Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 3/25/2008

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Below is's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 3/25/2008. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit's Event Calendar.

The Government Inspector - ACT - 3/26/2008

The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco has announced its 2007-2008 season. Visit for more information:

Nikolai Gogol's classic The Government Inspector, directed by Carey Perloff, will run next, from March 26th through April 20th. "The Government Inspector teems with politicians behaving so badly that it could easily be set in Anytown, USA. But this famous satire by Nikolai Gogol (The Overcoat) plays out in a small Russian village, where government leaders and local cronies are willing to give a visiting official money, women, and whatever else he wants-just as long as he gives them a good report back at the capital. But are they even greasing the right man's palms?"

Cabaret - WA - 3/25/2008

The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, WA presents: Cabaret Music by John Kander Lyrics by Fred Ebb Book by Joe Masteroff Based on the play I Am a Camera by John Van Druten and Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood March 25 – April 13, 2008

Subscribers who need to adjust their season ticket package because of the date changes should call (206) 625-1900 or stop by The 5th Avenue Theatre box office at 1308 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle. Subscription packages are available now and prices range from as little as $82 (4 shows, previews) to $383 (6 shows, weekend). The Second Sunday Talkback, 30-Or-Under and Q Club ticket packages remain popular season packages.

Visit for more information.

The Government Inspector - 3/26/2008

The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco has announced its 2007-2008 season. Visit for more information:

Nikolai Gogol's classic The Government Inspector, directed by Carey Perloff, will run next, from March 26th through April 20th. "The Government Inspector teems with politicians behaving so badly that it could easily be set in Anytown, USA. But this famous satire by Nikolai Gogol (The Overcoat) plays out in a small Russian village, where government leaders and local cronies are willing to give a visiting official money, women, and whatever else he wants-just as long as he gives them a good report back at the capital. But are they even greasing the right man's palms?"

Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story - 3/28/2008

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

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

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

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

Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story March 28 – May 4, 2008 Musical Drama Book, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Dolginoff Walker Theatre

Nathan Leopold was passionate about Richard Loeb, who was passionate about crime and excitement. Thrill Me reveals the series of events in 1924 Chicago that led impending law students Leopold and Loeb toward notoriety as "the thrill killers."

The Student Gypsy - 3/29/2008

42nd Street Moon Theatre celebrates their 15th year of producing uncommon musicals with another grand line-up of productions for the 2007-08 season! All 42nd Street Moon performances are held at the Eureka Theatre located at 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco (between Battery and Front in the Gateway Plaza). For subscriptions of single tickets call the box office at 415-255-8207 or visit

The Student Gypsy Music, Lyrics & Book by Rick Besoyan March 27 – April 13, 2008 Opening Night: March 29

"A follow-up to Besoyan's smash-hit operetta-spoof Little Mary Sunshine, The Student Gypsy is a wacky hybrid: a Romenberg-esque operetta crossed with a zany Marx Brothers face. In turn-of-the-century Singspielia, Merry May Glockenspiel, a charming but myopic young woman, takes up with a band of gypsies in her search for romance. Her mentor, Zampa the Gypsy Queen, has a dark secret involving the true identity of the Price of the neighboring Liederkranz. And what about the strange Elsie Umlaut who shows up to dispense cheese at inappropriate times?"

Tragedy: a tragedy - 3/28/2008

Tragedy: a tragedy – American Premiere Berkeley Rep - Thrust Stage Written by Will Eno Directed by Les Waters March 28 – April 27, 2008 (Press Night: Wednesday, April 2)

Finally, Berkeley Rep invites an intriguing and insightful playwright to the party in April: "Will Eno is a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation," proclaims the New York Times, calling his off-Broadway hit Thom Pain (based on nothing), "an acidly funny meditation on the indelible sorrows of life." Now Berkeley Rep's intimate Thrust Stage houses the American premiere of Eno's satirical Tragedy: a tragedy. The sun – despite its shining record – has finally set. Reporters descend in a flurry of absurd questions and incoherent commentary, while the governor hysterically urges calm.

Camelot - National Tour - 3/25/2008

Starring Tony-nominee and Film Star Lou Diamond Phillips March 25 - April 6 Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) - 3/26/2008

Starring Michael Stebbins. Rep Stage. Through April 13. $15-$25. Wed - Thurs at 7:30PM, Fri - Sat at 8PM, Sat - Sun at 2:30PM. 410-772-4900

A Hatful of Rain - 3/30/2008

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

Thurgood - 3/30/2008

Hollywood star and Tony Award-winner, Laurence Fishburne returns to Broadway next year to star in George Stevens Jr.'s new one-man play Thurgood, beginning a limited engagement at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th St) beginning previews March 30; officially opening on Sunday, April 20 with performances through July 20, 2008.

"Thurgood is the remarkable and triumphant story of Thurgood Marshall, who rose from a childhood in the backstreets of Baltimore to the Supreme Court of the United States. Along the way, Mr. Marshall overcame many adversities but through them all, remained focused and positive to maintain the great country he wanted to serve. And did. Thurgood brings to the stage the words, the wit, the tenacity and the wisdom of one of American's greatest heroes," explain press notes.

Juno - Encores! - 3/27/2008

Victoria Clark will star in Marc Blitzstein and Joseph Stein's Juno, the second Encores! production of New York City Center's 2008 season. Directed by Tony Award winner Garry Hynes, with guest music direction by Eric Stern and musical staging by Warren Carlyle, Juno will play for five performances, from March 27 – 30, at New York City Center (West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues).

Juno, with music and lyrics by Marc Blitzstein and book by Joseph Stein is based on the 1924 play Juno and Paycock by Sean O'Casey. Songs include "I Wish It So," "We're Alive," and "One Kind World."

"Juno chronicles the disintegration of an Irish family in Dublin in the early 1920s during the confrontation between the Irish Republican Army and the British. Juno Boyle is the hardworking matriarch who struggles heroically to hold her family together in the face of war, betrayal, and her husband's drinking," explain press notes.

Juno performances are scheduled for Thursday March 27 at 8PM; Friday March 28 at 8PM; Saturday March 29 at 2PM & 8PM; and Sunday March 30 at 6:30PM

Tickets for the 2008 Encores! season are available at the New York City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues), through CityTix at 212-581-1212, or online at Tickets for the Orchestra, Grand Tier and Mid-Mezzanine are $95; tickets for the Rear Mezzanine and Front Gallery are $50; tickets for the Rear Gallery are $25.

From Up Here - 3/27/2008

Manhattan Theatre Club will present the world premiere of From Up Here, Liz Flahive's new American play. This production is presented in association with Ars Nova. The production, to be directed by Leigh Silverman (Well, Yellowface), will begin previews Thursday, March 27 for a Wednesday, April 16 opening at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

For information on the Manhattan Theatre Club and how to subscribe please visit For more information on Ars Nova visit

Single tickets for all Manhattan Theatre Club productions at New York City Center are available by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212. Tickets are $75.00.

Something You Did - 4/1/2008

The New York premiere of Something You Did by Willy Holtzman will feature Tony-Award winning actress Joanna Gleason as Alison, a sixties radical. She will be joined by Jordon Charney as Arthur, her lawyer in the play. Carolyn Cantor will direct the final production of the current Primary Stages 23rd season of new works by American playwrights.

Performances are scheduled to begin March 18, 2008 for a limited run through April 26, 2008 at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Opening night is Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 7PM. The full cast will be announced shortly.

Something You Did by Willy Holtzman "tells the story of a notorious sixties radial who has served nearly 30 years in prison for her part in the accidental killing of an African-American police officer during an explosive war protest. Now she is eligible for parole in a post 9/11 world where bombing is terrorism and dissent, treason. How much can she be faulted for having a conscience? Is she guilty of bringing the war home? A powerfully topical and provocative drama, Something You Did examines the responsibility of citizens for the actions of their government," explain press notes.

Single tickets are priced at $60 with a specially priced $20 ticket available to patrons 35 and under during preview performances only. Tickets may be purchased by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or online at For more information visit

The Four of Us - 3/25/2008

Gideon Banner and Michael Esper will star in the upcoming New York premiere of Itamar Moses' two-person show The Four of Us. The production, to be directed by Pam MacKinnon, will begin previews Thursday, March 6 and open on Tuesday, March 25 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage II (131 West 55th Street).

Tickets for The Four of Us are available by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212, online at, or in person at the New York City Center box office (131 West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenue). Tickets are $50.00.

"When Benjamin's (Banner) first novel vaults him into literary stardom, his friend David (Esper), a struggling playwright, is thrilled for his newfound success...or is he? Should Benjamin help David by using his new connections? Can David even expect such favors from his friend? And, most importantly, who should pay for lunch? The Four of Us is a poignant new play about friendship and memory, the gap between our stories and our lives, and what happens when your dreams come true – for your best friend," explain press notes.

Lucille Lortel Award Nominees Announced - 4/1/2008

The League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers announced that The 23rd Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway will be presented on Monday, May 5th at the Union Square Theatre (100 East 17th Street).

A limited number of tickets, for the ceremony only, will go on sale to the public through the Union Square Box Office and (212/307-7171), beginning April 1.

The nominations will be announced April 1. A cocktail reception to congratulate all of the nominees will be held on April 21 at The Penthouse at American Airlines Theatre, 227 West 42nd Street. The cut-off date for eligibility is March 31.

The 2007-2008 Lucille Lortel Awards nominating/voting committee is appointed by the League of Off-Broadway Theatres & Producers, the Lucille Lortel Foundation, Actors' Equity Association, Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers, and also includes journalists, educators, and other Off-Broadway theatre professionals. For more information visit

Awarded since 1986, the Lucille Lortel Awards are produced by the League by special arrangement with the Lucille Lortel Foundation. Additional support is provided by Theatre Development Fund.

A Catered Affair - 3/25/2008

A Catered Affair, the new musical with book by four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein, score by John Bucchino and directed by Tony Award-winner John Doyle will play the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street). Preview performances begin March 25 with an opening night set for April 17.

The production stars Tony Award-winner Faith Prince as 'Aggie Hurley,' the mother- of-the-bride, Tony Award-nominee Tom Wopat as 'Tom Hurley,' the father-of-the-bride, Harvey Fierstein as 'Winston,' the uncle-of-the-bride, Leslie Kritzer as 'Jane Hurley,' the bride-to-be and Matt Cavenaugh as 'Ralph Halloran,' the groom-to-be. The featured cast includes Philip Hoffman, Katie Klaus, Heather MacRae, Lori Wilner and Kristine Zbornik.

A Catered Affair, Broadway's newest musical, asks the question that inevitably faces every mother and daughter: Whose wedding is it anyway? One family's dilemma is now a funny, poignant and oh, so human show of love and disaffection. Set in the Bronx of 1953, this musical reveals a couple strained to their limits as they plan their only daughter's wedding. Harvey Fierstein's book and John Bucchino's score explore both our need for love and the true meaning of family.

Another Op'nin, Another Show - 3/30/2008

Tony Award-nominee and Drama Desk Award-winner Robert Cuccioli, Carol Woods, Garth Kravits and Drama Desk Award-winner Ken Jennings will be among the starry cast appearing in "Another Op'nin, Another Show: A Musical Tribute To Paul Gemignani" on Sunday, March 30, at 7:30 PM, at the YM-YWHA of North Jersey, 1 Pike Drive, in Wayne, NJ.

This musical salute to 2008 Arts Ambassador, Tony and Emmy Award-winner Paul Gemignani, also stars Drama Desk Award-winner Toni DiBuono, Gay Willis, George Marge, Ciaran Sheehan, Peter Marinos, Mike O'Carroll, Ali Ewoldt, Kevin David Thomas and Julie Waldman-Stiel.

Audiences can expect show-stopping numbers from Paul Gemignani's more than 38 Broadway and West End credits including Company, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Evita, Kiss Me, Kate, West Side Story, Into The Woods, 1776, On The 20th Century, Dreamgirls, Crazy For You, and more.

Reserved seats are $45 in advance. Please call Broadway Ala Carte at 973-595-0100, Ext. 226, or visit the YM-YWHA at

You May Worship Me Now - BC/EFA Concert - 3/31/2008

Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS is proud to present a one night only performance of You May Now Worship Me, a collection of musical short stories featuring Tony Award nominee Sherie Rene Scott, Monday, March 31 at 8 PM at The Eugene O'Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street). The evening will benefit the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative of The Actor's Fund.

You May Now Worship Me is conceived and written by Tony Awardâ nominee Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott, featuring direction by Tony Awardâ winner Michael Mayer, and musical direction by Tom Kitt.

"BC/EFA presents a one night only benefit performance of You May Now Worship Me, Scott's collection of deeply personal stories. From her childhood in Topeka to her eventual rise to Broadway semi-star, this is her truth, her whole truth, and nothing but her truth… only better. Featuring songs made famous by such icons as Judy Garland, Rickie Lee Jones, Tom Waits, and Mr. Rogers, You May Now Worship Me reminds us that none of us are in Kansas anymore," explain press notes.

Tickets for You May Now Worship Me may be purchased by calling BC/EFA at (212) 840-0770, extension 268 or online by visiting

The Drowsy Chaperone - Chicago - 4/1/2008

Broadway In Chicago presents the most celebrated musical of the 2006 Broadway season, The Drowsy Chaperone, a completely original musical comedy, at the Cadillac Palace Theater for a limited two-week engagement April 1 – 13, 2008.

The Drowsy Chaperone tells the story of a modern day musical theater addict known simply as 'Man in Chair.' To chase his blues away he drops the needle on his favorite LP – the 1928 musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. From the crackle of his hi-fi, the musical magically bursts to life on-stage telling the tale of a pampered Broadway starlet who wants to give up show business to get married, her producer who sets out to sabotage the nuptials, her chaperone, the debonair groom, the dizzy chorine, the Latin lover and a pair of gangsters who double as pastry chefs.

Canadian actor Jonathan Crombie, who is widely known for playing Gilbert Blythe in the popular Anne of Green Gables movies, plays the musical-loving Man in Chair. Georgia Engel ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Everybody Loves Raymond") will reprise her role of Mrs. Tottendale for the tour. Joining them are Cliff Bemis (Feldzieg), Andrea Chamberlain (Janet Van De Graaff), Robert Dorfman (Underling), Fran Jaye (Trix), Mark Ledbetter (Robert Martin), Marla Mindelle (Kitty), James Moye (Aldolpho), Nancy Opel (The Drowsy Chaperone), Paul Riopelle (Gangster #1), Peter Riopelle (Gangster #2), and Richard Vida (George). Rounding out the cast are Kevin Crewell, Taylor Farrell, Tiffany Haas, Alicia Irving, James Patterson, Chuck Rea, Mason Roberts and Jennifer Swiderski.

The performance schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, April 1 at 8PM Wednesday, April 2 at 7:30PM Thursday, April 3 at 7:30PM Friday, April 4 at 8PM Saturday, April 5 at 2PM & 8PM Sunday, April 6 at 2PM & 7:30PM Tuesday, April 8 at 7:30PM Wednesday, April 9 at 2PM & 7:30PM Thursday, April 10 at 7:30PM Friday, April 11 at 8PM Saturday, April 12 at 2PM & 8PM Sunday, April 13 at 2PM

Tickets range in price from $25 to $75 and are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., and 18 W. Monroe St.), through the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (312) 902-1400 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers.

Dead Man's Cell Phone - 3/27/2008

The Steppenwolf Theatre presents 'Dead Man's Cell Phone', a new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl. Directed by Jessica Thebus, the production will begin on Thursday, March 27-July 27 at Steppenwolfs' Upstairs Theatre (1650 N. Halsted Street Chicago IL 60614).Performances are scheduled on March 27th for 3:00 PM. and 7:30 PM.

Featuring ensemble member Molly Regan with Sarah Charipar, Marilyn Dodds Frank, Géraldine Dulex, Mary Beth Fisher, Coburn Goss, Marc Grapey, Polly Noonan and Ben Whiting

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

For subscription and ticket information to Steppenwolfs' productions, call the box office at 312-335-1650

22nd Annual Charlie Awards - 3/29/2008

The Hollywood Arts Council will celebrate its 30th Anniversary and present the 22nd Annual Charlie Awards at a Black-Tie, Red-Carpet Gala Event emceed by KABC Television's George Pennacchio. The event is open to the general public and will be held at the historic Jim Henson Studios, home of the original Charlie Chaplin Studios and the world famous Muppets (1416 North LaBrea Avenue, south of Sunset Boulevard and De Longpre Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90028) on Saturday, March 29, 2008.

2008 Charlie Awards will be presented to:

Bob Mackie, the legendary American fashion icon who has been hailed as the Sultan of Sequins and the Rajah of Rhinestones for his sparkling, visually stunning and imaginative costume designs, will be honored with the Inaugural Fashion Arts Charlie Award for his contribution to fashion by creating legendary show-stopping costumes and a distinct Hollywood brand name. Mackie is perhaps best known for his costumes for Cher and for The Carol Burnett Show. He has his own fashion line, and a plethora of celebrities have worn his outfits, including: Carol Burnett, Cher, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minelli, Lucille Ball, Mitzi Gaynor, Bernadette Peters, Madonna, Judy Garland, Diana Ross, Diahann Carroll, Elton John, Oprah Winfrey, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, RuPaul, Whoopi Goldberg, Carol Channing and Anjelica Huston, to name a few.

A Celebrity and VIP Reception with Hosted Cocktails and Silent Auction will commence at the Jim Henson Studios at 6:30PM, followed by Dinner and the Program at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $175 for the Black-Tie Gala Red Carpet Event. For reservations, please call323-871-ARTS (2787). For further information, please call 323-462-2355 and visit the website

The Frog Prince-Closing - 3/29/2008

An arrogant prince, a curse, and a kiss take the stage in a story that asks: Can people really change?

Performance at the Writers' Theatre at Tudor Court,325 Tudor Cr., Glencoe. Call (847)242-6000 for tickets or visit

Blithe Spirit - 3/26/2008

The Oak Park Festival Theatre Presents a "spirited" drawing-room farce with a seance that creates a most unusual love triangle.

Performance at Indoors at Pleasant Home • 217 Home Ave., Oak Park. Call (708)445-4440 for ticket information or on the Internet at Runs March 26- April 27-2008.

Maureen McGovern in Concert - 3/29/2008

A true master of her craft, this Broadway beauty will leave you breathless with her undeniable flawless voice.

Performance at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts • 9501 Skokie Blvd. Skokie. Call (847)673-6300 for more information or contact Centre East on the web at

Ladies' Choice: A Celebration of International Women's Month - 3/30/2008

Guest Conductor and composer Tania Leon takes the podium as the Sinfonietta pays tribute to the contributions that women have made to classical music.

Performance on 3/30/2008 at Dominican University, 7900 W. Division, River Forest.

Performance on 3/31/2008 at Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.

Call (312)236-3681 x 2 for more information or on the web at

Ladies' Choice: A Celebration of International Women's Month - 3/31/2008

Guest Conductor and composer Tania Leon takes the podium as the Sinfonietta pays tribute to the contributions that women have made to classical music.

Performance on 3/30/2008 at Dominican University, 7900 W. Division, River Forest.

Performance on 3/31/2008 at Orchestra hall at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.

Call (312)236-3681 x 2 for more information or on the web at

ComedySportz: Open Run Variety - 4/1/2008

Comedysportz is Chicago's hilarious improv comedy show that is appropriate for all ages.

Performance at The ComedySportz Theatre • 929 W. Belmont. Call (773) 549-8080 for ticket information and times or go to

Marcy in the Galaxy - 3/28/2008

Marcy in the Galaxy, a world premiere musical, with book, music, and lyrics by Nancy Shayne, based on a story by Ms. Shayne and Michael Patrick King, and directed by artistic director Jack Cummings III; beginning performances Friday, March 28 (220 East 4 Street, between Avenues A & B). The opening has been scheduled for Sunday, April 6 at 3PM.

"Marcy in the Galaxy is a humorous and poignant musical glimpse at what happens when dreams of being a New York artist take longer to come true than planned. At mid-life, Marcy finds herself alone in the Galaxy Diner—out of money and almost out of hope—in this darkly comic romp through dreams, disappointment, family, first love, and absolutely delicious diner desserts," describe press notes.

The cast of Marcy in the Galaxy is Donna Lynne Champlin, Teri Ralston , Janet Carroll, Mary-Pat Green, Jenny Fellner and Jonathan Hammond.

Marcy in the Galaxy plays Thursday through Saturday and Monday at 8PM, Saturday at 2PM, and Sunday at 3PM through Sunday, April 20, at 220 East 4 Street (between Avenues A & B). There is only one performance on Saturday, March 29. The evening performance on Saturday, April 5 is at 7pm. There are added performances on Sunday, March 30, at 7pm and Wednesday, April 2, at 8pm.

Tickets are $38 and are available at or by phoning TheaterMania at (212) 352-3101; $10 rush tickets are available to students one hour prior to curtain. For more information about Transport Group and Marcy in the Galaxy, visit

The Wizard of Oz - 3/27/2008

The family classic THE WIZARD OF OZ opens March 27th and runs through May 17th at The Drury Lane Oakbrook Theatre for Young Audiences, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL. Rachel Rockwell serves as Director and Choreographer for this production.

THE WIZARD OF OZ shares the story of young Dorothy Gale who lives in Kansas with her Aunty Em, Uncle Henry and her dog, Toto. When a tornado strikes her farm, Dorothy and Toto are transported over the rainbow and into the magical Land of Oz. There she meets a colorful assortment of Munchkins, the Good Witch Glinda, and the Wicked Witch of the West. As Dorothy sets out for the Emerald City in hopes of meeting the Wizard of Oz and finding her way back home, she is befriended by the Scarecrow who wants a brain, the Tinman who is looking for a heart, and the Cowardly Lion who is seeking courage.

Relive the classic tale of these four unlikely friends who must face their fears to help Dorothy find her way home. Featuring classic musical moments such as "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead," "Follow the Yellow Brick Road," and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," THE WIZARD OF OZ will remind audiences of all ages that there really is "no place like home."

THE WIZARD OF OZ stars Dara Cameron as Dorothy, Mark David Kaplan as the Scarecrow, Stephen Schellhardt as the Tinman, Mary Ernster as Glinda, Carol Kuykendall as the Wicked Witch, Nate Braga, Carol Feiger, Michael Gerhart and Rosalie Kaplan.

The performance schedule for THE WIZARD OF OZ is as follows: select Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10 am; select Saturdays at 11 am (and at 10 am on April 19). There is a Tuesday performance at 10 am on April 29. Call 630.530.0111 for exact schedule, as some show times and dates may vary. Tickets for all shows are $9, excluding tax and handling fees. Special prices are available for groups of 20 or more. Free parking is available at all performances. To reserve tickets with a major credit card, call the Drury Lane Oakbrook Box Office at 630.530.0111 or visit

League of Chicago Theatres Showtime 2008 Gala - 3/31/2008

Features cocktail reception, gourmet dinner and dancing on the Auditorium stage, special performances by top Chicago stars, comedy by Second City actors, and amazing auction prizes.

Call (312)554.9800 or visit for details.

Dates: March 31, 2008 Times: 5:30pm

Latin Kings of Comedy - 3/28/2008

Referred to as the "Richard Pryor and George Carlin of original comedy" within the Hispanic community, Paul Rodriguez has been making audiences laugh for two decades. He has starred in over 30 films, countless television series and has performed live to well over one million concert goers from coast to coast building a solid fan base. He landed the coveted role of outspoken fight physician, Freddie Pacheco in Columbia Pictures biopic, "Ali". He also starred in "The Price of Glory," starring Jimmy Smitts, "Tortilla Soup," with Hector Elizondo; "Crocodile Dundee in LA" with Paul Hogan; "The Shipment" with Mathew Modine, "Rat Race," and "Chasing Papi". His latest film projects include, "A Cinderella Story" starring Hilary Duff and "The World's Fastest Indian" starring Sir Anthony Hopkins. Staying true to his comedic roots, Paul is in pre-production on two series which were picked-up by VH1 and UPN/ Revolution Studios and just finished starring in a comedy showcase series entitled, "The Laugh Factory: Very Funny," set to air on TBS.

Paul's royal court includes Frank Lucero, commonly known for his performance on "Loco Comedy Jam"; Manny Maldonado, whose TV credits include "B.E.T's Comic View", and the recently added comedian and writer Gene Pompa, he has made various appearances on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" and "In Living Color."

March 28th, 2008 at The Chicago Theatre • 175 N State St Chicago, IL 60601 Phone: (312) 443-1130.

Mandy Patinkin in Concert - 3/29/2008

Whichever role you know him for, Mandy's favorite is reaching out to live audiences with the power and the passion of popular song. He belongs to the special breed of singer who doesn't merely dramatize songs, but incorporates them into his very being. And the result, Mandy Patinkin in Concert, is nothing short of electrifying. His interpretations of popular standards, superbly accompanied by Paul Ford at the piano, come straight from the heart, mesmerizing audiences from coast to coast. From Rodgers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim, Harry Chapin, and back to Irving Berlin and Cole Porter.

March 29, 2008 at The Chicago Theatre • 175 N State St Chicago, IL 60601 Phone: (312) 443-1130.

Ray Davies- Concert - 4/1/2008

Ray Davies and his band will be embarking on a short tour this spring and will make an appearance at The Chicago Theatre on April 1st.

Davies and his band will crank out a full evening's worth of Kinks hits, rarities and music from his solo career.

Bowfire- Concert @ The Chicago Theatre - 4/1/2008

Bowfire presents an all-star show of the finest lineup of fiddle and violin virtuosos ever assembled on one stage. It takes its audiences on a musical journey that moves seamlessly from jazz, classical, bluegrass, celtic, rock, gypsy, world, Texas swing and Ottawa Valley and Cape Breton styles and mixes in incredible step and tap dancing and a beautiful voice. All of this gets wrapped around a fast-paced show with first class production values that include great sound, choreography, dramatic lighting, set design and costumes.

April 1st, 2008 at The Chicago Theatre • 175 N State St Chicago, IL 60601 Phone: (312) 443-1130.

Idina Menzel Concert - 4/1/2008

Tony Award winner Idina Menzel, who recently released her new solo recording "I Stand," will launch a limited concert tour April 1 at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ.

Sweeney Todd DVD Release - 4/1/2008

Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd," starring Oscar-nominated Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, will be released on April 1. The film won the Oscar for Best Art Direction.

Spotlight Cabaret @ Laurie Beechman Theater - 3/28/2008

Sally Wilfert (Assassins at Studio 54, Make Me a Song) and Michael Winther (B'way's 1776, Mamma Mia!, The Crucible) will join a company of New York's finest to support the Society of Singers Chapter East on Friday, March 28 at the Laurie Beechman Theatre at 8pm.

The evening, which seeks to showcase the talents of rising performers and writers, will showcase the music and lyrics of Julianne Wick Davis (Wood, Barrington's Disorder) and collaborators, and will feature Cortney Wolfson (YouTube's The Battery's Down, Les Miserables) Jason Michael Snow (upcoming Saved!, Goodspeed Pirates!), Blake Whyte (The Mormon Project, Museum Pieces), and Alysha Umphress (Make Me a Song), with a special performance by Katie Thompson (Rrred the Musical). The concert is music directed by Carmel Dean (B'way's upcoming Vanities, …Spelling Bee) and directed by Joe Barros (Art. Dir., New York Theatre Barn).

The Drowsy Chaperone - 4/1/2008

Get ready to be transported to a magical, wonderful world! A world where the critics are in awe, the audiences are in heaven and the neighborhood is buzzing with excitement. Welcome to THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, the new musical comedy that is swooping into town with tons of laughs and the most 2006 Tony Awards of any musical on Broadway!

It all begins when a die-hard musical fan plays his favorite cast album, a 1928 smash hit called "The Drowsy Chaperone," and the show magically bursts to life. We are instantly immersed in the glamorous, hilarious tale of a celebrity bride and her uproarious wedding day, complete with thrills and surprises that take both the cast (literally) and the audience (metaphorically) soaring into the rafters.

Appropriate for all ages.

Ticket prices are $25 to $75 and may be ordered through Ticketmaster, or see Ticket Information for more options.

Groups On Sale Now! To Book Your Group of 20 or more, Call (312) 977-1710!

Runs April 01, 2008 - April 13, 2008 at The Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago Illinois.

Dreamlandia - 3/31/2008

Crisp and Comic, 'Dreamlandia' is where dreams and reality collide for a family living on the US/Mexico border as they deal with NAFTA, narcotics and illegal immigration. Epic, inventive and full of "street-cred," this vibrant play is witness to a clear and potent political voice.

'Dreamlandia' will run from March 31st through May 4th in the Downstairs Mainstage at Victory Gardens Theater, 2257 N Lincoln Chicago, IL. Opening night is Monday, March 31st and features Craig Spidle, Jessica Camacho, Troy Martin, Mitch Salm, Sandra Delgado, Tony Sancho, Marcus Castillo and HB Ward.

Tickets to Dreamlandia are $20 - $35. Tickets may be purchased at the door or reservations can be made by calling (773)871-3000. Reservations are recommended.

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