Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 6/3/2007

Below is BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 6/3/2007. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit BroadwayWorld.com's Event Calendar.

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 - 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/Lawrence Leritz song cycle, "Songs Of Youth And Discovery" at the historic Sherman Theatre in Shroudsburg, PA. by the Pocono Choral Society. Leritz is the award winning producer and choreographer of the long running Off Broadway hit, Boobs! The Musical, who has also appeared on Broadway in the Jerome Robbin's revival of "Fiddler On The Roof," "American Dance Machine" and "Fonteyn & Nureyev On Broadway" at the Gershwin Theatre. As a songwriter, he co-wrote his #1 dance hot of "Crank It Up" with Peter Brown ("Material Girl"), which he recently performed at The Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas. The premiere "Music For a New Century" concert begins at 3pm.

What a Pair! 5 - LA - 6/3/2007

What a Pair! 5, an annual benefit concert of songs from Broadway musicals performed by "pairs" of famous women from the worlds of film, music, television and theatre, will take place June 3 at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California at 7:30PM.

The event will be hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis, and featured celebritries scheduled to appear include Marg Helgenberger, Joely Fisher, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Marcia Strassman, Sharon Lawrence, Loretta Devine, Rosa Blasi and more. Proceeds from the concert benefit breast cancer research at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John's Health Center.

Tickets are on sale now and are available by calling (213) 480-3232 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, call 310-315-6111 or visit www.whatapair.org or www.jwci.org.

The Scarlet Letter - 6/3/2007

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).

Evening with Tommy Tune - 6/3/2007

Transport Group Artistic Director Jack Cummings III has announced that the company's fourth annual "Evening With" series will feature a conversation between Cummings and Broadway legend Tommy Tune on Sunday, June 3, at 7pm at Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street, between Varick Street and Sixth Avenue.

"Tommy Tune's groundbreaking work as director and choreographer has earned him an astounding nine Tony Awards. In the tradition of Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse, Gower Champion, and Michael Bennett, Tune is considered to be the last of the great artist showmen with legendary work on such shows as Nine, Grand Hotel, The Will Rogers Follies, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, and My One and Only," state press materials.

ickets are $40 (for general admission) and $80 (for admission and a post-show reception with Tommy Tune) and may be purchased by visiting www.theatermania.com or by phoning 212 352 3101. Visit www.transportgroup.org for more information on the Transport Group.

Behind the Lid - 6/3/2007

Silver Whale Gallery will present the world premiere of a new play by playwright/performer Lee Nagrin and puppeteer/performer Basil Twist. "Behind the Lid" will begin performances June 3rd and continue, for 25 performances only, through June 28th at Silver Whale Gallery (21 Bleecker Street, at Mulberry, between Bowery and Lafeyette Street), Tuesday through Sunday evenings at 8pm.

Press notes state, "Behind the Lid is the story of an older woman in her 70's who is looking back on her life through a dream; within the dream of the performance, the real memories and real dreams of this woman are revealed through the confluence of text, puppetry, music and light. As the audience takes a journey through this woman's life, they will form their own dream, as they experience layer upon layer of her memories, of her life. The woman's life and dreams, as the play reveals, is Lee Nagrin's, the prime creator of the text."

Tickets for Behind the Lid are $40, and are availably by calliing Smarttix.com at 212-868-4444. For more information visit www.leenagrin.com.

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.

Get It in the End! - 6/3/2007

Fitz & Walloughs Get It in the End!, presented by Beautiful Nurses Theatre and described as a "Homo-Musical Spectacular," will run from June 3rd through July 8th at the Ace of Clubs.

"You are cordially invited to the farewell performance of legendary duo Fitz & Walloughs. Revel as vocalist (and unabashed narcissist) Fyodr Fitz and composer Constantine Walloughs perform their greatest hits one last time. Taking a cue from VH1's 'Behind The Music' (and perhaps taking the name a little too literally), they also discuss the untimely, horrifying murders of Fitz's many gay lovers -- tragedies that became the inspiration for their many hits. After all, pain can become pleasure if it births a catchy song!"

Ace of Clubs is located inside Acme at 9 Great Jones Street at Lafayette in the East Village (1 block below 4th Street and 1 block east of Broadway -- accessible from the 4,5,6,F,V,D,B trains at Broadway-Lafayette). Tickets are $15, available at 212-352-3101 or www.SpinCycleNYC.com.

Ross/Coward @ 92nd St. Y - 6/4/2007

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.

American Theatre Wing Spring Gala - 6/4/2007

The American Theatre Wing will honor Carol Channing, James Earl Jones and Tommy Tune at its Annual Spring Gala on Monday, June 4, 2007.

The event will take place at Cipriani 42nd Street with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event benefit the American Theatre Wing's continuing efforts in support of theatrical education and excellence.

Tickets for the black-tie gala range from $2,500 to $700, with tables of 10 starting at $7,000. For more information and to order tickets, call 212-765-0606 x301.

Devin Richards @ Metropolitan Room - 6/4/2007

Lampkin Music Group is proud to present Devin Richards in his nightclub debut "My Own Voice," on Monday, June 4th, 2007 at 9:30PM.

The Metropolitan Room is located 34 West 22nd, Street (Btw. 5th & 6th Ave). Cover Charge is $20.00 with two drink minimum RSVP at 1-212-206-0440.

Devin's credits include the current "110 in the Shade" with Audra McDonald; his Broadway debut "Carousel;" "Smokey Joe's Cafe;" The TV version of "Passion with Patti LuPone;" "The Pajama Game" with Harry Connick; "Jesus Christ Superstar" "Victor,Victoria" with Julie Andrews and The Broadway Musical Concert Series at Town Hall.

Jim Caruso & Friends - 6/4/2007

On Monday, June 4th at 7 PM, Jim Caruso & Friends...A One Man Show will be presented as part of Broadway at Birdland. Four-time MAC Award-winner and "Cast Party" open mic host Caruso joins the previously-announced June roster of Sunday and Monday night concerts featuring top Broadway stars and theater songwriters, including talents such as Capathia Jenkins, Malcolm Gets, Tom Kitt & Amanda Green, Jack Donahue and Todd Londagin. Stephanie J. Block (The Pirate Queen) will appear as a special guest with Caruso.

Press notes state, "Award-winning singer/comedian/host Jim Caruso brings his act out of mothballs and into Birdland on June 4th with Johnny Rodgers on piano and vocals. The show will feature songs by Johnny Mercer, Weird Al Yankovich, John Wallowitch, Fred Ebb, Carol Hall, Dave Frishberg, and will include an homage to Jim's personal hero, Dick Van Dyke," continuing, "Caruso was the founding member of the jazz vocal and comedy trio Wiseguys, appearing with Liza Minnelli in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, the United Nations and Central Park, and with Rosemary Clooney at Carnegie Hall."

Jim Caruso & Friends…A One Man Show will run Monday, June 4 at 7PM at Birdland, 315 West 44th Street. There is a $30 cover, $10 food/drink minimum, and reservations can be made by calling (212) 581-3080 or by visitng www.birdlandjazz.com.

The Lost Art of Conversation - Reading - 6/4/2007

Seth Rudetsky will take part in a reading of the new play The Lost Art Of Conversation at the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, June 4th at 7pm, as part of Abingdon's First Reading series.

Press notes state, "Written by Ted Sod and directed by Damon Arrington, The Lost Art Of Conversation is a bittersweet comedy, which focuses on six disparate characters and the ways in which their lives intersect over a ten-year period. The characters include straight, gay and lesbian interracial couples exploring how both primary and secondary relationships have altered their lives."

The reading will be held at Dorothy Strelsin Theatre 312 West 36th Street, 1st Floor, just west of 8th Avenue in New York's Fashion District. In addition to Rudetsky, the show features Ako, Kevyn Morrow, Anne L. Nathan, Edward O'Blenis and Sarah Peterson.

Admission is free, and no reservations are necessary, but seating is limited; first come, first served.

Amy White Returns to Love/Perfect/Change - 6/4/2007

Amy White is returning to I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change on Monday, June 4, replacing Courtney Balan. White will join cast members Anne Bobby, Bryan McElroy and Jim Stanek in the love-happy hit musical, which is now playing in its 11th smash year at the Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street).

Don't Quit Your Night Job - Closing - 6/4/2007

Don't Quit Your Night Job, Broadway¹s new after hours comedy revue, will give its final performance Monday evening, June 4, at 7:00 p.m., ending its limited engagement at HA! Comedy Club (163 West 46th Street at 7th Avenue). Created and devised by Steve Rosen, David Rossmer, Sarah Saltzberg and Dan Lipton, Don't Quit Your Night Job, began performances uptown April 26th following a 10-month sold-out engagement at Joe's Pub downtown.

Don¹t Quit Your Night Job is Broadway¹s late night happening of music, comedy and improvisation. The show features a rotating core cast of Broadway and comedy¹s brightest new stars, complete with surprise celebrity guests nightly. Each performance features 4 performers from the following list joining Rosen, Rossmer, Saltzberg and Lipton on stage every night. The rotating core company of 28 includes Jill Abramovitz, Eric B. Anthony, Todd Buonopane, Tim Cain, Matt Cavenaugh, Will Chase, Jennifer Cody, Jenn Colella, John Ellison Conlee, Tara Copeland, Deborah S. Craig, Will Erat, Jordan Gelber, Jared Gertner, Jerzy Gwiazdowski, Jeff Hiller, Lisa Jolley, Jason Kravits, Stacie Morgain Lewis, Vasthy Mompoint, Nancy Opel, Charlie Pollock, Greg Reuter, Sandy Rustin, Amy Rutberg, Clarke Thorell, Donna Vivino, and Noah Weisberg.

Don't Quit Your Night Job plays the following performance schedule: Sundays & Mondays at 7:00 p.m., Thursdays & Fridays at 11:00 p.m., and Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Tickets are priced at $55.00 for Preferred Seating & $35.00 Regular Seating with an additional 2-item food/beverage minimum per person. Tickets are available through SmartTix at (212) 868-4444, or online www.smarttix.com.

Brandon Cutrell @ Feinstein's - 6/4/2007

Feinstein at the Regency will present the return of Bistro and two-time MAC Award winner Brandon Cutrell on Monday, June 4 at 8:30 PM. He will be celebrating the release of his new self-titled CD, including an eclectic mix of the brash and new, as well as innovative arrangements of several treasured compositions. The show, directed by Phil Geoffrey Bond, will be performed at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue at 61st Street.)

The show has a $25.00 cover and a two drink minimum. Jackets are suggested but not required. The club is located at 540 Park Avenue at 61st Street in New York City. For ticket reservations and club information, please call (212) 339-4095 or visit us online at www.feinsteinsattheregency.com and TicketWeb.com.

Broadway Week on Regis & Kelly - 6/4/2007

Tickets to a Broadway show are a given for visitors to New York City, but during the week of June 4-8, 2007, top morning talker "Live with Regis and Kelly" will give the show's nationwide TV audience a sampling of the best in musical theatre during "Broadway Week 2007."

The recent Antoinette Perry "Tony" Award nominations highlighted a stellar group of top-notch productions, and "Live" will showcase five of the nominees in a week-long salute to the best that Broadway has to offer.

All four musicals nominated in the Best Musical category will be featured on "Live." Spring Awakening garnered the most nominations of any show this season, and will kick off the week with a performance of "Don't Do Sadness/Blue Wind" by John Gallagher Jr. and former "Live with Regis and Kelly" Relly winner Lauren Pritchard. The legendary Christine Ebersole will join Grey Gardens co-star Erin Davie in singing "Peas in a Pod"; David Hyde Pierce and cast members from Curtains will perform "Show People"; and the cast of Mary Poppins will light up the "Live" stage with the show-stopping number "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious."

In addition, from Best Revival of a Musical nominee Company, Raul Esparza will offer a solo performance of the song "Being Alive."

"Live with Regis and Kelly" is executive produced by Michael Gelman, and is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. Produced by WABC-TV in New York, "Live with Regis and Kelly" airs in more than 200 markets across the country.

The Witches of Eastwick - 6/5/2007

Emily Skinner, Christiane Noll and Jacquelyn Piro-Donovan will join the previously announced Marc Kudisch in Signature Theatre's American Premiere production of the musical The Witches from Eastwick, Variety reports.

Skinner will play Alexandra, with Noll as Jane and Donovan as Suki. Kudisch (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Assassins) plays the devilish Darryl Van Horne.

The Witches of Eastwick, directed by Eric Schaeffer, will run June 5 – July 15, 2007 in The MAX, the 299-seat double-height black box space located in Signature's new two-theater complex in Arlington, VA, which opened in January.

Show times are: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $37 to $63 and are sold through Tickets.com (800) 955-5566 and online at www.signature-theatre.org starting October 31, 2007. Discounts are available for students, seniors (60+), military and groups of ten or more. The Signature Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm, and during performances.

Romeo and Juliet - 6/5/2007

Lauren Ambrose, the "Six Feet Under" star who made her Broadway debut in Awake and Sing! last year, will star with Oscar Isaac in the title roles of the Public Theater's upcoming Romeo and Juliet.

As previously announced, Michael Greif (Grey Gardens, Rent) will direct the production of Shakespeare's classic romantic tragedy, which will run from June 5th through July 8th at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. Romeo and Juliet is, of course, the tale of two star-crossed lovers from feuding families.

According to Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis, 2007 "is the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love, and we hope to revisit the utopian and joyous impulses of that era through the medium of two of the greatest of Shakespeare's plays."

Visit www.publictheater.org for more information.

110 in the Shade - CD Release - 6/5/2007

Roundabout Theatre Company has announced that PS Classics will record the new Broadway cast album of 110 in the SHADE on April 23rd, 2007 to be released June 5th, 2007. The production is currently playing at Studio 54 and plays through July 15, 2007.

Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, Tony Award winner John Cullum and Steve Kazee star in 110 in the SHADE with Chris Butler, Carla Duren, Christopher Innvar, Bobby Steggert, Elisa Van Duyne, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Valisia Lekae Little, Darius Nichols, Mamie Parris, Devin Richards, Michael Scott, Will Swenson, Matt Wall and Betsy Wolfe.

Michael Feinstein @ The Regency - 6/5/2007

Feinstein's at the Regency will continue its spring 2007 season with return of the club's founder Michael Feinstein from June 5-16. His new show "Celebrating Bobby Short" will pay tribute to the musical legacy of the nightlife icon. Throughout the two week engagement Feinstein will welcome special guests including Mr. Short's friends from the worlds of theater, pop and jazz. The all-star band will be led by musical director John Oddo. All shows will take place at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue at 61st Street).

Michael Feinstein, one of the premiere interpreters of American popular song, rose to fame with his 1988 one man Broadway show, "Isn't It Romantic." He enjoys an active performance calendar, including major concert halls, symphony orchestras, intimate jazz clubs and college campuses. More than a mere performer, he is nationally recognized for his commitment to the American popular song, both celebrating its art and preserving its legacy for the next generation.

Visit www.feinsteinsattheregency.com for more information.

Carmen - La Jolla Playhouse - 6/5/2007

A new and restaged Carmen, directed by Cirque du Soleil's Franco Dragone, will premiere at La Jolla Playhouse beginning June 5, opening June 17.

"Dragone breathes new life into Carmen, Prosper Mérimée's brutal tale of sensuality, passion and obsession, infusing it with dazzling imagery, original music and dance," states press notes, "Charged with the raw emotional power of Flamenco and original contemporary music, the classic story of love and betrayal is told from the perspective of José, a soldier who becomes ensnared by the stunningly beautiful seductress Carmen. The world premiere musical tells a tale defined by sensuality, passion and obsession." Contains adult language and situations.

Carmen begins previews June 5 with a press opening June 17 at 7PM. Performances continue through July 22. Show times are Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 7:30PM; Thursdays & Fridays at 8PM; Saturdays at 2 & 8PM; and Sundays at 2 & 7PM. There are no Saturday matinees during first preview week and first week of regular run.

Performances at the Mandell Weiss Theatre at La Jolla Playhouse, located at 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037.

Tickets ($40-$100) are available by phone at 858-550-1010 or at www.lajollaplayhouse.org. In person at the box office, located at 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037.

Jerry Mathers Joins Hairspray - 6/5/2007

Jerry Mathers, best known as Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver in the 1950s sitcom series "Leave it to Beaver," will be making his Broadway debut in the cast of Hairspray on June 5. Mathers will take on the role of Wilbur Turnblad for three months.

Curtains - CD Release - 6/5/2007

Broadway Angel / Manhattan Records will release the Original Broadway Cast Recording of the new musical Curtains on June 5, 2007. The show features one of the last scores by the legendary team of John Kander & Fred Ebb, the Tony-winning songwriters of the musicals Cabaret and Chicago, as well as the classic title song from the film New York, New York, among much more. Recorded on March 26, 2007, the album is produced by nine-time Grammy-winner Jay David Saks (Into The Woods, Chicago revival) and is executive produced by Bill Rosenfield, with liner notes by Rupert Holmes. The musical starring David Hyde Pierce and Debra Monk opened on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on March 22, 2007.

110 in the Shade @ Barnes & Noble - 6/5/2007

In the week leading up to the Tony Awards, Barnes & Noble's popular "Live at Lincoln" series that has brought Broadway casts of Company, Grey Gardens, and many others up close and personal with their audiences--will present three Tony-filled musical events.

Starting on Tuesday, June 5, at 5:30pm, Tony-winners and 2007 nominees Audra McDonald and John Cullum--stars of the hit Broadway revival of 110 in the Shade --and other cast members will perform three musical selections from the score. They will be joined by veteran lyricist Tom Jones to sign copies of the new cast recording.

All events will take place in the third floor event space at the Barnes & Noble Lincoln triangle location at 1972 Broadway at 66th Street

amfAR Gala - 6/5/2007

Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson will be the special performer at amfAR's "Honoring with Pride" Gala, which will take place at the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center on June 5th.

The evening will be musically directed by Tony Award-winner Ted Sperling , with Oscar-winner Liza Minnelli scheduled to present and The New York Post's Liz Smith to be honored for her charity work.

"Honoring with Pride" is held each year to pay tribute to those individuals who have played a significant role in the gay and lesbian community's historic response to the HIV/AIDS crisis. Cocktails will begin at 6:30 PKM, followed by a seated dinner and awards presentation. More information will be announced. Visit www.amfar.org for more information on the Foundation for AIDS Research.

Broadway Week on Regis & Kelly - 6/5/2007

Tickets to a Broadway show are a given for visitors to New York City, but during the week of June 4-8, 2007, top morning talker "Live with Regis and Kelly" will give the show's nationwide TV audience a sampling of the best in musical theatre during "Broadway Week 2007."

The recent Antoinette Perry "Tony" Award nominations highlighted a stellar group of top-notch productions, and "Live" will showcase five of the nominees in a week-long salute to the best that Broadway has to offer.

All four musicals nominated in the Best Musical category will be featured on "Live." Spring Awakening garnered the most nominations of any show this season, and will kick off the week with a performance of "Don't Do Sadness/Blue Wind" by John Gallagher Jr. and former "Live with Regis and Kelly" Relly winner Lauren Pritchard. The legendary Christine Ebersole will join Grey Gardens co-star Erin Davie in singing "Peas in a Pod"; David Hyde Pierce and cast members from Curtains will perform "Show People"; and the cast of Mary Poppins will light up the "Live" stage with the show-stopping number "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious."

In addition, from Best Revival of a Musical nominee Company, Raul Esparza will offer a solo performance of the song "Being Alive."

"Live with Regis and Kelly" is executive produced by Michael Gelman, and is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. Produced by WABC-TV in New York, "Live with Regis and Kelly" airs in more than 200 markets across the country.

Gerry Vichi Joins The Drowsy Chaperone - 6/5/2007

Broadway's Tony Award-winning hit musical The Drowsy Chaperone will welcome Broadway veteran Gerry Vichi to the cast on Tuesday, June 5th at the Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway).

Vichi will take over the role of "Feldzeig" the producer from original cast member Lenny Wolpe, who will play his final performance on Sunday, June 3rd.

Pirates! - Papermill - 6/6/2007

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

Pirates!, a new version of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic The Pirates of Penzance. Inspired by the film Pirates of the Carribean, the show will be directed by Gordon Greenburg (Jacques Brel is Alive and Well...) and run from June 6th through July 15th. The production will first play the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT.

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

The Lion King - Johannesburg - 6/6/2007

Disney's award-winning musical THE LION KING, will open on June 6, 2007 in Johannesburg.

The new production will feature a local South African cast, many of whom have been in other productions of THE LION KING around the world and are now coming home to perform in their native country. To date, THE LION KING has employed almost 100 native South Africans in its productions worldwide. Full casting will be announced later in the year. THE LION KING will perform in the Montecasino Theatre in northern Johannesburg, which is being built for this production.

The Drowsy Chaperone - UK - 6/6/2007

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

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

The Return of the Prodigal - 6/6/2007

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.

Elvis People - 6/6/2007

Off-Broadway premiere of Elvis People, a new play by Virginia Playwriting Award-winner Doug Grissom. The show is directed by Katharsis Theater Company Artistic Director Henry Wishcamper (The Polish Play A Conflation of Macbeth; Ubu Roi). Performances will begin June 6th, at New World Stages Stage 1 (340 West 50th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues). Opening Night is Thursday, June 21st.

"No performer before or since has had the impact of Elvis Presley," state press notes, "from that first groundbreaking appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" to Las Vegas to Graceland; American Demographics reports that 84% of all Americans say their lives have been touched by Elvis in some way. Now, in this new play by Doug Grissom you will meet some of the funny and touching cast of characters whose lives were forever changed by 'The King' as Grissom traces the influence of Presley on our culture."

Tickets for Elvis People are $41 (including $1 theater restoration fee). During previews, June 6th through June 20th; regular tickets will be $65 (including $1 theater restoration fee). Performances will be Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm, Sunday at 3pm. Additional performances are Monday, June 18th at 8pm, Monday, July 2nd at 8pm, and Sunday, July 8th at 7pm. There is a special performance Thursday, August 16th, on the 30th anniversary of Elvis' death, with a post-show reception and talkback – all seats $99.00. To purchase tickets, visit Telecharge.com or call 212-239-6200. For more information, visit www.elvispeople.com.

Stars in the Alley - 6/6/2007

The 2007 edition of "Stars in the Alley" will take place in Shubert Alley on June 6th at 11 AM.

Stars in the Alley features performances and special appearances by Broadway's most popular musicals and plays, including Tony Award winners and nominees. Participating shows include: Beauty and the Beast, Chicago, Company, Curtains, The Drowsy Chaperone, Grey Gardens, Hairspray, Jersey Boys, Journey's End, Legally Blonde the Musical, Les Misérables, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Monty Python's Spamalot, A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Phantom of the Opera, The Pirate Queen, Radio Golf, Rent, Spring Awakening, Tarzan, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Wicked, Xanadu…and more. (*All performances are subject to change).

For the first time ever, Broadway fans are invited to vote online for their favorite play and musical and enter to win a "Night on Broadway" prize package. The biggest vote-getters will earn the title of "Fan Favorite" at this year's concert. Nominees include currently running shows, as well as any show that opened in the 2006-2007 season. To enter, simply log on to www.StarsintheAlley.com now until June 3, 2007 and participate in the online voting for the Fan Favorite play and musical. Those who vote will automatically be entered into the sweepstakes. Fans can repeat the online poll as many times as they would like though participants will only be entered into the sweepstakes once.

Announcing the winners will be Max Crumm and Laura Osnes who were voted the favorite "Danny" and "Sandy" by America and will star in the new production of Grease.

"Presented by Continental Airlines with Visa, 'Stars in the Alley' brings together stars from current Broadway productions to celebrate the end of the season," state press notes on the website. "'Stars in the Alley' features performances and special appearances by cast members from Broadway's most popular musicals and plays. In additon, the annual Star award recognizes an individual in public or governmental service who has demonstrated significant support for Broadway." Visit www.livebroadway.com for more information.

The Drowsy Chaperone - 6/6/2007

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

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

When the Lights Go On Again @ Barnes & Noble - 6/6/2007

The cast of the critically acclaimed Off Broadway musical When The Lights Go On Again will celebrate the new recording of their show which celebrates the music of the 1940s and World War II, with a special performance and CD signing on Wednesday, June 6th (6PM) at Barnes & Noble Lincoln Center (1972 Broadway at 66th Street). Produced by Thoroughbred Records, the CD offers 22 songs culled from their seven month, sold-out engagement at Manhattan's Triad Theatre. The presentation will feature a thirty minute live performance by the cast followed by a meet & greet and CD signing.The appearance is part of "The Any Wednesday at B&N series" and is free and open to the public.

James Crowley @ Don't Tell Mama - 6/6/2007

Wednesday, June 6th at 9 p.m., performer and composer James Crowley will appear at Don't Tell Mama (343 W. 46th St.).

The performance is entitled "I'll Buy the Moon for You," and is described in press notes as a "one hour performance featuring classic and contemporary Broadway songs and a few standards, as well as a couple of original pieces, including the title number." Some of the songs to be included are: "Bring Him Home," "Mr. Cellophane," "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?," and "Danny Boy."

The pianist for the evening is accompanist and musical director Rachel Kaufman. The cover charge is $12 plus a 2 drink minimum. For reservations, call Don't Tell Mama at: (212) 757-0788.

ShowBusiness Documentary Premiere - 6/6/2007

"ShowBusiness: the Road to Broadway", a new film by Dori Berinstein featuring the Broadway casts and creators of Wicked, Avenue Q, Taboo, and Caroline, or Change, will play the Pioneer Theater (E. 3rd Street between Avenue A and B) beginning June 6th.

Regent Releasing and Liberation Entertainment are releasing the film, and its distribution will be platformed to many markets around the country throughout the Spring and Summer, including Los Angeles on June 1st. Among those featured in the film are Rosie O'Donnell, Boy George, Alan Cumming, Sarah Jessica Parker, John Lithgow, Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, John Tartaglia, Tony Kushner, Jeanine Tesori, Tonya Pinkins, George C. Wolfe, Harvey Fierstein, Anika Noni Rose, Euan Morton, Bobby Lopez, Jeff Marx and Cyndi Lauper.

"ShowBusiness follows four high-profile productions that eventually became Tony Award-nominees: a lavish musical prequel to The Wizard of Oz, Wicked; the controversial O'Donnell/Boy George collaboration, Taboo; the highly anticipated Kushner/Tesori musical, Caroline, or Change and the irreverent musical sleeper hit with puppets, Avenue Q. Film and stage actor, Tony Award-winner Alan Cumming, is the co-producer of ShowBusiness," state press materials.

Visit www.twoboots.com/pioneer or www.showbusiness-themovie.com for more information.

Broadway Week on Regis & Kelly - 6/6/2007

Tickets to a Broadway show are a given for visitors to New York City, but during the week of June 4-8, 2007, top morning talker "Live with Regis and Kelly" will give the show's nationwide TV audience a sampling of the best in musical theatre during "Broadway Week 2007."

The recent Antoinette Perry "Tony" Award nominations highlighted a stellar group of top-notch productions, and "Live" will showcase five of the nominees in a week-long salute to the best that Broadway has to offer.

All four musicals nominated in the Best Musical category will be featured on "Live." Spring Awakening garnered the most nominations of any show this season, and will kick off the week with a performance of "Don't Do Sadness/Blue Wind" by John Gallagher Jr. and former "Live with Regis and Kelly" Relly winner Lauren Pritchard. The legendary Christine Ebersole will join Grey Gardens co-star Erin Davie in singing "Peas in a Pod"; David Hyde Pierce and cast members from Curtains will perform "Show People"; and the cast of Mary Poppins will light up the "Live" stage with the show-stopping number "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious."

In addition, from Best Revival of a Musical nominee Company, Raul Esparza will offer a solo performance of the song "Being Alive."

"Live with Regis and Kelly" is executive produced by Michael Gelman, and is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. Produced by WABC-TV in New York, "Live with Regis and Kelly" airs in more than 200 markets across the country.

The Imaginary Invalid - ACT - 6/7/2007

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.

The Imaginary Invalid by Molière June 7 – July 8, 2007. Opening June 13. World Premiere Adaption by Constance Congdon, directed by Ron Lagomarsino, featuring former ACT company member Rene Auberjonois and current ACT core acting company members René Augesen, Steven Anthony Jones, Gregory Wallace, and Allison Jean White. Tony Award winner (and multiple nominee) Auberjonois makes a triumphant return to ACT for The Imaginary Invalid, Molière's last and wildest comedy. "In this cheeky satire, an old hypochondriac named Argan believes in nothing and no one – except the dubious diagnoses his quack doctors keep delivering. A hysterical caricature of society



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