Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 1/7/2007

Below is BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 1/7/2007. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit BroadwayWorld.com's Event Calendar.

Rosemary Clooney @ 92nd St. Y - 1/7/2007

The 92nd Street Y has announced the 2007 line-up of Lyrics & Lyricists, the Y's American Songbook series, now in its 37th season. Lyrics & Lyricists continues to follow the format established in 2003, featuring five different shows designed specifically for L&L by five different artistic directors each season.

This season, L&L returns to a January-June schedule and opens with the first New York tribute to Rosemary Clooney since her death in 2002, presented by Deborah Grace Winer and featuring Ann Hampton Callaway, James Naughton, Karen Ziemba, John Pizzarelli and special guest Debby Boone.

"The Last Girl Singer: Rosemary Clooney and Her Way with Words" will be presented from January 6th through 8th, 2007. Created by Deborah Grace Winer, it will be directed by Marc Waldrop with musical direction by John Oddo. Boone, who is Clooney's daughter-in-law, will appear on January 7th and 8th only. "The great American singer Rosemary Clooney (1928-2002) is remembered for her role as the sassy Betty Haynes in White Christmas, in which she starred opposite Danny Kaye and her mentor, Bing Crosby. But Clooney's true legacy is in her carefully chosen repertoire, which includes hundreds of gems from the pages of the American Songbook."

L&L shows are Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 3 and 8 pm, and Monday at 2 and 8pm. Individual tickets are $55 and $45; subscriptions to the entire series are $250 and $220.

For more information, visit www.92Y.org.

Slava's Snowshow - Closing - 1/7/2007

Slava's Snowshow, the Off-Broadway hit created by internationally acclaimed Russian clown Slava Polunin, will end its run on January 7th, 2007.

Slava's Snowshow opened at the Union Square Theatre on September 8th, 2004. The production is described in press notes as a "magical theatrical experience that melds the unbridled hilarity, and the unexpected poignancy, of the art of clowning with stunning spectacle and awe-inspiring visual images and fantasy, culminating in a heart-stopping snowstorm that engulfs the entire audience."

Slava's Snowshow, which is performed by an ensemble of clowns, has been seen in over 80 cities around the world.

For tickets, call Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4100, or the Union Square Theatre box-office at (212) 505-0700, or visit www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit www.snowshowusa.com.

Constantine Maroulis Joins Jacques Brel - 1/7/2007

Constantine Maroulis, the former "American Idol" finalist currently on Broadway in The Wedding Singer, announced at Chatterbox that on January 7th, he will join the cast of Off-Broadway's hit Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris revival.

You're The One That I Want - 1/7/2007

"You're the One That I Want" the new reality talent search that will determine the two stars of the upcoming revival of Grease, will have its debut on NBC on January 7th, 2007 at 8 PM.

After the first two hour-and-a-half-long episodes air on January 7th and 14th, "You're the One That I Want" will be seen weekly on Sunday nights in half-hour installments (check local listings).

The show will be, as previously announced, co-hosted by "Access Hollywood"'s co-anchor Billy Bush and West End theatre and British TV star Denise Van Outen (Chicago, Tell Me on a Sunday).

The new production of Grease will open on Broadway in June 2007 and will be directed and choreographed by two-time Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall (The Pajama Game). Paul Nicholas and David Ian Associates, Nederlander Presentations and Phoenix Productions will produce. Jim Jacobs, the co-creator of Grease, along with Marshall and renowned theatre producer David Ian are set as judges on "You're the One That We Want."

Grease, by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, "is the all-American musical, based on the sub-cultures of high school life in the 1950's. The show takes place at the hyperactive Rydell High School, where Danny Zuko fronts his gang - the raucous T-Birds - who romance their sassy female equivalents - the Pink Ladies. When 'good-girl' Sandy Dumbrowski arrives in town, the Pink Ladies take her under their collective wing," as the show is described in press notes.

Macbeth - 1/7/2007

The New York Actors Ensemble in association with the WorkShop Theater Company will present Shakespeare's The Tragedie of Macbeth directed by Charles E. Gerber (founding member of WorkShop Theater, Disney's Beauty and the Beast), featuring David M. Mead in the title role.

The New York Actors Ensemble production of The Tragedie of Macbeth "dispenses with modern trappings and politically correct messages and envisions this timeless tale of ambition and regret as it might have been done in Shakespeare's time. With clanging broadswords and mystic apparitions, this will be a faithful rendering of Shakespeare's masterpiece," press notes state.

The production will also star Susan Angelo, Letty Ferrer, Alexandra Devin, Ben Sumrall, Gregory Adair, Michael James Anderson, Mick Bleyer, Kenneth Cavett, Mike Finesilver, Brooke Fulton, Justin Gibbs, Leanne Littlestone, Audey Maeve Hager, Edward Myers, Jake Myers, and Clare Patterson.

The Tragedie of Macbeth begins performances on Friday, January 5th at 8pm and opens Sunday, January 7th at 4 pm. Performances run Wednesdays through Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 1 pm and 8 pm and Sundays at 4 pm through January 21st. Tickets cost $18.00 or $10.00 for student and seniors. TDF is accepted. For reservations and information call 212-695-4173 ext 5 or visit www.macbeth2007.com. The WorkShop Theater is located at 312 West 36th Street, 4th Floor just off of 8th Avenue.

Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me - Closing - 1/7/2007

The Broadway engagement of Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me will play its final performance on Sunday, January 7, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45th Street).

The show, conceived by Martin Short and Scott Wittman, features a book by Martin Short and Daniel Goldfarb (Modern Orthodox), music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (Hairspray) with additional material by Alan Zweibel.

The production will have played 22 previews and 165 regular performances on Broadway. Including the three pre-Broadway engagements at San Francisco's Curran Theatre, Toronto's Canon Theatre and the LaSalle Bank Theatre in Chicago, the show will have played over 250 performances.

Fame Becomes Me will launch a 35-week national tour in 2007; dates and itinerary to be announced shortly.

Kiki and Herb @ Joe's Pub - 1/7/2007

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.

Rosemary Clooney @ 92nd St. Y - 1/8/2007

The 92nd Street Y has announced the 2007 line-up of Lyrics & Lyricists, the Y's American Songbook series, now in its 37th season. Lyrics & Lyricists continues to follow the format established in 2003, featuring five different shows designed specifically for L&L by five different artistic directors each season.

This season, L&L returns to a January-June schedule and opens with the first New York tribute to Rosemary Clooney since her death in 2002, presented by Deborah Grace Winer and featuring Ann Hampton Callaway, James Naughton, Karen Ziemba, John Pizzarelli and special guest Debby Boone.

"The Last Girl Singer: Rosemary Clooney and Her Way with Words" will be presented from January 6th through 8th, 2007. Created by Deborah Grace Winer, it will be directed by Marc Waldrop with musical direction by John Oddo. Boone, who is Clooney's daughter-in-law, will appear on January 7th and 8th only. "The great American singer Rosemary Clooney (1928-2002) is remembered for her role as the sassy Betty Haynes in White Christmas, in which she starred opposite Danny Kaye and her mentor, Bing Crosby. But Clooney's true legacy is in her carefully chosen repertoire, which includes hundreds of gems from the pages of the American Songbook."

L&L shows are Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 3 and 8 pm, and Monday at 2 and 8pm. Individual tickets are $55 and $45; subscriptions to the entire series are $250 and $220.

For more information, visit www.92Y.org.

The Country Wife - 1/8/2007

Presented as a co-production between HoNkBarK! and Vital Theatre Company, William Wycherley's ribald Restoration play The Country Wife will run from January 5, 2007 through January 27, 2007 at the McGinn Cazale Theatre (2162 Broadway at 76th St.) in NYC. Previews begin Jan. 5 for a Jan. 8 opening.

The Country Wife "follows notorious ladies man, Harry Horner, and his ruthless scheme for rampant seduction. By spreading the rumor of his own impotence, he is able to gain access to the so-called 'virtuous' ladies of society who are all too willing to join in the fun. Meanwhile, a new husband desperately attempts to hide his naïve country bride from the predatory men of the town. When she and Horner quite literally collide, bawdiness ensues. Banned from the stage for almost 200 years, this scandalous satire is as potent today as it was in 1675," according to press materials.

The cast features Broadway veteran Maurice Edwards (Sir Jasper Fidget), whose Broadway credits include Happy as Larry, The Golden Apple, and the original production of Fiddler on the Roof. Robert Lehrer (Quack) may be familiar as Mr. Garret from "Hope and Faith." Also featured are Brian Linden (Sparkish), a 2005 New York Innovative Theatre Award nominee and two-time Emmy Award-winner, Laura LeBleu (Lady Fidget).

The production also stars Kristin Price as Margery Pinchwife, the titular Country Wife, along with Ray Rodriguez (Mr. Pinchwife) and Richard Haratine (Horner). The cast is rounded out by Linda Jones (Alithea), Steve Kuhel (Harcourt), Janna Kefalas (Mrs. Squeamish), Bridgette Shaw (Dainty Fidget), Mike Yahn (Dorilant), Dolores Kenan (Old Lady Squeamish) and Joan Slavin (Lucy).

The production will be staged by John Ficarra, who is an accomplished fight choreographer and owner of Combat Incorporated (www.combatinc.com), as well as director.

Original music for harp, piano, flute and euphonium will be composed by Dana Haynes and conducted by Sam Swartz. The design team includes Karl Ruckdeschel (Costumes), Brian Garber (Set) and Nathan Elsner (Lighting).

The show will runL Thursday-Saturday at 8pm & Sunday at 6pm with two added shows on Mon. 1/8 at 8pm and Wed. 1/24 at 8pm. Tickets are $17 for the general, public, and $15 for students. Call 212-352-3101 or visit www.theatermania.com/content/show.cfm/show/128606 for tickets.

Looped - Reading - 1/8/2007

Tony Award-winner Elizabeth Ashley will play husky-voiced legend Tallulah Bankhead in a private reading of Looped, a new play by Matthew Lombardo (Tea at Five).

Presented at New World Stages on January 8th at 3 PM, the reading will also feature Neal Huff (The Little Dog Laughed Off-Broadway, Take Me Out, "The Wire") in the role of sound technician Danny Miller.

John Tillinger (Absurd Person Singular, Judgment at Nuremburg) will direct.

The show is based "on an actual event that took place in the summer of 1965 when a 63-year old Bankhead entered a Los Angeles recording studio in an effort to re-record (or 'loop') one line from the film 'Die, Die My Darling!' The session was only to have lasted a mere five minutes. It instead took well over eight hours," press notes state.

Ashley is a Tony Award-winner for her performance in Take Her, She's Mine, and has also been nominated for her work in Barefoot in the Park and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She has also been seen on Broadway in Enchanted April, Gore Vidal's The Best Man, Agnes of God, Caesar and Cleopatra, Legend, and The Skin of Our Teeth, among others.

Julian Ovenden @ Metropolitan Room - 1/8/2007

Julian Ovenden, currently starring opposite Nathan Lane on Broadway in Butley, will perform at The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street on Monday January 8th at 10:30 PM. He will be accompanied by the legendary Paul Ford.

Ovenden trained in London first as a singer and then as an actor. In London's West End, he has starred in both plays and musicals including Grand Hotel and Merrily We Roll Along, both at The Donmar Warehouse. He has been a leading actor on three hit TV shows in the UK: Foyle's War, The Royal and The Forsyte Saga. Ovenden has sung and recorded with both the BBC Symphony and Concert orchestras, the Ulster Symphony orchestra, and at London's prestigious Wigmore Hall. Reservations for Julian's show can be made by calling The Metropolitan Room at 212 206 0440. Tickets are $20 plus a two-drink minimum.

Butley plays at The Booth Theatre. Its limited run ends on January 14 2007. www.butleyonbroadway.com.

Roz Ryan @ Triad - 1/8/2007

One of Broadway's favorite Mama Morton, Roz Ryan will end her return run in Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre on January 14th, but before she leaves for Los Angeles, she will join her longtime partner in music, Shelton Becton in her highly acclaimed cabaret evening. They will perform in Lee Summers' Just a Piano Series on Monday, January 8th. Performance is at 7:00 pm. Ms. Ryan has performed this critically acclaimed act in New York at Danny's Skylight Room and Opia. She returned to her role as Mama Morton in Chicago where she also recently took part in the show's gala 10th Anniversary Performance. The Triad Theatre is located at 158 West 72nd Street. For reservations and information call 212 562-2590. There is a $15.00 cover and a two drink minimum. For more about Ms. Ryan visit www.ROZRYAN.com.

In The Heights - 1/9/2007

Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller and Jill Furman are pleased to announce full casting for IN THE HEIGHTS, a new musical, beginning previews Tuesday, January 9, 2007 and opening Thursday, February 8, 2007 at Off-Broadway's 37 Arts (450 West 37th Street). With music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and a book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, IN THE HEIGHTS will be directed by Thomas Kail and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler. Alex Lacamoire is music director, and music arrangements and orchestrations are by Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman.

IN THE HEIGHTS is a new musical about two days in the life of Washington Heights, a vibrant and tight-knit neighborhood at the top of Manhattan. From the vantage point of Usnavi's corner bodega, we experience the joys, heartbreaks and bonds of a Latino community struggling to redefine home.

IN THE HEIGHTS stars Andrea Burns, Janet Dacal, Mandy Gonzalez, John Herrera, Christopher Jackson, Robin de Jesus, Priscilla Lopez, Olga Merediz, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Karen Olivo in a cast of 22 that features Rosie Fiedelman, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Joshua Henry, Nina LaFarga, Doreen Montalvo, Javier Munoz, Eliseo Roman, Luis Salgado, Seth Stewart, Rickey Tripp, Michael Balderrama and Stephanie Klemons.

IN THE HEIGHTS will feature a scenic design by Anna Louizos (Avenue Q, High Fidelity), costumes by Paul Tazewell (The Color Purple; Caroline, or Change), lighting by Jason Lyons (The Threepenny Opera, Evil Dead: The Musical) and sound by Acme Sound Partners (Avenue Q, High Fidelity).

The playing schedule for IN THE HEIGHTS is as follows: Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 7pm, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets go on sale Monday, November 20, and may be purchased at Ticketmaster.com (212-307-4100).

Get Your War On - 1/9/2007

Austin, Texas-based ensemble Rude Mechanicals (a.k.a. Rude Mechs) return to New York with the Off-Broadway premiere of Get Your War On – a new play by Kirk Lynn (Lipstick Traces) et al adapted from David Rees' popular internet and Rolling Stone Magazine comic "Get Your War On" – with preview performances starting January 9, 2007 prior to its official opening January 11 at 59E59 Theatres (59 East 59th Street). Shawn Sides directs. "Rude Mechs' adaptation of David Rees' savage and hysterical internet comic cusses and spits its way through six years of disappointment, shock, and awe at the sins of the current administration, exhuming images of pop culture and politics already lost in our collective short-term memory. With five actors, some microphones, and old-school overhead projectors, Get Your War On represents stunned and outraged Americans as they react to 9/11, the Bush administration, and its 'totally awesome' War on Terror," as press notes describe. The cast of Get Your War On includes Ron Berry, Jason Liebrecht, Lana Lesley, Kirk Lynn, and Sarah E. Richardson. The production features lighting design by Brian Scott; costumes design by Laura Cannon; sound design by Robert S. Fisher and scenic design by Leilah Stewart. Originally produced in Austin, Texas, the play has been presented at the Live Arts Festival in Philadelphia; Diverse Works in Houston, Texas; Woolly Mammoth in Washington, D.C .; and Ballroom Marfa in Marfa, Texas. David Rees "was working a crummy magazine job when Operation: Enduring Freedom inspired him to create his cartoon 'Get Your War On.' The satire about the war on terrorism became an Internet phenomenon. 'Get Your War On' now appears in every issue of Rolling Stone. Sales of two 'Get Your War On' books have raised almost $100,000 for land-mine removal in western Afghanistan.

The production is being presented as part of the Under the Radar Festival, a look at new theater on shuffle play that embraces the vitality of contemporary theater in all of its many guises. The festival features 11 full-scale performances at the Public Theater and 4 off-site performances at partner theaters. Work from all points in the U.S. to the UK, France, Canada, and Bolivia are featured this year. Under the Radar runs January 17-28, 2007. A festival tracking new theatre, Under the Radar Festival 2007 is a program of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Annual Members Conference, with major funding by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The festival is produced by Mark Russell and The Public Theatre. For more information, visit www.undertheradarfestival.com. Get Your War On contains adult language and content. Performances run January 9-28 at 59E59 Theatres (59 East 59th Street); Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8:15pm; Fridays and Saturdays at 8:15pm and 10:30pm; Sundays at 3:15pm; with an additional performance on Monday, January 22 at 5:00pm. (Please note: there is no performance on Tuesday, January 23.) Tickets are $25; $15 students. Tickets are available at the 59E59 Theatres box office or through Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or online at www.ticketcentral.com. For more information about this production and all things Rude Mechanicals, visit www.RudeMechs.com. Visit www.getyourwaron.com for more information.

Murney/Kassebaum/Arcelus Join Wicked - 1/9/2007

On Tuesday, January 9, three new principal cast members will join the Broadway company of the smash-hit musical WICKED at the Gershwin Theatre (222 W. 51st St.). Kendra Kassebaum will play Glinda, a role she originated on tour, while Julia Murney, who played Elphaba on tour, will reprise her role. Sebastian Arcelus joins the Broadway Company as Fiyero, having starred in the role on tour.

Summer and Smoke - Papermill - 1/10/2007

Paper Mill Playhouse's 2006-2007 season. Paper Mill, which is located in Millburn, NJ, is back to its usual offering of six shows a season.

Summer and Smoke, Tennessee Williams' 1948 classic about a thwarted love, will play Paper Mill from January 10th through February 11th, 2006. Michael Wilson will direct the play, which will be a co-production with Hartford Stage (of which Wilson is the artistic director).

The Paper Mill Playhouse is located at Brookside Drive. Renewal subscriptions are currently available. New subscriptions will be available May 29th, while single tickets will go on sale August 7th. Call (973) 376-4343 or visit www.papermill.org.

The Circle - ACT - 1/10/2007

The American Conservatory Theater (ACT) at the San Francisco Geary Theatre, presents its season calendar for the 2006-07 40th-anniversary season.

Tickets for all productions are available by calling ACT Ticket Services at 415-749-2228 or online at www.act-sf.org. Ticket prices for productions at the Geary Theater are $12-$80; season subscriptions are currently available. Single tickets for all of ACT's 2006-07 presentations go on sale Sunday, August 6. Group rates are also available. American Conservatory Theater is located at 415 Geary Street in San Francisco.

The Circle by W. Somerset Maugham January 4 – February 4, 2007. Opening January 10. Directed by Mark Lamos. "A forerunner to The Constant Wife, The Circle begins 30 years after the fresh-faced and vivacious Lady Kitty left her politician husband for his best friend. Still vivacious (but not quite as fresh-faced), the exiled lovers flounce back into town just as history is preparing to repeat itself by wreaking havoc on the marriage of Kitty's grown son, Arnold," states press notes. "Will Arnold's straying spouse be influenced by her elders' impetuous example? And will anyone be able to tolerate another game of bridge with the insufferable Lord Porteous? With class, brassiness, and unmitigated wit, The Circle is Maugham's sly send-up of marriage, the leisure class, and the notion that young lovers never learn."

Get Your War On - 1/11/2007

Austin, Texas-based ensemble Rude Mechanicals (a.k.a. Rude Mechs) return to New York with the Off-Broadway premiere of Get Your War On – a new play by Kirk Lynn (Lipstick Traces) et al adapted from David Rees' popular internet and Rolling Stone Magazine comic "Get Your War On" – with preview performances starting January 9, 2007 prior to its official opening January 11 at 59E59 Theatres (59 East 59th Street). Shawn Sides directs. "Rude Mechs' adaptation of David Rees' savage and hysterical internet comic cusses and spits its way through six years of disappointment, shock, and awe at the sins of the current administration, exhuming images of pop culture and politics already lost in our collective short-term memory. With five actors, some microphones, and old-school overhead projectors, Get Your War On represents stunned and outraged Americans as they react to 9/11, the Bush administration, and its 'totally awesome' War on Terror," as press notes describe. The cast of Get Your War On includes Ron Berry, Jason Liebrecht, Lana Lesley, Kirk Lynn, and Sarah E. Richardson. The production features lighting design by Brian Scott; costumes design by Laura Cannon; sound design by Robert S. Fisher and scenic design by Leilah Stewart. Originally produced in Austin, Texas, the play has been presented at the Live Arts Festival in Philadelphia; Diverse Works in Houston, Texas; Woolly Mammoth in Washington, D.C .; and Ballroom Marfa in Marfa, Texas. David Rees "was working a crummy magazine job when Operation: Enduring Freedom inspired him to create his cartoon 'Get Your War On.' The satire about the war on terrorism became an Internet phenomenon. 'Get Your War On' now appears in every issue of Rolling Stone. Sales of two 'Get Your War On' books have raised almost $100,000 for land-mine removal in western Afghanistan.

The production is being presented as part of the Under the Radar Festival, a look at new theater on shuffle play that embraces the vitality of contemporary theater in all of its many guises. The festival features 11 full-scale performances at the Public Theater and 4 off-site performances at partner theaters. Work from all points in the U.S. to the UK, France, Canada, and Bolivia are featured this year. Under the Radar runs January 17-28, 2007. A festival tracking new theatre, Under the Radar Festival 2007 is a program of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Annual Members Conference, with major funding by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The festival is produced by Mark Russell and The Public Theatre. For more information, visit www.undertheradarfestival.com. Get Your War On contains adult language and content. Performances run January 9-28 at 59E59 Theatres (59 East 59th Street); Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8:15pm; Fridays and Saturdays at 8:15pm and 10:30pm; Sundays at 3:15pm; with an additional performance on Monday, January 22 at 5:00pm. (Please note: there is no performance on Tuesday, January 23.) Tickets are $25; $15 students. Tickets are available at the 59E59 Theatres box office or through Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or online at www.ticketcentral.com. For more information about this production and all things Rude Mechanicals, visit www.RudeMechs.com. Visit www.getyourwaron.com for more information.

The Dirty Talk - 1/11/2007

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

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

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

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

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

Janeane Garofalo @ Comix - 1/11/2007

JANEANE GAROFALO TO HEADLINE AT COMIX

NEW YORK, NY – For the first time in years, Janeane Garofalo will headline a comedy nightclub when she performs at COMIX January 11 – 13, 2007.

In addition to being a respected stand up comedian, Janeane has earned acclaim from acting in film and television. She most recently received rave reviews for her role as campaign manager Louise Thornton on NBC's The West Wing. She also received an Emmy nomination in 1997 and two Cable Ace nominations for her role as "Paula", the acertbic talent booker, on The Larry Sanders Show.

She has had many memorable and critically acclaimed film roles such as The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Copland, Reality Bites, and Duane Hopwood, as well as for her specific brand of sharp wit and comedy shown in her roles in Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, Mystery Men, Clay Pigeons and The Cable Guy, directed by her friend Ben Stiller. Ben and Janeane also co-authored the best seller "Feel This Book," (Ballantine May 1999). Janeane was also a cast member of the Emmy Award-winning Ben Stiller Show.

Janeane also recently worked for Air America as the co-host of The Majority Report with Sam Seder.

Prices and show times are as follows: January 11th - 8:00 PM -- $20.00 January 12th - 8:00 PM and 10:30 PM -- $25.00 January 13th - 8:00 PM and 10:30 PM -- $25.00

Comix 353 W. 14th Street New York, NY Tickets are available online at www.comixny.com or by calling 212.524.2500.

ABOUT COMIX Comix is New York's hottest new comedy nightclub featuring headline comedians and established New York-area comics, the best of cutting edge alternative comedy, improv and sketch comedy as well as music and variety programming.

Comix is an elegant space with comfortable seating, unobstructed stage views, the purest sound and superior food. Perfectly situated in Manhattan's booming Meatpacking District at 353 West 14th Street (just east of Ninth Avenue), Comix draws upon the rich experience of going to the theater uptown but brings with it a decidedly downtown attitude…not to mention a very "now" décor, food and drinks. Visit www.comixny.com for coming attractions and much more.

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Gay Grimms - Reading - 1/11/2007

The York Theatre Company, James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director, and Jeff Landsman, Series Coordinator, will present as part of its Developmental Reading Series the first reading of Gay Grimms on Thursday, January 11th at 7:30. The York Theatre Company is located in The Theatre at Saint Peter's Church, 54th Street just east of Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022. Admission is free. For reservations, call: 212-935-5824, ext. 24.

Gay Grimms, a finalist in the Stages 2007 competition in Chicago, is a new musical about Jackie and Leon, the Cousins Grimm, adapting their ancestors' beloved stories and adding a queer sensibility to them. Jackie is a celebrated lesbian composer/solo artist. Leon asks her to work with him and she impulsively agrees. Strange and magical things begin to happen as their versions of the tales come to life; including a mysterious and surprising twist to their creative collaboration.

The libretto is written by Ted Sod, who will also direct. Sod wrote the screenplay for the film Crocodile Tears, which is based on his play, Satan and Simon DeSoto. Music is composed by Dan Martin and lyrics are written by Michael Biello. Biello and Martin wrote the musical Breathe, which ran at Chicago's Bailiwick Theatre. Musical direction is by Mark Janas (Talk Of The Town).

The cast includes: Klea Blackhurst (Bingo, Everthing The Traffic Will Allow), Heidi Blickenstaff (title of show), Jonathan Brody (Titanic, Naked Boys Singing), Ann Harada (Avenue Q), Jillian Louis (Gemini, the musical), Randy Redd (Ring Of Fire, Parade) and Devin Richards (Pajama Game, 110 In The Shade).

The Pillowman - Berkeley Rep - 1/12/2007

Berkeley Rep Theatre, CA www.berkeleyrep.org

THE PILLOWMAN by Martin McDonagh / directed by Les Waters / Thrust Stage / January 12–February 25, 2007 WEST COAST PREMIERE

An Obie Award-winning director, a Tony-winning writer, a play the New York Times called "a spellbinding stunner"…Get ready for an edgy and enthralling evening when Berkeley Rep's Les Waters tackles the latest play from Martin McDonagh, author of The Beauty Queen of Leenane. The Pillowman is a darkly funny thriller where "the laughs trail into gulps and gasps," a mystery where "whodunit" is the least of your concerns.

The Monument - 1/12/2007

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On a Darkling Plain - 1/12/2007

Turtle Shell Productions and artistic director John W. Cooper will present the New York premiere of Norman Beim's comedy/drama, On a Darkling Plain, which takes place during the final days of the McCarthy era. The play is the winner of the Americana Theatre's David James Ellis Memorial Award and was chosen as best new play in a nationwide competition conducted by the Street Players Theatre in Norman, Oklahoma.

The production begins performances on Wednesday, January 10th at 8:00 pm and opens on Friday, January 12th at 8:00 pm. Performances will run Wednesdays through Fridays at 8:00 pm and Saturdays at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm through January 27th at the Turtle Shell Theatre (300 West 43rd St., 4th floor, near 8th Ave). There is an additional performance on Monday, January 22nd at 7:00 pm.

On a Darkling Plain, set in 1964, "tells the story of Guy Leonard, a blacklisted Broadway star and film actor who has been driving a cab for 12 years in order to support his family. He is suddenly confronted with a dilemma. Should he demean himself by appearing on TV in a commercial for toilet paper, or accept a leading role in a Broadway show staged by a director and former friend of his who named names and was responsible for ruining lives and causing the death of fellow actors?"

Norman Beim, prize-winning playwright, author and veteran actor, has been produced nationally and internationally. His comedy/drama, Success, ran for more than a year in the Netherlands with two major Dutch stars, and was followed immediately by a long running production of his modern comedy, Pygmalion and Galatea. Six collections of Beim's plays have been published, and his debut novel, Hymie and the Angel, has been adapted into a screenplay.

In April, Turtle Shell Productions will present the world premiere of a new musical, Fritz & Froyim, based on the novel The Dance of Genghis Cohn by European author Romain Gary. A staged reading of this unique musical was sponsored by The Rodgers and Hammerstein Foundation. The music is by Mark Barkan, a composer whose songs have been recorded by Nat King Cole and Elvis Presley, among others.

All tickets for On a Darkling Plain are $18.00. For reservations call (212) 868-4444 or visit www.smarttix.com.

Spelling Bee - Chicago Adult Show - 1/12/2007

On Friday, January 12, 2007, there will be a special "for-mature-audiences-only" performance of Chicago's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, the Tony Award-winning and critically acclaimed new musical comedy in an open-run. It will be parent/teacher night for this one performance only at the Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place – the kids should definitely stay at home and do their homework.

Both the Broadway and San Francisco companies of Spelling Bee have presented special "mature audiences only" performances. Jay Reiss, the original Vice Principal Douglas Panch in New York who also wrote many of the word definitions and hilariously unhelpful sentences used throughout the show, explains: "During our rehearsals, we would occasionally cross the line a bit and use some material that was pretty filthy. The cast would crack up, and director James Lapine would say, 'That is so wrong.'" On Friday, January 12, our audience in the Windy City will experience this forbidden material (with some added spice courtesy of Chicago's Bee staff) for the first time.

The dedicated Chicago production of Spelling Bee is produced by David Stone, who also brought Wicked to Chicago, and directed by James Lapine, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winner who also directed the Broadway production. The musical, conceived by Rebecca Feldman, features music and lyrics by Tony Award-winner William Finn (Falsettos, Elegies) and a Tony Award-winning book by Rachel Sheinkin with additional material by Jay Reiss.

"In the hilariously hip musical comedy, six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser," as press notes describe the show.

The special "mature audiences only'" performance will be presented for one night only on Friday, January 12, 2007. Tickets are on-sale now at all regular prices and points of sale.

Spelling Bee performs in an open-ended engagement at Chicago's Drury Lane Theatre, located at 175 East Chestnut Street. The performance schedule is as follows: Wednesdays at 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 & 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 & 6:30 p.m.

Tickets range in price from $25 - $69.50 and are available at the Drury Lane Box Office (175 East Chestnut Street) as well as all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St. and 18 W. Monroe St.), through the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (312) 902-1400, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers (including all Carson Pirie Scott stores, Tower Records, Hot Tix, select Coconuts and fye stores) or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Discounted parking for Spelling Bee theatre-goers is available at garages conveniently located near the theatre, for as low as $7.50 (rates based on availability, time and garage location). For complete information visit: www.SpellingBeeTheMusical.com/Chicago.

Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen - 1/12/2007

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.

High School Musical - 1/13/2007

The Fox Theatre in Atlanta will be the site of the professional regional theatre premiere of the stage adaptation of Disney's High School Musical. Presented by Theater of the Stars, the production of the exuberant musical will take place from January 13th through 21st, 2007.

"We are thrilled to be one of a handful of regional theatre which were chosen by Disney Theatricals to produce this marvelous new musical sensation. We'll present the show at the Fabulous Fox Theatre for 10 performances," stated Christopher B. Manos, the producer of Theater of the Stars.

Disney's High School Musical "tells the story of a group of high school students who are struggling with issues of popularity, first love, balancing education with extra curricular activities, and the value of friends and family. With positive themes like the importance of expressing yourself, believing in yourself and following your dreams, this new family-friendly musical is sure to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages," according to notes on the show, for which casting and creative team have not yet been announced. However, members of Actors' Equity will be among the cast.

Since its premiere January 20, 2006 on Disney Channel, "High School Musical" has been televised 13 times and was seen by over 37 million unduplicated total viewers. Its premiere telecast alone set household ratings records for Disney Channel and the movie has since set ratings records in Australia and Southeast Asia. By the end of the year, it will be televised in 100 countries worldwide. The soundtrack is the #1 top-selling album of the year-to date, has certified triple Platinum (over 2.7 million sold) and delivered six Gold certified singles since its January 10 debut. The "High School Musical" release on DVD sold over 2.3 million copies since its release on May 23– and is the best-selling TV movie on DVD of all time. A junior novel based on the movie soared to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list (children's paperbacks) and a folio of sheet music for guitar, piano and vocals is a top-seller.

A number of school productions--including stagings in Pennsylvania, Texas and Indiana--were recently announced by Disney. The show can be performed as a full-length, two-act production as well as a one-act, 60-minute adaptation. Both versions are available for schools and amateur productions.

Disney's High School Musical replaces Dr. Doolittle on Theater of the Stars' season roster. Tickets go on sale October 22nd, and can be purchased through Ticketmaster or through the TOTS box office.

Visit www.theaterofthestars.com for more information.

Frank's Home - 1/13/2007

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.

The Dirty Talk - 1/14/2007

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

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

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

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

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

Reggie Watts @ Comix - 1/14/2007

Andy Kaufman AWARD WINNER REGGIE WATTS AT COMIX

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

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

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

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

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ABOUT COMIX

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

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

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

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

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

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



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