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Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 5/20/2007

Below is BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 5/20/2007. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit BroadwayWorld.com's Event Calendar.

Drama Desk Awards - 5/20/2007

The 52nd Annual Drama Desk Awards will be held on Sunday, May 20, in the F.H. LaGuardia Concert Hall at Lincoln Center. The organization of theater critics, writers and editors honors excellence in all areas of New York theatre, including Broadway, Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway and not-for-profit theater. Kristin Chenoweth hosts.

Nominations for the coveted Drama Desk Awards reflecting the 2006/2007 New York theater season will be announced on Thursday morning, April 26, at the New York Friars Club. The Drama Desk Awards Nominees Cocktail Reception will be held on Tuesday, May 1, 4:00 to 7:00 PM, at Arte Café, 106 West 73rd Street, between Broadway and Columbus Avenues.

Sunday, April 22, matinee is the deadline for nominators to see shows for consideration this season.

DGUR Madonna Unplugged - 5/20/2007

DGUR in Concert #5 Sunday May 20th at 7 PM. Neurotica Unplugged-All MADONNA SHOW This version will be an 'acoustic' version of David's hit show which premiered in May of 2005. This performance will feature a few new Madonna tunes. Joining David will be award winning Songwriter/singer/instrumentalist Michael Holland, on guitar, vocals, and piano. Neurotica also features Jerry Smith on percussion and vocals.

THE Laurie Beechman THEATRE 407 W 42nd Street (@9th)www.westbankcafe.com $16 cover/$15 food/drink minimum 212-695-6909 Credit cards accepted.

Jerry Herman Tribute Concert - 5/20/2007

A gala celebration of the career of composer/lyricist Jerry Herman will be held Sunday, May 20th at 6:00 P.M. at the historic National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, to benefit the Encompass New Opera Theatre, a non-profit company specializing in developing new music theatre and contemporary opera.

Lyricist Sheldon Harnick and composer Charles Strouse will serve as Honorary Gala Co-Chairs. Michael Kerker of ASCAP will host the evening, and stars of stage and screen including Florence Lacey, K. T. Sullivan, Leslie Uggams, Michael Valenti, and Joanne Worley will perform highlights of Jerry's award-winning musicals, with recollections by Marge Champion and Angela Lansbury. Bea Arthur, Carol Channing, Harvey Fierstein, Manny Kladitis, Elaine Krauss, Stewart Lane, Angela Lansbury, Arthur Laurents, Samuel (Biff) Liff, James M. Nederlander, and Donald Pippin will head the Honorary Gala Committee.

Tickets at $275 can be purchased by calling Encompass New Opera Theatre at 718-398-4675 or emailing encompassopera@yahoo.com. For additional information on Encompass New Opera Theatre, please visit: www.encompassopera.org.

Hey, Look Me Over - 5/20/2007

Hey, Look Me Over: A Broadway Musical Cabaret Saturday & Sunday • May 19 & 20 at 3:00 PM at the Museum of the City of New York

Join Lewis J. Stadlen, Cady Huffman, Nikki M. James, and T. Oliver Reid for a Broadway musical cabaret inspired by the exhibition Costumes and Characters: The Designs of Alvin Colt, offering a bouquet of some of the brightest songs ever to have graced Broadway. The legendary designer Alvin Colt created costumes for such great shows as Guys and Dolls, On the Town, Fanny, Wildcat, and The Golden Apple. Written and directed by Michael Montel, with Lawrence Yurman as Musical Director, Hey, Look Me Over marks the beginning of the fourth season of the Museum's wildly popular cabaret Perform series.

Reserve now! Seating is limited. Reservation required. $10 for members, seniors, and students; $15 general public. Order tickets online at www.mcny.org or call 212.534.1672, ext. 3395

Lauren Molina @ The Duplex - 5/20/2007

Broadway star Lauren Molina (Sweeney Todd) will perform at the Duplex on Sunday, May 20 at 9:30PM for I Dream in Song, singing a variety of musical theatre, jazz, and pop/rock standards as well as her own originals. She will be playing guitar, cello, and ukulele, and will be joined by special guest vocalist Natalie Ross (Lincoln Center's Mikado), as well as Christian Imboden (guitar/bass) and Alex Wyatt (drums).

The Duplex is located at 61 Christopher Street (at the corner of 7th Avenue South). There will be a $12 cover charge plus a 2-drink minimum. Doors open at 9:10 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made online at www.theduplex.com or by calling 212-255-5438. Visit www.laurenmolina.com for more on Molina.

I Love You/Perfect/Change 4500th Show - 5/20/2007

This Sunday evening, May 20, the love-happy hit musical I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change will play its 4,500th performance at the Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street). With the exception of The Fantasticks, no other musical in Off-Broadway history has reached this long-running milestone.

Michael Rupert/Alison Fraser @ The Center - 5/21/2007

The Center has announced its new 'In Concert' series celebrating the artistry of Broadway's most distinguished performers.

Michael Rupert and Alison Fraser on Monday, May 21, 2007 at 7:00PM

"There will be a reunion of two of the original stars of March of the Falsettos! Tony Award-winner Michael Rupert and Tony Award-nominee Alison Fraser return to their roots revisiting songs from Falsettos as well as gems by William Finn cut from the show. We'll also hear funny early drafts of finished songs that we know and love, as well as songs by other emerging voices in contemporary musical theatre."

Tickets are $20, $35, $75 and $150 – with a cocktail reception for the high-tier prices. Discount subscriptions are also available.

"Tony Award-nominee Sherie Rene Scott is best known for her starring roles in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, AIDA and The Last Five Years, and as a recording artist on Sh-K-Boom Records. In the midst of what she describes as a 'surprisingly fragile state for such a robust young woman,' Sherie Rene Scott will sing, chat and prove to herself and the audience that we're not in Kansas anymore," as press materials describe.

'In Concert' is produced by Jayson Raitt and Daniel Whitman.

Established in 1983, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center is the largest LGBT community center organization on the East Coast. More than 6,000 people visit the Center weekly.

To purchase tickets, visit www.gaycenter.org or call 212.620.7310, ext. 274. Individual tickets and season subscriptions available. The Center is located at 208 West 13th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

Obie Awards - 5/21/2007

T.R. Knight, a respected member of the acting company of Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater, and Cynthia Nixon who has graced the stage with her performances since the age of 14, will co-host the 52nd Annual Village Voice Obie Awards in Manhattan on Monday, May 21st at New York University's Skirball Center.

"The Obies are the freewheeling wild child of New York theater's awards world established in 1955 by the Village Voice theater editor Jerry Tallmer. They are picked by a committee of critics (always including at least 2 VV staff critics) and theatre professionals who know the field. There are a few set awards - Lifetime Achievement, Best New American Play - but no set categories. The Awards have an astounding range, and the roster of past recipients is extraordinary, including everything from now-established superstars (Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino, Denzel Washington) to people you've never heard of before and aren't likely to hear of again," press notes state.

Visit www.villagevoice.com for more information and to read the Voice online.

Human Voices - Reading - 5/21/2007

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 21st at 7 PM Human Voices by Sarah Treem Directed by Jo Bonney

"When poetry icon Christopher Morgan offers struggling young poet Elizabeth a fellowship complete with a publishing deal, she thinks it's the opportunity of a lifetime. But when her mentor's generosity turns sour, Elizabeth is forced to choose between her work and the urge for revenge. Trusts are betrayed and ideals shattered in this bold look at who defines the value of art."

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 Jocker - 5/21/2007

Wings Theatre is presenting Clint Jeffries' new drama, The Jocker, which won First Prize in the John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Awards and was a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writer's Conference Competition. The Jocker will play a limited engagement beginning May 11th and running through June 9th. Opening Night is May 21st. Jeffrey Corrick directs.

Press notes state, "Based on historical fact, The Jocker explores relationships between men riding the rails during the great depression. It is 1931. In a hobo jungle near Flagstaff, Arizona, hobos and tramps begin to congregate, lured by the promise of work on a nearby rail spur. Early arrivals include Biloxi Billy, a tramp in his late 40's, and Nat, around 16 -- a Jocker and his 'Gunsel,' (combination servant, apprentice and catamite, a common and amazingly well documented relationship among hobos and tramps of the period.) They soon encounter 'Bama Boy and Shakespeare, two men in a very different sort of sexual relationship. It's the men's conflicting and ever-changing dependence on one another that help them survive – but when Nat makes a desperate move to get away from his abusive jocker, he sets in motion a devastating chain of events that leaves two dead and other lives shattered. Nat may ultimately get what he wished -- but not at all in the way he could of imagined."

The Jocker stars Stephen Cabral, Jason Alan Griffin, Michael Lazar, Nick Matthews, and Stephen Tyrone Williams. The show features costume design by Laura Kleeman, lighting design by Eric Larson, and fight choreography by Kymberli E. Morris.

Performances will be Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Monday evenings at 8PM, with Sunday matinees at 3:30 PM. Tickets are $20.00, $16 forstudents & seniors with ID. Tickets are available online at www.wingstheatre.com or by calling (212) 627-2961.

Melissa Errico @ Birdland - 5/21/2007

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.

On Monday May 21 and 28 at 7 PM, Melissa Errico returns to Birdland with "Lullabyes 'N Broadway," a blend of jazz standards, theater classics, original songs and lullabies, including "I Remember," "Once Upon a Summertime," "Speak Low" and "Accustomed to (His) Face." She will also sing songs from her upcoming CD sharing such gems as "Gartans Lullabye" and the Beatles' "Goodnight." The evening also features highlights from her debut album "Blue Like That" (EMI) and her collaboration with Michel Legrand and Phil Ramone, including such Oscar-winning favorites as "The Summer Knows" and the new song "Another Life" written for her. The show will feature Andy Ezrin on piano and Tim Lefebvre on bass. Tony-nominated for her work in Amour, Errico has also been seen on Broadway in Dracula The Musical, High Society, My Fair Lady and Anna Karenina, in addition to numerous shows Off-Broadway and at Encores!. There is a $30 cover and a $10 food/drink minimum for the show.

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

Admirable Bashville - Reading - 5/21/2007

Gingold Theatrical Group is presenting George Bernard Shaw's Admirable Bashville, May 21 at The Players at Gramercy Park, 7PM. The show, produced and directed by David Staller, is part of the Gingold's Project Shaw program, dedicated to presenting all 50 of Shaw's plays in a concert reading format.

Admirable Bashville stars Marc Kudisch, Louis Zorich, Daniel Jenkins, Kevin Joseph, Graham Rowat, Robert Ian Mackenzie, George S. Irving, Charlotte Rae, Patricia Conolly, and others. The New York Post's Michael Riedel will serve as host.

Admirable Bashville, based on Shaw's novel Cashel Byron's Profession, follows world champion boxer Cashel Byron as he tries to court aristocrat Lydia Carew without revealing his true profession. Written as a Shakespeare parody, the show is described as "a riotous Shaw comedy about sex, manners, African chiefs, idealistic maidens, artistic young men, love (kind of), and boxing."

Press notes state, "The Irish born Shaw, who died at age 94 in 1950, is one of the most prolific writers of plays, books and treatises in the English language. His unyielding stand for human rights, particularly for women's rights, has become legendary. He encouraged general political awareness and the need for people to take responsibility for their own lives."

Tickets are $15, and will be available May 1, at www.projectshaw.com or by calling 212-352-3101.

Romantic Poetry: The Musicale - 5/21/2007

LAByrinth Theater Company announced casting today for Romantic Poetry: The Musicale, a special one-night-only event to benefit LAByrinth with music by Tony Award and Academy Award nominee Henry Krieger and book and lyrics by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright John Patrick Shanley.

The cast will include Carlo Alban, Anastasia Barzee, Kim Director, Bill Evans, Ivan Hernandez, Andy Karl, Mark Linn-Baker, Chris McGarry, idina menzel, Patina Miller and Orfeh. All cast subject to availability.

The show will take place Monday, May 21st at 7:00pm at The Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street).

"Shanley and Krieger join forces to topple the musical theater form with Romantic Poetry, a soaring love song to impossible romance. In the words of the creators, 'You will laugh, you will cry, you will shake your head. You will embrace your fellow audience members, and gasp: 'Thank God we were here!' You will make friends for life. The show will improve marriages, turn casual dates into torrid assignations, and reduce cynics to autograph hounds! Be there or face years of loneliness!,'" state press materials.

Priority tickets are $500 (includes VIP after party, priority seating, $450 tax-deductible) and tickets $150 ($125 tax-deductible). To RSVP, please call 212.513.1014

Up Close & Personal - 5/21/2007

Abingdon Theatre Company will present Up Close & Personal on Monday, May 21, 2007 at 7:30 PM at the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, June Havoc Theatre, 312 West 36th Street, 1st floor.

"Mark Waldrop directs the musical evening with some of the most talented young singers and dancers in New York City. The roster of young performers includes highly trained musical theatre, pop, jazz, rock vocalists, past and present members of the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Company, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem," state press materials. "This roster of exciting performers have joined two of Abingdon's own - Zach London and Rachel Norman - to offer a unique opportunity to enjoy their exceptional talents in our intimate setting."

Tickets are $100 for preferred seating or $50 general admission. For tickets log onto www.smarttix.com or call 212-868-4444.

Bway Battle of the Bands @ Zipper - 5/21/2007

The Zipper Factory will feature the following artists and acts:

Dolly or Bust A 'Special' Benefit for ASTEP (Artists Striving To End Poverty) Monday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m. "Performers from Broadway, the downtown scene and the recording industry will sing, hoot and holla' in this one night only tribute to the lady who taught us all how to be 'a little bit country': Miss Dolly Parton. The line-up will be announced shortly. All Proceeds from this evening will benefit ASTEP, whose programs take place in communities with populations of impoverished children who have limited access to arts education. ASTEP creates safe spaces in which artists interact with children." Tickets are $30.00.

The Zipper Factory presents an eclectic line-up of theatrical events, concerts, burlesque, comedy and cabaret. Since 2001, The Zipper has become known as one of New York's preeminent entertainment destinations, a desired venue for the city's most gifted artists, both renowned and up-and-coming. Located at 336 West 37th Street. The Zipper Factory has added a new tavern and balcony bar to the complex. The tavern is directly accessible to/from the theatre space. For advance tickets to all Zipper Factory Events, call Ovation tickets at 212-352-3101 or visit online at www.zippertheater.com.

The Broadway Boys @ Triad - 5/21/2007

On Monday, May 21, 2007, ASTEP (Artists Striving To End Poverty) will present the next ArtCents Benefit Concert, a monthly concert series featuring the works of emerging songwriters, at The Triad on New York's Upper West Side (158 W. 72nd St.).

"'The Broadway Boys' is a collection of some of the hottest male voices currently working on the New York stage. Through their dynamic vocal prowess and redefining arrangements, 'The Broadway Boys' add elements of pop, funk, gospel, jazz and folk to show tunes and classic pop songs," state press materials. "The two-fold mission of 'The Broadway Boys' is to introduce audiences outside of the theater community to genres of music with which they may not be familiar, by fusing Broadway music and Pop styles; and to present the Broadway community and its audiences – who are often sick of singers rehashing the same old show tunes – with new arrangements of songs they know all-too-well."

"The Broadway Boys" is comprised of Danny Calvert, Steve Morgan, Maurice Murphy, Jesse Nager, Peter Matthew Smith and Daniel Torres.
The concert begins at 7 p.m. and admission is "your spare change…by the jar, by the bag, as much as you can scrape together." There is also a two-drink minimum. Reservations can be made by calling 212-706-1516

Can-Can DVD Release - 5/22/2007

Fox Home Entertainment have announced the release date of the musical Can Can. Arriving on 22nd May 2007 "fully restored and beautifully remastered" this classic musical is making its Region 1 DVD debut. Priced at $19.98 SRP.

Can Can - This adaptation of Cole Porter's smash Broadway musical Can-Can made its silver screen debut in 1960 and features timeless songs such as "Can Can," "C'est Manifique," "You Do Something To Me," "I Love Paris" and "Let's Fall In Love." Can-Can brings together the illustrious Frank Sinatra and celebrated Oscar -winner Shirley MacLaine for some high-stepping fun in Montmartre. The film also features French stars Maurice Chevalier (Gigi) and Louis Jourdan (Made in Paris).

Digitally restored and released on DVD for the first time, Can-Can is presented in widescreen with bonus programming that includes "The Classic Cole Porter" featurette, "The Steve Allen Plymouth Show" featurette, "A Leg Up: Making of Can-Can," a restoration comparison, a photo gallery, an isolated score and FX track and the original theatrical trailer. Audio is presented in English Stereo and French and Spanish Mono with subtitles in English and Spanish.

Patrick Wetzel Joins The Drowsy Chaperone - 5/22/2007

Broadway's Tony Award-winning hit musical The Drowsy Chaperone will welcome original cast member Patrick Wetzel to the role of best man "George" on Tuesday, May 22nd at the Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway). Wetzel assumes the role from original cast member Eddie Korbich, who departs to begin rehearsals to play "Scuttle" in the new stage production of Disney's The Little Mermaid.

Xanadu - 5/23/2007

Kerry Butler will star as Kira in the new production of the musical XANADU. The production will be the first musical of the new Broadway season opening on Tuesday, June 26th with previews starting on May 23rd.

XANADU will be presented at the Helen Hayes Theatre, 240 West 44th Street.

Douglas Carter Beene has written the book with all of the music coming from the film version including the hit songs "Magic", "Xanadu", "Party All Over the World" and "I'm Alive" all top 20 Billboard hits. Score was written by John Farrar and Jeff Lynne. Lynne wrote and produced all of the Electric Light Orchestra (E.L.O). Farrar was also responsible for most of the hits that were performed by Olivia Newton-John in the 1980's. Christopher Ashley will direct.

The Return of the Prodigal - 5/23/2007

The Drama Desk and Obie Award-wining Mint Theater Company will present a rare New York revival of St. John Hankin's The Return of the Prodigal. Jonathan Bank, Mint Artistic Director, will direct. Performances begin May 23rd, and continue through July 8th. Opening night is set for June 6th.

The Return Of The Prodigal will feature Bradford Cover (A Thousand Clowns), Tandy Cronyn (Antigone, Cabaret), Leah Curney, Robin Haynes (Blood Brothers), Roderick Hill (Butley, Lestat), Richard Kline (TV's "Three's Company," City of Angels), Kate Levy, W. Alan Nebelthau (Salome), Cecelia Riddett and Margot White (Bobbi Boland).

The Return Of The Prodigal is "'a blistering expose of middle-class life, laced with acid humor.' The prodigal of the title is Eustace Jackson, the son of a wealthy manufacturer. Five years earlier Eustace was packed off to Australia to make his fortune, but he only succeeds at failing in everything he attempts. Desperate and destitute, he returns home, a charming loser. The resulting collision is 'both hilarious and uncomfortable,' culminating in 'a final act of anguish and confrontation which is genuinely gripping.'"

The Return of the Prodigal will take place on the Third Floor of 311 West 43rd Street. Performances, which begin May 23rd and continue through July 1st, will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Tickets will be $40 through June 5th only, and $50 thereafter and are available by calling (212) 315-0231 or online at www.minttheater.org.

Lipstick on a Pig - 5/23/2007

Linda Evans' (Sticky Girls, Prejudice in the House) play Lipstick on a Pig will begin previews May 18, opening officially May 23 at Theatre Row's Beckett Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street, (between 9th and 10th Ave.) in Manhattan.

Press notes describe Lipstick on a Pig as "a daring and dangerous look at futility in the face of death. A family in crisis struggles with self, guilt, secrets and God, during a mysterious journey to where all is forgiven…or not. Underlying fear, rage, decadence and insanity surface despite a very human struggle to contain them."

Scheduled May 18 through June 3, Lipstick on a Pig runs Wednesdays - Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 2pm at Theatre Row's Beckett Theatre (410 West 42nd Street). Tickets are $18; $12 for groups of eight or more, and are available by calling (212) 279-4200 or by visiting www.ticketcentral.com.

Alice Ripley @ Rainbow Room LA - 5/23/2007

Tony Award-nominated Broadway/rock star Alice Ripley will perform a 30-minute acoustic duo set with her band RIPLEY at the Rainbow Room (9015 W. Sunset Boulevard) in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 23rd at 9:30 PM.

As previously announced, as well, Ripley - a Tony-nominee for Side Show - will head to Bethesda, MD for an all-star concert of Jason Robert Brown's Songs for a New World at the Strathmore Center. She has also appeared on Broadway in The Rocky Horror Show, James Joyce's The Dead, King David, Sunset Boulevard, The Who's Tommy and Les Miserables. She sings lead vocals and plays piano for RIPLEY, with whom she has released the album "Outtasite" (she also plays guitar on the album). There is a $7.00 cover for Ripley's show. Visit www.rainbowbarandgrill.com for more information.

All Mouth - UK - 5/23/2007

The Menier Chocolate Factory is premiering a new play by Jonathan Lewis and Miranda Foster. All Mouth starts previews May 23, opens May 31, and will run through July 7.

All Mouth is "set in the heart of Soho, (and) is a wry eavesdrop on the unseen voiceover world, the people behind the voices, the ad agencies and the machinations of the studios. As Digby agonises over what eight records to take for his desert island discs, and Greg can't take the pressure of being down to the last two for a new regular on EastEnders, Mel won't speak to her ex and Paddy pretends to be a banker... they prepare for a strike to protect their livelihoods. But will anyone take striking actors seriously?"

All Mouth stars Christopher Benjamin, Simon Chandler, Caroline Harker, Nigel Whitmey, and James Russell.

Big Tent - 5/23/2007

Big Tent: The Tammy Faye Bakker Musical will receive its first public viewing in a fully staged concert at Off-Broadway's New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) at 8pm on Wednesday, May 23, 2007. Produced by Tim Hur and directed by Ryan J. Davis (White Noise, "Mr. Broadway"), the reading will feature Leah Hocking (All Shook Up, The Wild Party) as Tammy, "You're the One That I Want" finalist Kate Rockwell as Jessica Hahn, and Allen Kendall as Jerry Falwell.

They will be accompanied by a full rock band. The evening is free and open to the public. Reservations may be made by emailing bigtentrsvp@gmail.com. As tickets are extremely limited, reservations for more than four people will not be accepted.

Conceived and written by Jeffery Self, Big Tent features music and lyrics by Ben Cohn and Sean McDaniel. "A cultural icon for more than thirty years, Tammy Faye Bakker's phenomenal rise from farm girl to evangelist superstar has finally been put onstage with a terrific pop-country score. Her unique style has made her beloved by mainstream Christians, as well as by gays and other outsiders whom she welcomed under her 'big tent.' In this ninety-minute, six character musical, we follow Tammy as she fights to maintain her dignity amidst sex and business scandals. Her perseverance in the face of private tragedy and public ridicule has made her a testament to the endurance of the human spirit," as described in press materials.

Outer Critics Circle Award Ceremony - 5/24/2007

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.

The Most Beautiful Lullaby - 5/24/2007

Emerging off-off Broadway company City Attic Theatre is continuing their second season with the World Premiere production of Greg Romero's (The Shelter, The Eulogy Project, Two Bubbles) The Most Beautiful Lullaby You've Ever Heard. The play was selected from nearly two hundred scripts as the winner of playwriting competition CAT Tales, which was hosted by City Attic Theatre last May. The script has been previously developed in Texas and in New York with the Boomerang Theatre Company, New Dramatists and Kitchen Dog.

Press releases state, "Inside of The Most Beautiful Lullaby You've Ever Heard, a Man and a Woman breathe in the possibility of a blank piece of paper. The paper becomes a sailboat, their breath becomes a journey that busts the world open, spilling out a truth so big that it could only fit inside of a human heart in love with another equally and beautifully broken person." The show is directed by Andrew Merkel, designed by Amanda Embry and Joshua Rose, and stars John Conor Brooke, Dianna Marino, and Lucy Walters.

The Most Beautiful Lullaby You've Ever Heard runs May 24-26, May 28, and May 31-June 1 at 8:00 p.m., May 27 at 3 p.m., and June 2 at 7 p.m. in the Under St. Marks Theatre, located at 94 St. Marks Place. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door (cash only). For reservations, call 212-330-7045

North of Providence - 5/24/2007

Small Pond Entertainment will present Edward Allan Baker's North of Providence, directed by Glory Sims Bowen. The show will play a two-week limited engagement at Altered Stages (212 W. 29th street 2nd floor between 7th and 8th avenues). Performances begin Thursday, May 24th and continue until Sunday, June 3rd. Opening Night is Thursday, May 24th (8 p.m.).

"On the last day of their father¹s life, Bobbie and Carol the two youngest children in their family of five, make an attempt for reconciliation and peace in their lives. The year is 1984, and the place is North Providence. North of Providence deals with topics ranging from Bobbie's self-destruction to Carol's fight to be somebody. The piece relentlessly uncovers the deep and secretive issues of a family turning to shambles," according to press materials.

The show plays the following schedule through Sunday, June 3rd: Thursday, May 24th at 8 p.m., Friday, May 25th at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 26th at 8 p.m., Sunday, May 27th at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 30th at 8 p.m., Thursday, May 31st at 8 p.m., Friday, June 1st at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 2nd at p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 3rd at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 (and include a drink at the theatre) $12 for Students, and are now available online at www.smarttix.com or by calling (212) 868-4444.

You Can't Take It With You - 5/24/2007

Moss Hart and George S. Kauffman's Pulitzer Prize winning comedy You Can't Take It With You will play a 5-week limited engagement at The Gloria Maddox Theater of the T. Schreiber Studio (151 West 26th Street, 7th Floor). Performances begin Thursday, May 24 and continue through Sunday, June 24. Opening Night is Saturday, June 2, at 8PM. Peter Jensen directs.

"You Can't Take It With You is a heartwarming tale from the 1930's about dissimilar families joined with a marriage proposal. The Sycamore family is a collection of passionate individuals each pursuing happiness in their own unique way. Firework manufacturing, playwriting, ballet dancing, xylophone playing, and snake hunting fill the house with life. Alice Sycamore nervously anticipates introducing her fiancé Tony, of the affluent and conservative Kirbys, to her eccentric and unconventional family. When the families finally meet it is an explosive occasion--both literal and metaphorical--worse than Alice ever could have imagined, as everyone ends up in jail! Propelled by Grandpa's confrontation with Mr. Kirby about the true value of life, the families are forced to resolve their tensions and learn the significance of the words, 'You Can't Take It With You.'"

You Can't Take It With You plays Thursdays through Saturdays at 8PM and Sundays at 3PM through Sunday, June 24. A suggested donation of $20.00 ($15 for students/seniors) is requested, and reservations can be secured online at www.theatermania.com or by calling 212-352-3101.

Jersey Boys - LA Tour - 5/25/2007

The national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys will play a Los Angeles engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre next year. Playing for 11 weeks, Jersey Boys will begin previews on May 25th, 2007, open on June 3rd, and run through August 5th.

Fate's Imagination - 5/25/2007

Gotham Stage Company is re-teaming with playwright Randall David Cook (Gotham's Sake with the Haiku Geisha, BBC's Sushi and Scones) to present his newest work, Fate's Imagination, at The Player's Theatre (115 MacDougal Street). Fate's Imagination is scheduled to run May 25 – June 17, with opening night set for Thursday, May 31 at 8PM.

Fate's Imagination stars Donna Mitchell, Elizabeth Norment and Jed Orlemann. The show's creative team includes Robin Vest (scenic), Erin Murphy (costumes), Lucas Benjaminh Krech (lighting), and Robert Kaplowitz (sound/original compositions).mHayley Finn directs.

"Lilah, desperate to reconnect with true love, believes she has found it in a chance sexual encounter with Brock, a man half her age. Brock's mother, a senator from New York, is determined not to let a family scandal derail her bid for President, but Lilah's seduction knows no bounds as the personal and political collide in this intense sexual drama. Could this be the fate that Lilah has waited for or just Fate's Imagination?"

Fate's Imagination will play Off-Broadway at The Player's Theatre (115 MacDougal Street) May 25 – June 17. Opening night is set for Thursday, May 31 at 8PM. The show runs Tuesday – Saturday at 8PM and Saturday and Sunday at 3PM Tickets are $35-$65 and can be purchased by visiting www.gothamstage.org or by calling 212-352-3101.

Beyond Glory - 5/25/2007

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is proud to announce the New York premiere of Beyond Glory, written by and starring Stephen Lang, directed by Robert Falls, from the book by Larry Smith.

Beyond Glory will begin previews on Friday, May 25th and open officially on Thursday, June 21st, Off-Broadway at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street). This is a limited engagement through August 19th, 2007.

In Stephen Lang's theatrical adaptation of Larry Smith's book, Beyond Glory: Medal of Honor Heroes in Their Own Words, Lang presents the stories of eight veterans from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, rendering first hand accounts of the actions which resulted in each of them receiving the nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor. Beyond Glory gathers these men together in the present to look back on the defining moments of their lives and to examine the meaning of courage, duty and, ultimately, humility.

Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre box office (111 West 46 Street). Ticket prices range from $56.25-$66.25. Visit www.roundabouttheatre.org for more information.

Boy Gets Girl - LA - 5/25/2007

The Attic Theatre and Film Centre (located at 5429 W. Washington Blvd.) in Los Angeles is presenting Evening Standard Award-winner Rebecca Gilman's thriller "Boy Gets Girl," which opens at the Attic on Friday, May 25th. The show will play Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM through June 30th, 2007. Cindy Jenkins directs.

Press releases state, "Rebecca Gilman offers up a peppy, edgy New York City-as-urban jungle chiller about a career woman, Theresa Bedell, whose life of accomplishment is quickly destroyed by an insane admirer. Tony is a blind date-turned stalker who invades every aspect of his victim's life."

The show premiered at Chicago's Goodman Theater and has played in New York City at the City Center, in Seattle at Seattle Rep, and at the Geffen Playhouse in L.A. In 2000, "Boy Gets Girl" was selected as the Number One play of the year by Time Magazine.

Don Juan in Chicago - 5/26/2007

The Clockwork Theatre has just announced that an Owen M. Smith-directed production of David Ives' Don Juan In Chicago will play a limited engagement at The Kirk Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street between 9th & Dyer Avenues), with performances beginning Saturday, May 26 and continuing until Saturday, June 9. Opening Night is Wednesday, May 30 at 8 p.m. The theatre's artistic team has worked with Ives on a new version of the script for this production. Press notes state, "Don Juan in Chicago is the story of Don Juan, a handsome nobleman with no time for romance; what he wants is to discover the meaning of life. To aid his search for truth, he makes a deal with the devil granting him immortality at a price: he must seduce a different woman every day. Four hundred years and countless women later, his past catches up with him in Chicago. Will he find the truth he's been seeking before the devil claims his due?"

Don Juan in Chicago plays the following regular schedule through Saturday, June 9: Tuesdays - Fridays at 8PM Saturdays at 2 & 8PM Sundays at 3PM

Tickets are $25, with discounts available for students and seniors, and are now available at www.TicketCentral.com or by calling 212-279-4200. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Theatre Row Box Office, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily. For more information, visit www.theclockworktheatre.org.

Evita - UK Closing Show - 5/26/2007

After a run of a little less than a year, the West End revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's classic musical "Evita" will close May 26, 2007.

Starring Elena Roger in the title role as the ambitious Argentinian first lady, with Philip Quast as Juan Peron and Matt Rawle as Che, Evita will play its last performance on May 26th. "Evita" opened to glowing reviews at the Adelphi Theatre on June 21st, 2006 after beginning previews on June 2nd.

West Side Story - Seattle - 5/26/2007

In honor of the 50th anniversary of West Side Story, Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre is producing a new show featuring a full 25-piece orchestra and a cast of 43 actors, singers and dancers. The 5th Avenue is pairing up with Seattle's acclaimed Spectrum Dance Theater to re-create the original Jerome Robbins choreography seen in the 1957 Broadway production and the Academy Award-winning 1961 movie. 5th Avenue's Associate Artistic Director, Bill Berry (Wonderful Town, The Wizard of Oz, Smokey Joe's Cafe) will direct.

Press releases state, "A modern retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story maps the collision course of two feuding New York City street gangs – the Jets and the Sharks – and the young lovers caught in the crossfire. Winner of two Tony Awards and 10 Academy Awards, West Side Story is an American theater masterpiece, with explosive dancing and some of the most electrifying music ever written for the Broadway stage, including 'Maria,' 'Tonight' and 'Somewhere.' West Side Story was created by four legends of the theater, with a score by Leonard Bernstein, book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and choreography by Jerome Robbins."

Tickets to West Side Story are priced from $20 to $75. Tickets are available over the phone by calling 206-625-1900 (toll free 888-5TH-4TIX), online at www.5thavenue.org or in person at the box office in downtown Seattle. There is no service charge when purchasing tickets in person at The 5th Avenue Theatre Box Office.

Showtimes: May 26 – June 17, 2007 Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 7:30PM Thursdays & Fridays at 8PM Saturdays at 2 & 8PM Sundays at 1:30 & 7PM

Blackbird - ACT Closing Show - 5/27/2007

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."

The Romance of Magno Rubio - 5/27/2007

The Romance of Magno Rubio -- Ma-Yi Theater Company's acclaimed, OBIE Award-winning production based on a short-story by the McCarthy-era blacklisted novelist Carlos Bulosan -- will be presented for a limited Off-Broadway engagement with previews to begin May 19, prior to an official press opening May 27 at The Culture Project (55 Mercer Street) in Manhattan.

Directed by OBIE Award-winning director Loy Arcenas, the play "tells the tale of Magno, a short Filipino migrant worker who longs for love. Set in the central valleys of California in the 1930's, the play follows Magno's long-distance relationship via love letters exchanged with his pen pal Clarabelle, a woman from Arkansas whom Magno discovers through a lonely-hearts ad. Believing he has found the woman of his dreams, the young man fantasizes about their life together, only to soon realize that reality and dreams do not always align," state press materials.

Performances run May 19-June 17 at The Culture Project-SoHo (55 Mercer Street), Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm, with the following exception: Opening Night, Sunday, May 27 at 5pm. Tickets are $40 during previews; $50 after May 27; students $25/$30; seniors $38/$46. Group discounts are available. For tickets, call TheaterMania.com at 212-352-3101 or online at www.ma-yitheatre.org. For more information, visit www.ma-yitheatre.org.

Coram Boy - Closing Show - 5/27/2007

Coram Boy, the National Theatre of Great Britain's hit play, will make its final performance at New York's Imperial Theatre May 27.

Despite earning six Tony Award nominations, ticket-sales have been minimal. Coram Boy began previews April 16 and opened May 2. When it closes, the production will have played 18 previews and 30 regular performances.

 


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