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Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 8/26/2007

Below is BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 8/26/2007. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit BroadwayWorld.com's Event Calendar.

Stephanie J. Block @ Birdland - 8/27/2007

This August, Stephanie J. Block will perform as part of Broadway at Birdland. The series of Sunday and Monday night concerts at 7 PM featuring top Broadway stars and theater songwriters continues at the legendary Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, NYC.

Monday, August 27 at 7 PM - Stephanie J. Block "Stephanie J. Block recently starred on Broadway as Grace "Grania" O'Malley in The Pirate Queen. She was also seen as Liza Minnelli opposite Hugh Jackman in The Boy From Oz and Elphaba in the National Tour of Wicked. She brings her dazzling one-woman show back to Birdland for the fourth time, and in addition to singing standards and beloved Broadway songs, will perform a rarely heard ballad cut from Wicked, swinging duets with musical director/performer Billy Stritch and several songs from the creators of The Pirate Queen, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg." There is a $40 ($60/VIP seating) cover charge with $10 food/drink minimum for Stephanie J. Block

Judy and Me - 8/27/2007

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 August 27th at 7pm, "Judy and Me" will be performed by Peter Mac. "Mac returns to the stage for one night with his hit cabaret show 'Judy and Me.' Based on Mac's life growing up in a homophobic town on Long Island, and dealing with the domestic abuse that went on at home. Mac talks about how his love for Judy Garland got him through the rough spots in his life. The cabaret show which was then turned into a ninety minute play was only suppose to run for 4 nights in 2002 and became an overnight hit which would run for two years in New York." Doors open at 6:30, and the show starts 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.

1776 - Music Circus - 8/28/2007

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.

1776 August 28 – September 2 Music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards Book by Peter Stone

"What were the founding fathers really like? Inspiring, idealistic and passionate ... but also sarcastic, lovelorn, pugnacious and exasperating. This heartwarming, humorous and profoundly moving musical is an entertaining exposé of the ordinary men who overcame crises of values and personality to shape our country."

1776 stars James Barbour (Edward Rutledge), James Brennan (John Adams), Kevin Covert (Robert Livingston), Conrad John Schuck (Benjamin Franklin), Mark Zimmerman (John Dickinson), John Scherer (Richard Henry Lee), Bets Malone (Martha Jefferson)

Carole Shelley Rejoins Wicked - 8/28/2007

Tony Award-winner Carole Shelley, who created the role of Madame Morrible in the Broadway blockbuster, Wicked, will return to the hit musical, beginning performances on Broadway on Tuesday, August 28.

Grace - 8/29/2007

MCC Theater has announced the three productions comprising its upcoming 2007-8 season at the Lucille Lortel Theatre:
Grace, by Mick Gordon and AC Grayling, August 29-October 20, 2007

Seeing its New York Premiere, Grace "follows a noted scientist who confronts her atheist and maternal convictions when her son Tom decides to become a Christian minister. The mother-son conflicts soon catches up with the Tom's father and pregnant girlfriend, with an unexpected twist," state press notes.

Individual tickets to all MCC productions are available through TicketCentral.com or by calling (212) 279-4200 once on-sale dates are announced to the general public. Subscriptions are available now and are as low as $50 for the entire season. For more information and to purchase packages, call Jessica Crone at (212) 727-7722, ext. 224. For more information, visit www.MCCTheater.org.

Scarcity - 8/29/2007

Atlantic Theater Company has announced casting for the first production of its 2007-2008 season, world premiere production of Lucy Thurber's play Scarcity, directed by Jackson Gay. The play will begin previews Wednesday, August 29th for an official opening on Thursday, September 20th and a limited engagement through Sunday, October 14th Off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company at the Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street).

Set in rural western Massachusetts, Scarcity "tells the tale of two siblings whose aspirations to escape the confines of poverty and small town life come into direct conflict with their sense of family responsibility. When sixteen-year-old Billy is afforded an opportunity to change schools and move out of town by an unusually attentive young teacher, his family starts to unravel around him. In this raw, emotionally rich world premiere new drama from playwright Lucy Thurber explores the stark reality of how class in America shapes our very image of ourselves."

Atlantic Theater Company Main Stage at the Linda Gross Theater is located at 336 West 20th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). Tickets for main stage productions are $55.00 and available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 (www.ticketcentral.com). Visit www.atlantictheater.org for more information.

Sight Unseen - 8/29/2007

Starring Deborah Hazlett. Everyman Theatre. Through October 7. $16-$35. www.everymantheatre.org

365 Days/365 Plays - 8/29/2007

Suzan-Lori Parks'dramatic project comes to Baltimore. Run of the Mill Theater presents a collaboration between University of California - Irvine and Morgan State University. August 29 - September 1, all performances at 8PM. Turpin-Lamb Theatre at The Carl J. Murphy Fina Arts Center at Morgan State University. For information: runofthemilltheater@gmail.com

The Showgirl of 52nd Street - 8/29/2007

The Academy for New Musical Theatre presents "The Showgirl of 52nd Street," with book and lyrics by Charles Leipart and music by John Kroner. Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 8PM.

Billie Shay, a panhandling bag lady living on a bench in the public park at East 52nd Street, has a past that no one would imagine. In vivid memories, Billie confronts her younger self over the life choices she's made. Together they bring alive the glamour and betrayals of a lost career in the 1950s New York nightclub world and the heyday of Hollywood musicals. Winner of the Kleban Award.

Tickets are $10. The Colony Theatre is located at 555 N. Third Street, Burbank, CA. Performance is Wednesday, August 29th at 8pm. Check for details here: http://www.anmt.org/event_details.asp?EventID=64

Sweeney Todd - SF ACT - 8/30/2007

The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco has announced its 2007-2008 season. Visit www.act-sf.org for more information:

Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's musical masterpiece Sweeney Todd will be presented first, from August 30 to September 30. "The hit Broadway revival of Sondheim's musical thriller arrives at A.C.T. for the first stop on its national tour. In this visionary and re-imagined production of Sweeney Todd, the legendary demon barber of Fleet Street still serves up his justice vigilante-style, but director John Doyle has created an edgier, stripped-down staging of Sondheim's masterpiece complete with a multitalented cast of actors playing all the instruments onstage," states the company's website.

Rites of Privacy - 8/30/2007

Moving Parts Theater presents the world premiere of Rites of Privacy -- a new Off-Broadway play written and performed by David Rhodes -- with previews to begin August 16, prior to its official press opening August 30 at Urban Stages (259 West 30th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues) in Manhattan. Charles Loffredo (The Godsend, world premieres of Broken Boughs and Lovers and Other Stranglers) directs.

"In the play, actor and author David Rhodes begins as himself, but quickly shifts gears to portray an array of characters aching to reveal their darkest secrets: a fading Southern pageant queen, an aging refugee from Nazi Germany, a fish-out-of-water Jew in New Hampshire, a suburban doctor in a predicament, and a Euro club-kid with an unsavory edge. Throughout, Rhodes alternates these characters with candid stories from his own experience, ultimately seeking a place of clarity and authenticity in his creative and personal life," state press notes. Off-Broadway performances of the play run August 16-September 23 at Urban Stages (259 West 30th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues); Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 7pm. Tickets are $35. For tickets, call 212-868-4444 or visit www.smarttix.com. For more information about Moving Parts Theater, visit www.movingpartstheater.com.

Dreamgirls - 8/30/2007

Toby's Dinner Theatre of Baltimore. Through November 11. Ticket prices and performance schedules vary. www.tobysdinnertheatre.com

365 Plays/365 Days - 8/30/2007

Suzan-Lori Parks'dramatic project comes to Baltimore. Run of the Mill Theater presents a collaboration between University of California - Irvine and Morgan State University. August 29 - September 1, all performances at 8PM. Turpin-Lamb Theatre at The Carl J. Murphy Fina Arts Center at Morgan State University. For information: runofthemilltheater@gmail.com

Heartbreak House - 8/31/2007

Heartbreak House The Berkeley Rep: Roda Theatre Written by George Bernard Shaw Directed by Les Waters August 31 – October 14, 2007 (Press Night: Wednesday, September 5)

In honor of the zesty classical tradition on which Berkeley Rep was founded, the season kicks off in the Roda Theatre with Heartbreak House. This September, Obie Award-winner Les Waters stages the comedic masterpiece from Nobel Prize-winning author George Bernard Shaw. Artist, socialist, feminist, anti-war activist… Vegetarian, freethinker, street-corner orator, and all-around raconteur… If there's one playwright who belongs in Berkeley, it's Shaw. Maybe that's why his words have graced our stage more than any author except Shakespeare. Heartbreak House has been produced in every decade of our history, more than any play in our repertoire. Its timeless themes resonated during Vietnam, the collapse of the Cold War, the ethnic conflict in the Balkans – and they remain all too relevant today.

Awake and Sing! UK - 8/31/2007

Almeida Theatre Artistic Director Michael Attenborough's production of Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing!, which will run at the Almeida from August 31 – October 20, with press night on September 6. Designs are by Tim Shortall with lighting by Paul Pyant and sound by John Leonard.

"Starkly dramatic and vividly comic, Awake and Sing! tells the story of the Bergers, a lower-middle-class, three-generation Jewish family living in a Bronx apartment during the1930s. The family, ruled over by strong-willed matriarch Bessie, long for a better world for themselves. True to life in his depiction of the extreme economic hardships confronted by working-class immigrant families during the 1930s, Odets documents their travails and their hopes, capturing the frenetic, pressured existence in this crowded home," state press notes.

Joining the previously announced Stockard Channing as Bessie Berger, are Trevor Cooper as Uncle Morty, Kieron Jecchinis as Schlosser, Paul Jesson as Myron Berger, Nigel Lindsay as Moe Axelrod, John Lloyd Fillingham as Sam Feinschreiber, John Rogan as Jacob, Ben Turner as Ralph Berger and Jodie Whittaker as Hennie Berger.

Forbidden Broadway: Rude Awakening - 8/31/2007

Gerard Alessandrini's Forbidden Broadway will mark its 25th Anniversary with a brand-new edition Forbidden Broadway: Rude Awakening, at the 47 th Street Theatre (304 West 47 Street). Previews begin August 31st. Opening is Sunday, September 23 rd.

Forbidden Broadway: Rude Awakening will feature spoofs of the season including Spring Awakening, Curtains, A Chorus Line, Grease: You're The One That We Want, Legally Blonde, Frost/Nixon and Mary Poppins, in addidtion to Company and Grey Gardens .

Performances are Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:15pm and Sundays at 7:30pm, with matinees on Wednesdays at 2:30pm, Saturdays at 4:00pm, and Sundays at 3:30pm. Tickets are $60 - $65. Visit www.Telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200. Visit www.forbiddenbroadway.com for more information.

Fences - 8/31/2007

A play by August Wilson. Through September 30. Vagabond Players. 806 S. Broadway Baltimore, MD 21231 $15 General/$13 Seniors and Students. www.vagabondplayers.com or 410-563-9135.

Sight Unseen - 8/31/2007

Starring Deborah Hazlett. Everyman Theatre. Through October 7. $16-$35. www.everymantheatre.org

365 Days/365 Plays - 9/1/2007

Suzan-Lori Parks'dramatic project comes to Baltimore. Run of the Mill Theater presents a collaboration between University of California - Irvine and Morgan State University. August 27 - September 1, all performances at 8PM. Turpin-Lamb Theatre at The Carl J. Murphy Fina Arts Center at Morgan State University. For information: runofthemilltheater@gmail.com

Michael Holland & Karen Mack @ New Hope, PA - 9/1/2007

Join NYC favorites Karen Mack and Michael Holland for a mix of all-request pop insanity for Labor Day weekend. That's right – ALL REQUEST, with more than 150 options from 5 decades of music covering 300 different artists from Pat Boone to Pat Benatar, from ABBA to Kylie to Queen and beyond! Like reality TV, but with the reality part.

BUT WAIT! YOU ALSO GET... the occasional sea chantey, show tune, or original of their own, plus comedy, deliciously lethal custom cocktails, and suspect trivia for fabulous prizes if you're up for the challenge! "Gleefully goofy and shamelessly entertaining! Everybody has fun, everybody Wang Chungs!" - Time Out NY (...we don't actually know what that means either, but admit it – it does make you think. Come to the show.)

The Cosmopolitan Club is located at The New Hope Inn at 6426 Lower York Road (Route 202), New Hope, PA 18938. Reservations required - call 215-862-5221. There is a $20 cover and a $10 food/drink minimum; dinner is available before and after the show. www.blendomatic.net

Spelling Bee - Chicago Closing Show - 9/2/2007

The Chicago Company of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will continue performances at the Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place through the summer. The Tony award-winning Broadway musical comedy has now extended in a limited engagement from April 18 to September 2.

Chicago's Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place is located at 175 East Chestnut Street. The performance schedule is as follows: Wednesdays at 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 & 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 & 6:30 p.m.

Tickets range in price from $25 - $69.50 and are on-sale now at the Drury Lane Box Office (175 East Chestnut Street), as well as all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St. and 18 W. Monroe St.). Tickets are also available by calling the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (312) 902-1400, the Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place phone line at (312) 642-2000, or by visiting ticketmaster.com. Groups of 20 or more may receive a discount by calling (312) 977-1710.

Avenue Q Tour San Francisco Production - Closing - 9/2/2007

Avenue Q, the smash hit musical featuring a cast of people and puppets, will begin its national tour in San Francisco playing Tuesday, August 7 through Sunday, September 2 at the Orpheum Theatre.

Avenue Q is the eighth and final show of the 2006-2007 Best of Broadway season, brought to you by Citibank, under the direction of Carole Shorenstein Hays.

"Avenue Q, the story about trying to make it in New York with big dreams and a tiny bank account, features a cast of people and puppets who tell the story in a smart, risqué and downright entertaining way," states press notes.

The show opened on Broadway on July 31, 2003 to great critical and popular acclaim. Avenue Q went on to win three 2004 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Original Score of a Musical and Best Book of a Musical. More than 1,500 performances later, Avenue Q remains one of Broadway's biggest and most enduring successes.

Avenue Q features puppet design by Rick Lyon, musical supervision by Stephen Oremus, choreography by Ken Roberson and music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx. The scenic design is by Anna Louizos, costume design by Mirena Rada, lighting design by Howell Binkley and sound design by Acme Sound Partners. The book is by Jeff Whitty, based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx and directed by Jason Moore.

San Francisco tickets will go on sale in June and more information will be available at www.shnsf.com. For information about group sales, please call 415-551-2020.

The Orpheum Theatre is located at 1192 Market Street at 8th, San Francisco.

BPF - Save Me - 9/2/2007

Baltimore Playwrights Festival (www.baltimoreplaywrightsfestival.org) Play by Stefanie Zadravec, directed by Ian Belknap At Fells Point Corner Theatre 251 S. Ann St., Baltimore 21231 August 16 - September 2, Thurs, Fri, Sat at 8PM, Sun at 7PM www.fpct.org or 410-276-7837

Michael Holland & Karen Mack @ New Hope, PA - 9/2/2007

Join NYC favorites Karen Mack and Michael Holland for a mix of all-request pop insanity for Labor Day weekend. That's right – ALL REQUEST, with more than 150 options from 5 decades of music covering 300 different artists from Pat Boone to Pat Benatar, from ABBA to Kylie to Queen and beyond! Like reality TV, but with the reality part.

BUT WAIT! YOU ALSO GET... the occasional sea chantey, show tune, or original of their own, plus comedy, deliciously lethal custom cocktails, and suspect trivia for fabulous prizes if you're up for the challenge! "Gleefully goofy and shamelessly entertaining! Everybody has fun, everybody Wang Chungs!" - Time Out NY (...we don't actually know what that means either, but admit it – it does make you think. Come to the show.)

The Cosmopolitan Club is located at The New Hope Inn at 6426 Lower York Road (Route 202), New Hope, PA 18938. Reservations required - call 215-862-5221. There is a $20 cover and a $10 food/drink minimum; dinner is available before and after the show. www.blendomatic.net

 


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