Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 3/4/2007

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Below is BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 3/4/2007. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit BroadwayWorld.com's Event Calendar.

Mahagonny - 3/4/2007

Complete casting has been announced for the starry upcoming Los Angeles Opera production of The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, starring the previously announced Tony Award-winners Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald.

Directed by Tony-winner John Doyle (Company, Sweeney Todd), the Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht musical will be performed Feb. 10, 14, 17, 22, 25 and March 1 and 4, 2007.

Joining LuPone (Sweeney Todd, Evita), as Leocadia Begbick, and McDonald (110 in the Shade, Ragtime), as Jenny, are: Anthony Dean Griffey as Jim Mahoney, Robert Wörle as Fatty the Bookkeeper, John Easterlin as Jake (Jack) Schmidt, Mel Ulrich as Pennybank Bill, Donnie Ray Albert as Trinity Moses, Derek Taylor as Toby Higgins and Steven Humes as Alaska Wolf Joe.

The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny concerns three on-the-lam criminals who decide to found a new city of hedonism and lawlessness. Mahagonny premiered in Leipzig in 1930; Weill's wife Lotte Lenya in a German production that followed. Banned by the Nazis, Mahoganny was not performed again in Germany until the 1950s. The jazz-flavored opera features in its score "Alabama Song," which was later famously covered by The Doors.

James Conlon will conduct the orchestra. Mahagonny will feature sets by Mark Bailey, costumes by Ann Hould-Ward and lighting by Thomas C. Hase. Visit www.losangelesopera.com for more information

 

Spelling Bee - Adult Show - 3/4/2007

The cast of Broadway's THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE will present two adults only performances on Sunday, January 21st and Sunday, March 4th at 7:30 p.m. Due to the overwhelming success of last year's adult nights and the fact that the students of Putnam County can no longer be kept g-rated, the show will offer a much anticipated, completely rewritten and all-risqué version of the Tony Award-winning musical. Leave your children at home with the sitter and come get an education of your own from the kids who know how to spell "D-I-R-T-Y."

 

Not Your Grandparents' Jewish Theater - 3/4/2007

Ari Roth, Ellen Schiff, Karen Hartman and Tuvia Tenenbom Delve into contemporary Jewish theater—from the religious to the secular, from comedies of manners to political dramas. Come early for a set of participatory performances by guest theater groups including Storahtelling, BIMA-NY, and The Northwoods Ramah Theatre Company. Then join Theater J's artistic director, Ari Roth, and several other prominent theater professionals as they examine the characteristics, impact and responsibilities of Jewish theater today. Break-out discussions follow with members of some of the nation's most successful Jewish theaters, including Theater J and The Jewish Theater of New York.

*Performances begin at 6pm; panel discussion follows at 7pm. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door. www.makor.org/theater MAKOR 35 W. 67th St. (btw. Columbus Ave. & Central Park West)

 

Dying City - 3/4/2007

Pablo Schreiber and Rebecca Brooksher star in Lincoln Center Theater's production of Dying City, a new play by Christopher Shinn (Four, Where Do We Live) that began previews on Thursday, February 15, 2007 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street). The show will open on Sunday, March 4 at 6:45pm.

"Originally produced in London last spring at the Royal Court Theatre, Dying City tells the story of Kelly, a young therapist whose husband dies while on military duty in Iraq. A year later, her husband's identical twin brother arrives unexpectedly at Kelly's door, seeking solace -- and answers to the mystery of his brother's death," as LCT notes state.

The production will be performed Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturdays at 2pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets, priced at $70 and $75, will be available beginning Sunday, January 21 at the Lincoln Center Theater Box Office, at www.telecharge.com or by visiting www.lct.org.

 

20at20 - 3/4/2007

For one week only, Off-Broadway will offer tickets for only $20 twenty minutes before show time. "20at20" will be an annual celebration of New York's best shows, in the tradition of Restaurant Week.

Beginning Sunday, March 4th and continuing through Sunday, March 11th, Off-Broadway shows will offer seats still available twenty minutes before the curtain, for only $20 when purchased at the box office (cash only at some venues; some restrictions may apply).

"Here is your chance to catch up with shows you may have missed, get a sneak peek at the next hit, or revisit a favorite – all for only $20! And since Off-Broadway has performances to fit everyone's schedule, you can see more than one: on Saturday for example, you can see Gazillion Bubble Show at 11 AM, The Fantasticks at 2PM, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change at 4PM, Altar Boyz at 8PM, Stomp at 10:30 PM! Where else can you see five shows in a day, for less than the price of one Broadway ticket?!," state press notes.

Go to www.offbroadway.com for a complete list of participating shows and venues.

All tickets are subject to availability; restrictions may apply; offer valid only at the box office on the day of the performance 20 minutes prior to the curtain of the show you wish to see; offer may be revoked at any time; not valid on prior sale; can not be combined with any other offers; valid only March 4th, 2007 through March 11th, 2007.

The following shows are participating in "20at20:"

25 Questions for a Jewish Mother St. Luke's Theatre
A Jew Grows in Brooklyn 37 Arts
A Very Common Procedure Lucille Lortel Theatre
Altar Boyz New World Stages
The Awesome 80s Prom Webster Hall
"BE" by Mayumana Union Square Theatre
The Big Voice: God or Merman? Actors Temple Theatre
Bill W. and Dr. Bob New World Stages
Defender of the Faith Irish Rep
The Fantasticks Snapple Theater Center
The Fever The New Group @ Theatre Row
The Gazillion Bubble Show New World Stages
Gutenberg! the Musical! Actors' Playhouse
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change Westside Theatre Upstairs
Jewtopia Westside Theatre Downstairs
The Last Word... Theatre at St Clement's
Mary Rose Vineyard Theatre
My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish, & I'm In Therapy Little Shubert
My Secret Garden 45th St. Theater
Naked Boys Singing New World Stages
Perfect Crime Snapple Theater Center
Room Service SoHo Playhouse
Sealed for Freshness New World Stages
Some Men 2econd Stage Theatre
Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell Minetta Lane Theatre Stomp Orpheum
The Voysey Inheritance Atlantic Theatre

 

Kiki & Herb @ Joe's Pub - 3/4/2007

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.

 

Linzi Hateley Joins Mamma Mia - London - 3/5/2007

Linzi Hateley will join the cast of London's Mamma Mia! as Donna Sheridan. Hateley will join the cast on March 5th. Other new additions include Steven Finch as Harry Bright, Hannah Robertson as Sophie Sheridan, Paul Shelford as Sky, Lucy Miller as Ali, Tanya Robb as Lisa and Kieran Joe as Eddie. Joanna Monroe continues as Rosie, with Jane Gurnett as Tanya, Iain Fletcher as Sam Carmichael, Paul Hawkyard as Bill Austin, and Ben Heathcote as Pepper. Hateley, who originated the title role of Carrie, has appeared on the London stage in Mary Poppins, Les Miserables, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Chicago, among others.

 

Jackie Hoffman @ Joe's Pub - 3/5/2007

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.

 

Garbo's Last Walk - Reading - 3/5/2007

Acclaimed theatre stars Kathleen Chalfant and Laila Robins will star in a reading of Kristof Bathory's Garbo's Last Walk at the Arthur Seelan Theatre (250 W. 40th St.), located below the Drama Book Shop, on March 5 at 7 PM.

"In 1942, Greta Garbo, the screen's most mysterious actress, left Hollywood forever, hiding herself in her New York apartment for the rest of her life. All she seemed to care about were her walks. In 1990 . . . she took her last walk," as press materials describe the show.

For reservations, call call (212) 969-0670.

 

Bright Lights, Big City - Harvard - 3/5/2007

A recently revised version of Paul Scott Goodman's musical Bright Lights, Big City will have its premiere at Harvard University as a free semi-staged reading. The musical will be presented on March 5 at the Adams House Pool Theater at 7 and 10 PM.

Bright Lights, Big City - based on the acclaimed novel by Jay McInerney about life in the fast lane - will be presented in consultation with composer Goodman, music director-orchestrator Jesse Vargas and Sh-K-Boom Records' Kurt Deutsch. The cast will include Matthew Bohrer, Jennifer Brown, Rachel Flynn, Talisa Friedman, Jillian Goodman, Blair Harshbarger, Arlo Hill, Walter Klyce, Lauren Jackson, Michael Joyce, Eric Lang, Jonah Priour, Alison Rich, Jen Rugani, Kieran Shanahan, Michael Vinson, Tatiana Wilson and Sara Wright.

The Adams House Pool Theater is located at 26 Plympton Street in Cambridge, MA. E-mail blbc.show@gmail.com or call (617) 785-0722 for free tickets. Visit www.sh-k-boom.com for more on Sh-K-Boom Records.

 

Waterwell Cabaret Benefit - 3/5/2007

The acclaimed theatre ensemble Waterwell is pleased to announce its second annual Waterwell Cabaret Benefit, which will once again take place on Monday, March 5, 2007 at Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette Street).

The performance will be hosted by Waterwell ensemble members Hanna Cheek, Rodney Gardiner and Kevin Townley and will feature performances by Waterwell ensemble member Nicole Parker (recently seen on Broadway in Fame Becomes Me and a regular on the long-running comedy series "MadTV") as well as Broadway vets Carey Anderson (Mamma Mia!), Anjali Bhimani (Bombay Dreams), Heath Calvert (Good Vibrations), Jordan Gelber (Avenue Q), Sarah Hyland (Grey Gardens), Nancy Opel (Tony nominee for Urinetown), Sara Saltzberg (. . . Spelling Bee), Stephen Scarpulla (Gypsy), Thom Sesma (The Times They Are A-Changin') and Elizabeth Stanley (Company). The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. with a pre-show cocktail reception inside The Public Theater, followed by the performance, which begins at 9:30 p.m. in Joe's Pub.

Tickets for the Waterwell Cabaret Benefit are scaled at $25.00 - $150.00 and can be arranged by calling (212)560-7545.

For more information, please visit www.waterwell.org.

 

Todd Buonopane @ Ars Nova - 3/5/2007

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee's Todd Buonopane will perform his show "Lying in the Driveway and Other Stories" as part of the Broadway Spotlight series at Ars Nova (511 W. 54th St.) on Monday, March 5th at 8 PM.

The evening will feature Michael Buchanan and Jason Robinson with Larry Pressgrove on piano.

Buonopane is an understudy in Spelling Bee, and has performed in roles including Douglas Panch, Leaf Coneybear, Mitch Mahoney, Chip Tolentino and William Barfee. Other credits include Off-Broadway's Henry and Mudge and the Actors' Fund concert of On the Twentieth Century.

For tickets, call 212-868-4444 or visit www.smarttix.com.

 

Friends With Benefits - 3/5/2007

A Cabaret Concert to benefit BCEFA at the Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street). Hosted by MAC Award winner Amy Wolk and Mamma Mia's Gerard Salvador, featuring Kristy Cates, Leah Hocking, Marty Thomas, Doug Kreeger, Andy Kelso, Anika Larsen, Megan Osterhaus, and more. $15 cover, 2 drink minimum. Call 212-206-0440 for reservations.

 

The Sisters Rosenweig - Benefit Reading - 3/5/2007

A limited number of loge tickets priced at $75 are available to the general public to the performance portion of this year's Lincoln Center Theater benefit, a reading of Wendy Wasserstein's The Sisters Rosensweig, featuring Tony Award winners Christine Baranski and Stockard Channing, Edie Falco, Ari Graynor, John Michael Higgins, Simon Jones, original cast member Robert Klein, Aaron Krohn and Peter Scanavino, directed by the play's original director Daniel Sullivan, on Monday, March 5 at 7pm at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street).

The evening is a benefit which will raise money for Lincoln Center Theater's productions and education programs.

Lincoln Center Theater produced the world premiere of Wendy Wasserstein's The Sisters Rosensweig in 1992, which ran a total of 745 performances (first at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater and then at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre). LCT also produced three other plays by the late playwright – An American Daughter, Old Money and her final play, Third. $75 performance-only tickets are now on sale at the Lincoln Center Theater box office or at telecharge.com. The casting is subject to change.

Tickets for the entire evening, which include preferred orchestra seating and a dinner with cast members immediately following the performance, are also available beginning at $1,500 for single tickets and $15,000 for a table of ten, by calling 212-501-3251.

 

Geoge Gershwin's Song-Book - 3/5/2007

The American Musicals Project (AMP) presents its annual benefit gala: George Gershwin's Song-book, on March 5th at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West (at 77th Street).

The program features Gershwin's own arrangements for 18 of his favorite songs, unavailable since he played them on his famous 1934 concert tour, after which he handed the arrangements over to Simon and Schuster. The performance is directed by Scott Alan Evans, and stars Broadway actor Victoria Clark and pianist Linda Hall, assistant conductor of the Metropolitan Opera.

WHAT: George Gershwin's Song-book The 2007 American Musicals Project Gala
WHEN: March 5, 2007 6:30pm: Benefit reception 7:30pm: Concert begins
WHO: Victoria Clark, dir. by Scott Alan Evans
WHERE: New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West (at 77th Street)
Tickets are $75 - $500 each. For tickets, please call 212-873-3400, extension 305.

 

Christine Ebersole at Bloomingdale's - 3/5/2007

On March 5th, Christine Ebersole will perform a number from the Broadway musical Grey Gardens at 5:30 pm at Bloomingdale's Designer Shoe Salon, located at the store's 59th St. location.

"Purchase a pair of RED Stuart Weitzman shoes Monday, March 5th through Friday, March 9th and 10% of sales will be donated to Women In Need, Inc.," state press notes. "The first 25 people to purchase red Stuart Weitzman shoes on Monday, March 5th will receive a pair of tickets to see Grey Gardens at the Walter Kerr Theatre."

Women In Need, Inc. (WIN), is a New York-based nonprofit organization that serves women and children who are homeless and disadvantaged.Their goal is to give women and their families the tools to learn how to live independently.

 

The Year of Magical Thinking - 3/6/2007

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.

The Pirate Queen - 3/6/07

The new Boublil and Schonberg musical "The Pirate Queen", starring Stephanie J. Block as Grace O'Malley, will drop anchor at the Hilton Theatre for preview performances beginning March 6, 2007 and an opening night on April 5, 2007.

 

Lea Salonga Joins Les Miserables - 3/6/2007

Lea Salonga, the Tony Award-winning star of Miss Saigon, will return to Broadway as Fantine in Cameron Mackintosh's new production of LES MISÉRABLES beginning March 6 at The Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street). This will mark Salonga's second appearance on Broadway in LES MISÉRABLES, first having received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Eponine in 1993 in the original Broadway production.

Due to strong box-office and enthusiastic audiences, LES MISÉRABLES recently announced an extension through at least the summer of 2007, and Salonga will stay with the production through the entire period. As previously announced, the production's current Fantine, Daphne Rubin-Vega, will depart LES MISÉRABLES on February 18 to star in Jack Goes Boating with Philip Seymour Hoffman. Ensemble member Nikki Renée Daniels will perform the role of Fantine from February 20 through March 4.

 

Tea and Sympathy - 3/6/2007

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

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

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

 

Lincoln Center Spring Gala - 3/6/2007

Tony Award-winner Patti LuPone, last seen on Broadway as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, will perform at the Rose Theater in the Time Warner Center (located at Broadway and 60th St.) on March 6th as part of Lincoln Center' Spring Gala.

PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited CEO Samuel A. DiPiazza will also be presented by Lincoln Center Chairman Frank A. Bennack, Jr. with the Lincoln Center Laureate Award, to honor the former's" generous support of the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund and his longstanding commitment to the performing arts in New York," press notes state.

LuPone has been one of Broadway's foremost leading ladies since her star-making performance in 1979's Evita, for which she won a Tony Award. She was also recently nominated for her turn in Sweeney Todd. The star, who graduated from Julliard and was a member of John Houseman's famed Acting Company in the '70s. Broadway credits include Noises Off, The Old Neighborhood, Master Class, Anything Goes (Tony nomination), Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Oliver!, Working, The Three Sisters, The Robber Bridegroom (Tony nomination) and The Beggar's Opera; she has also starred in Pal Joey and Can-Can at Encores! Additionally, she originated the role of Fantine in the London production of Les Miserables, starred as Norma Desmond in the 1993 West End production of Sunset Boulevard (her last appearance in a fully-staged musical), and played Genevieve in the original production of The Baker's Wife.

Visit www.lct.org for more on Lincoln Center Theater.

 

Blindness - 3/6/2007

59E59 Theaters will welcome the return of Godlight Theatre Company and their new production, Jose Saramago's Blindness, adapted for the stage and directed by Joe Tantalo. Blindness begins previews on Thursday, March 1 for a limited engagement through Sunday, April 8.

"A city is hit by an epidemic of white blindness. The government quarantines the blind in a vacant mental hospital secured by armed guards, who are on order to "shoot to kill" anyone who tries to escape. Living in squalor and abject fear, social conventions crumble and the criminal element holds the rest captive: food rations are stolen, women are raped, people are murdered. The one eyewitness to this nightmare—the only one who retains her sight—guides a band of blind charges out of the hospital and into a devastated city, where this impromptu family attempts to re-build their lives out of the chaos," according to press notes.

Blindness begins previews on Thursday, March 1 for a limited engagement through Sunday, April 8. Opening Night is Tuesday, March 6 at 8:30 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Saturday at 8:30 PM and Sunday at 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM. Single tickets are $25 ($17.50 for 59E59 members) and are available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or online at www.ticketcentral.com. For more information visit www.59E59.org.

 

Stay - 3/7/2007

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

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

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

 

The Pirates of Penzance - NYC Opera - 3/7/2007

Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance will return to the New York City's repertoire, beginning previews on Saturday, March 3 and opening on March 7. The production will star Marc Kudisch as the Pirate King.

Kudisch will be joined by Sarah Jane McMahon as Mabel, Myrna Paris as Ruth, Matt Morgan as Frederic and Kevin Burdette (last seen opposite Michael Ball in City Opera's Patience) as the Sergeant of Police. This cast will sing all 16 performances and remaining cast members will be announced soon.

Conducted by Gerald Steichen, Lillian Groag directs this new production of Pirates, co-produced with Glimmerglass Opera, which features sets by John Conklin, costumes by Jess Goldstein, lighting by Pat Collins and choreography by Lynne Hockney. The Pirates of Penzance was last presented by City Opera in 1977. This production of Pirates has leadership support provided by The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.

Kudisch, who has previously been seen at NYCO as Carl-Magnus in A Little Night Music, received a 2005 Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Other Broadway credits include: Assassins (Drama Desk nomination), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Circle Critics nominations), Bells Are Ringing, The Wild Party, The Scarlet Pimpernel, High Society, Beauty and the Beast, and Joseph…Dreamcoat. He is currently in rehearsals for Roundabout Theatre Company's new revival of The Apple Tree.

New York City Opera performances take place at the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center (63rd St & Columbus). This limited engagement will run for sixteen performances only. Ticket prices range from $16 to $125. Additional details of New York City Opera's 2006-2007 season, including a synopsis of each opera and a trailer, are available on City Opera's website at www.nycopera.com. For more information, call City Opera's box office at (212) 721-6500.

 

My Fair Lady - NY Philharmonic - 3/7/2007

The New York Philharmonic will present a partially-staged production of My Fair Lady for four performances beginning March 7th at Avery Fisher Hall. Rob Fisher, formerly of the Encores! series, will conduct.

The Lerner and Loewe musicalreplaces Company, the Stephen Sondheim musical originally slated for this position, due to the recent Broadway revival now playing at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. My Fair Lady, which originally starred Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison, is based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion.

The N.Y. Philharmonic has not presented a semi-staged musical since 2004 when the orchestra's season included Candide. Lonny Price directed Kristin Chenoweth and Patti LuPone for this concert. Price also directed the 2000 concert performance of Sweeney Todd starring LuPone, George Hearn and Audra McDonald.

My Fair Lady, whose original production was in 1956, has not been in New York since the last Broadway revival in 1993 starring Richard Chamberlain and Melissa Errico. The cast for N.Y. Philharmonic's production is yet to be announced.

 

Moby Dick - Rehearsed - 3/7/2007

Moby Dick - Rehearsed, written by the legendary Orson Welles, will run from March 7th through 25th at the Richmond Sheperd Theatre (309 E. 26th St.). Directed by Marc Silberschatz, the producutin will feature Philip Bartolf, Erin Cunningham, Seth Duerr, Mickey Ryan, Tony Scheinman, Tim Scott and David Skigen. It will be presented by Twenty Feet Productions.

Press materials describe the show thus: "In Orson Welles' love letter to the theatre and its players, a Shakespearean company forgoes their rehearsal of King Lear to take on the challenge of a new play entitled Moby Dick. The stage becomes the decks of the ship on which the cast sails through the storms and tribulations of the Pequod hunting for Moby Dick."

The performance schedule is: Wed. – Sat. at 8pm, and Sun. at 3pm. Tickets are $15, and $10 for students and seniors. Call SmartTix at (212) 868-4444 or visit www.SmartTix.com for reservations.

 

Dog Day Afternoon - 3/7/2007

The Barefoot Theatre Company: Frank Solorzano, Producing Artistic Director; Victoria Malvagno, Managing Director is proud to present the world premiere of the stage version of "Dog Day Afternoon" beginning at The Sargent Theatre at American Theatre of Actors (located at 314 West 54th Street, 4th Floor bet. 8th and 9th avenues) on March 7th and closing March 25th. Performances run Wednesdays thru Saturdays at 8pm with Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and can be purchased by calling Smarttix at 212.868.4444 or by going to www.smarttix.com. For more information, please visit www.barefoottheatrecompany.org.

 

Children of Eden - IL - 3/7/2007

Stephen Schwartz's "Children of Eden" will be presented the evenings of March 7-11 at St. Joseph Church, Libertyville, IL. Tickets are $15. Call 847-404-4121 to reserve yours or ask any questions.

 

Prelude to a Kiss - 3/8/2007

Roundabout Theatre Company will present a new Broadway production of Craig Lucas' romantic drama Prelude to a Kiss, directed by Daniel Sullivan at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd St). Prelude to a Kiss will begin previews on Friday, February 16th, 2007 and open officially on Thursday, March 8th, 2007.

This is a limited engagement through April 22nd, 2007. The production will star Tony Award-winner John Mahoney (The House of Blue Leaves, "Frasier"), Annie Parisse ("Law & Order," The Internationalist), Alan Tudyk (Spamalot, "Serenity") and Robin Bartlett (Yentl). Mahoney will play the Old Man, with Parisse and Tudyk as young lovers Rita and Peter, and Bartlett as Mrs. Boyle. Additional cast members will be announced shortly.

The design team for Prelude to a Kiss includes Santo Loquasto (sets), Jane Greenwood (costumes), Donald Holder (lights) and John Gromada (sound and original compositions).

In Prelude to a Kiss, Peter and Rita follow their whirlwind courtship with a storybook wedding. After a mysterious elderly man appears and kisses the bride at the wedding, the two lovers are sent on a magical journey that they will never forget. As they struggle to come to terms with their relationship and Rita's nagging doubts, their love is put to the test by unknown forces.

Prelude to a Kiss received its world premiere Off-Broadway at the Circle Repertory Theatre in February, 1990 starring Mary-Louise Parker and Alec Baldwin. The production transferred to Broadway on May 1, 1990 starring Mary-Louise Parker and Timothy Hutton receiving a Tony® nomination for Best Play and becoming a Pulitzer Prize finalist. In 1992, Craig Lucas adapted his play for the feature film starring Meg Ryan and Alec Baldwin.

Tickets are on-sale now by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the American Airlines box office (227 West 42nd St.). Prelude to a Kiss will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00PM. Early Curtain series: Prelude to a Kiss will play 7PM curtains on Tuesday, March 13th – Friday, March 23rd. Ticket prices range from $51.25-$86.25.

 

Spamalot - Las Vegas - 3/8/2007

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.

 

The Long Christmas Ride Home - 3/8/2007

Past, present and future collide on a snowy Christmas Eve for a troubled family of five. Humorous and heart-wrenching, this beautifully written play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "How I Learned to Drive" proves that magic can be found in the simplest breaths of life.

Limited Run: March 8-19 at 78th Street Theatre Lab - 236 West 78th Street at Broadway, New York, NY 10024

Tickets: www.theatermania.com

 

 

Stay - 3/8/2007

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

 

A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald - 3/9/2007

Jackie Frankel returns to the stage at Rose's Turn with Ellie Miller on piano for an evening of cabaret honoring the life and artistry of Ella Fitzgerald.

FRIDAY, MARCH 9TH & SATURDAY, MARCH 10TH at 9PM and SUNDAY, MARCH 11TH AT 3PM

Ella Fitzgerald was called "Mama Jazz" by Italian children, and the "First Lady of Song" by American admirers. Her voice awed listeners and her style influenced generations. As we approach the 90th anniversary of Ella Fitzgerald's birth, join us in celebrating the art and the smooth, smoky voice of an American virtuosa.

A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald features songs by: Harold Arlen; Irving Berlin; Hoagy Carmichael; Ella Fitzgerald and Van Alexander; Ira and George Gershwin; Lionel Hampton; Billy Strayhorn; Chick Webb; and Kurt Weill.

 

JACKIE FRANKEL has been a part of the performing arts community for nearly twenty years. She has performed in over twenty theatrical productions as well as concerts, benefits, and variety shows. Her favorite roles have been: Lady Larken in Once Upon a Mattress, Mabel in Pride's Crossing, and Maggie in The Man Who Came to Dinner. She finished her BFA in Drama with honors at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in three years. Two of those years she studied musical theater intensively at NYU's renowned CAP21 studio. In her third year she continued to study voice privately, honing her vocal skills. Jackie had her cabaret debut last spring at Rose's Turn in her one woman show The Arc of Love. She is very excited to be returning to Rose's Turn after performing at other Manahattan venues this past year, including Makor, Mo Pitkin's, and Caffé Vivaldi. For more information go to: www.jackiefrankel.com.

 

ELLIE MILLER teaches keyboard and general music for the non-profit Education Through Music at PS 69 in the Bronx. She attended New York University, including an entire year abroad in Paris, and graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors. She has been heavily involved in the arts from a young age, having taking piano lessons since the age of 7. Secondary studies include the flute and piccolo, the voice, the viola da gamba, and the recorder. Involvement in ensembles also began at an early age, and included choirs, youth symphonies, symphonic bands, marching bands, pep bands, and chamber groups. Highlights include All-State Orchestra appearances while in high school, a senior piano and flute recital and a weekly baroque chamber music ensemble while studying in Paris. She has also accompanied a variety of vocal performers and instrumentalists. For more information, see her website (currently being updated) at: http://www.ellie-miller.com.

Tickets for A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald are $10 cash at the door, plus a two drink minimum. Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling 212-366-5438 after 4:00pm. Rose's Turn is located at 55 Grove Street in Manhattan between 7th Avenue and Bleecker Street.

 

The Naked Eye Planets - 3/9/2007

EMERGING THEATER COMPANY COYOTE REP TO PRESENT WORLD PREMIERES OF INAUGURAL STAGE PLAY & RECORDED SOUND PLAY

Coyote REP, an innovative new theater company, is proud to announce the World Premieres of their inaugural stage play and recorded sound play productions. The Naked Eye Planets, a stage play written by Rebecca Tourino and directed by Magdalena Zira, will run from March 9 to 25, 2007 at The American Theatre of Actors (Chernuchin Theatre) located at 314 West 54th St. in NYC. girl [sic], a recorded sound play and the first of Coyote REP's 2007 Sound Play Series, is written by LAByrinth member Megan Mostyn-Brown and directed by Drama Desk Award Winner Josh Hecht and will debut on February 11, 2007 on the web at http://www.coyoterep.org (and is open for review).

Coyote REP is a NYC based not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to balancing process and production, and committed to developing, producing and inspiring original plays through innovative means.

REP = (R)ecorded sound plays, (E)lectronic documentaries and (P)roductions for the stage. THE STAGE PLAY – THE NAKED EYE PLANETS OPENING: Fri. 3/9 @8pm, Sat. 3/10 @2pm, Sat. 3/10 @8pm, Sun. 3/11 @2pm & Tue. 3/13 @7pm

Community is at the center of The Naked Eye Planets, a drama following ten residents of a small apartment complex on the cusp of a rare astronomical phenomenon. Families implode, love is lost and found, and intimate crimes revealed as strangers come together around the broken fountain in their courtyard and realize they aren't as alone as they imagined.

PERFORMANCE INFO: The American Theatre of Actors (Chernuchin Theatre) – 314 West 54th St. between 8th & 9th Avenues in NYC. Limited Engagement: March 9 to 25, 2007. Performances run Wed-Sat at 8pm and Sat & Sun at 2pm with an added show on Tue 3/13 @7pm (No Sat matinee on 3/17). Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by calling 1-800-838-3006 or visiting http://www.brownpapertickets.com. Direct ticket link is http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/10206. Appropriate for ages 13 and up. Trains: C,E to 50 St., B,D to 7 Ave., N,R,Q,W to 57 St.

 

Magpie - 3/9/2007

Amas Musical Theatre will present a new musical Magpie on March 9th through 25th at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village.

Directed by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, the fully-staged developmental production has a book by Steven M. Jacobson, music by Gary William Friedman and lyrics by Edward Gallardo (with additional lyrics by Stevie Holland).

"Magpie features Ronny Mercedes (Tino) and Jessica Fields (Maggie) as teenage lovers in the fast-paced world of New York City's bike messengers. They have the same problems as a lot of young people. And more. Love, family pressures, ethnic differences and jobs are much harder when you also have to manage your meds. Written by the composer of The Me Nobody Knows, Magpie is steeped in the Latin rhythms of the city," according to press notes.

Magpie will be presented Wed-Sat at 8 PM with matinees Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets are $20 with $12 for Students/Seniors, and $15 each for Groups of 10 or more. For reservations call Theatermania at (212) 352-3101 or www.theatermania.com

 

The Coast of Utopia: Marathon - 3/10/2007

The Coast of Utopia, Tom Stoppard's trilogy tracing a 30-year arc of history in nineteenth century Russia, is now set for its US premiere at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre.

The Coast of Utopia will be performed successively in all three parts on Saturday, February 24th, March 3rd and March 10th. On each day, Voyage, Shipwreck and Salvage will be presented in marathon form beginning at 11 AM.

 

Sondheim Tribute Concert - CA - 3/10/2007

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

The evening will star Shirley Jones, as well as sons Shaun and Patrick Cassidy and stepson David Cassidy. More performers will be announced. The event will be directed by David Galligan with musical direction by Gerald Sternbach.

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

Sondheim is currently represented on Broadway by John Doyle's revival of Company. Visit www.stagela.com for more informatin.

 

Howard Katz - 3/10/2007

Roundabout Theatre Company's (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) Howard Katz, will open March 10. Howard Katz written by Patrick Marber, directed by Tony® Award winner Doug Hughes, features Max Baker as "Bern", Alvin Epstein as "Jo", Elizabeth Franz as "Ellie", Jessica Hecht as "Jess", Patrick Henney as "Ollie", Edward Hajj as "Norm", Alfred Molina as "Katz", Euan Morton as "Robin" and Charlotte Parry as "Nat".

Howard Katz will open officially on Thursday, March 1st, 2007, at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street). This is a limited engagement through May 6th, 2007.

Once a powerful, hard-hearted showbiz agent, Howard Katz (Molina) has lost everything he ever valued: his career, his family and his faith. In a series of haunting flashbacks, the play deftly traces the story of the mighty Katz, capturing a man free-falling yet determinedly clinging to life. Howard Katz is a universal story that will touch even the most cynical heart.

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre box office (111 West 46 Street). Ticket prices range from $63.75 - $73.75. PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: Howard Katz plays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. www.roundabouttheatre.org

 

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

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

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

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

 

Hedda Gabler - ACT - 3/11/2007

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Sondheim Tribute Concert - CA - 3/11/2007

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

The evening will star Shirley Jones, as well as sons Shaun and Patrick Cassidy and stepson David Cassidy. More performers will be announced. The event will be directed by David Galligan with musical direction by Gerald Sternbach.

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

Sondheim is currently represented on Broadway by John Doyle's revival of Company. Visit www.stagela.com for more information.

 

Talk Radio - 3/11/2007

TALK RADIO Opens March 11 at the Longacre Theatre. Liev Schreiber leads the cast in the Broadway debut of Eric Bogosian's gritty drama about a late-night talk-show host.

 

Hotel Oracle - 3/11/2007

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

In this searing and lyrical new drama, Hotel Oracle brings together a lonely reporter, a con man, an expectant mother, a mysterious messenger, a pill popper and a kindly hotel clerk. Six strangers leave the familiar comfort of the hotel and set out with the same burning desire; to find the Oracle. They hope that perhaps he—or she-- will answer the imponderable questions of their lives.



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