Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 2/18/2007

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Below is BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 2/18/2007. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit BroadwayWorld.com's Event Calendar.

The Little Dog Laughed - Closing Show - 2/18/2007

Douglas Carter Beane's new play The Little Dog Laughed will close following the matinee performance on Sunday, February 18. The acclaimed Broadway comedy, which is currently the only new American play to have opened on Broadway this season, features Tom Everett Scott, Julie White, Johnny Galecki, and Ari Graynor. Upon closing, the production, which was directed by Scott Ellis, will have played 22 previews and 112 performances at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th street).

DGUR in Concert #2- All Country Night - 2/18/2007

AWARD WINNING VOCALIST David Gurland CONTINUES HIS CONCERT SERIES WITH A SALUTE TO COUNTRY MUSIC WITH LISA ASHER, Tim DiPasqua, and Randi Driscoll.

David Gurland –'DGUR' in Concert-2007

The third Sunday of every month at 7 PM for 6 Months

Sunday February 18th, 2007- Concert #2-Country Music The Laurei Beechman Theatre 407 W 42nd Street (@9th) www.westbankcafe.com $16 cover $15 food/drink minimum 212-695-6909/Reservations suggested. Credit cards accepted.

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David Gurland, the multi award winning and out gay vocalist, will present his most ambitious performance series to date- The DGUR Concerts. The third Sunday of each month, starting January 21st. Every show will have a different musical director with different musicians, and guest stars. After a showstopping evening of Showtunes, the second performance of this series on February 18th show will be an ALL COUNTRY MUSIC NIGHT! For this performance, He is overjoyed to have special guests Lisa Asher (2007 Nightlife Award Winner Outstanding Female Vocalist) and Randi Driscoll (Songwriter of "What Matters" featured in the NBC film, "The Matthew Shepard Story"). The evening will be musically directed by Tim DiPasqua (2007 Nightlife Award Winner Outstanding Cabaret Revue-Variety performance)

ABOUT THE February 18th CONCERT-

This performance will feature songs that cover a broad range of the Pop side of the Country Catalog. Among the Artists to be represented- The Dixie Chicks, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Faith Hill, Glenn Campbell, KD Lang, and more!. As always, these songs will be accented by David's edgy humor, his unique voice, and inimitable interpretive style. Please note guest artists and repertoire are subject to change.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

David Gurland one of the most formidable out gay male singers in New York City, has performed in and for sold-out houses at such first class New York venues as BB Kings, Downtime, The Bitter End, The Cutting Room, The Living Room, CB's Gallery, FEZ, The Ace of Clubs, The Metropolitan Room, The Duplex, The Triad, as well The Gardenia in LA, Twiggs in San Diego and The Manor in NJ. David has also been the roster of distinguished artists to be included in Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concert series, for two seasons in a row. For his nightclub and cabaret performances, David has won the Manhattan Association of Cabaret's HANSON AWARD, as well as having been nominated an additional five times. He has also won three Back Stage BISTRO AWARDS, more than any other Male Vocalist. In his most recent endeavor, he enraptured New York audiences in 2005 and 2006 with NEUROTICA-an all Madonna mini Rock Concert, to rave reviews and packed houses.

Lisa Asher -Lisa has appeared as an actress and featured vocalist in numerous theatrical and concert venues around the country. Ms. Asher is the recipient of a MAC Award, as well as a Back Stage Bistro Award for her solo work in cabarets in New York. Her critically acclaimed debut CD, Let The Mystery Be, was nominated for a MAC Award for Recording of the year. Lisa's newest CD, Lisa Asher Live at The Duplex, was just released and is a faithful recording of her highly successful show that enjoyed a lengthy run at the famed Greenwich Village nightclub, The Duplex. Ms. Asher has performed numerous times for the Mabel Mercer Foundation's Cabaret Conventions in San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Chicago and at Town Hall in NYC and was featured as part of their 20th Anniversary Gala performances at Lincoln Center last October.. Lisa is currently working with James Williams Productions (JWP) on an off Broadway show entitled Last Call featuring the music of CMA award winning songwriter Victoria Shaw. Lisa made her national television debut in a solo vocal performance on the Emmy Award-winning The Rosie O'Donnell Show.

Randi DriscollRandi Driscoll whose piano-driven acoustic music is as hauntingly modern as it is classic. Randi was named Campus Activities Magazine's 'Female Performer of the year 2004' and 'Best Small Venue Performer 2004'. She has opened for Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Hornsby, Pat Benatar, Linda Ronstadt and Jackson Browne. Randi has performed at Lincoln Center in the "Bang on a Can Festival", the 2001 Human Rights Campaign dinner in Washington, D.C. with keynote speaker Hillary Clinton, and the New York City Hall Pride Awards honoring Whoopi Goldberg and Olympia Dukakis. Randi's music has been featured in documentaries, commercials and the WB hit series, "Dawson's Creek". In 1998, Randi wrote and recorded the benefit single, "What Matters," in response to the death of Matthew Shepard, a young man killed in a brutal hate crime. The song was written to honor his life, his family and the unconditional love they represent. To date, the "What Matters" has raised over $35,000 for the Matthew Shepard Foundation, started by Matthew's parents after their son's death.

Tim DiPasqua. a native of San Francisco, is a Singer/Songwriter who has been awarded the Backstage Bistro Award twice. Once for Outstanding Singer/Instrumentalist and one for Outstanding Special Performance. Tim has also received 9 nominations from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC), including four as Singer/Instrumentalist, one for Recording of the year, and one for Song of the Year that he shared with Tom Andersen. As a solo artist, Tim has performed in all the major clubs and halls in New York; Joe's Pub, Birdland, The Bitter End, The Russian Tea Room, Town Hall, The Metropolitan Room, Caroline's, Carnegie Hall, Eighty-Eights, The Triad, The Village Gate, The Duplex, Don't tell Mama's, Tavern on the Green, The Laurie Beechman Theatre and Sardi's as guest vocalist with The Joe Traina Quintet. As a Songwriter. He has contributed his talents to some of New York's finest, including Philip Officer, Brandon Cutrell and Alix Korey. Tim has many CD's in his catalog. One of which features David Gurland- The PURPOSE OF LOVE – A Tim Di Pasqua SONGBOOK Volumes ONE and TWO. The recording was inspired by his BISTRO-winning concert of the same name featuring some of the best vocalists from the Pop world and the Broadway stage including Stephen Schwartz, Brian Lane Green, Ann Marie, Capathia Jenkins, and Heather Mac Rae.

For more information on David Gurland

www.davidgurland.com

The Color Purple TV Special - 2/18/2007

A new television special on The Color Purple will celebrate the hit musical's journey from page and screen to the stage.

Premiering on TV One, "The Color Purple: The Color of Success" will air on February 18th at 8 PM.

"The Color Purple: The Color of Success" is an inspirational one-hour primetime TV One special about Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning story. This special chronicles, for the first time, "The Color Purple's" winding road to success - from the novel, to the classic film directed by Steven Spielberg, to the Broadway stage - as told by the talented people and famous personalities who have embraced it along the way," state notes on the website.

Jeffry Denman @ Birdland - 2/19/2007

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:

February 19 at 7pm - $25 - Jeffry Denman

"Song-and-dance-man and Broadway veteran, Jeffry Denman (The Producers) will bring 'Jazz Turns: Broadway Tunes through Jazz Textures' featuring Joshua Pearl and The Joshua Pearl Classic Jazz Trio to Birdland on Monday, February 19 at 7pm. Special Guests include Tony nominee Brian D'Arcy James, Drama Desk Award winner Nancy Anderson and Broadway hoofer Dennis Stowe. 'Jazz Turns' is an evening of contemporary and classic musical theatre songs given evocative, tasteful jazz interpretations by Mr. Denman and Mr. Pearl. Jeffry's voice and tapping feet mingle with the Joshua Pearl Classic Jazz Trio, in a passionate blend of sentimental ballads, tap dance syncopations, and playful uptempos exploring tone color and nuance. Songs include 'Nothing is Too Wonderful to Be True' by David Yazbek, 'Not While I'm Around' by Stephen Sondheim, 'Moving Too Fast' by Jason Robert Brown, 'My Own Space' by Kander and Ebb, and 'Tonight at Eight' by Bock and Harnick."

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

Justin Bond @ Joe's Pub - 2/19/2007

Hot on the heels of his acclaimed Broadway and Joe's Pub Kiki & Herb runs and his role as the Mistress of Shortbus in John Cameron Mitchell's film of the same name, see Justin Bond in his latest incarnation as host and arbiter of Talk/Show. The show will be Monday February 12, 19, and 26 at 11:30pm at Joe's Pub. On February 12th, Bonds guests will include Micheal Musto, Jane Adams, and Jay Brannan. The guests for the 19th and 26th are to be announced.

"Bond and his very special celebrity guests trenchantly dissect the burning issues of the day and throw in a couple of musical numbers for good measure. A heady blend of Charlie Rose, Jack Paar and Dinah Shore, Justin will guide us to the heart of the matters that keep us up at night and provide us with the politcosociocultural catharsis that these trying times call for," according to press notes Talk/Show Monday February 12, 19, and 26 at 11:30 pm at Joe's Pub located at425 Lafayette Street (between East 4th and Astor Place) NYC; adjacent to The Public Theater. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by phone at 212-967-7555, on the web at www.joespub.com, or in person at The Public Theater Box Office from 1pm to 6pm and at Joe's Pub from 6pm to 10pm (both located at 425 Lafayette St.). For table reservations call 212-539-8778. Purchase of tickets does NOT guarantee a table reservation; you must call to reserve seats. Seating, as well as standing-room, is available only on a first-come, first-served basis for all shows without a dinner reservation. Two drink or $12 food minimum per person is standard.

Working - 2/19/2007

The Zipper Theatre, Ryan Hill and John Johnson are pleased to announce a one-night only, newly adapted concert version of WORKING, the 1978 musical adapted from the acclaimed non-fiction book by Studs Terkel. This one-night only premiere concert event to benefit the Actor's Fund of America will take place on Monday, February 19, 2007 at The Zipper Theatre (336 West 37th Street, between 8 th and 9th Avenues).

WORKING was adapted by Stephen Schwartz from Terkel's best-selling book of interviews with American workers and contains original songs by Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead and James Taylor.

WORKING captures the voices of America. Men and women from every walk of life talk and sing, telling us of their likes and dislikes, fears, problems, and happiness's on the job. WORKING creates a rich and unique document that is as simple as conversation, but as subtle and heartfelt as the meaning of our lives.

This new version, adapted from the original by Gordon Greenberg and featuring a six-actor cast, will have its premier at this one-night only event. "I've always been a great fan of this show and wondered how we might expose the workings of the show itself – by featuring things like stage manager calls and the backstage crew doing their jobs – and by watching fewer actors play more characters, in a Brechtian sense. Ultimately though, it's amazingly authentic and human," says Mr. Greenberg.

WORKING features songs by Stephen Schwartz: ("All the Livelong Day," "It's an Art," "Fathers and Sons,"; Micki Grant ("If I Could've Been," "Lovin' Al" and "Cleaning Women"); Craig Carnelia ("Just a Housewife," "The Mason," "Joe" and "Something to Point To"); James Taylor ("Brother Trucker," "Millwork," "Traffic Jam") and Susan Birkinhead and Mary Rodgers ("Nobody Tells Me How").

The cast of WORKING features Will Chase (High Fidelity), Merle Dandridge (Tarzan), Ed Dixon (the original production of Les Misérables), Roderick Hill (Butley), Celia Keenan-Bolger (Les Misérables, . . . Spelling Bee), and one other cast member to be announced. Steve Marzullo is the music director.

WORKING features lighting design by Jeff Croiter and Jeff Carnevale and sound design by Peter Fitzgerald. WORKING was cast by Tiffany Little-Canfield and Rachel Hoffman, Telsey + Company and the General Manager is Andrew Jones.

Tickets are priced at $55 and $30 and are on sale now through Theatermania.com or by calling 212-352-3101 or 866-811-4111 (toll free).

Gambatese/Blumenkrantz @ Duplex - 2/19/2007

The third season of "Monday Nights, New Voices" will continue February 19th at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre.

Jenn Gambatese, who currently stars as Jane in Broadway's Tarzan, will host the evening, which will feature the talents of Matthew John Kacergis, Reymundo Santiago, Nicholas Rodriguez, Christy Morton and Anna Bergman. Alysha Umphress, a past 'New Voices' alumna, will also perform. Show time is 7 PM.

Jeff Blumenkrantz, a Tony-nominated Composer for his work on Broadway's Urban Cowboy, will be the evening's guest composer and will accompany the singers on selections from his songbook. Barbara Anselmi will serve as musical director.

The Duplex Cabaret Theatre is located in Manhattan at 61 Christopher Street. There is a $12 music charge and a two-drink minimum. For reservations, call (212) 255-5438 or visit www.theduplex.com.

Project Shaw - Reading - 2/19/2007

Project Shaw 2007 will continue with a reading that includes Broadway stars Marian Seldes, Barrett Foa, Paxton Whitehead and George S. Irving. Howard Kissel of the New York Daily News will host the event, which will take place at the Players Club on February 19th at 7 PM.

"Among the three plays will be one of particular interest to those who follow theatre history. A never before published play (also never before performed in New York) about Edward the VIII on the verge of abdicating his throne for 'the woman he loved,': The King, The Constitution and The Lady. This is a play which appeared in London's Evening Standard newspaper in 1936," state press notes.

"Also to be seen will be the rarely performed comedy, The Music Cure - in which a mysterious woman pulls a neurotic young aristocrat out of his depression through music.

The third comedy is Interlude At The Playhouse, which takes us to the opening night at a new theater. It concerns a nervous theatre manager who is scheduled to make a speech, and whose wife is forced to save the day."

Tickets are available after the first of every month for each individual reading: call 212-352-3101 or visit www.ProjectShaw.com.

Jackie Hoffman @ Joe's Pub - 2/19/2007

On Mondays February 12 and 19, Tuesday, February 27, Mondays, March 5 and March 19, Jackie Hoffman will perform Jackie with a Z at Joe's Pub.

The hilarious Obie-award winner Jackie Hoffman (Garden State, Hairspray, Kissing Jessica Stein) returns to Joe's Pub, home of her smash hit The Kvetching Continues (the longest running show in Joe's Pub history) in Jackie With A Z. Hoffman, New York's most beloved hospital-bound hilarious Hebrew, has her dream cancer scare! In this latest offering, Miss Hoffman skewers regional theater, the upper west side, and gives a blow by blow account of her six day ordeal at Mt. Sinai having her hysterectomy. Come see everyone's favorite child hater without a uterus, in an all new show!

The show is directed by Michael Schiralli with musical director Bobby Peaco. Showtime is at 7:30pm, tickets are $25. Visit www.joespub.com.

Mary Rose - 2/20/2007

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

It's Not What I Say - Reading - 2/20/2007

A free staged reading of a new Mae West musical, It's Not What I Say... will be presented at the York Theatre (located in the Citicorp building at Lexington and 54th Street), Tuesday, February 20th, at 7:30 P.M.

"The musical covers Mae's career on Broadway and in Hollywood, providing an unprecedented and very musical view into what really made Mae West tick," state press notes on the show, which will star Holly Faris and John Hickok (Little Women, Aida, Parade) and will be directed by Andy Sandberg.

The show's book, music and lyrics are by Daniel Lanning. Musical direction will be handled by Jeffrey Buchsbaum.

The cast will also feature Stephen Brotebeck, Marcus Allen Cooper, Nick Dalton, Christopher Guilmet, Robert Anthony Jones, Roger Rifkin, Richard Rowan, Nathan Scherich, and David Weitzer.

The reading is presented by the York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director) as part of its Developmental Reading Series (Jeff Landsman, Series Coordinator), in association with Shea Sullivan and SAS Productions, Inc. For reservations, contact Jeff Landsman at 212-935-5824, ext. 24, or by e-mail at jlandsman@yorktheatre.org. The York Theatre website is www.yorktheatre.org.

Kenita R Miller Joins The Color Purple - 2/20/2007

On February 20th, Kenita R. Miller will join the cast of The Color Purple as Celie. Jeannette Bayardelle, who currently plays the role, leaves the show on February 18th.

Miller previously understudied LaChanze in The Color Purple (Miller left the show in November), as well as in Ahrens and Flaherty's Dessa Rose. She has appeared in national tours of Ragtime and The Civil War, while regional credits include Once On This Island.

Adam Sank's Gay Bash @ Comix - 2/21/2007

Adam Sank is thrilled to bring his popular monthly showcase of gay and gay-friendly funsters to Comix, Manhattan's newest and most fabulous comedy club! Headlining the revamped Bash on Feb. 21 will be Jim David -- legendary comedian and gay pioneer -- who has starred in his own "Comedy Central Presents" special and MTV's "Half-Hour Comedy Hour," as well as countless A-List comedy clubs and festivals.

Also scheduled to appear are BRAD LOEKLE (Sirius OutQ Radio), ROBIN FOX (Ladies of Laugher), WILLIAM MULLIN (Santa Fe Comedy Festival), JACKIE MONAHAN (Lesbians of Laughter Tour) and Adam's very special guest, KARITH FOSTER (Comedy Central's "Premium Blend", Vh-1's All Access).

Situated in Manhattan's Meatpacking District, Comix boasts a 14,000 square-foot facility, including an acoustically-tuned showroom consisting of 320 seats in an amphitheater-style setting, plus a full menu of contemporary American cuisine.

Tickets: $15 plus 2-item minimum. To purchase tickets and get more information, go to www.comixny.com.

Grease - IL - 2/21/2007

The Marriott Theatre is proud to present the electrifying smash hit musical, Grease! The most popular, fun-filled musical in the history of Rock'n'Roll previews February 14th, opens February 21st and runs through April 22nd at Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, IL. Multi Jeff Award winner Marc Robin will Direct and Choreograph.

Grease is the energetic musical comedy tribute to the age of rock and bop, blue suede shoes and poodle skirts. When good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fall in love over the summer, they unexpectedly realize that they attend the same high school in the fall. As Danny tries to play it cool with his gang, Sandy tries to win him over with the help of the sassy "Pink Ladies." The hilarious adventures of Rydell High's class of '57 are a fun and nostalgic look back at the vibrant culture of the 1950s. Grease features hit songs including, "We Go Together," "Beauty School Dropout," "Summer Nights," and "Greased Lighting."

Grease stars Matthew Hydzik as Danny, Megan Arnoldy as Sandy, Tammy Mader as Rizzo, Jason Shuffler as Kenickie, Mike Backes, Nancy Renee Braun, Jeremy Cohen, Jerome Collins, Lara Filip, Rachel Frankenthal, Sean Michael Hunt, Ericka Mac, Brandy McClendon, Matt Raftery, Paula Scrofano, Stephen Schellhardt, Tempe Thomas, Morgan Weed and Bernie Yvon.

The artistic team for Grease is led by Director and Choreographer Marc Robin with Musical Direction by Ryan T. Nelson. Set Design by Tom Ryan, Costume Design by Nancy Missimi, Lighting Design by Diane Williams, Sound Design by Cecil Averrett and Properties Design by Greg Issac. Patti Garwood conducts the Marriott Theatre Orchestra.

The performance schedule for Grease is Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. With the purchase of a $45 ticket on Wednesdays and Thursdays, you receive a free dinner. (Based on dining availability). All other performance ticket prices are $42.00, excluding tax and handling fees. A $5.00 discount for students and seniors is valid on Wednesday and Sunday matinee performances. Dinner packages for Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances, for an additional $40.00 per person at King's Wharf and $30.00 at Fairfield Inn.

Free parking is available at all performances. To reserve tickets with a major credit card, call the Marriott Theatre Box Office at 847.634.0200 or visit www.marriotttheatre.com.

Mahagonny - 2/22/2007

Complete casting has been announced for the starry upcoming Los Angeles Opera production of The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, starring the previously announced Tony Award-winners Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald.

Directed by Tony-winner John Doyle (Company, Sweeney Todd), the Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht musical will be performed Feb. 10, 14, 17, 22, 25 and March 1 and 4, 2007.

Joining LuPone (Sweeney Todd, Evita), as Leocadia Begbick, and McDonald (110 in the Shade, Ragtime), as Jenny, are: Anthony Dean Griffey as Jim Mahoney, Robert Wörle as Fatty the Bookkeeper, John Easterlin as Jake (Jack) Schmidt, Mel Ulrich as Pennybank Bill, Donnie Ray Albert as Trinity Moses, Derek Taylor as Toby Higgins and Steven Humes as Alaska Wolf Joe.

The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny concerns three on-the-lam criminals who decide to found a new city of hedonism and lawlessness. Mahagonny premiered in Leipzig in 1930; Weill's wife Lotte Lenya in a German production that followed. Banned by the Nazis, Mahoganny was not performed again in Germany until the 1950s. The jazz-flavored opera features in its score "Alabama Song," which was later famously covered by The Doors.

James Conlon will conduct the orchestra. Mahagonny will feature sets by Mark Bailey, costumes by Ann Hould-Ward and lighting by Thomas C. Hase.

Visit www.losangelesopera.com for more information

Journey's End - 2/22/2007

A Broadway run has been confirmed for the WWI drama Journey's End, Variety reports.

The possibility of a Broadway run had first been mentioned in December of 2005, but only recently have definite plans been made to bring the show to New York. The 1929 play, by R.C. Sherriff, will begin previews at the Belasco Theatre on February 8th and open on February 22nd.

Journey's End, which was first a hit in London, will star Tony-winners Boyd Gaines (Twelve Angry Men, Contact) and Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife), as well as Hugh Dancy (Elizabeth I, Ella Enchanted). It will be directed once again by David Grindley, who directed the 2004 West End revival. That production, after a UK tour, returned to London last fall and ran through January.

The play, which Sheriff based upon his experiences during World War I, is set in a trench in St. Quentin, France. It involves Captain Stanhope's (Dancy) attempts to lead his British troops into No Man's Land, while Stanhope's old school chum Raleigh (Gaines) discovers that the captain is not the man he once idolized. Mays will play the Cook.

The play, which premiered on Broadway in 1929, will be produced by Boyett Ostar

Los Angeles - 2/22/2007

The Flea Theater will present the New York premiere of Los Angeles by Drama Desk Award-nominee Julian Sheppard (Buicks), beginning February 14th. It will be directed by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award-winner Adam Rapp. The show will open on February 22nd and run through March 17th.

Press notes describe the show thus: "Sex. Drugs. Swimming Pools. Traffic. Smog. Carjackings. The search for next big thing. This is Los Angeles, where one damaged young woman needs more than a map to find her way through the pitfalls of Tinseltown."

Los Angeles stars Katherine Waterston (daughter of Sam Waterston) and Jonathan Walker with The Bats, the resident acting company at The Flea. The production features set by David Korins, lighting by Miranda Hardy, sound by Eric Shim and costumes by Erika Munro.

Buicks received two 2003 Drama Desk nominations, including Outstanding Play. Buicks was recently optioned by Paramount Studios as a sitcom for CBS. His other plays include Love and Happiness, Whatever, After America, A Hole in the Earth and From Now On. A head writer on ESPN's "2-Minute Drill," Sheppard is a graduate of the playwrighting program at Juilliard. He is currently working on a stage adaptation of Stephen King's Misery.

Rapp is a novelist, filmmaker, playwright and director. In 2006, he was named a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for his play Red Light Winter. His other plays include Nocturne, Blackbird, Stone Cold Dead Serious, Finer Noble Gases, and Faster. As a director, his production of Blackbird received two Drama Desk nominations; he is currently in post-production for that play's film adaptation. Rapp's first feature film Winter Passing received its world premiere at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in February.

The Flea Theater is located at 41 White Street (between Broadway and Church Streets). Tickets are $18, available at 212-352-3101 or www.TheaterMania.com. Visit www.theflea.org for more on the Flea Theatre.

John Dillinger - Reading - 2/22/2007

Film and theatre star Josh Lucas will play the legendary gangster of the title in a free reading of Bruce Konenberg's The Unauthorized Moving Picture of John Dillinger, which will be presented on Thursday, February 22nd at 3pm at Manhattan Theatre Club's offices (311 West 43rd Street).

The reading will also star Jeremy Shamos (Gutenberg! The Musical!, The Rivals), Cynthia Darlow (Rabbit Hole) and T. Ryder Smith (Underneath the Lintel), as well as Jason Liebrecht, Jenny Maguire, and Chuck Montgomery. Elyse Singer will direct.

According to press notes, the play is set in 1934, "in a remote vacation lodge in the woods of Northern Wisconsin where Public Enemy Number One, John Dillinger, is hiding out with his crew after a bank job. While there, he has agreed to meet with two men from Hollywood who are interested in making a movie based on his life."

Lucas has appeared on Broadway in The Glass Menagerie and Off-Broadway in Corpus Christi. His film credits include Poseidon, Secondhand Lions, Sweet Home Alabama, The Deep End, A Beautiful Mind, You Can Count On Me, and American Psycho.

Reservations are required; call 212-429-8122 or send an email to rsvphourglass@hotmail.com. There will be a wine and cheese reception after the reading.

The Dance: The History Of American Minstrelsy - 2/22/2007

NY PREMIERE OF THOUGHT-PROVOKING 2-MAN SHOW THE DANCE: THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN MINSTRELSY

PERFORMED BY 2 AFRICAN-AMERICAN PERFORMERS IN BLACKFACE

NOMINATED FOR THREE 2007 NAACP AWARDS & THREE 2005 LA WEEKLY AWARDS

In honor of Black History Month, InThaCut Inc. is proud to present the NY Premiere of the enlightening satire The Dance: The History Of American Minstrelsy. The Dance, nominated for 3 NAACP Theater Awards and 3 LA Weekly Awards for Best Playwright, Best Ensemble and Best Director, is a two-man show written by Jason Christophe White, and co-directed and performed by Jason Christophe White and Aaron White. Performances will run from February 22, 2007 to March 3, 2007 at the Richmond Shepard Theatre (309 East 26 St.) in NYC. Visit http://www.SeeTheDance.com to learn more about the show.

SELECTED PRESS PERFORMANCES: THU. 2/22, FRI. 2/23, SAT. 2/24, SUN. 2/25 & MON. 2/26 AT 7PM

The Dance educates audiences about the fascinating history of American minstrelsy from the perspective of two African-American performers in blackface makeup who challenge the audience to reflect on the deep entrenchment of racial stereotypes in our culture. Using past and present day images and a text developed from six years of research, as well as an arsenal of props taken from two suitcases, The Dance ultimately helps us realize that no matter what race we are, we all wear masks.

Blackface was an important performance tradition in American theater for over 100 years. White performers used burnt cork and later greasepaint or shoe polish to blacken their skin and exaggerate their lips. Stereotypes embodied in the stock characters of blackface minstrelsy played a significant role in proliferating racist images and attitudes. Currently, blackface minstrelsy is not taught in many schools and colleges because of its controversial nature.

The Dance has been supported by and featured on KCET's Life and Times (PBS), The NAACP Theater Awards, KAOS Network, CalArts Theater, Inthacut Inc. and Mark Greenfield. Jason Christophe White and Aaron White are recent graduates of CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) in Los Angeles. InThaCut Inc. is a production company dedicated to producing new and original works through the arts.

PERFORMANCE INFO: Richmond Shepard Theatre – 309 East 26th Street between 2nd & 1st Avenues in NYC. Limited Engagement: February 22, 2007 – March 3, 2007. Performances run every day at 7pm. A Q&A will follow each performance. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for teens (12-17) and can be purchased by calling 212-868-4444 or visiting http://www.smarttix.com. Direct ticket link is http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showCode=DAN24. For more information on the show visit http://www.SeeTheDance.com. Running time is 1 hour. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. Trains: 6 to 23rd or 28th Street and R,W to 23rd Street. # # # # #

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To The Lighthouse - Berkeley Rep - 2/23/2007

Berkeley Rep Theatre, CA www.berkeleyrep.org

TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Adele Edling Shank / directed by Les Waters / The Roda Theatre / February 23–March 25, 2007 WORLD PREMIERE

Virginia Woolf's virtuosity poured forth in revolutionary novels which burst the boundaries of prose in her quest to illuminate the inner lives of women. Now playwright Adele Edling Shank follows in her footsteps with her adaptation of Woolf's masterpiece, To the Lighthouse. Waters combines Shank's script with soaring, original music from acclaimed composer, Paul Dresher, to create a profound reflection on love, family and the inexorable tide of time. In Woolf's words, "Who will blame him if he does homage to the world?"

The Pirate Queen - 2/23/2007

The new Boublil and Schonberg musical The Pirate Queen, starring Stephanie J. Block as the swashbuckling title character, will drop anchor at the Hilton Theatre for preview performances beginning February 23rd, 2007 and an opening night on March 22nd.

Be - 2/23/2007

Mayumana, the internationally acclaimed rhythm-dance-performance art company from Israel, will make its American premiere with its newest high-energy stage spectacle, Be. Created and directed by Eylon Nuphar and Boaz Berman, Maymana's Be begins previews at Off-Broadway's Union Square Theatre (100 E. 17th St.) on Friday, February 23, 2007. Opening night is Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. Conceived by Nuphar and Berman in Tel Aviv in 1996, Mayumana (from the Hebrew meaning skill) is "a theatrical event that combines elements from various art disciplines based on music, movement, acting, dance and rhythm. "An ever-evolving performance piece, Mayumana has gone through constant re-creation in its ten-year history, giving focus to the individual talents of its evolving roster of cast members, who come to the show from all parts of the globe," according to press notes. Mayumana has been experienced by more than 3.5 million people worldwide and is the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Theater Production by Israel's National Academy of Theater. Since 1996, Mayumana has performed over 5,000 shows in more than 30 countries worldwide and throughout the past six years, there has been a Mayumana show – usually two or more – performing somewhere in the world almost every evening. Mayumana's Be is a new 90-minute production specifically created for its American premiere. The multinational Off-Broadway premiere cast of Mayumana's Be includes co-creator Boaz Berman, Sharon Ben Naim (Israel), Vicente de Andres (Madrid), Michael Feigenbaum (Switzerland), Alba Bonal Garcia (Barcelona), Silvia Garcia de Ves (Palma de Mallorca), Ido Kagan (Israel), Yael Mahler (Israel), Eva Boucherite Martin (Spain), Taly Minkov (Mexico), Reut Rotem (Israel), Ido Stadler (Israel), Aka Jean Claude Thiemele (Ivory Coast) and Hila Yaffe (Israel). The production features scenic design by Nizan Refaeli, costume design by Neta Haker, lighting design by Eyal Tavori and sound design by Amir Schorr. Mayumana's Be is presented Off-Broadway by Marc Routh, Thomas Viertel, Steven Baruch, Roy Ofer, NBO, Pamela Cooper and Annette Niemtzow. The performance schedule for Mayumana's Be is Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are scaled at $20 -$60 and are now available by calling 212-505-0700, through Ticketmaster.com at 212-307-4100, or in-person at the Union Square Theatre Box Office beginning Monday, February 12. For groups of ten or more, please call 800-677-1164. For more information, please visit www.BeOffBroadway.com.

Andrea Marcovicci @ Town Hall - 2/23/2007

For the first time in ten years, Andrea Marcovicci's most requested show can be enjoyed with a chamber orchestra in two acts. Under the musical direction of Shelly Markham, cabaret star Andrea Marcovicci uses songs and stories to take the audience on a journey through America's most dramatic era when every song was irrevocably entwined in each precious moment. The music highlights many of America's most prolific songwriters including Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer, Jule Styne and the many others responsible for hits like Sentimental Journey, The White Cliffs of Dover and Skylark.

http://www.the-townhall-nyc.org/pages/presents/njj/njjseason.html

Spelling Bee - Chicago Adult Show - 2/23/2007

On Friday, February 23, 2007, there will be another 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.

By popular demand, it will be parent/teacher night once again for this one performance only at the Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place – the kids should definitely stay at home and do their homework.

Chicago's company of Spelling Bee performs through March 25 only at Chicago's Drury Lane Theatre, Water Tower Place, 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.

For complete information visit www.SpellingBeeTheMusical.com/Chicago.

Boys Just Wanna Have Fun - 2/23/2007

From the creators of My Big Gay Italian Wedding comes Boys Just Wanna Have Fun, a new romantic comedy by Anthony Wilkinson and Teresa Anne Cicala.

Co-directed by Sonia Blangiardo and Teresa Anne Cicala, the production will play every Friday and Saturday from February 23 – April 14 at the Actors Playhouse Theatre (100 Seventh Avenue South). The official opening is set for Friday, March 2 at 10:00 PM.

"In the late 1980's, NYPD detectives Ralph and Lauren, go undercover at a Staten Island gay bar packed with eccentric regulars, to infiltrate an alleged drug ring. Instead, Ralph soon finds himself under the covers with Danny, the local heartthrob. In spite of some disturbing revelations and complications, in time, this unlikely couple may discover their very own happy ending," state press notes.

The show will play every Friday at 10:00 PM and Saturday @ 3:00 PM from February 23 – April 14 at the Actors Playhouse Theatre (100 Seventh Avenue South, between Bleecker & Christopher Streets). Tickets are $55.50 and may be purchased through telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200, or at The Actors Playhouse Box Office. For more information, please visit www.BoysJustWanna.com

Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone - SF - 2/23/2007

"Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches," is coming to the Plush Room in San Francisco February 23rd (at 11pm), February 25th (at 7pm), and February 26th (at 8pm).

In the show, Kritzer performs the exact song set, arrangements and script of the legendary smash club act LuPone did at midnight on Saturdays during her run on Broadway in Evita at the no longer existent Chelsea club, Les Mouches.

LuPone's original Les Mouches musical director/arranger David Lewis leads the band in an evening directed and produced by Ben Rimalower (Joy).

"Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches" includes such popular songs as Patti Smith's "Because The Night" Cole Porter's "Love For Sale," Petula Clark's "Downtown," Sondheim's "Not While I'm Around," Arlen's "Come Rain Or Come Shine," Stephen Schwartz's "Meadowlark," and Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" and "Rainbow High"--both from Evita. LuPone, who most recently portrayed Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, won a Tony Award for her performance in the title role of that show.

Kritzer was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her performance as "Pickles" in The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Currently she is a cast memer in Broadway-bound Legally Blonde. On Broadway, she has appeared in Hairspray, while Off-Broadway credits include Bat Boy and Godspell. She has also appeared at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Funny Girl and Grease.

"Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches" at the Empire Plush Room in The York Hotel 940 Sutter Street (between Leavenworth and Hyde) San Francisco, California. Performance schedule is February 23rd at 11:00PM, Feb. 25th at 7PM. and Feb. 26th at 8:00. For tickets visit www.ticketweb.com.

The official "Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches" website is at: www.lesilekritzer.com

Company (Revival) CD Signing - 2/23/2007

On Friday, February 23rd at 5:30 pm at Barnes & Noble Lincoln Triangle (1982 Broadway at 66th Street), Raúl Esparza and the entire cast of Company will perform three musical numbers from the classic Stephen Sondheim score in conjunction with the release of the new cast recording of the critically acclaimed Broadway revival.

All fourteen cast members will be on hand to sign copies of the CD after the performance. The CD will be available from PS Classics and Nonesuch beginning February 20th.

The Coast of Utopia - 2/24/2007

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.

Carnival @ Kennedy Center - 2/24/2007

Natascia Diaz, Sebastian La Cause and Jim Stanek will be among the stars of the Kennedy Center's production of Carnival, the whimsical 1961 Bob Merrill musical that will run from February 17th through March 11th, 2007 at the Eisenhower Theatre. It will open on February 24th.

"Based on the MGM motion picture Lili, this lovely musical follows a naïve young orphan girl who eagerly joins a traveling French circus. Falling for the troupe's manipulative magician, she also enchants a disillusioned puppeteer, who can only show his love through his whimsical creations. Colorful characters and puppets, wonderful dance sequences, and memorable songs like 'Love Makes the World Go 'Round' make Carnival! a mesmerizing story about love in all its permutations," state Kennedy Center notes.

Featuring a book by Michael Stewart (Hello, Dolly!) and music and lyrics by Bob Merrill (Funny Girl), the production will be directed and choreographed by Tony-nominee Robert Longbottom (Mister Roberts at the Kennedy Center).

Carnival will star Ereni Sevasti as Lili, Stanek (Jacques Brel..., Lestat) as Paul, La Cause (Chicago, The Rocky Horror Show) as Marco, Díaz (Jacques Brel, Man of La Mancha) as Rosalie, Jonathan Lee Iverson as Schlegel and Seán Martin Hingston (Contact, Swing!) as Jacquot.

The creative team will include: Andrew Jackness (sets), Paul Tazewell (costumes), Ken Billington (lighting), Edward Christie (puppets) and Joe Eddie Fairchild (magic), with Bob Billig as conductor.

Visit www.kennedy-center.org for tickets and more information.

The Girl Detective - 2/24/2007

The Ateh Theater Group will present the world premiere production of The Girl Detective , based on the short story by Kelly Link (Magic for Beginners), and adapted and directed by Bridgette Dunlap (The Girl in the Flammable Skirt).

The Girl Detective will play a four-week limited engagement at the Connelly Theatre (220 East 4th Street). Performances begin at 8 pm on Thursday through Sunday and will run from Saturday, February 24 through Saturday, March 17. There is an additionaly 8 p.m. performance on Monday, February 26.

The Girl Detective is "a master of disguise. She finds missing things, chases tap-dancing bank robbers and eats our dreams. But in her life of intrigue and adventure one mystery remains: the whereabouts of her long lost mother. It is a "wild journey to the underworld" and a "surreal, darkly funny story of loss and reunion," according to press materials.

Tickets are $15 and are now available online at www.theatermania.com or by calling 212-352-3101. Tickets may also be purchased in person one hour prior to the show at the Connelly Theatre.

BFF - 2/24/2007

WET (Women's Expressive Theater, Inc.), best known for its acclaimed productions of St. Scarlet (by Julia Jordan) and Big Times (directed by Leigh Silverman), launches its 7th season with the World Premiere of BFF. This touching and darkly comic new play is written by Anna Ziegler, directed by Josh Hecht, and produced on an Off-Broadway contract. Previews begin February 17th at the DR2 (103 East 15th Street) where WET is the first theater company in residence. Opening night is slated for February 24th.

BFF tells the story of Lauren and her "best friend forever" Eliza. Lauren is a New Yorker who is split in two by time, living in the past and present simultaneously. Haunted by her adolescent past, she is desperate to catch up with her present and explore a new romance. But when Lauren accidentally tells a lie, she is forced to complete a story that, until now, has remained cruelly unfinished.

BFF runs Feb 17- March 17, Monday - Saturday at 8pm. The DR2 is located at 103 East 15th Street (between Union Square East and Irving Place -- accessible from the L,N,Q,R,W,4,5,6 trains at 14th Street-Union Square). Tickets range from $25 - $35, available at 212-239-6200 or www.wetweb.org

Anon - 2/24/2007

Atlantic Theatre Company's world premiere production of Kate Robin's Anon will star Remy Auberjonois, Michelle Federer and Susan Blackwell, among others.

The show will begin previews at Atlantic's Stage 2 on February 24th, open on February 31st and run through February 18th. Melissa Kievman will direct.

"When do peccadilloes become obsessions? Kate Robin, the searing and irreverent writer of Intrigue with Faye, The Light Outside, and 'Six Feet Under' brings us a new tale about the hazy territory where sex, relationships, and addiction overlap," state press notes.

In addition to Auberjonois (The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow), Federer (Wicked) and Blackwell ([title of show]), the production will star Caroline Aaron, Bill Buell, Shannon Burkett, Saidah Arrika Ekulona, Dana Eskelson, Katy Grenfell, Linda Marie Larson, Jenny Maguire, Kate Nowlin, Danielle Skraastad, and Anna Wilson.

Anon will feature sets by Chris Muller, costumes by Anne Kenney, lighting by Tyler Micoleau, and sound by Eric Shim.

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

Legally Blonde - SF - 2/25/2007

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

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

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

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

ABC Daytime Salutes BC/EFA - 2/25/2007

BENEFIT: February 25, 2007

ABC DAYTIME SALUTES BROADWAY CARES - Stars from All My Children, One Life to Live, General Hostpital and The View come together to support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS,.

Mahagonny - 2/25/2007

Complete casting has been announced for the starry upcoming Los Angeles Opera production of The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, starring the previously announced Tony Award-winners

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