Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 3/18/2007

Below is BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 3/18/2007. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit BroadwayWorld.com's Event Calendar.

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.

Jack Goes Boating - 3/18/2007

LAByrinth Theater Company's (Co-Artistic Directors Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz and Executive Director Steve Asher) world premiere production of JACK GOES BOATING, a new play by Bob Glaudini, will open officially this Sunday, March 18th at Martinson Hall at the Public Theater (425 Lafayette Street).

It was recently announced that the show will extend by popular demand through Sunday, April 29th.

Laced with cooking classes, swimming lessons and a smorgasbord of illegal drugs, JACK GOES BOATING is a story of date panic, marital meltdown, betrayal and the prevailing grace of the human spirit.

Recent Callaway Award Winner Peter Dubois directs co-artistic directors Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz alongside Daphne Rubin-Vega and Beth Cole.

The performance schedule for JACK GOES BOATING is as follows: Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm and Sunday at 7pm. There are three ways to get tickets for JACK GOES BOATING: by calling 212-967-7555 (10am – 9pm), online at www.labtheater.org or by visiting the Public Theater Box Office (425 Lafayette Street, Sun-Mon 1-6pm; Tues-Sat 1-7:30pm). Tickets are $65.

A limited amount of $20 rush tickets will be held for each performance and will be released 1 hour before curtain. Cash only. Limit 2 per person.

Robert Kimball @ 92nd St. Y - 3/19/2007

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.

Michael Rupert/Alison Fraser @ The Center - 3/19/2007

The Center has announced its new 'In Concert' series celebrating the artistry of Broadway's most distinguished performers.

Michael Rupert and Alison Fraser on Monday, March 19, 2007 at 7:00PM

"There will be a reunion of two of the original stars of March of the Falsettos! Tony Award-winner Michael Rupert and Tony Award-nominee Alison Fraser return to their roots revisiting songs from Falsettos as well as gems by William Finn cut from the show. We'll also hear funny early drafts of finished songs that we know and love, as well as songs by other emerging voices in contemporary musical theatre."

Tickets are $20, $35, $75 and $150 – with a cocktail reception for the high-tier prices. Discount subscriptions are also available.

"Tony Award-nominee Sherie Rene Scott is best known for her starring roles in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, AIDA and The Last Five Years, and as a recording artist on Sh-K-Boom Records. In the midst of what she describes as a 'surprisingly fragile state for such a robust young woman,' Sherie Rene Scott will sing, chat and prove to herself and the audience that we're not in Kansas anymore," as press materials describe.

'In Concert' is produced by Jayson Raitt and Daniel Whitman.

Established in 1983, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center is the largest LGBT community center organization on the East Coast. More than 6,000 people visit the Center weekly.

To purchase tickets, visit www.gaycenter.org or call 212.620.7310, ext. 274. Individual tickets and season subscriptions available. The Center is located at 208 West 13th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

Nothing Like a Dame Concert - 3/19/2007

A date has been selected for the next "Nothing Like a Dame" benefit concert. It will be held on March 19th, 2007 at a venue to be announced.

Presented by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the concerts annually benefit The Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative of The Actors' Fund of America.

NOTHING LIKE A DAME will feature Stephanie Block, Liz Callaway, Victoria Clark, Kate Clinton, Joyce DiDonato, Jill Eikenberry, Melissa Errico, Sutton Foster, Jenn Gambatese, Ana Gasteyer, Milena Govich, Jennifer Holliday, Judy Kuhn, Beth Leavel, Julianna Margulies, Maureen McGovern, Varla Jean Merman, Julia Murney, Bebe Neuwirth, Lynn Redgrave, Lea Salonga, Jennifer Smith, Julie White, young dancers of the Westchester Dance Academy, the women of IN THE HEIGHTS, and the women of COMPANY.

"The Actors' Fund of America is the only national non-profit organization that provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Since 1996, The Actors' Fund has focused on helping women in the industry who are coping with critical health concerns through The Fund's Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative. Initiated by Actors' Fund Trustee Newman, the Women's Health Initiative offers a roster of services to help women access health care and to coordinate support services," state notes on the organization.

Tickets will be available at www.broadwaycares.org.

Speakeasy @ Birdland - 3/19/2007

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.

The Rose Tattoo - UK - 3/19/2007

Zoë Wanamaker, who was Tony-nominated last year for her turn in the revival of Awake and Sing!, will star in Tennessee Williams' drama The Rose Tattoo on the London stage.

Wanamaker will star as Serafina, the volatile Italian-American widow who tries to shield her daughter from the forces of lust. Directed by Steven Pimlott, the National Theatre's production will begin at the Olivier Theatre on March 19th and open on March 29th.

The Rose Tattoo will also star Sheila Ballantine, Darrell D'Silva, Susannah Fielding, Stephanie Jacob, Rosalind Knight, Andrew Langtree, Maggie McCarthy and Jules Melvin.

An Olivier Award-winner for her work in Electra and Once in a Lifetime, Wanamaker has earned Tony nominations for Awake and Sing!, Electra, Loot and Piaf. Her film and TV credits include "My Family," "Dr. Who," Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (as Madame Hooch) and Wilde.

Visit www.nationaltheatre.co.uk for more information on the National Theatre.

Jackie Hoffman @ Joe's Pub - 3/19/2007

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

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

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

Stay - 3/19/2007

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater will conclude its 12th season with the World Premiere of Stay, a play by Lucy Thurber, directed by Jackson Gay. Performances begin on Thursday, March 8th, 2007. Opening night is Monday, March 19th at 7pm. The show will run through Sunday, April 15th, 2007. "A young writer, in the darkest moments of her youth, discovered an angel. Having achieved great success, she must now 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," according to notes.

Stay will have the following performance schedule: Wednesday ­ Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 7pm. Tickets are $40.00 and 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). For more information on Rattestick Playwrights Theater visit www.rattlestick.org

The Doctor's Dilemma - Reading - 3/19/2007

Project Shaw staged reading of the classic "The Doctor's Dilemma" will be presented at the Player's Club (16 Gramercy Park South) on March 19th at 7 PM.

The reading will feature Brian Murray, Kate Baldwin, Patricia Conolly, Brent Harris, Timothy Jerome, Simon Jones, Howard Kissel, Malachy McCourt, Sarah Moon, Charlotte Moore, Mark Saturno, Michael Schulman, Michael Tisdale, and Lenny Wolpe; it will be hosted by theatre critic Jeremy McCarter. David Staller directs and produces.

"Shaw's incendiary story follows one Mrs. Jennifer Dubedat who loves and idolizes her brilliant artist husband, Louis, who is dying of tuberculosis. She goes to a doctor and convinces him to save her husband. The doctor can keep only so many patients, and must choose who is worth saving, but is convinced that Louis' artistic talents make him worthy. But when he and several colleagues meet Louis, they discover that he is in fact a smooth-talking money-grabbing scoundrel. They also learn that he has another wife, whom he has abandoned. So, the doctor has a problem: he can let Louis die, leaving Mrs. Dubedat with her idealized image, or save him and his artistic talents, but force her to face his many flaws. It's Shaw taking on the entire medical profession; along with art, sex and finance," state press materials.

Every Project Shaw reading has been SRO. Tickets are $15. Visit www.projectshaw.com for tickets and more information.

The Broadway Boys @ Birdland - 3/19/2007

"The Broadway Boys" will be bringing their six-part harmonies to Birdland on Monday, March 19 at 7pm. This concert is part of the Broadway at Birdland series, presented by Jim Caruso in Association with Theatermania.com.

"The Broadway Boys" were assembled by Jesse Nager 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," state press notes.

"The Broadway Boys" include Jesse Nager (Mary Poppins), Maurice Murphy (Spelling Bee), Daniel Torres (The Pirate Queen), Michael James Scott (Mamma Mia!), Peter Matthew Smith (Hairspray), and Danny Calvert (Altar Boyz). Justin Paul will be musical director and Schele Williams will direct. Special guests will include recent Spamalot star Lauren Kennedy and Wicked's Brandi Chavonne Massey .

Birdland is located at 315 West 44 Street, NYC. Call 212-581-3080 or visit www.InstantSeats.com/Birdland for tickets, which are $25. Ther is also a $10 food/drink minimum

Ripper: The Musical - Reading - 3/19/2007

Ripper, a new musical about Jack the Ripper, will be presented as a free reading at New World Stages (340 W. 50th St.) on March 19th at 7:30 PM.

The reading will star Annie Golden (The Full Monty, Assassins) as Ratkin and Davis Gaines (The Phantom of the Opera) as Eddie, as well as Carey Brown (Mary), Collin Donnell (Chester), Kevyn Morrow (Constable Neill) and Erica Schroeder (Kate), as well as Tom Flagg, Zachary James, Frank Moran, Dominic Sahagun, Edward Prostak, Jacqui Polk, Jaclyn Burns, Lydia Gladstone, Holly Holcomb, Gil Brady, Kevin Loreque, Amanda Serra, Deborah Tyre and James Zannelli. Stephen Amato will direct and Mike Morris will offer musical direction.

According to the musical's website, "the Dickensian characters of the show — from the reporter who covers the story, to the brothel owner, the police, and of course the prostitutes — are brought together by an intricate plot that interweaves multiple story lines, the everyday bustle of London's East End, the lively nightlife of the music halls, and the ever-present danger of a killer lurking in the shadows." Ripper features book, music and lyrics by Duane Nelsen.

To make a reservation to the free reading, visit www.ripperthemusical.com.

Bring Me A Dwarf - 3/19/2007

Bring Me A Dwarf: The Twisted World of Peter Charles Morris is a one-night-only event on March 19 at the Players Theatre celebrating the lyrics of Peter Charles Morris (Shout!, Escape from Pterodactyl Island, Whoop-De Doo!). The concert features performances by Carter Calvert (Forbidden Broadway), Tommy Femia (Judy Garland Live), Blake Hammond (Hairspray), Jay Rogers (My Deah), Alyssa Chase, Erin Crosby, Katrina Denney, Tim Dolan, Paul Flanagan, Ruben Flores, Keith Gerchak, Erica Jacob, Jared Scott, Cecilia Seresa, Nic Thompson, Deborah Tranelli, and Jake Warnecke.

Music is provided by David Caldwell, Mat Eisenstein, Ethan Fein, Dick Gallagher, Michael Jeffrey, Matthew Ward, and the award-winning Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and the concert is directed by Phillip George (Forbidden Broadway, Shout!). The creative team also includes David Caldwell (musical director), Fred Hemminger (stage manager), and Philip Heckman (costume coordinator).

Showtime is 8 p.m. The Players Theatre is located at 115 MacDougal Street. Tickets are priced at $20 and can be reserved by calling (212) 769-6825 or at info@winganddropco.com.

TimesTalks - Choreographers on Broadway - 3/19/2007

Monday, March 19 6:30 — 8:00 PM

Location: The New School Tishman Auditorium 66 West 12th Street New York, NY

Choreographers on Broadway Hear acclaimed choreographers and directors talk about the art -- and thrill -- of choreographing for the theater: Tony Award winners Matthew Bourne (Swan Lake, Mary Poppins, Edward Scissorhands), Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, The Full Monty, Legally Blond) and Susan Stroman (Crazy for You, Contact, The Producers) are joined by Bill T. Jones, making his Broadway debut this season with Spring Awakening. Moderated by Patricia Cohen, New York Times cultural reporter.

Tickets: Nytimes.com/timestalks Or call (888) NYT-1870 General Admission: $25

The Importance of Being Earnest - Reading - 3/19/2007

A one-night-only performance of Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners The Importance of Being Earnest to benefit Resonance Ensemble's 2007 season will be presented on Monday, March 19 with a 6:00pm reception and a 7:30pm performance at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street) in Manhattan.

"The play- one of Oscar Wilde's most famous comedies - focuses on Jack and Algernon, two flippant young men, who, in order to impress their respected beloveds, pretend that their names are "Ernest," which both young ladies believe confers magical qualities on the possessor. The performance commemorates the fifth anniversary of Resonance Ensemble, and the company's inaugural production of The Importance of Being Earnest," state press materials.

Directed by Resonance Ensemble Artistic Director Eric Parness; the cast of features David Alan Basche (United 93) as Algernon; Emmy-nominee Matthew Cowles as Dr. Chasuble; Deborah S. Craig (Spelling Bee) as Cecily; Patrick Melville (Crazy for the Dog) as Lane; Jennifer Mudge (Dutchman) as Gwendolen; Jeremy Shamos (Gutenberg! The Musical) as Jack; and Maxwell Zener (Golem Stories) as Merriman - additional casting of Lady Bracknell and Miss Prism will be announced.

Resonance Ensemble's one-night benefit performance will be held at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street) on Monday, March 19 with a 6:00pm reception and a 7:30pm performance. Tickets are $80 ($70 of which is tax deductible) and are available for purchase online at www.ResonanceEnsemble.org (through Paypal), or by check made payable to Resonance Ensemble and sent to Resonance Ensemble, P.O. Box 771, Times Square Station, New York, NY 10108. Checks must be received by Friday, March 16.

For additional information, please call Resonance Ensemble at 646-263-6673, or visit www.resonanceensemble.org.

The Howard Hughes Project - Reading - 3/19/2007

The enigmatic Howard Hughes is the subject of a new musical that will receive a star-studded private reading on March 19th and March 20th.

Starring James Ludwig (Spamalot, Little Shop of Horrors) as Hughes, the reading of The Howard Hughes Project will also feature Leah Hocking (Hairspray, Mamma Mia!, All Shook Up) as Ava Gardner, Maria Couch as Katharine Hepburn, Haviland Stillwell (Les Miserables) as Hughes' first wife, Ella Hughes and Jean Peters (Hughes' first and second wives, respectively), Elizabeth DeRosa (The Screams of Kitty Genovese at NYMF) as Ginger Rogers, Louella Parsons and Jane Russell; Rick Hilsabeck (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) as director Marshall Neilan, Jonathan C. Kaplan (The Diary of Anne Frank) in a variety of roles (including Hughes' close friend Glen Odekirk), Joseph Kolinski (Titanic) as Noah Dietrich, William Parry (Sunday in the Park With George, Passion) as Howard Hughes Sr.; and Joe Danbusky as columnist Walter Winchell. The reading will be directed by Peter Dobbins.

The musical features a book by Peter Webb, music by James Scully (Flight), and lyrics by Frank Evans. Keith Levenson will serve as musical director. Pat Flicker Addiss (Spring Awakening) will present the reading in association with eBroadwayPlays.com.

Millionaire Hughes was known for a career that encompassed aviation and filmmaking, as well as for his hobby as a womanizer. His later descent into reclusive germophobia has also been much chronicled.

If an interested member of the theatre industry, send an e-mail to: HHProjectMusical@aol.com for more information.

Jersey Boys Tour - Jay Leno - 3/19/2007

The stars of Jersey Boys' hit national tour will perform on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on March 19th.

Deven May (Tommy DeVito), Erich Bergen (Bob Gaudio), Michael Ingersoll (Nick Massi) and Christopher Kale Jones (Frankie Valli) will sing a medley that includes "My Eyes Adored You," "Walk Like a Man" and "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)."

Daniels & Burgess @ Triad - 3/19/2007

The Triad plays host to "The Songs of Robert Rokicki," Monday, March 19, 2007 at 9:00pm. The evening showcasing the work of composer/lyricist Robert Rokicki, will feature performances by Nikki Renee Daniels (Les Miserables) and Tituss Burgess (Jersey Boys), among other Broadway talents.

Rokicki, Daniels, and Burgess will be joined onstage by Jill Abramovitz (Martin Short), Amanda Flynn (Wicked -LA), David Baum (A Chorus Line), Heather Parcells (A Chorus Line), Darryl Windslow (Evil Dead), Megan Reinking (Dracula), Patrick Mellen (Lestat), Anne Brummel (Evita Nat'l Tour), Melinda Bass, Robyn Clark (Ravina Festival's Gypsy), Garrett Long (Spitfire Grill), Craig McEldowney, and Ryland Shelton.

"Rokicki's work, described as 'eclectic mix of William Finn and Jerry Herman' (Talkin' Broadway), promises to be a very surprising evening of song. The show will feature exciting new works in addition to better-known quirky songs, which have been featured in concerts, cabarets and in his original musical, Martha & Me, which enjoyed a sold out run at the New York Fringe Festival," state press materials. Rockiki also recently had songs featured in The Greatest Holiday Musical Ever (Don't Tell Mama's) and Theatre International's Holiday Extravaganza (Triad). He has also performed as an actor.

Admission is $10 plus a 2 drink minimun. Reservations are recommended, and are available by calling The Triad 212.362.2590 or online at www.triadnyc.com/reservations.php. Day of tickets will be available at the door. The Traid is conveniently located 158 W 72nd St in NY.

Visit www.robertrokicki.com or www.michaelalan.com for more information.

Camelot Tour - Seattle - 3/20/2007

The 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company's high-profile 2006-2007 season will include several touring shows, some classic musicals and one world premiere.

British stage and film legend, Michael York (The Three Musketeers, Cabaret, Austin Powers, Logan's Run) will star as King Arthur in a new touring production of Lerner and Loewe's Camelot. The show "is set in King Arthur's enchanted kingdom Camelot, a place where honor and chivalry reign. When Queen Guenevere falls in love with Sir Lancelot, this idyllic land is placed in jeopardy." The show will run from March 20th through April 8th.

The Accomplices - 3/20/2007

New Group's upcoming production of Bernard Weinraub's political drama "The Accomplices" will begin previews March 20th, open on April 9th and run through May 5th.

Directed by Ian Morgan, the show will feature Catherine Curtin (Love, Janis), Jon DeVries (Richard II, Hamlet), Robert Hogan (Boy, What Didn't Happen), Zoe Lister-Jones (Off-Broadway's The Little Dog Laughed), David Margulies (All That I Will Ever Be, The Treatment), Andrew Polk (Almost, Maine, Flight), Daniel Sauli, Mark Zeisler (Measure for Measure), and Mark Zimmerman (Moonlight and Magnolias).

"In 1940, Hillel Kook, a.k.a. Peter Bergson, arrives in the US fresh from the underground resistance in Palestine. He seeks aid for the rescue of European Jews from the Nazis. Hillel is shocked to find himself blocked by both the Roosevelt administration and the Jewish establishment. Veteran NY Times reporter Bernard Weinraub writes a blistering account of the fight to save millions, and the code of silence and inaction that continues to haunt us to this day," state press materials.

The Accomplices will features sets by Beowulf Boritt, costumes by Theresa Squire, lighting by Jeff Croiter and sound by Matt Sherwin.

The New Group is currently presenting an extended run of Wallace Shawn's The Fever.

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

The Gregor and Olga Show - 3/20/2007

1947 productions will present Gabi Hegan and Gregory Levine's The Gregor and Olga Show, directed by Monica Rodriguez.

The show will play a limited engagement - four performances only - at The Duplex (61 Christopher Street at 7th Avenue).

The show plays on the following unique schedule: Tuesday, March 20 at 9.30pm, Saturday, March 24 at 9.30pm, Tuesday, March 27 at 9.30pm, Saturday, March 31 at 9.30pm

In The Gregor and Olga Show, "hideous comedy ensues when a misanthropic Berlin poet and his Russian temptress wife bring their disastrous European vaudeville show to 1947 New York City. A beautiful burlesque dancer and a nightclub crooner become pawns in their jealous one-upmanship," state press materials.

The Gregor and Olga Show stars Hegan as Olga, Jonathan Holtzman as Tony Caruso and Levine as Gregor. It will also feature Miss Ruby Valentine, "The Sweetheart of Burlesque," as herself. Tickets are $18 (with an additional two drink minimum) and are now available online at www.smarttix.com

Ernest in Love - 3/20/2007

"Ernest in Love" will run as part of Musicals Tonight!at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre. Inspired by Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," "Ernest in Love" retells's Wilde's play in musical form, with songs like "Mr. Bunbury," "Metaphorically Speaking," and "A Handbag is not a Proper Mother."

"Ernest in Love is," according to press notes, "the story of Algernon and his best friend Jack, whose make-believe brother Ernest supposedly lives in London. Jack's fiance, Gwendolen, seems to only love him because he told her his name was Ernest, while Algernon romances Jack's ward Cecily, who believes she is in love with Jack's non-existent brother." The musical features book and lyrics by Anne Croswell and music by Lee Pockriss. The show will be directed by Tom Mills, and feature Bill Stanley as musical director.

Cast includes Blake Hackler, Lauren Molina, Nick Dalton, Melissa Bohon, Deborah Jean Templin, Sarah Dacey Charles, William Ryall, Roger Rifkin, Selby Brown, Katherine McClain, Kathryn Feeney

"Ernest in Love" runs March 20 - April 1, playing Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:30PM, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2PM and Sundays at 3PM. All performances are open for review.

Tickets are $20. For reservations, call (212) 868-4444 or visit smarttix.com. The Mcginn/Cazale Theatre is at 2162 Broadway, at 76th St. in Manhattan.

The Howard Hughes Project - Reading - 3/20/2007

The enigmatic Howard Hughes is the subject of a new musical that will receive a star-studded private reading on March 19th and March 20th.

Starring James Ludwig (Spamalot, Little Shop of Horrors) as Hughes, the reading of The Howard Hughes Project will also feature Leah Hocking (Hairspray, Mamma Mia!, All Shook Up) as Ava Gardner, Maria Couch as Katharine Hepburn, Haviland Stillwell (Les Miserables) as Hughes' first wife, Ella Hughes and Jean Peters (Hughes' first and second wives, respectively), Elizabeth DeRosa (The Screams of Kitty Genovese at NYMF) as Ginger Rogers, Louella Parsons and Jane Russell; Rick Hilsabeck (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) as director Marshall Neilan, Jonathan C. Kaplan (The Diary of Anne Frank) in a variety of roles (including Hughes' close friend Glen Odekirk), Joseph Kolinski (Titanic) as Noah Dietrich, William Parry (Sunday in the Park With George, Passion) as Howard Hughes Sr.; and Joe Danbusky as columnist Walter Winchell. The reading will be directed by Peter Dobbins.

The musical features a book by Peter Webb, music by James Scully (Flight), and lyrics by Frank Evans. Keith Levenson will serve as musical director. Pat Flicker Addiss (Spring Awakening) will present the reading in association with eBroadwayPlays.com.

Millionaire Hughes was known for a career that encompassed aviation and filmmaking, as well as for his hobby as a womanizer. His later descent into reclusive germophobia has also been much chronicled.

If an interested member of the theatre industry, send an e-mail to: HHProjectMusical@aol.com for more information.

David Hyde Pierce on The Today Show - 3/20/2007

David Hyde Pierce, star of the new musical comedy Curtains, will appear on "The Today Show" on Tuesday, March 20, between 8:30-9:00 AM. "The Today Show" airs locally on WNBC, Channel 4. Check local listings.

Fugue - 3/21/2007

Cherry Lane Theatre presents FUGUE, a comedic drama written by Lee Thuna and directed by Judith Ivey. FUGUE begins previews at Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street) on March 13th and the official opening night is set for March 21, 2007. FUGUE will play a limited engagement through April 21st.

A woman is found wandering in Chicago, her feet blistered and bloody. Doctors at the hospital immediately recognize this as a symptom of the "fugue" state of amnesia, where the patient is literally running away from an intolerable memory. A young psychiatrist assigned to work with her is running from his own demons as well - a mistake he made with a patient which had a devastating effect on his own life. His job is to make her remember, but if she does, will HE be repeating the mistake that he made?

FUGUE is directed by Tony® Award winner Judith Ivey. Scenic design is by Neil Patel ([title of show], Side Man, 'night mother) and lighting design is by Pat Dignan (Bhutan, Women On Fire). Costume design is by Gail Cooper Hecht (The Apple Doesn't Fall, Three Mo' Tenors) and sound design is by T. Richard Fitzgerald and Carl Casella (upcoming A Moon for the Misbegotten, A Raisin In The Sun).

The cast of FUGUE includes: Charlotte Booker, Ari Butler, Lily Corvo, Liam Craig, Deirdre O'Connell, Danielle Skraastad, Rick Stear, and Catherine Wolf.

FUGUE was the winner of the American Theatre Critics Award for Best Play in Regional Theatre.

Tickets for FUGUE are $45 and $50. FUGUE plays Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets can be purchased by calling Telecharge (212) 239-6200 or going to www.Telecharge.com

Rosie O'Donnell Birthday on The View - 3/21/2007

"The View" co-host Rosie O'Donnell will celebrate her birthday by welcoming cast members of The Color Purple, Les Misérables and A Chorus Line to the show on March 21st.

WABC-TV, Channel 7, from 11 AM-noon; check local listings.

After the War - ACT - 3/22/2007

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.

After the War by Philip Kan Gotanda March 22 – April 22, 2007. Opening March 28. World Premiere directed by Carey Perloff, featuring ACT core acting company member Steven Anthony Jones. "When more than 100,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II, San Francisco's bustling Japantown neighborhood suddenly became an urban ghost town. African Americans from the neighboring Fillmore district, rural whites from the Midwest, and other societal outcasts began to fill the vacant neighborhood. But what happened when the Japanese Americans came back?" asks press notes. "Infused with the jazz rhythms of the neighborhood and the era, After the War portrays an unexpected grouping of characters, all of whom have one thing in common: the desire to find a place they can call home. Radiantly hopeful in its characters' search for acceptance and heart-wrenching in its honesty, After the War is an urgent valentine to San Francisco and to the everyday people who have built this city with their lives, loves, and stories."

Curtains - 3/22/2007

Curtains, a new, original musical comedy featuring one of the last scores by the legendary songwriting team of Kander & Ebb, will open March 22, 2007 on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street). Previews will begin February 27, 2007.

Emmy Award-winner David Hyde Pierce ("Frasier," Spamalot) and Tony Award®-winner Debra Monk (Chicago, Redwood Curtain, "NYPD Blue") will star in the production, with a book by Rupert Holmes (multiple Tony Award®-winner for The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Say Goodnight Gracie), music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb (the Tony Award-winning songwriters of Cabaret, Chicago, New York New York), original book and concept by Tony Award-winner Peter Stone (1776, Titanic, The Will Rogers Follies), and additional lyrics by John Kander and Rupert Holmes.

Curtains is directed by four-time Tony Award-nominee Scott Ellis, also represented on Broadway this season with The Little Dog Laughed and the national tour of 12 Angry Men . Choreography is by Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford (Thoroughly Modern Millie).

Producers are Roger Berlind, Roger Horchow, Daryl Roth, Jane Bergère, Ted Hartley and Center Theatre Group. Curtains had its world premiere on August 9, 2006 at Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.

Curtains "unfolds backstage at Boston's Colonial Theatre in 1959, where a new musical could be a Broadway smash, were it not for the presence of its talent-free leading lady. When the hapless star dies on opening night during her curtain call, Lieutenant Frank Cioffi (David Hyde Pierce) arrives on the scene to conduct an investigation. But the lure of the theatre proves irresistible and after an unexpected romance blooms for the stage-struck detective, he finds himself just as drawn toward making the show a hit, as he is in solving the murder."

The production stars David Hyde Pierce as Lieutenant Frank Cioffi and Debra Monk as producer Carmen Bernstein. Curtains also stars Karen Ziemba as lyricist Georgia Hendricks, Jason Danieley as composer Aaron Fox, Jill Paice as ambitious understudy Niki Harris and Edward Hibbert as director Christopher Belling.

The cast also features John Bolton as theatre critic Daryl Grady, Michael X. Martin as stage manager Johnny Harmon, Michael McCormick as nervous investor Oscar Shapiro, Noah Racey as lead dancer/ choreographer Bobby Pepper, and Megan Sikora as aspiring dancer Bambi Bernstein. Additional members of the 28 person cast will be announced shortly.

Set design is by Anna Louizos, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski and sound design by Brian Ronan. Orchestrations are by William David Brohn. Dance arrangements are by David Chase. Music direction and vocal arrangements are by David Loud. Wig and hair design is by Paul Huntley. Fight direction is by Rick Sordelet. Aerial effects design is by Paul Rubin. Make-up design is by Angelina Avallone.

Tickets will be on sale exclusively to American Express Card members beginning Sunday, January 7, 2007 at www.telecharge.com or by calling TeleCharge at 212: 239-6200. Public on sale will begin on Sunday, January 21. Box office at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street) will open on Monday, January 22.

Visit www.CurtainsTheMusical.com for more information.

Something's Afoot - IL - 3/22/2007

Something's Afoot, is a zany, entertaining musical that takes a satirical poke at Agatha Christie mysteries and spoofs all things detective. The production previews March 15, opens March 22 and runs through May 20 at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, 60181. David Perkovich will direct.

Ten people, all stereotypical British characters, have been summoned to the isolated island estate of Lord Dudley Rancour, somewhere in the English Lake District. A sudden raging thunderstorm knocks out the bridge and all communication with the outside world, leaving the survivors to fend for themselves. When the wealthy lord is found dead, it's a race against the clock to find out who committed the crime. As the group tries to discover which one of them is the murderer, they are killed off by varied and interesting means as rising floodwaters and power failures complicate the situation. Suspenseful and totally entertaining, Something's Afoot is a ridiculously funny whodunit.

Something's Afoot stars Iris Lieberman as Lady Manley, Susie McMonagle as Lettie, Don Forston as Colonel, Liz Pazik as Miss Tweed, McKinley Carter as Hope, Jim Rank as Nigel, Michael Accardo as Flint, Jon Cunningham as Geoffrey, Roger Anderson as Doctor and Mark Mahallak as Clive.

Joining David Perkovich (Director) will be William Osetek (Artistic Director) with Bill Bartelt (set design), Maya Bredenkamp (lighting design), Stacey Flaster (Choreography), Caryn Klein (costume design) and Margaret James (music director).

The performance schedule is as follows: Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m., Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Fridays at 8:30 p.m., Saturdays at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 6 p.m. Show prices range from $25 to $50 (depending on the day of the week); Lunch or Dinner and Theatre Packages are available. Inquire at box office or website for details and prices. For reservations, phone (630) 530-0111 or call TicketMaster at 312-599-1212. You may also visit www.ticketmaster.com or www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.

TastiSkank @ Ars Nova - 3/22/2007

Edgy rock band TastiSkank, led by Broadway stars Sarah Litzsinger and Kate Reinders, will perform March 22 at Ars Nova as part of their Thursdays at Ten series. Coming off a performance at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, and featuring special guest Michael Showalter, press notes describe the band as the "love child of the Indigo Girls and Tenacious D."

Ars Nova is at 511 West 54th St, and TastiSkank takes the stage Thursday, March 22 at 10PM. Tickets are $15, and available by calling 212-868-4444 or by visiting www.SmartTix.com.

Gay Marshall @ The Zipper - 3/22/2007

Gay Marshall, who recently starred in the recent long running hit revival of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris returns to the Zipper Factory on Thursday, March 22, 2007. Singing an eclectic array of songs with the accent on Piaf and Brel, Ms. Marshall, accompanied by the outstanding trio of musicians from Brel, describes the pros and cons of living on both sides of the ocean and the challenge of trying to fit in with the French in excerpts from her one woman show "If I Were Me".

Tickets are $25 and are available now by calling 212-352-3101; or online at www.zippertheatre.com.

Anne of Green Gables - 3/23/2007

TheatreworksUSA's Anne of Green Gables. The world premiere musical, which will be presented as part of the theatre's 45th Anniversary season, will play a limited seven-week engagement at Off-Broadway's Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street), beginning Friday, March 23 through Saturday, May 5, 2007. Opening night is Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m. "Lucy Maud Montgomery's cherished classic novel is re-imagined in this all-new stage musical adaptation, which follows the journey of the wildly independent and adventurous red-haired orphan, Anne Shirley, who is mistakenly sent to Green Gables to live with an elderly bachelor and his spinster sister. Soon after her arrival, she quickly turns the entire community upside-down with her indomitable spirit and scope for imagination," according to press materials.

Directed by Tyler Marchant (India Awaiting), the world premiere musical adaptation of Anne of Green Gables features book and lyrics by Gretchen Cryer and music by

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