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Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 5/6/2007

Below is BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 5/6/2007. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit BroadwayWorld.com's Event Calendar.

Deuce - 5/6/2007

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Night of 1000 Voices - UK - 5/6/2007

For the first time Tony and Academy Award Winner and Broadway legend Joel Grey will be headlining at The Night of 1000 Voices. He will be joined by the current Phantom in Las Vegas, Anthony Crivello, Tony Award Winner for his performance in Kiss of The Spider Woman, Ruthie Henshall and members of the Cast of Avenue Q and special guests. This exciting and exclusive performance will introduced by I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Queen, Myleene Klass and will be for the benefit of The National Artistic Society.

The evening will take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London on May 6th at 8 PM.

The evening is devised and directed by Hugh Wooldridge. Tickets are available at prices from £17.50 to £60.00; and there are a limited number of special Gala packages at £150.00.

Visit www.nas.org.uk or www.royalalberthall.com for more information.

Euan Mortan @ Metropolitan Room - 5/6/2007

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.officiallyeuanmorton.com.

David Hasselhoff Leaves Vegas Producers - 5/6/2007

After his short stint in the Las Vegas production of the Broadway musical The Producers, David Hasselhoff will leave the role of Roger De Bris next month, Paris Las Vegas announced today, April 10.

Because of Hasselhoff's prior commitment as a judge on the hit NBC show "America's Got Talent," he will be leaving the show on May 6. David Hasselhoff ("Baywatch," Jekyll & Hyde) joined the production as the flamboyant director, Roger De Bris in January 2007

Ethan Frome - Reading - 5/6/2007

Christiane Noll and Michael Minarik, co-stars of the Urinetown National Tour, will reunite in a by-invitation only reading of the new musical Ethan Frome: An American Romance on Sunday, May 6.

Noll has also starred in Broadway's Jekyll & Hyde and Off-Broadway's Little by Little and A Fine and Private Place. Minarik's credits include the National Tours of Little Women, Yeston and Kopit's Phantom, and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Presented by The York Theatre Company and Lively Arts Productions, the reading will also feature Leah Horowitz (Woman in White, La Cage auxFolles, Thoroughly Modern Millie) and Nick Dalton (Hairspray Las Vegas, Ernest In Love).

The show has music and lyrics by Adam Gwon, a book by Michael Ruby, and is directed by Daniel T. Lavender.

"Based on the classic 1911 novella by Edith Wharton, the story takes place in rural New England. Ethan Frome, a poor farmer, is unhappily married to Zeena, a demanding and overbearing hypochondriac. When Zeena's younger cousin Mattie comes to live with them, Ethan is driven by his star-crossed love for Mattie, which makes the pair suffer devastating consequences," state press notes.

Ethan Frome was previously seen in a staged reading at The York Theatre last Spring and in the NAMT 2006 Songwriter's Showcase. The piece will also receive a fully-staged workshop at The University of Oklahoma in May. Visit www.yorktheatre.org for more on the York Theatre Company.

Spelling Bee - Adult Show - 5/6/2007

The cast of Broadway's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will present an Adults Only performance on Sunday, May 6 at 7:30pm.

"Due to the overwhelming success of last year's adult nights and the fact that the students of Putnam County can no longer be kept g-rated, the show will offer a much anticipated and all-risqué version of the Tony Award-winning musical. Leave your children at home with the sitter and come get an education of your own from the kids who know how to spell 'D-I-R-T-Y,'" state press materials.

Gutenberg! - Closing Show - 5/6/2007

Gutenberg! The Musical! — the critically acclaimed off-Broadway comedy — will play its final performance at The Actors' Playhouse on Sunday, May 6th at 7pm.

During its six-month Off-Broadway run, the production will have played a total of 173 performances (159 regular performances and 14 previews). Gutenberg! The Musical! opened as a six-week run at 59E59 Theaters in November 2006, before transferring to The Actors' Playhouse in January 2007.

Howard Katz - Closing - 5/6/2007

Roundabout Theatre Company's limited engagement of Howard Katz will play its final performance on Sunday, May 6th at 2:00 PM. The American premiere of Howard Katz, written by Patrick Marber, directed by Tony® Award winner Doug Hughes, will have played 32 preview performances and 77 regular performances. Previews began on February 2nd, 2007 and it opened officially on March 1st, 2007.

Lucille Lortel Awards - 5/7/2007

The League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers announced that the 22nd Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway will be presented on Monday, May 7th at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) at 6:30 PM.

A limited number of tickets, for the ceremony only, will go on sale to the public through the New World Stages Box Office and Telecharge.com (212-239-6200), beginning April 3rd.

The nominations will be announced April 3rd. A cocktail reception to congratulate all of the nominees will be held on April 23rd at Ruth's Chris Steak House (148 West 51st Street).

Reams/Nolte Join The Producers - Las Vegas - 5/7/2007

Paris Las Vegas announced today Lee Roy Reams and Bill Nolte will join the cast of the Las Vegas production of the Mel Brooks musical comedy The Producers, direct from Broadway, Monday, May 7. Lee Roy Reams will play the outrageously flamboyant Roger DeBris and Bill Nolte will play Playwright Franz Liebkind. Both performers join the Las Vegas cast from the Broadway production continuing their tenure with the most critically acclaimed show in Broadway history in the new 90-minute Las Vegas production that opened to sold-out houses on January 31, 2007.

God's Ear - 5/7/2007

God's Ear, a full-length play written by Jenny Schwartz (Cause for Alarm) and directed by Anne Kauffman (Soho Rep's The Thugs), will see its world premiere Off Broadway at the East 13th Street Theater, 136 East 13th Street (between 3rd and 4th Avenues). The show will feature songs by Michael Friedman (The Civilian's I Am Nobody's Lunch, Gone Missing) with additional lyrics by Schwartz. Presented by Obie-winning theater company New Georges, performances for God's Ear begin May 2. Opening Night is Monday, May 7, at 7:00PM.

In the press release, New Georges Artistic Director Susan Bernfield comments, "Jenny is part of a generation of playwrights who are pioneering a style of heightened theatrical language, one intent on capturing the idiosyncratic hiccups of real talking." The show, which stars Christina Kirk as Mel and Gibson Frazier as Ted, is described as, "Mel and Ted have lost their young son. Now, wherever Ted goes, he meets people with dead sons. And whatever Mel touches falls apart. Mel and Ted try to continue their way through the world, guided by their young daughter Lanie (Monique Vukovic), and the Tooth Fairy (Judith Greentree) and G.I. Joe (Matthew Montelongo)."

God's Ear runs May 2 through June 2, Wednesdays through Mondays at 8:00PM. Opening Night's curtain time on Monday, May 7 will be at 7:00PM. Tickets are $25.00, $18.00 for students and seniors. Monday night performances are 'pay-what-you-will' at the door only. TDF vouchers will be accepted. For reservations, call 212-868-4444 or www.smarttix.com. For more information, call 646-336-8077.

Drew Sarich @ Zipper - 5/7/2007

Drew Sarich will return to the Zipper Theater for a May 7th concert. Sarich previously appeared at the venue in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.

He will be joined on-stage by other Zipper alumni, including his wife Ann Mandrella, Roderick Hill and the former Jacques Brel band: Eric Svejcar (Keyboard), Steve Gilewski (Bass), and Brad 'Gorilla' Carbone (Drums).

Sarich currently portrays Grantaire in the new Broadway production of Les Miserables. He was recently seen as Armand in Lestat. Off-Broadway he was seen in Jacques Brel…, and Tony n' Tina's Wedding. Touring companies include Liza in Concert. Internationally, he has been seen in the world premiere of Disney's Hunchback (Quasimodo), Jekyll & Hyde (Jekyll), Hedwig… (Hedwig), The Who's Tommy (Cousin Kevin), Barbarella (Sun), and Hair (Berger).

The Zipper Theater is at 336 W. 37th street in Manhattan between 8th & 9th Avenues. Tickets are $15 and are available for purchase by phone (212.563.0480) or through The Zipper Theater Website (www.zippertheater.com).

Sptting in the Face of the Devil - 5/7/2007

The John Montgomery Theatre Company and Horse Trade will present Bob Brader's new monologue, Spitting in the Face of the Devil, at the Red Room, located at 85 East 4th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Performances will be Mondays at 7pm beginning on May 7, continuing through July 2. The show will be directed by Suzanne Bachne.

Spitting in the Face of the Devil is described in the press release as, "a daring and highly personal solo show in the vein of Spalding Gray and Mike Daisey. The show is about the death of the author's father, a terrifying and abusive ex-Marine, and their tension-filled relationship, which is contrasted with the love of his supportive mother. The father harbors a huge secret which will be revealed halfway through the piece; this revelation comes as a gigantic and shocking surprise not only to the author, but also to the audience, who discovers this information along with him."

Spitting in the Face of the Devil will run Mondays at 7PM, beginning on May 7 and continue through July 2 (please note: there is no performance on May 28). Performances will be at the Red Room, located at 85 East 4th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Tickets are $20, $10 student and seniors with ID; to purchase, call (212) 868-4444 or visit www.horseTRADE.info.

Kristin Huffman @ Ars Nova - 5/7/2007

Company star Kristin Huffman will offer a cabaret at Ars Nova (511 W 54th St.) on May 7th at 8pm.

"Kristin Huffman currently appearing as 'Sarah' (flute, piccolo, sax) in the Broadway revival of Company, invites you to a cabaret where the audience picks the style of the songs they want to hear! Hilarity ensues when Kristin and accompanist/antagonist, Matt Castle, 'Peter' also in Company, perform their own version of Total Request Live, by letting the audience participate in picking the tunes! From Country to Opera, from Rock to Jazz. And of course, Musical Theatre! You can even choose the title!," state press notes.

Don't be surprised if you are asked to join in the fun! Also joining them will be MANY of their Company castmates, including, Rob Cunningham, Kelly Jeanne Grant and 'surprise' guest stars who will be dragged out of the audience!"

Visit www.smarttix.com for tickets, which are under the name "Kristin Huffman."

Nancy Anderson @ Birdland - 5/7/2007

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.

Nancy Anderson, with Ross Patterson and his Little Big Band, returns to Broadway at Birdland on Monday, May 7 at 7 PM to celebrate her recently released CD 'Ten Cents a Dance,' featuring standards and lost treasures from the 1920's and 30's. Produced by Bill Daugherty with Ross Patterson and Danny Whitby as Musical Directors, the CD includes "The Trouble with Me is You," "My Romance," "But Not for Me," and the title track "Ten Cents a Dance." Anderson will be joined at Birdland by Ross Patterson and his Little Big Band. Ms. Anderson is a two-time Drama Desk nominee for her work as the title character in the Off-Broadway production of Fanny Hill and as all of the women in Jolson & Co. In 2002, she was honored with an Olivier Award nomination and a Helen Hayes Award nomination for her work as Bianca/Lois in Kiss Me, Kate, seen on PBS and available on DVD. She has appeared on Broadway as Helen in Wonderful Town and Mona in A Class Act. There is a $30 cover and a $10 food/drink minimum for Anderson's show.

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

Stage 13 Benefit Party - 5/7/2007

Stage 13 is holding a benefit party, this Monday, May 7th at Bar 13 (35 E 13th Street at University Place.) Hosted by comic Michael Ian Black, the benefit will also feature acts created by Broadway an other NY theater actors, including Tastiskank, featuring Sarah Litzinger & Kate Reinders, and Second Rate, with Tony-winner Dan Fogler and Law Turello. The event will start at 10PM.

The event follows a reading series of five plays. The final reading will be Elephant in the Room, written and directed by Dan Fogler. The show will run at 7pm at the Atlantic Theater Company on the night of the benefit, Monday, May 7th. Previous plays in the reading series include The Cherry Sisters Revisited, (by Dan O'Brien, directed by Andrew Leynse), Four Nights in Knaresborough (by Paul Corcoran, directed by Randy Baruh), Schoolgirl Figure (by Wendy McLeod, directed by Randy Baruh), and Lee's Miserables (by Clay McLeod Chapman, directed by Davis McCallum).

Advance tickets for the event are $30, and are available for purchase at smarttix.com. Tickets may also be purchased the night of the event at the door for $40.

Fame - UK - 5/8/2007

London Theatre Guide reports that the West End will welcome the return of Fame, which will play a limited run beginning on May 4th and opening on May 8th at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

Based on the 1980 film musical about a group of ambitious students at New York's High School of Performing Arts, Fame was staged at Off-Broadway's Little Shubert Theatre from November of 2003 to June of 2004. The production previously played the West End; it closed in June of last year and then began a tour of the U.K. (its national tour, starring "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria" finalist Abi Finley, will continue during the West End run).

Karen Bruce directs the production, for which no West End casting has been announced.

The stage musical version of Fame features book by Jose Fernandez, lyrics by Jacques Levy and music by Steve Margoshes, with additional material by Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford.

Fame previously played the Cambridge, Aldwych and Prince of Wales Theatres.

Radio Golf - 5/8/2007

Anthony Chisholm, John Earl Jelks and James A. Williams join the previously announced Harry Lennix (Stomp the Yard, Fox's "24,") and Tony Award winner and Olivier Award Nominee Tonya Pinkins (Jelly's Last Jam; Caroline, or Change) in RADIO GOLF, the tenth and final work in two-time Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright August Wilson's historic, decade-by-decade portrait of 20th Century African-American life. Directed by Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun, Gem of the Ocean), RADIO GOLF will begin preview performances on Friday, April 20 and open on Tuesday, May 8 at Broadway's Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street)

Tickets for RADIO GOLF range from $31.25 to $96.25 and will be available online and by phone beginning on Sunday, March 11, 2007 via Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200 and at the Cort Theatre box office beginning on Monday, April 2, 2007.

For more information, please visit www.radiogolfonbroadway.com.

Barbra Streisand in Concert - CD Release - 5/8/2007

On May 8th, Columbia Records will release a two-CD set of Barbra Streisand's recent concert tour.

Recorded live in Philadelphia and New York, the discs also feature a number of duets with Il Divo, who appeared with Streisand in the concerts. Richard Jay-Alexander co-directed the tour with Streisand. William Ross conducted.

The track listings follow:

Act I Overture "Starting Here, Starting Now" "Down With Love" "The Way We Were" "Ma Premiere Chanson" "Evergreen" (with Il Divo) "Come Rain or Come Shine" "Funny Girl" "The Music That Makes Me Dance" "My Man" "People"

Act II Entr'acte "The Music of the Night" (with Il Divo) "Jason's Song"/"Carefully Taught"/"Children Will Listen" "Unusual Way" "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" "Happy Days Are Here Again" "(Have I Stayed) Too Long at the Fair?" "The Time of Your Life"/"A Cockeyed Optimist" "Somewhere" (with Il Divo) "My Shining Hour" "Don't Rain On My Parade" (reprise) "Smile"

Jaclyn Huberman @ Ars Nova - 5/8/2007

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.

Bernadette Peters on Boston Legal - 5/8/2007

On May 8th, Bernadette Peters will be featured as a guest star on ABC's "Boston Legal," airing from 10 to 11 PM ET.

In the episode, which is entitled "Guantanamo by the Bay," "Alan Shore sues the United States on behalf of a client who was tortured for two years at a detention camp. Meanwhile, Jerry Espenson begs Shirley Schmidt to let him have his job back at the firm -- despite the fact that he'd once tried to kill her -- and Claire defends a lawyer who committed a sexual assault after hearing a prank radio program proclaiming the world was coming to an end," according to press materials.

Jessica Molaskey - CD Release - 5/8/2007

PS Classics will release Sitting In Limbo, the fourth solo recording from Broadway and cabaret star Jessica Molaskey, on May 8, 2007.

"Coupling her unique blend of contemporary flair and musical elegance, the CD evolved from Molaskey's sold-out engagement at New York's Algonquin Hotel in June 2006. It finds the singer-actress in the outstanding musical company of Grammy-nominated keyboardists Larry Goldings and Larry Fuller, sax player Harry Allen, and her celebrated husband, jazz guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli. Pizzarelli produced the CD and is featured on two vocal duets," according to press materials. Visit www.psclassics.com or www.jessicamolaskey.com for more information

High Fidelity CD Release - 5/8/2007

Ghostlight Records will release the original cast album of the Broadway musical High Fidelity on May 8, 2007. The CD is produced by Grammy Award winner Joel Moss and Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records President Kurt Deutsch. Directed by Tony Award-winner Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, High Fidelity has music by Tom Kitt, lyrics by Amanda Green, and book by David Lindsay-Abaire. The show was based on the best-selling novel by Nick Hornby.

The recording will feature the original Broadway cast of Will Chase, Jenn Colella, Christian Anderson, Jay Klaitz, Jeb Brown, Rachel Stern, Emily Swallow, Jon Patrick Walker, Kirsten Wyatt, Justin Brill, Andrew C. Call, Matt Caplan, Caren Lyn Manuel, Anne Warren, Paul Castree, George Merrick, Betsy Morgan, Tom Plotkin and J.B. Wing.

The musical "tells the story of Rob, a record store owner who knows almost everything there is to know about pop music, but almost nothing about how to hold on to a girl. Rob's love life, already a broken record of heartache, falls off the charts completely when he gets dumped by Laura....but that just sets him up for one of the top 5 romantic comebacks ever," according to press materials.

Lord of the Rings - UK - 5/9/2007

According to the BBC News, the hit Toronto production of the musical The Lord of the Rings, previously announced to be London-bound, will begin previews at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on May 9th, 2007, for a June 19th opening.

The 3-and-a half-hour musical condensation of Tolkien's hobbits-and-elves trilogy, which is directed by Matthew Warchus, will follow The Producers into the Drury Lane; the Mel Brooks musical shutters on January 9th.

The Lord of the Rings, which received mixed reviews when it opened at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto on March 23rd, will be revised for its London run. Not only will it be cut from three and a half to three hours, but the third act will be rewritten. It will be one of the most expensive shows to play the West End, according to the article.

The Lord of the Rings features music by A.R. Rahman (along with the Finnish group Varrtina), and the book and lyrics are by Shaun McKenna. Rob Howell's elaborate sets feature three interconnected turntables with 16 elevators; he also designed the costumes.

The creative team spent over two years--and $27 million Canadian dollars--developing the show. Simon Baker (sound), The Gray Circle (moving image design), Paul Kieve (illusions direction), Laurie Battle (Tolkien creative consultation), and Christopher Nightingale (musical supervision) comprise the rest of the creative team. The show is presented by Kevin Wallace and Saul Zaentz, in association with David and Ed Mirvish and Michael Kohl.

"It probably does have a European sensibility, a British sensibility in terms of the use of text and the use of the spoken word. It's coming back to its spiritual home," said Wallace of the show, which was originally to have premiered in London. The Lord of the Rings' mixed reviews generally praised its opulent production design, but were less enthusiastic about the actual content of the show.

The show's Toronto cast--comprised of more than 70 performers--features actors from Canada, the U.S. and other countries. It stars Brent Carver (Parade, Kiss of the Spider Woman) as Gandalf, James Loye as Frodo, Evan Buliung as Aragorn, Peter Howe as Sam, Dylan Roberts as Merry, Owen Sharpe as Pippin, Gabriel Burrafato as Legolas, Ross Williams as Gimli, Richard McMillan as Saruman, Rebecca Jackson Mendoza as Galadriel, Carly Street as Arwen, Dion Johnstone as Boromir, Victor A. Young as Elrond, Kerry Dorey as Théoden and Kristin Galer as Rosie.

The Lord of the Rings plays Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with matinees on Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 1 p.m.Ticket prices range from $26 to $125 (Canadian), and are available for purchase through TicketKing by calling 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333. Groups of 20 or more may call 416-593-4142 and 1-800-724-6420. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office of The Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) or online at www.lotr.com.

Tony Awards Eligibility Cutoff - 5/9/2007

The 61st annual Tony Awards will be held on June 10th, according to Variety.

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.

110 in the Shade - 5/9/2007

110 IN THE SHADE

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

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

The Vickie & Nickie Dream Tour - 5/9/2007

May 9, real life NYC sisters, Lori and Lisa Brigantino play Vickie and Nickie in the offbeat musical comedy show "The Vickie & Nickie Dream Tour!"

The multi-instrumental, singing suburban housewife sister duo straight from the hills of Northern Minnesota share their rise to "fame," family stories and their own special take on the world today through original songs and pop tunes. Native New Yorkers, Lori and Lisa Brigantino have been performing together musically since they were children, but created the characters of Vickie and Nickie just 3 years ago. They have performed The Vickie & Nickie Show in many different incarnations and now the self-contained musical comedy team intertwines song with dialogue that delves into their past and comments on current events all the while accompanying themselves on acoustic guitars, keyboard, accordion, saxophone, violin, ukuleles and percussion. For more info on Vickie and Nickie, visit www.vickieandnickie.com.

Tickets are $10 with a 2-drink minimum. For reservations and more info. call 212-366-5438 after 4pm. www.rosesturn.com Upstairs At Rose's Turn, 55 Grove Street, New York, NY

Gift Exchange - Reading - 5/9/2007

Greg Turner's Gift Exchange will be presented in a workshop from Thursday, May 9th through May 19th at the Red Room (85 E. 4th St. between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, third floor, no wheelchair access). The workshop will be presented by Horse TRADE.

"Mike knows his best friend Tucker is hard to shop for, but he's shocked when Tucker's wish list has only one thing on it—Mike's wife! Tucker wants a good, old-fashioned wife swap and he's not the least bit concerned when Mike's not so sure about the idea, because, hey, he's got a whole year to agree. Gift Exchange is a touching and arousing new comedy about sex, love and marriage by up and coming playwright Greg Turner," state press notes

"Do Not Disturb believes that Theatre is an animal unique from all other art forms that thrives on people's passion for live storytelling. DND was formed in 2005 by Greg Turner and Sara Sahin in order to produce new American theatre by living playwrights who are instrumental in the mounting of their work. Past productions include: Revival (FRIGID New York, Audience Choice Award – Local Favorite), Tea, and The Eastern Standard Time Series, (both at Manhattan Theatre Source)."

The workshops play Thursday through Saturday, May 10th through May 19th at 8 PM. Tickets are $15, and $10 for students and seniors. Call (212) 868-4444, or visit online at www.horsetrade.info.

Stairway to Paradise - Encores! - 5/10/2007

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).

Dixie's Tupperware Party - 5/10/2007

Ars Nova presents Dixie's Tupperware Party, directed by Obie-Award winning Alex Timbers (Gutenberg! The Musical!) and written by Kris Andersson and critically-acclaimed downtown playwright Elizabeth Meriwether. The show begins previews on Wednesday, April 18 and officially opens on Thursday, May 10 at Ars Nova (511 W. 54th Street).

"Dixie Longate, the fast-talking Tupperware Lady, has packed up her catalogues, and left her children in an Alabama trailer park to journey to The Big Apple. Join Dixie as she throws a good ol'fashioned Tupperware Party filled with outrageous tales, free giveaways, and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a New York stage. See for yourself how Ms. Longate became the number one Tupperware seller in the world, as she educates her guests on the many alternative uses she has discovered for her plastic products!," state Ars Nova notes.

The show begins previews on Wednesday, April 18 and runs through Sunday, June 17 with an official press opening on Thursday, May 10. The performance schedule is Thursdays at 7 PM; Fridays at 8 PM; Saturdays at 8 PM; and Sundays at 7 PM. There will be additional performances on Wednesdays, April 18, April 25 and May 9 at 8 PM. Tickets are $20 during previews and $25 beginning on May 11. To purchase, call SmartTix at 212-868-4444 or go to www.SmartTix.com. Ars Nova is located at 511 West 54th Street. Visit www.arsnova-nyc.com for more information.

David Yazbek @ Joe's Pub - 5/10/2007

Thursday, May 10, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels composer/lyricist David Yazbek will head to Joe's Pub for a concert.

"Don't miss this rare appearance by one of the most strangely talented musicians around. If you only know Yazbek from his hit Broadway shows The Full Monty and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, be prepared for a mind-blowing experience, in fact, you'd better wear a helmet. Yazbek's incendiary piano-playing and singing have earned him a slavish cult-following. His latest band is a gathering of some of the best players in the city. Join them as they play songs from his upcoming album," state press notes.

The show is at 7:30pm, and tickets are $25. Joe's Pub is located at 425 Lafayette Street. Visit www.joespub.com or www.davidyazbek.com for more information.

Of Mice and Men - 5/10/2007

John Steinbeck's timeless classic graces the New York stage for its 70th Anniversary production.

OF MICE AND MEN is one of the most celebrated works of American literature, a compelling human drama about friendship and loyalty during one of our nation's most challenging times.

Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, John Steinbeck's masterpiece tells the story of two migrant workers who find employment on a California ranch and finally seem to be within reach of having a home to call their own. But "the best laid schemes o' mice and men" begin to unravel, forcing ordinary people to make profound choices.

OF MICE AND MEN plays Off-Broadway at Urban Stages (259 West 30th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues) Performances are Wednesday - Saturday at 8:00 P.M. with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 P.M. Tickets are $18. Tickets and information are available at Smarttix.com, (212) 868.4444. Visit the official website at www.cyclopsproductions.com

Betrothed - 5/10/2007

Ripe Time will present the world premiere of Betrothed, written and directed by Rachel Dickstein (the Ohio Theatre's Innocents). The show is is based on S. Ansky's The Dybbuk, Anton Chekhov's Betrothed, and Jhumpa Lahiri's The Treatment of Bibi Haldar. Performances begin Friday, May 4, at 8pm at the Ohio Theatre, 66 Wooster Street, between Spring and Broome Streets. Opening Night is Thursday, May 10 at 8pm.

Press notes state, "A triptych of tales that cross time and cultures, Betrothed features ensemble story-telling, a live score by Vijay Iyer, and Ripe Time's signature dynamic imagery. Inspired by Indian Kathak folk dance, Marc Chagall, and wedding ceremonies from South Asian and Western cultures, the play offers a unique look inside three women's struggle between marriage and personal independence, to explore what is one of the most controversial ceremonies of our time."

Betrothed plays Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 7 and 10pm, and Sunday at 7pm, through Saturday, May 26, at the Ohio Theatre. There is a special preview performance Saturday, May 5 at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 and available at www.smarttix.com or by calling (212) 868-4444. For more information, visit www.ripetime.org.

Memory - 5/10/2007

59E59 Theaters will welcome the return of playwright Jonathan Lichtenstein to Brits Off Broadway with the Clwyd Theatr Cymru's production of Memory, directed by three-time Tony Award-nominee Terry Hands, former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

In Memory, "Welsh playwright Jonathan Lichtenstein explores how people choose to remember events and the consequences of these choices. In East Berlin, 1990, during the fall of the Berlin Wall, a young man arrives at the flat of his grandmother with awkward questions about the past and her connections to the Holocaust. A generation later, in Bethlehem, a new wall is erected as the Israeli security barrier goes up. The past and the present collide in a series of compelling scenes, as memories are challenged in the search for truth," state press notes.

This powerful and dynamic new play, expertly directed by Terry Hands, three time Tony Award-nominee and former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, was called "An innovative thought provoker that draws in the audience and enthrals" by the UK's Jewish Telegraph. Memory comes direct from the Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Wales' premiere national performing arts company, where Mr. Hands serves as its Director and Chief Executive.

Memory begins previews on Saturday, May 5 for a limited engagement through Sunday, May 27. Opening Night is Thursday, May 10 at 8 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday – Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM and 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM and 7 PM. Single tickets are $45 ($31.50 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or go to www.ticketcentral.com. For more information, visit www.59e59.org or www.britsoffbroadway.com.

Stairway to Paradise - Encores - 5/10/2007

Stairway to Paradise, an original Encores! production celebrating the great Broadway revue, will star Kristin Chenoweth, Kevin Chamberlin, Christopher Fitzgerald and Ruthie Henshall, from May 10 – 14 at New York City Center. Directed by Tony Award-winner Jerry Zaks, Stairway to Paradise has music direction by Rob Berman and choreography by Warren Carlyle. It will play for six performances, from May 10 - 14. Monday, May 14 is a special gala benefit performance for New York City Center.

In addition to Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth, Kevin Chamberlin, Christopher Fitzgerald and Ruthie Henshall, the cast includes Jenn Gambatese, Michael Gruber, Shonn Wiley, J. MarkMcVey, Holly Cruikshank, Kendrick Jones and Capathia Jenkins.

Stairway to Paradise, the first-ever specially created Encores! production, will be a celebration of the very best material from a half century of Broadway revues, and will include numbers and sketches from such classic Broadway shows as The Band Wagon, As Thousands Cheer, Pins and Needles, Call Me Mister, The Garrick Gaieties, New Faces of 1952 and other legendary musicals and revues of the era. Such classic songs as "Manhattan," "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?," "This is the Army Mr. Jones," "Suppertime" and "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan" will be featured.

The show runs: Thursday, May 10, 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 11, 8:00 p.m.Saturday, May 12, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Sunday, May 13, 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. (Benefit Performance). Tickets for the 2007 Encores! season are available at the New York City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues), through CityTix® at 212-581-1212, or online at www.nycitycenter.org. Tickets for the Orchestra, Grand Tier are $95; Mid-Mezzanine tickets are $90; tickets for the Rear Mezzanine and Front Gallery are $50; tickets for the Rear Gallery are $25.

Grey Gardens CD Signing - 5/10/2007

In celebration of the recent release of the Original Broadway Cast Recording of the hit Broadway musical Grey Gardens on PS Classics, Times Square Virgin Megastore will present a special in-store event on Thursday, May 10 starting at 5:30 PM. Featuring the entire Broadway cast – including the musical's acclaimed stars Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole and Tony Award nominee Mary Louise Wilson – the event will include musical performances and a CD signing with all nine cast members. The appearance will last until 6:45 PM, prior to that evening's performance.

Times Square Virgin Megastore is located at 1540 Broadway between 45th and 46th Streets.

At the signing, cast members will autograph Grey Gardens CDs only. Those attending the event may bring copies of the CD they've already purchased, or they can purchase them on site.

Oliver Twist - Berkeley Rep - 5/11/2007

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.

Stairway to Paradise - Encores! - 5/11/2007

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).

10 Million Miles - 5/11/2007

Atlantic Theater Company, in association with Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman, have announced complete casting and dates for 10 Million Miles, the second world premiere musical in Atlantic's history and the final main stage production of its 2006-2007 season.

Irene Molloy, Matthew Morrison, Skipp Sudduth and Mare Winningham will star in the new musical featuring music and lyrics by Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Patty Griffin ("Impossible Dream"), a book by Keith Bunin (The Credeaux Canvas) and direction by Tony Award-nominee Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening).

10 Million Miles will begin previews on Friday, May 11th, open on Thursday, June 14th and play a limited engagement through Sunday, July 1st, 2007 Off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company at The Linda Gross Theater. (336 West 20th Street).

The musical, according to press materials, "tells the story of Duane (Morrison) and Molly's (Molloy) road trip in an old pick-up truck from the southern tip of Florida to the Northwest corner of New York, with many detours along the way. With a book by Keith Bunin and songs by Patty Griffin, the world premiere of this new musical explores the pursuit of love and family, and the geography of the American dream.

The musical will play Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. All tickets will be $65.00 and available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 (www.ticketcentral.com) beginning Monday, March 26, 2007. Please note: there will be 7:30 p.m. performances on Sunday, May 13th & 20th and no 3:00 p.m. matinees. There will be no performance on Sunday, June 3rd.

Atlantic Theater Company at the Linda Gross Theater is located at 336 West 20th St (between 8th & 9th Avenues). For membership information, wheelchair seating, and/or group sales call 212-691-5919, ext. 1092. Visit www.atlantictheater.org for more information.

Fat Pig - LA - 5/11/2007

Jo Bonney (SubUrbia), who also directed the 2004 world premiere production in New York, heads for the left coast and helms the West Coast premiere of Fat Pig: Neil LaBute's cynical play that explores a larger-than-life dilemma when love and affection go against the grain of conventional society.

Television veteran Scott Wolf will play Tom, with Kirsten Vangsness as Helen, Chris Pine as Carter and Andrea Anders as Jeannie.

"Looking for Ms. Right, Tom meets Helen and is bowled over by her wit, her intellect and her interests, with one problem: Helen is fat. Overcoming his own bias for her love, Tom doesn't account for the reaction of friends and co-workers, forcing a man to choose between the woman he loves and how others perceive her," state press notes. The original production dates for this run have changed; previews performances for Fat Pig are May 5 through May 10, 2007, with Opening Night occurring on Friday, May 11th. The play runs through June 10, 2007.

Tickets ($55) are on sale now at the Geffen Playhouse box office, online at www.GeffenPlayhouse.com, via credit card phone order at 310.208.5454, at all Ticketmaster outlets (Robinsons May and Ritmo Latino locations), or by calling Ticketmaster at 213.365.3500. Eight performances are scheduled per week: Tuesday through Thursdays at 8 p.m.; Fridays at 8:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Adult rush tickets ($35) and student rush tickets ($15) are available 10 minutes prior to curtain. For general information or to request a brochure, call 310.208.5454, or visit the theatre's website.

Sprang Thang - 5/11/2007

The new musical comedy Sprang Thang will enjoy its world premiere at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street. The show, directed by Christopher Scott (Off-Broadway, My Secret Garden and Golf! The Musical) with book, music and lyrics by Goldee Greene (Praise House), will play eight performances, May 11th through May 20th. Choreography is by Monica Johnson (Working, The Me Nobody Knows). The show focuses on a high school sophomore in Spring 1969, whose punishment for cutting gym is to direct four of the toughest girls in her school in the spring talent show.

Sprang Thang is presented by students of the Amas' Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy, which recently produced acclaimed productions of Footloose, The Me Nobody Knows, and On the Town. The performing arts training program for New York City students ages 14-20 has been running since the 1970s.

Sprang Thang performances run May 11-20, Fridays and Saturday s at 7:30PM, and Saturdays and Sundays at 3PM. The Players Theatre is at 115 MacDougal Street, at Minetta Lane and West 3rd Street. Tickets are $20 or $13 for Students and Seniors, and are available through www.theatermania.com or by calling (212) 352-3101. For group discounts, call (212) 563-2565.

Crazy Mary - 5/11/2007

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.

The Jocker - 5/11/2007

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.

Stairway to Paradise - Encores! - 5/12/2007

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).

The Julia Wars - Reading - 5/12/2007

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