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Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 9/4/2007

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Below is BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 9/4/2007. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit BroadwayWorld.com's Event Calendar.

Mamma Mia - San Francisco - 9/5/2007

Mamma Mia! the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to the Orpheum Theatre for a limited engagement September 5 - 22. Mamma Mia! is presented as a special attraction to the 2006-2007 Best of Broadway season, brought to you by Citibank, under the direction of Carole Shorenstein Hays. Tickets go on sale in June.

"Inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs, writer Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny tale of family and friendship unfolds on a Greek island," states press notes, "On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Songs including 'Dancing Queen,' 'The Winner Takes It All,' 'Money, Money, Money' and 'Take A Chance on Me' are all featured in this feel-good night of fun and laughter."

With more productions playing simultaneously around the world than any other new musical, Mamma Mia! is now The World's #1 Show. There are currently 10 productions of Mamma Mia! running concurrently around the world (8 permanent productions and 2 tours); with a worldwide gross of over $1.6 billion dollars and audiences of more than 27 million people.

Beginning in June, tickets forMamma Mia!, ranging in price from $35 to $99, can be purchased online at www.shnsf.com, through Ticketmaster by calling 415-512-7770, at www.ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and the Orpheum Theatre Box Office (1192 Market at 8th St., M-S 10am – 6pm). For groups of 20 or more, call Group Sales at 415-551-2020. To learn more about Mamma Mia!and other SHN shows, please visit www.shnsf.com.

Performances schedule: Tuesday - Friday at 8PM; Saturdays at 2 & 8PM; Sundays at 2 & 7:30PM. Additional performances Thursday, September 6 & 20 at 2PM; and Wednesday, September 19 at 2PM.

Heartbreak House - Berkeley Rep - 9/5/2007

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.

Alfred Kinsey: A Love Story - 9/5/2007

The New York Theatre Collective presents Alfred Kinsey: A Love Story by Mike Folie, running Off-Broadway at the Michael Weller Theatre, 311 West 43rd Street (6th Floor). Previews begin on Wednesday, September 5 and the Opening is Monday, September 10 at 8:00 pm.

Alfred Kinsey: A Love Story "examines the unreliability of objective truth and provides a subjective and multi-faceted appraisal of one man's obsessive fascination with sex and sexual orientation. His voyeuristic search for the truth through his subjects' sex lives ultimately leads him full circle to shattering discoveries about himself. It is a highly theatrical and fictionalized biography revealing the raw, hot emotions that often hide beneath the seemingly cold search for scientific knowledge. With the wreckage of his memories and hallucinatory fragments, Kinsey's own erotic voyage is placed under examination; exposing how people can lie to themselves, even when they are on a quest for ultimate truth," state press materials.

Performances of Alfred Kinsey: A Love Story are: Monday; Thursday; Friday & Saturday 8:00 pm; Sunday 7:30 pm. There will be special performances: Wednesday 9/5at 8:00 pm. and a matinee on Sunday 9/9 at 3:00 pm. Tickets are only $18 and are available by calling (212) 352-3101 / Toll Free 1 (866) 811-4111 or through www.Theatermania.com

SF Fringe Festival - 9/5/2007

The 2007 San Francisco Fringe Festival brings over 250 performances of 38 new shows to 8 venues in 12 days! The Fringe Festival features fresh, exciting theatre of all kinds for open-minded audiences of all persuasions from September 5 through 16.

"Now in its 16th year, The Fringe offers bright, new, often hysterical, and sometimes shocking theatre by up-and-coming writers and performers, as well as seasoned veterans. Often over-the-top and under-the-radar of traditional theatre, The Fringe has its rabid devotees – and wins new fans every year," states press notes.

The Fring runs for 12 days, September 5 through 16, with 38 shows in eight downtown San Francisco venues, all (but one) within walking distance of Union Square and the Powell Street BART station. For all venues, performance and ticket information, visit (www.sffringe.org)

Milla Ilieva @ Barnes & Noble - 9/5/2007

Barnes & Noble's Any Wednesday celebrates the best in jazz, cabaret and theater performers by inviting Milla Ilieva, releasing of her debut CD "Taking A Chance On Love" on Bruce Kimmel's Kritzerland label at the Lincoln Triangle Barnes and Noble at 66th and Broadway in New York City on Wednesday, September 5.

Milla will perform songs chosen from the following well-known and lesser known Broadway and film songs: "What A Night This Is Going To Be/Night Of My Nights," "A Cockeyed Optimist," "When Does The Ravishing Begin," "Where's That Rainbow," "I Found Him/I Could Have Danced All Night," "Do What You Do/Do It Again," "Tess's Torch Song," "Time Heals Everything," "Sara Lee," "Everybody's Girl," "The Only Game In Town," "I'd Rather Wake Up By Myself," "Taking A Chance On Love," and "Half A Moment."

Her performance, with Paul Trueblood at the piano, begins at 6PM and is followed by a signing/meet-and-greet session. The event is free and open to all. For questions, comments or if you require further information, please call 212-595-9340. For more information visit www.do-re-milla.com.

Two Rooms in Davis - 9/5/2007

Eastwind Theatre Company will present Brad Savilleâ??s Two Rooms in Davis from September 5-30, at the Richmond Shepard Theatre. The production is directed by Saville. It opens on September 14.

Starring in Two Rooms in Davis are Penny Bittone, Jennifer Dees, Anne Fidler and Tim Scott.

"Two Rooms in Davis is the story of a filmmaker and his wife, an alcoholic, who live in a bed-and-breakfast in the rural mountain, ski-town of Davis, West Virginia and their night of partner-swapping with another married couple, a Wall Street Trader and an aspiring actress. As the play proceeds and the story unravels, we learn twisted tid-bits about the true nature and purpose of the 'swap,'" state press notes.

The Richmond Shepard Theatre is at 309 E. 26th St. at 2nd Ave. Tickets are $25. For reservations, call TheaterMania/OvationTix (212)352-3101 or (866) 811-4111, or visit www.eastwindtheatrecompany.com.

A New Television Arrives, Finally - 9/6/2007

Live From Planet Earth Productions will present a limited engagement of A New Television Arrives, Finally, an absurdist black comedy written by Kevin Mandel and directed by Kevin Kittle. Performances will run from September 6 - 30, 2007 at Theatre 54 (244 West 54 St.) in NYC. Previews begin September 6th for a September 10th opening.

"A New Television Arrives, Finally centers around an American couple visited by a charismatic man presenting himself as a television set. Is the handsome stranger a charlatan or a guru? And why is he awakening them from their spiritual slumber? A New Television Arrives, Finally is a hilarious and harrowing theatrical journey through the perils of entertainment-based reality, and the starving souls not yet sated by its sponsors," state press notes.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 1-800-838-3006 or visiting www.brownpapertickets.com/event/17628. For more info on the show, visit www.ANewTelevisionArrivesFinally.com.

Avenue Q Premiers In LA - 9/6/2007

Avenue Q at the Ahmanson Theatre

http://www.centertheatregroup.org/tickets/

Awake and Sing! UK - 9/6/2007

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.

The Power of Darkness - 9/6/2007

Mint Theater Company will present Leo Tolstoy's dramatic landmark, The Power Of Darkness beginning September 6th.; limited engagement will run through October 28th.

"Tolstoy's tragedy is a heartrending and cautionary tale about the consequences of pursuing personal gain while disregarding morality and the dictates of one's own conscience. Time has not diminished the power of this masterful drama which is likely to challenge the nerves of even the most hardened of theatergoers. Set amidst the squalor, superstition and ignorance of a peasant village in Russia, the play's subtitle: 'If the claw is caught, the bird is lost' evocatively describes the downward spiral of the play's young protagonist whose philandering ensnares him in a web of murder, adultery and infanticide leading ultimately to despair and a cry for redemption."

The Power Of Darkness will take place on the Third Floor of 311 West 43rd Street, beginning September 6th. For more information, visit www.minttheater.org or call 212/315-0231.

You May Go Now - 9/6/2007

The Babel Theatre Project will present the world premiere of You May Go Now, a new play by 2006 Innovative Theatre Award-Winning playwright Bekah Brunstetter (To Nineveh), directed by Geordie Broadwater. Performances begin September 6, opening Sunday, September 9th running through September 29th at the 45th Street Theatre.

"Dottie has trained Betty to be the perfect 1950s housewife; to cook the perfect pot roast, to bake a gorgeous seven-layer cake, to remove any stain. And tonight, Betty's 18th birthday, it is time for Betty to go out into the world. Only Dottie has failed to mention that the year is 2007, that the world is a vast and complex place, and that there is reason she cannot abide being called "Mother." Ghosts from the past haunt the women and shatter their idyllic, if odd, existence. When a mysterious traveler is stranded at their home, he brings a revelation that forces Betty to choose between the love of her "mother" and her freedom and sanity," state press materials.

At Upstairs at the 45th Street Theatre is at 354 West 45th Street, NYC. Tickets are $18 and they are available at www.theatermania.com or 212-352-3101. For more information, visit www.babeltheatreproject.org.

Anthony Fedorov @ Golden Gates PA - 9/6/2007

Anthony Fedorov will perform at the Golden Gates Club in Philadelphia on Thursday, September 6 at 7:30 PM, accompanied by his band.

The Golden Gates club is located at 11058 Rennard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19116. Meet and greet will be held before the show, so please arrive one hour prior to showtime. Parking is free, but the event is cash only.

Anthony Fedorov, who most recently starred in the off-Broadway production of the Fantasticks, will perform songs from his upcoming album, as well as some covers.

To buy tickets or for more information, go to this website: http://www.anthonyfanclub.com/concertafc.html. Tickets are $30 each.

The Wedding Singer Tour Begins - 9/7/2007

The Wedding Singer, the new hit musical based on the popular 1998 New Line Cinema film, will launch its 2007 road tour at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis on September 7, 2007.

Rooms By the Sea - 9/7/2007

A new play by Mark Squirek. At The Mobtown Theatre at Meadow Mill. Through September 15. $12 General/$10 Students and Seniors. www.mobtownplayers.com or 410-467-3057

Wicked - UK 1st Anniversary - 9/7/2007

On Friday, September 7th, London's Wicked will celebrate its first year in the West End. Wicked plays the Apollo Victoria Theatre. For more photos, video and information, visit www.wickedthemusical.co.uk.

The cast of London's Wicked features Dianne Pilkington as Glinda, Oliver Tompsett (RoyAl Hunt of the Sun, National Theatre) as Fiyero, and Andy Mace (Martin Guerre) as Doctor Dillamond, with Kerry Ellis (Elphaba), Susie Blake (Madame Morrible), Nigel Planer (The Wizard), James Gillan (Boq) and Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose).

A Little Night Music - 9/7/2007

South Coast Repertory leads off the 2007-08 Season with Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's waltz-filled musical comedy, A Little Night Music. Stefan Novinski directs with musical direction by Dennis Castellano; to run from September 7 through October 7 on the Segerstrom Stage.

"Sophisticated and stylish, A Little Night Music abounds with effervescent wit as romantic liaisons are played out beneath the mysterious summer night of Sweden at the turn of the century. The memorable score composed in three-quarter time contains Sondheim's most popular song, the haunting 'Send in the Clowns.' The original 1973 Broadway production was the winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, and two Grammy Awards," state press notes.

The cast includes Stephanie Zimbalist (Desirée Armfeldt), and Broadway's Mark Jacoby (Fredrik) and Teri Ralston (Madame Armfeldt). The cast of A Little Night Music also features Christopher Carothers (Mr. Lindquist), Misty Cotton (Petra), Karen Culliver (Mrs. Nordstrom), Joe Farrell (Henrik Egerman), Katie Horwitch (Fredrika Armfeldt), Damon Kirsche (Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm), Ann Marie Lee (Mrs. Anderssen), Tracy Lore (Mrs. Segstrom), Branden McDonald (Frid), Kevin McMahon (Mr. Erlanson), Amanda Naughton (Countess Charlotte Malcolm) and Carolann Sanita (Anne Egerman).

Tickets to A Little Night Music can be purchased online at www.scr.org, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the box office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Performances begin on Sept. 7 and continue through Oct. 7. Ticket prices range from $20 to $70. Low-priced preview performances are available from Sept. 7 to Sept. 13.

Performance times: Previews: Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 9, Tuesday, Sept. 11 and Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m., and Thursday, Sept. 13 at 8:00pm. Regular Performances: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m., and Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 25 years of age and under, educators, seniors and groups of 15 or more. There will be a "Pay-What-You-Will" performance on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 2:30 p.m. (Suggested Price: $10, $7 Minimum) and an ASL-interpreted performance on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 2:30 p.m.

South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa.

Expedition 6 - 9/8/2007

Magic Theatre, the premiere home for new plays, announces its 2007-08 Season of six world premiere productions. Opening September 2007 and running through June 2008, the season brings together Magic Theatre veterans and Bay Area newcomers with a compelling mix of theatrical storytelling.

Subscriptions and pass memberships are available for Magic Theatre's 2007-2008 Season. Six-play subscriptions range from $120 to $240 with flexible six-ticket passes from $144 to $264. Under-30 theatregoers can take advantage of the 3/30<30 membership and see three plays for only $30. All subscriptions are on sale now at www.magictheatre.org and 415-441-8822.

Magic Theatre's 2007-08 Season presents:

Expedition 6 A World Premiere Theatre Event created and directed by Bill Pullman in association with Chabot Space & Science Center September 8 – October 7, 2007 Opening: September 15 at 8PM

This original and theatrical docu-drama explores the political and personal life-and-death crisis of two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut stranded on Expedition 6, the International Space Station, after the Columbia Shuttle disaster of 2003 during the build-up to the Invasion of Iraq. Creator and director Pullman uses a company of 8 actors and 5 low-flying trapezes in this imaginative, stylized new work.

Lone Star Love - Seattle - 9/8/2007

Lone Star Love, a new musical comedy starring Academy Award-nominee Randy Quaid in his Broadway debut as Colonel John Falstaff.

The Broadway production will follow a limited engagement at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle from September 8th – 30th.

Robert Cuccioli and Dee Hoty also star. "Lone Star Love is inspired by Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor transplanted to the Wild West shortly after the Civil War. Confederate 'Colonel John' Falstaff works his charms on the wives of two wealthy cattle ranchers, with an eye on their husbands' land and money. Featured on stage are members of The Red Clay Ramblers – who won a special 1999 Tony Award for Fool Moon," state press notes.

An earlier version of Lone Star Love presented by Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Producing Director, Rosetta LeNoire, Founder) played a highly successful limited engagement Off-Broadway as part of the 2004-05 season under Michael Bogdanov's direction. A cast album was recorded and released by PS Classics.

For more information, visit www.5thavenue.org. Visit www.psclassics.com to order the Off-Broadway cast album of Lone Star Love.

Falsettos - LA - 9/8/2007

On Saturday, September 8th at 8 PM at the Wilshire Theatre (8440 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills), The Actors' Fund will present a one-night-only engagement of Falsettos, with music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Finn and James Lapine.

The performance will star Tony-winner Jason Alexander as Mendel, Malcolm Gets as Marvin, Vicki Lewis as Trina, Andrew Samonsky as Whizzer and Hudson Thames as Jason; more stars will be announced. It will feature Music Direction by John McDaniel and direction by David Galligan.

Falsettos received 7 Tony nominations, winning for Best Book of a Musical and Best Score in 1992. According to press notes, "Act 1, March of the Falsettos, is about how Marvin deals with his "family." He wants to be with Whizzer, but he does not want to lose the affections of his ex-wife and son. In the middle of all this, Marvin's psychiatrist, Mendel, is moving in on Trina, who he eventually marries. Marvin loses everyone in his frenzy not to do just that. Faced with this reality, he tries to talk to his son, who has been trying to deal with the fact that his father is gay, and gives him some fatherly advice that he must march to his own tune. In the end he has at least salvaged his relationship with Jason."

"Act 2, Falsettoland, takes place two years later. Jason is almost ready to be bar mitzvahed, and is worrying about which girls to invite. Two other characters are introduced in this act, Charlotte and Cordelia, the lesbians from next door. Marvin and Whizzer get back together and Marvin finally learns to love unselfishly and unconditionally. At this point, Whizzer is struck with a horrible, life-threatening disease, which the audience knows is AIDS. As Whizzer dies, the audience sees that after all that Marvin has been through, he will lose what is most precious to him. Marvin's 'family,' however, consisting of the other characters in the show, gather around him and by being there, offer their love and support."

For tickets call 323.933.9244x58 or for additional information, go to www.actorsfund.org Tickets are: VIP Orchestra, $250 (includes post-performance reception with the cast), Orchestra, $150, Rear Orchestra, $100, Front Mezzanine, $100, Mezzanine, $75, Balcony, $60, Rear Balcony, $30 (Sponsorship packages available).

The Shape of Metal - 9/8/2007

59E59 Theaters welcomes the return of Origin Theatre Company with the US premiere of Thomas Kilroy's The Shape of Metal, directed by Brian Murray and starring Roberta Maxwell. Produced in association with The Sullivan Project, the play begins performances on Saturday, September 8 for a limited engagement through Sunday, September 30. Press opening is Wednesday, September 12 at 8:15 PM.

"On the eve of the opening of a permanent exhibition of her work at the Museum of Modern Art, the world-renowned sculptor Nell Jeffrey and her daughter Judith struggle to come to terms with the disappearance of Grace, Judith's elder sister, who walked out of her mother's studio thirty years before. The mystery of Grace's disappearance lies at the heart of the play, and haunts both Judith's life and Nell's work until finally, through a cruel twist of fate, mother and daughter are forced to confront the events of the past, and exorcise its unquiet ghosts," state press notes.

The performance schedule is Tuesday – Saturday at 8:15 PM and Sunday at 3:15 PM. Tickets are $21 ($14.70 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or go to www.ticketcentral.com. For more information, visit www.59e59.org.

Purple Hearts - 9/8/2007

New York premiere of Purple Hearts - a new play by Burgess Clark. Previews begin September 5 prior to an official press opening of September 8 at the Gene Frankel Theatre (24 Bond Street, between Lafayette Street and The Bowery) in Manhattan.

The play - directed by Invisible City Artistic Director David Epstein - "is based on real events surrounding the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the U.S.S. West Virginia on December 7, 1941. For as long as three weeks after the attack, sailors survived aboard the sunken battleship waiting to be rescued. At the bottom of the sea, trapped under impossible conditions, they struggle to keep hope - and themselves - alive," state press notes.

Scheduled September 5 through September 22, Purple Hearts performs Wednesdays - Saturdays at 8pm at the Gene Frankel Theatre (24 Bond Street, between Lafayette Street and The Bowery). Tickets are $18 and can be reserved by calling 212-387-8440.

My Husband Is My Sister-In-Law - 9/8/2007

"My Husband Is My Sister-In-Law." An original, new, gay, romantic comedy, opens on September 8 at the Gardner Stages, West Hollywood (Sunset & Gardner, 1501 North Gardner, Los Angeles, CA 90046)

Written by Theresa Shell. Directed by Christa Woomer. Produced by T Cakes & I Productions, LLC.

Performances are September 8, 2007 Through October 6, 2007. Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. Tickets ($20) are available at 818-543-0537. or www.tandcakesproductions.com

In this refreshingly hilarious, poignant, comedy, Julian Webster, the Vice President of Programming at the Hosanna Network, has a problem. He is up for promotion to head of the network. Julian's fate hinges on being tapped by the network's ratings grabbing, program hostess and self-proclaimed "Equal Opportunity Bigot", Miss Amber Tammy. So, where's the problem? Julian is a closeted gay and Miss Amber Tammy is coming to his home to check him out before making her decision. Julian now faces losing it all. Enter, Lizzie, the waitress/playwright who marries him for the money to put her first work on stage and unknowingly becomes his beard. Lizzie innocently invites her brother, James, to a little get together as Miss Amber Tammy's date only to find out that he is Julian's "ex" who left him because he would not come out of the closet. Hilarity ensues! Can Julian and Lizzie pull this off and win this promotion for Julian without Miss Amber Tammy learning of his homosexuality? Or, will James' pleas for Julian to come out of the closet and return to him win the day?

Little Shop of Horrors - UK Closing - 9/8/2007

Menier Chocolate Factory's hit revival of Little Shop of Horrors, which is playing an extended West End run at the Ambassadors Theatre after a stint at the Duke of York's, will close on September 8th, according to Whatsonstage.com. A UK tour, "currently being booked for 2008," will follow.

Daniel Reichard @ Joe's Pub - 9/8/2007

Daniel Reichard, who stars as Bob Gaudio in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Jersey Boys, has been invited back by popular demand to perform "Summer Mix Tape" at Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette Street) on Saturday, September 8th at 11:45 PM.

"'Summer Mix Tape' is a mini-tribute to the making of mix tapes which truly climaxed in America in the late 1980s. The songs are classic rock. The stories are nostalgic, humiliating reminiscences of a childhood spent being the 8th of 9 children. Accompanied by a fabulous rock band, Daniel will sing some classics and lead the audience in a true celebration of summer music. Daniel will be joined onstage by special guest, singer/comedienne Wendy Ho (currently featured on the Logo network's music program 'NewNowNext')," state press notes.

Tickets to Summer Mix Tape are $25.00 each and are available at The Public Theater box office, by phone at 212-967-7555, and online at www.joespub.com.

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Closing - 9/9/2007

The Public Theater has announce that casting is complete for A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Daniel Sullivan, the second and final production of Shakespeare in the Park's 'Summer of Love.' Previews will begin on Tuesday, August 7th with performances continuing for five weeks through September 9th. The press opening will be Sunday, August 23rd .

The cast includes Jason Antoon (Burleigh Grime$, Contact) as Snout, Keith David (Hot Feet, Seven Guitars) as Oberon, Mireille Enos (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Absurd Person Singular) as Hermia, John Michael Hill as Puck, Austin Lysy (The Water's Edge, Macbeth) as Lysander, Tim Blake Nelson (The Grey Zone; film: O Brother Where Art Thou) as Quince, Daniel Oreskes (Aida, Electra) as Theseus, Missi Pyle (900 Oneonta) as Helena, Laila Robins (Heartbreak House, Frozen) as Titania, Jay O. Sanders (Saint Joan, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial) as Bottom, and Elliot Villar as Demetrius.

Performances of Shakespeare in the Park will be Tuesday Through Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are free and will be available on the day of the performance (two per person) at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park beginning at 1:00 p.m. and at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street (near Astor Place), from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The closest entrances to the Delacorte are at 81st Street and Central Park West or 70th Street and Fifth Avenue.

For additional information about Shakespeare in the Park, call (212) 539-8750 or visit The Public Theater website at www.publictheater.org.

Edge - 9/9/2007

Developed and first presented at The Actors Studio in 2003, Edge, written and directed by Paul Alexander, is set on the last day in the life of legendary poet Sylvia Plath starring Angela Torn.

Prior to engagements in LA and SF, followed by a second tour of Australia and New Zealand, Edge will return to the New York stage for five weeks only at the ArcLight Theater. Starring Angelica Torn in her award-winning performance, Edge will begin previews on September 4th with an opening night set for September 9th.

"The one-woman play deals with Plath's life as a whole, including her early years in Boston, the untimely death of her brilliant father, and her infamous suicide attempt of 1953, which became the basis of her classic novel, The Bell Jar. Edge also examines her tumultuous marriage to the dark, enigmatic poet, Ted Hughes, and ultimately reveals the unsettling sequence of events that ended with her death," state press materials.

The show plays Tuesday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm, and Sunday at 3pm at the ArcLight Theatre (152 West 71st Street). Tickets are $50, and $35 for seniors and $25 for students. Reservations can be made at TheaterMania/OvationTix at (212) 352-3101 or (866)811-4111, or www.edgeonstage.com.

Rachel York: For the Love of It - 9/9/2007

Rachel York sings For the Love of it September 9 and 15 at Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City, CA. Broadway, television, film and recording star Rachel York will be performing her cabaret act, For the Love of It, at Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City, CA on Sunday, September 9 and Saturday, September 15. Called LA's premier supper-club by entertainment reviewers and located at the legendary Vitello's Restaurant, Sterling's Upstairs is known for its dedication to presenting the best of Broadway performers and nightclub artists.

Rachel York is best known for her critically acclaimed Broadway performances in City of Angels, Les Misérables, Victor/Victoria (Drama Desk Award) with Dame Julie Andrews, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Kiss Me, Kate (Helen Hayes Nomination), Sly Fox with Richard Dreyfuss, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels co-starring Jonathan Pryce. She recently completed the national tour of Camelot, earning rave reviews for her portrayal of Guenevere opposite Michael York.

In addition, York has starred in Putting It Together (Drama Desk Nomination) also with Julie Andrews, Dessa Rose at the Lincoln Center Theater (Drama Desk Nomination), My One and Only and Anything Goes (Ovation Nomination) at Reprise! Broadway's Best, Ragtime, Evita, Summer of '42, Summer and Smoke, and Crucifer of Blood with Billy Crudup. Her many notable film and television roles include One Fine Day, Billy Bathgate, and her courageous portrayal of Lucille Ball in the CBS movie of the week, Lucy, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. York's solo album, Let's Fall in Love, has also been an enormous success since its release in January 2005 and is available at Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and other online and retail outlets nationwide.

The value package price to see Rachel York perform For the Love of It at Sterling's Upstairs is $55 dollars per person. Price includes the one-hour performance plus a four-course, prix-fixe menu with a choice from three different entrées. Dinner seating begins at 6:30 p.m. Showtime is at 8:00 p.m.

Attendance is by reservation only. Please call Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's at (818) 981-3077. Vitello's is located at 4349 Tujunga Ave., Studio City, CA 91604. Valet parking is available. For more information on Rachel York, please visit www.rachelyork.net.

Jersey Boys at Cabaret Cares - 9/9/2007

Cabaret Cares, the ongoing cabaret benefit series continues in September with cast members from the hit Broadway show Jersey Boys. Peter Gregus, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer, Christian Hoff, along with several other cast members, will perform on September 9th at 9:30pm at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, located at The West Bank Cafe (407 W. 42nd St.).

Cabaret Cares benefits Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS and Help Is On The Way Today. Broadway Cares is the nation's leading industry based AIDS grant making organization. Help Is On The Way Today is a new non-for-profit organization that assists children living with HIV and AIDS when government sponsored agencies fall short. There is a $25 cover and a $15 food/drink minimum cash and credit cards are accepted. To make reservations, call 212-695-6909. Cabaret Cares is performed at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. Doors open at 9pm, and show time is 9:30 sharp. To make reservations, call 212-695-6909.

Stella by Starlight @ Metropolitan Room - 9/9/2007

"Stella by Starlight," a solo jazz comedy, inspired by the music of Herbie Hancock, written and performed by Heidi Tokheim, and directed by Donnetta Lavinia Grays, will be presented Sunday, September 9th at 9:30pm at The Metropolitan Room 34 W. 22nd Street (between 5th and 6th Ave.).

"'Stella by Starlight,' a solo performance by acclaimed actress and musician Heidi Tokheim, follows the journey of Stella, an aspiring jazz piano player, who is female, white and can't swing. What chance does she have? One fateful night, she meets Herbie Hancock who teaches her how to groove which changes everything," state press notes.

For reservations, call 212-206-0440. The show runs 60 minutes long. Seating is limited. Tickets are $20 plus a two-drink minimum. Visit www.metropolitanroom.com for more information.

Third Avenue Street Fair - 9/9/2007

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce will dedicate an entire city block, between 73rd and 74th Streets on Third Avenue, to TheaterMania.com in order to celebrate New York City Theater at the 32nd Annual Third Avenue Community Benefit Street Fair, to be held on Sunday, September 9 from 11AM to 5:30PM.

The Street Fair blends performers from Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, Dance, Music, and Children's and Interactive Theater on the fair's stage between 12PM and 4PM.

Press materials announce some participants include: Jim Caruso, the cast of the Off-Broadway hit Altar Boyz, Brian d'Arcy James, Emily Swallow, Jon Patrick Walker, Danielle Ferland, Nancy Anderson, Jenn Colella, singer-songwriters Amanda Green and Tom Kitt, Nightlife Award winner Scott Coulter, and "The Broadway Boys" including Jesse Nager, Maurice Murphy, Daniel Torres, Michael James Scott, Peter Matthew Smith and Danny Calvert.

The 2007 Annual Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Third Avenue Community Benefit is Sunday, September 9 from 11AM to 5:30PM, with stage performances 12noon to 4PM. The stage is located between E. 73rd and E.74th Streets on Third Avenue. The entire Street Fair will run from 66th to 86th Streets on Third Avenue.

Kiss of the Spider Woman - 9/10/2007

Vortex Theater Company will premiere its new version of Kander and Ebb's "Kiss of the Spider Woman: The Musical," directed by Gisela Cardenas with musical direction by Milica Paranosic. Performances will officially open on Monday, September 10 at 8PM at the refurbished Sanford Meisner Theater, 164 Eleventh Avenue (between 22nd and 23rd Streets). The production will close Saturday, October 6.

"The Vortex Theater Company reinvents one of the most classic musicals of the last twenty years, Kander and Ebb's Kiss of the Spider Woman - The Musical. Based on the best-selling novel by Manuel Puig, this dark tale of torture and imprisonment has become a cult hit among musical theater fans since it opened in 1993 and won seven Tony Awards."

The complete schedule for the show (September 10 - October 6) will be: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 5:00 p.m. There will be one additional performance: Opening night Monday, September 10 at 8:00 p.m. The show will run 2 hours with one intermission. Tickets: $18. TDF vouchers accepted. Tickets for all performances are available at 212-352-3101 or www.theatermania.com. Visit www.vortextheater.com

Alfred Kinsey: A Love Story - 9/10/2007

The New York Theatre Collective presents Alfred Kinsey: A Love Story by Mike Folie, running Off-Broadway at the Michael Weller Theatre, 311 West 43rd Street (6th Floor). Previews begin on Wednesday, September 5 and the Opening is Monday, September 10 at 8:00 pm.

Alfred Kinsey: A Love Story "examines the unreliability of objective truth and provides a subjective and multi-faceted appraisal of one man's obsessive fascination with sex and sexual orientation. His voyeuristic search for the truth through his subjects' sex lives ultimately leads him full circle to shattering discoveries about himself. It is a highly theatrical and fictionalized biography revealing the raw, hot emotions that often hide beneath the seemingly cold search for scientific knowledge. With the wreckage of his memories and hallucinatory fragments, Kinsey's own erotic voyage is placed under examination; exposing how people can lie to themselves, even when they are on a quest for ultimate truth," state press materials.

Performances of Alfred Kinsey: A Love Story are: Monday; Thursday; Friday & Saturday 8:00 pm; Sunday 7:30 pm. There will be special performances: Wednesday 9/5at 8:00 pm. and a matinee on Sunday 9/9 at 3:00 pm. Tickets are only $18 and are available by calling (212) 352-3101 / Toll Free 1 (866) 811-4111 or through www.Theatermania.com

Kelly Osbourne Joins Chicago UK - 9/10/2007

On Monday, September 10, 2007, the West End production of Chicago welcomes Kelly Osbourne to the role of Matron Mama Morton for a seven-week engagement at London's Cambridge Theatre, through Saturday, October 27. The engagement marks Osbourne's theatrical stage debut.

Naked - 9/10/2007

And evening of slam poetry. Everyman Theatre. Through September 25. $20. www.everymantheatre.org

Music of James Brown @ Birdland - 9/10/2007

Birdland (315 West 44th Street – between 8th & 9th Aves.) has announced its line-up of entertainment for the month of September. Visit www.birdlandjazz.com for more information.

Monday, September 10 at 7pm ($25): "I Feel Good: Broadway Celebrates The Music of James Brown"

Chester Gregory (Tarzan, Hairspray), Aisha de Haas (Martin Short-Fame Becomes Me, Caroline or Change), Chuck Cooper (Caroline or Change, The Life, Chicago), John Eric Parker (Rent, All Shook Up), Joshua Henry (In The Heights, Godspell at Papermill Playhouse), along with an 8-piece funk band, sing the songs made famous by the hardest working man in show business, James Brown! Amy Birnbaum produces and directs this event, which will benefit the Broadway Inspirational Voices - a choir that unites people of all races, religions and backgrounds.

A New Television Arrives, Finally - 9/10/2007

Live From Planet Earth Productions will present a limited engagement of A New Television Arrives, Finally, an absurdist black comedy written by Kevin Mandel and directed by Kevin Kittle. Performances will run from September 6 - 30, 2007 at Theatre 54 (244 West 54 St.) in NYC. Previews begin September 6th for a September 10th opening.

"A New Television Arrives, Finally centers around an American couple visited by a charismatic man presenting himself as a television set. Is the handsome stranger a charlatan or a guru? And why is he awakening them from their spiritual slumber? A New Television Arrives, Finally is a hilarious and harrowing theatrical journey through the perils of entertainment-based reality, and the starving souls not yet sated by its sponsors," state press notes.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 1-800-838-3006 or visi


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