Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 2/26/2008

Below is's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 2/26/2008. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit's Event Calendar.

Tir Na Nog (Land of Youth) - 3/1/2008

Magic Theatre, the premiere home for new plays, announces its 2007-08 Season of six world premiere productions. Opening September 2007 and running through June 2008, the season brings together Magic Theatre veterans and Bay Area newcomers with a compelling mix of theatrical storytelling.

Subscriptions and pass memberships are available for Magic Theatre's 2007-2008 Season. Six-play subscriptions range from $120 to $240 with flexible six-ticket passes from $144 to $264. Under-30 theatregoers can take advantage of the 3/30 Magic Theatre's 2007-08 Season presents:

Tir Na Nog (Land of Youth) A World Premiere Play with Music by Edna O'Brien directed by Artistic Director Chris Smith February 23 – March 23, 2008 Opening: March 1 at 8PM

A dynamically theatrical adaptation of O'Brien's acclaimed novel The Country Girls. With live music, dance and uniquely lush language, this coming of age play follows two girls who make their way from rural Ireland to Dublin.

I Am My Own Wife - Closing - 3/2/2008

The New Conservatory Theatre Center has announced a diverse array of productions for Pride Season 2007-08.

Season subscriptions for Pride Season 2007-08 range from $140 to $280. This year, NCTC introduces a New Audience Flex Pass for ages 18-25, which includes all nine Pride Season productions for only $75, with a valid ID. Returning subscribers may purchase subscriptions for Pride Season 2007-2008 beginning April 2, and subscriptions will be available for new subscribers starting May 7.

Single tickets are $20-$40 and go on sale July 5, 2006. Season samplers (three-show subscriptions) range from $50-100. Single tickets and subscription packages are available through the NCTC Box Office at 415-861-8972 Wednesday through Saturday, 1:30-7PM, and Sunday through Tuesday, Noon-3PM. Tickets and subscriptions may also be purchased online at Student rush tickets may be purchased for $15 with a valid student ID at the NCTC box office two hours before the performance.

The New Conservatory Theatre Center is located at 25 Van Ness Avenue, near Market Street.

I Am My Own Wife January 25 – March 2, 2008 Drama Written by Doug Wright Walker Theatre

Based on a true story, the Tony Award-winning I am My Own Wife tells the fascinating tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a German transvestite who managed to survive both the Nazi onslaught and the repressive East German Communist regime.

Disney's High School Musical - National Tour - 3/2/2008

The Disney Channel Smash is LIVE and on Tour! Starring Broadway's Ron Bohmer February 19 - March 2 Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

Bobby Cronin @ The Duplex - 3/2/2008

There will be in concert on March 2nd at 9:30pm at the Duplex featuring the songs from composer/writer Bobby Cronin. There is $10 cover and a 2 drink minimum.

"Welcome to my Life" the music and lyrics of Bobby Cronin, opens a door into the mind of rising composer/writer Bobby Cronin whose works include: B.R.A.T.T. Camp, A Christmas Carol, From this Day Forward: A Schwartz Journey, That's Andy, Personals, and his latest book: Revival. Featured performers include: Marty Thomas, Kristy Cates, Brad Bass, Kathy Dritch, Michael Buchanan, Kate Lopres, Ashley Marie Spencer, Adam Fleming, Kate Pazakis, Tony Holds, Ryan Weiss, Anne Brummel, Robyn Elizbeth, Lee Jenn Furman and Anna Ty Bergman with musical direction by Justin Hatchimonji. The Duplex is located at 61 Christopher Street.

Jersey Boys - UK - 2/28/2008

Jersey Boys, the award-winning Broadway musical, will open in London's West End at the Prince Edward Theatre on Tuesday, March 18 2008, following previews from February 28.

The musical "is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons – Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi – and how this group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American and International pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were thirty."

The show is written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe. The London production will be staged by the entire original Broadway creative team, led by director Des McAnuff and choreographer Sergio Trujillo. The show has scenic design by Klara Zieglerova, costume design by Jess Goldstein, lighting by Howell Binkley, sound by Steve Canyon Kennedy and projections design by Michael Clark. The orchestrations are by Steve Orich and the music direction and vocal arrangements by Ron Melrose.

The show won four 2006 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and continues to play to standing room only at the August Wilson Theatre. It is the winner of the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.

Performance times at the Prince Edward Theatre will be 7.30pm Mondays-Saturdays, with Tuesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets, priced from £20.00-£60.00, are available from the Prince Edward Theatre Box Office on 0844 482 5151 or online at

The Box Office for Jersey Boys at the Prince Edward Theatre in London opens on 11 July 2007. Visit for more information.

A Hatful of Rain - 2/29/2008

A play by Michael V. Gazzo. Through March 30. Vagabond Players. 806 S. Broadway Baltimore, MD 21231 or 410-563-9135.

South Pacific - 3/1/2008

Lincoln Center Theater has announced casting for the two lead roles in its upcoming production of the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical South Pacific. The Tony Award nominated singer-actress Kelli O'Hara will star as Ensign Nellie Forbush and internationally acclaimed baritone Paulo Szot will make his Broadway debut as Emile de Becque. Performances begin Saturday, March 1 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Opening night is Thursday, April 3.

Based on James Michener's "Tales of the South Pacific," South Pacific has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein and a book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan. For more information visit

Dead Man's Cell Phone - 3/4/2008

Playwrights Horizons presents the New York premiere of Dead Man's Cell Phone, a new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl. Directed by two-time Obie Award winner Anne Bogart, the production will begin previews on Friday, February 8 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street). Opening Night is set for Tuesday, March 4 at 7PM.

Mary-Louise Parker joins previously-announced cast member, Tony Award nominee Kathleen Chalfant.

"Dead Man's Cell Phone Gordon is dead, but his cell phone lives on. When Jean, an empathetic museum worker, answers his ringing phone beside her in a café, she is soon playing unwitting comforter and confessor to the man's grieving friends and family," describe press notes, "Before she knows it, Jean is ensnarled in the underbelly of the dead man's bizarre life. A wildly imaginative new comedy, Dead Man's Cell Phone is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her assumptions about morality, redemption and the need to connect in a technology-obsessed world."

The performance schedule for Dead Man's Cell Phone will be Tuesdays through Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2:30PM & 8PM and Sundays at 2:30PM & 7:30 PM. Subscriptions are now available to guarantee seats to Dead Man's Cell Phone. Single tickets will go on sale December 28. For subscription and ticket information to all Playwrights Horizons productions, call Ticket Central 212-279-4200, Noon to 8PM daily, or purchase online at the Playwrights Horizons website at

Passing Strange - 2/28/2008

Passing Strange, an original narrative musical which made its acclaimed and extended engagement at the Public Theatre last summer, will arrive on Broadway in February 8, 2008 at the Belasco Theatre; officially opening February 28, 2008.

Performance dates and tickets (on-sale through Telecharge) will be available shortly. The Belaso Theatre is located at 111 West 44th Street, New York.

Passing Strange is a new rock musical by singer/songwriter and performance artist Stew and Heidi Rodewald.

"Passing Strange takes musical theatre on a whole new trip," state press notes, "Stew, a popular performer at Joe's Pub, was commissioned by The Public and Berkeley Rep to develop this moving and hilarious story of a young black bohemian in search of self and home who charts a course for "the real" through sex, drugs, and rock and roll...It's a quirky journey from L.A. to authenticity, crossing boundaries of place, identity, and theatrical convention on the way."

Broadway by the Year 1947 - 3/3/2008

The Town Hall, Times Square's landmark concert venue, is pleased to announce its own 2008 season lineup.

All tickets for The Town Hall shows are available through TicketMaster, 212-307-4100, or, or by visiting the Town Hall Box Office between noon and 6 PM (except Sundays) at 123 West 43rd Street, 212-840-2824 or visit

Monday, March 3 at 8pm – Broadway By The Year - Broadway Musicals of 1947

Created, written and hosted for The Town Hall by Scott Siegel, The Broadway By The Year series takes the audience on a musical travelogue through the best of the Great White Way for the year 1947, featuring the hottest talents in Broadway and cabaret. This program features music from Street Scene, Finian's Rainbow, Brigadoon, High Button Shoes, Allegro, and more! Musical Direction is by Ross Patterson. Single tickets available beginning January 3.

Luba Mason @ Metropolitan Room - 2/27/2008

Luba Mason's "Collage" Tour is back by popular demand at the Metropolitan Room in New York February 27 – March 3. Drawing from her Slovak roots, classical training, Broadway background and integrated pop, jazz and Latin rhythms' sensibility, Luba Mason has created a debut recording that accurately reflects her high energy and eclectic nature. Visit after January 1st to reveal an all new website and Spring 2008 tour schedule.

Luba Mason returns to The Metropolitan Room with "Collage" on February 27, 29 and March 1 at 7:30PM, March 2 and 3 at 9:30PM. Tickets (212) 206-0440 or visit

Barbara Cook @ Cafe Carlyle - 3/4/2008

Barbara Cook, who recently celebrated her 80th birthday with concerts in London, Los Angeles and most recently with the New York Philharmonic, returns to Cafe Carlyle on Tuesday, March 4 (playing through April 12) to present an all new program. This six-week engagement will mark Ms. Cook's 27th appearance in the venue. The performance schedule for Ms. Cook will be as follows: Tuesday – Thursday at 8:45 p.m. - $90 music charge; Friday- Saturday at 8:45 p.m. - $125 music charge; Saturday at 10:45 p.m.- $100 music charge.

Café Carlyle is located within The Carlyle Hotel (35 East 76th Street @ Madison Avenue). For reservations, please call (212) 744-1600 or visit

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

A Steady Rain - 3/4/2008

Seasoned New York producers Frank Gero, Jono Gero and Ray Gaspard are teaming together to present the Chicago Dramatists' critically acclaimed production of Keith Huff's new play, A STEADY RAIN. Preview February 27, open March 4 with performances currently on sale through April 27 at the Royal George Studio Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted, Chicago. The highly praised cast and artistic team will remain the same.

A STEADY RAIN explores love and rage on the streets of Chicago, as a routine domestic disturbance call sends two Chicago cops, Denny (Randy Steinmeyer) and Joey (Peter DeFaria), on a harrowing journey that will test their loyalties and change their lives forever.

The performance schedule for A STEADY RAIN is Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Ticket prices range from $30 to $45. All tickets for police officers, firefighters and other uniformed personnel are $25 and available with the appropriate ID. Student and senior discounts are also available. Tickets can be purchased at the Royal George Box Office, 1641 N. Halsted, Chicago, or by phone at 312.988.9000. Tickets can also be purchased through Ticketmaster, 312.902.1500, or all Ticketmaster ticket centers. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are available by calling Group Theater Tix at (312) 423-6612 or visiting

George Lopez at The Las Vegas Hilton - 2/29/2008

George Lopez is one of the premier comedic talents in the entertainment industry today. A star of stage, film and television, Lopez has been praised by audiences and critics alike. He is the co-creator, writer, producer and star of ABC's hot comedy "George Lopez." His comedic talents have also earned him spots on HBO and Showtime films as well as TV appearances including "The Tonight Show," "Good Morning America," "The View" and "Live with Regis and Kelly." Must be 21 to attend.

Showing at:

Hilton Theater (located inside Las Vegas Hilton) 3000 South Paradise Road Las Vegas, NV 89109

Purchase Tickets for George Lopez at The Las Vegas Hilton: February 29-March 1, August 1-2 and November 7-8 at 8pm Starting At: $73.00

Kenny Wayne Shepherd @ Orleans - 2/29/2008

Kenny Wayne Shepherd has sold millions of albums worldwide, with two Grammy nominations, three consecutive number one Blues albums, a string of number one Mainstream Rock singles and two Billboard Music Awards. He was also awarded the 1998 and 2001 Orville H. Gibson Awards for Best Blues Guitarist.

Showing at: Orleans Showroom (located inside Orleans) 4500 West Tropicana Avenue Las Vegas, NV 89103

Purchase Tickets for Kenny Wayne Shepherd at the Orleans: February 29th to March 2nd at 8pm Starting At: $39.00

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Our Country's Good - 2/28/2008

Folding Chair Classical Theatre will present Our Country's Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker, for a limited run, February 28 – March 22 at the 78th Street Theatre Lab. Folding Chair's Artistic Director, Marcus Geduld, will direct.

"Our Country's Good is based on a real, historical event. In the late 18th Century, England used far-away Australia as a penal colony. Some of the convicts decided to act in a play and The Recruiting Officer, a Restoration Comedy by George Farquhar, became the first play ever performed in Australia. Our Country's Good, which is based on 'The Playmaker,' a novel by Thomas Keneally (Schindler's List), tells the story of the casting, rehearsals and performance of The Recruiting Officer," explain press notes. First produced by the Royal Court Theatre, Our Country's Good won the Olivier Award in 1988 and was later nominated for a Tony Award.

Performances are February 28 through March 22. Show times are Thursdays – Saturdays at 8PM; Sundays March 16 & 23 at 2PM.

78th Street Theatre Lab is located at 236 West 78th Street. Tickets ($19) are available at SmartTix 212-868-4444 or visit

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.

Man-Made - 3/2/2008

Creation Production Company will present the world premiere of Susan Mosakowski's full-length drama Man-Made, which she will also direct. Man-Made will be presented at the Ohio Theatre, 66 Wooster Street (between Spring and Broome Streets). Previews begin February 29, and the official Opening Night will be Sunday, March 2 at 7PM. Performances will run through Saturday, March 22.

"Man-Made is about the first bio-genetically engineered woman, Eugenie Doe. Mosakowski's provocative drama takes us on an exploration of human evolution and adaptation channeled through the discoveries of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, the Creature in Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein,' and finally to the current experiments in biotechnology. Survival is pitched against the rigid morality of the nineteenth century, and later in the twenty-first century when the tyranny of organized religion and corporate America threaten to halt science," explain press notes.

The seven-member company will be headed by OBIE Award-winner James Himelsbach as Charles Darwin. Also featured will be: Bryant Bradshaw (The Creature), Kate Hall (Mary Shelley), Eva Patton (Emma Darwin), Richard Prioleau (Thursday), Michael Kevin Ryan (Alfred Russel Wallace), and Amelia Workman (Eugenie Doe).

The complete performance schedule for Man-Made (February 29 through March 22) will be: Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 7:00 p.m. There will be no performance on Sunday, March 16. Tickets will be $18.00. Student tickets will be $15.00 (at the door only). The box office number for reservations is 212-868-4444 or visit

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

Good Medicine - UCLA - 2/29/2008

On Friday February 29 at 8PM, for one night only at UCLA's Royce Hall, Tony Award-winners Audra McDonald and Sara Ramirez, and Loretta Devine, will headline Good Medicine – a musical event with the casts of television series "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice."

Almost all of the stars of these two popular television series will participate, and the evening will include musical performances by Paul Adelstein, Amy Brenneman, Tim Daly, T.R. Knight, Chris Lowell, James Pickens, Gina Taylor-Pickens and Chandra Wilson.

There will be a single performance of Good Medicine on Friday, February 29 at UCLA's Royce Hall at 8PM. Justin Chambers, Eric Dane, Taye Diggs, Katherine Heigl, Chyler Leigh, Sandra Oh, Ellen Pompeo, Brooke Smith, Kadee Strickland, Shonda Rhimes and Kate Walsh are participating in the program.

Tickets priced at $100 are on pre-sale to Goldstar ( members only. Membership is free, log onto and become a member to take advantage of this pre-sale. Remaining tickets will be available beginning Sunday, February 17 by calling the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310-825-2101, or through Ticketmaster at 213.365.3500, online at, or by visiting a Ticketmaster outlet.

Peter Grimes @ The Met - 2/28/2008

Peter Grimes, Benjamin Britten's haunting theatrical masterpiece, returns to the Met on Thursday, February 28 at 7:30PM, in a new production directed by John Doyle. The run of seven performances ends on Monday, March 24.

Doyle makes his Met debut along with set designer, Scott Pask, and costume designer, Ann Hould-Ward. Peter Mumford is the lighting designer. Donald Runnicles conducts a cast that includes Anthony Dean Griffey in one of opera's most demanding title roles, Patricia Racette as the kindhearted Ellen Orford, and Anthony Michaels-Moore as Balstrode.

Performances are Thursday February 28 at 7PM; Monday Monday March 3 at 8PM; Friday March 7 at 8PM; Tuesday March 11 at 8PM; Saturday March 15 at 1:30PM; Thursday March 20 at 8PM; and Monday March 24 at 8PM.

Peter Grimes will be heard by millions of people around the world this season in movie theaters, on the radio, and via the internet, through distribution platforms the Met has established with various media partners. The production premiere will be broadcast live on Sirius Satellite Radio and will also be available via RealNetworks internet streaming at the Met's web site, Sirius will also carry a live broadcast of the performance on Monday, March 24 at 8PM. As previously mentioned, the Saturday matinee performance on March 15 at 1:30PM, in addition to being transmitted live in HD into movie theaters around the world, will be broadcast live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.

NEO Spotlight Series: Adam Gwon & Timothy Huang - 3/3/2008

February 19, 2008 – The award-winning York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director) is proud to announce the inauguration of the NEO Spotlight Concert series, which will showcase songs by emerging writers in musical theatre. The first four concerts scheduled in this series will feature songs by Adam Gwon and Timothy Huang (March 3), Amanda Green (March 10), Joe Iconis (April 21), and the team of Robert Bartley and Danny Whitman (May 12). All performances will be on Mondays at 7:30 PM at the Theatre at Saint Peter's, 619 Lexington Avenue (on 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). All tickets are $20. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

The York's Artistic Director, James Morgan, said, "The concept for this new series came out of York's NEO Benefit Concerts—which celebrate New, Emerging and Outstanding musical theatre writers. We've presented three of these concerts since 2003—and are currently planning our fourth—and we wanted to find a way to expand on that idea, by providing a forum for new writers to present works in progress, songs they have in their trunks or songs from shows that haven't gotten the attention they deserve." Unlike York's Developmental Reading Series, which features new musicals on stage—often for the first time, the NEO Spotlight Series will offer writers the chance to showcase a variety of songs from different shows, as well as stand-alone songs that were not written with any particular show in mind.

DGUR RETURNS!!!!!!!!!!!! - 3/1/2008

David Gurland RETURNS TO THE Laurie Beechman FOR Best of 07 Concerts 2 Nights, 2 musical Directors 2 completely different shows The first show Saturday, March 1st at 7:00 p.m.

MARCH 1ST: MOSTLY COUNTRY WITH A MADONNA CHASER Featuring musical Director Tim DiPasqua and special guest star Lisa Asher. at The Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe 407 W 42nd Street (@9th) - - 212-695-6909 Reservations Recommended $16 cover, $15 food/drink minimum - credit cards accepted

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