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Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 3/25/2007

Below is BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 3/25/2007. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit BroadwayWorld.com's Event Calendar.

Kiki & Herb @ Joe's Pub - 3/25/2007

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.

Runaways @ Joe's Pub - 3/25/2007

Jamie McGonnigal and Joe's Pub present the cult hit musical, RUNAWAYS: In Concert. Runaways is a 1978 Broadway musical by Elizabeth Swados about the lives of children who run away from home and live on the city streets. The characters were taken from workshops conducted by Swados with real-life runaways in the late 1970's. In this new production, reworked and directed by Rodney Hicks (Rent, Jacques Brel…) and musically arranged and with musical direction by Eric Svejcar (Caligula:The Musical, Jacques Brel…) the stories of these young people have been updated and thus made more poignant by their relevance to the challenges today's youth face. The concert will take place on Sunday, March 25th at 9:30PM at Joe's Pub.

The cast of the Runaways concert will include Ezra Miller, Garrett Zuercher, Eric Anthony, Shonn Wiley, Alex Brightman, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Max Jenkins, Eric Nelsen, Karla Mosley, Karen DiConcetto, IDara Victor, Alexis Sims, Aryana Rodriguez, and Juliana Rose Mauriello

All seats for RUNAWAYS are $30. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Joey DiPaolo AIDS Foundation and CAMP TLC. Tickets available at The Public Theater box office or through Telecharge: www.telecharge.com or 212.239.6200.

Wicked Open Calls - 3/25/2007

Open calls will be held in Chicago for the Broadway, Chicago, Los Angeles and First National Companies of the smash hit musical Wicked.

Producers are "seeking males and females, 18 – 40s, all ethnicities, who are fantastic singers with a wide vocal range for principal and ensemble roles in all of the North American productions of Wicked," according to press notes.

Auditions will be held Sunday, March 25, 2007, 1:00pm until 5:00pm. (Sign-in begins at 12:30pm and will end promptly at 4:00pm; if you'd like to be seen, please do not arrive later than 4:00pm). They will take place at Lou Conte Dance Studio (1147 West Jackson Boulevard, corner of Jackson and Racine) in Chicago, IL.

Prepare 16 bars of a contemporary musical theater song showing range. Bring sheet music for your song; a piano accompanist will be provided. Bring a photo/resume stapled together.

The Marcy & Zina Show - 3/26/2007

"The Marcy & Zina Show" returns to Birdland (315 West 44 Street, NYC) on March 26 at 7pm . The evening is a continuation of the Broadway at Birdland concert series, which features top performers and theater composers at the legendary music room. The season is presented by Jim Caruso's Cast Party in association with TheaterMania.com.

Award-winning songwriters Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich will return to Birdland for the fifth time on March 26th, with an evening celebrating their songbook, including material from the upcoming Broadway musical, Ever After. The performance will take place at 7pm, and include special musical guests Jonathan Rayson (Adrift in Macao), Jill Abramovitz (Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me), Marya Grandy (Les Miserables), and cabaret singer Scott Coulter. Instrumentalists will include Michael Croiter on drums, Christopher Sung on guitar, Matt Scharfglass on bass, and Peter Sachon on cello. There will be a $25 cover and $10 food/drink minimum.

Each Monday night concert is followed by Jim Caruso's Cast Party, an open mic for the Broadway and jazz communities. A full dinner menu is available until 1am.

Legends of The Academy Class of 2007 - 3/26/2007

A gala event, March 26, saluting the remarkable achievements of three distinguished alumni of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Honoring Charles Durning, Gena Rowlands and Anne Bancroft. For tickets and reservations: 212.686.9244 or visit www.aada.com

Scream Out Louise @ Joe's Pub - 3/26/2007

Several Broadway stars including Ann Hampton Callaway, Steven Pasquale, Max von Essen, Will Chase, and others, will rock out in Scream Out Louise!, a benefit for at-risk families, at Joe's Pub on Monday, March 26th at 7PM.

Hosted by Seth Rudetsky and Scott Nevins, Broadway's top performers will sing classic Broadway tunes with a Funk and Soul band. Support Family First Nights, a program sponsored by The League of American Theatres and Producers which introduces NYC at-risk families to Broadway! Amy Birnbaum directs and produces Scream Out Louise!.

Performers scheduled to appear include Ann Hampton Callaway (Swing!), Will Chase (High Fidelity, Lennon, Full Monty), Max von Essen (Dance of the Vampires, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables), Brandon Ruckdashel (Ascension), The Broadway Boys (including Jesse Nager, Tyler Maynard, Tituss Burgess and more), Judine Richard (Hairspray, On the Town, The Life), Steven Pasquale ("Rescue Me", "Six Feet Under", Fat Pig). Additional performers to be announced.

Scream Out Louise! is Monday March 26th at 7PM at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater located at 425 Lafayette Street (just below Astor Place). Tickets are $30.00 and are available at The Public Theater box office or by phone at 212-967-7555 Joe's Pub Tickets.

Intríngulis - 3/26/2007

LAByrinth Theater Company will present the world premiere of Intríngulis, a new play written and performed by Carlo Alban with direction by David Anzuelo. Intríngulis runs March 26th through April 9th at The Public Theater.

"Novelist, sniper, television personality, delinquent youth. Window washer, tourist, Beelzebub, idealist youth. Vigilante, rock star wannabe, minuteman, apolitical youth. Illegal immigrant. These are the people in your neighborhood. Carlo Alban will inhabit them all, taking the stage in his solo piece Intríngulis," according to press notes.

Performances of Intríngulis, at The Public Theater (425 Lafayette St) are: Monday, March 26 at 7 (featuring open-captioning) and 9pm; Thursday, March 29 at 10am; Friday, March 30 at 3pm; Monday, April 2 and Monday, April 9 at 7pm.

Tickets are $25 and go on sale to the general public Friday February 23rd. Reservations are now available for LAByrinth LABPASS(r) subscribers, student and community groups and members of the hard-of-hearing community. For information about special student group rates or open-captioning, contact Lyssa Mandel at 212.513.1014 or Lyssa@labtheater.org. Visit www.labtheater.org or www.publictheater.org for more information.

Moving Forward, Looking Back - 3/26/2007

Moving Forward, Looking Back: A new musical revue

Music and Lyrics by Michael Mahler Conceived by Michael Mahler and Jessica Redish

Monday, March 26, 2007 @ 7PM

The Laurie Beechman Theatre 402 W. 42nd Street at 9th Ave.

For reservations call: 212.695.6909 $11 cover/$15 food & drink minimum

Directed and Choreographed by Jessica Redish Featuring: Michael Buchanan, Andrea Charmberlain, Kaitlin Doyle, Tyler Hanes, & Tommar Wilson

La Red Productions presents a one-night-only event of fresh, funny and heartfelt music by Michael Mahler, an exciting new composer who recently penned How Can You Run With a Shell on Your Back? currently premiering at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Moving Forward, Looking Back involves five twentysomethings working it out in the big city—dealing with dreams, day jobs, failed romances and attempts at new ones.

The show features some of New York's finest young talents, including Michael Buchanan (Jeff Award Winner, Urinetown), Andrea Chamberlain (of Broadway's Drowsy Chaperone), Caitlin Doyle (SF premiere of Last Five Years), Tyler Hanes (of Broadway's A Chorus Line, Oklahoma!) and Tommar Wilson (Hairspray, Lestat on Broadway) and will be directed and choreographed by Jessica Redish (NYMF's Oedipus for Kids!)

Songs for Darfur - Benefit Concert - 3/26/2007

Tony Award-winning actress Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza), Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson (All Shook Up), and acclaimed singer/songwriter Jane Kelly Williams lend their hearts and voices to a worthy cause as hosts of SONGS FOR DARFUR: THE WATER PROJECT, a benefit concert to raise money for Darfur relief efforts. The one-night-only concert will take place at the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew (located at 263 West 86th Street at West End Avenue) on Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will benefit UMCOR Sudan to improve access to water and sanitation and increase food security for displaced people living in camps in Darfur and the surrounding communities of Adilla and Al Daein. Proceeds will also go to The Darfur People's Association of New York, to help raise funds for school supplies to be sent to refugee camps in Darfur and Chad.

SONGS FOR DARFUR: THE WATER PROJECT will feature performances by co-hosts Victoria Clark, Cheyenne Jackson, and Jane Kelly Williams, and appearances by celebrated Broadway stars including Maureen McGovern (Little Women), Kelli O'Hara (The Light in the Piazza), Everett Bradley (Swing), Malcolm Gets (A New Brain), Elizabeth Stanley (Company), Marilyn Torres (The Agony and the Agony), and world-renowned opera singer Marvis Martin. Musicians Ted Sperling and Dave Richards will perform.

Tickets for SONGS FOR DARFUR: THE WATER PROJECT are $40 for adults and $20 for students, seniors, and individuals with limited income. Patron tickets, priced at $100, include a pre-concert reception with the performers at 6 p.m. and special reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash or check only), in advance at the Church between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., or by calling (212) 362-3179. Checks should be made payable to Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew, with "Darfur" written in the memo line. Tickets can also be purchased by visiting the event website, www.songsfordarfur.com.

That's Andy - Reading - 3/26/2007

Burke Moses and Beth Leavel will star in an upcoming reading of a new musical entitled That's Andy.

According to press materials, the musical is aiming for a Broadway run. It concerns a young boy (to be played by Mary Poppins' Henry Hodges) whose dream in life is to play the title role in Annie.

In addition to Moses and Leavel, the March 26th reading (at 7 PM) will star Broadway veterans such as Joan Barber and Terri Furr. That's Andy features music by Kevin Carter, and book and lyrics by Crystal Skillman. The show is concieved by Robert Jay Cronin

Oklahoma! - Reading - 3/26/2007

CAP21's Barbara Wolff Classics Series will feature a concert reading of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! Act II on March 26 at 7:30pm.

CAP21's Artistic Director Eliza Ventura helms the staging, performed over two Monday nights in February and March featuring Helen Hayes Award-nominee Glenn Seven Allen (Light in the Piazza, Broadway; Cabaret, Arena Stage) as Curly and a cast made up of CAP21'S Artistic Ensemble including Doug Jbara as Jud, Ann Dowd (Flags of Our Fathers) as Aunt Eller and Courtney Glass (Woman in White) as Laurey.

"Oklahoma!, Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established many of the conventions of musical theatre still used today. Set in pre-statehood Oklahoma Territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story," state press materials.

All seats are free to the public but reservations are encouraged and may be made by visiting www.CAP21.org or by calling 212.352.3101. Seating is limited.

Who's Afriad of Virginia Woolf? - Chicago Tour - 3/27/2007

Edward Albee's beloved classic WHO'S AFRAID OF Virginia Woolf? starring Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin will appear in Chicago for a limited engagement as part of its five-city, five-month national tour. The award-winning and critically acclaimed production will play the LaSalle Bank Theatre (18 W. Monroe St.) from March 27 through April 8, 2007.

WHO'S AFRAID OF Virginia Woolf? appears in a limited engagement at Chicago's LaSalle Bank Theatre (18 W. Monroe St.) from March 27 – April 8, 2007. The performance schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, March 27 8:00 pm Wednesday, March 28 7:30 pm Thursday, March 29 7:30 pm Friday, March 30 8:00 pm Saturday, March 31 2 & 8 pm Sunday, April 1 2:00 pm Tuesday, April 3 7:30 pm Wednesday, April 4 7:30 pm Thursday, April 5 7:30 pm Friday, April 6 8:00 pm Saturday, April 7 2 & 8 pm Sunday, April 8 2:00 pm

Tickets range in price from $22.50 - $72.50 and are available at Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (18 W. Monroe, 24 W. Randolph St. and 151 W. Randolph St.), through the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (312) 902-1400, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers (including all Carson Pirie Scott stores, Hot Tix, select Coconuts and fye stores) or online at ticketmaster.com. Groups of 20 or more may receive a discount by calling (312) 977-1710.

The Gregor and Olga Show - 3/27/2007

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

Twelve Angry Men - LA Tour - 3/28/2007

Ahmanson's 2006-2007 season will be five touring productions of Broadway hits: Reginald Rose play Twelve Angry Men (March 28th-May 6th), starring Richard Thomas and George Wendt.

After the War - ACT - 3/28/2007

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."

Rob Evan Joins Tarzan - 3/28/2007

Broadway veteran Rob Evan will step in for Shuler Hensley in Tarzan, from March 28th through May 6th.

Evan will assume Hensley's role as Kerchak while Hensley is performing in the Kander and Ebb musical All About Us at Westport Country Playhouse.

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown - IL - 3/28/2007

Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Professional Children's Theatre presents the heartwarming musical YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN. The production opens March 28 and runs through May 19 at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, 60181. This beloved Broadway classic has charmed audiences for almost 40 years and is one of the most produced plays of our time.

Join the beloved Peanuts gang as they celebrate a "day in the life of Charlie Brown." Good Grief - there's Charlie Brown, Lucy, Schroeder, Sally, Linus, and of course Snoopy in this charming musical that is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN features sweet little moments picked from the life of Charlie Brown, and features songs including "My Blanket and Me", "The Kite", "The Baseball Game", "Little Known Facts", "Suppertime" and "Happiness".

YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN stars Ericka Mac as Lucy, Ryan Gardner as Charlie Brown, David Mendes as Snoopy, Michael Mahler as Linus, Tammy Mader as Sally and Stephen Schellhardt as Schroeder.

The performance schedule for YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN is as follows: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Call 630.530.0111 for exact schedule, as some show times and dates may vary. There will be no performances on April 27 or May 11. Tickets for all shows are $8.50 excluding tax and handling fees. There are discounts for groups of 20 or more. For reservations, phone (630) 530-0111 or call TicketMaster at (312)-599-1212. You may also visit www.ticketmaster.com or www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.

Face the Music - Encores! - 3/29/2007

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. From March 29 –April 1, Encores! will present the first full-scale restoration of Irving Berlin and Moss Hart's Face the Music, a 1932 musical about a desperate producer in New York.

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).

The Year of Magical Thinking - 3/29/2007

The Year of Magical Thinking will begin previews on March 6th at the Booth Theatre for a March 29th opening. The show will feature sets by Tony Award-winner Bob Crowley (Mary Poppins, Tarzan), costumes by Ann Roth (The Odd Couple, upcoming Butley) and lighting by Jean Kalman (Festen).

The Year of Magical Thinking will be a one-woman play adapted by Didion from her book. Produced by Scott Rudin and helmed by David Hare (author of Stuff Happens, Amy's View, upcoming The Vertical Hour), The Year of Magical Thinking will open at the Booth Theatre on March 29th, 2007. The stage version will differ from book in some ways, as it will cover some events that happened after Magical Thinking's publication.

Publishers' notes on The Year of Magical Thinking state: "From one of America's iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage–and a life, in good times and bad–that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child.

A Moon for the Misbegotten - 3/29/2007

A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN

Previews begin March 29; opens April 2 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

The scoop: Kevin Spacey returns to Broadway in the acclaimed London production of O'Neill's classic drama.

The Rose Tattoo - UK - 3/29/2007

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.

Anne of Green Gables - 3/29/2007

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 Nancy Ford, the creative team behind I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road and The American Girls Revue. The show will be presented by special arrangement with the Lucille Lortel Foundation.

The show will star Heather MacRae (Falsettos, Coastal Disturbances, Hair) as Rachel, with Bethe Austin (I Sent a Letter to My Love) as Marilla Cuthbert, Erick Devine (Seussical, Ragtime) as Matthew Cuthbert, AnDrew Gehling (Hello Dolly!, Paper Mill) as Gilbert Blythe, Piper Goodeve (The Pursuit of Persephone) as Anne Shirley, and Alison Walla (Fiddler on the Roof, revival) as Diana. Alison Faircloth (Junie B. Jones) and Michael Mendiola (After the Fair) complete the ensemble. Tickets are only $25 each, and are now available by visiting or calling www.TicketCentral.com at 212-279-4200. This production is recommended for ages 8 and up. Visti www.TheatreworksUSA.org for more information on TheatreworksUSA.

Liza Minnelli - Las Vegas - 3/29/2007

After two successful weekends in October and November, Liza Minnelli will return to the Luxor Thursday, March 29 - Saturday, March 31.

The star will "showcase her renowned, dynamic talent and to celebrate her birthday at the Luxor Theater," according to press notes. The performances are scheduled to begin 8 p.m. nightly.

Minnelli will perform her well-known hits "Bye Bye Blackbird," "Cabaret," "Losing My Mind," "Some People," and her signature song, "New York, New York."

"With powerful stage presence and unrivaled vocal style, Minnelli will once again prove to Las Vegas that her legendary talent is better than ever."

Tickets are priced at $95, $70 and $50 plus tax and handling fees and are on sale now at the Luxor Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge by phone call the Luxor Box Office at (800) 557-7428 or (702) 262-4400 or order online at www.luxor.com. The Luxor Theater is a 1,500-seat venue.

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs - 3/30/2007

Transport Group Artistic Director Jack Cummings III has announced that performances of the official 50th anniversary production of William Inge's The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, will begin Friday, March 30 at 8pm at the Connelly Theatre, 220 East 4 Street. The production, which is directed by Mr. Cummings, is scheduled to open Thursday, April 5, at 8pm.

The cast of The Dark at the Top of the Stairs features Patrick Boll, Donna Lynne Champlin, Paul Iacono, Liz Mamana, Colby Minifie, Tony Award winner Michele Pawk, Jay Potter, Jack Tartaglia, and Matt Yeager.

Set in a small Oklahoma town in the early 1920's, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs tells the story of a middle class family torn apart by economic forces, social upheaval, violence, and sexual trauma.

The play centers on Rubin Flood, who after losing his job as a traveling salesman for a harness manufacturer, finds himself pulled in several directions at once—looking for new employment while trying to deal at once with a wife who shuns intimacy and mistakes his joblessness for stinginess; a shy teenage daughter preparing for her first dance; and an introverted son who runs to his mother instead of confronting local bullies.

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs plays Wednesday through Monday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm, and Sunday at 3pm through Saturday, April 21, at the Connelly Theatre, 220 East 4th Street, between Avenues A & B (6 to Astor Place, W/N to 8th Street or F/V to Second Avenue). Tickets are $20 and are available at www.theatremania.com or by phoning (212) 352-3101. For more information about Transport Group and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, visit www.transportgroup.org.

Bush is Bad - CA - 3/30/2007

Bush is Bad will be presented at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood, CA beginning March 30th. It will open on April 6th for a limited eight-week run through May 20th. The production will feature: Roger Ainslie, Stefanie Black, Melanie Ewbank, Sabrina Miller, Gerry Mullins, Mai Thompson-Heath, Michael Craig Shapiro and Jonathan Zenz.

The show was previously seen in an extended run at Off-Broadway's Triad Theatre, where it ran for two years, closing on December 30th, 2006.

Bush is Bad is created by Joshua Rosenblum, who will also supply new songs for the West Coast premiere. The show, "which has been described as the hysterical love-child of Forbidden Broadway and 'The Daily Show,' offers catchy tunes, wickedly funny lyrics and scathing impersonations of the president and his dissembling gang of conspirators." Jay Willick will direct Bush is Bad, which will feature musical direction by Michael Lavine.

The NoHo Arts Center is located at 11136 Magnolia Blvd. in North Hollywood. Tickets, which range from $20-$35, are available by calling (818) 508-7101 or at www.thenohoartscenter.com. Visit www.bushisbadthemusical.com for more information.

Liza Minnelli - Las Vegas - 3/30/2007

After two successful weekends in October and November, Liza Minnelli will return to the Luxor Thursday, March 29 - Saturday, March 31.

The star will "showcase her renowned, dynamic talent and to celebrate her birthday at the Luxor Theater," according to press notes. The performances are scheduled to begin 8 p.m. nightly.

Minnelli will perform her well-known hits "Bye Bye Blackbird," "Cabaret," "Losing My Mind," "Some People," and her signature song, "New York, New York."

"With powerful stage presence and unrivaled vocal style, Minnelli will once again prove to Las Vegas that her legendary talent is better than ever."

Tickets are priced at $95, $70 and $50 plus tax and handling fees and are on sale now at the Luxor Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge by phone call the Luxor Box Office at (800) 557-7428 or (702) 262-4400 or order online at www.luxor.com. The Luxor Theater is a 1,500-seat venue.

Roundabout - Joan Hamburg Show - 3/31/2007

On WOR's "The Joan Hamburg Show," on Friday, March 31st from 9:00-11:00AM (710 AM), the Roundabout Theatre Company's 40th anniversary season will be celebrated. Roundabout's Artistic Director Todd Haimes and many stars currently performing on Roundabout stages will be on-hand to discuss the Roundabout's spring productions.

Spamalot - Las Vegas - 3/31/2007

John O'Hurley will ascend the throne as King Arthur in the upcoming Las Vegas production of Monty Python's Spamalot, which will begin previews at the Wynn Las Vegas on March 8th and open on March 31st.

The musical is written by Eric Idle and is lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. Spamalot features lyrics and a Grammy Award-winning score by Eric Idle and long-time Python collaborator John Du Prez. The show is directed by Oscar and Tony Award-winning legend Mike Nichols. Monty Python's Spamalot has been honored with dozens of awards, including the Grammy Award for Best Original Cast Recording and three Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The original cast recording is available on Decca Broadway.

Tickets, ranging from $49 to $99, for Monty Python's Spamalot will go on sale on Tuesday, January 16. A priority booking period for groups of 10 or more begins January 8. All preview performances (March 8 – 30) will be discounted 25 percent. All ticket prices include local entertainment tax.

Visit www.montypythonsspamalot.com or www.wynnlasvegas.com for more information.

An Evening with Linda Eder - 3/31/2007

An Evening with Linda Eder Saturday, March 31 2007 @ 8pm BERGEN PAC, 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631 Tickets: $45/$55/$65/$85 1-888-PACSHOW or www.BergenPAC.org

Linda Eder, singer and Broadway star, was perhaps the most popular new interpreter of theatrical songs to emerge during the '90s. Inspired by Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand from an early age, Eder gradually forged her own vocal style, recording seven albums between 1994 and 2004 where she branched out from show tunes with pop hits, standards, light swing, and adult contemporary ballads, each showcasing Linda's extravagant vocal gifts.

Eder began her career with a 13-week unprecedented win on Star Search and went on to become a Broadway star, playing Lucy in "Jekyll and Hyde." Linda won a Theater World Award in 1997. This success coincided with the release of her first solo album, "It's Time."

Her CD recordings include her 2006 release "By Myself," a tribute to Judy Garland, showcasing some of the most iconic songs in the American songbook (see song list below). "Judy was my first big musical influence," explained Eder. "I always felt a connection to her. She was all about the goose bump factor." Her other CDs include "Gold," "Broadway My Way," "It's Time," "Storybook," "And So Much More," and "It's No Secret Anymore."

In additional to her many successful solo albums, she has been featured in events ranging from the Opening Ceremony of the 2002 Olympics to a Bravo Holiday Special which was released on DVD. Eder tours frequently in the United States and will be performing in London during February 2007. Among her regular concert songs are "Don't Rain on My Parade," "Vienna," and "Man of La Mancha." She also loves performing with her longtime friend and recording artist, Michael Feinstein, in shows they've developed in between their solo engagements.

Linda is also an animal activist and has been seen on TV in several animal-related specials. "Trail MIX," a new primetime television special she created and is hosting for Animal Planet, teams Linda with other celebrities who share her passion for horses.

Linda Eder has a great rapport with her audience during her performances, often conversing with them as if they were dear friends. Her talent is exceptional. She knows how to pierce the deepest meaning of a song, and sings with the purest power and clarity. She has extraordinary vocal power and admits "I'm not easy to record because I have a loud voice. I've blown up a few microphones." In addition to having an impressive three-octave range, she possesses the acting skills that have enabled her to make a splash in musical theater -- on and off Broadway.

"By Myself," Song Titles 1. By Myself 2. Almost Like Being In Love 3. Me And My Shadow 4. I'd Like To Hate Myself In The Morning 5. It Never Was 6. Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart / The Trolley Song 7. The Boy Next Door / You Made Me Love You 8. The Rainbow's End 9. Do It Again 10. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody 11. I'm Always Chasing Rainbows / Over The Rainbow

The Gregor and Olga Show - 3/31/2007

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

Liza Minnelli - Las Vegas - 3/31/2007

After two successful weekends in October and November, Liza Minnelli will return to the Luxor Thursday, March 29 - Saturday, March 31.

The star will "showcase her renowned, dynamic talent and to celebrate her birthday at the Luxor Theater," according to press notes. The performances are scheduled to begin 8 p.m. nightly.

Minnelli will perform her well-known hits "Bye Bye Blackbird," "Cabaret," "Losing My Mind," "Some People," and her signature song, "New York, New York."

"With powerful stage presence and unrivaled vocal style, Minnelli will once again prove to Las Vegas that her legendary talent is better than ever."

Tickets are priced at $95, $70 and $50 plus tax and handling fees and are on sale now at the Luxor Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge by phone call the Luxor Box Office at (800) 557-7428 or (702) 262-4400 or order online at www.luxor.com. The Luxor Theater is a 1,500-seat venue.

Kiki & Herb @ Joe's Pub - 4/1/2007

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.

Forever Plaid - Las Vegas Closing - 4/1/2007

Forever Plaid: The Heavenly Musical Hit, will close in two weeks, capping off a successful off-Broadway run on Sunday, April 1. The hit musical comedy debuted at the Flamingo's Bugsy Celebrity Theatre in 1995, and at the Gold Coast Showroom in 2005.

Forever Plaid, which has seen over 4,700 performances in Las Vegas, features 29 songs from the 1950s and 60s, including "Rags to Riches," "Love is a many-Splendored Things," "Moments to Remember" and "Three Coins in a Fountain." The show follows a harmonizing quartet, the Plaids, who were killed in a bus crash on their way to their debut, and somehow return to Earth to finally play the big show. Show times for Forever Plaid in the Gold Coast Showroom are at 7:30PM, Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 3PM and 7:30PM on Sundays. Tickets are $39.95, and $44.95 for the dinner/show package. For more information, contact the Gold Coast Box Office at (702) 251-3574 or visit www.goldcoastcasino.com.


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