arts 12.3.03

Stage Presents

For the footlight followers, greasepaint groupies, and thespianistas on your gift list.

Triton Gallery, 323 W. 45th [8th/9th] 212.765.2472, has the best collection of window cards, as Broadway show posters are called, anywhere. In addition, they have some original art and limited editions of artist James McMullan, who has created so many memorable Broadway logos. Pictured is a detail of a limited edition called "Young Man on 45th Street" which is $350 unframed. Current window cards are generally $20.

Plenty of off-Broadway companies doing good work; we think your giftee would be happy with tickets to any of these: Primary Stages, which is producing the world premiere of a new Terrence McNally play, the Vineyard Theatre, which has the world premiere of a new play by Nicky Silver, and MCC, which has the American premiere of "Frozen", starring Swoosie Kurtz.

Safe to say that your theatre maven has never seen a production of "Pardon My English." Good chance they've never heard of it. It's the second offering of the upcoming season at the Encores! series at City Center (which sent "Chicago" and "Wonderful Town" off to Broadway). Here's the rundown:

Thursday, February 12 to Sunday, February 15, 2004
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter, Book by Abe Burrows

Pardon My English
Thursday, March 25 to Sunday, March 28, 2004
Music by George Gershwin, Lyrics by Ira Gershwin, Book by Herbert Fields and Morrie Ryskind

Bye Bye Birdie
Thursday, May 6 to Sunday, May 9, 2004
Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Lee Adams, Book by Michael Stewart

Single performance tickets (in limited supply) are at 212.581.1212 or online. Prices range from $25-$90.

Get a one-of-a-kind gift and support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS at the same time by bidding on one of their items up for auction. Window cards signed by the cast, an hilarious Christopher Radko ornament made for the cast of "Hairspray" and other goodies…here.

One-stop shopping for theatre lovers is at Broadway New York. T-shirts, cast albums, souvenirs, books, Playbills, et al.

One major sale we inadvertently omitted yesterday:Now through Friday, 12/5, Frette, 560 7th [40th] 718.747.1554, is taking up to 70% off their amazing Italian linens. Sheet sets and duvets were $800-$1600, now $100-$400. Egyptian cotton robes and towels usually $100-$200 are $5-$50. Silk, cotton or cashmere loungewear, usually $500-$2,000 is $50-$200. Today and tomorrow 9-6:30, Fri 9-5.

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