Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 5/27/2007

Below is BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 5/27/2007. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit BroadwayWorld.com's Event Calendar.

Blackbird - ACT - 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 - 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.

August Wilson on CUNY TV - 5/27/2007

The American Theatre Wing's "Working in the Theatre" reflects upon August Wilson's legendary career on CUNY TV on Sunday, May 27 at 5 p.m. The segment will repeat on Friday, June 1 at 9 a.m., 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 2 at 11 a.m. The program becomes available as streaming audio and podcast from www.americantheatrewing.org beginning Wednesday, May 30.

The Lion King 4000th Show - 5/27/2007

Disney's The Lion King will play its 4,000th performance on Broadway on Sunday, May 27 at the 1:00pm matinee. The Tony Award-winning musical opened November 13, 1997 (previews began October 15) at the New Amsterdam Theatre and is now playing at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre.

Blackbird - Closing - 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."

Songs for a New World - Closing - 5/27/2007

Ray of Light Theatre of San Francisco presents Jason Robert Brown's Songs for a New World at the Eureka Theatre May 11 – 27.

"Songs for a New World is an energetic and youthful musical revue about life on the brink of change composed by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last 5 Years, 13)," states press notes, "A cast of four singer/actors experience adulthood, love, war, fame, success, motherhood, and death, and convey their journey through a compilation of songs, varying in styles that include traditional ballads, pop, and R&B."

The cast of Songs for a New World includes Jessica Coker, Lindsay Hirata, Robert Lopez, DaRon Lamar Williams. Directed by George Quick with musical direction by Ben Prince and choreography by Noah Haydon.

Performances: May 11 through 27. Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM; Sundays at 3PM. Tickets ($15-$35) are available at www.roltheatre.com, with premium seating and student/senior discounts available. The first 100 tickets to the Friday, May 11 performance are only $10.

The Eureka Theatre is located at 215 Jackson (at Battery) in downtown San Francisco, CA.

Melissa Errico @ Birdland - 5/28/2007

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.

Jason Danieley @ Zipper - 5/28/2007

The Zipper Factory will feature the following artists and acts:

Jason Danieley "Love: A Work In Progress" Monday, May 28 at 9:30 p.m. The Broadway star and a heralded concert performer returns to his musical roots with an eclectic collection of Blues, Country, Folk, Standards and Broadway songs backed by a Folk-Pop band headed by pianist Dan Lipton. Danieley and Lipton have arranged familiar and new songs, putting a fresh twist on the bluegrass/folk sound he grew up hearing in his hometown of St. Louis...Currently starring in Curtains on Broadway, Jason has been a theatrical staple in New York for over ten years. His work in shows like Candide and The Full Monty (Broadway), Floyd Collins and Dream True (Off -Broadway), South Pacific (Carnegie Hall/PBS) and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (City Center's Encores) have brought him great acclaim by audiences and critics alike." Tickets are $20.00 in advance / $25.00 at the door.

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.

Julie Garnye @ Splash - 5/28/2007

Splash Bar is proud to present a very special Memorial Day edition of Scott Nevins' Curtain Call with acclaimed vocalist Julie Garnye! She was last seen belting on the boards at Town Hall in the Broadway By The Year Series "Broadway Musicals of 1978", The Actors Fund Benefit of "HAIR" (as a last minute replacement for idina menzel) and the National Tour of "CATS," but tonight, directly following the video madness of Musical Mondays, Julie flies in from L.A. to serve up a full set of Broadway's biggest tunes in her only New York appearance! Get there early to grab a seat to watch these legendary musical numbers on the screens, and then sit tight as belting beauty Julie Garnye performs live in person! Admission is free until 10pm, $5 after. Must be 21 w/ID. Splash - 50 west 17th street (b/w 5th and 6th)

Tamyra Gray Joins Rent - 5/29/2007

Tamyra Gray, the popular first season finalist of "American Idol," joins the cast of Rent on Tuesday, May 29. Gray, who finished in fourth place on "Idol," will play the role of Mimi Marquez through November 25.

Maxwell Caulfield Joins Chicago UK - 5/29/2007

Theatre and TV star Maxwell Caulfield will be London's next Billy Flynn in Chicago, which is currently playing the Cambridge Theatre. He will succeed Michael Simkins as the oily lawyer on May 29th and perform in the long-running revival through June 30th.

Maxwell Caulfield Joins Chicago - 5/29/2007

Theatre and TV star Maxwell Caulfield will be London's next Billy Flynn in Chicago, which is currently playing the Cambridge Theatre. He will succeed Michael Simkins as the oily lawyer on May 29th and perform in the long-running revival through June 30th.

Audra McDonald on The View - 5/29/2007

Tony Award winner and current nominee Audra McDonald, currently starring in Roundabout Theatre Company's new Broadway production of 110 in the Shade, will perform the musical number "Simple Little Things" live on ABC's "The View" on Tuesday, May 29th at 11:00AM-12:00PM.

Don Juan in Chicago - 5/30/2007

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.

Half - 5/30/2007

The White Horse Theater Company will present their inaugural workshop production of a new American play, Half by Greg Lemoine, at The Workshop Theater Company from May 30 – June 3 directed by Cyndy A. Marion.

"Half, written by resident playwright Greg Lemoine, depicts the tragic story of a merchant marine sailor as he struggles to face the demons of his past and fights for the courage to love again," states press notes, "Half (aka Ewell) arrives home after more than 20 years at sea to visit his father's grave and to claim his inheritance from two greedy uncles who have no intention of giving it to him. Coming home proves more difficult than Half imagined and he ends up in the hospital after trying to kill himself. Cai, the nurse on duty, is drawn to Half and takes a special interest in him. Both Cai and Half are victims of parental abuse and as they struggle to overcome the issues from their pasts, they discover that they have much more in common than they think."

Half has been in development with The White Horse Theater Company since 2004. The inaugural production of WHTC's New Play Development Series, a program designed to help new American Playwrights develop their story/vision through a series of informal readings and talkbacks, will be presented in an introductory workshop format.

The Workshop Theater Company performs at the Jewel Box Theater, located at 312 West 36th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues), 4th Floor.

The limited engagement runs May 30 – June 3, 2007 (Wednesday-Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 3PM). For tickets ($18) call 212-868-4444 or visit www.smarttix.com. For more info on the company visit www.whitehorsetheater.com.

Justin Bond @ Zipper - 5/30/2007

The Zipper Factory will feature the following artists and acts:

Justin Bond with the Lost References A Song Cycle of the Carpenter's "Close To You" Album in its entirety Wednesday, May 30 at 9:00 p.m. "Join Justin Bond (Broadway's Kiki and Herb and John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus) as he rocks out The Zipper with The Lost References. This collaboration, inaugurated during Justin Bond's Talk/Show, became so powerful that we knew it had to be visited again . . . and again. With Lance Horne on piano and vocals, Randy Redd on keys and vocals, Teal Wicks on vocals and tambourine, Michael Croiter on drums and guitar and Mike Jackson on bass and guitar." Tickets are $25.00.

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.

Electra - 5/31/2007

The OBIE, Drama Desk and Lortel Award-winning Classical Theatre of Harlem will present a new version of Sophocles' Electra, adapted and directed by CTH Artistic Director Alfred Preisser (Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death, Macbeth, King Lear). Performances begin Thursday, May 24, at the HSA Theatre, 645 St. Nicholas Avenue. Opening night is scheduled for Thursday, May 31, and the show will run through Sunday, June 24th.

Press notes state, "Sophocles's Electra, written around 409 B.C., is based on the legend of the House of Atreus, a story which contemporary Greek audiences would have known from childhood. The major themes of this story concern retribution for crimes committed within the family of Atreus, who was Electra's grandfather. Electra's duty in the play is to avenge her father's murder, but this involves killing her own mother, another crime that will have consequences down the line. As with previous CTH adaptations of the Greek classics (Trojan Women and Medea), the Classical Theatre of Harlem's Electra will be a visceral and harrowing meditation on the costs of war. The text is a completely new take on the story."

Electra stars Zainab Jah (Medea, Trojan Women) in the title role, and also features Trisha Jeffrey (Broadway's All Shook Up and Little Shop of Horrors), Samuel Ray Gates (Nelson at the Lion Theatre), and Petronia Paley (The Cherry Orchard at CTH). Longtime CTH performer Tracy Jack will play the leader of the Chorus, which includes Khadeejah Gray, Christina Sajous and Sandra Miller.

Electra begins performances on Thursday, May 24 and will run through Sunday, June 24th. Opening night is Thursday, May 31. The HSA Theatre is at 645 St. Nicholas Ave. (near 141st Street) in Upper Manhattan. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8PM and Sundays at 3PM. Tickets are $25-$45 and can be purchased by calling Smarttix at (212) 868-4444 or by visiting www.smarttix.com. For more information about The Classical Theatre of Harlem, visit their web site at www.classicaltheatreofharlem.org.

Fate's Imagination - 5/31/2007

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.

All Mouth - UK - 5/31/2007

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.

The Scarlet Letter - 5/31/2007

The New Globe Theatre, Inc. has announced the second production of their current 2006-2007 season: a vivid and moving adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's renowned novel, The Scarlet Letter, adapted for the stage by New Globe Artistic Director Stuart Vaughan with Marie Kreutziger.

Directed by Mr. Vaughan, the cast features Jana Mestecky as Hester, Bridget Riley as Pearl, Craig Rising as Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, and William Shust as Chillingworth. Performances begin Thursday, May 31st for a limited engagement through Sunday, June 17th at The Gene Frankel Theatre (24 Bond Street). Opening Night is set for Sunday, June 3 at 3:00 p.m.

"The tale of adultery, guilt, and revenge is set in colonial Massachusetts in the mid-17th century, dealing with the universal question of sexual repression and inner turmoil. The New Globe Theatre, Inc. adaptation of The Scarlet Letter basks in the grand language of Hawthorne, a master wordsmith, that actors and audiences will rediscover and fall in love with. His splendid language brings to the stage a nobility and musicality reminiscent of Shakespeare," as production notes describe the show.

The Scarlet Letter will play the following performance schedule: Wednesdays - Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m & 8:00 p.m and Sundays at 3:00 at The Gene Frankel Theatre (24 Bond Street). Tickets are $30 and $15 for students (with valid I.D.) and may be purchased by calling TicketCentral at 212-279-4200, online at www.ticketcentral.com or at the Ticket Central Box Office (416 West 42nd Street).

Love Labors Lost - 5/31/2007

New York Classical Theatre will present an unconventional mobile production of Shakespeare Love's Labors Lost at Central Park. The Bard's romantic comedy about men who decide to spurn romance in order to pursue knowledge will run May 31st—June 24th, Thursday through Sunday. At 7PM.

The article states, "Audience members enter Central Park at 103rd Street and Central Park West, and follow the actors as they race from location to location, changing backdrops for every single scene. Comfy shoes a must: The play uses footbridges, trees, rocks, and benches as part of the scenery. Oh, and a first, at least since The Globe Theatre days: Dogs are welcome."

Love's Labors Lost runs at 103rd St. and Central Park West at, Central Park, 59th St. at Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10019. For more information, call 212-310-6600 or visit www.newyorkclassical.org.

All Mouth - 5/31/2007

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.

Escape from Bellevue - 5/31/2007

Escape From Bellevue, a live, rock n' roll-driven multi-media production written and performed by Christopher John Campion and with music by his acclaimed band Knockout Drops, will kick off performances Thursday, May 31st. The show will enjoy an open-ended run at the Village Theatre (158 Bleecker Street). OBIE-winner Alex Timbers (Dixie's Tupperware Party, Gutenberg! The Musical!) directs.

Press notes state, "With driving rock 'n' roll and darkly comic monologues, Escape From Bellevue takes audiences on a whirlwind ride as Knockout Drops' dynamic front man Christopher John Campion chronicles the band's travails in the music biz as well as his own surreal escapades under the influence. The story centers on Campion's three trips to the world's most foreboding and infamous mental institution, Bellevue Hospital, and climaxes with his infamous escape during his second stay – rumored to be the first to escape from the notorious establishment since 1963. Propelled by the songs of Knockout Drops performed live, Campion's monologues and outrageous video segments come together in this combustible cocktail, blitzing the senses in a wild rock-theater hybrid."

Escape from Bellevue plays Thursday-Saturday at 8PM, with an additional Saturday performance at 11PM. The Village Theatre is located at 158 Bleecker Street (between Sullivan & Thompson Streets). Tickets are $30 advance / $35 door for Thursday at 8 PM and Saturday at 11PM; and $35 advance / $40 door for Friday and Saturday at 8PM. Taxes/surcharges applicable. To purchase tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com or call (212) 307-7171. For more information, visit www.KnockoutDrops.com.

Old Acquaintance - 6/1/2007

Roundabout Theatre Company will present a revival of John Van Druten's 1940 play Old Acquaintance.

Directed by Hartford Stage Artistic Director Michael Wilson (Enchanted April), the production of the drawing room comedy will begin previews at the American Airlines Theatre on June 1st for a June 28th opening. It will play a limited run through August 19th.

Old Acquaintance will star Tony Award-winner Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Kennedy Center Mame), Margaret Colin (Defiance, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg) and Lily Rabe (Heartbreak House, Steel Magnolias).

Old Acquaintance opened at the Morosco Theatre on December 23, 1940 to run for 170 performances. The play concerns the romantic travails of Millie, a woman who, with the help of her "serious author" friend Kit, publishes a trashy pulp novel. Millie's friendship with Kit is severely tested by Millie's belief that Kit has stolen her husband.

Fritz & Foyim - 6/1/2007

Turtle Shell Productions will present the world premiere of new musical Fritz & Foyim, with book and lyrics by Norman Beim (Success) and music by Mark Barkan (writer for Nat King Cole, Vic Damone, Elvis Presley and Paul Anka) and Rolf Barnes (composer, conductor for Volpe). The show is based on Romain Gary's novel The Dance of Genghis Cohn, and will be directed by Turtle Shell Productions Artistic Director John W. Cooper.

Press notes describe the show, "Fritz, a former SS trooper, is visited by Froyim, the ghost of a Jewish comedian. Unfortunately the visitor seems to have no intention of leaving. Fritz resorts to all sorts of subterfuge to rid himself of this supernatural imp since its presence is wreaking havoc with his life. But how can one get rid of a presence who no one else can see? Is it possible for Fritz to come to terms with this thorn in his side? Brechtian in form, the melodic score contains poignant ballads and ironic songs. There is also a ventriloquist act, a tap dancing ghost, electric shock treatment and a phony exorcist with a magic act."

The world premiere production begins performance at Turtle Shell Productions' new space, May 30 at 8:00 pm, with two previews, and opens officially on Friday, June 1 at 8:00 pm. Performances for this limited engagement continue Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 pm with 3:00 pm performances on Saturday June 9 and Saturday June 16, and two special performances on Monday June 4 and Monday June 11 at 7:00 pm. The final performance takes place at 8:00 pm on Saturday, June 16. All tickets are $18.00; $12.00 for students with ID and seniors. For reservations, contact SmartTix June or call 212-868-4444. For Group Sales call 212-265-8500. Turtle's Shell Theater is located directly across the street from Second Stage at 300 West 43rd Street, 4th Floor just off 8th Avenue.

For more information, visit www.turtleshellproductions.com.

If Truth Be Known - 6/1/2007

Blue Heron Theatre will continue its 19th season with the world premiere of Judi Komaki's drama If Truth Be Known, directed by Christine Simpson. The play will begin performances at The ArcLight, 152 West 71st Street (between B'way and Columbus) on June 1 and will officially open on Monday, June 4 at 8:00 p.m. Performances will run through June 24.

If Truth Be Known "takes place in the Nation's capital in 1982, as a woman (Max) struggles to understand the problems she's been having with the man of her dreams (Philip T. Clark, IV), a Vietnam vet. Initially, she blames their problems on class differences. He's the scion of an old American family and she's the granddaughter of a Japanese picture bride. Eventually the woman realizes that her superficial resemblance to the Vietnamese women her lover probably killed in the war may pose an insurmountable hurdle," state press materials.

The complete schedule for If Truth Be Known (June 1 through 24) will be: Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 pm with Sunday matinees at 3:00 pm. There will be two additional performances: Monday, June 4 at 8:00 pm and Saturday, June 23 at 3:00 pm. Tickets: $20.00. Students and seniors: $15.00. TDF vouchers are accepted. Tickets for all performances are available at 212-868-4444 (or online at www.smarttix.com). Visit www.blueheron-nyc.org for more on Blue Heron Theatre.

Lauren Molina @ The Duplex - 6/1/2007

Broadway star Lauren Molina (Sweeney Todd) will return to The Duplex on Friday, June 1st 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.

Ross/Coward @ 92nd St. Y - 6/2/2007

The 92nd Street Y has announced the 2007 line-up of Lyrics & Lyricists, the Y's American Songbook series, now in its 37th season. Lyrics & Lyricists continues to follow the format established in 2003, featuring five different shows designed specifically for L&L by five different artistic directors each season.

Steve Ross will make his first appearance at Lyrics & Lyricists with a show devoted to Noel Coward from June 2nd through June 4th. Created and hosted by Ross, who will sing and accompany himself on piano, "Noel Coward and His Ladies" will feature a script by Barry Day. Additional vocalists will be announced.

"'Noel Coward and His Ladies' pays tribute to Coward the songwriter through the work of the talented and glamorous female stars who inspired and performed so many of his elegant and sophisticated songs. Among the 'ladies who crossed Coward's path were his lifelong friend Gertrude Lawrence, who starred with him on Broadway and in London's West End; cabaret and Broadway stars Elaine Stritch and Mary Martin; the French actress Yvonne Printemps; and Florence Henderson, who appeared in Coward's 1963 musical The Girl Who Came to Supper before she became a household name as the mother in television's 'The Brady Bunch.'"

L&L shows are Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 3 and 8 pm, and Monday at 2 and 8pm. Individual tickets are $55 and $45; subscriptions to the entire series are $250 and $220.

For more information, visit www.92Y.org.

Souvenir - 6/2/2007

The Westport Country Playhouse presents Souvenir, a fantasia on the life of Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Judy Kaye with Donald Corren, May 31 – June 16 with an opening night June 2.

"Florence Foster Jenkins was a professional singer with one irreparable flaw... she couldn't hit a single note on key," states press notes, "Yet, Jenkins believed herself an Opera Diva of the highest caliber. This true story, as told through the eyes of her compassionate accompanist Cosme McMoon, reveals a remarkable woman whose love and passion for music – when paired with her conviction and drive – catapults her to fame and personal dreams realized."

Tony Award winner Judy Kaye stars as the legendary Florence Foster Jenkins, a socialite who gave hilariously off-key recitals that became the talk of New York, ending with a notorious sold-out 1944 concert at Carnegie Hall. A recent Broadway production, Souvenir offers a comic and touching look at "the dire diva of din" and her relationship with her long-time pianist.

Souvenir by Stephen Temperley, is directed by Vivian Matalon. Show times are Tuesday – Fridays at 8PM; Wednesdays at 2PM; Saturdays at 4 & 8PM; and Sundays at 3PM. There is no 4PM show June 2.

The Westport County Playhouse is located at 25 Powers Court, Westport, CT 06880.

For more information and tickets ($35-$55), call 203-227-4177 or visit www.westportplayhouse.org/souvenir.htm.

Sensations of the 60s & 70s - 6/2/2007

Sensations of the 60s and 70s - Jackie Frankel returns to the stage at Rose's Turn with Ellie Miller on piano for a classic rock showcase exploring hits of the 1960s and 1970s. Performances June 2nd & 9th at 9PM.

Sensations of the 60s and 70s features songs by: Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson; John Lennon and Paul McCartney; Fred Fassert; Edward Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland; John Phillips; Paul Simon; Bill Withers; John Fogerty; Stevie Wonder, Syreeta Wright, Lee Garrett and Lula Hardaway; Carole King; Johnny Nash; Elton John and Bernie Taupin; Jim Weatherly; Joan Baez; and Lionel Richie.

Tickets for Sensations of the 60s and 70s are $8 cash at the door, plus a two drink minimum. Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling 212-366-5438 after 4:00pM. Rose's Turn is located at 55 Grove Street in Manhattan between 7th Avenue and Bleecker Street.

Penetrator - 6/2/2007

Working Man's Clothes Productions will present the NY Premiere of Anthony Neilson's Penetrator. Performances will run from May 31 to June 23, 2007 at The American Place Theatre (520 8th Ave.) in NYC. Previews begin May 31 for a June 2 opening. Penetrator is directed by Jeremy Torres, with an original score by Adam Smith.

"Playstation, pornography and drug-use are the modus-operandi for two struggling urban roommates, Max and Alan, stereotypes of 20-something American bachelors, whose discussions revolve around pop culture, girls and the ongoing war as seen on TV. When their old friend Woody arrives unexpectedly at their doorstep with nowhere to sleep, their world is turned on its head as they learn that Woody has abandoned his duties as a soldier in Iraq. Max and Alan's friendship is put to the test as they sort out the bizarre stories of Woody's experiences with violent rape and boyhood nostalgia," as the show is described in press notes.

The cast includes Jared Culverhouse, Michael Mason and Cole Wimpee. Dramaturgy is by Bekah Brunstetter (To Nineveh). The production team includes Ace Eure (Set Design), Jake Platt (Light Design), Adam Smith (Original Score/Sound Design) and Candace Thompson (Costume Design).

The American Place Theatre is at 520 8 Ave. (22 Floor) between 36 & 37 Streets in NYC. The show plays a limited engagement from May 31 to June 23, 2007. Previews begin 5/31 for a 6/2 opening. It plays Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm. Tickets are $15. To purchase call 212-868-4444 or visit http://www.smarttix.com.

Visit www.inyerface-theatre.com for more information on In-Yer-Face Theatre and www.workingmansclothes.com for more on Working Man's Clothes Productions.

You Can't Take It With You - 6/2/2007

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.

Ross/Coward @ 92nd St. Y - 6/3/2007

The 92nd Street Y has announced the 2007 line-up of Lyrics & Lyricists, the Y's American Songbook series, now in its 37th season. Lyrics & Lyricists continues to follow the format established in 2003, featuring five different shows designed specifically for L&L by five different artistic directors each season.

Steve Ross will make his first appearance at Lyrics & Lyricists with a show devoted to Noel Coward from June 2nd through June 4th. Created and hosted by Ross, who will sing and accompany himself on piano, "Noel Coward and His Ladies" will feature a script by Barry Day. Additional vocalists will be announced.

"'Noel Coward and His Ladies' pays tribute to Coward the songwriter through the work of the talented and glamorous female stars who inspired and performed so many of his elegant and sophisticated songs. Among the 'ladies who crossed Coward's path were his lifelong friend Gertrude Lawrence, who starred with him on Broadway and in London's West End; cabaret and Broadway stars Elaine Stritch and Mary Martin; the French actress Yvonne Printemps; and Florence Henderson, who appeared in Coward's 1963 musical The Girl Who Came to Supper before she became a household name as the mother in television's 'The Brady Bunch.'"

L&L shows are Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 3 and 8 pm, and Monday at 2 and 8pm. Individual tickets are $55 and $45; subscriptions to the entire series are $250 and $220.

For more information, visit www.92Y.org.

Jersey Boys - LA Tour - 6/3/2007

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.

No Child - Closing Show - 6/3/2007

No Child, Nilaja Sun's acclaimed solo show, will give its final New York performance on Sunday, June 3rd. Tickets for the remainder of the run are now on sale, with many performances already sold out.

It was also announced that No Child, performed by Sun and directed by Hal Brooks, will play major engagements in cities across America, including Boston, Chicago and Washington, DC, with additional bookings on the West Coast scheduled throughout the 2007-2008 season.

"No Child began its remarkable life as part of Epic Theatre Center's previous season on Theatre Row. The show, an instant hit, opened at the Barrow Street Theatre in July, 2006 where it has been playing to wildly enthusiastic crowds, including thousands of high school students and educators. Ms. Sun will have played over 300 performances when the show concludes its Off Broadway run," state press notes on the show, which is produced by Scott Morfee, Tom Wirtshafter and Epic Theatre Center.

Crazy Mary - 6/3/2007

World Premiere of Crazy Mary, a new play by A.R. Gurney , directed by Jim Simpson. Previews will begin Friday, May 11 with an official opening on Sunday, June 3 at 7PM. Performances will continue through Sunday, June 17 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street).

The cast will be headlined by Tony Award nominee and three-time Academy Award nominee Sigourney Weaver. Appearing in the title role will be two-time Obie Award winner Kristine Nielsen. Michael Esper, Mitchell Greenberg and Myra Lucretia Taylor join the cast.

In Crazy Mary, "in an attempt to account for the family inheritance, the scion of a wealthy Buffalo, NY clan and her willful, college-aged son visit their long lost cousin Mary. The catch: Mary is living in an asylum for the wealthy insane and has barely spoken in years, forcing mother and son to employ radical ends to get through," state press notes.

The performance schedule will be Tuesdays through Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2:30 & 8PM and Sundays at 2:30 & 7:30 PM. Tickets are $65. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning April 11 and may be purchased online via TicketCentral.com, by phone at (212) 279-4200 (Noon-8pm daily), or in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between 9th & 10th Avenues). Visit www.playwrightshorizons.org for tickets and more information.

Songs of Youth and Discovery - 6/3/2007

World premiere concert of the Jerrold Fisher/

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