Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 4/22/2007

Below is BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 4/22/2007. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit BroadwayWorld.com's Event Calendar.

After the War - ACT - 4/22/2007

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

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

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

Frost/Nixon - 4/22/2007

Peter Morgan's London hit Frost/Nixon is set to bow on Broadway this spring.

It will open on April 22nd at a Broadway theatre to be announced. Previews will start on or around April 8th, while rehearsals will begin on March 5th.

The play, which is centered around the legendary 1977 interviews between the ex-president and the celebrity interviewer of the title, recently played a critically acclaimed run at the Donmar Warehouse in London. Michael Grandage will once again direct, and Tony Award-winner Frank Langella (Fortune's Fool, Dracula) and Michael Sheen (Olivier-nominee for Caligula, Amadeus on the West End)--who respectively played Richard Nixon and David Frost in London--will star on Broadway.

An upcoming film version--to be helmed by Ron Howard--was recently announced. "Howard and (Universal) have agreed to shoot the project following the show's West End and Broadway transfers," stated Variety.

Matthew Byam Shaw, Arielle Tepper Madover, Robert Fox, ACT Productions and the Donmar Warehouse will produce the show on Broadway.

The Producers - Closing Show - 4/22/2007

"The Producers" will play its final performance on Sunday, April 22, 2007, after playing 33 preview performances and 2,502 regular performances at Broadway's St. James Theatre.

Mel Brooks' new musical, Young Frankenstein, with a score by Mel Brooks, a book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan and direction & choreography by Susan Stroman, will play the St. James Theatre following The Producers.

Jackie Draper @ Beechman - 4/22/2007

The West Bank Café has announced upcoming performances to be presented in The Laurie Beechman Theatre. Please note there is a $15 food and/or beverage minimum at each performance, with the exception of The After Party. All major credit cards are accepted.

"Jackie Draper in Michel, Mandel … and Dave (and other men in my life)" Sunday, April 22 at 5pm Friday, April 27 at 7pm $15 cover "Launching the celebration of her fifth year of doing shows, Jackie muses (musically) about some of the influential men in her life with a wide variety of songs in English, French and Spanish by Michel (Legrand), (Johnny) Mandel … and Dave (Frishberg) as well as other favorite song-writers (including Porter, Arlen, Trenet, Shire, Pizzarelli). She is joined on stage by Jazz musicians Gregory Toroian (Music Director, at piano) and Eivind Opsvik (on bass). Special appearance by guest (hot) Latin dancer Franklin Ayala. Directed by Helen Baldassare."

The West Bank Café is located at 407 West 42nd. St., at Ninth Avenue. For reservations, please call 212.695.6909, between the hours of 12pm and 8pm.

Yale School of Drama @ Beechman - 4/22/2007

The West Bank Café has announced upcoming performances to be presented in The Laurie Beechman Theatre. Please note there is a $15 food and/or beverage minimum at each performance, with the exception of The After Party. All major credit cards are accepted.

Yale School of Drama Alumni Performance Sunday, April 22 at 8pm $15 cover "Current Yalies join forces with Yale alums who have made names for themselves on Broadway as composers and performers."

The West Bank Café is located at 407 West 42nd. St., at Ninth Avenue. For reservations, please call 212.695.6909, between the hours of 12pm and 8pm.

Tony Richards @ Triad - 4/22/2007

Baritone Tony Richards will follow his New York debut at Danny's last year with one cabaret night at the Triad, Sunday, April 22th at 9PM. Richards, who began his career as a singer on tour with members of the Lawrence Welk Orchestra, will be accompanied by David Gross on the piano in his new show, "Tony Richards – The Glory of Love."

His show at the Triad will be a tribute to some of his favorite singers, including Johnny Hartman, Arthur Prysock, Vic Damone & Bobby Darin. Tony Richards will perform for one night only, Sunday, April 22nd at 9PM. The Triad Theatre is at 158 W 72nd St, and there is a $15 music charge/two drink minimum. For reservations, call (212) 362-2511. For more information about Tony Richards, visit mysite.verizon.net/tonyrichards.

Eileen Fulton @ Feinsteins - 4/22/2007

Eileen Fulton, accompanied by jazz great Jerry Vivino, performs at Feinsteins at the Regency. Showtime: April 22, at 8:30

Tickets: $25.00 plus two drink minimum. Champagne reception follows opening night performance.

Euan Mortan @ Metropolitan Room - 4/22/2007

Award winning singer/actor Euan Morton will perform a new show for three upcoming Sunday evenings at The Metropolitan Room (34 West 22 Street): April 22, and May 6 and 13 (all shows at 9:30 p.m. ).

This engagement will be Morton's most intimate to date, as it marks the first time he will be performing in concert not fronting his rock band. Morton will mix old favorites with new songs, accompanied by Bryan Reeder on piano. The show will also involve visual artists, as well as special guest vocalists.

Tickets are $20.00 (with a 2-drink minimum). Reservations can be made by calling 212-206-0440.

For more information, visit www.officiallyeuanmorton.com.

Easter Bonnet Competition - 4/23/2007

Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS will present the 21st Annual Easter Bonnet Competition on Monday, April 23 (4:30 PM) and Tuesday, April 24 (2 PM) at the Minskoff Theatre (200 West 45th Street) to benefit BC/EFA.

The Easter Bonnet Competition, the two-day Broadway spectacular that features the companies of more than 20 Broadway, Off-Broadway and touring productions singing, dancing, and donning specially created Easter bonnets, has become an annual Broadway tradition. There will be two opportunities for the public to see the Easter Bonnet Competition: Monday, April 23 at 4:30 PM and Tuesday, April 24 at 2:00 PM.

The Easter Bonnet Competition's 2007 opening number has been created by choreographer Christopher Gattelli and the team behind the Off-Broadway hit, "title of show," Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen.

The Easter Bonnet Competition is the culmination of six intensive weeks of fundraising efforts by Broadway and Off-Broadway company members as well as numerous productions currently on national tour. Curtain speeches, autographed poster and program sales, auctions, and cabaret performances bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars from audiences prior to the competition. The winner of the competition will be the company that raises the largest amount of money for BC/EFA. A second award is granted to the company with the best bonnet design and presentation. Awards are also presented to the Broadway Play, National Tour and Off-Broadway production raising the most money for BC/EFA.

Tickets prices are as follows: $350 VIP Orchestra (front and center); $200 Priority Orchestra (Center); $100 Middle Center and Side Orchestra; $40 Rear Center and Side Orchestra; $20 Rear Side Orchestra and Mezzanine. Tickets are available now at www.broadwaycares.org or by calling (212) 840-0770 Ext. 268. For more information, please visit the BC/EFA website at www.broadwaycares.org.

Androcles and the Lion - Reading - 4/23/2007

Project Shaw, the Gingold Theatre Group's series which features readings of every one of George Bernard Shaw's plays, will continue with Androcles and the Lion, on April 23 at 7PM. The story of a kindly tailor on his way to torture in a Lions vs. Christian Coliseum Battle, Androcles and the Lion stars Seth Rudetsky and Bruce Vilanch in the respective title roles. The show is hosted by Brendan Lemon, and produced and directed by David Staller.

"For the first time in recent memory, every play George Bernard Shaw ever wrote for the stage will be presented to New York audiences," states Project Shaw's Website. "Every sketch, full-length and one-act play will be performed as a concert reading. Each month, a specially assembled, star-studded cast will present a different play - many of which have never before been performed in New York City."

Androcles and the Lion will run April 23 at 7PM at The Players, 16 Gramercy Park So. Tickets are $15, and go on sale April 1. For tickets call (212) 352-3101 or visit www.projectshaw.com.

Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations - 4/23/2007

Nominations for the 56th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards will be announced on April 23rd at the Algonquin Hotel.

The awards ceremony will take place at Sardi's Restaurant in the Eugenia Room May 24 after the winners are announced on May 14th.

The awards are chosen by writers and journalists that "cover New York theatre for out-of town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway." Simon Saltzman is president, with Marjorie Gunner as president emerita.

A new category for Outstanding New Score, applicable to Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals, has been added. It was also announced that Tarzan, Disney's Broadway musical version of its hit animated film, will be eligible this year since last year's committee was unable to attend the show by Tarzan's eligibity cut off date.

Kristy Cates @ Beechman - 4/23/2007

The West Bank Café has announced upcoming performances to be presented in The Laurie Beechman Theatre. Please note there is a $15 food and/or beverage minimum at each performance, with the exception of The After Party. All major credit cards are accepted.

"Voices From the Great White Way" Mondays, April 23 at 7pm $20 cover One night only concerts from some of our favorite Broadway divas. The series continues on April 23 with Kristy Cates (Wicked).

The West Bank Café is located at 407 West 42nd. St., at Ninth Avenue. For reservations, please call 212.695.6909, between the hours of 12pm and 8pm.

Moving Forward, Looking Back - 4/23/2007

The West Bank Café has announced upcoming performances to be presented in The Laurie Beechman Theatre. Please note there is a $15 food and/or beverage minimum at each performance, with the exception of The After Party. All major credit cards are accepted.

"Moving Forward, Looking Back" Monday, April 23 at 9:30pm $11 cover "An encore presentation of a new musical revue by Michael Mahler, conceived by Michael Mahler & Jessica Redish. To hear songs from the show, please visit: www.myspace.com/m4ward."

The West Bank Café is located at 407 West 42nd. St., at Ninth Avenue. For reservations, please call 212.695.6909, between the hours of 12pm and 8pm.

A Sleeping Country - Reading - 4/23/2007

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced the lineup for Spring Boards, its newly-renamed rehearsed reading series. Formerly known as 6@6, the annual series is dedicated to the support and development of innovative new work.

Monday, April 23rd at 7 PM A Sleeping Country by Melanie Marnich Directed by Trip Cullman

"In New York City, a desperate insomniac becomes convinced that she is dying. In Venice, a beautiful, sleepless Italian woman must persuade her to live. A dreamy story of sleep lost and hope found."

All readings are free and open to the public. They take place at 7 PM at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street). To RSVP call (212) 399-3000, ext. 163 or write to springboards@mtc-nyc.org. Visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com for more information.

The Green Room - Reading - 4/23/2007

Tony-nominee Stephanie D'Abruzzo and fellow original Avenue Q cast member Jordan Gelber will lead the cast of an invitation-only developmental reading of a new play, The Green Room by Craig Shemin at the 45th Street Theater on April 23 at 8pm.

The Green Room is "a fictionalized comic portrayal of the evolution of the television medium through the years as seen through a small group of performers and producers gathered in the green room of a studio," state press notes.

Joining D'Abruzzo and Gelber in the cast are Jimmy Bennett, Tim Cain, John Gaines, Tom Galantich Tom Mizer and Amanda Weeden.

The reading will be directed by Lisa Gilbar (Beboperella, Creative Associate for Spamalot and Noises Off).

Interested industry professionals may request tickets by sending an e-mail to greenroomplay@yahoo.com.

Kurt Weill In America - CD Release - 4/23/2007

Andreasong and the 92nd Street Y, home of the long-running "Lyrics & Lyricists" series, have announced the release of Kurt Weill In America, the new CD of the original concert conceived, written and directed by Andrea Marcovicci. The album was produced by Marcovicci and her longtime musical director Shelly Markham, with Frank Skillern serving as executive producer. Featuring a deluxe 48 page booklet with complete lyrics, dozens of color photos and in-depth liner notes, the CD will be released by Ms. Marcovicci's Andreasong label on April 23, 2007.

Celebrating German-born composer Kurt Weill and the lyrics of Maxwell Anderson, Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein, Langston Hughes, Alan Jay Lerner, Ogden Nash, Paul Green and Ann Ronell, the concert opened the 92nd Street Y's 36th annual "Lyrics and Lyricists" season in November 2005. Marcovicci hosted and starred in the show along with an acclaimed cast featuring Anna Bergman, Barbara Brussell, Mark Coffin, Chuck Cooper, Jeff Harnarand Maude Maggart. Amid a revival of interest in Weill's music, the CD coincides with the opening of a new Broadway musical LoveMusik, about the relationship of Weill and his wife and muse Lotte Lenya.

Drew Sarich @ Broken Watch Benefit - 4/23/2007

On Monday, April 23rd at 7 PM, Broken Watch Theatre Company will host a benefit at the Michael Weller Theatre. Entertainment will be provided by Drew Sarich. Cocktails begin at 7:00 PM and after Sarich's set, there will be a reception with more drinks, a raffle (prizes include tickets to current hot Broadway shows), and a special gift to each guest from Broken Watch.

The Michael Weller Theatre is located at 311 West 43rd Street, Suite 602. Tickets are $50. Seating is Limited. To Purchase tickets please visit www.Theatermania.com or call 212-352-3101. For more information about The Broken Watch Theatre Company and photos, visit www.brokenwatch.org.

Where's Darfur? Benefit - 4/23/2007

On April 23rd, at the Knitting Factory (74 Leonard St. at Church St.), an exciting mix of young writers, top Broadway talent and world musicians are uniting for a night of song, rhythm and rhyme to raise awareness and funds for Darfur.

"Where's Darfur?," a special one-night benefit concert and silent auction, organized by musical theatre artists, Lauren Lebowitz, Julie Tindell, and Daniel Frederick Levin, will be headlined by Bobby Lopez, co-writer of Avenue Q, and his wife, Kristen Lopez-Anderson, and will include performances by Kevin Smith Kirkwood (Spelling Bee), Katie Tomlinson (Pirate Queen), Lisa Howard (Spelling Bee), Rashad Naylor (Hairspray), Lauren Molina (Sweeney Todd), Michael Deleget, Janice Lowe, Matt Bailey, Rosanne Colosi, Jaclyn Huberman, Clare Burson, Gary Fritz, Fatima, Women of the Calabash Drumming Ensemble, and many more.

Doors open at 7:30pm, and the show starts at 8. The cost of the show is: $25, $50, $75 or $100. Tickets to the event may be purchased at: www.rocktosavedarfur.org/wheresdarfurevent.html.

Toxic Audio @ Birdland - 4/23/2007

Jim Caruso's Cast Party and TheaterMania.com will present the return of the award-winning a cappella group, Toxic Audio to Birdland on Monday, April 23 at 7pm. This concert is a continuation of "Broadway at Birdland," a series of events featuring top Broadway stars, cabaret performers and songwriters at the legendary club (315 West 44th Street, NYC).

"With over 200 Off-Broadway performances, a Drama Desk Award, and a recent 2005 Artist of the Year honor by the CARA Awards, Toxic Audio have made their mark on the New York Theater scene. Rated #1 in the Wall Street Journal/Zagat Theater Survey, Toxic Audio became New York's highest recommended show, receiving higher audience ratings than The Lion King, The Producers, Hairspray and BlueMan Group. During their run at the John Houseman Theater in New York City, they won the 2004 Drama Desk Award for most "Unique Theatrical Experience." They have since performed as special guests for the Mayor of New York's Gracie Mansion, for the New York Mets at Shea Stadium, for Robert De Niro's Tribeca Film Festival, as well as a successful world-tour," according to press materials.

"The five vocalists in Toxic Audio use no instruments other than the human voice to create complex sonic textures, rhythmic drumbeats, thumping bass lines and searing guitar-like solos in their performance of contemporary pop songs, timeless classics, jazz-scat and vocally-orchestrated original compositions. Toxic Audio features the unique and varied talents of Jeremy James, Shalisa James, Rene Ruiz, Paul Sperrazza and Michelle Mailhot-Valines. Sound design is by John A. Valines III."

There is a $35 cover and $10 food/drink minimum. Each Monday concert will be followed by Jim Caruso's Cast Party, the popular open-mic for the showbusiness community. There is a full dinner menu available until 1am. Call 212-581-3080 or visit www.InstantSeats.com/Birdland for tickets.

Donny Osmond @ Feinsteins - 4/24/2007

Donny Osmond, who recently played burly Gaston in Broadway's Beauty and the Beast, will perform at Feinstein's at the Regency (540 Park Avenue) from April 24th through 28th.

The cabaret engagement will coincide with the release of "Love Songs of the '70s," Osmond's 55th album.

Osmond's role as Gaston marked his first return to Broadway since making his debut in 1982 in Little Johnny Jones. In 1992, Osmond took on the starring role in the North American touring company of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sir Tim Rice's hit musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Over the next six years, he appeared in more than 2,000 performances of the show. The star, who shot to fame on the "Donny and Marie" variety show, is also set to host a new prime time version of the classic game show "Name That Tune."

Easter Bonnet Competition - 4/24/2007

Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS will present the 21st Annual Easter Bonnet Competition on Monday, April 23 (4:30 PM) and Tuesday, April 24 (2 PM) at the Minskoff Theatre (200 West 45th Street) to benefit BC/EFA.

The Easter Bonnet Competition, the two-day Broadway spectacular that features the companies of more than 20 Broadway, Off-Broadway and touring productions singing, dancing, and donning specially created Easter bonnets, has become an annual Broadway tradition. There will be two opportunities for the public to see the Easter Bonnet Competition: Monday, April 23 at 4:30 PM and Tuesday, April 24 at 2:00 PM.

The Easter Bonnet Competition's 2007 opening number has been created by choreographer Christopher Gattelli and the team behind the Off-Broadway hit, "title of show," Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen.

The Easter Bonnet Competition is the culmination of six intensive weeks of fundraising efforts by Broadway and Off-Broadway company members as well as numerous productions currently on national tour. Curtain speeches, autographed poster and program sales, auctions, and cabaret performances bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars from audiences prior to the competition. The winner of the competition will be the company that raises the largest amount of money for BC/EFA. A second award is granted to the company with the best bonnet design and presentation. Awards are also presented to the Broadway Play, National Tour and Off-Broadway production raising the most money for BC/EFA.

Tickets prices are as follows: $350 VIP Orchestra (front and center); $200 Priority Orchestra (Center); $100 Middle Center and Side Orchestra; $40 Rear Center and Side Orchestra; $20 Rear Side Orchestra and Mezzanine. Tickets are available now at www.broadwaycares.org or by calling (212) 840-0770 Ext. 268. For more information, please visit the BC/EFA website at www.broadwaycares.org.

Les Miserables - New Cast - 4/24/2007

Four new principals will join the cast of Les Miserables, beginning Tuesday, April 24th at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street).

Assuming the role of Javert (replacing Norm Lewis) is Ben Davis. Taking over the role of Madame Thenardier (replacing Jenny Galloway) is Ann Harada. Stepping into the role of Eponine (replacing Celia Keenan-Bolger) is actress Mandy Bruno. And assuming the role of Enjolras (replacing Aaron Lazar) is Max von Essen.

They join Tony winner Lea Salonga (Fantine), Alexander Gemignani (Valjean), Tony winner Gary Beach (Thenardier), Ali Ewoldt (Cosette), and Adam Jacobs (Marius).

Fusion Tango - Hollywood - 4/24/2007

Aniko Tango Entertainment presents Broadway Tango Stars fused with Tony Award Nominated Choreographers and "The Finest Voices in Tango." They will open up the tango world to an audience that has never been exposed to it before as well as, thrill and excite the tango community with the highest quality show. Tango lovers will witness internationally renowned tango dancers demonstrating the depth, drama, and passion of popular and traditional Argentinean tango. A night of passion and seduction that is sure to set your senses on fire!

Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30 PM Kodak Theater at Hollywood & Highlands 6801 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, CA 90028

Tickets are available at the Kodak Theatre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone (213)480-3232 or www.ticketmaster.com

For more information: www.anikotango.com /or contact Audra Wise (310)497-2969

The President and Her Mistress - 4/25/2007

Abingdon Theatre Company (312 West 36th St.) will present the World Premiere of Jan Buttram's The President and Her Mistress on April 25, 2007. Previews begin April 13. The production runs until May 13, 2007, in the June Havoc Theatre. Rob Urbinati (Foggy Bottom, Border/Clash) directs.

"In 2156 A.D., women rule. Beck Shine is President of the United World. Insurgent men have taken 10,042 women hostage in Australia and, for the first time since the Femme Revolution, women are in danger; Candy Power (an evangelistic talk-show host) challenges Beck's political savvy; Beck's mother convinces her that 'nano-probe technology' will give her renewed youth and the energy to save her presidency; and Beck's husband and her mistress vie for her allegiance," state production notes.

The cast features Jeremy Beck, Constance Boardman, Jan Buttram, Lori Gardner, Susanna Guzmán, Sherry Skinker, and Danton Stone.

Performances are Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 PM with weekend matinees on Saturday at 2:00 PM and Sunday at 3:00 PM in the June Havoc Theatre at Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Tickets are $45 and can be purchased through SmartTix: www.smarttix.com, by calling (212) 868-4444, or at the box office prior to the show.

Visit www.abingdontheatre.org for more on the Abingdon Theatre Company.

Bad Blood - Malasangre - 4/25/2007

Award-winning Puerto Rican playwright, director, actor, and journalist Roberto Ramos-Perea will see his controversial play Bad Blood - Malasangre presented as the 40th anniversary mainstage production at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, led by Artistic Director Miriam Colón Valle. Previews for the New York premiere of Bad Blood – Malasangre begin April 25th at 8PM, with Opening Night on May 3rd, at 8PM.

Press notes describe the show as a look at "the relationship of a young Puerto Rican couple, both professionals, who face the dilemma of her accepting a dream job in El Paso, Texas, or letting their marriage collapse." The show will run through Sunday, May 20 at the company's home theatre located at 304 West 47th Street--just West of 8th Avenue. English performances are Wednesdays through Fridays at 8PM, and Spanish performances are Saturdays at 2:30PM and 8PM, Sundays at 2:30PM and 8PM. General Admission tickets are $35.00; Groups of 20 or more and Students and Senior Citizens with ID $25.00; Tickets are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com. For more information, call (212) 354 1293.

Ellen Kaye @ Iridium - 4/25/2007

Ellen Kaye will perform at Iridium Jazz Club for two nights only, Wednesday, April 25th at 8pm and Friday, May 18th at 7pm. She will be accompanied by Musical Director Tony Romano on guitar, Nate Shaw at the piano, J. Granelli on bass & Matt Kane on drums.

"Ellen Kaye was afforded unparalleled insight into the New York nightclub scene, making her a natural when it comes to the world of entertainment. But what truly makes her stand out from other talented singers today, is her diverse choice of material; from the staples of classic cabaret, to 1940's Blues standards, to contemporary artists," states press notes.

The Iridium Jazz Club is at 1650 Broadway at 51st Street. There is a $20 cover and a $15 food/drink minimum. For reservations, call (212) 582-2121. For more information, visit www.iridiumjazzclub.com or www.myspace.com/EllenKayeBand.

Edward Scissorhands - Seattle - 4/26/2007

Having completed sold-out runs in London, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C., Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands will make its Northwest Premiere in Seattle this upcoming April.

"A treat for the whole family, Edward Scissorhands is a touching and witty gothic fairytale that tells the story of a boy created by an eccentric inventor who dies leaving him alone and unfinished. Left with only scissors for hands, Edward must find his place in a strange new suburban world where the well-meaning community struggles to see past his strange appearance to the innocence and gentleness within," state press notes.

Performances will run April 25 – May 13 at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, with Opening/Press Night April 26 at 8PM and a Spotlight Night, in which Bourne will discuss the show with Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal and West Side Story original cast member Martin Charnin, April 13 from 7-8:30PM. This event is free and open to the public.

Tickets run from $20 to $73, and are available by calling (206) 625-1900 or (888)-5TH-4TIX. Tickets are also available at www.5thAvenue.org or in person and free of service charge at the 5th Avenue Theatre Box Office, at 1308 5th Avenue Seattle, WA 98101

For more information, visit: www.edwardscissorhandstour.com

American Fiesta - 4/26/2007

Stephen Tomlinson's new show, American Fiesta, will make its New York Premiere at the Vineyard Theatre. It will be the theatre's final production for the 2006-7 season. Previews start April 14 and opening night is April 26. Mark Brokaw (Vineyard's How I Learned to Drive, The Dying Gaul, and the Long Christmas Ride Home) will direct.

The play follows a collector of Fiestaware in his travels across a divided nation. His startling encounters with so-called "blue" and "red" state residents, as well as his own family when he announces his intention to marry his same-sex partner, make for a funny, powerful take on the cultural and political differences in contemporary America.

American Fiesta marks the New York stage debut of Austin, Texas native Tomlinson. The show debuted in Austin and won the American Theatre Critics Association "Osborn Award" for Best Play by an up-and-coming playwright.

Performances of American Fiesta run April 14 through May 20, Mondays, Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8pm; with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm. The Vineyard Theatre is at 108 E 15th St, New York City.

Tickets go on sale March 29 and are $50. For reservations, call the box office at 212-353-0303 or log onto www.vineyardtheatre.org.

And He Made Her - 4/26/2007

The West Bank Café has announced upcoming performances to be presented in The Laurie Beechman Theatre. Please note there is a $15 food and/or beverage minimum at each performance, with the exception of The After Party. All major credit cards are accepted.

And He Made a Her Fridays, April 6, 13, 20 at 9pm Thur, April 26 at 9pm $15 cover "Adam isn't at all happy with the turn of events in Doric Wilson's And He Made a Her, a satirical view of humanity's first couple. The comedy opened to great success at the Caffe Cino in 1961, where it, in the words of playwright Robert Patrick, 'helped establish the Cino as a venue for new plays, and materially contributed to the then-emerging concept of off-off Broadway.' And He Made a Her was the first off-off-Broadway play to move Off-Broadway (Cherry Lane, 1962), and to make it onto the regional circuit. It also established Doric Wilson as a 'major new playwriting voice in American theater' (producer Richard Barr, New York Post, 1962)."

The West Bank Café is located at 407 West 42nd. St., at Ninth Avenue. For reservations, please call 212.695.6909, between the hours of 12pm and 8pm.

Down from the Mountaintop - 4/26/2007

Calvin Levels is set to perform his acclaimed one-man look at the life of renowned American author and Civil Rights activist James Baldwin. The show, James Baldwin: Down from the Mountaintop, coincides with the upcoming 20th anniversary of Baldwin's death. The play, will run for one night only, Thursday April 26, at the James Baldwin School (351 West 18th Street) in Manhattan.

James Baldwin: Down from the Mountaintop depicts Baldwin's remarkable life, according to press notes, "from his early childhood growing up in Harlem as a prodigious reader to his death at home in the South of France. The play covers Baldwin's first sexual experiences and love affairs…his relationships with mentor and friend Beauford Delaney and idol Richard Wright…the publishing of his works, including Go Tell It on the Mountain, Notes on a Native Son, and Giovanni's Room." Baldwin also one of the first openly-gay prominent writers of the 20th century, and the show will also explore his affiliations Marlon Brando, Lorraine Hansberry, Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, and Langston Hughes, as well as civil rights leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers, and Malcolm X. Tickets are $35 and $50. To purchase, call Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or 800-432-7250 for those outside NYC. Tickets are also available by visiting www.Telecharge.com

Mel & El @ Beechman - 4/26/2007

The West Bank Café has announced upcoming performances to be presented in The Laurie Beechman Theatre. Please note there is a $15 food and/or beverage minimum at each performance, with the exception of The After Party. All major credit cards are accepted.

Mel & El: This Show Rhymes Thursday, April 26 at 7pm Friday, April 27 at 9pm Sunday, April 29 at 7pm $12 cover "Mel and El think their show is hilarious. Come judge for yourself as they debut ten original songs, including Nice Jewish Boys, Black is Slimming and Fagnet."

The West Bank Café is located at 407 West 42nd. St., at Ninth Avenue. For reservations, please call 212.695.6909, between the hours of 12pm and 8pm.

Don't Quit Your Night Job - 4/26/2007

"Don't Quit Your Night Job," Broadway's new after hours revue, will begin performances April 26th at HA! Comedy Club (163 West 46th Street at 7th Avenue) with Opening Night set for Thursday, May 17th at 9:30 p.m.

"Conceived by Dan Lipton (The Coast of Utopia), Steve Rosen (Spamalot), David Rossmer (Nerds), and Sarah Saltzberg (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), 'Don't Quit Your Night Job' is a late night happening of music, comedy and improvisation. The show features a rotating core cast of Broadway's brightest new stars from every show on the block, complete with surprise celebrity guests nightly, and comes to Broadway (or, near Broadway), after a wild sold-out engagement at Joe's Pub downtown. The core company will be announced shortly," state press notes.

Special Guests set to appear in the premiere weeks of "Don't Quit Your Night Job" include Hank Azaria, Kristin Chenoweth, Brian D'Arcy James, Paige Davis, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dan Fogler, Hunter Foster, Kat Foster, Sutton Foster, Marvin Hamlisch, Jane Krakowski, Marc Kudisch, Huey Lewis, Andrea McArdle, John McDaniel, Eric Millegan, Bebe Neuwirth, Kelli O'Hara, Lonny Price, Anthony Rapp, Michael Riedel, Tony Roberts, Seth Rudetsky, Peter Scolari, Marian Seldes, Christopher Sieber, Mary Testa, Alan Tudyk, Patrick Wilson, B.D. Wong, and Adrian Zmed, among many others.

"Don't Quit Your Night Job" plays the following performance schedule: Thursdays & Fridays at 11:00 p.m., Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. and Sundays & Mondays at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are priced at $55.00 for Premium Seating & $35.00 Regular Seating with an additional 2-item food/beverage minimum per person. Tickets are now on sale and available through SmartTix at (212) 868-4444, or online www.smarttix.com. Visit www.dontquit-nyc.com for more information.

Side by Side by Sondheim - UK - 4/26/2007

Side by Side by Sondheim, a celebration of the works of Stephen Sondheim, will enjoy a limited 12-week run at the Venue Theatre in London, from April 26 – July 14, 2007, with Opening Night scheduled for Tuesday, May 1. The production will be the first major West End revival in 30 years. The show is produced by The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) producers Neil Laidlaw (NML Productions) and Melanie Herman. Press notes state, "First seen in London in 1976, Side by Side features some of Sondheim's best known works (including collaborations with Leonard Bernstein, Richard Rodgers, Mary Rodgers and Jule Styne from classic musicals such as West Side Story, Gypsy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, Pacific Overtures and A Little Night Music," continuing, "Side by Side by Sondheim was conceived by David Kernan, originally as a fundraiser, following a request from singer Cleo Laine and her husband John Dankworth. The show became a major hit in the UK before transferring to Broadway in 1977. It received five Tony Award nominations and it is one of the few shows to have the distinction of its entire cast being nominated for a Tony award."

Side by Side by Sondheim runs at 5 Leicester Place, Leicester Square, London WC2H 7BP. Performances are Thursday, April 26 through Saturday, July 14, Monday through Saturday at 8PM, with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 3PM and no Wednesday matinee May 2. All preview tickets are £20, and Monday—Saturday evening and matinee shows are £20 - £40. For tickets, call 0870 899 3335 or visit www.seetickets.com. For more information, visit www.sidebysidebysondheim.co.uk.

Blackbird - ACT - 4/27/2007

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.

Blackbird by David Harrower April 27-May 27, 2007. Opening May 2. In its West-Coast Premiere, heralded as both "a high-stakes thriller" and "spellbinding theater" by Variety magazine, "Blackbird begins when Ray, a middle-aged office worker, receives a surprise visit from Una, a woman with whom he was involved 15 years earlier. As Una confronts him about the true nature of their past, what emerges is a complex portrait of a relationship that blurs the boundaries between lust, love, and something far more sinister," describes press notes. "Blackbird tackles its controversial topic with uncompromising honesty, surprising tenderness, and a riveting artistic tension that leaves audiences hanging on every word, every motion, and every ominous silence."

Jackie Draper @ Beechman - 4/27/2007

The West Bank Café has announced upcoming performances to be presented in The Laurie Beechman Theatre. Please note there is a $15 food and/or beverage minimum at each performance, with the exception of The After Party. All major credit cards are accepted.

"Jackie Draper in Michel, Mandel … and Dave (and other men in my life)" Sunday, April 22 at 5pm Friday, April 27 at 7pm $15 cover "Launching the celebration of her fifth year of doing shows, Jackie muses (musically) about some of the influential men in her life with a wide variety of songs in English, French and Spanish by Michel (Legrand), (Johnny) Mandel … and Dave (Frishberg) as well as other favorite song-writers (including Porter, Arlen, Trenet, Shire, Pizzarelli). She is joined on stage by Jazz musicians Gregory Toroian (Music Director, at piano) and Eivind Opsvik (on bass). Special appearance by guest (hot) Latin dancer Franklin Ayala. Directed by Helen Baldassare."

The West Bank Café is located at 407 West 42nd. St., at Ninth Avenue. For reservations, please call 212.695.6909, between the hours of 12pm and 8pm.

Mel & El @ Beechman - 4/27/2007

The West Bank Café has announced upcoming performances to be presented in The Laurie Beechman Theatre. Please note there is a $15 food and/or beverage minimum at each performance, with the exception of The After Party. All major credit cards are accepted.

Mel & El: This Show Rhymes Thursday, April 26 at 7pm Friday, April 27 at 9pm Sunday, April 29 at 7pm $12 cover "Mel and El think their show is hilarious. Come judge for yourself as they debut ten original songs, including Nice Jewish Boys, Black is Slimming and Fagnet."

The West Bank Café is located at 407 West 42nd. St., at Ninth Avenue. For reservations, please call 212.695.6909, between the hours of 12pm and 8pm.

Legally Blonde - 4/29/2007

The producers of Legally Blonde, The Musical, based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture, announced today that the musical will officially open at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway) on Sunday, April 29, 2007. Previews begin on April 3, 2007 following the show's world premiere, pre-Broadway engagement January 23, 2007 through February 25, 2007 in San Francisco at The Orpheum Theatre.

Leading the creative team of Legally Blonde is Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hairspray), who will make his Broadway directorial debut and will also choreograph. Music and lyrics are by both Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe (Bat Boy alone, "The Mice," Sarah, Plain and Tall with Benjamin), and the book is by Heather (Freaky Friday remake). The production features scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by ACME Sound Partners.

"Sorority star Elle Woods doesn't take 'no' for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone more 'serious,' Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style," state press notes.

Legally Blonde is produced on Broadway by Hal Luftig, Fox Theatricals and Dori Berinstein, in association with MGM Onstage, Darcie Denkert and Dean Stolber.

I Land - 4/29/2007

I Land - a new play about playwright and performer Keo Woolford's search for the meaning of heritage in the post-modern world - will premiere this spring in an Off-Broadway production presented by Ma-Yi Theater Company at The Culture Project (55 Mercer Street) in Manhattan. Directed by Roberta Uno, previews for the show begin April 20, prior to an official press opening on April 29.

Performed and written by actor, former boy band star, and Merrie Monarch Award-winning hula dancer Keo Woolford, I Land combines hula, hip-hop, traditional Hawaiian talk story, and spoken word. I Land also features the choreography of hip-hop star "Rokafella" and the well-known kumu hula Robert Cazimero.

According to press materials, "Woolford's semi-autobiographical journey navigates the many worlds where hula lives: from backyard parties to Hollywood kitsch to the realm of the sacred. Along the way, islands -- separated by geography and culture -- collide: a hotel hula show and conservatory audition; a Catholic high school and an evangelical church service; a moment of pop stardom and the opportunity to learn from a hula master."

Performances of I Land run from April 20 through May 13 at The Culture Project-SoHo (55 Mercer Street), Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm, with the following exception: Opening Night, Sunday, April 29 at 5pm. Tickets are $30 during previews; $38 after April 29; students $20/$25 and seniors $27/$35. Group discounts are available. For tickets, call TheaterMania.com at 212-352-3101 or online at www.ma-yitheatre.org.

Mel & El @ Beechman - 4/29/2007

The West Bank Café has announced upcoming performances to be presented in The Laurie Beechman Theatre. Please note there is a $15 food and/or beverage minimum at each performance, with the exception of The After Party. All major credit cards are accepted.

Mel & El: This Show Rhymes Thursday, April 26 at 7pm Friday, April 27 at 9pm Sunday, April 29 at 7pm $12 cover "Mel and El think their show is hilarious. Come judge for yourself as they debut ten original songs, including Nice Jewish Boys, Black is Slimming and Fagnet."

The West Bank Café is located at 407 West 42nd. St., at Ninth Avenue. For reservations, please call 212.695.6909, between the hours of 12pm and 8pm.

Aviva @ Beechman - 4/29/2007

The West Bank Café has announced upcoming performances to be presented in The Laurie Beechman Theatre. Please note there is a $15 food and/or beverage minimum at each performance, with the exception of The After Party. All major credit cards are accepted.

"Aviva: Songs for Carmen" Sunday, April 29 at 9:30pm $15 cover "Audrey 'Aviva' Babcock celebrates the release of her new CD on Global Perspective records. Casting old styles in a new light, Aviva fuses Flamenco, Classical, Electronic and Arabic music, singing in Ladino, a form of Castilian Spanish spoken by the Jewish people of Spain. Songs for Carmen will be the first release from the young opera singer, who has performed at NYC Opera and is the winner of both the George London Award and the Fritz Lavinia Jensen Foundation Award. www.aviva-music.com."

The West Bank Café is located at 407 West 42nd. St., at Ninth Avenue. For reservations, please call 212.695.6909, between the hours of 12pm and 8pm.

Jewtopia - Closing - 4/29/2007

The long-running comedy Jewtopia, written by Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson, will play its final performance on Sunday, April 29 at 3:00 PM. The Off-Broadway sensation opened in New York on October 21, 2004 (previews began September 28, 2004) following a 16-month sold-out run at West Hollywood's Coast Playhouse where it still holds the record as Los Angeles' longest-running comedy. At the conclusion of its Off-Broadway run, Jewtopia will have played 1,079 performances (27 previews, 1,052 regular performances). Productions are slated to open in Tampa and Toronto in Fall 2007.

The Secret Lives of Ps - Reading - 4/29/2007

13P, the OBIE-winning collective of 13 playwrights, will present The Secret Lives of Ps at Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, for one performance only, on Sunday, April 29 at 7pm (doors open at 6pm). The cabaret benefit will celebrate the secret lives of playwrights, including 13P and their inspirations. It will be directed by Peter Dubois (Jack Goes Boating) and hosted by playwright Douglas Carter Beane (The Little Dog Laughed).

Performers will include Academy Award-winner Estelle Parsons, Lisa Kron (Well), James Urbaniak (Thom Pain), playwright David Grim (Measure for Pleasure), Addie Johnson and Rebecca Hart and 13P member Sheila Callaghan.

Tickets are $100. Tickets include reserved seating at Joe's Pub and admission to a post-show reception and silent auction featuring items donated by Edward Albee, Tina Howe, David Henry Hwang, Phillip Pearlstein, Om Factory, Equinox Tribeca, Yin & Tonic Acupuncture and tickets to The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, Soho Rep, The Public Theater, Disney World and more. Joe's Pub menu and bar will be available.

Tickets are available from Joe's Pub, 212-967-7555 or online at joespub.com or www.13p.org.



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