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Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 7/29/2007

Below is BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 7/29/2007. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit BroadwayWorld.com's Event Calendar.

Adam Pascal & Anthony Rapp Join Rent - 7/30/2007

According to the official spokesperson for Rent, original cast members Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp will return to the Broadway production of Rent this summer. They will once again play the roles of Roger and Mark, respectively, for six weeks from July 30th through September 9th.

Laura Bell Bundy @ Birdland - 7/30/2007

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 TheaterMania.com.

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

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.

All Singin! All Dancin! - 7/30/2007

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

On Monday, July 30, 2007 at 8 pm, "All Singin! All Dancin!: The Song & Dance of The Great White Way" will be presented. The evening will feature Karen Ziemba, Nancy Anderson, Joyce Chittick, Sean Martin Hingston, Nancy Lemenager, Julia Murney, Rachelle Rak, Megan Sikora and more! The show is "an exhilarating extravaganza of Broadway song and dance from Cohen to Stroman! Inspired by Fred & Adele Astaire, Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson, Agnes DeMille, Gower Champion, Jerome Robbins and more of today's great singin' and dancin' stars will create their own thrilling rendition of Broadway history. Broadway's own Noah Racey will choreograph and direct this extraordinary dance spectacle. All programs subject to change." Visit www.the-townhall-nyc.org for tickets and more information.

Simeon's Gift - Reading - 7/30/2007

Bay Street Theatre will present a special Benefit Concert Reading of Simeon's Gift, narrated by Julie Andrews, on Monday, July 30th at 7 pm, at The Whalers Church in Sag Harbor.

The first event in Bay Street Theatre's Family Theatre Initiative, Simeon's Gift is an original new musical for family audiences adapted from the best-selling book by Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton. Immediately following the concert there will be a talkback with the authors.

The Benefit Concert will be narrated by beloved film and stage actress Julie Andrews, with music by Ian Fraser (Academy Award for the score of the film Scrooge) and lyrics by acclaimed songwriter John Bucchino. Simeon's Gift is directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Bay Street: The Who's Tommy, Hair, Once on This Island) and will receive a full production at Bay Street this Thanksgiving weekend followed by a subsequent national tour.

Simeon's Gift (Harper Collins 2003) is a picture book by Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton, illustrated by award-winning artist Gennady Spirin. It premiered on the New York Times Bestseller List in 2003 and was voted "CHILD Magazine Best Book of the Year". Some of Gennady Spirin's original artwork will be available for sale during the evening with a portion of the proceeds donated to Bay Street.

"Funds raised from the Simeon's Gift Benefit will support Bay Street's new Family Theatre Initiative, dedicated to producing high quality, live family entertainment that is as creative as it is entertaining, and as authentic as it is relevant. Simeon's Gift is the first production in this exciting new venture," state press materials.

Tickets for this special concert reading are $100 for adults and $25 for children (up to age 12), and is recommended for children 8 and above. To reserve your tickets for the Simeon's Gift Benefit please call 631-725-0818 ext. 204 or email: Irene@baystreet.org. Visit www.baystreet.org for more information.

Shoshana Bean @ Joe's Pub - 7/30/2007

On Monday, July 30, Wicked star Shoshana Bean will perform at Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette St.).

Press notes state: "Shoshana Bean may be best known for her run as the famed green witch, Elphaba, in the Broadway and touring companies of the hit musical, Wicked. Having also appeared in the original cast of Hairspray and the Off-Broadway revival of Godspell (cast recording), she is now working on her debut solo album. Shoshana performed her rendition of 'Ain't No Way' alongside Brian McKnight honoring Aretha Fraklin at the 'Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards.' She also made solo appearances on 'Soul Train's Christmas Starfest' and on 'Martha.' Her forthcoming album will feature all original songs in her signature soulful-pop style. The show is at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25. Visit www.shonanabean.com or www.joespub.com for more information.

Jason Danieley @ Joe's Pub - 7/30/2007

On Monday, July 30th, Jason Danieley - currently on Broadway in Kander and Ebb's Curtains - will take the stage of Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette St.) with "Love: A Work in Progress."

"Danieley, the Broadway star and a heralded concert performer, returns to his musical roots with an eclectic collection of Blues, Country, Folk, Standards and Broadway songs backed by a Folk-Pop band headed by pianist Dan Lipton. Danieley and Lipton have arranged familiar and new songs, putting a fresh twist on the bluegrass/folk sound he grew up hearing in his hometown of St. Louis. Currently starring in Curtains on Broadway, Jason has been a theatrical staple in New York for over ten years. His work in shows like Candide and The Full Monty (Broadway), Floyd Collins and Dream True (Off-Broadway), South Pacific (Carnegie Hall/PBS) and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (City Center's Encores) have brought him great acclaim by audiences and critics alike," state press notes. The show is at 9:30pm, and tickets are $25. Visit www.jasondanieley.com or www.joespub.com for more information.

Help is on the Way - 7/30/2007

Joseph John Productions has announced the return of Cabaret Cares, which will be presented at the Laurie Beechman Theater. The series will benefit the AIDS organizations Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS and Help Is On The Way Today. Broadway Cares is the nations leading industry based fund raising and grant making organization. Help Is On The Way Today assists children living with HIV and AIDS in the Tri-State Area.

On July 30th at 7PM, "Help Is On The Way: An Evening of Song" will be presented. The evening will feature performances by Frank Galgano(Naked Boys Singing), Heather Parcells (A Chorus Line), Robert Fowler (The Producers), Liz McKendry (The Producers), Stacey Todd Holt (The Producers), and Peter Gregus (Jersey Boys), as well as cabaret performers Leslie Anderson (MAC Award Winner) and Peter Mac (Judy and Me), with more to be announced. Doors open at 6:30, and the show starts at 7PM sharp.

There is a $25 cover charge and $15 food/drink minimum. The Laurie Beechman Theater is located inside the West Bank Cafe (407 West 42st St., just west of Ninth Avenue). Cash and credit cards are accepted. To make reservations, call 212-695-6909.

Friends With Benefits - 7/30/2007

Hosted by Gerard Salvador (Mamma Mia) and MAC Winner Amy Wolk, Friends with Benefits returns to the Metropolitan Room. A Benefit for BCEFA, the show will feature performances by Carey Anderson (Mamma Mia), Barrett Foa (Spelling Bee, Ave Q), Nikki M. James (All Shook Up), Terri Klausner (Evita, Sophisticated Ladies), Raymond J. Lee (Mamma Mia), Steven Marzullo (Chess), Lauren Mufson (Mamma Mia), Jay Rogers (When Pigs Fly), Noah Weisberg (Legally Blonde), Kristine Zbornik (Forbidden Broadway, and more. Musical Direction is by Steven Ray Watkins.

Friends with Benefits July 30th 9:30PM The Metropolitan Room 34 West 22nd Street 212-206-0440 $15/2 drinks All proceeds go to BCEFA

The Boys in the Band - Reading - 7/30/2007

According to the website of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Theater Company, a staged reading of Mort Crowley's 1968 play The Boys in the Band - directed by Hector Lugo with choreography by Josh Walden - will be presented on Monday, July 30th at 7 PM.

Hosted by Frankie James Grande (Mr. Broadway 2007, Mamma Mia!), the performance will feature cast members from A Chorus Line: Mike Cannon, Joey Dudding, James T. Lane, Paul McGill and Grant Turner; Beauty and the Beast: Christopher Deangelis and James Patterson; and Spelling Bee: Stanley Bahorek. Comedian Craig Dawson will make a special guest appearance.

Tickets range from $15 to $35. Visit www.gaycenter.org for tickets and more information.

Mara Davi Joins The Drowsy Chaperone - 7/31/2007

Broadway's five-time Tony Award-winning hit musical "The Drowsy Chaperone" welcomes a new leading lady:

Mara Davi, currently appearing as "Maggie" in the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line, will assume the role of "Janet Van De Graaff" on Tuesday, July 31st, 2007. Davi has also appeared in the Encores! staging of Of Thee I Sing and starred as "Peggy Sawyer" in the U.S. and Japanese tours of 42nd Street.

Kiss Me, Kate - Music Circus - 7/31/2007

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 www.californiamusicaltheatre.com.

The season is as follows:

Kiss Me, Kate July 31 – August 5 Music and lyrics by Cole Porter Book by Bella Spewack and Samuel Spewack Based on The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

"Battle lines are drawn as a bickering divorced couple finds themselves working on the same musical - a Broadway version of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. A classic Cole Porter musical comedy filled with backstage shenanigans, onstage mishaps and stage-struck mobsters."

Kiss Me, Kate stars Paul Schoeffler (Fred/Petruchio), Bernard Dotson (Paul), Lynne Wintersteller (Lilli/Katharine), Michael Gruber (Bill/Lucentio), Toni Trucks (Lois/Bianca), Zonya Love Johnson (Hattie), Herschel Sparber (First Man), Barry Pearl (Second Man), Robert Stoekle (General Howell) and Dick Decareau (Harry/Baptista)

The Big Voice - SF - 8/1/2007

The Big Voice: God Or Merman?, currently starring Carl Danielsen (Trolls, Picon Pie) and Dale Radunz (Big River, Annie), will conclude its current off Broadway run at The Actors Temple Theatre on May 13th, after 125 performances. The show's first regional stop will be at The New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco, August 1-19th, and will star the original NY cast, Jim Brochu and Steve Schalchlin (The Last Session), who also wrote the musical.

Press notes state, The Big Voice "hilariously proves that showbiz is as much a calling as the priesthood. This high energy, razzle-dazzle show chronicles the lives of a Baptist from Arkansas and a Catholic from Brooklyn who find eternal salvation in the temple of musical theatre. The Big Voice traces Jim and Steve's meeting aboard a ship in the Atlantic Ocean, Steve's struggle with AIDS, the production of their hit off-Broadway musical The Last Session, their separation and their reconciliation. It's a comedy about a 'gay marriage' between two men created by the couple themselves."

The Big Voice currently plays Saturday at 3pm, Sunday at 2pm and Monday at 8pm at The Actors Temple Theater (339 W. 47th Street). Tickets can be purchased by calling Telecharge (212) 239-6200 or visiting www.Telecharge.com. For more information, please visit www.TheBigVoice.com

Election Day - 8/1/2007

Second Stage Theatre will continue its Second Stage Theatre Uptown Festival with the world premiere of Josh Tobiessen's Election Day, directed by Jeremy Dobrish.

Election Day will feature Michael Ray Escamilla, Halley Feiffer (subUrbia), Adam Green (All This Intimacy), Lorenzo Pisoni, and Katharine Powell (The Water's Edge, The Voysey Inheritance). Previews begin July 16; opening night is Wednesday, August 1.

Election Day will be presented at Second Stage Theatre's uptown home, the McGinn/Cazale Theatre on Broadway at 76th Street.

"It's Election Day, and Adam knows his over-zealous girlfriend will never forgive him if he fails to vote. But when his sex starved sister, an eco-terrorist, and a mayoral candidate willing to do anything for a vote all show up, Adam finds that making that quick trip to the polls might be harder than he thought. Election Day is a hilarious dark comedy about the price of political (and personal) campaigns," as stated in press materials.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling the Second Stage Theatre Box Office at 212-246-4422 or online at www.2ST.com.

Love/Perfect/Change 11th Anniversary - 8/1/2007

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, the longest-running Off-Broadway musical on the boards, will celebrate its 11th anniversary on Wednesday, August 1 at The Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street). Not since The Fantasticks has any other musical in Off-Broadway history ever reached the 11-year mark.

Times Square: The Musical - 8/1/2007

Jondee Productions has announced the opening of Times Square The Musical, an original new musical comedy, with book, lyrics, and music by John Dentato. Directed by Dentato and Carlos Morales, the show will begin performances on Wednesday August, 1 at Sofia's Restaurant, Downstairs Theater (221 West 46th Street). Opening night is Wednesday, August 22.

"Times Square The Musical is the story of a young singer, Elaine, seeking fame as a singer on Broadway. Her journey takes her to The Booby Hatch where she gets her first break. The club's owner Brady soon finds that he has not only discovered a great new talent but may be falling in love as well. Times Square The Musical follows an exciting young cast through memorable songs telling the story of people following their dreams and searching for love in the heart of New York City's Times Square. Times Square The Musical is a fully staged production combining the traditional Broadway style musical with the intimate environment of Sofia's Downstairs Theater," state press notes. Tickets are available at Theatermania.com on the web or by calling 212-352-3101

Admission is $85.00, which includes a buffet dinner. Dinner is served at 6:00 pm. The show begins at 8:00 pm. Visit www.timessquarethemusical.com for more information.

Evita for President! - 8/1/2007

Satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys returns to the Tricycle Theatre with the European Premiere of his new show, Evita for President!, running from 30 July to 1 September with press night on August 1, Evita for President!, which is currently playing to capacity audiences at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, professes to be a onslaught against the 'mock' in democracy and the 'con' in reconciliation.

"Evita Bezuidenhout - the fictitious Ambassador to the Homeland of Bapetikosweti - has been part of the local South African political spectrum for the last 30 years. In 1985 she was already a household name in South Africa. FW de Klerk was just a Cabinet Minister. Nelson Mandela was a faceless prisoner. Thabo Mbeki was an unknown exile. Desmond Tutu was arch non grata. And as for the others? Who'd ever heard of them other than as 'terrorists' and'communists'?," as the show is described in press materials. Visit www.evita.co.za and www.pdu.co.za.

High Fidelity @ Barnes & Noble - 8/1/2007

Any Wednesday kicks off the month with the high energy and high spirits of High Fidelity, this season's Broadway musical that is already on its way to becoming a cult favorite. Among those celebrating the cast recording in performance will be composer Tom Kitt, lyricist Amanda Green, and original cast members Will Chase and Jenn Colella.

"Each month Any Wednesday celebrates the best in cabaret, jazz and theater music, and this month we sample from all of these genres. In fact, we have an overflow of events. Each entertainment, except where noted below, begins at 6:00 p.m. and takes place in the third floor event space of the Lincoln Triangle Barnes and Noble at 66th and Broadway. The performances last approximately a half hour, and are followed by a signing/meet-and-greet session with the artist(s). All events are free and open to the public," state press materials.

Broadway in Bryant Park - 8/2/2007

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, 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 www.1067newyork.com or tune into 106.7 FM for schedule changes or cancellations.

Masked - 8/2/2007

Masked, a play by Ilan Hatsor, translated by Michael Taub and directed by Ami Dayan, will begin previews at The DR2 Theatre (103 E. 15th Street) on July 20th with the official opening night set for August 2, 2007.

"An explosive play about three Palestinian brothers, Masked tackles the cultural divide at the heart of the Middle East conflict. Masked depicts the tragedy of one family torn between obligations, kinship, principles and survival. It is the first play by an Israeli playwright about the Intifada (Palestianian uprising)," state press notes. Ami Dayan / Maya Productions, Inc., Ronald Guttman / Highbrow Entertainment, Inc., and Seth A. Goldstein / The Splinter Group present Masked.

Tickets for Masked are $35.50 - $55.50. Masked plays Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday - Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 4pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 4pm. Tickets can be purchased by calling Telecharge (212) 239-6200 or going to www.Telecharge.com. Tickets can also be purchased by going to the DR2 Box Office (103 E 15th Street). The box office opens 2 hours prior to each performance and is open on Saturdays from 2-8pm. For more information, please visit: www.MaskedThePlay.com

South Pacific - Hollywood - 8/3/2007

Country music star/Golden Globe nominee Reba McEntire ("Reba") and Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me, Kate) will reunite this summer for three concerts of South Pacific at the Hollywood Bowl. Mitchell and McEntire previously performed the lead roles of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical in concert at Carnegie Hall, a production that was broadcast of PBS and released on CD by Decca Broadway. McEntire and Mitchell will reprise their roles August 3, 4 at 8:30 PM and August 5 at 7:30 PM. The production will be directed by David Lee and feature Paul Gemignani conducting the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

South Pacific, inspired by James Michener's Tales from the South Pacific and featuring songs by legendary songwriting duo Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (The King and I, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!) starred Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza in the initial Broadway Production, and in 1958 South Pacific was made into an Oscar-winning movie.

The Hollywood Bowl is in Hollywood, CA, at 2301 N. Highland Avenue. Tickets range $7-$147 and are available at www.hollywoodbowl.com.

Buddy - 8/3/2007

Buddy, the hit biographical musical about rock legend Buddy Holly, will return to the West End after a five year absence, according to Whatsonstage.com.

Buddy will reopen at the Duchess Theatre on August 7th for a run after beginning previews on August 3rd. The musical is booking through January 5th, 2008.

The production will be a transfer of the current UK tour, which stars Dean Elliott and Matthew Wycliffe (who alternate in the title role). London casting will be announced. Buddy previously ran in the West End from October of 1989 through March of 2002. Originating at the Victoria Palce, the musical transfered to the Strand Theatre (since renamed the Novello) and then to the Duchess. Since its London closing, it has toured in the UK and abroad.

Featuring the songs of Holly, the musical follows the fabled life of the star, who shot to fame as an icon of rock 'n' roll before dying in a plane crash (along with Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper) at the age of 22 in 1959. Buddy is written by Alan Janes and Rob Bettinson, the show's director. It features designs by Adrian Rees, with lighting and projections by Joe Atkins and sound by Peter Cox (for Thames Audio). Since its opening, more than seven million people are estimated to have seen Buddy.

Baltimore Playwrights Festival - 8/3/2007

Baltimore Playwrights Festival (www.baltimoreplaywrightsfestival.org) CYA, Play by Kimberley Lynne, directed by Carlos del Valle 410-467-3057 3600 Clipper Mill Rd, Ste 114 Baltimore, MD 21211 August 3 - 25, Fri, Sat at 8PM, Sun 8/12 and 8/19 at 4PM www.mobtownplayers.com

Almost Vermillion, Play by Sonja Kritzer, directed by Kathy McCrory Theatrical Mining Company Marian Copeland Theatre at The College of Notre Dame of Maryland August 3 - 19, Thurs, Fri, Sat at 8PM, Sun at 7PM Last Night at the Owl Bar, Play by Mark Scharf, directed by Randy Dalmas 410-636-6597 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park 21225 August 3 - 19, Fri, Sat at 8PM, Sun at 2PM

The Wikipedia Plays - 8/3/2007

Ars Nova will present The Wikipedia Plays, a mini-marathon of short plays that surf the Wikipedia wave through seventeen related entries. Written by Ars Nova's 2006-2007 Play Group writers, the production run August 3 to August 6 at 7 PM at Ars Nova (511 West 54th Street). "What is 'The Defenestration of Prague?' And how is it seventeen steps removed from 'Castration Anxiety?' Wikipedia knows. In this brave new world of instant gratification where the internet can live in your pocket, one group of writers has created a mini-marathon of short plays that surf the wikipedia wave through seventeen related entries," as described in press materials.

For more information, visit www.arsnovanyc.com. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at SmartTix at 212-868-4444 or www.SmartTix.com.

Southern Comfort - 8/3/2007

Tom Andersen, Scott Coulter and Tim Di Pasqua will perform their award-winning show, "Southern Comfort: A Down-Home Country Music Jamboree," on Friday, July 27, and Friday, Aug. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at The Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd St., New York City. The trio will sing classic and contemporary country tunes, including hits by Vince Gill, George Jones, Alan Jackson, k.d. lang and Dolly Parton.

Andersen, Coulter and Di Pasqua will record their shows at the Metropolitan Room for a live CD. They'll be joined by Marc Daine (guitar), Tim Kiah (bass) and Dennis Lichtman (fiddle and mandolin); the latter two belong to the acclaimed bluegrass group Astrograss.

There is a $25 cover and a two-drink minimum. For reservations, call (212) 206-0440; www.metropolitanroom.com.

David Gurland @ New Hope, PA - 8/3/2007

David Gurland with Tracy Stark and guest star Julie Reyburn perform at the Cosmopolitan Club in New Hope, PA on Friday August 3 at 8PM

The Cosmopolitan Club is located at The New Hope Inn at 6426 Lower York Road (Route 202), New Hope, PA 18938. Call 215-862-5221 Reservations recommended or visit www.thecosmopolitanclub.com

Award Winning vocalist David Gurland and Singer Songwriter Tracy Stark celebrate the opening summer of New Hope's newest venue. For their debut performance together at the newly christened Cosmopolitan Room, David and Tracy, will each perform a short set focusing on their most recent projects'. For Tracy, it will be mostly original material from her recent CD "Feast for the Heart." David will present a set of the "Best of" his latest concert series, the DGUR Concerts - a little Broadway a little pop, a little Madonna, a little Judy Garland, and a little country music. They will conclude the evening with duets from some of their past, very successful performances. In addition, Tracy and David are thrilled to have a special appearance by award winning vocalist Julie Reyburn, to be on hand to lend her thrilling voice to the evening. There is a $20 cover and a $10 food/drink minimum. www.davidgurland.com

South Pacific - Hollywood - 8/4/2007

Country music star/Golden Globe nominee Reba McEntire ("Reba") and Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me, Kate) will reunite this summer for three concerts of South Pacific at the Hollywood Bowl. Mitchell and McEntire previously performed the lead roles of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical in concert at Carnegie Hall, a production that was broadcast of PBS and released on CD by Decca Broadway. McEntire and Mitchell will reprise their roles August 3, 4 at 8:30 PM and August 5 at 7:30 PM. The production will be directed by David Lee and feature Paul Gemignani conducting the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

South Pacific, inspired by James Michener's Tales from the South Pacific and featuring songs by legendary songwriting duo Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (The King and I, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!) starred Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza in the initial Broadway Production, and in 1958 South Pacific was made into an Oscar-winning movie.

The Hollywood Bowl is in Hollywood, CA, at 2301 N. Highland Avenue. Tickets range $7-$147 and are available at www.hollywoodbowl.com.

Young Frankenstein - Seattle - 8/4/2007

Robert F.X. Sillerman and Mel Brooks present The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein, a new musical comedy from the creative team of the 12-time Tony Award winning smash The Producers. With music and lyrics by three-time Tony Award winner Mel Brooks, book by Brooks and three-time Tony Award winner Thomas Meehan, Young Frankenstein is directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman.

Young Frankenstein will play Seattle's Paramount Theatre August 4th - September 1st.

Based on the smash hit 1974 film, Young Frankenstein is the wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Mary Shelley classic from the comic genius of Mel Brooks. When Frederick Frankenstein, an esteemed New York brain surgeon and professor, inherits a castle and laboratory in Transylvania from his grandfather, deranged genius Victor van Frankenstein, he faces a dilemma. Does he continue to run from his family's tortured past or does he stay in Transylvania to carry on his grandfather's mad experiments reanimating the dead and, in the process, fall in love with his sexy lab assistant Inga?

Current season ticket holders to Fred Meyer Broadway Across America - Seattle have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to Young Frankenstein. Ticket order forms will be sent to all Season Ticket Holder households, and can also be ordered via phone and online through the series customer service center.

Corporate and Group clients can also purchase tickets at this time. A minimum of 20 tickets is required and available by calling 888. 214.6856. Individual tickets for the shows will go on sale at a later date. For future information about the on-sale date for Young Frankenstein, sign up for the e-newsletter from Seattle Theatre Group at www.theparamount.com.

The Drowsy Chaperone - UK Closing - 8/4/2007

The London production of The Drowsy Chaperone, which opened at the Novello Theatre on May 14th, will have its final performance on Saturday, August 4th 2007, following a decision made by the producers.

Off-Broadway Sidewalk Sale - 8/4/2007

Playwrights Horizons will host an Off-Broadway Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, August 4 from 10 AM to 3 PM in Playwrights Horizons' air-conditioned Ford Motor Company Lobby (416 West 42nd Street). For the first time ever, Playwrights Horizons will join forces with New York Theatre Workshop, Second Stage Theatre and Signature Theatre Company to sell years' worth of authentic memorabilia and merchandise from past shows.

At this one-day-only sale, theater fans will be able to purchase everything from autographed posters and scripts to authentic costume pieces worn in past shows to opening night gifts, CDs, DVDs and more.

For more information on New York Theatre Workshop, visit www.nytw.org. For more on Second Stage Theatre, visit www.2st.com. For more on Signature Theatre Company, visit www.signaturetheatre.org, and for more on Playwrights Horizons, visit www.playwrightshorizons.org.

South Pacific - Hollywood - 8/5/2007

Country music star/Golden Globe nominee Reba McEntire ("Reba") and Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me, Kate) will reunite this summer for three concerts of South Pacific at the Hollywood Bowl. Mitchell and McEntire previously performed the lead roles of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical in concert at Carnegie Hall, a production that was broadcast of PBS and released on CD by Decca Broadway. McEntire and Mitchell will reprise their roles August 3, 4 at 8:30 PM and August 5 at 7:30 PM. The production will be directed by David Lee and feature Paul Gemignani conducting the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

South Pacific, inspired by James Michener's Tales from the South Pacific and featuring songs by legendary songwriting duo Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (The King and I, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!) starred Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza in the initial Broadway Production, and in 1958 South Pacific was made into an Oscar-winning movie.

The Hollywood Bowl is in Hollywood, CA, at 2301 N. Highland Avenue. Tickets range $7-$147 and are available at www.hollywoodbowl.com.

Natalie Douglas @ Birdland - 8/5/2007

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 TheaterMania.com.

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

Sunday, August 5 and Monday, August 6 - Natalie Douglas - Six time MAC Award-winner, Natalie Douglas brings her show, 'I Sing Because I'm Happy,' back to the Birdland stage for the sixth time! Douglas and her band of Broadway All-Stars, led by Avenue Q'sMark Hartman, bring a show featuring the gospel music they grew up with. A gospel choir will aid Natalie and the band as they perform traditional gospel tunes like 'Children Go Where I Send Thee,' 'Precious Lord,' and secular songs given a gospel treatment." There is a $25 cover/$10 food/drink minimum for Natalie Douglas.

Baltimore Playwrights Festival - 8/5/2007

Baltimore Playwrights Festival (www.baltimoreplaywrightsfestival.org) Perpendicular, 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

 


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