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Back Stage lists major U.S. film and TV productions that are currently casting or accepting submissions. On this page you'll find productions occurring in the greater New York area. Check for new listings every Thursday! (Website members only.)

The following listings are NOT casting notices but are intended to provide the best general information available on current projects. Back Stage East alternates between theatre one week and film and television the next. Unless otherwise stated, all contact with casting directors should be through the mail. Do not phone or visit casting directors' offices. Broadway shows under the Equity Production Contract are required to conduct EPAs (Equity principal auditions) once a year and Equity chorus calls every six months.

An asterisk (*) indicates an upcoming audition date.

FEATURE FILMS: CURRENTLY SHOOTING

7 to the Palace, a comedy. Directed by David Kaplan. Shooting July 9-Aug. 10. With Kevin Corrigan, Sean T. Krishnan, Naseeruddin Shah, and Aasif Mandvi. Principals: No information available. Background: Rita Powers, 295 Greenwich St., #513, NYC 10007.

City Island, a comedy. Directed by Raymond DeFelitta. Shooting July 21-Aug. 26, mostly in the Bronx. Principals: No further casting. Background: Grant Wilfley Casting, 123 W. 18th St., 8th fl., NYC 10011.

The Good Guy, a romantic comedy about a man who takes a hapless co-worker under his wing. Directed by Julio DePietro. Shooting July 14-Aug. 15. Principals: No further casting. Background: Kee Casting, P.O. Box 3175, Guttenberg, NJ 07093.

The Greatest, a family drama. Directed by Shana Feste. Shooting July 14-Aug. 19. With Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon. Principals: No further casting. Background: Sylvia Fay/Lee Genick & Associates Casting, 71 Park Ave., NYC 10016.

*Once More With Feeling, a comedy. Directed by Jeff Lipsky. Shooting July 18-Aug. 13 in Connecticut. Principals: No further casting. Background: Sylvia Fay/Lee Genick & Associates Casting, 71 Park Ave., NYC 10016.

The Party, a comedy. Directed by James Dougherty. Shooting July 12-Aug. 10. With James Sampson and Ron Hirt. Principals: No further casting. Background: aloysious@mindspring.com. May include some minor speaking roles, including those of network reporters. No pay.

*The Tested, a "gritty drama." Directed by Russell Costanzo. Shooting began Aug. 6 and continues throughout the month. Principals: No further casting. Background: thetestedfeature@gmail.com.

UPCOMING FEATURE FILMS

*The Children of Hip Hop, a drama. Directed by Antonio De La Cruz. Shooting begins in mid-August. Principals: No further casting. Background: anto107d2002@yahoo.com. Seeking: teenagers, 14-18, all types and ethnicities; Caucasian males, 20-28; Hispanic females, 19-50; Hispanic males, 19-60; Asian females, 20-30; African-American females, 20-30; African-American males, 19-40. Familiarity with hip-hop dancing a plus. Some pay. For more information, go to www.myspace.com/antoniodelacruzfilmmaker or www.imdb.com/name/nm2203137/.

Easy Street, a feature film. Directed by Vladan Nikolic. Shooting begins later this summer. Principals: No further casting. Background: Central Casting New York, 875 Sixth Ave., 15th fl., NYC 10001.

In the Family Way, a family drama. Directed by Rachel Gordon. Shooting October-November. Principals: Rachel Gordon, 146 W. 120th St., #7, NYC. Seeking the following roles: male, late 50s to early 60s, working-class father, traditional and old-fashioned; female, 50s to early 60s, full-time mother and housewife, can be acerbic. All races and ethnicities encouraged to apply. Background: Not casting.

*Satu Rumpun? (One Root), a comedy in English and Indonesian about foreigners adrift in the city. Directed by Arci Fadillah. Shooting Aug. 15-25. With Omar Parlindungan and Kaung Thu. Principals: Not casting. Background: gocit@yahoo.com. No pay.

Taking Woodstock, a film about a man in upstate New York who played an unexpected role in the 1969 Woodstock music festival. Directed by Ang Lee. Shooting August-October, mostly in upstate New York. Principals: No information available. Background: Shaun Duffy and Sophia Costas, twextras@gmail.com.

Won Ton Baby!, a horror-comedy. Directed by James Morgart. Shooting in May 2009. Principals: No further casting. Background: morgueartfilms@aol.com. Nonunion, no pay.

TV IN PRODUCTION

Damages, an hourlong legal drama for FX. Shooting from June 24 to late fall. With Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan, and William Hurt. Principals: Julie Tucker Casting, 568 Broadway, Ste. 301, NYC 10012. Background: Sylvia Fay/Lee Genick & Associates Casting, 71 Park Ave., NYC 10016.

Fringe, a sci-fi drama for Fox. Shooting July 7-Nov. 25. With Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Kirk Acevedo, Mark Valley, Blair Brown, and Jasika Nicole. Principals: No further casting. Background: Central Casting New York, 875 Sixth Ave., 15th fl., NYC 10001.

Gossip Girl, an hourlong drama for the CW about young socialites, based on the novels by Cecily von Ziegesar. Shooting June 19-Feb. 27. With Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Taylor Momsen, Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick, Matthew Settle, Kelly Rutherford, and Jessica Szohr. Principals: No information available. Background: Central Casting New York, 875 Sixth Ave., 15th fl., NYC 10001.

*Last of the Ninth, a dramatic pilot about police corruption in New York in the early 1970s, written by NYPD Blue co-creator David Milch. Directed by Carl Franklin. Shooting Aug. 18-Sept. 11. With Ray Winstone and Jonah Lotan. Principals: No further casting. Background: Grant Wilfley Casting, 123 W. 18th St., 8th fl., NYC 10011.

Law & Order, an hourlong NBC drama. Shooting begins Aug. 13 and continues until early 2009. With Jeremy Sisto, Anthony Anderson, Sam Waterston, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linus Roache, and Alana De La Garza. Principals: Lynn Kressel Casting, Pier 62, Room 304, West 23rd Street and Hudson River, NYC 10011. Background: Central Casting New York, 875 Sixth Ave., 15th fl., NYC 10001.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, an hourlong NBC drama. Shooting through early 2009. With Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Dann Florek, Ice-T, Adam Beach, B.D. Wong, Michaela McManus, and Tamara Tunie. Principals: Jonathan Strauss, Lynn Kressel Casting, Pier 62, Room 304, West 23rd Street and Hudson River, NYC 10011. Background: Grant Wilfley Casting, 123 W. 18th St., 8th fl., NYC 10011.

Life on Mars, an hourlong time-travel police drama for ABC. Shooting begins July 28 and continues into the fall. Principals: No information available. Background: Central Casting New York, 875 Sixth Ave., 15th fl., NYC 10001.

Lipstick Jungle, an hourlong dramedy for NBC. Shooting June 23-Nov.19. With Brooke Shields, Kim Raver, and Lindsay Price. Principals: James Calleri 133 W. 25th St., 6th fl., NYC 10001 or casting@callericasting.com. Background: Grant Wilfley Casting, 123 W. 18th St., 8th fl., NYC 10011.

The Naked Brothers Band, a half-hour series for Nickelodeon about a young rock group. Shooting began July 21 and continues into early October. With Nat Wolff and Alex Wolff. Principals: No information available. Background: Barbara McNamara Casting, 249 W. 34th St., Ste. 500, NYC 10001.

Rescue Me, an hourlong drama for FX about the professional and personal lives of NYC firefighters. Shooting from April 28 through May 2009, with intermittent breaks. With Denis Leary, Michael Lombardi, Steven Pasquale, Andrea Roth, John Scurti, and Daniel Sunjata. Principals: Julie Tucker Casting, 568 Broadway, Ste. 301, NYC 10012. Background: Barbara McNamara Casting, 249 W. 34th St., Ste. 500, NYC 10001.

Ugly Betty, an hourlong dramedy for ABC. Shooting through year's end. With America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Tony Plana, Vanessa Williams, and Ana Ortiz. Principals: Not set yet. Background: Grant Wilfley Casting, 123 W. 18th St., 8th fl., NYC 10011.

DAYTIME DRAMA

All My Children (ABC). Judy Blye Wilson (casting director), Robert Lambert (associate, under-fives and background), 320 W. 66th St., NYC 10023. Send headshots, résumés, post cards.

As the World Turns (CBS). Mary Clay Boland (principals), LaMont Craig (under-fives), Kate Martineau (background), 1268 E. 14th St., Brooklyn, NY 11230. Send headshots and résumés.

Guiding Light (CBS). Rob Decina (casting director), Alison Goodman (associate, under-fives), Jill Creighton (assistant, background), 524 W. 57th St., Ste. 5320, NYC 10019. Accepts post cards and showcase invitations.

One Life to Live (ABC). Julie Madison (casting director), Victoria Visgilio (associate), Sheryl Baker-Fisher (assistant), 157 Columbus Ave., 2nd fl., NYC 10023. Send headshots and résumés or post cards only.

OTHER PROJECTS

*Doris' Mouse Earrings, one of an ongoing series of absurdist films directed by Astro Saladino. Principals and background: twitchnoodle@yahoo.com. Wild, edgy, completely uninhibited. Not for the conservative or for those bothered by religious irreverence. Deferred pay. See the filmmaker's other works, vivianpusher and The Cornstarch Gizmo, at www.undergroundfilm.com.

Broadway: Upcoming

9 to 5, a musical version of the 1980 film comedy about put-upon female office workers and their male-chauvinist boss. Casting: Telsey + Company, 311 W. 43rd St., 10th fl., NYC 10036. Dolly Parton, who starred in the film, is writing the score. Patricia Resnick, co-author of the original screenplay, is penning the book. Joe Mantello is directing. A production starring Allison Janney, Megan Hilty, Stephanie J. Block, and Marc Kudisch will play the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles Sept. 3-Oct. 19. Performances begin March 24 at the Marquis Theatre, 1535 Broadway, NYC. Opens: April 23. Last Equity chorus call for dancers: March 11. Last Equity chorus call for singers: Feb. 11.

13, a musical about a group of 13-year-olds at an Indiana middle school. Jason Robert Brown wrote the score and Dan Elish and Robert Horn the book. Casting: "13," Mark Simon Casting, 240 W. 44th St., NYC 10036. A production at Goodspeed at Chester closed June 8. Rehearsals for the Broadway production begin July 28. Performances at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St., NYC, begin Sept. 16. Opens: Oct. 5. Last EPA for young teen roles: June 8. Last Equity chorus call for singers: Feb. 7.

Accent on Youth, a revival of Samson Raphaelson's 1934 comedy about a playwright and his young assistant. Manhattan Theatre Club will produce it as part of its Broadway season. David Hyde Pierce will star. Casting: Manhattan Theatre Club, 311 W. 43rd St., 8th fl., NYC 10036. Performances begin in April 2009 at the Biltmore Theatre (soon to be renamed the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre), 261 W. 47th St., NYC. Opening date: TBA. EPAs: TBA.

All My Sons, a revival of Arthur Miller's 1947 drama about a family dealing with the death of a son during World War II. Katie Holmes, Patrick Wilson, John Lithgow, and Dianne Wiest star. Simon McBurney directs. Casting: Cindy Tolan Casting, 145 Sixth Ave., 7th fl., NYC 10013. Rehearsals begin July 28. Performances begin Sept. 18 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St., NYC Opens: Oct. 16 for a limited engagement through Jan. 11. Last EPAs: May 1, 2, and 3.

The American Plan, a revival of Richard Greenberg's 1990 play about a young woman and a mysterious man meeting at a Catskills resort in the early 1960s. Manhattan Theatre Club will present it as part of its Broadway season. Casting: Nancy Piccione, Manhattan Theatre Club, 311 W. 43rd St., 8th fl., NYC 10036. Performances begin Jan. 2, 2009, at the Biltmore Theatre (soon to be renamed the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre), 261 W. 47th St., NYC. Opens: Jan. 22, 2009. Last EPAs: July 2.

Angels, a new musical about angels and demons, with music by Ken Lai and book and lyrics by Lai and Marcus Cheong. Out-of-town engagement in Shreveport, La., has been canceled. Target opening on Broadway: 2008-09 season. Casting: Calleri Casting, 133 W. 25th St., NYC 10001. Last EPA: March 27. Last Equity chorus call for singers and dancers: March 28.

Billy Elliot, a musical version of the 2000 film about a Welsh boy who dreams of becoming a ballet dancer. Adult casting: Tara Rubin Casting, 570 Seventh Ave., Ste. 401, NYC 10018. Child casting: Nora Brennan Casting, 752 West End Ave., Ste. MC, NYC 10025. Rehearsals begin in June. Performances begin Sept. 17 at the Imperial Theatre, 249 W. 45th St., NYC. Opens Oct. 16. Last EPA for adult roles: April 14. Last Equity chorus call for adult dancers: Oct. 19, 2007. Last Equity chorus call for adult singers: Oct. 15, 2007. Last Equity principal dancer call for children: Oct. 13, 2007. Last Equity chorus call for child dancers: Oct. 20, 2007. Last Equity chorus call for child singers: Oct. 22, 2007. Last open call for boys: Nov. 11, 2006.

Brigadoon, a revisal of the 1947 classic by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe about a mystical Scottish village. John Guare is rewriting the book, and Rob Ashford is the director-choreographer. A pre-Broadway tryout for Boston's Colonial Theatre, Oct. 14-Nov. 9 has been cancelled. Originally scheduled to open on Broadway in the spring 2009, the production has been postponed due to the lack of a suitable theatre. Casting: Tara Rubin Casting, 570 Seventh Ave., Ste. 401, NYC 10018. Last EPA: March 26. Last Equity principal dancer calls: March 24 and 25. Last Equity chorus call for dancers: March 27. Last Equity chorus call for singers: March 28.

Dividing the Estate, Horton Foote's play about a Texas family, which ran Off-Broadway at Primary Stages earlier this season. Lincoln Center Theater will produce this transfer to Broadway. Several of the Off-Broadway cast members will repeat their roles. Casting for Off-Broadway production: Stephanie Klapper Casting, 39 W. 19th St., 12th fl., NYC 10011. Previews begin Oct. 23 at the Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St., NYC. Opens Nov. 20. Last EPA for the Off-Broadway run: June 8, 2007.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, a return engagement of the holiday musical based on the children's book. Casting: Telsey + Company, 311 W. 43rd St., 10th fl., NYC 10036. Schedule and theatre TBA. Last EPA for Broadway and touring productions: June 23. Last Equity chorus call for singers for Broadway and touring productions: June 19. Last Equity chorus calls for dancers for Broadway and touring productions: June 11 (children) and June 13 (women).

Equus, a revival of Peter Shaffer's 1973 psychological drama. The hit London production will transfer with Daniel Radcliffe (the Harry Potter films) and Richard Griffiths (The History Boys). Casting: Telsey + Company, 311 W. 43rd St., 10th fl., NYC 10036. Rehearsals begin Aug. 11. Previews begin Sept. 5 at the Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St., NYC. Opens Sept. 25. Last EPAs: Nov. 25, 26, and 27, 2007. Last Equity chorus call for male dancer-actors: May 5.

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, a revisal of Ntozake Shange's 1976 "choreopoem," to star Grammy winner India.Arie. Casting: Chemin Bernard and David Petro, 1515 Broadway, Ste. 3820, NYC 10036. Performances begin Aug. 19 at the Circle in the Square Theatre, 1633 Broadway, NYC. Opens Sept. 8. Last EPA: March 20.

Godspell, a revival of the 1971 musical based on the Gospel of St. Matthew. Gavin Creel has been cast as Jesus. Casting: Telsey + Company, 311 W. 43rd St., 10th fl., NYC 10036. Performances begin Sept. 29 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., NYC. Opens Oct. 23. Last EPAs: Nov. 16 and 19, 2007.

*Hedda Gabler, a revival of Henrik Ibsen's classic, to be produced by Roundabout Theatre Company. Casting: Jim Carnahan and Carrie Gardner, 231 W. 39th St., Ste. 1200, NYC 10018. Rehearsals begin Dec. 2. Runs Jan. 6-April 5, 2009, at the American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St., NYC. Upcoming EPA: Aug. 5.

Impressionism, a new play by Michael Jacobs about a photojournalist and a gallery owner. Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen star. Jack O'Brien directs. Casting: Laura Stanczyk, 150 W. 28th St., #701, NYC 10001. Rehearsals begin Jan. 5, 2009. Performances begin Feb. 14 at a Broadway theatre TBA. Last EPAs: July 15 and 16.

A Man for All Seasons, a revival of Robert Bolt's 1960 drama about Sir Thomas More, King Henry VIII's chief minister, to be produced by Roundabout Theatre Company, starring Frank Langella. Casting: Jim Carnahan Casting, 231 W. 39th St., Ste. 1200, NYC 10018. Rehearsals begin Aug. 12. Runs Sept. 12-Dec. 28 at the American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St., NYC. Last EPA: June 10.

Nerds, a musical satire about computer pioneers Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, with music by Hal Goldberg and book and lyrics by Jordan Allen-Dutton and Erik Weiner. Casting: Rachel Hoffman, Telsey + Company, 311 W. 43rd St., 10th fl., NYC 10036. Rehearsals and performances begin this fall at a theatre TBA. Last EPAs: May 30, 31, and June 1.

Nice Work If You Can Get It, a reworked version of Oh, Kay!, the 1926 musical by Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, and George and Ira Gershwin. An earlier revision called They All Laughed, with a new book by Joe DiPietro, played the Goodspeed Opera House in 2001. A workshop with the title Heaven on Earth, featuring Harry Connick Jr. and Erin Dilly and directed by Kathleen Marshall, was performed in November 2007. Casting: Jay Binder Casting, 321 W. 44th St., Ste. 606, NYC 10036. An out-of-town tryout in Boston has been canceled. Opens on Broadway in March 2009. Connick is confirmed for the production, but Marshall has left it. Last EPAs: March 27 and 28. Last Equity chorus calls for dancers: March 24 and 25. Last Equity chorus calls for singers: April 1 and 2.

Orphans, a revival of Lyle Kessler's 1983 play about a power struggle between two brothers and an older man. Al Pacino stars. Casting: Telsey + Company, 311 W. 43rd St., 10th fl., NYC 10036. Rehearsals begin in late November. Performances begin in early January 2009 at a Shubert theatre TBA. Last EPA: April 25.

Pal Joey, a revival of the 1940 musical by John O'Hara, Richard Rodgers, and Lorenz Hart. Presented by Marc Platt (Wicked) and Roundabout Theatre Company, with Joe Mantello directing and a new book by Richard Greenberg. Christian Hoff, Stockard Channing, and Martha Plimpton star. Casting: Jim Carnahan Casting, 231 W. 39th St., Ste. 1200, NYC 10018. Rehearsals begin Oct. 7. Performances begin Nov. 14 at Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St., NYC. Opens Dec. 11 for a limited run. Last EPA: April 10. Last Equity chorus call for dancers: April 21.

*Popcorn, a play by Ben Elton about a psychopathic couple invading the home of a Hollywood producer, based on Elton's novel. Previously produced in London in 1997. Casting: Jen Rudin and Ed Lewis, c/o "Popcorn" Casting, 331 W. 57th St., #267, NYC 10019. Rehearsals and performances begin in the fall. Theatre TBD. Upcoming EPAs: Aug. 8, 10, and 24.

The Seagull, a revival of Anton Chekhov's classic that originated at the Royal Court Theatre in London. Most of the British cast will reprise their roles. Casting: Jim Carnahan Casting, 231 W. 39th St., Ste. 1200, NYC 10018. Rehearsals begin Aug. 25. Performances begin Sept. 16 at the Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W. 48th St., NYC. Opens Oct. 1 for a limited run through Dec. 21. Last EPAs for understudies and possible future replacements: June 19 and 23.

Shrek, a musical version of the 2001 animated film, with book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesori. Casting: Tara Rubin Casting, 570 Seventh Ave., Ste. 401, NYC 10018. Out-of-town engagement at the 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle, Aug. 14-Sept. 14. Previews begin Nov. 8 at the Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway, NYC. Opens Dec. 14. Last EPA: Jan. 3. Last Equity chorus call for singers: Jan. 8. Last Equity chorus call for dancers: Jan. 17.

Speed-the-Plow, a revival of David Mamet's 1988 play about corruption in Hollywood. Jeremy Piven, Raúl Esparza, and Elisabeth Moss will star. Casting: Telsey + Company, 311 W. 43rd St., 10th fl., NYC 10036. Rehearsals begin Sept. 8. Previews begin Oct. 3 at the Belasco Theatre, 111 W. 44th St., NYC. Opens Oct. 26 for a limited run through Feb. 22, 2009. Last EPA: July 7.

Stalag 17, a revival of Donald Bevan and Edmund Trzcinski's 1951 play about a group of American soldiers in a German POW camp during World War II. Spike Lee will direct. Clive Owen and Mark Wahlberg have been mentioned to star. Casting: Jim Carnahan and Kim Coleman, Jim Carnahan Casting, 231 W. 39th St., Ste. 1200, NYC 10018. Opening now slated for 2008-09 season. Last EPA: Aug. 29, 2007.

The Story of My Life, a new musical about a writer returning to his hometown. The score is by Neil Bartram and the book by Brian Hill. Richard Maltby, Jr. directs. A previous production played at CanStage in Toronto in fall 2006. Casting: Jay Binder Casting, 321 W. 44th St., Ste. 606, NYC 10036. Rehearsals begin in December. Opens in January 2009. Last EPA: April 22.

A Tale of Two Cities, a musical based on Charles Dickens' classic novel of the French Revolution, with book, music, and lyrics by Jill Santoriello. An out-of-town tryout played Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota, Fla., Oct. 13-Nov. 18, 2007. Casting: Barry Moss and Bob Kale, 484 W. 43rd St., NYC 10036. Rehearsals begin July 14. Performances begin Aug. 19 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 W. 45th St., NYC. Opens Sept. 18. Last EPAs: April 7, 8, and 9. Last Equity chorus call for singers: April 10.

To Be or Not to Be, a play by Nick Whitby based on the 1942 film comedy about a troupe of actors in Nazi-occupied Warsaw. To be produced by Manhattan Theatre Club as part of its Broadway season. Casting: David Caparelliotis, Manhattan Theatre Club, 311 W. 43rd St., 8th fl., NYC 10036. Performances begin Sept. 11 at the Biltmore Theatre (soon to be renamed the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre), 261 W. 47th St., NYC. Opens Oct. 2. EPAs: TBA.

Vanities, a musical based on Jack Heifner's 1976 Off-Broadway play about three cheerleaders growing up in the 1960s and '70s, with a score by David Kirshenbaum and a book by Heifner. A private industry presentation directed by Judith Ivey was held Sept. 27, 2007. A production is planned for the Pasadena Playhouse, Aug. 22-Sept. 28 (with a possible extension to Oct. 5). Performances begin in the fall at a Broadway theatre TBA. Casting: Jay Binder Casting, 321 W. 44th St., Ste. 606, NYC 10036. Last EPAs: Jan. 3, 7, and 9.

Waiting for Godot, a revival of Samuel Beckett's classic. Bill Irwin stars, and Garry Hynes directs. A pre-Broadway engagement will be produced by and at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Casting: Daniel Swee, c/o Lincoln Center Theater, 150 W. 65th St., NYC 10023. Rehearsals begin in NYC on Dec. 9. Runs Jan. 15-Feb. 14, 2009. Opens at a Broadway theatre TBA in late winter or early spring 2009. Last EPA: July 23.

*West Side Story, a revival of the classic 1957 musical updating Romeo and Juliet to the gang-ridden streets of New York. Arthur Laurents, author of the book, will direct. Joey McKneely will re-create Jerome Robbins' original choreography. A pre-Broadway run at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., will be held Dec. 16, 2008-Jan. 17, 2009. Performances begin Feb. 23, 2009, at a Broadway theatre TBA, with the opening slated for March 2009. Casting: Stuart Howard Associates, 207 W. 25th St., Ste. 601, NYC 10001. Last EPA: March 19. Last Equity principal dancer auditions: March 18 and 20. Last Equity chorus calls for dancers: April 8 and 9. Upcoming open auditions for the roles of Maria and Rosalia: Aug. 18.

Broadway: Currently Playing

The 39 Steps, Patrick Barlow's adaptation of John Buchan's novel, best known for its 1935 film version directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Casting: Jack Bowdan, Jay Binder Casting, 321 W. 44th St., Ste. 606, NYC 10036. American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St., NYC. Opened Jan. 15 for a limited run through March 29. Transferred to the Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St., NYC, on April 29 for a May 8 opening. Possible future EPAs: TBD.

August: Osage County, Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the reunion of an Oklahoma family. Casting: Stuart Howard Associates, 207 W. 25th St., Ste. 601, NYC 10001. Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St., NYC. Opened Dec. 4, 2007. Last EPA: Sept. 27, 2007. Last EPA for the role of Johnna: July 18.

Avenue Q, a musical featuring live actors and puppets. Casting: Cindy Tolan Casting, 145 Sixth Ave., 7th fl., NYC 10013. John Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., NYC. Opened July 31, 2003. Last EPA: June 11. Last open call: Feb. 29. Last Equity chorus call: June 13.

Boeing-Boeing, a transfer of the hit West End production of Marc Camoletti and Beverley Cross' 1960s comedy about an architect wooing three airline stewardesses. Matthew Warchus directs. Casting: Jim Carnahan Casting, 231 W. 39th St., Ste. 1200, NYC 10018. Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St., NYC. Opened May 4. Last EPAs: Oct. 1, 2, and 3, 2007.

Chicago, a revival of the 1975 musical. Casting: Duncan Stewart, National Artists Management Company, 165 W. 46th St., Ste. 1202, NYC 10036. Ambassador Theatre, 219 W. 49th St., NYC. Opened Nov. 14, 1996. Last EPA: May 8. Last Equity chorus call: May 9. Last EPA for national tour: July 11. Last Equity chorus call for dancers for national tour: July 14.

Grease, a revival of the 1972 musical set in the 1950s. Casting: Sara Schatz, Jay Binder Casting, 321 W. 44th St., Ste. 606, NYC 10036. Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St., NYC. Opened Aug. 19, 2007. The leads were cast via an NBC reality show. Last EPA: March 20, 2007. Last Equity chorus call for singers: Jan. 22. Last Equity chorus call for dancers: Jan. 31. Last EPA for national tour: April 15. Last open call for principals for national tour: May 12. Last Equity chorus calls for singers for national tour: April 17 and 18. Last Equity chorus calls for dancers for national tour: April 28 and 29.

Gypsy, a revival of the 1959 musical suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee. This production was presented last summer at New York City Center. Patti LuPone, Laura Benanti, and Boyd Gaines star. Casting: Jay Binder Casting, 321 W. 44th St., Ste. 606, NYC 10036. St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St., NYC. Opened March 27. Last EPAs: Dec. 13 and 14, 2007. Last Equity chorus call for singers: Dec. 18, 2007. Last Equity chorus call for dancers: Jan. 4.

Hairspray, a musical based on the 1988 John Waters film. Casting: Telsey + Company, 311 W. 43rd St., 10th fl., NYC 10036. Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St., NYC. Opened Aug. 15, 2002. Last EPA: Aug. 22, 2007. Last open call for the role of Tracy: Jan. 25. Last Equity chorus call for singers: June 20. Last Equity chorus call for dancers: June 17.

*In the Heights, a musical about a Hispanic neighborhood in Upper Manhattan. Casting: Telsey + Company, 311 W. 43rd St., 10th fl., NYC 10036. Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St., NYC. Opened March 9. Last EPAs: July 13 and 23, 2007. Upcoming Equity chorus call for dancers: Aug. 12. Last Equity chorus call for singers: Aug. 3, 2007. Last open call for singers: Aug. 8, 2007.

Jersey Boys, a musical featuring the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Casting: Tara Rubin Casting, 570 Seventh Ave., Ste. 401, NYC 10018. August Wilson Theatre, 245 W. 52nd St., NYC. Opened Nov. 6, 2005. Last EPA: May 20. Last open call for principals: May 18, 2006. Last Equity chorus call for singers: May 19. Last Equity chorus call for dancers: May 21.

Legally Blonde, a musical version of the 2001 film comedy. Casting: Telsey + Company, 311 W. 43rd St., 10th fl., NYC 10036. Palace Theatre, 1564 Broadway, NYC. Opened April 29, 2007. Note: The replacement for the role of Elle Woods is being cast via an MTV reality show. Last EPA: Jan. 18. Last EPA for national tour: March 31. Last open auditions for the role of Elle Woods in NYC and Nashville, Tenn.: Feb. 4. Last Equity chorus call for singers: Feb. 19. Last Equity chorus call for dancers: Feb. 22.

The Lion King, a musical based on the 1994 animated film. Casting: Jay Binder Casting, 321 W. 44th St., Ste. 606, NYC 10036. Minskoff Theatre, 200 W. 45th St., NYC. Opened Nov. 13, 1997. Last EPAs for all Disney shows: June 14 and 17. Last open call for kids: June 7. Last Equity chorus call for singers: Feb. 12. Last Equity chorus calls for dancers: Feb. 4 and 5.

The Little Mermaid, a musical based on the 1989 Disney animated film. Casting: Tara Rubin Casting, 570 Seventh Ave., Ste. 401, NYC 10018. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St., NYC. Opened Jan. 10. Last EPAs for all Disney shows: June 14 and 17. Last EPA: July 15. Last Equity chorus call for singers: July 8. Last Equity chorus call for dancers: July 17.

Mamma Mia!, a musical featuring the songs of ABBA. Casting: Tara Rubin Casting, 570 Seventh Ave., Ste. 401, NYC 10018. Winter Garden Theatre, 1634 Broadway, NYC. Opened Oct. 18, 2001. Last EPA: July 29. Last Equity chorus call for dancers: May 16. Last Equity chorus call for singers: May 15.

Mary Poppins, a musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the 1964 Walt Disney film. Casting: Tara Rubin Casting, 570 Seventh Ave., Ste. 401, NYC 10018. New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 W. 42nd St., NYC. Opened Nov. 16, 2006. Last EPAs for all Disney shows: June 14 and 17. Last Equity chorus calls for singers: June 12 and 13. Last Equity chorus call for dancers: June 11. Last open call for dancers: April 6, 2006. Last open call for kids: April 1, 2006.

*Monty Python's Spamalot, a musical based on the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Casting: Tara Rubin Casting, 570 Seventh Ave., Ste. 401, NYC 10018. Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th St., NYC. Opened March 17, 2005. Upcoming EPA for Broadway and touring productions: Sept. 16. Upcoming Equity chorus call for singers: Sept. 17. Upcoming Equity chorus call for dancers: Sept. 18.

The Phantom of the Opera, a musical based on the Gaston Leroux novel. The longest-running show in Broadway history. Casting: Tara Rubin Casting, 570 Seventh Ave., Ste. 401, NYC 10018. Majestic Theatre, 247 W. 44th St., NYC. Opened Jan. 26, 1988. Last EPA: Aug. 9, 2007. Last Equity chorus call for singers: July 11. Last Equity chorus call for dancers: July 10.

South Pacific, a revival of the 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, from Lincoln Center Theater. Casting: Telsey + Company, 311 W. 43rd St., 10th fl., NYC 10036. Vivian Beaumont Theater, 150 W. 65th St., NYC. Opened April 3, now in an open-ended run. Last EPA: Aug. 28, 2007. Last Equity chorus call for dancers: Oct. 1, 2007. Last Equity chorus call for singers: Aug. 16, 2007.

Spring Awakening, a rock musical based on Frank Wedekind's 1891 expressionist drama. Casting: Jim Carnahan and Carrie Gardner, Jim Carnahan Casting, 231 W. 39th St., Ste. 1200, NYC 10018. Eugene O'Neill Theatre, 230 W. 49th St., NYC. Opened Dec. 10, 2006. Last EPA: March 12. Last EPA for adult roles in national tour: Aug. 24, 2007. Last EPA for teen roles in national tour: Aug. 16, 2007. Last Equity chorus call for singers: May 13. Last open call for singers: April 29, 2007. Last chorus call for singers for national tour: Sept. 6, 2007.

[title of show], a musical by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell about writing a musical. Presented Off-Broadway in 2006. The Off-Broadway cast — Bowen, Bell, Susan Blackwell, and Heidi Blickenstaff — and musical director Larry Pressgrove all return. Casting: Telsey + Company, 311 W. 43rd St., 10th fl., NYC 10036. Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St., NYC. Opened July 17. Possible EPAs: TBA.

Wicked, a musical based on the novel by Gregory Maguire. Casting: Telsey + Company, 311 W. 43rd St., 10th fl., NYC 10036. George Gershwin Theatre, 222 W. 51st St., NYC. Opened Oct. 30, 2003. Last EPA for Broadway: Aug. 30, 2006. Last EPA for the national tour: Aug. 31, 2007. Last open call for dancers: May 8, 2007. Last open chorus call for dancers: March 21, 2006. Last Equity chorus call for dancers: April 21. Last Equity chorus call for singers: May 2.

Xanadu, a musical based on the 1980 film, with a book by Douglas Carter Beane. The score features songs from the film and hits by Electric Light Orchestra. Casting: Cindy Tolan Casting, 145 Sixth Ave., 7th fl., NYC 10013. Helen Hayes Theatre, 240 W. 44th St., NYC. Opened July 10, 2007. Last EPA: May 14. Last Equity chorus call for singers: May 22. Last Equity chorus call for dancers: May 19.

*Young Frankenstein, a musical version by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan of Brooks' 1974 film comedy. Directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. Casting: Tara Rubin Casting, 570 Seventh Ave., Ste. 401, NYC 10018. Hilton Theatre, 213 W. 42nd St., NYC. Opened Nov. 8, 2007. Upcoming EPA: Aug. 1. Upcoming Equity chorus call for singers: Aug. 21. Upcoming Equity chorus call for dancers: Aug. 22.

Note: A Chorus Line is closing Aug. 17. Rent is closing Sept. 7. There is no further casting scheduled for these shows.

Broadway: Workshops, In Development, Etc.

The Addams Family, a musical based on the cartoons of Charles Addams, with book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys) and score by Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party). Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter) are scheduled to direct and design. According to the New York Post, Bebe Neuwirth will star and Nathan Lane has been offered the male lead. Target opening: 2009-10 season.

Ace, a new musical by Richard Oberacker (book and lyrics) and Robert Taylor (music) about a boy entering a fantasy world of fighter pilots. Signature Theatre of Arlington, Va., will present it Aug. 26-Sept. 28, with plans for a Broadway production to follow. Casting: Michael Baron, Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA 22206. Last EPA: May 22. Last Equity chorus call for singers: May 23.

American Buffalo, a revival of David Mamet's 1976 play about three crooks planning a theft. Robert Falls directs, and John Leguizamo is in talks to star. Target opening: fall 2008.

The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, a revival of David Rabe's 1971 play about the Vietnam War. Fox News has reported that Leonardo DiCaprio is interested in starring but that the production depends on his schedule.

The Big Time, a new musical about two lounge singers on board a cruise ship held hostage by terrorists, with a book by Douglas Carter Beane (Xanadu) and score by Douglas Cohen. Previously produced at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. A workshop directed by Christopher Ashley (Xanadu) is set for September. Target Broadway opening: spring 2010.

Berry Gordy Project, a musical based on the life of the Motown mogul. The New York Post reports that the show is in development and will employ Motown hits for the score.

The Boy Who Heard the Music, a musical by Pete Townshend of the Who, about a rock star recalling the formation of his band. A staging was presented at the Powerhouse Theater in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on July 13 and 14, 2007.

BricktopQueen of the Night, a new musical based on the life of Ada "Bricktop" Smith, a café owner and singer in the 1920s. Chuck Seffan is writing the lyrics and Ron Abel the music. Fantasia Barrino and Whoopi Goldberg have been mentioned for the lead. The Daily News reports George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic might become involved.

Bruce Lee: Journey to the West, a new musical based on the life of the actor and martial artist. David Yazbek (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty) is composing the music and David Henry Hwang (Yellow Face) is writing the book and lyrics. Bartlett Sher (South Pacific) will direct. Target opening: 2010-11 season.

Busker Alley, a musical based on the 1938 film St. Martin's Lane. Jim Dale is slated to star and Tony Walton to direct. The show was originally scheduled to open on Broadway in 1995, but star Tommy Tune broke his foot, and the production closed out of town.

Cabaret, a revival of Roundabout Theatre Company's 1996 production, to be presented at the Henry Miller Theatre. Originally planned to open during the 2007-08 season.

Catch Me If You Can, a musical based on the 2002 film about a real-life con man, with book by Terrence McNally, music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Casting: Telsey + Company, 311 W. 43rd St., 10th fl., NYC 10036. A reading was held Feb. 25-March 5 in Manhattan. Last EPA: Dec. 19, 2007.

Columbo Takes the Rap, a new play by William Link based on the TV detective created by Link and the late Richard Levinson. The play was a hit at the International Mystery Writers Festival in Owensboro, Ky., last June. Producer Zev Buffman is planning a national tour before a Broadway engagement in 2008.

Dancin', a revival of Bob Fosse's 1978 dance revue. Roundabout Theatre Company will produce. Graciela Daniele directs. Ann Reinking and Nicole Fosse are artistic consultants. Performances begin April 17, 2009, at Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St., NYC. Opens May 5, 2009.

Dancing in the Dark, a stage version of The Band Wagon, the 1953 movie musical about a Hollywood song-and-dance man returning to Broadway. A production at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego ran through April 13. Douglas Carter Beane is writing the book, and the score employs the songs of Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz. The cast includes Scott Bakula, Mara Davi, Sebastian LaCause, Beth Leavel, Adam Heller, and Patrick Page.

Death Takes a Holiday, a musical based on the 1929 play about the figure of death assuming human form and falling in love with a young woman. Maury Yeston is writing the score, and Thomas Meehan is reworking the late Peter Stone's book. Roundabout Theatre Company recently staged a workshop with Brian Stokes Mitchell in the lead.

Designing Women, a play based on the hit TV series. Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, who created the show, is reportedly writing a stage version. Producers Anita Waxman and Elizabeth Williams are said to be interested in producing the play on Broadway.

Desire Under the Elms, a revival of Eugene O'Neill's 1924 drama, to star Brian Dennehy, directed by Robert Falls. Variety reports it will transfer to Broadway after it opens at Chicago's Goodman Theatre in January 2009.

Ever After, a musical version of the 1998 film fantasy, a variation on the Cinderella theme. The score is by Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler; the book is by Theresa Rebeck (Mauritius) and Heisler. Doug Hughes (Doubt) directs. A pre-Broadway engagement is planned for San Francisco's Curran Theatre in April 2009.

Fences, a revival of August Wilson's 1987 play about a former baseball player and his family. Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) will direct.

Finding Neverland, a musical based on the 2004 film about J.M. Barrie, the playwright who created Peter Pan. The book is by Allan Knee, author of the play upon which the film was based, and the score is by composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie (Grey Gardens). Target opening: 2010.

The First Wives Club, a musical based on the 1996 film comedy, featuring a score by pop songwriters Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Brian Holland and a book by Rupert Holmes.

From These Roots, a musical based on Aretha Franklin's autobiography. Open auditions were held in Detroit on May 1, 2, and 3, 2007.

The Gershwins' An American in Paris, a stage version of the 1951 Oscar-winning movie musical. Ken Ludwig is writing a new book with a different story from Alan Jay Lerner's original screenplay. Gregory Boyd directs and Randy Skinner choreographs. A current production at the Alley Theatre in Houston with Harry Groener and Kerry O'Malley has been extended through June 22.

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a gothic musical ghost story with book by best-selling author Stephen King and score by rock star John Mellencamp. A production is slated for Atlanta's Alliance Theatre in spring 2009.

Going Hollywood, a musical based on Once in a Lifetime, the 1930 comedy by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The musical had two readings and a workshop in 1983. David Zippel wrote the lyrics, Zippel and Joe Leonardo wrote the book, and Jonathan Sheffer composed the music. Jerry Mitchell directed a reading of a revised version on May 6 in Manhattan with Christian Borle, Matthew Morrison, Leslie Kritzer, Richard Kind, Julie Halston, and David Pittu.

Golden Boy, a revival of the 1964 musical based on Clifford Odets' play of the same name. The New York Post reports that Usher is in negotiations to play the lead.

Grumpy Old Men, a musical based on the 1993 comedy about a pair of elderly neighbors engaged in a lifelong feud. A reading with Christopher Lloyd, George Hearn, Adrienne Barbeau, Carol Kane, Garrett Morris, and Conrad John Schuck was held Nov. 1 and 2, 2007, in Manhattan. The score is by Neil Berg (music) and Nick Meglin (lyrics); the book is by Dan Remmes.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, a stage version of the 1967 Oscar-winning film about an interracial couple, adapted by Todd Kreidler from William Rose's screenplay. Kenny Leon will direct. Target opening: fall 2008.

Guys and Dolls, a revival of the classic 1950 musical based on Damon Runyan's characters. Des McAnuff directs. Target opening: spring 2009.

Houdini, a musical based on the life of the legendary escape artist, with music by Oscar and Grammy winner Danny Elfman, lyrics by David Yazbek (The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), and book by Kurt Andersen (the novels Heyday and Turn of the Century). To be directed by Jack O'Brien (Hairspray). Target opening: spring 2010.

In Masks Outrageous and Austere, an unfinished play by Tennessee Williams about a billionairess. The Daily News and the New York Post have reported that Gore Vidal is completing the script for a Broadway production to be directed by Peter Bogdanovich and to star Cybill Shepherd. The Halcyon Co. is producing.

Kinky Boots, a musical version of the 2005 film comedy about a British drag queen. Producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig have acquired the rights, and Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Cry-Baby) is in talks to direct. No writing team is yet in place.

Kiss of the Spider Woman, a play by Allan Baker based on Manuel Puig's novel about South American political prisoners, unrelated to the 1985 film adaptation. A musical version of Puig's novel won the 1993 Tony Award for best musical. This production played London's Donmar Warehouse in 2007.

Leap of Faith, a musical version of the 1992 film about a con artist posing as an evangelist, featuring music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and book by Janus Cercone, author of the original screenplay. Taylor Hackford (Ray, An Officer and a Gentleman) directs. Casting: Telsey + Company, 311 W. 43rd St., 10th fl., NYC 10036. A workshop production is planned for April 14-May 13 in NYC. Last Equity chorus call for singers: Feb. 12. Last Equity chorus call for dancers: Feb. 11.

Little House on the Prairie, a musical version of the series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Melissa Gilbert (who starred in the TV series based on the books) and Patrick Swayze headlined a workshop presentation directed by Francesca Zambello (The Little Mermaid) on April 16 and 17, 2007, in Manhattan. A full production will be mounted in Minneapolis at the Guthrie Theater this summer.

The Man in the Ceiling, a musical version of Jules Feiffer's children's book, will have a script by Feiffer and a score by Andrew Lippa. Disney Theatricals is producing. The show is currently being written.

The Man in the White Suit, a musical version of the 1951 film comedy about an inventor who creates an indestructible fabric, by Mark Hollmann (music and lyrics), Greg Kotis (book and lyrics), and David Petrarca (book and direction). Hollmann and Kotis collaborated on Urinetown. Hunter Foster, Jenny Powers, Christian Hoff, and Gregg Edelman participated in a reading on Oct. 20, 2006.

Mandela Project, a musical based on the upcoming memoir of Zindzi Mandela, daughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, about the South African struggle against apartheid. The creative team is TBA. Target Broadway opening: 2010.

Mary Stuart, a revival of Friedrich Schiller's drama about Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I. This production played the Donmar Warehouse and London's West End. Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter will reprise their roles. Target opening: Spring 2009.

My Man Godfrey, a musical version of the 1936 screwball film comedy, with book by Claudia Shear (Dirty Blonde) and score by Mark Hollmann (Urinetown).

Natural Woman, a new book musical featuring the songs of Carole King and Gerry Goffin. Director Michael Blakemore staged a private reading starring Tom Wopat and Randy Graff.

Nero, a musical by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater (Spring Awakening) about the Roman emperor. A reading starring Euan Morton and Jan Maxwell was recently held at the Public Theater.

The Nutty Professor, a musical version of the 1963 Jerry Lewis film comedy. Target Broadway opening: October 2008.

One Heart at a Time, a musical about George Washington Carver, with a book by Mark St. Germain, music by Louis St. Louis, and lyrics by St. Germain and Thomas W. Jones. Originally targeted for the 2006-07 season. No firm dates.

Porgy and Bess, a new production of the opera by George and Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward, adapted as a musical and directed by Trevor Nunn. Opened Nov. 9, 2006, at London's Savoy Theatre to mostly positive notices. There are plans for a Broadway transfer.

Promises, Promises, a revival of the 1968 musical based on the film The Apartment. Rob Ashford recently directed a workshop starring Sean Hayes (Will & Grace) and Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada).

Pure Country, a new musical about a country star returning to his Texas roots. A New York workshop was held April 28-May 31. Casting: Cindy Tolan Casting, 145 Sixth Ave., 7th fl., NYC 10013. Target opening: spring 2009. Last EPA: March 14. Last Equity chorus call for singers: March 17. Last Equity chorus call for dancers: April 4.

Robin and the 7 Hoods, a stage version of the 1964 film musical about Chicago gangsters. The score will feature songs by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen from the film. Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone) directs and choreographs. Target opening: spring 2010.

Rocky, a musical version of the 1976 film. Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Young Frankenstein) is writing the book, and lyricist Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty (Once on This Island, Ragtime, The Glorious Ones) are working on the score.

Sammy, a musical biography of Sammy Davis Jr. Variety reports that Leslie Bricusse (Stop the WorldI Want to Get Off, Jekyll & Hyde) is writing the score, Debbie Allen will direct, and Elijah Kelley (the film version of the musical Hairspray) will play the lead.

Sammy & Me, a one-man musical telling the parallel stories of Sammy Davis Jr. and a young African-American performer. Written by Wendy Dann and Eric Jordan Young, the show was a hit in an upstate New York production; two industry readings were held May 2 in Manhattan. Producers are aiming for a Broadway run in 2009.

Sister Act, a musical version of the 1992 film comedy, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner. Closed at the Pasadena Playhouse on Dec. 23, 2006.

Spider-Man, a musical based on the comic book superhero. Julie Taymor will direct and collaborate on the book with Glen Berger. The score is by Bono and the Edge of U2. A reading was held in Manhattan on July 12 and 13, 2007. Target opening: 2009-10 season. Casting: Telsey + Company, 311 W. 43rd St., 10th fl., NYC 10036. Last open call: July 28.

A Star Is Born, a musical stage version of the 1954 film about a rising Hollywood actor and her alcoholic has-been husband. According to the New York Post, Hugh Jackman is in talks to play the male lead; Michael John LaChiusa is the musical supervisor and is adapting the screenplay. Jonathan Butterell directs. The score will feature the Harold Arlen-Ira Gershwin songs from the film. A workshop was planned for Sept. 22-Oct. 27, but it has been canceled.

Tales of the City, a musical based on Armistead Maupin's series of novels about San Francisco in the 1970s. Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q) is writing the book, and the score will be by Jason Sellard and John Garden of the band Scissor Sisters. Jason Moore (Avenue Q) directs. Target Broadway opening: 2009-10 season.

To Die For, a musical based on the Joyce Maynard novel and the 1995 film inspired by a real-life murder case, to be produced by Tara Smith and B. Swibel (Xanadu). No creative team has been announced.

White Christmas, a stage version of the 1954 film about a song-and-dance duo putting on a show to save a Vermont inn. Producers Kevin McCollum and Jeffrey Seller are looking to bring the production, which has had several regional mountings, to the Marquis Theatre for a holiday engagement.

The White House Murder Case, a revival of Jules Feiffer's 1970 political satire. Producer Jeffrey Richards recently held a reading with Alan Alda, Tony Roberts, John Cullum, Penny Fuller, and Michael Stuhlbarg.

Off-Broadway: Current Long-Running Productions

Altar Boyz, a mock concert of a Christian boy band. Casting: Rachel Hoffman, Dave Clemmons Casting, 265 W. 30th St., NYC 10001. New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St., NYC. Opened March 1, 2005.

Blue Man Group, a performance-art piece with a cast of three. Casting: Blue Man Productions, 599 Broadway, 5th fl., NYC 10012. Astor Place Theatre, 434 Lafayette St., NYC. Opened Nov. 11, 1991.

The Fantasticks, a return engagement of the recent revival of the long-running classic 1960 musical. Casting: Terzetto LLC, c/o 1627 Broadway, NYC 10019. Snapple Theatre Center, 1627 Broadway, NYC. Performances resumed June 16. Last EPAs: May 26, 27, and 28.

Forbidden Broadway: Dances With the Stars!, the latest edition of Gerard Alessandrini's long-running satirical franchise, starts performances June 28. Casting: Forbidden Broadway, 1501 Broadway, Ste. 1712, NYC 10036. 47th Street Theatre, 304 W. 47th St., NYC. Original edition opened Feb. 25, 1982.

Naked Boys Singing, an all-male revue featuring nudity. Casting: Martian Entertainment, Attn: Casting, 165 W. 46th St., Ste. 1312, NYC 10036. New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St., NYC. Opened July 22, 1999. Last auditions by appointment: April 3.

Perfect Crime, the longest-running play in Off-Broadway history. Casting: Catherine Russell, 1627 Broadway, NYC 10019. Snapple Theatre Center, 1627 Broadway, NYC. Opened April 18, 1987. Last call for Equity pictures and résumés: Sept. 27, 2007.

Stomp, a percussion performance-art piece. Casting: Vince Liebhart, 70A Greenwich Ave., #102, NYC 10011. Orpheum Theatre, 126 Second Ave., NYC. Opened Feb. 27, 1994.

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