Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 2/20/2008

Below is's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 2/20/2008. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit's Event Calendar.

Tir Na Nog (Land of Youth) - 2/23/2008

Magic Theatre continues its 2007-08 Season of New Plays with the world premiere of Edna O'Brien's Tir na nOg ("Land of Youth") directed by Artistic Director Chris Smith. Acclaimed Irish dancer/choreographer and Riverdance co-founder Jean Butler choreographs the movement in this dynamically theatrical adaptation of O'Brien's acclaimed novel "The Country Girls."

With live music, dance, and uniquely rich language, this coming of age play follows two girls who make their way from rural Ireland to Dublin. Supported by generous grants from National Endowment for the Arts and Culture Ireland, Tir na nOg ("Land of Youth") performs February 23 – March 23, 2008 at Magic's Sam Shepard Theatre (Bldg D, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA – parking lot entrance at Marina Blvd. and Buchanan St.). Tickets are $20-$45 and available at (415) 441-8822 or

Tranced - Closing - 2/24/2008

San Jose Repertory Theatre, under the art direction of Timothy Near, announced their 2007-2008 Season with five of six plays. Near has assembled an entertaining, captivating and challenging season, balancing the revelations and excitement of contemporary plays with the thrill of seeing the classics innovatively interpreted and produced, a hallmark for Near and San Jose Rep.

Subscriptions are now available to renewing subscribers and reservations are being taken for new subscriptions. Prices begin at $222 for a six play subscription. For subscription tickets, call 408-367-7255 or buy online at

Tranced January 26 – February 24, 2008 The new play by Robert Clyman calls into question the concept of 'truth' and explores the powerful art of persuasion. In this chilling psychological thriller, Philip is a highly respected psychiatrist famous for using "trancing," a form of hypnotism, to help his patients uncover suppressed memories. When he trances Azmera, a foreign grad student, he learns that her secret could have profound consequences for thousands of people in an African village. Enlisting the aid of an ambitious reporter with connections to the Director of African Affairs, Philip is pulled into a suspenseful vortex that calls into question the very nature of truth.

Mrs. Warren's Profession - 2/24/2008

Rep Stage. Through February 24. $15-$25. Wed - Thurs at 7:30PM, Fri - Sat at 8PM, Sat - Sun at 2:30PM. 410-772-4900

The Turn of the Screw - 2/24/2008

Starring Megan Anderson & Bruce Nelson. Everyman Theatre. Through February 24. $16-$35.

The Comedy of Errors - 2/24/2008

Teen Workshop Production. Baltimore Shakespeare Festival at St. Mary's in Hampden. Through February 24. Fri - Sat at 8PM, Sun at 5. or 410-366-8596

A Bronx Tale - Closing - 2/24/2008

Academy Award nominated actor Chazz Palminteri will make his Broadway debut this fall when his acclaimed show A Bronx Tale plays a limited 18 week engagement at The Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street) directed by Tony Award-winner Jerry Zaks. Previews will begin on Thursday October 4, with opening night set for Thursday October 25. The engagement will run through February 24.

"A Bronx Tale was first mounted off Broadway in 1989 and helped establish Palminteri as a writer and actor with a distinct voice. In A Bronx Tale, Palminteri brings 18 characters to vivid life, depicting a rough childhood on Bronx streets populated by a cast of friends and enemies," state press materials. "Performing the show in Los Angeles and New York, Palminteri caught the attention of studios, producers and directors – all of whom wanted to make the film version – without him. Palminteri turned down a million dollar offer for the film rights, despite having $200 in his bank account at the time. Robert DeNiro came to see the show, and brought both it and Palminteri to the screen, making his directorial debut in the process."

A Raisin in the Sun - ABC - 2/25/2008

The highly anticipated special three-hour television movie adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun will air as an "ABC Premiere Event" on Monday, February 25 (8-11PM Eastern), on the ABC Television Network; the evening after ABC airs the 80th annual Academy Awards Ceremony.

Reprising their roles of the award-winning Broadway revival for the TV-adaptation are famed musician/entrepreneur Sean Combs (Walter Lee, Jr.), with Emmy and Tony Award-winner Phylicia Rashad (Lena Younger), four-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald (Ruth), Tony Award nominee Sanaa Lathan (Beneatha), plus "ER" star John Stamos (Mr. Lindner). Joining the cast are Sean Patrick Thomas as George Murchison, David Oyelowo as Joseph Asagai, Bill Nunn as Bobo and Cephas Jones as Willy Harris.

Executive producers are Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who brought Hairspray to the big-screen this summer.

"The ground-breaking drama portrays a brief period of time in the life of the Younger family as they anxiously await the arrival of a $10,000 life insurance check made out to Lena Younger, the family matriarch, from the estate of her late husband, Walter Lee. Everyone in the family has their own ideas about how they plan to use their new-found wealth and are eager for their new lives to start."

The Seagull - 2/20/2008

Classic Stage Company will continue its 40th anniversary season with two-time Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest and Tony Award winner Alan Cumming starring in Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, beginning performances Wednesday, February 20 at Classic Stage Company (136 East 13th Street). The official opening is Thursday, March 13. The Seagull will play a limited engagement through Sunday, March 30. The production will be directed by Viacheslav Dolgachev

The Seagull will be performed Tuesday through Fridays at 8:00; Saturdays at 2:00 and 8:00 and Sundays at 3:00. For tickets and information, visit or call (866) 811-4111, or (212) 352-3101, or visit the CSC box-office at 136 East 13th Street, Monday through Friday 12 pm to 6 pm.

Sunday in the Park with George - 2/21/2008

Sunday in the Park with George will begin previews on January 25, 2008 and open officially February 21, 2008 at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th Street). This will be a limited engagement.

"The Georges Seurat painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, is the inspiration for this compelling musical fantasy which celebrates the art of creation and the creation of art," describe press notes, "The first half of Sunday in the Park with George, set in 1884, sees the painting and its rich comic tapestry come to life in a world where, for Georges, art comes before love, before everything. In the second half, set in 1980s New York, we see the great grandson of Georges and his search for inspiration amongst the unfolding world of contemporary art."

Jenna Russell (Dot/Marie) and Daniel Evans (George) star, with Michael Cumpsty (Jules/Bob), Alexander Gemignani (Boatman/Dennis) and Jessica Molaskey (Yvonne/Naomi) with Mary Beth Peil (Old Lady/Blair). The Menier Chocolate Factory's Olivier Award winning production is directed by Sam Buntrock with musical staging by Christopher Gattelli.

The cast will also include Ed Dixon (Mr. Charles), Santino Fontana (Soldier/Alex), Kelsey Fowler (Louise), Jessica Grove (Celeste #2/Silent Artist), Alison Horowitz (Louise), Stacie Morgain Lewis (Frieda/Betty), Drew McVety (Louis/Billy), Anne Nathan (Nurse/Mrs. Harriet), Brynn O'Malley (Celeste #1), David Turner (Franz/Lee).

Tickets are available at Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at or at the Studio 54 Box Office (254 West 54th Street). Through ACCESS Roundabout, 100 tickets will be available for the first preview performance (January 25) for only $10 each. Sunday in the Park with George will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2PM.

The Fifth Column - 2/26/2008

Mint Theater Company will present the long-delayed premiere production of The Fifth Column by Ernest Hemingway—not the dramatization of a novel or story—but a drama written for the stage by one of America's most celebrated authors. Performances begin February 26th, and continue through May 4th.

Mint Artistic Director Jonathan Bank directs a cast that includes James Andreassi, Heidi Armbruster, Kelly AuCoin, Ryan Duncan, Ronald Guttman, John Hayden, Joe Hickey, Carlos Lopez, Ned Noyes, Maria Parra, Joe Rayome, Nicole Shalhoub and Teresa Yenque.

"The Fifth Column is the dramatic, sexy and surprisingly funny story of the private and political passions of Philip Rawlings, a counter-espionage agent working for the Republic during the Spanish Civil War. At the heart of the play is a romance between Rawlings and Dorothy Bridges, a journalist in over her head professionally and head-over-her-heels personally. Against a backdrop of treachery and danger, Dorothy and Philip take solace in each other's arms and dream of peace—a dream that threatens Rawlings's commitment to the cause," press notes say.

Beginning on February 26th 2008, Mint Theater Company will present, for the first-time ever, The Fifth Column as it was originally written—a vibrant, original and compelling drama by a distinct and important American voice.

The Fifth Column will take place on the 3rd Floor of 311 West 43rd Street, beginning February 26th. For more information, visit

The Color Purple - Closing - 2/24/2008

The Color Purple will play its final performance on Sunday, February 24, 2008 at 7:30pm, after playing 30 preview performances and 910 regular performances at the Broadway Theatre. Now in its third year on Broadway, The Color Purple recouped its entire $11 million investment in its first year on Broadway, having grossed over $103,000,000.

The Fantasticks- Closing - 2/24/2008

The Off-Broadway musical revival of The Fantasticks will play its final performance on Sunday, February 24, 2008 at 7PM at the Snapple Theatre Center's Jerry Orbach Theater (210 West 50th). Written by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, The Fantasticks will have played 27 preview and 628 regular performances.

Gino Vannelli @ Flamingo - 2/22/2008

One of the standout vocalists of the 70s and 80s was Montreal-born Gino Vannelli, who achieved stardom with ten Billboard hit singles including "People Gotta Move", "I Just Wanna Stop", "Living Inside Myself", and "Black Cars." This May, this talented singer/songwriter returns to the Strip for a limited engagement at Flamingo Las Vegas.

Showing at: Flamingo Showroom (located inside Flamingo) 3555 Las Vegas Boulevard South

Purchase Tickets for Gino Vannelli at the Flamingo: February 22-23 at 7:30pm Starting At: $76.00 Las Vegas, NV 89109

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Gino Vannelli @ Flamingo - 2/23/2008

One of the standout vocalists of the 70s and 80s was Montreal-born Gino Vannelli, who achieved stardom with ten Billboard hit singles including "People Gotta Move", "I Just Wanna Stop", "Living Inside Myself", and "Black Cars." This May, this talented singer/songwriter returns to the Strip for a limited engagement at Flamingo Las Vegas.

Showing at: Flamingo Showroom (located inside Flamingo) 3555 Las Vegas Boulevard South Las Vegas, NV 89109 Purchase Tickets for Gino Vannelli at the Flamingo: February 22-23 at 7:30pm Starting At: $76.00

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Les Miserables - Chicago - 2/20/2008

The legendary musical Les Miserables will make its highly anticipated premiere at The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive. Preview performances begin February 13th, the opening is February 20th, and the show runs through May 11th, 2008. Having established a national reputation for launching Broadway musicals into the regional market, The Marriott Theatre is one of only five theatres chosen to produce this epic musical post-Broadway. The sweeping tale of Les Miserables features a book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, and music by Claude-Michel Schönberg.

Based on Victor Hugo's classic novel, Les Miserables travels through three turbulent decades of 19th century France. Full of romance, passion, suspense and humanity, it is the story of one man, the fugitive Jean Valjean, who is pitted against the self-righteous Inspector Javert in a lifelong struggle to evade capture. Les Miserables is the winner of over 50 international theater awards, including eight 1987 Tony Awards (two of which were for Best Musical and Best Score). The musical has been translated into 21 different languages, and has been seen by more than 51 million people worldwide.

Marriott has assembled a stellar cast led by John Cudia as Jean Valjean, Kathy Voytko as Fantine and Richard Todd Adams as Javert. Plus Michael Accardo, Amy Arbizzani, Kevin Barthel, John Campen, Arielle Leigh Dayan, Anna Eilinsfeld, Michael Gerhart, Cory Goodrich, John Haas, Will Higgins, George Keating, Jonathan Levy, Catherine Lord, Christine Mild, Abby Mueller, Matthew Nicholson, Jonah Rawitz, Matthew Schatz, Stephen Schellhardt, Elianna Kate Schnittman, Catherine Smitko, Emily Thompson and Joseph Tokarz.

The performance schedule for Les Miserables is Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $45.00, excluding tax and handling fees. A $5.00 discount for students and seniors is valid for Wednesday matinees and both Sunday performances. Box Office at 847.634.0200 or visit

Endgame - 2/22/2008

San Francisco's critically acclaimed, cutting-edge Cutting Ball Theater continues its 2008 season with Samuel Beckett's Endgame. Rob Melrose, Cutting Ball's co-founding Artistic Director, directs this modern take on one of Beckett's most important works.

With a uniquely San Franciscan bent (all of the action takes place in a run-down Victorian house), Cutting Ball's production of Endgame follows the attacks and parries of the world's last four remaining inhabitants, two of whom dwell in trash cans. A profound, introspective look at the game that man constantly plays and in which he is always checkmated, this absurdist masterpiece examines civilization as it is about to end, and explores what can happen when there are very few people left.

Starring David Sinaiko (Taming of the Shrew, Woyzeck, Macbeth, As You Like It), Avery Monsen (Taming of the Shrew), Paul Gerrior (As You Like It, Roberto Zucco), and Maureen Coyne (Risk is This), Endgame runs February 22 through March 16 at Traveling Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida St. (between 17th and Mariposa) in San Francisco. For tickets ($15-30) and more information, the public may visit or call 800-838-3006.

The performance runs February 22 - March 16, 2008, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 5pm at Traveling Jewish Theatre 470 Florida St. (between 17th and Mariposa).

Des Moines - Reading - 2/26/2008

Evenstar Films (Jesus' Son) will present free staged readings of Des Moines, a new play by acclaimed author Denis Johnson, winner of the 2007 National Book Award for Tree of Smoke. Directed by Will Patton, it will be presented for five performances beginning February 26 at The Flea Theater.

"In a seedy apartment on the edge of Des Moines, an unlikely assortment of people come together for an impromptu party that takes them, by the evening's end, on a dam bursting ride down a stream-of-consciousness deluge. Downing depth chargers and singing karaoke, they struggle with the strange and unholy trinity of life, death, and sex," explain press notes.

The cast for Des Moines will include LaTonya Borsay, Emily McDonnell, Deirdre O'Connell, and Will Patton.

Des Moines runs February 26 - March 1, Tuesday - Saturday at 9pm. The Flea Theater, is located at 41 White Street. Tickets are free, but you must make a reservation in advance by calling 212-219-2020.

Jamie DeRoy @ Metropolitan Room - 2/20/2008

Join celebrated cabaret performer Jamie DeRoy when she celebrates "Oscar" with an evening featuring Academy Award-winning songs and winners as the theme of her Multi MAC Award-winning variety show, Jamie DeRoy & friends on Wednesday, February 20 at 7:30PM at the New York hotspot The Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street – between 5th & 6th Avenues).

Jamie DeRoy & friends at Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street /between 5th and 6th Avenues) has a $25 cover charge plus a two beverage minimum. For reservations, please call (212) 206-0440. Program is subject to change.

Ian Adam Memorial Concert - 2/24/2008

On Sunday 24 February 2008, over 50 celebrities from the worlds of stage and screen will pay tribute to the life and achievements of world-leading vocal coach, Ian Adam, who sadly passed away in May 2007. Ian believed that he could teach anyone to sing and proceeds from the event will go towards a project called 'Singing for Breathing' that aims to help patients with respiratory problems at Royal Brompton Hospital, where Ian was treated for many years.

The concert, entitled "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" is directed and staged by Gillian Lynne and will take place at Her Majesty's Theatre on Haymarket in London. Those paying tribute to Ian on the night will include Sir Roger Moore, Jeremy Irons, Helena Bonham Carter, Elaine Page, Wayne Sleep, Bonnie Langford and Gloria Hunniford to name but a few. Singer, Peter French, is producing the concert and will also appear alongside the stellar cast.

Tickets are now on sale for "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" and can be purchased via the See Tickets website at or by calling 0844 412 4657.

Summer Strallen Joins The Sound of Music - 2/26/2008

From February 26, the worlds of theatre and television collide in a unique life imitating art event as Summer Strallen, from Channel 4's hit soap "Hollyoaks,"takes over as Maria in The Sound of Music at the London Palladium.

The Sound of Music is booking until October 18, 2008. Performance times at the London Palladium are at 7:30PM on Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturdays, with Tuesday performances at 7PM, and Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2:30PM. Tickets, priced from £25.00 - £55.00 including all booking fees, are available from the London Palladium Box Office on 0870 890 1108 or at

Lustre - 2/20/2008

Justin Bond – the Tony nominee beneath the glamous Kiki of Kiki and Herb – will team with Our Lady J (aka Jonnah Speidel), Nathan Carrera, Glenn Marla and The Pixe Harlots for gender-bending fun in Lustre at Performing Space 122 beginning February 20.

Lustre, a "heady mix of glamour, gender queer cabaret, and sexy provocation" is music-directed by Our Lady J and will run February 20 through March 9 at PS 122. Show time is 8:30PM with 11PM extra performances added on Saturday evenings.

Tickets are available at or call 212-352-3101. The CSV Cultural Center is located at 107 Suffolk Street.

Chard Doreck @ Cutting Room - 2/21/2008

Chad Doreck who currently stars in the hit off-Broadway musical Altar Boyz will be making his New York solo musical debut at the Cutting Room on February 21 at 10:30PM.

Chad, a talented funk singer and song writer, will perform from his forthcoming debut project "Awake and Sing." His album is inspired by the albums of Stevie Wonder, Prince, Michael Jackson, Al Green and Quincy Jones. On "Awake and Sing," He is backed by a band of veteran musicians that have played not only for the artists he grew up listening to but also for legendary bands and artists such as Rufus, Mariah Carey, Dizzie Gillespie, Tower of Power, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson and many others. C Tickets to the Cutting Room gig are $10 and they can be purchased by calling 212 691 1900 or

20@20 - 2/25/2008

20@20 Returns! Beginning Tuesday February 25 and continuing through Sunday, March 9, some Off-Broadway shows will offer seats still available twenty minutes before the curtain, for only $20 when purchased at the box office (cash only at some venues; some restrictions may apply) for over twenty shows. Go to for a complete list of participating shows, venues and special offers. Or call toll-free 1-877-4-20at20 (420-2820).

All tickets subject to availability; restrictions may apply; offer valid only at the box office on the day of the performance 20 minutes prior to the curtain of the show you wish to see; offer may be revoked at any time; not valid on prior sale; can not be combined with any other offers; valid only February 25 through and including March 9, 2008.


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