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Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 5/13/2007

Below is BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 5/13/2007. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit BroadwayWorld.com's Event Calendar.

Stairway to Paradise - Encores! - 5/13/2007

New York City Center Encores! will present three staged concerts this season. "The 14th season of Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert, will celebrate the great Broadway revue, a form that flourished from just before 1900 until the early '50s.

The season will conclude with Stairway to Paradise, the first-ever specially created Encores! production to celebrate the very best material from a half century of Broadway musicals and revues, including numbers and sketches from Florenz Ziegfeld's shows, from May 10-13. The season end's with a special Spring Gala Benefit performance of Stairway to Paradise on Monday, May 14." Tickets range from $25 to $95.

Tickets for all New York City Center Events can be purchased by calling CityTix® at 212-581-1212, online at www.nycitycenter.org or at the City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues).

Euan Mortan @ Metropolitan Room - 5/13/2007

Award winning singer/actor Euan Morton will perform a new show Sunday evening at The Metropolitan Room (34 West 22 Street): May 13 at 9:30PM.

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.

Jaclyn Huberman @ Ars Nova - 5/13/2007

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) will present the solo concert debut of Jaclyn Huberman, winner of the New York Musical Theatre Festival's 2006 'Broadway Idol' competition on Tuesday, May 8 at 8pm and Sunday, May 13 at 9pm at Ars Nova in Manhattan. The show will feature Huberman in an evening of songs by Stephen Schwartz, Jason Robert Brown, Michael John LaChiusa, and Ani DiFranco. The evening is directed by Jim Augustine, with musical director Andy Boroson featured on piano, Dave Purcell on drums and Tony Steele on bass.

Performances for NYMF's Broadway Idol: Jaclyn Huberman are Wednesday, May 8 at 8pm and Sunday, May 13 at 9pm at Ars Nova (511 W. 54th Street at 10th Avenue). Tickets are $20, and available by calling 212-352-3101 or by logging onto www.nymf.org.

The Big Voice - Closing - 5/13/2007

The Big Voice: God Or Merman?, currently starring Carl Danielsen (Trolls, Picon Pie) and Dale Radunz (Big River, Annie), will conclude its current off Broadway run at The Actors Temple Theatre on May 13th, after 125 performances. The show's first regional stop will be at The New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco, August 1-19th, and will star the original NY cast, Jim Brochu and Steve Schalchlin (The Last Session), who also wrote the musical.

Press notes state, The Big Voice "hilariously proves that showbiz is as much a calling as the priesthood. This high energy, razzle-dazzle show chronicles the lives of a Baptist from Arkansas and a Catholic from Brooklyn who find eternal salvation in the temple of musical theatre. The Big Voice traces Jim and Steve's meeting aboard a ship in the Atlantic Ocean, Steve's struggle with AIDS, the production of their hit off-Broadway musical The Last Session, their separation and their reconciliation. It's a comedy about a 'gay marriage' between two men created by the couple themselves."

The Big Voice currently plays Saturday at 3pm, Sunday at 2pm and Monday at 8pm at The Actors Temple Theater (339 W. 47th Street). Tickets can be purchased by calling Telecharge (212) 239-6200 or visiting www.Telecharge.com. For more information, please visit www.TheBigVoice.com

Green Eyes @ Joe's Pub - 5/13/2007

Joe's Pub has announced a concert of the new musicAl Green Eyes, featuring performers Nick Blaemire (Altar Boyz), and Megan Reinking (Lestat, Dracula), with musical direction by Jesse Vargas. The show will take place Sunday, May 13 at 12PM.

Press notes state, "Green Eyes is an original musical, song cycle, and modern dance piece fused together to tell the beautifully complex story of a relationship's rise and fall. The story is told by two singers, two dancers, and a five piece orchestra, all drawn together with a moving video backdrop. Music, song, dance, video – all tell a simple love story, yet proving love is never simple. This dynamic form is used to break expectations of the individual elements in order to directly communicate the emotions and story to the audience in a unique experience."

Joe's Pub is part of The Public Theater, located at 425 Lafayette Street between East 4th and Astor Place in New York City's East Village. Tickets for Green Eyes are $25, and are available at The Public Theater Box Office, by visiting www.joespub.com or by calling 212-967-7555.

Mary Poppins on ABC News - 5/13/2007

Ashley Brown and Gavin Lee who star as Mary Poppins and Bert, respectively, in the hit Broadway musical Mary Poppins will be featured guests on WABC-TV (Channel 7)'s "Eyewitness News This Morning" this Sunday, May 13 between 9:30am and 10:00am. WABC's Phil Lipoff talks with Brown and Lee about their experiences starring in the most nominated new musical of the 2006-2007 Broadway season.

Stairway to Paradise - Encores! - 5/14/2007

New York City Center Encores! will present three staged concerts this season. "The 14th season of Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert, will celebrate the great Broadway revue, a form that flourished from just before 1900 until the early '50s.

The season will conclude with Stairway to Paradise, the first-ever specially created Encores! production to celebrate the very best material from a half century of Broadway musicals and revues, including numbers and sketches from Florenz Ziegfeld's shows, from May 10-13. The season end's with a special Spring Gala Benefit performance of Stairway to Paradise on Monday, May 14." Tickets range from $25 to $95.

Tickets for all New York City Center Events can be purchased by calling CityTix® at 212-581-1212, online at www.nycitycenter.org or at the City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues).

Jerry Springer: The Opera - Chicago - 5/14/2007

Jerry Springer: The Opera will finally be making its American debut. However, the controversial hit won't be produced on Broadway but in Chicago, the city that "The Jerry Springer Show" calls home.

The musical will be presented at the Bailiwick Repertory Theatre in May, according to Variety. Bailiwick artistic director David Zak said: "With Jerry here in town, Chicago is the natural place to introduce the musical to American audiences." It will begin previews on May 3rd, open on May 14th and run through July 8th (although Zak hopes for an extension).

A cast of 25 and orchestra of 6 is planned for the 150-seat mainstage theatre.

A Broadway transfer of Jerry Springer: The Opera was expected to take place, but never materialized. The raunchy musical, with its operatic overtones, satirizes a number of "Jerry Springer Show" characters, such as a stripper "who just wants to dance," and Ku Klux Klan members.

Stewart Lee co-wrote the show with composer Richard Thomas. Jerry Springer: The Opera, which began at the Edinburgh Festival and opened at London's National Theatre on April 29th, 2003 (it moved to the Cambridge Theatre soon after). The show won the Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Awards in addition to its Olivier for Best Musical. Despite the accolades, its airing on BBC 2 last year sparked the storm of protests, with almost 50,000 complaints pouring in. The show, which closed after 609 performances, also toured the UK this year.

"In the first act of Jerry Springer: The Opera, a parade of foul-mouthed, chair-hurling contestants come on the talk show to lay bare their souls (as well as parts of their bodies). The second act takes a religious turn as Jerry Springer visits purgatory and hell, and is expelled from heaven," stated earlier press materials.

The Drowsy Chaperone - UK - 5/14/2007

Multi award-winning actress and recording artist Elaine Paige will return to the West End to take the title role in the Broadway smash hit musical, The Drowsy Chaperone. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, with music by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, the five-time Tony Award winning musical will preview at the Novello Theatre from 14 May, with press night on 5 June and opening night on 6 June.

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

TimesTalks-The Legacy of August Wilson - 5/14/2007

Don't miss this discussion about Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson's life, works and enduring political and cultural legacy. With Kenny Leon, director of Broadway's Radio Golf, the final play in Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle, charting the African-American experience in the 20th century, actress and playwright Anna Deveare Smith, actor Harry Lennix, and scholar Cornel West. Location: The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York City Tickets: NYTimes.com/TimesTalks or call (888) NYT-1870 General admission: $25 *TimesTalks programs are subject to change.

Passing Strange - 5/14/2007

The Public Theater has announced the world premiere of "Passing Strange," a new rock musical by singer/songwriter and performance artist Stew and Heidi Rodewald. A co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre that was developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab and at the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts, "Passing Strange" will begin previews Monday, May 1st with performances running though Sunday, June 3rd. The press opening will be Monday, May 14th.

"The world premiere of Passing Strange takes musical theatre on a whole new trip. Stew, a popular performer at Joe's Pub, was commissioned by The Public and Berkeley Rep to develop this moving and hilarious story of a young black bohemian in search of self and home who charts a course for "the real" through sex, drugs, and rock and roll...It's a quirky journey from L.A. to authenticity, crossing boundaries of place, identity, and theatrical convention on the way. Stew's unique sound has been dubbed Afro-Baroque cabaret, and Entertainment Weekly has twice named his CDs 'Album of the Year,'" state press materials.

Passing Strange will play Tuesday at 7:00pm, Wednesday through Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. Tickets for Passing Strange are $60 (rush is also available). Tickets are on sale at The Public Theater box office, 425 Lafayette Street; on-line at www.publictheater.org or by phone at 212-967-7555 (please note new number)

The Last Best Place - Reading - 5/14/2007

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 May 14th at 7 PM The Last Best Place by Bathsheba Doran Directed by Carl Forsman

"After two long years in the big city fail to pan out as she'd hoped, Josie returns to her small Montana hometown to start fresh. Can life with her father and the boy who passed her over in high school really be enough? An intimate look at long days under a big sky."

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.

John Raymond Barker @ The Duplex - 5/14/2007

Next month, John Raymond Barker will return to The Duplex (61 Christopher St. at 7th Ave.) with his show Jerby with a "Y." The show is slated to play Saturdays, May 12 and 19 at 9:30PM, and Monday, May 14 at 9:30PM .

Directed by Stephen Aleman and with musical direction and piano accompaniment by Ray Fellman, the show "is a comic, bawdy, yet personal exploration through topics ranging from auditioning to love to sex to politics to family. The music wildly ranges from various musical theatre genres to pop, dance, and even rap," state press notes.

The show is $15 ($10 for AEA and Students with valid card/ID) plus a 2 drink minimum. Reservations strongly suggested; call (212)255-5438. The evening is recommended for ages 21 and up.

The Hidden Sky @ Joe's Pub - 5/14/2007

On Monday, May 14, Sweeney Todd star Manoel Felciano will star in The Hidden Sky, with music and lyrics by Peter Foley and book by Kate Chisholm, at Joe's Pub.

Also scheduled to appear are Merle Dandridge (Tarzan, Aida), Marya Grandy (Les Miz, Trailer Park), Lauren Molina (Sweeney Todd) and Katrina Yaukey (Company), among others.

"The world as we know it is no more. In its place, a society exists where math, science and the thirst for the unknown have been forbidden by the government and forgotten by the populace. Based on a short story by Ursula K. Le Guin, this award-winning music-theater piece tells the story of Ganil, a young woman whose longing for knowledge leads her on a passionate journey of discovery. As she risks her life in pursuit of truth, a series of unexpected events forces her to make a profound leap into the unknown. With an eclectic score featuring lush choral singing and contemporary rhythms, The Hidden Sky is a mythical tale of aspiration, awakening, and the indomitable human spirit and is particularly topical today, dealing with issues of politics vs. religion vs. scientific inquiry vs. spirituality that resonate in many of our current debates. So far this new music theater piece has won the Richard Rodgers Development Award and the Spirit Award for Best New Score and has been nominated for 6 Barrymore Awards, including Outstanding Original Music and Outstanding New Play," state press notes.

The show is at 7:30pm, and tickets are $20. Visit www.mano.felciano.com for more information.

The Theatre Business - Book Release - 5/14/2007

The American Theatre Wing's Producing and The Theatre Business: Working in the Theatre (Continuum International Publishing Group/The K.S. Giniger Company Inc.; $14.95; paperback), a collection of advice and anecdotes from many of the most influential and successful producers working in theatre today, will be available in bookstores on May 14, 2007. The book's release coincides with the annual announcement of the nominees for the American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards, scheduled for May 15.

Jeff Daniels @ Birdland - 5/14/2007

Jim Caruso's Cast Party and TheaterMania.com will present top Broadway stars and theater songwriters at the legendary Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, NYC.

Actor/singer/songwriter Jeff Daniels returns to "Broadway at Birdland" on Monday, May 14 at 7pm. Best-known for such films as "Terms of Endearment," "Dumb and Dumber," and "The Squid and the Whale," Mr. Daniels is currently starring in the 2007 Oliver Award-winning play Blackbird, by Scottish playwright David Harrower, at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Jeff Daniels has been writing songs since the 1970's, something most people didn't know, because - unlike numerous other celebrities - he kept them to himself. "A few years ago, someone suggested that he might be able to raise funds for his pet project, the Purple Rose Theater in his hometown of Chelsea, Michigan, by going out on stage and singing some of those songs. Lo and behold, a musical star was born! The subsequent CD, 'Live and Unplugged,' is a collection of live performances, which humorously and often touchingly, reflect on his life and career. 'If William Shatner Can, I Can Too' is Daniels' take on celebrities trying to be taken seriously as musicians. 'The Dirty Harry Blues' describes the joy of being killed by Clint Eastwood. He bares his heart in 'Kathy,' which describes his first date with his wife, and then thanks his mother for support and guidance in 'Momma Never Left Her Oldest Boy Alone,'" state press materials. The cover for Daniels' show will be $30 with a $10 food/drink minimum.

For reservations call Birdland at (212) 581-3080 or www.Birdlandjazz.com.

TastiSkank @ Ars Nova - 5/14/2007

Broadway stars Sarah Litzsinger (Beauty and the Beast) and Kate Reinders' (Wicked) band TastiSkank will appear at Ars Nova for one-night-only on Monday, May 14th at 10 PM at Ars Nova.

Press notes describe the show, "Two of Broadway's hottest leading ladies, Sarah Litzsinger and Kate Reinders, shred the term ingenue and reemerge as the hilarious and titillating band TastiSkank. With songs about everything from sex to pills to dirty boys who will remain nameless, TastiSkank is the newborn love child of the Indigo Girls and Tenacious D."

TastiSkank plays on Monday, May 14 at 10PM. Tickets are $15, and are available by calling (212) 868-4444 or by visiting www.SmartTix.com. Ars Nova is located at 511 West 54th Street.

Angela Lansbury on The Today Show - 5/14/2007

Four-time Tony Award-winner Angela Lansbury, who is starring on Broadway for the first time in almost 25 years in the new play Deuce, will be featured on "The Today Show" on Monday, May 14 between 9:30 am – 10:00 am.

Tony Awards Nominations Announced - 5/15/2007

The 61st annual Tony Awards will be held on June 10th, according to Variety. Hosted by Jane Krakowski and Taye Diggs at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

Nominations will be announced on May 15th. The eligibility cutoff date has been set for May 9th.

It was also previously announced that this year's Tony Honors will be presented to Forbidden Broadway creator Gerard Alessandrini, William Morris agent Samuel (Biff) Liff, LaMaMa ETC founder and off-off-Broadway pioneer Ellen Stewart and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop. They will receive their awards at a ceremony on October 24th at Tavern on the Green.

The Tonys are presented by the League of American Theatres and Producers and the American Theatre Wing. At the League, Gerald Schoenfeld is Chairman and Charlotte St. Martin is Executive Director. At the Wing, Sondra Gilman is Chairman, Doug Leeds is President and Howard Sherman is Executive Director. For Tony Award Productions, Elizabeth I. McCann is Managing Producer and Joey Parnes is Coordinating Producer.

Visit www.tonyawards.com for more information.

Michael Martinez @ Don't Tell Mama - 5/15/2007

Michael Martinez will present "An Evening of Music and Comedy," May 15 at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street (between 8& 9th Avenue).

The variety show will feature singer Mackenzie Thomas (Mamma Mia!, NBC's "Grease: You're The One That I Want"), along with singers Danielle Britton (Brazilian Bossa Nova Band "Brazileira"), Aaron Letrick (ABC's "All My Children," bands "Pleezer" and "House of Usher") and Deborah Lombardi (Aural Fix Communique's "Queen of the Long Island Music Scene.") Also featured are special guest comics Amy Daulton and Alex Decaneas of Fantastic Genius.

"An Evening of Comedy and Music" will take place May 15, 6:30-8:00PM, at Don't Tell Mama. Doors open at 6:00PM, and there is a $15.00 cover charge, plus a two-drink minimum.

Songs for a New World - DC - 5/16/2007

Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown will conduct and perform in a production of his acclaimed song cycle Songs for a New World at the Strathmore Center in Bethesda, MD on May 16th and 17th.

The event will be produced by Signature Theatre. Michael Baron will direct. "In this unique collaboration, Signature brings the Washington premiere of Songs for a New World to Strathmore, the revue that launched the career of Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown and has since become the stuff of theater legend," states the Strathmore website. Songs for a New World, which premiered at the WPA Theatre in 1995, features songs such as "Stars and Moon," "I'm Not Afraid of Anything," and "I'd Give It All for You."

Visit www.jasonrobertbrown.com for more on Brown and for more on his upcoming engagements. Visit www.strathmore.org for more on his Strathmore concert, and www.signature-theatre.org for more on Signature Theatre.

In a Dark Dark House - 5/16/2007

MCC Theatre concludes its 2006-07 season with:

Neil LaBute's hotly anticipated play "In a Dark Dark House" for $33, saving $37. Running May 16-June 23, 2007 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, with a June 7th opening.

Individual tickets to In a Dark Dark House as well as all MCC productions are available through TicketCentral.com or by calling (212) 279-4200 once on-sale dates are announced to the general public. Subscriptions are available now and are as low as $50 for the entire season. For more information and to purchase packages, call Jessica Crone at (212) 727-7722, ext. 224. For more information, visit www.MCCTheater.org.

Oliver Twist - Berkeley Rep - 5/16/2007

Berkeley Rep Theatre, CA www.berkeleyrep.org

OLIVER TWIST adapted from Charles Dickens / directed by Neil Bartlett / The Roda Theatre / May 11–June 24, 2007 Opening May 16 WEST COAST PREMIERE

Inspired by the vivid world of the Victorian music-hall, Neil Bartlett's staging of Oliver Twist uses the original language of Dickens' novel to dramatize one of the most deeply felt stories ever written about childhood. A cast of unforgettable characters brings the underworld of 19th-century London—a city teeming with danger and fear—to thrilling life, as seen through the eyes of an astonished child. By turns comic and tragic, musical and dramatic, Bartlett's Twist was a runaway success in London. His works have been seen and celebrated around the world, including in the United States at Chicago's Goodman Theatre and the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. We're thrilled to present his Berkeley Rep debut with this sensational production.

Hairspray on Oprah - 5/16/2007

This Wednesday, May 16, the full cast of the highly anticipated film version of Hairspray - along with dancers from the movie - will appear on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Live musical performances from the movie and several exclusive film clips will be featured.

"The Oprah Winfrey Show" airs on ABC in New York at 4:00pm, in Los Angeles at 3:00pm, in Detroit at 4:00pm, and in Chicago at 9:00am. Viewers in other cities should check local listings.

The cast features John Travolta as Edna Turnblad, Christopher Walken as Wilbur Turnblad, Queen Latifah as Motormouth Maybelle, Michelle Pfeiffer as Velma Von Tussle, Brittany Snow as Amber Von Tussle, Zac Efron as Link Larkin, Elijah Kelley as Seaweed, James Marsden as Corny Collins, Allison Janney as Prudy Pingleton and newcomer Nikki Blonksy as Tracy Turnblad, who helps to integrate a Baltimore dance show-and wins the heart of Link in the process.

MAC Awards - 5/17/2007

The Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Awards will be presenTed May 17 at the Peter Norton Symphony Space.

Show time for the annual awards, which salutes achievements in cabaret, comedy and jazz, is 7:30 PM. The ceremony will include a performance by the jazz group Manhattan Transfer, this year's recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. The complete list of 2004 MAC nominees follows:

Female Vocalist Audrey Lavine JeAnne MacDonald Carolyn Montgomery

Male Vocalist Brandon Cutrell David Gurland Marcus Simeone

Jazz Vocalist Mychelle Colleary Mary Foster Conklin Natalie Douglas

Major Vocalist Karen Mason Mark Nadler KT Sullivan

Female New York Debut Robyn McCorquodale Carol Savvas Amy Wolk

Male New York Debut Michael Conley Shaun Rennie Steven Ray Watkins

Singer/Songwriter Judy Barnett John Bucchino Rick Jensen

Vocal Duo/Group Scott Coulter & Audrey Lavine, Goin' Home: Songs of the South Karen Mack & Michael Holland, Gashole Sue Matsuki & Marcus Simeone, Somewhere Along the Way

Musical Comedy Sharon McNight, Ladies, Compose Yourselves! Christine Pedi, Wonderful Songs: An Evening of Comden & Green Eric Pickering, Ode to Attention Seekers

Musical Comedy Duo/Group Tommy Femia And Steven Brinberg, Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand Live! Lorinda Lisitza & Michael Vaccaro, Too Many Johnsons Modern Man

Characterization/Impersonation Steven Brinberg, Simply Barbra: Second Hand Rose on Second Avenue Tommy Femia, Judy Garland Live Chuck Sweeney, Miss Peggy Lee In Concert

Stand-Up Comedy Rock Albers Poppi Kramer Nancy Witter

Revue Boobs! The Musical: The World According to Ruth Wallis Come On And Hear: The Love Story of Irving Berlin Not Quite What You Expected: The Songs of Bob Ost

Special Production, Variety Production Or Series New Mondays, Phil Geoffrey Bond, producer Poole Party, Ron Poole, producer Timeless Divas, Sandi Durell and Shari Upbin, producers

Piano Bar/Restaurant Entertainer Leslie Anderson Ricky Ritzel, Johnny Mercer A-Z Jerry Scott Tracy Stark

Musical Director Dick Gallagher Rick Jensen Alex Rybeck Steven Ray Watkins

Director Phil Geoffrey Bond Lina Koutrakos Erv Raible

Technical Director MichaeL Barbieri Thomas Honecks Shawn Moninger

Recording: Solo Artist Judy Barnett, "The Road to My Heart" Marieann Meringolo, "Imagine...If We Only Have Love" Stacy Sullivan, "West On 40"

Recording: Group or Compilation, Various Artists Jamie deRoy & Friends, "Volume 5: Animal Tracks" Bob Ost, "Everybody's Getting Into The Act: A Musical Vaudeville" Chip Deffaa, "The Johnny Mercer Jamboree"

Song Of The Year Judy Barnett, "Elena Was Lonesome" Maria Gentile & Caren Cole, Kindness Makes Me Cry" Andrew Lippa, "I'm Not Waiting" Paul Rolnick & Paul Guzzone, "South of the Coconut Line" Bonnie Lee Sanders & Ken Hatfield, "Positive Influences"

Special Material Of The Year Rob Carlson & David Buskin, " Bumper Huntin'" Hector Coris & Paul L. Johnson, "In Heaven (They Sing Nothing But Showtunes)" Rick Jensen, "I Got To Sing!" Andrew Lippa & Tom Greenwald, "Cindy" Mary Liz McNamara

The Peter Norton Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. For more information about the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs, go to www.macnyc.com.

Songs for a New World - DC - 5/17/2007

Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown will conduct and perform in a production of his acclaimed song cycle Songs for a New World at the Strathmore Center in Bethesda, MD on May 16th and 17th.

The event will be produced by Signature Theatre. Michael Baron will direct. "In this unique collaboration, Signature brings the Washington premiere of Songs for a New World to Strathmore, the revue that launched the career of Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown and has since become the stuff of theater legend," states the Strathmore website. Songs for a New World, which premiered at the WPA Theatre in 1995, features songs such as "Stars and Moon," "I'm Not Afraid of Anything," and "I'd Give It All for You."

Visit www.jasonrobertbrown.com for more on Brown and for more on his upcoming engagements. Visit www.strathmore.org for more on his Strathmore concert, and www.signature-theatre.org for more on Signature Theatre.

Don't Quit Your Night Job - 5/17/2007

"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.

Clytemnestra's Tears - 5/17/2007

Greece's Persona Theatre Company will bring its internationally acclaimed production of Clytemnestra's Tears, written and directed by Avra Sidiropoulou and performed by Themis Bazaka, to La Mama E.T.C. (First Floor Theater – 74 A East 4th Street) for a three-week limited Off-Broadway engagement May 17 – June 3.

"A one-woman lamentation, Clytemnestra's Tears is based on the primal myth of the House of Atreus and the archetypical female character of Clytemnestra. In a dangerous landscape in which she quivers with desire and remembrance, Clytemnestra relives the tragic moments of her life: her daughter Iphigenia's sacrifice, the separation from her children and the murder of Agamemnon, her husband. In an attempt to atone for her crimes in the eyes of her children, her people, the gods and ultimately the spectators, she must confront the relentless chase of the Furies. It is in the sound of their footsteps that she recognizes and embraces her darkest fate," according to press materials.

Clytemnestra's Tears will play the following schedule at La Mama E.T.C. (First Floor Theater – 74 A East 4th Street, between Bowery and 2nd Avenue): Thursday – Saturday @ 8:00 PM and Sunday @ 2:30 & 8:00 PM. Tickets are $15 ($10 for Students & Seniors), and can be purchased online at www.lamama.org or by calling the La MaMa box office at (212) 475-7710. Visit www.lamama.org for more information.

Murray Hill @ Adam Sank's Gay Bash - 5/17/2007

Adam Sank is excited to welcome Murray Hill to his Gay Bash, a monthly showcase of gay and gay-friendly funsters at the beautiful Comix Comedy Club, on Thursday, May 17 at 8PM

Also appearing as Adam's special guest will be Karith Foster, from Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" and Vh-1's "All Access." Rounding out the all-star lineup are Greg Walloch, Robin Fox, Anne Neczypor and Brian Barry.

Hosting the show is Adam Sank, who has performed for gay and straight audiences alike at clubs throughout the New York City area, as well as Fire Island (The Ice Palace at Cherry Grove), Rehoboth Beach (The Blue Moon), the Poconos (Rainbow Mountain Resort) and Cancun, Mexico (Atlantis Events). He has also appeared on Vh-1's "Best Week Ever" and ClearChannel Pride Radio.

Tickets are just $15 plus a two-item minimum. To purchase tickets and get more information, please visit www.comixny.com or call 212-524-2500.

Ann Magnuson @ Joe's Pub - 5/18/2007

Ann Magnuson, former singer/lyricist of cult indie rock band Bongwater and acclaimed actress (films Panic Room, Clear and Present Danger) will return to Joe's Pub, Friday May 18th, for two performances.

There will be an early show at 9:30PM and a late show at 11:30PM. Performing songs and spoken word from her new CD, Pretty Songs & Ugly Stories, she will be accompanied by producer/collaborator Kristian Hoffman and the Loser's Lounge Band. The new CD, her first in years, is described in the press notes as "a swirling confection of Baroque Pop and psycho-sexual angst sprinkled with sly wit and hard-won wisdom."

Joe's Pub is on 425 Lafayette Street, between East 4th and Astor Place in the East Village. Tickets are available at The Public Theater box office, by calling 212-967-7555 by visiting www.joespub.com. For more information on Ann Magnuson, visit www.annmagnuson.com

Phallacy - 5/18/2007

Redshift Productions will present the US Premiere of famed award-winning chemist/playwright Carl Djerassi's Phallacy, which is fresh off an acclaimed London-run. This production will be directed by Elena Araoz. The play will begin productions on Tuesday, May 15, opening on Friday, May 18 - June 10, 2007 at The Cherry Lane Th


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