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Last updated : 14th January 2008

The musical Cry-Baby, book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music and lyrics by David Javerbaum and Adam Schlesinger, directed by Mark Brokaw, with choreography by Rob Ashford, which premiered at La Jolla Playhouse in California in November, will transfer to the Marquis Theatre, previewing from March 15th, with an official opening on April 24th. The show is adapted from the John Waters film about 'the baddest boy in town' who falls for a good girl in Baltimore in 1954. The cast is led by James Snyder, Harriet Harris, Elizabeth Stanley, Carly Jibson, Chester Gregory II, Christopher J Hanke, Alli Mauzey and Richard Poe. It features scenic design by Scott Pask, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Howell Binkley and sound by Peter Hylenski. The producers are Adam Epstein, Allan S. Gordon, and Elan V McAllister.

The City Council of New York City has named January 21st to 27th Live Theatre Week in celebration of "the on-going contribution live theatre brings to New York City's cultural landscape". In honor of this, several Off Broadway shows will feature a buy-one-get-one-free ticket offer. Among those shows participating are Altar Boyz, The Awesome 80's Prom, Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea, Celia, Dai (enough), The Fantasticks, Forbidden Broadway, Fuerzabruta, Gazillion Bubble Show, Grace, Hunting And Gathering, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, My First Time, My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish And I'm In Therapy!, Naked Boys Signing!, New Jerusalem, The Rise Of Dorothy Hale, Stomp, and Two Thousand Years. Further information can be found on the League of Off Broadway Theatres and Producers web site, via the link from Organisations & Information in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Following a recent extended run at the Fourth Street Theatre, Kate Moira Ryan and Linda S Chapman's stage adaptation of Ann Bannon's 1950s and 1960s lesbian pulp novels The Beebo Brinker Chronicles, directed by Leigh Silverman, will return, previewing from February 19th at 37 Arts, opening on March 5th. It tells the story of two former secret college lovers, who, having led disparate lives, find themselves entangled in the web of Beebo Brinker, 'a butch denizen of the bars with a soft spot for young lesbians fresh off the bus'. 37 Arts is located at 450 West 37th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The Schoolhouse Theatre production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, with Kevin Albert, Terry Ashe-Croft, Keith Barber, Virginia Barber, Stephanie Bayliss, Sarah Bennett, Sari Caine, Lauren Currie Lewis, Tyne Firmin, Jennifer Hildner, George Kareman, David Licht, Simon MacLean Cheryl Orsini, David Rigo, James S. Smith, Bruce Smolanoff, Sherry Stregack, John Tyrrell and Walita, directed by Pamela Moller Kareman, will preview from February 6th at the Arclight Theatre, opening on February 9th. Miller used the story of the 17th century witchcraft trials Salem, Massachusetts to draw a parallel with Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee's crusade against supposed communist sympathisers. The Arclight Theatre is located at 152 West 71st Street, between Broadway and Columbus Avenue.

Broadway Bears, the 11th annual auction to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS featuring a host of teddy bears dressed in costume as characters from current Broadway shows, many autographed by the original stars, will be held at B B King Blues Club & Grill, on February 17th. Last year's auction raised a total of $130,000, when the top seller was the Mary Poppins bear which went for $8,000. Since its inception in the event has raised over $1.35m. B B King Blues Club & Grill is located at 237 West 42nd Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue. Phone bids, pre-bids and internet bids will all be accepted. Further information can be found on the BC/EFA website, via the link from Organisations & Information in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Catherine Filloux's Killing The Boss, with Sue Cremin, Dale Soules, John Daggett and Orville Mendoza, directed by Jean Randich, will preview from February 6th at The Studio at Cherry Lane Theatre, opening on February 12th. The dark comedy sees a playwright ploting to assassinate her country's head of state out of fury, frustration and addiction to her fight against social injustice. The Studio at Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street, near 7th Avenue, between Bedford and Barrow Streets.

The Emerging Artists Theatre production of David Bell's The Play About The Naked Guy, with Christopher Borg, Wayne Henry, Stacy Mayer, Michael Zahler, Ellen Reilly, Jason Schuchman, Christopher Sloan and Dan Amboyer, directed by Tom Wojtunik, will preview from February 4th at Baruch Performing Arts Center, opening on February 9th. When a serious but struggling Off Off Broadway theatre group is offered help by artistically questionable though financially successful impresarios, an epic and comic battle between commercialism and artistic allegiance ensues. The Baruch Performing Arts Center is located at 55 Lexington Avenue at 25th Street.

The 2008 New York Musical Theatre Festival, which presents new works by writers at all levels of the theatre community, from working professionals to those whose work has not yet been produced, will run from September 15th to October 5th. Writers and composers are invited to submit 'production ready' musicals to the Next Link Project by March 1st. 18 shows will be chosen by a jury that includes Lynn Ahrens, Michael Korie and Elizabeth Williams. Writers will then have access to professional dramaturges to help them shape and develop their projects. Since its inception in 2004, NYMF has produced almost 1,200 performances of over 250 shows, including Altar Boyz, The Big Voice: God or Merman, Captain Louie, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Gutenberg! The Musical, Meet John Doe, Nerds:// A Musical Software Satire, [title of show] and Shout! The Mod Musical. Further information and an application form can be found on the NYMF website, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.