Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 2/4/2007

Below is BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 2/4/2007. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit BroadwayWorld.com's Event Calendar.

The Circle - ACT - 2/4/2007

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

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

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

Bryan Batt @ Metropolitan Room - 2/4/2007

Bryan Batt, who has been performing his one-man show to sold-out audiences in his hometown of New Orleans, will now bring his one-man show to New York. His show, titled "Bryan Batt: Live at the Met!," will be performed on February 4th and the 7th at the 9:30PM at the Metropolitan Room.

According to notes, the show is "a clever mix of Broadway and popular ballads and comic turns both familiar and entertainingly obscure. Be prepared for some serious fun with his theatrical/humorous take on the world and stories of his life . . . half fast lived!"

Bryan Batt has appeared in nine Broadway productions, as well as over a dozen plays Off-Broadway, in Los Angeles and in regional theatre. He has played Munkustrap in Cats and Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, among other roles. He was most recently seen on Broadway in La Cage aux Folles. Batt has also appeared on several television shows including 'Rescue Me', 'Law and Order: Criminal Intent' and 'The Cosby Show.'

The musical director for "Bryan Batt: Live at the Met!" will be Michael Lavine.

The Metropolitan Room at Gotham is located on 34 West 22nd St. Between 5th and 6th Ave. Call 212-206-0440. There is a $25 cover charge and a two-drink minimum. Visit www.metropolitanroom.com for more information.

The Teapot Scandals - Chicago - 2/4/2007

Porchlight Music Theatre is proud to present The Teapot Scandals, a world premiere musical comedy. The Teapot Scandals previews January 25, opens Sunday, February 4 at 6 p.m., and runs through March 10 at Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont. Steve Scott, Associate Producer at The Goodman Theatre, will direct.

The Teapot Scandals is a hilarious musical vaudeville loosely based on the scandalous administration of former president Warren Harding. In the style of the George White Scandals of the roaring '20s, the zany characters of Harding's personal and political life come together to validate his tenure as leader of our nation. Replete with showgirls, magic acts, presidential infidelities, a domineering first lady, and a cabinet full of corrupt self-serving politicos, The Teapot Scandals of 1923 is a surprisingly relevant tale of an oft-repeated cycle of mayhem and corruption in American politics.

Written and composed by Porchlight Artistic Associate and multiple Jeff Citation and After Dark Award winning playwright Jon Steinhagen, The Teapot Scandals was developed from an original idea through several workshops and staged readings produced by Off the Porch, Porchlight Music Theatre's new musical development program. The Teapot Scandals was a finalist in the 2006 National Alliance of Musical Theatre Festival and received a Producer/Writer's Initiative grant from N.A.M.T.

The Teapot Scandals stars Elic Bramlett as Edwin Denby, Brandon Dahlquist as Warren Gamaliel Harding, Elizabeth Dowling as Evalyn McLean, Scott Gryder as Jess Smith, Elizabeth Haley as Florence Klint Harding, Sara Hayes as Madame Marcia, Tawney Newsome as Carrie Phillips, Marc Pera as Albert Fall, Michael Rosenblum as Harry Daugherty, Tom Shea as Harry Sinclair, and Melissa Zimmerman as Nan Britton.

The artistic team for The Teapot Scandals is led by Director Steve Scott, with Musical Direction by Nick Sula, Choreography by Brenda Didier, Scenic Design by Kevin Depinet, Costume Design by Carol J. Blanchard, Lighting Design by Jarrod Moore and Sound Design by Kevin Carney.

About Porchlight Music Theatre

Porchlight Music Theatre, originally founded in 1995 as Porchlight Theatre, has made a name for itself by producing engaging musicals with a focus on new works and inventive adaptations. A professional, not-for-profit organization, the company has staged 28 shows including four World Premieres and seven Chicago Premieres. The rapidly growing mid-sized theatre company has received 5 Jeff Awards as well as 13 Jeff Award nominations, 29 Joseph Jefferson Citation nominations, 11 Jeff Citations, and 20 After Dark Awards.

The performance schedule for The Teapot Scandals is Thursdays at 8pm, Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 6pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children, students, seniors and groups. There are also half price rush tickets for students the day of the show.

These two shows are presented by Porchlight Music Theatre at the Theatre Building, 1225 W. Belmont in Chicago. Tickets for both shows are currently on sale, and can be purchased in person at The Theatre Building Chicago box office (773-327-5252) or any Ticketmaster Ticket Center (312-902-1500), and online at www.ticketmaster.com. Discounted tickets are available for students, seniors and groups. For group tickets, call 312-423-6612.

The Leading Men @ Birdland - 2/5/2007

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 5 at 7pm - $50/$75 - "Leading Men II"

"Some of the most dazzling performers in New York City will storm the Birdland stage in this benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The evening will be hosted by John Tartaglia, the Tony-nominated star of Avenue Q. Performers will include Tom Andersen (MAC Award winner); Jim Caruso (Jim Caruso's Cast Party); Matt Cavenaugh (Grey Gardens); Tim Di Pasqua (Bistro Award winner); Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening); David Gurland (Bistro Award winner); Telly Leung (Rent); Norm Lewis (Les Miserables); Perry Ojeda (On The Town); Daniel Reichard (Jersey Boys); Christopher Sieber (Spamalot), Ben Strothmann (Playbill Yearbook, BroadwayWorld photographer), Jim Walton (Merrily We Roll Along) and John Lloyd Young (Jersey Boys). Seth Rudetsky will be musical director, Alan Muraoka directs, and Wayman Wong, who writes 'The Leading Men' column for Playbill.com, produces."

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

Baby - LA - 2/5/2007

Tony Award-winner Faith Prince will star as Arlene in the Reprise! Broadway's Best Marvelous Musical Monday production of Baby.

Presented as the second production of the Los Angeles series' 10th season, Baby -with book by Sybille Pearson, music by David Shire and lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. - will perform one night only, Monday, February 5 at 8:00pm at the Freud Playhouse at UCLA. Broadway's Kevin Chamberlin (Chicago, Seussical) will direct.

Prince was recently seen on the Showtimes series "Huff." She will also be seen in the upcoming independent film Our Very Own, with Allison Janney and Cheryl Hines, and opposite Hilary and Haily Duff in their feature film Material Girls. Prince won a Tony for playing Miss Adelaide in the 1992 Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls, for which she also won the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards. She was nominated for two other Tonys for her portrayal of Ella Peterson in the revival of Bells Are Ringing and for Jerome Robbins' Broadway. On television, Prince appeared for five seasons on "Spin City," and has also been seen on "House," "Monk" and "Now and Again." Prince made an award winning cabaret debut at Joe's Pub in New York City, and the live recording. "A Leap Of Faith," is available on DRG Records.

Baby, which received 7 Tony Award nominations, "tells the story of three couples at different stages of their lives as they deal with the painful, rewarding and agonizingly funny consequences of having a child. This smart, energetic show with loads of charm has an hysterically insightful book and a tuneful, contemporary score of show-stopping numbers by David Shire and Richard Maltby, Jr. (Starting Here, Starting Now, Closer Than Ever and big, The Musical)," press materials state.

Single ticket prices are $60.00. Reprise! offers a $20.00 Student/Senior rush 15 minutes before showtime (subject to availability). For tickets, please call the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310/825-2101 or visit www.reprise.org.

Visit www.reprise.org for more on Reprise! Broadway's Best.

Kit and the Widow @ Joe's Pub - 2/5/2007

February 5th, Joan Rivers will introduce the stars of the Edinburgh Festival, Kit Hesketh and Richard Sisson, for Kit And The Widow at Joe's Pub. Hesketh-Harvey (baritone) and Sisson/The Widow (pianist) give People in the News an acid tongue-lashing with a witty flow of viscous parody songs and stories in, Kit And The Widow.

Kit And The Widow with Riveras plays February 5th, 7:00pm, at Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street (between East 4th and Astor Place) NYC; adjacent to The Public Theater. Tickets are $20 and are available by phone at 212-967-7555, online 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.

The show is being performed again at 11:30pm on February 9th, without Joan Rivers.

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.

For more information visit www.kitandthewidow.com

Inspired By - Benefit Concert - 2/5/2007

Inspired By... A Benefit Concert for ProjectExplorer Monday, Feb 5th 7pm - 10pm Gibson Entertainment Showroom, NYC

Scheduled to appear are: Angel Desai (Company), Aaron Lazar (The Light in The Piazza, Les Misérables), Erin Leigh Peck (Normal, Grease), Jamison Stern (By Jeeves), and Michael Winther (Mamma Mia, 1776, Songs From An Unmade Bed -- 2006 Drama Desk Nominee).

Additional names will be announced shortly.

Proceeds from the event will go to ProjectExplorer's 2007 South Africa film and multi-media project, which will introduce students globally to the country's long conflict and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the AIDS crisis, raising environmental awareness and the country rich ecosystems, and recent global initiatives to end extreme poverty. The project will also explore the country's rich culture by featuring film segments on South African theatre and playwrights, dance, cuisine, clothing, music, and other unique South African traditions.

Tickets are priced at $45 for General Admission/Standing Room. A limited number of VIP/Reserved Seating tickets are available for $85. Tickets at both levels include drinks throughout the evening.

Tickets may be purchased online at SmartTix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showCode=INS9.

For more information visit: http://www.projectexplorer.org/inspiredby/

Gibson Entertainment Showroom is located in New York City, at 421 W. 54th Street.

Just a Rumor - Reading - 2/5/2007

Tovah Feldshuh (Golda's Balcony), Joy Franz (Into The Woods), Jenny Galloway (Les Miserables) and Darrin Baker (Tarzan) are scheduled to appear in the Abingdon Theatre Company's reading of Just A Rumor, a new play by Gary Lyons and Doug DeVita, on Monday evening, February 5th as part of their "First Reading Series." "Rosalynne Buchanan and Graham Harris are two Hollywood legends whose dynamic on-screen chemistry sparked an off-screen affair lasting 25 years (think Hepburn and Tracy). In 1968, a few weeks after completing their latest film together, Graham Harris dies in the early hours of the morning in the house they both share. Rosalynne (Ross) has no choice but to inform Graham's wife Leslie of his death. What happens when Ross and Leslie meet for the first time is the premise of Just A Rumor, a play that explores the nature of love, celebrity, gossip, truth, and how to get a dead movie star out of the kitchen," according to press notes. The reading will take place on Monday, February 5th at 7:00pm in Abingdon's Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor. There is no admission charge and reservations are not necessary.

Drama League 22nd Gala Benefit Concert - 2/5/2007

On Monday, February 5, Joanna Gleason and Jim Dale will host an array of theater luminaries gathering to appear in "WHEN HOLLYWOOD MET BROADWAY: Great Songs from Stage and Screen," the 22nd annual gala benefit concert for The Drama League. This special one-night-only event begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Rainbow Room in New York City (30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor).

Directed by Matt August (…Grinch, Henry IV), "WHEN HOLLYWOOD MET BROADWAY" features musical direction by Matthew Ward and choreography by Dan Knechtges (…Spelling Bee), and will include performances from Rita Moreno (The Ritz), Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone), Ruthie Henshall (Chicago), Melissa Errico (Amour), Josh Strickland (Tarzan), Heather MacRae (Falsettos), Noah Racey (Curtains), Steven Brinberg (Simply Barbra), Megan Sikora (Curtains), Donna Vivino and Jill Abramowitz (Fame Becomes Me), Jared Bradshaw and Michael West (Forbidden Broadway: SVU), and Marilyn Michaels (Catskills on Broadway). Additional performers will be announced soon.

The performance is the highlight of the Drama League's annual black-tie benefit gala, which for the second time takes place at Rockefeller Center's breathtaking Rainbow Room. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception, silent auction and raffle, where guests can mingle with the performers while taking in the awe-inspiring views of Manhattan. The evening continues with an elegant seated dinner in the main dining room, followed by the performance.

Tickets for "WHEN HOLLYWOOD MET BROADWAY" are $600-$2,500, which includes the concert, a pre-gala cocktail reception and a full three-course dinner. Tables of ten start at $6,000. Dress is black tie.

To arrange tickets for "WHEN HOLLYWOOD MET BROADWAY" or for any additional information about The Drama League, please call Derek Travis Collard, The Drama League's Director of Special Events at (212) 244-9494, ext. 5.

For more information, please visit www.dramaleague.org

Sarah Brightman on Martha NBC - 2/5/2007

Sarah Brightman will appear on USA television in February.

On Monday, February 5th, she will chat with Martha Stewart on NBC's "Martha." To obtain airtimes and station info, please visit the show's official website.

Best known for her breakout role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, Sarah Brightman has sold over 25 million records, 2 million DVDs, and has played sold-out shows worldwide.

As always, please visit www.sarah-brightman.com and www.myspace.com/sarahbrightman for the latest info. Visit www.uktv.com and www.nbc.com for listings information.

Virginia Woolf - LA Tour - 2/6/2007

Ahmanson's 2006-2007 season will be five touring productions of Broadway hits: Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Feb. 6th-March 18th 2006), starring Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin

Some Men - 2/6/2007

Second Stage Theatre has announced three plays for its upcoming 2006-07 season.

The Scene, penned by Rebeck (The Family of Mann, Loose Knit, Spike Heels), will be presented from February 6 – April 1. A director has yet to be announced. "Using the surreal world of Manhattan party-goers as its background, The Scene is a shrewd and bitter comedy about the empty narcissism of American pop culture."

For subscription or ticket information, please call the Second Stage Box Office at 212-246-4422. All productions are staged at Second Stage Theatre, 307 West 43rd Street (just west of Eighth Avenue). Visit www.secondstagetheatre.com for more information.

The Scene - 2/6/2007

Second Stage Theatre has announced three plays for its upcoming 2006-07 season.

The Scene, penned by Rebeck (The Family of Mann, Loose Knit, Spike Heels), will be presented from February 6 – April 1. A director has yet to be announced. "Using the surreal world of Manhattan party-goers as its background, The Scene is a shrewd and bitter comedy about the empty narcissism of American pop culture."

For subscription or ticket information, please call the Second Stage Box Office at 212-246-4422. All productions are staged at Second Stage Theatre, 307 West 43rd Street (just west of Eighth Avenue). Visit www.secondstagetheatre.com for more information.

Dying City - 2/6/2007

Lincoln Center Theatre will present Dying City, a new play by Christopher Shinn, beginning performances Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street). Opening night is Monday, February 26.

Originally produced in London this spring at The Royal Court Theatre, "Dying City tells the story of Kelly, a young therapist whose husband dies while on military duty in Iraq. A year later, his identical twin brother arrives unexpectedly at Kelly's door, seeking solace -- and answers to the mystery of his brother's death," according to LCT notes on the show, which will be helmed by James MacDonald (New York Theater Workshop's A Number, Exiles at The National Theatre).

The cast of two and the designers for Dying City will be announced at a later date.

Shinn's plays, which include Four, Where Do We Live, What Didn't Happen, The Coming World and Other People, have been produced at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, the Vineyard Theatre, among others. He is the recipient of an Obie Award for Playwriting and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

This season, in addition to Dying City, Lincoln Center Theater will present The Clean House, a new play by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Bill Rauch, beginning performances Thursday, October 5 in the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. In the Vivian Beaumont Theater, LCT will present Tom Stoppard's trilogy The Coast of Utopia, directed by Jack O'Brien, beginning performances Tuesday, October 17.

Visit www.lincolncenter.org for more information.

Mamma Mia - Dublin - 2/6/2007

Following a successful run at the Point Theatre in 2004, the international tour of Mamma Mia! will return to the Point Theatre in Dublin for a limited 6-week run beginning 6 February, 2007.

The Frugal Repast - 2/7/2007

Abingdon Theatre Company (312 West 36th Street) will present Ron Hirsen's The Frugal Repast, a new play about a Picasso print that sets off a lively debate within the art world, will open on February 7, 2007. Previews begin January 26. Joe Grifasi directs. "Two impoverished circus performers – unknowingly the subjects of Picasso's limited edition print – see a copy on display in a Paris gallery. Their outrage at the great artist's invasion of their privacy (and their personal desperation) leads them to steal it. The ransom note asks for a thousand francs – and fuels Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas and other real-life significant art-world figures to debate what, exactly, is art's true value. A lively and inspiring new play selected for the 2004 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights and Musical Theatre Conference," according to press notes. Playwright Ron Hirsen, whose early plays have had readings at Wisdom Bridge and the Goodman Theatre in his native Chicago, saw his play Elegy produced at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia in 2002. The Frugal Repast, developed at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center in 2004, was a finalist for the Bosakowski Award at Primary Stages and was featured in the New Stages Series at the Goodman Theatre. Director Joe Grifasi first helmed The Frugal Repast at the 2004 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference. His other credits at the O'Neill include The Importance of Being Orson by Jessica Cooke and The Electric Century by Andrew Case. As an actor he has performed on Broadway in Dinner at Eight, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Happy End, The Accidental Death of an Anarchist, and The 1940's Radio Hour. The cast of The Frugal Repast features Julie Boyd, Roberto DeFelice, Kyrian Friedenberg, Frank Liotti, Dawn Luebbe, Lizbeth MacKay, Kathleen McElfresh, Harold Todd, and David Wohl. Set design is by Ray Recht; Matthew McCarthy is the lighting designer; costumes are by Karin Beatty; and Graham Johnson is the sound designer. The Frugal Repast will run Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30PM; Saturday at 2PM and Sunday at 3PM in Abingdon Theatre Company's June Havoc Theatre (312 West 36th Street). Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by calling 212-868-4444 or online at www.Smarttix.com.

Bryan Batt @ Metropolitan Room - 2/7/2007

Bryan Batt, who has been performing his one-man show to sold-out audiences in his hometown of New Orleans, will now bring his one-man show to New York. His show, titled "Bryan Batt: Live at the Met!," will be performed on February 4th and the 7th at the 9:30PM at the Metropolitan Room.

According to notes, the show is "a clever mix of Broadway and popular ballads and comic turns both familiar and entertainingly obscure. Be prepared for some serious fun with his theatrical/humorous take on the world and stories of his life . . . half fast lived!"

Bryan Batt has appeared in nine Broadway productions, as well as over a dozen plays Off-Broadway, in Los Angeles and in regional theatre. He has played Munkustrap in Cats and Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, among other roles. He was most recently seen on Broadway in La Cage aux Folles. Batt has also appeared on several television shows including 'Rescue Me', 'Law and Order: Criminal Intent' and 'The Cosby Show.'

The musical director for "Bryan Batt: Live at the Met!" will be Michael Lavine.

The Metropolitan Room at Gotham is located on 34 West 22nd St. Between 5th and 6th Ave. Call 212-206-0440. There is a $25 cover charge and a two-drink minimum. Visit www.metropolitanroom.com for more information.

The Lady Swims Today - 2/7/2007

"Sopranos" stars Robert Funaro, Maureen Van Zandt and Suzanne DiDonna lead the cast of H.G. Brown's crime caper, THE LADY SWIMS TODAY, in a special limited engagement at The Richmond Shepard Theatre (309 E. 26th St. at 2nd Ave.), February 7th - 18th, 2007.

Welcome to the Carney Hook Marina Motel, where four low-life criminals are cooking up the heist of a lifetime. It's summer, 1984, and Eddie has the perfect plan to steal two million dollars off a boat in the Chesapeake Bay – now he just needs the perfect crew to pull it off. But when these 'usual suspects' collide with three tough and sultry broads, Eddie's plan gets thrown off course.

The cast of THE LADY SWIMS TODAY includes three "Sopranos" stars: Robert Funaro (Ridley Scott's upcoming film American Gangster, Dread Awakening), Maureen Van Zandt (Danny Aiello's upcoming film Anyone's Son), and Suzanne DiDonna ("Sex and the City"), as well as William Fowle, Gordon Silva, Kelli K. Barnett, and Jack Rodgerson.

Writer/Director H.G. Brown is the author of The Gargoyle, which won the Norman Corwin Prize at San Diego State University and was later produced for television, starring David McCallum; as well as Play Sinatra at the American Theater of Actors. He is the director of the plays Slow Dance On the Killing Ground and The Dock Brief in San Francisco, as well as Stepping Down for WAMU-FM Radio in Washington, D.C.

THE LADY SWIMS TODAY begins performances on Wednesday, February 7th at 8pm at The Richmond Shepard Theatre (309 E. 26th St. at 2nd Ave.), and plays for a limited engagement through Sunday, February 18th only. The performance schedule is Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm, with matinees on Saturday at 1:30pm and Sunday at 2pm.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.smarttix.com or by calling (212) 868-4444. The running time is 120 minutes with one intermission. More info can be found at www.TheLadySwimsToday.com.

THE LADY SWIMS TODAY is presented by Brown Swan Productions. Costumes are designed by Lori Santoro.

www.TheLadySwimsToday.com

Mary Faber @ Ars Nova - 2/7/2007

Mary Faber will perform a "Broadway Spotlight" concert on Wednesday, February 7th at 8pm. "Taking a break from Avenue Q, the hilarious Mary Faber joins Ars Nova's Broadway Spotlight family with a night of songs, comedy sketches, special guests, and even fan testimonials from all over the world, via satellite. Well, that last part is a small percent totally true. Faber will provide highlights from her practically illustrious and bordering on semi-famous year-and-a-half career on and off-Broadway," state press notes on the show, which will feature music direction by Justin Paul. Faber currently stars as Kate Monster/Lucy in Avenue Q on Broadway, and was recently seen as Clea in Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky at Playwrights Horizons. Other credits include Feeling Electric (Village Theater), Princesses (Goodspeed/Fifth Avenue Theater), and the Actor's Fund Concert of Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. She studied and performed sketch and improv comedy at The Upright Citizens Brigade and The Second City. The Ars Nova Theater is located in Manhattan at 511 West 54th Street. Call (212) 868-4444 for $15 tickets or go to www.SmartTix.com.

Follies - Encores! - 2/8/2007

New York City Center's has announced its 2006-2007 season, which opens on September 16.

New York City Center Encores! will present three staged concerts this season. "The 14th season of Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert, will celebrate the great Broadway revue, a form that flourished from just before 1900 until the early '50s. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the first Ziegfeld Follies – the annual Ziegfeld show that was generally considered the defining achievement of the revue format – Encores! will present three events inspired by the form, beginning with Stephen Sondheim and William Goldman's Follies, from February 8 – 11.

Tickets for all New York City Center Events can be purchased by calling CityTix® at 212-581-1212, online at www.nycitycenter.org or at the City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues).

In The Heights - 2/8/2007

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

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

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

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

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

Journey's End - 2/8/2007

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

The Last Word - 2/8/2007

Two-time Emmy Award-winner Daniel J. Travanti ("Hill Street Blues") will make his New York stage debut in the New York premiere of The Last Word… --a new play by Oren Safdie, author of the Off-Broadway hit Private Jokes, Public Places--with Off-Broadway previews to begin January 30, prior to an official opening February 8, at Theatre at St. Clement's (423 West 46th Street) in Manhattan. Alex Lippard will direct.

"Travanti stars as Henry Grunwald, a Viennese Jew who fled the Nazis and became a successful advertising executive in New York. Now retired and determined to fulfill his dream of becoming a playwright, Henry engages the assistance of a young, opinionated NYU student who shares his passion for writing and headstrong spirit in this new play about friendship, loyalty, dreams and, ultimately, coming to terms with the past–and present," press notes state.

Joining Mr. Travanti in the cast is Adam Green, who recently appeared in All This Intimacy at Second Stage Theatre: Uptown. His other Off-Broadwy credits include Modern Orthodox, More Lies About Jerzy and Getting Into Heaven.

The Last Word… is presented Off-Broadway by Les Gutman and Elizabeth Cockrell in association with Friendly Fire.

The production features set design by Michael V. Moore and lighting design by Lucas Krech. Additional creative team to be announced.

Travanti originated the role of Henry Grunwald in the play's world-premiere last year at Malibu Stage Company. The Last Word… marks Travanti's New York stage debut. He is best known for his portrayal of Captain Frank Furillo on "Hill Street Blues," for which he received two Emmys and a Golden Globe Award. He currently appears as President Richard Mills on "Prison Break."

Outside New York, Mr. Travanti's stage credits include Old Wicked Songs, All My Sons, A Touch of the Poet, Rhinoceros, The Taming of the Shrew, and many more. He also appeared as Nick in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opposite Colleen Dewhurst; in Twigs opposite Sada Thompson; and I Never Sang for My Father, which was later filmed for PBS' American Playhouse.

Performances run January 30-March 11 at Theatre at St. Clement's (423 West 46th Street); Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8pm; with matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays and 2pm; and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $65, and will be available through Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or online at www.ticketcentral.com or at the Theatre at St. Clement's box office.

The Secret of Mme. Bonnard's Bath - 2/8/2007

Israel Horovitz's New York Playwrights Lab will present the New York premiere of Horovitz's The Secret of Mme. Bonnard's Bath as its inaugural production. The show will begin performances on Saturday, February 3, opening on Thursday, February 8 running through February 24 at Theatre Row's Kirk Theatre (410 West 42 Street).

"Is it the search for an absolute brush stroke of vibrant color that led Pierre Bonnard, one of the most enigmatic masters of the 20th century, to suddenly revise his painting ... even though it was hanging on the wall of a small Paris museum? Or was it the artist's need to revisit a long-hidden and tragic love? Two young art students discover the changed painting and uncover The Secret of Mme Bonnard's Bath... Israel Horovitz's masterful new play promises mystery, romance, intellect and humor, " press notes state.

The cast includes John Shea (TV's "Louis & Clark", "Mutant X", Stage: Yentil, How I Learned to Drive, Down the Garden Path, The Director), Michael Bakkensen (Festen; The Man Who Came To Dinner, The Paris Letter) and Stephanie Janssen (Cupid and Psyche , Machiavelli)

Playwright/director Horovitz is author of more than 50 produced plays, several of which have been translated and performed in as many as 30 languages, worldwide including Park Your Car In Harvard Yard, and Morning, Noon, and Night. He has won numerous writing awards, including the OBIE (twice), the Eemmy, The Drama Desk Award, and The European Academy Award to name a few.

The Secret of Mme. Bonnard's Bath begins Saturday, February 3, and runs February 8th through the 24th. Shows play Wednesday- Saturday at 8PM and Saturdays at 2PM (added perf Sunday, February 4 at 3PM) at Theatre Row Theatre's Kirk Theatre is located at 410 West 42 Street. Tickets are $18. Please visit www.ticketcentral.com or call 212 -279-4200.

Note: Horovitz & cast will be hosting post-show Talk Backs after all Wednesday and Saturday matinee performances.

Arrivals - 2/8/2007

The US premiere of David Gow's new play Arrivals is set to play a limited engagement at Bank Street Theatre February 8th through March 10, 2007 at the Bank Street Theatre.

Produced by Bank Street Theatre Productions by Special Arrangement with Weissberger Theater Group, directed by Obie Award-winner Dan Wackerman, and with incidental music by Grammy Award-winner Jesse Harris, Arrivals is inspired by the recent string of detentions of people of Middle Eastern heritage.

"Arrivals tells the story of a Syrian born Canadian citizen who, having legally entered the US, is detained at Immigration by Homeland Security as a "person of interest." Stripped of his rights to defend



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