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SAMPLE ISSUE:  Friday, February 2, 2018

This Weekend’s Highlights:

Friday, February 2

* Draw the Circle, written & performed by Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, directed by Chay Yew, opens at Off-Broadway’s Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.

* Rosemary and Time, world premiere by Jennifer Fell Hayes, directed by Kathy Gail MacGowan, featuring Judith Barcroft, Mary Kate Harris, Michael Markham, Virginia Roncetti, Zoe Watkins, Eliana Grace Brenden, and Ciela Elliott, opens at Off-Broadway’s Paradise Factory.

* American Mariachi, world premiere by José Cruz González, directed by James Vásquez, featuring Natalie Camunas, Crissy Guerrero, Rodney Lizcano, Doreen Montalvo, Jennifer Paredes, Bobby Plasencia, Luis Quintero, Amanda Robles, and Heather Velazquez, opens at the Denver Center Theatre Company.

* American Hero, by Christopher Demos-Brown, directed by David Saint, featuring John Bolger, Armand Schultz, Kally Duling, and Laiona Michelle, opens at NJ’s George Street Playhouse.

* The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, directed by Marissa Wolf, featuring Jamie Sanders (Christopher Boone), Chioma Anyanwu, Rufus Burns, Jason Chanos, Walter Coppage, Bree Elrod, Peggy Friesen, Nicole Marie Green, Andy Perkins, and Stephanie Rae Roberts, opens at Kansas City Rep.

* Occupant, by Edward Albee, directed by Heather Chesley, featuring Martha Hackett and James Liebman, opens at Burbank’s Garry Marshall Theatre.

* Neverland, by Julian Butler, directed by Noah Putterman, featuring Mary McElree (Wendy Darling), Zak Reynolds (Peter), and Ricco Fajardo  (Captain Hook/Mr. Darling/Garage Attendant), opens at Forth Worth’s Casa Mañana Theatre.

* MCC Theater‘s Relevance, world premiere by JC Lee, directed by Liesl Tommy, featuring Jane Houdyshell, Pascale Armand, Molly Camp, and Richard Masur, begins previews at Off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theatre.

* The Great Society, by Robert Schenkkan, directed by Kyle Donnelly, featuring Jack Wills (President Lyndon Baines Johnson), Bowman Wright (Martin Luther King, Jr), Desmond Bing (Bob Moses), JaBen Early (Stokely Carmichael), Cameron Folmar (Governor George Wallace), Richmond Hoxie (J. Edgar Hoover), Lawrence Redmond (Hubert Humphrey), Susan Rome (Lady Bird Johnson), John Scherer (Robert F. Kennedy), Stephen F. Schmidt (Senator Everett Dirksen), Craig Wallace (Ralph Abernathy), Tom Wiggin (Robert McNamara), Elliott Bales (Adam Walinsky), Deonna Bouye (Coretta Scott King), Gary-Kayi Fletcher (James Bevel), Megan Graves (Pat Nixon) and Andrew Weems (Mayor Richard Daley), begins previews at Arena Stage.

* Mamma Mia!, directed by Bill Berry, featuring Kendra Kassebaum (Donna Sheridan), Paolo Montalban (Sam Carmichael), Lisa Estridge (Tanya), Sarah Rudinoff (Rosie), Matt Wolfe (Bill Austin), Cobey Mandarino (Harry Bright), Eliza Palasz (Sophie Sheridan), and Jordan Iosua Taylor (Sky), Travis Brown, Kate E. Cook,  Alexandria Henderson and Jonathan Luke Stevens, begins previews at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre.

* The Great Leap, world premiere by Lauren Yee, directed by Eric Ting, featuring Bob Ari (Saul), Keiko Green (Connie), Linden Tailor (Manford), andJoseph Steven Yang (Wen Chang), begins previews at Denver CPA.

* Liz Smith memorial celebration, with speakers Barry Diller, Joni Evans, Cynthia McFadden, Billy Norwich, Lesley Stahl, Holland Taylor, Bruce Willis, and Renee Zellweger, and performers Tommy Tune and Betty Buckley, at Noon at Broadway’s Majestic Theatre. All are welcome.

* New York Pops’ Heart and Soul concert, with special guests James Monroe Iglehart & Capathia Jenkins, at 8 PM at Carnegie Hall.

* Humans of Punxsutawney: A Groundhog Day Reunion benefit concert, directed by Aviva Sokolow, featuring Andy Karl, Kevin Bernard, Michael Fatica, Katy Geraghty, Jordan Grubb, Taylor Jones, Tari Kelly, Ray Lee, Joseph Medeiros, Sean Montgomery, Jenna Rubaii, John Sanders, Vishal Vaidya, and Travis Waldschmidt, at 11:30 PM at 54 Below.

* The MisMatch Game game show, featuring Dante (Jack Nicholson), Rebekah Kochran (Pamela Anderson), Tom Lenk (Zooey Deschanel), Nicol Paone (Arianna Huffington), Chris Pulow (Pee-wee Herman), and one more, at 8 PM at LA’s LGBT Center (also Feb. 3, with a different cast).

Saturday, February 3

* The Divide, by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Annabel Bolton, featuring Jake Davies, Erin Doherty, Weruche Opia, Clare Burt, Thusitha Jayasundera, Richard Katz, Joanne McGuiness, Sophie Melville, Clare Lawrence Moody, Martin Quinn, Sian Thomas, Finty Williams and Letty Thomas, opens at London’s Old Vic.

* Weekend with Sam, featuring readings & excerpts from Sam Shepard plays, directed by Neil LaBute, Lois Weaver, Scott Wittman and Joel Zwick, featuring Matthew Broderick, John Slattery, J. Smith-Cameron, Phil Burke, Erin Markey, Monk Hopper, Larry Saltzman, Peggy Shaw, Harry Mann, Zack Segel, Fred Weller, and and Gia Crovatin, opens at Off-Broadway’s La MaMa.

* Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, by Quiara Alegría Hudes, directed by Shishir Kurup, featuring Rubén Garfias, Peter Mendoza, Jason Manuel Olazábal and Caro Zeller, opens at LA’s Kirk Douglas Theatre.

* Two Fisted Love, world premiere written & directed by David Sessions, featuring Serena Scott Thomas, David Sessions, Jason Downs, Guy Kapulnik, Paula Lafayette, Laura Long, Lynne Oropeza, Jacob Osborne, and Rene Rivera, opens at LA’s Odyssey Theatre.

* Musical Theatre West‘s Oh What a Night concert, featuring (from the film & Broadway production of Jersey Boys), Joseph Leo Bwaire, Quinn VanAntwerp, Michael Lomenda, and John Edwards, at 7 PM at Long Beach’s Beverly O’Neill Theater.

* The MisMatch Game game show, featuring Rachel Butera (Rosie O’Donnell), Danny Casillas (Reba Areba), Maile Flanagan (Danny Bonaduce), Daran Norris (Julia Child), Marc Samuel (President Barack Obama), and Felix Pire (Ricardo Montalbán), at 8 PM at LA’s LGBT Center.

* Belleville, by Amy Herzog, directed by Michael Longhurst, featuring James Norton, Imogen Poots, Faith Alabi and Malachi Kirby, closes at London’s Donmar Warehouse.

* Guys and Dolls, directed by Michael Buffong, with an all-black cast featuring Ray Fearon (Nathan Detroit), Ashley Zhangazha (Sky Masterson), Abiona Omonua (Sarah Brown), Lucy Vandi (Miss Adelaide), Fela Lufadeju (Benny Southstreet), Javar La’Trail Parker (Rusty Charlie), Trevor A Toussaint (Arvide Abernathy), Chelsey Emery (Agatha), Jaime Tait (Calvin), T’Shan Williams (Martha), Ewen Cummins (Lieutenant Brannigan), Kurt Kansley (Harry The Horse), Darren Charles (Society Max), Nathanael Campbell (Liverlips Louis), Toyan Thomas-Browne (Moe), Evonnee Bentley-Holder (Mimi), Melanie Marshall (General Matilda B. Cartwright), Joe Speare (Big Jule), Koko Basigara (Allison), and Danielle Kassaraté (Angie The Ox), closes at the UK’s Royal Exchange Theatre.

* Florida Rep‘s How the Other Half Loves, by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Mark Shanahan, featuring Paxton Whitehead, Carrie Lund, Jason Parrish, Brendan Powers, Kate Hampton, and Faith Sandberg, closes at Ft. Myer’s Historic Arcade Theatre.

Sunday, February 4

* Henry V, directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott & Geoff Elliott, featuring Rafael Goldstein (Henry), Kasey Mahaffy (Nym, Dauphin), Jeremy Rabb (Exeter and Bardolph), Michael Uribes (French Ambassador, Cambridge, Bates, Montjoy), Cassandra Marie Murphy (Queen Isabel and Mistress Quickly), Frederick Stuart (Pistol and Charles VI), Apollo Dukakis (Canterbury, Sir Thomas Erpingham, Burgundy), Stephen Weingartner (Westmorland and Williams), Erika Soto (Katherine and Boy),  Johnathan Wallace (Salisbury and Britain), Collin Bressie (Sir Thomas Grey and Bedford), McCall Caden (Messenger), Marc Leclerc (Fluellen and Gloucester), Michael Phillip Thomas (Gower and Governor of Harfleur), and Tim Curle (Percussion), with Celina Surniak and Mollie Wilson, begins previews at Pasadena’s A Noise Within.

* A New Carousel discussion & performance excerpts, with Jack O’Brien & Justin Peck, at 7:30 PM at NYC’s Guggenheim.

* Carole Demas & Sarah Rice: Thank You for Your Love concert, at 1 PM at NYC’s Laurie Beechman Theatre (also Feb. 8).

* Weekend with Sam, featuring readings & excerpts from Sam Shepard plays, directed by Neil LaBute, Lois Weaver, Scott Wittman and Joel Zwick, featuring Matthew Broderick, John Slattery, J. Smith-Cameron, Phil Burke, Erin Markey, Monk Hopper, Larry Saltzman, Peggy Shaw, Harry Mann, Zack Segel, Fred Weller, and and Gia Crovatin, closes at Off-Broadway’s La MaMa.

* Hallelujah, Baby!, by Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green & Arthur Laurents, directed by Gerry McIntrye, featuring Stephanie Umoh (Georgina), Vivian Reed (Momma), Jennifer Cody (Mary, and others), Randy Donaldson (Tap), Bernard Dotson (Tip), Latoya Edwards (Chloe, and others), Michael Thomas Holmes (Hutchinson, and others), and Tally Sessions (Harvey), closes at Off-Broadway’s York Theatre.

* Huntington Theatre Company‘s Mala, written & performed by Melinda Lopez, directed by David Dower, closes at Boston’s Calderwood Pavilion.

* Native Guard, by Natasha Trethewey, directed by Susan V. Booth, featuring Thomas Neal Antwon Ghant (The Native Guard) January LaVoy (The Poet), Nicole Banks Long (vocalist) and Tyrone Jackson (composer/music director), closes at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre.

* Little Bunny Foo Foo, world premiere by Anne Washburn & Dave Malloy, directed by Les Waters, featuring Sam Breslin Wright (Little Bunny Foo Foo) and April Matthis (Blue Fairy), with Andrea Abello, Alaina Kai, and Emily Kaplan, closes at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

* The Mystery of Edwin Drood, directed & choreographed by DJ Salisbury, featuring Anne Brummel (Edwin Drood), Sally Mayes (Princess Puffer), Warren Kelley (Chairman), Rachel Ferrera (Rosa Bud), Peter Saide (John Jasper), John Paul Almon (Reverend Crisparkle), Wade McCollum (Neville Landless), Claire Neumann (Helena Landless), Andrew Sellon (Bazzard), Norman Large (Durdles), and Sarah Primmer (Flo), closes at Vero Beach’s Riverside Theatre.

* The Price, directed by Kristen Coury, featuring Jeffrey Binder, David Whalen, Stuart Zagnit, and Marilee Talkington, closes at FL’s Gulfshore Playhouse.

* Pride and Prejudice, adapted by Joseph Hanreddy & J.R. Sullivan, directed by Tom Quaintance, featuring Marina Shay (Elizabeth Bennet), Lowell Byers (Mr. Darcy), Julian Stetkevych (Mr. Collins), Julie Fishell (Mrs. Bennet), Rachel Lyn Fobbs (Jane Bennet), Jessica Sorgi (Lydia Bennet), Maggie Williams (Kitty Bennet), Brigitte Thieme-Burdette (Mary Bennet, Anne de Bourgh), John Cauthen (Mr. Bennet), Edwin Castillo (Charles Bingley), Grace Davis (Caroline Bingley), Grace Abele (Charlotte Lucas), Logan Bennett (George Wickham), Lynda Clark (Lady Catherine de Bourgh/Mrs. Reynolds), Ron Newman (Sir William Lucas, Mr. Gardner), April Poland (Lady Lucas/Mrs. Gardiner), Ryan Clemens (Colonel Fitzwilliam), Ja’Keetrius Woods (Georgiana Darcy/Mary King), Jahmeel Powers (Ensign Denny), Ja’Quan M. Jones (Captain Carter), Brianna Driscoll (Maid #1), and Kristi J Meyers (Maid #2), closes at Virginia Stage Company.

* Ain’t Misbehavin’, directed by André De Shields, featuring Johmaalya Adelekan, Zurin Villanueva, Rheaume Crenshaw, David Samuels, and Boris York, closes at New Jersey PAC.

* Pledge, by Paul Shouldberg, directed by Stan Zimmerman, featuring Brendan Robinson, Vanessa Marano, and Elijah Nelson, with Alex Dyon, Kevin Clough, and Artie O’Daly, closes at Hollywood’s The Complex.

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  Reviews for Fire and Air at Classic Stage Company

NY Times (Jesse Green): There is no credit for choreography in the Classic Stage Company production of Fire and Air, which is strange because it’s basically a biography of Sergei Diaghilev… John Doyle, never shows us the actual dancing…  Mr. McNally, making a virtue of necessity, is more interested in the producer than in the product, and in the emotional cost of being a midwife to art instead of an actual artist… What’s not excusable is that the relationship is one-sided dramatically. Nijinsky is a dancer, not a wit, and since we don’t see him dance we experience his scenes with Diaghilev as hopelessly unequal… aside from a few golden moments, Fire and Air is inert.

Vulture (Sara Holdren): …Terrence McNally is encountering his own his own set of difficulties in conjuring up an even more histrionic spirit… So why is McNally’s Fire and Air such leaden drama? Under the direction of CSC artistic director John Doyle, the play almost never achieves the loft and ferocity implied by its titular elements… How can a writer humanize someone like Diaghilev—or Nijinsky, for that matter—while simultaneously conveying the myth?… after two hours of hearing about his character’s genius without getting to witness a performance of it, that faith is going to wear thin…

Daily Beast (Tim Teeman): A combination of fire and air… We see plenty of the former, and not much of the latter… McNally’s play, directed by John Doyle, is stately and proudly wordy; more an animated meditation on desire, art, and power than a raw deconstruction of a once-fruitful, now-screwed-up relationship… The play…assumes your knowledge of Diaghilev and Nijinsky is as wide and embracing as the playwright’s… as you leave CSC, you will likely be humming Debussy. You may also be left with more questions than answers when it comes to the passions and lives of Diaghilev and Nijinsky.

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  Dallas Theater Center has announced its 2018-19 season:   

* Steel Magnolias (Sept. 28 – Oct. 21)
* A Christmas Carol (Nov. 21 – Dec. 30), adapted by Kevin Moriarty
* Fetch Clay, Make Man (Dec. 5 – Jan. 6, 2019), by Will Power
* Sweat (Feb. 8 – Mar. 3), by Lynne Nottage
* The Wolves (Mar. 6 – Apr. 7), by Sarah DeLappe
* Twelfth Night (Mar. 29 – Apr. 28)
* Penny Candy (June 5 – July 7), world premiere by Jonathan Norton
* Real Women Have Curves (June 28 – July 21), by Josefina López

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  Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 will begin its run in January 2019 at the Toykyo Metropolitan Theatre (link TBA).

Casting, dates and additional information TBA.

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 Beginning Feb. 5, the TKTS Lincoln Center discount booth, located at the Zucker Box Office in Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium, will be open seven days a week, no longer closed on Mondays.

Hours: Mon.-Sat. from Noon – 7 PM, and Sundays from Noon – 5 PM.

Theatre fans will also have more opportunities to purchase tickets to matinees: Matinee performance tickets will now be available on the day of the performance in addition to the day prior to the performance.

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  Video:  In rehearsal for Encores! Hey, Look Me Over.

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  RIP: Louis Zorich, a Tony nominee for the 1969 play Hadrian VII, died Jan. 30 at the age of 93.

Zorich studied drama at the Goodman Theater before making his Broadway debut in 1960 in Becket, sharing the stage with Laurence Olivier and Anthony Quinn.

He went on to appear on Broadway 18 more times, including a Tony-nominated turn in Hadrian VII, the original production of The Odd Couple (standing by for Walter Matthau), the 1993 and 2001 revivals of She Loves Me and Follies, and, in 2003, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Zorich met his wife, Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis, at an audition for an Off-Broadway play and married in 1962. She survives him alongside their three children and four grandchildren.

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 The world premiere of Bruce Norris’ The Low Road will run Feb. 13 – Apr. 1 (opening Mar. 7) at The Public Theater, directed by Michael Greif.

: Tessa Albertson, Max Baker, Kevin Chamberlin, Daniel Davis, Crystal A. Dickinson, Gopal Divan, Harriet Harris, Jack Hatcher, Josh Henderson, Chukwudi Iwuji, Johnny Newcomb, Susannah PerkinsRichard Poe, Dave Quay, Aaron Michael Ray, Joseph Soeder, and Danny Wolohan.

An epic play, featuring seventeen actors in fifty roles, examining the basic beliefs upon which we’ve built our economy and our country. Set in the 18th century, this wild new work imagines America’s first laissez-faire capitalist, a young man inspired by a chance encounter with Adam Smith to put his faith in the free market. But his path to riches becomes inextricably entangled with that of an educated slave, a man who knows from experience that one person’s profit is another’s loss, in this parable about the true cost of inequality.

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  Jonathan Munby’s recent production of King Lear will run July 12 for 16 weeks at the Duke of York’s Theatre (link TBA).

: Sir Ian McKellen and Sinead Cusack, with more TBA.

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 Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presents Wendy Wasserstein’s Old Money Mar. 6-18 (opening Mar. 7) at Boston’s Babson College, directed by Karen MacDonald.

: Jordan Clark (Penny Nercessian/Betina Brevoort, Amanda Collins (Flinty McGee/Florence Deroot, Josephine Moshiri Elwood (Caroline Nercessian/Mary Gallagher), Ed Hoopman (Sid Nercessian/Tobias Vivian Pfeiffer), Jeremiah Kissel (Jeffrey Bernstein/Arnold Strauss), Will Lyman (Vivian Pfeiffer/Schuyler Lynch), Eliott Purcell (Ovid Walpole Bernstein/Tobias Vivian Pfeiffer Jr.), and Veronica Anastasio Wiseman (Saulina Webb/Sally Webster).

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  Constellations has been extended through Feb. 22 at TheaterWorks Hartford.

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  Video: Tony Sheldon, “I Will Survive” (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre.

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 Complete casting has been announced for the Musicals in Mufti production of Jule Styne, Don Black & Jack Rosenthal’s Bar Mitzvah Boy, to run Feb. 10-18 (opening Feb. 11) at the York Theatre, directed by Annette Jolles.

: Julie Benko (Lesley Green), Neal Benari (Rabbi Sherman), Ned Eisenberg  (Victor Green), Ben Fankhauser (Harold), Tim Jerome (Grandad),  Peyton Lusk (Eliot Green), Casey Watkins (Denise), and Lori Wilner (Rita Green).

A young Jewish Londoner runs away from the Bar Mitzvah into which his parents have poured their efforts and their money. Looking at the adult world, Eliot Green doubts if he can cope with being a part of it.

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  The Music of Jule Styne will take place Tues. Feb.13 at 7 PM at Off-Broadway’s York Theatre, with music direction by Ron Abel.

Performers TBA.

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  RIP: Connie Sawyer, who was the oldest working actor in SAG-AFTRA, died Jan. 21 at the age of 105.

Prior to an extensive film career, Ms. Sawyer made her Broadway debut in 1948’s Hilarities. She went on to understudy Shirley Booth in The Time of the Cuckoo in 1952 before her breakout performance in 1957’s A Hole in the Head. Frank Sinatra subsequently produced and starred in a film adaptation, bringing Sawyer on to reprise her role, marking her motion picture debut.

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  Pittsburgh CLO has announced its SPARK Festival featuring readings of new small musicals, to run Mar. 26 – Apr. 8:

* Up and Away, world premiere by Kevin Hammonds & Kristin Bair. Not much happens in Farmtown, USA, home of brothers Joe and Jerry Jessup. So when Joe realizes he has superpowers, he high-tails it out of town to seek fame and fortune in “Big City.” When he finds trouble instead, jittery Jerry is forced to follow – and their boring life is turned upside down into a rip roarin’ adventure! Toss in an eccentric billionaire, plucky reporter and dastardly villains, and you’ve got one epic tale of the world’s FIRST superhero.

* He Double-Threat Trio, by Adam Overett. An actor who can’t dance, a dancer who can’t sing and a singer who can’t act are all struggling to become the stars they long to be. They join forces with Millicent Masterson, an eccentric writer-director-producer-designer-choreographer-stage manager who has been waiting to vault her once-storied career back onto Broadway. Millicent creates a new show that will highlight the cast’s talents while hiding their flaws. But as the actors rehearse “Oed!” Millicent’s three-character musical adaptation of Oedipus Rex, they begin to fear that their big break might actually be a big disaster.

* Pool Boy, by Niko Tsakalakos & Janet Allard. Nick came to Los Angeles with dreams of making it in music. Down on his luck in LA, he gets a job at the Hotel Bel-Air. What ensues is the best/worst summer ever, as Nick interacts with Hollywood’s prime elite, gets a taste of fame, and finds unlikely soul connections, all the while finally facing his own complicated demons.

* Just Between The All of Us, by Kellen Blair, Sarah Ziegler Blair & David Christensen. This interactive musical comedy follows Madeline Owens, an ER doctor who suddenly finds herself interested in four different men from the online dating site Alrighty Aphrodite. She calls upon members of the audience to play the various advice-givers in her life (mom, therapist, barista, etc.) and eventually narrows down her prospects in the style of a grown-up “choose-your-own-adventure” story. Will Madeline’s “friends and family” lead her to her perfect match, or will their collective decisions result in one of several possible romantic dead ends?

* These Girls Have Demons, by Meghan Brown & Sarah Taylor Ellis. After an ill-advised slumber party foray into the dark arts, teenagers Daisy, Hayley, Sophie and Morgan find themselves possessed by demons. Like, actual demons. They quickly realize their “nice girl” tactics aren’t going to cut it; these raging demons begin wreaking havoc on the girls’ lives—or do they? While terrorizing the town, the girls are finally getting what they want! As the demons grow more powerful, the girls must decide—will they give in to the anger that might destroy them, or fight to somehow become good again?

* SKiNFoLK: An American Show, by Jillian Walker. Walker blends music, history and live storytelling into a cabaret experience unlike any other this festival season. This big-hearted and highly-imaginative concert-play is a sensuous celebration of our bodies and the stories they carry. Through an intoxicating mix of memoir, movement and song, Walker asks: How well do we know the skin we live in?

* Game On, by Marcus Stevens & David Dabbon. An ambitious group of contestants compete to win it all on everyone’s favorite TV show, “Game On!” And at today’s taping, with two exes facing off as contestants, there’s more than just money on the line. Cheer the players on from the audience – or, if you’re lucky, play against them onstage – in this high-stakes, high-fun musical comedy.

* An Untitled New Play by Justin Timberlake, by Matt Schatz. Beth, an ambitious literary manager at a prestigious nonprofit theater, is poised to promote the voice of a brilliant unknown playwright…until a certain superstar performer writes a play that changes the course of her career forever. A musical satire about the politics of celebrity, storytelling and fighting for one’s ideas and ideals.

* Where Ever It May Be, by Matt Schatz. Hugh Everett: Born 1930, Washington, DC. Nancy Gore: Born 1930, Amherst, Massachusetts. Met at Princeton: 1956. Married: 1957. Sounds like the blueprint for a typical mid-century romance. But Everett, the physicist behind the “many worlds” interpretation of quantum mechanics, was no ordinary man. And this is no ordinary love story. It’s a quantum physics love story, in which we don’t see just one version of Hugh and Nancy’s relationship, but many. Each decision takes the couple down a different path, as the Hughs and Nancys of parallel worlds embrace, collide or miss one another entirely. A one-of-a-kind musical about limitless possibility.

* The Perfect Mate, by David Rossmer & Dan Lipton. Joan Sweete has always been drawn to the old-fashioned idea of true love with one person, which puts her at odds with the wild west of romance in 2163 – different philosophies and factions spin off like religious sects: Experimental Monogamists? Serial Polyamorists? Emotional Quartets…? And you thought online dating today was hard. When Joan wins a contest to test the PerfectMate, an emotionally savvy robot created by A.I. powerhouse The Eden Corporation, she thinks she may have found her match – but it turns out perfection isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

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  Two NYC industry presentations of George Eastman’s Harry Townsend’s Last Stand will take place Mon Feb. 12 at 6:30 PM and Tues. Feb. 13 at 2 PM.  (industry only): LastStand@theatrical.ag

:Len Cariou and Warren Bub.

Widower Harry Townsend (Cariou), almost 85, is more fragile than ever, but with all his verbal spunk intact. He is delighted that his son Alan (Bub) is finally coming home from California for a visit. Alan, however, arrives only to tell Harry that he must move out of the home he built with his late wife and into an assisted living community.

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  Pacino’s Way, a retrospective of 25 Al Pacino films will run Mar. 14-29 at the The Quad in Greenwich Village.  The full series lineup and schedule will be announced later this month.

The celebration coincides with the Mar. 30 U.S. theatrical premiere of Pacino’s documentary-drama “Wilde Salomé” (2011) and its companion piece “Salomé” (2013) — both starring Jessica Chastain alongside Pacino himself.

Among the films that will be featured in the retrospective are “Sea of Love” (1989), “Heat” (1995), “Looking for Richard”(1996), and” Chinese Coffee” (2000).

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  The next Broadway By the Year concert, written, directed & hosted by Scott Siegel, will take place Mon. Feb. 26 at 8 PM at NYC’s Town Hall.

: Tonya Pinkins, Chuck Cooper, Emily Skinner, Danny Gardner, Kerry O’Malley, Scott Coulter, and Pedro Coppeti.

Act I – Musicals from 1930:
Strike Up the Band
Nina Rosa
Girl Crazy
The New Yorkers

Act II – Musicals from 1964:
Fiddler on the Roof
Funny Girl
Golden Boy
Hello, Dolly!

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 Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer will run Mar. 30 – May 13 (opening Apr. 18) at Irish Rep, directed by Ciarán O’Reilly.

: Matthew Broderick (Lockhart), Colin McPhillamy (Richard), Michael Mellamphy (Ivan), Andy Murray (Sharky), and Tim Ruddy (Nicky).

After losing yet another job, Sharky has returned home to Dublin to build a new, sober existence with his cantankerous elder brother, Richard, recently blinded in a drunken accident. But it’s Christmas Eve, and the drinks are flowing as old friends convene for an annual game of poker. This year, an immortal stranger from Sharky’s past arrives, raising the stakes to eternal consequence.

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 Gypsy will run Mar. 6-25 at Vero Beach’s Riverside Theatre, directed and choreographed by James Brennan, with music direction by Anne Shuttlesworth.

: Jacquelyn Piro Donovan (Rose), Bob Walton (Herbie), Austen Danielle Bohmer (Louise), Charity Van Tassel (Dainty June), Christian Probst (Tulsa), Pam Bradley (Electra), Sue Cella (Tessie Tura), Mary Callanan (Mazeppa), D.C. Anderson (Georgie and Pop), Ray DeMattis (Uncle Jocko and Weber), Olivia Catherine Fanders (Baby June), and Quinn Wood (Baby Louise), with Michael Peter Deeb, Adena Ershow, Chloe Fox, Brady Miller, Chris Robertson, Rachel Schimenti, Jennifer Seifter, Robbie Smith, Kelsey Stalter, and Madison Turner.

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  Lena Horne has been honored on the 41st Black Heritage Forever Stamp from the United States Postal Service.

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