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Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 3/11/2007

Below is BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 3/11/2007. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit BroadwayWorld.com's Event Calendar.

The Vertical Hour - Closing Show - 3/11/2007

According to Variety, The Vertical Hour will end earlier than originally announced.

The David Hare play, which was slated to close on April 1st, will instead play its final performance on March 11th, the day that the production recoups its investment (an early closing will keep it in the black).

The Vertical Hour, stars four-time Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore (The Hours, Magnolia) and acclaimed British film and stage actor Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean 2, Love Actually). The show began previews on November 9th at the Music Box Theatre (239 W. 45th St.) and opened on November 30th, 2006.

Hedda Gabler - ACT - 3/11/2007

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.

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen February 9 – March 11, 2007. Opening February 14. Directed by Richard E. T. White, featuring ACT core acting company member René Augesen in the title role. "One of Ibsen's most controversial plays, Hedda Gabler explores the lasting urgency of the playwright's work. In the wake of a tedious honeymoon, Hedda returns home to face her new married life-her lavish house, her tenuous wealth, the well-meaning interference of her in-laws, and, most terrifyingly, her own self," states press notes. "Is Hedda a victim or an instigator? A master manipulator who destroys others out of sheer boredom, or the collateral damage wrought by unfortunate circumstances?"

Tony Danza Last Show The Producers - 3/11/2007

Stage, screen, television and recording artist Tony Danza will return to Broadway after a seven-year absence to star as Max Bialystock in The Producers.

Tony Award-winner and original cast member Roger Bart will also return to the role of Leo Bloom opposite Danza. The new 'Bialystock and Bloom' begin performances on Tuesday, December 19, 2006. Danza's engagement ends on Sunday, March 11, 2007. Bart's engagement ends on Sunday, February 11, 2007.

Sondheim Tribute Concert - CA - 3/11/2007

The legendary composer/lyricist will be honored with "Side By Side By Side By Side By Side by Stephen Sondheim," presented as this year's S.T.A.G.E. (Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event) benefit at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills on March 10th and 11th at 3 PM.

The evening will star Shirley Jones, as well as sons Shaun and Patrick Cassidy and stepson David Cassidy. More performers will be announced.

The event will be directed by David Galligan with musical direction by Gerald Sternbach.

Stephen Sondheim's career has spanned nearly 50 years since his Broadway debut in 1957 as the lyricist for West Side Story. Along the way he has won seven Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize in Drama, an Academy Award and a 1993 Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award. He wrote the music and lyrics for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Anyone Can Whistle, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, The Frogs, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Assassins, Passion and Bounce, as well as lyrics for West Side Story, Gypsy, Do I Hear a Waltz? and additional lyrics for Candide. Film work includes Dick Tracy, Stavisky and Reds.

Sondheim is currently represented on Broadway by John Doyle's revival of Company.

Visit www.stagela.com for more informatin.

Talk Radio - 3/11/2007

TALK RADIO

Opens March 11 at the Longacre Theatre.

The scoop: Liev Schreiber leads the cast in the Broadway debut of Eric Bogosian's gritty drama about a late-night talk-show host.

Hotel Oracle - 3/11/2007

The Sum Of Us Theatre Company will present the World Premiere of Hotel Oracle, written by Bixby Elliot and directed by Stephen Brackett. Performances will run from March 8 to 31, 2007 at Walkerspace (46 Walker St.) in Tribeca, NY. Previews begin March 8 for a March 11 opening. Visit http://www.hoteloracle.org to learn more about Hotel Oracle.

In this searing and lyrical new drama, Hotel Oracle brings together a lonely reporter, a con man, an expectant mother, a mysterious messenger, a pill popper and a kindly hotel clerk. Six strangers leave the familiar comfort of the hotel and set out with the same burning desire; to find the Oracle. They hope that perhaps he—or she-- will answer the imponderable questions of their lives. Revealing pivotal moments in their personal histories, this play looks at the roads we choose, why we choose them and how far we travel them…

Walkerspace is at 46 Walker Street between Broadway & Church St. in Tribeca, NY. Limited Engagement: March 8 to 31, 2007. Previews begin March 8 for a March 11 opening. Performances run Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm & Sunday at 5pm. Tickets are $15 for shows Thu-Sat & $10 for shows on Wed & Sun. For tickets call 212-352-3101 or visit http://www.theatermania.com.

Kiki & Herb @ Joe's Pub - 3/11/2007

Kiki and Herb have added on additional shows for their stint at Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette St.). They will perform on Sundays, March 4, March 11, March 18 and March 25, as well as April 1 and April 8. All shows are at 11:30 PM.

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

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

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

The Apple Tree - Closing Show - 3/11/2007

Roundabout Theatre Company's (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) limited engagement of The Apple Tree will play its final performance on Sunday, March 11th at 2:00 PM. The Broadway revival of The Apple Tree, stars Tony® Award winner Kristin Chenoweth (Eve, Princess Barbara, Passionella), Brian d'Arcy James (Adam, Sanjar, Flip) and Marc Kudisch (Snake, Balladeer, Narrator) with Walter Charles (King Arik, Employer, Producer). The Apple Tree, with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, book by Bock and Harnick with additional book material by Jerome Coopersmith and directed by Gary Griffin plays at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th St.).

The production will have played 18 preview performances and 99 regular performances. Previews began on Wednesday, November 29th and opened officially on Thursday, December 14th, 2006.

At This Performance - 3/11/2007

"At This Performance…," hosted by series Artistic Director and Casting Director Stephen DeAngelis, is to be held on Sunday, March 11th and Monday, March 12th at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, 2162 Broadway, (above the Promenade Theatre- Broadway at 76th Street), 3rd Floor at 8 PM.

Scheduled for Sunday, March 11th are Renee Bang Allen (Standby for the roles of Joanne and Sarah in Company), Michelle Aravena (Understudy for the roles of Diana, Maggie, Connie and Bebe in A Chorus Line), David Baum (Understudy for the roles of Al, Bobby, Greg and Mike in A Chorus Line), Bradley Dean (Standby for the role of Bobby in Company), Brandon J. Ellis (Standby for the roles of Paul and David in Company), Lyndy Franklin (Understudy for the roles of Kristine, Bebe, Connie and Maggie in A ChorusLine), David Garry (Standby for the roles of Larry and Harry in Company), Pamela Jordan (Understudy for the roles of Sheila, Val, Judy and Kristine in A Chorus Line), Jason Ostrowski (Standby for the role of Peter in Company), Jane Pfitsch (Standby for the roles of Amy, Susan and Jenny in Company) and Katrina Yaukey (Standby for the roles of Marta, April and Kathy in Company)

Tickets are on sale for $20 and are available at SMARTTIX (212) 868-4444.

Speakeasy @ Birdland - 3/12/2007

Presented by Jim Caruso and TheaterMania.com, the Broadway at Birdland series is an outgrowth of Cast Party, a weekly open-mic night catering to the Broadway, cabaret and jazz crowds.

"Speakeasy" will be performed on March 12 at 7pm. Press notes state, "New York's legendary jazz club transforms into an old-school speakeasy with a new-fangled twist for one night only. A host of Broadway's most unique personalities will take you back to the days of Billie Holliday, Nina Simone and Bobby Short with their private, lounge-inspired takes on songs by John Lennon, Joni Mitchell, Rufus Wainwright, Stephin Merritt and more."

"Speakeasy" will boast the talents of Kevin Cahoon (The Wedding Singer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, band Ghetto Cowboy), Michael Winther (Songs From An Unmade Bed, Mamma Mia!), Kyle Jarrow (A Very Merry Unauthorized Childrens Scientology Pageant, Gorilla Man, band Fabulous Entourage), and Michael Conley (Hello Boys!).

The Broadway Boys will take center stage on March 19 at 7pm. "Producer Jesse Nager created the Broadway Boys in order to create a new sound for theater and non-theater audiences alike. By mixing pop, jazz, gospel, and funk elements to Broadway standards, the Broadway Boys have created what has been called, 'a symphony of sound.'"

The quartet will include four of the following Boys: Tyler Maynard (Mary Poppins, Altar Boyz), Tituss Burgess (Jersey Boys), David Larsen (Good Vibrations), Enrico Rodriguez (Rent), Daniel Torres (The Pirate Queen), Telly Leung (Pacific Overtures), Lucas Steele (Threepenny Opera), Steve Morgan (Mamma Mia!), Danny Calvert (Altar Boyz), Ryan Patrick Binder (A Christmas Carol), Michael Scott (All Shook Up), Maurice Murphy (25th Annual…Spelling Bee), and Peter Matthew Smith (Hairspray).

here is a $25 cover and $10 food/drink minimum for all shows. Call 212-581-3080 or visit www.InstantSeats.com/Birdland for tickets.

David Hyde Pierce on Conan - 3/12/2007

David Hyde Pierce, star of the new musical comedy Curtains, will appear on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" on Monday, March 12th. "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" airs on Channel 4 - WNBC in the tri-state area between 12:30 – 1:30 AM.

Don't Quit Your Night Job @ Joe's Pub - 3/12/2007

"Don't Quit Your Night Job," Joe's Pub's monthly comedy benefit featuring some of Broadway's brightest stars, will be presented on February 3rd and March 12th.

Stars from the hit shows Spelling Bee, Spamalot, Avenue Q, The Producers, Five Course Love, Rent, and Altar Boyz (to name a few) will present an evening of improv, music, original sketch comedy and backstage anecdotes, all to benefit Wendy Wasserstein's Open Doors program.

Open Doors is a TDF's theatre arts mentoring program for high school students started in 1998 by TDF with playwright Wendy Wasserstein. Its goal is to explore the relevance of theatre in the lives of today's youth. Dedicated theatre professionals each mentor a group of eight underserved high school students, who have had no exposure to the theatre, for an entire school year. They attend six Broadway and/or Off Broadway productions, followed by a lively, 90 minute post-performance discussions. The students keep a journal to document, expand and reflect on their experiences. Through this fund, each student receives TKTS gift certificates and thus is encouraged to attend the theatre independently throughout their college years.

For tickets, call 212-967-7555 or visit www.joespub.com. 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. A two drink or $12 food minimum per person is standard.

Broadway for Medicine - 3/12/2007

On March 12th, "Broadway for Medicine" will be presented at City Center, New York City, beginning at 7 PM.

The evening will be a gala benefit evening for the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction. John McDaniel (Brooklyn, "The Rosie O'Donnell Show") will conduct a large orchestra onstage in a celebration of the best of Broadway, with Tyne Daly, Charles Busch, Andrea McArdle, Joanna Gleason, Malcolm Gets, Debbie Gravitte, Manoel Felciano, Deborah Gibson, and more.

The Honorees for the evening will be Valery Gergiev, David Parsons and Ermenegildo Zegna. A live auction to raise funds for specific medical procedures will be held at the dinner and hosted by Sotheby's Jamie Niven.

Tickets start at $1,000, tables start at $10,000 and sponsorship options are available. For more information, please call the NFFR 212-263-6656 or email at events@nffr.org.

Broadway performers and program are subject to change.

Visit http://nffr.org/upcoming.php for more information.

The Making of The Pirate Queen on WLIW21 - 3/12/2007

On Monday, March 12 at 9 pm, WLIW21 New York Public Television will air the world broadcast premiere of "The Making of The Pirate Queen."

Airing live in the studio, the special will feature cast members Stephanie J. Block (Grace O'Malley) and Hadley Fraser (Tiernan), and producer Moya doherty.

During the broadcast, WLIW21 will also announce a special ticket offer. More information will be announced.

The Pirate Queen, which recently played a tryout run at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago, will begin previews at the Hilton Theatre on March 6th and open on April 5th.

Tall Grass - 3/12/2007

Tall Grass, a dark comedy written by Brian Harris and directed by Nick Corley.

The show will begin previews at The Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row (410 W. 42nd Street) on March 3rd with the official opening night set for March 12, 2007. It will play a limited engagement through April 15th.

Tall Grass "is a dark comedy about three couples with three unusual problems. A lazy young executive obsessed with a career-obsessed woman. A middle-aged couple whose sexual fantasy lurches out of control. Octogenarians fighting for their lives. Tall Grass shows that in romance, those in love still have an ax to grind, especially when they discover what lurks beneath the surface," press notes state.

The cast of Tall Grass includes: Mark H. Dold (Absurd Person Singular, Shockheaded Peter), Edward O'Blenis ("Eden," "Law and Order: SVU"), and Marla Schaffel (Tony Award nominee: Jane Eyre , Titanic).

Tickets are $51.25. The show plays Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. Special added performances: Sunday 3/4 at 7pm, Mondays 3/5 at 8pm, opening 3/12 at 7pm. No performances Wed 3/7 and Tue 3/13. Tickets can be purchased by calling Ticket Central (212) 279-4200 or going to www.ticketcentral.com.

Miscast 2007 MCC Theater - 3/12/2007

MCC Theater has announced an all-star line-up for the theater's annual Gala, to be held Monday, March 12, 2007 at The Hammerstein Ballroom (311 West 34th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues).

"As in years past, 'Miscast 2007' will bring together the best and brightest Broadway talent as they perform songs from roles in which they would never be cast. This year's event is in honor of producers Kevin McCollum and Jeffrey Seller for their commitment to producing innovative works that reach new audiences both on and Off Broadway. The producing duo's credits include Rent, Avenue Q, De La Guarda, Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme and In the Heights, among many others. All proceeds go directly to MCC's production, play development, education and outreach programs," state press materials.

The line-up will include Broadway favorites Norbert Leo Butz (Tony Award-winner for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Raul Esparza (Company), Ana Gasteyer ("Saturday Night Live" and Wicked alum), Jane Krakowski (Tony Award-winner for Nine and current star of the NBC hit series "30 Rock"), LaChanze (Tony Award-winner for The Color Purple), Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights), Josh Strickland (Tarzan) and others to be announced.

To inquire about purchasing tickets or tables, or for more information, contact Blake West, MCC¹s Director of Development at (212) 727-7722 ext 239 or bwest@mcctheater.org. In-kind sponsorship for "Miscast 2007" is provided by Beaulieu Vineyard and Corazon.

Tituss Burgess @ The Triad - 3/12/2007

Actor-singer-songwriter Tituss Burgess, recently seen as the Cowardly Lion in Des Macnuffs re-imagining of The Wiz, will be featured in the March 12 Artcents Benefit Concert at The Triad in Manhattan. The concert series, sponsored by ASTEP (Artists Striving To End Poverty), usually seeks to expose emerging songwriters, but this time out rock and pop covers will be performed. The price of admission is a jar of change — to help bring change to the lives of kids in need.

Joining Burgess will be guest appearances by Marty Thomas (Wicked, Secret Garden), and Cassondra Kellam. Burgess will be backed by a 7 peice band and the evening will be musically directed by Mary-Mitchell Campbell ( Company music supervisor/orchestrator).

Burgess most recently appeared on Broadway in the original casts of Jersey Boys and Good Vibrations. He has also released a solo CD called Here's to You which is available on Itunes and Cdbaby.com. For more information visit www.titussburgess.com.

The concert begins at 7 PM. There is also a two-drink minimum. The Triad is on New York's Upper West Side at 158 W. 72nd St.

Reservations can be made by calling (212) 706-1516 or by sending an email to tickets@createsomethinggood.org.

All proceeds from the concert benefit ASTEP. Visit www.createsomethinggood.org to learn more.

Little Shop of Horrors - UK - 3/12/2007

The West End transfer of the Menier Chocolate Factory revival of Little Shop of Horrors begins previews March 6, and will officially open at London's Duke of York's Theatre March 12.

The transfer of Matthew White's production features Alistair McGowan taking over from Jasper Brittain as the sadistic dentist, supported by Sheridan Smith (Open Air Theatre's Taming of the Shrew and Midsummer Night's Dream) and Paul Keating (Tommy, Don Carlos, Closer to Heaven). But the star of the show may be Audrey II (voiced by Mike McShane), the singing, dancing, carnivorous plant who gets progressively bigger throughout the show until it dominates the stage, thanks to designer David Farley, animatronic pioneers ARTEM and puppeteer Andy Heath.

The 1982 Alan Menken-Howard Ashman musical, based on Roger Corman's 1960 cult classic movie, indulges in spoof and horror with exotic characters and an unpredictable storyline.

For more on Little Shop of Horrors, which is booking until June 2, call (0)870 060 6623.

At This Performance - 3/12/2007

"At This Performance…," hosted by series Artistic Director and Casting Director Stephen DeAngelis, is to be held on Sunday, March 11th and Monday, March 12th at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, 2162 Broadway, (above the Promenade Theatre- Broadway at 76th Street), 3rd Floor at 8 PM.

Scheduled for Monday, March 12th are Cathryn Basile (Understudy for the roles of Marcy Park and Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Kevin Del Aguila (Understudy for Male #1 and Male #2 in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris), Sarah Jane Everman (Understudy for the roles of Eve, Princess Barbara and Ella/Passionella in The Apple Tree), Montego Glover (Understudy for the roles of Celie and Nettie in The Color Purple), Robyn Hurder (Understudy for the role of Roxie Hart in Chicago), Mike McGowan (Understudy for the roles of Adam, Captain Sanjar, King Arik, the Producer, Mr. Fallible and Flip, the Prince, Charming), Rory O'Malley (Understudy for the roles of Leaf Coneybear, William Barfee and Douglas Panch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Jacqui Polk (Understudy for the roles of Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre, Olive Ostrovsky and Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and Eric Jordan Young (Understudy for the role of Amos Hart in Chicago)

Tickets are on sale for $20 and are available at SMARTTIX (212) 868-4444.

David Hyde Pierce on Conan - 3/12/2007

Martin Casella's Scituate, directed by David Hilder (Ping Pong Diplomacy), will begin performances Friday, March 23, opening Wednesday, March 28 and running through April 7th at the TBG Theatre.

"The production follows Stewart Lombardi, a man who won't get out of bed, and the reason why comes out when his friends and family share memories with him in order to get him to rejoin society," state press notes. Scituate stars, in alphabetical order, Holly Barron, Constance Boardman, Damian Buzzerio, Curran Conner, Missy Hargraves, Chad Hoeppner, Lawrence Lay, Matthew Mabe, and Stefanie Zadaravec.

The TBG Theatre is located at 312 West 36th Street 3rd, and performances run Tuesdays – Saturday at 8PM and Sunday at 3PM & 7PM

Tickets are $18 and available through www.SmartTix.com or by calling 212-868-4444.

Altar Boyz Tour - SF - 3/13/2007

Ken Davenport and Robyn Goodman, in association with Walt Grossman, Ruth Hendel, Sharon Karmazin, Matt Murphy and Mark Shacket, proudly announce that Altar Boyz, the award-winning musical comedy, will kick off a 4-week engagement in San Francisco at The Golden Gate Theatre, beginning March 13, 2007.

Be - 3/13/2007

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.

Maude Maggart CD Release - 3/13/2007

Acclaimed cabaret chanteuse Maude Maggart has announced the release of her new recording, "Maude Maggart Live."

The CD will be available on her website and on Amazon.com on March 13, 2007.

The disc includes classic love songs such as "You Go To My Head," "Skylark," "I Can't Get Started," "All The Things You Are" and "The Song Is You," in addition to rarely-heard vintage compositions by Kurt Weill ("The River Is So Blue"), Jerome Kern ("Let's Begin") and Harry Warren ("Coffee In The Morning, Kisses In The Night").

Recorded live in concert at The Oak Room of The Algonquin Hotel in New York and The Gardenia in Los Angeles, the album features musical director Lanny Meyers on piano, David DePalma on saxophone, clarinet and flute; Yair Evnine on cello and guitar; Dr. James Sitterly on violin; and Andy Stein on saxophone and violin

Judy Garland The Letter CD Release - 3/13/2007

DRG Records announces the CD debut of Judy Garland's legendary 1959 album, THE LETTER, in its entire stereo splendor. Judy Garland made the finest recordings of her career for Capitol Records, but one of her most unique albums, THE LETTER, has remained inside their vaults for almost 50 years. Now this album is finally making its digital debut in its entirety on this eagerly anticipated CD which will be released by DRG Records on March 13th, 2007.

Straight to Hell - 3/14/2007

On The Run Productions will present the world premiere of Straight To Hell, A Multi-Media Experience, written and directed by award-winning director Stephen Stahl, from the novel by Kathleen Hudson. Straight To Hell will open March 14h at the Abingdon Theater Complex (312 West 36th Street).

The production features lighting design by Ryan O'Gara, set design by Ralph Castaldo, costume design by Joanne Haas, sound design by Brett Jarvis, and projection design by Adam Larsen. Grammy Award-winner Bill Jolly is Musical Director, with Liz DuFour as Vocal Arranger. "There are many ways to achieve sobriety. Straight To Hell is an audacious look at the effect drug addiction has on a family and the honor that follows with one's own sobriety," according to press notes.

Straight To Hell runs March 14th through the 25th at the Abingdon Theater Complex, 312 West 36th Street. Preview performance Tuesday, March 13th at 8PM. Regular show schedule is Tues-Fri at 8PM, Sat at 3 and 8PM, and Sun at 2 and 6PM. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at SmartTix (212)868-4444 or on the web at www.SmartTix.com

Blackbird - 3/15/2007

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced upcoming productions for its 2006-2007 season, including two shows on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and three productions at MTC's Off-Broadway theatres at Stage I and Stage II at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). A third Biltmore production and a fourth New York City Center production will be announced at a later date.

MTC's 2006-2007 season features a diverse roster of works by authors Charles Busch, David Harrower, Simon Mendes da Costa, Paul Rudnick, and Clifford Odets, including two American premieres and two world premieres.

Subscriptions to MTC are available by calling (212) 399-3030, Monday - Friday, noon - 8 PM with a major credit card. Subscriptions are also available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

David Harrower's "Blackbird" will have its American premiere, under a director to be announced. Previews will begin March 15th, 2007, and the play will open on April 10th. "One of the most talked-about plays to come out of London in years, Blackbird will come to life at MTC in a thrilling new American production. This powerful, volatile piece begins when Una shows up unexpectedly at the office of Ray, forcing Ray to come to terms with the effects of their relationship. Una pulls Ray into an encounter that is gripping, surprising and utterly unforgettable." That show will also be performed at City Center--Stage I.

Stay - 3/15/2007

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has announced its 2006-07 season--the company's twelfth. The season will feature plays by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and more.

Stay is a "haunting and beautiful new play by Where We're Born playwright Lucy Thurber, Stay is the Story of a young writer who, in the darkest moments of her youth, discovered an angel. Having achieved great success, she must learn to let go of this beautiful gift, all the while struggling to define and accept herself in the absence of this muse and savior. Jackson Gay (The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow) directs. Previews begin March 7. Opening Night is Thursday, March 15, 2007. The show runs through April 15.

Tickets are available through SmartTix (212-868-4444) or www.smarttix.com. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is located at 224 Waverly Place (off Seventh Avenue South ­ between West 11th & Perry Streets). Visit www.rattlestick.org for more information.

Tea and Sympathy - 3/15/2007

Keen Company has announced the final production of their 2006/07 season - the first major NYC revival of the 1953 Broadway play Tea And Sympathy, written by Robert Anderson and directed by Jonathan Silverstein. Tea And Sympathy will begin previews on Tuesday, March 6 for a limited engagement through Saturday, April 14. Opening night is Thursday, March 15 at 7 PM.

"A bittersweet play about adolescence, masculinity and conformity, this Broadway sensation from 1953 concerns a lonely and misunderstood 17-year-old boy in a New England boarding school. Presumed to be gay by both his peers and teachers, Tom is mercilessly ridiculed by both cruel classmates and callous instructors. As his world turns against him, his only kindness comes from the wife of his chief accuser," press notes state. Silverstein, who direcTed Keen Company's critically acclaimed production of The Hasty Heart, returns to Keen Company to lead a cast that includes Heidi Armbruster (Sea of Tranquility at Atlantic Theater Company, Keen Co.'s Good Morning, Bill) and Dan McCabe (Pen at Playwright's Horizons). Tea And Sympathy was a Broadway hit, running for 712 performances. It starred Deborah Kerr as Laura and John Kerr as Tom, and was directed by Elia Kazan. MGM secured the rights for the film version and Mr. Anderson adapted it into a feature film that was directed by Vincente Minnelli. Several changes were made to the film script so that it would be approved for release by the office of the Hollywood Production Code of 1930. "Tea And Sympathy was considered an important cultural milestone as a representation of homophobia, and over the years was included in several anthologies as a seminal gay play. At the time, playwright Robert Anderson wrote Tea And Sympathy as a veiled attack against McCarthyism, during a period in where fear and exclusion raged in popular culture."

The performance schedule is Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday – Saturday at 8:00 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM, with an additional matinee on Saturday, April 14 at 2 PM. Performances are at Keen Company's new Off Broadway home, the Clurman Theater (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues). Tickets are $40 and are available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or visit www.ticketcentral.com. Please note, Keen Company is now performing on an Off Broadway transition LOA contract.

The Supreme Court Hears the Trial of Hamlet - 3/15/2007

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Shakespeare Theatre Company present one performance of The Supreme Court Hears the Trial of Hamlet on Thursday, March 15, 2007 at 7:30pm in the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater.

"Down through the centuries, scholars and readers of Shakespeare have debated whether Hamlet is sane. This question will be the subject of testimony presented by two eminent psychiatrists in the trial that will determine whether Hamlet should stand trial for the murder of Polonius or be excused for his mental condition. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy will preside over the proceeding," state press materials. "The Trial of Hamlet is an audience-participatory performance that uses the American legal system to explore Shakespeare's greatest play. Four prominent attorneys from around the country, two for the prosecution and two for the defense, will present the issue to a jury of 12. The experts will be examined and cross-examined regarding Hamlet's mental state at the time he killed Polonius. While the jury is deliberating as to the verdict, the audience will vote. Audience members will also have the opportunity to ask the experts and the attorneys about their trial strategy. Hamlet is expected to invoke his privilege not to testify." Tickets for The Trial of Hamlet cost $35 and are available for purchase at the Kennedy Center box office or by calling Instant Charge at (202) 467-4600. Tickets may also be purchased at the Shakespeare Theatre Company box office or by calling (202) 547-1122. Patrons living outside the Washington metropolitan area may dial toll-free at (800) 444-1324 or (877) 487-8849.

Men of Steel - 3/15/2007

Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company, now in its 5th season, will present the world premiere production of "MEN OF STEEL," written by Qui Nguyen, directed by Robert Ross Parker, with fight choreography by Marius Hanford, when it begins performances on March 15 at Center Stage, NY, 48 West 21st Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues.) "MEN OF STEEL," the startling tale of infinite power and ultimate sacrifice, will officially open on Sunday, March 18 at 8:00 p.m., and performances will run through April 8.

In a story that spins the superhero genre on its head, "MEN OF STEEL" follows the journey of five courageous crusaders aspiring for heroism against all odds. Included are tales of staggering suspense and astounding adventures that will surely have audiences riveted — witness a superhero lose control in the face of personal tragedy; see a dynamic duo attempt to save their nefarious neighborhood from the incredible increase of violent crime; fall in love with a drag queen with a heart of gold but a body of lead; and meet a hero whose quest for meaning mistakenly unleashes enormous evil. These interwoven tales combined with Vampire Cowboys' astonishing action aesthetic re-imagines and explodes the comic book genre onto the live stage.

The complete schedule for "MEN OF STEEL" (March 15 through April 8) will be: Thursdays through Sundays at 8:00 p.m. Ticket will be $18.00. The box office number for reservations is 212-352-3101 or www.theatermania.com. Further information at 212-696-7806. Visit www.vampirecowboys.com for more information.

Robert Kimball @ 92nd St. Y - 3/17/2007

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

American Songbook historian Robert Kimball will explore all-American songwriter Irving Berlin from March 17th through 19th. Hosted by CBS newsman Charles Osgood, the evening will feature Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, with co-music director Sam Davis on piano. Vocalists will be announced.

"Jerome Kern said of his friend Irving Berlin (1888-1989), 'He has no place in American music; he is American music.' A Russian-born cantor's son who became America's foremost songwriter, Berlin wrote hundreds of songs that have become part of American culture, including 'God Bless America,' 'Puttin' on the Ritz,' and 'There's No Business Like Show Business.' Music historian Robert Kimball was a longtime friend of Berlin and co-editor with Linda Emmet (one of Berlin's daughters) of The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin. At L&L, he explores how Berlin's work over the course of 80 years reflected the evolving cultural landscape of America."

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

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

Barbara Cook/Audra McDonald @ Kennedy Center - 3/17/2007

Tony Award-winning Broadway sopranos Barbara Cook and Audra McDonald will appear together onstage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on March 17th, 2007.

The concert will take place at the Kennedy Center's Concert Hall at 4 PM.

The two previously shared a stage at the Paper Mill Playhouse in June.

Cook, who made her Broadway debut as the leading lady of 1951's Flahooley, received a Best Featured Actress in a Musical Tony Award for her portrayal of Marian Paroo in the original production of The Music Man. She also originated the roles of Cunegonde in Candide and Amalia Balash in She Loves Me. Other Broadway credits include Plain and Fancy, The Gay Life, Any Wednesday and The Grass Harp. In the last few decades, the former ingenue has increasingly turned to the worlds of concert and cabaret. Mostly Sondheim was nominated for a Best Special Theatrical Event Tony in 2002, and in addition to Barbara Cook's Broadway (available on DRG along with Mostly Sondheim), she appeared in Barbara Cook: A Concert for the Theatre. Her many albums include "Count Your Blessings," "It's Better with a Band," "Oscar Winners: The Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II," "Close as Pages in a Book," "The Champion Season: Live at the Cafe Carlyle" and "Tribute."

McDonald will star in the Roundabout Theatre Company's spring 2007 revival of the musical 110 in the Shade. She won Tony Awards for her performances in Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime and most recently, A Raisin in the Sun. She has also appeared on Broadway in Henry IV and Marie Christine. "Way Back to Paradise," "How Glory Goes" and "Happy Songs" are her solo albums. McDonald's film and television credits include It Runs in the Family, "Mister Sterling," Cradle Will Rock, "Law and Order: SVU," "The Bedford Diaries," the telemusical of Annie, and the HBO movie version of Wit. She is also acclaimed as a concert artist, and appeared in the Houston Grand Opera's double bill of Michael John LaChiusa's (who are you? I Love You) and Francis Poulenc's La Voix Humaine.

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

Jerry Springer the Opera - Las Vegas - 3/17/2007

Jerry Springer the Opera will be presented "In Concert" at the MGM Grand's Hollywood Theatre in Las Vegas on March 17th and 18th at 1 PM.

The concert will benefit "Golden Rainbow."

The cast list is as follows: Jerry Springer - Artie Anderson Steve - Marcus Weiss Warm Up Man / Devil - Dan O'Brien Dwight / God - Bob DuSold Peaches - Tina Walsh Baby Jane - Emily Herrera Zandra - Robin Baxter Irene / Mary - Rebecca Spencer (Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular) Tremont / Angel Gabriel - Ryan Applebee Montel / Jesus - Richard Oberacker Andrea / Archangel Michael - Judy Sullivan Shawntel / Eve - Elizabeth Share Chucky / Adam - Steven Hood

"In the first act of Jerry Springer: The Opera, a parade of foul-mouthed, chair-hurling contestants come on the talk show to lay bare their souls (as well as parts of their bodies). The second act takes a religious turn as Jerry Springer visits purgatory and hell, and is expelled from heaven," stated earlier press materials.

Tickets are $25, $50 and $75 and will be sold through the MGM Grand Box Office. Visit www.mgmgrand.com for more information.

Irish Rock Revue - 3/17/2007

Broadway stars Michael Cerveris (Sweeney Todd, Tony-winner for Assassins), Antonique Smith (Rent) and Annie Golden (The Full Monty) will perform at the Bowery Ballroom on St. Patrick's Day, Saturday, March 17th.

"Joe Hurley's 8th annual 'AllStar Irish Rock Revue' features dozens of singers performing all the great Irish tunes, from Van Morrison to U2 to Costello, etc.," state press materials.

Cerveris, coming directly from the Public Theater's production of King Lear, will perform Morrissey's "Irish Blood, English Heart." Golden will perform the traditional gem "I'm a Man You Don't Meet Every Day" and Antonique Smith, coming directly from Rent, will sing Sinead O'Connor's classic "Nothing Compares to You.

For tickets to the "Irish Rock Revue," visit www.ticketweb.com, the Mercury Lounge Box Office (217 E. Houston St.), call 212 260 4700 or visit www.roguesmarch.com.

Robert Kimball @ 92nd St. Y - 3/18/2007

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

American Songbook historian Robert Kimball will explore all-American songwriter Irving Berlin from March 17th through 19th. Hosted by CBS newsman Charles Osgood, the evening will feature Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, with co-music director Sam Davis on piano. Vocalists will be announced.

"Jerome Kern said of his friend Irving Berlin (1888-1989), 'He has no place in American music; he is American music.' A Russian-born cantor's son who became America's foremost songwriter, Berlin wrote hundreds of songs that have become part of American culture, including 'God Bless America,' 'Puttin' on the Ritz,' and 'There's No Business Like Show Business.' Music historian Robert Kimball was a longtime friend of Berlin and co-editor with Linda Emmet (one of Berlin's daughters) of The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin. At L&L, he explores how Berlin's work over the course of 80 years reflected the evolving cultural landscape of America."

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

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

Jerry Springer the Opera - Las Vegas - 3/18/2007

Jerry Springer the Opera will be presented "In Concert" at the MGM Grand's Hollywood Theatre in Las Vegas on March 17th and 18th at 1 PM.

The concert will benefit "Golden Rainbow."

The cast list is as follows: Jerry Springer - Artie Anderson Steve - Marcus Weiss Warm Up Man / Devil - Dan O'Brien Dwight / God - Bob DuSold Peaches - Tina Walsh Baby Jane - Emily Herrera Zandra - Robin Baxter Irene / Mary - Rebecca Spencer (Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular) Tremont / Angel Gabriel - Ryan Applebee Montel / Jesus - Richard Oberacker Andrea / Archangel Michael - Judy Sullivan Shawntel / Eve - Elizabeth Share Chucky / Adam - Steven Hood

"In the first act of Jerry Springer: The Opera, a parade of foul-mouthed, chair-hurling contestants come on the talk show to lay bare their souls (as well as parts of their bodies). The second act takes a religious turn as Jerry Springer visits purgatory and hell, and is expelled from heaven," stated earlier press materials.

Tickets are $25, $50 and $75 and will be sold through the MGM Grand Box Office. Visit www.mgmgrand.com for more information.

Kiki & Herb @ Joe's Pub - 3/18/2007

Kiki and Herb have added on additional shows for their stint at Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette St.). They will perform on Sundays, March 4, March 11, March 18 and March 25, as well as April 1 and April 8. All shows are at 11:30 PM.

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

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

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

DGUR in Concert #3 - 3/18/2007

After enrapturing packed houses in January and February, conquering the worlds of Broadway and Country music, The third performance of this series on Sunday night March 18th show will celebrate the Male singers and Songwriters form the 1970's and 1980's. He is thrilled to have special guests Eddie Varley (from the off off Broadway production INTO THE WEEDS) and Mike McCardle (Andrea McArdles' ( the original ANNIE) brother). The evening will be musically directed by Ray Fellman. And will have a special appearance by bistro Award winner Rob Maitner. and the return of Musical Director Ray Fellman!!! David Gurland –'DGUR' in Concert-2007 Sunday March 18th at 7 PM at the Laurie Beechman Theatre 407 W 42nd Street (@9th) www.westbankcafe.com $16 cover $15 food/drink minimum 212-695-6909 Credit cards accepted.


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