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When the producers of Martin McDonagh's new play The Beauty Queen of Leenane were looking for a Broadway theatre, the intimate Walter Kerr seemed an obvious choice.  Unfortunately, the Kerr was already booked-Forever Tango had opened there for a limited run, but its popularity has kept audiences clamoring for tickets. The solution? Forever Tango relocated to the larger Marquis Theatre last month.  "We know more about the way Forever Tango performs than we did when it opened," says one of it producers, Thomas Viertel.  "We can use additional seating capacity, especially on weekends."

On occasion, a Broadway show will pack its bags and relocate to another theatre.  Back in 1990 Les Miserables decamped from the Broadway Theatre to the Imperial, in order to make way for Miss Saigon, whose physical production was ideally suited to the Broadway's larger stage. Two recent Roundabout Theatre productions changed venues this season (they had to make room for subsequent Roundabout offerings): 1776 colonized the Gershwin Theatre, and Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge can now be seen at the Neil Simon.  Confusing? "Theatregoers are intelligent," says Viertel.  "They know how to find the shows they want to see."  When in doubt, call The Broadway Line, Broadway's toll-free information and ticket hotline at 1-88-411-BWAY, or (212) 302-411 in the New York city area.

Of course, Broadway shows are constantly on the move outside New York, visitng over 145 cities across North America on tour each year.  Next season's new tours include national companies of Forever Tango, Ragtime, Sunset Boulevard with Petual Clark, Titanic, Two Pianos Four Hands, and Victor/Victoria starring Toni Tenille

Theatres themselves generally stay put-except when they don't.  When New Yorkers turned out this winter to watch the Empire Theatre, a former burlesque house, being nudged 170 feet westward down 42nd Street to become part of a planned movie multiplex, they witnessed another step in the remarkable revitalization of the Theatre District as New York's family entertainment capital.

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STARS in the ALLEY[[/boxed]]
[[boxed - red background with white writing]]Mark your Broadway calendar: the 12th annual Stars in the Alley is set for 12 noon on Wednesday, June 3, 1998 in Shubert Alley (west of broadway between 44th and 45th streets).  The show is free, outdoor toe-tapping extravaganza featuring performances by stars from this seasons new Broadway shows, including [[italics]]Cabaret, Hich Society, Ragtime, The Scarlet Pimpernel, 1776, and The Sound of Music,[[/italics]]along with the performers from Broadway's holdover hits and long running favorites. Come join an estimated 3000 theatre fans to celebrate the end of another great season on Broadway.  Stars in the Alley is produced by the League of American Theatres and Producers, and presented by Continental Ailines and Chase Manhattan Bank.[[/boxed]]

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Stage Directions is presented, courtesy of Playbill, by The League of American Theatres and Producers, Inc., the national trade association for the commercial theatre industry.


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Steinbeck Salute

by Louis Botto

The Bay Street Theatre Stage in Sag Harbor, N.Y., recently hosted a celebration to dedicate its stage to Elaine Steinbeck, a trustee and extraordinary friend of the theatre.  Mrs. Steinbeck and her late husband, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist, John Steinbeck, moved to Sag Harbor in 1950 shortly after they were married.  Since the Theatre's founding in 1991, Elaine has played an active role in  supporting it. A dedicated member of the Board of Trustees, she also co-chairs the theatre's Patron Committee with Adrianne Cohen and has histed the annual Summer Gala Benefit.

When Mrs. Steinbeck came to New York from Texas in the 1940's she became one of Broadway's first women stage managers.  Her credits include the original 1943 production of [[italics]]Oklahoma![[/italics]]and the landmark production of [[italics]]Othello[[/italics]]starring Paul Robertson, Jose Ferrer and Uta Hagen.  When she heard the mnews of the dedication, Mrs. Steinbeck exclaimed, "I hope JOhn enjoyed getting the Nobel Prize as much as I enjoy getting this!"

[[boxed]]Among those who appeared in the All-Star Salute and gala dinner honoring Elaine Steinbeck were (clockwise from right): Edward Albee, Terrence McNally, and Betty Comden and Adolph Green[[/boxed]]

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