE VINEYARD THEATRE celebrates its 25th Anniversary on Monday, January 29 at the Rainbow Room (30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor) in Manhattan. Highlights of the company's 25th Anniversary Gala to include musical performances from past Vineyard hits.

Emmy Award-winner and Tony Award-nominee S. Epatha Merkerson ("Law & Order," "Lackawanna Blues," and THE PIANO LESSON) will perform songs from The Vineyard's world-premiere production of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL, in which she starred as legendary singer Billie Holliday. Tony Award-nominee Judy Kuhn (CHESS, SHE LOVES ME) will perform songs by Laura Nyro. Ms. Kuhn starred in The Vineyard's 2001 world-premiere production of ELI'S COMIN', for which she received an Obie Award. Cheyenne Jackson (ALL SHOOK UP, "United 93"), recently seen in The Vineyard's Lab Production of Nicky Silver's THE AGONY AND THE AGONY, will perform a song from the John Kander-Fred Ebb musical FLORA, THE RED MENACE which had an acclaimed Off-Broadway revival at The Vineyard in 1987.

The evening's other participants include Patricia Clarkson, Julianne Moore, Oliver Platt, Joe Morton, Annie Parisse, Ann Harada, Tony Roberts, Michael Berresse, and Penny Fuller among others.

The evening will also feature a live and silent auction. Current items to be auctioned will be posted on The Vineyard website at www.vineyardtheatre.org.

Tickets to The Vineyard Theatre's 25th Anniversary Gala at The Rainbow Room (30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor) on Monday, January 29 are $500-1,000. For additional information and tickets, please call 212-353-3366 x 238 or visit www.vineyardtheatre.org.

Constantine Maroulis @ Corio - 1/29/2007

Constantine Maroulis

January, 29 2007; an Acoustic Performance at CORIO 337 West Broadway @ Grand Street, New York, New York 10014 Call 212-966-3901 for table reservations!! Doors at 7:30pm

The Red Beard of Esau - Reading - 1/29/2007

Ars Nova, as part of the free Out Loud reading series, will present The Red Beard of Esau, written by Rachel Shukert and directed by Alex Timbers.

The play will be read by Jeff Binder, Elliotte Crowell, Billy Eichner, Sam Forman, Van Hansis, David Josefsberg, Julie Lake, Maggie Lauren, Austin Lysy, Reginald Veneziano and Taylor Wilcox on Monday, January 29 at 7 PM at Ars Nova (511 West 54th Street). "A Neanderthal woman and Cro-Magnon man embark on a passionate love affair at the very dawn of time. But fate, not to mention an assortment of mystics, priestesses, dwarfs, and beautful blonde Californian twins have other things in store for them. Things that could threaten their very existence! Can love survive? Find out in The The Red Beard of Esau, the world's first genocidal romantic comedy," press notes state.

The Red Beard of Esau will be read on Monday, January 29 at 7 PM. The Out Loud Series is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Please call 212-977-1700. Ars Nova is located at 511 West 54th Street. For more information, check out www.arsnovanyc.com.

Salvage - 1/30/2007

The Coast of Utopia, Tom Stoppard's trilogy tracing a 30-year arc of history in nineteenth century Russia, is now set for its US premiere at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre.

Voyage will begin previews on October 17th and open November 5th, Shipwreck will begin previews on December 5th and open on December 21st and Salvage will begin performances on January 30th, 2007, and open on February 15th. In addition to the separate runs of the plays, The Coast of Utopia will be performed successively in all three parts on Saturday, February 24th, March 3rd and March 10th. On each day, Voyage, Shipwreck and Salvage will be presented in marathon form beginning at 11 AM.

Camelot Tour Begins - San Jose - 1/30/2007

An upcoming national tour of Lerner and Loewe's Camelot will star Michael York, Rachel York and James Barbour.

With Michael York as King Arthur, Rachel York as Guenevere and Barbour as Lancelot, the tour will launch in San Jose, CA on January 30th, 2007; it will likely circle the country for at least six months.

The production will first play the La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts in La Mirada, California from January 12th through 28th.

"Relive the romance of Camelot from a fresh new perspective...in this magnificent new production of Lerner and Loewe's timeless masterpiece. The splendid, memorable score includes the haunting 'If Ever I Would Leave You,' the captivating 'How To Handle a Woman' and the majestic 'Camelot,'" state La Mirada notes on the 1960 show, which concerns an Arthurian love triangle between king, queen and knight. Camelot, based on The Once and Future King by T.H. White, features music by Frederick Loewe and lyrics and book by Alan Jay Lerner.

Sunday Park George - Reprise! - 1/30/2007

Manoel Felciano and Broadway veteran Nancy Dussault have joined the cast of the upcoming Reprise! staged concert production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park with George.

The show, directed by Tony-winner Jason Alexander (Jerome Robbins' Broadway, "Seinfeld") will preview on Tuesday, January 30 and will open on Wednesday, January 31and continue through Sunday, February 11 at UCLA's Freud Playhouse

Felciano will play George to the Dot of the previously announced Kelli O'Hara (The Pajama Game, The Light in the Piazza). In addition to O'Hara, Felciano and Dussault, the production will feature Katy Blake, Elizabeth Brackenbury, Matthew Patrick Davis, Jacqueline Emerson, Nancy Hess, Sarah Knowlton, Frank Kopyc, Kristofer McNeeley, Gregory North, Brent Schindele, Sean Smith, Katherine Von Till and Sam Zeller.

"For the second show of its 2006 – 2007 season, Reprise! presents one of the most heralded musicals of our time, Stephen Sondheim's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Sunday in the Park with George. The show is a moving portrait of an artist struggling to reconcile the perfect, imaginary world of his painting with the imperfect, messy world of real life," state notes on the 1984 show, which features music and lyrics by Sondheim and a book by Lapine.

"Act I revolves around Georges Seurat (1859-1891) and the creation of his signature painting 'Sunday Afternoon On The Island Of La Grande Jatte.' Seurat's inability to commit to anyone or anything but his work is echoed in Act II as George's great-grandson confronts his own artistic demons and failure to connect. Past and present merge as both Georges discover basic truths about art, human connection and the constant struggle to 'break through to something new."

Felciano, most recently seen as Tobias in the Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd, has also appeared in Brooklyn, Jesus Christ Superstar and Cabaret.

Dussault, twice Tony-nominated for Bajour and Do Re Mi, has also appeared on Broadway in Into the Woods, Side by Side by Sondheim and The Sound of Music, in which she made her Broadway debut as a replacement in the role of Maria.

For ticket information and for further information on Reprise! Broadway's Best, please visit www.reprise.org.

Frank's Home - 1/30/2007

The Chicago cast of Frank's Home will reprise their roles in Playwrights Horizons' production of Richard Nelson's play, which is set to begin previews at the company's Mainstage Theater on January 13th, 2007, open on January 30th and run through February 18th.

The new play about architect Frank Lloyd Wright, which is currently a hit at the Goodman Theater, will star Peter Weller (Summer Brave, Full Circle, Robocop films, "24") and Harris Yulin (Fran's Bed, Hedda Gabler, The Price), as well as Mary Beth Fisher as Frank's mistress Miriam Noel, Maggie Siff as his daughter Catherine, Jay Whitaker as his son Lloyd, Jeremy Strong as his assistant William, Chris Henry Coffey as Catherine's husband Kenneth, and Holley Fain as Helen, a schoolteacher. Weller will play Frank Lloyd Wright, with Yulin as fellow architect and mentor Louis Sullivan.

"It is summer, 1923, and architect Frank Lloyd Wright has recently left Chicago for California, determined to embrace Hollywood's youthful zest and mend broken relationships with his adult children. Having recently completed his latest 'wonder of the world' — Tokyo's Imperial Hotel — Wright is poised to settle down and embrace his new home. But his splintered family still holds deep-seated resentments," state press materials on the play, which will once again be directed by Robert Falls (Shining City, Aida).

The design team will include: Tom Lynch (sets), Susan Hilferty (costumes), Michael Philippi (lights), and Richard Woodbury (sound).

Nelson's other plays include Franny's Way, Rodney's Wife, Goodnight Children Everywhere, Madame Melville and The Vienna Notes; he also wrote the books of the musicals James Joyce's The Dead and My Life with Albertine.

Frank's Home runs at Chicago's Goodman Theatre through December 24th. Visit www.playwrightshorizons.org or www.goodmantheatre.org for more information.

Speed-the-Plow - 1/30/2007

Alicia Silverstone, Jon Tenney and Greg Germann will star in the Geffen Playhouse's upcoming staging of David Mamet's Hollywood farce Speed-the-Plow, running from January 30th through March 18th.

The production will be directed by Randall Arney.

"It is a masterwork comedy that skewers 'the business' as only insider Mamet can do. Speed-the-Plow is a hilarious close-up of art being sacrificed to commerce in a market where 'it's our business to make what everyone else was making last year,' state Geffen notes.

Silverstone, who has appeared regionally in Mamet's Boston Marriage, is known for films such as Clueless, Batman & Robin, and Love's Labour's Lost. Tenney, one of the stars of "The Closer," has appeared in "Without a Trace," "Will & Grace," "Kristin," and more. Germann, best known for his work on "Ally McBeal," has been seen in Talladega Nights, Friends with Money, "Desperate Housewives," and more.

Mamet's other plays include Glengarry Glen Ross, Oleanna, Romance and American Buffalo. The original 1988 production of Speed-the-Plow starred Madonna, Joe Mantegna and Ron Silver.

Visit www.geffenplayhouse.com for tickets and more information.

The Last Word - 1/30/2007

Two-time Emmy Award-winner Daniel J. Travanti ("Hill Street Blues") will make his New York stage debut in the New York premiere of The Last Word… --a new play by Oren Safdie, author of the Off-Broadway hit Private Jokes, Public Places--with Off-Broadway previews to begin January 30, prior to an official opening February 8, at Theatre at St. Clement's (423 West 46th Street) in Manhattan. Alex Lippard will direct.

"Travanti stars as Henry Grunwald, a Viennese Jew who fled the Nazis and became a successful advertising executive in New York. Now retired and determined to fulfill his dream of becoming a playwright, Henry engages the assistance of a young, opinionated NYU student who shares his passion for writing and headstrong spirit in this new play about friendship, loyalty, dreams and, ultimately, coming to terms with the past–and present," press notes state.

Joining Mr. Travanti in the cast is Adam Green, who recently appeared in All This Intimacy at Second Stage Theatre: Uptown. His other Off-Broadwy credits include Modern Orthodox, More Lies About Jerzy and Getting Into Heaven.

The Last Word… is presented Off-Broadway by Les Gutman and Elizabeth Cockrell in association with Friendly Fire.

The production features set design by Michael V. Moore and lighting design by Lucas Krech. Additional creative team to be announced.

Travanti originated the role of Henry Grunwald in the play's world-premiere last year at Malibu Stage Company. The Last Word… marks Travanti's New York stage debut. He is best known for his portrayal of Captain Frank Furillo on "Hill Street Blues," for which he received two Emmys and a Golden Globe Award. He currently appears as President Richard Mills on "Prison Break."

Outside New York, Mr. Travanti's stage credits include Old Wicked Songs, All My Sons, A Touch of the Poet, Rhinoceros, The Taming of the Shrew, and many more. He also appeared as Nick in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opposite Colleen Dewhurst; in Twigs opposite Sada Thompson; and I Never Sang for My Father, which was later filmed for PBS' American Playhouse.

Performances run January 30-March 11 at Theatre at St. Clement's (423 West 46th Street); Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8pm; with matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays and 2pm; and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $65, and will be available through Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or online at www.ticketcentral.com or at the Theatre at St. Clement's box office.

Chester Gregory @ Joe's Pub - 1/30/2007

9:30 pm

Singer/Songwriter Chester Gregory is carving his own niche in the R&B male vocalist category. For his new CD titled, "In Search of High Love," he has teamed up with some of the newest and hottest producers in the industry such as Dave Tozer (John Legend), David Cook (American Idol Tour) and Dave Liang (Carl Thomas). He is currently receiving rave reviews for his CD as well has his portrayal of "Terk" in Disney's hit Broadway Musical "Tarzan." He was able to work first hand with Phil Collins, who wrote all of the music for "Tarzan," including the hit, "Who Better Than Me," which was written especially for Chester two weeks before the world premiere. Previous credits include the eight Tony Award winning Broadway hit musical, "Hairspray" (where he played "Seaweed") and the title role in "The Jackie Wilson Story." Chester has a 5 octave range. His lyrics have been described as poetically poignant, provocatively thoughtful, and captivating. Chester holds his own and fills a gap in today's recording industry. He is described as a cross between John Legend and Usher, with influence from Prince, Donny Hathaway and the great Jackie Wilson himself. He gives meaningful, heartfelt songs that present profound messages without being preachy, and at the same time provides a high, uncompromising performance level.

Happy End - CD Release - 1/30/2007

Ghostlight Records Announces the release of the first English-Language recording of Brecht/Weill's "Happy End."

The original cast album of A.C.T.'s acclaimed production, directed by Carey Perloff and produced by Grammy Award Winners David Frost and Tom Lazarus.

Available online now and in stores January 30

Showcasing the entire cast and orchestra from the show, conducted by musical director Constantine Kitsopoulos, A.C.T.'s original cast recording retails for $18.98 and will be available beginning January 30 from Ghostlight Records. The CD is available now online at www.ghostlightrecords.com and will be available on A.C.T.'s website, www.act-sf.org, and for purchase in person at the merchandise counter in the lobby of the American Conservatory Theater.

The first English-language recording of the landmark Brecht/Weill collaboration, the CD features such classic tunes as "Surabaya Johnny," "The Bilbao Song," and "The Sailors' Tango," among others. Created following the acclaimed run of this rarely produced musical (which played A.C.T. June through July 2006), A.C.T.'s recording of Happy End was made possible in part by a consortium of close friends and supporters of A.C.T as well as Marjorie and Joseph Perloff, the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund, and Richard N. Goldman.

Julie Andrews Book Signing - 1/30/2007

January 30: Internationally recognized film and stage star Julie Andrews, and daughter Emma Walton Hamilton, National Ambassadors for this year's Kids' Night on Broadway, will sign a limited number of copies of their newest book, "The Great American Mousical." Starting at 2:30 p.m., tickets will be handed out to the first 150 Kids' Night participants standing in line who are interested in purchasing a book. The first 150 people to purchase a book will get to meet Ms. Andrews and Ms. Hamilton, and have their book signed. Doors open at Madame Tussauds at exactly 3 p.m. with the book signing starting at 4:00 p.m. Books will be available for purchase at the Madame Tussaud's gift store located on the 5th floor.

A Very Common Procedure - 1/31/2007

MCC Theater will present the New York premiere of A Very Common Procedure by Courtney Baron. The play will be directed by Obie Award winner Michael Greif (Rent, Grey Gardens).

The show will begin performances January 31, 2007 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in the West Village. The limited engagement will run through March 10. Opening night is Valentine's Day. The cast and design team have yet to be announced.

A Very Common Procedure is "a hard-hitting yet humorous story of self-discovery as a husband, his wife, and her doctor take a crash course in the workings of the human heart: Carolyn Goldenhersch begins an extra-marital affair with Dr. Anil Patel that takes them from Indian restaurants in Queens to Jewish delis on the Lower East Side. Not an unusual New York story - until you find out how they met." MCC is currently presenting the critically-acclaimed 10th anniversary production of Nixon's Nixon by Russell Lees, directed by Jim Simpson, and starring Gerry Bamman as Richard Nixon and Steve Mellor as Henry Kissinger. That show plays through October 28th.

A Very Common Procedure was originally presented in March 2006 under the title Morbidity & Mortality at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco in conjunction with The Women's Project in NYC.

The third and final play of the 2006-07 MCC season is the world premiere of In a Dark, Dark House by Neil LaBute, which will open in May of 2007.

The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located at 121 Christopher Street at Bedford, between Bleecker and Hudson Streets. Performance schedule, running time, and ticket prices to be announced.

Tickets will go on sale December 1, and will be available from TicketCentral.com or by calling (212) 279-4200.

For more information, please visit MCCTheater.org.

The Producers - Las Vegas - 1/31/2007

Tony Award-winner Mel Brooks stated at a recent press conference that the upcoming Las Vegas production of his smash musical The Producers will clock in at a tidy 88 minutes. Previews begin January 31, 2007. Opening Night February 8, 2007.

Starring the previously-announced Brad Oscar as Max Bialystock and David Hasselhoff as Roger De Bris, The Producers--which will begin on January 31st, 2007 at the Paris Las Vegas--will be presented in one act, rather than two.

The Las Vegas stagings of Avenue Q, The Phantom of the Opera and Hairspray have similarly been abridged in the interest of appealing to tourists. No announcement has yet been made on what material will be cut from The Producers.

Sunday Park George - Reprise! - 1/31/2007

Manoel Felciano and Broadway veteran Nancy Dussault have joined the cast of the upcoming Reprise! staged concert production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park with George.

The show, directed by Tony-winner Jason Alexander (Jerome Robbins' Broadway, "Seinfeld") will preview on Tuesday, January 30 and will open on Wednesday, January 31and continue through Sunday, February 11 at UCLA's Freud Playhouse

Felciano will play George to the Dot of the previously announced Kelli O'Hara (The Pajama Game, The Light in the Piazza). In addition to O'Hara, Felciano and Dussault, the production will feature Katy Blake, Elizabeth Brackenbury, Matthew Patrick Davis, Jacqueline Emerson, Nancy Hess, Sarah Knowlton, Frank Kopyc, Kristofer McNeeley, Gregory North, Brent Schindele, Sean Smith, Katherine Von Till and Sam Zeller.

"For the second show of its 2006 – 2007 season, Reprise! presents one of the most heralded musicals of our time, Stephen Sondheim's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Sunday in the Park with George. The show is a moving portrait of an artist struggling to reconcile the perfect, imaginary world of his painting with the imperfect, messy world of real life," state notes on the 1984 show, which features music and lyrics by Sondheim and a book by Lapine.

"Act I revolves around Georges Seurat (1859-1891) and the creation of his signature painting 'Sunday Afternoon On The Island Of La Grande Jatte.' Seurat's inability to commit to anyone or anything but his work is echoed in Act II as George's great-grandson confronts his own artistic demons and failure to connect. Past and present merge as both Georges discover basic truths about art, human connection and the constant struggle to 'break through to something new."

Felciano, most recently seen as Tobias in the Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd, has also appeared in Brooklyn, Jesus Christ Superstar and Cabaret.

Dussault, twice Tony-nominated for Bajour and Do Re Mi, has also appeared on Broadway in Into the Woods, Side by Side by Sondheim and The Sound of Music, in which she made her Broadway debut as a replacement in the role of Maria.

For ticket information and for further information on Reprise! Broadway's Best, please visit www.reprise.org.

Nerds - PA - 1/31/2007

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.

The Glass Menagerie - UK - 1/31/2007

Ed Stoppard, Amanda Hale, and Mark Umbers will join the previously announced Jessica Lange in Rupert Goold's upcoming production of The Glass Menagerie, set to open Feburary 13th at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End. Previews begin January 31st.

Ed Stoppard's credits include the title role in an English Touring Theatre production of Hamlet, which played the West End. He is the son of playwright Tom Stoppard. Amanda Hale's stage credits include The Importance of Being Ernest and Crooked. Mark Umbers has appeared in The Pirates of Penzance at the Open Air Theatre, My Fair Lady and The Vortex.

"Considered along with A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as one of Tennessee Williams' masterpieces, The Glass Menagerie premiered on Broadway in 1945 and was the playwright's first great success. Set in St. Louis in the 1930's, the memory play tells the story of the Wingfield family - Tom, who is torn between his obligation to his family and his desire to break away, his overbearing mother Amanda, and his frail sister Laura, whose memory he cannot escape," stated press notes on the Broadway revival.

Lange last starred on Broadway in A Streetcar Named Desire as another great Williams' heroine, Blanche DuBois. She starred in two Bill Kenwright productions in the West End – again as Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Peter Hall, and as Mary Tyrone in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, directed by Robin Phillips. Lange is a six time Academy Award-nominated actress, winning twice for her performances in the films, Tootsie and Blue Sky. Her other Oscar-nominated film performances include Frances, Country, Sweet Dreams and Music Box. Her other notable film performances include starring roles in The Postman Always Rings Twice, Crimes of the Heart, Everybody's All-American, Cape Fear, Night and the City, Rob Roy and Big Fish. She will play "Big" Edith Bouvier Beale in the upcoming film Grey Gardens, based on the documentary.

For more on The Apollo Theatre's The Glass Menagerie, call (0)870 890 1101.

Mary Rose - 2/1/2007

J. M. Barrie's rarely-seen, 1920 play will receive first major revival in over 50 years at The Vineyard Theatre (108 East 15th Street), with previews to begin February 1, 2007 prior to an official press opening February 20. Tina Landau (Floyd Collins) directs.

A little-known play by the author of Peter Pan, Mary Rose is "the haunting, lyrical tale of a young woman's disappearance and her mysterious return to her family," state press notes.

Performances of Mary Rose run February 1 through March 11; Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8pm; with matinees, Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $60 to purchase tickets call, 212-353-0303 or visit www.vineyardtheatre.org

Gem of the Ocean - DC - 2/1/2007

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.

Therese Raquin - 2/1/2007

CITY ATTIC THEATRE PRESENTS THÉRÈSE RAQUIN February 1st-3rd & 8th-10th 8 p.m.



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