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Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 8/5/2008

Below is's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 8/5/2008. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit's Event Calendar.

Pete 'n' Keely - 8/5/2008

A sparkling musical cocktail...on the rocks. Join "America's Swingin' Sweethearts" as they re-live those magical musical moments that got them where they are today - divorced! Featuring a string of hit songs from the 50's & 60's. Alpine Theatre Project is located in Whitefish, MT. For tickets or more information visit or call 406.862.SHOW

Tryst - 8/5/2008

Westport Country Playhouse (Joanne Woodward and Anne Keefe, artistic directors, Jodi Schoenbrun Carter, managing director) will stage a romantic thriller set in Edwardian London, "Tryst" by Karoline Leach, August 5 - 23.

Joe Brancato, who helmed the Off-Broadway production, will direct. The cast features the return to the Playhouse of Mark Shanahan, who appeared in previous Playhouse productions of "Sedition," "David Copperfield" and "Journey's End," and is currently on Broadway in "The Thirty-nine Steps."

Shanahan will portray George Love, a dashing swindler who has a habit of marrying plain, well-off women who become inexplicably poor and husbandless the day after their honeymoon. In London to con his next bride, he happens upon Adelaide, a lonely milliner's assistant who is sitting on a small nest egg. He woos her and two days after they've met, he convinces her to marry and bring the total of her bank account. Once they get to the honeymoon, however, the tables are turned, as Adelaide appears not to play victim to his deceptions. She too has her own agenda in marrying Mr. Love and will try anything to get what she wants. Andrea Maulella will portray Adelaide.

Shanahan has been seen on the New York stage in "As Bees in Honey Drown," "Philadelphia, Here I Come" and "The Internationalist," a play he also appeared in locally at Fairfield Theatre Company. He is an award -winning voice-over artist and an Edgar Award nominated playwright.

Ms. Maulella's New York credits include Richard Vetere's "One Shot One Kill," nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Regional theater appearances include "Tryst" at Alley Theatre. She has been on television's "The Sopranos," "Guiding Light" and "Spin City."

Director Joe Brancato is the founding artistic director of Penguin Repertory Company in Stony Point, Rockland County, NY. Named by The New York Times as "one of America's most insightful directors," he directed the NY premiere of "Tryst," as well as the Drama Desk Award-winning "Cobb."

Ms. Leach's first play was an adaptation of "The Snow Queen." She was artistic director of Bootstrap Theatre for three seasons. Her first full-length play "The Mysterious Mr. Love" was produced in 1997 at the Comedy Theatre in the West End. It received its first US performance in 2000, at the Penguin Rep. Her first book, "In the Shadow of the Dreamchild: A New Understanding of Lewis Carroll," was published in 1999, and created a considerable controversy when it claimed that Carroll's biography was more myth than fact. "Tryst" premiered off-Broadway in 2006.

The production design team includes David Korins, scenic design; Alejo Vietti, costume design; Jeff Nellis, lighting design; Johnna Doty, sound design; Telsey + Company, casting; and Diane DiVita, stage manager.

The performance schedule is Tuesday at 8 p.m., Wednesday at 2 and 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Special series feature Previews, Opening Nights, TalkBack Thursdays, Prologue, Symposium Sundays, Backstage Pass and Open Captioning.

Celebrating its 78th season, the venerable Westport Country Playhouse (Joanne Woodward and Anne Keefe, Artistic Directors; Jodi Schoenbrun Carter, Managing Director) is creating innovative new works and dynamic revivals. The Playhouse has produced more than 700 plays, 36 of which later transferred to Broadway including "Come Back, Little Sheba" with Shirley Booth; "The Trip to Bountiful" with Lillian Gish; "Butterflies Are Free" with Keir Dullea and Blythe Danner; "Absurd Person Singular" with Sandy Dennis, Geraldine Page and Tony Roberts; and "Our Town" with Paul Newman. The list of actors, directors, and other theatre artists who have worked and continue to perform on the Playhouse's legendary stage reads like a "Who's Who" of the American theatre. Following a multi-million dollar renovation completed in 2005, the Playhouse now produces year-round, welcoming 85,000 audience members annually. In addition to a full season of theatrical productions, the Playhouse presents educational programming and workshops; a children's theatre series; symposiums; music; films; and readings of short fiction, classical works and new plays. Westport Country Playhouse serves as a treasured home for the theatrical arts, its audiences and its artists. For the State of Connecticut, it is a true cultural landmark. Your experience begins at The Playhouse is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization.

Single tickets range from $30 to $55; opening night tickets, including post-performance reception, are $65. Students and educators are eligible for 50% discounts. Groups of 10 or more save up to 30% off the regular ticket price. For group sales information call (203) 227-5137, x120.

For reservations or more information, call the box office at (203) 227-4177, or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Information about the Playhouse is also available at

Cold Storage - 8/6/2008

ROTHMAN FAIRCHILD is pleased to announce the production of Ronald Ribman's powerful, three-character, New York Dramatists Award-winning, comedic drama, COLD STORAGE, directed by Richmond Shepard. Shepard will also be reprising his award-winning Los Angeles performance. COLD STORAGE will play a 4-week limited engagement at the Richmond Shepard Theater (309 East 26th St. @ 2nd Ave). Performances begin Wednesday, August 6th and continue through Saturday, August 30th. Press are invited starting August 7th.

COLD STORAGE is set on the roof terrace of a New York cancer hospital. Shepard, who won a DramaLogue Award for his Los Angeles performance as the acerbic old Armenian dying of cancer will be joined by Dan Burkarth playing a younger repressed art dealer "in for tests." The insights into life and death, the irony of existence, as the actors play out a game of challenges and revelations is both funny and emotionally heartrending.

COLD STORAGE plays the following regular schedule through Saturday, August 30th: Wednesday thru Saturdays at 8: PM.

Tickets are $20.00 (students and seniors $10).
For reservations please call 212-684-2690. Tickets may also be purchased in person half an hour prior to the show at The Richmond Shepard Theatre.

DAN BURKARTH (Richard Landau) has had a recent string of successes with Theatre for New City's The Ghosts of 14th Street; Fox Media's Roommates; and Midlantic Theatre Company's production of Shakespeare's Henry VI: An Experiment. He currently serves on the board of directors with Turtle Shell Productions as their teen/intern coordinator and teaches commercial acting for the Screen Actor's Guild.

ROTHMAN FAIRCHILD (Producer) was co-founder and principal producer of London's Rock Row Theatre Group, where he produced Gunnar's Night by Elroy Fletcher, Lord Buckley's Finest Hour by Richmond Shepard and John Sinclair, and many other shows. In Los Angeles, he produced Ronald Ribman's Cold Storage, Tom Stoppard's Travesties and Elmer Rice's Counselor at Law, all starring Shepard, among other plays. He was executive producer of the TV series "Blanchard's Quest" and of "Danger Zone" starring Katie Heatherton. In New York in 2005 he produced Designer Genes, a play written by and starring Shepard, and recently Sartre's No Exit, directed by Shepard, at this theatre.

RONALD RIBMAN (Playwright) plays have been produced on and off Broadway, including the Obie award-winning Journey of the Fifth Horse and Cold Storage, recipient of the Dramatists Guild's prestigious Hull-Warriner Award. Plays include Harry, Noon and Night, The Ceremony of Innocence, Fingernails Blue As Flowers, Buck, Passing Through From Exotic Places, A Break in the Skin, The Poison Tree, produced on Broadway at the Ambassador Theater, The Rug Merchants of Chaos, Sweet Table at the Richelieu, The Cannibal Masque, A Serpent's Egg and The Dream of the Red Spider.

In addition to his stage plays that have been directly televised, Ribman's work in television includes the CBS Playhouse special, "The Final War of Olly Winter", which received five Emmy nominations including Best Drama; the adaptation of Saul Bellow's novel, "Seize the Day", starring Robin Williams and Jerry Stiller; and the three hour PBS mini-series of Warren Adler's short stories, "The Sunset Gang". His one major screenplay was a collaboration with Bill Gunn, in 1970, of Bernard Malamud's "The Angel Levine", starring Zero Mostel and Harry Belafonte.

Richmond Shepard (Director/Mr. Parmegian) has appeared on over 100 TV shows and in many films as a Mime and as an actor: "The Jeffersons", "The FBI", "That Girl", "Dick Van Dyke" (1990), "Ally McBeal", etc., and played a transvestite kidnapper on "Kojak", but most of his work has been on the stage including the leads in Counselor at Law by Elmer Rice and Travesties by Tom Stoppard in Los Angeles. Most recently he played the priest in Our Lady of 121st St. by Stephen Adly Guirgis and the title role in BJ Lang Presents by Yabo Yablonsky. He started America's first ensemble Mime troupe in 1952, and performed with his company throughout the U.S. until 1987. He directed and performed with two improvisational comedy troupes-- The L.A.Cabaret- 1967-77 and Noo Yawk Tawk- 1988-91 and 2003-2005. He regularly performs at The Playhouse in Derry, Ireland.

Swell Party - 8/6/2008

Daniel Evans who recently starred in the Broadway production of Sunday In The Park With George, will be re-uniting with Oliver Award Winner Maria Friedman in Swell Party. Swell Party is a concert celebrating the life of musician Cole Porter at London's Cadogan Hall. The concert will run for four nights only, August 6th-9th 2008.

Evans and Friedman have previously performed together at Cadogen in last years concert, Simply Sondheim. Following Swell Party, the venue will Glorious Gershwin which will feature performances by Willard White and Kim Criswell.

"Written by John Kane and first staged at West End's Vaudeville Theatre in 1991, A Swell Party recreates the spirit of the US songwriter through words and music and includes classic songs like "I Get A Kick Out of You", "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "Night and Day" from shows such as High Society, Kiss Me Kate, Anything Goes and Gay Divorce," describes UK news source What's On Stage.

Universal CitiWalk Hosts 'Wannabe Wicked' - 8/6/2008

As part of its free "Summer Block Party" entertainment series, Universal CityWalk is partnering with the blockbuster musical WICKED to present "Wannabe Wicked," a competitive performance series that will award an aspiring performer with a walk-on appearance in the Los Angeles production.

Each "Wannabe Wicked" Wednesday performance will showcase ten selected performers who have been invited to sing before a live Universal CityWalk audience, with competition dates on Wednesdays July 30 and August 6 at 7 pm.

On Wednesday, August 20, the finalists will perform again, and a winner will be selected and will win a walk-on appearance in WICKED. The public is invited and admission is free to all of these events.

Performers who wish to take part in the "Wannabe Wicked" competition can still participate and are encouraged to visit They'll be directed to upload and submit their online video performance entry, selecting one song to perform from a list of five suggested songs: "Popular," "Defying Gravity," "Dancing Through Life," "For Good" or "The Wizard and I."

The online performances of WICKED's most memorable songs will be judged weekly by theater industry professionals on the basis of vocal quality, performance delivery, vocal accuracy and overall performance.

There is a $10 processing fee to submit the online audition. Deadline for submission is 5pm PST has been extended to July 31. Additional information, including dates, rules and regulations and audition video requirements, is located at

"Wannabe Wicked" Wednesdays are part of CityWalk's "Summer Block Party" featuring free entertainment seven nights a week including live bands, the popular free movie night and talent competitions from June 20 through August 31.

WICKED, the smash hit musical that the New York Times called, "one of the most successful shows in Broadway history" continues its long engagement at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood through January 11, 2009. Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED's music and lyrics is composed by Stephen Schwartz and includes a book written by Winnie Holzman. The production is directed by Joe Mantello, with musical staging by Wayne Cilento. WICKED is a production of Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.

Winner of 20 major awards including the Grammy® Award and three Tony Awards®, WICKED is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. "Wicked" tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.

WICKED tickets are on sale at, by phone at 213-365-3500 or 714-740-7878, in person at the Pantages Theatre Box Office, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., or at any Ticketmaster outlet. Groups of fifteen (15) or more can call 866-755-3075 or online at

Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A., includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex; the Universal CityWalk Cinemas; and the Gibson Amphitheatre concert and special event venue. The theme park features such groundbreaking attractions as "Revenge of the Mummy™ - The Ride," "Shrek 4-D™," "Jurassic Park® - The Ride," the world-renowned Studio Tour, which takes guests behind-the-scenes of such landmark TV and movie locations and sets as Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds," and the new mega-attraction, "The Simpsons Ride."

Universal Studios Hollywood ( is a unit of Universal Parks & Resorts, a division of Universal Studios, a part of NBC Universal. NBC Universal is one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May of 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi.

Broadway Kids Care Hosts Bake Sale on 8/6 - 8/6/2008

Broadway Kids Care (BKC), the organization of theater kids for kids (and others), will host its 2nd annual Bake Sale.   Kids from such Broadway shows as Mary Poppins, South Pacific, Gypsy, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and more, will sell baked goods and handmade potholders in Fireman's Park (48th Street between Broadway and 8th Ave.) between their matinee and evening performances on Wednesday, August 6 (3:30 – 7:00 p.m.).  Proceeds from the Bake Sale will benefit the UNICEF/Pampers One Pack = One Vaccine Program, an international initiative to protect women and babies from preventable disease.

Kelly Gonda, founder of Broadway Kids Care and President of East of Doheny, feels "the best thing about BKC is that it allows the children to get together, become friends, have fun and do great things for others (and the parents get to know one another too)."
During its brief history, BKC's members have participated in a variety of charitable works.  They have hosted Halloween and Easter events where they assembled gifts for the children of Freedom House, knitted scarves for the residents at the Lillian Booth Actor's Home, made peace/friendship bracelets for the troops in Iraq and created hats for children undergoing chemotherapy at the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, among other projects.  Future projects include a cook book, a calendar, Knitting Project 2008, a video pen-pal exchange with an orphanage in Nairobi and biggest of all, the Ghost Light Awards (information to follow at a later date!).
BKC's dream is to become a nationwide organization, and ultimately, a global one.  For more information about Broadway Kids Care, visit their website at

The Boys from Syracuse - 8/7/2008

Set in the frolicking forties, this brand new adaptation by award winning Broadway Director David Bell is a Chicagoland premiere! Relentlessly hilarious, this comedy of errors revolves around the escapades and romantic mix-ups of not one—but two sets of identical twins! This sensational bit of slapstick delights with dazzling swing dancing and a show-stopping score. It's a good time the whole family will enjoy!

Runs August 7 – September 28, 2008 at Drury Lane Oakbrook. Call the Box Office at (630) 530-0111 for ticket information.

The King is dead - 8/7/2008

Highwire Theatre will present the world premiere of "The King Is Dead" by Caroline V. McGraw, directed by Jerry Ruiz, from August 7 to 17 in the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre of the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex. The play is a gripping and suspenseful coming of age story, grounded in a realistic style with a gothic twist. Five teenagers go on a class trip to Graceland that takes an unexpectedly eerie turn and changes their relationships forever.

Harlem Summer Shakespeare - 8/7/2008

PULSE ENSEMBLE THEATRE, headed by Artistic Director Alexa Kelly, returns to NYC's Riverbank State Park, 145th Street & Riverside Drive, on August 7th with it's 4th annual HARLEM SUMMER SHAKESPEARE production. The multi-ethnic, open air production of William Shakespeare's comedy "TWELFTH NIGHT", which begins August 7th and continues through August 24th, is FREE to the public on a first come, first served basis and is a feature of Harlem Week. The performances, Thursdays through Sundays at 8 PM, will be in the park's newly-renovated Amphitheatre overlooking the Hudson River in Riverbank State Park. Audience members are invited to bring their own seat cushions.

This is the 4th season Pulse Ensemble Theatre and the Harlem Summer Shakespeare has presented Free Shakespeare in Riverbank State Park. The company's productions are known for updating the visual aspect of the plays while keeping Shakespeare's language intact. "The goal is to excite and entertain a non-theatre going audience, and inspire them with the limitless possibilities of live theatre" said Alexa Kelly. The company's first three seasons included critically acclaimed productions of THE TEMPEST, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and ROMEO AND JULIET where Lord and Lady Capulet danced to Marvin Gaye and Romeo first spied Juliet as she danced to The Black Eyed Peas! The New York Times said of "A Midsummer Night's Dream": "The audience – which did not resemble any audience I have seen at the Delacorte or any other mainstream Shakespeare venue—obviously loved it!" Last summer's production of THE TEMPEST, where Izod shirts replaced Elizabethan ruffs, continued the company's tradition of making Shakespeare immediate and accessible to audiences new to Shakespeare as well as to those familiar with the Bard.

Set in today's New York City, TWELFTH NIGHT also uses Shakespeare's language unchanged. We find Duke Orsino, played by Sean Fredericks, is partial to the music of Led Zepelin while Sir Toby (Richard Vernon) and Sir Andrew ((Mark Hilgers) like reliving their heyday back at Studio 54. Lady Olivia (Annie Paul) practices yoga while Feste the clown (David McLellan) is a modern day Busker. Ms. Kelly said: "Our production of ROMEO AND JULIET was loosely based on the TV show LAW & ORDER and THE TEMPEST was inspired by LOST. This production of TWELFTH NIGHT is loosely inspired by image-conscious New Yorkers obsessed with their fitness rituals".

Director Alexa Kelly, who also directed A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, ROMEO & JULIET, and THE TEMPEST, has been Artistic Director of Pulse Ensemble Theatre since 1989. The sets for TWELFTH NIGHT will be designed by John MCDermott, with lighting by Steve O'Shea, costumes by Kristine Koury and sound design by BrIan Richardson. The production Stage Manager is Shelly VanVliet.

Raushanah Simmons, who plays 'Viola', has appeared in George C. Wolfe's production of MOTHER COURAGE at the Delacorte Theatre and played 'Ariel' in last summer's Harlem Summer Shakespeare production of THE TEMPEST. On TV she has been seen on "Sex and the City" and "Law & Order" among others.

The cast of TWELFTH NIGHT also includes Loren Fenton (Valentine), Nick Flemming (Antonio), R. J. Foster (Sebastian), Camille Mazurek (Maria), Justin M. Carter (Fabian), Clarence Sailor (Curio), and BrIan Richardson (Malvolio).

The Harlem Summer Shakespeare Project invites young people from the Harlem community to work with the professional acting company, and also offers free acting workshops. The project is sponsored in part by New York State Council on the Arts, Con Edison, Councilman Robert Jackson and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Riverbank State Park.

Pulse Ensemble Theatre, founded in 1989 by Alexa Kelly, is dedicated to making the Classics accessible and exciting to the youth of today; to multi-ethnic casting; to creating a nurturing environment for actors, to developing new audiences and providing outreach programs to the community. While based on Theatre Row for 13 years, Pulse presented outdoor Shakespeare in their courtyard. After losing their theatre in 2002, Pulse began presenting free Summer Shakespeare in Harlem's Riverbank State Park. The company also runs a weekly Playwrights' Lab from which it develops a new play each year – they are currently working with the Indian American Arts Council on Reuters' writer Anuvab Pal's play "Chaos Theory."

The Boys from Syracuse - 8/7/2008

David Bell's brand new adaptation of the classic Richard Rodgers (The King & I, South Pacific, The Sound of Music) and Laurence Hart hit "The Boys from Syracuse", will make its Chicago Premiere August 7, open August 14 and run through September 28 at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL. Premiering in 1938 and based on Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, "The Boys From Syracuse" was the first musical written based on a Shakespeare play. The Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace production will star Rod Thomas as Antipholus of Ephesus and Timothy Gregory will star as Antipholus of Syracuse.

"The Boys from Syracuse" revolves around the escapades and romantic mix-ups of long-separated identical twins Antipholus of Ephesus and Antipholus of Syracuse, whose servants, the two Dromios, are also long-separated identical twins. Complications arise when the wives of the Ephesians, Adriana and her servant Luce, mistake the two strangers for their husbands. The ironic tale of these separated brothers is a hilarious take on the classic Shakespearean story. This runaway Broadway hit combines Richard Rodgers' rich melodies and Laurence Hart's witty lyrics in the classic score, including "Falling in Love with Love," "Sing for Your Supper," and "This Can't be Love." The Boys from Syracuse is as entertaining, vibrant, and riotous as when it first took Broadway by storm.

After brief runs at the Schubert Theatres in New Haven and Boston, The Boys from Syracuse opened on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre on Nov. 23, 1938. "The Boys from Syracuse" ran on Broadway for nearly 11 months (235 performances) before closing on Oct. 6, 1939. The production has returned to New York twice since, in 1963 Off Broadway at Theatre Four it ran for over 500 performances, and again to Broadway in 2002 at the American Airlines Theater.

"The Boys from Syracuse" stars Anne Acker, Melody Betts, Gary Carlson, Devin DeSantis, Jarret Ditch, Jackson Evans, Michael Glazer, Mallory Green, Tim Gregory, Kent Haina, Sean Michael Hunt, George Keating, Andrew Keltz, Dorrey Lyles, Susan Moniz, Kelli Morgan, Max Quinlan, Ryan Reilly, Cara Salerno, Laura Scheinbaum, Katie Spellman, Joey Stone, Peter Terry, Rod Thomas, Emily Thompson, Tiffany Topol, Sean Walton and Bernie Yvon.

The artistic team for "The Boys from Syracuse" is led by director and choreographer David Bell with musical direction by Keith Dworkin. Set Design is by Sally Weiss, Costume Design is by Tatjana Radisic, Lighting Design is by Jesse Klug and Properties Design is by Gregory Isaacs.

The performance schedule is as follows: Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. ($28), Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. ($28) and 8 p.m. ($31), Fridays at 8:30 p.m. ($33), Saturdays at 5 p.m. ($33) and 8:30 p.m. ($33) and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. ($33) and 6 p.m. ($31). Season subscriptions start as low as $95 for 5 shows. Dinner packages range from $42.75 to $54 (depending on the day of the week). A special family four pack offer is available for $95 to select performances. Inquire at box office or website for details and prices. For reservations, phone (630) 530-0111 or call TicketMaster at 312-559-1212. You may also visit or

Barrington Presents 'See Rock City' Beginning 8/7 - 8/7/2008

Barrington Stage Company, Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, presents "See Rock City & Other Destinations." Book and lyrics by Adam Mathias, music by Brad Alexander, and directed by Kevin Del Aguila. August 7, 2008 - August 23, 2008

Fueled by a brilliant pop-rock score, See Rock City & Other Destinations ventures to tourist destinations across America, mapping out stories of sightseers who need to get a little lost in order to find themselves. Winner of the 2007 Jerry Bock Award and the 2008 Richard Rodgers Award.

Part of Barrington Stage Company's Musical Theatre Lab - William Finn, Artistic Producer.

With Jill Abramovitz, Gwen Hollander, John Jellison, David Rossmer, Benjamin Schrader, Wesley Taylor, and Cassie Wooley.

New Harmony Concludes Season With 'My Fair Lady' - 8/7/2008

New Harmony Theatre, University of Southern Indiana's professional Equity stage, brings its 2008 season to a close with "My Fair Lady," the Tony Award-winning musical that tells a tale of love and transformation as Eliza, a lowly flower seller, learns to speak like a lady with tutelage from phonetics professor and confirmed bachelor Henry Higgins. The musical, which runs August 1 - 17 in New Harmony's Murphy Auditorium, features a cast of Broadway luminaries in principal roles and USI students and alumni filling out the ensemble and serving in a variety of roles offstage.

According to Lenny Leibowitz, New Harmony Theatre's artistic director, "'My Fair Lady' is the brightest star in the musical theatre galaxy. It is a perfect union of story and song that sparkles with buoyant wit, irrepressible joy, and unabashed ardor."  In the musical, based on George Bernard Shaw's play, "Pygmalion," Professor Higgins makes a bet that he can pass off Eliza as a duchess by teaching her to speak properly. Tempers flare and romantic sparks fly throughout the experiment, and eventually Higgins realizes that he has been transformed as well; he is no longer impervious to love.  The score features classics like, "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," "On the Street Where You Live," and "I Could Have Danced All Night."

Leibowitz said that "My Fair Lady" is ideally suited to a cast that includes Broadway stars as well as the fresh talent USI students and alumni represent: "A musical like 'My Fair Lady' requires talent, experience and the technical skill represented by our veteran performers.  It also requires the stamina, enthusiasm, and exuberance of our young professionals.  Not only do they get to work on the greatest material ever written, but in rehearsals, they have gotten a daily workshop in singing, acting, dancing in a variety of styles, and even dialect work from some of the nation's most experienced performers. They are becoming more versatile and discovering just how much they will need to know to make it in the business."

Broadway actress Susan Derry plays Eliza, a role the classically-trained Derry has been dreaming of playing since her girlhood.  She is shadowed by two aspiring actresses from the USI theatre program who understudy Derry, Kensington Blaylock and Amelia Dalto.  Dalto also serves as the production's choreographer, and Blaylock performs in the ensemble.  According to Dalto, Derry is "a brilliant performer and I have learned so much from working with her.  Going through her movements and singing her songs, I have learned a lot about myself as a performer and about working in a professional environment.  The Broadway actors have been so sweet!  They are older than me, and so it has been interesting, because as their choreographer, I am kind of their boss.  I look up to them because they are all so impressive, but they have treated me as a professional.  The whole process has been awe-inspiring."

In addition to Derry, the cast of "My Fair Lady" includes Broadway actors Chris Kipiniak as Henry Higgins, Bob Ader as Pickering, Joy Franz as Mrs. Pearce and Mrs. Higgins, Steve Luker as Doolittle, and J. Max Miller as Freddy.  Other USI students or alumni involved in the production include Brandon Eck and Rachel Schenk, both in the ensemble; Paige Scott, assistant musical director; Robert Dagit, sound designer; Joshua Buente, understudy; Sean Nicholl and Christa Crow, electricians; Joshua Lenn, carpenter; Bradley Lock and Anna Kysar, stitchers; and Natalie Singer, Michael Myers, and Rachel Ziegler, administrative staff.

The artistic team for "My Fair Lady" includes Lenny Leibowitz, director; Cynthia Shaw, musical director; Amelia Dalto, choreographer; Tijana Bjelajac, scenic designer; Shan Jensen, costume designer; Craig A. Young, lighting designer; Robert Dagit, sound designer; and Michele Fugate, production stage manager.

Tickets for "My Fair Lady" are $24 for adults, $22 for seniors, and $10 for anyone 25 or younger. On Thursday, August 7, Posey County residents can attend the production for only $8 thanks to a grant from the Posey County Community Foundation.  Group discounts are available for groups of 20 or more. For more information about the New Harmony Theatre's production of "My Fair Lady," contact the box office at 812/682-3115 or toll free at 1-877-NHT-SHOW (648-7469), or visit the theatre's new web site at

B'way At Bryant Continues 8/7 With Ellis, Benanti, Tveit a - 8/7/2008

Continuing its free lunchtime series this week, "106.7 Lite fm Presents Broadway in Bryant Park 2008" welcomes the casts of  Spring Awakening, Xanadu, Wicked, Gypsy, & Mary Poppins on Thursday, August 7th, 12:30 pm at Bryant Park Lawn, 6th Avenue between 40th & 42nd St, NYC. Presented by Bank of America, this FREE lunchtime series takes place over six consecutive THURSDAYS: July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7, 14. The FREE annual event will be hosted by WLTW's on-air personalities and feature live performances from the hottest on and off-Broadway shows! Log onto for the performance listings, schedule updates, and the chance to win FREE Broadway tickets!

-SPRING AWAKENING- Gerard Canonico, Amanda Castanos, Blake Daniel, Matt Doyle, Andrew Durand, Emma Hunton, Morgan Karr, Emily Kinney, Caitlin Kinnunen, Alice Lee, Eryn Murman, Zach Reiner-Harris, Alexandra Socha, Jesse Swenson, Jenna Ushkowitz, Gabriel Violet


- WICKED- Kerry Ellis, Katie Adams and Aaron Tveit

- GYPSY- Laura Benanti, Leigh Ann Larkin, Tony Yazbeck, Geo Seery, John Scacchetti, Pearce Wegener, Matty Price, Steve Konopelski

- Mary Poppins- Megan Osterhaus, Matt Loehr, Kathy Calahan, Alexandra Berro, Daniel Marconi, Aaron Albano, Kate Chapman, Brian Collier, Barrett Davis, Suzanna Hylenski, Stephan Stubbins

B'way At Bryant Continues 8/7 With Ellis, Benanti, Tveit and More! - 8/7/2008

Continuing its free lunchtime series this week, "106.7 Lite fm Presents Broadway in Bryant Park 2008" welcomes the casts of  Spring Awakening, Xanadu, Wicked, Gypsy, & Mary Poppins on Thursday, August 7th, 12:30 pm at Bryant Park Lawn, 6th Avenue between 40th & 42nd St, NYC. Presented by Bank of America, this FREE lunchtime series takes place over six consecutive THURSDAYS: July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7, 14. The FREE annual event will be hosted by WLTW's on-air personalities and feature live performances from the hottest on and off-Broadway shows! Log onto for the performance listings, schedule updates, and the chance to win FREE Broadway tickets!

-SPRING AWAKENING- Gerard Canonico, Amanda Castanos, Blake Daniel, Matt Doyle, Andrew Durand, Emma Hunton, Morgan Karr, Emily Kinney, Caitlin Kinnunen, Alice Lee, Eryn Murman, Zach Reiner-Harris, Alexandra Socha, Jesse Swenson, Jenna Ushkowitz, Gabriel Violet


- WICKED- Kerry Ellis, Katie Adams and Aaron Tveit

- GYPSY- Laura Benanti, Leigh Ann Larkin, Tony Yazbeck, Geo Seery, John Scacchetti, Pearce Wegener, Matty Price, Steve Konopelski

- Mary Poppins- Megan Osterhaus, Matt Loehr, Kathy Calahan, Alexandra Berro, Daniel Marconi, Aaron Albano, Kate Chapman, Brian Collier, Barrett Davis, Suzanna Hylenski, Stephan Stubbins

Photo Credit Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

THeater Oobleck's 'The Strangerer' Adds Three Performances - 8/7/2008

Theater Oobleck's acclaimed production of Mickle Maher's The Strangerer will play its final performance this Thursday, August 7 at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street).  The show will play 3 additional performances tonight, tomorrow and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. before the company must head back to Chicago to begin work on their upcoming fall election play The Trojan Candidate, which is slated to run at The Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland Ave. 2nd Fl., Chicago) October 3 through November 3, 2008.  The Barrow Street Theatre will host a variety of performances as a venue for the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival beginning August 8.

The Strangerer completed its sold-out smash hit run at Chicago's Chopin Theatre on June 29, 2008 and began performances in NYC on July 9.  The play's entire original cast reprised their praised performances for the Barrow Street Theatre engagement: Guy Massey, Mickle Maher, Colm O'Reilly and Brian Shaw.

As enthusiasts may recall, one of the titles on President George W. Bush's 2006 summer vacation reading list was Albert Camus' absurdist tale of senseless murder, The Stranger.  In hopes that the French philosopher might shed some light on the current political climate – or vice versa – Maher's new play, The Strangerer, collides several of Camus' works with the first Bush/Kerry Presidential debate in 2004.  The formalities of the debate are overturned as Bush and Kerry struggle with the question not of, if or why an innocent man should be killed (the man in question being moderator Jim Lehrer), but rather what is the proper manner in which to go about killing him.  The Strangerer is part political satire, part classical drama, part contemporary debate and a murder mystery with the murderers in plain view.

Set Design is by Mickle Maher, Lighting Design is by Martha Bayne and Sound Design is by Chris Schoen.

The Strangerer is a Theater Oobleck production in association with Barrow Street Theatre (and is a project of Creative Capital).  The running time is 95 minutes with no intermission.  Tickets are priced at $30.00 and are available at (212) 239-6200 or by visiting the Barrow Street Theatre Box Office.

The air conditioned Barrow Street Theatre is located at 27 Barrow Street at 7th Avenue South in the heart of Greenwich Village.  Nearby subway stops are the 1 at Christopher Street (walk 1 block South on 7th Avenue to Barrow) and the A, C, E, B, D, F and V at West 4th (walk West on 4th Street, left on Barrow).

bare: the musical - 8/8/2008

At The Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Through 08/31: Fri - Sat at 8PM, Sun at 2PM

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Tickets: $20 General. Ask about student prices.

bare is a contemporary new musical that tells the story of a group of students at a Catholic boarding school searching for their own voice in a world of expectation and contradiction. In their search to be "seen" and "heard" these teenagers confront such issues as sexual orientation, prejudice, drug use, teen pregnancy, and religious spirituality. And at its heart is "an operatic love story".

bare: the musical - 8/8/2008

Opening Night Performance includes reception with cast & crew following the performance! The Baltimore/DC Premiere of bare: the musical! 08.08.08 - 08.31.08, Fri - Sat at 8PM, Sun at 2PM Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 Tickets: $20 adults; $17 Seniors/Students Online: or Phone: 443-847-3135

bare: the musical - 8/8/2008

Opening Night Performance includes reception with cast & crew following the performance! The Baltimore/DC Premiere of bare: the musical! 08.08.08 - 08.31.08, Fri - Sat at 8PM, Sun at 2PM Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 Tickets: $20 adults; $17 Seniors/Students Online: or Phone: 443-847-3135

Colonomos' Play to Premiere @ Fringe - 8/8/2008

In her new play, THE THIRD FROM THE LEFT, former Martha Graham dancer, Jean Colonomos, dramatizes the struggles five women face to find the emotional strength and physical endurance to master one of Graham's highly challenging works. Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera and produced by Diane Levine, THE THIRD FROM THE LEFT will have its American premiere at the New York International Fringe Festival with five performances between August 8-17 at the CSV Cultural and Educational Center – Flamboyan, 107 Suffolk Street (between Rivington and Delancey Streets). Performance dates and times to be announced. A production of The Present Company in association with Playwrights' Arena. Tickets are $15. For Information/Tickets visit or call 866-468-7619.

From 1964-1968 Ms. Colonomos performed with The Martha Graham Dance Company. THE THIRD FROM THE LEFT is a fictionalized dramatization of Ms. Colonomos' experiences in the 1964 revival of Martha Graham's masterpiece, "Primitive Mysteries." It is about how these dancers cope with the back-breaking choreography, their friendships and the genius, Martha Graham. "In 1964 we were performing in 'The King and I' at the New York State Theatre while reconstructing 'Primitive Mysteries,' " says Ms. Colonomos. "It was a difficult period and this play is a tribute to Martha Graham and to the passionate commitment dancers make to their art and what they endure to fulfill their dreams."

Jean Colonomos' plays have been presented in New York, Los Angeles and regionally in such venues as St. Peter's Church at Citicorp, The Actors and Directors Theatre, The Nat Horne, Playwrights' Arena, The Santa Fe Playhouse, The University of Southern Oregon, Georgia State University, among others. THE THIRD FROM THE LEFT received excellent reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2006. For her play, "Treasure Hunt," she received a Drama-Logue award; "Palm Fever" received the Los Angeles Playwriting Award and "Penumbra" received a workshop production at the South Carolina Playwrights' Festival. Ms. Colonomos and director, Jon Lawrence Rivera received Citations from the City of Los Angeles for their production of "Black Dawn," about war trauma blindness among female victim survivors of the Cambodian Holocaust. As a poet, Ms. Colonomos is published online at, under The National Library of Poets.

Regarded as one of the foremost pioneers of modern dance, Martha Graham is widely considered one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Graham invented a new movement vocabulary and used it to reveal the breadth of human experience, both the light and the dark.

Jon Lawrence Rivera most recently directed "Hero" by Luis Alfaro (Studio/Stage), "Hillary A

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