Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 4/8/2007

Below is BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 4/8/2007. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit BroadwayWorld.com's Event Calendar.

Frost/Nixon - 4/8/2007

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.

Kiki & Herb @ Joe's Pub - 4/8/2007

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.

Candide - NYCO - 4/8/2007

Harold Prince's production of Leonard Bernstein's Candide will make its return to City Opera Tuesday, April 8, 2008 replacing the previously announced Ragtime.

Last seen at City Opera in 2005, Candide will run for a limited number of fourteen performances through April 20, 2008, with a cast to be announced at a later date. Refunds or exchanges will be available to patrons who have Ragtime as part of their subscription.

Adapted from the Voltaire novel into a musical with book by Hugh Wheeler, with lyrics by Richard Wilbur, and additional lyrics by Leonard Bernstein, John Latouche and Stephen Sondheim, Candide premiered at the Martin Beck Theatre in New York in 1956, and has enjoyed revivals in 1974 and in 1997 at the Broadway Theatre and the George Gershwin Theatre, respectively. The story of a young man embarking on life's adventures, Candide has enjoyed a cult following for its colorful score and songs such as "Glitter and be Gay." The show features choreography by Patricia Birch, set design by Clarke Dunham, costumes by Judith Dolan, lighting by Ken Billington and sound by Abe Jacob.

Single tickets for the City Opera 2007-2008 season go on sale on Monday, August 6. For questions regarding subscriptions, please call 212-496-0600 or visit www.nycopera.com.

Room Service - Closing Show - 4/8/2007

The Peccadillo Theater Company's critically-acclaimed production of Room Service will play its final performance on Sunday, April 8th at 3PM at the SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam Street ~ between 6th Avenue and Varick).

Room Service started previews on November 17th 2006 and opened on November 28th. The production played 12 preview performances will have played 158 regular performances through its closing performance slated for Sunday, April 8th.

A Moon for the Misbegotten - 4/9/2007

A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN opens April 9 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. All evening curtains for the show's run will begin at 7 PM. The show runs 2:45 with intermission.

Known as acclaimed playwright Eugene O'Neill's only love story, A Moon for the Misbegotten is described in the press release as the story of "Josie Hogan (Best), a towering woman with a quick tongue and a ruined reputation who lives in a dilapidated Connecticut farmhouse with her conniving father, Phil (Meaney). During one long moonlit night fueled by drink and lust, Josie's softer side is exposed through her feelings for Hogan's landlord Jim Tyrone (Spacey), and two implacable souls reveal to each other the grief, longing and unrequited love they've hidden from the world."

Performances run Tuesday-Saturday at 7 PM, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. The Brooks Atkinson Theatre is located in Manhattan at 256 West 47th Street. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com or call (212) 307-4100.

Daphne Rubin-Vega @ Joe's Pub - 4/9/2007

Daphne Rubin-Vega returns to Joe's Pub April 9 to rock out her melodic, driving and sexy tunes, playing music from her forthcoming CD. Her long awaited album, Redemption Songs, is a vibrant and sophisticated collection of pop, reggae-tinged, rock and Latin folk songs that are soulful, passionate and from her heart. A luminary on the Broadway stage, DRV has recently played Fantine in the Broadway revival of Les Miserables and in Jack Goes Boating at the Public Theater. Daphne Rubin-Vega first lit up Broadway with her debut as Mimi in the original cast of "Rent", for which she won the Theater World Award, and the Tony and Drama Desk nominations as best actress in a musical, and continued on in such diverse productions as The Rocky Horror Show, Fucking A (at The Public Theater), Anna in the Tropics (another Tony nom), and most recently, motherhood. A self-described "club kid", her career got an early start when she began singing with a girl group called, Pajama Party, and then went on to record her own underground club music on Maxi records. Now a new mami, Daphne and her band deliver an exciting, eclectic mix of music as diverse as the diva herself.

The Accomplices - 4/9/2007

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

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

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

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

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

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

Georgia Stitt @ Birdland - 4/9/2007

Jim Caruso's Cast Party and TheaterMania.com will present composer Georgia Stitt in concert at Birdland, April 9 at 7pm.

She will be joined by some very special guest performers, including Andrea Burns, Will Chase, Jenn Colella, Matthew Morrison, Tituss Burgess, Cheyenne Jackson and Lauren Kennedy. The event will celebrate the release of the new CD, "This Ordinary Thursday," released on the PS Classics label the following day, April 10. This concert is part of "Broadway at Birdland," an ongoing series of events featuring top Broadway stars and songwriters at the legendary club (315 West 44th Street, NYC).

A full dinner menu is available at Birdland until 1am. Every Monday concert is followed by Jim Caruso's Cast Party, an open-mic for the Broadway and music communities.

Birdland is located at 315 West 44 Street, NYC. Call 212-581-3080 or visit www.InstantSeats.com/Birdland for tickets. Admission is $25 cover, and there is a $10 food/drink minimum.

For Services Rendered - Reading - 4/9/2007

Maria Aitken, director of London's Olivier-winning Best New Comedy, will bring an all star ensemble of Broadway actors to the stage of the Laura Pels Theatre on Monday, April 9th at 7pm as The Acting Company presents a benefit staged reading of W. Somerset Maugham's "For Services Rendered."

"Now acclaimed as one of the best plays of his career, it initially shocked audiences by chronicling the devastating impact of World War I on an English family. Maugham, who had previously been praised for his adept and entertaining storytelling skill, had not prepared his audience for this departure," state press materials.

Jefferson Mays (Journey's End, Tony-winner for I Am My Own Wife), Roberta Maxwell (Madras House), Brian Murray (The Rivals), Jay O. Sanders (Stuff Happens), Michael Stuhlbarg and Samantha Soule (Voysey Inheritance), Paxton Whitehead (Absurd Person Singular), Lisa Banes (Present Laughter/Huntington Theater), Francesca Faridany, Susan Lyons and Daniel Gerroll will head the cast.

The Laura Pels Theatre is located at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for the Theatre (111 West 46th Street – off 6th Avenue). Tickets are $60 and $35 (Orchestra); $25 (Mezzanine) from 212-258-3111. A reception with the director and actors follows the performance.

Nikki Renee Daniels @ Beechman - 4/9/2007

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 9 at 7pm $20 cover One night only concerts from some of our favorite Broadway divas. The series kicks off on April 9 with Nikki Renee Daniels (Les Miserables).

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.

Horse Latitudes - Reading - 4/9/2007

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 9th at 7 PM Horse Latitudes by Hilary Fannin Directed by Carolyn Cantor

"Jude and Ann's seventh wedding anniversary ends in a trial separation. Will experiments in loneliness and infidelity bring them closer together? Are we really doomed to become our parents? A startlingly honest and surprising look at what makes a relationship work by one of Ireland's brightest new talents," state production notes.

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.

Ragtime - 4/9/2007

Porchlight Music Theatre concludes its 2006–2007 season themed around 'The American Experience—Set to Music,' with the epic musical Ragtime in a new intimate production. Previews begin April 6, 2007 at Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont. The press opening is April 9 at 7:30pm. Ragtime runs through May 27.

A nostalgic and powerful portrait of life in turn of the century America, Ragtime is based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel. The musical intertwines the stories of a Harlem musician, a wealthy New York family and a Latvian Jewish immigrant, and poignantly explores history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and love and hate. Ragtime combines diverse fictional characters with several famous figures of the era to create a stirring musical portrayal of turn-of-the 20th century America.

The performance schedule for Ragtime is Fridays and Saturdays at 7:45 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. There will be two Wednesday matinees on 4/25 and 5/16 at 2 p.m. Thursday matinees will begin on May 3 and will be at 7:45 p.m. Tickets for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday performances are $35 ($5 off for students and seniors.) Tickets on Saturdays and Sundays are $34 ($5 off for students and seniors.) There are also half price rush tickets for students on the day of the show.

For tickets or more information, call the Theatre Building Chicago's box office at 773.327.5252 or visit www.theatrebuildingchicago.org. Or, call TicketMaster at 312.559.1212 or order on line at www.ticketmaster.com. For group discounts, call 312.423.6612 or visit grouptheatretix.com.

The Alchemists - Reading - 4/9/2007

Tony Award-nominee Malcolm Gets (Amour, A New Brain) will host a concert reading of the new musical The Alchemists featuring a number of Broadway stars. The evening will take place at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher St.) on Monday, April 9th at 7:30 PM.

Featuring music and lyrics by Peter Mills (Illyria, The Pursuit of Persephone) and book by Mills and Cara Reichel, The Alchemists will feature David Abeles, Heath Calvert (Good Vibrations), Jessica Grové (Anne of Green Gables, Thoroughly Modern Millie), Charles Hagerty, and Michael Hunsaker with Richard Todd Adams, Carol Hickey, Greg Horton, Peter Maris, Drew Poling, Navida Stein, Erica Wright, Henry Anderson, Michael Bunting, Brooke Dobossy, Reed Latrowski, and Daniel Marconi, with new orchestrations by Dimitri Nakhamkin.

"Regency England receives a fresh lease on life in the intriguing new musical The Alchemists. This literate, tuneful show revisits the era when Byron, Keats and Shelley flowered, and the unpredictability of romance and passion clashed with the strictures of religion and the logic of science...," wrote Lawrence Van Gelder of the New York Times.

A VIP reception with the cast will follow at Broncas Restaurant & Tapas Bar (91 Christopher St.). Prices are as follows: $100* (Prime Orchestra Seating & VIP Post-Show Reception), $60* (Orchestra Seating & VIP Post-Show Reception), $30** (Balcony Seating, Show Only), (*all but $20 of each ticket tax-deductible / **all but $10 of each ticket tax-deductible).

Visit www.TicketCentral.com or call 212-279-4200 for more information. Visit www.prospecttheater.org for more information.

Rally to Save Paper Mill Playhouse - 4/9/2007

Can you imagine New Jersey without Paper Mill Playhouse? Paper Mill is in a financial crisis and needs $1.5 million to stay open. The well-loved Milburn theatre is in danger of closing as early as this Friday. Theatre lovers can help to save "The State Theater of New Jersey" by making a generous tax-deductible contribution today.

So far, Paper Mill has raised over $35,000 today just over the internet alone. Contributions have come in from all over the world including many contributions from actors who have performed at Paper Mill throughout its vast history. Although every donation is significant to Paper Mill Playhouse, the money that has come in so far is not enough to save the theater. Furthermore, New Jersey Lawmakers have proposed an emergency allocation, but the $300,000-$400,000 grant sponsored jointly by Senator Richard Cody and Senator Tom Kean Jr. won't come through until August.

RALLY TO SAVE PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE! Monday, April 9, 7:00pm At Paper Mill Playhouse, Brookside Drive, Millburn, New Jersey Join Broadway Stars, Paper Mill Stars past and present, and Government Officials to show your support at the Rally to Save Paper Mill Playhouse!

Buy your tickets to Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and make a tax-deductible donation today! Call 973-379-3636 or donate online at www.papermill.org.

Confirmed for the event are: Michele Ragusa, John Lloyd Young, Judy McLane, Glory Crampton, Matthew Scott, James Brennan, Nick Corley, Daniel Goldstein, Danette Holden, and Kate Baldwin. Confirmed political leaders include: Senate President and Governor Richard Cody, Senator Tom Kean Jr. and a possibility of Governor Jon Corzine.

Blackbird - 4/10/2007

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced upcoming productions for its 2006-2007 season, including two shows on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and three productions at MTC's Off-Broadway theatres at Stage I and Stage II at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). A third Biltmore production and a fourth New York City Center production will be announced at a later date.

MTC's 2006-2007 season features a diverse roster of works by authors Charles Busch, David Harrower, Simon Mendes da Costa, Paul Rudnick, and Clifford Odets, including two American premieres and two world premieres.

Subscriptions to MTC are available by calling (212) 399-3030, Monday - Friday, noon - 8 PM with a major credit card. Subscriptions are also available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

David Harrower's "Blackbird" will have its American premiere, under a director to be announced. Previews will begin March 15th, 2007, and the play will open on April 10th. "One of the most talked-about plays to come out of London in years, Blackbird will come to life at MTC in a thrilling new American production. This powerful, volatile piece begins when Una shows up unexpectedly at the office of Ray, forcing Ray to come to terms with the effects of their relationship. Una pulls Ray into an encounter that is gripping, surprising and utterly unforgettable." That show will also be performed at City Center--Stage I.

All About Us - CT - 4/10/2007

The Kander and Ebb musical All About Us, based on the Thornton Wilder play The Skin of Our Teeth, will be presented at the Westport Country Playhouse in CT from April 10th through 28th, 2007.

With music by John Kander, lyrics by the late Fred Ebb and a book by Joseph Stein (Fiddler on the Roof), the musical has been known by several names: first Over and Over, then The Skin of Our Teeth, and finally by the present title. Gabriel Barre (Summer of '42, The Wild Party) will direct the show, which will be receiving its first major production in about 8 years.

All About Us, which is set in the "Now and Always," concerns Mr. and Mrs. Antrobus, as well as sexy narrator/maid Sabina--all of whom traverse the centuries in a theatrical ode to human will and resilience. The show--as Over and Over-- fared less than successfully when in premiered at Arlington, VA's Signature Theatre in 1999, but has had several workshops since.

Visit www.westportplayhouse.com for more information on the theatre.

Fantasia Barrino Joins The Color Purple - 4/10/2007

The producers of THE COLOR PURPLE confirm that American Idol Season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino is set to make her Broadway debut in the starring role of Celie beginning Tuesday, April 10, 2007. The Grammy-nominated fan-favorite performed a re-orchestrated version of her character's signature song to announce to millions worldwide "I'm Here."

Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me CD Release - 4/10/2007

Ghostlight Records, a division of Sh-K-Boom Records, will release the original cast album of the recent Broadway hit Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me on April 10th.

The show's original cast featured Short, Brooks Ashmanskas, Mary Birdsong, Capathia Jenkins, Nicole Parker and Marc Shaiman.

Fame Becomes Me, which opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on August 17th and closed on January 7th, 2007 after a critically acclaimed limited run, featured "Short in a comic tour de force guiding us through an improbable version of his life story. Backed by a brilliant cast of top Broadway performers (who constantly steal focus from Mr. Short when he's not looking), Short's transparent play for love and attention asks the burning question, does an autobiography really have to be true?," state press materials.

Heroes - 4/10/2007

What do you get when you mix nostalgia, camaraderie and old War wounds with a bit of curmudgeonry? Tears and laughter as Richard Benjamin (Philippe), Len Cariou (Henri), and George Segal (Gustave) trade jabs and barbs all while enhancing their fraternity as three decorated soldiers growing old in a Parisian Veterans home set in 1959. Tom Stoppard translated Heroes from Gérald Sibleyras' play Le Vent des Peupliers, and Thea Sharrock directs the American Premiere at the Geffen Playhouse from April 10 to May 27, 2007. Opening night is set for April 18, 2007.

Heroes is a funny, heart-warming tale that proves there's strength in numbers especially when Gustave is grumpy and agoraphobic, Henri is complaisant and lame, and Philippe is unaffected with constant fainting spells… but at least they have their wits about them. Two World Wars have passed and growing old has its limitations for the three who share not only the same terrace but a certain disdain for a fearsome Sister Madeleine and a peculiar 200 pound stone dog, which according to Gustave makes them a "quartet." The 2006 Olivier Award-winner for Best New Comedy is a moving portrait of loyalty with a few insults thrown in between.

Tickets ($35 to $69) are on sale now at the Geffen Playhouse box office, online at GeffenPlayhouse.com, via credit card phone order at 310.208.5454, at all Ticketmaster outlets (Robinsons May and Ritmo Latino locations), or by calling Ticketmaster at 213.365.3500. Performances are Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Adult rush ($35) and student rush ($15) tickets are available 10 minutes prior to curtain. For general information or to request a brochure, call 310.208.5454, or visit www.GeffenPlayhouse.com.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson @ Joe's Pub - 4/10/2007

On Tuesday, April 10, "The Class" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson - who originated the role of Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - will perform at Joe's Pub.

"Jesse Tyler Ferguson returns to Joe's Pub in an one night only event to benefit ASTEP (Artists Striving To End Poverty). Mary Mitchell Campbell who worth the brilliant orchestrations for the current Broadway revival of Company will serve as Musical Director. Jesse will be performing new material as well as excerpts from his first solo, "Adios Pantalones." Expect to hear music by William Finn, Comden and Green, Michael John LaChiusa, Amanda Green, The Breithaupt Brothers and an assortment of others. This promises to be an outrageous evening of comedy and it's all for a good cause!," state press materials.

The show is at 11:30pm, and tickets are $25. Visit www.joespub.com for more information. Visit www.jessetylerferguson.com for more on Ferguson.

Saving Aimee - 4/10/2007

Carolee Carmello will star in the world premiere musical Saving Aimee at the Signature Theatre April 10 – May 13. Saving Aimee features a book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford, music by David Pomeranz and David Friedman and is directed by directed by Eric Schaeffer.

"Based on the life of Aimee Semple McPherson, Saving Aimee is the story of one woman's life from her humble upbringing in a 'Salvation Army' family to her ascension as the charismatic founder of the Four Square Gospel Church. She changed the face of the pulpit, but was she a true woman of God or just one hell of a woman?"

Saving Aimee plays April 10 - May 13, 2007 with the following schedule: Tuesday & Wednesday at 7:30PM; Thursday & Friday at 8:00PM; Saturday at 2 & 8:00PM and Sunday at 2 & 7:00PM.

The Signature Theatre is located at 3806 S. Four Mile Run, Arlington, VA 22206. For tickets ($37-$63) or more information call 703-820-9771 or visit www.sig-online.org.

David Hyde Pierce on The View - 4/10/2007

David Hyde Pierce, star of the new musical comedy Curtains, will appear on ABC-TV's "The View" on Tuesday, April 10. "The View" airs locally on WABC-TV, Channel 7 from 11:00 AM – 12 noon. Check local listings.

Martin Short @ Virgin - 4/10/2007

Martin Short, Marc Shaiman and cast of the recent Broadway hit Fame Becomes Me will be at the Times Square Virgin Megastore to perform songs and celebrate the release of their new album.

Fans may purchase the new CD (at the Times Square location only) to receive a wristband to gain access to the event. Time and Space are limited, so please arrive early.

The event will take place this Tuesday, April 10th at 7:30 PM at Times Square Virgin Megastore (1540 Broadway at 45th Street, Level 2).

Seven Brides, Seven Brothers - Papermill - 4/11/2007

Paper Mill Playhouse's 2006-2007 season. Paper Mill, which is located in Millburn, NJ, is back to its usual offering of six shows a season.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers will next be presented (after first playing Houston's Theatre Under the Stars). At first a 1954 MGM classic, the Pacific Northwest-set musical came to Broadway for a short-lived run in 1982 (and has since become a regional favorite). With added songs by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn supplementing the original Johnny Mercer-Gene DePaul score, it will run from April 11th through May 13th before moving to the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, MA.

The Paper Mill Playhouse is located at Brookside Drive. Renewal subscriptions are currently available. New subscriptions will be available May 29th, while single tickets will go on sale August 7th. Call (973) 376-4343 or visit www.papermill.org.

Deuce - 4/11/2007

Legendary star Angela Lansbury will make her long-awaited return to the Broadway stage this spring, starring opposite Marian Seldes in the world premiere of Deuce, a new play by Terrence McNally and directed by Michael Blakemore.

Deuce, which marks Ms. Lansbury's first role on Broadway in almost 25 years, will open Sunday, May 6th at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street), with previews beginning Monday, April 16th. The production will play a strictly limited engagement of 18 weeks.

"Lansbury and Seldes star in Deuce as two former doubles tennis legends, reunited at a championship match, in McNally's warmly funny and unexpectedly moving new play," as press materials describe the show.

In her 60-plus year career on stage, film and television, Ms. Lansbury received four Tony Awards for her starring roles in Mame, Dear World, Gypsy and Sweeney Todd, three Academy Award nominations for Gaslight (her screen debut), The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Manchurian Candidate, and 18 Emmy Award nominations, including 12 for her long-running television series, "Murder, She Wrote."

Seldes won a Tony for A Delicate Balance, and has been nominated for her performances in Father's Day, Deathtrap, Ring Round the Moon, and Dinner at Eight. Last season, she earned rave reviews for her performance in McNally's Dedication, or the Stuff of Dreams.

McNally has won Tony Awards for his plays, Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class, and for his books for the musicals, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime. Blakemore won Tony Awards in the same year for his direction of the play, Copenhagen, and the musical, Kiss Me Kate.

Additional casting and the Deuce creative team will be announced in coming weeks.

Deuce will be produced on Broadway by Scott Rudin, Stuart Thompson, Maberry Theatricals, The Shubert Organization, Roger Berlind, Debra Black, Bob Boyett, Susan Dietz and Daryl Roth, in association with Primary Stages.

Tickets for Deuce will be on sale exclusively to American Express Card members beginning Sunday, January 14, 2007 at www.telecharge.com or by calling TeleCharge at 212: 239-6200. Public on sale will begin on Saturday, January 27.

The Fantasticks @ Barnes & Noble - 4/11/2007

Barnes and Noble will present "Live at Lincoln: Tom Jones & The Cast of The Fantasticks."

The event, consisting of a discussion, musical performances, and a CD signing, will take place Wednesday April 11, 5:30pm at Barnes & Noble (1972 Broadway at 66th Street, Lincoln Triangle)

"At this special event in conjunction with the popular Barnes & Noble "Any Wednesday" cabaret series, Tom Jones, author of the book and lyrics to the world's longest-running musical, will discuss this classic show and the current Off-Broadway revival, which he also directed," state press materials.

Cast members will perform "Soon It's Gonna Rain", "Plant a Radish" and "Try to Remember". Afterwords, Tom Jones and the entire cast will be available to sign CDs of the new cast recording.

Call (212) 595-6859 for more information. Visit www.fantasticksonbroadway.com for more on The Fantasticks.

Scott Nevins @ Beechman - 4/11/2007

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.

Scott Nevins in Celebutaunt, or Don't You Know Who I Think I Am? Wednesday, April 11 at 7pm Saturday, April 14 at 7pm $15 cover Fresh on the heels of his MAC nomination, Scott Nevins returns to our stage for a reprise of his well-received solo comedy show.

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.

Balancing Act - LA - 4/11/2007

The Falcon Theatre has announced the cast for the American premiere of Balancing Act, written by Emmy Award-winner Frank Salisbury. Balancing Act, the fifth and final show in the Falcon's 2006-07 subscription season, opens Friday, April 20th at 8pm. It will run through May 6th. The show begins previews on April 11th.

"After embezzling a small fortune from his employer, executive Eugene Ormsby (Richard Gilliland) is skipping the country. But before he can catch his flight, by-the-book accountant Beth Washburn (Emmy-winner Yeardley Smith) arrives at his doorstep. She's found several inconsistencies in the company ledgers and fears that someone is cooking the books. Eugene realizes that he must silence his new liability, one way or another, in Frank Salisbury's suspense-filled comedy, "state press materials on the show. Adam Carl directs.

The Falcon Theatre is located at 4252 Riverside Drive, in Burbank. For ticket reservations, call 818.955.8101

The Fantasticks @ Barnes & Noble - 4/11/2007

The current cast of THE FANTASTICKS will celebrate the new 2007 cast recording with special live performances and a CD signing at Barnes & Noble Lincoln Center (1972 Broadway at 66th Street, Lincoln Triangle) on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. Tom Jones, author of the book and lyrics to the world's longest-running musical, will discuss the classic show and the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway revival, which he also directed.

The Country Girl - 4/12/2007

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced upcoming productions for its 2006-2007 season, including two shows on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and three productions at MTC's Off-Broadway theatres at Stage I and Stage II at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). A third Biltmore production and a fourth New York City Center production will be announced at a later date.

MTC's 2006-2007 season features a diverse roster of works by authors Charles Busch, David Harrower, Simon Mendes da Costa, Paul Rudnick, and Clifford Odets, including two American premieres and two world premieres.

Subscriptions to MTC are available by calling (212) 399-3030, Monday - Friday, noon - 8 PM with a major credit card. Subscriptions are also available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

The classic Clifford Odets play "The Country Girl" will next be seen at the Biltmore Theatre, with previews beginning on April 12th, 2007. Directed by MTC artistic director Lynne Meadow, it will open on May 3rd. "The title character, Georgie, is married to actor Frank Elgin, once a great theatre star, now down on his luck. When Frank is offered a major role by young, hotshot director Bernie Dodd, he has the chance to make a major comeback. The pressures created by a high stakes out-of-town tryout bring into dramatic focus the complicated relationship between husband and wife. Life backstage becomes an emotional and psychological battleground for all three characters." The play will mark the 100th anniversary of Odets' birth.

LoveMusik - 4/12/2007

The world premiere of LoveMusik, a new musical featuring the songs of Kurt Weill, presented by Manhattan Theatre Club, will star Tony Award-winners Michael Cerveris and Donna Murphy.

Opening night is set for Thursday, May 3, 2007 at the Biltmore Theatre (261 West 47th Street). Previews begin Thursday, April 12.

The show will feature a book by Pulitzer and Tony Award-winner Alfred Uhry, and direction by Tony Award-winner Harold Prince.

The production will also star David Pittu (The Coast of Utopia: Voyage, Never Gonna Dance) as Bertolt Brecht and John Scherer (By Jeeves, Sunset Boulevard) as George Davis. The creative team and additional casting will be announced at a later date.

The musical is suggested by Speak Low (When You Speak Love), The Letters of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya, edited and translated by Lys Symonette and Kim H. Kowalke.

"LoveMusik follows the lives of the unlikeliest of lovers – the brilliant, intellectual German composer Kurt Weill (Michael Cerveris) and a lusty girl from the streets of Vienna who became his muse and star, Lotte Lenya (Donna Murphy). LoveMusik is an epic romance, set in Berlin, Paris, Broadway and Hollywood, spanning 25 years in the lives of this complicated couple. Featuring a full range of Weill's songs and a book by Alfred Uhry (the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Driving Miss Daisy and Parade), LoveMusik will be directed by Harold Prince, the 21-time Tony Award winner, who has staged such musicals as The Phantom of the Opera, Evita and Sweeney Todd," as press notes state.

Cerveris won a 2004 Tony Award for his performance in Assassins, and has also been nominated for his performances in Sweeney Todd and The Who's Tommy. His other New York credits include Titanic, Wintertime, The Fifth of July and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Regional credits include A Little Night Music, Passion and the Ravinia concerts of Anyone Can Whistle and Sunday in the Park with George.

Murphy won Tony Awards for her performances in The King and I and Passion, and was nominated for her performance in Wonderful Town. She has also been seen on Broadway in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Human Comedy and They're Playing Our Song, as well as in such films as Spider-Man 2 and World Trade Center.

Subscriptions to MTC can be obtained by calling (212) 399-3030, Monday - Friday, noon - 8 PM with a major credit card. Subscriptions are also available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

Broadway Divas - 4/12/2007

Five leading ladies will comprise the "Broadway Divas," a National Symphony Orchestra Pops concert performed at Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center from April 12th through 14th.

Judy McLane (Mamma Mia!), Kathleen Murphy Jackson, Toni DiBuono (Wonderful Town, The Boys from Syracuse), Cara Johnston and Heather Tepe (Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Gypsy) will star in the concerts, which will be conducted by Jack Everly. On the line-up are songs from My Fair Lady, Annie, Dreamgirls, Les Miserables, Chicago and Show Boat, among others.

Originally announced for the concerts, Forbidden Broadway star Christine Pedi has withdrawn.

The concerts will be performed on April 12th and 13th at 7 PM and April 14th at 8 PM.

Tickets range from $20 to $80. Visit www.kennedy-center.org for more information.

Inherit the Wind - 4/12/2007

Opening Night of "Inherit the Wind" is April 12. Tony Award-winner Christopher Plummer and Tony Award-winner Brian Dennehy star in the production, which will play a limited engagement, through July 6th at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street), directed by Tony Award-winner Doug Hughes.

The play "is a fictionalized retelling of the famous 1925 "Monkey Trial," in which science teacher John Scopes was tried and convicted for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution, violating a Tennessee law that forbade teaching any theory that conflicted with the biblical conception of divine creation. Mr. Dennehy will play the role of attorney Matthew Harrison Brady (based on William Jennings Bryan), and Mr. Plummer will play attorney Henry Drummond (based on Clarence Darrow)," state production notes.

Tickets are available by calling Telecharge at 212 239 6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com, and at the Lyceum Theatre box office (149 West 45th Street). Regular ticket prices are $76.25 - $96.25. Premium pricing is $176.25 - $251.25. Special on-stage seating is $36.25. Visit www.InheritTheWindOnBroadway.com.

The Confession - 4/12/2007

A forgotten play by Sarah Bernhardt, The Confession, will be given its United States premiere by the Xoregos Performing Company at Wings Theatre in an eleven performance two week run between April 12-21, 2007.

"The Confession is part of a fin-de-siècle program, Arts Nouveaux—Une Célbération, which includes dances, songs, plays and designs of the 1890-1914 era. Dances after Isadora Duncan and Loïe Fuller, songs by Debussy, Fauré, Reynaldo Hahn, a new play, Basking by Dave DeChristopher, written as at an 1897 phosphorescent dinner party, will be presented as well as surprises of the Art Nouveau movement. The plays are presented in English," state press notes.

"The five character cast in The Confession includes a role Miss Bernhardt seems to have written for herself, the Countess. The play explores the impact of the Countess' revelation to her husband and leads to an anguished and shocking conclusion."

Perfomance dates are: (Thursday) April 12, 13, 14 at 8:00 PM; (Sunday) April 15 at 3:00 and 7:30 PM; (Tuesday) April 17, 18, 19, 20 at 8:00 PM and Saturday, April 21 at 3:00 and 8:00 PM. The Wings Theatre is located at154 Christopher Street, West Village. All tickets are $20.00 and may be purchased on-line at Theatermania.com, by telephone at 212-352-3101 or at the box office one hour prior to performances. Wheelchair accessible.

Broadway Divas - 4/13/2007

Five leading ladies will comprise the "Broadway Divas," a National Symphony Orchestra Pops concert performed at Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center from April 12th through 14th.

Judy McLane (Mamma Mia!), Kathleen Murphy Jackson, Toni DiBuono (Wonderful Town, The Boys from Syracuse), Cara Johnston and Heather Tepe (Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Gypsy) will star in the concerts, which will be conducted by Jack Everly. On the line-up are songs from My Fair Lady, Annie, Dreamgirls, Les Miserables, Chicago and Show Boat, among others.

Originally announced for the concerts, Forbidden Broadway star Christine Pedi has withdrawn.

The concerts will be performed on April 12th and 13th at 7 PM and April 14th at 8 PM.

Tickets range from $20 to $80. Visit www.kennedy-center.org for more information.

110 in the Shade - 4/13/2007

110 IN THE SHADE

Previews begin April 13; opens May 9 at Studio 54.

The scoop: Audra McDonald plays an old maid whose life changes thanks to a swaggering huckster named Starbuck (Steve Kazee) in this musical based on "The Rainmaker."

Liza Minnelli - Niagra Falls - 4/13/2007

Liza Minnelli's first concert tribute to her godmother Kay Thompson will play the following engagements:

April 13-14 : Niagra Falls : Fallsview Casino

Kay Thompson is perhaps most famous to movie musical fans for having appeared as a flamboyant fashion editrix in Funny Face, starring Audrey Hepburn. However, she was even more acclaimed for her work behind the scenes in Hollywood. Thompson was an in-demand musical and vocal arranger who worked with stars such as Judy Garland (Minnelli's mother). She later created the Eloise books. Thompson and Minnelli were friends until the end of Thompson's life, when she died on July 2, 1998.

Minnelli's ensemble includes Jim Caruso, Cortes Alexander, Johnny Rodgers and Clarke Thorell.

In addition to her Emmy for "Liza with a Z," Minnelli has won three Tony Awards, an Oscar, and two Golden Globes. She won a Theatre World Award for Best Foot Forward, Tony Awards for Flora, the Red Menace and The Act, and a Special Tony Award in 1974. She was nominated for an Oscar for The Sterile Cuckoo, and won the Oscar and the Golden Globe Award for the film version of Cabaret, directed by Bob Fosse. The daughter of Judy Garland, her other Broadway credits include The Rink, Chicago and Victor/Victoria, and she has also been seen on film in New York, New York, Arthur and others.

Visit www.officiallizaminnelli.com for more information.

An Evening of Short Musicals - 4/13/2007

The Laurie Beechman Theatre has announced three special performances in April, featuring premiere performances of three brand new short musicals. On Fridays, April 6, 13 & 20 at 7pm, three new pieces by students of NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing program will debut upon the theatre's stage. All three brief musicals will be presented at each performance.

The musicals are as follows:

Playtime by Erato Kremmyda and Sean Keogh featuring Randy Blair, Ben Kaplan and Kelly Felthous

Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington by Karlan Judd and Robin Share featuring Brittany Cornelius, Randy Blair, Sam Pinkleton, Michelle Hernandez and Sonya Cooke

Momento Mori by Rob Broadhurst and Maggie Coleman featuring Lisa Asher, Miles Phillips, Courter Simmons and Eddie Varley Directed by Phil Geoffrey Bond and Ryan Mekenian Musical Direction by Ray Fellman & Sam Willmott

"An Evening of Short Musicals" is an opportunity for the public to see exciting work from talented new composers, soon to make their professional marks on the New York theatre community.

The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located at 407 West 42nd St., within The West Bank Café. There is a $12 cover charge, as well as a $15 food/beverage minimum. For reservations, please call 212 695 6909 between the hours of 12pm and 6pm.

And He Made Her - 4/13/2007

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.

The President and Her Mistress - 4/13/2007

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.

Mud Blossom - 4/14/2007

Emergency Theater Project presents the world premiere of Ashlin Halfnight's "Mud Blossom" at Walkerspace (46 Walker ST). Kate Pines directs, as three generations of women, Corinne Edgerly, Jennifer McCabe and Liz Myers. Opening night set for April 14.

"In Mud Blossom madness, cruelty, and betrayal linger in the muddy fields surrounding three generations of women living in a rundown farmhouse in the rural South. They struggle to pay the bills, live right, and hold their family together in a world that is fast becoming incomprehensible and dangerous, particularly for Camille, the youngest. In an effort to get clear of the mistakes her mother and grandmother have made, Camille sets off for the Canadian border, thousands of miles north, with a knife, a black eye, and secret. Mud Blossom tracks Camille's passage from the blindness of childhood to the startling reality of her family, her house, and the world around her," state press materials.

Beginning previews Thursday, April 12 Mud Blossom will play Mondays through Saturdays at 8pm with an additional show Sunday, April 28 at 2pm. Dark on Sundays.

Visit www.EmergencyTheaterProject.org for more information. Tickets are $18 available at www.theatermania.com or by phone at 212-352-3101 or 866-811-4111. Walkerspace is located at 46 Walker Street between Broadway and Church St. Take the N, R trains to Canal Street; A, C, E trains to Canal Street; or the 1 to Franklin.

Broadway Divas - 4/14/2007

Five leading ladies will comprise the "Broadway Divas," a National Symphony Orchestra Pops concert performed at Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center from April 12th through 14th.

Judy McLane (Mamma Mia!), Kathleen Murphy Jackson, Toni DiBuono (Wonderful Town, The Boys from Syracuse), Cara Johnston and Heather Tepe (Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Gypsy) will star in the concerts, which will be conducted by Jack Everly. On the line-up are songs from My Fair Lady, Annie, Dreamgirls, Les Miserables, Chicago and Show Boat, among others.

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