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April 19, 2006

NEW YORK (AP) _ Marry political satire and the melodies of George Gershwin and you will get ``Of Thee I Sing,″ the final offering of the season for ``Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert.″

The show, which originally opened on Broadway in 1931, will play City Center May 11-15.

Ira Gershwin supplied the graceful, often witty lyrics and the sharp book is by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind.

The plot? John P. Wintergreen runs for president on a platform of love, assisted by his muffin-baking wife, Mary, and his hapless vice-presidential running mate, Alexander Throttlebottom.

Victor Garber portrays Wintergreen, Jennifer Laura Thompson is Mary and Jefferson Mays, a Tony winner for his performance in ``I Am My Own Wife,″ plays Throttlebottom.

The score includes such Gershwin standards as ``Love Is Sweeping the Country,″ ``Of Thee I Sing, Baby″ and ``Who Cares?″ The ``Encores″ production will be directed by John Rando.

For more information and tickets, visit the Web site, www.citycenter.org.

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Broadway ticket availability and capsule reviews of shows as of April 17. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are available at the theaters’ box offices for the shows listed. Details about how to obtain tickets appear at the end.

_``Avenue Q.″ Love blossoms among the twentysomething set _ a group that includes puppets _ in this very funny, adult musical comedy. Golden. Telecharge.

_``Awake and Sing!″ A Lincoln Center Theater revival of Clifford Odets’ Depression-era classic about a squabbling Bronx family. The cast includes Zoe Wanamaker and Ben Gazzara. Belasco. Telecharge.

_``Barefoot in the Park.″ Amanda Peet, Patrick Wilson, Jill Clayburgh and Tony Roberts star in a revival of an early Neil Simon comedy hit about newlyweds and their adventures in a fifth-floor Manhattan apartment. Cort. Telecharge. Closes May 21.

_``Beauty and the Beast.″ For those who want a lavish, literal, live-action version of the delightful Disney animated feature, this is the ticket. Others may be content to rent the film. Lunt-Fontanne. Ticketmaster, a special Disney hot line, 212-307-4747.

_``Bridge & Tunnel.″ Sarah Jones brings her acclaimed one-woman show about America’s newest immigrants to Broadway. Helen Hayes. Telecharge.

_``Chicago.″ An entertaining revival of the 1975 Bob Fosse musical with a sassy Kander and Ebb score. Broadway’s longest running musical revival _ and deservedly so. Ambassador. Telecharge.

_``Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.″ Jonathan Pryce and Norbert Leo Butz star in a musical about a couple of con men fleecing gullible women on the French Riviera. Based on the 1988 film. Imperial. Telecharge.

_``Doubt.″ John Patrick Shanley’s riveting play about a nun and her suspicions. Eileen Atkins stars. Winner of four 2005 Tony Awards, including best play. Walter Kerr. Telecharge.

_``Faith Healer.″ Ralph Fiennes, Cherry Jones and Ian McDiarmid star in a revival of Brian Friel’s play about a charismatic charlatan. Now in previews. Opens May 4. Booth. Telecharge.

_``Festen.″ A family confronts its dark secrets. A play by David Eldridge adapted from a celebrated Danish film. The cast includes Larry Bryggman, Ali MacGraw, Julianna Margulies, Michael Hayden and Jeremy Sisto. Music Box. Telecharge.

_``Hairspray.″ The cult John Waters movie set in 1960s Baltimore has been turned into a hilarious, tuneful musical. John Pinette plays full-figured Edna Turnblad, mother of young Tracy Turnblad (Shannon Durig) whose life’s desire is to appear on a television dance show. Neil Simon. Ticketmaster.

_``Hot Feet.″ The music of Earth, Wind and Fire married to the dance story of ``The Red Shoes.″ Now in previews. Opens April 30. Hilton. Ticketmaster.

_``Jersey Boys.″ The musical story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. August Wilson. Telecharge.

_``Lestat.″ The Elton John-Bernie Taupin musical inspired by Anne Rice’s ``The Vampire Chronicles.″ Now in previews. Opens April 25. Palace. Ticketmaster.

_``Mamma Mia!″ The London musical sensation featuring the pop songs of ABBA makes it to Broadway. Die-hard ABBA fans will like it best; others may be puzzled. Telecharge.

_``Monty Python’s Spamalot.″ A musical inspired by that demented film comedy, ``Monty Python and the Holy Grail.″ Winner of three 2005 Tony Awards, including best musical. Shubert. Telecharge. Difficult.

_``Rent.″ Jonathan Larson’s touching and now nostalgic look at struggling artists in New York’s East Village. Loosely based on Puccini’s opera ``La Boheme.″ Nederlander. Ticketmaster.

_``Ring of Fire.″ A celebration of the music of country legend Johnny Cash. Ethel Barrymore. Telecharge.

_``Shining City.″ Oliver Platt stars as a widower who says he has seen the ghost of his dead wife in this play by Conor McPherson. Now in previews. Opens May 9. Biltmore. Telecharge.

_``Sweeney Todd.″ An intimate revival of the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical starring Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris. Eugene O’Neill. Telecharge.

_``Tarzan.″ A Disney musical about Edgar Rice Burroughs’ vine-swinging hero. The score is by Phil Collins. Now in previews. Opens May 10. Richard Rodgers. Ticketmaster, a special Disney hot line, 212-307-4747.

_``The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.″ A sweet-tempered, often hilarious new musical by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin about youngsters competing in a local spelling bee. Circle in the Square. Telecharge.

_``The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial.″ David Schwimmer, Zeljko Ivanek and Tim Daly star in a revival of Herman Wouk’s military courtroom drama. Now in previews. Opens May 7. Schoenfeld. Telecharge.

_``The Color Purple.″ LaChanze stars in a musical version of Alice Walker’s novel about one woman’s triumph over adversity. Broadway. Telecharge.

_``The Drowsy Chaperone.″ A big fan remembers his favorite musical from 1928 _ and it comes to life. Now in previews. Opens May 1. Marquis. Ticketmaster.

_``The History Boys.″ Alan Bennett’s London success about a group of young men trying to get into college. Broadhurst. Telecharge.

_``The Lieutenant of Inishmore.″ Martin McDonagh’s bloody black comedy about an Irish terrorist and his cat. Now in previews. Opens May 3. Lyceum. Telecharge.

_``The Light in the Piazza.″ A young American woman finds romance in Italy, much to the consternation of her mother. An affecting new musical by Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas. Vivian Beaumont. Winner of six 2005 Tony Awards, including score and a prize for its star, Victoria Clark. Telecharge.

_``The Lion King.″ Director Julie Taymor is a modern-day Merlin, creating a stage version of the Disney animated hit that makes you truly believe in the magic of theater. New Amsterdam. Ticketmaster, a special Disney hot line, 212-307-4747. Difficult on weekends.

_``The Odd Couple.″ Oscar and Felix return to the stage in this revival of the Neil Simon comedy classic that later became a movie and a hit television series. Nathan Lane is Oscar and Matthew Broderick plays Felix. Brooks Atkinson. Ticketmaster.

_``The Pajama Game.″ Harry Connick Jr. and Kelli O’Hara star in the terrific Roundabout Theatre Company revival of the hit 1954 musical about labor troubles at a pajama factory. American Airlines. 212-719-1300. Closes June 17. Difficult.

_``The Phantom of the Opera.″ The one with the chandelier. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about a deformed composer who haunts the Paris Opera House is the prime, Grade A example of big Brit musical excess. But all the lavishness does have a purpose in Harold Prince’s intelligent production, now the longest running show in Broadway history. Majestic. Telecharge.

_``The Producers.″ A riotous stage version of the 1968 Mel Brooks movie. The musical is even better than the film, which is saying something. St. James. A special ``Producers″ Telecharge number 212-239-5800.

_``The Threepenny Opera.″ Alan Cumming, Jim Dale, Ana Gasteyer, Cyndi Lauper and Nellie McKay star in a Roundabout Theatre Company revival of the Bertolt Brecht-Kurt Weill musical. Studio 54. 212-719-1300.

_``The Wedding Singer.″ A musical based on the Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore movie about a young man who sings in a wedding band and who has been jilted by his fiancee. Now in previews. Opens April 27. Al Hirschfeld. Telecharge.

_``Three Days of Rain.″ Julia Roberts, Paul Rudd and Bradley Cooper star in a revival of Richard Greenberg’s play about two interlocking stories taking place in different decades. Bernard B. Jacobs. Telecharge. Difficult.

_``Well.″ Lisa Kron battles illness and her ego-deflating mother in the performer’s delightful comedy, a transfer from off-Broadway. Longacre. Telecharge.

_``Wicked.″ An ambitious if problematic musical about the witches in ``The Wizard of Oz.″ Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire. Gershwin. Ticketmaster. Difficult.

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The Telecharge number is 212-239-6200 unless otherwise indicated. There is a $6 service charge per ticket, plus a $2.50 handling fee per order.

Ticketmaster is 212-307-4100. There is a $6 service charge per ticket, plus a $3 handling fee per order.

All theaters owned by Jujamcyn _ the St. James, Martin Beck, Virginia, Eugene O’Neill and the Walter Kerr _ have a $1 surcharge per ticket for theater restoration. Shows that opened in Shubert theaters after Jan. 1, 2001, have a ``facilities″ surcharge for theater restoration: $1.25 per ticket.

Both Telecharge and Ticketmaster will provide information on specific seat locations. They also have toll-free numbers for theater ticket calls outside New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. For Telecharge call 800-432-7250; for Ticketmaster call 800-755-4000.

The League of American Theaters and Producers has a special telephone line called the Broadway Line for information on most Broadway shows (except ``The Lion King″ and ``Beauty and the Beast″) and how to purchase tickets. Calls must be made on a touch-tone phone. The number is 1-888-BROADWAY. The line also will provide information on Broadway touring productions. Consumers in the New York tri-state area may call 212-302-4111.

The TKTS booth in Times Square at Broadway and 47th Street sells same-day discount tickets to Broadway, off-Broadway, music and dance productions. There is a $3 service charge per ticket. Cash or travelers checks only. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday evening performances, 3 p.m.-8 p.m.; matinees Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

The downtown TKTS booth is in the South Street Seaport at the corner of Front and John Streets. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Matinee tickets must be purchased at South Street Seaport the day before, meaning Wednesday matinee tickets are available Tuesday, Saturday matinee tickets are available Friday and Sunday matinee tickets are available Saturday.

Full-price tickets and information on Broadway and off-Broadway shows are available at the Broadway Ticket Center, located on the east side of Broadway between 46th Street and 47th Street. There is a $4.50 service charge per ticket.

For 24-hour information on theater, dance and music performances in New York’s five boroughs, call the Theater Development Fund’s New York City-On Stage, 212-768-1818.

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