Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 7/22/2007

Below is's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 7/22/2007. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit's Event Calendar.

Laura Bell Bundy @ Birdland - 7/23/2007

The series of Sunday and Monday night concerts beginning at 7 PM, presented by Jim Caruso's Cast Party and TheaterMania, features top Broadway stars and theater songwriters continues at the legendary Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, NYC. The series is presented by Jim Caruso's Cast Party and

For reservations call Birdland at (212) 581-3080 or

Mondays, July 23 & 30, August 20 - Laura Bell Bundy - "Laura Bell Bundy (Ruthless, The Musical!, Hairspray, Wicked, Dreamgirls film) is 2007 Tony and Drama Desk-nominee for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde the Musical on Broadway. She also received a 2007 Drama League Honor for that performance. Her Birdland debut celebrates the release of her debut country album entitled 'Longing for a Place Already Gone.'" There is a $25 cover/$10 food/drink minimum for Laura Bell Bundy.

Broadway's Rising Stars - 7/23/2007

Town Hall will offer a star-studded Summer Broadway Festival:

On Monday, July 23, 2007 at 8 pm, "Broadway's Rising Stars" will be performed. "New York City is the place where young actors come to study and train for a life in musical theatre, dreaming of seeing their name in lights and fulfilling their desire to perform on a Broadway stage. It's only fitting then that The Town Hall, which has a reputation for protecting the legacy of Broadway's past with its critically acclaimed series Broadway by the Year, and the annual Broadway Cabaret Festival, offers future Broadway stars a chance to make their Town Hall debut. By spotlighting their gifts in a special concert, The Town Hall hopes to speed them on the way to their dreams. Be a part of history on July 23rd when a group of talented young performers chosen for their voices, acting skills and ability to command the stage by a distinguished panel of judges perform in Broadway Rising Stars, a concert directed by the award-winning Joel Froomkin.

Visit for tickets and more information.

Drew Sarich as Valjean - 7/23/2007

Drew Sarich will assume the role of 'Jean Valjean' in the new Broadway production of Les Miserables at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street) beginning Monday, July 23, succeeding Alexander Gemignani.

Sarich has been a member of the show's ensemble and is currently alternating in the role of 'Javert.' He also performed on Broadway as 'Armand' in Lestat and off-Broadway in Jacques Brel.

The Millionairess - Reading - 7/23/2007

Project Shaw's staged reading of George Bernard Shaw's "The Millionairess" will be presented on Monday, July 23rd at 7 PM at the Players Club (16 Gramercy Park South). David Staller produces and directs.

Starring Tyne Daly (Epifania Fitzfassenden) and Jonathan Hadary (Julius Sagamore) plus Daniel Jenkins (Alastair Fitzfassenden), Simon Jones (Adrian Blenderbland), Rebecca Luker (Patricia Smith) and John McMartin (The Doctor), with John Martello (The Man), Charlotte Moore (The Woman) and Adam Feldman (The Manager). NY1's Roma Torre will narrate the reading, which will be hosted by the Village Voice's Michael Musto.

"The Millionairess" is described as "a witty comedy where the woman gets the upper hand...and keeps it." The Millionairess has been a successful vehicle for many stars, including Maggie Smith, Katharine Hepburn, Edith Evans and even Sophia Loren in the film version. Call 212-352-3101 or visit for tickets and more information.

Christmas in July - 7/23/2007

On Monday July 23, ASTEP (Artists Striving To End Poverty) will present "Christmas in July: Misfit Kids' Letters to Old St. Nick," the world premiere of a collection of naughty (and nice) holiday-themed theatre songs by lyricist Kenneth Jones and composer Gerald Stockstill (both alumni of The BMI-Lehman Musical Theatre Workshop) as a benefit fundraiser for ASTEP's programs.

Music-directed by Drama Desk Award-winner and ASTEP founder Mary-Mitchell Campbell (Broadway's "Company"), the 7:30 PM concert at The Players Theatre (115 Macdougal Street at Minetta Lane, 1-1/2 blocks south of Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village) will feature Chris Hoch , Daniel C. Levine , Cindy Marchionda, Sally Wilfert and Jessica-Snow Wilson, Emily Harvey, Gavin Lee, Jennifer Simard.

A $20 pledge to ASTEP will secure a seat for this dress-casual, book-in-hand concert, which is part of ASTEP's tradition of giving voice to emerging songwriters. All artists are volunteering their talent, and 100 percent of the money supports ASTEP's mission to bring the arts to kids in need.

To make a "Christmas in July" reservation, e-mail or call (212) 706-1516. Put your name on the reservation list, and just show up with $20 per seat (cash or check in hand) at the Players Theatre July 23! Seating for the 7:30 PM show is general admission, and seating is limited!

Peter Davison/Bill Ward Join UK Spamalot - 7/23/2007

Award-winning TV stars Peter Davison and Bill Ward will join the London cast of Monty Python's Spamalot at the Palace Theatre from July 23, 2007. Davison, following in the footsteps of Tim Curry and Simon Russell Beale, will play King Arthur, whilst Ward will play the brave (though slightly sexually disorientated) Sir Lancelot. Currently playing at the Palace Theatre, Monty Python's Spamalot is booking until 3 November 2007.

Nunsense - Music Circus - 7/24/2007

California Musical Theatre has announced its 2007 Music Circus season with seven large-scale musical productions and seasoned Broadway veterans helming casts!

The 2007 Music Circus season is performed at the Wells Fargo Pavilion located at 1419 H Street in Sacramento, CA. Tickets are available at the box office, by phone 916-557-1999 or toll-free 800-225-2277. For more information, visit

Nunsense July 24 – 29 Book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin

"The Little Sisters of Hoboken stage a riotous variety show to dispose of the inhabitants of their freezer. Join in the fun as the hilarious sisters lift up their voices and kick up their heels to save their order, put a smile on your face and show you the humor of the nun. A mischievous yet sweet look at life inside the convent."

Nunsense stars Allison Blackwell (Sister Mary Hubert), Erin Maguire (Sister Robert Anne), Michelle Ragusa (Sister Mary Amnesia), Taryn Darr (Sister Mary Leo) and Alyson Reed (Reverend Mother)

Sin - 7/24/2007

Bohemian Archaeology will present Sin, a dark comedy by Wendy MacLeod about a moralistic traffic reporter who's forced to contend with the Seven Deadly Sins in the guise of the various people in her life.

Directed by Jordana Kritzer, the production runs July 18th-29th with an opening scheduled for July 24th at The Abingdon Theatre, 312 West 36th St. The performance schedule is Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 3.

Set in San Francisco on the eve of the 1989 earthquake, "Sin is a biting comedy about Avery Bly On High, a helicopter-flying traffic reporter who looks down on the world in more ways than one. Considering herself above life's tawdry messiness, she's more than a little judgmental about others' imperfections. Unfortunately Avery's life is filled with imperfect people, each of whom represents one of the Seven Deadly Sins: her soon-to-be ex-husband is a slothful alcoholic, her roommate is a glutton who's getting fatter by the day, her closest co-worker is consumed with envy, etc. It takes Avery's gay brother, dying from AIDS in a hospital, to make her see that Pride is the deadliest of sins. And it takes an Act of God and a chain of tragedies to finally bring Avery down from the heights once and for all," state press notes.

Tickets are $18 and are available by calling Smarttix at (212) 868-4444 or logging onto their web site at

Ashley Spencer Joins Hairspray - 7/24/2007

The producers of HAIRSPRAY the Broadway musical announced that Ashley Spencer, the runner-up in the reality television show "Grease: You're the One that I Want," will join the cast as Amber Von Tussle Tuesday, July 24 through Sunday, October 28

A Chorus Line New Cast Joins - 7/24/2007

"A Chorus Line" welcomes new stars begin performances Tuesday, July 24, 2007. Nick Adams as Larry, Michael Gruber as Greg, Bryan Knowlton as Paul, Melissa Lone as Maggie, J. Elaine Marcos as Connie, Krysta Rodriguez as Bebe, Jason Patrick Sands as Don, Will Taylor as Bobby, Katherine Tokarz as Kristine and Kevin Worley as Al. The new cast joins current cast: Michael Berresse (Zach), Natalie Cortez (Diana), Charlotte D'Amboise (Cassie), Jessica Lee Goldyn (Val), Deidre Goodwin (Sheila), James T. Lane (Richie), Paul McGill (Mark), Heather Parcells (Judy) and Jeffrey Schecter (Mike) in a cast of 30 that includes Michelle Aravena, David Baum, Mike Cannon, E. Clayton Cornelious, Dena Digiacinto, Joey Dudding, Lyndy Franklin, Nadine Isenegger, Pamela Jordan, Jessica Lea Patty and Grant Turner.

Grease - 7/24/2007

The new Broadway production of Grease, directed and choreographed by two-time Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall (The Pajama Game), begins previews on Tuesday, July 24, opening August 19.

Joining Max Crumm as "Danny" and Laura Osnes as "Sandy" are Ryan Patrick Binder as "Doody," Susan Blommaert as "Miss Lynch," Jeb Brown as "Vince," Stephen R. Buntrock as "Teen Angel," Daniel Everidge as "Roger," Allison Fischer as "Patty," Robyn Hurder as "Marty," Lindsay Mendez as "Jan," Jenny Powers as "Rizzo," Jose Restrepo as "Sonny," Matthew Saldivar as "Kenickie," Jamison Scott as "Eugene" and Kirsten Wyatt as "Frenchy."

Featuring book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Grease opens on Broadway on Sunday, August 19, 2007 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street).

Tickets are $121.50 - $71.50 and are available now through TicketMaster at (212) 307-4100 or Group Sales are available by calling Nederlander Group Sales at 212-840-3890. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Beginning August 21, Tuesday performances will begin at 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit

High School Musical - Tour Chicago - 7/25/2007

Broadway In Chicago is proud to announce a new touring stage version of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL will play Chicago's LaSalle Bank Theatre (18 W. Monroe), July 25 - September 2, 2007. Presented by Disney Theatrical Productions, the division responsible for such smash Broadway hits as The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Mary Poppins, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL is based on the 2006 Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel Original Movie. Priority seating for HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL is available for groups of 20 or more by calling (312) 977-1710. Individual ticket information will be announced at a later date.

IGH SCHOOL MUSICAL will play Chicago's LaSalle Bank Theatre (18 W. Monroe) July 25 through September 2, 2007. The performance schedule is as follows: Wednesdays at 2 pm & 7:30 pm; Thursdays at 7:30 pm; Fridays at 8 pm; Saturdays at 2 pm & 8 pm; and Sundays at 1 pm & 6:30 pm. Please note: there will be an added 7:30 pm on Tuesday, July 31, Tuesday August 7 and Tuesday, August 28. The will NOT be a 2 pm performance on Wednesday, August 8; or a 6:30 pm performance on Sunday August 5 or Sunday, September 2.

Tickets for HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL range in price from $20 - $78. Priority seating for HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL is available for groups of 20 or more by calling (312) 977-1710. Individual ticket information will be announced at a later date. Visit for more information. HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL is part of the 2007-2008 Walgreens Broadway In Chicago Season Series.

Grease - UK - 7/25/2007

As previously announced, London will join Broadway in welcoming a revival of Grease. Grease will begin previews at the West End's Piccadilly Theatre on July 25th and open on August 8th.

The roles of teen lovebirds Sandy and Danny will be cast through ITV's reality show "Grease is the Word," which will feature David Gest (the ex-husband of Liza Minnelli), choreographer Brian Friedman and producer David Ian on the judges' panel.

Call 0844 412 6666 for more on the London production of Grease.

Party Come Here - 7/25/2007

"Party Come Here" will run as part of the Williamstown Theatre Festival from July 25th through August 5th.

The show, to be directed by Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Dan Knechtges, will star previously-announced Tony-nominee Hunter Foster, as well as Malcolm Gets, Kaitlin Hopkins and Kate Reinders, according to David Kirshenbaum's April newsletter.

"Party Come Here" was previously a hit at last year's New York Musical Theatre Festival. It features music and lyrics by David Kirshenbaum and book by Daniel Goldfarb. "A nervous groom, a statue of Jesus Christ, and a 500-year-old Jewish caveman will converge one night in Rio during a tropical storm when Party Come Here, a new musical comedy about sex and spirituality," according to NYMF press notes.

Tickets are currently available by mail, and will be available in June at the box office, by visiting, or by calling (413) 597-3400.

Take Flight - UK - 7/25/2007

Ian Bartholomew, Michael Jibson, Sam Kenyon and Elliot Levey and Sally Ann Triplett will star in the world premiere of Take Flight, the new musical by Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire, set for its world premiere at London's Menier Chocolate Factory July 13, before running July 25—September 22.

Take Flight tells the inspirational stories of the pioneers of flight – the Wright Brothers (Kenyon and Levy), Charles Lindbergh (Jibson) and Amelia Earhart (Triplett). Bartholomew plays Earhart's husband, explore Charles Putnam. Press notes state that the show honors "the spirit of invention in us all, the obscure as well as the famous, and that it is just as noble in those who fail as in those who succeed."

The new musical features a score by Shire and lyrics by Maltby, with book by frequent Sondheim collaborator John Weidman. For more information, visit

The Street - 7/25/2007

The Street, a new musical comedy billed as being "about Broads on Wall Street," will open at the Workshop Theatre Mainstage as part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival. Performances for The Street, which features book, music, and lyrics by Ronnie Cohen (with support from Jane Beale) are scheduled for Wed. July 25th at 6pm, Fri. July 27th at 4:30pm, Tues. July 31st at 8:15pm, Wed. Aug 1st at 6pm, Sat. Aug 4th at 5:15pm and Sun. Aug 5th at 11am.

Press notes state, "Stock shorts, long odds, undercover moles and a misanthropic metrosexual all collide on America's 'Street of Dreams.' It's a wild ride as we take on the big guns of Wall Street...only to run head-on into accounting improprieties and business shenanigans."

The Street is directed and choreographed by Heidi Lauren Duke, and features musical direction from Daniel Cataneo. Rachel Rudnick serves as the show's Production Stage Manager.

The Workshop Theater is at 312 West 36th Street, 4th Floor. Tickets are $18; $15 for seniors and students. For reservations, call (212) 868-4444 or visit

Two Dark Comedies by Edward Allan Baker - 7/25/2007

IAAM Productions will present "Two Dark Comedies by Edward Allan Baker" - Mafia on Prozac and The Seventeenth of June, at Theater 3 on July 25th for five performances only at Theater Three (311 W. 43rd St.). Both plays are directed by Doug MacHugh.

In Mafia on Prozac, "You await your fate in a burlap sack over looking the water on a pier in Rhode Island, while two hit men are debating whether or not to kill you… and that of course depends on their interpretation of a dream message from an unusual angel…Al Capone," as the play is described in press materials. In The Seventeenth of June, "Dee's abusive husband Ant is dead, and she's filled with guilt. Will her sisters be able to console her? Will she go back with the nerd downstairs who rescued her? Or, will she manage to speak with Ant one more time? With humor and suspense, Edward Allan Baker takes us on an emotional journey with startling revelations."

Featured in the cast are Tom Cappadona, Jake Myers and Joe Wissler (Mafia on Prozac), and Suzanne DiDonna, Hannah Snyder-Beck, Wayne Stills and Darlene Violette (The Seventeenth of June).

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by visiting or by calling (212)352-3101 or (866)811-4111. Visit or (212) 875-7005 for more information.

The Little Mermaid - Denver - 7/26/2007

THE LITTLE MERMAID is based on the Academy Award®-winning film and the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, the king of the sea, escape the clutches of an evil sea witch and convince a prince that she's the girl with the perfect voice.

With a score composed by eight-time Academy Award-winner Alan Menken and his late partner Howard Ashman, THE LITTLE MERMAID will feature the classic songs "Part of Your World," "Kiss the Girl" and the Academy Award®-winning Best Original Song, "Under the Sea," as well as nine new songs by Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater. The book for the new musical is by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning playwright Doug Wright.

Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID visionary team of artists include Francesca Zambello (director), Stephen Mear (choreographer), George Tsypin (scenic design), Tatiana Noginova (costume design) and Tony Award®-winner Natasha Katz (lighting design).

THE LITTLE MERMAID will receive its pre-Broadway engagement at the Denver Center Attractions at Ellie Caulkins Opera House beginning July 26, 2007.

The production will then begin previews on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street) on November 3, 2007 and open officially on December 6, 2007.

Divinas Palabras - 7/26/2007

Written for forty characters, Divinas Palabras is a breathtaking spectacle that reveals the difficulties of rural life among impoverished peasants whose struggles to survive are only soothed by religion and the hope of redemption after death. Written in 1919 by Ramón del Valle-Inclán, an artistic pioneer of his time and one of Spain's most politically subversive writers, Divinas Palabras captures moments in time when seemingly insurmountable crises occur and individuals are compelled to respond and choose between the new and the old.

Playwright Ramón María del Valle-Inclán Adaptation Juan Mayorga Director Gerardo Vera
Thursday, July 26 at 8:00 Friday, July 27 at 8:00 Saturday, July 28 at 8:00
Rose Theater Tickets: $20, 30, 40, 50 Performed in Spanish with English supertitles.

BPF - Barbie: A Doll Her - 7/26/2007

Baltimore Playwrights Festival ( Play by Terry Kenney, directed by Miriam Bazensky Uncommon Voices at Fells Point Corner Theatre 251 S. Ann St., Baltimore 21231 July 26 - August 12, Thurs, Fri, Sat at 8PM, Sun at 7PM or 410-276-7837

BPF - Perpendicular - 7/26/2007

Baltimore Playwrights Festival ( Play by Joe Dennison, directed by Susan McCarty 410-563-9135 806 S. Broadway, Baltimore 21231 July 26 - August 5, Thurs, Fri, Sat at 8PM, Sun at 7PM

Broadway in Bryant Park - 7/26/2007

Stars from over 25 Broadway and off-Broadway shows join the 6th Annual Broadway in Bryant Park Series. Concerts are 12:30-1:45PM over five consecutive weeks in the midtown park.

A full schedule of Broadway in Bryant Park, hosted by 106.7 FM on-air personalities, is as follows:

Thursday, July 26: Curtains, Spamalot, Stomp, The Lion King and Xanadu (Hosted by Karen Carson)
Thursday, August 2: Grey Gardens, Hairspray, Les Miserables and Mary Poppins (Hosted by Valerie Smaldone)
Thursday, August 9: Spring Awakening, The Color Purple, The Fantasticks and Wicked (Hosted by Al Bernstein)
Friday, August 10: Altar Boyz,Chicago and Legally Blonde (Hosted by Rich Kaminski)

Bryant Park is located behind the New York Public Library on 6th Avenue between 40th and 42nd Street. Be sure to log onto or tune into 106.7 FM for schedule changes or cancellations.

Hamlet - 7/27/2007

The Frog & Peach Theatre Company, which presented free productions of Shakespeare's plays since 1996, returns in triumph to the Upper West Side with a new production of Hamlet, starring Karen Lynn Gorney as Gertrude, Ryan Tramont as Hamlet, and Joe Corey as Claudius and The Ghost.

Directed by Lynnea Benson, Hamlet opens July 27, at The Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway (at 93rd Street).

Hamlet runs Fridays & Saturdays for four performances only, July 27, July 28, August 3 and August 4 at 7:30 pm. The Advent Lutheran Church is located at 2504 Broadway at 93rd Street. General admission is $15, students $10. Call Smarttix at 212 868 4444 or visit them at For more information, visit

Beauty and the Beast - Closing - 7/29/2007

After enchanting audiences for more than 13 years, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the inaugural Broadway musical from Disney Theatrical Productions, will take its final bow at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street) on Sunday, July 29th. The Broadway production will have played 46 previews and 5,464 regular performances.

Dreamgirls - Atlanta - 7/29/2007

Jennifer Holliday will reprise her Tony Award-winning performance as Effie Melody White in Theater of the Star's upcoming production of Dreamgirls.

The Atlanta theatre company will present Dreamgirls, with music by Henry Krieger and book and lyrics by Tom Eyen, from July 19th through 29th. Dreamgirls recounts the rise of a Motown girl group called the Dreams, whose lead singer Effie is replaced by the more marketable Deena. The 1981 classic is currently on screens nationwide as an award-winning film starring Jennifer Hudson as Effie and Beyonce Knowles as Deena; it is directed and adapted by Bill Condon.

Holliday has also starred on Broadway in Grease, Chicago, and in Your Arms Are Too Short to Box with God.

Kiki & Herb @ ACT-SF Closing - 7/29/2007

San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater will present Kiki & Herb: Alive on Broadway, created and performed by Justin Bond and Kenny Mellman, July 13 through July 29.

"Kiki & Herb: Alive on Broadway is the latest acclaimed cabaret performance featuring Kiki and Herb, the infamous duo created by Justin Bond and Kenny Mellman, who began performing together almost 20 years ago after meeting at a San Francisco nightclub. The fictional biography follows that Kiki (the 'boozy chanteusy') was born during the Great Depression and was living in an orphanage in western Philadelphia when she met her partner, accompanist, and 'only living friend,' Herb. The duo recount some favorite reminiscences from their heyday (including playing both Monte Carlo in the 1960s and 'The Love Boat' in the 1980s) while they deliver rowdy and robust reinterpretations of music from pop acts new and old, including Gnarls Barkley, Elliot Smith, Dan Fogelberg, Public Enemy, The Cure, and more. Along the way, Kiki regales the audience with grand delusions and self-indulgent asides that take on a wide range of subjects from motherhood to gay marriage to presidential politics," state A.C.T. notes.

Tickets-starting at $13--go on sale February 1 via A.C.T. Ticket Services at 415.749.2228 or online at Kiki & Herb: Alive on Broadway is made possible in part by producers Jonathan Reinis, Inc., David J. Foster, Jared Geller, Ruth Hendel, Billy Zavelson, Jamie Cesa, Anne Strickland Squadron, and Jennifer Manocherian; and associate producers Gary Allen & Melvin Honowitz.

Billy Stritch @ Birdland - 7/29/2007

The series of Sunday and Monday night concerts beginning at 7 PM, presented by Jim Caruso's Cast Party and TheaterMania, features top Broadway stars and theater songwriters continues at the legendary Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, NYC. The series is presented by Jim Caruso's Cast Party and For reservations call Birdland at (212) 581-3080 or

Sunday, July 29 - Billy Stritch and The Girls - "An award-winning composer, arranger, vocalist, and jazz pianist, Billy Stritch breathes new life into the Great American Songbook, all the while bringing an easy sense of humor and showmanship to his performances. He has arranged for, produced and performed onstage with Liza Minnelli, Christine Ebersole, Marilyn Maye and Charles Aznavour, and was guest conductor for 'The Rosie O'Donnell Show.' Stritch has headlined in every famed nightspot in Manhattan. In Los Angeles, he's played The Cinegrill, The Gardenia and Jazz Bakery; in London, The Ritz Hotel and Pizza On The Park. He is the winner of the Nashville Music City News Award, a BMI Song of the Year Award and five awards from the Manhattan Association of Clubs and Cabarets. In this Birdland outing, Mr. Stritch will be joined by some of the fabulous females in his life…to be announced at a later date!" There is a $30 cover, $10 food/drink minimum for Billy Stritch.

The Wonderful Adventures of Don Quixote - 7/29/2007

Vpstart Crow Productions will continue its 2007 season by presenting Conrad Seiler's The Wonderful Adventures of Don Quixote, July 13-29 at The Cramer Center, located at 9008 Center St. in Old Town Manassas, VA. Helmed by Jamie Bartosavage Erdman in her Vpstart Crow directing debut, the production will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., with a pay-what-you-can preview on Thursday, July 12, at 8 p.m. There will also be a talkback with the audience immediately following the matinee on Sunday, July 15.

The Wonderful Adventures of Don Quixote is based on the famous novel The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha (or El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha), written in two parts by Miguel de Cervantes in 1605 and 1615. Don Quixote tells the tale of a young village woman's uncle who, after reading about chivalry, now imagines he is a knight himself named Don Quixote de la Mancha. Despite tearful concerns by his niece, Antonia, Don Quixote – with his good horse, Rocinante, and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza – ventures forth into the world for the sake of his imaginary lady, Dulcinea del Toboso, to right wrongs, and challenge his imaginary arch enemy, the Knight of the White Moon. Meanwhile, Antonia has confided in her housekeeper, who seeks advice from the village scholar, Dr. Carrasco. Dr. Carrasco then concocts a plan to bring Don Quixote to his senses, and the adventure begins!

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students, seniors, military personnel, and City of Manassas and Prince William County employees. For ticket reservations, please visit or contact at (800) 494-TIXS. For group sales, please contact Vpstart Crow at or (800) 660-8580. For more information, please e-mail Vpstart Crow at, call (800) 660-8580 or visit

Grey Gardens - Closing - 7/29/2007

The new musical Grey Gardens, which won three 2007 Tony Awards, will play its final performance July 29. Following that day's matinee, the musical will have played 307 performances and 33 previews at The Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street).

Beauty and the Beast - Closing - 7/29/2007

Broadway by the Bay presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast with performances from July 12 – 29 at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center.

"This long-running Broadway spectacular, adapted for the stage from the original Academy Award-winning animated film, is a musical fairy tale in which Belle visits an enchanted castle, where a living candlestick, clock, teapot, crockery and other animated objects help her see the inner beauty in a Beast, trapped under a cruel spell only she can break."

Performances begin Thursday, July 12 (press night Saturday, July 14) through July 29, 2007. Show times are Thursday – Saturday at 8PM and Sundays at 2PM. Plus Special Family Matinees Saturday, July 21 and Saturday, July 28 at 2PM.

Broadway by the Bay performs at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center located at 600 N. Delaware, San Mateo.

For tickets ($17-$42) and information, call 650-579-5565 or visit Savings available for youths, seniors, subscribers, and groups of 10 or more.

110 in the Shade - Closing - 7/29/2007

Roundabout Theatre Company's limited engagement of 110 in the Shade will play its final performance on Sunday, July 29th at 2:00 PM. The Tony-nominated Broadway revival of 110 in the Shade, stars Tony Award winner Audra McDonald as "Lizzie Curry", Tony Award winner John Cullum as "H. C. Curry" and Steve Kazee as "Starbuck," with a book by N. Richard Nash, music by Tony Award honoree Harvey Schmidt, lyrics by Tony Award honoree Tom Jones, directed by Lonny Price at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th St.).

110 in the Shade will have played 26 preview performances and 95 regular performances. Previews began on Friday, April 13th, 2007 and opened officially on Wednesday, May 9th, 2007. The limited engagement was extended two weeks until July 29th.

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