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Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 1/30/2008


Below is's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 1/30/2008. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit's Event Calendar.

Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy - 2/3/2008

January 22 - February 3 Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

The Mouse Trap - 2/3/2008

January 11 - February 3 Spotlighters Theatre 817 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 or 410-752-1225 $18 Adults/$15 Students, Seniors and BTA members

The Female of the Species - LA - 2/5/2008

Annette Bening will star on Broadway in The Female of the Species, written by Joanna Murray-Smith and directed by 2007 Tony winner Michael Mayer, beginning performances Friday, April 11, 2008 at a theatre to be announced. The opening night has been scheduled for Monday, April 28, 2008. The production marks Bening's return to Broadway after 20 years.

The Female of the Species will be produced in association with Los Angeles's Geffen Playhouse where the play will have its American premiere February 5 – March 16, 2008 in a pre-Broadway engagement.

"In this new play from one of Australia's best known writers, Annette Bening plays Margot Mason, a feminist literary giant suffering an extreme case of writer's block as deadline after deadline comes and goes on her next book. When a young fan arrives unexpectedly at her country home, Margot's world slowly and comically begins to unravel as family and friends show up and debate the virtues of her best-sellers, her inconsistent world view, and her decidedly un-motherly touch," state press notes.

Broadway Backwards 3 - 2/4/2008

"Broadway Backwards 3", the gender-bending concert of show tune favorites benefiting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, on Monday February 4 at 8PM, is nearly sold-out. The only remaining tickets available for the event are the $250 Orchestra Seats.

"Broadway Backwards 3", the gender-bending concert of show tune favorites benefiting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, on Monday February 4 at 8PM, is nearly sold-out. The only remaining tickets available for the event are the $250 Orchestra Seats.

"Broadway Backwards 3" is Monday, February 4, 2008 at 8PM – 10PM, at the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd Street).

Tickets are $250; $75 and $125 tickets are sold out. A very limited number of $25 Student Rush tickets will be available one hour before the event starts with a valid and current ID; two (2) tickets per person. There are also a very limited number of $1,500 and $5,000 tickets still available, which give you preferred seating in the Orchestra and an invitation to the exclusive after party, in addition to membership in our Leadership and President's Circle. If you are interested in purchasing these special tickets, please contact our Major Donor Officer, Jeff Klein at

Tickets are on sale exclusively through Service charges apply. For more information and an updated list of performers, visit

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead - 2/1/2008

CENTERSTAGE. In the Head Theatre. Through March 9. $10 - $60.

Rent (Remixed) UK - Closing - 2/2/2008

The London remixed production of Rent has posted an early closing notice, scheduled to close February 2, 2008. Rent Remixed opened at the Duke of York's on October 16, 2007 after beginning previews October 2, 2007.

Ben Cherry @ Metropolitan Room - 1/30/2008

Ben Cherry makes his New York Cabaret Debut with pianist Sheldon Forrest, in "I Hate New York: A Love Story," at the Metropolitan Room featuring a night of New York songs & crowded sidewalk angst; with classics by the likes of Irving Berlin, Charles Strouse, Cole Porter as well as contemporary composers such as Nellie McKay, Steven Sondheim, John Michael LaChiusa, Steven Schwartz & Peter Golub. January 30 at 10 PM at The Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street, between 5th & 6th Avenues) Reservations: 212.206.0440. $20 Cover, 2 Drink Minimum

Mandy Patinkin @ Kodak Theatre - 2/2/2008

Broadway's master songman, Mandy Patinkin, accompanied by Paul Ford on piano, will bring his critically acclaimed theatre concert to Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center for one performance only on Saturday, February 2 at 8PM.

This concert event is present by TheatreDreams and Kodak Theatre. Tickets, priced at $65, go on sale October 27 at 10AM and will be available at the Kodak Theatre Box Office, 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, through, by phone at 213-480-3232, and at all Ticketmaster outlets. For groups of 15 or more call 323-308-6333.

Vineyard Theatre Edward Albee Gala - 2/4/2008

The Vineyard Theatre – where Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Three Tall Women debuted in 1993 – will honor the playwright on the occasion of his 80th birthday at the theatre's annual gala on Monday, February 4 at 6 PM at The Rainbow Room (30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th floor) in Manhattan.

The evening will celebrate Albee's 50-year career as one of the world's leading dramatists as he turns 80 during this theatrical season. (His actual birthday is March 12, 2008.)

Hunting and Gathering - 2/3/2008

Primary Stages presents the world premiere of the play Hunting and Gathering by Brooke Berman, directed by Leigh Silverman. The four-member cast features Michael Chernus, Mamie Gummer, Keira Naughton and Jeremy Shamos.

Performances begin Tuesday evening, January 22, 2008 for a limited run through Saturday, March 1, 2008 at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Opening night is set for Sunday, February 3, 2008 at 6PM.

"Brooke Berman's sharp, satiric voice returns to Primary Stages (where she was a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group) with Hunting and Gathering. This world premiere play follows four interconnected New Yorkers through their thwarted attempts to find their place – without compromise. Jesse has his first date since his divorce, his ex-lover Ruth is living a fantasy, his brother Astor is the "man with the van," and Bess has a plan to come out on top. Ms. Berman's contemporary play begs the question: Do you have to be a predator to survive?" explain press notes.

Hunting and Gathering will play the following schedule: Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m., Wednesdays through Friday at 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Additionally, there are Sunday matinees scheduled for January 27th and February 10th at 3:00 p.m., with a Wednesday matinee on February 20th at 2:00 p.m., or call (212) 840-9705.

Jerry Springer the Opera - 1/30/2008

The smash hit London musical Jerry Springer The Opera which will play Carnegie Hall (881 7th Avenue) for two nights only on January 29 and 30, 2008.

Joining Harvey Keitel as "Jerry Springer" are Max von Essen (Les Miserables) as "Tremont," a transsexual involved in a love quadrangle, and Tony Award Nominee Emily Skinner (Side Show) as "Andrea," whose diaper-loving husband is having an affair with Baby Jane. Also joining the cast are Linda Balgord (The Pirate Queen) as "Zandra, Irene & Mary," Lawrence Clayton (Bells are Ringing) as "Montel & Jesus," Luke Grooms as "Dwight & God," Sean Jennes as "Chucky," Sam Kitchin (Frozen) as "Steve," Patricia Phillips (The Phantom of the Opera) as "Peaches" and Laura Shoop (Bernarda Alba, Fiddler on the Roof) as "Baby Jane."

Tickets for Jerry Springer The Opera – In Concert are $175.00 - $59.00 and are available now through CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800 or or by visiting the Carnegie Hall box office (57th Street & 7th Avenue). Performances are Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 8PM and Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 8PM

Betrayed - 2/5/2008

Culture Project will next produce the World Premiere of George Packer's new play Betrayed, directed by Pippin Parker in 2008. Marking Packer's playwriting debut, Betrayed will begin performances on Friday, January 25 at Culture Project's SoHo theater (55 Mercer Street). Opening Night is set for February 5, 2008.

"In early 2007, The New Yorker writer George Packer published an article about the desperate situation of the Iraqis who had risked their lives to help the American effort in their country and were being hunted down as a result, with little or no U.S. protection. The article helped draw national attention to a humanitarian crisis and a moral scandal. Betrayed, Packer's first play, based on his interviews in Iraq and other countries, tells the story of three young Iraqis - two men and a woman - who are motivated by hope to go work for the Americans, until they begin to wonder who, if anyone, can be trusted…"

Performances are Monday at 8PM, Wednesday – Friday at 8PM, Saturday at 3PM & 8PM and Sunday at 3PM. Tickets are priced at $25 - $60 and will be available beginning tomorrow by calling 212-352-3101 or visiting

Li'l Abner - LA Reprise! - 2/5/2008

The 2007-2008 season of Reprise! Broadway's Best continues with Li'l Abner, to perform Tuesday, February 5 through Sunday, February 17 (press opening February 6) at the Freud Playhouse at UCLA. The production will be directed by Michael Michetti, choreographed by Lee Martino and has musical direction by Darryl Archibald.

Cathy Rigby (Mammy Yokum), Fred Willard (General Bullmoose), and Brandi Burkhardt (Daisy Mae) will star. The production will be directed by Michael Michetti, choreographed by Lee Martino, and has musical direction by Darryl Archibald.

"Welcome to Dogpatch, U.S.A., which has just been deemed 'the most unnecessary, no account' town in the country. In a scramble to keep Dogpatch from being used for atomic testing and to also save the beloved Sadie Hawkins day, Li'l Abner, Daisy Mae and the other wild and colorful citizens of Dogpatch must find a reason why their town is worth something," explain press notes. Based on the famous comic strip by Al Capp, this witty musical satire features the songs "Namely You," "The Country's in the Very Best of Hands,' and the raucous, foot-stomping "Jubilation T. Cornpone."

Li'l Abner will perform Tuesday, February 5 through Sunday, February 17 (press opening February 6) at the Freud Playhouse at UCLA. For tickets, please call the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310/825-2101 or visit

Jason Danieley @ Birdland - 2/4/2008

Jason Danieley appears at Birdland on Monday, February 4, 2008 at 7PM in his cabaret "Love: A Work in Progress." Joining Danieley in this diverse night of multi-genre music, all delivered with a healthy dose of Americana flavor and entitled "Love: A Work in Progress," will be Dan Lipton (Piano), Christian Hebel (Fiddle), Mark Vanderpoel (Bass), Michael Aarons (Guitar/Banjo/Mandolin), Damien Bassman (Percussion) and Theresa McCarthy (Backing Vocals). In addition to singing, Danieley will join the band on Tenor Guitar.

Tickets: $25.00 + $10.00 Food/Drink Minimum (Per Person) can be purchased Online:; or by Telephone: 212.581.30

Brief Encounter - 2/2/2008

Kneehigh Theatre's production of Noel Coward's Brief Encounter, live on stage, will open in the West End at The Cinema on the Haymarket on Sunday, February 17, 2008, following previews from February 2.

Ticket prices at The Cinema on the Haymarket will be £29.50 and £25.00 and are available from the Box Office on 0871 230 1562 or at

Programmes will be at 8.00pm on Tuesdays-Saturdays, with matinee showings on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 3.00pm and on Sundays at 4.00pm. For the press on Sunday 17 February, there will be two showings at 3.30pm and 7.30pm.

Brainpeople - ACT - 2/2/2008

American Conservatory Theater presents the world-premiere production of Brainpeople, written by OBIE Award-winning playwright and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter José Rivera and directedby 2007 OBIE Award-winner Chay Yew. A remarkable creative team stands behind this full production of Brainpeople, including A.C.T. core acting company member René Augesen, renowned actors Lucia Brawley and Sona Tatoyan, and designers Daniel Ostling, Lydia Tanji, and Paul Whitaker.

The play opens provocatively, with three women beginning a bizarre banquet-the pièce-de-resistance of which is the steaming, exposed viscera of a tiger. We come to understand the banquet, says A.C.T. dramaturg Michael Paller, as symbolizing "a perhaps inappropriate appetite to devour the dripping innards of a fellow creature-a theme that encompasses the characters as they probe into their own viscera, and those of the others-their desires, premonitions, and fears." Throughout the course of an evening fraught with revelations about the dark and surreal pasts of each of the play's characters, the mood of desperation heightens, shedding light on the shadowy world of political and emotional turmoil the play depicts.

Previews are January 31 – February 1. Opening Night is February 2, with performances through February 16. Show times are Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8PM. Plus Wednesday, January 30 at 8PM; Saturday, February 9 & 16 at 2PM; and Sunday, February 10 at 2PM.

Tickets are $12.50-$20.50. Tickets are available through A.C.T. Ticket Services (405 Geary Street at Mason) 415-749-2228, and online at

Gone Missing @ Barnes & Noble - 2/4/2008

Ghostlight Records officially released the cast recording of The Civilians' Gone Missing, the hit musical that recently ended its smash engagement at The Barrow Street Theatre Off-Broadway. The album features the entire original cast of Emily Ackerman, Damian Baldet, Jennifer R. Morris, Stephen Plunkett, Robbie Collier Sublett and Colleen Werthmann and is produced by Kurt Deutsch and Jan Folkson.

The Civilians will unite to perform selections from their recent Off Broadway triumph at Barnes and Noble Lincoln Center (1972 Broadway at 66th Street) on Monday, February 4, 2008 at 7:30PM. Members of the cast as well as Director Steven Cosson and Composer Michael Friedman will be on hand to perform and participate in a question and answer session.

"Gone Missing is crafted from company interviews with real-life New Yorkers about things gone missing: keys, IDs, a Gucci pump...or one's mind. Since its initial performance, just after September 11, 2001, Gone Missing has continued to morph into its current incarnation, set against Mr. Friedman's score, which incorporates salsa, ballads, operetta and tuneful pop," explain press notes.

To purchase the Gone Missing original Off-Broadway cast recording visit and/or

Chinese New Year Splendor - 1/30/2008

NTDTV Chinese New Year Splendor: Jan 30 - Feb 9, 2008 at Radio City Music Hall. For more details and ticket prices, visit Show runs approx two hours. The show is a traditional Chinese culture show and explodes with the sights and sounds of ancient China, mythical dragons, heart pounding drums and beautiful dances.

Linda Kosut @ Metropolitan Room - 2/3/2008

Linda Kosut returns to New York with her nationally acclaimed CD release tribute show to singer/songwriter jazz legend, Oscar Brown Jr. One-night-only at Metropolitan Room on February 3, 2008.

Tickets: $20 + 2 drink min. Call 212-206-0440 Information:

Erin Wegner Brooks @ Broadway Baby Bistro - 2/4/2008

Following a sold-out premiere, Erin Wegner Brooks returns to the Broadway Baby Bistro on February 4th to perform her debut solo concert "Dare to Dream". A show for all audiences, "Dare to Dream" explores a singer's journey through Broadway auditions, life in the Big Apple, and the emotional highs and lows that come from pursuing a dream. Ms. Brooks has been praised for her "lush vocals" by John Curran of The Press of Atlantic City and can currently be seen as Mrs. Pinkerton in Pinkalicious at New World Stages.

February 4th at 7:00pm. The Music Box at Broadway Baby Bistro is located at 318 West 53rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues. There will be a $12 music charge and a $15 Food/Drink minimum. Major credit cards accepted. Reservations: (212) 757-2323.

Cannington Manor - Reading - 2/4/2008

Located southeast of Saskatchewan, Cannington Manor is one of Canada's provincial historic parks. Actor and playwright, Clive Cholerton, tells a fictional account-which moves between present day and the late 1800's-of the rich community settled by immigrants, their diverse accomplishments and the exceptional contribution they made to their adopted country.

February 4, 2008: 2PM and 7PM: Caldwell Theatre Co (7901 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton, FL 33487). Call 561-241-7432 Box Office

The Gazillion Mega Bubble Show - Las Vegas - 2/2/2008

The Gazillion Bubble Show began performances at New World Stages with a very limited run, and now one year later and almost 500 performances (and several extensions) under its bubble belt, the "Gazillion Bubble Show" turns one on February 1, 2008. To help celebrate this monumental occasion multi-Guinness Book World Record holder Fan Yang will open a new show "Mega Bubble Show" in Las Vegas at the Steve Wyrick Theatre in Miracle Mile Shops and his wife also a Guinness Book World record holder Ana Yang will continue to "wow" audiences in New York at New World Stages with the "Gazillion Bubble Show."

The Mega Bubble Show begins in Las Vegas February 2, 2008 at the Steve Wyrick Theatre in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Tickets can be ordered by visiting or by calling 702-777-9974. Running time is 70 minutes with no intermission

Playboy Comedy @ The Plams - 2/1/2008

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Playboy Comedy has come to Las Vegas and found a home at the star-studded Palms Casino and Resort. Paul Hughes and Cort McCown provide furiously funny evenings of adult oriented comedy. In addition to the talented stylings of Hughes, and McCown, audiences are treated to 3 other versatile comedians who have all appeared on National Television. But don't bother just showing up. In fact, the only openings in the next month and a half include some sparse Saturdays.

Showtimes are at 8 and 10 pm. Visit for more information or call (702) 492-3960 for more information. Reservations are going fast.

The Lounge (located inside Palms ) is at 4321 West Flamingo Road Las Vegas, NV 89103.

Gazillion Bubble Show on Oprah Winfrey - 1/30/2008

Off Broadway star of the Gazillion Bubble Show, Fan Yang will attempt to break another world record on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on Wednesday, January 30 (ABC at 4pm) Just in time to celebrate the opening of his new show the Mega Bubble Show at the Steve Wyrick Theatre at Miracle Mile in Las Vegas

OJays @ Orleans - 2/1/2008

The O'Jays have been a soul music staple for more than 40 years. Newest member, Eric Grant, is proud to be included as part of The O'Jays legacy. Showing at: Orleans Showroom (located inside Orleans) 4500 West Tropicana Avenue Las Vegas, NV 89103

Purchase Tickets for OJays at the Orleans: January 31st to February 2nd at 8pm Starting At: $55.00.
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