Neuwirth, Bogosian to host off-B'way awards

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NEW YORK -- Bebe Neuwirth and Eric Bogosian will host the 2007 Lucille Lortel Awards, honoring the best of the off-Broadway season.

The ceremony will be held May 7 at New World Stages. Nominations will be announced April 3. Neuwirth currently is starring as Roxie Hart in the long-running Broadway revival of "Chicago," while a revival of Bogosian's play, "Talk Radio," recently opened at Broadway's Longacre Theatre, Liev Schreiber.

Playwright Christopher Durang will be honored at the Lortels with a star on what is called the "Playwrights' Sidewalk." It's located in front of the Lucille Lortel Theatre near the corner of Christopher and Hudson Streets in Greenwich Village.

A limited number of tickets for the ceremony will be available beginning April 3 at the New World Stages box office, 340 W. 50th St., or from Telecharge, 212-239-6200.

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Off-Broadway ticket availability and capsule reviews of selected shows as of March 12. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are available at the theaters' box offices for the shows listed.

--"Altar Boyz." An exuberant, good-natured musical spoof about a Christian boy band. New World Stages. Telecharge.

--"At Least It's Pink." Bridget Everett stars in a tale of a young woman from Manhattan, Kan., who lives in that other Manhattan -- New York. Ars Nova. SmartTix. 212-868-4444. Closes April 1.

--"Be." A rhythmic extravaganza by the Israeli troupe Mayumana combines dance, acting, music and percussion. Union Square. Ticketmaster.

--"Bill W. and Dr. Bob." A play about the early days of Alcoholics Anonymous. New World Stages. Telecharge.

--"Blackbird." Jeff Daniels and Alison Pill star in David Harrower's drama about an older man, a younger woman and their earlier relationship with each other. Now in previews. Opens April 15. Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I. CityTix 212-581-1212.

--"Blue Man Group." They paint each other. They paint the audience. They unroll toilet paper. Foreign tourists love this long-running new vaudeville show. Astor Place. Ticketmaster.

--"Dying City." Christopher Shinn's drama about a young woman and her involvement with identical twin brothers. Mitzi E. Newhouse. Telecharge.

--"Forbidden Broadway: Special Victims Unit." The latest edition of the long-running off- Broadway revue that pokes fun at Broadway shows and their stars. The show will be on hiatus starting April 16 and travel to Chicago where the production will play the Royal George Theatre. It will return to New York in June. 47th Street. Telecharge.

--"Howard Katz." Alfred Molina stars in Patrick Marber's play about a show-biz agent who has lost it all -- his job, family and faith. Laura Pels. 212-719-1300. Closes May 6.

--"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change." The mildest of musical revues about relationships between men and women. Westside Theatre Upstairs. Telecharge.

--"In the Heights." A musical about life in the Washington Heights section of New York. 37 Arts. Ticketmaster.

--"Jack Goes Boating." Philip Seymour Hoffman is featured in this new play by Bob Glaudini about a fellow subjected to a turbulent first date. A LAByrinth Theater Company production at the Public. 212-967-7555.

--"Jewtopia." A gentile wants to marry a nice Jewish girl. A comedy by Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson. Westside Downstairs. Telecharge.

--"King Hedley II." A revival of August Wilson's play, set in 1980s Pittsburgh, about a man who returns home after serving time in prison for murder. Signature Theatre Company. 212-244-PLAY. Difficult.

--"King Lear." Kevin Kline is the beleaguered monarch in this Shakespeare revival directed by James Lapine. Public. Telecharge. Closes March 25. Difficult.

--"Mary Rose." A revival of J.M. Barrie's rarely seen play about a young woman's disappearance and her return to her family. Paige Howard and Keir Dullea star. Vineyard. 212-353-0303. Closes March 25.

--"Naked Boys Singing." A musical revue. The title says it all. Plays Fridays and Saturday. New World Stages. Telecharge.

--"No Child ..." Nilaja Sun looks at the teachers, students, administrators and others in the public school system in New York. Barrow Street. Telecharge.

--"Our Leading Lady." Charles Busch's new play about 19th century stage actress Laura Keene, portrayed by Kate Mulgrew, and the night Abraham Lincoln was to attend a production at Ford's Theatre in Washington. Now in previews. Opens March 20. Manhattan Theatre Club Stage II. CityTix. 212-581-1212.

--"Sealed for Freshness." A Tupperware party gone awry. A new comedy. New World Stages. Telecharge.

--"Some Men." A celebration of the lives of gay men. A play by Terrence McNally. Now in previews. Opens March 26. Second Stage. 212-246-4422.

--"Spaulding Gray: Stories Left to Tell." A collection of stories, both well-known and never-seen, by the celebrated monologuist. The cast includes Kathleen Chalfant and Frank Wood. Minetta Lane. Ticketmaster.

--"Stomp." A noisy yet effective celebration of percussion in this long-running new vaudeville revue. Orpheum. Ticketmaster.

--"The Fantasticks." The little musical about young love that ran and ran and ran off-Broadway is back. Snapple Theater Center. Ticketmaster.

--"The Voysey Inheritance." Fritz Weaver and Michael Stuhlbarg star in David Mamet's adaptation of Harley Granville-Barker's classic Edwardian drama about an upper-crust family's moral dilemma over ill-gotten gains. Atlantic Theater Company. Telecharge. Closes March 25.
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