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Last updated : 3rd September 2007

The 16th annual Broadway On Broadway event, the free outdoor concert in Times Square celebrating the start of the new Broadway season, will be held at 11.30am on September 16th. Lance Bass from Hairspray, will host the event, which will feature performances from almost every musical currently running on Broadway, including the casts of Avenue Q, Chicago, A Chorus Line, The Color Purple, Curtains, The Drowsy Chaperone, Grease, Hairspray, Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde, Les Miserables, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, The Phantom Of The Opera, Mary Poppins, Rent, Spamalot, Spring Awakening, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Wicked. The event is presented by the League of American Theaters and Producers. Further information can be found on the Broadway On Broadway web site via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

The York Theatre Company has announced its fall Musicals In Mufti series, which offers rarely performed musicals in staged concert performances. It comprises 4 shows with books by Joseph Stein: Zorba, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, set in 1920s Crete, about the friendship between a local and an American student, and their romantic entanglements, directed by Steven Yuhasz, from September 14th to 16th; Enter Laughing, music and lyrics by Stan Daniels, directed by Stuart Ross, the story of a struggling actor in 1930s New York, from September 28th to 30th; The Body Beautiful, book co-written with Will Glickman, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, about the tribulations of a professional boxer in the 1950s, directed by David Glenn Armstrong, from October 12th to 14th; and The Baker's Wife, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, set in a French village, about at old baker whose young wife runs off with a villager, directed by Gordon Greenberg, from October 26th to 28th. The York Theatre Company's Theatre at Saint Peter's is on 54th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.

The inaugural production of the South Ark Stage Company will be Jenny Lyn Bader's comedy None Of The Above, with Halley Feiffer and Adam Green, directed by Julie Kramer, previewing from September 25th at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row, opening on October 15th. It tells the story of the trials of an SAT tutor coaching a spoiled Upper East Side girl so that she can get into Princeton. Future productions by the South Ark Stage Company at Theatre Row will include Wendy Kesselman's The Black Monk, and Michael Smith's Bully Pulpit. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Patrick Page will return to the title role in Dr Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! - The Musical, previewing from November 1st at the St. James Theatre, with an official opening on November 9th; and Norbert Leo Butz will be joined by Jeremy Bobb, Marylouise Burke, Patricia Conolly, Jenn Gambatese, Byron Jennings, Michael McGrath, John McMartin, David Pittu, Bridget Regan and Tom Alan Robbins in Is He Dead?, Mark Twain's comedy about a community of 19th century artists, previewing from November 8th at the Lyceum Theatre, with an official opening on November 29th.

13P's world premiere production of Ann Marie Healy's Have You Seen Steve Steven?, with Brandon Bales, Frank Deal, Tom Riis Farrell, Alissa Ford, Kate Hampton, Jocelyn Kuritsky, Matthew Maher, Carol Rosenfeld and Stephanie Wright Thompson, directed by Anne Kauffman, will preview from September 15th at the East 14th Street Theater, opening on September 17th. It claims to be 'a disconcerting comic drama that teases our sense of reality and safety, and questions the places that we call home'. 13P (Thirteen Playwrights, Inc.) is a collective of 13 playwrights that stages its members' work. The producers are Maria Goyanes and Sandra Garner. The East 14th Street Theater is located at 344 East 14th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues.

The Bad Plays Festival is returning for a second year, presenting some of New York's most outrageous and adventurous productions, at the Players Theatre, from September 10th to 30th. Each evening will comprise 3 to 6 short works, ranging from politically incorrect satire to over the top solo performances. Among the high(or low)lights will be: K Knapp's Hollywood Saves Africa, Leslie Bramm's The Mexican Cleaning Lady or How I Almost Offended The Dalai Lama, Scott Munson's Goebbels! One Night Only! Live From Hell!, and Stan Peal's Best Little Crackhouse In Philly (or Crackwhore… the Musical). The Players Theatre is located at 115 MacDougal Street, between West 3rd Street and Minetta Lane. Further information can be found on the NY Artists Unlimited web site, via the link from Off Broadway Venues and Companies, in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

The Irish Repertory Theatre's 20th season will begin with the New York premiere of John B Keane's Sive, the story of a schoolgirl forced into an arranged marriage with an old man in 1950s rural Ireland, with James Barry, Donie Carroll, Terry Donnelly, Patrick Fitzgerald, Christopher Joseph Jones, Aidan Redmond, Wrenn Schmidt, Mark Thornton and Fiana Toibin, directed by Ciaran O'Reilly, previewing from September 20th, opening on September 27th. The Irish Repertory Theatre is located at 132 West 22nd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Myra Bairstow's The Rise Of Dorothy Hale, inspired by Frida Kahlo's painting 'The Suicide of Dorothy Hale', with Michael Badalucco, Sarita Choudhury, Greg Hansen, Laura Koffman, Mark LaMura and Sarah Wynter, directed by Penny Templeton, will preview from September 19th at St. Lukes Theater, opening on September 30th. It explores the life and death of Dorothy Hale, (a film actress who fell from her 16th storey apartment on Central Park South in 1938), through the creative process of Frida Kahlo. The producers are Judson Moore, Paolo Montalban, Asset Management Partners, Edmund Gaynes and Aridyne Productions. St Lukes Theater is located at 308 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The Atlantic Theater Company will stage David Mamet's children's play The Revenge Of The Space Pandas or Binky Rudich And The Two-Speed Clock, with Ted Caine, Rick Dacey, Renee Delio, Lindsay Dombrowski, Sarah Hartley, Lauren Hines, Natalie Kuhn, Hannah Miller, Cassie Newman, Nicole Pacent, Michael Piazza, Dave Toomey, Chris Wendelken, Chloe Wepper and Kelly Wilson, directed by Paul Urcioli, on Saturday and Sunday mornings from September 29th, under its Atlantic for Kids banner. It relates the adventures of a boy as he travels through time and space with two friends - a girl and a sheep - who find themselves trapped on the planet of the space pandas. Atlantic for Kids plans to stage the musical Really Rosie, music by Carole King, book and lyrics by Maurice Sendak, next spring. The Atlantic Theater Company is located at 336 West 20th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.