KATHLEEN TURNER Returns to Broadway in HIGH A new play by MATTHEW LOMBARDO Directed by ROB RUGGIERO

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HIGH will begin previews on March 25 and open April 19, 2011

at the Booth Theatre on Broadway (222 W. 45th Street)

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Producers Leonard Soloway, Chase Mishkin, Terry Schnuck, Ann Cady Scott, Timothy J. Hampton, James & Catherine Berges, The Shubert Organization and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis announce two-time Golden Globe® winner, Academy Award® & Tony Award® nominee Kathleen Turner will return to Broadway this spring in Matthew Lombardo’s new play HIGH, directed by Rob RuggieroHIGH will begin previews on Friday, March 25 and open officially on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street).

The cast includes Kathleen Turner as “Sister Jamison Connelly”, Tony Award® nominee Stephen Kunken (Enron) as “Father Michael Delpapp” and Evan Jonigkeit making his Broadway debut as “Cody Randall”.

The design team for HIGH includes Tony Award® winners David Gallo (Sets) & Jess Goldstein (Costumes), John Lasiter (Lights) and Vincent Olivieri (Sound & Original Compositions).

HIGH explores the universal themes of truth, forgiveness, redemption and human fallibility.  When Sister Jamison Connolly (Turner) agrees to sponsor a 19 year-old drug user in an effort to help him combat his addiction, her own faith is ultimately tested. Struggling between the knowledge she possesses as a rehabilitation counselor and a woman of religious conviction, she begins to question her belief in miracles and whether people can find the courage to change.

Kathleen Turner returns to Broadway following her Tony® nominated performance as “Martha” in the 2005 Tony Award® winning revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

This Broadway premiere follows a noteworthy collaboration of three American regional theaters.  In July 2010, the play premiered at TheaterWorks in Hartford, Connecticut, followed by the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in September 2010 and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in October 2010.

TICKETS:

Tickets will be available beginning Monday, January 24 online at Telecharge.com or by phone at (212)239-6200.  The Booth Theatre Box Office (222 W. 45th St) will open on Friday, March 4th.  Ticket prices range from $61.50-$111.50 with a special preview price of $61.50-$91.50 for performances March 25-April 18.

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STEVE ROSS CELEBRATES “RHYTHM & ROMANCE” IN HIS NEW OAK ROOM SHOW JANUARY 18-FEBRUARY 12

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“Better than ever, Ross is the consummate performer. His piano, voice and  and movement have never been better. The act is a gem. Don’t miss it! The Walman Report”

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Steve Ross’ recent Oak Room triumphs celebrated the genius of Stephen Sondheim, Alan Jay Lerner and Fred Astaire. In his new show, “Rhythm and Romance,” Steve segues from tributes to individual artists to an exploration of two essential aspects of the Great American Songbook. Rhythm and Romance are just two simple words with endless variations, as Steve will reveal with…“Broadway Rhythm,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Fascinating Rhythm,” “My Romance,” “Isn’t It Romantic” and “I’ll Take Romance,” among others. Brian Cassier assists beautifully on bass.

Medleys, always a highlight of Mr.. Ross, were outstanding and included Cole Porter’s "I Am In Love," "Down in the Depths," and "Just One of Those Things;" Rodgers & Hart’s "Falling In Love With Love" and "You Took Advantage of Me; and a haunting tribute Edith Piaf on piano. Other fond memories recall Brel’s moving "Fanette." Flanders & Swann’s delicious "Have Some Madeira, M’Dear" has never had a more intoxicating interpretation.

Shows are Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11 pm, with a $50 cover charge plus either a $30 food and beverage minimum or a $60 prix fixe dinner. Reservations: 212 419 9331 or bmcgurn@algonquinhotel.com

Steve Ross, dubbed the Crown Prince of Cabaret in New York, has long since expanded his realm to embrace other cities, countries and continents. He has helped sustain the popularity of the songs of Cole Porter, Noel Coward and their matchless peers in such varied venues as the Ritz in London and Paris, the Imperial in Tokyo and festivals in Hong Kong, Perth and Spoleto. He has hosted radio series for BBC and NPR, and continues to participate in popular concert and lecture series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the 92nd Street Y. He recently enjoyed a month’s sojourn in Australia where he headlined the first Melbourne Cabaret Festival and the world renowned Sydney Opera House. This past December he appeared in New Haven with the world famous Yale Concert Band celebrating the songs of Yale alumus Cole Porter. He finished the year with performances in South Florida at the Kravis Center, which the Palm Beach Daily News called “a master class on the cabaret style..weaving in and out of one great song after another.”

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LYSISTRATA

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The world-premiere adaptation of LYSISTRATA by
the renowned puppet artist, writer and director Theodora Skipitares –
which mixes Aristophanes’ ancient comic tale about a group of Greek
women who withhold sex from their husbands and lovers with video and
newsreel footage of actual modern-day international sex strikes – being
presented by La MaMa ETC in association with Skysaver Productions, with
an opening set for Sunday, February 6 at the Ellen Stewart Theatre (66
E. 4 St.) in Manhattan.

The following performances are offered for review:
Friday, February 4 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 5 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 6 at 2:30 pm
RUNNING TIME: I hour
Directed and adapted by Theodora Skipitares, LYSISTRATA has an original
score written and performed by circus composer Sxip Shirey. Choregraphy
for LYSISTRATA is by Angela Harriell, director/choreographer of The Love
Show, the dance company that bills itself as “a little cabaret, a little
ballet and a whole lot of rock and roll.” The Love Show most recently
debuted NUTCRACKER: RATED R.
Ms. Skipitares applies a variety of theatrical and multi-media twists to
the 2500-year-old tale of LYSISTRATA and her fellow Greek women’s ploy
to convince the men of ancient Greece to find a peaceful end to war by
withholding sexual privileges: from various forms of puppetry to music,
choreography, burlesque, a Greek chorus attired in masks and costumes
inspired by the ancient Roman Circus and – by way of contrast between
the fanciful and the serious – newsreel and video of several sex strikes
that have taken place in recent years around the globe, including “The
Strike of the Crossed-Legs” conducted by the girlfriends of gang lords
in Colombia, a strike in Kenya in the wake of a deadly, corrupt
election, and an ongoing naked protest by farmers in Mexico City in
retaliation for government appropriation of land.
LYSISTRATA features a cast that includes Antonevia Ocho Coltes (in the
title role of Lysistrata), Daniel Irizzary (as the Magistrate and
Cinesias), Minna Taylor (as Myrrhine), Raquel Cion (Calonice) and
others. Puppet design is by Cathy Shaw, Theodora Skipitares and Cecilia
Schiller, lighting design is by Jesse Belsky, and costume design is by
Lara de Bruijn. Andrea Balis is dramaturg.
As well, LYSISTRATA reunites Ms. Skipitares with circus composer Sxip
Shirey, who has written original music and lyrics as he did previously
for Ms. Skipitares’ THE TRAVELING PLAYERS PRESENT THE WOMEN OF TROY in
2009.

In its review, The New York Times called THE TRAVELING PLAYERS PRESENT
THE WOMEN OF TROY “an inspirational play…a dark gem.” “This
collaborative work packs a thought-provoking and emotional impact in a
brief space of time,” wrote Show Business Weekly. And nytheatre.com
called WOMEN OF TROY “a unique experience…it combines its elements very
well and creates an atmosphere of inspiration.”
Theodora Skipitares has been creating large-scale theatre works with
puppets for more than 25 years, making her La MaMa debut with
UNDERGROUND in 1992. Ms. Skipitares recently presented TRILOGY about
which The New York Times wrote: "With abundant ingenuity, Theodora
Skipitares makes the Trojan War, a central saga of Greek tragedy, a
puppet spectacular." Other credits include THE AGE OF INVENTION,
DEFENDERS OF THE CODE, UNDER THE KNIFE and A HARLOT’S PROGRESS. Her
works have been produced throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. She has
received numerous grants and awards, including Guggenheim and
Rockefeller Fellowships, six NEA grants, and a UNIMA Citation for
Excellence in Puppetry. In 2005, Ms. Skipitares’ adaptation of
Euripides’ IPHIGENIA won two New York Innovative Theatre Awards. In
2000, she received the American Theatre Wing Design Award for A HARLOT’S
PROGRESS and in 2004, she won the Helen Merrill Distinguished
Playwriting Award. In 2000, Ms. Skipitares was a Fulbright Fellow in
India where she created two original works.
Sxip Shirey has played the exploding circus organ for the pyro-technic
clowns of the Daredevil Opera Company at the Sydney Opera House and the
Kennedy Center, industrial flutes for acrobats on mechanical jumping
boots at The New Victory Theater in New York, tamponophone with The
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus at Bonaroo, hillbilly music for gypsies in
Transylvania and gypsy music for hillbillies in West Virginia with The
Luminescent Orchestrii. Shirey has performed at Boston’s First Night as
support act for Dresden Dolls US tour; at The Round House in London; at
Joe’s Pub, The Knitting Factory and CBGB’s in New York; at TED in
Monterey, California; at the Big Ears Festival, Edinburgh Fringe
Festival; and at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia. Shirey
worked with Chorographer Heidi Lasky and disabled dancers on
"GIMP,"which had a Boston Premiere at The Institute of Contemporary Art;
and composed for the feature film “Hotel Gramercy Park” by director
Douglas Keeve (Unzipped).

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